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Joe Gore

Joe Gore

San Francisco-based Senior Contributing Editor Joe Gore has recorded with Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman, Courtney Love, Marianne Faithfull, Les Claypool, Flea, DJ Shadow, John Cale, and many other artists. His music appears in many films and TV shows, plus an incriminating number of jingles. Joe has written several thousand articles about music and musicians and has contributed to many musical products, including Apple’s Logic and GarageBand programs. In his spare time Joe produces the Joe Gore line of guitar effects and edits a geeky guitar blog (tonefiend.com).

ARTICLES

Lyle Workman

Guitar, Meet Orchestra

December 25, 2020
Lyle Workman employs orchestra in many of his film and TV scores. Hear him discuss how he writes for a really big band, while bringing an orchestral sensibility to his own guitar work.
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Lyle Workman

Some of My Best Friends Are Drummers

December 23, 2020
Lyle Workman talks about his prog-inspired love of odd meter, and working the Vinnie Colaiuta, Matt Chamberlain, Abe Laboriel Jr., and Toss Panos on his new album, Uncommon Measures.
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Lyle Workman

Frets and Film

December 21, 2020
What does it take to be a successful film and TV composer? Lyle Workman breaks down the process and talks about his new guitar album featuring the Abbey Road Orchestra.
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Jim Campilongo

Jim Campilongo Is a Guitar Student for Life

December 11, 2020
The country-jazz virtuoso is constantly absorbing new influences and exploring new techniques, even after 50 years of playing.
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Jim Campilongo

Where Charlie Parker Meets Buck Owens

December 9, 2020
Jim Campilongo’s playing is informed by both styles, yet also shatters their conventions.
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Jim Campilongo

Fear and Loathing on the Album Trail

December 7, 2020
Country-jazz master Jim Campilongo talks about the 3D-chess level challenges—and resulting clarity—of recording the sparse-but-dynamic Two Guitars, with Luca Benedetti.
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Ariel Posen

Don't Just Play the Blues Scale

November 27, 2020
Hear how Ariel Posen communicates a 12-bar blues harmony through smart note choices.
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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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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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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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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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Dr. Molly Miller

Sister Rosetta Stole Molly Miller's Heart

October 26, 2020
The badass blues woman combined burning double-stops, raunchy lyrics, and gospel flair to forge the fire of early rock 'n' roll.
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Kirk Fletcher

The Allan Holdsworth of Blues Guitar

October 16, 2020
Kirk Fletcher may not spin off a lot of 7-fret legato runs, but his outlook does owe a lot to the fusion master.
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Kirk Fletcher

Is There Such a Thing as Free Blues?

October 15, 2020
Kirk Fletcher weighs in on the influence of some of the genre’s most experimental practitioners.
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Kirk Fletcher

Should Bends Be Pushed or Pulled?

October 12, 2020
Extraordinary bluesman Kirk Fletcher devised an approach inspired by a lineage of string-wrangling legends.
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Daniel Donato

"There's Only Two Kinds of Songs"

October 2, 2020
Daniel Donato shows us why—and how—you should get complete control of the major and minor “domains.”
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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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