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The Tone Checklist: Eight Steps to Tone

March 11, 2008
Does the following scenario sound familiar? One day at band practice, thinking out loud, you say, “Man, my tone sucks!” Your drummer will ask what’s wrong with it, and
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Boss DS-1 Mods

January 9, 2008
If you’ve been in a music store anytime since 1978, you’ve no doubt seen the ubiquitous orange Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal. Universally recognized as a good, inexpensive distortion pedal, you’ve
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Ask North Point

December 17, 2007
The skinny on the rock and North Point Church
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Joyful Noise (or how the church learned to stop worrying and love Rock n' Roll)

December 12, 2007
It’s a little past 5:30 on a brisk Tuesday night in Eastern Iowa, and the sun has already set past the horizon. Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan, First Lutheran Church’s minister of
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Competition Advice: All You Need to Know

December 3, 2007
The world of guitar competitions, explained by competition vets
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The $5 Traveling Practice Amp

November 19, 2007
DIY computer speaker mod
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The Sound of Silence

August 8, 2007
Updated information and statistics on the ever-present problem of musician hearing loss.
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General Patent: Marching Orders on the Patent Process, From Start to Finish

June 12, 2007
The patent process can seem daunting to the unskilled, but this month we’ll be exploring some of the basic steps in obtaining a United States patent through the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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How to Get the Gig, part 2

April 12, 2007
It’s important to know yourself and your playing abilities, to know the situation you’ll be playing in and to remember to not overplay once you get to your audition
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