December 2020

Articles by Jason Shadrick

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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PRS Hollowbody

PRS Guitars SE Hollowbody II Piezo Demo - Summer Gear Slam 2020

July 13, 2020
Listen to Bryan Ewald take this double-headed workhorse through its paces and demos how to blend the two distinct voices.
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Nir Felder

Nir Felder's Improvised Fingerings

July 13, 2020
Nir describes his non-traditional approach to soloing over changes and how he works out phrases on the neck with in-depth playing examples to help you break free from standard fretboard dogma.
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Chasing Frets

Will Bernard and the Soul of New Orleans

July 10, 2020
He remembers his conversations with the late Dr. John and discusses his frequent collaborations with drummer Stanton Moore, today’s leading torchbearer for traditional New Orleans rhythm.
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Chasing Frets

Will Bernard: The Art of the Trio

July 8, 2020
Will Bernard has played in every format from big band to solo. Hear his thoughts on the unique challenges and pleasures of the trio format.
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Wong Notes

Wong Notes Episode 6: Yvette Young of Covet

July 8, 2020
Listen in as a bona fide math-rock superstar goes deep on altered tunings and shares secrets on how she covers all the bases in her trio.
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Will Bernard

Will Bernard on Music Reading

July 6, 2020
How important are music-reading skills? And are they essential for your musical process? In this episode, Will reflects on a common dilemma for advancing guitarists.
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Chasing Frets

Bryan Sutton on Building Bluegrass Chops

July 3, 2020
In this episode of Chasing Frets, the award-winning guitarist reveals his secrets for developing speed, tone, and clarity on an acoustic, and poses the question "What are we doing to get in our own way?"
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Wong Notes

Wong Notes Episode 5: Rob Harris of Jamiroquai

July 1, 2020
Harris shares secrets on how to "read" a room and stay in demand as a session musician, as well as what it feels like to play a solo in a packed stadium.
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