In June, Hartley Peavey and his company literally brought a private trade show to Sweetwater headquarters in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A tractor trailer loaded with Peavey's latest equipment was sent to Sweetwater for a full day of gear demos and training/education for Sweetwater's elite staff of Sales Engineers. The display completely filled Sweetwater’s largest conference hall, and comprised Peavey's massive NAMM show booth along with additional displays and training areas.

Hartley Peavey himself spent the entire day at Sweetwater, fielding questions in person and discussing his company and passion for the music industry. Additional Peavey personnel on hand included Fred Poole (North American Sales Manager), Kent Morris (Worship Market Manager), Tim Tardo (Lead Engineer and Global Sourcing Director), Tom Stuckman (Lead Engineer/ Designer), Michael Smith (Product Manager MI division) and Scott Noble (District Sales Manager), who all met with Sweetwater's Sales Engineers privately and held an ongoing series of classes covering Peavey's equipment and company philosophy.

Highlights of the event included not only a chance to hear such groundbreaking pro audio products as Peavey's flagship RBN112 and RBN215 powered subwoofers, DM series powered speakers and subs, XR series powered mixers,  and PV series passive mixers, but also a chance to get hands-on with Cirrus and Millenium basses, Mini Max and Mini Mega bass amps, Vypyr Pro guitar amps, and Mini series amp heads with matching cabinets. In addition, Peavey displayed the full line of innovative Composite Acoustic guitars.

Sweetwater's Founder and CEO, Chuck Surack, said, "We're very proud of our close relationship with Hartley Peavey and his entire company. Bringing this private trade show to Sweetwater specifically to train our Sales Engineers only makes our relationship stronger and has enhanced our Sales Engineers' expertise with Peavey products, enabling them to make even better-informed recommendations for our customers."

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Whether in the studio or on 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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