August

Last Call

Last Call: I'm Not Hurting Anyone but Myself

September 24, 2014
Can you become addicted to guitar?
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Last Call: Good for a Girl

August 5, 2014
Is there a female guitarist in your Top 10 Favorites list?
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Last Call: “What Color Is Your Parachute?” and Other Stupid Questions

July 14, 2014
As musicians, each of us must eventually ponder a vexing question: Can art and commerce coexist?
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Last Call: Growing Apart

June 6, 2014
What’s it like to revisit the music of one’s youth?
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Last Call: A Dictionary of Musician Idioms

May 11, 2014
Next time you’re headed to a gig in the band van, spring a few of these bon mots on your captive audience.
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Last Call: From Front of House

April 11, 2014
Get some sound advice from award-winning live mixer, Wayne Pauley.
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Last Call: Out of Hand

March 16, 2014
Is now the time to deal with gear dependency?
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Last Call: The Power of Dynamics

February 12, 2014
When you want to be heard, sometimes the best strategy is to turn down.
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Last Call: Practice Makes…?

January 9, 2014
Does mastery really matter when it comes to art?
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Last Call: Picassos and Les Pauls

December 11, 2013
What are the odds of finding one of the several hundred “forgotten” ’59 Les Pauls that experts figure are out there, waiting to be discovered?
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Last Call: Caveman Wiring

November 12, 2013

Why do we love music? And what’s dopamine got to do with it?


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Last Call: The Road Less Traveled

October 16, 2013
Overanalyzing can harm your music—and your happiness.
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Last Call: Someday You'll Regret That Relic Job

September 24, 2013
Ponder the difference between a guitar that’s had a relic job and one that’s been worn by decades of making music.
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Last Call: Save Us from a Vanilla World

August 13, 2013
In his latest column, John Bohlinger encourages the U.S. to give the arts a break so Americans can continue to make the world so damn hip.
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30,000 Days

July 16, 2013
If you want to live like there’s no tomorrow, the only sensible course is to make the most of a career in music.
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8 Unwritten Laws of Being a Good Bandmate

June 21, 2013
See how many you're breaking, and add your own.
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Rock ’n’ Roll Is a Contact Sport

June 7, 2013
Adrenaline, anger, excess, stupidity, and the inherent danger lurking around pits, stairs, and stages make for thousands of rock-related injuries every year.
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In Defense of Karaoke

May 11, 2013
Karaoke is undeniably ridiculous, yet strangely engaging once you embrace your inner geek. Here are a few tips for those of you brave enough to be idiotic.
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“Hey Jude” Revisited

April 15, 2013
I experienced something in this track that made the song brand new to me. I heard Paul McCartney drop the F-bomb mid-song.
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Hitting the Note (Can Musicians Read Minds?)

March 11, 2013
For musicians, sensing what other players will do is not uncommon—mysterious, ESP-ish surprises occur often during a good jam.
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