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The Free Form Funky Freqs—guitarist Vernon Reid, bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and drummer Calvin Weston—never play a note together before a show. Not even during soundcheck.

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Living Colour’s guitarist and the ex-Ornette Coleman bassist let their Free Form Funky Freqs flags fly on the new Hymn of the 3rd Galaxy.

How many bands can pinpoint the exact number of times they’ve played together? “It’s rare,” acknowledges guitarist Vernon Reid of Free Form Funky Freqs, the power trio he co-leads with bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer G. Calvin Weston. Because “Free Form” is meant quite seriously—not a note of the music is planned in advance—every Freqs performance is a wholly unrepeatable event with its own distinct marker. This includes the three FFFF studio albums to date. The just-released Hymn of the 3rd Galaxy was performance number 73. Urban Mythology, Vol. 1, the band’s 2008 debut, was number three, after kickoff gigs at Tonic in New York and Tritone in Philadelphia (both defunct). Bon Vivant, the 2013 sophomore release, was number 15.

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Chops PrePlay is designed to condition your hands before, during and after you play to noticeably improve feel, slide and glide.

Delta, British Columbia (May 11, 2012) – Chops PrePlay is designed to condition your hands before, during and after you play to noticeably improve feel, slide and glide. PrePlay also balances your skin's pH level to protect your guitars hardware and strings from damage caused by acidic hands.  It absorbs in seconds without any greasy feel.  Natural ingredients include: sandalwood, lemongrass, black tea, mallow, Irish moss, rosemary and chamomile.  PrePlay is hypo allergenic and will leave your hands with a fresh, clean citrus smell.

• Instant pH balancer and hand conditioner for musicians
• Protects your instrument, hardware and strings from acidic hands
• Maximize playing playing performance, slide, glide and comfort
• Fast absorbing and non-greasy
• Fresh, clean citrus smell
• 30ml bottle
• Appoximately 200 uses per bottle

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With a very responsive feel and open tone, TUSQ Picks enhance playability by generating tones right at the hit of each stroke.

DELTA, B.C. (Jan 19, 2012) – Graph Tech Guitar Labs announces the launch of their much anticipated product, TUSQ Picks.

TUSQ Picks are made of the same highly resonant TUSQ man made ivory material found in Graph Tech’s TUSQ nuts, saddles and bridge pins. Featuring the same traits, TUSQ Picks impart harmonic content from the first attack.

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