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Gigging Advice

Let's Make a Deal!

October 18, 2011
Whether by phone or email, I’m most frequently contacted with this question: “I have three basses sitting in front of me, and I’m trying to decide which one I’m going to buy. What’s the best deal?”
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The Beauty of DI

October 18, 2011
The fact is that modeling software has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years and—in many real-world situations—it can sound even better and be a more suitable choice than traditional amplification.
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10 Accessories You Can't Forget at a Gig

October 12, 2011
Most of the things on this list are no-brainers—until they''re not there when you need them!
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The Magic of Open Mic Night

October 5, 2011
Open mics are supposed to be fun, a chance for people who don''t play professionally to play their music for their friends and families.
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The Live Acoustic Sound

September 20, 2011
Over the years, I have come up with a collection of remedies for common problems that have come between me and great acoustic tone.
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5 Surefire Ways to Vintage Bass Tone

September 20, 2011
Vintage bass tone comes from a combination of three things—the bass, the amp, and the player’s hands.
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Amplifying a Solo Acoustic Performance

September 20, 2011
Equally important in making the proper choice is deciding on why you want to amplify in the first place.
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Wisdom from My First Guitar Teacher

July 27, 2011
Peter Thorn turns to a long-time working guitarist, his first teacher, to see what wisdom he can glean some 30 years later.
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5 Mistakes Guitarists Commonly Make

June 21, 2011
How you can avoid falling victim!
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How to Use the iPad Like a Pro Guitarist

June 8, 2011
A guitarist and musical director explains how the iPad has become a central hub for surviving in the studio, in rehearsals, and on the road.
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How to Avoid Your Chiropractor: Playing Guitar Without Breaking Your Back

June 1, 2011
From overextended shoulders to back pain to carpal-tunnel, our passion has a way of beating us up. We caught up with an experienced chiropractor for the science behind what's making us hurt, and exercises we can do to make it better.
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Psychology of a Working Guitarist

May 23, 2011
How personality spells success as a working guitarist
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Sale Proof

May 17, 2011
“Sale proof ” is a term dealers use for a bass or other instrument that is a slow and difficult sale. We’re going to discuss sale proof basses and the
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MacGyver Moments that Save Your Ass

May 17, 2011
Waiting for the house lights to go down, I noticed that the neck humbucker on my guitar had dropped into the body. Vibration had loosened the adjustment screw on one
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Oy! Packing and Shipping Woes

April 19, 2011
Practical advice on packing an instrument for safe shipping
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Tone-Sculpting Backline Gear

April 19, 2011
Like it or not, it is up to you to know how to get the most out of any guitar or amp you come across. The two most common brands of amps I find on stages full of backline gear are Fenders and Mesa/Boogies. Lets begin with some tips on settings for these amps.
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The Working Guitarist: Different Approaches to Guitar Effects

March 23, 2011
Pedalboards, effects loops, or wet/dry/wet rigs, Peter Thorn explains each approach to effects.
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On Bass: The Call

March 15, 2011
It’s the event we all dream of—the one point in our musical time line that can define a career. That magical phone call (or email or text) asking if you’re
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The Low End: Sometimes the Good Guys Win

March 15, 2011
This is the true saga of the recent theft and recovery of one of my basses. This bass is very expensive and a very special instrument. The crazy thing is,
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Signal Chain: Going Au Natural

March 15, 2011
It is quite amazing how unique we are as guitarists. If 10 players were to play the same instrument with the identical setup, each would sound very different from the
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