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With a holiday in the week I'll have to call this the "short list"
You do not have to be an expert guitarist to get a good deal on a good guitar. What you do have to be is a disciplined shopper.
For many guitarists, especially novices, trying out a guitar in a music store can be an intimidating experience. Invariably, there are several other guitarists in the store who feel the need to show off their skills on the instrument, by playing all their most impressive licks. Understandably, this can be scary, but you'll need to focus on your goal - finding the best instrument possible, for the least money.
Scan the store until you find an instrument that appeals to you. Make sure you are given a good stool, and a pick (although I suggest you bring one you're comfortable with). If you're playing an electric guitar, make sure you're plugged into an amp similar to the one you plan to use. If you've only got a small practice amp at home, don't allow the guitar to be plugged into a Marshall half-stack through a rack of pedals.
A lot of beginning players and first time buyers who go to a music store usually will play very quietly in fear that someone else would hear what they sound like. This is especially true if their not comfortable with their playing. It’s a perfectly natural instinct, but realized that it’s the silliest thing you could do. In order to really hear the tonal qualities of a guitar (either electric or acoustic), it needs to be played at a reasonable volume. Do not be afraid to strum the open strings hard - listening to the guitars sustain, and keeping an ear open for problems like buzzing strings.
If you're having a hard time hearing (due to other guitarists in the store, etc.), ask to play the guitar in a separate room, or in a quieter part of the store. If the music store owners glare at you for turning up the guitar a little, or strumming an acoustic vigorously, my recommendation would be to hand them the guitar, say thanks, and take your business to a store that allows you to find out what the guitar sounds like before you buy it. I urge you to do this... these people are obviously not very familiar with the way guitars work, thus not the best stores to deal with anyway
Here’s a common mistake, you have your instructor teach you something cool to play in music stores. Wrong approach, when you’re demo-ing a guitar, you should be playing things you're comfortable playing, and concentrating on the guitar, NOT on who is listening to you. Try playing each fret on the neck, slowly, making sure there are no fret buzzes. Be sure to check the guitar's. If playing an electric guitar, try all of the different pick-up combinations, and listen for unwanted pick-up noise.
Spend time trying many guitars in the store. Ask questions, and make notes on every guitar you play. Write down the manufacturer of the guitar, the model number, and the price. Ask what type of wood the guitar is made of. Note any special likes or dislikes you have about each guitar. When you feel like you can't stand to be in the store another minute, thank the salesperson, and head for home.
So, now you've played a bunch of guitars, and hopefully found a few that you really like. It's time to do some research on all the guitar companies whose instruments you are considering. Use the links resource in the member section of the site to get familiar with what each of these companies has to say about their instruments. Most guitar company websites provide specs on each of their guitars, so you can find out additional information on the instrument you're considering. Search their website for warranty information, make note of that also. You can even call or e-mail them if you have any additional concerns.
Guitar company websites are fine, but obviously they're going to be biased, so you'll need to find out what others think of the guitar you're considering. Fortunately, the web is filled with sites that archive user-reviews of guitars. When studying these reviews, take special notice of the prices people paid for the instrument, and carefully consider all criticism. Be wary of people who give their guitar a "perfect 10" score - many of these reviewers aren't knowledgeable enough to offer constructive criticism.
Next, take out your phone book, and look up the other music stores in your area. You should consider visiting each of these stores and trying out the guitars they offer. For now, call each of them, and see if they offer any of the same guitars you're considering. If so, ask to be quoted a price. Occasionally, you'll run across a store employee who is hesitant to quote you prices over the telephone. Mention you're about to buy a guitar elsewhere, and he should change his mind. Again, make note of any differences in price.
If you're still unsure about what guitar is right for you, feel free to post your questions to the Forums section which is designed to help musicians interact. Chances are, in no time someone will respond to your questions with their advice.
Armed with all this new knowledge about the guitars you're considering, it's time to take the second trip to the music store. I'll generally suggest wait until the next day to do this - a clear head often gives you better perspective.
You think you know which guitar is right for you? Congratulations. But, your work isn't done yet. You've got to get that guitar at a price that you can be proud of. Many people assume that if the guitar price tag says $599, that's the price they'll have to pay. Not true. Music store owners make a profit on the sale of items from their store, thus are able to significantly decrease the price of an item. The trick is to get them to do that for you.
Unfortunately, in order to get a bargain, you'll have to temporarily think of the music store employee as the enemy. The basic fact is - he/she wants your money, and you want to give them as little of it as possible. It is important to remember that YOU are in control - they want your money, and you should make them earn it. Here are some other things to keep in mind during your second trip to the music store:
Keep the salesperson on a need-to-know basis. Don't tell them "I have to own this guitar!" Mention you've seen some nice guitars in other stores around town.
Before you begin bartering, make sure you know if the price includes a case. Ask whether the case is hardshell (more $) or softshell (less $).
Try out several guitars on your return visit. You might want to pretend to be considering a much cheaper guitar. Selling you a cheap guitar means a small commission for them. So they'll be more willing to give you a deal on a more expensive guitar.
Don't appear to be in a hurry. Take your time, and carefully consider whether this is the guitar you really want.
NEVER pay list price for a guitar. List prices are usually greatly inflated.
Many people have difficulties bringing up the subject of getting a discount with a salesperson. In any situation here's the way I generally approach sales people - ask the salesperson to give you the whole price, in this case ask for the price including tax and case, for the guitar. When they give you the final quote, simply say "Hmmm, now what can you do for me to get that price a little lower?" Have a price in mind that you'd like to pay - I often aim for a 15% discount. If you know of a store that offers a lower price for the same guitar, make the salesperson aware of that. You might have to use a little bit of pressure, but it's something you'll get used to doing.
Sometimes, if the guitar is already on sale, or is a very budget-priced instrument, you'll have a hard time convincing the salesperson to further lower the price. In these circumstances, try asking them to include some guitar accessories for free, or at least at a heavily discounted price. These might include: a capo, guitar strings, a patch cord, guitar polish, a guitar humidifier, a guitar tuner, or even small items like string winders and picks. It might not be the discount you're looking for, but it will at least give you the satisfaction of knowing that you successfully bargained with the salespeople.
It could be a HO HO Hoey Christmas for you if do.
Jan. 28, 2009 - Stuttgart, Germany @ LKA
Jan. 29, 2009 - Cologne, Germany @ Live Music Hall
Jan. 30, 2009 - Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Effena
Jan. 31, 2009 - Lille, France @ Splendid
Feb. 1, 2009 - Portsmouth, UK @ Pyramid Centre
Feb. 2, 2009 - Oxford, UK @ Zodiac at Academy
Feb. 3, 2009 - Bristol, UK @ Academy
Feb. 4, 2009 - Dublin, Ireland @ Academy
Feb. 5, 2009 - Belfast, Ireland @ TBA
Feb. 6, 2009 - Glasgow, Scotland @ ABC
Feb. 7, 2009 - Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
Feb. 8, 2009 - Leeds, UK @ Met. University
Feb. 9, 2009 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Feb. 10, 2009 - Wolverhamton, UK @ Wulfren Hall
Feb. 11, 2009 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
Feb. 12, 2009 - Paris, France @ Bataclan
Feb. 13, 2009 - Clermont Ferrand, France @ Cooperative de Mai
Feb. 14, 2009 - Bilbao, Spain @ Kafe Antzoki
Feb. 15, 2009 - Madrid, Spain @ Sala Heineke
Feb. 16, 2009 - Lisbon, Portugal @ Coliseum
Feb. 17, 2009 - Barcelona, Spain @ Sala Apolo
Feb. 18, 2009 - Toulouse, France @ Bikini
Feb. 19, 2009 - Fribourg, Switzerland @ Fri-Son
Feb. 20, 2009 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Xtra
Feb. 21, 2009 - Milan, Italy @ Rolling Stone
Feb. 22, 2009 - Rome, Italy @ Alpheus
Feb. 23, 2009 - Treviso, Italy @ New Age
Feb. 24, 2009 - Graz, Austria @ Orpheum
Feb. 26, 2009 - Salzburg, Austria @ Rockhouse
Feb. 27, 2009 - Linz, Austria @ Posthof
Feb. 28, 2009 - Worgl, Austria @ Komma
Mar. 1, 2009 - Vienna, Austria @ Gasometer
Mar. 2, 2009 - Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof
Mar. 3, 2009 - Wuerzburg, Germany @ Soundpark Ost.
Mar. 4, 2009 - Berlin, Germany @ Huxleys
Mar. 5, 2009 - Chemnitz, Germany @ Sudbahnhof
Mar. 6, 2009 - Czech Republic @ Metalmania Festival
Mar. 7, 2009 - Poland @ Metalmania Festival
1. Smoke On the Water: Deep Purple
2. Aint’ Talkin’ Bout’ Love: Van Halen
3. Basket Case: Green Day
4. Satin Doll: Duke Ellington
5. Come As You Are: Nirvana
6. Is This Love: Bob Marley
7. Santa Ria: Sublime
8. Tick Tick Boom: The Hives
9. Iron Man: Black Sabbath
10. All The Small Things: Blink 182
11. Wild Thing: The Troggs
12. Enter Sandman: Metallica
13. Margaritaville: Jimmy Buffet
14. Vampires: Godsmack
15. You Really Got Me: The Kinks
16. Nothing Else Matters: Metallica
17. Free Fallin’: Tom Petty
18. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life): Green Day
19. Uncle Johns Band: The Grateful Dead
20. Wish You Were Here: Pink Floyd
Some of the songs can be found in the tab section at Rock House Method, feel free to leave a comment on where your favorite site is to find guitar tabs in the comment section. The one I use the most is Chordie.com
Andre was recently on DEAL OR NO DEAL.
All of this and they are still maintaining X Factor X!
Keep and eye out for a new X Factor X album, coming soon.
Link for the vote - http://www.mtv2.com/#series/10952
Acto Guitar - Learn a song, tons of video lessons.
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If you are a beginner like myself, someone who has little to no experience with a guitar, then this DVD IS A MUST HAVE! I can honestly say that the info I received on this DVD not only answered many questions that I had, that I had yet to ask, but filled in a lot of gaps in areas that I was going to inquire about later on. Again, if you are at "ground zero" like myself, you can't live without this, you will not regret it.
Read the entire review at Rose Garden Music
1 - Stadtgarden - Erfurt, Germany
3 - Backstage - München, Germany
4 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
5 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
7 - Syma Hall - Budapest, Hungary
8 - Gasometer - Wien, Austria
10 - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy
12 - Paradiso - Amsterdam, Netherlands
19 - Forum - London, UK
20 - Elysee Montmatre, Paris, France
21 - Hof Ter Loo - Antwerpen, Belgium
22 - Hof Ter Loo - Antwerpen, Belgium
23 - Grosse Freiheit - Hamburg, Germany
26 - Sentrum Scene - Oslo, Norway
27 - Tyrol - Stockholm, Sweden
Link: Bass Player Live
The following is his review of Lead Guitar:
In the top right of “Lead Guitar, Techniques for Creating Solos” you will notice it says “Expand Your Arsenal” and it means just that from the beginning of this DVD all the way to the end. This DVD will teach you so much more than creating solos it shows you ways to work with the entire guitar using the whole neck.
As I watched and played this DVD I found it very hard not to skip ahead because there were so many things I had never heard of or used before such as bi-dextral scale hammer ons and violin effects and I had to know what they were, this DVD will keep you busy for hours and is a must have for guitarists. The explanations by John are very clear and easy to understand as with all of his DVD’s but, it is very important to take each exercise slow and be patient with them some may test you.
The 5 lessons that I found most appealing among the many in the DVD are:
1) Advanced One Hand Rolls
If you hang in there while learning the techniques from this DVD you will have lots of surprises the next time you are playing in your band or showing off your new skills to you friends.
More info can be found on Lead Guitar - Techniques at http://www.rockhousemethod.com/estore/storeproducts.aspx?categoryid=2
With Christmas coming up there is no doubt many young and inspiring musicians that are in the making this year. Here’s are a tip to help you Parents, Uncles, Aunts, Brothers and sisters out.
First of all we all know you don’t want to spend a small fortune, unless you want to, to find out that your little musician isn’t interested in the guitar after a month of playing with it and now would like to play the trumpet. But, there is something to be said about buying a decent starter guitar. Buying a guitar on eBay for $4.95 plus $45.00 for shipping is definitely not the way to go. You end up with 50 bucks wrapped up in an instrument that is more times than not, hard to play, hard to tune and is of extremely poor quality. However, there are many beginner acoustic and electric guitar starter packages out there starting for about $100.00 or not much more than that, put out by well known companies such as Epiphone, Squier, Ibanez, Washburn and Fender just to name a few. They also come with some better essentials than a pitch pipe and a 10 page book. Many of the starter packs will come with extra strings, an electronic tuner, strap and what is becoming even more important these days, an instructional video or DVD. The instructional end of the package is important because even if you don’t know a lick about music, you can still sit down with your child and help them understand some of the basics of playing the guitar. Heck who knows you may even find yourself picking it up and playing.
If I still had that old guitar today I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. But I would trade the frustration and the unknown that accompanied it. Finding a starter guitar with the right accessories and learning aides would have made all the difference in the world.
Blooddrunks crawling over your EU tour 2009
February 01 - Stadtgarden, Erfurt (D)
February 03 - Backstage, München (D)
February 07 - Syma Hall, Budapest (HU)
February 08 - Gasometer, Wien (AUT)
February 10 - Alcatraz, Milan (IT)
February 12 - Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)
February 26 - Sentrum Scene, Oslo (N)
February 27 - Tyrol, Stockholm (S)
Other than that I have been busy working on all of the packaging ideas for the release. Even though it’s not until April everything has to be planned now to ensure it all comes out on time.
Official News Release - Brazilian Guitar Virtuoso Kiko Loureiro The Latest Musican To Sign on With Rock House
For more information contact: Joe Palombo at firstname.lastname@example.org
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT KIKO, CHECK OUT HIS INSTRUCTOR PROFILE
Look for This Rock House Sticker
Wherever Moddy Straps are Sold
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Strat-O-Blogster - Neal Schon's Fretboard Salami Story... Huh?!
The Soul of Rock and Roll - Guitarist Series: Being Inspired to Practice
Blues Historian - A shout out for my friend Tom, he has hit 1,000 plays on You Tube with one of his songs.
It's a little light this week but content was tough to find. Enjoy what's there and have a great weekend!
Check out an exclusive preview of "Big Bang Bionic" featuring Buckethead.
Modes Demystified DVD – Check
Guitar – Check
Number 2 Pencil – Check
The Circle of Fifths
The Circle of Fourths
How to find a relative minor key
Arpeggios for all seven modes
Modal Chord Progressions
How to apply the modes
Extended chord patterns
Again just a few, the list would take up half the page of this post.
There are 4 audio tracks available for download that go with this lesson. See full track listing at the end of the lesson.
Download all these tracks for just $1.99 Yes I want the practice tracks.
1.Playing The Bass Like a Pianist Bass Tuning Notes
2.Playing The Bass Like a Pianist Example
3.Playing The Bass Like a Pianist Solo Bass Example
4.Playing The Bass Like a Pianist D Practice Track
Click here for A complete listing of all the Bass Lesson Audio Downloads.
Kirk Hammet of Metallica was asked during an
interview for the Decmeber 2008 issue of Guitar World Magazine what he thought
of Alex Skolnick's straight-up jazz albumsHammett States: "Love them. I love his work. What Alex is doing by putting heavy metal songs in a jazz context is completely refreshing. His take on "Detroit Rock City" blew me away; that song has never sounded better to me. And when you think about, the old jazz standards were the pop music of their time. so alex has updated the notion of what a standard is, and it's opened up all the current music to interpretation. The idea of playing Kiss or the Scorpions in the style of Dave Brubeck is great and quite radical. There are tons of people at Julliard who are playing "Straight No Chaser" for probably the 50 millionth time, so it's about time somebody tried something new."
The Gibson Double Cut Longhorn HS Guitar will be soon available and its MSRP is $3,500.
For more information, please visit www.gibson.com
Knowing all the Rock House Readers have this incredible need to know, I did some surfing at Rusty Cooleys official web site and took a look at his guitars. It looks like he has four main guitars.
Guitars From Left To Right:
All That Remains is going on tour with In Flames, and they need your help putting up posters at the venue the day of the show. In return, they will hook you up with a FREE pair of tickets.
Little Rock Jams - Ear Training Exercises
Not Playing Guitar - Guitar Finger Independence without the Guitar
SRV1 Blog - Essential Guitar Guide
The Blues Historian - Top 50 Southern Soul, Rhythm & Blues Albums
Truth in Shreading - A bunch of shreading videos
Have a rockin' weekend!
Here's the links to their sites.
Alex's latest project is an album by the Alex Skolnick Trio. Featuring seven originals and three arrangements of rock/metal standards (a concept upon which the trio has built a formidable reputation), LDIP is their most unique and cutting edge recording to date. For this album, the group has gone beyond the traditional trio format, incorporating voice, slide guitar, loops, and other sonic embellishments, enhancing the strong, melodic compositions.