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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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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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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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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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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

Blake Mills on Fingerstyle Playing

June 26, 2020
Blake discusses the evolution of his unique fingerstyle technique, which draws on sources ranging from Michael Hedges, West Africa, and Bob Brozman, Blake’s onetime teacher. 

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Blake Mills

Blake Mills: The Guitarist Producer

June 24, 2020
Besides being a thrilling sideman and solo artist, Blake has been nominated twice for the Producer of Year Grammy. In this episode, he discusses playing guitar with a producer’s ear.
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Blake Mills

Blake Mills Talks Slide Guitar

June 22, 2020
Blake is one of today’s most compelling slide players, with an expansive style that encompasses everything from Americana to microtonal music from Africa and the Middle East. Hear how he embraces the spaces between the frets in the latest episode of Chasing Frets.
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Martin SC-13 Acoustic Guitar Review homepage

Martin SC-13E: The Premier Guitar Review

June 5, 2020
A unique and responsive acoustic with an electric soul.
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Subversive

Perpetual Subversion

April 25, 2020
This series has run its course. But its methods can last a lifetime.
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Klon vs. Klone: 5 Affordable Stomps Go Head to Head with a Gold Original

April 17, 2020
Hear how close the EHX Soul Food, J. Rockett Archer, NUX Horseman, Wampler Tumnus, and Way Huge Conspiracy Theory come to nailing the tone of a legend.
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Subversive Guitarist

Should You Learn to Read Music?

March 21, 2020
It’s a complicated calculus, with no hard-and-fast rules.
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Wampler Terraform: The Premier Guitar Review

March 19, 2020
Myriad tones, from classic to tweaky, lurk in this one-stop modulation shop.
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AC30 Tones for the 21st Century

March 3, 2020
A lighter, more flexible take on a British-voiced ’60s stalwart: The PG Victory VC35 "The Copper" review.
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Strymon Iridium: The Premier Guitar Review

February 26, 2020
Intrigued but also daunted by sophisticated amp modelers? Strymon's latest brilliantly bridges the gap with a simple stompbox-style interface boasting a handful of stellar amp emulations.
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Dunable Eidolon homepage

This Minimalist Multi-Effector Is Made for Metal

February 23, 2020
Revocation's Dave Davidson commissioned a signature stomp that unites boost, reverb, and delay. The PG Dunable Eidolon review.
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