Tag: guitar

Tips, tools, and resources for guitar players and aspiring guitarists alike. Featuring articles on the gear, artists, and techniques you should know about to take your playing to the next level.

  • Don’t Hit the Stage Without These Overlooked Heroes of Your Pedalboard

    Don’t Hit the Stage Without These Overlooked Heroes of Your Pedalboard

    Guitarists like to spill ink all the time about distortion boxes, classic overdrives, boutique delay pedals, and bucket-brigade modulation effects. It’s understandable why: These attention-grabbing stompboxes lead to dramatic and satisfying changes in sound. Like a great vintage amp or a top-notch guitar, it’s these larger-than-life pedals that help a player define his or her […]

    Read more

  • The Unacknowledged Impact Gregg Allman Had on My Life as a Musician

    I never listened to the Allman Brothers much, which is probably not what you’d expect to hear from somebody who’s about to write 500 or so words about Gregg Allman. But as I reflected on his passing last week, I realized that Gregg and his brother Duane had a much greater impact on my life as […]

    Read more

  • Aesthetics: The Forgotten Frontier in the Tone Debate

    Aesthetics: The Forgotten Frontier in the Tone Debate

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. If you’ve spent enough time around guitarists or bassists, you’re certainly familiar with what gear obsession looks like. You may even be a gear obsessive yourself, or […]

    Read more

  • 5 Mind-Bending Early Guitar Innovators

    5 Mind-Bending Early Guitar Innovators

    Compared to most instruments, the modern guitar is a relatively new instrument. While classical instruments like piano, brass, and woodwinds all have hundreds of years of pedagogy behind them, the language of guitar music and how we learn to play is new and constantly changing. Today, we can find chords to any song on the internet […]

    Read more

  • Reflecting on the Legacy of Chris Cornell, and What I Learned Playing His Music

    Words you say never seem To live up to the ones inside your head The lives we make never seem To ever get us anywhere but dead. — Chris Cornell/Soundgarden Chris Cornell left this Earth too soon. Still, judging by the life he led, he seemed like the sort of legendary artist who belonged to […]

    Read more

  • 3 Ways Learning an Instrument Can Help Your Songwriting

    3 Ways Learning an Instrument Can Help Your Songwriting

    Although a lot of songwriters have at least a basic sense of either the guitar or piano, there are still quite a few who rely solely on their voices when writing melodies and lyrics. While that’s a perfectly fine place to start, songwriters could gain a lot by expanding their instrumental horizons, especially when they […]

    Read more

  • 14 of the Most Commonly Confused Terms in Music and Audio

    14 of the Most Commonly Confused Terms in Music and Audio

    Once upon a time, remixing a song meant actually redoing the mix. Many vintage consoles (some Neve 80-series, for example) have a button labeled “remix” that changes a few functions on the desk to optimize it for mixing rather than recording. But sometime in the late 20th century, the word “remix” began to take on a new meaning: […]

    Read more

  • 4 Other Uses for Your Favorite Guitar Pedals

    4 Other Uses for Your Favorite Guitar Pedals

    By Casey van Wensem Every guitarist has that one effects pedal (or two, or three, or 12) they just can’t live without. Maybe it’s a boutique overdrive pedal that gives you just the right amount of gain and saturation for crunchy leads or a vintage analog delay pedal perfect for lush, dreamy soundscapes and gigantic swells. […]

    Read more

  • What Makes a Great Debut Album? These 5 Classics Can Teach Us Everything

    What Makes a Great Debut Album? These 5 Classics Can Teach Us Everything

    What makes a great debut album? Its reflection on its time and place in contemporary society? The hype it generates? An ethereal and indescribable showing of artistic genius and virtuosity? While there are certainly patterns and similarities within the athenaeum of commercial music — the “sophomore slump,” the “edgy cover artwork,” or the scorched-earth PR campaigns […]

    Read more

  • 5 Essential Alternate Tunings for Acoustic Guitar

    5 Essential Alternate Tunings for Acoustic Guitar

    Go beyond your standard stable of chords and explore a whole new world of alternate tunings to make your songs stand out.

    Read more

Ryan Lott: Designing Sample-Based Instruments