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  • The vibrato is one of the most fascinating aspects of violin playing. To master the technique, one needs to understand its mechanism and nature.

    The Workings of Violin Vibrato

    The Workings of Violin Vibrato

    by Goh Tong Keat0

  • The zurna, dumbeg, dudek and the oud are common instruments to Armenians, but are not widely known to the rest of the world.

    Armenian Musical Instruments

    Armenian Musical Instruments

    by Ellen Gregory12

  • The piano continues to be a driving force in all styles of music. But where are its roots, and why was it invented in the first place?

    Why the Piano Was Invented

    Why the Piano Was Invented

    by JohnMello3

  • Find out how to arrange your effects pedals the right way, whether in-line between your guitar and amp or through your effects loop.

    How to Arrange Guitar Effects Pedals

    How to Arrange Guitar Effects Pedals

    by Guitar Gopher0

  • The Gibson Marauder and S-1 guitars were crossover instruments where Gibson tried to steal some market share from Fender. These are somewhat rare birds, but very fine instruments should you find one.

    The Gibson Marauder and S-1 Guitars

    The Gibson Marauder and S-1 Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw1

  • Here are a few names: Danny Bonaduce. Derek Smalls. Bobby Dall. Gene Simmons. I think you can see where I'm going with this. Maybe? No? Oh...just read the article, already.

    Top 10 Reasons Why Bass Players Rule

    Top 10 Reasons Why Bass Players Rule

    by Steve Witschel37

  • The Gibson Les Paul is known as one of the greatest guitars in the world and with good reason. Here are 10 of those reasons!

    Top 10 Reasons to Play a Les Paul

    Top 10 Reasons to Play a Les Paul

    by Guitar Gopher0

  • Just another part time audiophile reviewing the fabulous Totem Acoustic Element Fire bookshelf speakers. Are they grandeur at a grand price? Read to find out.

    Totem Acoustic Element Fire: Speaker Review

    Totem Acoustic Element Fire: Speaker Review

    by Jason R. Manning9

  • The importance of tonewood and how it effects an electric guitar's sound is a hotly debated topic among guitarists. The answer is actually quite simple, though one you might not want to read...

    The Great Electric Guitar Tone Wood Debate: Solved!

    The Great Electric Guitar Tone Wood Debate: Solved!

    by Elton Edgar23

  • Compare the top bass amps for practice and small gigs. They’re under $200 and made by brands you know and trust.

    Best Bass Amps Under $200

    Best Bass Amps Under $200

    by Guitar Gopher0

  • What's the fastest and easiest way to memorize a piano song? Is it a good idea, and if so, what benefits will it bring? Look inside to find out more.

    Tips on Memorizing Piano Songs

    Tips on Memorizing Piano Songs

    by JohnMello21

  • Discover the best half stacks for guitar players on a budget and learn how you can grab a quality guitar amp without crushing your wallet.

    Best Half Stack Guitar Amp on a Budget

    Best Half Stack Guitar Amp on a Budget

    by Guitar Gopher2

  • How well does this amp serve the average, non-professional, guitar player with a limited budget and a desire for versatile sound?

    Marshall MG100FX Review

    Marshall MG100FX Review

    by Dominic Kondos2

  • Find out if expensive guitars are worth it and if you really need high-end gear to be taken seriously as a guitarist.

    Are Expensive Guitars Worth It?

    Are Expensive Guitars Worth It?

    by Guitar Gopher1

  • Learn how to re-string your acoustic guitar. Lots of pictures, an animated video and clear, simple instructions!

    Restring an Acoustic Guitar

    Restring an Acoustic Guitar

    by Joanna20

  • Learn whether or not brand name matters when it comes to guitars for beginner, intermediate and advanced guitarists. Are some simply better than others?

    Does Brand Matter When Buying a Guitar?

    Does Brand Matter When Buying a Guitar?

    by Guitar Gopher3

  • Compare the top guitar amps under $300 from the best names in the guitar world and learn which is right for you and your playing style.

    5 Best Guitar Amps Under $300

    5 Best Guitar Amps Under $300

    by Guitar Gopher0

  • There are a huge number of different effects pedals that guitarists can get their hands on. In this article you'll find out all about the different types of effects and how to use them.

    The Ultimate Guide to Guitar Effects Pedals

    The Ultimate Guide to Guitar Effects Pedals

    by Tom Boddison0

  • The magical sounds that come from the harmonica are nothing short of a mystery. How do they do it? This article explores some of the masters of this tiny musical instrument.

    The Harmonica: Masters of the Mouth Harp

    The Harmonica: Masters of the Mouth Harp

    by Shauna L Bowling94

  • The history of why some string instruments have frets and others don't, and why we should not add frets to instruments that do not have them.

    Why Are Violins Fretless?

    Why Are Violins Fretless?

    by Courtney Morgan0

  • Strings vibrate when they are plucked or bowed, producing sound. The vibration may be transferred into the body of the instrument and amplified, then projected out through the sound holes.

    How String Instruments Work

    How String Instruments Work

    by Courtney Morgan0

  • When it comes to vintage American guitars the big three will always come to mind. Now, everyone has heard of the big three American automobile companies, but we Americans have a big three for guitars as well, Martin, Gibson, and Fender. C.F. Martin...

    The Gibson Dove Guitar

    The Gibson Dove Guitar

    by Wesman Todd Shaw22

  • Compare five of the best electric guitars under $750 and decide which top-rated instrument is perfect for you and your style.

    Best Electric Guitar Under $750

    Best Electric Guitar Under $750

    by Guitar Gopher1

  • At some point or another most people who are into music wish to play an instrument, or see if they can - and the guitar is the most common instrument found in modern music. Here are five of the very best acoustic guitars for under five hundred dollars. These guitars are all very good instruments that won't need to be replaced until a musician reaches a higher skill level, and even then these are guitars that are keepers for a lifetime if they are properly cared for.

    Top Five Dreadnought Acoustic Guitars for Under Five Hundred Dollars

    Top Five Dreadnought Acoustic Guitars for Under Five Hundred Dollars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw18

  • Learn more about the Epiphone Les Paul Studio and Goth Studio, affordable guitars for serious beginners and intermediate players.

    Epiphone Les Paul Studio Review

    Epiphone Les Paul Studio Review

    by Guitar Gopher0

  • Leaning to play the guitar takes commitment and practice, but it’s extremely rewarding. Here ten tips to help the beginner learn how to play the guitar.

    10 Tips on Learning to Play the Guitar

    10 Tips on Learning to Play the Guitar

    by Artois520

  • An orchestra model or 000 body guitar can be the ultimate guitar for a beginner, intermediate or even professional player. Here are some great guitars to start with, and some better pro level values.

    The 5 Best Value Small-Body Acoustic Guitars

    The 5 Best Value Small-Body Acoustic Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw0

  • Check out the best gift ideas for guitar players and lovers of things with six strings. Find gadgets, toys and tools for any occasion!

    10 Gift Ideas for Guitar Players

    10 Gift Ideas for Guitar Players

    by Guitar Gopher6

  • Check out some of the best superstrats and learn more about guitars built for the fast lane. The hod-rodded Stratocaster-style guitar is back!

    Best Superstrat-Style Guitars

    Best Superstrat-Style Guitars

    by Guitar Gopher0

  • The Behringer MDX4600 dynamics processor is a common choice for podcasters, but it can be a challenge to get good results from this, or any advanced audio equipment. This guide walks you through all its settings and with examples for different applications. When configured properly, the MDX4600 will grealy enhance the quality of your podcast audio!

    Behringer MDX4600 Setup for Podcasting

    Behringer MDX4600 Setup for Podcasting

    by Tom Erik Støwer43

  • The chin rest that came with your instrument when you bought it might not be a good fit. Learn about some of the factors to consider when selecting a chin rest.

    Finding the Right Chin Rest for Violin/Viola

    Finding the Right Chin Rest for Violin/Viola

    by Goh Tong Keat0

  • Home recording can get really expensive, and getting the right hardware for the job can be a bank-breaking affair. But it doesn't have to be! This article discusses five computer recording hardware interfaces under $150.

    Five Computer Recording Interfaces Under $150

    Five Computer Recording Interfaces Under $150

    by Sam Islam5

  • Martin M series guitars such as the M 36, the M 38, and the M 42 are simply different body style guitars than Martin's more famous dreadnoughts. Martin M series guitars have a larger lower bout, but a shallower depth - and this causes these instruments to have different tonal characteristics than the more famous dreadnoughts. These guitars were originally designed to provide less feedback when miked on stage.

    The Martin M 38 Acoustic Guitar

    The Martin M 38 Acoustic Guitar

    by Wesman Todd Shaw28

  • The guitars of the Paul Reed Smith company are widely desired, but their prices are prohibitive for most working musicians. The new S2 line remedies this, and the S2 Vela may be the best one.

    The Paul Reed Smith S2 Vela Guitar

    The Paul Reed Smith S2 Vela Guitar

    by Wesman Todd Shaw0

  • Check out some of the best electric guitars for the musician on a budget who demands an affordable, quality instrument that looks and sounds amazing.

    Best Budget Electric Guitars

    Best Budget Electric Guitars

    by Guitar Gopher0

  • This article will show you how to open an upright/studio/vertical piano, to give access to the hammer action mechanism, keys and the strings for examining/repair/maintanence purposes.

    How to open an upright piano

    How to open an upright piano

    by ikta3

  • Here are five of the most exciting small body acoustic/electric guitars available right here and now; and from five different high end manufacturers of fine acoustic guitars.

    5 Best New Small  Body Acoustic/Electric Guitars

    5 Best New Small Body Acoustic/Electric Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw2

  • Here are some of the best bass combo amps for under $1000, each with all the power you need for gigs and rehearsals.

    Best Bass Combo Amp Under $1000

    Best Bass Combo Amp Under $1000

    by Guitar Gopher0

  • Alex Lifeson of Rush has been a superb player for more than four decades. He's primarily played Gibson guitars. It's wonderful he's got two different Les Paul instruments made for him.

    Alex Lifeson's Signature Gibson Les Paul Guitars

    Alex Lifeson's Signature Gibson Les Paul Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw0

  • The Fender Stratocaster is one of the most iconic guitars in music history. If you don’t play one, here are 10 reasons you should.

    Top 10 Reasons to Play a Stratocaster

    Top 10 Reasons to Play a Stratocaster

    by Guitar Gopher0

  • Discover five of the best bass guitars under $1000. If you're looking for the top bass for your money this article can help.

    Best Bass Under $1000

    Best Bass Under $1000

    by Guitar Gopher3

  • Do you love the nostalgic chipped sounds of classic Nintendo games? Have you ever thought about learning how to make songs in that style on your own? It's surprisingly simple and extremely fun. Learn how with this step by step guide and get creating in minutes!

    How to Make 8-Bit Music with FamiTracker

    How to Make 8-Bit Music with FamiTracker

    by orandze1

  • Madagascar rosewood dreadnoughts are some of the hottest items in the world of guitars. Here is why, and here are five of the very finest dreadnought guitars of Madagascar rosewood made anywhere.

    5 Best Madagascar Rosewood Dreadnought Guitars

    5 Best Madagascar Rosewood Dreadnought Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw4

  • Here’s a list of the 10 best rock guitar amp brands, known for producing some of the top tube and solid-state amplifiers in history.

    Top 10 Guitar Amp Brands for Rock

    Top 10 Guitar Amp Brands for Rock

    by Guitar Gopher0

  • Check out this review of the Peavey Vypyr VIP series, unique and versatile amplifiers for guitar and bass that are jam-packed with surprises.

    Peavey Vypyr VIP Series Review

    Peavey Vypyr VIP Series Review

    by Guitar Gopher0

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