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Nearly two years ago I interviewed Adrian Holovaty, the genius developer behind innovative music transcription site As a front end web developer by trade myself and a guitarist I was blown away by what Adrian had achieved by creating a simple to use tab editor that you could synch with YouTube videos. Two years on Adrian and PJ have taken Soundslice to another level with a full transcription service that includes music notation, TAB, chord box diagrams and synchronises perfectly with audio or video. Soundslice is even available as a technology that you can license for your own website and some big names are already using it such as, Premier Guitar, You can also now buy interactive artist verified transcriptions from the likes of Acoustic Viruoso Antoine Dufour and Gypsy Jazz master Robin Nolan.

As you can see is constantly evolving and they have created a fantastic online service but they have just announced yet another tier to the business and that is Soundslice for Teachers which I think will be massive. Teachers who set up an account for $20/month or $200/year can upload notation in one of the supported formats such as Guitar Pro, Power Tab, Sibelius, Finale and MuseScore and and sync it with audio/video files or existing YouTube videos.

“Build a curriculum around the lessons, and invite as many students as you’d like, at no cost to them. Effortlessly embed your Soundslice score in any web page.”

As takes advantage of the latest web technologies all lessons work in any modern web browser — including iPads, Android tablets and Chromebooks. No installs required.

Head over to the Soundslice website to check out a free trial of Soundslice for Teachers.

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NAMM 2015: D’Addario EXP Coated Acoustic Strings with NY Steel

daddario exp nysteel
At NAMM 2014 D’Addario announced the arrival of a new product, actually they started giving beta sets of strings to artists to test and later in the year released the NYXL strings made in an entirely new New York facility. These strings are totally re-engineered to be stronger, louder and harder wearing. At NAMM 2015 D’Addario announced the arrival of 2 new sets of Acoustic strings that feature NY Steel and they have combined them with their EXP Coating for strings for even greater longevity, D’Addario say they last a minimum of 4 times longer… than what I don’t know but I assume standard uncoated D’Addario equivalents.

The two NY Steel sets available are EXP Coated Phosphor Bronze and EXP Coated 80/20 Bronze.

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Suhr Reactive Load

Suhr Reactive Load
The Suhr Reactive Load “…takes the place of your speaker cabinet in your signal chain. It provides an 8Ω load for your tube amplifier (maximum 100 watts), and produces a balanced and unbalanced signal that interfaces with recording devices, effects, and power amplifiers.”

So this product is not an attenuator it just acts as a load for your amp so that you can run it silently into your DAW and use impulse response cabinet emulation for recording or a cabinet emulator hardware device such as the Two Notes Torpedo C.A.B. Also as Pete mentions in the video comments, you could run one of your amp outputs to a speaker cab and the other to the reactive load which would halve your output and attenuate the output although you might need to consult Suhr or your amp manufacturer before doing this, just in case.

Input Impedance: 8Ω
DI / Line Out Level: +4 dBu at 7 watts input, maximum level setting
Balanced Line Output Impedance: 10KΩ
Unbalanced Line Output Impedance: 10KΩ
Maximum recommended input power: 100 Watts RMS

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Live and Teach Guitar’s Guitar Teacher Survey 2015

guitar teacher survey 2015
Live and Teach Guitar are running a survey for guitar teachers to find out what marketing strategies are most effective in attracting new students and what makes successful guitar teachers stand out from everybody else. This survey will try to seek out best practices from guitar teachers around the world and analyze what actions you as a guitar teacher should focus on in 2015.

The survey will look at:

  • What marketing methods do successful guitar teachers use
  • What type of resources and strategies are most effective
  • How do successful guitar teachers attract new students
  • What to focus on whether you want to teach guitar full time or part time

Every survey participant will receive a comphrensive report analyzing the responses and outlining what strategies and methods lead to the best results.

You can get involved in the survey here:

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NAMM 2015: Source Audio Nemesis Delay

Here’s an extremely tasty new pedal from Source Audio announced at NAMM 2015, the Nemesis Delay. The Nemesis packs 12 delays into a single pedal including digital delay, warm and vibrant analog delay, realistic tape delay and special delays such as animated reverse, octave, and modulating effects. There are 4 user presets, stereo ins and outs, tap tempo, 5-pin MIDI in, MIDI thru, and expression control. Onboard controls include Time, Feedback, Mix, Modulation Depth, Modulation Rate, and Effect Intensity.

The Nemesis also has a USB port to access its free Neuro Effects Editor software for Mac and Windows, offering an entirely new set of adjustable parameters and allows users to edit, save, and share presets with others in the Nemesis/Neuro community. The pedal is also compatible with the Neuro App for iOS and Android that allows users to easily edit, download, and share presets anytime, anywhere.

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Suhr Thornbucker – Pete Thorn Signature Humbucker

Suhr ThornBucker
Suhr announced a myriad of new products prior to their open house and factory party that takes place at the same time as NAMM including the Thornbucker. Pete Thorn has been working with Suhr for a long time on his signature Suhr PT-100 Amp he has also been a long time user of Suhr guitars, in fact his video from 2008 on how to play eruption inspired me to go with a Chrome humbucker in my Suhr S4. Pete plays a lot of vintage style pickups so he wanted to capture the essence of great 50’s PAF humbuckers that would work both with an overdriven amp and a clean amp.

“Thornbucker pickups are born out of a desire to give guitarists a humbucking pickup set that has all of the best attributes of the coveted 50’s PAF pickups with none of the downsides. We have also included a few modern touches: four conductor wiring, a variety of spacings, and the consistency and quality that Suhr is known for.”


Magnet: Alnico V
DC Resistance: 7.3KΩ
Wire: Plain Enamel
Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Magnet: Alnico IV
DC Resistance: 8.4KΩ
Wire: Plain Enamel
Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Color Options: Black, White, Parchment, Zebra, Reversed Zebra and White

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NAMM 2015: Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor

Seymour Duncan vise grip
Compressor pedals are not an easy effect to sell to guitarists until you really understand what they do and how you can use them, I have to say this Seymour Duncan demo does a great job of showing exactly how the new Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor pedal can be used to create sustaining squashed rhythm tones, even out volume peaks and troughs with clean guitar passages such as the tapping section in the video below and also for country spank.

“The Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor is a studio-grade soft-knee compressor designed for guitarists who want to take control of the dynamics of their sound, from a subtle smoothing-out of peaks and valleys to the most squished and pinched extremes and everywhere in between. The Blend knob lets you add as much or as little of the original signal as you like to the compressed sound, while the Mid/Full/High lets you choose the character of the blended signal by deciding what frequency range of the dry signal is blended in with the wet. The Sustain knob determines how long your notes will ring out and the Attack control regulates how quickly the compressor reacts to your initial pick attack. Higher settings give you a late attack that lets your picking dynamics come through before the compression kicks in. And the Volume control does more than just let you match the output with your bypassed sound: you can also use it as a boost while taking advantage of the Blend and Mid/Full/High controls.”

Check out the demo below:

For more info including a some suggested settings head over to the Seymour Duncan Vise Grip product page.

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NAMM 2015: Greg Howe’s Signature Carvin Guitar

greg howe carvin signature
Now I don’t know about you but I’m totally confused about the whole Carvin/Kiesel thing and this new signature guitar for the amazing Greg Howe further confuses the issue in my opinion. According to Jeff Kiesel all custom Carvin guitars will now have the Kiesel logo on the headstock and he has personally worked with Greg Howe on the his new signature model and yet Carvin is the logo on the headstock?!

Anyway aside from the name confusion the guitar will be available from February 1st and it is a sweet looking 24 fret, bolt-on superstrat with a chambered Alder body, Birds Eye Maple fret board with a 20″ radius and comes in a California burst flame top. The guitar will feature a Kiesel Greg Howe signature humbucker in the bridge and the Carvin twin blade pickup in the neck position.

Skip to 1:26 to see Jeff Kiesel talk about the new Greg Howe signature model, or just watch the whole vid to see the Jason Becker tribute guitar:

For more info there are a few places to follow, first up it makes most sense to go to, you could also try Carvin’s website and you could try Kiesel Guitars facebook page, I’m sure one of those will eventually settle the confusion.

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NAMM 2015: Seymour Duncan Mark Holcomb Signature Alpha/Omega Pickups

PRS Guitars and Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb have just announced Mark’s limited edition signature guitar, featuring Mark’s very own Seymour Duncan Alpha and Omega humbucking pickups. Mark came to visit us for a few days to develop these pickups with Keith Merrow, and they’ll be available separately soon. Watch the video above for more information from Mark himself.

seymour duncan alpha/omega pickups

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NAMM 2015: Toneconcepts The Luke, Steve Lukather Signature Boost/EQ Pedal

Toneconcpets The Luke
It’s hard to believe considering what an amazing and long successful career Steve Lukather has had but the Toneconcepts ‘The Luke’ is his first ever custom signature effect pedal. Luke had been impressed by Toneconcepts ‘The Distillery’ pedal to the point where it had become an integral part of his setup and tone so he went to them to create an enhanced custom version for himself which became his new signature pedal called ‘The Luke’.

“‘The Luke’ is an innovative and musical tone-shaping preamp boost with unparalleled power, transparency and tonal flexibility that takes any guitar and amp combination to the next level of musical bliss.” – Toneconcepts

Check out the new pedal over at the Toneconcepts website where you can purchase one of the limited edition (only 100 produced) pedals for $269.00.

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