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12 tips for choosing production headphones

Read more about 12 tips for choosing production headphones at MusicRadar.com Choosing the right pair of production headphones is a surprisingly tricky task. Unlike monitors, it's not enough for them to simply deliver decent sound - they also need to be comfortable enough to wear for hours on end, durable enough to survive the rigours of recording and, depending on your needs, offer noise isolation and porta ...

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How to add distortion to your drums

Read more about How to add distortion to your drums at MusicRadar.com Get real, edgy, biting grit into your drum sound with a little touch of deliberate distortion. We show you how to get creative, while avoiding overload...Not so long ago the words 'distortion' and 'electric guitar' were inseparable. Now, while it's true that guitarists still rely on a range of distortion treatments to form many popular so ...

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Exclusive: Steve Howe Video Lesson

In the following video, legendary Yes guitarist Steve Howe shows you how to play the key riffs to several Yes classics, including "Starship Trooper," "Siberian Khatru" and "Mood for a Day." Howe recently stopped by Guitar World HQ once again, this time to answer readers' questions. To find out more about his vintage guitar collection, the first song he learned to play and much more, head here. Yes released ...

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The 54 best VST/AU plugin synths in the world today

Read more about The 54 best VST/AU plugin synths in the world today at MusicRadar.com There's no denying that there's been a boom in hardware synth sales over the past couple of years - particular of affordable analogue ones - but if you want to benefit from great sound, convenience and tight integration with your DAW, it's hard to argue with what the best of today's plugin synths have to offer.Sure, many o ...

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Betcha Can't Play This: Dave Reffett's Symmetrical Spider

This is a wide-stretch, legato string-skipping idea that’s based on a symmetrical fretboard shape that moves across the neck in a single position. It’s articulated entirely with fret-hand hammer-ons and pull-offs and, as demonstrated in the video below, I use my pick hand as a string damper by reaching over behind the fret hand and lightly grabbing the neck to mute the idle strings and prevent them from rin ...

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Betcha Can't Play This: Wide-Stretch, Legato String Skipping with Dave Reffett

This is a wide-stretch, legato string-skipping idea that’s based on a symmetrical fretboard shape that moves across the neck in a single position. It’s articulated entirely with fret-hand hammer-ons and pull-offs and, as demonstrated in the video below, I use my pick hand as a string damper by reaching over behind the fret hand and lightly grabbing the neck to mute the idle strings and prevent them from rin ...

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VIDEO: Alex Skolnick guest lesson (TG253)

Read more about VIDEO: Alex Skolnick guest lesson (TG253) at MusicRadar.com Testament's Alex Skolnick leads the way from rock to jazz in TG's three-part lessonMinor licksII-V lickMajor lickDominant 7th and altered licksDownload Total Guitar issue 253 for the accompanying tab and explanation - available in the UK and, digitally, worldwide via Newsstand for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch and Zinio (http://www. ...

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VIDEO: Rockschool Grade Four – Rhythm (TG253)

Read more about VIDEO: Rockschool Grade Four - Rhythm (TG253) at MusicRadar.com You've tried the chords, now lock into Funk 'O' Meter's rhythmTutor: James UingsVideographer: Martin HolmesFull tab and audio for Funk 'O' MeterYou'll find the full track, backing track and tab for Rockschool's Grade Three piece, Funk 'O' Meter, below. Clicking on the links will stream the audio/open the tab. Alternatively, you ...

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VIDEO: Bring The Noise: Coax crazy sounds from your axe: #54 Shergar's Revenge (TG253)

Read more about VIDEO: Bring The Noise: Coax crazy sounds from your axe: #54 Shergar's Revenge (TG253) at MusicRadar.com TG takes the reins and saddles up our vibrato arms, ready to harness some harmonics and produce a thoroughbred whinnying horse soundVideographer and guitarist: Charlie GriffithsDownload Total Guitar issue 253 for the accompanying explanation - available in the UK and, digitally, worldwide ...

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VIDEO: RGT Performance Award – Preliminary Grade (TG253)

Read more about VIDEO: RGT Performance Award - Preliminary Grade (TG253) at MusicRadar.com TG takes a further look at RGT's Preliminary Level Performance AwardTutor: Chris BirdVideographer: Martin HolmesDownload Total Guitar issue 253 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 ...

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