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How to Play Slide Guitar – Quickstart Guide

Slide guitar is an essential part of blues and rock music and involves placing a tubular object across the strings, and creating a glissando effect as you move from note to note. These tubular objects can be made of glass, … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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How to Play Ukulele – A Quickstart Guide for Beginners

For such a cool little instrument, the ukulele or ‘uke’ hasn’t been around for too long. Originating in 19th century Hawaii, it was an adaption of an instrument called the Portuguese Machete. From the shores of Hawaii, it soon gained … Read more

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Best Sounds for Getting Things Done

It’s widely recognized that listening to music can have hugely positive effects. It’s important, however, to match the type of music with the activity. Like a matching, a good wine with a particular dish, you need to match different types … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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Guitar Scales – A Guide for Beginners

Guitar scales are essentially ‘organized sequences of notes’ but they are so much more than a few notes strung together. For the aspiring guitarist, they’re vitally important to master. As a fundamental piece of music theory, practicing them helps you … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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Essential Social Media Tips for Savvy Musos

Social media is a crucial channel for any aspiring musician, but unless you have a label doing it all for you, you’re going to need to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself. The good news? It’s not that … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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First Gig: Dos and Don’ts

So, you’ve been rehearsing with your bandmates for several weeks now, you have a set together and are finally feeling ready to start gigging. But what can you do to make sure everything runs smoothly? Here are some dos and … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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Best Guitar Pickups – Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

All guitarists have a vague idea that guitar pickups are the things that generate sound on a guitar. However, for many, understanding stops there. In this expert guide, we’re going to take a look at how they work, all the … Read more

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Banjo Anatomy – Understanding the Parts of the Banjo

At a glance, banjos may appear similar to other stringed instruments such as the guitar or violin, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, they’re rather complex and are made using some pretty novel technology! So, what … Read more

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Best Ukulele for Beginners – Round-up & Reviews

The ukulele is the guitars younger – and let’s face it – more fun little brother. They are simple to learn, easy on the ear and amazingly portable. If you’re just starting out, or considering getting on for your child, … Read more

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How to Tune a Guitar – Step by Step Guide

When you start out learning the guitar, knowing how to tune it properly is the most important thing you need to get your head around. In this article, we’re going to give you a step by step guide to doing … Read more

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Social Media Marketing for Musicians

I get it. You’re a musician and want to be writing songs and making music, not messing about tweeting, posting, vlogging or any of that nonsense. But here’s the truth: if you want your music to go big, you need … Read more

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Best Concert Ukulele – Product Round-up & Reviews

Compared to the popular soprano uke, the concert ukulele (also known as ‘the super soprano’) has a deeper, louder tone and also boasts a wider fretboard, making them a popular choice for people with large hands. In this article, we’re … Read more

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Best Electronic Drum Set – Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

If you’re a drummer or thinking about becoming a drummer, you no doubt love the feel of an acoustic drum kit. That bounce, the responsiveness, the noise… The noise. Unfortunately, that noise that’s so much fun when you’re the one … Read more

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Best Drum Heads – Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

Even the best beginner kits often come with low-quality skins which struggle to stay in tune for long or survive a beating. Of course, a premium drum kit with excellent skins is going to cost a small fortune, so one … Read more

Cymbals

Best Cymbals – Buyer’s Guide and Reviews

Cymbals are an integral part of any drum kit. Although they look like a simple hunk of cyclical metal, there’s more to them than meets the eye, and an incredible amount of mastery goes into making the best ones. In … Read more

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Best Telecaster – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

Along with the Strat and Les Paul, the much loved ‘Tele’ has helped to forge modern guitar-based music. Leo Fender released the world’s first one in 1951, probably with little idea that his design was going to be so popular. … Read more

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Best Humbucker Pickups – Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

Humbuckers are what gives us those warm, thick and rich sounds associated with blues, rock, metal and even jazz. While jazz players favor them for their warmth, many genres of rock use this type of pickup for the punch they … Read more

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Best Delay Pedals – Buying Guide and Reviews

Delay is one of the most common effects used in almost every genre of music and is one of those must-have effects pedals that every guitarist should own. In this article, we take an in-depth look into what this effect … Read more

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Best Overdrive Pedals – Buying Guide and Reviews

Overdrive is a staple part of any guitarist’s diet, and usually one of the first effects pedals the beginner guitarist buys. In contrast to distortion, overdrive preserves some clean guitar tone but​ also mixes in extra crunch and volume, emulating the … Read more

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Best Portable Drum Sets – Compact & Easy to Transport

If you’re a drummer, you’ll be familiar with the problem of getting your instrument back and forth between gigs, recording studios and rehearsal rooms. Even at home, a full-size drum kit can be a problem if you’re short on space. … Read more

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Best Tube Amp – Buying Guide, Advice and Reviews for 2019

Tube (or ‘valve’) amps are famous for producing warm, fat tones as well as generating natural distortion. They’re also incredibly responsive – if you pick gently, for example, they respond accordingly. This is why they’ve been every guitarists favorite for … Read more

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Best Envelope Filter Pedals – For Turning on the Funk

Envelope filter pedals (often referred to as an ‘auto wah’) give you a wah sound without having to rock your foot back and forward on a wah-wah pedal. They are, unsurprisingly, hugely popular guitar pedals with funk players. Plus, they’re … Read more

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Best Midi Drum Pad Controllers – Buying Guide & Reviews

Midi drum controllers work just like midi keyboards, but instead of keys, you control it via pads which you hit with sticks or with your fingers. These controllers are used with virtual instruments in sequencing software to create beats and to … Read more

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Best Guitar Capo – Buying Guide and Reviews

If you’re here, you’re probably on the lookout for a new capo. Good move, they’re handy things to own. In this article, we guide you through all the considerations you need to think about – and believe it or not, … Read more

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Best Guitarist of All Time? Here’s Our Top Contenders

Who’s better? Who’s best? In this article, we tackle that most explosive of subjects, who is the best guitarist to ever live? Controversially, we’re not going to say who we think the best guitarist is. Instead, we’re going to list … Read more

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Best Guitar Chairs – For Longer, Comfier Sessions

You might not have given the type of chair you sit on while you play guitar much thought. Well, it turns out that it’s quite an important thing for prolonging the length of your playing and practice time. In this … Read more

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Guitar Practice Routine – Get the Right Balance

Want to know the secret to every great guitar practice routine? You need to strike the right balance of technique, theory, and repertoire. Because here’s the thing: what you think is practice might not actually be helping your playing. You … Read more

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How to Play with a Metronome

Before we dive in with some advice on how to play with a metronome, you might be wondering: why oh why do I need to use one of those annoying ticking things?! I hear ya. A lot of fresh faced … Read more

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Graham Coxon Guitar and Gear Guide

Graham Coxon has been hailed as one of the greatest British guitarists of the 90s. With his band Blur he became one of the driving forces of the Britpop genre. Although this fantastic little era of music more or less … Read more

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George Harrison Guitar and Gear Guide

George Harrison didn’t quite get all the recognition he deserved during his lifetime. While McCartney and Lennon continue to gobble up most of the credit for the juggernaut legacy of The Beatles, hardcore Harrison fans are typically happy to sit … Read more

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Johnny Marr Guitar and Gear Guide

Johnny Marr has been consistently voted one of the most influential and inspirational guitarists and still remains to this day a highly popular artist. Throughout his long career, he has written unique and massively popular music and achieved these with … Read more

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Jimmy Page Gear Guide

Guitarists don’t get more legendary than Jimmy Page, who is most famous for playing lead in one of the most popular british bands in rock history, Led Zeppelin. Regarded as one of the most influential guitarists of all time, Page … Read more

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Jeff Beck Guitar and Gear Guide

Grammy award-winning Jeff Beck never achieved the mainstream success of his contemporaries, but his most avid fans love him all the more for that. With releases exploring everything from blues to electronica, Beck is a rock guitar player who flies … Read more

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Jimi Hendrix Guitar and Gear Guide

Whenever you come across a list of the best guitarists of all time, Hendrix is always pretty close to the top, if not at the top. In this article, we’re going pull back the veil on how he got that … Read more

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GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

Chorus Pedal

Best Chorus Pedals – Buyers Guide and Reviews

A chorus pedal is used to produce a full, shimmery, layered guitar tone. The best chorus pedals work by taking the guitar’s signal and modulating it so that several, slightly different versions of the same sound are produced – like … Read more

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Best P90 Pickups – The Perfect Hybrid Pickup?

The best P90 pickup offers a fuller sound than traditional single coils and a brighter sound with more attack than a humbucker. Imagine a sound somewhere between the meat of a Gibson ES-335 and the brightness, power, and richness of … Read more

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Best 88 Key Midi Controllers – Buying Guide & Reviews

88 key midi controllers offer the melodic range and playability of a full-sized piano keyboard. Although many music producers opt for smaller keyboards, full-size controllers are essential for those who want up to seven octaves beneath their fingertips. Some feel … Read more

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Best Akai MPC – Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

Akai’s range of Music Production Centers (or ‘MPCs’) have left an indelible mark on popular music. They made the ability to create percussion from any kind of sound a reality, creating a new art form in the process being used massively … Read more

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Best Drum Sets for Kids – Buying Guide and Reviews

Encouraging your kids to learn an instrument is always a great idea, and drums are relatively easy to pick up for children –  they’re also a lot of fun, and have a ‘coolness’ factor to them. But here’s the thing: … Read more

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Best Jazz Drum Sets – Buying Guide and Reviews

Jazz drum sets are a different beast to the standard kits you see. For a start, they tend to be smaller and often use wooden shells, with maple and birch being popular choices for their tonal qualities, as well as … Read more

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Best Volume Pedal – Buying Guide & Reviews

Imagine you’re playing a song that’s full of distorted or overdriven guitar, but you want to play certain parts louder than others. Or perhaps you’re playing a song that requires a gradual volume increase as part of an intro or build-up. … Read more

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Best Cajon Drums – Buying Guide and Reviews

The Cajon has been in use since the late 16th Century in Peruvian music, but more recently, they’re popping up all over the place in modern Flamenco, Cuban and even pop performances. It is an all-in-one box which creates the … Read more

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Best Guitar Pedalboards – Buyer’s Guide and Reviews

Even if you’re just a beginner guitarist, there’s no doubt that at some point along your musical journey, you’ll start using a couple of effects pedals… and usually, once you start, you can’t stop. Those of you who already own … Read more

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Best Guitar Polish – Buying Guide & Reviews

We all love a brand new, sparkling, shiny guitar. The problem is that the look just doesn’t last. After a few weeks of playing, what was once a smooth, beautiful body starts to collect fingerprints, dust and even scratches. You … Read more

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Best Octave Pedals for Guitar – Buying Guide and Reviews

The octave was the first standalone effects pedals ever made. Whether it’s to give you a fuller tone (by doubling up on notes), beefing up a solo, or just helping you play octaves more efficiently, they have many applications. In this article explain … Read more

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Best Plexi Pedals – Buyers Guide & Reviews

The sound of the Marshall amp has defined a generation (or two, or three) of music, and played an important role in defining Jimi Hendrix’s sound (among many others e.g. Angus Young, Billy Joe Armstrong, etc). Guitarists do everything they can to … Read more

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Guitar Amps: Understanding The Essentials

Guitar amps go hand in hand with electric guitars. Without one, the electric guitar is rendered sort of useless. But with one…well, that’s an entirely different story. Along with guitars and pedals, amps make the sound of so many of … Read more

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Best British Rock Bands and Artists

GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

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Elliott Smith’s Guitars and Gear

Elliott Smith was one of the great, but relatively unknown, musicians of the past few years. By the end of his tragically short life (he died in 2003 at the age of 34), he’d become an accomplished guitarist and songwriter, … Read more

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Easy Guitar Songs You Can Play With Only a Few Chords

If you’re learning how to play guitar, there’s nothing more satisfying than learning songs. But watch out. If you try tunes that are too hard, you’ll get frustrated and give up before you’ve barely started. Start with easy songs. The … Read more

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8 Inspirational Music Quotes To Reinvigorate You!

GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

12 Ways Music Makes You More Productive at Work

While sometimes it’s purely to block out irritating noises or people, or other times just to give us a welcome burst of energy, listening to music at work makes us more productive and helps with concentration and focus; it even … Read more

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Best Beginner Drum Sets – Buying Guide and Reviews

There’s no better feeling than grabbing a pair of drum sticks and tapping out a rhythm on a great sounding drum set. Drums are easily the most physical of all the instruments, and while they’re one of the easiest instruments … Read more

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Best Univibe Pedals – Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

The univibe effect was a massive part of the swirling, 60s sound. It came into being when sound engineers tried to replicate the sound of rotating Leslie speaker cabs – they’re pretty much essential if you want to get that Jimi Hendrix … Read more

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Ukulele Size Guide – Which to Choose?

Ukuleles may seem like relatively simple instruments to play, but in reality, they’re rather diverse in terms of build and sound. With such a broad range of these things out there, we’ve put together this guide to help you get … Read more

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Best Guitar Multi-Effects Pedals – Buying Guide & Reviews

A multi-effects pedal is a stompbox that features a combination of digitally generated guitar effects. These clever devices also allow you to store your own combinations into patches, for quick, convenient use in a live setting. In this article, we went … Read more

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Basic Ukulele Chords for Beginners

If you’ve never played any musical instrument, learning how to play ukulele can be a scary prospect. A natural first step is to learn some chords, so that’s what we’ll cover here: Before we look at some ukulele chord charts, … Read more

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Best Looper Pedals For Guitar – Buying Guide & Reviews

Looper pedals are something many musicians dabble with. They can transform solo, acoustic gigs from yawn-inducing to awe-inspiring, and they can open up endless creative options. If you’re a solo performer who longs to play guitar solos, but can’t as … Read more

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Fingerstyle Guitar For Beginners

Beginners often struggle with fingerpicking. It probably shouldn’t be the first thing you learn as a guitarist, but beginners are often put off, thinking its too hard. In this article, we’re going to give you some pointers on how to play this … Read more

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How to Play Guitar Solos – Simple Ideas for Beginners

GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more

Guitar Chords for Beginners

GedGed is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 … Read more