A few highlights from Day 2 of NAMM.

Yamaha Guitars Europe debuted their first new solidbody design in 10 years with the Revstar series of guitars at ‪‎NAMM‬. Inspired by vintage cafe-racer motorcycles and Japanese craft, the new Revstar models boast distinctive colors and a variety of handwound pickup options. Each model features a deep belly cut, hidden forearm contour, and a newly designed neck joint for playing comfort. And the available hardware appointments from unique pickup covers to raw-copper pickguards to custom floating aluminum tailpieces make these new instruments true head turners.

Magnatone unveils the Starlite, its new 5-watt amplifier with a vintage look designed for the office, backstage, or the studio.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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