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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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Revolting Resolutions

December 10, 2012
What’s more annoying than obligatory New Year’s resolutions lists everywhere you look for the entire bloody month of January?
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