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Tales From A B-Bender Freak

March 9, 2012
Left: A Forrest Lee Jr. T-style guitar equipped with a B-string bender. Right: The Lee bender mechanism. The B-Bender guitar became my white whale after Albert Lee introduced me
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Unoriginal? Join the Illustrious Club

February 10, 2012
Although these songs were fresh, hooky, and inventive, their titles were—like 75 percent of all music—derivative.
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Why You Should Record An Album

January 10, 2012
Here’s the story of the CD I cut a few months ago—and the happy results.
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Making $ome Dough Re Me with Your Mu$ic

December 20, 2011
By and large, intellectual property earns nothing for the originator, yet it is responsible for more fortunes than anything else.
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Riders Revealed

November 15, 2011
You can tell a lot about artists by what they ask for (or demand) in their dressing room.
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Players Play

October 18, 2011
I’ve found that the truly great musicians play music every chance they get.
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More Instruments = More Gigs

September 20, 2011
Musical opportunities grow exponentially with every instrument one plays, so I’ve picked up a few over the years.
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You’re Out of Tune (But That’s Okay)

August 16, 2011
The modern, equal-temperament tuning system we use in Western music makes a few fudgy concessions to deal with the limitations of set-tuned instruments like guitar.
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The Rules of Improvisation

July 19, 2011
The best music starts with a “yes,” because this gives license to the creators to chase their muse.
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4 Ways to Kick Ass at Chord-Chart Sessions

June 14, 2011
Unless you are reading actual notes on a staff (which I enjoy about as much as doing long division), chord charts do not make a song.
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