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Blackstar Amps: The Best of Both Worlds

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Keeping up on my Bri’ish slang… not to cause a kerkuffle, but in my humblest of opinions, British amplification is top-notch. There is a little company called Blackstar Amplification out of Northampton England that began their quest to revamp amps in 2004. Known for their expression and innovation, Blackstar Amplification has hopped the pond to share their ingenuity with us Yankees. Right o’ Chaps, without further delay (heh!), here is what you need to know about Blackstar. ISF Controls: Blackstar set themselves apart from any typical amp with the Infinite Shape Feature (ISF) tone control network. What makes this so...

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My Child is Whining About Music Lessons (and I am, too)

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Parents usually involve their children in two major extracurricular activities: music and/or sports. Usually you end up being the Taxi-Mom or Taxi-Dad and find yourself “hauling” (at least it seems that way) your kids to multiple activities. Slave to the clock, you’re usually pressing for time and desperate for your child to figure out what “LET’S GO!” means; does this sound familiar yet? Eventually you hear, “Do I have to?” or “But I don’t want to go!” As frustrating and exhausting as this may be, there is an advantage to keeping your child involved in music. Largely, this article focuses...

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Purchasing a Guitar: 101

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You may have walked into a music-retailer and thought, “I am ready to buy a guitar.” Or, maybe you’re shopping for someone else who has expressed interest in starting up on the 6-string (if it’s a surprise you’ll have to hone in on your investigative skills). Be sure you're working with a music-retailer whose employees have integrity! (Like these guys).  Note: This shouldn’t be an overwhelming process, feel free to comment below with questions and we’ll work together! Establish Your Desired Sound: Despite how interesting this would be, Bob Dylan didn’t buy an electric guitar, tune it into “Drop-D” and become...

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What the Fuzz?

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So, you want to sound like Jimi Hendrix sans bell-bottoms. We all do. But what's the secret behind the sound? Friend, it's all in the fuzz. Here are five fantastic fuzz pedals and what you need to know about them: Walrus Audio Jupiter Multi-Clip Fuzz: For the player looking for a thick sound, the Jupiter Fuzz by Walrus Audio puts you in control with a user-friendly configuration which allows you to perfectly balance your fuzz and tone. Demand the most out of the Jupiter Fuzz pedal with the stand-out mode switch to change between three separate diode arrangements and bonus Bass...

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How Do I Play High Notes On Trumpet?

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How To Play High Notes This article is not going to make every trumpet player have the ability to play screaming high notes.  Truthfully there is no secret to playing higher notes on the trumpet, but this article will give you some tools to use to help you expand your range.  Also remember that just playing these exercises once will not make your range be automatically better, these are exercises that are meant to be performed daily just like if you were preparing for a marathon.  First thing to do is practice breathing from your belly and filling the lungs...

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