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Gigging Advice

Last Call: How Songs Happen

November 14, 2017
If you hang out with creative people, life can be one big art project.
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Tuning Up: Fingertip Trips & the Rule of the Thumb

November 8, 2017
How exploring guitardom’s least-talked-about picking technique can humanize your playing and open vast new vistas in your repertoire.
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Tone Tips: Effecting the Future

November 6, 2017
Scratching the surface of an eternal question for guitarists: What is left to discover in the guitar-effect universe?
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The Recording Guitarist: Crafting Countermelodies

October 31, 2017
The perfect part may be closer than you think.
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Road Dog: Haunted Venues

October 26, 2017
Senior editor Ted Drozdowski continues his monthly Road Dog livestream with tales of the eerie places he’s played and stayed.
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State of the Stomp: Welcome Back, Bad Monkey!

October 24, 2017
A forgotten zombie pedal returns from the dead to rekindle an old friendship and bring a new perspective.
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On Bass: More Than Four Extra Notes

October 22, 2017
A little extra on top usually means something good, so why not a little extra something on the bottom?
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Last Call: The Tone Quest Never Ends

October 19, 2017
An old Vibroverb inspires a hunt for a sound from our columnist’s past.
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Tuning Up: Junkie Medicine for Sad Sacks & Mofos

October 15, 2017
A shred god’s snide declaration sets off PG’s editorial director (again) and gets him ruminating on what unites the unwashed guitar masses.
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Tone Tips: Remembering Chris Cornell

October 12, 2017
A few tips and memories from our columnist’s time with his late friend and bandmate.
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Face the Fuzz: A Beginner’s and Skeptic’s Guide to Fuzz Pedals

October 10, 2017
Everything you need to know about the quirky-awesome, sometimes-confusing stompboxes often pigeonholed as just for classic rock and experimental music.
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On Bass: The String with the Most Bass

October 9, 2017
Is 4-string snobbery getting you down?
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Dust That Broom! A Newbie’s Guide to Slide

October 5, 2017
Intrigued by the sweet ’n’ searing sounds of slippery-fingered guitar? Here’s how to choose the right slide and start exploring this timeless technique.
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Road Dog: Epic Axe Failures

September 27, 2017
PG’s Ted Drozdowski tells the story of the exploding SG, the too-sweaty Strat, and other onstage blow-ups.
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Last Call: How to Avoid Idiocracy

September 21, 2017
Teaching music in schools builds better brains.
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The Big Score: Cutting Guitar Tracks for TV

September 19, 2017
Composer Rich Tozzoli shares his secrets, tips, gear, and techniques for big-time small-screen scoring.
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Tuning Up: The Joy of Contrarianism

September 18, 2017
Next time you write a riff, lead, or progression, ask yourself, “Is this how everyone else would play it?”
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On Bass: The Incredible Journey

September 13, 2017
Our columnist’s recent trip home to Sweden results in an unexpected, sentimental reunion with a bass he purchased almost three decades ago.
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Tone Tips: Is Rock Guitar Eating Itself?

August 31, 2017
Rock ’n’ roll will never die, but it does take extended naps from time to time.
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Last Call: My Long, Slow Descent Into Pedal Madness

August 25, 2017
How one guitarist’s effects obsession was born, ran amok, and then conquered. For now.
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