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Review: QSC K-Series

By Robert Lindquist

QSC K-Series powered speakers demonstrate their versatility and “K” pability. Thinking back to the winter NAMM show a year ago this past January, I recall QSC being very hush-hush about a product that was set to release that following spring. In fact, they were so secretive that they would not allow members of the press […]

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Stage Plots: What They Are, Why You Need One, How To Make One

By Jake Kelly

What goes where? That is the question and the stage plot is the answer. This simple picture is usually nothing more than a large rectangle that represents the stage that shows where the musicians and their gear will be located within it. Guitar and Bass amplifiers and speaker cabinets (including monitors) are typically represented with […]

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Overall, the iRig Stomp is Pretty Awesome

By Tim Hemingway

If you have read any of my other IK reviews, you may have noticed one common gripe, the inability to use IK products in a live situation. Keep in mind; this is almost always touted as a feature. Well, it looks like someone at IK has heard my rants, or more likely, the rants of […]

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New Way Of Helping Artists Get Paid

By Robert Lindquist

When artists are unable to sustain themselves by making music, they typically have to take a day job—and that takes them away from creating music. Now, Pizicato is changing the way fans interact, connect, and (most importantly) support their favorite bands and performers. Pizacato is an online donation platform. Through Pizicato.com, fans can send electronic […]

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Music Around the World: Salt Lake City & Rock Springs

By Richard Gilewitz

From Germany to New Zealand to the USA. How’s that for picking up some air miles and extra peanuts? Upon my return from touring the beautiful land of New Zealand, I flew to Salt Lake City to join my Nashville friends, “Plaidgrass”. We then drove to Rock Springs, Wyoming to perform at International Day, a […]

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Pickin’, Grinnin’, Breathin’, and Clenchin’

By Richard Gilewitz

No matter how long I’ve played my instruments, worked with my teachers (past and present), or relived the memories of indoor and outdoor stages I have performed on, as a solo fingerstyle player I am completely aware there is always going to be a new challenge around every corner. Sometimes it can be an absolutely […]

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Singing Live With Acoustic Guitar

By Riley Wilson

Getting the most out of your mic setup. One of the most straightforward forms of live performance involves singing while accompanying yourself with acoustic guitar. In fact, it’s amazing what some performers can do with this simple setup! Since many singers write their songs with guitar, it’s no surprise that great things emerge. Once you’ve […]

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Soundcheck Done RIGHT!

By Bill Evans

You get a great gig – and you show up, unload, and start going to town on setup. And at some point, a sound guy approaches you to ask …

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The World Stage

By Richard Gilewitz

I believe I’ve found the cure to jet lag. It’s actually rather simple. First you acclimate by flying from Florida to Wyoming and back. That’s just the warm up. Follow that with a flight to both islands in New Zealand, continue west to Australia, return to Florida, take one day off and then spend an […]

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Universal Language

By Richard Gilewitz

Is language truly a barrier? For the zillionth time in a row – musically speaking – I say a resounding NO. I recently found myself in yet another situation where I was confronted with not only a classroom of youngsters who spoke little English, but also an entire day of teaching one of my guitar […]