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Tuning Up

Tuning Up: The Most Underused Effect in Your Arsenal?

October 13, 2014
Next time you find yourself lusting after yet another piece of gear, try this experiment.
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Tuning Up: Doing It Wrong Feels So Right

September 15, 2014
Why challenging conventional guitar wisdom is our last true frontier.
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Tuning Up: Jedi Solace for the Tortured Artist?

August 4, 2014
George Lucas brain scans and interviews with legendary novelists and Nobel-winning scientists are proving creativity junkies really do suffer for their art.
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Tuning Up: Funk Sh*! Up

July 10, 2014
Sick of playing predictably? Take a few tips from the booty-shakin’ masters.
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Tuning Up: 4 “Horrible” Guitarists You Should Shut-Up and Learn From

June 3, 2014
Are you an insufferable music snob? Here’s why you should tear up your “good guitarist” checklist and broaden your listening horizons.
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Tuning Up: Is Sustain Killing Cool Guitar?

April 30, 2014
Screaming holy-grail rigs are making guitar less supernatural, not more.
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Tuning Up: Slacker Science—The Case for Laziness

March 30, 2014
Forget snake oil and junk science—bask in the benefits of not giving a $#!*.
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Tuning Up: The Power of "No."

March 10, 2014
How the fearless members of Pussy Riot teach us to fight the fight in grand and small ways.
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Tuning Up: The Bluetooth Bastardizer™—the Hi-Tech Pedal for Neanderthals

February 3, 2014
PG's chief brainstorms an off-the-wall box based on an $80 after-market car stereo.
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Tuning Up: Checking in on the Yoga Kittens

December 2, 2013
PG’s editor in chief takes stock of his 2013 New Year’s resolutions.
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Tuning Up: The Day Ozzy Channeled My Dad

November 11, 2013
I’d heard the song a thousand times, but suddenly it knocked me on my ass.
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Tuning Up: Life in the Key of Dorian Gray

October 14, 2013
A lesson on the perils of naming children after scale modes—and why you should be inspired by literature's notorious villain.
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Tuning Up: Proud Hoarders

September 16, 2013
Society sees our stompbox addiction as a clinical condition, but PG editor in chief Shawn Hammond explains that’s because they don’t understand the power of the pedal.
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Tuning Up: There's No "I" in "Team," But There's an "I" in "Meat Pie"...

August 12, 2013
Editor in chief Shawn Hammond waxes poetic about zombie journalism, murderous squirrels, Dorito-dust pizza, and the quirky/heroic efforts of the PG staff in launching the new PremierGuitar.com.
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How to Play Beyond Compare

July 6, 2013
Stop wondering whether your tone is as “good” as Bonamassa’s or Eddie’s or Joe Pass’ or whoever’s.
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Stop and Smell the Chords: 5 Shapes That Changed My Life

May 11, 2013
The way we 6-stringers often talk in awed, reverential tones about licks and leads by heroes like Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Van Halen, etc.—“Dude, he’s totally wailing on
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Pop Doesn’t Suck, You’re Just Listening to the Wrong Stuff

April 15, 2013
Y’know what I’m sick of hearing from guitarists? “Man, pop music sucks—it’s not like the good ol’ days.”
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7 Guitarists You’ll Hate Me for Loving

March 11, 2013
Plain and simple, gone are the days of leaving a historic mark—of creating a singular voice widely differentiable from others—via the types of dexterity and musicality used by bona fide guitar heroes of yore.
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It's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World

February 4, 2013
If you’re even marginally into guitar gear, you won’t have any trouble envisioning the vast conceptual chasm that opened before us when we decided to do a series of
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Tuning Up: The Doom of Booooring

January 9, 2013
I’m a firm believer that the second you stop experimenting marks the beginning of a countdown to doom—the doom of predictability, rote expression, and stagnancy.
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