Learning how to play guitar is something I’ve always wanted to do, but like so many skills, getting started from scratch seems daunting. The gTar (pronounced with a soft ‘g‘) aims to make this part of the experience a lot more fun. It’s like a real-world version of Guitar Hero that actually teaches you something. What you do is dock your iPhone…

B&O BeoPlay H6 Headphones

A couple days ago, Andrew Kim published his review of the BeoPlay H6 headphones, and I was taken aback by how beautiful they are. I recommend heading over there to read the full review and check out the hi-res photos, but here are some of the highlights that stood out to me: These are gorgeous headphones. The audio cable can be detached…

Pioneer A4 Wireless Speaker

If someone were to ask me what the best AirPlay speaker setup is, in most cases I would point them to the Sonos system. It’s super easy to set up, especially if you want multiple speakers throughout your house. But if you only need a single speaker and you want the best sound from it, it’s hard to beat the current deal…

TC-11 for iPad

TC-11 is a trippy, fully programmable, multitouch synthesizer app for iPad. Rather than fiddling with a bunch of knobs, you interact with the app by tapping and dragging your fingers around the screen. The sounds produced by the synthesizer depend on where you touch the screen and how your fingers move in relation to one another. Even the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass…

ScoreCleaner Notes

This one’s for the musicians out there. ScoreCleaner Notes allows you to play, hum, or even whistle a tune, and it will write out the musical notation for you, including the correct time signatures. It can even pick apart multiple voices at once and arrange them in the proper order of lead voice, second voice, and bass line. After these notation sheets…

Audyssey Bluetooth Computer Speakers

It was two summers ago that we remodeled the basement to make space for my new office. My old office was upstairs, where you’ll now find my son’s room. My downstairs office is a bit smaller than my previous one, and so in the move I got rid of my old, bulky Sony stereo which was plugged into my computer. I haven’t…

Pick Punch

If music is supposed to make a statement, shouldn’t instruments have a voice, too? The $30 Pick Punch helps even your guitar picks pack a message. It can be used to create Standard 351 Shape guitar picks out of just about anything, including credit cards, IDs and even photos of past lovers.

The OD-11 Cloud Speaker with Wireless Remote

We’ve already featured one speaker from this year’s CES, but couldn’t resist pointing out another upcoming item: the OD-11 Cloud Speaker. Astute audio enthusiasts may notice that both its name and design are an homage to the original Carlsson OD-11 hi-fi speaker released in 1974. The new design is absolutely gorgeous — combining a minimalist retro aesthetic with a powerful modern sound…

Personalized Brass Guitar Picks

If you’re looking for a special gift for the guitar player in your life, the Three Little Pixies Boutique on Etsy has you covered. For $21, they will ship you a brass guitar pick with a custom message engraved in the brass. Sterling silver is available for an additional charge.

One Christmas at a Time

John Roderick & Jonathan Coulton have come together to make a great album of Christmas music. The record is 10 tracks long, and features all-new tracks; there aren’t any of your run-of-the-mill Christmas hymns on this thing. It’s a lot of fun, and if you like Roderick or Coulton, you’ll love this disc. You can purchase the album online starting at just…

Fender Squier Usb Stratocaster Guitar

Before the USB Stratocaster Guitar, hooking up a guitar to a Mac or iOS device required a USB-ready break-out box, but no more. This $200 axe includes a regular 1/4-inch passive output, but also a Mini-B USB port, so plugging right in to a computer or iOS device is a snap. The high-quality headphone amp lets you listen to the output without…

‘The Carpenter’ by the Avett Brothers

If you’re looking for some smooth, heart-felt folk music that deals with the darker side of things. The band is no stranger to heartache, and that really comes across on this record. From front-to-back, it’s thoughtful and sober, with the same great performance we’re used to from this grou. It’s just $7.99 for the 12-track album.

Pre-order: Babel (Deluxe Edition) by Mumford & Sons

Everyone’s favorite English folk rock band has a new album coming out September 25. Named Babel, it’s available for pre-order on iTunes now. If the tracks scattered across YouTube are any indication, this album should be a instant hit with fans of the group’s unique sound. The Deluxe Edition will ship with three additional tracks. For the Mumford & Sons fan, the…

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Soundtrack

If you enjoy epic and instrumental soundtracks, you’ll enjoy the latest work by Hans Zimmer: the original motion picture soundtrack for The Dark Knight Rises. Zimmer, who is the leader of the film music division at DreamWorks studios, has composed the musical accompaniment for all three of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films.

The JHS Panther, Analog Delay Pedal

I’m a drummer, so I don’t know too much when it comes to guitar pedals, but I do know that analog provides a very different tone and effect than digital. And so this brand-new analog delay pedal, the Panther, is something special. The internal circuit board was custom designed and each pedal is made by hand in the USA.

“The Reckoning” Album by NEEDTOBREATHE

This new-to-me band, NEEDTOBREATHE is led by two brothers whose father was a preacher. The lyrics and melodies sound like a southern gospel rock band and are full of heart and soul. The music is engaging and teases you to keep turning it up just a little bit louder and a little bit louder. (Also available on Amazon.)

Michael Bublé Christmas Album

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Christmas Music. I generally prefer instrumental, jazz renditions of classic Christmas carols. But Michael Bublé’s new Christmas album is pretty great, too. We’ve been listening to it pretty regularly for the past couple of weeks, interspersed with our normal Christmas jazz. It’s also available as MP3 on Amazon and iTunes.

MuteMath, “Odd Soul”

Long have I been a fan of MuteMath. These guys write great music that packs tons of punch. Their most-recent album, Odd Soul, is Mutemath at their finest. Fun, energetic, thoughtful, artistic, and crazy. (Also available on Amazon MP3 Store.)

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