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Get rid of those rock cliches by cutting your hair, dressing conservatively, picking some 12-string arpeggios, and letting those open strings ring!

Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Arpeggiate the uncommon chord
  • Work open strings into your hooks and melodies
  • Find the right tone for your college-rock experience
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