Category: Getting Schooled

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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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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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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Bass backing track Rockabilly in EM

Posted by Guy Capuano - February 17, 2014 - Classroom, Getting Schooled
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Bass Practice tool JAM Here is a backing track video to jam with in the key of E minor. There is no bass line so get creative and tighten up your chops. Try adding arpeggios to add flavor and complexity to your playing. I love minor arpeggios and this song is a great chance to […]

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Rockabilly Jam Track Key of Em Backing track lead guitar

Posted by Guy Capuano - February 1, 2014 - Classroom, Getting Schooled
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Here is a backing track to jam with in the key of E minor. This is a great practice tool. The pentatonic scale works great, also the blues scale will sound good. As always experiment and sharpen your licks. The track is inspired by Brian Setzer and the Stray Cats. Here is a link to […]

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Funk Jam track Key of D (guitar backing track)

Posted by Guy Capuano - January 27, 2014 - Classroom, Getting Schooled
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Here is a jam track I just put together in the style of Funk R&B. This song is great to help refine your funky guitar leads. It works great with the D minor pentatonic but definitely experiment. The main section is a I  IV vamp. The second progression slides up to the V chord from […]

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Boss GT-100 Ambient patch

Posted by Guy Capuano - January 8, 2014 - Boss GT100, Gear Reviews, Getting Schooled
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Hi guys I just got the Boss GT-100 and am really happy with it so far. The effects are definitely greatly improved over the much loved Boss GT-10. I did a quick video showing some of my ambient type tones I was getting. Hope you enjoy. I am using the Modulated delay, modulated reverb, sub […]

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Skankin Pickle Live videos

Posted by Guy Capuano - December 11, 2012 - Getting Schooled
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I recently got stirred up tolisten to some Skankin Pickle. Sadly I dont have my old cassette tape anymore, it must have gotten lost in one of my many moves since 97. But thankfully I was able to easily find the exact track I was looking for “Gas in my car.” This sent me on […]

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Part 3 “Inversion and alternate chords & voicings” for Praise and Worship, Post Rock and other styles

Posted by Guy Capuano - July 26, 2012 - Classroom, Getting Schooled
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“Using our new voicings and adding suspended movement” In the previous lesson we talked about the D hand fingering of the 2nd inversion. I also spent some time on it in the video above. Now lets talk a little about suspending these new voicings. The D suspended chord is a very tasty way to add […]

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Part 2 “Inversion and alternate chords & voicings” for Praise and Worship, Post Rock and other styles

Posted by Guy Capuano - July 25, 2012 - Classroom, Getting Schooled
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Inversions and alternate chord voicings Some chord construction, and an understanding of triads is recommended to get the most out of this teaching. Technical terminology There is a technical way to identify inversions. Knowing these phrases will not only make you smarter, but it will increase your musical vocabulary, which will make you a more […]

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