Submit an Article

Guitar Articles at WholeNote

Sort by:
Showing 1-20 of 145 articles
  1. Laura Poston (243)
    Posted on 7/14/2004 · 15769 Hits
    Blind Faith was either one of the great successes of the late '60s, a culmination of the decade's efforts by three legendary musicians or it was a disaster of monumental proportions, and a symbol of everything that had gone wrong with the busine...(more)
  2. Brandon Phillips (48)
    Posted on 12/20/1999 · 6746 Hits
    In this article, I'd like to talk about taking a different approach to your songwriting, focusing on emotions, melody, and originality. <br/><br/> Most rockers will come up with a chord progression for which they like the sound, and then ...(more)
  3. Darrin Koltow (383)
    Posted on 4/9/2002 · 18493 Hits
    It's the one skill you can't do without. It's the skill on which every other skill is built. It's a force that moves mountains, builds skyscrapers, and turns 98-pound weaklings into Arnold Schwarzeneggers. <br/><br/>Enough mystery already. What ...(more)
  4. Dave Wendler (2201)
    Posted on 7/23/2000 · 8300 Hits
    Contrary to popular belief, fine acoustic instruments are not necessarily the instruments to have when we are looking for higher gain levels. That being said, in this series of articles we will try to determine not only what are the best instrum...(more)
  5. Dave Wendler (2201)
    Posted on 8/7/2000 · 9113 Hits
    If you ever read stories about Les Paul, the great guitarist, inventor, and innovator, you are reading a capsule history of the amplification of our favorite instrument. His earliest tries at amplifying his guitar were to take a phonograph needl...(more)
  6. Dave Wendler (2201)
    Posted on 8/28/2000 · 6800 Hits
    If we didn't have amplification, the only distortions we would be dealing with would be the occasional broken brace rattling or our strings buzzing against the frets. With the advent of electricity, we opened up a whole new vocabulary of descrip...(more)
  7. Dave Wendler (2201)
    Posted on 9/18/2000 · 8257 Hits
    We will need to define the operating parameters of our acoustic amplification system; let us first name the parts. <ol> <li>The acoustic guitar itself(or whichever is your acoustic weapon of choice). <br/><br/> <li>The input transducer(pickup, m...(more)
  8. Dave Wendler (2201)
    Posted on 10/23/2000 · 9370 Hits
    Now we start getting to the meat of the matter, and the decisions made regarding transducers will bring on not only the most controversy, but also the most disappointment. We must understand that the selection of the pickup device is <b>always</...(more)
  9. Dave Wendler (2201)
    Posted on 11/13/2000 · 10946 Hits
    <b>Piezoelectronics</b><br> With piezo transducers, we are offered two basic styles in two different elements. The traditional crystal-based piezos are now being replaced by polymer based products. The main advantage of the polymers is a more co...(more)
  10. Dave Wendler (2201)
    Posted on 1/22/2001 · 11100 Hits
    Before we get into a discussion of preamps, perhaps an overview of exactly what amplification does is in order. While we may think of an amplifier as a device that just makes our instrument louder, it is really more of a copy machine and overhea...(more)
  11. Jeff Foster (244)
    Posted on 9/27/2000 · 9332 Hits
    A dear reader wrote: <br/><br/> <i>"I was wondering if you could help me find out if the guitar's sound hole must be in its usual spot and cannot be moved. If it can be moved, then how much can it move? Also, does the sound hole have to be a cer...(more)
  12. Mark Nemier (623)
    Posted on 5/1/2000 · 15992 Hits
    <i>Editor's Note: This article is adapted from a detailed explanation of ampifier classes and wiring, originally posted in FretBuzz</i> <br/><br/> I work with a lot of engineers, and a number of these guys are audiophiles, meaning they are hard ...(more)
  13. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 8/1/2002 · 16291 Hits
    Yes, I have often felt that I run a Hospital For Dead And Dying Guitarists. The cripples hobble in to the emergency room, or are carried in on stretchers, and I diagnose their case. I take their medical history, and assess the harmful, and somet...(more)
  14. Frederick Burton (5465)
    Posted on 10/25/1999 · 9401 Hits
    Many of the lessons featured on Wholenote center on making us, the guitarist, become better musicians and more acclimated on our instruments. There is one exception, and that is the art of "comping". Many teachers/books define "comping" as the...(more)
  15. Ronnie Harris (178)
    Posted on 2/14/2000 · 7203 Hits
    It seems people are always quoting various things as to the number one cause of this or that. I myself believe that the number one killer of bands is <b>the wrong attitude</b>. There seems to be three common problems: <br/><br/> <ol><li>Personal...(more)
  16. Jeremy Cotton (7938)
    Posted on 1/31/2000 · 8685 Hits
    <font size="5">B</font>alance refers to the ratio between contrast and unity. <b>Contrast</b> consists of all of the different parts and pieces you assemble, while <b>unity</b> refers to the similarities (or exact copies) of the parts you ass...(more)
  17. Dave Evans (259)
    Posted on 6/13/2001 · 5737 Hits
    The lights go down in the house, the intro music starts and your band breaks into the opening tune of your set, the one you <b>know</b> will get the audience fired up, but you start into your backup vocals and can't hear yourself thru the monito...(more)
  18. Dick Onstenk (2202)
    Posted on 6/19/2000 · 11935 Hits
    <b>What is MP3?</b><br> MP3 is an audio file format that can be stored on a computer. You can recognize it by its extension: MP3. Audio files (WAV files) can be quite large. An MP3 file is an encoded WAV file that has been compressed (anywhere f...(more)
  19. Will Landrum (293)
    Posted on 9/3/2000 · 8328 Hits
    String bends are an important part of your overall playing ability. This technique is great for allowing feel and emotion to come out in your playing. <br/><br/> Two important aspects of string bending are: <ol><li>Finger strength <li>Ear Tra...(more)
  20. Craig Smoot (906)
    Posted on 9/27/1999 · 5947 Hits
    Welcome to my first WN article, and the first in an ongoing series I plan to contribute under this thread. Basically put, I am not much of a theory cat <i>(although I wish I were)</i>, so what you'll get from me in this series and in future l...(more)