Episode 32 – Adam Neely, the Smartest Musician on Earth

To say Adam Neely is smart is actually an understatement. Tackling subjects from Infrasound to Synesthesia to Negative Harmony, and everything in between (and... beyond), Adam sees his YouTube career as a justification for research that most wouldn't ever do. In our wide-ranging conversation, we discuss the pros and cons of attending a school like Berklee College of Music, of which we are both alums, find the balance between practicing and being creative, and decide what music theory really means to musicians in the real world, along with so much more. Adam is an awesome friend and multi-talented composer, bassist, and musician. I hope you enjoy this podcast as much as I did.

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Episode 31 – Phil McKnight, Sharpener of Axes

In this episode of The Music is Win Podcast, I chat with the all-knowing gear guru Phillip McKnight. Now that my early April Fools joke has made its rounds, I can assume you've heard my treasured PRS SC245, "Baby", is safely back in my possession. It was part of Phil's latest episode of "Sharpen My Axe", a series where Phil takes a guitar from one of his lucky subscribers and tricks it out. I didn't want to take up one of these coveted positions in place of a loyal fan, so I offered to pay to have my guitar worked on, but PRS Guitars ended up sponsoring the video (thanks, Jeanne!) and Phil recommended I donate to my favorite charity instead of paying him for his effort, so I donated to an awesome organization called Guitars for Vets

For those of you who prefer video podcasts, you can watch The Music is Win Podcast on YouTube (http://youtube.com/musiciswin).

Episode 30 – Misha Mansoor, a Businessman Disguised as a Musician

In this special episode of The Music is Win Podcast, I talk to Periphery guitarist and Horizon Devices founder Misha Mansoor. If you're interested in turning music into a career, this podcast is required listening. Misha's unique insights as both a member of a big time band and an entrepreneur in the music industry provide clarity on just what it takes to find success in the current landscape of 2018. There are plenty of actionable tips that you can take away from our conversation, as well as advice on how to become a great guitarist while preparing for the fact that it will probably take more than just having sick skills on the instrument to forge your career. 

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Episode 29 (Q&A) – How to Tell Your Parents You're a Bass Player

Bethany and I reveal the answers to this month's batch of your questions!

Where in the world is Baby (my green PRS SC245)? (3:05)

Should I rate more guitar players? (4:35)

Me vs. StevieT in a #GuitarFaceBattle (6:15)

Any giveaways happening soon? Yes. (7:15)

How do you transition from tabs to sheet music? (8:25)

When will I do a Habits of Dimebag video? (11:20)

How do you tell your parents you're a bass player? (12:20)

My best Irish jig? (14:15)

How is Bethany doing? (16:45)

Do I listen to Ween? (17:20)

Would I rather have infinite wisdom or infinite strength? (18:45)

Who is my favorite bald guitarist? (22:00)

How can you practice guitar with a broken hand? (23:10)

How do I like my eggs? (24:35)

Favorite color, movie, and cereal? (26:10)

How do you save up for a new guitar? (27:40)

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Episode 28 – The John Mayer Episode

It's a Strat! I promise, dude–it's a Strat! All joking aside, it's a Strat. Seriously. /fanboi

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Episode 27 – My 5 Favorite Acoustic Riffs

In this rollicking episode of The Music is Win Podcast, we read one of your lovely podcast reviews (5:30), discuss if music is actually a drug (7:35), I play five of my favorite acoustic riffs on my new PRS T50E (13:30), show off my beatboxing skills (21:20), review the results of this week's Twitter debate (23:40), respond to your way-too-nice YouTube comments (27:20), play a rousing game of Two Truths and a Lie (32:55), and tease some secret news (36:40).

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Episode 26 (Q&A) – Have I Stroked Petrucci's Beard?

Bethany and I return for another month of Q&A action!

Does Steve Vai have any feel? (5:05)

What's our favorite brand of chips? (6:30)

Use your best pickup line on Bethany (8:00)

Bethany's favorite guitar (9:00)

Do mailmen deliver their own mail? (10:00)

Do you like the Modern Flying V? (11:15)

How to get a girlfriend? (13:05)

The coolest sound effect ever? (15:15)

Would I ever play guitar for Justin Bieber? (17:00)

Tips for a band with members on different skill levels? (18:25)

Why don't I play more Eric Johnson songs? (19:40)

How to break a soloing rut? (21:15)

Fight 1 horse-size duck or 100 duck-size horses? (22:55)

Have I stroked Petrucci's beard? (25:00)

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Episode 25 – Guitar Habits and Mindsets with Bryan Ewald

The second part of my conversation with Bryan Ewald covers guitar playing and maintaining chops, behavioral licks and tricks, using a loop pedal for practice, as well as how to play to the music around you. There are plenty of extremely valuable lessons from the Guitar Jedi in this one, so pay attention!

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Episode 24 – How to Become a Session Guitarist with Bryan Ewald

Sit down with me and Bryan Ewald as we discuss his career trajectory as a performing musician, in-demand session player, product demonstrator for PRS Guitars, and his many other endeavors. This was an awesome conversation and is absolute gold for anyone looking to build a career in music with dreams to become a gunslinger.

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Episode 23 – Household Items as Slides Challenge

In this week's episode of The Music is Win Podcast, we discuss Axl Rose's cigarette smoking job (3:20), Bethany challenges me to play guitar using random household items as impromptu slides (7:55), we break down the results of this week's Twitter debate (16:20), reveal the history of one of my original songs (21:00), dive into your YouTube comments (23:15), play an exciting round of "Two Truths and a Lie" (29:00), and tease a very special upcoming giveaway (37:30).

For those of you who prefer video podcasts, you can watch The Music is Win Podcast on YouTube (http://youtube.com/musiciswin).

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Episode 22 – Playing Guitar... Naked?

In this sizzling episode of The Music is Win Podcast, we discuss why smashing guitars is dumb and pig blood ruins shows (6:10), test whether you can turn pop songs into metal songs and vice versa (12:00), respond to your always interesting YouTube comments (17:00), laugh at the funniest song I've ever used in a video (24:50), determine the details and proposed methods of playing guitar naked, (26:20), and reveal a big announcement about Bethany's new endeavor (36:10).

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Episode 21 (Q&A) – Is Music College Worth It?

Bethany and I have returned with another special Q&A episode of The Music is Win Podcast!

Are you willing to compromise the looks of a guitar if it plays great? (2:30)

Best way to keep strings from rusting? (4:30)

What mythical creature would you want to be? (6:15)

Opinions on percussive/slap guitar? (8:15)

What should I learn before going to music college? (10:30)

Can Bethany explain the modes? (11:55)

How many times have you said "omelet"? (14:10)

What does Bethany love that I do for her? (15:45)

Who is the next guitar hero? (17:25)

Music college or normal college? (20:10)

The best sponsor ever? (23:35)

Do I sniff my guitars? (25:15)

How do you fix guitar sloppiness? (26:15)

How do you resolve tension from chromatic lines? (27:40)

The video of me in a guitar store is funny (29:35)

How many waffles have I eaten in the past 27 days? (31:00)

How did Tyler pop the question to Bethany? (32:30)

How many times have I been arrested for playing Stairway? (35:45)

Favorite non-guitar musicians? (36:35)

When should you start buying new guitars? (37:45)

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Episode 20 – We Met Zakk Wylde

In this week's episode of The Music is Win Podcast, Bethany and I tell our tale of how we met Zakk Wylde (4:00), discuss the most iconic guitar riff of all time (10:45), attempt an alternate tuning challenge (15:00), head to the beach (20:40), give some advice to a group of young musicians (23:45), settle the debate between some internet lingo (33:30), and much more.

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Episode 19 – Lana Del Rey Sucks and Originality is Dead

In this saucy episode of The Music is Win Podcast, we discuss the fake news story of Lana Del Rey vs. Radiohead that everyone has been duped by (5:00), change "happy" songs into "sad" songs (12:20), stalk a woman running through the woods (19:00), read your most entertaining YouTube comments (21:05), discuss the results of our weekly Twitter poll (28:00), and answer the five most popular questions I receive (32:00).

For those of you who prefer video podcasts, you can watch The Music is Win Podcast on YouTube (http://youtube.com/musiciswin).

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Episode 18 – Are We Having a Baby?!

In the first Bethany and Tyler edition of The Music is Win Podcast for 2018, we recap what happened last year and discuss new year resolutions (2:00), give you the random fact of the day (8:40), answer a very special batch of questions in the Can You Comment segment (12:00), pump you up by showing you your unlimited potential (17:10), test Bethany's understanding of music genres (19:30), reveal the results of an extremely tight poll we put out on social media (26:10), and play a rousing musical version of Never Have I Ever (29:30).

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Episode 17 – Podcast Studio Tour

By popular demand, I'll reveal all the little nuances of The Music is Win Podcast studio you've been asking about! We'll look at the technical setup regarding mics and other equipment that I use to make the podcast happen (1:40), talk about each album cover that line the studio wall (5:00), peel back the curtain on the artwork, random dollar bill, guitar pedals and more along the main studio wall (15:00), and finally circle around to the other wall to show you what's hiding in the nooks of the far wall shelving (20:30).

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Episode 16 – Best Segments of 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, we take a look back on the best segments of The Music is Win Podcast. I'd like to thank all of you for subscribing on iTunes and watching on YouTube, because without you, Bethany, the guests and I would just be talking to... well... nobody. And that would be strange. There are big plans for this podcast in 2018, including more guests, more fun segments, and of course, more RANDOM RANDOM RANDOM RANDOM RANDOM RANDOM RANDOM RANDOM FACTS. Happy New Year, friends.

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Episode 15 – Wrong Note Challenge, Epic Rock Stances, and Cringey Comments

In this week’s post-holiday please-stop-the-Christmas-music edition of The Music is Win Podcast, we recap if Bethany was naughty or nice this year (2:30), give you a random fact about the first piece of recorded music in space (6:30), find out what you think the most annoying holiday song is (9:30), judge your rock stances for the #FretboardFridayGiveaway (12:30), experience a very vivid Christmas morning (18:00), play the Wrong Note Challenge (20:00), read a podcast review (26:00), check what’s you’ve said in the YouTube comments (27:20), and give you a bit of news (34:00).

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Episode 14 – The YouTube Musician Roundtable (Jared Dines, Stevie T, Adam Neeley, and more)

On this awesome episode of The Music is Win Podcast, I had the pleasure of hanging with some of the top YouTube musicians on the Internet at OIART where we collaborated on videos as well as revealed our secrets of success to the students of the school looking to build a music career online. This recording is of our live Q&A with the OIART students and features a panel of YouTubers, which you can find linked below.

Filmed at OIART
Stevie T
Jared Dines
Sarah Longfield
Adam Neely
Glenn Fricker
Trey Xavier

MiW Mailing List for giveaways through December '17: musiciswin.com/fretboardfriday

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Episode 13 – Capo Challenge, Giveaway Updates, and Elvis is Lazy

On this wintery, snow-covered episode of The Music is Win Podcast, Bethany pretends to understand a Megadeth/Metallica joke, I try to play songs with a capo placed very inappropriately on my guitar neck, and we reveal the first winner of the holiday giveaway. Also, we talk about how lacking a certain aspect of musicianship can make even the biggest rock stars seem lazy.

MiW Mailing List for giveaways through December '17: musiciswin.com/fretboardfriday

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