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Stevie Ray Vaughan Breaks a String, Swaps Guitar (Almost) Without Missing a...

God bless roadies! As any guitarist can attest, roadies are indispensable members of any band's touring operation—as illustrated in this brief video featuring the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan and his...

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Guest Starrs: The Top Five Guitar Solos on Ringo Starr Songs

Former Beatle Ringo Starr will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame this weekend. I figured I'd celebrate this most joyous of occasions by gathering up five songs that feature some of the...

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Top 10 Classic Shred Albums

Wow … had to dust off the ol’ cassette deck for this one! Sure, faster shredders may have been left off this list, but arpeggio for arpeggio, these 10 albums strike the finest balance between tasteful...

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IK Multimedia Releases AmpliTube UA App for All Android Devices

IK Multimedia, the leading player in mobile guitar tone technology, has just announced the release of AmpliTube UA. It's the first real-time guitar amp and effects processing app for all Android phones...

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Dragonforce's Herman Li Plays “Through the Fire and the Flames” Guitar Solo...

Below, check out some pretty damn impressive footage of Dragonforce's Herman Li playing the guitar solo to “Through the Fire and the Flames” underwater. Well, first in the water, then underwater. This...

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AC/DC Perform "Baptism by Fire" at Coachella — Video

Below, feast your eyes on some recently posted high-quality video of AC/DC performing "Baptism by Fire," a new track from 2014's Rock Or Bust, at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last...

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Ten Great Resources for Singer-Songwriters

The life of a musician can be tough, and as an artist, I'm always looking for new ways to keep the juices flowing. Here are my favorite sources of support and inspiration for your journey as a...

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Free Hick-Pickin’ Country Riff Lesson on the 'Guitar World Lessons' Store —...

30 Hot Country Licks, Guitar World's exclusive new country-guitar lesson series, is now available through the Guitar World Lessons App and Webstore. It joins the ranks of the hundreds of lessons...

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Fingerpicking Fundamentals: Core Concepts for Beginning Fingerpickers

In this video Ian Wong of Learn Guitar Fast Tips explains some core fingerstyle concepts. Even if you are not an absolute beginner, this is a great refresher. In this video he cover the following: 1....

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Zakk Wylde Shreds and Discusses Wylde Audio Guitars and Amps on 'That Metal...

Inspired by this morning's post about Kirk Hammett and Michael Schenker's jam session on the April 18 edition of That Metal Show, we thought we'd share this clip of Zakk Wylde's recent visit to the VH1...

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Jimmie Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr., John Mayer and Doyle Bramhall II Play "Texas...

This past Saturday night, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Following John Mayer's induction speech, during which he called the late SRV “the...

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The DIY Musician: Increasing Your Band's Merch Sales, Part 1

Band merch isn’t just an afterthought for me. It makes up a big portion of my income as a professional musician. I don’t have a merch stand. I have a traveling music store with shirts, CDs, cigar box...

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Watch This Ibanez Guitar Get a Custom Three-Color Swirl Paint Job — Video

We know patience is a rare virtue these days, especially when it comes to watching online videos (for longer then three seconds), but we recommend that you watch this clip to the end. The mesmerizing...

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Monster Licks Unleashed: An Exercise in Melodic Chaos — Video

In this Monster Lick, I'm using the E minor pentatonic scale along with the diminished 7 arpeggio. The techniques I'm using here are arpeggio sweeps, legato and tapping. This lick is my favorite way to...

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How to Swirl Paint a Guitar — Video

The guys at HiTone Guitars recently posted a useful and informative video on their YouTube channel—and we thought we'd share it. We're good like that! Check out the video—"How to Swirl Paint a...

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Dear Guitar Hero: Richard Williams Discusses Kansas' History, Versatility and...

Richard Williams. He’s played on every Kansas album since with the group’s self-titled 1974 debut. But what Guitar World readers really want to know is… Why do you think the Seventies produced so many...

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Time to Burn with Michael Angelo Batio: Getting Started with Proper Sweep...

Hello again, Guitar World readers. It’s nice to be back! I’d like to begin this new series of columns by talking about getting started with sweep picking, which is a very useful and exciting technique...

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Thrash Course with Dave Davidson: Exploiting Odd-Time Meters, and How I Play...

A favorite compositional technique of mine in the songs I record and perform with Revocation is to incorporate the use of odd and shifting meters in the writing of primary riffs. Another cool approach...

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String Theory: Fun with Two Bright-Sounding, Uniquely Flavored Scales Built...

Last month, I presented the intriguingly exotic C Lydian hexatonic scale, which is formed by combining C and D triads (C E G + D F# A = C D E F# G A). Now, as we had done with E minor and D major...

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Metal for Life with Metal Mike: A Practice Piece That Incorporates Useful,...

In my quest to raise my guitar-playing game to the highest level, I find it essential to devise practice techniques that will push my pick- and fret-hand abilities as far as possible. A great way to go...

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