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Don’t Hit the Stage Without These Overlooked Heroes of Your Pedalboard

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.


Guitarists like to spill ink all the time about distortion boxes, classic overdrives, boutique delay pedals, and bucket-brigade modulation effects. It’s understandable why: These attention-grabbing stompboxes lead to dramatic and satisfying changes in sound. Like a great vintage amp or a top-notch guitar, it’s these larger-than-life pedals that help a player define his or her own sonic character.

Sometimes, however, it’s the most often-overlooked pedals that can make all the difference. Learn about them, and get them on your pedalboard  you’ll be surprised at the wonders a simple and relatively unsexy pedal can do for your sound.

Recording, Honing Your Craft, guitar

Sep 21, 2016 09:00 AM

Alex Wilson

The Ins and Outs of Recording Your Guitar Direct In

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.


Cranky neighbors. A dearth of suitable space to stack amps. A shortage of cash. There are any number of obvious and legitimate reasons for learning to record your electric guitar tracks direct in. When you get this skill down pat, you’ll find the approach delivers a great deal of speed and flexibility without compromising too much on sonic quality.

Nice mics in front of tube amps in good rooms still have their place in the world of recording, but the reality is that great records have been made using the ampless approach – to the delight of thin-walled neighbors everywhere.

5 Underrated Bassists You Need to Know About

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.


When we talk about the greatest bassists of all time, the candidates usually fall into one of two categories. On the one hand, you have the Stadium Superstars: Flea, John Entwistle, Geddy Lee, Steve Harris. People who are indisputably awesome players, but definitely buoyed into the stratosphere by the fame of their world-conquering bands.

Then you have the Bassist’s Bassists: cats like Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, John Myung, Billy Sheehan. These masters of the instrument are far less well-known outside of the instrument’s niche audience. More for the hardcores than the casuals.

But there’s a third group: the Quiet Achievers. These bassists have never seen stadium fortune and don’t usually inspire Young Turks to hit the woodshed and practice their double-thumbing. What they have done is write memorable, rewarding music in which the bass plays a role that is both striking and supportive… like any truly great bassist should.

Performing, Honing Your Craft, gear

Jul 28, 2016 06:00 AM

Alex Wilson

The Essential Starter Kit for Performing Live With Clicks and Backing Tracks

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.


If you’re looking to set up your own laptop rig for live performance using click tracks and backing tracks, you’re going to need quite a bit of gear. Seeing as most of us don’t have pots of money to throw around, it’s important that you make the right choices.

What I’m presenting here are some gear options that I use, or have used, that work for me. I’m also throwing in a few alternative ideas when I think there’s more than one great solution at hand.

This is only a starting point. Do your research, think carefully, and keep receipts should you need to return stuff.