How to Use Dynamics to Improve any Guitar Performances
Fingerstyle master Alex de Grassi demonstrates the use dynamics (volume variations) to highlight and contrast the interplay between the thumb and fingers; and to add color, nuance, and refinement to any guitar performance.
Endorsing artist Ben Montague explains how experiences can inspire lyrics, chords can spark melodies and how he makes choruses "as big as possible." Learn this acclaimed British solo artist's songwriting tips.
Mike Eldred, Elixir Strings endorsing artist, has been called "The best unknown guitarist in America." Watch as he demonstrates how to play key blues guitar turnarounds. Try playing different turnarounds to add variety to your blues.
Building Complementary Parts on Two Acoustic Guitars
Hudson Taylor, the Dublin folk duo, explain their jam-led approach to songwriting and reveal how they build complementary parts on two acoustic guitars. Hudson Taylor is made up of brothers Alfie and Harry.
Endorsing artist Tom Crouch breaks down the techniques behind his unique cover of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." Tom slows the pace to show how chords combine with percussive effects to turn his acoustic into a one-man band.
Endorsing artist Chris Hargreaves walks through the bass looping techniques he uses with Submotion Orchestra, demonstrating how even non-virtuosos can achieve atmospheric soundscapes and percussive effects with a blend of echo, reverb, delay, EQ and panning.
Top session bassist and endorsing artist Dave Marks believes a knowledge of FX makes a musician more versatile and therefore, more employable. Watch as he talks us through his pedalboard - from drive to flange - giving insider tips and tricks for each stompbox.
Session luminary and Elixir® Strings endorsing artist Yolanda Charles makes grooving on a busy bassline and counterpoint vocal look simple. Here she walks us through the art of juggling melody and rhythm using "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers.