The (not so) Tiny Terror: Hell’s Holy Grail

During the late nineties and into the new millennium, touring guitarists and studio musicians were returning the glory of a low wattage amp. In Rock n Roll’s infancy, guitarists were forced to use low wattage amps because they had no choice. As manufacturers continued to push the watts higher and higher, guitarists followed suit blindly believing that more watts meant a better sound. Eventually, guitarists came back to their roots after the fall of “metal” and “grunge.”

Manufacturers like Matchless and Top Hat seemed to lead the charge with amazing boutique amps usually modeled after the Vox AC30. Before you knew it, custom amp companies were popping up all over the country sporting 30, 15 and even 5 watt amplifiers. Some of these were very good, some of them not so good, but nearly all of them priced above the price range of your average player. So, when Orange came along with the Tiny Terror, guitarists rejoiced… and rightfully so.

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“Mine” by Taylor Swift

Alright, alright. Say what you want about Taylor Swift, but I love her. As a songwriter, her songs couldn’t be more memorable. If you start playing a Taylor Swift song, chances are people are going to instantly sing along. For guitar players, especially beginners, the good thing is that her songs are pretty easy to play.

Here are the chords for Taylor Swift’s “Mine.” You’ll want to pay attention especially to the chord changes in the intro and pre-choruses because some of the chords switch on some off beats. Be sure to check out our other easy guitar songs and chords.

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Guitar Friendly featured on Guitar International Magazine

I was really excited this morning when I found out that Guitar International Magazine featured Guitar Friendly in a series they are doing called “10 Great Guitar Blogs.”

If you don’t know, Guitar International is an online guitar magazine that is a one stop spot for artist interviews, guitar news, reviews, contests, columns, and much more. For only being just one year old, Guitar International has already established itself as an authoritative voice for everything guitar.

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Castiv Guitar Sidekick Hands-On Review

It’s pretty amazing to me how many guitar apps have made their way to the iTunes App Store. Just by searching “guitar” under apps, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of apps related to guitar. These include tuners, tab software, chord charts, metronomes, chord libraries, and much more.

It makes sense then why Castiv decided to create the Guitar Sidekick. This mount attaches to your guitar and mounts your iPhone or any other mobile or portable device to your guitar.

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Major Guitar Scales Lesson: A Major Scale Positions

How are the scales coming? This week we pass the half way point of our journey to learn all major scale positions across the fretboard in all twelve keys. If you’re jumping into this lesson mid-ways through, you might want to consider starting at the beginning with learning your C major scale positions.

A major guitar scale

So far, we’ve covered:

This week we’re going to look at the A major scale.

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Griffin GuitarConnect Cable Hands-On Review

I got my iPhone 4 a couple months ago, and now that I’ve had it, I can’t imagine life without it. With the app store, I’m almost convinced my iPhone can do anything. I was surprised when I found it could also act as a portable guitar effects unit as well.

A couple months ago Griffin Technology released their GuitarConnect cable for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. This cable plugs your guitar right into your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. The headphone output allows you to connect an auxiliary speakers or headphones.

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Major Guitar Scales Lesson: Eb Major Scale Positions

We’re on a journey to learn all major guitar scale positions in all twelve keys on the guitar fretboard. Seem impossible? It’s not really that hard if you start at the beginning with your C major scale positions and go from there.

Eb Major Guitar Scale

Again, we’re not running a sprint here, but rather, a marathon. If you dedicate yourself each week and practice hard, you can tackle one lesson per week. So far we’ve covered:

This week we’re going to look at the Eb major scale. Let’s do this.

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Sanyo Eneloop Pedal Juice Hands-On Review

Sanyo just recently dropped a pretty interesting product called the Pedal Juice. I’ve never seen anything like it before. The Pedal Juice is a rechargeable 9V power supply for effects pedals, multi-effects units, and even portable recording devices. I just recently received a Pedal Juice to review, and here’s what I think.

First Impressions

Upon opening up the box, everything is crammed in there leaving no room for space. The actual Pedal Juice power supply only takes up about a third of the box, with the rest of the box containing cables, power adapter, and a carrying case.

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2010 Guitar Blog Awards

I wanted to take time and recognize some of the really excellent guitar blogs out there, and in doing so, ultimately thank the people who’ve done an absolutely outstanding job in providing the best quality content about guitar on the web. Plus, it’s just downright fun giving away and receiving awards.

Criteria

These blogs were selected based on four main criteria: (1) content quality, (2) content consistency, (3) design, and (4) voice. By content quality, we’re referring to the quality and level of comprehensiveness of the information on the blog. By content consistency, we’re referring to how often the blog is updated with new, fresh, and unique content. By design, we’re referring to the overall look, feel, and usability of the blog. And by voice, we’re referring to that unique element and tone that sets a blogger out from the rest.

Contributors

Truth be told, there are many excellent guitar blogs out there, too many to feature all in this post (and probably some that I’ve overlooked). Many were nominated by the members of the Guitar Bloggers group at Guitar World. So, if you’re blog didn’t receive an award or get mentioned, don’t take it personally, just shoot me an email, so I can keep you in mind for the future.

Without further ado, I proudly present to you the 2010 Guitar Blog Awards in the following five categories: Guitar Instruction & Lessons, Guitar Gear & Reviews, Guitar News & Information, Other Guitar Related, and New & Upcoming.

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Major Guitar Scales Lesson: D Major Scale Positions

So, how are the scales coming? By now, you should know four scales all across the fretboard: C major, F major, G major, and Bb major.

For those of you just tuning in, we’re on a journey right now towards mastering the fretboard. Each part builds on the other, so if you want to get started, start here with learning your C major guitar scales.

This week we’re going to look at D major. You ready?

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