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Articles by Gayla Drake

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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LTD Xtone EW-Z Zebra Wood Acoustic Guitar Review

August 24, 2011
The Zebra wood LTD acoustic is attractive, comfortable, plays great and sounds terrific plugged in.
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Breedlove Guitars Focus SE Custom Walnut Acoustic Guitar Review

August 16, 2011
With its walnut back and sides and redwood top, the 25 1/2"-scale Focus SE has a recipe that’s hard to beat for this reviewer—and the tonewoods are just the start.
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Fretboard Implant

August 2, 2011
Gayla Drake Paul discusses chord theory, the importance of a key center, scales, and the fretboard implant procedure she''s working on with a student.
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Builder Profile: Ken Parker Archtops

July 19, 2011
Though he shook up the industry in 1993 with the Fly—the most unique solidbody design the electric world had seen in years—for more than 30 years now his primary passion has been advancing the art and science of archtop luthiery.
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Teaching Guitar With Balance

June 29, 2011
How do you teach a child what they need to know while keeping it interesting?
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Boucher Guitars AVT Spruce Goose OOO Acoustic Guitar Review

June 14, 2011
Boucher has taken his Adirondack fascinations a step further, building the top, back, and sides entirely out of spruce.
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Musical Soulmates and Alternate Tunings

June 7, 2011
How finding the right partners can take you down different musical paths.
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How to Avoid Your Chiropractor: Playing Guitar Without Breaking Your Back

June 1, 2011
From overextended shoulders to back pain to carpal-tunnel, our passion has a way of beating us up. We caught up with an experienced chiropractor for the science behind what's making us hurt, and exercises we can do to make it better.
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Builder Profile: Charles Fox

May 17, 2011
Through his innovative steel-string designs, widely used guitar-building tools, and highly influential American School of Lutherie, this restless builder from Portland, Oregon, has had a remarkable impact on guitar making.
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Trace Acoustic TA200 Amp Review

May 17, 2011
Download Example 1 Reverb Download Example 2 Reverb Pushing Compressor Download Example 3 Cycling through effects Way back when dinosaurs roamed the coffee houses, Trace Elliot made one of
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