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Choosing Essential Plug-ins for your Studio

November 5, 2012
Convolution reverbs like Altiverb from Audio Ease create their effects by applying the characteristics of real rooms and halls to your signals. The V-EQ3 plug-in from Waves emulates the
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Beefing Up Channel 2 in Fender's The Twin

November 5, 2012
Found in backlines around the globe: Fender’s burly 100-watt, red-knob The Twin 2x12 combo. Photo courtesy of ampwares.com Hi Jeff, I have a couple of Fender The Twin amps:
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Studio Legends: Keith Olsen

November 5, 2012
Keith Olsen on recording countless chart-toppers from the 1970s, ''80s, and ''90s.
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Beyond Blues: Beck's Blues, Pt. 2

November 5, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Beginner Lesson Overview: • Understand the key elements of Jeff Beck’s unique style. • Learn how to use rhythmic motifs to create interesting phrases. • Create
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Fretboard Workshop: Increasing a Lick's ROI

November 5, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Develop techniques to milk everything from your go-to phrases. • Learn how to tailor each phrase to specific chords. • Create simple
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Humbucker Pickups in an Esquire, PT. 1

November 5, 2012
In recent months, we’ve been exploring wiring options for the Fender Esquire. This time around we’ll continue our journey by investigating Esquire-friendly humbuckers.
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Bass Necks: Adjustability and Resonance

November 5, 2012
Fig. 1: Do you like to experiment? Try shifting a neck’s resonance by adding temporary mass with a clamp. In their quest for tone, most bass players experiment by
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Style Guide: Uptown Blues

October 23, 2012
Explore what T-Bone Walker and others did in their solos and chord playing to achieve that uptown sound.
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Eric Johnson: Concepts and Techniques

October 9, 2012
Learn a few of the techniques that have taunted our ears, muddled our minds, and focused our phalanges for decades.
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Tightening Up A 1972 Fender Deluxe Reverb

October 8, 2012
This 22-watt Fender Deluxe Reverb is one of the world’s classic 1x12 combos. Hi Jeff, I have a 1972 Fender Deluxe Reverb. It sounds great, so I don’t want
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Blues-Rock Obstacle Course

October 8, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Add some blues firepower to your lick arsenal. • Become a string-skipping ninja. • Develop the skills to become a harmonic ninja
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The Tapped Esquire Wiring

October 8, 2012
Fig. 1. This schematic shows how to wire a tapped Telecaster bridge pickup into an Esquire. Diagram courtesy of seymourduncan.com For the last few issues, we’ve been investigating the
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Acoustic Adventures: The Small Stuff - Playing Two Parts at Once

October 8, 2012
“The Small Stuff ” contains several compositional elements that really make a solo guitar piece—a good groove, nice melody, and a solid bass line with clear separation from the melody.
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Choosing the Right DAW for Your Studio

October 8, 2012
LEFT: Ableton’s Live is an excellent tool if your productions use extensive audio and MIDI loops. RIGHT: A relative newcomer to the DAW game, Studio One from PreSonus offers
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DIY: How to Set Up a Fender Stratocaster

October 8, 2012
Arguably the world’s most popular electric guitar, the Fender Stratocaster is a marvel of sonic and mechanical engineering. But setting it up correctly can be a challenge, even for experienced players. Here, ace Nashville repairman John LeVan walks you step-by-step through the setup process and shows you how to make your Strat play like a dream and ring like a bell.
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Beyond Blues: Major/Minor Slight-of-Hand

October 8, 2012
True pros can be identified by how well their ideas sit in the groove and the quality of their melodic statements.
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Deep Blues: Robben Ford, Part 2

October 3, 2012
Explore Ford-style chord voicings and turnarounds.
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In the Cage - Prog-Rock Keyboard Solos for Guitar

September 19, 2012
Grab your elf ears, Dungeon Master''s guide, and 20-sided die, throw your pick to your Hobbit roadie and dig into some prog-rock shred.
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How to Get an Authentic Johnny Cash/Luther Perkins Esquire Tone

September 12, 2012
The tone is 50 percent equipment and 50 percent technique know-how.
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Digging Deeper: Playing by Ear - Learn It and Forget It

September 11, 2012
Learn how to practice allowing your ear to guide your melodic sense.
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