How to Practice
It is important to manage your time when practicing the guitar. Although players like Steve Vai recommend a 12-15 hour a day practice schedule: (http://www.picksnlicks.com/Guitar%20Lessons/Exercises/30_hr_workout/30_hr_workout_1.html). Most of us frankly don’t have that amount of time to dedicate to playing (at least not in any given week). In order to maximise the benefit for each practice session I recommend targeting the below four aspects of guitar. I’m going to use the example of an hour long practice session and highlight the type of practice you should be doing throughout.
Guitar Shopping In Bristol
Professional Music Technology is renowned for its esteemed reputation as a premier guitar shop, and you’ll find nowhere better than PMT Bristol to satisfy your 6-stringed cravings or get your first guitar.
Fender, Gibson and PRS guitars line Bristol’s lengthy guitar walls, along with a whole host of acoustics including Martin and Taylor guitars. Or if you prefer to pluck, pick or slap a bass guitar, their bass department has everything from Musicman to Fender Basses in stock, alongside the cheeky little one-offs and PMT Exclusives!
Alongside the axes, there is a massive range of guitar amplifiers, guitar accessories, guitar pedals, straps, guitar strings and anything else you might need to keep your creative juices flowing. There are also plenty of used and pre-loved guitars to choose from the part exchange service, so if you’d like to paw over someone’s old gear or even come in to the shop and swap your old equipment for something new and shiny, give them a call.
Hobgoblin Bristol is one of Bristol’s smaller, boutique music shops. It is an Aladdin's cave of musical instruments, plus much more in the way of music books and a full range of items for all types of musician at the counter. Car parks & meters are close by, Temple Meads Station is a 20 minute walk, or short bus ride.
The full Hobgoblin Music range of musical instruments is available. If there is a particular item you would like to have a look at, please call ahead to make sure it is in stock. In addition, there are many instruments unique to the store. They’re not just a guitar shop - each branch has a great range of specialist instruments too.
Treblerock is a guitar shop in Bristol. Located in the heart of Clifton village and is surrounded by lovely little shops, restaurants and bars. They have a fantastic range of new and used guitars along with a selection of vintage guitars both electric and acoustic.
Absolute Guitars is a specialist guitar shop based in Backwell, North Somerset. Their retail shop is close to Nailsea and is 6 miles from Bristol City Centre.
There are great motorway links from South Wales, Weston Super Mare and Clevedon They have a full retail shop with a wide range of electric guitars, bass guitars and acoustic guitars.
Their key electric guitar brands include Fender, ESP/LTD, Squier, Tokai and Gretsch. Their Acoustic guitar brands include Fender, Freshman, Crafter, Faith, Yamaha and Sigma. They also stock Blackstar and Fender Guitar Amplifiers and a range of effects pedals.
Rehearsal and Recording in Bristol
Room 4 Studios
Room 4 Studios can be found at 145a Whitehall Road, Bristol, BS5 9BJ and offers everything a band needs to record an EP. I have personally played in a band that recorded an EP here and can attest to the quality. Not only does Room 4 double up as a rehearsal and recording space, it also hires out equipment for bands who want to put on live shows. Prices for recording are reasonable and this reflects the quality service that Room 4 provides. If you’re looking to produce a few tracks on a budget this studio could be just what you need.
Dockside Studios is a professional rehearsal and recording facility, located in central Bristol. Situated in a picturesque location right by Bristol Marina. The prices of the studio are perfect for anyone with an amateur budget or who want to record on a pay-as-you-go basis. The owners are very friendly and will always do everything they can to help. If this sounds like it’s your sort of recording atmosphere, Dockside Studios is located down at Unit 15, Albion Dockside Estate, Hanover Place, Bristol, BS1 6UT.
Woodshed Recording Studio
Woodshed is a converted Police Station that houses a dance studio, a visual arts space and a circus training room. It is a great looking rehearsal and recording space.
It is located in a culturally rich location at The Island: located at Nelson Street, Bristol, BS1 2LE.
The recording facilities are reasonably priced and the staff are patient and friendly.
Factory Studios can cater for all your audio needs, from recording through to mixing, mastering and CD manufacture. They are able to undertake any size of recording project.
Their versatile facility comprises of a 500 sq.ft live room, vocal booth, acoustically treated control room, 24 input Logic Pro and MOTU based recording system, mics from AKG, Shure, Nakamichi, Studio Electronics, and monitoring from Event and Genelec.
Their lead engineer is always on hand to discuss your project and offer sympathetic professional advice.