Do You Know The Do's And Don'ts of Truss Rod Adjustment?

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Truss rods are vital for keeping your guitar neck from gradually warping, but do you know what exactly is going on inside the neck? 

YouTube favorite Randy Schartiger shows the pros and cons of 1 way and 2 way truss rods, the importance of using tools that fit, and other do's and don'ts of truss rod adjustment. 

See the thorough and clear explanation in the video!  

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What Guitar Playing "Quirk" Has Stuck With You?

Legendary Guitar Playing

Do you have a guitar technique that is "wrong," but has stuck with you over the years?

Check out Nepalese fingerstyle guitarist Sanjal Bhandari plays an original piece called "No Mountain." In the caption Sanjal comments, "as you can see me playing left handed with totally upside down strings.. I have been playing this way from the very first moment."

See his soothing performance in the video after the cut. 

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What Instrument Would You Like To See Fused With A Guitar?

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Why have only 6 strings when you can add... 6 more?!

Fingerstyle guitarist Andy McKee performs a cover of Michael Hedges' "Because It's There" and lets his fingers do the talking. He uses a Dyer Harp Guitar and shows us the true definition of what it means to be a "multi-instrumentalist."

See his performance in the video below: 

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What Do You Wish You Could Change About Your Hands?

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Ever have those days when you wish you had 8 fingers on each hand? It is common for musicians to feel restrcited by the structure of their playing hands.

Bassist Joe Hubbard discusses the limitations of your hand anatomy, and how to overcome them in this helpful video.  He also talks about preventing any long-term damage to your hand that can occur when using inproper technique. 

See what he means in the video below: 

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What Music-Related Innovation Do You Love?

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Innovation is about finding solutions to problems  people may not be aware they have. 

Ratio Machine Heads were designed to make tuning, re-tuning, and open tuning a breeze. This hassle-free solution dramatically shortens the time it takes to tune your guitar, because all 6 strings react the same to how much you turn the tuning peg. 

No more overshooting the Low E or G, or twisting away on the High E or D string---- you'll get fast, intuitive, and accurate tuning on all strings. Check out the video below to learn more.

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How Do You Display Your Guitar(s)?

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Wall mounting your guitar is one of the most stylish and space-saving ways to show off your gear, while keeping the instruments accessible for easy play. 

YouTuber Tom Chiiron advises on how to hang your guitar safely on a drywall while keeping it attractive. Watch him utilize his woodworking skills and transform a plank of wood into a sweet room decor. 

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Where Are You On The Timeline Of Your Guitar Success?

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Learning an instrument is a bit like dating/marriage: there are common stages people go through as they get to know one another. To be sucessful it takes persistence, self-evaluation and lots of trial-and-error.

YouTuber Andy Guitar has a quick lecture on the 4 key stages of developing your guitar playing skills. Some parts may seem tedious, but Andy swears that this will ensure long-term success! 

Check out the lesson below and find out where you are in your timeline. 

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How Do You Care For Your Guitar?

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Most musicians, even the ones who absolutely adore and pamper their gear, have no idea that they could be unknowingly damaging their guitar.

We all sweat to regulate our temperature (or sometimes as a stress response), and our hands are no exception. Every time you play your guitar, you are essentially rubbing your acidic hand sweat all over your strings and hardware. This can result in premature corrosion, which not only looks bad but can also affect your performance.

Chops PrePlay cleans and conditions your hands without any greasy feel, and balances your skin's pH level to keep your guitar protected. One squirt leaves your hands feeling fresh, and many players swear by it as having clean, balanced hands can enhance your playing experience as well. 

 

See how Chops PrePlay was developed in the video below! 

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What is your Favorite Guitar Body Finish?

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Want to give your instrument a bold makeover, but don't have the budget?  

YouTuber Ninh Ly revives his dull silver bass in this video into a beautiful yellow gold. He goes through each necessary step (such as sanding and polishing) to give your boring old axe a relatively quick (and cheap) facelift! 

Check out the full makeover in the video below!  

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Who Is Your Favorite Bassist?

Legendary Guitar Playing

Who else hated the sound of their alarm ringing this Monday morning? Calm your nerves back down with a soothing bass solo. 

Check out bass legend and 5-time Grammy winner Victor Wooten, who proves you don't need 6 strings to have a heartfelt performance. In this video he plays a short rendition of his original composition "The Lesson." 

Without further adieu, check out Victor Wooten's incredible solo in the video below!  

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