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Articles by Gayla Drake

Album Review: Jane Miller - "Three Sides to a Story"

June 20, 2013
Miller ably composes her way through a spectrum of styles, including traditional-sounding jazz, peaceful folk, and quirky blues.
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Builder Profile: John Monteleone

November 5, 2012
From his days being mentored by legendary luthiers Jimmy D’Aquisto and Mario Maccaferri to the unsurpassed honor of having his instruments displayed at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Monteleone has proven himself one of the most gifted and original archtop builders in the world.
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Walden G700CE Acoustic Guitar Review

August 10, 2012
Walden''s G700ce Grand Auditorium from their Natura line is comfortable, playable, attractive, and stage-ready with B-Band electronics, all for about $650.
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Down-Home DVDs to Beat the Heat

July 25, 2012
We take a look at three summertime instructional releases that are sure to inspire you to pick up that guitar and do a little pickin’.
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Can’t Find a Gig? Make One

June 19, 2012
Opportunities are everywhere for enterprising, creative performers who are not afraid to make something happen.
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Acoustic Amplification: The Newbie's Guide

June 8, 2012
Get the lowdown on what you need to properly outfit your flattop for use at a coffeehouse, church, club, or concert hall.
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Album Review: Rory Block - "I Belong to the Band: A Tribute to Rev. Gary Davis"

June 8, 2012
I Belong to the Band is the fourth CD in Rory Block’s “Mentor Series” of recordings, in which she pays tribute to great blues guitarists that she studied in her youth.
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Breedlove Voice Revival OM/SMe Acoustic Guitar Review

April 25, 2012
This take on a more traditional design features L.R. Baggs'' Anthem Tru-Voice pickup for authentic plugged-in sounds.
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Album Review: Prester John - "Rise O' Fainthearted Girls"

April 6, 2012
Underground guitar hero Shawn Persinger and mandolinist David Miller, both remarkable instrumentalists and engaging singers.
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Chord Charts 101

February 22, 2012
Learn how simple and intuitive reading charts can be with this handy guide.
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How to Teach Guitar on Skype

January 26, 2012
8 tips on making video-chat guitar lessons as painless as possible.
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New Year’s Resolutions for the Acoustic Guitarist

December 28, 2011
Handy, pre-fab resolutions you can use at will.
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Fishman Loudbox Artist Acoustic Amp Review

December 7, 2011
The Loudbox artist has more power and a few extra features that make it remarkably versatile.
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Get Yer Irish On

November 30, 2011
The huge difference between the way a guitar player needs to support Irish fiddle tunes versus American fiddle tunes.
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Album Review: Carolyn Wonderland - "Peace Meal"

November 15, 2011
Wonderland’s chops are strongly melodic, and she doesn’t get bogged down in riff-based noodling; it’s some of the most musical playing I’ve heard in a long time, and some of the hottest, too.
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Knock ‘Em Dead: 4 Steps to Mesmerizing Your Audience

November 2, 2011
Have you ever been at a concert where the performer has the entire room mesmerized?
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Shadow NanoFlex-6 Pickup System Review

October 18, 2011
Shadow’s new Nanoflex-6 pickup system takes a very practical approach to the concept of hexaphonic pickups, which effectively consist of a pickup for each string.
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Interview: Johnny Hiland - Chicken Pickin’s Champion

October 10, 2011
Johnny Highland talks about early influences, his emotional connection to the guitar, and bringing chicken pickin’ to the masses with his latest album, "All Fired Up."
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The Magic of Open Mic Night

October 5, 2011
Open mics are supposed to be fun, a chance for people who don''t play professionally to play their music for their friends and families.
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Yamaha A-Series A3M Acoustic Guitar Review

September 20, 2011
The A3M cutaway dreadnought reviewed here features solid tonewoods and an S.R.T (Studio Response Technology) microphone-modeling preamp, making this a guitar for serious gigging players, but at a price that won’t leave you destitute.
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