Lessons and Gear Reviews

Inversions Explained, Applied, and digested. How and why to use inversions in your guitar playing

Posted by Guy Capuano - August 15, 2011 - Classroom, Getting Schooled
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Inversions When I was a teenager everything I played was either power chord driven, clunking along, or some super flashy shred guitar meant to melt your face off. But now that I am advancing in years and my musical taste is evolving I have ventured in quite a few styles of music that draw heavily […]

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Playing “In the Pocket” What does that mean? Why do it as a bass player?

Posted by Guy Capuano - July 6, 2011 - Getting Schooled
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“In the Pocket” What? This mystical term “Playing in the Pocket” may sound like nonsense to the uninitiated or untrained, but to any serious bass player or drummer it is absolute necessity. “In the pocket” is where a solid rhythm section lives. Lets discuss exactly what this phrase means. Some may say the pocket is […]

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Guitar & Bass Live Looping Technique Explained

Posted by Guy Capuano - April 6, 2011 - Classroom, Effectology
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Looping is a Beautiful thing Looping is a recorded sample, or clip, of music that is repeated over and over again. This is used largely in electronic music with sequencing software like Abelton and Reason. We are huge fans of Abelton and are skilled with using it, but we are going to look at a […]

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Finger Vibrato Guitar Lesson

Posted by Guy Capuano - April 6, 2011 - Classroom
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You CAN do this! Here is an in depth, clear, precise instructional video we made to help you master the advanced technique of the finger vibrato. Don’t be fooled by the name, the finger actually does not have the main part in properly producing this technique, the real work lies in the arm and wrist. […]

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Bass Bridge test, High Mass compared to Stock with High quality audio

Posted by Guy Capuano - February 19, 2015 - Gear Reviews
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Bass Bridge Upgrade a Necessity? I was recently very impressed with the demos of the current line of Fender Squire basses. In particular the Squire Affinity with the P&J pickup configuration. After looking over the specs I decided it was an excellent platform to mod, with the body being alder and the frets and neck […]

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Bass Lesson “Give up the Funk” (tear the roof off the sucker) Bootsy Collins with video and tabs

Posted by Guy Capuano - February 2, 2015 - Classroom, Getting Schooled, Tab Archive
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Bootsy Baby This is one of thee funkiest grooves of all time. I noticed the lack of any decent, accurate bass tabs available for this. So I wrote one out by hand and have put the picture up of it. Right click on the picture and download it. Also here is a video of bassist […]

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Funk Bass Bible Review

Posted by Guy Capuano - January 29, 2015 - Gear Reviews, Getting Schooled
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Funkalicious I recently got turned on to the the Funk Bass Bible, a book published by Hal Leonard. The first thing I noticed was it had a rich selection of songs, included some early R&B, funk and even 90’s gangsta rap songs. I am a 90’s guy, as I learned how to play in my […]

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Ed Sheeran “Make it Rain” guitar lesson SOA theme song

Posted by Guy Capuano - December 19, 2014 - Classroom, Effectology, Getting Schooled, Tab Archive
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Make it Rain I heard this song for the first time on the Voice the other night. I loved it. I have been an Ed Sheeran fan ever since I found out about his live looping skills. That mixed with his genuine lyrics and I was hooked. Apparently this song is not officially released yet, […]

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Rusty Strings? Acoustic and Electric?

Posted by Guy Capuano - November 24, 2014 - Off topic
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Electric Strings Die Quicker than Acoustic Have you ever noticed how your strings on your electric seem to go dead quicker than the ones on your acoustic? I just finished a Lab for my Chemistry class that explains this. I submerged one nickel (electric) and phosphor bronze (acoustic) guitar string, both 52 gauge, low E […]

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Tapestry Audio “Time Traveler” Auxiliary BPM Synchronization Pedal Demo Video

Posted by Guy Capuano - November 7, 2014 - Gear Reviews
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Auxiliary BPM Synchronization Pedal The Time Traveler is a MUST Have for anyone who uses multiple delays, or time based effects on their pedal board. This nifty pedal Has the ability to to store BPM presets and comes with 2 or 3 output options. I have used, and even built, normal multi out tap tempo […]

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Digitech Whammy V user review and demo, high quality audio video

Posted by Guy Capuano - October 29, 2014 - Gear Reviews
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Whammy V I have always loved Tom Morello’s style of playing. It was on the first Rage Against the Machine record that I first encountered the Whammy pedal sound. This Whammy V is the latest release of this iconic pedal. It does not disappoint. Classic or Chords mode This version five has 2 options, or […]

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DragonFire Power rails X2n XL500L type pickups, user review and demo METAL

Posted by Guy Capuano - October 18, 2014 - Getting Schooled
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So Hot and METAL be careful with these things, they will melt your face clean off your shoulders! So hot and strong. I installed them in a Made in Japan Jackson Dinky with the original turbo Booster and it is a massive improvement over the stock EMG Hz’s. The pickups do have a clarity about […]

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The new EHX Pitch Fork demo and review, Electro Harmonix Octave Generator Whammy and gliss

Posted by Guy Capuano - October 15, 2014 - Gear Reviews
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Hey everyone, I got in the new Pitch Fork Octave generator pedal yesterday. I have put together a few demo videos showing a very small amount of what this pedal can do. I literally only spent a few minutes with this pedal before shooting these demos. This pedal deserves alot more exploration. The creative possibilities […]

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Stratocaster Tone Woods sound examples with high qualiy audio/video

Posted by Guy Capuano - October 4, 2014 - Classroom, Getting Schooled
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Choosing the Right Materials I decided to put together a strat demo using 2 different, highly popular types of wood. I kept as many things identical in each example. the same neck, pickguard, amp and settings as well as everything in my DAW (sound card) settings and even mic placement for the amp.   Materials […]

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How to survive a gear melt-down

Posted by Adam Obrien - September 10, 2014 - Getting Schooled
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LEDs not coming on, switches not working, the sound of silence… it’s the thing that gives all of us the cold sweats at night but is inevitable non the less: Gear melt-down. The worst part is that it happens to everyone and will occur at the least convenient timing possible. We have all been there… […]

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The Guide to Buying and Trading Used Gear Part 5

Posted by Guy Capuano - September 5, 2014 - Classroom, Getting Schooled
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Although eBay is not the best place to find extreme deals, it can be one of your most valuable resources for information. Once you have identified a guitar that you think you might be able to get a good price and flip for a profit, time to go to eBay and get some more data. […]

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The Guide to Buying and Trading Used Gear Part 4

Posted by Guy Capuano - September 4, 2014 - Classroom, Getting Schooled
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Beyond the information that is included in an ad, there is other information available if you look for certain words and phrases. Ads that outright say “Price is Firm” or “Will not consider lower offers” usually mean it. You can try but count yourself lucky if you manage to get them to waver just slightly […]

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The Guide to Buying and Trading Used Gear Part 3

Posted by Guy Capuano - September 3, 2014 - Classroom, Getting Schooled
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The first time you start searching through Craigslist, or another site, will be time consuming. In order to simplify things I suggest you set a budget for your first few purchases. When I started my goal was to not spend more than $150 per guitar. This ensures that you don’t have too much invested early […]

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PRS Comparison CE and Custom “sound difference” video, audio

Posted by Guy Capuano - August 26, 2014 - Gear Reviews, Getting Schooled
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Whats the difference Hello internet. I have always wonder exactly what the tonally differences were between the CE and the Custom. As a man who scours the used market buying,  trading and selling I often wondered why the bolt on CE PRS guitars often go for $1200-$800 while the Customs, which look identical except for […]

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The Guide to Buying and Trading Used Gear part 2

Posted by Guy Capuano - August 14, 2014 - Gear Reviews, Getting Schooled
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Part 2 Buying, selling and trading can be an inexpensive way to get the guitar and gear that you are looking for, as long as you realize from the start that it is not always the most direct way to do it. The simplest way to buy a guitar is to go to a retail […]

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The Guide to Buying and Trading Used Gear! Part 1

Posted by Guy Capuano - August 12, 2014 - Gear Reviews, Getting Schooled
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I’m told there is nothing as wonderful as the thrill of getting a new guitar. Opening the case, breathing in the new guitar smell, collecting the included “case-candy”. Knowing that you are the first person to ever own this guitar – that it is yours and it’s in perfect condition. At least that is what […]

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Chronixx bass lesson “Here comes Trouble”

Posted by Guy Capuano - August 8, 2014 - Classroom, Getting Schooled
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Reggae Bass lines Who does not love a good reggae bass line? This new wave a reggae often has a very funky, thumping, groove to it.  I have never heard of Chronixx until they performed on NBC on one of my favorite shows, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  They sounded excellent on the show […]

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Guitar Lesson “Pokemom Theme Song”

Posted by Guy Capuano - April 3, 2014 - Classroom, Tab Archive
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I had a student come in and request to learn the Pokemon Theme song. I had heard about Pokemon but had no idea about the theme song, or even what the style was. I thought it would be kind of cheesy electronic noises like Mario, but it turned out to be a really fun time. […]

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Kim Walker Alive Guitar lesson TAB

Posted by Guy Capuano - April 1, 2014 - Classroom, Tab Archive
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Hello internet! I am doing a new song at church this weekend, Kim Walker’s “Alive.” It is a great song for Easter as well so I figured I would share this lesson with my notes for the lead guitar part. Hopefully some of you will find this extremely useful. Also big shout out to the […]

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