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Best Guitar Pedals? 24 Builders Choose Favorites


Who better to suggest the best guitar pedals in the world than the very makers, themselves? We interviewed a selection of the most reputable guitar effects manufacturers from around the world by asking them two questions: Which is your favorite guitar pedal from your own product line? Which is your favorite guitar pedal from another […]

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Bjorn Juhl: Tales of Mad Professor & BearFoot FX


One of the most revered pedal makers of the modern boutique scene, Swedish pedal master Bjorn Juhl has designed guitar effect circuits which have stood the test of time, and evolved through multiple brands. In our 2005 BJF Electronics interview, Bjorn offered incredible insight about the tones available from (the now discontinued) BJF pedals, and […]

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All The Things You Are – Jazz Guitar Solo


September Student of the Month


Our student of the month for September is Lynn Ewbank. Lynn has been taking lessons for a little over a year and has made great progress during that time. She’s always a joy to teach and works hard every week to prepare for her lesson.

Check out her Q&A below … great stuff!
Student of the Month

1 – Name
Lynn Ewbank
2 – Age
61, a sexy-generian
3 – How long have you been playing?
I started taking guitar lessons from Jason summer of 2012 with the goal of
adding original comedic songs to my repertoire of true, funny stories ripped
from my life.
4 – Favorite Bands
I love the music of my youth, don’t we all??? For me that means artists
like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Dylan, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Eric
Clapton, Levon Helm and the Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills,
Nash and Young. Fellow women inspirations include Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt,
Janis Joplin, Carol King, Linda Ronstadt, Phoebe Snow, Karla Bonoff, Emmylou
Harris, Bette Midler, Adele …
5 – Favorite Songs
If you sneek a peek at my iPhone you’ll find a lot of classic rock peppered
with “surprises” that range from classical (Pachelbel’s Canon in D by Hilary
Stagg) to Memphis crunk (It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp – Oscar winner from the
movie, Hustle and Flow) to Southern Gospel (Yahweh by the Hoppers) to country
(Keith Urban and the Pistol Annies) to comedy (Sandler’s Chanukah Song). 
New-ish songs that speak to me are Little Talks (Of Monsters and Men),  I
Will Wait (Mumford and Sons) and Skyfall (Adele). 
Fav personal discovery of the month:
Tedeschi Trucks Band
We all have songs that have stood our personal test of time. Here’s my top
15 classics: 
Hotel California (Eagles)
Presence of The Lord (Clapton)
Both Sides Now/Help Me/Free Man in Paris (Joni)
Imagine (Lennon)
Respect (Aretha)
Like a Rolling Stone (Dylan)
Gimme Shelter (Stones)
Light My Fire ( Doors)
In My Life (Beatles)
Proud Mary ( Tina or Creedence)
Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple)
Purple Haze (Hendrix)
California Dreaming (Mamas and Papas)
The Weight (Levon)
Good Vibrations (Beach Boys)
6 – What do you like best about playing guitar?
Playing guitar will hopefully give me a leg up over the multitude of rising
comedic storytellers in the storytelling boom live and across all media.
Unexpectedly, I’ve become a better listener!
7 – Do you have any tips/suggestions for other students?
My “mantra,” that I capsuled from storytelling guru Ira Glass of NPR’s This
American Life, is “persist until your ability becomes equal to your great
8 – when is your next gig?
I am in the final rewrite of a group of true, comedic stories from my life,
one of which is a story song I’m working with Jason to polish. Watch for details
on my new blog 
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Chris Brooks – Riffstation – Riff of The Month #2 – Hybrid Diminished Scale

Hey guys it’s Chris, back for another video with Riffstation. The Hybrid Diminished is what we’re talking about today. It’s a silly scale based out of a symmetrical pattern. Normally with diminished triads or diminished 7 arpeggios, we’re building everything on consecutive minor thirds. So for example, a dim 7 arpeggio in E, would go like this: E,G,Bb,Db,E and repeat. Instead of staying in the key of E here, we’ll take the first 3 notes of a diminished triad and play the same pattern across all strings. So on the E string starting on the 12th fret we’ll play E, G, Bb in sequence. Then the same pattern on the A gives A,C,Eb and on the D string gives D,F,Ab. On G we get G,Bb,Db. On B we get B,D,F and then up to the high E string which gives the same notes as the low E. When you play the whole formation, you’re not necessarily in a single key. It sounds very chromatic but it has some nice properties as a pattern. Each string ends on a note higher than the note you will begin on the next string. Because of this you don’t get the typical ascending scale, you get little down stops every time you change string. It sounds really cool. I play through it slowly here and then speed up with a couple of variations. So if you ever need a speedy atonal digression, just reach for this scale! The Hybrid Diminished!

Wanna improve your technique? Check out our awesome guitar software here and you can catch more of Chris over at his channel…


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Sam Bell – Guitar Techniques Lesson #2 – Riffstation

Hi, Sam Bell here for Riffstation. This month I’m going take you through a writing concept I like to use when I’m coming up with chord progressions. What you just heard was a bit of my song “You will know what to think” and in that song it started off with me playing around with some chord inversions.

One of the first things I did was coming up with inversions which shared a common note. In this case Bb. I start of with a major 7th root inversion. Building the chord progression using inversions which share a common note leads to non-functional harmonies which means that the chords aren’t necessarily related in a typical musical sense. I give a few examples in the video here. You can build this concept on any chord type so have fun with your experiments.

Check out Sam’s channel
and his band Mask Of Judas, they rock!

Check out our guitar software which lets you get the chords for any songslow down the music, and isolate guitar solos.

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Rare Augustino LoPrinzi Custom Nova classical guitar with Thurman multi-dimensional sound ports


Here’s an intriguing classical guitar design that recently turned up for sale on Craigslist with an asking price of $1650. It’s an Augustino LoPrinzi Custom Nova, a model that I had written about fleetingly in the very early days of this blog, but which I can no longer find mentioned on the Augusto LoPrinzi website. (Maybe the website is out of date, or perhaps this guitar is a discontinued model).

Most strikingly the guitar features “Thurman multi-dimnensional sound ports” which allegedly are extremely beneficial to the sound of the guitar and also function as cutaways allowing easier access to the top of the neck. Indeed, from the front, the guitar has a double cutaway appearance, but it actually has a full classical body. The same soundports were also used on Clearport guitars, but their website is no longer available, so I assume the same applies to their guitars.

G L Wilson

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Watch Paul Reed Smith’s TED Talk


Paul Reed Smith is an innovator and a really great ambassador for the guitar in general. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to meet him in person, you’d know that he has this really contagious combination of enthusiasm and knowledge. Put a guitar in his hands and he seems to instantly become about 16 years old, and yet if you ask him to explain a design principle or a spec choice, he’s incredibly eloquent. You’ll see a great example of the latter in his TED talk, embedded below (or here if you’d like to open it in another window).

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Periphery Announces New Project – ‘Clear’


Remember a few weeks ago when Periphery’s Mark Holcomb teased about a forthcoming Periphery project during our interview? Well here it is! Clear! Not quite an EP, not quite an album, every band member has written their own track, showcasing their individual writing styles and filtering it through the massive Periphery machine. Here’s what the band had to say about it (and a teaser video at the end):

Clear is an experiment to explore all of the different writing styles in the band. It’s rare when you have a band where every member is capable of writing and producing music. With each member controlling their own track, this recording enabled us to go down any path we chose in terms of style and sound.

“Every track also contains a melodic theme established in Clear’s intro track “Overture” this common thread links all of the songs together, even though they all sound wildly different. Clear shouldn’t be confused with our new 3rd full-length album that we’re currently working on, nor should it be considered an EP as it rides somewhere in-between clocking in at 30 minutes. Enjoy!”

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Les Paul’s Trio Featuring Steel Guitar Legend Johnny Farina at B.B. King Blues Club


Press Release

Source: DKC Public Relations

Les Paul Trio_webLes Paul’s Trio featuring Johnny Farina of Santo & Johnny and “Sleep Walk” fame will be appearing live at B.B. King Blues Club on December 14, 2013 at 8pm.

“Santo & Johnny” collected a Gold Record in 1959 for their prolific original instrumental tune, “Sleep Walk”.   This song has been covered by more than two hundred different artists and has been heard in over 20 movies TV programs and series, as well as TV commercials from 1959 to 2013.

Even more remarkable is the fact that this composition has recently been credited with over four million certified airplays since its release in 1959!  Capping this award, “Sleep Walk” was recognized again in 1999 with a Grammy Award for the Best Pop Instrumental recorded by “The Brian Setzer Orchestra”.

In total, Johnny Farina and “Santo & Johnny” have recorded and released 35 albums and over 50 singles worldwide during their careers which span over 50 years. Other Santo & Johnny hits include All Night Dinner, Tear Drop, Caravan and Pipeline.   Johnny Farina has kept the magical steel guitar sound alive performing as a solo artist all over the world since the early 70′s.

The members of Les Paul’s Trio have always been considered cream of the crop among the greater New York area music scene.  When band leader, Lou Pallo, felt like experimenting he decided to invite his friend legendary steel guitarist, Johnny Farina, to sit-in with the trio on a recent Les Paul Monday evening at the iconic Iridium Jazz Club. The collaboration turned out to be better than Lou had ever expected; so rather than this being a one-off event, Lou & Johnny decided to bring this dynamic new combo on the road with their very first stop being Lucille’s at B.B. King’s on Dec 14 at 8pm.

Tickets are available at the B.B. King box office and all other Ticketmaster locations or charge by phone 1 800 754 3000 or  B.B. KING BLUES CLUB 237 West 42nd Street Times Square New York City 212 997 4144 BBKINGBLUES.COM


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