I’ve tried every home practice solution under the sun, but nothing stuck. Then I plugged in a headphone amp – and now I’m playing for hours

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A few years ago, I was interviewing Band of Horses guitarist/frontman Ben Bridwell and chatting about guitars. As if often the case when writing for Guitar World, he in-turn asked me what I play and I told him the barebones truth: a single-pickup Strat direct to a Vox AC4.

“You had kids, didn’t you?” replied the songwriter, with annoying perception. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.