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6 Ways To Keep Your Guitar Rig From Sounding Like An Amateur

6 Ways To Keep Your Guitar Rig From Sounding Like An Amateur

This article was originally written for Guitar-Muse 

The Be All End All in Sounding Like a Pro

Intonate Your Guitar

Nothing screams amateur more than a guitarist who’s out of tune. Unfortunately, just getting your tuner to light up green when you play each open string may not be enough to make your guitar sound in tune. Intonation matters a lot and the cheaper the instrument, the more potential there is for your intonation to be bad.

You can check your intonation very easily. First use a guitar tuner to tune all the strings. Then check the pitch of the 12th fret harmonic against the note at the 12th fret of each string. They should both be perfectly in tune. If the 12th fret is flat or sharp against the harmonic, then you have problems.

Adjusting the intonation of a guitar isn’t all that difficult but could be daunting if you’re a novice. In that case, seek the help of a professional guitar tech. If you’re adventurous, here’s a helpful how to article on wikiHow. Beware, I’ve encountered on many occasions cheap guitars that just cannot be intonated properly. Basically, their craftsmanship is so poor that no amount of saddle adjustment is enough to compensate. If you find yourself to be in this position then, unfortunately, if you want to play in tune you’ll need a better guitar.

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A Novice’s Guide to Recording Guitar Amps

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Are you recording a guitar amp for the first time or just looking for some guidance in the process? This article will give you a general overview of what’s involved when recording guitar amps and help you start recording some killer guitar tracks.

Get Your Sound

Before you even bother grabbing a microphone, set up your guitar amp to get the sound you’re looking for. I know you’re eager to get recording, but this is the most important step. Don’t be afraid to spend some time on it. If your amp sounds awesome when you’re sitting in front of it, it will sound awesome on the recording…[READ MORE]

Top 11 Overplayed Cover Songs

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Written for Guitar-Muse.com

I like to think I know a thing or two about cover music. I’ve been playing in cover bands for a few years now and I live in the cover band capital of the world, New Jersey, where cover bands out number original bands by the hundreds.

Today it seems that the cover bands, at least in my area, all play the same stuff. There are a ton of great Top 40 hits to choose from, yet bands stick to a short list of tired, worn out tunes…[READ MORE]