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31 Dec Ask Greg | Comments

How to Prepare for Recording [Part 3]

How to Prepare for Recording [Part 3]

Now, let’s take a look at things guitar and bass players can do to prepare. For both instruments, before anything, make sure it is setup by a professional. Ensuring that the action is comfortable, the intonation is accurate, the pickup height is adjusted, and the electronics are clean. You should have this done annually anyways, […]

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2011 Music Review

2011 Music Review

Every year, I run through the list of the best music I’ve heard during the year. Thanks to things like Spotify and BandCamp, it’s increasingly easier to find great music. This year, there has been no shortage. Here are the list of my favorites, in no particular order. Top Records: Cloudkicker – Let Yourself Be […]

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17 Feb Ask Greg | Comments

How to Prepare for Recording [Part 2]

How to Prepare for Recording [Part 2]

Now, we’ll take a look at a few things the drummer can do to prepare for their time in the studio. First up, part performance and preparation. * Can the drummer play to a metronome? ** (Always have the song tempo’s documented BEFORE you go to the studio). * Have the drummer practice with headphones […]

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01 Feb Ask Greg | Comments

How to Prepare for Recording [Part 1]

How to Prepare for Recording [Part 1]

When you’re preparing to record your songs, there are a few things you should work out ahead of time, before you spend any money. First things first, you need to dissect your music. * Look at your parts and structures. Are they mapped out? * Does everyone in the band know their parts, and can […]

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21 Jan Ask Greg | Comments

The Gig Kit

The Gig Kit

If you have ever played multiple gigs, chances are, you’ve been in a position where you realize you forgot something, or needed something the venue didn’t provide. If you have this kit with you, you will never have that problem again. Rubermaid Box with Lid This box will house the rest of the goodies. I’d […]

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02 Dec Ask Greg | Comments

Top Records of 2010

Top Records of 2010

It’s time folks….my top records of 2010! 1. Cloudkicker – Beacons, ]]][[[ A rare two way tie at #1, both records released this year. A great blend of technical riffs, and wonderful melodies. This is perhaps the best instrumental music I have ever heard. 2. Deftones – Diamond Eyes After the last couple Deftones records, […]

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20 Oct Ask Greg, News | Comments

Using Twitter For Guitar Lessons

Using Twitter For Guitar Lessons

I was once like you. Why would anyone use Twitter? I don’t get it. Then one day, it hits me. Use twitter for guitar lessons. Students could have instant access to available lesson times, the moment the times become available. If you need a make-up lesson or are just in the mood for a single, […]

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What is The Oasis?

What is The Oasis?

I’ve been getting this one a lot lately. What is the Grayslake Oasis? What is my involvement? The Oasis is a teen center / music venue in Grayslake, Illinois, next door to the ever-popular Tastee Freez (151 Hawley, Grayslake Il, 60030). I got involved in late 2004, when my insurance agent (Joyce Campbell) she started […]

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15 Jul Ask Greg | Comments

At What Age Should My Child Start Guitar?

At What Age Should My Child Start Guitar?

This has to be in the top 3 questions that I get asked the most, so I thought it would be nice to have an official post about it. Personally, I don’t take students under the age of 10. Here is why… Guitar is a VERY physical instrument. Students of all ages will tell you […]

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