December 2016


Must We Restore?

July 20, 2010
Does restoring a vintage instrument really make it better?
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Is Your Pick Hanging You Up?

July 6, 2010
Different ways of approaching picking and picks to refine that final bit of your tone and technique
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Simple Tricks and Classic Combinations

June 16, 2010
Classic tricks to use common pedals to their fullest
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Take Your Pick: Crafting Acoustic Variety with Your Hands

June 16, 2010
Changing up your sound by changing up your picking
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Finding the Right Pedals for Your Rig

May 18, 2010
Assess your gear to find out what pedals you should be using.
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Is Your Playing Suffering Because of Your Health?

May 5, 2010
Sleeping, eating and exercising your way to better chops
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Composed Solos

April 7, 2010
Improve your improvised solos by composing a few; Bill Piburn shares two examples of his own compositions
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Build Your Groove with a Drum Machine

February 11, 2010
Using a drum machine can be great for practicing and offer more than a metronome can provide
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Secrets of the Masters: "I'm Eighteen" by Alice Cooper

February 11, 2010
Breaking down the mix of one of Alice Coopers breakthrough hits
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Playing Outside the Box: Banjo Tuning on Guitar

September 2, 2009
Steve encounters a new challenge: playing banjo licks on a guitar
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How NOT to Play Bass like a Guitar Player Playing Bass

August 19, 2009
Pro bassists weigh in on the differences between how guitarists and bassists approach the instrument
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Learning to Trust Your Ears: The Art of Transcribing

July 22, 2009
In an era when tabs for almost any song are a few mouse clicks away, Steve give us some pointers on figuring out songs the tried-and-true way - with our ears.
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Creating Your Signature Guitar Sound

June 30, 2009
How to put everything together for a sound that''s uniquely you
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Breaking Out of the Box Method

June 17, 2009
When I was in my first high school band, I was clueless how to solo. I mostly just slid up and down the guitar strings with little sense of what
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Rut Buster: Playing On Just One String

April 30, 2009
Break free of your usual habits by using just one string to play -- you''ll be surprised at the results.
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Electric Bass, Upright Sound

February 16, 2009
Looking for upright bass sound with your electric bass? Dan has some tips...
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5 Licks with Michael Angelo Batio

August 15, 2008
Five licks from M.A.B. to get you shredding
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Advanced Picking Lines

September 19, 2007
Welcome back, everyone. In this lesson I will be showing you some picking lines to take your speed, accuracy and coordination up to the next level
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