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Bad Religion’s Brian Baker

Brian Baker—one half of Bad Religion’s guitar buzzsaw—is seen here with his trusty 1955 Gibson Les Paul Junior that has been outfitted with a custom-wound Seymour Duncan P-90 (with ceramic magnet), a MojoAxe compensated bridge, and vintage nickel Grover tuners from the ’70s. Brian on his Juniors: “I love vintage Juniors. I feel there really is a tonality unique to old rosewood, and the simple fact that pretty much every one of them has been a guitar (vibrating, expanding and contracting) for 56 years or more is really inspiring. The only mods I've done on the guitar are for live show playability. The bridge and tuners do make the guitars intonate better and make the tuning more stable. The Duncan P-90 is wound a good bit hotter than the stock pickup, which I need for the gain structure I use in Bad Religion. My main guitar also has a white pickguard, which I had made so I could tell the difference in the dark between it and it's backup, an almost identical 1955 Junior!”

There’s way more than blues-rock fodder buried in the crevices of the most overused scale in music.

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Intermediate

  • Explain how chords are generated from scales.
  • Create unusual harmonies, chord progressions, bass lines, and melodies using the blues scale.
  • Demonstrate how music theory and musical intuition can coalesce to create unique sounds from traditional materials.
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Last updated on May 21, 2022

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