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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 …

Free Pro Tone Pedals Contest

Written on February 18, 2014 at 9:55 am, by pappy

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I’ve never been a huge fan of guitar competitions, but I think this mainly stems from my lack of playing confidence.  But then one of my favorite pedal companies out there, Pro Tone Pedals, decided to host …

3 Merchandising Ideas

Written on February 18, 2014 at 9:54 am, by pappy

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I’m a big fan of marketing and merchandise, mainly because of the psychology behind it.  I like the idea of people sitting in a room dreaming up ways to trick you into thinking you need something that, to …

Gruv Gear GigBlade

Written on February 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm, by pappy

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I’m not a fan of hard-shell guitar cases.  They serve their purpose of keeping the guitar fairly safe in serious rough-and-tumble situations, like loading and unloading out of tour buses or (*shudder*) letting the airlines load or unload …

TrueFire’s Operation Grateful

Written on January 29, 2014 at 9:00 am, by pappy

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When I was in my early 20s, I had a roommate named Bert who serves in the US Air Force.  The first time he deployed he was only gone for a few months, but when he came back …

5 Steps Toward Guitar Success

Written on January 20, 2014 at 8:14 am, by pappy

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Inspired by Rocksmith 2014, a few of my friends have expressed interest in learning guitar.  They plan on getting the game and… what’s that other thing they need?  Oh yeah!  A guitar!  They need a guitar.  One …

Import Rocksmith Songs into Rocksmith 2014

Written on January 1, 2014 at 8:08 am, by pappy

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Rocksmith 2014 has great songs on the disc and more waiting for you as downloadable content (DLC) on the Internet, but the first Rocksmith has even MORE great songs on the game with even more DLC and if …

Rocksmith 2014 Review

Written on December 22, 2013 at 6:10 am, by pappy

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When I was a kid I decided that I wanted to learn how to play an instrument.  While I’m not entirely sure, I think I was mainly influenced by the amount of prison movies I had been watching …

Two Guys’ 7 String

Written on December 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm, by pappy


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Usually I lead into my topic with a story or anecdote that (hopefully) pulls you the reader to my side to be further convinced as my editorial spins out over what I often hear is way too many …