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Spotlight: Adam Coney

Adam Coney joins a coterie of young (ish) British guitarists, like Chris Montague and Leo Abrahams  (name-checked here by Coney) who comfortably straddle the line between session work and more personal creative endeavors. In Coney’s case these projects might include the prog‑jazz group Morviscous, Acland & Sydney, Calibos (with Jonny Fryer), City Shepherd, and Noon, all represented on Trestle records, a label he helps run. Coney’s solo debut record, entitled The Fall Of The Flamingo Gardens comes out today.

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Summer NAMM 2014

The new Nashville Music City Center hosted Summer NAMM for the second year in a row. Though the summer version has become a very guitar-centric show, it normally skews pretty traditional. This year offered a surprise, though. In amongst the usual din of metal, blues, bluegrass, jazz, and country licks, a duo took the stage at the sizable Earthquaker Devices booth to perform a set of ultra-modern musical noise. Guitarist Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos) and bassist Jonathan Hischke demonstrated the unusual, cutting-edge tones that can be extracted from this company’s product line. Look for an upcoming interview with Reinhart. In the meantime, here are some things from the show that might be of interest to modern guitarists.

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QRD The Guitarists

I don’t normally do CD reviews at Guitar Moderne. If something truly cool comes across the transom, I try to get an interview with the artist. QRD—The Guitarists is different. I’m sure you all understand that it can get lonely out here in modern guitar world, among the thousands of guitarists playing the same old rock, jazz, country, blues, punk, and so-called alternative stuff. So, imagine my joy at receiving this recording of 55 solo, modern guitar performances, 53 of them by artists I have never heard before (Bill Horist I have covered a number of times, including here , I am aware of Robert Poss from Band of Susans)

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Tuning the Guitar

Paul Guy, a guitar repairman in Sweden has issued a wonderful treatise on tuning the instrument. I have written about this myself, but I learned a couple of new things from this. I imagine you will too. If you want to skip the theory, go straight to Intonation. One thing he doesn’t address, that I have experienced, is some guitars just “sound” more in tune than others. My theory is that the vibration of some guitars, as it is transferred to the strings, contains more “harmonious” overtones than other guitars. Has anyone else had this experience?

Tuning the guitar by Paul Guy

Tuning has always been a bugbear for guitarists. Every guitar player – and every guitar builder and repairer – is familiar with the problem. No matter how good the instrument, and how well tuned and adjusted, it never sounds perfectly in tune in all positions and keys.

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4E Dual Axis Expression Pedal

Dual axis pedals are not new—they just haven’t been around for a while. The db Instrument Amp company has revived the concept with their 4E Dual Axis Expression Pedal ($259.00) to let the user connect up four individual expression enabled effects to a single pedal. Based on the ergonomic platform of their M440, the 4E contains four high quality 10k linear Mega pots, two on each axis. And looks like it is built to last.

Check out Pete Thorn’s demo.

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Welcome Red Panda

We would like to welcome a new advertiser to Guitar Moderne: Red Panda. Their approach to guitar effects comes from experience building modular software synthesizers. They work out of a Detroit workshop at the Green Garage in Midtown, a 1920 showroom for model T-based automobiles that was recently remodeled to create a highly energy efficient building shared by about 50 companies.

There is a full review of their amazing Particle pedal coming soon, but until then please click on the ad to get info about this unique granular stomp box.

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Guitar Moderne Festival VII

Summer is Festival time. The United States offers huge gatherings featuring classic rock acts cashing in on their legacy, hip bands doing reunion tours featuring their one record that sold, baby bands that may or may not last a year and other pop ephemera.  Meanwhile, over in Europe, American jazz artists tour festivals in super groups that could never afford to play together back home, making their rent for the year.

Here at Guitar Moderne we offer a virtual festival: no camping, no porta-potties, no stifling heat or mud. Just the enjoyment of the best in modern guitar in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy.

Bill Frisell – Live at Montreal Jazz Festival 2002 [FULL HD]

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Reader’s Rig: Anders Isberg

I am just starting to catch up on Reader’s Rig submissions after Summer NAMM (report coming soon) and vacation. Swedish guitarist Anders Isberg has two releases on the Mareld label (Substream Music Group): The Space Within (2013) and A Tranquil Life (2014). He has also done two self-releases: Playing in the Dirt (CD Baby, 2013) and recently Collapsing the Wave (Bandcamp, 2014). His video demos for the terrific Paul Trombetta pedals reveal an aggressive blues-rock technique that occasionally peeks through his more ambient releases.

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