Tag Archives: Guitar

Things I Love About Making Art

If you’re like most artists (actually, most human beings), every now and then you’ll find yourself drifting, having lost sight of your goals completely.  You’ll feel like you’re going through the motions, but with little satisfaction.  That little self-critical voice … Continue reading

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A Kind of Fraud

I’ve been reading behind-the-scenes recollections and reminiscences of life as a top-flight, session, studio musician, in the 1960s and 1970s, lately.  There is something that intensely disquiets me about that whole era and the way that popular music was produced … Continue reading

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This is Post Number 335

As this is post number 335, in my series “Creative Ideas for Starving Artists”, I thought I would post something apposite.  My guitar playing friends will understand this. Here’s to my guitar playing friends all over the world!

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The Tone Is In Your Head

No, this is not a post about tinnitus.  It’s about why guitar players sound so different to each other.  Is it the amplifier or the choice of effects pedals?  Is it the strings, or the plectrum, or the pickups?  Is … Continue reading

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Strings, Action and Compromise

I’ve noticed something about the guitars I play.  I have a variety of ways of setting them up and have tended to set them up to give each one a particular playability and sonic personality.  I didn’t really think about … Continue reading

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Is Struggle Necessary?

In popular culture, the role of the artist is often dramatized and the underlying theme of many of these dramatizations is the struggle the artist must endure, before finally finding success.  Often, the struggle only results in success after they … Continue reading

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Immersed in the Flow Zone

One of my favourite feelings, when I am painting, playing music, soldering electronic components, debugging software or writing a piece, is that feeling of being completely self-contained and apart from the rest of the world.  I love that feeling of … Continue reading

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