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Tuning Up

Premier Guitar Editor-in-Chief Shawn Hammond imparts his unique perspective on what it means to be a guitar player in his monthly Tuning Up blog.

ARTICLES

Tuning Up: Screw “5 Things Every Guitarist Should Do” Lists

August 18, 2016
PG chief editor Shawn Hammond on why guitar-playing listicles are bad-news bears that push his filthy-mouth buttons.
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Tuning Up: Poor, Unappreciated Steel

June 29, 2016
Forget pedals, guitars, and amps! Dollar for dollar, a metal flatpick may be the most liberating and impactful tone discovery you ever make.
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Tuning Up: Dial-A-Swede! (Sentiments of Random Scandinavian 6-Stringers)

May 31, 2016
PG’s Shawn Hammond calls halfway around the world to get the straight dope on Yngwie, ABBA, and all that goddamn metal.
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Tuning Up: Closed-Minded Insecure A$$hole Syndrome Redux

May 5, 2016
PG chief editor Shawn Hammond admits his own a$$hole-ishness … and doubles down on the folly of dismissing hip-hop.
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Tuning Up: How to Detect Closed-Minded Insecure A$$hole Syndrome

April 4, 2016
Here’s a hint: If you agreed with Gene Simmons’ latest foot-in-mouth incident, you definitely have it.
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Tuning Up: Burn Your Woodshed (Gambling and the Creativity Paradox)

March 18, 2016
What science says about the likelihood of you hitting guitar gold.
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Tuning Up: The Periodic Pedal-Purge Imperative

February 29, 2016
The straight dope on why a stripped-down sonic self-inventory is a must for every stompbox junky.
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Tuning Up: Death to Asinine Clickbait!

January 18, 2016
Yes, we get the headline irony, but here’s our solemn promise to not shovel you sh!t.
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Tuning Up: The Fingerprint Removal Conundrum

December 16, 2015
The nagging question that eats at everyone from Edward Van Halen to Jonny Greenwood, Adam Ant, and us average 6-string proles.
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Tuning Up: The Devil & Scumbag College

November 19, 2015
PG’s Shawn Hammond prescribes an exorcism for shoulder demons that try to meddle with your music.
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Tuning Up: A Call to Literate Guitar Dweebs

October 21, 2015
This isn’t a request for your resume. It’s a plea to build one.
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Tuning Up: The System vs. the Dignity of the Soul

September 18, 2015
Splattered eggs, “Norwegian Wood,” and sexy vigilante assassins—what the hell is PG’s Shawn Hammond on about this time?
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Tuning Up: Damn Right, I’ve Got a Chip on My Shoulder!

August 2, 2015
PG chief Shawn Hammond pauses to take stock of his most jarring Summer NAMM encounter.
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Tuning Up: Record or Die!

June 29, 2015
Forget the woodshed—invest in some cheap recording gear and witness the unparalleled power and wonder of the 21st-century studio.
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Tuning Up: The Infantilization of Guitar (or “Hulk Fight Robot. Hulk RAD!”)

May 31, 2015
How to avoid dumbing-down your playing and honor the true spirit of your heroes.
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Tuning Up: Musikmesse Zeitgeist - Top 10 Moments from Frankfurt

May 11, 2015
The jet lag’s almost gone, but certain memories from the big Frankfurt gear show will never go away….
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Tuning Up: Shatner, Cat Parasites, and the Quest for Mastery

April 6, 2015
How science nerdery makes you a better musician than guitar-god worship.
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Tuning Up: Kill Your “Killer” Vibrato

March 5, 2015
Conventional wisdom about warble technique makes you boring, not badass.
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Tuning Up: B.B. King’s Adventures in Kicking Nervousness’ Ass

February 10, 2015
Even if you hate the blues, the Mississippi legend’s stage-fright-fighting advice is pretty much the best ever.
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Tuning Up: 2 + 2 = 5 (or “The Formula to Avoid Being Formulaic”)

January 5, 2015
PG’s chief editor theorizes a wacky equation that puts a happy face on Orwell’s math.
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