Types of Guitar Picks

Types of Guitar Picks

[breadcrumb]

Types of Guitar Picks

It is funny how the tiniest and cheapest guitar accessory can influence the tone and technique.The type of pick – material ,thickness, texture and shape can strongly influence the tone, phrasing and articulation.

Regardless of the type of genre you play, and the musical applications you’re attempting, the type  of pick will provide a tonal foundation for your sound and your technique.

Shape and size

A typical standard pick looks like an elongated triangle with rounded edge or some would say, like a teardrop.

  • On one side, it is a broad surface where it provides a comfortable grip to hold the pick
  • The other side, a flat pointy tip to strike the strings

These picks provides more control and direction connection to the strings. These picks are best for playing progressive, metal and jazz styles. Larger picks are typically meant for heavier gauge instruments such as baritone guitar and bass.

THICKNESS

The factor is the thickness of the pick. Most picks have its thickness printed on it.

The lighter picks are usually 0.53mm. These are the types that are ideal for strumming purposes or to produce a more sensitive and trebly tone. If you are looking at control, then this is not the pick to get as it bend and flicks.

For the thicker picks, it provides a rounded, fuller and heavier tone which help to assert the notes more precisely.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, thicker picks yield a fuller, rounder and heavier tone, and help to articulate notes more precisely. Jazz players and fast metal players gravitate towards these, as both the round, full-end tone and speed appeals to them.

In general, thinner striking surface (in other words, thin and pointy) will emphasize higher frequencies and give a more trebly tone; to get those lower overtones to vibrate, you need a thicker, rounder pick. Think about it: when you play with the fleshy part of your thumb it sounds muffled, much darker than with your fingernail. The same principle applies, and it becomes a question of finding the balance of tone that is right for you, and combining it with a shape that you find comfortable to hold.

Sign up for newsletter

Alternate Tone White Logo

Copyright © 2019 Alternate Tone Pte Ltd. All rights reserved.

CONTACTS

Alternate Tone Pte Ltd- Music School
29b Seah St - Singapore - 188385

Tel: +65 8115 9378
Email: info@alternatetone.com

Open: Mo-Fr 12:30-21:30
Sa 10:00-18:00

Which Guitar Capo Should I Get?

Which Guitar Capo Should I Get?

[breadcrumb]

Which Guitar Capo should you get?

A capo is a guitar tool that raises the pitch of the guitar by clamping on the barre across the strings of the instrument. Should singers sing in G♭ or E♭key, the guitarist can use it while playing basic chords in open position.

Any guitarists should own a capo, no matter how experienced, or what genre of music you play.

There are many types of guitar capos in the market. All of them serve similar functions, but the specific type can affect the way guitar is being played due to the difference in mechanics.

Be aware of choosing the right type of guitar capos correctly. Some types are easier to use compared to others, while some affects the musicians’ playability, which will make it harder to play the guitar strings. Other type of capo also makes it harder to tune the guitar.

Here are the various types of capos you may like to consider:

THE SPRING LOADED CAPO

This particular capo uses a spring-controlled handle that allows you to easily put on or remove the capo quickly.

PLUS POINTS

Easily removable

Clip or unclip using one hand

Cheap

NEGATIVE POINTS

Pressure applied not adjustable

Causes string bending

Bulky

Our recommendation: Dunlop Trigger Capo

 

C-CLAMP CAPO

Manual mechanism is required to turn the screw which makes the capo to apply the type of pressure to the strings.

PLUS POINTS:

One of the most reliable capo

Lesser chance for put guitar out of tune

Sleek & compact

 

NEGATIVE POINTS:

Harder to clip on compared to Spring loaded

Slightly more pricey

Our recommendation : Shubb c-clamp capos

 

TOGGLE CAPO

A toggle capo is probably the least expensive and flimsy Capo. It uses a notched mechanism for tightening the capo onto the guitar strings.

PLUS POINTS:

Very cheap

Small and compact

NEGATIVE POINTS:

Flimsy

Its mechanism pull strings out of tune

Our recommendation : Dunlop Pro curved

As you have figured, there are a variety of capos and brands to choose from.

Each of these capos provides different solutions so it is vital that you understand the difference and know what you are looking for before purchasing one.

 

 

Sign up for newsletter

Alternate Tone White Logo

Copyright © 2019 Alternate Tone Pte Ltd. All rights reserved.

CONTACTS

Alternate Tone Pte Ltd- Music School
29b Seah St - Singapore - 188385

Tel: +65 8115 9378
Email: info@alternatetone.com

Open: Mo-Fr 12:30-21:30
Sa 10:00-18:00

60 Reasons Why You Should Play Guitar

60 Reasons Why You Should Play Guitar

[breadcrumb]

60 Reasons Why You Should Play Guitar

Let’s start off our list with 5 reasons why you shouldn’t play any other instrument than the guitar:

  1. Unless you have a 7” tongue, no one wants to date the bass player.
  2. No one throws underwear at the drummer.
  3. Good luck lugging around the piano on your next vacation.
  4. Because listening to a sax is like having a root canal.
  5. Synthesizers went out with the mullet.

Okay before you start a lynch mob, we’re just messing around with our fellow musicians! So put down your pitch forks and blow out your torches. We love and appreciate all forms of music.

So why should you play guitar?

If you think you’re the bomb for finishing Dragonforce’s “Through the Fire and Flames” in Guitar Hero, you’ll be a guitar god if you can play it live on a real guitar!

 

Here are a 55 more reasons why you should play a guitar:

 

  1. Flex your creativity muscles.
  2. Open up sonic possibilities; can you make a piano sound like an elephant?
  3. Write music on your bed.
  4. Play music for your loved one.
  5. Helps you work on your singing.
  6. Chill on the beach.
  7. Learn and appreciate different styles of music.
  8. Best way to start the day.
  9. Best way to end the evening.
  10. Live “The Dream” to be in a band.
  11. Chances are the band will be named after you!
  12. Everyone looks forward to your solo.

 

The next 10 reasons are backed by scientific research!

 

  1. Those guitar faces? That’s because guitar releases dopamine; the same hormone released during sex.
  2. Reduces stress.
  3. Reduces chronic pain.
  4. Makes you smarter!
  5. Strengthens your heart!
  6. Become more attractive to the opposite sex.
  7. People who learned music at an early age became rich later in life!
  8. Sharpens memory.
  9. Connect with your emotions.
  10. Boost your confidence.
  11. Increase the “Cool Factor”.
  12. Make new friends.
  13. Be less agitated.
  14. Ever wonder why guitar players like Joe Perry, Nuno Bettencourt and Slash are slim? Instead of eating junk food, play guitar and get healthy!
  15. Develop coordination and agility.
  16. Strengthen your hands and fingers.
  17. It’s an affordable instrument.
  18. You can take it wherever you want to go.
  19. Challenge your ability to play different types of guitar; acoustic, electric, 12-string, ukulele, Dobro and the banjo.
  20. Become a music teacher.
  21. Become more well- rounded.
  22. Impress the heck out of everyone!
  23. Create sonic works of art.
  24. Make life more exciting.
  25. Develop positive values like dedication, commitment and patience.
  26. Feel more accomplished.
  27. Improve your social life.
  28. Live the rock and roll lifestyle!
  29. Record your own compositions.
  30. Be able to play the music of your idols.
  31. Become more productive.
  32. Give yourself a chance of having a financially rewarding career.
  33. Get to travel more often.
  34. Heal your troubles through the power of music.
  35. Inspire other people.
  36. Have more memorable family reunions.
  37. Collecting guitars is a fantastic hobby.
  38. Express yourself through music.
  39. Become a story teller.
  40. Have a good reason to grow your hair.
  41. Experience, sing and play the blues.
  42. Break the Guinness Record for “Fastest Guitarist in the World”.
  43. Help others get through problems or tough times.

 

Let’s end the list with a bonus: the most important reason to play guitar is… to be happy!

 

Learning how to play guitar comes with its own set of challenges. But once you start getting your groove on, it becomes fun and highly entertaining.

 

Guitar playing is one of those activities where every single day you are 100% sure of accomplishing something. Whether it’s the first verse of your favorite song, the first section of a difficult solo, a new technique or another lick in your arsenal, you will always move forward and get better.

 

When you play guitar, it will make you believe that nothing is impossible! The more you practice, the sooner you will develop ways of breaking down your favorite songs and learning them on your own.

 

If you felt great learning “Tom Dooley”, wait until you figure out Estas Tonne’s “The Song of the Golden Dragon”.

 

You’ll be in cloud 9!

 

Sign up for newsletter

Alternate Tone White Logo

Copyright © 2019 Alternate Tone Pte Ltd. All rights reserved.

CONTACTS

Alternate Tone Pte Ltd- Music School
29b Seah St - Singapore - 188385

Tel: +65 8115 9378
Email: info@alternatetone.com

Open: Mo-Fr 12:30-21:30
Sa 10:00-18:00

The Yamaha F310 Acoustic Guitar Review

The yamaha f310 acoustic guitar review

[breadcrumb]

The Yamaha F310 Acoustic Guitar Review

Beginner Acoustic Guitar Review
When it comes to acoustic guitars, one of the more popular inexpensive options is the Yamaha F310 Acoustic Guitar. Is this a perfect guitar? By no means – but if you are looking for an acoustic guitar for a beginner or someone who just plays as a hobby, it’s not a bad choice.

yamaha F310

This 44 x 21.5 x 5.5 inch, 10 pound Yamaha acoustic guitar has 20 frets, is made of mahogany, with a laminated spruce top and rosewood fretboard. The guitar may be a little bulkier than some entry level options, but it is made of quality wood which means it can still produce a decent tone – something that can’t be said about several of the other cheapest options out there. The Yamaha F310 holds up well over time, but one selling point is that if it does get beat up too much, it wasn’t that big of an investment in the first place and is easy to replace. For these reasons, you can see why it is a popular option for an entry-level Japanese style Acoustic Guitar.
When it comes to how the F310 feels in your hands, the neck is slender and comfortable to grip. Because it’s not too wide, it’s a good choice for younger players whose hands may be smaller and have a difficult time fitting around a guitar with a wider neck. Additionally, the strings on the guitar don’t have tons of action – making it easy for anyone new to guitar to correctly finger chords as they build up finger strength.
Conclusion
So, to sum it all up – the Yamaha F310 Acoustic Guitar is inexpensive but still made from quality materials. If you can find one used, it’ll be an even better deal. It’s not a large investment for beginners, but, if you put some time into it you may find a more suitable option out there. So if you want something to give to the kids and not care if they destroy it, or if you just need an affordable guitar to practice or use while away from home, it can definitely get the job done.
Want to learn more about your beginner acoustic guitar options? Take a few minutes and check out our reviews of other acoustic guitars options from manufacturers like Epiphone as well as our own in-house model beginner acoustic.
learn how to play the guitar with our online guitar lesson

Sign up for newsletter

Alternate Tone White Logo

Copyright © 2019 Alternate Tone Pte Ltd. All rights reserved.

CONTACTS

Alternate Tone Pte Ltd- Music School
29b Seah St - Singapore - 188385

Tel: +65 8115 9378
Email: info@alternatetone.com

Open: Mo-Fr 12:30-21:30
Sa 10:00-18:00

Gibson Hummingbird Guitar

Gibson hummingbird guitar

[breadcrumb]

Gibson Hummingbird Guitar

Gibson Hummingbird Guitars

If there was a musical instrument that captures the soul and spirit of its player, it would be the guitar. When you listen to a guitar, you get a feel for the performance. The underlying emotions that influence the player cascade from his heart to his fingers to the strings and through the sound chambers. These emotions are best reproduced organically through an acoustic guitar. Your tone is captured then filtered through its strings and enhanced by the quality of its workmanship. One of the best acoustics in the market is the Gibson Hummingbird Guitar.
Gibson Brands Incorporated has long been associated with building quality musical instruments. Originally known as The Gibson Guitar Corporation, it was founded in 1902 by Orville Gibson primarily to manufacture mandolin- family instruments.
By 1930, the company had diversified to flat-top acoustic guitars and the first prototypes of its famous hollow- body electric guitars. Over the years, Gibson has been the preferred choice of many of the world’s greatest guitar players such as Les Paul, Charlie Christian, Al Di Meola, Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Page.
Gibson Brands consistently ranks as among the three best manufacturers of the acoustic guitar in various lists. The Gibson Hummingbird Guitar has widely recognized as one the best acoustic guitars in their product line and in the market.
What makes the Gibson Hummingbird Guitar sing?
The Gibson Hummingbird is a departure from the traditional flat-top acoustic guitars Gibson makes. It was designed as a square-shouldered dreadnought similar to the dreadnoughts produced by C.F. Martin and Company, another premiere manufacturer of fine quality acoustics. A dreadnought is a larger bodied guitar which produces a tone that would best be described as “loudly resonant”.
The Gibson Hummingbird is manufactured with a solid sitka spruce top with solid mahogany back and sides. It is engineered with 3-ply bridge plates, single X-bracing and choice of rosewood or ceramic saddles.
These features help produce the unmistakable, distinct, “loudly-resonant” tone of the Hummingbird. Guitar players describe the tone as even; with highs and mids cutting through perfectly but its lows best define the sound of the Hummingbird. Although it comes with a pick-up system, the Hummingbird is loud enough to play through a concert hall unplugged.
Some acoustic players may find the action of the Hummingbird a bit high but then there are theories that support higher string action corresponds to better overall tone and cleaner sound. The fretboard is made of rosewood which gives it a vintage look and smooth feel. Many players find the Hummingbird to be durable enough to take on the road for gigs or concert tours.
Here are a few of the Gibson Hummingbird Guitar models that have been manufactured throughout the last few years:
1. Modern Classic Model

Modern Classic Model

This is designed to be a hybrid electric- acoustic guitar. It is made of AAA solid grade Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides and a rosewood fretboard with double parallelogram inlays. It uses an L.R. Braggs Active Pick-Up system. It is available in many cherryburst versions such as strong orange to almost yellow, heritage cherryburst and natural finishes.
2. The Artist Model

The Artist Model

Gibson re-designed the dreadnought shape of the Hummingbird into a more round- shouldered look best typified by its J-45 model. It also features a modern sculpted pick guard instead of the classic Hummingbird pick guard.
3. The Hummingbird Pro

The Hummingbird Pro

This model was distributed by Musician’s Friend and Guitar Center but can also be found in guitar dealers from Europe. You can find a single cutaway version of the Hummingbird Pro which has a Fishman Prefix Plus-T preamp system instead of the standard L.R. Braggs Active Pick-Up system.
4. Custom Koa Model

Custom Koa Model

Koa is wood that is found in the Hawaiian Islands and is known for its warm tones. It has grown expensive because of Koa deforestation over the years. The Custom Koa Model features Koa back and sides, gold Grover mother of pearl keystone tuners and a floral tortoise- shell pick guard. It has and ebony fretboard and comes in the natural finish.
5. Epiphone Versions

Epiphone Versions

Epiphone was a former competitor of Gibson in manufacturing archtop guitars until it was acquired by the company in 1957. It is primarily utilized by Gibson to make more affordable versions of its guitars. An affordable version of the Hummingbird is the Epiphone Dove. It is still made of solid Sitka spruce top with rosewood fingerboard but the body and neck are made of lower priced maple wood.
Explore Gibson Hummingbird Guitar
Among the musicians who play the Gibson Hummingbird Guitar are Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, the late Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, John McLaughlin, Lindi Ortega and Sheryl Crow.
Becoming a good guitar player takes more than just hours of practice. You should practice with an instrument that has the sound, tone, and overall playability to inspire you to transition from good to great.
A Gibson Hummingbird Guitar carries a hefty price at $3,099. But if you are serious about guitar playing it is an investment that pays out dividends over its lifetime.
here is a list of shops that you can get guitar strings from and subscribe to our newsletter for more music tips and lessons.

Sign up for newsletter

Alternate Tone White Logo

Copyright © 2019 Alternate Tone Pte Ltd. All rights reserved.

CONTACTS

Alternate Tone Pte Ltd- Music School
29b Seah St - Singapore - 188385

Tel: +65 8115 9378
Email: info@alternatetone.com

Open: Mo-Fr 12:30-21:30
Sa 10:00-18:00