Gaspedals Dumbbell Review

Rarity is one of the factors that turn me on, but I don’t lust over any pedal just because it’s rare — I’ve never dished out $$$ on Klon or original Tube Screamer.  It’s the sound that intrigues me first and foremost.  The Dumble thing, though, is on my radar as a terrain to explore,…

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Riffy Seedlings #5: Bouncy Single-Note Riff in G

  This is an interesting, attention-grabbing riff.  That octave jump and vibrato on the 4th-string G really makes a strong impression.  I can hear this one creating a classic rock vibe, but more laid-back beat (reggae?) may also be interesting.  Watch out for the Bb-D jump at the end of the turn-around.  The block chords…

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Riffy Seedlings #4: 3-3-2 Arpeggio in Em

  Subdividing 4/4 into groups of 3, 3, and 2 eight notes can create an interesting rhythmic tension atop otherwise straight forward rhythm.  I keep the F# on top as the chord changes to create continuity. This is also a good picking exercise, I play here with alternate picking to emphasize the beats but directional…