Monthly Archives: September 2017

  1. SLIDE GUITAR TIPS

    SLIDE GUITAR TIPS

    SLIDE GUITAR TIPS

    1. Begin by resting the slide on strings to achieve the proper sound. Remember it is not necessary to press down hard against the strings to get a good tone.

    2. Position the slide directly over the fret for proper intonation (not in front as in normal playing).

    3. When beginning slide, keep the slide perfectly perpendicular to the strings and parallel to the fret when sliding up and down the neck. (For best control keep the fingers of your slide hand together, thumb on the back of the guitar neck).

    4. To dampen any overtones that may occur while playing, try dragging one of your free fingers behind the slide.

    5. Experiment to find the most comfortable slide and finger position. In songs where the slide frets every note, the slide can be worn on any finger. However, when the music combines conventional chord frett

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Musicians & Ear Plugs

    Musicians & Ear Plugs

    Musicians & Ear Plugs

    Musicians and the preservation of their hearing has been a hot topic for decades now.

    Tinnitus is an extremely common condition among musicians and is a form of NIHL (Noise-Induced Hearing Loss). It is characterised by the perception of sound by a human ear when in fact there is no external sound present.

    Although the word ‘tinnitus’ is derived from the Latin word meaning ‘ringing’, ringing isn’t necessarily the only thing that people who suffer tinnitus can hear.
    Hyperacusis is another condition plaguing our music world, being characterized by reduced tolerance to specific sound levels not normally regarded as loud to people without this particular hearing disorder.

    What exactly does this mean for us musicians? Well it means if you are lucky enough to obtain one of these ghast

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  8. 3 Reasons Why People Quit Learning Music & How To Overcome Them

    3 Reasons Why People Quit Learning Music & How To Overcome Them

    3 Reasons Why People Quit Learning Music & How To Overcome Them

    Playing a musical instrument such as the guitar is great fun and can be a very rewarding skill to learn. But like any new skill it takes time and patience to get results.
    Often, what makes the biggest difference between only knowing a few chords and playing your favourite tunes, is getting your head space right before your start. 

    The following are three reasons people quit playing guitar, although they can equally apply to other instruments as well. It helps to remind yourself of these reasons often, especially during the early stages.

    1. No time
    When we claim we have no time we are usually lying to ourselves. What we actually have is a lack of organisation in our lives.
    The solution is to write down your priorities and then schedule those priorities beginning at the top of your list. If learning the guitar is so f

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  9. 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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  10. EAR TRAINING, that singer could sing the telephone book and make it sound good !

    EAR TRAINING, that singer could sing the telephone book and make it sound good !

    EAR TRAINING

    Train your ear and improve pitch by singing the phone book
    You may have heard the expression, that singer could sing the telephone book and make it sound good.

    There may be more truth in it than you thought.

    An important and often overlooked skill that is of upmost importance for all musicians and singers is ear training.
    Basically ear training is teaching the recognition of different musical pitches.

    Few people are blessed with perfect pitch.

    Absolute pitch (AP - widely referred to as perfect pitch)
    Absolute pitch is an auditory phenomenon characterized by the ability of a person to identify or re-create a given musical note without the benefit of a reference tone.

    Relative Pitch
    Most people have the ability to recognize relative pitch. This is the ability to identify the intervals between given tones. With training this can be develope

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