October 2020

 

Chasing Frets

ARTICLES

Matt Smith

Wait—You’re Still Not Recording?

September 25, 2020
It’s not just a pandemic fad. Matt Smith on why you’re losing out if you don’t take the plunge.
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Matt Smith

The Fine Art of Layering Guitars

September 23, 2020
Matt Smith has a deep understanding of how to stack and mix guitars, and in this episode he explains both what to do and what to avoid when overdubbing.
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Matt Smith

The Secret to Becoming a Multi-instrumentalist

September 21, 2020
Matt Smith plays nearly anything with frets—and a few without. In this episode, he explains how to explore the world of stringed instruments without getting lost along the way.
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Charlie Hunter

Charlie Hunter Plays Drums—And You Should Too

September 18, 2020
Drumming has much to do with Charlie's signature polyphonic sound. Listen in as he makes the case that all guitarists should devote time to practicing percussion instruments.
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Charlie Hunter

When Jazz Meets Pop

September 16, 2020
While Charlie Hunter is best known for his jazz work, he’s also contributed to pop and R&B recordings by such artists as John Mayer, D’Angelo, and Norah Jones. Listen as he recounts his experiences as a featured guest artist.
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Charlie Hunter

Charlie Hunter's Guide to Freeing Up Your Technique

September 14, 2020
Charlie Hunter explains how he developed his astonishing contrapuntal technique—and how you too can improvise simultaneous guitar parts and bass lines.
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Steve Kimock

Steve Kimock's Studio Collaborations

September 11, 2020
Steve offers perspectives on the evolution of recording technology and reveals how his latest EP, Point of No Return, combines elements of live and studio performance.
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Steve Kimock

Steve Kimock on Lap Steel

September 9, 2020
In addition to being a guitar master, Steve is a lap-steel sensei. In this episode, he explains why he became entranced by steel’s slippery sounds and how bluesman Freddie Roulette inspired him to take it up many years ago.
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Chasing Frets

Steve Kimock's Improvised Life

September 7, 2020
Discover what keeps Steve at the forefront of the jam-band scene and what it takes to always approach the guitar with fresh ears.
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Chasing Frets

Do You Really Need to Practice in All 12 Keys?

September 4, 2020
Adam Levy, a popular online instructor, considers the pros and cons of entering the chromatic wormhole. His observations may surprise you.
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Adam Levy

Self-Promo Without Pestering

September 2, 2020
Guitar guru Adam Levy shares tips on self-promotion for players with DIY careers. The key, he says, is to make your promotions valuable for the recipient.
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Adam Levy

Rolling the Dice on Practice

August 31, 2020
Guitar instruction guru Adam Levy uses a custom-made pair of dice to determine his practice routine each day. The dice don’t just select the day’s exercises—they also define them.
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Joey Landreth

Joey Landreth on Songcraft and Technology

August 28, 2020
Joey compares and contrasts the various ways people make and share music, and offers valuable tips for keeping it real when you’re working by yourself.
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Joey Landreth

The Magic of Lowell George

August 26, 2020
The late Little Feat slide wizard is one of Joey Landreth's biggest inspirations. Discover why as Joey dissects a handful of Lowell George tracks and explains exactly what he listens for in these epic songs.
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Joey Landreth

Joey Landreth on Open Tunings

August 24, 2020
In this week's first episode, Joey shares a potent technique for mapping the fretboard terrain of any tuning—open or standard—and offers a masterclass in slide guitar.
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Richard Fortus

Considering Keith

August 21, 2020
Richard Fortus is a lifelong Keith Richards fan. He has fascinating perspectives on Keith’s long legacy, and some damn good stories to go with them.
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Richard Fortus on Playing Vs. Producing

August 18, 2020
Richard Fortus has learned the craft via decades of studio work with some of the world’s finest producers. Hear how the roles of player and producer overlap—and how they don’t.
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Richard Fortus

Richard Fortus on Filling Big Shoes

August 17, 2020
Richard Fortus had the high-stress job of joining Guns N’ Roses, whose massive global fan base longed for the original lineup. But it wasn’t the first time he had to prove himself in an established band with specific audience expectations. Hear how he navigated those situations, honoring musical legacies while being true to himself.
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Lindsay Ell

Lindsay Ell on Derek Trucks

August 14, 2020
The slide maestro has inspired Lindsay since she first heard him play. Discover why and learn something about Trucks’ own influences that you might not know.
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Lindsay Ell

The Art of the 8-Bar Solo

August 12, 2020
In contemporary country records, the guitar solos have to be short and powerful. Lindsay Ell explains how her guitar coach, Dann Huff, pushed her while recording her latest album, Heart Theory.
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