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LessonFace with John Heussenstamm: Introduction to Jazz Guitar

This video and article offer introductory jazz guitar concepts from guitarist and music educator John Heussenstamm. Author and co-author of multiple widely distributed books and videos from major music education publishers, and recipient of more than 10 million views on YouTube, Heussenstamm now can be reached for live online lessons via Lessonface. How many pianos are there in the world? Millions, right? T ...

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Metal for Life with Metal Mike: High-Pitched Natural Harmonics — Video

In this month’s column, I’d like to demonstrate several licks that utilize natural harmonics. A natural harmonic (N.H.) is sounded by picking an open string while lightly touching it with a fret-hand finger directly above a given fret. The natural harmonics that are easiest to produce and are most commonly used are those found directly above the 12th, seventh and fifth frets. When executed properly, a natur ...

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The Next Bend: Clarence White-Inspired Country B-Bender Lick in A — Video

Yes, it's me again—with another fairly basic B-bender guitar lick! Before we get started, however, here are my two obligatory "What's a B-bender?" paragraphs that I use in every column—just in case you're reading this column for the first time: A B-bender is a contraption that lives in- or outside your guitar and allows you to pull—usually with some sort of arm, palm, shoulder or hip movement—your guitar's ...

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Monster Licks Unleashed: Glenn Proudfoot's Tap Fest — Video

I'm using the diminished 7th scale (arpeggio) for this lick. The notes in this arpeggio are E, G, Bb and C#. This lick is very challenging—not for its speed, but for the techniques used. There are no picked notes in this lick; it's all legato and tapping. The big challenge comes with the hammered notes the right-hand index finger hits. While in theory this sounds easy, it's something we generally don't do o ...

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9 ways to improve your music-making computer's performance

Read more about 9 ways to improve your music-making computer's performance at MusicRadar.com Today's computers are power-packed workhorses - multicore and multiprocessor workstations with enough juice for the most formidable tasks. Modern operating systems provide support for vast amounts of RAM, and new solid-state drive technology means that data bottlenecks are a rarity. The days of stuttering and artifa ...

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How to freeze tracks in Logic Pro X

Read more about How to freeze tracks in Logic Pro X at MusicRadar.com A stalwart feature of Logic Pro (amongst other DAWs) for many years now, track freeze enables you to turn off CPU-hogging plugins by temporarily rendering them to their host track. It's a simple and brilliantly effective system, and here we're going to show you how to use it.For more on getting the most out of your CPU, pick up Computer M ...

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How to freeze tracks in Logic Pro X

Read more about How to freeze tracks in Logic Pro X at MusicRadar.com A stalwart feature of Logic Pro (amongst other DAWs) for many years now, track freeze enables you to turn off CPU-hogging plugins by temporarily rendering them to their host track. It's a simple and brilliantly effective system, and here we're going to show you how to use it.For more on getting the most out of your CPU, pick up Computer M ...

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How to disable OS X animations to improve CPU performance

Read more about How to disable OS X animations to improve CPU performance at MusicRadar.com Mac OS X is as pretty as it is powerful, but if you're really serious about music production, you should be aiming to claw back every CPU cycle you can - and that means jettisoning every process and nicety that isn't essential to the creative task in hand.With that in mind, here's a quick guide to turning off OS X's ...

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VIDEO: How to play Sing, by Ed Sheeran

Read more about VIDEO: How to play Sing, by Ed Sheeran at MusicRadar.com Master the driving barre chords in Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams' R 'n' B chart topper'Sing'© 2014 Ed SheeranTutor: Chris BirdVideographer: Martin HolmesBuy a copy of Total Guitar here Read more about VIDEO: How to play Sing, by Ed Sheeran at MusicRadar.com ...

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In pictures: How to twirl a drum stick by Thomas Lang

Read more about In pictures: How to twirl a drum stick by Thomas Lang at MusicRadar.com Want to wow the audience with some showmanship? Thomas Lang guides you through one of his many stick tricks as part of Rhythm magazine's 25th Anniversary celebrations - you can still purchase that special issue for more. Lang starts this trick with a matched grip - check out our drum basics video lesson to make sure you ...

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