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Guitar Smarts is a podcast for guitarists and working musicians from the everyday walk of life, pro and amateur alike. Matt and Kiran are self professed 'non-professional' guitarists. With years of gigging experience behind them as function/session guitarists and on the pub and club blues circuit in the UK, join Kiran and Matt as they discuss everything guitar and music related, nerd out on gear talk, have a laugh about their experiences playing live and lament on the fact that they will nev ...
 
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OK, maybe not the hottest guitar news out there but we enjoyed it! What do you think about the topics discussed today? We discuss some big manufacturer news, new products, budget equipment that is new on the market and a unique justification for buying something cheap. Remember to please subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts, and come to s…
 
Greetings! This week we are making another list - this time its our favourite guitar solos, from each sub genre of Rock, Blues, Jazz, Metal, Country and Pop. What are your favourites? You can find a Spotify playlist of this list of songs here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2iB4KG3QTeYAOnvbgakVh6?si=d8f94782f4fa46dd Remember to please subscribe …
 
Every guitarist loves a great guitar based intro to a song. Sometimes it's better than a good solo, and the best of all of these songs are defined and recognised most by their amazing guitar introductions. They set the tone, create the vibe and leave you feeling ready for more. This week, Kiran and Matt have listed their favourite guitar intros, fi…
 
This week, we are revisiting our conversation from an early episode of the podcast around guitar practice and music theory and specifically the things we have learned about how to get better at guitar practice. Remember to please subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts, and come to see us on our social media channels below: https://www.faceb…
 
This week, we conclude our discussion on the things you can do to improve your live sound at your gigs for your band. You would be surprised how much of an improvement you could make simply buy reading up on some basic sound engineer skills and applying them to even the most basic setup. Go for it! Remember to please subscribe wherever you listen t…
 
Getting good live sound at your gigs can be a challenge. Taking a simple approach is often the taken path for most bands, opting to use a PA to amplify vocals only and rely on backline for everything else. But taking that extra step to invest in some equipment, and more importantly, some knowledge and skills to improve your experience won’t just im…
 
Once again, Matt has rebuilt his entire pedal board which means that this year, every gig he has played has had a different rig. Does Matt have a problem? You decide... Rate and Review the Guitar Smarts podcast here: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/guitar-smarts-1580199 (On the right hand side, press the button that says 'Rate this Podcast') htt…
 
Streaming music is undoubtedly convenient and how we all consume music these days. However has this ability to listen to any track instantly or let Spotify choose your playlist actually resulted in the death of the “album experience”? Does anyone craft an album the way they used to or is the industry geared to just produce a collection of “singles …
 
Everyone loves a good live performance, but when an artist captures a live performance and releases it as a live album, you get to relive that performance forever. Some live albums have gone on to be revered as classic albums to be remembered and enjoyed for all of time, regardless of their origin. Which ones are our favourites, which ones do we fi…
 
Recently we spoke about getting ourselves prepared for gigging on a technical level, maintaining our instruments and getting our equipment ready for the rigours of gigging and rehearsing. But what do we need to consider when it comes to being a member of a band and ensuring that we are pulling in the right direction? How do we be a good band member…
 
Ever wondered what it takes to be a modern day session musician? Gone are the days of driving from studio to studio, taking calls from the hot producers and working with artists to give them your sound. Now is the age of remote recording, dropboxing your stems and getting ideas down over Zoom calls, and the competition is high! This week we speak t…
 
For quite a few decades now, many guitar manufacturers have honoured some of their more famous users with signature instruments. Arguably the oldest signature instrument is the Gibson Les Paul, which has evolved into a whole range of guitars. For some guitarists, a signature guitar is a representation of what they prefer in a standard instrument an…
 
This week we conclude our conversation on the best mods you can do to your guitars to make them better! Rate and Review the Guitar Smarts podcast here: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/guitar-smarts-1580199 (On the right hand side, press the button that says 'Rate this Podcast') https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/guitar-smarts/id1548265334 (Fo…
 
Welcome back! This week we give you part 1 of our Guitar Modifications conversation. There are many things you can do to add incremental capability to your guitar, from simple guitar string choice to rewiring. We take a look at the best ways to add more tone to your guitar! Rate and Review the Guitar Smarts podcast here: https://www.podchaser.com/p…
 
Buying a used guitar can be a difficult process, especially when it involves you parting ways with lots of your hard earned cash. What can you do to be more prepared, better informed and increasingly confident about the decision you make? This week, Kiran & Matt discuss the process of buying used guitars and the steps you can take to prepare. Remem…
 
Welcome back Guitar Smarts listeners! Here in the UK, Covid restrictions are beginning to lift and gigging is back on the agenda! The prospect had us both thinking, what have been our best and worst gigging experiences over our years of gigging? Remember to please subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts, and come to see us on our social medi…
 
Welcome back! This week Kiran and Matt are talking about the songs that changed or affected their guitar playing the most throughout their lives as guitarists. What songs can you think of that you consider to be watershed moments in your playing career? Remember to please subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts, and come to see us on our soc…
 
Welcome back! This week the boys are lamenting about a guitarists worst enemy and best friend, Gear Acquisition Syndrome! Why is it that guitarists are never happy with what they have, and are always trying to find a reason to spend more and more on equipment that they may or may not need? This week we try and find out! Remember to please subscribe…
 
If you are new to the podcast and haven't listened to us yet, this is the episode to listen too. Here you will find some of the best bits of the first 20 episodes, where we introduce ourselves, talk about our influences, guitars, desert island rigs, challenge each other, speak to musicians and genuine rock stars too! Remember to please subscribe wh…
 
The Guitar Smarts team are incredibly happy to share with you our conversation with British Blues Rock Giant-to-be, Matt Long. Matt is the front man and leader of international touring blues rock powerhouse Catfish, who are making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe. Matt joins us after winning the 2021 UK Blues Award for Instrumentalist …
 
This week, Matt & Kiran scrape through the deepest depths of their gigging experience as non-pro musicians to bring you the definitive Boy Scouts guide to gigging! Learn everything you need to know to be prepared for your weekend gig, from the tools you should carry with you to the gig, the the planning and preparation you do before hand. Remember …
 
Guitar Smarts are once again proud and happy to be joined by the immensely talented and hard-working Damiain Lodrick. If you are a musician who enjoys playing live but isn't ready to make the step to joining a band, or even in a band but not gigging enough, you probably have been to a Jam night at a local pub. This week, Damo takes us through his e…
 
This week, Kiran and Matt are joined by Mat Lake, one of the hardest working and most in-demand guitar teachers in the South East of the UK. Mat talks us through his early life as a student, how he got into teaching guitar and how he manages his bursting diary of guitar related activities such as teaching in schools, privately, gigging, educational…
 
Welcome back! This week we are discussing our guitar idols and influences, who they are and why they mean so much to them as guitarists. Also, we have a fairly sizeable rant and discussion about the new Gibson Murphy Lab guitars. What do you think about them? Remember to please subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts, and come to see us on o…
 
Welcome back! This week Guitar Smarts brings you the continuation of our Pedal Boards Basics discussion and this time we actually do tell you what the mystery pedal is that Kiran has fallen head over heels in love with! Remember to please subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts, and come to see us on our social media channels below: https://…
 
Everyone loves guitar pedals, and we are no exception to that. Maybe you've never really built a proper pedal board before or you find it difficult to get a good sound from your pedals - maybe you need to build a board that carries all your pedals, keeps them powered and connected and maintains consistency in your sound. This week is part 1 of our …
 
Kiran & Matt are delighted to welcome Damiain Lodrick as a guest on the Guitar Smarts podcast. Damiain has lived the dream as a working musician and has literally travelled the world as a music student, studio engineer, multi-instrumentalist and musical director of his own outfit, The Damiain Lodrick band. Damiain joins us today to talk about his l…
 
This week we discuss Matt's efforts to setup and upgrade his Strat at home, and how much difference it made to the playability. We also have a chat about guitar strings and using them as a tone shaping tool. Remember to please subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts, and come to see us on our social media channels below: https://www.facebook…
 
Greetings Guitar Smarts listeners! So here is the deal: You’ve got a covers gig at a local wedding and you need to put a band together. Your phonebook is an endless collection of the world’s finest session musicians & famous rock stars. All of them owe you a favour, and will say yes to the gig. Who do you call? Join Matt & Kiran as they put their b…
 
Greetings Guitar Smarts listeners! This week, Kiran and Matt are talking about guitar practice, setting goals for getting better at playing guitar, reminiscing about past teachers and who our favourite online guitar personalities are. Do you need a guitar teacher, is it good to have a defined practice schedule and how do you set goals for improveme…
 
Greetings Guitar Smarts listeners! This week Kiran and Matt are competing in the £300 Gigging Guitar challenge. Here is the rub: You've just had a tax rebate to the tune of £4,500! Unfortunately, the car needed an MOT, the lounge needed new carpets and there was a water leak under the orangery. After all is fixed and a family holiday is booked, you…
 
Greetings lovely listeners! Thanks for coming along. This week Matt & Kiran are speaking to old bandmate and friend, Andy Rudd. Andy was the front man and band leader for South East UK band Roadrunner blues for more than 20 years. During his time fronting the band he learned all the best ways to run a covers act whilst also becoming a formidable fr…
 
Whether you are a seasoned pro guitarist or a bedroom rock star, Guitar Smarts resident guitar health guru Kiran Amliwala believes that there are 8 things every guitarist should be able to do to maintain the playability and health of their guitars. Some are simple, some more complex, but all are essential. This week we round up the final tasks we s…
 
Whether you are a seasoned pro guitarist or a bedroom rock star, Guitar Smarts resident guitar health guru Kiran Amliwala believes that there are 8 things you should be able to do to maintain the playability and health of your guitars. In Part 1, we look at the changing the strings and fretboard/neck care. If you need any of the products mentioned …
 
Greetings Guitarist Friends! This week we shoot the breeze over all things guitar, particularly the things on our mind right not such as Kiran's ever swelling guitar collection and struggles with GAS, Matt's neglect of his Fender Strat and it's urgent maintenance needs and also his inherent inability to spend money on equipment! Remember to please …
 
Greetings once again! Remember that Desert Island challenge from last week? This is part 2, and this week we select our pedals, amps, albums and wildcards! This was great fun, and recommend you do this yourself! Remember, nothing you own already is allowed! Remember to subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts and come and give us a …
 
Greetings! This week Kiran and Matt have challenged themselves to define their desert island rig of choice, with a few extras thrown in. This wasn't an easy task, but goodness me was it fun! This is part 1 of a two part topic, so look out next week for part 2. Remember to subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts and come and give us…
 
This week we continue our conversation on cheap kit (it was a long one!) Kiran makes a shocking Ibanez Tube screamer confession (SRV fans cover your ears) and Matt discusses his love for a simple guitar rig controlled from the volume pot on the guitar, Joe Bonamassa style. Subscribe to the show so you don't miss another, we are available in Spotify…
 
Welcome to episode #1 of the Guitar Smarts Podcast. On our first ever podcast, we are talking about our love for a bargain! Everyone covets the most desirable pieces of gear but one thing that we have both learned over the years is that 'inexpensive' equipment really does have a place in the gigging guitarist's arsenal. Join us as we discuss our fa…
 
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