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Hello and welcome to our GuitaroJam News Blog, specially created for guitarists, guitar lovers, music fans and those just learning the guitar.

We are posting new music and guitar-related articles every couple of days, including guitar lessons, tips, techniques and music reviews. If you are wanting to learn how to play guitar, this is the place for you!

We are looking forward to hearing your views and comments, which can easily be left at the end of each post. We’d love to hear from you!


It’s a union that will delight music fans, surf rats, and festival goers alike.

Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey have joined with bass player, Brian Ritchie of US group Violent Femmes, to form a new surf rock band called THE BREAK.

The new band releases its debut album ‘Church Of The Open Sky’ on Friday April 16th, on the Bombora label through MGM.

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bipolarbearsThe BiPolar Bears are one of Victoria’s rock’n’roll institutions, playing their own brand of rock, reggae and blues for over 16 years.

Having a serious mental illness hasn’t held the band back. They’ve performed hundreds of gigs from the Sydney Opera House to psych wards, the iconic Espy Hotel, St. Kilda Festival, Federation Square, Brisbane’s Powerhouse and a myriad of other events.

The band describe themselves as having a serious work ethic. Says Kevin, the band’s bass player, “we work hard, write hard and play hard – we’re about making music”.  The band gives members a great working environment, supporting their creativity and giving purpose and employment.

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Lower back pain is a common afflication that affects many musicians.  It doesn’t matter which instrument you’re playing either – your instrument could be a bass, cello, violin, or guitar – back pain doesn’t have favourites!

There are many reasons why musicians may suffer from pain in their lower back area.  Many of those reasons can be attributed to travel and lifestyle habits.  This interesting article by Nina Schnipper looks at the 10 main habits that contribute to lower back pain in musicians.

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Always wanted to record something to your PC?  Well here is a an easy home recording guide with everything you need to know.

Computer based home recording is becoming cheaper by the day so if you feel you are a talented singer or musician, and really aspire to be a professional, you might consider putting together a home studio.   There are many advantages to having your own gear, most particularly being able to record whenever it suits, for as long as you want until you get the perfect track.

Here’s an interesting home recording guide written by Ed Byrd – you’ll see what we mean!:

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Learning from bluegrass tabs is one of the most popular ways to start off with bluegrass music. There are a minority of budding musicians who have the ability to pick up a mandolin, guitar or banjo and become familiar with the instrument without much help.  These people have the wonderful musical gift of being able to learn playing by ear.

However, the majority of those wanting to learn any bluegrass  instrument, whether it is bluegrass guitar, mandolin or banjo,  cannot do it alone and need help.  Read the following  interesting article about bluegrass tabs to find out more

“Hello, er, um…” (pause and look down at set list) “Flint, Michigan! Are you ready to rock?!”

Well, it sounds like you’ve done it. You’ve taken that giant leap of faith, piled in a van with your band mates and hit the road. You’re all so excited and everything is going perfectly…except for your drummer’s BO…and your singer’s insistence on singing the falsetto portion of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in your cramped, non-resonant living quarters ad nauseam…and your keyboardist’s musings on the musical legitimacy of 80’s synch-pop…and your guitarist, drooling on your shoulder.

Though becoming touring road warriors is not a perfect science, there are things that everyone can do in order to live together in a less stressful environment. The following are tips on how to co-exist with your band of brothers and how to bring about a little Kum Ba Yah on the road.

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Hearing loss can be defined as a reduction in an individual’s ability to hear sounds. Essentially, loss of hearing can affect a person of any age group, young or old. Nevertheless it is appreciated that hearing loss tends to occur gradually as a person ages. Hearing loss can be temporary or permanent and mild or severe. There are three kinds of hearing loss that can affect a person and these are neural/sensorineural, conductive, or a combination of both of these.

Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by the malfunction of the cochlea, or auditory system. This type of hearing loss can be caused by various kinds of disease, certain kinds of drugs that are capable of causing injury to the hearing system, head trauma, aging and genetic syndromes.

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If the number of cover versions is anything to go by, Hallelujah (The Shrek Song) is definitely one of the greatest guitar songs ever written.   Written by Lenoard Cohen, the song was first heard on his 1984 album, Various Positions.  To read more about the interesting background behind this song, check out this great article by Ignatius Gluck.

The condition of RSI is a syndrome that effects muscles, tendons and nerves in the hands, arms and upper back and is developed when muscles in these areas are kept tense for long periods of time, due to poor posture and/or repetitive motions. The most well known repetitive strain injury is known as Carpal Tunnel syndrome, which is relatively rare among computer workers but very common among assembly line workers and guitarists.

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