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  1. Guitar Search Saturdays Episode #24 - Melbourne Music Centre

     Guitar Search Saturdays Episode #24 - Melbourne Music Centre

    Guitar Search Saturdays Episode #24 - Melbourne Music Centre

    A big thank you to Shane for putting together this excellent video tour of our store as part of his Guitar Search Saturday series on You Tube.
    A nice overview of our store and some tasty playing from Shane on an Essex Tele. Make yourself a brew, put the feet up and enjoy the trip.

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  2. HOW TO SET UP A VIOLIN/FIDDLE

    HOW TO SET UP A VIOLIN/FIDDLE

    SETTING UP YOUR NEW VIOLIN

    All new stringed instruments must undergo some degree of further adjustment and preparation to ready them for optimum playability. Most classically inclined instruments, for example violins, cellos and double basses, require a proper set up in order to avoid future complications such as intonation issues and tuning instability. It is a fairly simple process to go about, but if done incorrectly will prevent your instrument from playing at it's best and in some cases can be detremential to both it's sound and materials. Following a few short steps, here is how to go about preparing your new violin for play:

    1. Position the Bridge

    The bridge, a small, thin piece of light coloured wood, often comes wrapped in paper and tucked under the tailpiece. This is used to seat the strings in place at a suitable height above the fingerboard. Placing it with the taller side underneath the thickest string (G) a

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  3. GUITAR RESTRING TUTORIAL

    GUITAR RESTRING TUTORIAL

    GUITAR RESTRING TUTORIAL

    Tuning Key - The Locking Hold  Fig 1

    Proper stringing of your guitar is critical to how well your instrument stays in tune and performs.
    Follow the simple steps below for electric, acoustic, and classical guitar to maximize string stability.

    Steel String Acoustic Bridge Fig2

    The locking hold - The most secure method of wrapping around the tuning peg is to bring the extra string back around and under the string as it winds around the peg.
    This is especially critical on strings that have no windings (plain steel or classical nylon treble strings).

    Classical /Nylon Bridge Fig 3

    On steel string acoustic guitars, make sure the ball end of the string is firmly seated under the bridge by pushing down on the bridge pin while pulling up on the string.
    At the bridge, it is essential to create a l

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  4. How To Set Up Your Drums

    How To Set Up Your Drums

    How To Set Up Your Drums

    If you want to avoid injury, sound your best, and get the maximum efficiency and enjoyment out of your playing, you owe it to yourself to start with a properly arranged drum set. Keeping in mind there are almost as many strongly held opinions on this subject as there are drummers in the world, if you understand some basic principles, finding a setup that works with you rather than against you will be much, much easier. For this little ergonomics primer, we’re using a basic 5-piece kit with a crash, ride, and hi-hat. Once you get that core setup where you want it, the sky’s the limit for the ambitious percussive architect.

    THRONE

    The first thing you’ll want to do is get your throne adjusted to a comfortable height. This is your centre of power, so make sure you feel centered and balanced at all times. A good place to start is with your thighs n

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  5. POWER ADAPTORS WHAT IS RIGHT FOR YOUR GEAR

    POWER ADAPTORS WHAT IS RIGHT FOR YOUR GEAR


    POWER ADAPTORS WHAT IS RIGHT FOR YOUR GEAR

    Most keyboard effect units and some other electronic accessories have a DC socket which enables them to be plugged into a wall power socket via a power adaptor to save on batteries. It is important to ensure the correct power adaptor is used in order to avoid damaging your equipment.
    Does your unit operate on AC or DC power? Voltage, mA rating and plug polarity must be correct, your operating manual usually contains this information.
    Should you be using a regulated adaptor? - rule of thumb: most keyboards will operate with an un-regulated adaptor, whilst most effect units require a regulated source.
    MMC power adaptors are purpose built to meet Australian Government requirements, fully approved and carry a 12 month warranty - if indoubt give us a call on 03 95782426 or email us at info@mel

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  6. Basic Guitar Safety Tips

    Basic Guitar Safety Tips

    Basic Guitar Safety Tips

    It doesn’t matter whether your guitar is an old beat up bang box or a top of the line brand spanking new dream machine, it deserves respect. By following some very basic tips, your guitar will continue to provide ongoing service and enjoyment for many years.
    But most important of all, you must learn to keep your instrument safe.
    I have seen far too many instruments lost, badly damaged and even destroyed by owners not adhering to some basic guitar safety rules.

    Read on to see how you can learn from the mistakes of others.

    1, Don't let gravity have it's way, be careful where you rest your guitar

    Never lean or rest your guitar on or against whatever is close at hand. There is a good chance that with very little help, gravity will have its way and your guitar will be headed for a nasty fall. A guitar is under considerable tension from the strings, and even a

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  7. Choosing your first Bass Guitar Bass Series #1

    Choosing your first Bass Guitar Bass Series #1

    Bass Series #1 - Choosing your first Bass Guitar
    So you want to take up the bass guitar. Where do you start?

    Here in this multi-part series, our resident bass guitar expert, Choo Packer, will discuss many of the considerations involved with the purchase of a new bass for the first time player. These include things like the style and size of the bass, the type of music you want to play and emulate, the type of instrument that is best suited to your body type and age group, and of course what is the best value within your budget. These questions, as well as those typically asked by newbies will all be answered. Now let’s get started!

    Electric basses come in a wide variety of styles, finishes and sizes. Many styles are based on designs that were first introduced in the 1950’s and are still relevant and popular today. As the electric bass is a relatively new instrument, refinements and experiments

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  8. Choosing your first Bass Guitar Bass Series #2

     Choosing your first Bass Guitar Bass Series #2

    Bass Series #2 - Choosing your first Bass Guitar
    How to choose your First Bass Guitar: Part 2

    In part one we looked at standard 4 string electric basses that would suit a beginner or first time buyer. In part two of this series, we will investigate other key considerations to ensure you get a great deal.

    The obvious question for most people is: “How much should I expect to Pay”?

    The old adage “you only get what you pay for” still holds true, but over recent years the quality of entry level instruments has risen greatly while prices have actually come down. You can expect a good quality bass guitar to fall between the $200 and $400 mark.

    There are many different brands of guitars in the marketplace, however, you will pay much more for one of the more well know iconic brands whilst many of the lesser known brand names are of equal quality at around half the price. But aside from price, other

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  9. Why Are The Same Or Similar Items Cheaper Overseas? (Or: Where did our jobs go?… in One Easy Lesson)

    Why Are The Same Or Similar Items Cheaper Overseas?  (Or: Where did our jobs go?… in One Easy Lesson)

    Why Are The Same Or Similar Items Cheaper Overseas?

    And Britain/USA/Canada/Europe/New Zealand/etc?… All way lower than Aussie.

    To Illustrate: The goods land in Australia for roughly the same price as they do Overseas. But then they are subject to Aussie Customs Services, Aussie Import Clearance Officers, Aussie Freight (Or: Where did our jobs go?… in One Easy Lesson)

    Every single day of every single week we are asked this question.
    I will attempt give a (relatively) quick explanation of the facts behind this situation.
    Hopefully those of you with open minds will take the time to read this and understand the real situation.

    So…….How come Overseas Sellers can sell the same items cheaper online than you can buy them in Australia?
    Surely all Australian businesses must be “Ripping us off” ?
    Actually, it’s very simple. And Aussie busine

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  10. Buying Your First Guitar

    Buying Your First Guitar

    Buying Your First Guitar

    Buying your first guitar can be daunting if you don't know the basics. This articles covers the more important things you need to consider and will help to make sure you get the right guitar for your needs.

    Buying your first guitar - the basics

    1, Instrument size
    What size you are will determine what size guitar you should purchase. You want to find a size that feels comfortable on your lap. There are a few different sizes to choose from including small parlour style, small body, dreadnought and jumbo.

    2, Playing Action
    The action is the distance between the string and the fret board. If that distance is too high it’s going to be too hard for you to press down and make the chords that you are going to need to learn. Look for a guitar with a comfortable and reasonable playing action.

    3, Buzzy frets
    You want to make sure there are no buzzy fret

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