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  • What You Can Learn from Mike Stern

    Unlock The Guitar - Blog
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
  • Spicetone 6Appeal Analog PolyFuzz. Say what?!

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    19 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Hexaphonic fuzz-overdrive with an active breakout box and modulation effects with full MIDI control. Ok we need to break this down as some of you may not have even heard of Hexaphonic pickups. So if you ever seen a Roland equipped MIDI guitar used usually in conjunction with their MIDI effect unit that can turn your guitar into a synth, you’ve seen a Hexaphonic pickup in action. These pickups isolate each string into its own signal so that the strings can be affected individually. What Spicetone have created is a unique Overdrive unit that takes advantage of Hexaphonic pickup loaded…
  • 20 Myths About Guitar Scales

    Unlock The Guitar - Blog
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Myths about learning anything on guitar abound. Here are a few about scales: 1. The CAGED System is great for learning scales. I’m pretty sure it’s crap. 2. The more scales you know, the better you can improvise. Any decent blues player will prove you wrong every time. 3. The Major Scale and the Modes are two separate entities. If you’ve fallen into this trap, check out our free lessons and this article on modes. 4. You need to know guitar scales to play a good solo. Not necessarily but it helps… 5. You can’t play the harmonic minor scale without sounding…
  • Gibson USA "BECK: Lucille" Modified (allegedly): see if you can make sense of the item description!

    Guitar Blog
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com: This Gibson Les Paul Classic with faux bullet holes in its top is currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of US $2,427 and with free shipping from Japan where the guitar is currently located. I tried finding out some more information about this "customised" guitar, however, the description in the eBay listing left me even more confused: Among the artists-modify our Les Paul here which is the work of a different color is: "BECK Lucille" modifier! ! I have made based on the Les Paul Gibson Co., Ltd. is a well-established long-established in about said that this…
  • Guitar Chords: Naina, Khoobsurat [2014]

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    Abhinav Sonkar
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The movie Khoobsurat released this Friday to limited responses. Naina is the only romantic number in the movie’s music track. Interestingly, the song was added as an afterthought as the producers felt the movie lacked a love song. Good they thought that else this song would not have happened! I have become a fan of Sona Mohapatra’s voice. Remember the song Ambarsariya? This one is equally good though music is not purely acoustic. If you are not aware, the music director of this movie is Sneha Khanwalkar who also gave music to the Gangs of Wasseypur movies. She is one music…
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  • Gibson USA "BECK: Lucille" Modified (allegedly): see if you can make sense of the item description!

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com: This Gibson Les Paul Classic with faux bullet holes in its top is currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of US $2,427 and with free shipping from Japan where the guitar is currently located. I tried finding out some more information about this "customised" guitar, however, the description in the eBay listing left me even more confused: Among the artists-modify our Les Paul here which is the work of a different color is: "BECK Lucille" modifier! ! I have made based on the Les Paul Gibson Co., Ltd. is a well-established long-established in about said that this…
  • Zane King plays the Jackson Steel SlideKing Bass

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com: I believe that this footage is currently going viral in guitar-related blogs and Facebook pages, but unlike a lot of the viral nonsense, it is worth viewing. Although the Jackson Steel SlideKing Bass looks like a slide guitar or a console guitar (seeing as it's on legs), it really falls under the category of pedal steel as it has four pedals to change the pitch of the strings. The SlideKing Bass retails for $1,995.00 + $250 for a case (apparently they won't ship it without a case, so I don't know why they have separate pricing as if it's an option). G L Wilson© 2014,…
  • The Banning TeleBacker - If Rickenbacker built a Telecaster...

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com: ...it would look like this, the TeleBacker, made in the USA by Banning Guitars custom shop.The example in the photographs reproduced here is currently listed for sale on eBay with a Buy It Now price of US $1,899.99.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 }}
  • 1991 Westone Dan Armstrong Signature Series "Shark" prototype - 1 of 5 made

    12 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Here's an intriguing prototype guitar, the result of a collaboration between Dan Armstrong and Westone Guitars. It's a Westone Dan Armstrong Signature Series "Shark" prototype from 1991. The guitar features a licensed Floyd Rose tremolo, Dan Armstrong Mini humbucker and Dan Armstrong Monster triple-coiled pickups mounted on a body that is somewhere between a Stratocaster and a Mustang in design. For more information please see: www.danarmstrong.org/westone.html, www.vintagesilvertones.com/forsale_westone_dan_armstrong.html and www.westone.info/danarmstrong.html.
  • Doubleneck guitar and bass project - your ideas and help wanted!

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com: I've been mulling over ideas for a guitar that I have decided I need in order to reproduce in a live situation the music I have been making in a couple of projects. This past year I have taken to the bass guitar in a big way, so much so that it has become my main instrument. However, I still want to play guitar as well, but more than that what I'd really like to do would be to play both bass and guitar on the same songs. So, what is required is a doubleneck guitar and bass. Add in a looper pedal (or preferably two) and the possibilities are quite staggering - just check…
 
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  • Guitar Chords: Naina, Khoobsurat [2014]

    Abhinav Sonkar
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The movie Khoobsurat released this Friday to limited responses. Naina is the only romantic number in the movie’s music track. Interestingly, the song was added as an afterthought as the producers felt the movie lacked a love song. Good they thought that else this song would not have happened! I have become a fan of Sona Mohapatra’s voice. Remember the song Ambarsariya? This one is equally good though music is not purely acoustic. If you are not aware, the music director of this movie is Sneha Khanwalkar who also gave music to the Gangs of Wasseypur movies. She is one music…
  • Guitar Chords: Main Tenu Samjhawa Ki

    Abhinav Sonkar
    7 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    This song, Main Tenu Samjhawa Ki, has so many versions. Initially I was confused and had to Google and Youtube the song to find out. As it so happens, the song has been re-used in a recent movie called ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’. Then Alia Bhatt decided to make her own unplugged version. But I liked the original version by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan the best. And I am sure most of you feel the same. His voice cannot be replaced in this song. And so I decided to post his version of the song here. The song is in the key of D# so it would be be a good idea to use capo to change the key to…
  • Guitar Chords: Bin Tere (Reprise), I Hate Luv Storys [2010]

    Abhinav Sonkar
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    No Bollywood acoustic song collection is complete without reprise version of Bin Tere in the list. The genius duo of Vishal-Shekhar who are known for their youthful and exciting music have delivered an excellent acoustic cover of Bin Tere. What makes this song amazing is that the cover has been kept raw by avoiding mixing and reverbs. Only acoustic guitar accompanies the vocals. Play the chords with correct strumming and you will sound like original. And if that was not good enough, the song itself is very easy to play on guitar. You don’t need much of barre chords or even a capo. Most…
  • Guitar Chords: Chand Mera Dil, Hum Kisise Kum Naheen [1977]

    Abhinav Sonkar
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The song Chand Mera Dil is a beautiful melody from the movie Hum Kisise Kum Naheen. That movie had so many good songs that this one gets eclipsed by the charm of the others. So good was R D Burman with this film. But if you love to play acoustic guitar, then you got to play this song with its simple basic open chords. The song is in the key of Am. The chords used in this song are: Am Dm G C In the Antra part the song switches to the scale of F for 2 lines and uses these chords: F Bb C7 Then it switches back to Am via G scale. G Abdim:2 Am This brilliant insight was noticed by Jayswami. At…
  • Guitar Chords: Galliyan (Unplugged), Ek Villain [2014]

    Abhinav Sonkar
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The movie Ek Villain did not arouse much interest in me but the soundtrack turned out to be good. Music by Ankit Tiwari is balanced and the unplugged version of Galliyan is quite enthralling. The original version of Galliyan is in the key of A#m but the unplugged version is in D#m (probably to suit the voice of Shraddha Kapoor). The chords in D#m scale are all barre so I would recommend using a capo to simplify the chords. Chords used in the song (with capo on 1st fret): Dm Bb C Am F The continuous pauses in strumming makes the song a treat to play. Below strumming pattern can be used…
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  • Welcome to the Equinox

    Paul Hackett
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Today is the Autumn Equinox, a day which marks the changing of the seasons. It's also an especially good day for finding your way. This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
  • Flashback #12 – Woodstock

    Paul Hackett
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    The Woodstock Music & Arts Festival was a one-in-a-million cultural event that became the touchstone of an entire era. This weekend is the 45th anniversary. This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
  • Flashback #11 – Apollo 11

    Paul Hackett
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    Forty-five years ago, close to a million people watched Apollo 11 blast off from Kennedy Space Center. We'll commemorate their eight days in space. This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
  • (Sort of the) Guitar Noise News – May 2014

    David Hodge
    19 May 2014 | 4:07 am
    This is one of those occasional blogs I write when the mood strikes me. But we'll call it the "(Sort of the) Guitar Noise News" for May 2014. This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
  • Guitar Noise News – April 2014

    David Hodge
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:04 am
    Welcome to the April 2014, or "Earth Day edition" of Guitar Noise News, the "official newsletter" of the Guitar Noise website. This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
 
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  • Spicetone 6Appeal Analog PolyFuzz. Say what?!

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Hexaphonic fuzz-overdrive with an active breakout box and modulation effects with full MIDI control. Ok we need to break this down as some of you may not have even heard of Hexaphonic pickups. So if you ever seen a Roland equipped MIDI guitar used usually in conjunction with their MIDI effect unit that can turn your guitar into a synth, you’ve seen a Hexaphonic pickup in action. These pickups isolate each string into its own signal so that the strings can be affected individually. What Spicetone have created is a unique Overdrive unit that takes advantage of Hexaphonic pickup loaded…
  • Bogner enter the pickup market

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    Bogner Amplification has partnered with renown and highly respected Arcane Pickups for our exclusive line of PAF vintage style humbuckers. “Designed by Bogner and built by Arcane Pickups here in Los Angeles, each pickup is hand wound and features the finest quality components. Our PAF’s deliver clear, balanced and sweet cleans. When pushed hard, you’ll hear and feel dynamic, articulate and harmonically rich overdriven tones.” More pickup styles and models to come soon. Available direct at http://www.bogneramplification.com I actually think this news is a little sad, as I did…
  • A Little Thunder – Revolutionary Humbucker Pickup adds Bass to Electric Guitars

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    16 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    Imagine being able to flick a switch on your guitar and your bottom 2 strings become a Bass, well Andy Alt’s new invention A Little Thunder is a very clever new Humbucker design that does just that! I’ve chatted to Andy many times over the years (check out my interview with Andy for The Guitar Noize Podcast), he previously told me about his invention but I didn’t understand how it worked, he has obviously fine tuned this pickup for years and finally has a pretty remarkable prototype that does something that no other pickup on the market does. Just check out the video above…
  • TC Electronic announce the Flashback Triple Delay

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    15 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    The TC Electronic Flashback X4 is a fantastic pedal (check out my review here) but the extremely talented people at TC Electronic don’t rest on their laurels, they’ve found a way to improve it with the Flashback Triple Delay. “Flashback Triple Delay is the first stompbox in TC history that lets you run three delays simultaneously, opening up an entirely new delay dimension filled with divine sounds. The Flashback Triple Delay also features 11 different subdivision types, and the option of running the delays in parallel or in series, which lets you infuse your delays with…
  • PRS Announce the Archon 25 Combo

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    14 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    A couple of months ago PRS announced that they were adding to the range of their new high gain amp, The Archon, with a 50/25 Watt Head and Combo. PRS obviously decided that there would be a benefit of having an even lower wattage version and have released the Archon 25 Combo which features the same look as the 50/25 and is switchable to 13 Watts via the back panel. Press Release The Archon 25 brings the ‘king’ of PRS high-gain amplification to the world of small, low wattage tube amps. The Archon’s lush distortion and singing clean channel tones are all here in a 25 watt package. The…
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  • Aguilar Chorusaurus - Analog Chorus Pedal for Bass

    Alexander
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Aguilar Amplification unveils the Chorusaurus bass chorus pedal, analog bucket-brigade chorus tuned for bass.read more
  • Tim Reede Apollo

    Alexander
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    Tim Reede Custom Guitars expand their electric guitar line with the chamberedbody Apollo, featuring Lollar pickups and Bigsby bridge.read more
  • Soundblox 2 Stingray Multi-Filter

    Alexander
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Source Audio releases the Soundblox 2 Stingray Multi-Filter, featuring modulation, filter and overdrive effects.read more
  • Fender Adam Clayton Jazz Bass

    Alexander
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Fender introduces the Adam Clayton Jazz Bass, based on the U2 bassist's vintage instrument.read more
  • PRS Archon 25

    Alexander
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    PRS Guitars expand their high-gain amp line with a smaller 25 Watt Combo amp, the new Archon 25.read more
 
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  • Albert Collins Style Lesson Preview

    John W. Tuggle
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:59 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…
  • Duane Allman Style Lesson Now Available

    John W. Tuggle
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    [ Update ] This Lesson is now available. Duane Allman Style Lesson In the next Premium Lesson I’ll be releasing a Duane Allman style solo lesson where you will learn how to play a solo similar to “Not My Cross To Bear” by the Allman Brothers Band. I think this will be a great addition to my Premium Lessons and will introduce a new category of lessons to the site. In this new category I will be releasing solos in the style of artists such as Duane Allman, Freddie King, Albert King, Albert Collins and many more. These new Premium Lessons will be for sale as a Download only at…
  • What is the Tone Lab?

    John W. Tuggle
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    Recently I’ve added a new section to the website called the Tone Lab. I think it’s a great way to demonstrate many different combinations of gear to show you what they sound like. Also, it’s a great way for me to document and be able to recall all of my gear settings and tones that I find along the way. Many times when I find a certain sound that I am looking for, I’ll never write down the exact settings that I used to get it. Then, it’s essentially lost forever. With this new Tone Lab system, I can always go back and see exactly what gear I used to get the tones…
  • Fender 1979 Twin Reverb Makeover

    John W. Tuggle
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    That old Fender Twin Reverb that I have has been sitting in a corner for years now not being used. It’s a great amp with unbelievable headroom. It is a 1979 after further investigation. I originally thought that it was a 1976 or 1974. Looking up the serial number determined this for me. This site is where I found out the year. Serial Number Lookup When I pulled out the twin, plugged it in and started playing, I realized that it sure did have a really great sound that was completely different from the Vibrolux and Avatar 45. Nice and clean is what a Twin is for with hardly any breakup at…
  • The Scumback J75 Speaker Upgrade

    John W. Tuggle
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Lately I’ve been trying to get my Avatar 45 to sound much better than what it has been. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great amp for sure, but there has just been something that irks me about the tone I have been getting with it. I thought that getting some different speakers for the 2 X 12 Avatar Cabinet could be the solution. I have been using two Celestion speakers in the 2 X 12 Avatar cabinet. A G12H 30 and a G12M 25 Greenback. Now these speakers are supposed to be great, but I just don’t really like them for what I am looking for. To me, the mids have a cardboard…
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  • Cahit Kutrafali and Bur-I Hoshsoz: Speak To Me

    Corey Brown
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Yesterday we featured a bass and vocal duo by DaBeat & Miki Santamaria. Here’s another, sent to us by bassist Cahit Kutrafali. The bassist is accompanying vocalist Bur-I Hoshsoz on their original tune, “Speak To Me”.
  • Théo Zipper Quartet Releases “Faith”

    News Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Seeking out some new jazz propelled by a bass player’s sensibilities? Check out Théo Zipper Quartet’s album, . Led by French bassist and composer, Théo Zipper, the quartet also includes tenor/soprano sax player Max Fortin, Yannick Jacquet on piano, Fender Rhodes, and cello, and Lucas Vanderputten on drums. Zipper says his, and the quartet’s, goal,...
  • Weekly Top 10: Old School Fender Jazz, Dealing with Bad Band Leaders, The Best Bass Video and New Gear

    Corey Brown
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I love it when a top 10 list makes a top 10 list… more to check out! This one has that and a whole lot more reader favorites, from the week of October 11-17, 2014. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. 1. Mike Wheeler Band: That’s What Love Will Make You Do Here’s a video...
  • Laurus Introduces Federico Malaman Signature Quasar Bass

    Kevin Johnson
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Federico Malaman has been impressing us with his playing for years. Now he’s teamed up with Laurus to create the new Federico Malaman Signature Quasar Bass. Based on the company’s Quasar, the instrument is a 5-string fretless with its tuning machines at the bridge. One of the most striking features of the model is its...
  • DaBeat & Miki Santamaria: Man in the Mirror

    Corey Brown
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    We’ve seen some great grooves and solo bass from Miki Santamaria before. In this video, his incredible playing is in support of vocalist DaBeat, in this duo’s take of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”. Enjoy.
 
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  • NAMM Pre-Order sale

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Hey everyone, So sat down made the list for NAMM and decided to put them up for presale. The spec's are pretty fixed at this point but there are 11 (strike that, down to 10 now) available guitars all discounted. Not posting this anywhere else till monday. Use the code NAMM to put a third down, a third due around mid dec and the balance at or just after NAMM. We've never had any guitars damaged at NAMM but we are making them down because they will get played some at the show (no worse than the... NAMM Pre-Order sale
  • Holding Your Breath Under Water

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    It may not seem like it's music related but in a way,it is... I'm fresh out of the shower and whilst I was in there I was thinking about my lack of water survival skills. I can't go under water without plugging,(pinching),my nose. I've tried and I have no idea why most people can yet I can't... I grew up with a Dad that was a fisherman for much of his early life that couldn't swim a stroke,and a Mom that I witnessed saving someone that was sure to drown in a current had it not been for my... Holding Your Breath Under Water
  • In this thread you'll share your feelings about The Exorcist.

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    Someone mentioned The Exorcist here a few days ago, maybe Flamencology, and it seems to me this has always been a polarizing movie without much middle ground. No one is really 'meh' about it. Those who hate it often call it stupid, or not scary in the same way that Rosemary's Baby gets criticized for being silly. I think those folks miss the point. I think it's a fantastic film that's held up extraordinarily well. The cinematography is gorgeous, the performances are great,... In this thread you'll share your feelings about The Exorcist.
  • Pedalboard: full...

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Added the Holy Grail bought used off TGP... So, the chain runs DOD FX17->Tuner->Soul Food->OD Glove->Hot Tubes->NEO Mistress->Memory Toy->Holy Grail->Volume... Anybody have any thoughts on reverb before or after delay? Adding the reverb allows me to play around with the delay settings now that it isn't handling the reverb...... Pedalboard: full...
  • 2014 is first year ever with ZERO platinum-certified records

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Apologies if it was already posted. "While there were certainly a number of great albums you need to have from this year, 2014 will mark the first year since its inception in 1976 that no artist’s album will be certified as platinum from sales. The award is given by the RIAA to mark one million... 2014 is first year ever with ZERO platinum-certified records
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  • Brooklyn Blues Guitar Lesson: Quantized Bending

    Zach
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    TrueFire Educator Jeff McErlain has just launched his first installment of his new weekly video blog called Jeff McErlain’s Brooklyn Blues. Each week Jeff will share a free video guitar lesson, a lick, a concept, a tone tip, and more. You can check Jeff out at www.jeffmcerlain.com or see his courses here at TrueFire. About…
  • The Most Adorable Hard Rock Singer Ever?

    Zach
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    When you think of hard rock, probably the last adjective that comes to mind is “adorable.” However, in this case, it’s the perfect description, and you know what? We think it’s pretty awesome. This little girl is very cute, but man, she’s got some metal in her blood, too. Watch and let us know what…
  • Top 5 Reasons to Join TrueFire for Free

    Zach
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Here are the top 5 reasons why you should join TrueFire for free: 1. 22,000+ Video Guitar Lessons TrueFire has the world’s most comprehensive library of video guitar lessons, with over 22,000 available at your fingertips, including tab, notation, and jam tracks across all levels and style of play. Upon sign up, you’ll get 30…
  • This is Rock ‘n’ Roll.

    Zach
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    With Rocktoberfest in full effect this month at TrueFire, it got us thinking… what IS rock ‘n’ roll, exactly? We searched far and wide for the answer, spoke to experts in the field, professors at the greatest music schools in the world, but we still couldn’t quite put our finger on it despite those efforts.…
  • Dominant 7th Chord Guitar Lesson – Part 4: Combining Scales

    Zach
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    About the Guitar Lesson Welcome to video four in the series, How to Play Over a Dominant Seventh Chord. In this free lesson, you take a look at combining scales and mixing major and minor. Download the tab >> Download the backing track >> In the first three parts of this video series, you look…
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  • Black Veil Brides – Shooting Higher with BVB IV

    Guitar International Magazine
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto BVB vocalist Andy Biersack Black Veil Brides are constantly growing, reinventing themselves, and vowing to never make the same CD twice. For their upcoming release; BVB IV, due out on October 28th, the band has taken a mega leap forward in their musical career by enlisting producer Bob Rock of Metallica and Motley Crue fame, to assist with the band’s vision of world domination. The 11-track CD features some of the band’s most aggressive and diverse songs to date, while acknowledging their roots in classic metal. Their first single “Heart of Fire” is a melodic hard…
  • DJ Ashba of Sixx A.M. – Modern Vintage is a Celebration CD about Enjoying Life

    Guitar International Magazine
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto SIXX A.M. – photo credit: Paul Brown Sixx A.M.’s highly anticipated third CD, Modern Vintage is due out October 7, 2014. Where the band’s first two CDs focused on providing the sound track to Nikki Sixx’s book, The Heroin Diaries and a voice to his unique photos in, This is Gonna Hurt, this CD is a bit of a departure for the band. Its far more upbeat, a celebration of sorts for enjoying life. With Motley Crue’s final days approaching, Sixx A.M. will hopefully pick up and blaze a new musical trail. The band is comprised of James Michael [vocals], DJ Ashba…
  • Travis Stever of Coheed and Cambria – Playing Every Note of IKSSE: 3 Brings up Great Memories!

    Guitar International Magazine
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto In 2003, Coheed and Cambria released their sophomore CD, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. At the time they were a band on the verge to becoming a leading purveyors of imaginative modern rock with Claudio Sanchez’s at to the helm, featuring his incredible voice and guitar playing. To date IKSSE: 3 has received a RIAA gold certification for U.S. sales in excess of 500,000 with 1 million sales worldwide. A little over 10 years later, the band has decided to reissue In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 and celebrate with a major North American tour dubbed Neverender…
  • Joe Perry Discusses his New Book – Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith

    Guitar International Magazine
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto Joe Perry The wait is finally over. Joe Perry, guitarist for the legendary band, Aerosmith, has released a new book; Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, which chronicles his turbulent experiences in Aerosmith. From the crude beginnings to selling over 150 million albums to being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Joe doesn’t spare any of the intense details that made Aerosmith one of the biggest rock bands in the world … not once, but twice! What makes this book truly interesting is that there are four stories contained in it; the story of Aerosmith’s…
  • The Social Side of Thriving – And Surviving as a Guitar Player

    Guitar International Magazine
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    By: Robbie Burns We can find out a lot about what chords to play, which strings to pick and where to buy the best guitar. There are classes on theory, ear training, whammy-bar etiquette and how to be a rock star. We have heard of ways to make money in music by playing, teaching, blogging, tweeting – even selling T-shirts. But, what about social survival for musicians? One of the greatest qualities about being a musician is that we march to our own drummer, or as a guitar player, to the beat of our bar chords. But no one is an island. Beyond our long hours of solitary practice, devotion and…
 
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  • PureSalem Fall Blowout Guitar Sale

    Neal
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    From October 17th until next Sunday October 26th our friends over at PureSalem Guitars are having a sale on all of their models. Every single guitar has been reduced to $499 and every single guitar is available left handed! Hit the button below to check out this time limited sale!
  • 13 EVIL Halloween Themed Guitars

    Neal
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    With Halloween fast approaching I thought it would be a fun idea to take a look at some of the most ghastly, freakishly EVIL custom guitars out there.  Here are 13 of the most vile creations I could find… This list isn’t ranked by order of EVIL, but I’ve certainly left the most gruesome and disturbing of all til last.  You may want to steer clear of the end of page because what appears there truly is the stuff of nightmares – evil incarnate some might say! ESP LTD Devil Girl This guitar was made in 2002 and features a plastic composite body in the shape of a female…
  • Newbie Series : The Ultimate Guide For New Guitarists

    Neal
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    So you want to learn to play guitar or bass but are unsure of where to start?  You’ve come to the right place my friend! This eight-part guide will clue you in on everything you need to know when starting out with your new hobby. I am periodically adding to this guide, so keep checking back for updated information. Everything in this series will also apply to our right handed friends so tell them to check out the information out as well. Part One : Tips Before You Buy Part Two : Beginner Electric Guitars Part Three : Beginner Acoustic Guitars Part Four : Beginner Bass Guitars Part Five :…
  • Prestige : Left Handed Guitars

    Neal
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Prestige Guitars are a relatively new company, having only been launched back in 2003.  They are based in Vancouver, Canada and produce some absolutely fantastic looking hand-crafted electric and acoustic guitars. Unfortunately Prestige only produce 3 of their guitars in a left handed version.  But the good news is that they are all stunning looking instruments!  Prestige dealers are located almost exclusively within the USA and Canada, so international buyers might find it a bit tricky to get their hands on one. Left Handed Prestige Guitars From left to right : Standard SB QM, Elite SB…
  • Lefty Guitars For Kids – 3/4 Sized Models

    Neal
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    Recently we wrote a guide to ½ sized left handed guitars for kids after receiving several emails from parents with lefty children.  As we revealed in that article, there are very few lefty guitars which fall into that size bracket, so this week we’ll take a look at ¾ sized guitars where we’ll find a much larger number of left handed options to choose from. Take a look back at the half size left handed guitars article for tips on how to search Google and eBay for the best results.  Obviously this time we’ll need to change ‘1/2’ for ‘3/4’ but everything else will remain the…
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  • The Verdict: Foo Fighters – “Something For Nothing”

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    Guitar Planet weigh in on the Foo Fighters’ Chicago inspired comeback single.
  • Ex Hex - Rips Review

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Wild Flag are no more, but that hasn't stopped Mary Timony, she's back with a new 70s tinged band...
  • Jimmy Page Talks About His New Self-titled Photographic Autobiography

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Jimmy Page is one of music’s greatest guitarists, innovators and legends. Jimmy Page is his official autobiography, a photographic essay he personally created to tell his story for the first time. Jimmy’s own words, combined with his handpicked selection of over 600 photographs, make this book the definitive visual and historical record of a remarkable life. Jimmy Page will be available in all major bookstores from October 2014.‘I’ve been asked on a number of occasions to do a written book and I thought of the other side of the coin. I thought it would be unique to have an…
  • Tom James - Blood To Gold

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Tom James is a rarity. At just 22 years of age, he’s already developed the virtuoso acoustic guitar chops and mature song writing skills of someone 20 years his senior. Dropping jaws on stages at the prestigious Pret a Diner in both London and Berlin, touring two summers of major British festivals, performing stage-front at Holland’s Surfana festival, and even touring successfully off the back of his first EP, 2011’s Green & White, he’s accomplished an astounding amount in a very short period of time. 2014 adds yet another chapter to his career with his latest release - via Indie…
  • PRS Dustie Waring Limited Edition ‘Floyd’ Custom 24

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    The progressive metal band, Between the Buried and Me has a sound that is heavy yet melodic, lush but menacing - a tone that rhythm guitarist Dustie Waring achieves with PRS guitars and amplifiers. Since 2008, Waring has traditionally used a PRS Custom 24 outfitted with Floyd Rose tremolo system both on tour and in the studio. Recently, Waring and PRS Guitars got together to create a limited edition signature model that would look and sound even more vicious than Dustie’s current PRS guitar. The new PRS Dustie Waring Limited Edition takes the ‘Floyd’ Custom 24 platform adds some unique…
 
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  • The 3 Biggest Problems With Your Strumming, And How You Can Fix Them!

    Paul Bright
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Why Focus on Strumming?I don’t think there’s a single guitarist that doesn’t strum sometimes. It’s very common for guitarists to learn the CAGED chords, and some simple strumming patterns, as the first thing they ever do with the instrument! Strumming just means holding a chord and moving a pick or fingers across the strings, right? It’s a very simple idea.But you might be doing something wrong!Everyone can improve; it doesn’t mean you’re bad if a tip helps you! I look for hints and tips constantly myself, and I have a trio up my sleeve for any strummers reading this. I’ve…
  • Ask Me Anything: 10 Answers to Your Questions About Learning & Playing Guitar

    paul@beginnerguitaristacademy.com
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:24 am
    Question: How Long Should I Practice Each Day?Answer: There’s a trick to this question. More is pretty much always better, but it’s also better to have a little bit of practice every day than to cram one day a week. My suggestion, if you’re looking for a minimum, is half an hour each day. If you can do more on one of the days, that’s fantastic! But the “every day” part is what really counts.Question: Should I take lessons?Answer: It’s probably a good idea, but only if the teacher you go to has people to vouch for them – happy students. It can also be hit and miss, even with a…
  • 5 Acoustic Guitarists You Need to Check Out

    Paul Bright
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Why do you have a passion for guitar? Odds are that you didn’t just see a guitar and want to play it. You probably heard someone playing one: a relative, a friend, at a show, on the radio, or on TV. Before you’ve started playing, it doesn’t take too much to excite you! Just seeing someone strum a couple of chords can blow your mind.How do you keep that inspiration coming once you’re more experienced, though? How do you get surprised when you’re only coming across things you’ve already learned yourself? You have to seek out people who are far above your skill level. That’s what…
  • Why Are There So Many Shredders?

    Paul Bright
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Why are there so many shredders?The standards for being called a “fast” guitar player are incredibly high, and the bar is constantly rising. The top speed demons can clock in at playing sixteen or more note in a second. I don’t know about you, but I can’t even think that fast – let alone think about those notes and play them at the same time!It’s no joke though. Just search for players like Rusty Cooley, or Shawn Lane – their alternate picking is unbelievable. Truly, literally unbelievable; it’s not rare to see accusations of videos being fake! From firsthand experience,…
  • Playing Slide with Style

    Paul Bright
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Playing Slide with StylePlaying with a slide looks pretty easy at first glance. For starters, even though you might be using heavier strings, you aren’t pressing down on them as you would normally need to; there’s no real fretting involved, for the most part. Even the interaction with the strings is through the slide, you’d think it’s really soft on your hands. Plus, you can afford to be much less accurate with a slide, right? Slide players just wiggle their hands around?I’ve got some bad news if you were expecting an easy time! Playing slide is an art in itself.What Makes Slide…
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  • Boss ML-2 Metal Core Distortion Review and Buying Guide

    Bobby Kittleberger
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    To follow up with our first ever product review of the Boss DS-1 distortion pedal, I'm rolling out my take on the Boss ML-2 Metal Core, which is a heavier and more modern distortion than the DS-1.So if you're looking for classic rock, head over to the DS-1 review and read up.If you want a more modern distortion pedal, the ML-2 should fit the bill almost perfectly. Its sound, controls and marketing niche are all geared towards the modern metal and hard rock guitar player.What about it's value?It's more expensive than the DS-1, so will the starving metal guitarist be happy with their purchase,…
  • Popular Electric Guitars: Best Seller and Rankings List (Updated October 2014)

    Bobby Kittleberger
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    I've routinely touted Amazon, not just because I use their affiliate links, but because I've known them to often have the best prices on just about anything you could want to buy.That would include, popular electric guitars.Their electric guitar best seller list is a reliable look at what our community is shopping for and what fellow guitarists (or aspiring guitarists) are purchasing. If you're looking to buy a new guitar, it's a good idea to look at what your peers are already purchasing, and to go from there.We'll highlight this list (updated monthly) and talk a little bit about each…
  • Wes Borland's Greatest Riffs: Learning Some Memorable Limp Bizkit Tabs

    Bobby Kittleberger
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    At the time of writing this, Fred Durst is (was) 44 years old.Since I was growing up (riding my bike and look forward to a learner's permit) right around their hay day, it's hard to image that his "gig" is still appealing to Durst.I mean, the guy has got to be exhausted.Then again, Limp Bizkit has paid the bills in the Durst, Borland, Rivers, Otto and Lethal households for a long time. Why stop now?"Wes, we appreciate your contributions to the arts, your weird costumes and aggressive inspiration."Personally, I think their best work is behind them and maybe that's not news or even…
  • Boss DS-1 Distortion Review and Buying Guide

    Bobby Kittleberger
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Guitar Chalk product reviews set out to do two things.First, they're designed to give you as much information and conventional wisdom as possible about a given product.Second, we try to give you a concrete idea of what you'll need to pay and provide you with a few used pricing options so that you don't have to pay retail.This time we'll highlight one of the most popular and widely used distortion pedals: The Boss DS-1.Who has used the Boss DS-1?As we've mentioned, this unit is quite popular and has been used by a number of professional guitar players and reputable artists.Here are a few of…
  • Optimal Clean Settings for your Guitar Amp: High and Low Versions

    Bobby Kittleberger
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    It should be pointed out right away that you can't really pronounce universally optimal settings for everyone's guitar amp.There are simply too many variables that can have an impact on your tone. Some of these we'll touch on, talking about how to deal with them and make your sound better.But when you hear the term best, optimal or perfect amp settings, you should always take the information as a generalization and with a grain of salt.You're being given suggestions, and not a formula.Because tone isn't mathematical. That said, your tone can improve if you understand your amp and have a…
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  • 5 Different Ways to Tune a Guitar (& When to Use Them)

    Josh Summers
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    Tuning a guitar is a basic skill that every guitarist begins learning the first day they pick up their guitar. It’s not really the act of tuning that’s the skill, though…it’s developing the ear for tuning. I once heard a well-known guitar luthier in Nashville, Tennessee talk about how the most trained human ear can The post 5 Different Ways to Tune a Guitar (& When to Use Them) appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • What Should my Budget be for a New Guitar?

    Josh Summers
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you think about it, the phrase “budget guitar” is actually quite confusing. Whose budget are we talking about here? What you consider “budget” may feel like a fortune to me…or vice-a-versa. This idea of a budget guitar also doesn’t really take into consideration what you really need. Is this a guitar you need to The post What Should my Budget be for a New Guitar? appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • Washburn C40 Review | Entry-Level Classical Guitar

    Josh Summers
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Unlike most people, I began my “guitar career” on a classical guitar…and I don’t regret it. In fact, I now highly recommend beginner guitarists at least give it a try before they settle on an acoustic or electric guitar. The Washburn name isn’t the first thing that come to mind when anybody starts talking about classical The post Washburn C40 Review | Entry-Level Classical Guitar appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • 5 Exciting Ways to Display Your Guitar

    Josh Summers
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    The way in which you display your guitar tells a lot about how much you value it. Some of my friends creatively hang their guitars on a wall with a dedicated spotlight as if it were the Lombardi trophy. Others I know just lean their guitar on the nearest couch. Don’t be the latter of the two The post 5 Exciting Ways to Display Your Guitar appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • Taylor 300 Series Review | Why I Bring it Everywhere

    Josh Summers
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been playing my Taylor 310ce for almost 15 years now. I remember mowing hundreds of lawns back in high school, saving up every penny possible to get the best I could afford. It has traveled with me all across the U.S., to Mexico and even out to China. It looks great and sounds better now The post Taylor 300 Series Review | Why I Bring it Everywhere appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
 
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  • Guitar Lessons

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    A beginner or else you can learn different types of lessons of a guitar from different experts in different online sites. It is somewhat difficult to gather knowledge about a guitar by yourself so expert’s advice is very much important in this case. Even in sometimes you can have the idea about the instruments of a guitar but to play it properly you need expert’s advice to learn guitar lesson properly. One of the most important lessons in a guitar lesson is to get proper knowledge about the chord and string properly. You need to develop a proper idea about how to hold the guitar. Some…
  • Guitar Lessons Online

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    Guitar lesson online facility is mainly provided through different online sites. Through using these sites beginners or guitarist get different information regarding guitar. Now a days demands for guitar lessons online is on the peak and very much popular and widespread. As it is somewhat difficult to get good expert to learn guitar from them but now anyone can learn it from guitar lessons online services through which they can directly get help from different experts. They can participate in different online classes. It helps them to learn it practically. Beginners mostly get help from such…
  • Guitar Lessons for Beginners

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Beginners should start with a clear understanding about how to operate guitar. There are several lessons conducted by different online site so that beginners may become enrich with different knowledge about guitar and can play it properly. In that respect guitar lessons for beginners is very much important for an individual to operate it properly. Now a days beginners also get helped from those sites which offer different tutorials so that people do not get only bookish knowledge but also broaden their idea by practicing it practically. What is required in this case is only internet option, a…
  • Guitar for Beginners

    admin
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Guitar for a beginners create so much fun on the mind of the guitarist. It needs to understand the music and become relax while learning guitar for the first time. Learning with exercise is also very much important. In that case several lessons need to follow to become a successful guitar for beginners. There are several online courses which offer different lessons of guitar for beginners. First it teaches the beginners about how to handle and pick the guitar properly, identify with the instruments associated with that guitar as well as it also helps a person to know about the scale, chords…
  • Guitar Chords for Beginners

    admin
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    In order to properly play the guitar one need to have proper knowledge regarding different instruments associated with a guitar. One of the most important instruments in a guitar that every guitarist must have to know to properly play the guitar is known as chord. However guitar chords for beginners is much more important. There exist seven basic cords for a beginner which is also known as open position chord. Chords are generally named from A to G. Such chords include C, C7, D, Dm, D7, E, E7, Em, F, G7, G, Gm, A, Am, A7, B7. Open chords which are also known as folk chord are very much…
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  • Troubleshoot Your Guitar Soloing

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    A quick look at some of the most common guitar soloing problems and a few handy solutions.Problem: My soloing sounds like scalesCause: The most likely cause of scalar-sounding solos is running up and down scale patterns when you know already know where the notes are. Once you know where the notes of the scale are, running the scale becomes a technical exercise i.e. your focus is now on technique as oppose to the sound of what you’re playing.Solution: When practicing scales (you already know) try to come up with stuff you might actually play live instead of running the pattern. You could…
  • What You Can Learn from Mike Stern

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
  • The Law of Attraction for Guitarists (Part 2)

    27 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    As I mentioned in Part 1 I’ve wanted to do another Law of Attraction experiment for some time but I’d been purposely putting it off until I decided on the thing I actually wanted. So today I had a flash of inspiration and it turns out that I have (and have had for many years) the burning to desire to own a Gibson ES 335. Yes, the thing I want is a Gibson ES 335. I want one bad. How do you know what you want? I suggest taking your time over this one. You could write a list of things you want; they can also be experiences. You may need to write a fairly hefty list before you arrive…
  • 10 Quick Tips About Improvisation

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    10 quick tips and a couple of videos about the legendary art of improvising on guitar. 1. Play music, don’t play scales If you’re still thinking in terms of scale patterns, try transferring your focus to the actual notes you’re playing. The pattern should always be a means to make music, not the music itself. 2. Information is only truly useful when it becomes second nature Ne’er a truer word said. If I ask you to play me some licks in A minor pentatonic you could probably do it without thinking; but if I ask you to play some runs using the Lydian b7 scale in Eb then…
  • 20 Myths About Guitar Scales

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Myths about learning anything on guitar abound. Here are a few about scales: 1. The CAGED System is great for learning scales. I’m pretty sure it’s crap. 2. The more scales you know, the better you can improvise. Any decent blues player will prove you wrong every time. 3. The Major Scale and the Modes are two separate entities. If you’ve fallen into this trap, check out our free lessons and this article on modes. 4. You need to know guitar scales to play a good solo. Not necessarily but it helps… 5. You can’t play the harmonic minor scale without sounding…
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