August Factory Tour and Private Clinic available to public

New York, NY (July 25, 2008) -- Aguilar Amplification has announced a Factory Tour and private clinic with Avishai Cohen. The event is set to take place in New York on August 30th, at 1:00 pm with doors opening at noon. Their factory is located at 599 Broadway 7th Floor NYC, NY, 10012. Attendees are required to RSVP to before August 22nd.

Avishai Cohen has been hailed as one of the freshest young voices in contemporary jazz today. Equally renown for both his electric and upright playing, Cohen has worked with heavyweights such as Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Roy Hargrove, Denilo Perez and Chick Corea. His clinic will be strictly “first come, first seated” as space is limited.

In addition to the hour-long Cohen clinic, attendees will get a chance to tour the Aguilar factory and try out products such has the forthcoming Tone Hammer Preamp/DI pedal, as well as gain a better perspective on the Aguilar craft. The in-house Clinic Series will give viewers a close up view of Aguilar''s artists and the equipment they use.

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A few simple chords is all it takes.



  • Learn to play a 12-bar blues, in three different keys, using one shape.
  • Study an assortment of strumming and picking patterns.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the 12-bar blues form.
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As usual, there is more to this lesson than the title implies. We will be working with one chord shape at a time, but over the course of the lesson we’ll study three different shapes. The final example in this lesson incorporates all three shapes to demonstrate how a few basic ideas can provide us with infinite possibilities.

It is important to know that for every chord name in this lesson there are countless shapes—also known as fingerings or voicings—available. For this lesson, I chose what I consider to be the most practical and flexible shapes.

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Considering the amount of time I’ve spent (here and elsewhere) talking about and lusting after Gretsch hollowbody guitars, it’s taken me a remarkably long time to end up with a big Bigsby-outfitted box I truly love. High-end Gretsches are pricey enough that, for a long time, I just couldn’t swing it. Years ago I had an Electromatic for a while, and it looked and played lovely, but didn’t have the open, blooming acoustic resonance I hoped for. A while later, I reviewed the stellar Players Edition Broadkaster semi-hollow, and it was so great in so many ways that I set my sights on it, eventually got one, and adore it to this day. Yet the full-hollowbody lust remained.

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