How to use PEQ

Parametric EQ is fantastic for polishing and fine-tuning guitar tones, but it’s less of a guitar effect and more of a pro-audio tool, which can be confusing. In today’s video I will share with you my personal strategies for using parametric EQ.

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Do I still like the .strandberg* Boden NX after 3 months?

After owning this guitar for a few months, I have some thoughts...

I actually like this instrument more than I thought I would, and I'd happily be the owner of another .strandberg* in the future. In this video I discuss the Boden's highs and lows I've found after some real world...

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What to know when transferring Fractal presets

Using the same preset across different Fractal units is great.

 

For example, when touring, I use my Axe-FX III as my main rig and my FM3 as my backup should anything go awry. Using something like the FM3 for rehearsals and then the larger Axe-FX for the show is another great case-use.

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DON'T make this big mistake with modes

Modes are an often confusing topic. Not only do we feel the need to learn them because someone on the internet said we should, but when we do learn them, they are taught in such a way that doesn't make much sense. If your first lessons with modes read "Learn Modes on the Guitar" or was...

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The Secret to Hendrix's Rhythm Style

Jimi Hendrix's style of rhythm playing is one that eludes a lot of us. His balance between rhythm and lead is akin to a master gymnast on a balance beam. In this video I break down his complex mannerisms into a simple concept that can be built upon. The CAGED system is our friend in this case....

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Fixing THIS PROBLEM on the FM3

In the world of modelers and FRFR speakers, dialing in a good monitor sound is just as important as getting a killer FOH tone. Often, the amount of reverb and delay that sound great in our ears and on stage is NOT the same as the house. Typically, in the Axe-FX III and FM9 we'd just use separate...

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Can Fractal Do the Boston Sound? Yes!

 

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

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)

Grab the "Chord to Scale Cheat Sheet" here... https://www.mathewdale.com/chords-to-... 

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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