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About Rap Genius (Not Kanye West)

So Rap Genius is a website where people post lyrics to songs.  It’s done community style, and you can add annotations to explain/question the meaning of lyrics.  There are options to buy tracks and watch YouTube clips of the songs.  Here’s an example. So what? I’m writing about this, because I’m always interested in ways […]

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Words of Wisdom

Most of us here on the Daft Paragon Ranch are still bleary eyed from tryptophan comas caused by a week of leftover turkey.  However, before we get back up to speed in 2014, I wanted to leave 2013 on a positive note.  Izzy1 Swan is a wood worker out of South Carolina who has a very […]

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Best Guitar Playing in Movies

I wrote this almost 6 months ago and never published it because these are the obvious answers that everyone picks for these kind of posts… but I thought it would be fun to post it anyway. Guitar playing is in all sorts of Hollywood productions. Usually it’s a completely trivial part of the plot, so […]

Gear News

PRS Releases the Archon Amp

PRS just released a new amp1.  It’s aimed at the very hard rock but not quite metal crowd2.  It’s an interesting direction for them, so I figure it’s worth posting about. The manufacturer description… Greek for “ruler” or “lord,” the PRS Archon is a commanding and versatile 2-channel amp with aggressive overdriven tones and sparkling […]


Dave Weiner Gear Rundown w/ Wampler

Dave has moved up in the world over the years and is far too important for the likes of this site, so we’re showing a second hand interview he did with Wampler.  It’s a good walkthrough of his pedalboard, enjoy.

Lessons Upgrades

Replacing Pickups on a Gretsch Electromatic G5120

Like so many others, I had a tough time justifying spending $3k+ for a Gretsch (I really like the Setzer model) when the Korean version can be had for under $800.  But that means dealing with a lot of the places they cut corners to drop the sticker price.  One of the most often disliked […]

Live Music Music


For those of you who don’t keep track of such things, Metallica recently held a contest in South America in association with Coke Zero.  Winners of the contest got to go see Metallica play in Antarctica1. So, here’s the video.  For my thoughts on the whole thing you can jump on past the other side […]


Some Neat & Non-Traditional Guitar Practice Resources

As much as I like to lambaste the notion that being good at guitar means you can play single note runs really clean & fast, I am still very much pro-practicing.  I think I’d say being good at guitar means you’re able to easily play the sounds in your head1.  But most lesson books and […]

Gear Good Finds

Windows 8.1 Music Production Tweaks

I’ve posted videos from Rain Computers before1.  Sadly, Rain UK has shuttered its doors.  Fortunately, Rain UK has been reborn as Molten Music Technology and they plan to keep on keeping on2. Anyway, in the below video the Molten guys go over tweaks that they suggest to optimize your Windows 8.1 PC for music production […]


Dec 10-17th Only: Save 15% @!

My old friends1 at Catalinbread just announced a holiday sale.  Use coupon code CB15 at checkout and you’ll get 15% off your pedal order from  So go stock up for yourself, or be nice and buy something for a friend.  Either way, saving money is great! I say “old friend” because Daft Paragon used […]