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  • 8 Rock Classics Anyone Can Play

    Unlock The Guitar - Blog
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:16 pm
    The first time I heard the intro to ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’ by Led Zeppelin I was captivated. The next day went out and bought my first acoustic guitar with the naïve hope of reproducing one of Jimmy Page’s masterful acoustic pieces. Several hours and several sore fingers later I discovered that it was a lot harder than it sounded but I resolved to learn it… someday. I think it was about 18 months to 2 years later when I went back to it and found that I could finally pull off a semi-decent rendition of the Led Zep classic. I’d had goes at in the…
  • My Favorite Guitar Tuner App (and Why)

    Guitar Adventures
    Josh Summers
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:10 am
    No doubt you carry around a tuner or two in your guitar bag. It’s not like they’re that expensive. Yet somehow in that moment when you need your tuner most, it’s just not available. Maybe it’s tucked away in your bag or out of batteries. In this day and age there is one thing we The post My Favorite Guitar Tuner App (and Why) appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • Top 5 Best Travel Guitars that Don’t Suck

    Guitar Adventures
    Josh Summers
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    I’m traveling on beach vacation in a couple weeks and I’ve been faced with a tough decision: should I lug my massive full-sized guitar all the way across the ocean or just leave it at home and not have anything? I decided I didn’t like either option. So I just went out and bought a new The post Top 5 Best Travel Guitars that Don’t Suck appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • Pleasant SEV218 vintage 1966 Japanese solidbody electric guitar

    Guitar Blog
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Pleasant - yet another vintage Japanese guitar brandname that I've never heard before. It's so difficult tracing back these little brandnames to their original manufacturers as the Japanese factories of the day seemed to have a mix and match mentality where you'd see the same designs and hardware appearing of guitars coming out of the different factories owned by different companies. For instance, take this Pleasant SEV218. The headstock shape looks very familiar, although subtly different from those appearing on various other Japanese guitars from the 1960s, e.g.
  • Searching for Sugar Man

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    Zack Urlocker
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:21 pm
    I admit, I'm late to the party. How did I miss this? If you have any interest in music, you have to watch "Searching for Sugar Man." It's the story of Detroit singer songwriter Sixto Rodriguez who issued two albums in the early '70s, faded into obscurity yet became the voice of a generation in South Africa. This is like discovering some bootleg Dylan album produced by Phil Spector that got shelved for 40 years. If it was fiction you'd say it was too far-fetched. Yet, it's all true. Checkout the trailer below. Amazon: Searching for Sugar Man, Rodriguez …
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  • Searching for Sugar Man

    Zack Urlocker
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:21 pm
    I admit, I'm late to the party. How did I miss this? If you have any interest in music, you have to watch "Searching for Sugar Man." It's the story of Detroit singer songwriter Sixto Rodriguez who issued two albums in the early '70s, faded into obscurity yet became the voice of a generation in South Africa. This is like discovering some bootleg Dylan album produced by Phil Spector that got shelved for 40 years. If it was fiction you'd say it was too far-fetched. Yet, it's all true. Checkout the trailer below. Amazon: Searching for Sugar Man, Rodriguez …
  • Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue

    Zack Urlocker
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    I managed to catch Nick Lowe and his Quality Holiday Review at The Ark in Ann Arbor this week. What a great show! Nick played a short acoustic set and was then joined on stage by the fabulous surf-guitar band Los Straitjackets. While you might find this to be an incongruous mashup, especially given the mexican wrestling masks, it worked perfectly. They added a retro-modern shimmer to the whole show. Despite my concerns that a "Holiday Revue" would mean a lot of cliché'd christmas songs, the set was a great blend of classic Nick Lowe, more recent works, instrumentals by Los…
  • S.F. Sorrow - The First Rock Opera

    Zack Urlocker
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    If you ask most people to name a rock opera, they'll probably come up with "Tommy" and not much else. Until recently, I had assumed The Who's "Tommy" was not only the definitive rock opera but also the first.  But as I learned listening to the public radio show SoundOpinions, Pete Townshend was beat out by a year with a release of the album "S.F. Sorrow" by the UK band The Pretty Things. The Pretty Things started out as a typical UK R&B band with a claim to fame of being hairier, dirtier and raunchier than The Rolling Stones. The Pretty…
  • The Cynics Interview

    Zack Urlocker
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    It's been a few months since I saw legendary garage rock band The Cynics in Cleveland and I was reminded that I still had an interview with lead singer and songwriter Michael Kastelic in the can. So apologies for the delay, here's the interview... Q. When I listen to your back catalog, there's a significant evolution in the sound of The Cynics. What were some of your early influences? For me personally it's different than for the band. For the band, the influences were the garage 60s stuff on the back from the grave label, like the pebbles. Gregg was always a…
  • X - Live in New York City

    Zack Urlocker
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    The seminal '80s punk band X is playing 4 nights at the City Winery in New York as well as touring other major cities. I had the good fortune of being in town and catching the opening night during which they played their debut album "Los Angeles" in its entirety. Punk rock being what it is, that's a fairly short album, so they came back for another full set of songs from later periods of their career and then a final encore.   While I was a huge fan of late '70s / early '80s punk and new wave from New York and the UK, I never really got into the LA…
 
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  • Pleasant SEV218 vintage 1966 Japanese solidbody electric guitar

    18 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Pleasant - yet another vintage Japanese guitar brandname that I've never heard before. It's so difficult tracing back these little brandnames to their original manufacturers as the Japanese factories of the day seemed to have a mix and match mentality where you'd see the same designs and hardware appearing of guitars coming out of the different factories owned by different companies. For instance, take this Pleasant SEV218. The headstock shape looks very familiar, although subtly different from those appearing on various other Japanese guitars from the 1960s, e.g.
  • Doubleneck guitar and bass project - finalised!

    14 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Following my October 2014 blog post asking for assistance in realising my dream of a very specific doublenecked guitar and bass, Antony Moggridge of Shonky Musical Instruments took up the challenge to build this beast for me. Above you can see his initial draft design following an exchange of emails in which I made clear exactly what I wanted.My main specifications were for a doubleneck guitar and bass with the bass neck below the guitar neck; I wanted a compact body so as to keep the sheer bulk of instrument to a minimum; and I wanted the controls to be simple and…
  • Ibanez model ATDS10NT flat top acoustic guitar with tremolo

    6 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Although uncommon, I have seen acoustic guitars equipped with tremolo arms before now, or should I say "vibratos" because as far as I can recall these have exclusively been arched-top acoustics equipped with Bigsby vibratos. This Japanese-made Ibanez model ATDS10NT circa 1983 is something else, as it has what appears to be a tremolo-arm mounted into an electric-style floating bridge, which is allegedly "fully functioning". This item sold on eBay recently for US $599. G L Wilson© 2014, Guitarz - The Original Guitar Blog - the blog that goes all the way to 11!Please read…
  • Erik's "Third Bridge" Bass VI / Baritone Guitar

    28 Dec 2014 | 3:03 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Whoah! Who would do something like this to an unsuspecting Jazzmaster body? Erik explains: About a year ago you showed my 'plank guitar' on your blog. I have been building some more strange guitars and here are some pictures of the last project. It is a so-called third bridge guitar with baritone neck and Bass VI strings. Those were the only strings I could find with sufficient length. With a circular saw I cut the body in two pieces, add some wood and glued it all together. The extra wood was necessary to get enough length. There's a slight nod in the body to get enough…
  • Merry Christmas!

    24 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com: I don't actually know if this hollowbody Framus Christmas Tree guitar is a genuine guitar or not; there is something about the photo that makes it look like a miniature. The strap looks very unconvincing, whilst a Strat-type tremolo on a hollowbody doesn't quite seem right. However, I think it is an entirely appropriate image to convey the compliments of the season to you all! G L Wilson© 2014, Guitarz - The Original Guitar Blog - the blog that goes all the way to 11!Please read our photo and content policy.{{ Guitarz - guitarz.blogspot.com }}
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  • Fender American Standard Double-Cut Telecaster

    Josh
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    Fender is introducing this interesting guitar, the Fender American Standard Double-Cut Telecaster, as part of of its ’10 for 15′ Limited Edition series of guitars: Fender is pleased to announce the release of the “10 for ’15” Limited Edition Collection, a series of 10 guitars that will be limited to 500 of each worldwide, only at authorized Fender dealers from March to December. Fender instruments have a storied history and are renowned for their collectability and their ability to be configured in unique combinations. These 10 very special instruments simultaneously…
  • Carvin Jason Becker Numbers Guitar

    Josh
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    I started playing guitar at a time that Jason Becker and Marty Friedman were gaining a lot of notoriety with their Cacophony shred albums. Sadly, Becker’s guitar playing career was cut short as a result of ALS. Carvin has previously released a Jason Becker Tribute model and has now introduced a version of Becker’s custom-made ‘Numbers’ guitar. The guitar features an ash body, stainless steel frets, and Seymour Duncan pickups. and will be available directly from Carvin in February. I Heart Guitar’s Peter Hodgson is at the NAMM show and has more details and…
  • Eric Johnson Blues Cube Tone Capsule

    Josh
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    Boss/Roland have announced a new tone capsule for their Blues Cube amplifier that has been created in conjunction with Eric Johnson: Roland is pleased to announce the Eric Johnson Blues Cube Tone Capsule, a user-installable voicing circuit for the innovative Blues Cube guitar amplifier series. Developed with GRAMMY-winning guitarist and tone connoisseur Eric Johnson, the Tone Capsule changes the sound and response characteristics of the Blues Cube amps to provide custom voicings tuned and approved by the legendary artist himself. Featuring Roland’s unique Tube Logic design approach, the…
  • Fender ’60s Lacquer Jazzmaster and Road Worn ’60s Jazzmaster

    Josh
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    Over the past few years, I’ve become a fan of offset guitars and, in particular, the Fender Jazzmaster. So, I was excited to hear about Fender’s new Jazzmaster offerings: the ’60s Jazzmaster Lacquer and the Road Worn ’60s Jazzmaster. Both guitars are made in Mexico, but feature some American-made appointments, including the new American Vintage ’65 Jazzmaster pickups. The Lacquer model is available in Surf Green, while the Road Worn model is available in three-tone sunburst and features relicing. Here’s a demo of the ’60s Jazzmaster Lacquer by Chicago…
  • Dunlop Cry Baby Mini

    Josh
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Dunlop introduced the Cry Baby Mini pedal at this year’s NAMM show: Don’t let its small size fool you—the CBM95 Cry Baby Mini Wah doesn’t skimp on tone or usability. It comes equipped with the legendary Fasel inductor, a full sweep range, and three internally adjustable voicings—Low, Vintage, and GCB95. At half the size of a standard Cry Baby pedal, the CMB95 is perfect wherever space comes at a premium, such as on a travel board. To top it off, this pedal features true bypass switching and high quality hardware so that it can take a beating on the road. Save precious space…
 
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    Guitar Noise

  • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

    David Hodge
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Besides being a beautiful Christmas hymn, I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day is also a great exercise for working on finger dexterity while shifting chords. This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
  • El Noi de la Mare (The Child of the Mother)

    David Hodge
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Some Christmas carols are best described as lullabies. "El Noi de la Mare," or "The Child of the Mother," is one such traditional Catalonian Christmas song. This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

    David Hodge
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:13 am
    This chord melody version of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing might be slightly challenging for most beginners, but not completely beyond your capabilities. This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Paul Hackett
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Fifteen years ago David introduced himself to me by email and we started a friendship that has brought guitar lessons to millions of people worldwide. This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
  • Spooky Songs for Halloween

    Paul Hackett
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    It’s crazy how much some people look forward to Halloween. Here's a quick selection of spooky rock songs that are overlooked for the rest of year. This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
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  • NAMM 2015: Seymour Duncan Mark Holcomb Signature Alpha/Omega Pickups

    admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:18 pm
    PRS Guitars and Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb have just announced Mark’s limited edition signature guitar, featuring Mark’s very own Seymour Duncan Alpha and Omega humbucking pickups. Mark came to visit us for a few days to develop these pickups with Keith Merrow, and they’ll be available separately soon. Watch the video above for more information from Mark himself. The post NAMM 2015: Seymour Duncan Mark Holcomb Signature Alpha/Omega Pickups appeared first on Guitar Noize.
  • NAMM 2015: Toneconcepts The Luke, Steve Lukather Signature Boost/EQ Pedal

    admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:05 pm
    It’s hard to believe considering what an amazing and long successful career Steve Lukather has had but the Toneconcepts ‘The Luke’ is his first ever custom signature effect pedal. Luke had been impressed by Toneconcepts ‘The Distillery’ pedal to the point where it had become an integral part of his setup and tone so he went to them to create an enhanced custom version for himself which became his new signature pedal called ‘The Luke’. “‘The Luke’ is an innovative and musical tone-shaping preamp boost with unparalleled power,…
  • NAMM 2015: New Dean Guitars Colt Series

    admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:50 pm
    These are a pretty cool new update to the Dean Guitars lineup, the Colt Series which is a hollowbody guitar which they have added 2 outputs to, one to run the Piezo pickups to a seperate acoustic amp for realistic acoustic tones. There are 3 models, the Colt Flame Top, the Colt Flame Top 12 String and the slightly cheaper but in my opinion coolest of the 3, the matte black Colt BKS. For more info check out the Dean Guitars website. The post NAMM 2015: New Dean Guitars Colt Series appeared first on Guitar Noize.
  • NAMM 2015: Marshall 2555x Silver Jubilee Reissue

    admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:32 am
    “The Silver Jubilee Series was created in 1987 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Marshall Amplification and the 50th year of Jim Marshall being in the music business. The limited edition, all-valve Silver Jubilee amplifiers looked stunning in silver vinyl covering with chrome-plated control panel.” Based on JCM800 2203 and 2204 Master Volume models, the Jubilee amplifiers were the first Marshall products with Pentode/Triode switching, which halves power output. The Jubilee Series featured an innovative preamp circuit which had three gain modes: Clean, Rhythm…
  • NAMM 2015: Fender Sergio Vallin Signature Model

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:55 am
    I’ll admit I have no idea who Servio Vallin is (apparently he is in Mexican quartet Maná the world’s biggest Latin rock band) but I think this is a very interesting signature Fender model as it seems more based on a pawn shop model than most signature models. In fact this is an all new body shape which is sort of an offset Stratocaster. The wood combination is classic Fender with an Alder body, Maple neck and Rosewood fretboard, but the controls and trem definitely have a unique look with a chrome plate under the trem with Sergio’s signature engraved into it. Check out the full…
 
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  • Gretsch Brian Setzer Nashville with TV Jones Pickups

    Alexander
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:27 am
    Gretsch introduces the newly updated G6120SSL Brian Setzer Nashville, now with Brian's TV Jones signature pickups.read more
  • Line 6 Variax Standard - NAMM 2015

    Alexander
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Line 6 unveils the result of the first major collaboration between Line 6 and Yamaha, the Variax Standard, combining Yamaha's craftsmanship and Line 6 instrument modeling technology.read more
  • Peavey 50th Anniversary Amps - NAMM 2015

    Alexander
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Peavey unveils two limited edition commemorative amplifiers that will only be available for 2015, the 50th Anniversary 6505+ head and 50th Anniversary Classic 30 112 combo.read more
  • DOD Boneshaker Distortion - NAMM 2015

    Alexander
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Harman Digitech introduces the DOD Boneshaker, a high-gain distortion pedal with versatile 3-band parametric EQ.read more
  • Alvarez Grateful Dead Series - NAMM 2015

    Alexander
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Alvarez introduces the Grateful Dead Series signature guitars as part of the company's 50th Anniversary celebration, coincidentally, this year is also the band's 50th anniversary.read more
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    Learning Guitar Now Blog

  • Freddie King Style Solo Coming Soon

    John W. Tuggle
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    In the next installment of my Artist Solos Series we’re going to take a look at the late great Freddie King. Freddie has always been one of my favorite guitarists and was a big influence on Eric Clapton. His wild bending style combined with an aggressive but smooth way of improvising the blues has made him one of the most imitated blues legends around. In this solo I tried to capture the essence of what I like about Freddie King. I decided to create a solo in the style of Someday After A While while combining some licks that I really like from Have You Ever Loved a Woman. Watch the Solo…
  • Albert Collins Style Lesson Preview Coming Dec 26th

    John W. Tuggle
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    In the next installment of my Solos Series, I’ll be showing how to play a 36 Bar Slow Blues Solo in the style of Albert Collins. He’s always been one of my favorite guitar players and I’ve tried to capture a few different elements of his extremely dynamic and staccato blues guitar style. Albert is known for his strange tuning and used of the capo, but I thought it would be more useful to learn elements of his style and then apply them to standard tuning. This Solo is played finger style and if you are not familiar with this technique you would need to go through my Blues…
  • New All Access Pass Video Player with Slow Mo

    John W. Tuggle
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    Another new feature that I think you’ll really like in the All Access Pass is the ability to control the speed of the video for all the lesson videos. By using keyboard shortcuts in this new player, you can access controls in the player. Support for all videos in the All Access Pass will be added gradually. Watch the Video I think this is a really great feature that will help you to get the most out of my lessons. To get access to this feature and over 1,0000 Videos join the All Access Pass. The post New All Access Pass Video Player with Slow Mo appeared first on The Learning Guitar Now…
  • The New Choose Your Angle Feature

    John W. Tuggle
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    I’ve been experimenting with a new feature which will allow you to choose the camera angle you would like to see in the Interactive Tabs section of the All Access Pass. I think it will be a great new feature to have for the website and I’m currently trying to figure out another camera angle to use. Maybe the Point of View Angle next. We’ll see. So far I want to have these angles available for the videos in the Interactive Tabs section. Multi Cam Right Hand Cam ? Backing Track Only Watch the Video Do you have an angle you would like to see? The post The New Choose Your Angle…
  • Interactive Tracks

    John W. Tuggle
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    I’ve recently added a new category to the All Access Pass called Interactive Tracks. This is a great way to practice your licks to a backing track while allowing you to control the tempo as well as what section you would like to practice by using the looping tool. Watch the video To get access to the Interactive Tracks join today. The post Interactive Tracks appeared first on The Learning Guitar Now Blog: Blues Guitar Lessons.
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  • Weekly Top 10: Bass Gear News from NAMM, GigBlade Reviewed, Top Bass Videos, Two Handed Tapping & Hand Independence and More

    Corey Brown
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    We’re wrapping up the annual Winter NAMM trip, heading home with stacks of notes and photos of all the bass goodness from the show. Our coverage began last week – with many of them making the top 10. But we also featured some killer videos – from Thundercat, Alex Webster, and St. Paul and the...
  • Marcus Miller Teams with Sire Guitars for New Signature Basses

    Kevin Johnson
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Marcus Miller has a new line of signature instruments with Sire Guitars. The series is based on two models – the J-bass inspired V7 and the modern-styled M3 – and aims to create quality instruments at low prices. Miller describes how the series comes about in this interview video: Available in four or five-string versions,...
  • Scott Varney: Wanting and Waiting

    Corey Brown
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    Scott Varney has a knack of writing and performing tunes with a great, chill vibe. The talented bassist recently decided to submit a performance of one of his recent songs to NPR for their “Tiny Desk” series. “The only rules were you needed to record an original song at a desk (any desk),” Scott told...
  • Unreleased Live Red Garland Trio Recording Released, Featuring Leroy Vinnegar

    News Team
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Good things can be found on dusty old cassette tapes — like live music made by three jazz legends playing as a trio. Swingin on the Korner: Live at Keystone Korner by the Red Garland Trio with Philly Joe Jones and Leroy Vinnegar offers more than 150 minutes of previously unreleased Garland music. The tracks...
  • Aguilar Introduces Fuzzistor Bass Fuzz Pedal

    Kevin Johnson
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Aguilar unveiled a new pedal at this year’s NAMM Show this year called the Fuzzistor. The bass fuzz pedal features a classic silicone transistor distortion circuit for a retro, fuzzy ’70s tone. The Fuzzistor allows for dialing in your tone with Level, Blend, Tone, and Fuzz controls. Aguilar says the Fuzz control ranges from “subtle...
 
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  • Boston. Wassup wit dat city? Wat 2 do?

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:33 am
    Where 2 stay? Talk 2 me. I go there N April.
  • Return to the Planet of the "Hey Euro's its that time again" Thread.

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:26 am
    'allo! continued from: http://markweinguitarlessons.com/fo...at-time-again-again.45810/page-50#post-816612
  • All aboard the Fail-Boat!

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:20 am
    The local Craigslist/eBay hybrid was advertising an Squier Affinity Fuckastrat for EUR 69, when in this star-crossed swamp they retail new for about 200. It was at a reputable music shop (specialising in accordians, which are still legal in the notoriously liberal Netherlands), and when I turned up it turned out to be basically unplayed mint. Even the factory-fitted strings are still shiny. A closet-queen de nos jours, if you will. (The man in the shop said it was traded in by a beginner who... All aboard the Fail-Boat!
  • two feet

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:11 am
    two fucking feet. of snow. starting tomorrow night.
  • Zakk Wylde's new guitar company...

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Just some sneak peaks here: https://twitter.com/WyldeAudio
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    The Punch-In - Insight & Inspriation for Guitar Players

  • The First 10 Things Beginner Guitar Players Should Learn

    Zach
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    So you’re ready to tackle the guitar, eh? Good. That’s awesome. Your cool points just went up to 11. And just like any new skill, you’ll have to start from the beginning. But the great thing is, if you work hard and keep at the basic skills, you’ll lay yourself a killer foundation and you’ll…
  • Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Guitar Players

    Zach
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:38 am
    With 2015 having just begun, and because robots haven’t taken over the world just yet, it’s a safe time to start planning your New Year’s resolutions. There’s always the, “I promise to work out.” How about this year try, I promise to rock out! Check out our list of top 10 New Year’s resolutions for…
  • 5 Songs You Should Cover on Guitar to Get Better

    Author
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    Not only does it feel super rewarding to finally learn the cover of your favorite song, it also helps you get more comfortable with new chords, riffs, and transitions between chords and phrases you might not be used to. And the great thing about covering a song is that you can add your own artistic…
  • 10 Up-and-Coming Guitar Players You Must Know

    Zach
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Discovering a musician on the rise is always exciting. Not only is it great to add music to your playlist, but you also get to say things like, “I knew them when,” and, “But did you hear the original version?” Let’s take a look at ten guitar players, from bluegrass to death metal, who are…
  • Winners of the 12 Days of December Giveaways Announced!

    Zach
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Our 12 Days of December promotion was bigger than ever this year, with 12 new sales, giveaways, courses, and song lessons – one per day for all 12 days. We gave away over $10,000 in prizes, and here are the winners (listed by TrueFire username – each person contacted directly via email). Drum roll please……
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    Guitar International Magazine

  • Taylor Guitars – The Expression System Baby™ Pickup with Onboard Tuner

    Guitar International Magazine
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    Press Release Source: Taylor Guitars For the ultimate on-the-go, plug-and-play experience, Taylor 
Guitars is announcing the addition of the Expression System Baby™ pickup to its line of popular travel
guitars, the Baby Taylor Series. The Expression System Baby, or the ES-B, is based on Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, the Expression System 2, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated piezo sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever
before. The ES-B is powered by an onboard…
  • Maple’s Musical Revival: Taylor Guitars Introduces the Inspired New 600 Series

    Guitar International Magazine
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:19 am
    Press Release Source: Taylor Guitars Taylor Guitars is known for advancing the design of the acoustic
 guitar, setting a modern course for playability, tone and style. In 2014, the company unveiled a
comprehensive redesign of its flagship rosewood/spruce 800 Series to industry and media accolades,
adding to its legacy as one of Taylor’s most popular acoustic guitar offerings. This year Taylor has applied the same forward-thinking vision to its maple 600 Series, connecting maple’s rich musical history with its stable environmental outlook as an important tonewood of the…
  • New PRS Private Stock 30th Anniversary Dragon

    Guitar International Magazine
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    Press Release Source: PRS Guitars As a teenager, Paul Reed Smith dreamed of building guitars decorated with European-style dragons. Paul’s dream became reality in 1992 when he unveiled his first limited edition Dragon guitar. Since that time, PRS Guitars has introduced only seven Dragon editions, each in very limited numbers. These guitars have become among the most desirable instruments in the company’s history, earning their place in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, the Museum of Musical Instruments, in Phoenix, Arizona, and the National Guitar…
  • PRS Guitars’ Archon Amp Family

    Guitar International Magazine
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Press Release Source: PRS Guitars In December of 2013, Paul Reed Smith unveiled a new 100 watt amplifier called the “Archon.” Initially designed and positioned to be a “high-gain” amplifier, the Archon’s aggressive overdriven tones and ample headroom with sparkling cleans immediately caught the attention of guitar wielding heavyweights including Dustie Waring (Between the Buried and Me), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge and Tremonti), Emil Werstler (Chimaira), and Zach Myers (Shinedown). The amp debuted in a high-design, 100/50-watt package (via a half power switch). Later in 2014,…
  • Jack Blades – Revolution Saints is a Frickin’ Wicked Band!

    Guitar International Magazine
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:29 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto Three titans of rock, Deen Castronovo [Journey],  Jack Blades [Night Ranger], and Doug Aldrich [Whitesnake] have joined forces for the next big super group; Revolution Saints. Their music combines commercial rock with its big riffs and tremendous sense of melody – all sung with a true sense of passion and purpose. A new and revolutionary sound born out of the classic rock hits of the ’80s, a sound which has been missing from radio for quite some time. Revolution Saints are on to something big, an untapped sound where other bands will soon follow. Superbly…
 
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    LeftyFretz.com - The Left Handed Guitar Player's Resource

  • Exclusive Insider Secrets! How Brands Choose Lefty Guitars

    Neal
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    Have you ever wondered how exactly a company decides which guitars to build left handed? Most brands won’t make every model available to us, so what’s the thought process? After countless years of painstaking research involving many, many leather-bound books I have finally discovered the answers! For the sake of simplicity I’ve collated my findings in the form of flowcharts. Fender As Fender is well aware, all of us southpaws are raving Metathesiophobiacs.  For those of you who don’t know, a Metathesiophobiac is someone who fears change. Even though some people…
  • Martin : Left Handed Guitars

    Neal
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    Martin Guitars are a USA guitar brand established in 1883 by Christian Frederick Martin.  Although Martin are mostly known for their highly regarded steel-string acoustic guitars, they have also produced several models of electric guitars and basses over the years. But what about left handed models I hear you ask?  Even though I’m well aware of Martin’s southpaw friendly business model, I decided to ask them…just in case. Here is the response I received in return: “As a lefty player myself I’m happy to tell you we are currently building lefty versions of all of our…
  • Winter NAMM 2015 New Schecter Guitars

    Neal
    10 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Finally some southpaw excitement from the imminent NAMM 2015 exhibition! We can always rely on good old Schecter to hook us lefties up with some sweet new gear, and this year will be no different. Schecter will be launching 3 new guitar ranges at winter NAMM, and although every guitar won’t be available left handed, more than a decent chunk of them will.  The Platinum Series all feature a sleek satin finish and introduces a new aggressive body shape – the S-II.  The Banshee Elite Series comes in a beautiful natural gloss finish and all feature a much requested neck-thru…
  • New 2015 Ibanez RG421EXL

    Neal
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    Winter NAMM is almost upon is once again, and brand new guitars are already appearing.  Ibanez recently announced their 2015 line-up, but unfortunately it’s slim pickings when it comes to new left handed models i’m afraid. Ibanez are well known for being very keen on affordable, gloss black models when it comes to southpaw guitars.  But you’ll be glad to hear that the new RG421EXL deviates wildly from this design plan in that is has a flat black finish rather than gloss! Sarcasm aside…it is a pretty good looking guitar! Ibanez RG421EXL-BKF Left Handed Guitar Wizard…
  • 21 Important Insider Articles for New Lefty Guitarists

    Neal
    1 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    Just got a guitar for Christmas?  Or perhaps you’re still pondering over taking up the instrument and need a little nudge in the right direction?  Well this article is aimed directly at you my friend!  We’ve had a rifle through our archives to bring you this list of 20 useful articles for new players. Which Way To Play? Should I Learn Guitar Right or Left Handed? Unsure if you should be playing lefty or righty?  This guide will show you a few simple tests which will help you make the all important decision. Top 9 Left Handed Guitarist Advantages Fed up with people trying their best…
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  • Electro-Harmonix Unveils The New Super Pulsar Stereo Tap Tremolo

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    The brand new EHX Super Pulsar expands upon the classic Pulsar tremolo pedals and is packed with features that can make any tremolo effect possible. Its powerful controls let you create classic pulsating rhythms and experimental stutters while the advanced signal route allows for any stereo or mono configuration.The warm analog circuit of the Super Pulsar can take the shape of a sine, triangle, or square wave while also allowing for unique rhythmic patterns via an on-board sequencer. Further controls over the waveform include Shape, Depth, and Rate. A Tap footswitch and Tap Divide button make…
  • Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Enter Shikari renew their archly political assault while expanding their sonic horizons on The...
  • Hype Check: The Sound Of 2015

    18 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
    Guitar Planet takes on eight of the most hotly hyped artists seeking to make 2015 their own.
  • The Guitarist Of The Year 2014: Scott Holiday

    3 Jan 2015 | 2:02 am
    Rival Sons are no longer a good live band or an act awash with potential; The Great Western...
  • The Guitarist Of The Year: 2. Angus Young

    2 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    Just you try and slow him down: Angus Young is a force of nature, immune to age and armed with a...
 
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    An Educational Resource for the Modern Guitar Player | Guitar Chalk 2014

  • How to Build Melodic Lead Sequences Over Chords and Root Notes

    Bobby Kittleberger
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Chord progressions, by themselves, are a bit uninteresting.It's therefore the primary role and job of most electric guitar players increase the distinctiveness of those progressions.That's not to say guitar players don't cross into rhythm responsibilities as well, but its important that we have a functional understand of melody and note sequencing, even if we hold to a more rhythm-heavy playing style.Here we'll learn how to build melodies and sequences over chords and progressions.What do I do first?We need to start by establishing some conventional chord progressions so we can come up with…
  • BBE Ben Wah Review and Buying Guide

    Bobby Kittleberger
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In the April 2009 issue of Guitar Player, the lesser-known BBE Sound Ben Wah pedal earned an editors' pick tag ahead of a number of other wah pedals.Guitar Player described it as having one of the "sweetest and most musical voices."They reviewed several wah pedals in that issue and highlighted their favorites, including, Buddy Guy's Crybaby, Ernie Ball, George Lynch's Morley and a Carl Martin wah. The BBE wah caught my eye, primarily, because I've never heard of that particular company.When I think about wah pedals I immediately default to Jim Dunlop and Morley, since they've mostly cornered…
  • Best Acoustic Guitars for the Money: 2015 Edition (under $1000)

    Bobby Kittleberger
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Buying an acoustic guitar isn't only about getting the "best" that money can buy. Unless, of course, you can afford the best.If only cash grew on trees.Unfortunately, it does not. And I know that most of my readers and the guitar playing community at large, aren't in a tax bracket that allows them to drop tons of money on a new acoustic.I'm certainly not.That means we're looking for the best acoustic guitar for the money, instead of simply the best acoustic guitar. Because the best guitars are easy to find. Just go to Amazon and search by price, high to low.You'll get some guitars that cost…
  • Digitech Whammy 5 Review and Buying Guide

    Bobby Kittleberger
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    First, if you're not familiar with what exactly you get when you buy the Digitech Whammy 5, I'll point out that this pedal is far more than just a glorified whammy bar.The sounds and features go far beyond what a whammy bar (even in a Floyd Rose Tremolo system) is capable of.Yet many of these features and functions lack practical useability.And it's not cheap.So yes, you get plenty of features, which account for the high cost ($200 retail), but whether or not those features are going to benefit you will depend largely on your playing style and whether or not the multiple harmony and octave…
  • Dotted Eighth Note Rhythms with your Delay Pedal: How to Create and Comprehend

    Bobby Kittleberger
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    It all comes down to setting the correct tempo on your delay pedal.So why not just cut to the chase?We can (skip ahead with the link below), but wouldn't you rather actually know what's happening and be able to explain it to others?If you're a teacher, isn't it better to be able to tell your student what's going on behind what they're hearing? Getting the correct tempo sounds simple. And in a way, it is.But before we get there, to the friendly and practical explanation of what to do, some background material must be understood.Even so, I'll give you the opportunity to skip ahead and take the…
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    Guitar Adventures

  • The True Story Behind Taylor’s Pallet Guitar

    Josh Summers
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The year was 1995. The name “Taylor Guitars” was becoming known as a great-sounding, quality guitar when one of the most interesting stories in modern guitar-making history took place. It was the birth of Taylor’s “Pallet Guitar”. The story – now a legend complete with multiple versions – still proves the point that owner Bob Taylor was trying The post The True Story Behind Taylor’s Pallet Guitar appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • 10 Essential Guitar Pedals For Every Electric Guitarist

    Josh Summers
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:51 am
    Sometimes it can be daunting to look at a seasoned guitarist’s pedal board and think “Gee, I don’t even know where to start”. With hundreds of guitar pedals to choose from, it’s quite easy to waste your money on unnecessary pedals. Before I go any further discussing guitar pedals, let me share with you a The post 10 Essential Guitar Pedals For Every Electric Guitarist appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • My Favorite Guitar Tuner App (and Why)

    Josh Summers
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:10 am
    No doubt you carry around a tuner or two in your guitar bag. It’s not like they’re that expensive. Yet somehow in that moment when you need your tuner most, it’s just not available. Maybe it’s tucked away in your bag or out of batteries. In this day and age there is one thing we The post My Favorite Guitar Tuner App (and Why) appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • Top 5 Best Travel Guitars that Don’t Suck

    Josh Summers
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    I’m traveling on beach vacation in a couple weeks and I’ve been faced with a tough decision: should I lug my massive full-sized guitar all the way across the ocean or just leave it at home and not have anything? I decided I didn’t like either option. So I just went out and bought a new The post Top 5 Best Travel Guitars that Don’t Suck appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • 18 Astonishing Guitar-Shaped Things that Make You Say “What?”

    Josh Summers
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:23 am
    Guitars provide inspiration for a lot of things in life but there are some people who take that to an extreme. While some of these guitar-shaped things are mass produced, most of them are custom pieces designed for the sole purpose of pleasing a passionate guitarist. Take a look at the 18 guitar-shaped things below and The post 18 Astonishing Guitar-Shaped Things that Make You Say “What?” appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
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    Unlock The Guitar - Blog

  • Carlos Santana and the Egyptians

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:08 pm
    I’m not a big fan of learning famous guitar players’ licks note for note as the time you need to put into achieving such endeavors far outweighs the usefulness of the result, and unless you’re in some kind of tribute band, there are probably more productive things to do with your time. Personally, I’d rather sit down and try to work out exactly what a guitarist is doing theory-wise, and then try to incorporate that into my playing. I probably couldn’t play a Santana lick to save my life but I do get a lot out of watching and listening to him play. So what exactly…
  • The Thing that's Probably Missing from Your Guitar Soloing

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Improvisation is one of the most intriguing areas of guitar-playing, especially as it’s one of the few instruments where a little knowledge can go a long way; learn your minor pentatonic box and you’re well on your way to sounding half-decent. Scales are an all important part of learning to improvise on guitar but what if you want that lyrical, always falling on the right note, melodic kind of sound? How do you about it? Scales are part of the puzzle but there’s something else you need to consider… Remember when you first picked up a guitar? Perhaps you can recall…
  • Top 10 Fastest Ways to Improve Your Guitar Playing

    16 Jan 2015 | 8:26 pm
    If you’re looking for a sure-fire way to take your playing to the next level then read on. There are many factors that influence how fast you progress on guitar so here are 10 ways to increase your proficiency on the instrument without having to sell your soul at the crossroads… 10. Spend Less Time with Your Girl/Boyfriend First things first; if you devoted as many hours to playing guitar as you do to your other half you’d be a virtuoso in no time. Think, ‘Red House’. 9. Treat Yourself to a New Guitar Go on, you deserve one. And besides, a new guitar will give…
  • 8 Rock Classics Anyone Can Play

    12 Jan 2015 | 5:16 pm
    The first time I heard the intro to ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’ by Led Zeppelin I was captivated. The next day went out and bought my first acoustic guitar with the naïve hope of reproducing one of Jimmy Page’s masterful acoustic pieces. Several hours and several sore fingers later I discovered that it was a lot harder than it sounded but I resolved to learn it… someday. I think it was about 18 months to 2 years later when I went back to it and found that I could finally pull off a semi-decent rendition of the Led Zep classic. I’d had goes at in the…
  • Guitar Hacks to Avoid Information Overload

    8 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Ever feel like there’s just too much to learn and not enough hours in the day to practice it all? I remember being overwhelmed by information at Music College, so much so that I didn’t know where to start. More than a decade later I realized that a large portion of that information was… I’m tempted to say useless but let’s call it ‘of little use’, as far as being a fairly rounded player goes, so let’s take a look at a selection of hacks to reduce information overload. Hacks for Scales At Music College I remember being handed a thick binder…
 
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    Rhythm Strumming

  • Spider Riffs

    Mackenzie
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Spider Riffs are great speed building riffs. They offer easy to play and tempo building notes. Normally they have the same shape and can be easily sweep through. You can also build momentum for the next part of the song and can give a deep aspect to a song. It’s easy to make these shapes, so thus it is a part of a lot of music. I came about this technique searching through the internet. It look really interesting and I decided to try it out. The shapes were really easy to play and I got really fast at it. My fingers were just flying on the fret board AKA neck. I found a ton of songs…
  • Like A Cowboy By Randy Houser Chords

    Mackenzie
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    Like A Cowboy By Randy Houser Chords. I really like this song. It’s really slow, but picks up through out the songs. It’s in the Key of C Sharp. it’s just a really meaningful song and is well written. The chords are all simple and beginner chords. It’s in 4/4 or common timing and I us Down Down Down Up Down Up Down as my Rhythm Strumming pattern. Hope y’all like this song and learn to play it. Capo 1 Intro C F x2 Verse C F Every time I fall I get back up again C F Cinch my saddle up and find me another wind C F Let it take me where it wants to go C F Another one…
  • Humbucker Pickups

    Mackenzie
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:08 pm
    I play a Epiphone SG. I like beefy sounds and guitars that at a thickness to a song. I don’t really like bright sounds, but heavier sounding guitars. Just like a SG or Les Paul. They both have humbucker pickups. Humbuckers at a thickness to a guitar’s sound. Single coil pickups like the ones on strocasters, only give a bright sound. The Humbuckers are actually two pickups in one. You can see there is to parts to it. They are great for rock and songs that need for guitar, but not to much guitar sound. Most classic rock guitar players use guitars with humbuckers, but there are…
  • A Major Scale Notes on Guitar

    Mackenzie
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:27 pm
    A Major Scale Notes On Guitar The A Major Scale isn’t that much different then the other scales we’ve learned. It has eight notes including the perfect 8th. There are sharps, C#, F#, and G#. Not really hard, but you should play through this scale just to get a feel for it. If you know the other major scales, then this is just another learning curve. We play this scale like every other scale major, but start at the Tonic A. The second not is B. The third is C# one of the 3 sharps. The 4th is D. The 5th is E. The the is F# the 2nd sharps in this scale. And finally we end with our…
  • Just Gettin’ Started By Jason Aldean Chords

    Mackenzie
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Just Gettin’ Started By Jason Aldean Chords. The newest song in country song has been chorded and tabbed out for y’all. This song is going to be a summer anthem. This song is really easy to play because the chords are simple. A little change in the chord progression, but it’s just one chord change, so you should be able to play it easily. The song is in 4/4 song get a strumming pattern from here. No capo and standard tuning intro: Am C F G x2 -------------8----8-10-10-10^12---10^12-10^12-----| --8/10-10-10---10------------------------------10-|…
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    Guitar Gear Finder

  • Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Pedal Review

    Aaron Matthies
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    You’ve probably already heard about the EHX Soul Food a lot before reading this review as it has been a massive hit since it came out in 2013. I’ve known about it and heard people raving about it, but only recently managed to get my hands on one. If you have been considering buying a Soul Food or are on the fence, this review was written for you. EHX Soul Food vs Klon Centaur I may as well get this out of the way now. If you have only just found out about the Soul Food, you may have also heard about another pedal: the Klon Centaur. The Soul Food is a clone (or…
  • How to Use a Looper Pedal: Basics

    Aaron Matthies
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    In this lesson I will show you how to use a looper pedal if you have never used one before. As a guitar teacher I highly recommend every guitarist own a looper pedal. You may have seen guitarists use looper pedals in live performances or you might have seen a looper pedal elsewhere and wondered what you can use it for. There are many different uses for a looper pedal and I will eventually cover all potential uses in lessons and guides (subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date). In this lesson we will look at how to get started with a looper pedal and build up some basic skills. A looper…
  • Best Delay Pedals: Ultimate Buyer’s Guide to Delay

    Aaron Matthies
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:31 am
    How to find the best delay pedal for you I’ve read through a lot of lists of top delay pedals and what other websites believe is the best delay pedal. You have probably seen a lot of lists on the top 10 delay pedals and whenever I read through them I’m always disappointed. Here is the most important point I would like you to remember when reading this buyer’s guide or any other ‘top 10′ list: There is no one best delay pedal Every guitarist has different needs when it comes to gear and delay so it’s ridiculous to claim that there is one pedal that is the…
  • Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler Review

    Aaron Matthies
    30 Dec 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The Line 6 DL4 Stompbox Delay Modeler came out well over 10 years ago and has built up a reputation for being the go-to delay pedal. There are many popular guitarists who swear by the DL4. I finally got my hands on one so in this review I will share with you my thoughts on the DL4 and how it compares to delay pedals available today. I will mainly compare it to the TC Electronic Flashback X4 which is the closest comparison in terms of price and features. Features 15 Delay Models The DL4 has 15 effects modeled on popular delay gear as shown on the knob to the right. They advertise 16 effects,…
  • TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay Pedal Review

    Aaron Matthies
    28 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Features The TC Electronic Flashback X4 has a nice range of useful features. Here are the most important aspects to think about: 12 Delay Types The top left knob controls the type of delay as shown to the right. You can see that it covers the most common delay types and probably a few delay models you don’t recognize. You have the typical delay models that are found on pretty much any digital delay pedal as well as a few interesting models that would only be used in certain situations. It’s worth mentioning that 16 delay types are advertised. But 4 preset positions…
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