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Jazz Guitar Corner: Modernize Your Jazz Blues Chords

Comping over a jazz blues chord progression is something every jazz guitarist needs to be able to do in order to function in a jam or gig situation. While many of us study traditional chord shapes such...

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.strandberg* 6-, 7- and 8-String Headless Guitars — Scientifically Engineered...

With a client list including Tosin Abasi, Devin Townsend, Guthrie Govan, Allan Holdsworth and Misha Mansoor, and signature models by Chris Letchford, Paul Masvidal, Per Nilsson and Plini, Sweden-based...

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Metal For Life with Metal Mike: Mega-Metal Licks in the Style of Metallica,...

I’d like to focus on riffs and rhythm ideas that represent what I think of as “the real deal” metal. I’ve designed these riffs to help you build up both your pick-and fret-hand technique in regard to...

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Beyond the Fretboard: Visualizing Your Own Scales, Part 1

As guitar players, we sometimes get too comfortable with certain scale shapes because they can be easy to remember. For example, think about the minor pentatonic scale; almost immediately, the mental...

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The Firefly Guitar Pick: Create an LED Light Show Timed to Your Music — Video

Here's a little something we spotted on Facebook recently. It's the Firefly Pick, a guitar pick that lights up as you play guitar. Actually, it's a bit more interesting than that. Here's some of the...

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Metallica's "Seek & Destroy": Rootsy Acoustic Cover by Finland's Steve ‘N’...

Finland's Steve ‘N’ Seagulls, the guys who brought you acoustic, bluegrass-tinged covers of Dio's "Holy Diver" and Iron Maiden's "The Trooper," are back with a new cover—and a new video. Below, check...

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Shred Guitar Version of The Beatles'"I Want You (She's So Heavy)"— Video

While the Beatles' 1969 track "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is, indeed, "heavy," it's not exactly a shred masterpiece. There is a guitar solo on the Beatles' recording, but it's a simple (but...

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Seymour Duncan Releases The Shapeshifter Tremolo Pedal — Video

Seymour Duncan has released The Shapeshifter tremolo pedal. From the company: The Shapeshifter was designed to be the ultimate tremolo pedal, with all the features players have been asking for....

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Stephen Ross to Release New Album, 'Jabberwhacky'

Stephen Ross, one of Shrapnel Records' earliest discoveries, is back with a new album, Jabberwhacky, a stunning collection of well-arranged compositions laden with colorful chord changes, heavy grooves...

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Beyond the Fretboard: Why Guitar "Noodling" Might Be Underrated

In a previous column, I wrote about how "Musical Purity is Overrated." That column focused on how the Internet is slowly chipping away at the old-school mentality of rigid musical genres and why this...

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What In the World: Sitar- and Indian Mandolin-Style Linear Scales for Guitar

Taking techniques from different instruments and applying them to the guitar can open up a whole new approach to the instrument and add freshness to your playing and ideas. In this lesson, we will look...

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IK Multimedia Releases UltraTuner for Apple Watch

IK Multimedia, the pioneer and leader in mobile music creation, is pleased to announce that the latest version of UltraTuner for iPhone is now compatible with Apple's newest device, Apple Watch. Now...

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How to Shred with Alex Skolnick — Video

Simply put, howcast.com is a website that shows you how to do things. If you visit its homepage right now, you'll find stories on "How to Use Coupons,""How to Take Care of Small & Exotic Pets" and...

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Guitar World Recommends: MXR Il Torino Overdrive Pedal — Video

Guitar World Recommends shines the spotlight on new and noteworthy gear for guitarists. This week, Guitar World recommends the MXR Il Torino Overdrive pedal. The Il Torino Overdrive, the MXR Custom...

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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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Metal for Life with Metal Mike: Using Drop-D Tuning to Write Heavy Riffs — Video

For decades, a common practice in rock and metal has been to use drop-D tuning, wherein the guitar’s low E string is tuned down one whole step to D, one octave below the fourth string. Aside from the...

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Jazz Guitar Corner: Soloing with the Mixed Blues Scale

Learning to play the blues in a jazzy style means stepping outside the minor blues scale and exploring other melodic options in your solos. But you don’t need to go very far to find a cool-sounding...

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How to Adjust Your Guitar's Truss Rod — Video

In this new Guitar World video, GW's tech editor, Paul Riario, shows you how to make basic adjustments to your guitar's truss rod. In the clip, which you can check out below, Riario is joined by an...

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Extreme Harmonics Lesson: Making Sick Sounds with Guitarist Mattias Eklundh —...

Since we guitarists tend to enjoy sick sounds, we thought we'd share this lesson video by Swedish guitar whiz Mattias Eklundh. In the clip, which is titled "Harmonics #5," Eklundh lays down some basics...

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Professor Shred with Guthrie Govan: Using Four Fingers to Tap Arpeggios, and...

This month I’d like to demonstrate the technique I use to perform the two-handed-tapping riff that occurs during the bridge/chorus section of the song “Sevens,” from my Erotic Cakes album. Before...

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