Category: The Skills

Top 10 Skill-Building Resources

Top 10 Skill-Building Resources

Favorite rainy-day projects from our archives.

Pros and Cons of USB Microphones for Recording Music

Pros and Cons of USB Microphones for Home Recording

Are the savings worth it? A few words of warning to the prospective home producer.

Variations on the Harmonica

Variations on the Harmonica

Chromatic, minor, tremolo, octave, miniature—what are they and how are they used?

Rosewood: Southeast Asian, Amazonian & Honduran

Rosewood: Southeast Asian, Amazonian, & Honduran

Southeast Asian Rosewood Southeast Asian rosewood is an endangered species. This wood is no longer harvested for guitar manufacture, and is therefore extremely hard to find from legitimate sources. Southeast […]

Rosewood: Brazilian, Indian, Madagascar & Cocobolo

Rosewood: Brazilian, Indian, Madagascar & Cocobolo

Rosewood is a common choice of wood for guitars and mandolins. It has been used for backs, sides, tops, and fretboards. But did you know that instruments are built with […]

You Can Teach Yourself Dobro

You Can Teach Yourself Dobro

Teaching yourself Dobro is easy—especially with this book! You Can Teach Yourself Dobro by Janet Davis offers a logical sequence to learning this unique instrument, starting with the basics and […]

5 Tips for Improving Your Writing

5 Tips for Improving Your Writing

Writing is a valuable communication skill, no matter what we do in life. Just to name a few of the uses a small farmer might have for writing: Writing posts […]

Pros and Cons of Laminated Woods for Guitarists

Pros and Cons of Laminated Woods for Guitarists

Perhaps you already have a particular type of wood in mind for your new guitar. Whether that wood is solid or laminated will make a tremendous difference in the sound […]

Pick Punch

Pick Punch

Here’s a fun gadget every flatpicking guitarist will love! The Pick Punch lets you make your very own guitar picks out of any suitable plastic. Put those old credit cards […]

5 Handy Resources for Writers

5 Handy Resources for Writers

Every writer has a preferred modus operandi, including diverse details such as when we write, where we write, and what we use to write. For those of you who write […]