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Martyn How 1949-2023

We’re saddened to announce that James How’s eldest son, Martyn, has passed away at his home on the 31st of December, 2023.

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Christmas All Over Again Guitar Lesson

In the early 80’s Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers recorded a Christmas song that has become a holiday staple. While it has all the hallmarks of the season the song stands out with Petty’s laid back and less than perfect vocals. In this guitar lesson, let’s break the song “Christmas All Over Again” down and see how to play it!

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Song Lesson: The Beatles And I Love Her

By the summer of 1964 The Beatles were going strong! They had made their American appearance on Ed Sullivan the winter before and Beatlemania was at its peak. This was a year before their music began to branch out with new instruments and even drug experimentation. At this point they were still playing standard rock tunes and ballads like “And I Love Her.” Here is a guitar lesson on how to play this song with its great chord changes and percussive rhythm.

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The Darkness “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” Guitar Lesson

The Darkness released “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” back in 2003, but it sounds like a song that could have been released in the ’60s or ’80s. It has all the hallmarks of a hard-rocking blues tune, but it also doesn’t take itself too seriously. Between the lead singers’ falsetto vocals and the quirky video, the band even leans into the silly aspect of the Rockstar sound, perhaps that’s why it was such a hit. Here is a quick song lesson on how to play this fun rock song “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”

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IDLES – Our Generation

“A beautiful, chaotic mess” is how Adam Devonshire describes his band, IDLES. Despite this (or because of this, perhaps), IDLES have claimed the title of Britain’s most exciting independent band and have picked up plenty of accolades along their journey.

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Bridging the Gap Between Guitarists and Digital Music Production Software

The marriage of traditional guitar playing with cutting-edge digital music production software can seem like a daunting task. However, this synergy offers unprecedented creative freedom and control, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the modern music landscape. Whether you are a seasoned guitarist or a beginner looking to dive into the realm of digital production, understanding how to bridge the gap between these two worlds is essential. This blog aims to guide you through this transition, covering the historical evolution, the benefits, and the practical aspects of combining guitar playing with digital music production software.

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London Luthier Providence Guitars

Meet Providence Guitars, a luthier building unique designs that bring together the best – and sometimes contrasting – parts of classic guitars.

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Song Lesson: PJ Harvey – Good Fortune

Despite being released in 2000 the song “Good Fortune” by PJ Harvey has a bit of an 80’s guitar vibe, which is fitting considering that is when her career began! As a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and poet-like lyricist she would go onto bigger fame with the alternative music of the 90’s. Here is a quick song lesson on how to play PJ Harvey’s “Good Fortune” on guitar.

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