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Sometimes a rhythm box and, say, an envelope-controlled modulated filter can sound like … love!

Whether it's 6-strings or drum machines—or any instrument—finding a perfect pedal partner can create a signature sound all your own.

Electric guitars are pack animals. They need a partner to do their thing—unless a very, very quiet acoustic guitar is what you really want. I like this kind of symbiotic approach to thinking about instruments. The guitar and the amp have been best friends for decades, practically inseparable, and it's useful to apply that same thinking to other things, in other contexts. Like the perfect pedal to complement your drum machine. It's not only helpful in a practical, sound-sculpting way. It also lends a nice conceptual structure: finding that one thing that gets along with another and brings the best out of it—and keeping them together, like one extended instrument.

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How jangle, glam, punk, shoegaze, and more blended to create a worldwide phenomenon. Just don’t forget your tambourine.



  • Learn genre-defining elements of Britpop guitar.
  • Use the various elements to create your own Britpop songs.
  • Discover how “borrowing” from the best can enrich your own playing.
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When considering the many bands that fall under the term “Britpop”–Oasis, Blur, Suede, Elastica, Radiohead’s early work, and more–it’s clear that the genre is more an attitude than a specific musical style. Still, there are a few guitar techniques and approaches that abound in the genre, many of which have been “borrowed” (the British music press’ friendly way of saying “appropriated”) from earlier British bands of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s.

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John 5 on How He Gets Old-School Tones from His Metal-Friendly Tele | The Big 5

Plus, find out which guitar hero the Rob Zombie sideman “begs and pleads” with you to listen to.

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