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What I Learned From F1

I’ll always remember this summer as the year I discovered Formula One racing. Not only am I watching every race, this longtime non-video gamer is now obsessed with racing on the Xbox. In transitioning from first-class track-wrecker to a decent driver I realized my approach to getting better was 100% applicable to playing the guitar.

Skipping Down The Path

After a long walk through the garden of arpeggios, you might be thinking, “what else can possibly be said on this subject?” Well, with an attitude like that the answer would be “nothing”. But I think you’re smarter and more curious than that, right? So we’re going to look at a very different approach to visualizing arpeggios on the fretboard.

Minor 7ths

If you’ve been following these last few posts][2], you had to figure that the next installment was going to be about minor sevenths. I’m not one to spring unwanted surprises on you so so let’s turn our attention to the venerable minor seventh chord and arpeggio.

The Magic of Tube Amps

The vacuum tube is a quirky, outdated, expensive, fragile technology. Long after the solid-state transistor replaced the vacuum tube, tone-chasing electric guitarists still treasure these relics of a bygone era. While designers flirted with solid-state amps in the 70’s and 80’s, they didn’t have the same feel and tone as those funny old glass tubes. As always, the tube amp is still the king of tone. 

Mesa/Boogie Cab Clone

Mesa/Boogie recently announced a very slick-looking product called the “Cab Clone”. Equal parts dummy-load, DI box and headphone attachment, the Cab Clone looks like a very cool piece of gear. So what exactly is this thing for? Read on and find out.

Anytune 3.10

Anytune has just updated their flagship app. At this point, Anytune is so mature that you aren't going to see any splashy new features, but a steady improvement in the overall user-experience. But sometimes a seemingly innocuous feature sneaks in that ends being a real game-changer in your workflow. This is one of those releases.

Coming Soon: Class Dismissed!

Oh man, I am beyond excited about this new project I’m working on. Coming later this summer is a new premium lessonClass Dismissed! which focuses on the Van Halen “power shuffle” style in the vein of songs like Hot For Teacher, I’m the One and Ice Cream Man. There is so much good stuff in here that I almost don’t even know where to begin…

Strange Beautiful Music

I don’t write a lot of book reviews here, but after finishing Joe Satriani’s Strange Beautiful Music, I felt like I had a few words to say about about a guitarist who has been a huge influence for me.

Who likes free lessons? Who likes learning how to play classic guitar solos? If you answered “yes” to both questions, have I got some good news for you!