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August 2012

ARTICLES

Acoustic Adventures: Open for Business

August 10, 2012
No longer relegated to beginner-level melodies or open-position chords, open strings can add sonic spice to your solos and make them come alive.
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Fretboard Workshop: Developing Vocabulary - Concepts and Motifs

August 10, 2012
Every guitarist should know the importance of a large vocabulary. You want to emote—you want to “speak” through your guitar in any given situation.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: One, Two, Three, Four

August 10, 2012
If one had to choose the best “one, two, three, four” in all of recorded music, who would get the prize?
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How Steve Vai's Ibanez JEM Revolutionized the "Super Strat"

August 8, 2012
From its mind-blowing 1987 launch to today, we recount the innovations found in Vai''s signature Ibanez and how today''s young shredders are modifying their own.
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Diary of a So-Called Shredder: Symmetrical Dancing

August 1, 2012
Test your skills with some blazing licks incorporating the symmetrical diminished scale.
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Future Rock: Tap This!

July 25, 2012
Three killer licks that combine left- and right-hand tapping, legato techniques, and some sweep picking.
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Mad Professor Golden Cello Pedal Review

July 9, 2012
As far as stompbox names go, “Golden Cello” is a lot to live up to—evoking thoughts of singing, harmonically rich tones, muted heavenly light, and a prized relic from
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Sum of the Parts Guitar

July 9, 2012
Whether you’re building from scratch or performing an upgrade or mod, there is no shortage of aftermarket guitar parts available for your project. Following simple guidelines may help you
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"Werewood" - Fact or Fantasy?

July 9, 2012
When you encounter an old acoustic guitar that sounds magical—like this 1941 Gibson ES-150—it’s tempting to speculate why. Is it due to vintage construction techniques? Decades of string vibration?
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Album Review: Pat Metheny - "Unity Band"

July 9, 2012
Pat Metheny Unity Band Nonesuch Records Over the course of a 30-plus year career, Pat Metheny has experimented with every possible combination of instruments you could think of. With his
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