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Interview: Demi Lovato Guitarist Mike Manning on Music, Social Media and Les Pauls

Anne Erickson
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06.03.2014

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Mike Manning is the guitarist for one of the biggest stars of the moment, Demi Lovato, but that doesn’t mean he has stopped mastering the guitar.
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Taming the Les Paul Standard’s Tonal Versatility

Craig Anderton
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06.02.2014

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Thanks to an innovative pickup wiring design, the Les Paul Standard offers 13 distinct, different pickup-based sounds without on-board electronics or modeling techniques. While far more versatile than the usual neck/both/bridge switching options, this many options may seem daunting: How can you remember all these combinations, and switch among them effortlessly onstage?
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Make Acoustic Guitar Piezo Pickups Sound Great

Craig Anderton
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05.30.2014

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There are two main ways to record an acoustic guitar: point one or more microphones at it, or use its built-in piezo pickup. The piezo option is very convenient, because you can patch the output directly to a computer’s audio interface.
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It’s a Slam Dunk!

Chloe Scannapieco
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05.30.2014

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Admitting that you’re a fan of pop rock, power punk and everything in between has always been deeply uncool. But the increasingly popular Slam Dunk, an all day multi-stage travelling music festival, has well and truly broken the ‘guilty pleasure’ shackles off all of those sub-genres for closet fans throughout the UK and indeed, those travelling in especially from mainland Europe.
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Is Heavy Music Making a Comeback?

Anne Erickson
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05.30.2014

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For years now, heavy music has fallen out of the mainstream. Bands with an affinity for alt-folk, synthpop, dubstep, EDM and pop have caught on with the masses, leaving bread-and-butter heavy music genres such as rock and metal to smaller crowds.
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The Wit and Wisdom of Noel Gallagher

Michael Leonard
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05.29.2014

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Noel Gallagher turns 47 on May 29. 2014 has seen the 20th anniversary of Oasis’s debut Definitely Maybe reissued in an expanded Chasing the Sun edition, adding demos and live cuts. It reminds fans how the Manchester band shook-up the U.K. rock scene. Gallagher is currently working on his second solo/High Flying Birds album.
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Five USB Audio Interface Myths Busted

Craig Anderton
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05.28.2014

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When you’re recording with a computer, an audio interface provides the crucial translation from the analog world of guitars and vocals to digital data your computer can understand. The most popular type of audio interface connects to your computer via USB, but are there some myths that need to busted? Of course! Here are five of our favorites.
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How Gibson’s 2014 Les Paul Signature Expands Creative Horizons

Ted Drozdowski
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05.27.2014

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The most timeless songs, from Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” bridge the past and the present to create an entirely fresh perspective. The same can be said for certain instruments — like the Gibson 2014 Les Paul Signature model.
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The Basics: Three Types of Electric Guitars

Ted Drozdowski
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05.26.2014

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Electric guitars are full of options, with various pickups, bridges, fret sizes, neck radii, tone woods, tuners and so on all having an impact on how an instrument plays and sounds. But stripping things down to the absolute basics, there are three types of electric guitars: solid bodies, hollow bodies and semi-hollow bodies. And they’re ideally suited for different playing approaches.
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The Art Of Punk Bass

Peter Hogdson
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05.26.2014

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When you really get down to it, punk is a particularly bass-driven genre. Whether it’s an overtly bass-driven track like Green Day’s “Long View” or The Clash’s “London Calling,” or something a which follows more of a guitar-and-bass-in-unison style like, well, The Ramones’ entire catalog, the bass serves as a crucial anchor between the rhythm and harmony, and it has an equally important role in defining the texture and substance of the band’s sound.
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