Anaheim, CA (February 4, 2008) - The only thing easier than going wireless is going wireless and doing away with the belt-pack at the same time. Samson showed us their new

Anaheim, CA (February 4, 2008) - The only thing easier than going wireless is going wireless and doing away with the belt-pack at the same time. Samson showed us their new Airline Synth Wireless system while we were at NAMM ''08. It can dial in a frequency on its own -- you just press a button and hold the transmitter in front of the receiver, it picks the cleanest channel from among 300 on the UHF spectrum (800 MHz). It also remembers the last channel you locked in until you change it again. Up to 11 systems can be used at the same time and the receiver units are rackmountable. This system gives you 350 feet of range. Watch the video to see how small it is -- the transmitter is packaged into a tiny unit that is connected to the 1/4" jack. The guitar system sells for $399. There''s also a handheld mic system for the same price and a lav mic system that goes for $449.



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Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Demonstrate a variety of drone guitar techniques and approaches.
  • Examine drone points of reference from an array of genres.
  • Learn how to use standard, drop D, and uncommon alternate tunings in drone contexts.

Playing a melody or solo with a “drone” means playing over just one note or, in some instances, one chord. Besides playing without any harmonic accompaniment, it is about as simple a concept as one can image, which also means the possibilities are endless. We’ll look at ways to use drones in a variety of contexts, from ancient to contemporary, blues to metal, traditional to experimental.

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Marty Stuart

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How does a legacy artist stay on top of his game? The pianist, hit singer-songwriter, producer, and composer talks about the importance of musical growth and positive affirmation; his love for angular melodicism; playing jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass, jam, and soundtrack music; and collaborating with his favorite guitarists, including Pat Metheny and Jerry Garcia.

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