Author: Elyadeen Anbar

  • Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy: Strings and Cables

    Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy: Strings and Cables

    We’ve covered so many bases in this guitar breakdown series, I don’t even know if we can keep calling it baseball! But to round back to home, let’s take a look at two more important factors in the overall sound we hear from our instruments — from all the way back in the accessories department at the music […]

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  • Uncovering the Jazz Influence in Pop, Rock, and Hip-Hop Classics

    + Bridge the worlds of theory, improvisation, and jazzy hip-hop, and improve your piano chops with Grammy-winner Kiefer in his course, Kiefer: Keys, Chords, & Beats. Jazz music is daunting to wrap one’s ears around. It is safe to say most Americans have a complicated relationship with one of our oldest art forms. Jazz is chronically […]

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  • How to Memorize Any Piece of Music

    How to Memorize Any Piece of Music

    + 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. Memorizing music is invaluable in the eternal quest of learning and growth. From strengthening your ears to widening your understanding of compositional structure and recognizing patterns, there […]

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  • Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy: Pickups

    Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy: Pickups

    Welcome back to Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy, my four-part series examining the literal ins and outs of your electric guitar. So far, we’ve covered wood types and body styles, and today I’d like to cover all the different kinds of pickups available at your disposal, how they work and how they create different tonal shapes. An […]

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  • Road Diaries: On Tour with “PostSecret: The Show”

    Road Diaries: On Tour with “PostSecret: The Show”

    Greetings from the lobby of the Hyatt Place Hotel in College Station, Texas. I’m Deen and I’m the guitarist for the touring production of PostSecret: The Show — actually, I’m the only musician performing in the show. We are one week into the tour, after having spent two weeks rehearsing and previewing in Charlotte, with performances […]

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  • Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy: Wood Types

    Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy: Wood Types

    Welcome back to Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy, my multi-part series examining the ins and outs of your electric guitar. In the last lecture, we talked about body styles, and that knowledge will help you to grasp this one, as we’re going to be talking about the different types of wood used for guitars and their effect. The […]

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  • Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy: Body Styles

    Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy: Body Styles

    Welcome to the Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy. This is a four-part lecture, so take your seats, bust out your axe and grab a magnifying glass, because we’re going to examine all the ways your guitar’s sound can take shape through design and hardware (if you’re ready for next-level sound sculpting, try adding some pedals). First, I’d […]

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  • Finding Your Ideal Guitar Tone: Guitar Pedals

    Finding Your Ideal Guitar Tone: Guitar Pedals

    There isn’t a single guitarist who can possibly keep track of all the different pedals that are on the market today. With hundreds of boutique companies surfacing just in the last ten years, we know that the challenge isn’t finding cool pedals, but figuring out which ones are right for us, so let’s break down […]

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  • The Art of Being an Organized Guitarist

    The Art of Being an Organized Guitarist

    If you’ve ever wondered how to cross the line from being a good to a great guitarist, you’ve probably already identified some key factors to focus on — mastery of technique, the quality of your gear, and learning to adopt different performative styles. But I wouldn’t start with any of those — I would start with organization. I have studied the […]

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Unlocking the Emotional Power of Chords