Category Archives: Music

¾-size electric guitar purchase decision

Ibanez miKro GRGM21M guitar

I wanted to buy a ¾-size travel electric guitar. Following is a comparison of the main options on the market from Squier and Ibanez. I already have five guitars — that is more than the number of songs that I can play! I wanted to add an electric guitar to my collection. My requirements were: ¾-size electric guitar — I wanted my daughter to be able to play this instrument; I will treat it asmore »

Kelly Rosenthal and Juliette Valduriez — aspiring guitarists and social media

The popularity of Kelly Rosenthal and Juliette Valduriez on You Tube shows the power of social media to launch careers. I stumbled upon Kelly Rosenthal and Juliette Valduriez while cruising YouTube looking for videos on guitars, guitarists and guitar playing. With me being a bloke, it is hard not to acknowledge that they are both good looking girls. Both girls are talented guitarists with huge potential. Both started as lounge room rock guitar shredders. Kelly has taken themore »

Cort Earth-Mini guitar review

Cort Earth-Mini guitar

The Cort Earth-Mini is a ¾-size dreadnought guitar that makes a great travelling companion or a great guitar for a young student. The Cort Earth-Mini is a ¾ mini dreadnought guitar with a solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides. The neck is mahogany with a rosewood fretboard and die cast nickel tuners with black knobs. The guitar came fitted with D’Addario USA EXP16 Light strings. According to the Cort web site, “Delivering the look andmore »

How to plug your iPOD (or MP3) into a guitar amp

Roland Cube-15XL guitar amplifier

You want to plug your iPOD or MP3 player into your guitar amplifier, but there are so many conflicting opinion on the internet — many of them wrong. Hopefully I can clear a few things up. Let’s get two things straight first up: I am no expert. There are so many conflicting views on the internet that I set out to try find the facts. This post is the result of my research;more »

Playing Rocksmith with an acoustic guitar

Rocksmith guitar game

Rocksmith makes the bold statement that the game can be played with any real guitar. I have three acoustic guitars (steel string) and my kids have two classical guitars (nylon string). It is time to test their claim. I own a Yamaha FG720S, a Yamaha F310P and a Cort Earth-Mini guitar. My kids’ guitars are half-size and three-quarter-size Jose Ferrer El Primo classical guitars. Despite having a Roland Cube 15XL electric guitar amplifier, I do not currentlymore »

How to connect your guitar amp to your games console to play Rocksmith

Rocksmith guitar game

Connecting your guitar amplifier to your TV to play Rocksmith is easy if your amp has an AUX in jack. When I first got Rocksmith I plugged my PlayStation3 (PS3) into my Sony Bravia TV using the RCA cables from the games console. This resulted in significant lag between the screen, sound and my guitar. Rocksmith was no fun when you have to anticipate notes, and then the note played is not in timemore »

Rocksmith — how a guitar game will change the world

Rocksmith guitar game

Rocksmith offers the allure of using a computer gaming environment to learn and play guitar. A new generation of computer geeks and middle aged men are going to be able to play guitar, perhaps even as well as the cool kids. As a result, this computer game has the potential to change the world. What is Rocksmith? The Rocksmith web site promises, “… the next stage in the evolution of the guitar game. Rocksmith, themore »