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Etiquette on Multi-Band Gigs

 By David Eichenberger Many of the first shows our band might play are gigs with more than one band There are many reasons for this, but most likely, it is because we simply don’t have enough material to cover a whole night of music. No matter if it is original or cover tunes, these types of multi-band gigs can cause stress that is entirely unrelated to […] Continue Reading

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From the Basement to the Stage

  By Dave Eichenberger Oh, sure, you practice for several hours a day. You transcribe those complex double-handed solos in your head while your boss is yelling at you to answer the phone. You left hand taps on the steering wheel in perfect ⅝ time while the left hand is firmly in ⅞. You have a Les Paul, Tele and Strat, and know how to get the best […] Continue Reading

Music Theory Minute: Inversions

By Dave Eichenberger The first thing we learn as guitarists are usually some basic chords. These chords contain very specific notes played with shapes that every guitarist has used for well over 100 years. We now know that in addition to the billions and billions of chords that are available to us, there are many ways to play the exact same chord. Which version of the […] Continue Reading

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Taking Acoustic Guitar To The Rock Stage

By Dave Eichenberger Playing an acoustic guitar isn’t that much of a problem if you’re performing in a solo or duo context: just plug in the guitars to an amp or a mixer and rock out, right? Actually, that works just fine, but when playing with a much bigger group (or miked acoustic drums and loud amps on stage), problems get, um, amplified quickly. Understanding how […] Continue Reading

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Using the Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Insert Jack

By Dave Eichenberger Since the original tape delays were invented, people have been figuring out ways of altering the sound of echoes spewing forth from the output jack. People like Brian Eno have made a production career out of it, but lately, unless you connected your delay pedal to the aux send of a mixer, there was no way to alter the sound of an analog […] Continue Reading

50s & 60s Single Coils for Strat

By Dave Eichenberger Somewhere between 50 and 60 years ago was a magical time in music. Rock music was just getting popular in the mid 1950s, and Guitarists demanded a more modern look and sound from their instruments. Leo Fender tapped into Southern California’s car culture with their new and exciting colors and slapped them on an equally new and exciting Stratocaster design that is still […] Continue Reading

The Art of the Chart

By Dave Eichenberger Guitarists are a scrappy bunch. We don’t quite fit in with the rest of the instrument world. We tend to follow our own rules, and then change them when we feel like it. Sometimes we will play a solo exactly like it was written, and sometimes we can go off and do our own thing. Continue Reading

Seymour Duncan Active P-Bass Pickups

By Dave Eichenberger When looking over the history of popular music, it is safe to say that passive basses are really the most common of the basses used. After all, this is what Leo Fender designed, when active circuitry in a bass was still 30 years away. But these days, bassists need more options. Continue Reading

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Learning Piano Will Make You a Better Guitar Player

By Dave Eichenberger There are lots of reasons why we chose guitar over piano. Piano players have to deal with strict teachers with rulers that slap our wrists every time we use the wrong fingering. Piano isn’t portable, and other than kicking the stool behind you and standing up, there are no rock-approved stage moves. You have to learn repertoire that is 300 years old before […] Continue Reading

The Blues & Rock Player’s Guide to the ‘Rhythm’ Changes

By Dave Eichenberger If you have studied various forms of music, you most likely have figured out that most songs are a combination of several patterns arranged in a particular order. If you are a blues guitarist, you understand a basic blues I-IV-V progression. Playing a blues tune, you naturally hear how the chords change, and most times, once you get the pattern, it is the […] Continue Reading