“Strangled cat" and "glassy Jonny Greenwood” are just two attitudes the former Beck and Shins sidewoman engages in her band’s adventurous indie-rock.

When asked what her favorite or must-have pedal was, Dobson waffled between the Sarno Music Solutions Earth Drive (turned onto her by Nels Cline) and an Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man (actually Shins’ James Mercer’s DMM—they accidentally swapped stomps years ago). Other staples include a pair of Chase Bliss boxes (Brothers and Warped Vinyl) and a trio of JHS devices (Pulp 'N' Peel V4, Prestige, and Mini Foot Fuzz V2). Two other heavily used effects are the EHX POG2 and Strymon blueSky. The rest of her noisemakers and sonic warpers are a Menatone Pleasure Trem 5000, Diamond Memory Lane Jr., Benson Preamp, and a Beetronics Whoctahell Low Octave Fuzz (her “Jack White” pedal). She recently broke down to organize and simplify her tap-dancing ways by corralling her colors with a Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System. Other utilitarian tools are a Boss EV-5 Expression Pedal and a TC Electronic PolyTune2 Noir Mini.

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Rig Rundown: Adam Shoenfeld

Whether in the studio or on his solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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



• 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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