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acoustic small body guitar
Jun 20

Top Acoustic Small Body Guitars That Sound Great!

By Monica | Guitar , News , Product Reviews

Are you searching for the finest acoustic small body guitars? Then you might want to pay attention to this little guide that I made.

Just like the most of you, I am not a big person. I can always consider myself petite or moderate, if they may suffice. I always encounter difficulties whenever I am playing standard size or jumbo guitars.That's my very ordeal.

Because of my predicament, I always find joy in playing small acoustic guitars. There's something about them that makes me drool over. They are easy to play, soft to the hands, and convenient to carry. Of course, their sounds are fantastic and soothing too.

Many guitarists and musicians I know have a great perception of small acoustic guitars. In fact, I knew some guys out there that consider the instrument impregnable to their playing set.

If you are just starting to delve into this world, I have some recommendations that I want you to try. Just remember, I am just suggesting here, okay? I am not forcing you to get them. But if you feel like having them, then, by all means, get them.

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How to String a Ukulele
Jun 15

How to String a Ukulele: A Guide For Beginners

By Monica | News , Ukulele

Learning how to string a ukulele is pretty necessary. Just like guitars, the strings in ukuleles get worn out eventually. Sooner or later, you will have to replace them. Depending on the frequency and force that you use, you might have to restring your instrument every two weeks or so. Doing this will ensure that your ukulele will always be in its top shape (and sound).

Don't worry a thing here. You see, stringing your ukulele is not difficult. In fact, if you have experience already in stringing a guitar, you are quite fine already. You just have to make some minor adjustments, and you are good to go!

But for the sake of consistency and appropriateness, I do encourage that you check out this tutorial of mine. The method that I have written here is the one that is applied by pros. You might still learn a thing or two here.So if there's nothing more to beat here, so let's start the whole process now.

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must have guitar pedals
Jun 13

6 Must-Have Guitar Pedals For Any Skill Level

By Monica | Guitarist Gear , News

Guitar pedals are the next stage of playing guitar. Once you did a pretty decent job at the basics of this instrument, you can already experiment with a myriad of sounds.

Of course, the sound and tone of your guitar will remain static if you don't augment it. After all, it is designed that way. If you are looking for a way to open a whole new world of possibilities, you should include guitar pedals in your rig. These particular amenities will change the tonal characteristic of your guitar. They can make it suitable for various genres and playing techniques. Sounds savvy, right?

It doesn't matter if you are a pro or amateur. Guitar pedals will always come helpful, one way or another. Nevertheless, investing in these devices won't hurt your pocket either.

So what are the guitar pedals that you need in your pedalboard? Well, here is a checklist to get started.

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guitar chair
Jun 12

Guitar Chairs – Things You Should Know About

By Monica | Guitarist Gear , News

Playing the guitar is quite cool and fun. The moment you can realize all those tones and notes on your fingers, everything would be smooth and satisfying.

But despite the elation that a guitar can bring, this doesn't mean that you can get comfortable with it all the time. I am not saying that the instrument will make you feel bored eventually. No, that's not the case. Instead, what I am trying to imply is that handling a guitar can put strains in your body. If you are not properly positioned, the gear can punish your back or shoulders.

As a guitar player, it is essential that you have a trusty guitar chair. This particular tool is highly necessary to keep you comfortable whenever you are playing for extended periods. Nobody wants to stand for hours while playing their rig. Even professionals have to rest their feet first before they give up to the weight and burliness of the instrument.

Having a guitar chair or stool is downright important. There are no excuses for it. And even if you say that you have an ordinary chair in your home or studio, things would still not get good for you.

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6 Postural and Ergonomic Tips when Playing the Guitar
Jun 12

6 Postural and Ergonomic Tips when Playing the Guitar

By Monica | News

Health problems from bad posture come about when you spend long periods of time in the wrong posture. Certainly, if you intend practising guitar for 3 hours every day, you should break down this time into sections so you can take breaks and change positions.

A sloppy playing position is unsightly to those watching, it restricts your hand movements, causes stress, pain and spinal degeneration. There are no hard and fast rules on how to sit or stand when playing the guitar, just tips and guidelines.

Apply these 6 postural and ergonomic tips to prevent fatigue, prevent backache and neck pain and make your playing look cool, relaxed and effortless.

1. Correct Posture for Playing Guitar Seated

Avoid using the edge of your bed for playing guitar. Invest in a drafting chair or stool that raises your body and allows your legs to extend when playing. The stools improve your playing ability as you can access all the notes on the frets.

Your guitar-playing posture is an important factor towards a pain-free playing position. Using a footstool helps towards good posture, and you can elevate your leg to get the guitar into a position that allows you to play free of pain and strain. The best footstool can be adjusted to various heights for the ideal position.

Most drafting stools are lightweight, and can be used as a regular office chair for work.

2. Guitar Straps for Playing the Guitar while Standing

If your guitar doesn’t come with a strap, it’s a good idea to buy a strap as it’s an integral part of playing the guitar while standing. The correct strap will reduce guitar weight on your shoulder. The strap can be adjusted to suit your playing style. Angle your guitar to 45° as this position allows your hands to fall naturally onto the guitar.

Keep your feet in line with your shoulders as proper posture comes from keeping your feet spread naturally and in line with your shoulders help you avoid back pain and back injuries while playing.

3. Holding the Guitar Correctly

When playing your guitar seated, if you are right-handed, the curve of the guitar should rest on your right thigh. The guitar rests on the right leg as you’ll be using your right hand to strum. The guitar sits just below the chest with back straight and left arm at a right angle to ensure less strain on the wrist when strumming. Many guitarists are in the habit of hunching over their guitar, which inevitably affects their posture and back problems later in life.

The guitar is such a laid-back instrument that you may want to sit on the ground with your guitar. Then your legs will need to be positioned in such a way that the body of the guitar is at chest height and you have minimal hunching.

4. Guitar Ergonomics

Playing guitar puts stress and demands on the muscles and tendons of a guitarist, leading to repetitive strain injuries. Musculoskeletal injuries amongst guitarists are common. You can’t stop playing but you can become informed about prevention options. Today, guitarists have different accessories and tools such as straps, strap locks and other devices at their disposal which have been designed to enhance their performance. Musicians need to look for these accessories as well as a posture that will keep joints in the range of motion. They also need to warm up before practice and take plenty of breaks so as to stretch and relax. Check out your guitar and make sure it is set up optimally for you - lighter strings for instance or a strap that could make playing less stressful.

5 Setting Up your Guitar for Ease of Play

If practising guitar is more of a physical effort than pleasure, it may need a set up. A young amateur may well just require a footrest to get the right height to place the guitar, but as you become more skilled and put in longer hours of practice, back-ache and pain may start appearing because of unnatural body posture.

A good guitar tech knows precisely what to do to make play easier for you. For instance playability issues in terms of string spacing can be fixed. Some manufacturers install nuts with narrower string spacing, but if your fretting hand feels awkward, the spacing can be checked and widened, requiring a new nut. If a string for instance is too close to the edge of the fingerboard, re-spacing allows for better playability.

6. Invest in an Ergonomic Guitar

Up until recently, guitars haven’t been built for comfort. Now, many ergonomic guitars can be custom made, allowing players to have easy access to the higher frets and a guitar which fits them perfectly. There are brands which are now creating a more ergonomic and comfortable way to pick at guitar strings, allowing players to adopt a more natural and less straining posture.

Conclusion:

Consistent correct guitar posture is important for your health, making the work of your hands and figures that much easier. Modern guitar makers are now starting to also design guitars which comfortably fit the shape of the player's body towards less muscle strain when playing.

Avoid poor posture, because discomfort caused by poor posture is often so subtle, you only realize it when you’ve injured yourself, you can no longer play and your guitar gently weeps.