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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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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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Steinberg UR-RT4 and Cubase 10.5 Demos - PG Gear Spotlight

July 29, 2020
Take a look at a powerful new USB interface loaded with Rupert Neve-designed transformers and a few guitar-centric features packed in the latest iteration of Cubase.
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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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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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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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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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Gretchen Menn

Gretchen Menn on Fingerstyle Playing (and Other Classical Techniques)

July 20, 2020
Classical training is evident in all her playing, even when she’s shredding on electric. In this episode of Chasing Frets, Gretchen discusses how her years of nylon-string playing inform her style.
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Nir Felder

Nir Felder on How to Structure Your Practice Time

July 17, 2020
Nir details how he approaches his practice sessions and provides tips we can all use for fostering creative growth on guitar. He also reveals why he's played the same Fender Strat for more than two decades.
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Gibson Acoustics | The Original Collection - Summer Gear Slam 2020

July 16, 2020
The new Bozeman flattops take a handful of updated features and work them into their classic designs.
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Maxon Apex 808 Overdrive Demo - Summer Gear Slam 2020

July 16, 2020
A redesigned take on the Tube Screamer by the man who designed the original.
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PRS SE Parlor P20E Demo - Summer Gear Slam 2020

July 15, 2020
The company's first parlor-sized acoustic offers some serious punch and hip retro vibes.
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Martin D-X2E

Martin D-X2E Demo - Summer Gear Slam 2020

July 15, 2020
An affordable new dread loaded with Fishman electronics.
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Sean Hurley

Wong Notes Episode 7: Sean Hurley

July 15, 2020
The first-call session bassist (John Mayer, Morissey, Lana Del Rey) discusses gig prep, gear essentials, and how confidence improves tone.
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Nir Felder

The Jazz Musician's Guide to Touring With a Pop Artist

July 15, 2020
In this episode of Chasing Frets, Nir Felder explains what a jazz player can bring to other genres and offers advice to jazz musicians hoping to make the leap into rock concert halls and arenas.
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Walden B1E Baritone Demo - Summer Gear Slam 2020

July 14, 2020
Dig into this demo of a throaty new bari with a pair of non-traditional soundholes.
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Victory Amplifiers Duchess V4 Demo - Summer Gear Slam 2020

July 14, 2020
Rabea Massaad digs into a stompbox-sized amp boasting a whopping 180 watts—plus reverb, tremolo, and a quartet of unusual tubes.
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Kepma

Kepma D2-120 & GA 1-130 Demos - Summer Gear Slam 2020

July 13, 2020
Casper Esmann busts out killer fingerstyle chops on new dread and auditorium models.
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