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Back to School Sale – Get Back in Shape After Your Summer Break

And then all of a sudden, it’s September! In other words: kick off your swimming trunks and grab your guitar. To give you a little nudge in the right direction we’ve set up a Back to School discount, offering you 50% off! So you can ‘get back in shape after your summer break’. Because you know, that guitar in the corner isn’t going to play itself.

That’s why it’s important to slowly, bit-by-bit, get into the routine of practicing every day. What do you say we put on some tea and try out some easy four-chord songs for breakfast? We’ve listed seven tracks that all consist of a maximum of four triads. This way you can practice one song a day for a whole week.

Sublime – What I Got

We promised a maximum of four chords right? Let’s start off the week even easier. The song to lift your moody Monday is Sublime’s “What I Got“. The perfect example to show that a song doesn’t have to be difficult to be good. Two chords are enough.

The Wild Rover – The Dubliners

A classic song from ye ole’ Irish pub on Tuesday. “The Wild Rover” by The Dubliners is the song that fits into any jam. Besides, it’s the perfect way to practice your basic chords: G, C, D, and A.

Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash    

The legendary lyrics “I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die” come straight from the heart of outlaw singer-songwriter Johnny Cash. The song “Folsom Prison” is a classic. Perfect for celebrating that it’s Wednesday and we’re halfway there!

Simple – Florida Georgia Line  

Let’s keep it “Simple” on Thursday. This track by Florida Georgia Line doesn’t seem that simple at first sight. The chords Eb, Ab, and Bb might scare you a bit, but let’s be smart: just slide the capo tool to the first fret and have another look at the chords. Way better right?

Blitzkrieg Bop – Ramones

Friday means: almost weekend! Let’s start off this day by rebelling with this punk wonder “Blitzkrieg Bob“. Let this Ramones classic be your theme song of the day. This also gives you a chance to get rid of some of that extra anger by playing loud and hard, and screaming: “Hey, ho! Let’s go!”

Tanist – Conway Savage

Saturday, time to recuperate from that stressful week with a slow and beautiful track by the late Bad Seeds pianist, Conway Savage. You can play “Tanist” on your guitar or piano. For those of you that want to get more advanced, try fingerpicking the chords instead of straight strumming them.   

Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve

Everything must come to an end. Yup, “Bitter Sweet Symphony“, that’s life! There’s no better song for your Sunday. Look back at all your jams this week and ask yourself: “have I improved?” If you played for at least ten minutes a day, the answer must be “Yes!” Keep up the routine, and watch yourself get better every day!

Eight festival headliners that will mark the summer of 2018

‘Oh, when I look back now, that summer seemed to last forever’

Let’s suppose the summer of 2018 will be just as legendary as the summer of ‘69. Then, who would be our new Bryan Adams? This festival season a few fast-moving, stage-hopping musicians are working hard to provide the soon-to-be nostalgic soundtrack for the summer of 2018.

‘And if I had the choice
Yeah, I’d always wanna be there’

While we fight off our burnout symptoms with relaxing festival vibes, these festival headliners juggle through dizzying tour schedules. No hangover or sleep deprivation will hold them back. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.

With temperatures rising up to a 100 degrees Fahrenheit and sudden summer showers lurking around every corner; the 2018 artist makes her/his way through muddy backstage areas, while they plough through heaps of journalists and groupies to entertain one steaming crowd after another.

‘Those were the best days of my life’

Which names are center stage on this year’s posters? Perusing the lineups of the festivals, we notice some recurring headliners. These 8 artists are the architects of the soundtrack of the summer of 2018.

1 Dua Lipa

Roskilde (Denmark), Ruisrock (Finland), Mad Cool Festival (Spain), Tomorrowland (Belgium), Lollapalooza (France/USA), Osheaga Festival (Canada), Sziget (Hungary), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Lowlands (The Netherlands), Reading/Leeds Festival (UK), Electric Picnic (Ireland), TRSNMT Glasgow Green (Scotland).

2 Arctic Monkeys

Southside Festival (Germany), Hurricane Festival (Germany), TRSNMT Glasgow Green (Scotland), Open’er (Poland), Rockwave Festival (Greece), Rock Werchter (Belgium), NOS Alive (Portugal), Madcool Festival (Spain), Lollapalooza Festival (VS), Osheaga Festival (Canada), OYA Festival (Norway), Way Out West Festival (Sweden), Flow Festival (Finland), Sziget Festival (Hungary), Austin City Limits (USA).

3 Gorillaz

Rock Werchter (Belgium), Open’er Festival (Poland), Roskilde (Denmark), Gurtenfestival (Switzerland), Lucca Summer Festival (Italy), Monte Kobetamendi (Spain), Paleo Festival (Switzerland), Vieilles Charrues (France), Lollapalooza Festival (France), U-Park Festival (Ukraine), Park Live Festival (Russia), Sziget (Hungary), BoomTown Fair (UK), FM4 Frequency Festival (Austria), Lowlands (The Netherlands).

4 Kendrick Lamar

Øya Festival (Norway), Lowlands (The Netherlands), Sziget (Hungary), Way out West Festival (Sweden), Flow Festival (Finland), Zürich Openair (Switzerland), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Fuji Rock (Japan), Reading/Leads Festival (UK).

5 The Killers

O Son de Camino (Spain), Rock in RIo (Portugal) Open Air St. Gallen (Switzerland), Rock Werchter (Belgium), TRSNMT Glasgow Green (Scotland), Lattitude Festival (UK), Paleo Festival (Switzerland), Benicassim (Spain), Deichbrand Festival (Germany), Lollapalooza Festival (France), Panorama Music and Arts Festival (USA), Skookum Festival (Canada).   

6 The War on Drugs

Ottawa Bluesfest (Canada), Festival D’ete de Quebec (Canada), Hallifax Jazz Festival (Canada), Forecastle Festival (USA), Sloss Music & Arts Festival (USA), Pitchfork Music Festival (USA), Panorama Music and Arts Festival (USA), XPoNential Music Festival (USA), Sziget (Hungary), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Lowlands (The Nederlands), Green Man Festival (UK), Open Air (Switzerland), Todays Festival (Italy), Skookum Festival (Canada), Grandoozy (USA).  

7 Fever Ray

Body & Soul Festival (Ireland), Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival (Poland), Down The Rabbit Hole (The Netherlands), Roskilde (Denmark), Rock Werchter (Belgium), Exit Festival (Serbia), Melt Festival (Germany), Øya Festival (Norway), Way Out West (Sweden), Flow Festival (Finland), Sziget (Hungary), Pitchfork Festival (France), Club To Club Festival (Italy).  

8 Travis Scott  

Longitude (Ireland), Benicassim Festival (Spain), Super Bock Super Rock (Portugal), Lollapalooza (France/USA), Osheaga Festival (Canada), Hard Festival (USA), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Blockfest (Finland), Festival Cabaret Vert (France), Reading/Leeds Festival (UK), Austin City Limits (USA).

Obviously this is just a small selection of all the fantastic music out there. The nice thing about festivals is discovering new acts as well. For more festival inspiration check out the festival survival guide.