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Archive | May, 2011
What Lies Beneath: Five Tone Woods and their Respective Sounds

What Lies Beneath: Five Tone Woods and their Respective Sounds

I went in to the local guitar shop last week for the first time in a month or so and I found the most abhorrent creation. Someone, I don’t know who, has built a telecaster out of alder. That not’s so bad. But they capped the alder body with a very thick piece of quilted […]

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Pedal of the Week: Electro-Harmonix POG2

Pedal of the Week: Electro-Harmonix POG2

Monster tone is a culmination of technique, control, meticulous research, and superior electronics. Many guitarists spend their whole life searching for the specific frequency that makes their heart jump and their spine shiver. I’m here to help you get to that Promised Land; your very own tonal Valhalla. What if I told you there was […]

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Chord Progressions: Adding Movement to Music

An important, yet sometimes overlooked, part of music is chord progressions. Chord progressions move the music, and can smoothly add tension to a piece, but a lot of guitarists don’t know how to use this to make interesting progressions. Most guitarists I know don’t think they can use them because “The music doesn’t have chords”. […]

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Surgical Equalizing: Finding your Tone

Surgical Equalizing: Finding your Tone

Being musicians, we all know how important finding your tone is. Any guitarists’ tone can make or break their performance. That being said, a lot of guitarists will know what they want out of their sound, but never quite be able to find that particular setting. Most of them stumble upon something they don’t mind […]

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Getting the Most Out of Your Tube Amp

Getting the Most Out of Your Tube Amp

Musicians are already pretty bi-polar in regards to how they feel about their skill, it doesn’t help that there are so many variables involving equipment. This article is going to focus on tube amplifiers. If your tubes are old, your tone isn’t going to sparkle, or have “life.” If you notice at some point that […]

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Scales and Chord Tones: The Basics

Scales and Chord Tones: The Basics

If you are like most guitarists, you enjoy hearing a well played solo that seems to flow perfectly with the rhythm section. And if you’ve ever done any research on these solos you’ve probably learned that they’re derived from scales that fit the same key as the rhythm. Let’s look at a major scale (Fig. […]

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