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Hal Leonard Blues Guitar Soloing Review

Written on July 20, 2014 at 2:05 am, by pappy

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Hal Leonard recently sent me a new instructional book by Keith Wyatt called Blues Guitar Soloing and it is packed to the gills with great instruction to take you from the very basics of blues solos (the minor …

Hal Leonard 100 Lessons Review

Written on July 13, 2014 at 4:17 am, by pappy

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My favorite kind of instruction book is one that gives you snippets of information – a quick technique to focus on, instructions on how to do it, and then a couple of bars of music to practice on. …

Gear Matters

Written on July 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm, by pappy

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Guitarists everywhere like to inform each other with condescending smiles that what younger guitarists are buying – the gear that they so strongly believe will make them better players – is all for naught.

“Gear doesn’t make the …

The Guitar Noize Podcast: Episode 28 – Taylor 816ce

Written on June 11, 2014 at 11:47 am, by Jon


My name is Pappy and I have a problem: I talk (and write) a lot in my reviews.  I knew the review for the Taylor 816CE would be a long one, and I …

Taylor Guitars 816CE Review

Written on June 11, 2014 at 9:00 am, by pappy

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I told a friend of mine that Taylor Guitars sent me a freshly-made 816CE from their new generation and when I opened up the case, a new-guitar smell greeted me. The smell of cut wood, glue, and new …

Tempest Leather Guitar Strap Review

Written on June 9, 2014 at 8:34 am, by pappy

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One of the most popular concerns I’ve seen about buying guitars has always been how well a guitar is balanced.  Guitar balance is a big deal, but the majority of people asking are just concerned with how much …

Luminlay MA19 Knob Review

Written on June 8, 2014 at 5:08 am, by pappy

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Being on a dark stage, it can be difficult to see your knobs and, if you’re the kind of guitarist that uses your knobs in your songs, that can be a big problem. Some companies have tried to …

Guitar Expeditions: Alamo Music Center

Written on May 25, 2014 at 8:40 am, by pappy

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If you’re in the middle of Texas and looking for a good shop to go to, I can’t recommend Alamo Music Center enough.  It has two locations, one downtown where they have recording and rehearsal space as well …

5 Things You Learn When You Compete in Guitar Contests

Written on March 27, 2014 at 10:27 am, by pappy

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Pro Tone Pedals came out with a contest last month that challenged guitar players to record their riffs using Pro Tone pedals and upload them to SoundCloud where Dennis and Co. would judge them.  The winner would get …

8 Questions With Keith Merrow

Written on March 18, 2014 at 11:04 am, by pappy

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Signature guitars are so interesting to me that I should classify them as a hobby unto themselves.  They have had varying degrees of success from different brands trying to attack different genres and appeal to different customers, but …