Four Types of Guitarist… You Meet at Open Mic Nights

Four Types of Guitarist… You Meet at Open Mic Nights

September 26, 2018

Here at Thalia capos, we love open mic nights.

They’re a great opportunity to meet other musicians, as well as to take your guitar playing out of your house and into the great wide world. 

But much more than that, the awesome thing about open mic nights is that they’re, well… open. Unlike a bona fide, ticketed gig, literally anyone can get up and play.  

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Know Your Tonewood: Maple

Know Your Tonewood: Maple

September 17, 2018

Historically, maple is synonymous with the manufacture of stringed instruments. Violins, violas and cellos have been made of maple for hundreds of years, and the wood was the resource of choice for many a revered luthier in the world of classical music. 

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The Genius of John Fahey

The Genius of John Fahey

September 11, 2018

"It's hard to imagine what contemporary music would be like if people like John Fahey had not been obsessively fascinated with roots American music from the 1920s and 30s. That's the secret of a whole swathe of modern rock'n'roll.”

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The Five Greatest Fingerstyle Guitarists… as Chosen by the Thalia Community

The Five Greatest Fingerstyle Guitarists… as Chosen by the Thalia Community

August 29, 2018

In the last edition of this blog, we asked for your thoughts on the greatest fingerstyle players of all time. You guys responded in droves, and now the results are in.

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Who is the Greatest Fingerstyle Guitar Player of All Time? You Decide!

Who is the Greatest Fingerstyle Guitar Player of All Time? You Decide!

August 17, 2018

Here at Thalia Capos, fingerstyle guitar playing is a true passion. There’s nothing quite like hearing an amazing finger-stylist doing their thing, and watching someone working with their left and right hands in complete synchronicity is one of the things that keeps us pushing to play to every day. With such a love for great fingerstyle playing, it might not surprise you to know that debates about the greatest finger stylist of all time are a frequent occurrence in the Thalia studio. And, that finding consensus amongst the staff here is a rarity!

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What Slash Taught Me About Guitar Playing

What Slash Taught Me About Guitar Playing

August 06, 2018

Throughout my teenage years, posters of guitar heroes were in regular rotation on my bedroom wall.

Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison and James Hetfield were all given “hall of fame” status by me for a time, coming and going as my tastes and fascinations changed, and then changed back again.

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What Is a Capo?

What Is a Capo?

July 31, 2018

You might not know what a capo looks like, but you’ve almost certainly heard one being used. They’ve long been the secret weapon of many a guitar hero. Keith Richards, George Harrison, Jimmy Page, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty have all kept one in their gig bag at one time or another, and used them on many a classic song.

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Peter Frampton’s “Phenix” Les Paul: The Guitar That Rose From the Ashes

Peter Frampton’s “Phenix” Les Paul: The Guitar That Rose From the Ashes

July 20, 2018

Even if you’re not a fan of his music, you’re probably familiar with Peter Frampton’s Gibson Les Paul, “Phenix.”  It’s the “Frampton Comes Alive!” guitar; the one that he plays on the album, and the one that he’s photographed with on the cover. Today, we’re going to share the story of the iconic “Phenix” guitar; how Frampton got it, lost it, and finally got it back.

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How To Use a Guitar Capo Chart

How To Use a Guitar Capo Chart

July 12, 2018

The small, but mighty capo is a seriously useful tool to have in your gig bag.

It opens up your fretboard, means you can learn lots of songs without learning complicated chords, and makes transposing songs into different keys a breeze.
Capos are great for making guitar playing simple. But, figuring out which fret to place your capo on can sometimes be confusing.

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Robby Krieger: Celebrating The Doors’ Unsung Hero

Robby Krieger: Celebrating The Doors’ Unsung Hero

July 03, 2018

When we think of the Doors, the first person that comes to mind is Jim Morrison. Mr. Mojo Risin’; The Lizard King. Call him what you want, the man was an icon. He’s not just synonymous with the band; to most of the general public, he is the band.

 

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How the Fender Telecaster Kickstarted the Electric Revolution

How the Fender Telecaster Kickstarted the Electric Revolution

June 28, 2018

Upon its release in 1950, the Fender Telecaster started an electric guitar revolution, and the world has never been the same since. Today, we’re taking a look at that iconic instrument and how it came to be.

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One legendary guitar: three legendary owners – the Greeny Moore Les Paul

One legendary guitar: three legendary owners – the Greeny Moore Les Paul

June 20, 2018

One legendary guitar: three legendary owners – the Greeny Moore Les Paul. It’s not uncommon for old Les Pauls to pass through the hands of more than one legendary guitarist.  Ask any Gibson guitar aficionado and they’ll tell you; vintage 1950s LPs have some serious mojo. They’re not exactly easy to find though, hence why they get shared around.

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