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The Right Mattress for Your Success

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The Right Mattress for Your Success

A good night’s sleep can do wonders. It is rejuvenating and refreshing. Sleeping well can lead to new inspirations and ideas. Looking and feeling your best is especially important in the music industry, where you’re frequently judged based on how you present yourself. If you’re feeling well-rested and alert, it’s much easier to give some great first impressions, so that your guitar playing gets the edge it deserves. You can think better on your feet, and answer questions more easily with any potential employers. This is why it is critical to find the right mattress for you! Finding the best mattress to suit your needs is especially important for guitarists and other musicians. When you’re sleeping is when you’re the most relaxed, and having the wrong mattress can damage your body and mind. Posture becomes altered, and a person can get stiff limbs and joints from too hard or too soft of a mattress. A backache from an unsupportive mattress can be incredibly debilitating to a performer who just wants to focus on their technical skillset. It’s challenging to find the right mattress alone. This is why the trusted reviews at Sleep Addicts can help you to take the stress out of the decision. There are so many options to choose from, and it really helps for these to be narrowed down based on your taste, and to have real people give their input on the products. Creativity flows so readily when you are relaxed and can allow your mind to wander and dream. Those moments when you are lying in bed, not quite asleep, but not awake are sometimes the ones where we feel the most inspired! Why lie on a lumpy mattress, when you can relax and sink into sleep on a trusted cloud of comfort? It is well known that sleep can help to aid in memory. Instead of staying up for hours trying to remember your guitar riffs and licks, make sure you relax your mind, and let your bed and mattress do the rest! You will be surprised at how much a good sleep can help! Getting a good night’s rest can even help with your solos and improvisation, and you will feel less stressed if you need to perform in front of an audience. Not getting enough sleep, or a good enough sleep, can also lead to poor coordination and fine motor skills, both of which are incredibly important for guitarists. A good sleep will make it easier to focus, and stay in time with a group of people. You can focus on the rhythm of the music, instead of staying awake. All of the elements of our lives come together to be a good musician. Practicing is one piece of the puzzle, but getting a good sleep is another important puzzle piece. Even though we are unconscious for it, we need to consciously remember to get enough sleep and thus to take good care of our...

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Playing the Part and Looking the Part: What Guitarists Should Know

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Playing the Part and Looking the Part: What Guitarists Should Know

In today’s fast-moving, social-media-centered entertainment climate, appearances are everything. From television actors to musicians and all sorts of entertainers in between, the overall look of professionals arguably defines them more than their actual work does. For example, if an actor stars in a fantastic film, and a few days after it releases, he or she is spotted in public wearing completely unsuitable clothing (to his or her personality), one can bet that the press and social media users will have much more to say about the latter than the former. Moreover, not adopting the right look for an entertainment career can cause one—regardless of talent and potential—to never get off the ground. The point is that professional entertainers need to look the part, in addition to being skilled. This idea holds especially true for guitarists, who in addition to playing and performing at their best, would be wise to adhere to a few key appearance guidelines—guidelines that will maximize their appeal and potential career success. Let’s take a look at some ultra-useful appearance tips for guitarists! White Teeth Please Crowds Many skillful guitarists, upon reading this tip’s title, undoubtedly considered running as far away from their computers as possible, in an effort to avoid even thinking about the dentist. Well, these guitarists can relax—this tip doesn’t have anything to do with going to the dentist, as one can achieve impressive teeth whiteness from the comfort of home by using today’s excellent dental products. For example, pearly whytes, a review website for oral care products, offers great information on whitening strips that are surprisingly easy to use. Therefore, whitening teeth is no longer a hassle. Briefly, the reasons guitarists should consider improving the whiteness of their teeth are straightforward and important: fans respond positively to white teeth, white teeth look much better than non-white teeth in pictures and especially in film, and white teeth contribute to the “good-looking musician” vibe that so many artists have taken advantage of. Jeans are Relatable While every guitarist dresses up differently in public and on stage, the reality is that determining what to wear can often be tough. Instead of going back and forth trying to decide upon an outfit, guitarists should simply stick to jeans. Jeans naturally match the “professional yet exciting” general identity of guitars, and also, can be easily related to by fans. Additionally, top-quality jeans can be purchased for very affordable prices—even from industry-leading companies. In other words, jeans are a perfect addition to any musician’s appearance, and what’s more is that they feel great to wear and can be purchased for cheap! Don’t Overdress “Don’t overdress” is perhaps the most relevant appearance tip that can be given to guitarists. Especially as more and more fans begin to support one’s career, the urge to wear flashy, large, and plainly ridiculous outfits can, for whatever reason, begin to build. This is not recommended! Guitarists should stick to relatively normal, impressive-looking clothing and overall appearances. Bluntly put, like actors, guitarists are expected by their fans to be both consistent and to-the-point, in terms of the way they look. Thus, while Lady Gaga and Katy Perry—performers—are expected to dress in exciting outfits, Jack White and Leonardo DiCaprio would draw the wrong kind of attention if they did so. Guitarists should consider shopping for...

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How a Dehumidifier Can Save Your Guitar

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Keep your guitars in top shape by helping to preserve them with dehumidifiers. When entering into the hottest months of the year it means a rise in humidity. Humidity can damage the wood and binding of a guitar – rendering it useless if not protected. Mold and mildew also have tendencies to grow inside the body of the guitar in the steamiest, rainiest months. Symptoms of a ‘wet’ guitar When a guitar is exposed to high humidity, it’s referred to as a “wet” guitar. Symptoms of a guitar exposed to high humidity levels include the swelling of the wood (mostly in the body of the guitar), stress on the glue joints (separation), a rising dome and pulled strings. What’s one way to protect the life and structure of your guitar? By purchasing a dehumidifier perfect for your instrument space. At Good Air Geeks, there are some thorough reviews for whole house dehumidifiers perfect for finding your ideal dehumidifier to prevent any real damage and maintain the value of your guitar. Why is a Dehumidifier Important? Any time there are water droplets or moisture in the air, it can affect your instruments. A dehumidifier sucks in air, removes any excess moisture and expels dry, clean air that will save the life of your guitars. If you’re not sure which dehumidifier is best for your living/music space, check out the whole house dehumidifier reviews at goodairgeeks.com to browse a list of some of the best dehumidifiers on the market and what they can do. Sites like Good Air Geeks has made buying a dehumidifier a simple process by providing readers with a star rating, specification details, listing the types of machines dependent on need and boiling it down to the top five favorite machines. Whether you own a large business or small apartment, doing your research will help you choose the perfect sized dehumidifier for your specific needs. Wood, specifically timber, which is what most guitar bodies are constructed of, naturally absorb water. Once the timber is cut and cured to be made into an instrument, the wood naturally dries out but is still susceptible to water absorption depending on the environment. Protect your guitar and learn more about the ideal humidity conditions by browsing the reviews. Better Air, Better Health Not only will a dehumidifier protect the well being of your guitar, but it can be beneficial to your health, as well. Dehumidifiers are air purifiers, so the air you’re breathing will be cleaner and better for your body. Better yet, many of these machines are energy efficient and virtually silent, so they won’t affect recording sound and your company will hardly notice them. Want to sleep better at night? Check out reviews of whole house dehumidifiers for smaller, noise-free machines to get a restful sleep and more productive days! Recently had your basement flood? Help prevent the growth of allergy-causing mold and spores by reading up on high-powered dehumidifiers. Save Money Dehumidifiers can also save you money by preserving the life of your instruments that mold could grow on in the most humid climates. Dehumidifiers are perfect for the person on a tight budget and could end up saving you quite a bit of money in the long run due to low instrument maintenance. These awesome air-cleansing machines can...

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How to Enjoy Music on a Motorcycle

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How to Enjoy Music on a Motorcycle

Going for a motorcycle ride certainly has its benefits. Riding a motorcycle allows you to clear your troubled thoughts, as you just enjoy the wind rushing by your face. Another benefit is that motorcycles now allow you to enjoy music while you ride. In the past, you would have only been able to listen to music while you rode in a car. However, recent improvements in equipment and technology has changed that. The following article discusses two different methods of how you can listen to music while riding on your motorcycle. Ear Buds with Open Helmets   As the name suggests, open face helmets leave your face exposed, and just cover your head. These have a looser feel than full face helmets, which tend to feel snugger around the face. Open face helmets allow you to wear ear buds comfortably. The best open face helmets for you will depend on your specific preferences. Some people definitely prefer this style of helmet because it allows them to hear their music while feeling the cool wind against their face. This feeling is definitely not the same if you were wearing a full face helmet. The major disadvantage with this method is the safety element that comes into play. Although open face helmets are very safe, they are considered to be less safe than full face helmets. It is true that they do not cover your face, however they do give you an increased amount of visibility. Bluetooth Helmet Helmets have been added to the list of products that can incorporate Bluetooth technology. Riding on a motorcycle can still keep you connected at all times. While you are riding, you can get GPS directions, call a friend, or (most importantly) listen to your favourite tunes. This hands free technology is monumental for motorcycle lovers. With Bluetooth, you do not need to worry about ear buds falling out of your ear. You will need to play with the volume settings in order to find the perfect pitch for you. You may need to increase the sound in order to hear the music perfectly with the addition of the noisy wind. The major disadvantage of having a Bluetooth helmet is that you can easily get distracted. You are so connected to everything that you might get caught up in a dramatic phone call, or something similar. You will need to remember to keep your focus on the road. Conclusion Just because you ride a motorcycle does not mean that you need to give up your love for music. You can combine your two passions of motorcycle riding and listening to music. Ear buds with open face helmets and Bluetooth helmets are good alternatives for you. In the end, it all comes down to whichever method you prefer. If you would rather feel more of the wind in your face, you might be better suited to the ear bus with the open face helmet. Otherwise, Bluetooth may be your best...

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A Man Who Loves To Collect Guitars

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Playing guitar has always been my passion. I consider it as an outlet for my emotions. I have different kinds of guitar and every time I go to different places I make sure that I purchase a guitar as a souvenir. Throughout the years of collecting guitars, I have mastered the factors that make a guitar beautiful and worth your penny. Buy as many as you can For guitar collectors like me, having as many guitars as possible gives a sense of pleasure. In my guitar collection, I have both the new models and the vintage ones. It does cost me money, but I don’t mind at all. Get a better version Whenever I purchase a new guitar, I always make sure that I buy the better version. I always see to it that the guitar I purchased can be used on special occasions. As for me, I record my own song and I also perform. Hence, having a presentable guitar is a must. Budget allocation I know that collecting a guitar is quite an expensive passion. I must admit there are times when I feel like I have to sacrifice other important stuff just to buy a new guitar. My usual budget is around $200, but I am willing to stretch my budget a bit more if I feel like the guitar is worth it. Of course, I consider the design, style, and quality of construction. Currently, I have a total of eight guitars and I purchased them from different places. I have different varieties of guitar such as the single coil electric guitar, humbucker electric guitar, a 12 string acoustic guitar, a steel string acoustic guitar, semi hollow body electric guitar, and a classical nylon string guitar. It took me two years to collect all these types of guitars. It is a long process and I know that my addiction to guitar will not stop here. I am a self-confessed traveller and whenever I visit new places the first thing I look for is guitar. Collecting a guitar is a hobby that takes self-discipline. A guitar comes with an expensive price tag, especially if you want to collect premier guitars. You have to manage your finances and see to it that you are not sacrificing other things just because of your addiction to guitars. I know it is easier said than done for I myself can’t sometimes control myself. I love my guitars and they are all worth my time and...

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Living Happy As A Part-Time Wedding Guitarist

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Since I was a kid I have always been dreaming of becoming a guitarist when I grow up. When I was 10 years old, my reason for wanting to become a guitarist was my fascination with guitars (this could easily also be the reason I am so hooked to the sygnus guitar). Now that I am older, my reason for staying a guitarist has changed. Well, of course, I do love playing guitars. For me, it is a form of expressing not only my love for music but my outlet of emotions. Guitars are usually associated with rock and roll and I dwell in that genre a lot. However, I also have great appreciation for other beautiful types of music that guitars make. Believe it or not, I also part-time as a wedding guitarist. Ironic, you might think, but to me, it is nothing but a chance for me to balance out my life and to keep my guitar skills diverse and appreciative of everything beautiful about guitars and the art of guitar playing. I am always proud to say that I am also a wedding guitarist and I couldn’t be happier. Here are a few more reasons why I love my job as a wedding guitarist: Decent income – My job has enabled me to have a decent income. I’ve been doing it part-time yet I have steady monthly engagements so the income stream is consistent. I am doing the thing I love the most while earning money. Isn’t that cool? Opportunity to see new places – I am a wedding guitarist for five years now and I’m proud to say that I have travelled to different places because of my wedding engagement. Most of my clients marry in romantic out of town places. What I like most is that I get to travel new places for free. Meet new people – Contrary to the stereotype on rock and roll fanatics, I actually love being surrounded by people. Meeting new people and gaining new friends are some of the priceless reasons of being a guitarist. They would usually come to me and tell me how good I am at playing guitars. Some even ask for my business card because they want to hire me as a guitarist. Self-fulfilment- every time I play the guitar, it gives me a feeling of self-fulfilment. I have not finish my college education because of financial constraints. I don’t have a blue-collared job. However, playing the guitar makes me feel like I have accomplished something in my life. I can say that I am a born musician. I do not have any formal training in playing guitars but my love for music has brought me to where I am right now. Seeing the crowd happy every time I strum the guitar string makes me shiver to the bones. As a wedding guitarist, I can truly say that I have done something good in my life. It gives me a feeling of joy because I get to take part of the lives of two people in love, two people who promised to share the rest of their lives. And who knows, maybe one day I would get married to, and I know that I may not be the guitarist for the whole wedding event, I...

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Unfair Medical Billing for a Fellow Musician Friend

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The Medical Billing was too Expensive It is an undeniable fact that at some point in our lives we do get sick, no matter how careful we are and conscious we may be when it comes to our health. David, an old friend of mine who is a fellow musician and a master of the drums, unfortunately, became sick. He was diagnosed of tuberculosis and had to be admitted to the hospital. My thoughts as to why he got that disease is because he doesn’t care too much when he sweats a lot during a drum session. He just lets it dry off which I know isn’t a very good idea; he plays the drum about four or five times a week for an hour. That could probably be one reason why he acquired such illness. I came to visit right away after knowing his condition.  We talked about our previous gigs which were pretty cool, reminiscing old rock and roll showdowns on our younger years, the glory days. He told me that he is getting better already and things are going smoothly about his recovery which was for me, very pleasant news. But there was something that bothered him after our jolly chitchat. So I asked him what seems to be the problem. He said that the medical billing he got was a bit too much for him, although that wasn’t supposed to be the case. He wasn’t prepared at all for such amount so I told him not to worry because I’m going to lend him some money and will ask a few friends to help too. I saw him quite relieved after saying that which I know will better help him heal faster. He then exclaimed that he thinks this is one reason why the medical billers here have the highest medical billing salary he knows so far. We then talked about after he is fully recovered he would want to have a jam session with our old friends who are also into music. I just chuckled and told him focus first on a fast recovery, eat well and don’t overdo things. I know that this guy is really active and sometimes forget about taking care of his health so I advised him to ease down a bit. David laughed and just said “sometimes my drive in playing the drums just couldn’t be stopped,” he admitted that he plays the drums for about 2 hours a day and that is tremendous stress. The doctor also told him to refrain from activities that would make him sweat or exhausted just for about 3 – 5 months just to make sure he gets back into shape. Surely I admire David’s passion but I think he should put it into moderation because things like this can really happen again if he overdoes it. I believe that too much of everything is never okay, just the right amount is...

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Giving Value to Your Guitars as Much as You Value Your Home

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Improving your home is a very essential part of living. A comfortable life can be achieved if you have a house that is built and designed to your liking. A beautiful home is also a source of pride and joy. People will see you and the house you built and designed, and they will know how happy and content you are in your life. As a music lover and a fan of guitars, they way I treat my home becomes a reflection of how I treat myself and my instruments. This is because I know for a fact that my instruments are at home, with me. Meaning, my home does not just protect me and other people I live with, it is also protecting my guitars and other valuables. A demerit on my home is a demerit on my possessions. To achieve a good home, one has to work for it and provide it with the necessary tools and materials that will keep it strong and steady and fully functional. It’s almost the same as taking care of your own guitar. As you use your guitar everyday, you provide it with the right strings, materials for care, and you give it a proper case, area or room, where it can stay and be well protected. To be able for your guitar to be fully functional, it has to be in a condition of full-capacity. This means, that it has to be just right. Hence, if you suddenly abuse it, you can be sure that it will be a mess, sooner. Proper home care includes proper foundation, and one aspect of a good foundation is good plumbing. Plumbing is often times a neglected part of the home structure, with people thinking it is an easy task that anybody could just do. I personally had to learn this the hard way, because a recent incident with my home’s plumbing system got me calling for an Oxford plumber to help me save my possessions, especially my guitars. From the flow of this story, you can pretty much tell that what happened, but let me tell you anyway., A pipe leaked and I shook it off as an easy problem and just sealed it with one of those commercial seals you see on TV. The next thing I heard was a loud bang and water started pouring out of the pipes like a waterfalls was living under my house. It became a mess, really quick. I did not have a second floor to bring my possessions and my guitars up to, so I was stuck with bringing them to the neighbors while I waited for the plumber I called to arrive. Good thing they were as quick as the situation called for, and everything came back to normal by the end of the day. Of course they had to come back to do more fixing but at least I was able to stay in my own bed for the night, and my guitars and other valuables were saved from harm. This event really got me thinking about being more thorough with the needs of my home. Now, I am even thinking, what if there is a fire? What if an earthquake occurs? Can my house survive those? What would happen to my possessions...

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Guitars – How to Properly Store Them

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I always make it a top priority to take care of all my electric guitars. Call me weird, but I think of them as an extension of my body and soul. Since I love music and my favorite musical instrument happens to be the guitar, I would always go to great lengths just to keep them safe from harm. I guess because of that one fateful accident, I will forever remember to take care of my guitars and make sure that they are stored in the right place and form. Around a year ago, I recently brought a really good electric guitar from a good friend of mine. I already have five guitars, but they’re different types though. This friend of mine visited my home after a few days of buying the said guitar. Now, I was careless back then and because I was rushing all over the place to accommodate my friend, I simply left the new guitar inside a cabinet without hanging it with its sling. When my friend arrived, he then asked if he can check out the guitar I brought for him. When I told him it was inside the cabinet, to his surprise, the guitar suddenly fell on top of him and the head f the guitar hit his nose. He was bleeding because of the sharp drop and I immediately helped him up. That was a really bad day for me because not only did I have to pay for my friend’s hospital bill, but I ended up having a damaged guitar. Anyway, because of that incident, I made sure that my guitars are kept in a place where sudden drops won’t happen once you open the cabinet. I made sure that the guitars are hanged by the sling and that the hook where I put the sling on is fastened properly. If you don’t have a guitar cabinet, then put some durable hooks on the back of your door and hang your guitar there using the sling. One reason why I like hanging my guitar on a sling is because this prevents accidents that might damage your guitar. If you leave your guitar on the side, someone might careless step or kick the guitar. And believe me; that is something that you don’t want to see. If your guitar doesn’t have its own bag or leather case, then you should definitely get one. Most new electric guitars are already sold with it; if this is not the case, don’t worry. You can check online for cheaper ones. Gig bags are a must if you’re going to carry your guitar around for band practice or a live performance. If you’re not using your guitar for a long time, always remember to open the case and do some maintenance for the guitar. Remember to clean and condition the fret board, replace the old guitar strings, and polish the...

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Music and Time

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There are discussions about how the music of this generation has degraded and is of lower value than the songs of years past. Some claim that the old ballads make more sense and are the “real” music because there is a decent tone, rhythm, pitch, and all other factors that categorize something as music. Furthermore they claim that today, there is just but “sound”. There is no harmony and that all these singers do lately is make a bunch of noise and say a bunch of repetitive words that mean very little or have no significant value at all. On the other hand, patrons of today’s music call their type of music, evolution, an art and a science, that the message need not be heard in the lyrics alone, but also in the music itself. That is why when it is a song of love and passion, it sounds mellow but when it is a song of hate, there is barely any synchronizing tone or rhythm, just as how hate tends to be in the heart of a person. Both parties of music, the old and the new, have strong points and weak points. And to argue about it would lead to nothing since all those who like old ballads will continue to like them no matter what others may say, and same goes for those that love the new generation of music. It would help everyone, especially all music lovers out there, if they get to see that there is still something common about the old classics and the new genres of music. For one, there is still this great devotion to write about the beautiful things like love, happiness and the girl of your dreams. It is this kind of passionate words and sweetness in music that unites all music lovers to appreciate whatever the age of the song and singer may be. Music has always been the song of love and beauty and hope hence to actually hear that in the music of today, no matter how “ridiculous” it may sound for some, the message is love and nothing can ever make that an ugly thing. The promotion of beauty in music has also become a positive influence in all people, especially the younger generation. Music lovers are choosing to always be healthy and beautiful not because of narcissistic reasons, but because the songs are implying the value of having a good and fit body. Another thing similar between the music of the past and of this generation is the use of instruments. While it is true that today, the music industry is more equipped with advance music technology, it still does not compare to the music that “original” instruments make, such as guitars, pianos, and drums. Nothing can ever be the same because time is always changing and moving forward, however, if you just look deeply, you can still see that despite all the differences, similarities can still be seen and...

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