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We’re Blog Award shortlisters – and we thank you!

We’re Blog Award shortlisters –  and we thank you!

In case you missed our recent post, we thought we’d enter the 2015 UK Blog Awards. Over the last year or so, the Red Dog Music Blog has grown in leaps and bounds, and we thought we’d have a go for the UK’s biggest blog award.

We like to mix things up a little bit on the Red Dog Blog. Yes, we let you know what’s new in the world of wonderfully desirable gear for your stage, studio, or peripatetic folktronica beat combo, as well as passing on our cherry-picked selection of the latest and greatest deals, but we want to do a little more than that…

UK Blog Awards Shortlist

We want to keep you entertained, informed, and in a good place that lets you get the best from your gear. To those ends, let’s take a look at some of our most popular posts from 2014:

The Annoying Song

Well, let’s lead off with our most popular post ever, our 17 annoying things you do that make your bandmates secretly hate you clearly appealed to a lot of you out there! At the peak of its shareyness, it was pulling in over 60,000 views a day, presumably from the increasingly fractious rehearsal room-dwelling band members…

Plug in baby

For those of you who like to great a great guitar tone by plugging into your computer, 6 free VST guitar plugins that’ll blow your mind was just the thing to commit those 6-string sounds to your hard disk.

Big bottom

With over six thousand Facebook likes, the four (and five and six of course) string collective made their feelings clear with their clicking fingers on 7 undeniable reasons why bass players are cooler than guitarists.

Dot Allison

The Epiphone Dot is a hugely popular guitar, but its large body means that not everyone finds it the most comfortable to play; perhaps the smaller ES-339 would be right for them? But what are the differences between them?

Flat Eric

A consistently popular, and very weighty tome, this post on Eric Johnson’s gear continues its well-readness at the end of 2014, despite being published in April 2013. Well, it was good enough to be shared by the man himself…

Scarlett’s Walk

As it’s a hugely popular interface, that offers just the right balance of features to appeal to everyone from singer/songwriters to djs, our hands-on review of the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 is the go-to resource for researching this cracking little unit!

Analogue (All I Want)

Analogue synths are back in a big way, but which is right for you when you’ve got a budget to stick to? We put our favourites in our little analogue synths under £500 list…

Lady in Red Leicester

And – for some reason – our post of song titles with some of the words substituted for types of cheese that sound similar to the original words – with hilarious consequences! – keeps on getting the views…

The UK Blog Awards Shortlist

So, thanks to all of you out there for your votes, we’ve made it down to the shortlisted ten finalists in our category. With over two thousand entries across the awards, we’re pretty chuffed about that. So a big shout out to all y’all.

We’ll keep working to make the blog bigger and better and, as always, if you have any questions about putting your studio together, what you need in your gig bag for open mic night or how to come up with a cheese-related song title pun, get in touch and we’ll get a post written. Remember, this is your blog!

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Red Dog Music is the UK’s friendliest musical instrument and pro-audio dealer. Between our 5000 square foot Edinburgh shop filled with an incredible range of products, and our London showroom in Clapham specialising in high-end instruments, dj and pro-audio, Red Dog Music has you covered from north to south and from performance to playback.


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Dawsons Music is delighted to announce that the Red Dog Music brand is now part of the Dawsons family. This is an exciting opportunity to bring both communities together and create a stronger, wider network of people passionate about music gear. We both share a common heritage to support musicians throughout the UK and Dawsons want to support Red Dog Music customers in their continued musical journey.

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