Author: Ben Plant

How2Guitar with Ben Plant: The Lazy Guitarist’s Guide To Memorizing The Fretboard

What’s one skill that you can guarantee will help your guitar playing, theory knowledge and understanding of your instrument no matter what style you play? Learning the fretboard. So why do so many technically great guitarists struggle to name the notes on the fretboard? Because memorising stuff sucks. It’s not much fun, requires discipline and in the short term it will slow down your playing. But fear not, lazy guitarists! I’ve got a fool-proof system for learning the fretboard in its entirety, and I’m going to share the first 5 steps with you today.   Step 1: Learn the...

Read More

How2Guitar With Ben Plant – The Mystery of Guitar Amp Shopping Explained

We recently ran a masterclass on getting the best guitar tones from your amp. One great question which came up is “Which amp is best for practice, busking, recording and playing gigs?” The short answer? There’s no amp that’s best for all of those things! ‘But wait,’ I hear you say, ‘that’s not a very useful answer!’ Fine. Longer answer: every amp makes compromises to fulfil a certain role. Therefore, you’re most likely going to want separate amps for separate situations. Practically, that may present problems for those of you buying your first electric guitar amp. You probably don’t...

Read More

How2Guitar With Ben Plant – How To Dial In The 3 Most Useful Guitar Tones

We’re running a masterclass on getting awesome electric guitar tones this weekend, so I thought I’d share some of the secrets I’ll be sharing with you a little early! Most of the time, if I’m going for a particular guitar tone, I’m after one of three “types” of tones: A bright, chime-y clean tone A heavy, high-gain distorted tone A warm, blues-y soloing or rock riffing tone Even if I’m going for a variation on these three tones, these are the three “tone types” I would either use for reference or as a starting point. The easiest (but least...

Read More

How2Guitar With Ben Plant – The Hunt For ‘Dat Guitar Tone’

If this sounds like you, you have two options: Become an audio engineer. You’ve obviously got the passion, and you may find you enjoy it more than guitar itself! Read the rest of this article, and I’ll show you some easy tricks (and things to avoid) to get to the right tone, faster, leaving you more time to actually play your guitar and reap the rewards! First, think of a specific tone you want to achieve You’ve got to have an end goal in mind or you will NEVER finish adjusting your tone. Are you working on Enter Sandman?...

Read More

How2Guitar with Ben Plant – The 4 Skills Needed to be a Master Metal Guitarist

It’s been a very long time coming, but I’ve finally finished the Extreme Metal Guitar Course, an online programme designed to turn you into a master extreme metal guitarist! Once you’ve mastered your open chords, you can read tabs and you understand basic rhythm, you’ll be ready to tackle this weekly course. Even if you’ve already got plenty of experience playing metal songs, all of the materials are designed to improve your chops, flesh out your theory knowledge and take you from a “someone who can play guitar” to a “metal guitarist”. So what’s involved in becoming a master?...

Read More