Author: Elyadeen Anbar

  • 5 Steps to Getting “Gig Ready”

    5 Steps to Getting “Gig Ready”

    You just got hired to play a cover gig with a band. You’ve got about a week to prepare, and it pays pretty well. But you’re expected to play about 20 new tunes (give or take), and most likely, you won’t be rehearsing with the band, save for running a few things at soundcheck. What […]

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  • The True Story Behind Japanese ‘Lawsuit’ Guitars

    The True Story Behind Japanese ‘Lawsuit’ Guitars

    Welcome to 6String Minutes. In this segment, we’ll uncover the truth about Japanese “lawsuit” guitars imported to the United States from the mid-1970s on. Gear hunters and enthusiasts around the world all claim to have seen them, but the true story may shock you.* (* If you happen to be plugged into an ungrounded amplifier and […]

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  • 12 Essential Guitar Pedals for Your 2016 Holiday Wish List

    12 Essential Guitar Pedals for Your 2016 Holiday Wish List

    Happy holidays, dear Flypaper readers and Soundfly students! If you’re anything like me, that is, a chronically dissatisfied gear nerd, this is the time of year when many manufacturers and distributers offer great deals on their products, upon which we must pounce like the bargain-savvy consumers that we are.  Heck, it’s our right as Americans! This year, […]

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  • Song Kitchen: “Peg” by Steely Dan

    Song Kitchen: “Peg” by Steely Dan

    Welcome to the latest edition of Song Kitchen! Well aren’t you in for a treat, because today we’re gonna be heading down to the City of Angels, the Big Orange, Tinseltown, that’s right — Los Angeles! This city is Americana through and through, home to some of the greatest music ever recorded. We’re here visiting the resident […]

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  • Setting Yourself Apart: The Key Ingredient to a Successful Music Crowdfunding Campaign

    Setting Yourself Apart: The Key Ingredient to a Successful Music Crowdfunding Campaign

    + Pursue your next music marketing goal with a Soundfly Mentor like Marta! Soundfly offers four-week mentorship sessions with a pro, customized to you. Get in touch to learn more. Accomplishing a successful career in the modern day music industry is a lot like hacking away at a Rubik’s cube. You’ve seen people solve it, you’re pretty sure […]

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  • Scales from the Crypt: 10 Freaky & Frightening Musical Instrument Mishaps

    Scales from the Crypt: 10 Freaky & Frightening Musical Instrument Mishaps

    It’s easy to romanticize the lives of famous musicians. From larger-than-life rock stars to groundbreaking pioneers of sound, and dazzling technical virtuosos, we look up to our musical heroes and strive to live and create the same way that they do. But no one is free from the potential disasters that lurk around every corner. […]

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  • 5 Easy Ear Training Techniques You Can Work on Every Day

    5 Easy Ear Training Techniques You Can Work on Every Day

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. If you’re one of the human beings on Earth born with two functional ears, you should consider yourself lucky. Not only are you a miracle of evolution […]

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  • Being Your Own Cheerleader: An Interview with Ian & Sofia Hultquist

    Being Your Own Cheerleader: An Interview with Ian & Sofia Hultquist

    Ian and Sofia Hultquist are LA-based contemporary composers whose work has been featured in the Vogue documentary, The First Monday in May.

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  • Using Open Strings for New, Colorful Chords

    Using Open Strings for New, Colorful Chords

    If there’s one thing I’ve heard guitar students say over and over again, it’s that they love guitar and can’t wait to practice every single day of the week until they lose feeling in their fingers. But if there’s a second thing I’ve heard from guitar players, it’s that they feel trapped inside the patterns and […]

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  • Song Kitchen: “Old Man” by Neil Young

    Song Kitchen: “Old Man” by Neil Young

    If you ever find yourself with a surplus of money and an itch to buy a massive ranch, boy have I got a story for you. Such were the circumstances in which Neil Young found himself in 1970, flush with cash from the recent success of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. As destiny would have it, […]

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