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Gigbag: May 2006

Prelude Bass Strings
M-Audio Sputnik Microphone
The Harmony Wheel
Drumometer Model II

Prelude Bass Strings

Recognizing that student bass players don’t necessarily have the dough for pro-level strings but need to restring their instruments still the same, D’Addario responded with Prelude bass strings. Available in four scale lengths from 3/4 to 1/8, the stainless-steel wound strings have an easy response and come only in a medium-tension gauge. daddariobowed.com

John Abercrombie DVD

On the 90-miunte instructional DVD John Abercrombie Teaches Jazz Guitar Improvisation, the mustachioed maestro of the six-string gets down to the nitty gritty of improvisational technique. Using some of his own compositions, plus “Stella by Starlight,” Ambercrombie reveals the secret of using motivic development, dynamics and rhythmic changes and space to create interesting and affecting improvisations. homespuntapes.com; 1-800-33-TAPES

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