Wittner Taktell QM2 Quartz Metronome Review

Now, here’s something that I can’t believe I’ve not reviewed yet: the Wittner Taktell QM2 Quartz Metronome. I mean, I’ve said so many times that it’s a good idea to practice with a metronome…but for some reason haven’t told you guys about the same metronome that I’ve used for years. … Continue reading

My Guitar Playing Rut (and how I escaped)

We all have days where nothing seems to be working, right? One of those days where no matter what you try to play, it just wont sound right… Sound familiar? Unfortunately this happens to all of us at some point or another. I’m sure even Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen … Continue reading

Wampler Triple Wreck Distortion Review

The Wampler Triple Wreck distortion pedal by Wampler effects was designed with the sound of a Peavey 5150 or Mesa Dual Rectifier in mind. It’s not quite in the same league as other distortion pedals. This thing is like an amp in a box- seriously! I’m not talking about your … Continue reading

Learn a Lick 5: The Shifty Thrasher

Today’s lick has been inspired by Thrash giants such as Kirk Hammett from Metallica. It also requires a lot of quick position shifts that need to be executed cleanly. This is why I’ve called this one the ‘Shifty Thrasher’! The lick uses the E natural minor scale, and would feel … Continue reading

The Real Alternate Picking ‘Secrets’

You’ve probably heard about alternate picking before. You might even be doing it most of the time you play guitar…but are you doing it properly? I mean, you can only play as fast– or as accurately– as you can pick. So, it makes sense to make your picking motion as … Continue reading