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January 2010

Blues Endings: Common Tags to Bring the Song to an Effective Conclusion

December 17, 2009
A blues ending, often referred to as a blues tag, is a phrase usually executed by the person playing the final solo in a blues number, signifying the end of the song.
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1917 'The Gibson' Harp Guitar, Style U

December 17, 2009
An early 20th Century harp guitar represents an ancestor of the modern doubleneck
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Things You Gotta Do to Land the Saturday Night Live Gig

December 17, 2009
Connections, preparedness and confidence lead to the gig of a lifetime.
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The Pickup Story, Part III: The Road to the Humbucker

December 17, 2009
Setting the record straight about how and when hum-canceling pickups turned up
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Two Letters about … Well, Twins!

December 17, 2009
Two Fender Twin Reverb owners pose questions about their speakers
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Fender Bassman TV Fifteen Combo Amp Review

December 17, 2009
Fender releases the Bassman with a twist - this one sounds good with bass.
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Hottie 454 Electric Guitar Review

December 17, 2009
Hottie joins the guitar game with a muscle-car-inspired retro rocker.
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Jazz Melodic Minor Scale: The Real Jazz Sound for Melodic Soloing

December 17, 2009
The jazz or “real” melodic minor scale is simply a major scale with a lowered 3rd degree.
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Laurence Juber: Rider on a Wooden Horse

December 17, 2009
The highly acclaimed fingerstylist, Grammy winner and composer discusses composing, recording, and adapting to the situation.
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Fingerpicking Variations: Embellishing with Add-Ons and Drop-Offs

December 17, 2009
To vary a picking pattern, you can add notes to a basic chord, or drop notes.
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5 Front of the House Engineers You Should Meet

December 17, 2009
Sound guys for Shinedown, Sick Puppies, Adelitas Way, Blackberry Smoke and Vince Gill share what it takes to make a guitar-driven band shine live
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Your Tone Formula

December 17, 2009
How understanding why speakers distort can make all the difference in crafting your tone.
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The (In)famous Stratocaster Kill Switch, Part II

December 17, 2009
The benefits of setting up a momentary kill switch on a Stratocaster, and how to do it.
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Gearing Up For Europe

December 17, 2009
How Rick Eckhardt plans his rig for a European tour
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Secrets of the Masters: "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple

December 17, 2009
The sound engineers at OEM Inc. have spent thousands of hours with the original masters of the most famous songs ever recorded. In a new monthly feature, we''ll be bringing you their findings. This month, they share the stories behind Deep Purple''s "Smoke on the Water."
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