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18 expert sound design tips and tricks

Read more about 18 expert sound design tips and tricks at MusicRadar.com Ever found yourself losing focus and direction during a sound design session? We've all been there. Musical sound design is an amorphous, open-ended art, and it can be all too easy to lose sight of what it is you're actually trying to create. But fret not - we have the remedy in the shape of 18 tried and tested techniques guaranteed to ...

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How to create sci-fi effects with a sampler

Read more about How to create sci-fi effects with a sampler at MusicRadar.com When you find yourself in need of a special effect or riser sound while in the middle of a determined studio session, you're unlikely to stop your creative flow just to spend ten minutes twisting up a clap sound in a sampler. There are likely thousands of ready-made FX sounds in your sample library, and a synth with a noise genera ...

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One Of The Things I Like Most About Teaching Guitar Lessons

I learn things I might not otherwise learn! Today, I worked out the rhythm and lead guitar parts for “More Than A Feeling” by Boston.  On request, from a student. As often happens, with a classic single like that, there’s so much more to it that one might expect. It’s a very clever and sophisticated chord […] ...

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8 ways to get more out of your samples

Read more about 8 ways to get more out of your samples at MusicRadar.com The modern sampler - be it hardware or software - is a ridiculously powerful sound-generating and processing machine, bursting with creative potential and serving as one of the primary tools in any production setup.With this eight-strong collection of tips and techniques, we aim to get you thinking out of the box about your sampler and ...

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VIDEO: RGT Performance Award – Level Two

Read more about VIDEO: RGT Performance Award - Level Two at MusicRadar.com Plug in a distortion pedal and play a hard rock solo for your Level Two Guitar Performance AwardTutor: Chris BirdVideographer: Martin HolmesDownload Total Guitar issue 263 for the accompanying explanation - available in the UK and, digitally, worldwide via Newsstand for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch and Zinio (http://www.zinio.com) f ...

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VIDEO: Bring The Noise: Coax crazy sounds from your guitar (Behind the nut bends)

Read more about VIDEO: Bring The Noise: Coax crazy sounds from your guitar (Behind the nut bends) at MusicRadar.com Try out this cool string bending technique, used famously by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin's Heartbreaker solo, and by Tony Iommi in the intro to Black Sabbath's Iron ManVideographer and guitarist: Charlie GriffithsDownload Total Guitar issue 263 for the accompanying tab and explanation - availab ...

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VIDEO: Ola Englund guitar lesson

Read more about VIDEO: Ola Englund guitar lesson at MusicRadar.com Swedish metal overlord Ola Englund talks about his approach to seven-string chord playingVideographer: Mick TaylorDownload Total Guitar issue 263 for the accompanying tab and explanation - available in the UK and, digitally, worldwide via Newsstand for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch and Zinio (http://www.zinio.com) from 19 January 2015.Buy a ...

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VIDEO: Rockschool Grade Five – Guitar soloing

Read more about VIDEO: Rockschool Grade Five - Guitar soloing at MusicRadar.com Following last month's primer on lead guitar themes, we're turning our catchy phrases into a full-length soloTutor: James UingsVideographer: Martin HolmesFull tab and audio for GeekYou'll find the full track, backing track and tab for Rockschool's Grade Five piece, Geek, below. Clicking on the links will stream the audio/open th ...

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VIDEO: Josh Middleton guitar lesson

Read more about VIDEO: Josh Middleton guitar lesson at MusicRadar.com Josh took guitar lessons, and he's given lessons. Now he's even teaching fans Sylosis songs via his YouTube channel. So we got him to share some of his best tips...Download Total Guitar issue 263 for the accompanying feature - available in the UK and, digitally, worldwide via Newsstand for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch and Zinio (http://w ...

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How to blend samples with synthesis

Read more about How to blend samples with synthesis at MusicRadar.com Traditional synthesis methods are still as relevant today as they've ever been, but the creative possibilities are infinitely multiplied when regular waveforms are replaced or combined with sampled timbres. Ambience, recorded instruments, vocals, animal noises, soundscapes and everyday sounds can all be used as waveforms within any sample ...

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