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Chicago Music Exchange Unveils New Fender Exclusives

Chicago Music Exchange has proudly expanded its line of exclusive Fender instruments for 2017 with the introduction of five new models. Available only at CME, these guitars feature a selection of Fender finishes and special features developed collaboratively between Fender product specialists and CME’s expert staff. In an effort to meet consumer demands and cater to the latest gear trends, many also hone in ...

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Watch Paul Riario Check Out the BandLab Link Analog

In this clip, our own Paul Riario checks out a cool new piece of gear—the BandLab Link Analog. BandLab is best known as the software producer behind the revolutionary free music recording app, and with the the Link Analog, the company introduces an affordable and high quality interface.  The interface features top level components like Neutrik Combo Jacks and BandLab’s proprietary coiled and shielded cables ...

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Hear Avenged Sevenfold's Cover of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here"

Avenged Sevenfold have made quite a habit of left-field covers lately, re-interpreting the Mexican folk song “Malagueña Salerosa,” Mr. Bungle’s “Retrovertigo,” an original track (“Dose”), Del Shannon’s 1961 hit, “Runaway," The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" and—most recently—The Rolling Stones' "As Tears Go By." Now, the band have released yet another eyebrow-raising cover, taking on the Pink Floyd classic, " ...

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Sweet Green Machine: A Review of the Gretsch G6659TG Players Edition Broadkaster Jr.

By Paul Riario Many of the most beloved Gretsch guitar models were introduced during the Fifties and Sixties, a time many guitar aficionados consider the company’s Golden Era. However, I strongly offer a counter argument that Gretsch is currently enjoying a guitar renaissance, as evidenced by their reimagining of numerous popular models with makeovers that make the brand even more appealing. Case in point: ...

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Getting the Most Out of One Fretboard Position

Getting the most out of one fretboard position In this fourth installment of our study of slow blues soloing, we’ll again focus on utilizing a single fretboard position of the blues scale while additionally including the major third of the tonic, or “home” chord. The example in this column (see FIGURE 1) is played over a slow 12-bar blues progression in E, so we’re going to use the E blues scale (E G A Bb B ...

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Maj7, Maj7b5 and Their Relative Minors

The Asus4b2 arpeggio we looked at last month (November 2017 issue) may be repurposed in a variety of cool, interesting ways, which I think is a worthwhile topic to explore. We’ll begin by moving it down one fret, and while we’re there we’ll check out a slight variation that offers a similar sound and musical color. And, to get double “bang for your buck,” before we finish today’s lesson I’ll show you a conv ...

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