Try Out This Incredible Combo of Effects!

Using Fractal gear is great for a number of reasons- one of which is the ability to conceptualize and create your own effects or combination of effects. In this video I combine the pitch block and the tremolo block in parallel to build an immersive and wide guitar tone. create your own effects...

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Decoding More Chord Symbols (7ths, Tensions, Alt Chords)

This is the next video in this two-part mini series on chord symbols. If you've ever been confused when seeing "C7#11" or "E7#9" then this is the video for you. Adding one more third interval to our triads, the 7th note of the scale, give us a 7th chord. These 4 note chords have more possible...

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Decoding Chord Symbols (Triads, Sus, Add)

Without a system of understanding chord symbols, these markings on our music can be quite convoluted. Understanding what the symbol is trying to communicate is key, and in this short, two-part video series, I make sense of the musical hieroglyphics. We'll start with the basic triads, sus chords...

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Fractal 3 Block Challenge!

Find the preset here... https://www.mathewdale.com/freebies

Is it possible to create a fully featured preset with only 3 blocks in my FM3? Here's the parameters: clean, drive, and lead tones, rhythmic delay, ambient delay and verb, and minimal gaps and pops between scene changes. I get the most...

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If you feel stuck in the box, try this!

As a guitar teacher, one of the most common questions I get from my students is, "How do I play up and down the neck?" Really, the question should be, "How can I stop relying on scale shapes for improvising and how can I express myself more freely?" More scale shapes is not the answer. Learning...

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My most VALUABLE skill

Being able to arrange and play solo music (aka chord melody) has really allowed me to find my own voice on the guitar. In addition to finding a lot of work as a soloist, learning to play this way greatly expanded my knowledge and understanding of the fretboard, and all guitarists can benefit...

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Why you SHOULD buy an AXE-FX

There's so many benefits to owning and using an Axe-FX that narrowing it down to just a few to discuss can be difficult. In this video I talk about why I enjoy using an Axe-FX in my daily playing, gigging, and touring life, and what sets it apart from other guitar rigs.

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Reasons NOT to buys an AXE-FX

Many of you already know I'm an Axe-FX and Fractal guy, but I DON'T believe that it's the proper solution for everyone. I believe that most gear can be good gear when used in the appropriate application and all gear has its limitations and compromises. If you are on the fence with whether or not...

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Setting up an in-ear mix

In-ear monitors can feel a lot different when first using them, but having a systematic way to build a mix can get you ahead of the curve. I give foundational principles behind creating an in-ear mix as well as take you through cover band and modern worship scenarios for using in-ear monitoring....

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Everything you NEED to know about in-ear monitors

If you are thinking about going the in ear monitor route, it’s important to make sure your expectations match reality. What are the benefits or the challenges of using in-ears? Is there really a big difference between universal and custom molds? Would you really be using an IEM system for...

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Does input impedance change the tone?

Although the Axe-FX 3, FM9 and FM3 are all mostly the same on the inside (minus cpu power), the Axe-FX boasts a variable input impedance that actually changes the analog circuitry on input one. Does this have a great effect when it comes to vintage effects like fuzz? Does this render all fuzz...

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This made music MUCH Easier

If I were to say the words, "Circle of Fourths" or "Circle of Fifths" you'd probably be halfway asleep by the time the words finished leaving my mouth. But, this is THE MOST important tool we have to visualize how music actually works. From Miles Davis to John Mayer to Gloria Gaynor let's use...

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