Archive | May, 2011
If you've been following my lessons here for the past couple of weeks, you're familiar with the musical compass and that it can be used to figure out the notes in any major scale, as well as other useful stuff. I've even provided you with a kit to make one at home. So be sure and do this if you haven't already!

SMG Guitar Lesson #8: How to Harmonize a Scale

If you’ve been following my lessons here for the past couple of weeks, you’re familiar with the musical compass and that it can be used to figure out the notes in any major scale, as well as other useful stuff. I’ve even provided you with a kit to make one at home. So be sure […]

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Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. It commemorates U.S. Service Members who died while in the military service.

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. It commemorates U.S. Service Members who died while in the military service.

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SMG Guitar Lesson #7: The Holy Grail of Guitar Mastery!

SMG Guitar Lesson #7: The Holy Grail of Guitar Mastery!

If there is such a thing as a “Holy Grail” of great guitar playing, it lies within mastering the five octave positions and how they correlate with intervals. THE HOLY GRAIL OF GUITAR MASTERY In a previous lesson, I shared with you a kit for making your own musical compass, which is a handy little […]

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An event as big as GearFest demands an equally big giveaway of free gear! We've amassed more than $30,000 in gear that will be awarded to lucky GearFest attendees. Included is some of the hottest gear for recording, guitar, and live sound from Epiphone, Line 6, PreSonus, QSC, Roland, Shure, and Yamaha. You must attend GearFest and register in person in order to win.

SMG NEWS: Sweetwater Presents GearFest ‘11

An event as big as GearFest demands an equally big giveaway of free gear! We’ve amassed more than $30,000 in gear that will be awarded to lucky GearFest attendees. Included is some of the hottest gear for recording, guitar, and live sound from Epiphone, Line 6, PreSonus, QSC, Roland, Shure, and Yamaha. You must attend […]

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I was recently asked for advice from someone looking to purchase their first guitar. Given the multitude of brands, differences in style, tone, and feel, and wide range of quality among instruments, this is an overwhelming proposition for the first time buyer. My response to this particular person is given below.

SMG: Advice For Buying Your First Guitar!

I was recently asked for advice from someone looking to purchase their first guitar. Given the multitude of brands, differences in style, tone, and feel, and wide range of quality among instruments, this is an overwhelming proposition for the first time buyer. My response to this particular person is given below.

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Downtown Vintage Guitars is NOT your ordinary guitar shop. It doesn't have hundreds of brand new guitars hanging on the walls. It doesn't have the multiple departments like your local Guitar Center or other big chains. But it has other things that those big stores do not have.... like VIBE and PERSONALITY!

SMG Explores: Downtown Vintage Guitars, Las Vegas!

Downtown Vintage Guitars is NOT your ordinary guitar shop. It doesn’t have hundreds of brand new guitars hanging on the walls. It doesn’t have the multiple departments like your local Guitar Center or other big chains. But it has other things that those big stores do not have…. like VIBE and PERSONALITY!

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