Mike Overly's 12 Tone Music News
Guitar and Bass News from around the World Wide Web . . .
January 12, 2017
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  "James Brown didn't understand the wah-wah at all. He said, 'Why the f**k would anyone want a guitar to do that?'"

The saga of the wah-wah pedal's rise to prominence in rock & roll is a tale fraught with bizarre twists and memorable artistic breakouts. 

With a cast of characters including Lawrence Welk, Phyllis Diller, Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix, the wah's glide through American pop culture can be traced back to the muted cornets in 1920s Chicago speakeasies and, thanks to an ambitious young guitarist named Del Casher, came to fruition 50 years ago in a Hollywood Hills garage.
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Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, if a budding shredder wanted to play like Mr. Big and Racer X guitarist Paul Gilbert-and wanted to learn to do it from Gilbert himself-the only option was to sit in front of a TV and constantly hit pause and rewind on one of his VHS instructional tapes. But if that same person wanted to pick up some pointers from the guitarist today, he or she could merely go to...
David Enos, veteran bassist, composer, arranger, engineer, producer, sound designer, and sound editor presents his exceptional debut album, Standard Deviation, a collection of jazz standards masterfully re-imagined!

" Bass EncycloMedia is filled with practical and highly musical techniques and information that will benefit bass players of any style and ability level, especially those who have passed beyond the "beginner" stage. This is a great addition to the library of every bass player. I am very impressed! " - Dr. Robert Cutietta, Dean of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.

Dramatically improve your playing by easily learning all the chords, scales, arpeggios and modes necessary to improvise something uniquely different every time with every song. With over 323 pages, Bass EncycloMedia is total fretboard knowledge in one book!

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It was recently revealed that Prince owned a number of gold bars. We also learned that Prince had no will. This is so sad, as everyone needs to write a will. This helps keep the Tax Man from your savings. Remember: Gold is money of kings, sliver is money of gentleman, barter is the money of peasants - but debt is money of slaves.      

 The circle of fifths is a chart that shows the relationship among the 12 tones of the chromatic scale. It's a central aspect of music theory, and it's a fairly simple concept to grasp, even if you have no experience with theory. This video explains the circle of fifths and demonstrates three ways you can use it: to compose, to help you memorize chord progressions and to further your... 
Gibson guitars showcased a new solid body model at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The new model features a double cutaway body shape similar to the Les Paul DC or short-lived Spirit but with two offset upper horns. The guitar may be considered a newer version of the M-III design, or may be an entirely new model.The mysterious guitar includes two humbuckers and a stopbar tailpiece, yet appears to only have two control knobs. More information on this model will certainly be made available at NAMM next week.
Let me introduce you to our first "For the Love of Bass" story, Gasper Nali - a Malawian roots musician. This creative young fellow has found his way to bring bass to his music using local resources. Through these videos, you will experience the lengths this man goes to for the love of bass. And don't miss the detailed photos of his homemade Babatoni at the end!
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