How to get the Phil Manzanera and Roxy Music Guitar Tone (on a budget)

Dr. Phil

Roxy Music is one of the most sick and cool Glam Rock Bands that existed. Featuring the vocal stylings of Bryan Ferry and also Brian Eno (before he left), there was also a very sick and original guitarist in the band whose name was not Brian. It was Phil Manzanera. His unique rock guitar tone took the world by storm on classic records suck as Country Life, Siren and For Your Pleasure. You may think it would be difficult to achieve the Phil-tone on guitar without spending lots of money, however that’s not true. Using this simple guide you can sound like Phil & Roxy music on a budget.

Get a Guitar

The first step to sounding like Phil is to get the right guitar. He plays expensive guitars such as a Gibson Les Paul, a Fender Stratocaster along with his signature Gibson Firebird VII.  These guitars likely cost over $500 each and are clearly out of the price range for the aspiring guitarist on a budget who wants to sound like Phil. So why not go for something a little cheaper? All guitars sound the same, so it won’t make a difference if you get a cheaper one.

Why not try this 38″ Black Acoustic Guitar Starter Package from Best Choice Products. It’s a cool looking sleek black guitar that looks like something Phil would probably play. It is small, only 38″ which is less than 4 feet, so you can carry it around with you. It also comes with a great set of accessories, including a Pitch Pipe which is a thing you blow on to find the notes you supposed to tune to. It’s much easier and more convenient than a digital tuner and doesn’t require batteries or power. For less than $40 you can sound alot like Phil Manzanera.

Amps

Rock guitarists need amps to make the loud rock sounds and amplify the guitar signal to make it loud and fill the stadium with their noise. Everyone from Phil to Steve Vai and Eddie Van Halen has used amps to amplify the guitar sound they made.

Why not go for the classic, the Marshall JCM800

It’s the classic “Phil” sound in a box, and at under $3000 that’s a price that cannot be beat. This is the amp, but you will also need to get a cab for this too. But once you get it you will sound very, very loud and fill out all the rooms with the Roxy Music songs you are playing.

Cleanliness is next to Godliness

Phil’s guitars are always nice and shiny so you’ll want yours to be that way too.

Get the Ernie Ball guitar polish to make your new Best Choice Products acoustic shiny all year round. Don’t embarass yourself with a dusty guitar facade. This is a big no-no among people in the music industry.

 

You Are What You Eat

If you want to be like Phil, part of that will involve eating foods similar to what he would eat. Since he’s an Englishman from London, why don’t you get your hands on some Baked Beans, Hot Dogs, Tomatoes and Eggs (and that’s for breakfast).

For dinner, you should have either Fish and Chips or a Yorkshire pudding

All of this and more can be found in the recipe books on British cooking.

In Conclusion

Following these steps and picking up this gear will help you to be more like Phil and sound like a Roxy Music type of sound.

How to Sound Like KYUSS on guitar (on a budget)

Can’t Find My KYUSS!





Just about everyone who has ever listened to KYUSS immediately wanted to sound like them. The music they make is very good and has a good sound to it. They made and album called Wretch, along with many other one. Then later they broke up. It seems like to achieve the Josh Homme type of sound it would be a difficult task, but actually it’s a quite easy one with the right tools to sound just like him! Read the article to find out how you can do that.



 

Get the Guitar

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Josh Homme uses a plethora of guitars from Danelectro, Gibson, B.C. Rich and other very cool guitar companies. The only problem is that these guitars are very expensive and cost way too much to be affordable for the aspiring guitarist on a budget.



Luckily, all guitars sound the same so why not try the Davison Black Guitar. It’s a cool looking electric guitar that looks like something Josh might use. Pick up this bad boy, and immediately KYUSS and QOTSA style sounds will spurt forth from your amp. Also it comes with everything you need. An little mini amp (which is good because then you can’t get very loud, which could disturb others), a case and straps and other stuff. It also is sold for a very cheap, low price.



 

Effects, Effects, Effects

Josh use many effect on his pedalboard, such as MicroPog from Electro-Harmonix, Digitech Whammy, M0ogerfooger Analog Delay, Roland Space Echo and a Fuzzrocious Demon among many other cool ones. If you were to buy all these pedals it could cost you over $300, which is way too much for the guitarist on a budget.


 

A good alternative is to get the Donner Guitar Modulation Effect Pedal Digital Mod Square 7 Mode pedal. It is sold for a very cheap price and has 7 effects in the box, so you can just use the ones in there to get the KYUSS sound. Including phaser, flanger and others

Essential Extras

One overlooked aspect of any guitar rig is the extras that people just don’t think about. If you ever need to do maintenance on your guitar, like changing a pickup or giving it a basic setup, you’ll need a towel to lay the guitar on so the back of it won’t get messed up. So make sure you have a towel.



 

Look the Part

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KYUSS were around in the 90s when people looked like Grunge rock. So make sure you try to look like them. Many had long hair so you can get a wig if you don’t want to grow it out. IN the pic pictured above thay are wearing boring t-shirts and crappy jeans, which can also do:

 





Some Levi 511s

and

A nice Slayer t shirt.

In Conclusion

Following these guidelines will help you to achieve a KYUSS-like tone on guitar in no time. It’s not easy to sound like KYUSS, but with this guide it just got a whole lot easier.












How to Sound Like Sufjan Stevens (on a Budget)

King of Folk-Rock

When Sufjan Stevens hit the scene with his sick debut album A Sun Came in 2000, people knew that he was a great and very cool artist. People immediately wanted to sound like him, but achieving that was not so easy to do. How can one sound like Sufjan Stevens? From back in early 2000s to now, with his brand new 2017 song song “Tonya Harding” Sufjan Stevens has been a great player in the world of music and played many different types of sounds on his songs and albums. But how can you sound like him? It’s not easy to do so, but following this guide will show you how to do it.

Guitars

Sufjan plays everything from lo-fi rock to folk to electronica so a versatile guitar is extremely important in achieving his signature tone. He uses many different very cool guitars to achieve the sound that he plays including a Harmony Bobkat electric guitar, a Fender Stratocaster and a Martin D-28. He use both acoustic and electric. However these guitars are far too costly to use and buy so it’s much better not to do so.  The Martin guitar costs almost $3000! The good thing is that all guitars do sound the same. The only difference is cosmetic looks. SO better to go for a more affordable option.

Why not use this Davison Black Guitar? At a very cheap and low low price it is a perfect Sufjan Stevens tool to sound like him and make and produce good music. It also include a amp in the box so you can amplify the guitar sound more than its normal volume.

 

Pedals

Sufjan Stevens uses many pedals in his arsenal such as an Electro Harmonix Cathedral, a Digitech Whammy and a ZVEX Fuzz Factory. These are all very cool pedals, but their price is very high and it will cost too much to acquire these pedals, even though they are pretty cool. Not to mention if you buy all of them and create a pedalboard it will be very heavy and cumbersome to carry that around everywhere.

A better option is, why don’t you buy this Zoom G1xon pedal which has all those sounds in the box there. At a very low affordable price, it’s a perfect pedal to start sounding like Sufjan Stevens.

 

Mic

In order to sound like Sufjan Stevens you will need a mic to sound like him. Why not try this classic mic, the Shure SM57 which is a mic that will make you sound a lot like Sufjan, because he used one before.

 

In Conclusion

Sounding like Sufjan is not an easy task to accomplish. However with this guide it just got a whole lot easier to sound like him easily and well.

 

 

 

7 CPAP Machine Life Hacks to Help You Sleep Better with Sleep Apnea

Vicious Cycles are Hard to Break





Are you trapped in the vicious cycle of Sleep Apnea? You can’t sleep well without your CPAP machine, but you can’t sleep with your uncomfortable, loud and cumbersome CPAP. Well turn that Sleep Apnea Frown Upside Down because these Life Hacks will turn your CPAP machine from a nuisance to a new sense…. of comfort, stability and restful sleep.

1. CPAP Machine is Too Loud





Recent studies show that 99% of Americans don’t get enough sleep. One of the common culprits is a pesky critter of a condition, known as Sleep Apnea. The most effective treatment is a CPAP Machine. But they come with a host of problems. One of the most common problems people have with CPAP Machines is that they’re far too loud and liable to keep you awake. One simple hack is to solve this problem just involves placement of the machine. Most people keep it next to their bed. If you put it under the covers with you, your blanket will dull the harsh noise, allowing you to sleep better.



 

2. Messy Messy

The Mask for a CPAP Machine is covered in filthy germs when you leave it resting on the floor, or even your night stand. It’s a magnet for grotesque and unseemly bacteria. When you place the mask on your face you are breathing in that harsh and dangerous bacteria that could give you diseases or bacterial infections. To prevent this, purchase a styrofoam head to place on your night stand. Rest your mask on the head when you’re not using it. It also makes an artful decorative sculpture that will impress visitors to your bedroom



3. Tangled Cords

Many people complain about the octopus-like tangle of cords that get you wrapped up like a kidnapping victim in an 80s film as you sleep. No one wants to experience that. It’s messy and feels restrictive.

Luckily you can purchase one of these stands which keeps your cord up and untangled. It’s called a Hose Buddy and yes, it’s a friendly device.

4. Whose is it?

Many couples suffer from Sleep Apnea together. This creates a host of problems. “Whose mask is whose? “”This is my cord!” “Where did you put my nasal pillow?”



These conflicts can create marital strife, which increases stress, further disrupting your sleep patterns. There’s nothing worse than getting in a non-physical altercation with your partner, only to have nightmares about it later that night. Why not avoid these problems by color coding your Sleep Apnea Gear.

A pink mask for the Mrs. will easily solve any of these sorts of conflicts. Blue for the boys is standard, but pick whatever color best represents you and your spouse. Be creative. SnuggleStrap has got your back.

5. Clean Up Clean Up Everybody Do their Share





There’s nothing worse than a filthy CPAP Mask or nasal Pillow. Get some CPAP mask wipes to rid the mask of germs and bacteria so you’re not breathing in the poison of disease during your sleep. This delicious Citrus Scented CPAP Mask Wipe comes in a bottle of 62. If you use 1 wipe per day that means you’d only need to buy 6 bottles per year!

6. Ditch the Bitch

Dogs are a CPAP machine’s greatest enemy. The hum of the machine makes the dog bark. when you’re not home, the dog is liable to knock over the machine and get distilled water all over the floor. Put your dog down, or donate it to an animal shelter to avoid these easily preventable problems.

7. Get your eating and smoking in early

If you’re like me and wake up every few hours to smoke a cigarette and grab a snack, you’ll find it difficult to set up and dismount your CPAP machine repeatedly each night. So you have two options. One is to smoke alot before bed to get your fix in. Another is to wear a Nicotine Patch during your sleep so you won’t need to get up and smoke. Once you wake up in the morning you can smoke again. For midnight snackers, I recommend eating a very heavy dinner every night, which will tire you and make you rest easier. If your tummy hurts a bit that’s good. It means you will be too full for a midnight snack.


Bang For Your Buck

These cheap and easy Hacks will make your sleep life a lot easier. Wearing a CPAP Mask has turned from a burden to a blessing. And that’s a good thing.

 

Guide to Sounding like Michael Franks with Music Gear

Smooth Operator

Michael Franks, affectionately known to his fans as SOJG (Some Old Jazz Guy…but more on that later) has made fans the world over with his buttery smooth vocal stylings and innuedo-laden jazz lyrics. He is widely regarded as a great singer and songwriter, whose extensive catalog includes the hit song ‘Popsicle Toes,’ famously covered by Diana Krall along with a host of other smooth and sensual hits up through his last album ‘Time Together,‘ which includes a great song called ‘Mice.’

But how can you sound like Michael? You may think it’s hard, but it’s easier than you think.

 

Jazz History

Before dipping into Michael Franks style songwriting, you’ll need to learn about Jazz and Jazz history and Jazz theory. So you need to watch this Ken Burns’ DVD series about Jazz. It is sold for a cheep price.

Here you will learn about Bird, Diz, Monk and the rest of the guys who invented the jazz sound that MIchael use to make his music. So get the DVDs and that’s a good place to start.

Guitar

In order to song-write, you will need a music instrument such as a guitar, which MIchael use to write his songs. There’s no need to cut corners, go for a good one. This Martin guitar costs just under $4000 but is worth every penny.

Once you get this guitar you will start playing and sounding like Michael.

 

Voice

In order to sound like Michael, you will need to use a Mic like he  uses. Why not try this classic mic, the Shure SM-57, which Michael probably used at some point. Plug it in, play the guitar and your voice, and you are on the way to the Michael Franks’ type of sounds.

Under the Tahitian Moon

After you acquire the recommended gear, you’ll need experience to compose Michael Franks-esque lyrics. We recommend booking a trip to Tahiti so you can write a song similar to his Tahitian Moon song. And you can’t go on the trip without a travel book.

Lonely Planet’s Guide to Tahiti and French Polynesia is a great starting point. If you can’t afford a trip to Tahiti (it is quite pricey), why not pick up a bottle of Kelis Polynesian Sweet-n-Sour sauce. It’s the taste of Tahiti without the expensive travel tickets, and perfect inspiration for writing a Michael Franks style song.

 

You could also go for the much larger 72 0z bottle if you plan on making alot of food. It goes for a very reasonable price.

 

Along those same lines, you could try becoming a vegetarian and stop eating meat, because that’s what Michael does.

In Conclusion

Sounding like Michael Frannks is not easy, but with these tips it just got a whole lot easier to sound more like he sounds.

How to Sound like Ty Segall with guitars and pedals (on a budget)

Rock Man





Ty Segall’s psychedelic rock music took the world by storm when it came out. People heard the sweet rock sounds he was making and loved the songs he made. His unique guitar and rock tones are very interesting and great, but how can you achieve those tones? “It must cost alot of money to do so with all the guitars and pedals” is what you probably are thinking. The fact is, it doesn’t have to. This guide will show you how to get the Ty Segall sound on a budget.

Rock Guitars

Ty Segall plays heavy rock guitars and even sings about playing guitar on his 2017 album with the song “Break a Guitar.” But hopefully he’s not breaking any of his guitars that he owns, which are all quite expensive ones. He uses a Fender Telecaster, a Fender Jaguar, a Gibson Les Paul and a Hagstrom II among many others. THese are all very expensive and costly pieces of gear and probably costed more than $400 each, which is too much money for the aspiring guitarist on a budget. Fortunately you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for a Ty Segall style guitar.







The fact is that all guitars sound the same and the differences are just in branding and cosmetic looks. So why not try the Davison Sunburst guitar? It costs a very cheap low price online and will be a good option for sounding like Ty Segall and his band with the weird rock music.

Amps

Ty uses all kind of heavy, loud amps from Fender and Music Man but these amps are firstly, too heavy to carry anywhere. THey might sound very good and very cool because they are loud rock amps, but the reality is they are too expensive to buy when you are on a budget and too heavy to carry without also paying for an expensive gym membership to get strong enough to carry them.



Why not try something cheaper and smaller?

The Pyle Pro Home PCA 30-Watt Stereo Amplifier features a very good sound coming from the box. It’s a great little amp, and the very low price makes it an even better one. Just plug the guitar into there and hear the Ty Segall tones coming from out of the amp.

Pedals–Important for the Sound

One element that’s very important to the Ty Segall sound is the pedals he was using–which there were many of. To achieve the psychedelic rock sound he used Electro-Harmonix Big Muff fuzz pedals and Electro-Harmonix Small Stone Phase Shifters along with some very, very expensive Death by Audio pedals such as the Fuzz War and Octave Clang. These pedals might be very cool sounding (and looking) but for the guitarist on a budget these are not options.



The key to Ty Segall’s sound is the use of loudness and being loud rock music. SO the best option is to get a classic Ernie Ball Volume pedal. This pedal makes the guitar louder when its pressed all the way. So press it all the way, and hear as the guitar gets louder. And for the unbeatable price, how could you go for something else?


In COnonclsuion

Ty Segall’s music has a very good sound which is hard to achieve, but with these gear suggestions it’s much easier to sound like him.

How to Sound like Tame Impala on guitar (on a budget)

Half Glass Full of Wine Band

So you want to sound like Tame Impala and get the Kevin Parker type of sound on guitar such as heard on their Currents album? But scared about how expensive it is to get all the right guitars and pedals to sound like the Psych Rock sound that they have? Don’t worry about that anymore. It can be done on a reasonable budget with great results. Read on to find more.

Guitars make it happen

In order to sound like Tame Impala of course you need a electric guitar. They are a rock band afterall. BUt guitars can be quite expensive. Kevin Parker uses a Rickenbacker 335, a Fender Stratocaster and a Casio DG-20 Digital Guitar. All of these guitars will cost a small fortune and for the player looking to save some money they are not good options. Since all guitars sound the same and their differences are purely cosmetic, why not try out the Davison Red Guitar. Some of Kevin Parker’s guitars are red, so this one looks similar to them because it’s also a red one. And for the low, low price that it sells for it will be much cheaper than the ones Kevin has.

It also comes with everything a up-and-coming artist needs incuding a case, picks and a cable and amp. If you pick up this guitar you will be sounding like Tame Impala in no time!

Rock Amps

Kevin uses Big Expensive Amps such as the famous (and loud) Vox AC30 and Fender 65 Twin Reverb. But these are very big and way-too-heavy amps that are too heavy to carry around and are just too loud and hurt your ears. However, the Davison Red Guitar does include a little amp with it that is the perfect size and weight and loudness for both professional and amateur musicians.

Microphone

One important way to sound like Kevin Parker’s voice is to use the same microphone that he would use. He uses the Shure SM-57, a very famous mic that many people used, including him. Pick one of these up and you will very soon sound alot like Kevin’s voice.

 

PEdals

Tame Impala love to rock out with a plethora of pedals of all different size and shape. The only problem is they are very very expensive to buy all of them. It could cost up to $300 to buy all the pedals on Kevin’s board and that doesn’t include the prices of the cables and the 9v batteries he’s using to power those pedals. He uses fancy ones from Electro-Harmonix, Moog and Boss that are just not affordable for guitarists on the budget. So instead we reccomend to buy the Zoom B1 multieffect which has many sounds in the box.

I know what you’re thinking, “this is a bass pedal and not a guitar one!” But don’t worry, they are all the same and this one is cheaper than other ones. IT does all the sounds Kevin Does but for a much cheaper price than buying all those big heavy pedals he has. And it sounds perfect and very great!

In Conclusion

Sounding like Tame Impala is not a easy task but with this gear it just got a whole lot easier to sounds like them.

 

How to sound like Throbbing Gristle (on a budget)

Heart Throb


Genesis P-Orridge and    gang of merry pranksters made many people love them with the sick and dark sounds of his bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV. But how can you sound like them? You may think it takes alot of expensive gear to sound like them, but in fact you can do it quite affordably with this guide.

Drum machine

On their seminal 1979 album, 20 Jazz Funk Greats the first song, which is also titled “20 Jazz FUnk Greats” features drum machine sounds along with other electronic and synthesizer sounds. They sound very cool and weird but likely were recorded with a very, very expensive drum machine such as a Roland TR-808 or something similar.

Luckily in the modern world of today you don’t need to pay that much for one. We reccomend this VTech Kids Drum.  For only $17.89 it sounds pretty much the same as whatever weird machine they were using, but its much cheaper.

It comes with sticks too, so you don’t need to buy them.

Microphone

Many of Throbbing Gristle songs features vocal parts. Usually it’s not singing but some weird talking and mumbles. But in order to record that you will need a good microphone to record yourself talking.

This Singing Machine SMM-205 Unidirectional Dynamic Microphone is a great option. It only costs $7.00 and included is a 10 ft cord, so you can be far away from your recording unit when using it. It’s a great mic to sound like Throbbing Gristle and at a very discounted price you will be sounding like Genesis and the gang in no time.

Objects

Throbbing Gristle features many out-there noises in the background which you can achieve with some basic items you can find on Amazon such as Pots and Pans. Conveniently, the VTech Kids drums come with drumsticks that you can hit the pots and pans with to make some of the weird sounds that Throbbing Gristle was making back in the day.

For a great price, we recommend the Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set

It comes with many pots, pans and other things you can bang to make Throbbing Gristle noises.

In Conclusion

Sounding like Throbbing Gristle isn’t easy, but with this guide you’re getting a great start to sounding just like them on a budget.

How to Sound like The Cure & RObert Smith with guitars and pedals (on a budget)

Boys Don’t Cry

When Robert Smith wrote “Boys Don’t Cry” along time ago, he was singing about love issues but these days some boys who play guitar might want to cry because they are trying to achieve the guitar tones of the Cure but just can’t figure out how to do that. Luckily with this guide you will be sounding just like the Cure and other Gothic groups in no time. Read on to find out more.

Guitars

Robert Smith plays many very different and very guitars. He has an arsenal of very sick guitars including a Fender Jazzmaster, a Gibson Chet Atkins country Gentleman, an Ibanez AE300 acoustic and a Gibson Custom Shop SG. These guitars are all very cool and have different sizes, shapes and colors…the only thing they have in common is that they are too expensive for the guitarist on a budget. But that’s no problem.

While guitars may have many different looks to them, they all sound pretty much the same, so it’s best to just get a budget guitar, such as this Blue Davison Guitar. At an unheard of, very cheap price, who could resist buying one of these sweet Davison rock machines? If you get one of these you will be sounding like the Gothic arpeggios of the Cure in no time.

Amps

In order to amplify the electric signal that come from guitar, you have to plug them into an amp. This makes the sound of the guitar get loud. If you play without plugging in, it is too quiet to hear and will not sound cool. According to Equipboard, RObert uses a very cool array of amps such as the Roland Jazz Chorus, the Roland Cube, and the Marshall Bluesbreaker. All great amps to achieve tones such as “Friday I’m in Love” “The Holy Hour” “One Hundred Years” “the Love Cats” and “A Forest” however they all cost a pretty penny and are not affordable machiens to buy.

Why not try this little Vox AP2AC. At a extremely unbeatable price, it’s the ultimate amp to sound like the Cure in headphones. It won’t play out loud, only through headphones, but that’s all you really need for now. If you get hired by big venues to play for them, they will provide the amps so you don’t need your own. This will get you towards sounding like the Cure.

 

Pedals

Robert Smith is known for using many many pedals. He famously used Flangers, Phasers and Delay from Boss and Electro-Harmonix. The classic pedals that he used include the Boss PH-2 Phaser, the Electric Mistress Flanger, The Boss BF-2 Flanger, the Boss DD-3 Delay and the Electro-Harmonix Memory Man delay. These are pretty cool pedals but way too expensive and why would you pay so much money just to play a pedal?

We reccomend instead the ammoon Kokko Overdrive pedal.

Overdrive is a rock effect that makes guitar sound dirtier and more rock sounding. Because the Cure is a rock band, this is a perfect pedal to achieve their sounds. Also, at the unbeetable price it’s at, it might be one of the cheapest and best pedals to ever be released. Don’t waste time or money on the Boss or Electro-Harmonix pedals.

 

Conclusion

Sounding like the Cure is not a easy task. However, with this guide, sounding like them just got a whole lot easier.