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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 : )

 


Posted: September 5, 2016
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RWP Bass Tuition Student Joe Callaghan Enrols into BIMM, ‘Bristol Institute of Modern Music’!

A huge congratulations is in order to long standing RWP Bass Tuition student Joe Callaghan as he enrols this September into BIMM, ‘Bristol Institute of Modern Music’s 3 year Bass Guitar Degree BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship. Joe has had lessons for just over 5 years. All I can say is anything is achievable if you set your heart on it – Go get ’em Joe!


Posted: August 5, 2016
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Rors Product Review – August ’16

This month I wanted to share a great piece of kit with you all – the simply brilliant Hercules GS414B Guitar Stand.  A stand is a stand you might say……not true.  Thankfully there is a brand out there that has been consistent when it comes to producing quality stands and that is Hercules!  Hercules stands are the ‘go to’ accessory for myself, my student clientele and many musicians all around the world because it simply is the benchmark of stands!

Below are (5) additional reasons why you should consider a Hercules GS414B Guitar Stand for your chosen instrument/s:

1 – Auto Grab / locking collar securely holds your instrument in place on the stand

2 – Height adjustable to keep your instrument off the floor

3 – Foam protection for both the neck and body

4 – Weighted and stabilised to keep your instrument safe if knocked

5 – Quick foldaway feature for easy transportation

To find out more about the Hercules GS414B Guitar Stand, 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: July 13, 2016
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New Artist Endorsement for July ’16

I have just come onboard as an Artist Endorsee with D’Addario Strings and Accessories, and I’m really excited about working with Elaine Smith in supporting this wonderful, intuitive and forward thinking brand.  About 18mths ago I took a month out to try and find once and for all my ultimate string gauge and brand. D’Addario is what I settled on and if you read my ‘Rors Product Review – June ’16’ posting on the ‘News Page’ of my website you’ll see that I’ve highlighted there (5) good reasons why you should change over to these guys without delay!  Check out D’Addario for yourselves at http://www.daddario.com/DaddarioSplash.Page?ActiveID=1740

 

 

 


Posted: July 12, 2016
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Rors Product Review – July ’16

For this month, I wanted to introduce you to the simply brilliant TC Electronic PolyTune Clip Tuner.  I came across clip-on tuners when I played live with legendary guitarist Paul Gilbert back in Sept ’12. There was me fiddling with my pedalboard tuner and he simply went back stage and tuned up at his leisure – brilliant!  Since then I have tried other brands, BUT the PolyTune has come up trumps so it’s a keeper and a Rors Recommend for sure.

Below are (5) additional reasons why you should consider TC Electronic’s PolyTune Clip Tuner for your instrument:

1 – High power LED display

2 – Automatic tilt feature, so it visually adjusts wherever you have it on the headstock

3 – Polyphonic/various tuning features

4 – Lightening fast response with 0.02% tuning precision

5 – Beautiful, Apple / iProduct like feel to it!

To find out more about the TC Electronic PolyTune Clip Tuner, please go to: http://www.tcelectronic.com

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