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Posted: April 22, 2017
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Rors Product Review – April ’17

My product review for this month is the super cool GruvGear FretWarp.  I came across these in late 2012 when I did a live show with legendary guitarist Paul Gilbert and have been a fan ever since really!  Ok, so what does a FretWrap do…..GruvGear’s FretWraps professionally dampen your strings to get rid of all unwanted overtones, resonance and open string vibrations that you naturally get with your instrument. This makes it the ‘perfect companion’ in all applications from home practise, live use through to recording. You simply attach it to the neck of your bass just over the nut and you’re job done!  Many of you have purchased them over the years here and just recently they’ve started taking off again as the go-to/must-have for your bass…plus they come in some fantastic colours!  When you are next in for your lesson/s please feel free to enquire and I’ll show you just how good they really are! : )

For further details please visit http://www.gruvgear.com



Posted: February 3, 2017
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Sphynx Guitar Tech and Guitar Tuition

Like a car needs a yearly service, your guitar – ‘your chosen instrument’, ideally needs the same kind of attention. Through constant use you’ll find that your neck might well of moved, your frets might be wearing unevenly or just the general achilles heel problems that you encounter on your instrument like your input or vol/eq controls start crackling or your strap locks begin to fall off. With this in mind, I would like to dedicate this post to my brother Ian Randell. Ian of Sphynx Guitar Tech and Guitar Tuition is simply an incredible individual!

Ian is my personal tech and looks after all of my basses. He will tell you himself how fussy I am…..but, I know how I like my instruments to feel and play and Ian delivers on this.

Ian and his tech services are used by guitar shops throughout devon for their clientele, as well as acoustic, electric and bass guitarists all over the country. If you play guitar, Ian should be without doubt your first point of call for all your guitar tech requirements. Please see Ian’s Testimonial page on his website to view the fantastic comments he gets on a regular basis from everyone. If you’re looking for a great guitar tech, look no further.

Ian is also a fantastic guitar teacher with a wealth of experience behind him, and a tuition clientele base going into the thousands now – past and present! Many of his past students are now running their own businesses as guitar teachers up and down the country, as well as locally in Plymouth. Ian’s wealth of musical knowledge in the practical and theory is quite incredible. His lessons are £35 an hour and worth every penny. If you’re looking for a patient guitar teacher with a solid teaching background, coupled with world class ability then look no further. Ian is also the reason why I play and teach the electric bass guitar today – enough said.. :O). Ian you’re an absolute inspiration and I don’t say it enough, thank you bro…

Please check Ian out for yourselves: www.sphynxguitartech.co.uk


Posted: January 2, 2017
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Rors Product Review – January ’17

My product/s review for this month was a bit of a nil brainer really!  It’s probably been a couple of years now since I spent a bit of time educating everyone with regard to the importance of ‘Bass Guitar Maintenance’, so for the months of January and February I would like to show you all how to do a proper clean down and re-string of your instruments (Please note that I always recommend a professional guitar tech for anything above and beyond this).

Additionally there will be the opportunity to acquire for yourselves a proper D’Addario kit/pack with all the products and accessories you’ll need for future maintenance to your chosen instrument!


Posted: December 6, 2016
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Rors Is Now proudly Using D’Addario Planet Waves Instrument Cables and Accessories

After spending years searching for Instrument Cables having to keep in mind at all times the cost, durability and the performance of the cable I have decided to go with D’Addario Planet Wave American Stage Instrument Cables.  The added bonus is that they also come with a lifetime warranty – no fuss or receipt needed, so basically I’m sorted – yay! : )

They also have some amazing Accessories available in their arsenal, so check D’Addario out for yourselves at: http://www.daddario.com/DaddarioSplash.Page?ActiveID=1740


Posted: December 4, 2016
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Rors Product Review – December ’16

My product review for this month is actually something I came across many years ago after spilling coffee on one of my transcriptions here – what’s the chance hey!  It was at that point that I realised the importance of future proofing my lesson material and haven’t looked back since.  So, for December’s review may I introduce to you all Arobas Music’s Guitar Pro 6 Editing Software.  What is it?  Basically Guitar Pro 6 allows you to compose and read music scores using the musical notation of your chosen instrument.  I truly would not be without this wonderful tool and I know many of my student clientele would agree that it’s the best thing since ‘sliced bread’!

Below are (5) additional reasons why you should consider Guitar Pro 6 Software:

1 – It’s a truly affordable way to have a tablature and score reader on your desktop, laptop, tablet or even smartphone

2 – You can write and edit your own compositions which is incredibly rewarding

3 – Through the export resource provided, you can share music files in the form of lesson material, compositions or even songs with your tutor, so for lessons it’s a ‘must have’!

4 – You’ll have access to literally thousands of online songs – all your favourites : )

5 – It’s great for improving your musical knowledge and practising with the provided tempo, looper and metronome tools.



Posted: November 2, 2016
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Rors Product Review – November ’16

I have a great little product to recommend to you all for this month, the Prohands Gripmaster X-Light Tension Hand & Finger Exerciser.  I’ve had one of these kicking around here for most of my career and they are brilliant for warming up and strengthening your fingers, hands, wrists and forearms before rehersals, gigs or even home practise!

One of my students came in this week and was saying that he wanted to strengthen his fretting hand – particularly his pinky, and it brought the value of the Gripmaster straight back to mind – hence my product review for this month.

Below are (5) additional reasons why you should consider the Prohands Gripmaster X-Light Tension Hand & Finger Exerciser as part of your arsenal/gear:

1 – Bombproof patented construction – will last you for life!

2 – Greatly improves finger, hand, wrist, and forearm strength through x11 specific exercises provided

3 – Develops dexterity and endurance

4 – Fits in your pocket so you can exercise anytime, anywhere

5 – Ergonomic palm cushion for added comfort

CARE – If you are planning on purchasing a Gripmaster, I would recommend starting off with the X-Light Yellow 3lb strength and build up from there.  I have only ever had the X-Light version myself and I’ve been doing what I do for a long time : )

To find out more about the Prohands Gripmaster, please go to: http://www.prohands.net

Please get in contact for further details if this product is of interest to you : )


Posted: October 7, 2016
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Rors Product Review – October ’16

A nice and easy ‘nil brainer’ review for you all this month.  One or two of you have already come to me about the Rors Product Review that I did on the fantastic Hercules GS414B Guitar Stands in August and how to purchase which was awesome – glad to help guys!  This got me thinking that I really should mention that the brand do some other brilliant products – many of which I also use here for teaching as well as live work, so here’s a number of items I would recommend and have used for many years now:

1 – Hercules GS414B – Guitar Stand/s as reviewed in August and a ‘must have’!

2 – Hercules GS525B Guitar Rack (Holds 5 guitars as standard, but you can purchase additional expansion packs that will enable you to hold x8 guitars and more!)

3 – Hercules MSB001 Combo Bag.  Now this little beauty is brilliant for carrying all of your guitar and mic stands, as well as cables etc.

4 – Hercules BS418B Music Stand. This is a three way height adjustment tripod stand with a perforated folding desk.  By a mile the BEST music stand/s I have had to date!

5 – Hercules BSB001 Orchestra Stand Bag. To be used in conjunction with the above Music Stand for great portability.

To find out more about Hercules products, please go to: http://www.herculesstands.co.uk/home/index/708.0

Please get in contact for further details if this product is of interest to you : )


Posted: September 13, 2016
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Rors Product Review – September ’16

I wanted to focus on the humble Instrument Cable as my product review to you all for this month.  It’s funny how we have no problem parting with hundreds or even thousands of pounds when it comes to our Bass Guitar/s and Amplification, BUT what about the equally important signal cable in between?!  In my 27+ years you can imagine how many cables I have tried and tested: Horizon, Whirlwind, Evidence Audio and more recently Kelsey.  However there is one brand of cable that has equally been around the same amount of time, which I feel needs a little more recognition……..may I present D’Addario Planet Waves Instrument Cables!

Below are (5) additional reasons why you should consider D’Addario Planet Waves Instrument Cables as your go-to cable:

1 – Great value for money

2 – Lifetime warranty – no fuss or receipt needed!

3 – Huge product range including classic, custom and american stage instrument cables, along with adapters, headphones 1/4″ to 3.5mm, XLR to jack and couplers with cable lengths to suit every musicians needs

4 – Circuit breaker technology with integrated mute switch for silent instrument changes

5 – Easy make pedal board kits

To find out more about the D’Addario Planet Waves Instrument Cables, please go to: http://www.daddario.com/DaddarioSplash.Page?ActiveID=1740

Please get in contact for further details if this product is of interest to you : )