Season 2 Finale – Guitar Giveaway and Q&A

On the final episode of The Music is Win Podcast for season 2, I have a special gift for one lucky subscriber–a brand new guitar! To win, all you have to do is follow the 3 simple steps below:

1. Follow @musiciswin on Instagram

2. Follow @danelectro_official on Instagram

3. Tag one friend in the comment section of this Instagram post

That's it! The winner will be chosen at random and announced on my Instagram on Tuesday, August 21st at 12pm EST. Good luck!

Also in this episode, I'll answer all your questions you sent in on Twitter, from breaking practice ruts to perfecting your technique to tips on buying that new dream guitar, and everything in between. Thank you for listening to this season of The Music is Win Podcast, and I'll be back with a brand new season soon. Until then, keep shreddin'.

Episode 40 – How an Iconic Guitar is Built

On this penultimate episode of the second season of The Music is Win Podcast, I had the pleasure to take a private tour with the master luthier of Gibson USA while I was at in Nashville, Tennessee for Summer NAMM this past summer. Come along on a tour of one of the most impressive factories in the world as we go through the lifespan of an iconic guitar, from a piece of wood to the finished product.

Episode 39 – Jen Majura, Evanescence Guitarist & Badass Human

On this week's badass episode of The Music is Win Podcast, we're graced with the presence of Jen Majura, the guitarist of Evanescence as well as an accomplished solo artist in her own right. Jen's outgoing personality blended with her obvious passion for music is on display as we discuss life on the road, performing in the famous Sydney Opera House, what guitar tone is really all about, and so much more. Jen was one of my favorite people I got to meet at TGU this past summer, and you'll definitely want to check out her most recent solo effort called InZENity. Enjoy!

Episode 38 – The King of the Blues, Boscoe France

On this week's episode of The Music is Win Podcast, I had the pleasure to sit down with blues royalty, Boscoe France, at the Experience PRS event this summer. Boscoe is not only an extremely humble guy and extraordinary guitar player (I've found that combination a lot during my travels), he's also a master storyteller. From tales of twice-bought guitars to the reason he always plays live shows in bare feet, you'll love this awesome and authentic bluesman who's as kind as he is good at ripping the ax.

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Episode 37 – Glenn Fricker is Metal as #&%!

Glenn Fricker calls 'em like he sees 'em, which is exactly the quality you look for in a good music producer. In this episode of The Music is Win Podcast, Glenn explains what he feels is essential for musicians to possess in order to excel in a studio environment. We also chat about studio war stories, the worst thing about music today, and much, much more. This is one of the rare expletive-ridden episodes you'll find of The Music is Win Podcast, but I'd have it no other way–Glenn is best received unadulterated and without restrictions. Make sure to check out Glenn's YouTube channel and sign up for his new course on producing killer progressive metal tracks. 

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Episode 36 – Tim Pierce, the Session Guitar Legend

During the semiannual Experience PRS event in Stevensville, MD, I had the good fortune to spend some time with a truly amazing musician, Tim Pierce. Tim has a decorated career as a session guitarist, playing on records with artists like Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Phil Collins, Dave Matthews, and hundreds more. Tim was nice enough to share some of his musical wisdom and jam with me, as well as bequeath me with a very special gift. 

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Episode 35 – The Chords John Mayer Should've Used in "New Light"

In this week's episode of The Music is Win Podcast, I recap my trip to NAMM in Nashville, TN, where I visited some awesome places around the city, met new friends, and made epic videos. I also reveal the winner of the Framus Folk Legacy acoustic guitar, so be sure to check your Instagram DMs. As the main attraction, I'll also dive into John Mayer's song "New Light" and go over my approach to not only learning the music, but manipulating it as an exercise in music theory and creativity.

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Episode 34 – Dave Weiner Will Make You Better at Guitar

Today's episode of The Music is Win Podcast features Dave Weiner, an outstanding guitar player with a passion for teaching and a hunger for improvising. Aside from being a consistent member of Steve Vai's touring band for nearly 20 years, Dave was one of the first presences in the online guitar education community of YouTube. He has his own subscription service for guitar lessons called Guitopia, and plays in a three-piece fusion band called Visible at Night. In short, Dave knows guitar, and he'll make you a better player, so listen up!

Episode 33 – Martin Miller, the Soulful Shred Guitar King

Welcome to Season 2 of The Music is Win Podcast! This new season will feature a variety of different show types, including traditional guitar hang / interviews with some amazing players, long-form guitar lessons and chats with yours truly, and Q&A's with Bethany, and much more! This podcast will serve as a communication arm from me to you, so you'll always be up to date with all things Music is Win. 

In the premiere of the second season, I sit down and talk shop with the awesome Martin Miller, a jack of all trades who can blow your mind in a hundred different ways. Martin talks about music theory, his approach to practice, and his brand new signature Ibanez guitar, the MM1, along with a ton of other great conversation. Enjoy, and be sure to subscribe to The Music is Win Podcast so you never miss an episode!

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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.

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

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).

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 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)

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 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!

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 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.

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 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).

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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