Thursday, March 31, 2005

10 Days Left to Win Sheryl Crow Guitar

The Sheryl Crow guitar giveaway expires on April 10. Register now so you don't miss out.

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10 Days Left to Win Sheryl Crow Guitar

The Sheryl Crow guitar giveaway expires April 10. Register now so you don't miss out. Click on the guitar below to check it out.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Line 6 Pod XT Live

You can now get all the Line 6 Pod sounds and effects in a floorboard setup. Just Plug it into your amp or PA system and all the amp models and effects are right at your feet. This is the ultimate effects box. Ther are tons of sonic possibilities.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Sheryl Crow Link

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Sheryl Crow Guitar

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Sunday, March 20, 2005

Gibson Les Paul Special

This is absolutely the best value for dollar guitar on the market. It is a real Gibson and not a clone or foreign made model. Click on the picture below to check it out.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Guitar Starter Packs

Zzounds has specials on guitar starter packs right now. If you want to get started at low cost this is the way to go.

Ibanez IJS40 Jumpstart Electric Guitar Package:
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Behringer V-Tone Guitar and Amplifier Package
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These two packages give you the most bang for your buck.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Sheryl Crow Guitar Giveaway

Here's an update on the Sheryl Crow guitar sweepstakes.

The guitar is a newly designed signature series by Gibson. It's a replica of a 1962 Gibson Country Western acoustic. The guitar has been played. approved and autographed by Sheryl herself! It's free to enter the drawing so check it out below.

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Getting Rhythm - Three Tips for Guitar Beginners

By: Darren Power

If you are just starting out learning guitar one of the hardestthings can be getting a good rhythm and keeping that rhythmgoing while you change chords with your left hand.When I first started learning guitar I would strum along happilyuntil the chord change and then my right hand would stop while Ichanged the position of the left.This makes your playing sound terrible. In fact if you can keepthat right hand strumming or picking the sequence, you willsound good. If you are a bit slow with your chord changes andstrum some open strings in between you will still sound good.But lose that rhythm and everybody knows that you are messing up.Here are my top three tips for getting past this learning stage.#1 Play open strings for the last beat in the bar so you havetime to change chord shape. For example if your are to play GG G G D D D D C C C C instead play G G G O D D D O CC C O where O is a strum of the open strings. Listen carefullyand you will notice a lot of guitar players do this. And itsounds just fine.#2 Move your body to the rhythm. When I started out I was toldto tap my foot to the rhythm. 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 I justcouldn't do it. It seemed like one more thing to remember andoverloaded my system. Then I learned to move my head to therhythm and immediately my timing improved. I would nod to thebeat and move side to side a bit as well. I guess it's justhorses for courses. You need to find what works best for you butif you can't tap your foot try nodding your head or evenbouncing the whole of the top half of your body. Get the beatrattling through your bones!*** Increase your tempo gradually one beat at a time. You canuse a metronome to keep time but I prefer a drum machine. I needto really hear that beat in order to know that I'm with it. Youcan get Metronomes and Drum Machines to download to your PC. Foran excellent free drum machine visit . Onceyou have your drum machine, set it up so that there is a heavierbeat on the first beat in the bar. Then set a nice easy tempo.If need be start as low as 70 beats per minute. When you canplay your piece smoothly at this speed play it again at 71, then72 etc. You'll be surprised at just how quickly you can get upto full speed. About the author:Darren Power is your host at where you willfind the best price on your new guitar along with reviews, news,competitions & articles.

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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Sheryl Crow

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Saturday, March 12, 2005

Changing Guitar Strings

I found a good how to article on changing guitar strings. Check it out.

Title: A Step-By-Step Lesson On How to Change Your Guitar StringsAuthor: Kathy UnruhArticle: Changing your guitar strings might make you feel a litteuncomfortable if you have never done it before, but it's reallyquite simple and should become a regular part of your guitarcare routine. Before you do anything, first take time to makesome personal observations such as: 1. Which way do you have to turn the tuning keys to tighten orloosen the strings?2. How are the strings aligned from the nut to the bridge?3. Which is the heaviest string (6)? Taking mental notes will probably save you some frustration andmake the job much easier. Below you will find some helpful steps to follow for changingyour strings. Once you've changed your guitar strings a coupleof times your confidence should begin to grow and you won't needto refer to these steps any longer. I like to remove all of theguitar strings in order to give my guitar a thorough cleaning,but you can remove and replace them one at a time if you prefer. Guitar Care and Maintenance Tools: - Needle-nose Plyers (to cut string ends) - String Winder - SoftCotton Cloth - Guitar Cleaning Polish (do not use furniturepolish, oils, or wax)REMOVING THE STRINGSAcoustic Steel String Guitar- 1. Using the string winder , begin slowly loosening thestring(s) until completely slack. 2. With the needle-nose plyers, carefully grab the string fromthe capstan (the part it winds around) and pull through the holeuntil it is free. 3. Taking the string winder again, use the cut-out at the end ofit to grab the pin at the bridge. Gently pull the pin until itcomes out of the hole. 4. Continue this process until all the strings are removed. 5. Clean guitar surface thoroughly. Classic Nylon String Guitar- Follow steps one and two above. When you come to step three,take your needle-nose plyers and carefully loosen the figureeight knot at the bridge. Pull the string free. Electric Guitar- Follow the same procedure as described for an acoustic steelstring guitar. However, if you have an electric guitar with amovable bridge you may want to take it to your local music storeand have them show you how to do it safely. If the bridge ismoved from it's correct position you will not be able to tuneyour guitar after restringing it. RE-STRINGING YOUR GUITARAcoustic Steel String Guitar-1. Bend the ball end of the string slightly and place it insidethe hole below the bridge. Some steel string guitars do not havepins. When this is the case, just pull the string throught thehole. 2. Line up the string with any grooves in the pin. Insert thepin into the hole, making sure it is secure. 3. Take the other end and insert into the hole on the capstan. 4. Pull the string through leaving a fair amount of slackbetween the capstan and the bridge. 5. Bend the string at the point it comes through the capstan tokeep it secure. 6. Watching out for your eyes, begin turning the key with yourleft hand. Once you get it started it may be easier to use thestring winder. (For safety reasons, you might want to cut offany excess string. I usually wait until after they're all on todo this). 7. As you are winding, apply some tension to the string withyour right hand to help keep it taught. Make sure you arewinding in the right direction! On the bass strings you will bewinding counter-clockwise (away from you). On the treble stringsyou will go the opposite direction. 8. Continue to wind each string until all the slack is taken up.Do not worry about tuning yet. 9. Cut off all excess string length. Classic Nylon String Guitar- 1. Put the string through the top of the hole found just belowthe bridge. 2. Pull about 3 inches through. 3. Bringing the string up over the tie block, pass it underneathitself at the original point of entry. 4. Come down over the tie block again and wrap the end of thestring around itself in a figure eight type pattern. 5. Insert the other end of the string down through the hole onthe capstan. 6. Wrap the string around the back and then underneath itself inorder to secure it in place. 7. As described above, begin turning the key with your left handwhile maintaining some tension with the other until all theslack is taken up. With a classical guitar you will windclockwise on the bass strings and the treble strings. 8. Keep the string as straight as possible as it continues fromthe capstan through the nut and down onto the neck. 9. You should not have any excess string length, but if you do,cut it off. Electric Guitar- Follow the same procedure as described for the acoustic steelstring guitar. If you need help re-tuning your guitar please see my free guitarlesson which covers this subject in detail. I hope you found this information to be helpful. Remember,establishing a good guitar care routine will insure many longyears of musical fun and enjoyment! About the author:Kathy Unruh is a singer/songwriter and webmaster of ABC LearnGuitar. She has been writing songs and providing guitar lessonsto students of all ages for over 20 years. For free guitarlessons, plus tips and resources on songwriting, recording andcreating a music career, please visit:

Friday, March 11, 2005

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Guitar Players...Get a Balanced Practice Diet

Author: Craig Bassett (The Guitar Solutions Expert)Article:Do you have a wide variety of things that you practice. Or doyou like to binge? (You know...the type of player who practicessweep picking for a kazillion hours a day but only know threechords)!Having a balanced practice routine is essential if you want tobecome a versatile guitarist. If you just practice one or twothings, sure you'll get great at those things...but you'll beweak in other key areas.In this lesson you'll learn how to create a practice routinethat is well-balanced and will help you work towards yourultimate vision of how you would like to play.I generally categorise what I practice into one of seven areas:1. Technique. 2. Repertoire (Covers). 3. Composition. 4.Improvisation. 5. Ear Training. 6. Theory. 7. Music Reading.Everything that you practice will fit into one or more of theabove areas. For example,if you are learning a very challengingcover tune by transcribing it off the CD you are essentiallyworking on your technique, repertoire and ear training at thesame time. If you also write down the song in standard notation,you will also be developing your music reading you have to practice things in all seven areas? I believethat you don't have to if your vision doesn't require it. Forexample, if someone wants to become an awesome classicalguitarist and has no desire to improvise, then I believe thatthey don't need to practice things relating to improvisation. Weall have limited time available for practice, so it's a waste oftime working on things that don't specifically help you reachyour goals.Let's go through a few exercises.Exercise One:Think about the vision that you have for your playing for a fewminutes.How would you like to play in ten years time. Make itexact! Once you've done that, brainstorm as many things that you needto practice in order to play like your vision. What specificthings do you need to learn, develop and practice? Write themdown now.Exercise Two:Next to each of the things written down for Exercise One, writedown a category next to it. For example, if you wrote "I need tobe able to play faster" then write technique next to it.If youfeel that something you wrote belongs to more than one category,then write down all the categories it could belong to.Exercise Three:Look at your answers for the previous two exercises. Once you'vedone that prioritise the categories shown below. For example, ifyou feel that technique is the most important thing you need towork on to reach your vision then put a 1 next to it.**Practice Area Priority Level (1-7)** [Note: 1 is the highestpriority].Technique Repertoire (covers) Composition Improvisation EarTraining Theory Music ReadingNow here's the important point. You should spend the most timepractising your number one priority. I know it's pretty obvious,but you'd be amazed at how many people don't do this! I know afew guitar players who would like to be able to play incrediblyfast, yet they don't do a lot of technical practice. Talk aboutsetting yourself up to fail!Exercise Four:Decide how much time every day you will spend on each category.Write it down below.**Practice Area Time Invested Daily**Technique Repertoire (covers) Composition Improvisation EarTraining Theory Music ReadingAll done? Great!So what's the next step?The next step is to decide on a specific activity for eachpractice area.Make sure to write them down.Here are a couple of examples of what someone might put down...Technique: I will invest 10 minutes a day on alternate pickingexercise one. I will start with the metronome at 80 beats perminute (bpm) and increase it by 4 bpm daily(as long as I canplay it perfectly).Ear Training: I will invest 10 minutes daily a day on A minorpentatonic ear training exercise one.Got the idea? You would have one specific activity for everypractice area. If you have a lot of time to practice you couldset more than one activity per practice area.Give this method a try. I'll think you'll be more than happywith the results!About the author:Craig Bassett (The Guitar Solutions Expert) is a professionalguitarist, guitar tutor and author who lives in Auckland, NewZealand. To get a free high-quality lesson e-mailed to you oncea month, please go to:

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

A Guitar Lesson To Help You Develop Your Vision

Author: Craig Bassett (The GuitarSolutionsExpert)Article: Have you ever done any of the following?1. Made excuses for not practicing because you "didn't havetime"? 2. Practiced the same licks and exercises that you didlast year? 3. Felt like you had hit a brick wall in yourprogress? 4. Felt unsure as to what to practice? Unless your name is Steve Vai, chances are you've done at leastone of the above! They are all symptoms of having a lack of vision.What do I mean by vision? Vision in this context is having aclearly defined picture in your mind's eye of how you would liketo play. It must be a crystal clear, exciting and inspiringpicture! Without an absolutely clear picture of what you would ideallylike to sound like, you will not know what you need to practicein order to realise that vision. You will also probably lose thedrive and motivation to practice daily for many years until youcan play like your vision. You may even start using the loser'smantra which is "I don't have time to practice". Exercise One: Think about how you would like to play in 10 yearstime. Close your eyes and try to see yourself playing exactlyhow you would like to play. Write down what you see now. Make sure that it is detailed. What techniques are you a masterof? What songs can you play? What bands are you in? How manystudents do you teach? How does it feel when you play like youdo? Exercise Two: Now write down what areas of your playing you willneed to start working on in order to reach your vision. Whattechniques do you need to start practising? What chords do youneed to learn? What music theory do you need to start learningabout? Do you need to start doing ear training? What books,teachers, CDs and other tools will help you realise your vision?How much time every day do you think you will need to practisein order to play like you want to play? Exercise Three: Spend 10 minutes a day for the next 30 daysimagining yourself playing exactly how you would like to play.Do this with your eyes shut. Don't worry, it won't make you wantto start eating tofu or go around the neighborhood huggingtrees! At the end of every time you do this, write down onesmall new detail about your vision. By the end of 30 days youshould be feeling so excited that you'll want to practice 24/7! About the author:Craig Bassett is a professional guitarist, guitar tutor andauthor from New Zealand.

Guitar Practicing or Guitar Playing?

Author: Edward D. Kupler
Just because you're holding your guitar doesn't mean thatyou're playing it, and just because you're playing your guitardoesn't mean that you're practicing. There is a real differenceand it needs to be acknowledged if you want to improve yourlevel of playing skill. Some people say they have spent theentire day practicing their guitar when in reality, all they'vedone was sit in front of the TV all day eating cheesy poofs. Thesad thing is that they really do believe it was practicing sincethey had their guitar on their lap next to their cheesy poofsall day. Most of us know someone who does this and we may evenbe guilty ourselves.In order to truly improve your skills you really need to avoidany distractions, no TV, no food, no friends and no phone. Justyou, a guitar, an amp and maybe some reference materials.Speaking of amps, keep the distortion turned down. Remember,this is practice, not playing. The distortion will only hideyour mistakes. You need to hear your mistakes clearly so you cancorrect them.If you're a beginner you might want to practice basic guitar'>">guitarscales or guitar'>">guitarchords. Make sure you have the necessary reference materialhandy so you don't spend your time doing things wrong. Keep inmind that what you practice is reinforced so if you'repracticing your scales wrong, then you've not only wasted yourtime; you've also reinforced your mistakes.So what should you practice? Since I've never heard you play Ican't tell you what you need to improve on, but I can makesuggestions to make your practice more effective.Don't turn your amp up to 11 and play every solo you know. Thisis playing the guitar not practicing the guitar. It might be funand a great way to blow off some steam, but it won't improveyour skills.Don't let practice get stale. You need a variety of things tokeep your mind from wondering. Practice your scales for an hourthen work on chords or music theory. Mix it up. Just be sure notto over do any one area because you'll get bored and at thatpoint your practice won't be as effective.Don't just go through the motions. Part of a good practicesession is finding problems and figuring out solutions. Ifyou're having trouble fingering a particular chord, then analyzethe problem and try to find a solution. You might think thatyour fingers are to small or weak, when the reality is that youonly need to improve your technique. When I first learned tomake barre chords I had a rough time making all six stringssound clear. Now I can make them all sound clear with verylittle effort. I would also add that I don't believe my handstrength has much to do with it at all.Use a metronome when practicing. This will help you improve yourtiming and make everything sound better.Learn the basics first. If your beginning guitar you should knowand understand the basic relationship between chords and scales.This will help you to better understand the logic of the chordpatterns when you learn songs and what scale you should use tosolo over top of that particular chord pattern. Check out mylesson "Guit'>">Guitar Scales and Chord Triads" at "" for avisual reference that might help.Pick a time of day to practice when you feel most alert. Ifyou're groggy or unfocused, your practice efforts will becompromised. You might work better if you break up your practicesession into several times throughout the day. For example,maybe practice an hour in the morning and a couple hours in theevening. You know when you feel the most alert so take advantageof those times.Be prepared with things to work on. Don't just sit down andnoodle around for a couple of hours. Before you sit down youshould already know what you're going to work on. This will helpmaximize your time.About the author:Edward D Cupler is the owner of guitar/'>">guitar lessons Offering free guitar lessons to beginnersand advanced students. Ed is also the owner of

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

A Guitar Lesson To Help You Test Your Note Knowledge.

Author: Craig Bassett (The Guitar Solutions Expert)Article:In this guitar lesson we look at a great way to test your noteknowledge of the guitar fretboard. But before we look at that,why even bother learning the notes? Knowing the notes on your guitar fretboard is an essentialskill. Here are a FEW of the benefits that you'll gain if youhave fantastic guitar fretboard knowledge. 1. You'll learn how to apply music theory to the guitar muchmore quickly. In my opinion there's no point learning musictheory if you can't PLAY it! 2. Your creativity will increase. You'll be able to think of newand unique ways of playing chords and scales. If you don't knowthe notes on the guitar fretboard, you'll be stuck playing thesame chord and scale fingerings that everyone uses. 3. You'll become a better musician. Great musicians don't justthink in terms of chord shapes or scale fingerings. They thinkin terms of NOTES. 4. You'll save yourself hundreds (if not thousands!) of hours offrustration. By knowing the notes on the fretboard you'll beable to understand, learn and memorize things faster. Pretty powerful benefits right? do we know if our note knowledge is good enough? Here's agreat way of finding out. Note Knowledge Test:Step 1: Please turn on your metronome and set it to 120beats-per-minute. Step 2: Decide on a note that you will work on.Step 3: Find that note on the thickest string in all possiblelocations. (One note location per click of the metronome). Step 4: Without pausing, repeat the process on all the otherstrings. Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 for all the other notes.How did you go? Did you find it hard or easy?If you couldn't do it easily, then you have some work to do. Iwould recommend setting aside 10 minutes a day to work onmemorizing the notes of the fretboard. Within a few short weeks,you should have it nailed. Good luck! About the author:Craig Bassett (The Guitar Solutions Expert) is a professionalguitarist, guitar tutor and author who lives in Auckland, NewZealand. To get a free high-quality lesson e-mailed to you oncea month, please go to:

Monday, March 07, 2005

Guitar Tips

Title: Guitarists - Use Your Neck, Not Your Head!Author: Joey RobichauxArticle:Want to expand your versatility on the guitar? Don't use yourhead -- use your neck!We're going to use a "G" chord and a G major pentatonic toillustrate how we can use 5 basic chord shapes to move up anddown the neck of the guitar.These 5 basic chord shapes are the open forms (played at the endof the neck near the tuning pegs) of the "G" chord, the "E"chord, the "D" chord, the "C" chord, and the "A" chord. Ofcourse, when we play the chord shapes in different positions,the chord name will no longer be "E", "D", "C", or "A". In fact,the chord will be a "G" chord every time we play it -- althoughwe use the fingerings normally associated with the open "E","D", "C", and "A" chords.At the Beginning -- the "G" chordWe'll start with the basic open "G" chord. The chord form is:--ooo- open 1st fret------x 2nd fret------xx 3rd fret------The pentatonics in this form of the chord are these:E--0--3----------------------------------------------------------B--------0--3----------------------------------------------------G--------------0--2----------------------------------------------D--------------------0--2----------------------------------------A--------------------------0--2----------------------------------E--------------------------------0--3----------------------------Note that the third fret on the two "E" strings and the secondfret on the "A" string follow the basic "G" chord form.The following box demonstrates the tab above and shows the basicchord form. The "c" is a note in the chord form, the "r" is theroot note of the chord, and the "x" are the extra notes that,when combined with the "c" and "r" notes, make up the pentatonic.xxcccx open 1st fret------cxx 2nd fret------rxr 3rd fret------Second Stop on the Fretboard - the "E" chordTo move down the fretboard, we're going to use the barred formof the "G" chord. This is basically the open "E" chord; however,played at the third fret it gives us a "G" chord. The chord formis:------xxxxxx 3rd fret------x 4th fret------xx 5th fret------Note how the third fret of the "c","r","x" pattern links thesetwo chord forms, since they have notes in common.The pentatonics in this form of the chord are these:E--3--5----------------------------------------------------------B--------3--5----------------------------------------------------G--------------2--4----------------------------------------------D--------------------2--5----------------------------------------A--------------------------2--5----------------------------------E--------------------------------3--5----------------------------Following the same "c", "r", and "x" notation as above, here isthe pentatonic pattern:------xxx 2nd fret------ccr 3rd fret------c 4th fret------xcrx 5th fret------Third Stop on the Fretboard - the "D" chordWe'll slide on down a couple of frets to the next position onthe fretboard. We're now using a form similar to the open "D"chord.------xxx 5th fret------ 6th fret------xx 7th fret------x 8th fret------The fifth fret notes link this chord form to the previous one.The tab for the pentatonic of this form looks like:E--5--7----------------------------------------------------------B--------5--8----------------------------------------------------G--------------4--7----------------------------------------------D--------------------5--7----------------------------------------A--------------------------5--7----------------------------------E--------------------------------5--7----------------------------Here's the "c","r","x" pattern:------x 4th fret------ccrxx 5th fret------ 6th fret------xxcc 7th fret------r 8th fret------Fourth Stop on the Fretboard - the "C" chordContinuing down the fretboard -- we're now using a chord formsimilar to the open "C" chord. It looks like this:------xxx 7th fret------x 8th fret------x 9th fret------x 10th fret------The linking notes between this chord form and the previous arethe seventh and eight frets on the G, B, and E strings. We'llplay the pentatonic for this form as follows:E--7--10---------------------------------------------------------B---------8--10--------------------------------------------------G----------------7--9--------------------------------------------D----------------------7--9--------------------------------------A----------------------------7--10-------------------------------E-----------------------------------7--10------------------------and the "crx" pattern is:------cxxcc 7th fret------r 8th fret------cx 9th fret------xrxx 10th fret------Last Stop on the Fretboard - the "A" chordOne more pass down the fretboard, where we'll play the open "A"form of this chord. The chord pattern is:------xxx 10th fret------ 11th fret------xxx 12th fret------The 10th fret from the previous "crx" link with this currentchord form. We'll play the pentatonic like so:E--10--12--------------------------------------------------------B----------10--12------------------------------------------------G------------------9--12-----------------------------------------D-------------------------9--12----------------------------------A--------------------------------10--12--------------------------E----------------------------------------10--12------------------The "crx" form of this pentatonic pattern is:------xx 9th fret------crxc 10th fret------ 11th fret------xxcrcx 12th fret------All Done -- That Brings Us Back to "G"!We're now at the 12th fret, so we've completed the octave! Wecan now start over again using the patterns and shapes we beganwith.For instance, the next chord pattern will be the original open"G" pattern -- just played 12 frets further down the keyboard.The pattern is:------xxx 12th fret------ 13th fret------x 14th fret------xx 15th fret------which is exactly what we began with -- except the "D", "G", and"B" strings are no longer open. We can use the same patterns weused originally, we'll just shift everything 12 frets down thefretboard.SummarySo that's how you can move up and down the fretboard using 5chord shapes -- the "G", the "E", the "D", the "C", and the "A".Remember, even though we may be using a "D" shape, it's still a"G" chord if we play it at the 7th and 8th frets!Also, note how the "crx" patterns show you the linking notesbetween all each pattern and its neighbors.I've used a "G" chord in this illustration -- however, it shouldbe apparent that by shifting things up or down a fret, you canwork your way around the fretboard no matter what chord you'refollowing.Joey Robichaux maintains the Free Sheet Music website at the author:Joey Robichaux maintains the Free Sheet Music site at

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

American Idol Boring

This American Idol show is becoming predictable and boring.

How about a spinoff? American Idol:Guitar.

This could be great. Get a bunch of contenders to play to a backing track of selected songs and show us your stuff. There are so many guitarists who are fantastic but never get a chance to play in front of anybody. Here's their chance.

So, how about it FOX? You can keep this concept going and expand it