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How to play guitar like… Yngwie Malmsteen

Read more about How to play guitar like... Yngwie Malmsteen at MusicRadar.com Yngwie Malmsteen has an unmistakable, idiosyncratic approach to guitar. Very much based in Baroque and Classical-era harmony from the likes of Vivaldi and Bach to Mozart, he seamlessly blends this with rock phrasing, influenced by greats such as Ritchie Blackmore, Jimi Hendrix and Uli Jon Roth. His love of classical harmony often ...

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How to program realistic drum parts – humanising and variation

Read more about How to program realistic drum parts - humanising and variation at MusicRadar.com In this tutorial, we'll show you how you get from a basic programmed MIDI drum pattern to something that sounds like it's being performed by a real drummer. This is achieved using a combination of velocity, timing and the use of articulations.As you'll see, it's impossible to overstate how important articulation ...

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How to program realistic drum parts: basic beat

Read more about How to program realistic drum parts: basic beat at MusicRadar.com Before you can hope to get your sample-based drum kit parts sounding like the real thing, you need to master the basics of beat construction, and in this walkthrough, we're going to help you do just that. Starting right at the beginning, we'll lay out a very simple kick/snare/hi-hats groove in four simple steps.All you need is ...

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8 tips for gigging with a nylon-string guitar

Read more about 8 tips for gigging with a nylon-string guitar at MusicRadar.com So you have your nylon string and you want to go gigging? Here's some advice and tips that will help you on your way... Read more about 8 tips for gigging with a nylon-string guitar at MusicRadar.com ...

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How to become a gear demo guy

Read more about How to become a gear demo guy at MusicRadar.com YouTube views can earn you money over a period of time, but offering your services to a local store could pay even more. Here's how to become a video demonstrator in your spare time…Video"What will really set you apart from the clichéd groin-shot-with-fuzzy-sound video demo is your audio"You'll need a way of recording and editing your videos, b ...

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How to program realistic drum parts: the kit

Read more about How to program realistic drum parts: the kit at MusicRadar.com One of the most fascinating aspects of drumming is the almost open-ended nature of the kit itself. Essentially, a drum kit can be whatever you want it to be, from a small three-piece setup to a massive tom tom-laden monster. Thankfully for us, most drum grooves and patterns can be recreated on a basic kit with a core set of stand ...

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Weekend riff: Michael Jackson – Beat It (main riff)

Read more about Weekend riff: Michael Jackson - Beat It (main riff) at MusicRadar.com Rock meets pop with Steve Lukather's cool riffing in one of Michael Jackson's best loved tracksThis classic riff is based around a three-string E minor arpeggio with an added 9th interval F# thrown in for good measure. You need to carefully mute the strings so that the notes don't ring out over each other. Watch the video ...

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Beefing up a classic breakbeat for dancefloors

Read more about Beefing up a classic breakbeat for dancefloors at MusicRadar.com PRODUCTION EXPO 2014: When two sounds occur at the same time, their frequency spectra will interact in some way (if their frequencies overlap). It can help to tune layers so their harmonics fit together and sound more like one whole sound.Download the tracks for this lessonYou can try pitching by ear, or oscilloscope-style wave ...

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A quick guide to percussion for the electronic producer

Read more about A quick guide to percussion for the electronic producer at MusicRadar.com Roughly speaking, there are two broad families of instrument that you're likely to come across when dealing with sampled percussion libraries. The first is orchestral percussion - timpani, snare drum, xylophone, etc - and the other is 'ethnic' percussion, which really covers everything else.There is quite a bit of cros ...

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Stacking synths for a hands in the air edm chord sequence

Read more about Stacking synths for a hands in the air edm chord sequence at MusicRadar.com PRODUCTION EXPO 2014: The process of stacking synthesiser layers together, when approached methodically and carefully, is one of the quickest and most intuitive ways to achieve a powerful and interesting synth part in a track. As listeners, we respond to subtle evolution and variation, so breaking down one unifying c ...

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