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How to Give the Perfect Guitar

by Blogger on ‎12-15-2014 12:40 PM - last edited on ‎12-15-2014 04:43 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



Is a guitar on the top of  your wishlist—or someone else's—this year? If you are shopping around this season for a new one, it can be a daunting task. How do you know which guitar is a good fit? Classical, acoustic, electric, hybrid … this popular instrument comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and sounds. I'll try to help you out by explaining the four most common types of guitars and how they compare to one another.


Holiday performance must haves: tips and gadgets

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2014 07:10 AM - last edited on ‎11-26-2014 03:56 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



As a music teacher, I always encourage my students to perform as often as they can, regardless of age, level or discipline. Whether they’ve been learning for five months or five years, recitals and gigs are a great way to showcase students’ hard work and push them to excel at their instrument.For a lucky few, nerves aren’t a problem; some use their anxiety as a way to adrenalize themselves and get excited. For others, especially younger or beginner musicians, their nerves can get the best of them  How can this be avoided? The best advice I can give is to be 110% prepared. Take a look at the tips and gadgets below to sound polished and professional in time for your next recital, concert or gig.


Review: Monster Instrument Cables for Guitarists

by Blogger on ‎10-20-2014 11:07 AM - last edited on ‎10-20-2014 11:32 AM by Blog Editor in Chief


Monster cables have been around for over 35 years now. Countless artists have endorsed their products throughout the years. Simply ask George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Phil Ramone, Keith Emerson, All Di Meola and Slash what they think of Monster Cables. Instrument cables have made the company famous. I was sent some of the newest Monster cables and here is what I thought learned.


Review: iLoud 40W Quality Portable Speaker

by Blogger on ‎09-23-2014 11:18 AM - last edited on ‎09-23-2014 12:39 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



Dubbed as “the first portable speaker for musicians”, the IK Multimedia iLoud 2-Way Monitor Speaker is, essentially, 2014’s version of your childhood stereo, injected with today’s audio and recording technology. It’s the ghetto blaster of the digital age; a transportable Bluetooth speaker that combines the convenience of mobility, recording and good audio resolution in a compact speaker.


Brass and woodwind instruments - now available at Future Shop!

by Blogger on ‎09-04-2014 10:53 AM - last edited on ‎09-04-2014 12:29 PM by Blog Editor in Chief





Future Shop’s musical instruments department is expanding to offer a wide range of brass and woodwind instruments for the beginner musician or band student. Here are a few examples of what you can expect to find in stores or online.


Great guitars for around the campfire

by Blogger on ‎08-07-2014 11:00 AM - last edited on ‎08-07-2014 11:49 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



It's camping season  - and what's a better way to enjoy the nice weather and great outdoors than singing and playing your favorite campfire songs? Let's take a look at a handful of great budget-friendly guitars you can use at your next woodsy gathering. 


New at Future Shop: Deluxe Fender Stratocaster HSS with iOS connectivity

by Blogger on ‎04-29-2014 09:06 AM - last edited on ‎06-04-2014 01:32 PM by Blog Editor in Chief


My first electric guitar – I must have been an early teen at the time - was a firebird red Squire Stratocaster with a pearl white pick guard. Of course, being the less-expensive cousin of the legendary Fender Strat model, I knew it was far from the best guitar on the block, but it didn’t matter. All I cared about, at the time, was that my guitar looked almost identical to the ones used by some of the world’s biggest names in rock and roll – icons like Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, to name a few.  In a way, my copycat Strat made me feel connected with some of music’s brightest stars.


Happy 120th Birthday, Gibson: 5 reasons to celebrate the all-new 2014 models

by Blogger on ‎04-08-2014 10:05 AM - last edited on ‎04-10-2014 04:22 PM by Blog Editor in Chief


In the summer of 1894, Orville Gibson quietly started a music revolution – one that would impact the way guitars are made, played and heard forever. A whole new family of instruments were born (starting with the mandolin and followed by archtop guitars), later inspiring generation after generation of musicians and craftsman to continue to produce some of the world’s most-loved guitars.


This year celebrates Gibson’s 120th anniversary - a year that’s a milestone in itself - and the historic guitar makers are celebrating in style with its newly minted 2014 models. Here's a peek at some of the innovative and exciting (and, well, just plain cool) features in store for this year's Les Pauls and SGs.


Roland Cube Amps: Which one is right for you?

by Blogger on ‎03-15-2014 09:50 PM - last edited on ‎03-18-2014 10:43 AM by Blog Editor in Chief


The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.


While Aristotle may not have been a musician, he was talking about the power of the collective team – and in music, working as a team is vital to creating great sound. In a band, for example, every part plays a role, big or small, that adds to the final product – the drums create the beat, the guitar the rhythm, vocals the melody, and so on. 


In music, the guitar and the amp are a classic pair; when teamed up, an electric, acoustic or bass guitar becomes an impressive instrument full of life and sound.  And, depending on the bells and whistles built-in (such as distortion, chorus effects, etc), the creative control can be endless.


For years Roland’s line of Cube and Micro-Cube amps have provided a wide selection of models that fit the needs of the student, gigging musician or singer-songwriter. If you’re shopping around for your next amp, here's a few models I'd recommend trying out, and what features to consider, depending the sound you're looking for...


New Year’s Resolution: Learn to play an instrument!

by Blogger on ‎01-22-2014 12:38 PM - last edited on ‎01-23-2014 11:29 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

2011-year-resolution-400x400.jpgThis time of year is often a period of reflection, soul searching, and looking upon new horizons. A time for deciding what didn’t work last year and what to improve, or start, in the next twelve months. Joining a gym, spending more time with loved ones, or pushing up the career ladder are a few popular examples. Another common one? Learning how to play a musical instrument.


Interest in learning music often peaks in the New Year, as people seek to expand their skill set or start something new. No matter what age, learning a new skill (or re-sharpening an old one) can have great benefits, both cognitively and emotionally.


CES 2014: Gibson celebrates 120 years; Min-ETune is gadgety and amazing

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2014 08:02 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2014 03:42 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Naturally, consumer electronics dominate the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014). However, once again, legendary guitar maker Gibson Guitar had a notable presence at this year's show, with a large, white booth outside the Central Hall building of the Las Vegas Convention Center.






There is a world of accessories that can enhance a musician's playing - from pedals to amps and everything in between, students and teachers of every discipline can reap the endless benefits these add-ons can provide. Below is a list of my personal must-haves, and, while mostly for the guitarist and bassist, I included some items that would be a welcome addition to any musician’s toolbox.



Review of Gibson's Les Paul 70s Tribute Guitar

by Blogger on ‎11-27-2013 03:46 PM - last edited on ‎12-24-2013 10:55 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



What do Stairway to Heaven, Smoke on the Water and Hotel California all have in common? They’re all classic hits from same decade, the 1970s – one of the most thrilling and experimental times in music history. And, not surprisingly, a handful of these all-time favourites were written, recorded and performed on a select few guitars. 


One favourite was Gibson’s Les Paul. To pay homage to the feel and tone of the instrument that made some of the most unforgettable tunes during a decade when rock was king, Gibson introduced their Les Paul Studio '70s Tribute earlier this year. As someone who has always appreciated the Gibson brand of guitars, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to put this newly minted instrument to the test.  Here’s a quick breakdown of how I thought it measured up.



Which Gibson guitar is right for me?

by Blogger on ‎11-06-2013 03:58 PM - last edited on ‎11-07-2013 09:22 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



Gibson and Epiphone have been in the guitar-making business for a long, long time.


Founded in 1902, Gibson started out as a manufacturer of mandolin-family instruments, but found its niche in the 1930s when the company started making flattop acoustic guitars, followed by hollow-body electric guitars. Epiphone is even older; they've been in the business since 1873, though the company was incorporated into Gibson's lineup by 1958, with the goal of offering budget-conscious versions of Gibson's high-end, and usually pricier, products.


Together, Gibson and Epiphone have developed a solid rack of guitars suitable for any level of playing. Let's take a look at three models that are ideal for the beginner, intermediate and advance player.


Gibson and Epiphone guitars now available at Future Shop and

by Visitor strumsomething on ‎09-13-2013 08:22 AM - last edited on ‎09-27-2013 03:36 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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What do Jimmy Page, Angus Young, Dave Grohl, and Future Shop all have in common?   As of September 13, 2013 they ALL have Gibson Guitars!


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