Mike Overly's 12 Tone Music News

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May 12, 2016
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I think everyone who has ever owned a Real Book can clearly remember where they got it from.

The Real Book, in its most renowned form, is a collection of jazz standards and new "hip" tunes, arranged in lead sheet format (meaning one line of melody with the chord symbols above). The first Real Book popped its head up in Boston at the Berklee College of Music in the 1970s. Forty years later, no one is willing to divulge the identity of the students who wrote it.

We can generally tell that it was someone who was really interested in the cutting edge of jazz. A current Berklee faculty member has explained that in 1971 - 1972, there was no one source of these tunes on paper. However, tons of single sheets for tunes by the new composers were popping up in jam sessions all the time. Speculation leads me to believe that the "publisher" of the original Real Book may very well have . . .

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A lot of us own Fender Strats and know a lot about the model. But as Philip McKnight demonstrates, there is always something new you can learn. This video sheds light on a couple of features that might not be apparent to some Strat owners. It also includes a few simple tips about how you can improve the guitar's performance. 
Enjoy this fabulous collaberation with two of the most talented bass player on the planet! Bass continues to speak when words fail . . . now, get back to practicing!

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Paul Gilbert has released some sage driving advise for all of us! It's the official video for Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal, the lead single from his new album, I Can Destroy. The video was directed by Jonathan Pharr using illustrations from Will Krulee. Perhaps next he'll do Turn Off That Cell Phone When You Drive!

We're all familiar with the minor pentatonic scale. And if you play rock music, chances are good that you have a standard way of looking at the scale and using it. It's undoubtedly conventional. And conventional can be boring. This video starts out by looking at chords that can be found within the scale and then shows how the resulting five triads can be played as open-voiced triads and used as arpeggios.  
If it weren't for musicians, audiophiles, and the occasional defense contractor, vacuum tubes would have disappeared long ago. In nearly every category save sound, transistors and other solid-state devices make better sense. Yet, it's difficult to make a transistor sound like a tube, especially when it's overdriven into clipping. Back in 1989, though, Andrew Barta got as close as almost anyone with the original Tech 21 SansAmp... 

John Petrucci is best known as the Grammy nominated guitarist and founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. He is also the band's producer and main lyricist as well as an original member of the acclaimed Liquid Tension Experiment with Tony Levin. John is a long standing veteran of Joe Satriani's prestigious G3 tours along with Steve Vai, Eric Johnson and Paul Gilbert.

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