Can Fractal Do the Boston Sound? Yes!

 

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It turns out the answer is, "Yes!" Dialing in the signature Tom Scholz guitar tone isn't as simple as what amp and pedal, but more in the realm of "post-processing." The graphic eq block and the amazing pitch block help us...

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Comfortably Numb (A Closer Look)

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Definitely one of the more iconic guitar solos out there and one we all seem to learn at some point, but have you missed the finer details of David Gilmore's melodic phrasing? Do you know the chords...

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Using the Axe-FX as a Mixer for Wedding Gigs

Yes... the Axe-FX III is the most powerful guitar modeler out there, but we can also use that power for other applications. I recently used my Axe-FX as my main mixer for a wedding gig where I played ceremony music, ran a music playlist, and needed a speech/ toast mic. The Axe-FX solved many...

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Intervals Are Easy!

Intervals can be a very confusing topic when it comes to theory because most teachers make it needlessly complex. Counting half-steps and memorizing "what interval is how many of the half-steps" is not only the long way, but also NOT the way musicians think of intervals. Really, the secret is...

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Music Theory is Easier Than You Think

If you can count, you can be a music theory master! It's no joke, either. Music theory boils down to 2 concepts: counting and definitions, with a heavy emphasis on counting. In this video, I show you how really understanding the major scale, and counting out the notes paves the way for...

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This May Be the Best FM3 Layout

Can you make it through a gig with only 3 switches? The answer is YES! In this video I break down how to get the most out of the 3 switches on the Fractal FM3.

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Axe-FX iii vs. FM3

Always a subject for hot debate. This is one guitar players honest experience with both products through touring, gigging, ogling, and coveting...

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Using Scene Controllers

The Scene controllers are a bit of a mystery, but offer more flexibility in our presets than might be realized. Join me as we dive deep into this modifier...

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Learn ALL the Pentatonic Shapes Faster

There is a MUCH faster way to learn the pentatonic scale shapes that NOBODY talks about! Arbitrary names- like "shape 1" "shape 4" and so on- don't actually connect to anything musical or, more importantly for learning the guitar, connect with anything we ALREADY KNOW on the guitar. The method I...

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I Can't Gig Without Perform Pages

Since the inception of the Perform Pages, dialing in live tones at the venue has never been easier, but what to include in them? Here are my go-to's across several presets...

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Using the Vocoder in the Axe-FX iii

The vocoder block can be a bit of a tricky beast but man is it fun! I dive in to the synth block, vocoder block, and the specific signal routing to get these incredible tones out of your Axe-FX. The tones here are inspired by Random Access Memories by Daft Punk.

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incredible Sounding Pentatonic Scale Hack

Pentatonic scales are an amazing tool for improvising, but we don't have to be limited to only ONE pentatonic scale per key. Let's take a deep dive into what a pentatonic scale actually *is* and cause some mayhem at the musical molecular level!

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