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6 essential Ableton Live performance tips

Read more about 6 essential Ableton Live performance tips at MusicRadar.com A major contributing factor to Ableton Live's success when it first launched in 2001 was its innovative Session View, a gloriously non-linear loop playback and manipulation interface via which rough ideas could be knocked about as the basis for full arrangements, and - more importantly, it turned out - full tracks and samples could ...

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MusicRadar basics: key features of a digital piano

Read more about MusicRadar basics: key features of a digital piano at MusicRadar.com MusicRadar basics is brought to you in association with Roland.Don't forget you can link up with Roland on Facebook and Twitter. As well as providing an authentic reproduction of an acoustic piano, a digital piano will also offer many other features that will enhance your playing. If you're only familiar with acoustic piano ...

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10 ways to create better percussion parts

Read more about 10 ways to create better percussion parts at MusicRadar.com With so many options on the market these days when it comes to multisampled percussion, there's really no excuse for not getting a bit of struck, shaken and scraped instrumentation into your DAW projects. Whether used in partnership with a drum kit track or in place of one, congas, bells, tambourines, shakers, triangles and the rest ...

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How to play guitar like… Paul Gilbert

Read more about How to play guitar like... Paul Gilbert at MusicRadar.com Paul Gilbert's incredible guitar technique has astounded us for years. Here, we break it down...Having helped define what's possible on the electric guitar, it's clear that Paul Gilbert possesses that rare talent: oodles of scary technique and an innate ability to pen a great tune. Schooled in the classical precision of Bach, but also ...

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The Francesco Artusato Project Premiere "Our Dying Sun" Lesson Video — Exclusive

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive "Our Dying Sun" lesson video featuring Francesco Artusato of the Francesco Artusato Project. This is the title track from the band's new album, which was released in October by Sumerian Records. You'll also find a transcription of the "Our Dying Sun" guitar solo at the bottom of this story. "This is the solo from 'Our Dying Sun'," says Artusato (Devil You Know, A ...

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Wah pedals: what you need to know

Read more about Wah pedals: what you need to know at MusicRadar.com Change tone in an instant, make your guitar sound as if it's crying, and funk up those rhythm sounds - welcome to the wonderful world of wah-wah.What does a wah pedal do?In basic terms, it changes the tone of your signal. As you push the pedal downward from its highest position, it changes your tone from bassy to trebly, but it's not like a ...

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Weekend riff: Deftones – My Own Summer

Read more about Weekend riff: Deftones - My Own Summer at MusicRadar.com Master Stephen Carpenter's cool alt-metal harmonic minor guitar riffThis is a fairly easy riff to learn. The most significant challenge is managing the constant changes of position on the fretboard. The trick is not to try and play the riff with just one finger. A two-finger approach will enable you to easily fret the notes that are ne ...

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MusicRadar basics: how to set up a pedal board for your guitar effects

Read more about MusicRadar basics: how to set up a pedal board for your guitar effects at MusicRadar.com MusicRadar basics is brought to you in association with Boss.Don't forget you can link up with Boss UK on Facebook and Twitter.Once you start using more than a couple of pedals you will need to consider the order in which they are laid out as this will have an effect on your overall tone.Pedals react dif ...

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VIDEO: RGT Performance Award – Level Two

Read more about VIDEO: RGT Performance Award - Level Two at MusicRadar.com New time signatures and great-sounding chords will move you towards your Level Two Performance AwardTutor: Chris BirdVideographer: Martin HolmesDownload Total Guitar issue 261 for the accompanying explanation - available in the UK and, digitally, worldwide via Newsstand for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch and Zinio (http://www.zinio.co ...

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VIDEO: Rockschool Grade Five – Rhythmic variation

Read more about VIDEO: Rockschool Grade Five - Rhythmic variation at MusicRadar.com It's time to look at Geek's closing section, which is packed with powerchords, muted strings and fast pentatonic licksTutor: 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 ...

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