1834 Tonometer by Johann Heinrich Scheibler

A440 - What does standard tuning mean?

By Mark Wade, of Melismatics, Teacher and Assistant Director of Music Education at Twin Town Guitars 

When you hear something that is “in tune,” what does that really mean?

Cinematic Reverb Pedals

Cinematic Reverb Pedals

By Jeb Silburn, Twin Town Guitars Staff Writer

Reverb is a favorite effect for many when it comes to adding depth, texture, and space in their sound. Let's explore a trio of effects that take up a more painterly mantle than some of the familiar analog classics, and pull the mind to far off landscapes...

The Rule of 18 and Intonation

The Rule of 18 and Intonation

By Lila Karash, Local Musician and Teacher at Twin Town Guitars

Historically, the "rule of eighteen" is the mathematical formula used to determine the fret positions on the guitar neck, but it should really be called the "rule of 17.817, since technology has allowed for more accurate calculations.  Here is how it works...

January 31, 2021 — Carrie Bell
Tony Iommi

Find a Way to Play

By Mark Wade, of Melismatics, Teacher and Assistant Director of Music Education at Twin Town Guitars 

Most of you have probably heard of the band Black Sabbath, known for such songs as "Iron Man" and "Paranoid." But did you know that the guitarist behind those iconic riffs accidentally sawed off the tips of two of his most important fingers?

PLEK Machine at Twin Town Guitars in Minneapolis.

What in the PLEK?

By Jeb Silburn, Twin Town Guitars Staff Writer

The PLEK is like a magic salon for your instrument. It’s capable of fret dressing, nut slotting/shaping, fingerboard work, and bridge slotting. If there was such a thing as Guitar-Narnia, this would be the wardrobe.

How To Extract a Pick from Inside a Guitar or Ukulele

How To Extract a Pick from Inside a Guitar or Ukulele

By Lila Karash, Local Musician and Teacher at Twin Town Guitars

During a lesson recently, the pick slipped out of a student's fingers and went through the sound hole.  Every guitar player has probably done this at one point or another.  I know I have. It can be tricky to extract a pick once it has fallen inside the guitar. 

January 07, 2021 — Carrie Bell
Top 5 Songwriting Tips

Top 5 Songwriting Tips

By Ryan Smith, of Soul Asylum, Melismatics, Ryan and Pony & Teacher at Twin Town Guitars

"There are really three parts to the creative process. First there is inspiration, then there is the execution, and finally there is the release."  - Eddie Van Halen

Whether you are a fan of Eddie's music or not, it's undeniable that he had a serious impact on future generations of guitar players and created his own unique sound that is instantly recognizable.  He found his own voice and made his mark in a profound way!

January 07, 2021 — Carrie Bell
The Benefits of Isolation

The Benefits of Isolation

By Lila Karash, Local Musician and Teacher at Twin Town Guitars

A lot of us are feeling isolated right now due to the pandemic. But isolation can be your friend! I'm talking about isolating different parts when you're practicing guitar. Your brain can become cluttered at first when it's trying to do too many things at once. 

January 07, 2021 — Carrie Bell
Guitar Player - Keep Nails Cut for Best Sound and Play

Nailing It (A special message for all fretting hands.)

By Lila Karash, Local Musician and Teacher at Twin Town Guitars

Calling all fretting hands! If you are a fretting hand and your fingernails are too long, be advised that you are in danger of committing thunky, unclear chord sounds. Why?

December 13, 2020 — Carrie Bell
Stick Talk: Beginner Go-To's

Stick Talk: Beginner Go-To's

By Jeb Silburn, Twin Town Guitars Staff Writer

Finding the perfect pair of drum sticks is not always such a straightforward task. With such an impressive variety to choose from, many having the slightest differences from the next, it can take some time to find what works best for you. 

December 13, 2020 — Carrie Bell
Lila Karash Musician and Teacher at Twin Town Guitars

Performance Nerves are Normal

By Lila Karash, Teacher & Local Singer Songwriter

Here's a thing that I hear about a lot: A student practices a song and plays it perfectly when they're at home and nobody else is listening. But as soon as they play it in front of the teacher or someone else, they choke and mess it all up. If this happens to you, it's perfectly normal!

December 13, 2020 — Carrie Bell
Finding Your Way Reading Music

Finding Your Way

By Lila Karash, Teacher & Local Singer Songwriter

When you're practicing a song, do you often lose track of where you are on the page because you are looking down at your hands? This is something that happens often for beginners.

November 29, 2020 — Carrie Bell