Author: Nick Lerman

  • Les Paul, Pirate of the Airwaves?

    Les Paul, Pirate of the Airwaves?

    Lester William Polsfuss, the given name of guitar-maker Les Paul, was a legend. His technological innovations, as a result of a sheer addiction to tinkering, were vast. They include multi-track recording, overdubbing (which he famously called “sound on sound“), tape delay, reverb, phase effects, and “the log,” more commonly known as the solid-body electric guitar.…

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  • Overcoming “The Blues Rut” and Expanding Your Guitar Creativity

    Overcoming “The Blues Rut” and Expanding Your Guitar Creativity

    There’s a very good reason why the pentatonic scale is so generally pleasing, applicable, and capable of making neck hairs stand on end: It’s something humans have been perfecting for a long time, and can be found in cultures all over the world. As a guitarist, I’ve often wondered whether the guitar was in some ways…

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  • In Photos: A Monthly Chip Music Open Stage to Showcase Your Work

    In Photos: A Monthly Chip Music Open Stage to Showcase Your Work

    Pulsewave is the longest running event exploring chip music (a.k.a. chiptune or 8-bit music) in the country. These days, they throw monthly events at New York City’s gaming-culture-centric art space, Babycastles. But aside from providing audiences with cutting edge chip music and live visual performances, all making use of vintage video game systems as the basis…

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Unlocking the Emotional Power of Chords