Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

Reality Distortion

Posted: August 5, 2015 by phanson in Tips & Tricks

Gear is a big part of rock music and let’s face it, gear is cool! When I was a kid over at my friends house I first saw real Fender amps with their shiny silver grill cloth. I dreamt about those amps. I’d ride the bus into downtown Seattle and just hang around music stores [...]

Ice in Your Veins!

Posted: March 22, 2015 by phanson in Tips & Tricks

I just finished editing a new Boss Tone Radio interview with Brendon Small. Brendon is a really good guitar player who also happens to be a stand-up comic and TV show creator. His current show is Metalocalypse. Brendon co-writes the show, does voiceovers for some of the characters, and creates all the music. If you [...]

I’ve Got Mail

Posted: December 9, 2014 by phanson in Tips & Tricks

Hey Paul, … I have been playing for a long time but have never had any formal training. Self taught as they say. I’ve learned through hearing mostly, not seeing or understanding. I’m finding myself somewhat at a crossroads in my playing. I want to play more technically and understand what I’m playing, but lack the foundation [...]


Posted: September 18, 2014 by phanson in Tips & Tricks

Time is an inescapable fact. Einstien called it the fourth dimension. Time is what we live in, can you imagine life without it? Nope, you can’t because we never experience a second without it. Music occurs in time. A musician’s ability to play in time, and what we call his feel, is as important as melody and [...]

Guitar Shows and a Multiple Effects Unit

Posted: June 2, 2014 by phanson in Tips & Tricks

This month I attended a couple of guitar shows for Boss and Roland, one in Dallas and one in Chicago. These event’s usually happen once a year. The promoter secures a location, in Dallas this year the show was held in a couple buildings next to the Cotton Bowl, and in Chicago it was the same location [...]