Peavy Star Wars Guitar Contest

peavey-star-wars-guitarUse the Force to Win: Peavey Guitars is giving away limited edition Star Wars Rockmaster guitars. You can choose the dark side and get the Darth Vader version or be all boring and grab the Luke Skywalker edition. Either way, a fun little guitar to have lying around. Click here to enter the contest by April 30th.

Premier-Guitar-GiveawayLoaded Pedalboard Giveaway: Premier Guitar is offering a gear giveaway in which you can win a Walrus Audio Loaded Pedalboard from Creation Music Company. Check out the list of included pedals (with info from Premier Guitar):

Deep Six: The Deep Six is a true bypass studio-grade compressor in stomp box form, inspired by the performance of the Universal Audio 1176 with the simplicity of the Ross and Dynacomp.

Voyager: The Voyager is a gain/preamp overdrive that boasts a full spectrum of tone from any setting on its simple set of controls.

Harvester: The Harvester is a mid-range true overdrive with a ‘High Gain’ option that is controlled with a toggle switch. The standard settings allow for a rich and textured break-up of your clean signal with the tone section of the circuit split into Bass and Treble controls so you can dial in your precision sound.

Iron Horse: The Iron Horse is a return to the classic distortion: thick, punchy, riffy and rowdy. It is full of high gain and perfectly made for the rock guitarist in need of thick rhythm or cutting solos. Dial back the gain and it can be used as a thick, warm overdrive.

Janus: The Janus is a true bypass, dual joystick controlled Tremolo/Fuzz pedal that allows you to create a landscape of distorted textures. Both the Tremolo and the Fuzz can be isolated and used alone, but can also be used together in series creating thick textures with a lot of movement. Each joystick has a separate X and Y axis that has designated controls.

Bellwether: The Bellwether is a bucket brigade analog delay pedal with tap tempo. Offering analog circuity and up to 1000 ms of lush delays, the Bellwether ushers in a rich soundscape of long and short trails. It can achieve the warm saturated sounds found in delays like the Maxon AD999, and the coveted Boss DM-2, or the repeats can be brightened up with the tone control for more pronounced rhythmic delays. The modulation section allows you to manipulate the depth and rate of the effect applied to your trails; creating a lush special bed of sound. Set the time and repeat controls low to get that classic country slap back sound, or drag them out to achieve shoegaze perfection; dancing on the line of self-oscillation

Descent: The Descent was designed to create ambient textures of sound, from thick and endless hall reverbs to symphonic shimmers. The Descent is a three mode reverb system; hall, reverse, and shimmer. In each mode, the user has the ability to feed +1 and -1 octaves into the reverberated signal. The Hall mode will feature a classic reverb sound that can move your signal from a small-room-echo to a haunting long hall- echo. The Reverse mode smoothly flips your signal to playback unique responses and can be manipulated with pre-delay time controls. Shimmer mode highlights the octave features, dry signal, -1, and +1 to mix in your signal and creates a symphony of sound.

Aetos: The Walrus Audio Aetos is an 8-output, isolated power supply, utilizing an internal custom wound toroidal transformer to provide the highest noise filtering and cleanest power, giving artists the purest sound in their signal chain.

Creation Music Company Streamliner Plus: The Streamliner Plus is a handmade, boutique pedalboard with options that let you give it personal touch. This highly versatile pedalboard is able to fit the needs of complicated rigs and look sharp doing so. The Streamliner Plus is essentially version 2 of its predecessor, The Streamliner, featuring a new low profile Velcro top, an extra row of slots on the top for maximum cable management, a slight design change, and construction improvements all while still having the same features that have always set it apart from other boards.

Contest Ends June 22, 2015! Enter here.

TC-Electronic-GiveawayPhaser Giveaway: TC Electronic is offering you the chance to win a Helix Phaser signed by Devin Townsend. Contest Ends May 2, 2015! Enter here.

Uptown Funk & Classic R&B Guitar Lessons

During the early part of 2015, no song may have been bigger than Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk. The song is a throwback to the early 80’s funk scene and features guitar riffs similar to Prince and other artists from the era. In the video below, Andy Crowley will walk you through the collection of small guitar parts that combine to create this dance classic. You can check out our funk lessons for more on playing rhythm. If you’re looking for an easier interpretation of Uptown Funk that you can sing along with, try out the Guitar Goddess’ lesson.

On a more chill note, Cornell Dupree was a R&B session guitarist who played with Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, and Joe Cocker among others. His Hot Licks Video has been lingering in VHS purgatory until recently appearing on Youtube. This 56 minute video features a casual seminar teaching style (especially since the printed tab is not available to you). However, watching through the whole video and carefully studying specific sections should unlock a ton of ideas for you to try. There are some great hybrid picking ideas, double stop licks, and general advice in this lesson.

Our own new free lesson features Jody Worrell teaching you a Robert Cray Style Lick. This is an upbeat and expressive lick that features some exact techniques to create it’s tone. Learn the lick using the on-screen tab and then trade it back and forth with Jody against the jam track. If you like it, learn an entire Cray style solo and more with our Master of Blues lesson package.

Two Chances to Win Taylor Guitars


Taylor Guitar Sweepstakes: Enter the gig ready sweepstakes for your chance to take home your choice model from the 300 series along with a Henriksen guitar amp, Sennheiser mics, and other goodies. Open to US and Canada residents who enter by July 6, 2015.

  • One (1) Taylor 300 Series guitar (MSRP $ $1658.00 – $2318.00)
  • One (1) Bud acoustic guitar amp from Henriksen (MSRP $899.00)**
  • One (1) Zoom H5 Recorder (MSRP $337.49)
  • One (1) Play Acoustic vocal pedal from TC Helicon (MSRP $419.99)
  • Two (2) Sennheiser microphones: MK4 ($399.00) and e935 ($169.00) (MSRP $139.99)

More Taylor Goodness: The Music Zoo and Backstage are offering you the chance to win a Taylor 312 Acoustic Guitar. Contest Ends April 26.

Martin Guitar Giveaway: To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Premier Guitar is offering you the chance to win a Martin D-35 Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar worth over $3,000! Enter the contest by May 25, 2015.

Epiphone Guitar Giveaway: Epiphone is offering you the chance to win a Masterbilt AJ-45ME Acoustic Guitar. Head over to their site and enter the giveaway by April 30, 2015

Great Acoustic Guitars for Under $500

Typically, the word “great” wouldn’t necessarily be associated with an acoustic guitar under $500. However, new techniques in manufacturing and wood aging are allowing some builders to offer quality guitars at a very reasonable price.

Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation has put together a list of the top affordable acoustic guitars. We’ve included the list below but you can find additional information like manufacturer links and prices for each guitar here.  Also be sure to check out our article What Everyone Should Know Before Buying Their Next Acoustic Guitar.

Martin LX1E

Breedlove Pursuit Concert Mahogany

The Taylor GS Mini Guitar

Cordoba C5-CEBK

Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat

Ibanez Artwood Series Tenor Guitar

The Loar Brownstone LH-204

Recording King Torrefied RP1-16C

Ovation Celebrity Standard Plus CS24P-NBM

Epiphone “Inspired by 1964” Texan

Washburn WG26SCE

Yamaha LL6M


25 Guitar Tips You Should Know

25_Things25 Things Every Guitarist Should Know: Askold Buk has come up with the 25 things every guitarist should know. We have a portion of the list below, but check out Guitar World  to see the expanded list.

  • Having a great feel is your most important musical asset
  • Play for the song, not for yourself
  • As soon as you learn something cool, apply it immediately to a real-life musical situation
  • Learn as many tunes as possible, from start to finish

Where Does Volume Come From? Peter Vogl has a quick tip that will help you create more volume with your strumming technique. This is a great way to add dynamics to your playing.

New Pickups vs. New Guitar: Are you struggling with the choice of upgrading  your pickups or getting a whole new guitar? Or did you even consider just changing your pickups? Seymour Duncan has a guide to making this decision based on what you’re hoping to achieve with the upgrade.

Optimize Your Guitar for Under $100! On a similar note, Tony Nagy over at Premier Guitar has written an article on 10 Ways to Optimize Your Guitar! Some may seem like common sense, but it never hurts to make sure your guitar is at its best.

Better Barre Chords for Classical Guitar: The size of the neck and strings can pose additional issues when trying to play barre chords on classical. Scott Morris has a lesson that will show you some different tips and ways to use partial and full barres.