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How-Tos

Blues Basics: 10 Essential Ways to Get Through the Blues

August 29, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Learn how to imply chord changes over a 12-bar blues. • Understand how to use the super Locrian scale. • Develop an
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Brent Mason Concepts and Techniques

August 20, 2012
Hybrid picking, double-stops, open string licks, and more.
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Replacing the Soundboard on a 1977 Martin D-35

August 10, 2012
This 1977 D-35 arrived at our shop with a big hole in its Sitka spruce soundboard and a bag of miscellaneous broken braces and slivers of spruce top wood.
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DIY: How to Convert a Flattop to Nashville Tuning

August 10, 2012
Turn your spare acoustic into a sparkling wonder that transforms songs from mundane to magical.
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Hot-Rod Your Electric: Tiny Tone Tweaks, Done Dirt Cheap

August 10, 2012
One of the industry’s most esteemed builders shows us 5 easy (and practically free) mods to hot-rod your electric.
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How to Choose Studio Monitors

August 10, 2012
Many musicians spend tons of time obsessing over microphones, mic preamps, and other gear, but then purchase whatever monitors present themselves without a second thought. Big mistake!
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Beyond Blues: Diminished Capacity

August 10, 2012
I’ve always been a fan of Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, and more recently, Matt Schofield. Influenced by the jazz language, they will use more complex ideas but don’t sound brainy doing it.
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Giving Your Instrument An Attitude Adjustment

August 10, 2012
When I determined that a couple of my guitars needed more defined personalities, I took them to Glaser Instruments in Nashville for an attitude adjustment.
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Acoustic Adventures: Open for Business

August 10, 2012
No longer relegated to beginner-level melodies or open-position chords, open strings can add sonic spice to your solos and make them come alive.
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Choosing Magnetic Bass Pickups

August 10, 2012
Once you’ve stated your goals, you can investigate how manufacturers describe their products and then figure out how your goals and these descriptions fit together.
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