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  • How to Constantly Improve on Guitar

    Unlock The Guitar - Blog
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    When learning guitar, or indeed most things, your initial progress matched with your new-found enthusiasm will make for almost daily improvement. This slows down over time as you get further away from ‘no knowledge’ and begin to compare your progress with your idea of where you ‘should’ be i.e. you start looking into the future as oppose to the past. This is a double-edged sword as you’re both inspired by how far you’ve come, and also daunted by the ever-looming realization of just how much there is to learn. They say it takes 10,000 hours to get good at…
  • 1960s Migma Favorit hollowbody teardrop electric from Germany

    Guitar Blog
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Here's an intriguing German-made guiar currently listed on reverb.com with a Buy It Now price of US $1,400 + shipping. It's a Migma Favorit, according to listing made by Heinz Seifert (?) if I am reading that correctly. It's supposedly from 1960, in which case it would have pre-dated the Vox Mark IV (a.k.a. Teardrop) by three years. I guess the shape might have been based on that of a lute - it would seem to be the obvious genesis for this design. The example being sold here is obviously missing a pickguard, which would have hidden the enlarged part of the lower f-hole.
  • TNTGI Finalist Erich Andreas – Lesson 1: Ninja Tricks for Fretboard Mastery

    The Punch-In - Insight & Inspriation for Guitar Players
    Zach
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    In this video, I show you how to quickly and easily know where ANY note is on the neck without having to “memorize” the fretboard. This is how the pros do it! Three things you MUST know to master this! 1. You must know the letter names of your open strings! From thickest to thinnest…
  • Way Huge Saucy Box Overdrive

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    Alexander
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Way Huge by Jeorge Tripps introduces the Saucy Box Overdrive, featuring balanced ratio of clean and overdriven signals.read more
  • What is the Tone Lab?

    Learning Guitar Now Blog
    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…
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  • 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…
  • How to Chose Your First Electric Guitar

    Zack Urlocker
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    This week I've got a guest post from Paul Misko over at www.yourinstrument.com with some tips on purchasing your first electric guitar.  That's my nephew above with the first guitar I got for him, a cheapo $100 strat. At this point, he'd probably be embarassed by the photo and the guitar. Whether you’ve decided to purchase your first electric guitar or you are making the switch from an acoustic, it can be overwhelming to choose from the many guitar brands and models out there. Here are some helpful ideas to keep in mind to make sure you select the guitar…
  • Marshall Crenshaw - Live in NYC

    Zack Urlocker
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    This summer I've been traveling frequently to New York on business. Between Greenwich village and Soho there's always a ton of live music in the area. It was my good fortune to see Marshall Crenshaw and his band at City Winery in Soho last night. They played a two hour "by request" set including many of his most popular songs as well as covers of Buddy Holly, the MC5, The Who and more.  Crenshaw is somewhat of an anacrhonism with his '50s meets '80s rock 'n' roll style, but he embodies the best of those eras. Crenshaw's voice…
 
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  • 1960s Migma Favorit hollowbody teardrop electric from Germany

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Here's an intriguing German-made guiar currently listed on reverb.com with a Buy It Now price of US $1,400 + shipping. It's a Migma Favorit, according to listing made by Heinz Seifert (?) if I am reading that correctly. It's supposedly from 1960, in which case it would have pre-dated the Vox Mark IV (a.k.a. Teardrop) by three years. I guess the shape might have been based on that of a lute - it would seem to be the obvious genesis for this design. The example being sold here is obviously missing a pickguard, which would have hidden the enlarged part of the lower f-hole.
  • Legendary Cream bassist Jack Bruce passes away, aged 71

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Legendary CREAM bassist/singer Jack Bruce died today of liver disease. He was 71 years old. His family said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts." More...{{ Guitarz - guitarz.blogspot.com }}
  • A Japanese oxymoron of a guitar: Pignose 12+6 doubleneck travel guitar

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Regular Guitarz readers will know of my fascination for doublenecked guitars. They will also know of my fondness for the absurd, and when it comes to travel guitars what could be more absurd than a doubleneck guitar? This rare Pignose 12+6 Doubleneck Travel Guitar, built solely for the Japanese market, features the now legendary Pignose amp built into the guitar body plus TWO speakers. I admit that I never saw the point of a doubleneck combining 12-string and 6-string necks (realistically, how often would you want to play both on the same song?); as I have commented…
  • 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,…
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  • 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.
  • 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.
 
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  • Jeff Loomis & Keith Merrow demonstrate Bias Desktop by Positive Grid

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow recently teamed up to create an exciting new instrumental Metal band called Conquering Dystopia which they are having a lot of success with, and rightly so! In this video Keith & Jeff amp matched the original amp tones from Conquering Dystopia using Positive Grid’s new Bias Desktop plugin (check out my full review here) with amazing results. “The amp matched tones were professionally engineered in Keith’s studio using the same mics and cabs used on the album. Jeff and Keith amp matching presets will soon be available for download on…
  • New PRS All-Mahogany S2 Models

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    PRS have added 3 new guitars to their mid-priced, made in Maryland US, S2 range. Previously PRS boosted the range with 3 slick looking semi-hollow models which made the total up to 8 and the new all mahogany S2 models pushes that number up to 11, so clearly PRS feel that this is an important price bracket. Here is more info from PRS about these new guitars: Weeks before announcing their 2015 line up, PRS Guitars is introducing three new all-mahogany S2 Series guitars: the S2 Standard 24, S2 Standard 22, and S2 Singlecut Standard. These guitars feature the subtle aesthetic of mahogany and…
  • Interview: Nili Brosh

    admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Nili Brosh has just released her second debut album, ‘A Matter Of Perception‘, an incredible instrumental guitar record featuring world class musicians that illustrates just how far she has come since her Berklee College days. I caught up with Nili while she had some downtime from her hectic schedule touring as guitarist in the Tony MacAlpine band to chat about ‘A Matter Of Perception‘. GN: A lot has happened since the release of your debut album including touring extensively with Tony MacAlpine, how has this influenced your writing and playing for this record? NB:…
  • Squier Vintage Modified Baritone Jazzmaster

    admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:28 am
    Press release Tuned A to A and featuring the 30” scale length of a short-scale bass, it lends a rumbling baritone sonic character all its own to your sound and features the authentic vintage-style look of Fender’s seldom-seen Antigua finish, with a matching pickguard. Fingerboard binding and white pearloid block inlays impart even more elegance, and that deep one-of-a-kind twang rocks loud and clear from a pair of Dual Duncan Designed™ single-coil Jazzmaster pickups. All together, the Vintage Modified Baritone Jazzmaster makes for a singularly exciting Squier playing experience. For…
  • Equipboard.com – An artist gear database

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Equipboard.com is a community-built database of artists and the gear they use, it is not only limited to guitarists but obviously this was the area of the site that interested me. “Launched in late 2013, this growing community of gear-obsessed music fans have already made the connection between 13,147 products and 4,480 artists – everything from Jimi Hendrix’s guitars and amps to Aphex Twin’s arsenal of electronics.” As an example I chose a guitarist who I know has some pretty impressive vintage gear, Robben Ford: As you can see you can follow an artist board for more…
 
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    Learning Guitar Now Blog

  • 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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  • Bass Players to Know: Louis Johnson

    Ryan Madora
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    A long, long time ago, when I decided to leave the confines of my basement and embark on weekly private lessons, I was lucky enough to find a teacher who opened my eyes and ears to the playing and players of bass. Yes, we focused on technique and theory. And yes, I was a known...
  • Davie504: Halloween Meets Bass

    Corey Brown
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    We always love celebrating Halloween bass style. Davie504 can always be counted on for doing something cool. Put that together and you have this Halloween video of various tunes by the talented bassist. Davie asks, “Which songs am I playing? Leave a comment!” And Happy Halloween from all of us.
  • Paul McCartney’s “New” Gets a New Collector’s Edition

    News Team
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you enjoyed Paul McCartney’s album, New last year, then you may be up for the collector’s edition of the record from the legendary singer/ songwriter/ bassist. The includes not only the original album, but also a disc featuring unreleased tracks as well as live versions of several songs, including “Queenie Eye” and “Save Us.”...
  • Fodera Adds New Models to Standard Series

    Kevin Johnson
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Fodera is ramping up their Standard series with two new additions, two new combinations of existing models, and the return of two artist standard models. As part of the Standard series, all of the basses are built in small batches with a single configuration with no options to keep wait time and prices down. First...
  • Jack Bruce & Robin Trower: Lives Of Clay

    Corey Brown
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    The music world is mourning the loss of the great Jack Bruce this week. Here’s yet another reminder of his talent and longevity in this 2009 performance with Robin Trower. The tune is “Lives of Clay”. RIP, Jack.
 
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  • Hartung Guitars Embrace Worntage Classic in Nitro Teaburst

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Hartung Guitars Embrace Worntage Classic in Nitro Teaburst http://rebel-guitars.com/hartung-guitars-embrace-worntage-classic-in-teaburst/ Here is a Hartung Embrace Worntage Classic in Nitro Teaburst. The Embrace model feature Hartung’s unique “flow-carving” design. With contour lines running fluidly into the surface of the body as... Hartung Guitars Embrace Worntage Classic in Nitro Teaburst
  • I'm reading and odd but interesting book

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    called Rubber Soul, written by Greg Kihn. The Beatles figure as major characters, and it takes place in Liverpool and Baltimore, MD. Greg was born and raised in Baltimore about the same time as me, so I know all the places he references there. It is supposed to be a mystery, but I'm 61% through and, though there was a murder, there doesn't seem to be much detecting going on. I guess they don't write 'em like that anymore.
  • Hot or Not? Gibson LP Custom Iguana Burst.

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gibson-CUST...131003132420&rk=3&rkt=6&sd=321561283910&rt=nc View attachment 16637 I can't tell if I love it or hate it.
  • Antares rocket explodes just seconds after liftoff, investigation underway

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...ce-for-antares-rocket-launch-tuesday-evening/
  • Damn Friday, you rock.

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    I'm on fire today, bitches. [x] Delivered part of a large work project on time [x] Voted [x] Made it to the gym [x] Coordinated Christmas travel plans [x] Lunch from a great local BBQ joint. It looks like a cardiac event on a plate. [x] Blue Oyster Cult tonight in Ruidoso with Ms. Dmn.
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  • TNTGI Finalist Mark Wein – Lesson 1: Building Better Blues Lines

    Zach
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Mark Wein is a working musician and guitar teacher from Southern California. He has been teaching guitar for over 25 years, the last 10 of them as owner of his own music school Premier Music in Orange, CA. Starting in 2007 Mark has been sharing lessons online via his YouTube channel, lesson websites and Skype.…
  • TNTGI Finalist Marc-Andre Seguin – Lesson 1: Chromaticism in Jazz Solos

    Zach
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    One of the questions that arises very often on the JazzGuitarLessons.net website is “How can I add more chromatics to my improvised lines?” In this video lesson (+ PDF), we’ll look at three simple ways to add chromatics to your jazz soloing. Then, I’ll show you three precise exercises you can start practicing right now.…
  • TNTGI Finalist Erich Andreas – Lesson 1: Ninja Tricks for Fretboard Mastery

    Zach
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    In this video, I show you how to quickly and easily know where ANY note is on the neck without having to “memorize” the fretboard. This is how the pros do it! Three things you MUST know to master this! 1. You must know the letter names of your open strings! From thickest to thinnest…
  • TNTGI Finalist David Clayton – Lesson 1: Expressive Bending

    Zach
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Bending strings is the essences of what makes the guitar sing. It’s the soulful way of expressing yourself thru the instrument. Without bending … it’s just a bunch of notes put together like a jigsaw puzzle. But once you bend a note … a single string … it takes on a vocalist quality and now…
  • TNTGI Finalist Andy Crowley – Lesson 1: Beginner Strumming Patterns

    Zach
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    How to play the Most Used Strumming Pattern EVER! In this lesson, we look at the most common strumming pattern ever! Because it can be challenging for some, there are a few steps I recommend to get you there. But if you fancy a go, scroll down to see the strumming pattern and have a…
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  • PRS Adds Three All-Mahogany “S2 Standard” Models to Line Up

    Guitar International Magazine
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Press Release Source: PRS Guitars Weeks before announcing their 2015 line up, PRS Guitars is introducing three new all-mahogany S2 Series guitars: the S2 Standard 24, S2 Standard 22, and S2 Singlecut Standard. The original PRS Standard, introduced in 1987, evolved from Paul Reed Smith’s Pre-Factory all-mahogany instruments. Reimagined for the S2 Series, these guitars feature the subtle aesthetic of mahogany and pickguard-mounted electronics for a vintage vibe with modern versatility and playability that is perfect for the gigging musician. All three models have solid mahogany bodies, set…
  • Extraordinary Music Memorabilia from the World’s Greatest Musical Artists of All Time to be Auctioned

    Guitar International Magazine
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Press Release Source: M2MPR Bono’s Gretsch Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier music and entertainment memorabilia auction house has announced the highly anticipated Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll auction event to take place on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills gallery located at 9665 Wilshire Blvd. The auction will feature hundreds of items from the life and careers of some of music’s biggest artists including The Beatles, U2, Chris Martin, The Grateful Dead, Elvis Presley, Madonna, Todd Rundgren, Johnny Cash, Led…
  • Crown Guitar Festival Brings a Zappa to Montana—and So Much More!

    Guitar International Magazine
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    By: Debra Devi Despite Frank Zappa’s tongue-in-cheek “Montana” from 1973’s Over-Nite Sensation, he never traveled to Big Sky Country. But his son Dweezil Zappa has, most recently as an Artist-In-Residence (AIR) for the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop & Festival in Bigfork MT (Aug 24-31).   Dweezil Zappa serenades Montana at the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival 2014. Founded by classical-guitar enthusiast David Feffer five years ago, Crown Guitar Fest has turned this arty, well-heeled town into an international center for the study and appreciation…
  • Judas Priest Unleashes their Metal Vengeance on the Izod Center in NJ!

    Guitar International Magazine
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto When Rob Halford of Judas Priest thanked the crowd at the Izod Center in East Rutherford for allowing the band to make metal music for the last 40 years, he forgot one word;  “GREAT.” Throughout the past four decades, Judas Priest has continually produced GREAT metal songs that will live on well past the band’s career. With no real number-one songs to mention, the band has managed to influence almost every metal band around the world and inspired countless people to pick up an instrument. With so many great songs in their armamentarium they would need to put on an…
  • Tom Maxwell of HELLYEAH – Forging ahead with Blood for Blood!

    Guitar International Magazine
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto Tom Maxwell After eight years and three albums, HELLYEAH has released their most powerful and boldest CD yet; Blood for Blood, with Chad Gray on vocals, Vinnie Paul on drums and Tom Maxwell on guitar. It’s a defining CD in the band’s career as a tumultuous and extensive tour cost them two members prior to its recording. The band had to redefine their vision and forge ahead as a three piece for most of the writing and all of the recording. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and the proof is self-evident on Blood for Blood. Gone is the southern rock vibe…
 
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  • Gibson : Left Handed Guitars and Basses 2015

    Neal
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Ah Gibson, what are you doing to us? Last year was an interesting year for left handed guitars from Gibson.  We were initially informed (by Gibson customer service no less!) that every single 2014 USA guitar and bass would be be available left handed. Good times!  We threw a little party, did a little dancing – everyone was feeling good! I was planning to get the Derek Trucks SG myself, very exciting! A month or so later they decided to change their minds. No lefty USA models at all.  Was it something we said? I’d already spent what felt like an eternity making some nice images…
  • Carvin : Left Handed Guitars and Basses

    Neal
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    The Carvin guitar company was founded in 1946 in San Diego, California by Lowell Kiesel.  Today Carvin are one of the largest musical instrument companies in the world and manufacture acoustic and electric basses and guitars, amplifiers and a host of other musical accessories. Carvin differ from most other guitar brands in that they cut out the middle-man and sell directly to the customer (in the USA).  This means that Carvin guitars are generally much better value for money when compared to similarly specced guitars from other companies. These guys are one of my personal favorite guitar…
  • New Ibanez RG721RWL Premium Left Handed Guitar

    Neal
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    So I was sitting in the office this morning, minding my own business when BOOM…this little beauty landed on my desk. It’s from Ibanez, it isn’t an entry level model, and it isn’t gloss black….wait, what?! This is the first time in a long while that a left handed offering from the Japanese giant has got me interested. The model in question is the new, limited edition Ibanez RG721RWL-CNF from the Premium Series. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s stunning… Ibanez RG721RWL-CNF Left Handed Guitar Built with the hard working pro in mind, the…
  • 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 :…
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  • The Beartooth Interview: “We Live For Killer Riffs”

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Lead guitarist Taylor Lumley talks to Guitar Planet about working with a creative dynamo, surviving...
  • Slipknot, '.5: The Gray Chapter'

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    With tragedy and turmoil behind them Slipknot seek to grieve and grow on their long awaited fifth...
  • TC Electronic announces Flashback Triple Delay

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    TC Electronic has been synonymous with pristine high quality delays ever since they released the now legendary 2290 Dynamic Delay back in the 80s. Since then they've continuously evolved their delay pedals, which reached new heights with the introduction of the ingenious TonePrint feature in the Flashback Delay. With the new Flashback Triple Delay, TC Electronic has once again raised the bar for what a modern delay device should be all about. Delay, Delay and more Delay!Flashback Triple Delay is the first stompbox in TC history that lets you run three delays simultaneously, opening up an…
  • Maxon Releases OD808X Overdrive Extreme

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Based on the classic “808” circuit that Maxon invented over 30 years ago, the OD808X offers a wider frequency response with an extended hi-frequency range. This added tonal range has been carefully tuned to provide additional clarity without becoming harsh, and will also accentuate high-gain settings.The Overdrive Extreme also offers more gain and harder clipping than the standard OD808, creating amp-like distortion with excellent note definition. An increased output level allows the OD808X to be used as a semi-dirty booster to drive an amp.Additional Features of the OD808X Overdrive…
  • Hurley And Fender Present “STRAT: 60 Years Of The Stratocaster”

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Through a unique blend of artists and musicians – including Donald Edward Hardy, Brandon Boyd, Thomas Campbell, Johnny Marr and Shawn Stussy – Hurley and Fender will recognize the unparalleled heritage of the world’s most popular guitar on its 60th anniversary. Twenty American-made, hand-painted Stratocaster guitars will be auctioned off to raise money for Waves For Water, which in turn will save lives through water-based initiatives.STRAT: 60 Years of the Stratocaster is a collaboration between the two unique brands and pays homage to the iconic Fender Stratocaster guitar as it embarks…
 
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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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    An Educational Resource for the Modern Guitar Player | Guitar Chalk 2014

  • The Incredibly Simple 5-Step Blueprint for an Addictive Melody

    Bobby Kittleberger
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    We want our music to be memorable, right?And as guitarists, the primary way we give notoriety to our music, is by contributing (or accommodating) melody.Yes, it's a music theory-term, but one that we should know and focus on.That's not to say we've no responsibility to rhythm. We're obligated to be rhythmically sound and accurate; perhaps the most difficult aspect of the guitar to teach. But primarily, our job (especially those of us who would classify ourselves as "lead" guitarists) is characterized by melody.So what makes a good melody?How do people remember it?I hesitate to tell you…
  • The Guitar Player's Plain English Guide to Music Theory

    Bobby Kittleberger
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    I want to keep this as simple as possible.So here it is -- we're going to teach you about music theory with bullet points that explain most (not all) of what you need to know, especially as it pertains to your guitar.No prior music theory experience or study will be necessary.I'll use as much plain English as possible. Terminology is necessary and I'll use it (and define it) where needed, but I'm going to keep things intentionally simple and short-winded.Here's what you'll learn by the end of this article:Basic vocabulary and definitions.Foundational information and topics.Now, here's what…
  • Guitar Tricks: Guitar Fundamentals I Course Review and Summary

    Bobby Kittleberger
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    In this week's review segment we're subbing out gear and going with an educational resource instead.Guitar Trick's new Guitar Fundamentals I course is our subject.This course is the first component in Guitar Trick's Core Learning System; the segment of their site designed specifically for beginner guitar players.Back in August of 2013, I wrote a review of Guitar Trick's entire site, touching on their format, the Core Learning System, lesson options and a number of other features. In this case, I'll be focusing on just the Fundamentals I course.This new addition (new as of October 2014) now…
  • Learning the B7 Guitar Chord in 5 Easy Steps

    Bobby Kittleberger
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Isn't the B7 chord just intimidating?Checkout JamPlay's B7 chord chart: Nearly every chord looks monstrously difficult to learn - especially to the raw beginner.That is, all but two.Of the 12 voicings, two are decidedly easier to comprehend. One is called the "three-string" voicing and the other I'll call the "barre" voicing. Together, they give us a cozy corner to start learning our B7 chords.We'll break the three-string voicing down to an even easier version that, I guarantee, you can play now. Eventually, we'll build it back into the full, formal version of the B7 guitar chord.The barre…
  • Fretboard Notes Infographics and Cheat Sheets

    Bobby Kittleberger
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Learning the fretboard notes will make your life as a guitar player far easier.It's foundational knowledge that you desperately need.Because if you don't know the fretboard notes, you'll be at a significant disadvantage when compared to the musicians who do and you'll have a developmental handicap when moving onto more difficult and dynamic guitar playing.So yeah, it's boring. But if you don't learn it now, you're going to have a harder time learning the more interesting and difficult things moving forward.Put in the "boring practice time" early and get it out of the way.To help you do that,…
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  • Guitar Loop Pedals | Ultimate Guide

    Josh Summers
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    Over the past decade, loop pedals (also known as “looper pedals”) and rack units have become an increasingly important tool on a guitarists pedal board. Whether you’re an electric guitar player or acoustic guitarist, whether you only play at home or you gig on stage, there’s a ton of value in having a guitar loop The post Guitar Loop Pedals | Ultimate Guide appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • 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.
 
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  • Online Guitar Lessons

    LearnGuitarToday
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:49 pm
    As a beginner people always try to learn guitar from the experts. However there are several online guitar lesson sites which may help an individual to get a proper knowledge about how to play guitar. These online sites offer different tutorials from which such individuals can learn how to play guitar and in some cases they get direct service program. Such courses may be ranged from 1 to 2 months. Only learning from such websites may not become fruitful unless they practice it properly. Such sites not only give tutorials but also help the people to solve their various problems. These sites…
  • How to Play Guitar for Beginners

    LearnGuitarToday
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    It is quite difficult for beginners to play guitar properly without having the clear knowledge about how to play guitar for beginners. In that case several online lessons and also there are several other experts who may help a beginner to know how to play guitar for beginners properly. In order to have a proper knowledge about how to play guitar for a beginner first has to identify different instruments associated with it. He also needs to practice it properly in order to become a good guitarist. He must have to proper knowledge regarding the chord, strumming pattern, line, horizon, string…
  • How to Play Guitar Chords?

    LearnGuitarToday
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Chords are important instrument without which none can play guitar. Therefore a person must have the clear understandings about the proper use of chords in a guitar. People sometimes do not have clear understandings of how to play guitar chords therefore different online sites and now a days several experts helps a person to know how to play guitar chords. In some cases it may be tear off from the guitar but nothing to worry that it is available in every guitar shop. However several online tutorials help a person to properly use the chord to make a good sound from the guitar and can have…
  • Guitar Lessons

    LearnGuitarToday
    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

    LearnGuitarToday
    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…
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  • How to Constantly Improve on Guitar

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    When learning guitar, or indeed most things, your initial progress matched with your new-found enthusiasm will make for almost daily improvement. This slows down over time as you get further away from ‘no knowledge’ and begin to compare your progress with your idea of where you ‘should’ be i.e. you start looking into the future as oppose to the past. This is a double-edged sword as you’re both inspired by how far you’ve come, and also daunted by the ever-looming realization of just how much there is to learn. They say it takes 10,000 hours to get good at…
  • Hand Ergonomics and Learning Guitar

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Take a good look at your hands. Are they big, small? Do you have long or short fingers? Do you have a thumb most bass players would die for? At some point during your development as a guitar player you’ll come across certain techniques, and ways of playing or even things like chord shapes, that are simply uncomfortable or not ‘ergonomically available’ to you. Thankfully there are a myriad of ways to play something on the guitar so creative solutions to these kinds of problems abound. But my teacher said I had to learn it Guitar teachers will often insist (through no fault of…
  • Unorthodox Guitar: Allan Holdsworth Style

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    One of my all-time favorite guitar players and possibly the single biggest influence on my playing over the years has been Allan Holdsworth. I was largely self-taught for the first 7 or so years I played guitar, besides having a really hard time learning theory, scales and so forth. So much so that I began to look for alternative methods and ideas in order to somehow get my head around it all. I saw Allan’s REH (See How to Play like Allan Holdsworth) Video somewhere and ordered it immediately. When the videotape (yes, you read that correctly) arrived I watched it over and over, trying…
  • 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
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