Gigging Advice

Luther Dickinson: “Hurry Up Sunrise” Video Premiere

February 16, 2016
The North Mississippi Allstars frontman performs a song from his new solo album and gives a spirited lesson in hill country blues fingerpicking.
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On Bass: The Song Guys, Part 2

February 15, 2016
They might not be household names, but these four stellar bassists offer a wealth of inspiration to tap into.
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Last Call: Will Arts Save Mankind?

February 1, 2016
Maybe it’s time to revisit the past.
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Tone Tips: Hands vs. Gear?

January 13, 2016
Does a great guitar sound originate in a player’s hands, gear, or both?
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Last Call: The Journey of Frodo Douchebaggins

January 5, 2016
Why do musicians have a bad reputation? Because we’ve earned it.
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Tone Tips: Modelers vs. Traditional Rigs, Part 2

December 23, 2015
You can keep some tradition and still take advantage of what modeling has to offer.
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On Bass: The Reluctant Tapper

December 8, 2015
Victor Brodén navigates the uncharted waters of a technique he’s long avoided.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Crossing the Digital Divide

November 12, 2015
It’s time to question some common analog/digital assumptions.
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State of the Stomp: Imagine All the Pedals

November 3, 2015
Whether you play bass or guitar, you’d better stick to “your kind” of stomps. Or maybe not.
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Last Call: Get Bitter or Get Better

October 28, 2015
Rejection comes with the territory. How do you deal with it?
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Last Call: The One Rule of Showbiz and Why It’s Good for You

September 21, 2015
In a world of hurt? Get out and play.
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Tone Tips: The Right Stuff

September 14, 2015
Luck is certainly involved in becoming a pro guitarist, but there is absolutely no substitute for dedicated work.
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State of the Stomp: They’re Just as Dumb as We Are!

September 11, 2015
Seek advice—but don’t automatically believe it.
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On Bass: Unlearn Your Bass

August 24, 2015
Step out of your tuning comfort zone and you may be pleased with the musical results.
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Last Call: Player, Collector, or Hoarder?

August 17, 2015
It might be time to ask yourself some tough questions.
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Tone Tips: Speakers—The Final Frontier

August 4, 2015
Don’t forget the importance of your drivers.
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On Bass: Maximize Rumble, Minimize Blowback

July 23, 2015
How to create an onstage bass presence without pissing off your bandmates and FOH engineer.
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Last Call: Wayne Pauley’s Tips for Tour Survival

July 20, 2015
Words of wisdom from a veteran front-of-house mixer and road sensei.
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Tone Tips: Keep It Musical

June 30, 2015
Serve the song by choosing substance over flash. You’ll be a better player for it.
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Tuning Up: Record or Die!

June 29, 2015
Forget the woodshed—invest in some cheap recording gear and witness the unparalleled power and wonder of the 21st-century studio.
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