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How to Tell Whether Your Truss Rod Is Really the Problem With Your Guitar

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The truss rod is the perennial scapegoat of guitar problems. The reason for this may be the fact that it's easy to access and requires only one tool to adjust on most guitars. Virtually every guitar is going to experience problems related to a truss rod on a seasonal basis, but some guitarists blame it for everything from weak tone to faulty tuners.

The only problem that any guitar will have that can be fixed with a truss rod adjustment is neck bowing. Humidity and temperature changes are the primary causes for bowing, and any piece of wood is going to be affected by them (just like a door that tends to stick in the summer).

Tutorial: How to Restring a Guitar With Your Bare Freakin' Hands

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Chances are if you're reading this blog, you already know how to restring a guitar. It isn't a very hard task, but I've seen some poor technique in guitar restringing from experienced guitarists before. Guitarists who restring their guitars well are often reliant on expensive and unnecessary tools. Even if you prefer to use tools, you could find yourself in a scenario where you're forced to go without them. Use this simple method if you're looking to ditch the tools and restring your guitar like a boss.

Try These Two Jaco Pastorius-Inspired Bass Drills to Increase Your Speed and Dexterity

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The late Jaco Pastorius is held in high regard among bassists. Regardless of whether you play jazz or death metal, any bassist can appreciate his skill in all areas of playing. These two drills are designed to help get your plucking and fretting hands up to Pastorius' speed and dexterity, and are inspired by some of his riffs.

4 Guitar Gimmicks to Avoid at All Costs

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Gimmicks are going to be around as long as there are guitars. They have their place in performances and have been iconic in the past. There comes a point, however, when any gimmick can get old. Townshend couldn't keep smashing his guitars forever (though it seems like Gene Simmons' tongue will never stay in his mouth). The following gimmicks are fairly prevalent in live performances, but have become blasé at this point. Try to eliminate them from your gigs to keep fans interested in your music and to erase any doubt that you're compensating for something.

How to Set Up the Ideal Band Rehearsal Space

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Whatever level your band is at, chances are you've experienced a volume war during rehearsal at some point. It's nobody's fault, really, but it may have to do with the musicians and equipment being in the wrong positions. Each band member must be able to hear what he or she is playing, and also hear what everyone else is doing.

Unless you're a studio-only band, chances are, you'll need to replicate a live setup as best you can. If you practice in the infamous inward-facing circle, everyone will rely on visual cues and be standing at the center of the sound too much. When you practice, position the band according to the stage diagram below, and keep these tips in mind for each band member while you rehearse.