August

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Twang 101: Bending Through a Scale

August 31, 2013
Snake your way up and down the neck while using subtle, but effective, bends to imply different harmonies.
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Jazz Boot Camp: 6 Essential Solo Guitar Tricks

August 24, 2013
Impress your friends and scare your neighbors with these essential tips for playing solo guitar.
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The Guitarist's Guide to the CAGED System

August 10, 2013

Learn how to map out the fretboard and be able to play in any key using a few basic open-position chord shapes.


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Beyond Blues: Playing the "Right" Minor Blues Changes

August 3, 2013

Not all minor blues progressions are created equal. Delve into the subtle differences and learn how to make a simple minor progression more interesting with a few easy substitutions.


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Digging Deeper: Power Up Your Power Chords

July 27, 2013
Put those root-fifth shapes to work by using them to unlock more complex harmonies in your riffs.
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MXR Super Badass Distortion Pedal Review

July 26, 2013
While the Super Badass lives up to its name on the basis of the savage distortion and authoritative overdrive that’s on tap, it’s the powerful EQ that makes this pedal truly badass.
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Rhythm Rules: 6 Essential Exercises to Improve Your Groove

July 20, 2013
Unlock some of the secrets of the metronome with these essential polyrhythmic exercises.
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Fretboard Workshop: Using Triads to Create A Solo

July 14, 2013
Learn how to take some basic triad shapes–both major and minor–and turn them into a compelling, melodic solo.
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Earthquaker Devices Disaster Transport SR Pedal Review

July 11, 2013
This twin delay with reverb and modulation moves from vintage echo tones to endlessly unfolding realms of the bizarre with an ease that doesn’t require extra appendages.
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Lakland Decade 6 Bass Review

July 4, 2013
But the 6-string bass offers a truly unique voice with a range that’s between a baritone and a standard bass.
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Jaguar HC50 Amp Review

July 2, 2013
Jaguar's new HC50 dodges delivers a minimalist, potent, distinctly English-voiced EL34 amp that’s happy dishing immaculate clean tones and more ferocious sounds alike.
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Sandberg Electra TT4 Bass Review

June 29, 2013
A J-style that offers a lot of the features Sandberg is famous for but at a more wallet-friendly price.
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Reverend Kingbolt Electric Guitar Review

June 24, 2013
The retro-pop-meets-shredder sum of the Kingbolt's parts—the like of which we don’t see often—is quirky and eccentric without looking goofy.
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Album Review: Jane Miller - "Three Sides to a Story"

June 20, 2013
Miller ably composes her way through a spectrum of styles, including traditional-sounding jazz, peaceful folk, and quirky blues.
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Interview: Dave Davies - Pure Spirit

June 19, 2013
The former Kinks lead guitarist talks about changing the course of guitar history with “You Really Got Me,” what he thinks of Van Halen’s version, and what it would take to bridge the cataclysmic rift between him and brother Ray.
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FU-Tone.com High Performance Titanium and Brass Bridge Package Reviews

June 18, 2013
By using stainless steel and titanium in critical parts of the unit, FU-Tone has indeed taken the Floyd Rose concept in several new directions.
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Viktorian Grace Status Electric Guitar Review

June 15, 2013
The hollowbody Status is a single-mold composite instrument that packs a highly diverse range of tones.
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Boss MO-2 Multi-Overtone Pedal Review

June 14, 2013
A pitch-shifting unit that can accentuate high, low, or midrange octaves with a unique harmonized charm.
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ZT Extortion Expressive Distortion Pedal Review

June 10, 2013
The ZT Extortion Expressive Distortion is an exceptional overdrive/distortion combo that gives you a ton of tone combinations under one roof.
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Kick Out the Jams: How to Make Your Delay Pedal Work for You

June 8, 2013
A precisely timed delay effect with just the right number of echo repeats can become part of the composition of a great riff.
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