December 2020

Articles by Jason Shadrick

Ariel Posen

All the Nuances—Except the Technical Ones

November 25, 2020
Ariel Posen highlights the subtleties of phrasing, dynamics, and timing—the details that truly define your style.
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Gavin Rossdale

Gavin Rossdale Nearly Died on MTV

November 25, 2020
The Bush frontman shares the story behind his famous performance of "Glycerine" and why he's a Jazzmaster guy at heart.
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Ariel Posen

Another Side of Slide

November 23, 2020
Ariel Posen dissects his unique approach to slide, which omits some things you’d expect and adds things you probably don’t expect.
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Mary Halvorson

Mary Halvorson Explores Time and Space

November 20, 2020
She’s adept at bold, free-form improvisations and playing over standards. How does Halvorson balance these seemingly contradictory approaches?
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Mary Halvorson

How Do You Learn to Play Like Yourself?

November 18, 2020
For Mary Halvorson, it’s all about embracing the “mistakes” and connecting with the sound inside your head.
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Vince Gill

Vince Gill: “Authenticity Is Really Important to Me”

November 18, 2020
He was the temporary steward of one of Hendrix's Strats, nearly joined Dire Straits, and now plays alongside Joe Walsh in Eagles. Why is Vince still the coolest cat in Nashville?
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Dweezil Zappa

Presenting Runnin' with the Dweezil, the Most In-Depth Van Halen Podcast Ever

November 17, 2020
Guests including Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Nuno Bettencourt, Paul Gilbert, Billy Corgan, Mark Tremonti, Jennifer Batten, George Lynch, and A Different Kind of Truth Producer John Shanks will discuss the historical impact of Edward Van Halen with host Dweezil Zappa.
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Mary Halvorson

How Free Is Free?

November 16, 2020
Mary Halvorson recounts how she arrived at her own mix of structure and spontaneity. And yes—free playing is something you can practice.
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Kim Perlak

Your Favorite Player Should Be You

November 13, 2020
Berklee's Dr. Kim Perlak poses the question "Are you comfortable with who you are on the guitar?"
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Kurt Rosenwinkel and the Power of 3

November 12, 2020
The jazz guitarist flexes his muscles with Angels Around, a return to his beloved trio format that draws on inspirations from Monk to Bowie, while exploring digital tone shaping and prepping his debut rock album.
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Kim Perlak

The Parameters of Sound

November 11, 2020
Dr. Kim Perlak outlines the tools every guitarist needs to develop their tone and it has nothing to do with gear.
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Steve Jordan

Steve Jordan’s Ground Rules for Greatness

November 11, 2020
The legendary producer and master groovesmith talks about his career in jazz and pop, and what it takes to be a truly accomplished player.
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Kim Perlak

Are You Ready for Music School?

November 9, 2020
Berklee’s Dr. Kim Perlak tells you how to become a better student of guitar, and why fundamentals are forever.
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Larkin Poe

Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves

November 6, 2020
Why Larkin Poe took control of their sound and recorded their latest album in isolation—twice.
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Larkin Poe

What Makes a Good Cover?

November 4, 2020
Larkin Poe describe how (and why) they cover cherished songs from their childhood.
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Ron Carter

Ron Carter Needs You to Focus

November 4, 2020
If you're on a gig or session with a legend don't even think about checking your cell.
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Larkin Poe

Bluegrass As Boot Camp

November 2, 2020
Deep in the trad trenches, Larkin Poe forged a family band while learning to fail without fear.
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Molly Miller

Turn off Your Metronome!

October 30, 2020
Molly Miller unloads a truckload of tips for playing more melodically.
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Molly Miller

Molly Miller Plays Tom Waits Like You’ve Never Heard Before

October 28, 2020
Playing in a guitar trio sets a bar. Miller explains how she leaps over it, and interprets a Waits classic.
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Madison Cunningham

Madison Cunningham: “Incredible Playing Does Not Compensate for Bad Tone.”

October 28, 2020
The LA-based song-obsessive uses beefy strings, low tunings, Jazzmasters, and small combos to “try to let the parts sing.”
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