December 2020

Articles by Jason Shadrick

Wong Notes

John Petrucci On Fighting Ego & Reuniting with Mike Portnoy

September 30, 2020
In this season two premiere, Cory Wong connects with Dream Theater legend John Petrucci about his fiery new solo album featuring founding DT drummer Mike Portnoy.
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Daniel Donato

CBD Gloves, Vitamins & Daily Recording

September 30, 2020
To stay on top of his game, jam/country virtuoso Daniel Donato has a regimen inspired by pro athletes.
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Daniel Donato

Johnny Cash + Grateful Dead = Cosmic Country

September 28, 2020
How Daniel Donato’s ethos continues to be shaped by the jam gods—and not just Garcia’s solos.
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Matt Smith

Wait—You’re Still Not Recording?

September 25, 2020
It’s not just a pandemic fad. Matt Smith on why you’re losing out if you don’t take the plunge.
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Matt Smith

The Fine Art of Layering Guitars

September 23, 2020
Matt Smith has a deep understanding of how to stack and mix guitars, and in this episode he explains both what to do and what to avoid when overdubbing.
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DryBell Engine Review homepage

Rangemaster Boost Meets Marshall Muscle

September 23, 2020
If you dig English non-master-volume amps, this "foundation preamp" will drive you straight to heaven. The PG Dry Bell Engine review.
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Matt Smith

The Secret to Becoming a Multi-instrumentalist

September 21, 2020
Matt Smith plays nearly anything with frets—and a few without. In this episode, he explains how to explore the world of stringed instruments without getting lost along the way.
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Strymon Compadre Compressor Boost review homepage

Strymon Compadre: The Premier Guitar Review

September 20, 2020
A dual-function compressor that’s way more than simple squish.
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Charlie Hunter

Charlie Hunter Plays Drums—And You Should Too

September 18, 2020
Drumming has much to do with Charlie's signature polyphonic sound. Listen in as he makes the case that all guitarists should devote time to practicing percussion instruments.
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Charlie Hunter

Charlie Hunter's Guide to Freeing Up Your Technique

September 14, 2020
Charlie Hunter explains how he developed his astonishing contrapuntal technique—and how you too can improvise simultaneous guitar parts and bass lines.
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Steve Kimock

Steve Kimock on Lap Steel

September 9, 2020
In addition to being a guitar master, Steve is a lap-steel sensei. In this episode, he explains why he became entranced by steel’s slippery sounds and how bluesman Freddie Roulette inspired him to take it up many years ago.
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Chasing Frets

Steve Kimock's Improvised Life

September 7, 2020
Discover what keeps Steve at the forefront of the jam-band scene and what it takes to always approach the guitar with fresh ears.
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Chasing Frets

Do You Really Need to Practice in All 12 Keys?

September 4, 2020
Adam Levy, a popular online instructor, considers the pros and cons of entering the chromatic wormhole. His observations may surprise you.
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Revv Amplification G20

Revv Amplification G20 - PG Gear Spotlight

September 3, 2020
The company's lunchbox-sized amp line expands with a high-gain edition that sports high-tech features.
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Adam Levy

Self-Promo Without Pestering

September 2, 2020
Guitar guru Adam Levy shares tips on self-promotion for players with DIY careers. The key, he says, is to make your promotions valuable for the recipient.
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Adam Levy

Rolling the Dice on Practice

August 31, 2020
Guitar instruction guru Adam Levy uses a custom-made pair of dice to determine his practice routine each day. The dice don’t just select the day’s exercises—they also define them.
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Joey Landreth

Joey Landreth on Songcraft and Technology

August 28, 2020
Joey compares and contrasts the various ways people make and share music, and offers valuable tips for keeping it real when you’re working by yourself.
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Joey Landreth

The Magic of Lowell George

August 26, 2020
The late Little Feat slide wizard is one of Joey Landreth's biggest inspirations. Discover why as Joey dissects a handful of Lowell George tracks and explains exactly what he listens for in these epic songs.
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Joey Landreth

Joey Landreth on Open Tunings

August 24, 2020
In this week's first episode, Joey shares a potent technique for mapping the fretboard terrain of any tuning—open or standard—and offers a masterclass in slide guitar.
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Taylor Builder's Edition 652ce review homepage

A 12-String That Steps Out of the Crowd

August 23, 2020
A bold, comfortable design meets state-of-the-art bracing to create a jangle box for the ages. The PG Taylor Builder's Edition 652ce review.
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