Buying Guides

Beginner Guitar Guides

This is something that a lot of people get wrong. Electric Guitars are much smaller than Steel-String Acoustic Guitars and Nylon String Classical Guitars , they can basically be used by most people, but you do need to consider the extra weight. Acoustic Guitars are bigger but hollow, whereas Electric guitars a... Read more


Often people get inspired to play guitar and jump straight to purchasing something that might not suit them. Here are seven common mistakes people make when buying their first guitar: Mistake #1. Getting the wrong sound – Classical, Acoustic or Electric? You have 3 basic choices of sound when you buy a guitar:... Read more


Choosing the right guitar for your child is very important . Studies have shown that the first few months of playing are the most crucial time. If a person makes it through the first 3 months, then they are much more likely to become a life-long player. This is particularly true of children with a short at... Read more


Choosing the right guitar is all about getting something that is a great match. By watching a live video of your favourite band or musician, you can see the type of guitar they play. This will give a better idea of what guitar you should look at buying. For example, this video of Extreme playing the Classic song More than words features a ... Read more


There are 3 basic types of guitar. Classical, Acoustic and Electric. Here are some videos so you can hear the 3 different types: Classical Guitar ... Read more


Drum Guides

The type of head (or skin) you put on your drum will affect the way it sounds and responds to your sticks. So it is important to match the right head with the style of music you like to play. Here at Artist we offer the most common types of drum heads made from high quality Dupont® Mylar (a super strong polyester material), at a very reasonable price. ... Read more


Much like changing a guitar string, changing your drum heads will liven up the sound of your drums making them come alive again. Where guitar strings should be changed every 2 – 4 weeks (or every show for most professional players), drum heads need only be changed 2 – 4 times a year, depending on how much you play. Generally speaking, your snare drum cops the most punishment, so it... Read more


It can be difficult to choose a cymbal online without actually hearing what they sound like. We've made it easy for you with this demo video which compares our 3 popular cymbal series: Rough Light Medium Bright Rock ... Read more


Contents Components Size Guide Acoustic or Electronic Drums Accessories Drum Sticks Drum... Read more


Electric Guitar Guides

Choosing the right Electric Guitar for you is all about deciding what sort of sounds you would really like. In this guide we will show you two methods in how to choose an electric guitar: Use your favourite guitarist, band or music style to guide your choice Use Artist Guitars... Read more


Guitar Accessories Guides

We have written a really good blog post on what the different types of cables are. You can read it here... Read more


"With many choices out there what should I get?" This is a great question where even experienced players have trouble choosing strings at times. This guide is here to help you, the beginner, about the the huge world of guitar strings. What type of g... Read more


How do you best protect that favourite guitar or guitars that you own? Choosing cases can be both easy and straight forward for many guitars, and for other guitars can be very difficult. You need to ask yourself the question what will you b... Read more


So what is the best guitar pick to use a for a beginner ? Most teachers recommend that you use a medium to heavy gauge pick, it allows for greater pick control so we would recommend you choose something in the 0.7-1.0mm range. If you use heavier strings you might want to try a heavier size (1.0-1.2mm) We... Read more


Learning Materials Guides

We have partnered with USA websites, Sheet Music Plus to give you a huge selection of Sheet music. With well over 300,000 different types of sheet music you will hopefully find what you need (if you can't find it on these sites then there is a strong chance the sheet music doesn't exist). We personally use both of these s... Read more


Violin Guides

Choosing the right violin can be difficult when faced with so many size options. First you need to ask yourself a couple of questions: Can your child play violin already or are they just a beginner ? If they can play, can they play really well or... Read more


So you've just bought your first violin. Now you're thinking "How do I get it to make a sound?" Here's a great introductory video on how to get started. In this Video: ... Read more