Toby Pitman
For the past 18 years Toby has worked as a freelance session guitarist and programmer. A self-confessed 'studio nerd', Toby also writes music for TV/Advertising as well as doing the odd bit of production/writing for various artists. He spends most of his time in his studio staring into a monitor or playing guitar. Recent clients include George Michael and David Arnold.
Tutorials
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    How to Use Convolution for Reverb & EffectsThumb
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    In this tutorial we're going to dive into the crazy world of impulse responses and convolution reverbs. You're going to see how modern software reverbs are no longer just for simulating spaces, they can also be used for anything from speaker simulations and equalizers, to powerful sound design tools.Read More…
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    CAGED Chord WorkoutMusic and audio
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    The CAGED chord system is the most popular teaching method for learning chords and scales for guitar. And rightly so. Go to any guitar school in the world and this is what you’ll be taught. In this tutorial I’m going to give an overview of the CAGED system and show you a few workouts using the CAGED chords that are very good for understanding the fretboard how you can run a lot of chord changes with a minimal amount of movement.Read More…
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    10 Delay Tricks For GuitaristsMusic and audio
    Delay is probably the most versatile effect in any guitarist or engineers arsenal. This is because many other effects that we use like modulation are actually delay effects repackaged with another name. In this tutorial I'll show you 10 different delay tricks most of which can be achieved using the simplest of delay plugins.Read More…
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    Blues TurnaroundsMusic and audio
    In this guitar tutorial I'll show you some of the many ways you can play turnarounds in Blues. The examples are based more around something you might do when filling in a rhythm guitar part as opposed to a lead approach. We'll look at some simple ascending and descending ideas as well as the I-VI-II-V turnaround which is also common in Blues.Read More…
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    Understanding Logic Pro’s EnvironmentThumb
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    Twice a month we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Audiotuts+. This tutorial was first published in April 2009. The Environment is the core of Logic. It can be the cause of a lot of confusion (and even fear!) for new and even more experienced Logic users. In the first of three tutorials that focus on the Environment I'm going to explain exactly what the Environment is and why it makes Logic the most flexible and advanced MIDI sequencing package on the market.Read More…
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    Acoustic Finger Style BasicsMusic and audio
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    In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to get started with some finger style patterns on acoustic guitar. This is aimed at the beginner who has yet to delve into this style of playing. On the surface this can seem very easy but it can be quite a frustrating technique to master. I'll show you two common right hand patterns and how you can expand them.Read More…
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    A Beginner's Guide To The Minor PentatonicMusic and audio
    The Minor Pentatonic scale is probably the first thing a guitarist learns. It is without doubt (along with its Major counterpart) the most useful and versatile scale you'll ever learn. It's the basis for virtually every minor Blues, Rock, Metal, Country, Pop, Soul, and Jazz lick you've ever heard played on a guitar.Read More…
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    Using Chromatics In Rock GuitarMusic and audio
    In this guitar tutorial I'm going to give you an insight into how you can incorporate the Chromatic scale into your playing. Using Chromatic sounding runs can really add interest and a bit of spice to you playing. We'll start by having a look at how the chromatic scale works and then look at the concept of passing notes. If your a fan of rock guitar then this tutorial should help you (ahem).. 'fill in some of the gaps' in your lead work!Read More…
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    Dorian Mode WorkshopMusic and audio
    The Dorian mode is a well used scale in most genres based around Rock, Blues and Jazz as well as featuring in Celtic and Folk styles. You might say it's pretty popular! In the tutorial I'm going to show you how you can get a lot more out of this scale by looking at how it's constructed and using that information to play lines that are based around it's arpeggios instead of just running up and down the scale. Well also look at some alternative Pentatonic ideas that aren't generated by the root note of the scale. This is sometimes referred to as Pentatonic Substitution.Read More…
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    Guitar Tut: Open String RunsPreview
    Here is the first of Toby Pitman's guitar tuts. I've been looking forward to these! In this video guitar tutorial we'll cover the basics of open string runs. It’s like having a sustain pedal for your guitar!Read More…
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    10 Apps For Slowing Down SolosPreview
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    No matter what instrument you play there's nothing quite like the satisfaction of working out your favorite solo by ear. Here's 10 apps to help out with those tricky bits!Read More…
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    The Art of ImprovisationMusic and audio
    Whether your a stand up comedian or a musician knowing how to improvise is an essential craft. Although this article won't teach you 'how' to improvise it will give you an insight into the thought process behind it and the tools you'll need to start.Read More…