Music by Shams
Not an axe you can play

Hey, Shams here. I’m an amateur musician, a really bad songwriter and lousy music production guy, living in the New York City area with my wife and 2 kids.

I bought my first guitar back in 2002 (for a whopping $60) and I was immediately amazed. For the next 2 to 3 years, I consumed every piece of content I could find – videos, books, online articles, training courses, etc. — all with the goal of learning and just having fun with the whole creative process.

Picked up a few guitars while I was at it too. The usual suspects really… Fender electrics and acoustics, tried different strings, including super-thick power chord strings. I just kept experimenting.

I put things on pause when my first was born, and only since summer of 2022 did I dust everything off (quite literally) and begin to get back into things. Needless to say, a lot has changed in 20+ years technology wise. Now I’m even hungrier given what’s available.

So here we are at present day…

Needless to say, I have a lot of catching up to do.

These days I focus mostly on recording cover songs, using the original songs themselves as backtracks, with the guitars simply removed. But because I use the original audio, I can’t upload to YouTube or other sites… they just get flagged as copyright infringement and whatnot.

I decided to launch this site just to have a safe place to upload the songs and be able to share them. I’m not selling anything so they’re purely for listening pleasure.

Over time I’ll keep growing the site by adding articles, freebies and anything else I feel will help others who may be on a similar journey. I hope you’ll find something useful here and I’d love to hear from you if you have any ideas, comments, etc.

All the best,

Shams' Signature

So here we are at present day…

Needless to say, I have a lot of catching up to do.

These days I focus mostly on recording cover songs, using the original songs themselves as backtracks, with the guitars simply removed. But because I use the original audio, I can’t upload to YouTube or other sites… they just get flagged as copyright infringement and whatnot.

I decided to launch this site just to have a safe place to upload the songs and be able to share them. I’m not selling anything so they’re purely for listening pleasure.

Over time I’ll keep growing the site by adding articles, freebies and anything else I feel will help others who may be on a similar journey. I hope you’ll find something useful here and I’d love to hear from you if you have any ideas, comments, etc.

All the best,

Shams' Signature
Make Music Not War