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JamPlay Music Articles

Our collection of articles covers a wide variety of subjects, authored by members of the JamPlay staff. As time passes, we will continue to release additional material covering music theory, product reviews, concert reviews, as well as documentation on music history and artist biographies.

20 Most Recent Articles

Review of the Zager Family of Guitars

Being pleasantly surprised by something is always an exquisite feeling. There’s nothing quite like approaching a situation with skepticism and disbelief only to be knocked... Added May 1st, 2012

Acoustic Guitar Guide to Strum Mastery Part 7

Ghost Strumming We began to talk about ghost strumming in the last installment of this series and how we can use such a technique to improve the overall sound of our strum.... Added Nov 11th, 2011

Acoustic Guitar Guide to Strum Mastery Part 6

As we've been discussing in the previous installments of this series, once you've mastered certain techniques you will undoubtedly want to start putting all of the pieces... Added Nov 7th, 2011

Acoustic Guitar Guide to Strum Mastery Part 5

Of course it's important to learn new techniques and continue to build upon them as you progress through your journey into learning any instrument. But perhaps even more important... Added Nov 1st, 2011

Stuck?

It doesn't seem to matter whether you've been playing for three months or thirty years. There are seasons when growth and creativity flourish at an unbelievable rate, and... Added Oct 17th, 2011

Acoustic Guitar Guide to Strum Mastery Part 4

Building a strong foundation for a mighty skyscraper takes time, energy and a willingness to synthesize and combine various materials and skills together in one cohesive structure.... Added Aug 18th, 2011

Action Points for Rock Singers (Part 2)

DISCLAIMER: JamPlay LLC and Chris Liepe are not legally responsible for any injuries, messes or general discomfort caused by any misuses of the information provided in this... Added Aug 15th, 2011

Acoustic Guitar Guide to Strum Mastery Part 3

Skill building is an important part of becoming a proficient strummer. Therefore, take a moment or two and review the first two installments of this article series so that... Added Jul 22nd, 2011

Action Points for Rock Singers (Part 1)

Let's be honest. Being a 'great' Rock vocalist has absolutely no checklist to follow. If you look at current and past Rock legends, each one of them has qualities about... Added Jun 24th, 2011

Introduction to the Business of Songwriting

You've built up your guitar playing chops, you've written a number of songs, performed them for a few crowds, and even made some decent recordings. You've posted videos of... Added Jun 21st, 2011

Acoustic Guitar Guide to Strum Mastery Part 1

There is no doubt that learning to play rhythm guitar is an art form in and of itself. Many musicians associate the main difficulties of playing with lead breaks and scale... Added May 9th, 2011

Roger Waters - The Muse Evolved (Part 2)

Roger Waters: The Muse Evolved “Did you ever wonder why we had to run for shelter when the promise of a brave new world unfurled beneath a clear blue sky?” Roger Waters It... Added Apr 6th, 2011

Got Groove?

The first time I played in a band, I was in high school. I had been playing guitar for about a year and was jamming with some good friends that were at a similar skill level... Added Mar 18th, 2011

Life as a Hired Gun

For those of you that don’t know, I am currently on tour with The Three Degrees. They had worldwide smash hits in the 70’s such as “When Will I See You Again” and... Added Mar 14th, 2011

Roger Waters: Taking Life to Lyrical Form - The Early Years

“Daddy's flown, across the water...leaving just a memory, the snapshot in the family album, Daddy what else did you leave for me...Daddy, what'd you leave behind for me?”... Added Mar 7th, 2011

Maintain a Career in Music

So you want a career in music, but don’t know where to start? The first thing you need to know before you consider a career in the music industry is that if you only intend... Added Feb 15th, 2011

Delving Even Deeper into the World of Music Therapy

"Rhythm is there in the cycles of the seasons, in the migrations of the birds and animals, in the fruiting and withering of plants, and in the birth, maturation and death... Added Feb 2nd, 2011

Signal Chain : A Look at Effects Routing (Part 1)

Even if you're just starting out, you probably own or have access to some effects pedals, a guitar amp and/or a multi-effects unit. As your collection grows, so might your... Added Feb 2nd, 2011

Thoughts on Practice Part 2

I once had a student that used to practice for 6-8 hours a day, and had been playing for nearly 30 years...The only problem was that he sucked! I then realized that it is... Added Jan 26th, 2011

Thoughts on Composing

Composing is one of those elusive “in the moment” type of things that one cannot force. However, there are a number of techniques that I believe can help act as a catalyst... Added Jan 19th, 2011