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Arming the Artists
Guidance to help you enhance your playing skills and perform to your potential.
What amp type is right for me?
It's easy to get overwhelmed with the variety of options when it comes to amps. From 5W practice amps to colossal 100W stacks. We look at what to consider when deciding on your ‘forever amp’.
Setting up your pedalboard
Pedalboards allow you to take the guitar to new sonic realms and expand your tone through different effects. We talk through some essential points to consider when setting up your board.
Cutting the Cord: Wired or Wireless?
Can modern day wireless rigs retire the wire? We take a look at the pros and cons of wired and wireless set ups to help you decide which is right for you.
Snares to suit your style
Snare drums come in all different shapes and sizes, so we wanted to help you to mix up your snare sounds and share what snare is best for each situation.
What makes a good riff?
The ‘riff’ is arguably the most important aspect of guitar. But what makes one stand out from the other and why are some so popular?
Drum kit set ups for any situation
Be it reggae or rock, jazz, funk or anything in between, we’ve created this handy guide to help you configure your drum kit for every eventuality.
Moving from Guitar to Bass
Thinking of transitioning from playing guitar to bass? Well there’s much more to it than meets the eye.
Valve types explained
A valve amp cranked nice and loud is synonymous with rock and guitar, but what exactly is a valve, and what is each valve specifically used for?
Everything you need to know about pickups
Pickups are an important factor in deciding your sound. Find out all about the different sounds they produce here.
10 Handy Drum Accessories
The drumkit has stayed roughly the same for years, and for good reason. But what else is great to have alongside the basics?
What’s the best material for your drums?
We take a look at all of the different materials available to you when purchasing kits and sticks.
Bring the bassist forward
Bass players don't often get the credit they deserve. This article showcases some of the most creative and forefront bassists out there past and present.
Did someone say Roadtrip?
It's time to go on tour, but where do you start the planning and packing?
Get your groove back
Struggling to get creative? Here's our top tips for overcoming writers block.
The Truth About Bass Cabs
Do you need a bass rig with all the bells or can you get the same sound from a simpler set up?
The Winning Formula
Hit singles that strayed from songwriting tradition that can inspire you to supercharge your own songs.
Soundproofing on a budget
How to transform your digs into the perfect rehearsal space and still keep the peace with your neighbours.
In the studio
Common mistakes to avoid and how to make the most of your time in the studio.
How to make your solos sing
Standing out as a guitarist is tough, but a kickass solo can set you apart from the crowd.
Low-end techniques to boost your bass playing
The bass guitar is an essential part of modern music, but despite its undeniable importance it’s a tricky instrument to master. So, how do you go from dropping the ball to dropping the bass?
Maintaining your kit
Care and maintenance advice to keep your drums in prime playing condition.
Shaping your sound
Looking for ways to add some bite to your bass playing? Luckily for you, here’s 5 ways to mix up your low-end tone.
Is the guitar riff dead?
Credited as the DNA behind rock and roll, we delve into what goes into some of our favourite riffs of all time, how they've evolved, and if there’s still a place for riffs in today’s tunes.
The Alternative Inspirations
Every great musician was inspired by another great musician, so we've put together a list of 6 guitar heroes from outside the world of rock, and share the techniques they mastered.
Out in front. The voice of the band.
We love instruments but it’s in the hands of the singer to elevate your songs to the next level, so we’ve taken a look at key characteristics that every lead singer needs up their sleeve.
Thinking outside the band
Guitar + drums + bass = a band… right? Well yes, but there’s more possibilities than just that. We’ve taken a look at instruments you might not have considered to propel your next track to new heights.
The evolution of the bassist
Usually underrated, often overlooked, but forever essential, we look at what’s expected from today’s bass players and what the greats of the past have done for today.
The role of the drummer in modern music
2019 marks 100 years since the advent of the contemporary drum kit, so we ask how drummers have evolved and what their role means today.
The Marshall guide to sleigh-ing your own Christmas song
Marshall has analysed the biggest festive songs ever and created a fool proof guide on ‘how to write a Christmas cracker’.
Don't Clap This One Back
We all have a sense of rhythm, but sometimes we need a little help in finding it. Discover the tricks to maintaining a great beat.
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Moving on up
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