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March 17, 2016
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When we think of Dada, we think of an art movement-or anti-art movement-that embraced chance operations, futurism, and experimentation and rejected all of the previous doctrines of the formal art world as moribund and fraudulent.

One medium we don't often associate with Dada, however, is music. And yet, those same artists who waged war on the establishment with readymade urinals and rambling manifestos also did so with musical compositions that were as influential as the painting, film, and poetry. Dada, and its immediate successor, surrealism. Dada exerted a pervasive influence on 20th-century music, but the presence of Dada and surrealism is generally unrecognized or forgotten in discussions of mid-century avant-garde composers in New York, like Stefan Wolpe, Morton Feldman, and John Cage. And yet, the repetitive, machine-like qualities we associate with mid-century minimalism come more or less directly from the Dadaists, as does the high concept experimentation.
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Given the popularity of Les Pauls, SGs, Explorers and thousands of other two-pickup guitars, there are many 3 way toggle switches out there. Switches get used a lot and eventually they can wear out. When this happens, you'll hear loud popping sounds or scratchy noises and the signal may even cut out when you're switching pickups. Fortunately, 3-way toggle switches are easy to replace and you can do it yourself and it only takes a few minutes...
She is the girl with the magical fingers, who won over a legend and has been thrilling audiences ever since with her prowess on the bass. Although beginning her musical journey on the guitar, it was someone else who actually pointed out to her that she was playing her instrument more like a bass and that maybe she should consider putting her hands on it instead. It would become a marriage made in instrumental heaven...

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Cannonball Bass

Here is bassist Johan Hansén-Larson playing along with Cannonball Adderley's sax solo on the tune "Minority". Johan writes, "...some mistakes, but playing Cannonball solos on bass is sort of like trying perform brain surgery with a tractor." Well, whatever it is, we're stunned!

Taylor Swift. Miley Cyrus. Justin Bieber. Kurt Cobain. Kanye West. Beyoncé. One Direction. Katy Perry. Selena Gomez. What do these musicians all have in common, besides of course their worldwide fame? They didn't practice. Nor did they need to in order to produce some of the most popular music of our time. Why? Because practicing is an archaic custom that only hurts today's children! (Submediant is a satirical site. Its contents are not to be trusted. Believe at your own risk)...
Guitarists have so many tonal options available today. I routinely see players of all sorts using sophisticated rigs that would have been out of reach to all but top-level touring pros just 10 years ago! When it comes to pedals in particular, there's a huge range to choose from and guitarists are creating sounds that have never been heard before. While there's no absolute right or wrong way to create art via guitar tones, I do hear some common mistakes made when it comes to dialing in effects pedals. So this week, we're going to talk about maximizing your effects and dialing them in for the greatest impact.
 Throughout his long and distinguished career, Steve has found time to lend his talents to recordings by such diverse artists as: Miles Davis, Steely Dan, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Freddie Hubbard and many others too numerous to list. He has also produced recordings for Larry Coryell, Mike Stern, Biréli Lagrène, and Bill Connors. In addition, he has published four highly-regarded books: WES MONTGOMERY GUITAR FOLIO, PAT MARTINO-The Early Years, and Steve's own innovative instruction books: CONTEMPORARY CHORD KHANCEPTS and PENTATONIC KHANCEPTS. While continuing to perform in clubs and concert halls throughout the World, Steve is still one of the most in-demand music clinicians and teachers.

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