December 2019

Gigging Advice

ARTICLES

Bass Bench: Four on the Wall, or a Bird in Your Hands?

December 12, 2019
Before putting a budget instrument on the bass bench, ask yourself: Am I going to make it play, or am I lipsticking a piglet for wall art?
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Tone Tips: Stuck in a Rut?

December 11, 2019
If your playing is feeling stagnant, there are cures for that.
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Tuning Up: Be Your Own Freaking Decluttering Diva

December 8, 2019
You don’t have to follow some social-media megalomaniac to clean up your rig. Here are some ideas, sans the photoshopped B.S.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Healthy Hands, Helping Hands

November 26, 2019
Take good care of your two most important pieces of digital gear.
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Tone Tips: How to Learn Songs Smart and Fast

November 21, 2019
If you’re heading into some intense woodshedding, why not make it easier?
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Last Call: Will Sell Out, Make Offer

November 19, 2019
The dichotomy of artistic freedom and selling out, and the difference between making a living and making a life.
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State of the Stomp: Do I Need a Loop Switcher on My Pedalboard?

November 18, 2019
Tone suck or lifesaver? Here’s how to decide if you can bear the cost—both economic and sonic—of this fancy technology.
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Tuning Up: Satan, Schmatan—All Hail Gorgoroth!

November 7, 2019
Yes, their shtick/supposed beliefs are silly, but the Norwegian black metal vets are some of the most legit song crafters in heavy music.
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Silver and Black: Tips for Buying Vintage Fender Amps

November 5, 2019
The literal ins and outs of getting the right amp at the right price.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Fretboard Follies

November 4, 2019
Feeling good about your setup always means feeling better about your guitar.
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State of the Stomp: Give It to Me Straight

October 22, 2019
When experimenting, keep your endgame in mind.
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Tone Tips: Don’t Lose the Spark

October 21, 2019
Inspired while on the road? These devices can help.
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Last Call: Following Van Halen on a Quest for Power Control

October 17, 2019
Early on, Eddie discovered Variacs allowed him to adjust the electrical voltage output to his amps. Here’s a way to do it if you’re on a budget.
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Tuning Up: Are We Doomed to Be “Inbred” Bores?

October 9, 2019
CAUTION: 24/7-guitar-nerd mentality can spectacularly backfire.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Jump Start

October 7, 2019
Recharging your creative battery can be a simple affair.
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State of the Stomp: Thinking Three-Dimensionally

September 30, 2019
Build a genuine relationship with your amp and your pedals.
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Tuning Up: For Those Feeling Like an Unmade Bed

September 17, 2019
A shout-out of solidarity (and thanks) for those suffering through life’s not-so-cool fits of shrieking fuzz.
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Last Call: Sing for Your Gig

September 16, 2019
Why should you be singing? It will help your career, plus it feels good.
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Last Call: Close Your Eyes, Be Transported

August 20, 2019
Put on the blinders, focus inward, and tap into the moment.
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Tuning Up: Let It Ride (or “What NAMM Can Teach Us About TB”)

August 11, 2019
A double-entendre-laced love letter to road trips and gear shows.
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