April 2019

Gigging Advice

Last Call: Your Guitars Own You

June 19, 2017
What to do when your axes become your axis of anxiety.
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State of the Stomp: Play Like a Girl (Scout)

June 15, 2017
Leave the songs your guitar visits better than they were before it arrived.
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Tone Tips: Is Political Correctness Neutering the Guitar?

June 14, 2017
Rock ’n’ roll is far from dead, but is it as bold and experimental as it used to be?
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Last Call: Goodbye, Cruel Circus, I’m off to Join the World!

May 29, 2017
Everyone has bad days. Don’t let a case of Steve Sax Syndrome get you down.
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Bass Bench: Yo! Another Universal Guide to Great Bass Tone

May 23, 2017
Is there a shortcut to great sound and feel?
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On Bass: Deconstructing a Hybrid Rumble

May 19, 2017
Victor Brodén takes a close look at bassist Ethan Farmer’s right-hand approach, which blends techniques that can noticeably juice up the low end’s sonic space.
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Tone Tips: The Company You Keep

May 18, 2017
No worn-out clichés about the power of networking here—just some sound advice on landing your next better gig or helping a friend land his or hers.
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Expression Pedal Basics: Take Control!

May 16, 2017
Get on the good foot and command a whole new sonic universe. Here are the how-tos and hacks you need to get started.
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Tuning Up: The Converse Inverse Universe

May 8, 2017
How exploring the beautifully strange and volatile subtleties of interpersonal communication can turn your musical world upside down.
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Bass Bench: Gig Preparedness

May 5, 2017
Being ready to step onstage involves more than knowing the material and how to dial in your tone.
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State of the Stomp: How to Be a Gentle Gear Guru

April 27, 2017
Noobies need your insight. Dispense it generously and kindly.
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Last Call: Redactive Creativity

April 24, 2017
Does anyone really win awards—or sell music—for originality?
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Tuning Up: First-World Problems and 6-String Dreams

April 18, 2017
How to prevent a fortuitous existence from taking you down the path to musical tedium.
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State of the Stomp: Embrace Your Secret Love

April 11, 2017
Inspiration can be found in the most unlikely places, including those once spurned.
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On Bass: Woodshedding Before You Go-Go

April 6, 2017
Victor Brodén takes a crash course on the funky styling of Deon Estus in prep for a George Michael tribute show.
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Last Call: Sound Like You

March 29, 2017
Stepping off the creative precipice has both risks and rewards.
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Tone Tips: The Two-Way Street of Endorsements

March 27, 2017
Pete Thorn answers readers' questions on the changing world of gear-sponsorship deals
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On Bass: Humanity, Schmutz, and Intentional Imperfection

March 20, 2017
Your bass tracks have been edited to perfection, but is any life left in them?
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Tuning Up: Diagnosis Positive—We’re All Lunatics and D-Bags

March 13, 2017
How a 19th-century list of “ailments” that could get you sent to the nuthouse perfectly describes modern musicians.
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Last Call: Compound Interest

February 28, 2017
Why music isn’t brain surgery … or space flight, or even the iPhone.
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