Category: Tutorials

  • How to Sound Like Mastodon: A Guide for Guitarists

    How to Sound Like Mastodon: A Guide for Guitarists

    What kind of guitar gear does one need to sound like Mastodon, you ask? Here’s everything you need to know (and a little bit more besides)… If you want to sound like Mastodon there’s a few core concepts you need to understand. From the way you tune your guitar to your amp settings, there’s a…

  • Boards of Canada Gear Rundown: Minimalist Tech Makes The Best Noises

    Boards of Canada Gear Rundown: Minimalist Tech Makes The Best Noises

    When it comes to gear, Boards of Canada favor a less is more approach. And this is key to how they developed their iconic sound Scottish electronic music duo Boards of Canada, known for their ambient, downtempo style, have crafted a distinctive sound using a surprisingly minimalist setup. Despite the complex, layered nature of their…

  • Axe FX 101: The Complete Beginner’s Guide [2024]

    Axe FX 101: The Complete Beginner’s Guide [2024]

    Steve Vai, Metallica, John Petrucci, John Mayer. They all use Axe FX. But what is it and how does it work? Here’s everything you need to know… First released in 2006 by Fractal Audio Systems, the Axe-Fx is a high-end digital guitar processor that has become a go-to tool for serious guitar players, both professional…

  • Line 6 Guitar Effects: A Complete N00b’s Guide [2024]

    Line 6 Guitar Effects: A Complete N00b’s Guide [2024]

    Line 6 effects have been around a long time. Today, we help you make an informed purchase, and get the most out of your Line 6 guitar equipment. Why Should I Use Line 6? Line 6 products can be a powerful tool for any guitarist. Digital Modeling technology has really taken over when it comes…

  • Best Pickups for Baritone Telecaster: Here’s What I’d Use…

    Best Pickups for Baritone Telecaster: Here’s What I’d Use…

    Baritone Telecasters, with their extended low-end growl, are perfect for delving into heavier music genres like metal, djent, prog-metal, and stuff like doom and stoner rock. But to truly tap into their potential, choosing the right pickups is crucial. Most baritone Teles come with either single coil pickups or P90s which means plenty of noise.…

  • How To Sound Like Adam Jones: The Gear You’ll Need

    How To Sound Like Adam Jones: The Gear You’ll Need

    Wanna sound like Adam Jones on guitar? Here’s all the gear you’ll need (and tips on how to do it on the cheap)… Adam Jones is one of the most successful metal / rock guitarists of all time. Over the years, Jones – via his band Tool – has amassed tens of millions of dollars from record…

  • How To Sound Like Jimi Hendrix: The Essentials

    How To Sound Like Jimi Hendrix: The Essentials

    Wanna sound like Jimi Hendrix on guitar? Here’s all the gear you’ll need (and tips on how to do it on the cheap)… Jimi Hendrix is a legend. One of the greats. For many, Hendrix is The GOAT. We’re big fans of his playing here at ELECTRIKJAM, especially his role in popularising fuzz which helped…

  • Standard Tuning on Guitar Explained: Why It’s “The Standard”

    Standard Tuning on Guitar Explained: Why It’s “The Standard”

    Standard tuning on a guitar is called “standard” for a reason. Here’s everything you need to know about standard tuning, including its history, why it is so popular, and how it came to be… Go into any guitar shop on planet earth, pick up a guitar and play it. The guitar will be in Standard…

  • [SOLVED] Why Your Amp Sim Tone Sounds WRONG

    [SOLVED] Why Your Amp Sim Tone Sounds WRONG

    Do you often wonder why your amp sim tone doesn’t sound like the amps that they emulate? Does your tone vary depending on the interface? This quick fix will save you a lot of headaches. The Issue With My Amp Sim Tone: The Hardware? A lot of us are using amp sims in the studio…

  • Is Your Fender Stratocaster Real? Here’s How To Check…

    Is Your Fender Stratocaster Real? Here’s How To Check…

    How can I tell if my Fender Stratocaster is real? Simple: follow these steps. By the end, you’ll know if your guitar is legit or a counterfeit. If you’ve recently acquired a Fender Stratocaster through non-official routes (maybe it’s second hand or maybe it fell off the back of a lorry), you might be concerned…

  • 7 String Guitar Tuning: A Complete Beginner’s Guide

    7 String Guitar Tuning: A Complete Beginner’s Guide

    Here’s a complete beginner friendly guide on how to tune a 7-string guitar, covering everything from Standard Tuning for 7-string guitars to more exotic, lower tunings you can try… Whether you’ve just bought a 7-string guitar or you’re seriously considering getting one, the most important you need to get your head around is 7 string…

  • 10 Beautiful Chord Progressions For Guitar – No Theory Required!

    10 Beautiful Chord Progressions For Guitar – No Theory Required!

    Want to get better at writing music on guitar? Learn these 10 beautiful chord progressions. They’re simple, effective, and will help you to start creating you’re own great-sounding music… If you’re new to guitar or songwriting in general, the idea of writing chord progressions can seem daunting. But it really needn’t be – not if you…

  • How To Play F Chord on Guitar: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

    How To Play F Chord on Guitar: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

    How to play the F chord? Said EVERY BEGINNER KNOWN TO MAN! Minor, Major, ASUS – here are all the different ways you can play an F chord on the guitar The F Major chord is a chord shape that usually messes with beginners quite a bit. You’re basically playing right next to the nut, so…

  • Thomann USA: Shipping Times & Costs – A Complete Guide

    Thomann USA: Shipping Times & Costs – A Complete Guide

    Thomann is a massive European-based guitar and musical instruments retailer. But is Thomann USA any good? Here’s what you need to know…  Gear. We’re all addicted to it in one way or another. And like any good addict, we need a good, reliable supplier. In the US, we have Guitar Center and Sweet Water – two…

  • Beginner Music Theory For Guitarists: The #1 Way To Level Up Your Playing!

    Beginner Music Theory For Guitarists: The #1 Way To Level Up Your Playing!

    There are plenty of jokes about guitarists being afraid of learning even basic, beginner music theory. Today we are going to walk you through how to get started, the easy way. If you have played guitar for any amount of time, you have probably seen the memes about music theory and stubborn guitar players. They…

  • Do Guitarists Know Every Scale? The #1 Secret To Improvising…

    Do Guitarists Know Every Scale? The #1 Secret To Improvising…

    How do you play solos off the top of your head? Do guitarists know every scale? Today we break it all down, and talk about the ways to learn improv, and build scales on your own! Asking “do guitarists know every scale?” is actually the wrong approach. There are so many types of scales and…

  • The 5 Most Commonly Used Chord Progressions In Rock

    The 5 Most Commonly Used Chord Progressions In Rock

    Use and memorise these five most commonly used chord progressions to instantly make you’re playing sound more professional – here’s everything you need to know… When people think of chord progressions, especially if you’re not au fait with music theory, there’s always a slight yet palpable deflation somewhere in your soul. Buzz Osbourne doesn’t care about…

  • Guitar Chord Progressions: A Complete Beginner’s Guide…

    Guitar Chord Progressions: A Complete Beginner’s Guide…

    Today, you will become a better guitarist and song writer. How? Simple: you’re going to learn the basics of what makes songs sound great: chord progressions Learning and understanding how chord progressions work is perhaps one of the most important things you can do to improve your playing.  How so? Think about it: what do…

  • Memorizing Guitar Scales 101: Awesome Tools For Beginner Guitarists

    Memorizing Guitar Scales 101: Awesome Tools For Beginner Guitarists

    If you want to start playing solos, you want to make memorizing guitar scales a priority. The Major and Minor Scales are important steps to starting your journey. Today we check out the easiest ways to harness your memory skills! Memorizing Guitar Scales: We All Have To Do It! I think a lot of us…

  • How to Connect Spark Amp to Computer: A Beginner’s Guide

    How to Connect Spark Amp to Computer: A Beginner’s Guide

    In this quick guide, we’ll show you how to connect your Spark Amp to your computer. The process is fairly simple and easy to do, so just follow the steps below… Positive Grid’s Spark Amp is one of the most innovative and impressive practice amps on the market. Packed with myriad features and controlled by…

  • How to Set Up Fender Meteora: Pro Tips & Tricks

    How to Set Up Fender Meteora: Pro Tips & Tricks

    Here’s a quick and simple guide ALL about how to properly set up the Fender Meteora, complete with video overviews of how to do each one… So you’ve got your hands on a Fender Meteora, a guitar that’s as unique in design as it is in sound. But before you dive into those riffs and…

  • How Do I Pick a Guitar Scale to Play? The 3 Key Factors To Consider

    How Do I Pick a Guitar Scale to Play? The 3 Key Factors To Consider

    If you have started trying to play solos, you have probably hit a point of wondering “How do I pick a guitar scale to play?” Which ones should you use to craft a solo? Today we go over the 3 factors to consider when crafting a solo or improvising. How Do I Pick A Guitar…

  • Is Electric Guitar Easier than Piano? Exploring the Differences and Learning Process

    Is Electric Guitar Easier than Piano? Exploring the Differences and Learning Process

    Learning an instrument is a very rewarding process. Is Electric Guitar Easier than Piano? Today we break down why one may be easier than the other for YOU! Is Electric Guitar Easier than Piano? Maybe? When it comes to learning music, many people see a guitar and they know that is the instrument for them.…

  • Guitar Maintenance 101: Do It Yourself VS Taking It To A Tech

    Guitar Maintenance 101: Do It Yourself VS Taking It To A Tech

    When it comes to guitar maintenance, knowledge is power. What are the advantages of doing it yourself versus taking it to tech? Today we go over the advantages and disadvantages of both. Guitar Maintenance: It Can Be Very Important Have you ever picked a guitar right off the wall at a guitar store that seemed…

  • The Ultimate Guitarist’s Toolkit: The 3 Important Areas To Consider

    The Ultimate Guitarist’s Toolkit: The 3 Important Areas To Consider

    Most of us build up our guitarist’s toolkit over the years, collecting parts and tools as needed. But why wait until you NEED a tool? Today we talk about the 3 areas to consider when building your toolkit for home maintenance. A Guitarist’s Toolkit: DIY Saves Money Electric Guitar is a fantastic instrument, and over…

  • Using A Capo: A Comprehensive Guide To The #1 Way To Write Creative Songs!

    Using A Capo: A Comprehensive Guide To The #1 Way To Write Creative Songs!

    You have probably seen plenty of guitarists using a capo, and you have probably wondered why they use them. Today we are going to look at the proper way to use a capo, and unlock a new ability to add to your toolbox! Using A Capo: Transpose Your Creativity Using a capo can be hugely…

  • The Top 3 Alternate Guitar Tunings: How To Write GREAT Riffs!

    The Top 3 Alternate Guitar Tunings: How To Write GREAT Riffs!

    Why would you want to use alternate guitar tunings? Today we look at how you can open the door to new creative ideas, simply by changing your tuning slightly. Let’s check out the top 3 to fuel some new creative riffage! Alternate Guitar Tunings: Inspiration Fuel! Have you ever been in a rut when it…

  • A Beginner’s Guide To DADGAD Tuning: The #1 Path To New Riffs!

    A Beginner’s Guide To DADGAD Tuning: The #1 Path To New Riffs!

    We often hit a writer’s block as guitarists, and writing a new riff can be frustrating. That’s where DADGAD Tuning steps in! This popular tuning might help that mental block, or help you learn a popular song! DADGAD Guitar Tuning Are you a beginner guitarist looking to explore new sounds and experiment with different tunings?…

  • What is BIAS FX 2? The ULTIMATE Guide…

    What is BIAS FX 2? The ULTIMATE Guide…

    BIAS FX 2 by Positive Grid is an award-winning amp and effects processor that’ll turn your PC or laptop into a fully customisable guitar rig – it is really, really cool. Here’s what you need to know… In the ever-evolving world of music technology, finding the right tools to create the perfect sound can be a daunting…

  • Guitar Weight Comparison: The Most Popular Models Compared

    Guitar Weight Comparison: The Most Popular Models Compared

    How much do guitars weigh these days? I didn’t know, so I decided to find out – here’s a guitar weight comparison of some of the most popular models on the market right now Electric guitars have been the centerpiece of popular music for the better part of the last century. From the blues of…

  • How to Use Spark Amp as an Audio Interface: A Beginner’s Guide

    How to Use Spark Amp as an Audio Interface: A Beginner’s Guide

    In this simple guide we’ll show you how to unlock the FULL potential of your Spark Amp by using it as an Audio Interface, so you can connect it to whatever DAW you’re currently using… Positive Grid’s Spark Amp blew the roof off of NAMM when it first launched. Innovative features are one thing. But…

  • Baritone Guitar Tuning: A Quick Overview of Everything You Need To Know

    Baritone Guitar Tuning: A Quick Overview of Everything You Need To Know

    Dive into the world of baritone guitar tuning with our comprehensive guide, and learn how to master this unique type of guitar to up your tone-game with some serious low-end rumble… If you’re looking for a new sound and you’ve already messed around with alternate tunings and maybe 7 and 8-string guitars, perhaps it is…

  • Open G Tuning Explained: What It Is & How It Works on Guitar

    Open G Tuning Explained: What It Is & How It Works on Guitar

    Discover the magic of open G tuning guitar, its history, uses, and benefits, as well as how to get started with this popular alternative tuning method. Have you ever been curious about alternative guitar tunings? Ever wondered what is open G tuning guitar? You’re in for a treat! Open G tuning is an exciting and…

  • Analog Guitar Gear: 5 Reasons You SHOULDN’T Go Digital

    Analog Guitar Gear: 5 Reasons You SHOULDN’T Go Digital

    Recently, we looked at 5 reasons why you SHOULD go digital. But there is another way to look at guitar gear, and today we look at the pros of keeping analog guitar gear! Analog Guitar Gear: It Can Be An Obsession… We recently looked at 5 reasons why you should go completely digital with your…

  • Glarry Mods: Can Glarry Guitars And Basses Be Upgraded With Better Parts?

    Glarry Mods: Can Glarry Guitars And Basses Be Upgraded With Better Parts?

    Lots of guitarists have been interested in Glarry Guitars lately, and Glarry Mods are starting to take off. So what kind of parts do you use? Today we look at aftermarket parts that fit Glarry Guitars. Glarry Mods: The Perfect Project Guitar We have been taking a look at Glarry Guitars here lately, and the…

  • The Digital Guitar Rig: 5 Reasons You SHOULD Ditch Analog

    More and more these days, guitarists are switching to totally a digital guitar rig. There are plenty of pros and cons, so today we are going to look at the the reasons why it might be something to consider. The 2023 Digital Guitar Rig: More Popular Than Ever! It is a little crazy to look…

  • Guitar String Gauges 101: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide…

    Guitar String Gauges 101: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide…

    Here’s LITERALLY everything you need to know about guitar string gauges. It’s boring, we know, but it is something you have to understand to get the most from your playing… As a beginner guitarist, choosing the right guitar strings can be overwhelming. There are various factors to consider like brands and construction material and that’s before…

  • FRFR Speaker Impedance Explained: Understanding the Basics…

    FRFR Speaker Impedance Explained: Understanding the Basics…

    If you’re in the market for an FRFR speaker, it’s important to understand speaker impedance and how it affects sound quality. Speaker impedance is a measure of the speaker’s resistance to electrical current, and it can have a significant impact on the sound and timbre that the speaker produces. If you’re after a killer guitar…

  • Advantages of FRFR Speakers: 4 Massive Reasons To Make The Switch

    Advantages of FRFR Speakers: 4 Massive Reasons To Make The Switch

    Can you use an FRFR speaker to record AND play live? Yes – here’s everything you need to know about the advantages of FRFR speakers… FRFR speakers, or Full Range Flat Response speakers, have become increasingly popular among musicians in recent years. For those that desire the cleanest possible tone, the complete lack of noise or…

  • What Is The Most Famous Electric Guitar? Exploring 2 Different Legends

    What Is The Most Famous Electric Guitar? Exploring 2 Different Legends

    There are so many electric guitars out there these days, but what is the most famous electric guitar? Today we dive into history and look at 2 guitars that changed the world forever. What Is The Most Famous Electric Guitar? That can be a tough question to answer, since there are so many famous electric…

  • What Are The Three Types Of Electric Guitars? The 3 MAIN Players!

    What Are The Three Types Of Electric Guitars? The 3 MAIN Players!

    There are tons of different guitar types, so what are the three types of electric guitars? There are 3 main categories that almost all guitars fit into. Today we check out the main 3! What Are The Three Types Of Electric Guitars? There are so many different styles and shapes of electric guitars, and new…

  • Fender Player Stratocaster Pickups: A Complete Guide…

    Fender Player Stratocaster Pickups: A Complete Guide…

    Here’s everything you need to know about the Fender Player Stratocaster pickups, including its different configurations (SSS and HSS) The Fender Player Stratocaster is one of the best selling guitars on the market right now. Picking up where Fender’s now-defunct Standard series left off, the Player series brings more features, improved playability and everything a modern…

  • Why Did Hendrix Play in E Flat Tuning? The 70 Year Old Strat Secret!

    Why Did Hendrix Play in E Flat Tuning? The 70 Year Old Strat Secret!

    So, why did Hendrix play in E Flat tuning? Why do other players use this tuning as well? Does it have something to do with Stratocasters? Today we find out! Why Did Hendrix Play In E Flat Tuning? A TON Of Reasons! Jimi Hendrix changed electric guitar forever in the late 60’s when he and…

  • How Do You Practice Scales? The 2 Important Scales And HOW To Play Them!

    How Do You Practice Scales? The 2 Important Scales And HOW To Play Them!

    “How do you practice scales” is going to be a big question once you start playing guitar. There are two important scales to learn when you are starting out and today we go over everything! How Do You Practice Scales? Everyone Starts Somewhere! Learning how to play scales is one of the most important parts…

  • What Is The BEST Electric Guitar Brand? The BIG 3!

    What Is The BEST Electric Guitar Brand? The BIG 3!

    What is the best electric guitar brand? Well, there are actually 3 answers to this question based on popularity and overall sales. But what companies are in the “Big 3”? Today we break down the who and why! What Is The Best Electric Guitar Brand? I see this question a lot from both beginners and…

  • Is Learning Electric Guitar Hard? Yes AND No…

    Is Learning Electric Guitar Hard? Yes AND No…

    Is learning electric guitar hard to do? Well, it really depends on a lot of factors and there is no simple answer. Today we go over why it CAN be hard, but also easy! Is Learning Electric Guitar Hard? Maybe… I think everyone that is thinking about playing guitar has probably started by wondering how…

  • Is It Too late To learn Guitar? A PRO Perspective

    Is It Too late To learn Guitar? A PRO Perspective

    Is it too late to learn guitar? That is a question that perspective students ask me all the time, and as an instructor I think I have a pretty unique perspective. Let’s take a look at what it takes to learn guitar! Is It Too Late To Learn Guitar? Probably Not! I have been a…

  • Is Electric Guitar Harder Than Bass To Play? The Answer May Shock You!

    Is Electric Guitar Harder Than Bass To Play? The Answer May Shock You!

    Bass players get a lot of guff, but is electric guitar harder than bass when it comes to actual playing? Today we break down why we should maybe give bassists a little bit of a break! Is Electric Guitar Harder Than Bass To Learn? This question comes up a whole lot in the guitar community.…

  • Do You Need An Amp To Play Electric Guitar? The Top 3 Options!

    Do You Need An Amp To Play Electric Guitar? The Top 3 Options!

    Do you need an amp to play electric guitar in 2023? Well, yes and no! Today we look at your options if you are just getting started with electric guitar. Do You Need An Amp To Play Electric Guitar? Yes, and No! If you are just getting started with electric guitar, then you have probably…

  • Beginner Questions: How Much Should I Spend On My First Guitar?

    Beginner Questions: How Much Should I Spend On My First Guitar?

    One of the most common questions from beginners is “How Much should I spend on my first guitar?”. This is a great question, and we have some very good answers for you! Let’s look at the different viewpoints! How Much Should I Spend On My First Guitar? A Good Question! There are a tons of…

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