December 2020

Articles by Jason Shadrick

Richard Fortus

Considering Keith

August 21, 2020
Richard Fortus is a lifelong Keith Richards fan. He has fascinating perspectives on Keith’s long legacy, and some damn good stories to go with them.
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Wong Notes

Wong Notes Episode 12: Ask Cory!

August 19, 2020
Cory turns the spotlight on himself and answers questions from fans about ego, life as a session guitarist, and what to do when you don't nail that audition.
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Chasing Frets

Richard Fortus on Playing Vs. Producing

August 18, 2020
Richard Fortus has learned the craft via decades of studio work with some of the world’s finest producers. Hear how the roles of player and producer overlap—and how they don’t.
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Richard Fortus

Richard Fortus on Filling Big Shoes

August 17, 2020
Richard Fortus had the high-stress job of joining Guns N’ Roses, whose massive global fan base longed for the original lineup. But it wasn’t the first time he had to prove himself in an established band with specific audience expectations. Hear how he navigated those situations, honoring musical legacies while being true to himself.
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Lindsay Ell

Lindsay Ell on Derek Trucks

August 14, 2020
The slide maestro has inspired Lindsay since she first heard him play. Discover why and learn something about Trucks’ own influences that you might not know.
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James Valentine

Wong Notes Episode 11: James Valentine

August 12, 2020
Maroon 5's fleet-fingered axeman dishes out the backstory on his signature Ernie Ball Music Man model and talks about what it was like to rock out at the Super Bowl.
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Lindsay Ell

The Art of the 8-Bar Solo

August 12, 2020
In contemporary country records, the guitar solos have to be short and powerful. Lindsay Ell explains how her guitar coach, Dann Huff, pushed her while recording her latest album, Heart Theory.
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Lindsay Ell

Lindsay Ell on Studio Lessons from Dann Huff

August 10, 2020
In this week's first episode, Lindsay describes recording her new album, Heart Theory, and what she learned working with the legendary guitarist who produced it.
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Nili Brosh

Nili Brosh’s Tips for Playing Without Pain

August 7, 2020
Intense rock guitar is demanding on body and soul, and that's especially true in the professional arena, which often approaches full-contact sport. Learn what Nili does to not flame out while keeping it at "11."
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Keeley Neutrino homepage

Keeley Neutrino: The Premier Guitar Review

August 6, 2020
The Oklahoma outfit's latest is an addicting auto-wah filled with useful features and wicked tones.
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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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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 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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Yamaha/Steinberg

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 new guitar-centric features in 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

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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