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The Colfax High School Orchestra from Colfax, Washington, back in 1936. Not pictured: John Bohlinger.

From pitch and dynamics to how to play well with others, the lessons you learn from school orchestra are the perfect prep for pro gigging.

In 1986, Robert Fulghum published a book of short essays entitled All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The book became a hit, then was widely criticized as a trite, saccharine oversimplification. That may be the case, but the truth is, if everybody followed these 11 kindergarten rules, the world would be a better place.

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Photo 2 — I built my PG Distortion into a pre-painted and pre-drilled enclosure and decorated it with stickers. Because stickers!

Build a killer distortion pedal customized for your style. It’s easier than you think!

Building stompboxes from scratch is easier than you might expect. So is customizing the circuits to suit your style and taste. This project walks you through the process step by step. When you're done, you'll have a killer distortion pedal—and enough knowledge about using and choosing stompbox components to build countless other pedals.

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