December 2020

Artists

George Benson

Wong Notes Episode 10: George Benson

August 5, 2020
The guitar legend opens up about collaborating with Gorillaz, knowing your theory, and the time Sinatra didn't take him at his word.
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Nili Brosh

Ear Training for the Shred Guitarist

August 5, 2020
The Berklee grad describes her approach to learning tunes and hearing changes—it might not be what you think.
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Daniel Donato Hooked on Guns N' Roses Paradise City

Hooked: Daniel Donato on Guns 'N Roses' "Paradise City"

August 4, 2020
The cosmic country picker pinpoints the moment he put down the skateboard and picked up the guitar to unleash his inner Slash.
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Nili Brosh

Auditioning 101 With Nili Brosh

August 3, 2020
In this week's first episode, Nili shares her auditioning secrets and tells the story of what it took to land the guitar slot in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: ONE.
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Miles Okazaki

Drum Rudiments for Guitarists

July 31, 2020
Jazz iconoclast Miles Okazaki talks about transforming these stick exercises into pick exercises, and how that process can improve technique while inspiring fresh rhythmic and melodic ideas.
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John Bohlinger Top 10 Rig Rundowns

Rig Rundown: John Bohlinger's Top 10

July 29, 2020
What do Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, Joe Bonamassa, Tommy Emmanuel, and Peter Frampton all have in common? They made the PG host's list of favorite episodes from his seven-plus years on the job.
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Miles Okazaki

Miles On Monk

July 29, 2020
Guitarist Miles Okazaki talks about the music of Thelonious Monk and how he created utterly original interpretations of so many familiar jazz standards.
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Bela Fleck

Wong Notes Episode 9: Béla Fleck

July 29, 2020
Béla Fleck is at the top of a very short list of world-renowned banjoists. Listen in as he talks about growing up in NYC, his love of collaboration, and his painstaking approach to live albums.
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Phil X Hooked Led Zeppelin

Hooked: Phil X on Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog"

July 28, 2020
The exuberant Bon Jovi lead guitarist goes back to the '70s when Page blew off his doors with slinky, nuanced playing and then performs a chunk of the song with bassist Daniel Spree and drummer Brian Tichy.
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Fleetwood Mac Peter Green obit homepage

Peter Green: 1946–2020

July 27, 2020
Remembering the visionary guitarist, songwriter, and psychedelic composer who founded Fleetwood Mac and expanded the realm of blues guitar—and became a legend in just four years.
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Miles Okazaki

Miles Okazaki's Approach to Melodic Patterns and Permutations

July 27, 2020
Miles definitely “does the math.” Yet there’s nothing cold-blooded about his thoughtful and passionate playing.
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Black Pumas Fire Riff Rundown

Riff Rundown: Black Pumas' "Fire"

July 26, 2020
The psych-soul duo's Adrian Quesada walks through the funky, spaghetti western progression inspired by Ennio Morricone.
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Gretchen Menn

Gretchen Menn Thinks Big

July 24, 2020
Gretchen Menn’s album Abandon All Hope is an ambitious musical visualization of Dante’s Inferno. She discusses the challenges of creating a large-format project of such musical and conceptual and ambition.
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Nils Lofgren

Nils Lofgren's Live Album, 'Weathered,' to be Released on August 21

July 23, 2020
Recorded between E Street Band and Crazy Horse stints, the live set features Andy Newmark, Kevin McCormick, Cindy Mizelle, and Tom Lofgren.
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Othodox Nashville hardcore metal Austin Evans ESP Guitar homepage

Refunds & Unsold Merch: Orthodox’s Austin Evans on Pandemic Pandemonium

July 23, 2020
He’d just moved two states away to join his favorite hardcore band, only to be forced to cancel a sold-out record-release party and bail halfway through a tour.
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Chicano Batman Carlos Arévalo homepage

Rig Rundown: Chicano Batman's Carlos Arévalo

July 22, 2020
Primo Jags and ace Ernie Ball axes help the funkateer channel Eddie Hazel grooves through a prism of Tropicália rhythms.
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Rolling Stones

Jimmy Page Featured in Unearthed Rolling Stones Track from 1974

July 22, 2020
The track was recorded in October of 1974 and will be included on the band's reissue of their famed Goats Head Soup album.
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Gretchen Menn

Gretchen Menn’s Tribute to Jimmy Page

July 22, 2020
She plays the Jimmy Page role in Zepparella, one of today’s leading tribute bands. Listen to how she recounts her deep dive into a single player’s style and how it expanded her vocabulary.
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Wong Notes

Wong Notes Episode 8: The Bacon Brothers

July 22, 2020
The dynamic duo of folk-rock jams chimes in about their latest album, 'The Way We Love,' copping the hippest loops from Logic, and how their creative partnership has flourished.
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Hooked Cage the Elephant Led Zeppelin Nick Bockrath

Hooked: Cage the Elephant's Nick Bockrath on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love"

July 21, 2020
The guitarist for the double Grammy winners remembers the moment he discovered "the secret society" of lead guitar.
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