NASHVILLE, TN – From D’Addario Accessories, the Auto Lock Strap was recognized in the “Gotta Have It” category for Best in Show at the 2018 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tennessee.  It was highlighted as a key example of the company’s commitment to continuous improvement and innovative problem solving for musicians.

D’Addario Accessories launched their new Auto Lock guitar strap in April as the simplest integrated strap locking system for your performance -- and musicians agree.

Designed in partnership with Ned Steinberger, the Auto Lock guitar strap is designed to work with most standard electric guitar and bass strap buttons on the market. Simply slide the strap end over the guitar strap buttons, and you are locked in - it’s that easy. The grey clamp is spring-loaded so it automatically clamps down on the strap button, and it will not release until you unlock it. Just push up on the grey latch, slide the end off, and the strap is removed. The strap has been successfully pulled tested to 180lbs.

Made of soft nylon material adjustable from 30” – 55”, the Auto Lock (50BAL00) is $42.90 MSRP / $24.99 MAP.  Available now.

Rig Rundown: Adam Shoenfeld

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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