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  • The community's favorite modeling combos
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    The community's favorite modeling combos - The top entry-level modeling combos for guitar

    05/19/18

    Whether you're just starting out with the guitar or you're simply looking for an affordable and practical tool, modeling combos are an attractive alternative to amplify your instrument. All major brands have their own models and the offer is huge, so it's not easy to choose one! That's why we asked our French community to vote for their favorites …

  • Recording electric guitar - Amps in a home studio
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    Recording electric guitar - Amps in a home studio - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 76

    05/16/18

    "S**t, I forgot that!" Have you ever had that feeling when you came out of a test or an important interview? I bet you have, surely at least the "s**t" part... Well that's exactly what I thought a couple of days ago regarding the chapter dedicated to electric guitar... Fortunately, the publication rhythm of the series gives me the opportunity to s…

  • Introduction to modes and modal harmony
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    Introduction to modes and modal harmony - Harmony Basics - Part 46

    05/14/18

    Today I invite you to continue on this harmonic trip with a completely new topic. But it's not just any topic! In fact, it might just shatter some of your most deeply entrenched beliefs and fundamental certainties regarding harmony! Let me introduce you to modes and modal harmony!

  • Voicings for piano (end)
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    Voicings for piano (end) - Harmony Basics - Part 45

    05/04/18

    As you already saw, due to orchestration (delegating the root to the instrument carrying the bass line) or simplification (making voicings lighter), you can take away all sort of notes from your voicings, according to your needs. At the same time, in the last couple of articles, I have striven to present to you more concrete examples of the theore…

  • Voicings for piano (continued)
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    Voicings for piano (continued) - Harmony Basics - Part 44

    05/01/18

    In the previous article we started to discuss how to apply to the piano everything you've seen so far regarding voicings. Today we'll continue doing the same.

  • Recording electric guitar - DI Joe
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    Recording electric guitar - DI Joe - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 75

    04/29/18

    When you talk about electric guitar, it's inevitable to think about the instrument and an amp. To the point that when you mention "direct recording" to some guitar players, they cry "heresy!" and shun it as a sort of safety net for budding audio engineers. And yet, many legendary tracks include guitar parts recorded sending the guitar signal direc…

  • Left-hand voicings for piano
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    Left-hand voicings for piano - Harmony Basics - Part 43

    04/26/18

    Today I will change a bit the usual approach of this article series. What I intend to do this time is to leave aside the purely theoretical aspect and put into practice, in a very simple manner, what we've been discussing in the previous articles regarding voicings.

  • Recording electric guitar - Hardware
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    Recording electric guitar - Hardware - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 74

    04/23/18

    In this new installment I will suggest some mics and DIs to record electric guitar. By no means is this list meant to be an exhaustive one. As usual, I will stick to the standard solutions which have proved their worth through the years, so the least experienced among you know how you can go safe.

  • Recording electric guitar - With or without effects? - Part 3
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    Recording electric guitar - With or without effects? - … - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 73

    04/20/18

    Granted, the techniques you saw last time are not exactly meant for beginners. That said, I think they allow you to get results that easily compensate for the headaches that thinking about the "routing" needed to carry them out entails. Today we'll look into a concrete use case.

  • Voicings and cadences - Follow-up and end
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    Voicings and cadences - Follow-up and end - Harmony Basics - Part 42

    04/19/18

    The present article closes the mini-series we started with article 39 focusing on the use of voicings within the most common cadences. And we'll finish studying voicings based on added-tone chords looking at the interrupted cadence and rhythm changes. Let's go!