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Since its introduction over 25 years ago the AXP range has undergone a number of design and style changes. We review Yamaha's latest offering and look at it's new features in detail.

Yamaha APX500 II GuitarThe first of the notable changes that have been introduced is the new pickup system. What’s particularly interesting is the move away from the old ‘square’ 9v battery which has been replaced by the more convenient 2 x AAs. Yamaha has cleverly managed to boost the battery voltage to an impressive 11v to give it a ‘wider dynamic range’ and lower distortion levels when the batteries are running low. There is also a new Piezo under-saddle pickup which contains 6 individual elements…

Apple launches a new updated Garageband which is set to change how we use Technology in the music world using an iPad. We look at some of the highlights and explore it's most exciting features.

GaragebandWhile travelling in the back of the tour bus I normally pack my acoustic guitar to write new melodies and come up with interesting chord combinations for my solo album to run down the miles. I always keep my trusty notebook and sharpened pencil close-by to make notes of all my ‘eureka’ moments. The downfall of this I have noticed over the years is that they don’t always translate naturally when I play them on my electric guitar. What to do? If only there was some way I could use…

Recording a demo is the next step on the ladder to rock'n'roll stardom. You can gig all you like but a demo is necessary to get your foot in the door.

Demo TapeWhat do you record? Pick between 4 and 6 of your best tracks. Lengthy solos and long intros are best left for stadiums.  Picture this, you’ve bought 100s of brown padded envelopes, resisted the temptation to pop the bubble wrap and sent your demo out to the masses.  How many other bands are doing this? Most of them who want to get anywhere. So the second this industry exec or journalist presses the play button they should instantly know what you are about. It has to be good from the first play.

Before…