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LessonFace with John Heussenstamm: Introduction to Jazz Guitar

This video and article offer introductory jazz guitar concepts from guitarist and music educator John Heussenstamm. Author and co-author of multiple widely distributed books and videos from major music...

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Dave Edmunds Plays "Sabre Dance"; New Studio Album on the Way — Video

Today is the 71st birthday of Welsh guitarist Dave Edmunds—he of Rockpile and Love Sculpture fame, he who scored a Number 1 U.K. hit with "I Hear You Knocking" in 1970. Edmunds forged a successful solo...

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Deep Water: The Down-Tuning Advantages of a Fender Jaguar Bridge System

OK, by now, we've all worked the Strat thing to the point of making that guitar, or some variation of it, a part of almost every electric guitar player's arsenal. We also just work around, or just...

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Cody Simpson Announces New Album 'Free' Out June 23 — Listen Now!

Australian singer/songwriter Cody Simpson is proud to announce the release of his much-anticipated upcoming album titled FREE> out June 23, 2015 via Coast House Records / Banana Beat Records which...

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Watch Five Acoustic Guitarists Cover Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” — Video...

From the depths of YouTube, here’s another Video Find for you! Today we have five fingerstyle acoustic guitarists delivering an impromptu cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” The guitarists —...

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Jeff Loomis Plays Jason Becker's "Perpetual Burn"— Video

The video below shows former Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis playing Jason Becker's "Perpetual Burn" to a backing track—and pulling it off in one impressive sitting. "I think it was really a challenge...

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Guitarist Michael Hermes, 14, Demos Kiesel/Carvin Guitars' Jason Becker...

Below, check out a recently posted holdover from the 2015 Winter NAMM Show. It's a video of young guitarist Michael Hermes demoing Kiesel Guitars/Carvin Guitars' new Jason Becker "Numbers" Tribute...

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The 30 Most Badass Guitarists of All Time

Guitar players are the coolest creatures on this planet. Don’t believe us? Consider Buddy Holly. Take away his guitar and he might as well be Melvin Poindexter, full-time accountant and part-time...

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The Top 30 12-String Guitar Songs of All Time

When considering the choices for this list, we realized it wasn't as easy a task as we first thought. What makes for a great 12-string guitar song as opposed to a great song that just happens to have a...

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New Jason Isbell Album Announced for July 17

Jason Isbell will release Something More Than Free, his highly anticipated fifth album, on July 17 via Southeastern Records. The album features Isbell’s Southern-inspired vignettes of working class...

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Carly Simon Announces Expanded Re-Release of ‘The Bedroom Tapes - Special...

With an iconic career spanning over four decades, touching on film, fashion, literature and popular music, Carly Simon continues to expand upon her already prodigious legacy. Simon is set to re-release...

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Eddie Van Halen Is Guitar World's June 2015 Cover Star

We figured you wouldn't mind a sneak preview of the next Guitar World cover! For the June 2015 issue, guitar legend Eddie Van Halen is back, making his first cover appearance since the February 2014...

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Kirk Hammett Discusses Metallica's 'No Life 'til Leather' Cassette Reissue

Last month, Metallica announced they'd be offering a unique, limited-edition reissue for Record Store Day on April 18: a remastered cassette version of their 1982 demo, No Life ‘til Leather. That...

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Betcha Can't Play This: Doug Aldrich's Three-Octave Pentatonic Ascent

This is a triplet-based run in A minor that starts out in the low register and moves up and across the fretboard, spanning three octaves before settling into a single position and moving back across...

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Joan Jett Talks Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lou Reed and "I Love Rock ’N’ Roll"

This is an excerpt from the all-new May 2015 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of the story—and all of the May 2015 issue—head here. Girl’s Got Rhythm: Joan Jett has been banging out some of rock’s...

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Stevie Ray Vaughan Wakes Up and Warms Up: Incredible 1986 Soundcheck — Video

Even though this video has been viewed more than three million times—it still strikes me as something of a rare bird (probably because I've—somehow—never seen it before!). The clip, which apparently...

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Secrets of Shred with Sammy Boller: Modern Shred Arpeggios — Video

In this lesson, I’ll be demonstrating a modern way of playing arpeggios by combining string skipping and tapping. I’ll be showing you three different arpeggio shapes. At the end of the lesson, I’ll...

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Top 10 Weirdest Custom Guitars — Photo Gallery

Most guitarists at one point or another in their development have gone through some sort of “I want a custom guitar” phase. Whether it’s a funky paint job or a radical new shape, a custom ax presents...

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The Top 10 Heavy Metal Album Openers

No one ever went to a Led Zeppelin concert expecting the band to open with “The Rain Song.” It's a fine tune, to be sure, but the electric charge of a crowd in waiting must be met in kind. The same...

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Taylor Guitars Introduces Two New 600 Series Models at Musikmesse

After unveiling a transformative redesign of its maple 600 Series acoustic guitars earlier this year at the Winter NAMM Show, Taylor Guitars is expanding the rollout this spring. The new 600s, which...

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