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January 31, 2019
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Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" may be the creepiest song ever written about an obscure medieval instrument, but the Hurdy Gurdy did not give his recording its ominous sound. Those droning notes come from an Indian tanpura. Yet they evoke the title instrument, an ingenious musical invention set up primarily for the purpose of making drones. In the Middle Ages, it was known in Latin as the organistrum and the symphonia, and in French as the vielle à roue (the vielle with the wheel).

With a sound produced by a rosined wooden wheel, turned by a crank that set a number of strings in continuous droning vibration, the hurdy gurdy can, it's true, give off a bit of a folk horror vibe. From its very early, maybe 10th or 11th century origins in liturgical music, hurdy gurdy the instrument became associated with European folk music, shrinking from a beast played by two people to more portable dimensions, about the size of a large guitar and resembling a hand-cranked violin with keys for playing melodies on certain strings.

Though it grew smaller and more maneuverable, however, the instrument grew no less complicated. It's been called the equivalent of a medieval spaceship with its more than 80 moving parts.
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This new mode boasts a mahogany back and maple top and a carbon fiber middle block. There's also a flame maple neck and tiger-stripe ebony fretboard with illuminated fret markers, as well as a pair of active Fishman Fluence humbuckers accessed by volume and tone knobs with push/pull voicing options and a pickup selector switch.    
IN THE BASSMENT

The TravelBass has a full 41-inch scale of a normal double bass but can be easily disassembled until reaching the smallest dimensions to be carried on plane as a hand luggage, without any compromises on sound quality. It is built with an acoustic chamber according to the Italian violin making tradition with cedar and ovangkol. Its ebony fingerboard is split into two pieces that lock tightly together when assembled. The neck has an angle adjustment system to set your neck incline.  
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The 2008 documentary It Might Get Loud gave guitar fans an unprecedented inside look at the history, influences and guitar styles of Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White. In this outtake from the film, Page jams an uncredited instrumental on an acoustic guitar while sitting alone in a large room. The guitar appears to be in an open tuning, possibly C. The clip runs more then two and a half minutes and offers a unique opportunity to see the great Led Zeppelin guitarist work out on his own.       
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Around the World in Seven Scales

Musicians often fall into ruts when relying exclusively on Western scales and sounds. But there's a great big world out there, full of music from other countries and cultures that can be easily added to your repertoire. Scales from around the world can add an intriguing twist to your playing, giving you the sounds of the Far East, Middle East, Eastern Bloc and Latin America. This lesson will serve as a guided musical tour of select world sounds.
GREAT GEAR
Ibanez's iconic TS808 Tube Screamer is hitting its 40th anniversary this year, and in celebration of this milestone the company has unveiled a limited edition version of the pedal in a sparkling Ruby Red finish. This classic stompbox remains intact, both in its fully-analog circuitry and familiar three-knob Overdrive/Tone/Level layout.
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"Come Dancing", "Play With Me", "Led Boots"... these were some of the funkiest songs I had ever heard! It was 2005 and a bass player friend had just turned me on to Jeff Beck's Wired. The groovy keyboard parts, punchy bass lines, and space-age sounds of Beck hooked me like a fish. It was a magical time; strolling down the streets of New York, grooving so hard that I almost forgot to look both ways before crossing the street. It would be almost a decade before I took the time to explore the career of the bassist on that record, but hey, better late than never. With an in-your-face bass tone and a resume that includes some of the who's who of funk and blues, Wilbur Bascomb, Jr. is the latest bass player to know.
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