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June 2011

Beyond Blues: The Composite Blues Scale

May 17, 2011
As we know, a standard blues progression is made up of three dominant-7th chords—the I, IV, and V. This month, we’re going to look at some cool ways to
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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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Fear of Digital

May 17, 2011
The architecture of a basic DSP system. Digital. The very mention of the word causes many guitarists to wince, conjuring memories of harsh, inspiration-crushing tone from early rack gear
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Trace Acoustic TA200 Amp Review

May 17, 2011
Download Example 1 Reverb Download Example 2 Reverb Pushing Compressor Download Example 3 Cycling through effects Way back when dinosaurs roamed the coffee houses, Trace Elliot made one of
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Fryette S.A.S. And Boostassio Pedal Reviews

May 17, 2011
A couple of decades ago, Steven Fryette built the prototypes that would become VHT’s Pittbull series— handbuilt tube amps that became known for their crushing sound and great durability.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: How to Practice Pole-Vaulting

May 17, 2011
Have you watched pole-vaulters on the Olympics? I’ve always wondered what a lesson for a beginning pole-vaulter might look like. How do you practice something like this slowly? I
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Kick Out the Jams: Guitar Gamelan

May 17, 2011
In Umphrey’s McGee, we really like to turn rhythm on its head and are constantly in search of cool ways to change up a boring stock riff. In this
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Raveonettes: Grave-Pop Serenades

May 17, 2011
The Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo talk about their ambient-rock evolution on "Raven in the Grave", strategies for avoiding pattern-based songwriting, and how multiple reverb pedals can create a harmonically raging wall of sound.
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Cow-Skull Guitars and a Builder Named Boaz

May 17, 2011
Slicing a cow skull to make interior braces for a custom guitar. Photo by peckhammer Next to the 1954 Stratocaster (serial number 0168) sitting on my repair bench, I’ve
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1953 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent

May 17, 2011
Building off of the popularity of their banjos in the 1920s, as well as lessons learned from a brief experiment in the guitar realm with their smaller Recording models,
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