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    I've been using drum machines since the mid-90s...

    I've been using drum machines since the mid-90s and find them superior to live drummers in most every way:

    1. They always show up on time for rehearsals and performances.
    2. They take up...
  2. That's normal on a floating bridge. A bridge...

    That's normal on a floating bridge. A bridge floats because it's balanced between the tension of the strings and the tension of the tremolo springs. When you bend a note you increase the tension on...
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    Have you considered removing one of the tone...

    Have you considered removing one of the tone knobs and putting the volume in its place?

    Oh, you said you didn't want to move the knob... missed that.
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    Swing Question

    Let's say I'm reading a song that uses swing eighth notes. Obviously the first in a pair of eighth notes should be worth 2/3 of a beat and he second should be worth 1/3 of a beat. But what happens...
  5. My rule of thumb is that if the solo is as...

    My rule of thumb is that if the solo is as memorable as the vocal melody, I play it note-for-note. A great example would be Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." The song just doesn't sound right with any...
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    Floating bridges need to be set up for a...

    Floating bridges need to be set up for a particular gauge and tuning. Install the new strings and tune to pitch. Tighten the tremolo springs in the back of the guitar and retune. Repeat as necessary...
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    Slanting the pick is the only way I can reach any...

    Slanting the pick is the only way I can reach any reasonable amout of speed, but I try to avoid doing so for a number of reasons:

    First, to play that fast without tension, I need to rest my palm...
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    I find it's how you press and not how hard you...

    I find it's how you press and not how hard you press that equals ease with barre chords. Learning how to get the most out of your anatomy is key. For example, when playing an E-form chord I tend to...
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    http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/store/smp_detail.htm...

    http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/store/smp_detail.html?item=2989053&cart=34349954405448476&cm_re=289.1.4-_-Results+Item-_-Title
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    A few years ago I had the pleasure of spending...

    A few years ago I had the pleasure of spending ten minutes with one of Segovia's former students, a professor at Tulane University who was escorting Luz Maria Bobadilla on her North American tour....
  11. Avril's Canadian.

    Avril's Canadian.
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    A trumpet-playing friend of mine back in high...

    A trumpet-playing friend of mine back in high school once commented that a musician performs at 30% of his actual ability. I had no idea where he got that statistic or how accurate an estimate it...
  13. Thread: Bending Tips

    by magpie74
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    For pitch, start with unison bends. The initial...

    For pitch, start with unison bends. The initial clash between the two notes should clear up nicely when the lower note is bent in tune with the higher. Do it slowly and you can pinpoint the exact...
  14. Tuck Andress: Fingerstyle Mastery...

    Tuck Andress: Fingerstyle Mastery

    'Nuff said.
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    There are three main parts to a good setup: nut...

    There are three main parts to a good setup: nut height, neck relief and bridge saddle height.

    Nut height mainly affects the response of the open strings and the string tension around the first...
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    Easy answer: sharp all your F's, C's, G's and...

    Easy answer: sharp all your F's, C's, G's and D's.

    Just a guess without an instrument in my lap: Moonlight Sonata?
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    Need help finding Bach Prelude

    Way back in sixth grade when I began learning to play the bassoon, my school band played an arrangement of J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in B-Flat Major that I would love to play on the organ I just...
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    Before someone smacks you for talking about gear,...

    Before someone smacks you for talking about gear, let me give you the advice I wish someone had given me when I was young and broke:

    YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!

    If you settle for what you can...
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    It's been my experience that all non-double...

    It's been my experience that all non-double locking tremolos go out of tune when using the whammy bar. Fender is no better nor worse than any other brand in this regard, it's simply nature of the...
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    I am also a professional musician of twenty-plus...

    I am also a professional musician of twenty-plus years experience and, like you, I also struggle with right hand control. In my case sweep picking hasn't been much of an issue -- not that I do much...
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    The key is to think of music the way you would...

    The key is to think of music the way you would any foreign language. Learning the alphabet isn't enough -- you have to incorporate vocabulary and syntax, and you must do so repeatedly, for as long as...
  22. Ever seen a left-handed piano? Left-handed...

    Ever seen a left-handed piano? Left-handed saxophone? Left-handed typewriter? Left-handed lawn mower? I'm sure such things exist, but they're far from ordinary. It's a right-hander's world, and by...
  23. Thread: Hair

    by magpie74
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    Do like me... wait till you turn 30 and it'll all...

    Do like me... wait till you turn 30 and it'll all fall out!
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    The trouble I've had with teaching my students...

    The trouble I've had with teaching my students rhythm is that there is no meaningful way to codify all of the strumming patterns used in the course of guitar accompaniment. I mean, it's not like I...
  25. It's funny, growing up during that period of...

    It's funny, growing up during that period of music I never thought much of it, but now when I hear it I find all sorts of hidden gems. From the Police to the Smiths to INXS, tasty guitar parts abound...
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