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  • Erratic B.B. King Performance

    Guitar Lifestyle
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    B.B. King is one of my all-time guitar heroes. That’s what makes news like this really sad to me: Slowed by age and infirmity, including diabetes, King continues to tour — with sometimes painful results. In St. Louis, some fans are singing the blues after an erratic weekend performance led to a stream of audience catcalls and early departures. Concertgoers said King’s rambling Friday night set at the Peabody Opera House featured just a handful of complete songs amid meandering musical snippets, long-winded soliloquies, an 8-piece backup band that missed its cues and a 15-minute…
  • Learn to Play a Travis Picking Pattern Guitar
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Looking to learn a new guitar fingerpicking pattern? The Travis Picking style is a great place to start - it ...Read Full Post
  • Gibson Joe Bonamassa "SkinnerBurst" 1959 Les Paul

    Guitarsite News
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    Gibson Custom releases the Joe Bonamassa "SkinnerBurst" 1959 Les Paul, a limited run recreation of the artist's favorite workhorse guitar. read more
  • The Many Ways to Play

    Guitar Noise
    David Hodge
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:01 am
    What does it mean to play a song? Does strumming a few chords count? Or does it have to be note for note and the whole song? This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
  • Leo Kottke's California Dunk Tank
    Zack Urlocker
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    I'm not sure why it's called a "dunk tank" but I suppose it's better than a drunk tank.  Nonetheless, fans of Leo Kottke will be excited to learn that they can spend 5 days this summer learning from the master along with Steve Berlin, David Hildago and Cesar Rosas from Los Lobos.  The event takes place August 4-8 in Cambria  on the California coast. Looks like a lot of fun and a pretty nice place to hang out.  If you're looking to improve your acoustic guitar chops, this will be a truly memorable vacation. Leo Kottke's Dunk Tank: Main…
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  • Learn to Play a Travis Picking Pattern

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Looking to learn a new guitar fingerpicking pattern? The Travis Picking style is a great place to start - it ...Read Full Post
  • Easy Classic Country Songs for Acoustic Guitar

    13 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    If your country music tastes run more towards Willie Nelson than Keith Urban, here is a collection of old-school country and western songs that are easy to play on acoustic ...Read Full Post
  • 10 Ways to Prepare For Your First Gig

    31 Mar 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Playing in front of people for the first time can be daunting. Your ultimate key to success is to telegraph problems you could and will run into, and prepare yourself for those hurdles. Here are some ways you can ready yourself for that first terrifying gig. Top Ways to Prepare For Your First Gig.
  • Guitar Lesson: Learning to Strum

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Are you new to guitar, or have you never felt confident about your ability to strum? This new lesson walks guitarists through the process of learning to strum. Learn to strum the guitar...Read Full Post
  • Video: How an Acoustic Guitar is Made

    29 Mar 2014 | 1:05 am
    This might seem a little 101, but The Science Channel's "How It's Made" series has put together a really interesting five-minute video on how acoustic guitars are made. One tidbit ...Read Full Post
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  • Leo Kottke's California Dunk Tank

    Zack Urlocker
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    I'm not sure why it's called a "dunk tank" but I suppose it's better than a drunk tank.  Nonetheless, fans of Leo Kottke will be excited to learn that they can spend 5 days this summer learning from the master along with Steve Berlin, David Hildago and Cesar Rosas from Los Lobos.  The event takes place August 4-8 in Cambria  on the California coast. Looks like a lot of fun and a pretty nice place to hang out.  If you're looking to improve your acoustic guitar chops, this will be a truly memorable vacation. Leo Kottke's Dunk Tank: Main…
  • SaündFraud Skill Killer Pedal

    Zack Urlocker
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The always creative team over at Chicago Music Exchange has announced a new pedal that I think will revolutionize the wannabe guitar player market.  Just by pushing one button, the SaündFraud "skill killer" pedal gives your music the style, tone and characteristics of a professional musician who was willing to put in the thousands of hours of practice time even if you can't be bothered.  Frankly, I think if you combine this with the BeatBuddy, you've got a band ready to rock. Here's a video that shows the SaündFraud pedal in action: Also…
  • Television Headlines Toronto CMW

    Zack Urlocker
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:33 am
    Television is going to be headlining at the Canadian Music Week festival, May 10 in Toronto.  I've picked up tix for the show and I can't wait.  This is a band I've been listening to for more than thirty years.  Television also has some upcoming gigs in Knoxville, Boston, Tokyo, Barcelona, Milan and Bergen, Norway.  Just in case you want to catch them all. Here's a live video of "See No Evil" from November last year at the ATP festival in the UK. Television: Wikipedia, Marquee Moon, The Wonder, YouTube…
  • The Cynics Live from Cleveland

    Zack Urlocker
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:55 am
    I managed to see legendary garage rock band The Cynics in Cleveland at the Beachland Ballroom.  They were opening for The Sonics a 60's garage rock band that reunited a few years ago.  The Cynics are an incredible band that has been playing for 30 some years.  The sound has evolved through several lineup changes over the years, but at the core of the band are Michael Kastelic as front man and Gregg Kostelich on guitar.  There was some small amount of irony with these two guys with similar Croatian names playing at was once Cleveland's Croatian Liberty…
  • Studley Guitar Improvisation

    Zack Urlocker
    2 Mar 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Guitarist Greg Studley, who plays with the Pink Floyd Tribute band House of Floyd, has published a great new book called "A Guitarist's Guide to Improvising with Knowledge."  Although the title is a bit of a mouthful, it's a good book for any player who is looking to go beyond the usual learned riffs to develop a more dynamic style to improvisation.   Studley's approach is a thoughtful one and it's well-suited to anyone who has got stuck in the "Pentatonic rut" of playing same-sounding solos over every song using just one or two Pentatonic scale…
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  • 1960s Ibanez "handcrafted by Goldentone" Model 5902 Bison Bass

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm It seems funny to think that Ibanez - now a high prestige guitar manufacturer - were once just yet another Japanese brand churning out "copy" guitars. Here we see Ibanez copy a British manufacturer with this 1960s-era Ibanez Model 5902 Bass which appears to be an amalgam of several Burns designs, although it is particularly Bison-like in the horns. Quite who "Goldentone" were supposed to be, I couldn't say. It's probably just another random brand name that the Japanese factory thought would look impressive. Note the headstock with its 3+1 tuner layout - yet ANOTHER…
  • 1968 Eko Kadett Bass

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm We've looked at a few of these Eko Kadetts on Guitarz before, but I have a soft spot for 1960s Italian-made guitars and basses and always enjoy a bass design that owes very little to Fender's Precision or Jazz Bass. Their short scale and very thin, almost parallel along the length, necks don't make basses like this play anything like a contemporary instrument. Personally I wouldn't think a bass like this would be perform particularly well for live work, unless you're trying to play a crazy fuzz bass lead part or something. I'm not denying its coolness factor; as a former…
  • More 1960s innovation: the WEM Fifth Man Project IV guitar

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm Here's another all-but-forgotten guitar innovation from the 1960s. From Watkins Electric Music in London, it's the WEM Fifth Man Project IV guitar which could perhaps be thought of as a pre-cursor to the Fernandes Sustainer. Magnets either side of the top (i.e. body end) of the neck are used to create a magnetic field across the strings resulting in a sustaining drone effect. Check out the below video to get a better understanding of what it does. The guitar pictured at the top of this blog post is currently listed on eBay UK with a Buy It Now price of £749, but please…
  • 1978 Bunker Pro Star electric guitar from a true design innovator

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm We've looked at Bunker guitars and basses several times before on Guitarz but I couldn't resist showing you this Bunker Pro Star guitar from 1978 as currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of US $1,999.Dave Bunker was a guitar builder way ahead of his time. His designs date back to the 1960s and pre-dated the headless craze of the 1980s; this particular example is effectively headless - note how the headstock is not structurally part of the neck.  More interestingly, the guitar features Bunker's "tension-free neck" in which: "... a heavy brass nut [was]…
  • Unknown 1960s four-pickup leftie guitar - Can anyone help identify?

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm This 1960s four-pickup leftie solidbody guitar looks in need of a little TLC and a renovation! But what is it? Does anyone out there recognise it? My thinking is that it is probably Japanese, but I'm going mainly by the headstock shape which does seem strangely familiar. The finish on the front of the guitar and the face of the headstock has been stripped. I'm wondering if it may have had some kind of plastic/celluloid coating - could those strange marks on the stripped surface be where it was glued?Currently being auctioned on eBay with bidding at US $109.26 at the time…
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    Guitar Lifestyle

  • Erratic B.B. King Performance

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    B.B. King is one of my all-time guitar heroes. That’s what makes news like this really sad to me: Slowed by age and infirmity, including diabetes, King continues to tour — with sometimes painful results. In St. Louis, some fans are singing the blues after an erratic weekend performance led to a stream of audience catcalls and early departures. Concertgoers said King’s rambling Friday night set at the Peabody Opera House featured just a handful of complete songs amid meandering musical snippets, long-winded soliloquies, an 8-piece backup band that missed its cues and a 15-minute…
  • Fretboard Journal Interview with David Grier

    15 Mar 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Even though David Grier is based out of Nashville, I don’t know much about his music. The Fretboard Journal recently spent an hour or so speaking with Grier about guitar and music: With Fretboard Journal Live, we sit down for one-on-one talks with some of the world’s most interesting musicians. Our first episode features flatpicking guitar legend (and cover story for our 16th issue) David Grier. Grier talks about his music-filled childhood (his father Lamar performed was a banjo player for Bill Monroe in the ‘60s), the impact that Clarence White had on his playing, how he developed…
  • This is Your Life – Ronnie James Dio Tribute Album

    10 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    On April 1, Rhino Records will release This is Your Life, which is a tribute album for Ronnie James Dio and will benefit Dio’s Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. The album features a host of artists covering tracks spanning Dio’s career. The track listing for the album is: 1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax 2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D 3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob 4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher 5. “Straight Through The Heart”…
  • Keeley Electronics Seafoam Chorus

    9 Mar 2014 | 8:45 am
    Keeley Electronics had a great reputation among guitarists, so I was interested to receive a press release detailing a new chorus pedal that they’re releasing. I don’t use much chorus myself, but it’s something that I think really adds a nice effect when used tastefully. I’ll definitely be interested in hearing how this one sounds. Plus, the seafoam green color looks great! Keeley Electronics today announced it is now shipping its Seafoam Chorus effect pedal. The 100% hand-built Seafoam chorus is a new design built from the ground up that was created for the most…
  • Epiphone Limited Edition 75th Anniversary Inspired by “1939” Century Amp

    8 Mar 2014 | 8:45 am
    Epiphone is introducing some new products at this year’s Musikmesse show, and one of the more interesting announcements is the Limited Edition 75th Anniversary Inspired by “1939″ Century Amp: The Ltd. Edition 75th Anniversary Inspired by “1939” Century Amp revives an Art Deco era masterpiece from Epiphone’s early days in Manhattan. The amp is a faithful replica of a classic 1930s era cabinet design including bent rims, an all-metal handle, 6-point star screws, and vintage style grill cloth.  The redesigned 18 watt electronics include two 6V6 and two 12AX7 tubes, a…
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    Six String Soul

  • Interview with Jon Herington

    Dan Kern
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    Jon Herington has contributed incredible guitar work to legendary bands and artists over the years. With the likes of Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs and others, Jon’s bluesy guitar riffs have put his stamp on many classic rock and pop songs we’ve grown to love. In his latest album, Time on My Hands, Jon unleashes blues […] The post Interview with Jon Herington appeared first on Six String Soul.
  • DLS Reckless Driver Review & Giveway

    Dan Kern
    16 Mar 2014 | 9:35 pm
    There’s a new wreck in town, and it’s the DLS Reckless Driver. This new overdrive pedal is an incredibly versatile, “swiss army knife” dirt device that covers everything from rhythm to lead with its two channel setup. Dave Sestito, founder of DLS Effects, has offered to give away a brand new Reckless Driver to one lucky email […] The post DLS Reckless Driver Review & Giveway appeared first on Six String Soul.
  • 101 Ways to Improve as a Guitarist

    Dan Kern
    23 Feb 2014 | 4:15 pm
    There is a concept called the aggregation of marginal gains, which is based on the principle that vast improvement can be achieved through continuous small improvements. When thinking of this concept in terms of guitar, we realize that there are nearly limitless opportunities to improve guitar playing, skills, tone…any aspect of guitar. Here’s 101 ways […] The post 101 Ways to Improve as a Guitarist appeared first on Six String Soul.
  • New Guitar Gear from Winter NAMM 2014

    Dan Kern
    26 Jan 2014 | 4:49 pm
    We’ve been keeping our eyes on the new guitars, amps and pedals coming out of Winter NAMM 2014 in Anaheim, CA. There’s some very cool gear coming out from the likes of Fender, Magnatone, Bogner, JHS Pedals…even new strings from Elixir. We break down some of the gear that perked our interest and also offer some […] The post New Guitar Gear from Winter NAMM 2014 appeared first on Six String Soul.
  • Acoustic Guitar Amplification Essentials

    Dan Kern
    30 Dec 2013 | 6:41 pm
    In recent weeks, we’ve set out to understand acoustic guitar amplification essentials by creating a high quality amplification system that can be recreated by any guitar player…using commonly available parts. Through this quest, we’ve explored various techniques for acoustic amplifiers, pickup impedance exploration and vocal amplification options as well. Below is the amplified acoustic guitar […] The post Acoustic Guitar Amplification Essentials appeared first on Six String Soul.
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  • 7 Bollywood Acoustic Guitar Songs You Can’t Miss!

    Abhinav Sonkar
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    It is always fun to play pure acoustic songs on guitar. If you play the right chords and the right strumming pattern, you can almost sound like original! Play along with the backing track and there would be perfect harmony. In fact, if you listen hard enough you might even hear the left hand sliding along the frets of the guitar (unless it has been removed in post-processing). This is not possible with plugged tracks that have everything from bass guitarist/keyboard to octa-pad and other electronic stuff. I decided to post some of the best acoustic guitar songs from Bollywood in past few…
  • Guitar Chords: Yeh Beetey Din (Acoustic), Purani Jeans [2014]

    Abhinav Sonkar
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Purani Jeans is an upcoming movie scheduled to be released on 1st May 2014. The movie doesn’t look very promising but when I saw the music being directed by Ram Sampath – that got me excited. I was happy to find an acoustic version of Yeh Beetey Din which is surprisingly refreshing given the same old college/friendship theme of the movie. Yeh Beetey Din is in the key of E major scale. By now you should be aware that E major scale contains a few minor barre chords. Funnily enough, this song uses almost all the chords in E major scale except D#m7b5 which is anyway rarely used. But…
  • Guitar Chords/Tabs: Aadat, Jal [ACCURATE]

    Abhinav Sonkar
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Note: This post was originally published on June 28, 2008 but I have re-posted it with accurate set of chords and tabs. Enjoy! The song Aadat, by the band group Jal, is one which will give you supreme satisfaction if you are an acoustic guitar player. In the scale of C# minor, there are lots of subtle variations that makes this song a wonderful learning experience for guitarists. Apart from interesting chords and its arpeggios, it also has a unique muted strumming pattern. All of this together makes it a beautiful melody perfect for acoustic playing. There are 3 important chords in the key of…
  • Guitar Chords: Mast Magan, 2 States [2014]

    Abhinav Sonkar
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:30 pm
    2 States seems to be one of the highly awaited movies of the year till now without any presence of the 3 Khan’s. The songs were recently released and one song that I really liked was Mast Magan. I am enjoying Chaandaniya too and it might be the next song I post here. Mast Magan is a soft romantic number with a very ethereal feel. It is in the key of G major scale. One of my favorite guitar songs in the key of G is Time of your Life by Greenday. Almost all chords are common between these songs. Mast Magan has really simple chords and will be fun to play once you get the strumming right.
  • Guitar Chords: Mitwa, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

    Abhinav Sonkar
    22 Mar 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The song Mitwa from the movie Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna is another gem from Shankar Ehsaan Loy (SEL) camp. In the key of E major scale, the song uses quite a few chords. But Ehsaan has done a lot of subtle variations to the chords that makes playing this song lot more difficult if you looking to sound like the recording track. The song uses one trick or rather a form of chords that I have mostly seen used in English songs. One such song that comes to mind is Yellow by the band Coldplay which incidentally uses similar set of chords. The trick is to always keep the thinnest two strings (E and B)…
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    Guitar Noise

  • 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.
  • Idiot’s Guides: Playing Guitar

    Guitar Noise
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Idiot's Guide Playing Guitar gives you easy-to-follow instructions on learning guitar with lots of photos and illustrations that make learning guitar easy. This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
  • Guitar Noise News – March 2014

    David Hodge
    16 Mar 2014 | 2:29 pm
    It's the Saint Patrick Day's edition of Guitar Noise News, or if you prefer, you can just think of it as the "March 2014" edition. Feeling lucky? This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
  • The Many Ways to Play

    David Hodge
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:01 am
    What does it mean to play a song? Does strumming a few chords count? Or does it have to be note for note and the whole song? This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
  • Crazy Love – Van Morrison

    David Hodge
    1 Mar 2014 | 1:17 am
    This single-guitar arrangement of Van Morrison's "Crazy Love" explores using arpeggios and open string chord voicings to create a fitting accompaniment to this wonderful song. This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
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  • Little Red Riding Hood Carved Guitar

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    I’ve featured a few of Gig’s carved guitars over the years, I like how he always has a theme for each guitar, in this case Little Red Riding Hood. The guitar is a Warmoth mahogany Strat body with an oil finish. The post Little Red Riding Hood Carved Guitar appeared first on Guitar Noize.
  • Rory Gallagher’s Patrick Eggle Berlin sells for $42,000

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    I have a Patrick Eggle Berlin, I wish Rory had played mine because this limited edition Patrick Eggle Berlin Legend just sold at auction for $42,000! Gallagher’s guitar was number 30 of a limited edition of 150 JS Berlin Legend guitars built by the British guitar company. Rory’s guitar had the initials RG on the 12th fret. Of course this guitar was not the guitar Rory was really known for, that would be a 1961 Fender Stratocaster that I believe is still owned by the Gallagher family, maybe by Donal? Imagine how much that would fetch at auction! Here is the Rory Gallagher Patrick Eggle…
  • ENGL Amp Models added to Amplitube Custom Shop

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Although there has been an unofficial ENGL Powerball called the German Gain model in the IK Multimedia Amplitube Custom Shop for some time it is now an officially licensed ENGL Model along with the ES650 which can create classic rock to high gain tones. Here is my demo of the German Gain model but using a 3rd party cabinet emulator:, as you can hear it is a bit of a beast! For more info check out The post ENGL Amp Models added to Amplitube Custom Shop appeared first on Guitar Noize.
  • Source Audio SoundBlox Hub v1 – MIDI Interface/Port Expander/Multi-Pedal Scene Saver

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:21 am
    Source Audio, creators of the award-winning Soundblox® line of guitar and bass effects pedals and the Hot Hand® 3 Wireless Effects Controller, have released the Soundblox Hub v1: MIDI Interface / Port Expander / Multi-Pedal Scene Saver. The Hub introduces an entirely new “modular” approach to multi-effect systems. It has the power to unite up to five Soundblox 2 pedals into one thoroughly integrated, MIDI controlled, multi-effect machine. With its ability to send and receive MIDI Program Change and Control Change messages, the Soundblox Hub unlocks the range of MIDI options in…
  • Seymour Duncan Release Black Winter 7 & 8 String Versions

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:46 am
    The Black Winter was originally created for the extreme metal players of Scandinavia who were looking for more aggression without sacrificing definition and clarity. After consistently being asked to make this pickup available for extended range guitars, Seymour Duncan is happy to announce you’ll now be able to get all the heavy saturation, articulation and aggression of the Black Winter in your 6, 7 or 8 string axe. “Black Winter’s look matches its dark intentions: a black bottom plate, black pole pieces and screws, blood red wire, and the Seymour Duncan logo in Old English…
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    Guitarsite News

  • The Ultimate Custom Taylor Sweepstakes

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:32 am
    In celebration of Taylor Guitars' 40th anniversary, one lucky fan will have his dream custom guitar built for free!read more
  • The Contortionist High Octane Fuzz Pedal Kit

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    MOD Kits DIY introduces The Contortionist High Octane Fuzz, a customizable fuzz box with layered octave more
  • Fender Custom Shop Master Design Series

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Fender Custom Shop gave their master guitar builders free reign to design and build their dream guitars, resulting in a new limited edition line of guitars called the Master Design more
  • Gibson Joe Bonamassa "SkinnerBurst" 1959 Les Paul

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    Gibson Custom releases the Joe Bonamassa "SkinnerBurst" 1959 Les Paul, a limited run recreation of the artist's favorite workhorse guitar. read more
  • Suhr Rufus Fuzz Pedal

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    Suhr expands their pedal line with the new Rufus, a dual-voiced fuzz pedal with built-in 3-band more
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    Learning Guitar Now Blog

  • DVD Demo Sale

    John W. Tuggle
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    I have a few demo DVDs that have been customer returns or me proofing the DVDs. When you purchase, you will receive the Download version Free. You will have to download the tabs as they are not on the DVDs. Continental US Only with Free USPS 7 Business Day shipping. If you want Priority Shipping add another $5 Here is what I have available and the price: Blues Guitar Method 2 DVD $30 – 4 available Play Like Clapton 2 DVD $30 – 3 available Blues Techniques 2 DVD $30 – 3 available Open G Tuning 4 DVD $60 – 2 available Play Like Warren Haynes 3 DVD $45 – 2 available…
  • 1966 Fender Vibrolux Replacement Speaker Shootout

    John W. Tuggle
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    For some time now my 1966 Fender Vibrolux has been developing what is called “Cone Cry”. It’s more pronounced when using humbucker guitars, and after experiencing it a lot more lately, I decided to set out on a search to find a decent replacement speaker. First, I wanted to figure out what speakers I had in this amp to begin with. Since this is a very old amp, the speakers in it were very old as well. When I got the amp back in 2009 the speakers were not the original ones but looked very old. To figure out what kind of speakers I that were in the amp ( since there were no…
  • New Feature on Instant Access – Lick Looping

    John W. Tuggle
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    After listening to customer feedback throughout the years, one common request that has continued to come up has been the ability to loop the licks that the student is trying to learn. After a lot of research I’ve come up with an audio player which will allow you to loop all the licks and solos that you learn in the Premium Courses that are available on Instant. Watch the Video to Learn More Currently The Blues Method, Blues Techniques, BB King, Clapton, and the Slow Blues Solo all have this new feature implemented. Support for every Premium Course will be coming in the following months.
  • 7 Tips to Get You Out of that Guitar Rut

    John W. Tuggle
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:48 am
    [Updated March 2014] I have heard so many people tell me that they feel like they are stuck in a rut with their guitar playing and they don’t know what to do to get out of it. In this blog post I want to give you 7 tips to help YOU start getting out of that guitar rut so many people seem to end up in. Before I go into these tips, let me just say that I find myself in these ruts as well. I know how frustrating it can be, and I think that all players eventually find that they are in a rut of one form or another at many times during their lifetime. Knowing how to get out of these ruts can…
  • Interview with Kyle from Seeds of Music

    John W. Tuggle
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:45 am
    Back in May of 2013 I did an interview with Kyle Williams from In this interview I talk with Kyle about the experiences I’ve had with finding success in music and business with Learning Guitar Now and how I arrived where I’m at today. It just so happens that a few days before I did this interview is when my arm started tingling like crazy and wouldn’t stop. On the day of this interview I remember feeling so whacked out from taking Anti Inflammatory medication. That stuff makes me feel really spaced out and groggy. Nevertheless I think the interview came out…
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    Will Kriski Guitar

  • Thinking in Phrases – Jazz Blues Using Guitar and Sax Etudes

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    I’m a big fan of imitation when it comes to learning how to improvise in the bebop style. This may seem counterintuitive but we learn to speak the same way, by imitating our parents. I’ve given a lot of thought to how we improvise and what would be most effective way to learn the skill. After years of practicing a lot of ineffective things I finally started imitating jazz professionals such as Robert Conti and Greg Fishman (sax player). I learned a variety of solos and etudes as well as licks. I was having a blast and really sounding like a jazz musician! One part that took some…
  • Using Jazz Guitar Etudes and Hip Licks Together – Detailed Explanation

    20 Mar 2014 | 6:36 am
    You can pick up Jazz Guitar Etudes and Hip Licks for Guitar by Greg Fishman/Mike Allemana. The post Using Jazz Guitar Etudes and Hip Licks Together – Detailed Explanation appeared first on Will Kriski Guitar.
  • Combining Jazz Guitar Etudes With Hip Licks for Guitar

    15 Mar 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Pick up Jazz Guitar Etudes and Hip Licks for Guitar by Greg Fishman/Mike Allemana. The post Combining Jazz Guitar Etudes With Hip Licks for Guitar appeared first on Will Kriski Guitar.
  • All The Things You Are – Using Hip Licks for Guitar

    28 Feb 2014 | 6:45 am
    You can buy my solo below (PDF with tab and notation), as well as the measure by measure explanation and also buy the Hip Licks for Guitar. All The Things You Are SoloMy guitar solo in PDF with tab and notation. Uses Greg Fishman's Hip Licks for Guitar book/cd. Price: $3.00 All The Things You Are - Solo ExplanationA measure by measure breakdown of the All The Things You Are Solo - how I used jazz licks from Greg Fishman's Hip Licks for Guitar and developed them in the solo for a melodic, cohesive solo. PDF file with tab. Price: $5.00 The post All The Things You Are – Using Hip Licks for…
  • Fusion Licks For Guitar in Improvisation

    13 Jan 2014 | 11:46 am
    Okay in case you got tired of the jazz I added a little distortion and the Strat The post Fusion Licks For Guitar in Improvisation appeared first on Will Kriski Guitar.
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    no treble

  • Reader Spotlight: Harry Ostrem

    Corey Brown
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Meet Harry Ostrem, a busy bassist, educator and (sometimes) Mick Jagger impersonator. He has a great story, as you’ll see. Harry is the No Treble reader in the spotlight for the week of April 21, 2014. Bio: I first picked up a bass guitar in 8th grade and continuously played in rock bands and jazz...
  • Source Audio Releases The Soundblox Hub

    Kevin Johnson
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Source Audio has released the Soundblox Hub, a box that allows for linking up five of the company’s Soundblox 2 pedals and saving the settings on each. It utilizes MIDI Program Change and Control Change messages to save and recall up to 128 pedal “scenes” to be recalled later. “For the first time, you can...
  • Charles Mingus Quintet: So Long Eric

    Kevin Johnson
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Today we’re celebrating what would be Charles Mingus’ 92nd birthday. Here’s a video of one of my favorite Mingus tunes, “So Long Eric,” taken from Belgium’s “Jazz Pour Tous” TV program in April 1964. The quintet’s lineup includes drummer Dannie Richmond, pianist Jaki Byard, tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, and alto saxophonist Eric Dolphy, for whom...
  • Chris Squire Working on Autobiography

    News Team
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Yes founder and bassist Chris Squire is in the process of writing his autobiography, with the help of his actor friend Vincent Gallo, according to an interview with BANG Showbiz. They’ve been working on the book for about a year, Squire says. The pair meet and talk about Squire’s life, then Gallo transcribes the conversations....
  • Alusonic Announces the Alberto Rigoni Hybrid Signature Bass

    Kevin Johnson
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Alusonic Aluminum Instruments has teamed up with Italian bassist Alberto Rigoni to present the Alusonic Alberto Rigoni Hybrid signature bass. The bass is a take on the company’s hybrid blend of aluminum and wood construction and features an alder body topped with aluminum. “As many bass players, I’m affected by GAS but I’m also pretty...
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  • New High Octane Fuzz Pedal Kit Released

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    The Contortionist kit is a limited edition, all analog high octane fuzz box. It produces fuzz with layered octave overtones similar to those produced by an electronic-bow. The frequency multiplier circuitry creates harmonics that swell and recede depending on gain setting, pick attack, neck position and pickup. This is a high gain circuit that can […]
  • Jammmz Aims to Connect Musicians Across the Globe

    3 Mar 2014 | 2:45 pm
    March 3rd 2014 — Jammmz is a new, interactive, community-driven website focusing on improving musicianship in a fun and challenging way, and brings together all of the elements of some more popular instrument-teaching platforms and games on an unprecedented, real-life level. Guitarists around the world are flocking to the site to partake in the lessons […]
  • Sam Lyons – A Passion for Teaching Guitar

    3 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    My name is Sam Lyons and I have taught beginner guitar lessons for over 36 years. I have taught literally thousands of people of all ages how to play the guitar and invite you to visit my website to see my step-by-step guitar lessons video tutorials on how to play the guitar. And best of […]
  • 4 Reasons to Learn Guitar (Besides It Being Super Awesome)

    26 Feb 2014 | 2:39 pm
    By the Strum Music School of Austin Being able to shred on a guitar is awesome. There’s just something everyone can admire about that kind of talent and ability. That sort of gratification is precisely the reason many people take up guitar lessons. However, playing guitar actually has many more benefits to offer than just […]
  • Livetune Releases Game Changing Jamstar Guitar Learning App

    17 Feb 2014 | 10:34 am
    Imagine having twenty-four hour access to your own personal guitar teacher. Picture being able to take lessons on a whim and get instant feedback on your progress wherever you are. With the innovative guitar tutorial Jamstar, brought to you by the Jerusalem, Israel-based company Livetune, guitar lessons have never been more convenient, productive, and entertaining. […]
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    23 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    It's New Pawn Shop Gretsch Guitar Day! I stopped by a pawn shop that I almost never stop at on my way back home from a doctor's appointment in the city. I found a Gretsch G2504 that needs a little tlc. Apparently these are pretty rare. They were only made in 1999 just before Fender took over. ... NPSGGD
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  • That moment you TRULY know you're old.

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    When your kid sees a cassette tape for the first time and doesn't understand what it is.
  • Dorian balsa wood and spit

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:22 am wood and spit wood and spit-ld.jpg $6,500.00 item is in stock DESCRIPTION: A mix of a Telecaster, a classical guitar, and a Steinway Piano Ö in high definition. Ambidextrous, symmetrical design, like a vertebrate animal. The guitar is easily converted from left-handed to right-handed and vice versa. All-mahogany... Dorian balsa wood and spit
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  • Eggcellent Giveaways Winners Announcement

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    During our Egg Hunt Sale, we had some awesome giveaways going on. Without further ado, here are the winners (listed by TrueFire username – if you see your username, hold tight – we’ll be in touch!) 10 Pedal Genie Subscription Winners rsawyeriii augy1kanobi jrmusic Bezola joelfredrikson rmartens getluckymojo ripoff bharris22 Obieg 4 Luna Guitar Winners […]
  • Fingerstyle Blues Improv: #3 7th Chords

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    This free video guitar lesson series by Pete Madsen shows you how to create verse variations and to improvise in fingerstyle blues. Video Guitar Lesson About this Guitar Lesson In this free guitar lesson we run through all the 7th chord CAGED shapes. We then play a 12 bar blues using just the C7 shape […]
  • Check Out the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop & Festival

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    GUITAR GIVEAWAY! In conjunction with the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop & Festival, we are giving away a brand new Yamaha guitar and 2 new Yamaha guitaleles. Click here to learn more and enter now >> Join internationally-acclaimed masters of guitar and artists in residence: David Leisner, Shelby Lynne, John Oates, Ana Popovic, Lee […]
  • Fingerstyle Blues Improv: #2 Minor Chords

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:41 am
    This free video guitar lesson series by Pete Madsen shows you how to create verse variations and to improvise in fingerstyle blues. Video Guitar Lesson About this Guitar Lesson Pete introduces CAGED minor chord forms and then plays a 12 bar minor blues in A with D minor and E7 chords. Three verses are played […]
  • Fingerstyle Blues Improv: #1 Ironweed Rag and the CAGED System

    21 Mar 2014 | 11:49 am
    This free video guitar lesson series by Pete Madsen shows you how to create verse variations and to improvise in fingerstyle blues. Video Guitar Lesson About this Guitar Lesson In this video guitar lesson, Pete plays an original song called “The Ironweed Rag,” which uses an alternating bass pattern and CAGED system chord inversions to […]
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    Guitar International Magazine

  • Stryper – The Kings of Christian Heavy Metal Raise the Roof in NYC

    Guitar International Magazine
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    By: Rob Cavuoto Disciples of the Christian rock band Stryper congregated in full force on Saturday April 12th to Stage 48 in New York to hear the gospel of rock! This was a rescheduled show from early February when the northeast was hit with just one of many apocalyptic storms and the band had to cancel. On this warm April evening, Armageddon was looming inside rather than outside. A wall of amps lined the alter of worship to anoint the band’s fans with their unique brand ofhard driving commercial metal, with a spiritual message, a style of music that they have waved the flag for almost 30…
  • Steve Howe of Yes – Inventor of Musical Possibilities

    Guitar International Magazine
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto Yes – photo credit: Rob Shanahan Yes is about to embark on a 35-date summer tour that will have them performing–in their entirety–1971’s groundbreaking album Fragile for the first-time ever and a repeat performance from last year’s tour of 1972’s Close to the Edge, followed by an encore of the band’s greatest hits. During the encore the band promises to debut material off a long awaited new CD, Heaven and Earth, due out July 8th , just in time for the tour. Yes was founded in 1968 and throughout their career they have created some of the most…
  • Taylor Guitars Announces the Ultimate Custom Taylor Sweepstakes

    Guitar International Magazine
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    Press Release Source: Taylor Guitars To celebrate 40 years of crafting exceptional guitars, Taylor Guitars has teamed with Ultimate Ears, the leader in custom in-ear monitors used by musicians around the globe, to offer one lucky fan the chance of a lifetime: to build their own custom Taylor guitar at the Taylor Guitars factory in Southern California, matched with special edition custom in-ear monitors from Ultimate Ears, adorned with ebony wood supplied by Taylor. The winner of the Ultimate Custom Taylor Sweepstakes and a guest will experience the intricacies of Taylor’s…
  • Eric Johnson and Provogue/Mascot Label Group to Release Europe Live on June 24th

    Guitar International Magazine
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    Press Release Source: SKH Music Eric Johnson – photo credit: Max Crace Mascot Label Group’s Provogue Records and Eric Johnson announce a June 24 release date for Europe Live. Guitar Player Magazine cited Johnson as “one of the most respected guitarists on the planet,” and the reasons why are many. Such primary ones as the lyrical beauty of his playing and compositions, his rich and colorfully broad palette of tones, his awesome instrumental agility, breadth and command, and the mesmerizing spell he summons up in concert.  All of these qualities can be heard on his new album,…
  • Kendall Schmidt of Heffron Drive – An Introspective Look into Parallel!

    Guitar International Magazine
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto Kendall Schmidt – photo by Rob Cavuoto Kendall Schmidt, star of Nickelodeon’s hit television series, Big Time Rush, has just released his first single; “Parallel” from his new band Heffron Drive with guitarist Dustin Belt. Heffron Drive is a young band building on something big and showcasing their versatility as diverse musicians and entertainers. Kendall and Dustin exemplifies a new model of musician-as-entrepreneur, controlling his own career path by independently releasing his single. With the help of TuneCore’s comprehensive platform for Music…
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    Learn Guitar 2

  • Becoming the Master of the Legato Technique [Part 3]

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    This is part 3 of a 3-part series I’m running on the legato technique. Be sure to check the first part and the second part to get the full picture of the story. Tackling the common problems Before concluding this series, I want to briefly cover some common technical difficulties that may arise when first encountering legato playing. The main issue is that of finger strength and endurance. To be able to play long legato passages with the fretting hand only requires a great deal of stamina, and you can’t expect to achieve this overnight. This is developed over time. Practice…
  • Becoming the Master of the Legato Technique [Part 2]

    27 Mar 2014 | 6:42 am
    This is part 2 of a 3-part series I’m running on the legato technique. In the first part, we covered the basic theory and explained how playing legato works, and how to get started with it. So now that you are clear on the concept of legato playing, let’s take a look as some basic ways to go about practicing it. If we take the idea to its most basic application then we can start by just hammering on and pulling off between two notes. When you alternate quickly between two notes like this, you are playing a ‘trill’, but for now, we will do this slowly. Fret a note with…
  • Becoming the Master of the Legato Technique [Part 1]

    20 Mar 2014 | 9:53 am
    You know what, let’s have a series on this blog! This is going to be a three-part thing. All about the legato technique. This here is part 1. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3. I hope you enjoy it! “What’s with the legato?!” Once you start to move away from rhythm guitar and into playing lead, you will no doubt come across the term legato. But, do you know what it means? Well, it literally means ‘tied together’ and it indicates that notes should be played smoothly, with no gap or silence between them. So that one note leads directly onto the next. Legato playing…
  • 5 Secrets to Becoming a Great Jazz Guitarist

    12 Mar 2014 | 9:30 am
    The guitar is an amazing instrument, and there are so many different genres of music you can play with it. Now, if you are really passionate about jazz music then you might want to consider becoming a jazz guitarist. These five secrets below can make the learning process a little bit easier for you and help you reach the level of jazz guitar mastery you desire. 1. Get To Know Jazz Jazz music is one of those genres of music that are more like a way of life rather than just a type of music. It is really important that you spend some time learning about the history of jazz before you get…
  • 6 Great Apps For Learning Guitar

    6 Mar 2014 | 11:40 am
    Gone are the days when you need to go out and take private lessons, or buy a paperback guide to learn the guitar. The mobile revolution has introduced a wave of incredibly powerful, interactive apps for budding guitarists all over the world to learn guitar theory and technique. The following are 6 apps that are available for iOS and Android that can help you to conquer the guitar on a small budget and at your own time. Beginner Guitar Songs By Guitar Jamz Inc Link: It is very important to be prepared. With the extensive amount of…
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  • Limited Edition Gretsch G5622 Electromatic

    Neal Beedie
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    More limited run guitar news for you this week, this time from our friends over at Jerry’s Lefty Guitars.  Jerry has commissioned a batch of super cool Gretsch G5622T-CB Electromatics in Surf Green. Gretsch has never before offered a left handed model with three pickups, or any guitar at all in surf green! And to top things off these limited models will feature a USA made B6 Bigsby! These guitars are exclusive to Jerry and price is expected to fall around the $1100 mark.  They are expected to arrive in October. Left Handed Gretsch G5622T-CB Electromatic Guitar Note: The image above…
  • Limited Edition Left Handed Guitars at XLG

    Neal Beedie
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    Our good friends over at Xtreme Lefty Guitars have once again been busy commissioning limited edition runs of left handed guitars!  There will only be SIX of each model made, so be sure to act fast if you want one of these rare beasts for yourself! Below are the ESP and BC Rich models which we know about, but there are more to come (Dean!) and we will update this page as further models are confirmed. The images used are flipped versions of right handed guitars and may not accurately represent the actual guitars. ESP Guitars 1. Ltd KH-WZ 2. Ltd EC-1000 SSP 3. Ltd Iron Cross SW 4. E-II FRX SW…
  • Restringing A Right Handed Guitar Upside Down

    Neal Beedie
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    Can you restring a right handed guitar upside down and play it left handed?  The answer is of course ‘yes’, but the question ought to be ‘should I string a right handed guitar upside down?’. In my opinion you should only be considering this if it is the only available choice to you, i.e you have limited cash but do have access to a right handed guitar.  And even then I’d suggest selling the guitar if possible and using the funds for a bona fide lefty ;) The reason I don’t recommend this is due to the plethora of issues that can arise as a result.  I’ve detailed just a few…
  • Moniker : Left Handed Guitars

    Neal Beedie
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    Moniker Guitars is a relatively new guitar company founded in 2011 in Texas, USA. The brand is a little different to most in that they provide you with a blank canvas with which to design your dream guitar using their website based guitar builder. Moniker currently offers four different left handed guitar models, with each model being heavily customizable. The website incorporates its own ‘Guitar Builder’ software which allows customization of many different design elements, including finish color, hardware color, custom graphics, text and many others. After choosing all of your…
  • James Trussart : Left Handed Guitars & Basses

    Neal Beedie
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:21 pm
    James Trussart Custom Guitars is based in Los Angeles, USA and produces easily some of the guitar world’s most striking and unique instruments. You see, James Trussart has truly broken the luthiery mould by choosing steel as the main building material for his guitars! Trussarts are created with the aesthetics and feel of a vintage guitar, and the metal construction results in an instrument which is as unique in tone as it is in appearance. No doubt you’re already intrigued by this company…but what about southpaws? If you want a left handed guitar you’re in luck! Apart…
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    Guitar Planet Magazine: Latest News

  • Count's 77 To Release Debut Album

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Count's 77, a hard rock band from Las Vegas will launch their debut album on April 29, 2014 with Shrapnel Records. The band is fronted by lead singer Danny "Count" Koker, star of HISTORY"S hit series "Counting Cars". With roots in 70's hard rock, Count's 77 is powered by the twin guitar team of John Zito and Stoney Curtis, the latter of whom has an international following as a recording and touring blues guitarist. With musical roots as diverse as Thin Lizzy, Foghat, The Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin, Count's 77 stands poised to be one of the leaders of the new…
  • Schecter Conquering RIFFtopia

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    Schecter Guitar Research has announced an addition to its new website featuring guitar phenoms Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow of Conquering Dystopia. The new monthly feature will be called “Conquering RIFFtopia”; the videos will cover lessons, play-throughs, reviews of new Schecter models along with tips and tricks from Schecters own-featured Signature artists.The first release shows Jeff Loomis discussing the new Hellraiser C-7 FR-S. This guitar features a Sustainiac Pick Up in the neck position, while housing an EMG 81-7 in the bridge. 
  • Fender Custom Shop Introduces Artisan Series & Master Design Series

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    With the Artisan series, the Fender Custom Shop pulls out all the stops for high-end instruments of remarkable tone, look and feel. In a first for the Custom Shop and inspired by Master Built instruments created for the 2013 Tokyo Guitar Show, this series is built to spotlight fine woods with distinctive figures, hand-rubbed stains and gloss finishes. Team-built for a limited time only, Artisan series instruments are also outfitted with a wealth of special appointments and features that contribute to their striking sound and style.The Artisan series Quilt Maple-Top Stratocaster features a…
  • Maxon Releases Fuzz Elements Models

    27 Mar 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Godlyke, Inc. has announced the release of the Maxon Fuzz Elements – seven new models designed to reproduce the classic and unique sounds of the World’s most desirable vintage Fuzz pedals.  Using modern software technology, Maxon has modeled and mapped the complex elements that make up the core sounds of these legendary effect units, reproducing them using advanced analog circuitry that is both accurate and stable.Each Fuzz Elements model features a compact, diecast enclosure, LED status indicator, easy-access battery door and true bypass switching.  FA10 Fuzz Elements Air –…
  • The Deafheaven Interview: Making The Album Of The Year

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:38 pm
    In this exclusive interview Kerry McCoy explains how Deafheaven created the beautiful but brutal...
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    Gear Vault

  • Top 5 Easy Rock Riffs To Play on Guitar

    29 Mar 2014 | 8:59 am
    Most guitarists will agree that some of the easiest riffs are the most melodic. Some riffs are, however, so significant to the song, they can be called the best, and in this article we'll discuss the riffs that are the most significant in rock music
  • Tube Amp Maintenance & Handling Tips

    28 Mar 2014 | 1:28 pm
    To get the most out of your tube amp, which can be a hefty investment, here are some easy to follow handling and maintenance tips. There’s no arguing that tube amps still set the standard for tone – modern solid state and digital amps merely emulate the tube amps of the past. The unfortunate drawback […]
  • Les Paul: Gibson vs Epiphone – Can You Tell The Difference?

    Jack Smith
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:06 am
    Hey Gear-Vault readers! An interesting debate was brought before our attention earlier this week and we thought we’d pass it along to you guys. Let’s put your mad guitar knowledge to the test! Comment your answer at the end of this kick ass discussion! Can you tell which is Gibson and which is the Epiphone? […]
  • Joe Satriani’s Favorite Gear

    Josh Tanner
    16 Mar 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Electric guitar fans everywhere clap your nimble hands. Our favorite wizard (no, not the bespectacled Harry Potter) has unveiled his current live setup--or, you could say, his book of spells. For those who don't know, Joe Satriani is on his Wizards and Wormholes tour, where he's showcasing songs from the new album, Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, along with old classics like "Flying in a Blue Dream", "Satch Boogie", and "Andulusia". While Satch has always been very down-to-earth and open to discussing guitar technique
  • Jimi Hendrix vs Stevie Ray Vaughan – Who Is Better?

    Mike O'Cull
    9 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Two of the most revered guitar players in the blues/rock universe are Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Both men helped define the sounds of their respective eras and are icons of the instrument and are most likely responsible for launching more guitar-playing careers
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    Guitar Chalk

  • The Electric Guitarist's Role in Christian Worship

    Bobby Kittleberger
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    The electric guitar is still a newcomer in the church.American Christianity has struggled between a temptation to pursue relevancy and a desire to remain true to tradition. Thus the electric guitar has served as a visible representation of that disagreement, often between younger and older generations.Though the electric guitar has now become more widely accepted and even commonplace in a number of denominations and worship service formats.It's considered to be far less "contemporary" as most of the people in church have either grown up with, or alongside it.This is a good thing, because the…
  • Speed Building Drill Sheet: Part III

    Bobby Kittleberger
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Download PDF VersionIn part I and part II we've covered basic half steps, chromatic patterns, intervals and string jumping exercises.Here we'll focus on exercises based on chord shapes.Picking through a chord shape will feel counter intuitive at first, since we're used to using those shapes while our hands are static. In this case, you'll need to loosen your grip on the fretboard a bit and roll through each note of the chord in a more fluid motion.We'll incorporate all four fingers for each exercise and use alternate picking to train our hands.The different patterns and angles we get from…
  • Speed Building Drill Sheet: Part II

    Bobby Kittleberger
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Download PDF VersionWe don't have a great deal of need for introduction if you've already covered the first part of the speed building series.Check it out for a refresh if you want to be chronological about things.Here we'll focus on strengthening the following areas.Stretching AbilityCoordination When Moving your Hand We'll try and get away from camping out on a few different frets and instead work on jumping around the fretboard, stretching our fingers and getting used to moving our hands Build Out of the Major SecondMost of the movement that occurs when playing at high speeds involves a…
  • Speed Building Drill Sheet: Part I

    Bobby Kittleberger
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Download PDF VersionBuilding speed on the guitar is boring.At least it should be, if you do it right. If we think about it, the way we play guitar when we're practicing or building skills is a lot different than the way we play when we're performing or writing a song.They're two different disciplines and it's a balancing act to avoid spending too much time in one or the other.Think of it in the same way that athletes practice and use drills to improve. The coach doesn't just send them all out there onto the field to scrimmage; that is unless the coach is incredibly lazy and unmotivated.
  • 18 Great Guitar Songbooks

    Bobby Kittleberger
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    If you want to be absolutely sure you're playing something right, official songbooks are about the only way, unless you can find the artist on YouTube explaining the song you want to learn.That's not entirely unusual these days.However, I think there's still something to be said for sitting down with a book full of tabs and sheet music and figuring out a song on your own. I'm a bit of perfectionist in a lot of ways, and when it comes to covering songs, I've always preferred the songbook because of its accuracy.Even if you make adjustments and changes afterward, at least you know you started…
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    The Aspiring Guitarist

  • Are you getting the most out of your guitar practice session or are you just wasting time?

    Lukas Kyska
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I believe that quality of your practice time matters much more than quantity. You’ve probably heard me say that countless times. Checking the quality of your practice session is more important than counting how many minutes did you actually practice. There is a catch, however. As I found out, some aspiring guitar players are so concerned with getting everything right and so worried about making mistake, that they end up paralyzed, not knowing what to do. They are obsessed with details but at the same time they are losing the big picture from the sight. Quality doesn’t really…
  • How to get more out of your guitar practice session – The difference between srimmage and drills

    Lukas Kyska
    13 Feb 2014 | 11:00 am
    It is a long-known truth that practice doesn’t make perfect.  Practice only makes permanent. In order to get better results, you’ve got to improve the quality and quantity of your practice time. I believe that the difference between a mediocre player and a great one is in the quality of their practice habits. Sure, quantity matters but unless you have 5 to 6 hours a day for your guitar, you are screwed. And as far as I know, most aspiring guitar players don’t have that kind of luxury. That’s why it is crucial to focus on the quality. If you can get one or two hours of…
  • Interview with fingerstyle virtuoso Daryl Kellie

    Lukas Kyska
    23 Jan 2014 | 11:00 am
    Welcome to the first episode of The Aspiring Guitarist Podcast in 2014! I am really glad that I can share with you this interview with a fantastic fingerstyle guitar player Daryl Kellie. It is always a great joy for me to talk with musicians whose playing fascinates me. Daryl is definitely one of them. His unique approach to guitar playing  combines many different elements: percussive sounds, harmonics, tapping, classical guitar techniques etc. What I really like about his playing is the ability to incorporate lots of technically difficult stuff into a song without loosing the overall…
  • Struggling to find time for guitar practice? Here’s the solution

    Lukas Kyska
    9 Jan 2014 | 11:00 am
    There are many aspiring guitar players who spend hours and hours reading articles and books on practicing and visit guitar discussion forums, but then  don’t have enough time to apply all the information into their guitar practice routines. There is even another category of guitar players who spend hours surfing the web, watching TV or doing other meaningless stuff but still lament how busy they are and how hard it is to find the time for practicing. I know that because I used to be one of them. And it was not so long ago. If you don’t find time to actually sit down with your…
  • Kickstart your guitar playing in 2014

    Lukas Kyska
    30 Dec 2013 | 10:00 am
    2013 is slowly fading away. I don’t know about you, but for me it was the shortest year ever. I can clearly remember how I was creating New Year’s resolution for 2013 last December. It seems as if it was yesterday. Every year time flies faster. Anyway, it was a very good year for me. I have accomplished some great successes in music: debut album release, lots of concerts played, many hours spent practicing guitar and creating music and hundreds of hours spent teaching guitar. I cannot be more happy. But there were also things that didn’t go so well and there are many areas…
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    Rockstar Guitar Tuition | Dudley and Birmingham Guitar Lessons

  • Martyr De Mona talk new album `Impera`…and Q and A with guitarists Ant Rickett and Louis Hale

    Dan Thorpe
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:56 am
    Welcome to a new feature where we will be having a Q and A with some of the best bands from around the world. First up we wanted to kick this off with a local band to us – the superb MARTYR DE MONA, and they`re here to discuss their brilliant new album `Impera`. MARTYR DE MONA are currently cracking skulls across the nation with their huge anthemic grunge tinged metal, setting the trend for the next wave whilst tipping an appreciative hat to their illustrious predecessors from the Midlands (UK); Black Sabbath & Led Zeppelin. These guys are seriously something to watch out for. Their…
  • My new eBook is out now – From Zero To Guitar Hero: 7 Simple Tips To Dramatically Improve Your Guitar Playing In One Year Or Less

    Dan Thorpe
    24 Feb 2014 | 2:33 am
    A few months ago I wrote my first ever book for you good folk out there wanting to learn and improve upon your guitar skills. It was first released in a beta state – that is I wanted to test the water and get some feedback. After a few months of feedback from a variety of readers I have taken into account what everyone has said and done a massive update, whereby I have doubled the length of the book, added two bonus chapters, gone into far more detail, created drum beats, backing tracks, PDF`s of all the `play-along` parts of the book (which are all downloadable by the way) and improved…
  • Now a memeber of the Registry of Guitar Tutors

    Dan Thorpe
    20 Feb 2014 | 9:56 am
      Great news everyone. I have finally got round to joining the Registry of Guitar Tutors. It`s something I meant to do last year but for various haven`t got sorted till now. There are some really handy benefits for me being an RGT registered tutor. Now, I can put you in for your RGT exam. For those of you studying grades or would like to, this is a very handy benefit, as I also get extra time to put you in for it, so you don`t have to worry about the deadlines as much. The RGT exams are recognised qualifications and from grade 6, RGT exams are awarded UCAS points –which I know is big…
  • Update: Busy times and the new Soundcloud page

    Dan Thorpe
    26 Jan 2014 | 9:51 am
    It`s been a busy few months for me here at Rockstar Guitar Tuition. I have had a fair amount of new students all with a huge variety of styles they want to learn (which is great for me as a teacher as it keeps it all exciting). I have also started teaching at the South Wolverhampton and Bilston Acedemy which has been great so far. Then there was Christmas which was amazing and I got a new 7 string guitar from my lovely girlfriend. With all this going on, it`s meant some of the things I have been meaning to do such as put up my `Rockstar Guitar Tuition` Soundcloud page has taken till now to…
  • Do you live in Cradley Heath, Halesowen or Dudley? Come and learn the ukulele with us in 2014!

    Daniel Thorpe
    18 Dec 2013 | 4:12 am
    The ukulele is a wonderful instrument which has had a huge surge in popularity in recent years…and it just keeps on getting more and more popular. Easier to learn than guitar, you can get playing REAL songs in as little as an hour. It is that simple. If you want to learn how to play the ukulele and you live in or near the Sandwell area of the West Midlands, then come down for a free trial lesson (special offer for the month of January 2014) . My home studio is based in Cradley Heath (nr Halesowen and Dudley). We will get you playing some classics and some of your favourite songs in no…
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  • Washburn HB35 Review | An Alternative to Gibson’s ES-335

    Josh Summers
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s pretty safe to say that the Gibson ES-335 is the most iconic thinline, semi-hollow electric guitar ever made. Problem is, with a price tag of over US$2,500+ it’s well out of reach of the average guitar player. Enter the Washburn HB35. For those who favor the design of the 335 without the unbelievable price The post Washburn HB35 Review | An Alternative to Gibson’s ES-335 appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • 5 Guitar Accessories Every Beginner Guitarist Needs

    Josh Summers
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    So you just bought a new guitar and it’s hard to imagine spending any more money at this point, right? I mean, you’ve already stretched your budget just a little to get that next best guitar. It’s especially hard if you have a salesman trying to upsell you on every little knickknack he has on The post 5 Guitar Accessories Every Beginner Guitarist Needs appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • Washburn D10S Review | An Unbiased Look

    Josh Summers
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Among beginner acoustic guitars, the  stands out as a consistent favorite among guitarists. Perhaps much of this has to do with the price tag, which at around $250 is an excellent deal, but I believe most of its popularity is due to the loud, clear sound that it produces. If you’re in the market for The post Washburn D10S Review | An Unbiased Look appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • The Secret to Unlocking the Entire Fretboard: “CAGED”

    Josh Summers
    7 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’ve ever studied scales before on a guitar more than likely your fingers have stayed within the same 4-5 frets. It’s a comfortable spot for most guitarists but if you really want to speed up your learning, there is one simple key to unlocking the rest of the fretboard: CAGED. CAGED is a guitar method The post The Secret to Unlocking the Entire Fretboard: “CAGED” appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • Fender Squier Bullet Strat Review | Good vs. Bad

    Josh Summers
    3 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Fender Stratocaster design has been around since 1954 and remains one of the most popular and copied guitar styles of all time. For those who don’t have several hundred or even thousands of dollars to spend on a new guitar, however, other options must be considered. If you’ve been doing your research, that means The post Fender Squier Bullet Strat Review | Good vs. Bad appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
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