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Tutorials

10 Feb Guitar Player’s “99 Ways To Play (and Sound) Better”

From: Guitar Player

If you’re locked away in a basement for eight hours a day with a metronome and a torturous practice book that is equal parts Mel Bay/GuantanAmo Bay, you’re still not assured of transcendent 6-string skills. Sure, you may get stenographer-like dexterity and harmonic book-smarts up the f-hole, but playing soul-shaking music often requires a more diverse skill set. (more…)

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22 Jan More On “Miking” Guitar Amplifiers

It’s an art. While I think I may do a tutorial for this as well, I have watched a few youtube brief how-to’s on the subject, and wish to share them with you.

I can not stress enough the importance of good miking. Many of you have asked me about the settings used in the past. I do understand now that it was almost irrelevant. What was relevant instead, was “where and how did you put your microphone Fil, and what the EQ curves?”.

Miking! (i.e., setting up microphones for guitar amplifiers)

These are just some of them. There’s more. Feel free to add videos or sources of information you are aware of and think can contribute to our learning!

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26 Nov An Aracom Attenuator and a Few Vintage Marshalls (Complete)

So… been meaning to shoot something like this for some time, here you have it.

It’s a long journey into what an attenuator can do for you, with powerful, loud tube amps (ONLY tube amps can be attenuated with an attenuator such as the Aracom).

Total of 6 videos, all being processed right now, here’s the one.

Thanks for viewing, yours,

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21 Nov The Five Pentatonic Box Shapes

The following are examples of the five pentatonic box shapes. Each scale is both major and minor at the same time, i.e the E major Pentatonic is also the C# minor pentatonic. Refer to ‘An Introduction to Music Theory’, move a major shape up three frets and it becomes the relative minor.

Learn each scale and then it will become obvious to you that when playing in a different key, the shapes are the same just in a different fretboard position. Each time you pick up the guitar use these as a warm up exercise and within a short while they will be imprinted on your brain. Practice them from the nut to the twelfth until you know them, then start in the middle and work both up and down, see how each shape overlaps the next/previous?

Importantly combine the shapes without getting locked in each i.e think ouside the box! (more…)

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16 Nov Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” Solo Tutorial, Part Two

Here we are for the second appointment with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird Solo.

fb2-720 from SoloDallas on Vimeo.

The guitar featured in this tutorial is a 2010 Gibson R8 Les Paul Standard

played on a 1977 Marshall JMP 2204 attenuated with an Aracom PRX150 DAG

Just a couple of things to note, around 8 mins re: the lick at the twelfth fret G string. The ‘big’ bend is called a minor third bend. If you consider the G minor scale being G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G then bending the G at the twelfth to the A#(Bb) at the 15th is from the 1st note G to the (flat or minor) 3rd Bb.

At 20 mins or so, playing the 1st string G at the 15th and also the 2nd string 18th bent to G is called a ‘Unison bend’. It gives great emphasis to the note with the lighter string constant and the bent string oscillating around the note.

If you need to go to part one, you’ll find it here for convencience

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” Solo Tutorial, Part One

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