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7 ways to get more out of your classic compressor

Read more about 7 ways to get more out of your classic compressor at MusicRadar.com Most DAWs include at least a pretty decent set of stock plugins, but emulations of classic hardware signal processors remain incredibly popular, so they clearly have something special to offer the desktop producer. With these seven tricks and techniques, we're going to show you how to do great things with some of the greates ...

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Weekend riff: Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water (intro)

Read more about Weekend riff: Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water (intro) at MusicRadar.com TG takes a look at one of the easiest rock guitar riffs of all timeNo list of classic guitar riffs can possibly be complete without a mention of Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water. You don't need any great technical ability to play Ritchie Blackmore's riff, so it's ideal for the beginner guitarist looking to get those fir ...

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How to play guitar like… Steve Vai

Read more about How to play guitar like… Steve Vai at MusicRadar.com Steve Vai an unmistakable sound and approach to guitar. Schooled - among many others - in the heroic widdle and awesome rhythm playing of Eddie Van Halen, jazz luminaries such as Wes Montgomery and the crazy quirkiness of Frank Zappa, he seamlessly blends musical styles into his own technically gymnastic hybrid.His love of jazzy octaves is ...

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The A to Z of computer music: T

Read more about The A to Z of computer music: T at MusicRadar.com Tune up on your terminology and teach yourself to talk tech, as we present another list of essentials for you to trawl through.TailThe late reflections of a reverb effect (ie, the main body of the sound after the very short early reflections) are also known as the tail, in reference to the fact that they 'tail off' to silence. The reverb tail ...

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VIDEO: Rockschool Grade Five – Swing feel pop-punk

Read more about VIDEO: Rockschool Grade Five - Swing feel pop-punk at MusicRadar.com In the first part of Rockschool's series on Grade Five guitar it's time to get stuck into some pop-punk.Tutor: 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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10 steps to more effective transitions

Read more about 10 steps to more effective transitions at MusicRadar.com Transitions and fills can be defined as passages, riffs, rhythmic sections or sounds that connect contiguous musical sections together. You will have heard many of them - indeed, there was probably at least one in the last song you listened to, whether it was a smooth segue between verse and chorus, or an attention-grabbing fill before ...

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VIDEO: Bring The Noise: Coax crazy sounds from your axe: #13 Say Wah?

Read more about VIDEO: Bring The Noise: Coax crazy sounds from your axe: #13 Say Wah? at MusicRadar.com Try out Steve Vai's 'talk-wah' guitar tricksVideographer and guitarist: Charlie GriffithsDownload Total Guitar issue 258 for the accompanying explanation - available in the UK and, digitally, worldwide via Newsstand for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch and Zinio (http://www.zinio.com) from 1 September 2014.B ...

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VIDEO: Marty Friedman guest lesson

Read more about VIDEO: Marty Friedman guest lesson at MusicRadar.com In his final lesson, Marty covers Japanese sounds from traditional Hirajoshi to J-PopDownload Total Guitar issue 258 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 1 September 2014.Buy a copy of Total Guitar here ...

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VIDEO: RGT Performance Award – Level One

Read more about VIDEO: RGT Performance Award - Level One at MusicRadar.com Try out some easy pentatonic metal licks in your Level One RGT Performance Award.Tutor: Chris BirdVideographer: Martin HolmesDownload Total Guitar issue 258 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 1 S ...

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VIDEO: Ask TG: Sweep picking guitar lesson

Read more about VIDEO: Ask TG: Sweep picking guitar lesson at MusicRadar.com This issue, Chris and Steve discuss one of the most challenging guitar techniques, sweep picking.Videographer: Martin HolmesTutor: Steve AllsworthPresenter: Chris BirdDownload Total Guitar issue 258 for the accompanying tab and explanation - available in the UK and, digitally, worldwide via Newsstand for iPad, iPhone & iPod tou ...

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