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Guitar Chalk Sessions: The Role of a Lead Guitarist in the Songwriting Process

The mind of a songwriter is often wired differently than that of a guitarist. Though the two cross paths often, it’s rare to see a pro-level guitar player (particularly a lead guitarist) and a...

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The Ultra Zone: Steve Vai's Course In Ear Training, Part 1

GuitarWorld.com is revisiting Steve Vai's classic mag column, "The Ultra Zone," for this crash course in ear training. I could never overstate the importance of a musician’s need to develop his or her...

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Guitarist Mick Mars Talks Final Mötley Crüe Shows, New Music and More

Mötley Crüe recently announced the details of their final round of North American dates. The tour—Crüe’s last, ever—will conclude on New Year’s Eve in their hometown of Los Angeles, the same city where...

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Prestige Guitars Launches Five New Models

Prestige Guitars has announced the launch of five new models, including three from the Heritage Premier Series plus the Classic P90 and the Heritage Hollow TR. From the company: The Heritage Premier...

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The Tallest Man On Earth Announces 'Dark Bird Is Home' Album Stream — Listen...

While Kristian Matsson’s fourth album, Dark Bird Is Home, is his most expansive work to date, teeming with horns, strings, and even backing vocals, there is no doubt in the notion that this is The...

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Alex Lifeson of Rush Shares the Story Behind "Closer to the Heart"

Alex Lifeson (Rush)“Closer to the Heart” A Farewell to Kings (1977) “All of our early albums were written on acoustic guitar. When Geddy [Lee, bass and vocals] and I would write the music, we’d sit...

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B.B. King Discusses Scales and More — Video Lesson

OK — a bit of a diversion from our normal acoustic coverage — but we stumbled upon some seriously cool lesson videos with B.B. King that we had to share. It’s not often that a blues master like King...

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Lesson: The Advantages of Alternate Tunings

Love Mumford and Sons? Joni Mitchell? Led Zeppelin? Patti Griffin? Have you tried to play their songs but just couldn’t make them sound quite right? Welcome to the world of alternate tunings. Not all...

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Mercies Perform “Zalea” Acoustically — Exclusive Video

LA’s Mercies were gracious enough to film an acoustic version of their song “Zalea” for us, which you can check out below! The track is featured on the band’s sophomore LP, Blue Against Green, which...

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Jimi Hendrix's Playing Secrets Revealed in New Lesson Series!

Jimi Hendrix Playing Secrets, Guitar World's exclusive new lesson series, is now available through the Guitar World Lessons App and Webstore. It joins the ranks of the hundreds of lessons already...

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Good Old War Releases Lyric Video for "Tell Me What You Want From Me"

Broken Into Better Shape is the fourth full-length release for Good Old War, due out on June 30. It’s the follow up to the band’s successful 2012 album Come Back As Rain which debuted at #1 on...

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Sarah Blacker’s “It Shows” — Exclusive Song Premiere

Today we’re thrilled to share with you the premiere of Sarah Blacker’s ukulele-based “It Shows.” The track is included on Blacker’s upcoming release, In Waves, out May 19. “This song is about when you...

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Guitar Gallery: Steve Vai’s Ibanez Jem

Feast your eyes on Steve Vai’s Ibanez JEM guitar he named “Evo” after the Dimarzio Evolution pickups installed in it. Photographed by Lisa S. Johnson in Los Angeles, August 28th, 2010, for the...

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John Petrucci Demos His Ernie Ball Music Man JP15 — Video

In this new video, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci walks you through the JP15 John Petrucci electric guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man. Click here for more info!

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Jason Isbell Announces Summer Tour

Jason Isbell has announced tour dates in support of the July 17 release of his new album, Something More Than Free. Isbell will be touring extensively with his band The 400 Unit, featuring Derry...

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Van Halen to Perform on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, May 17

Billboard and Dick Clark Productions have announced that one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all-time, Van Halen, will perform on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, marking the band’s first-ever...

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Alanna Clarke Shares Her Acoustic "Heartstrings"— Exclusive Video Premiere

Chunky guitars paired with a breathy, sensuous vocal open Alanna Clarke’s acoustic video for “Heartstrings.” Spilling into the immediately catchy chorus, Clarke serves up some sweet melodic turns...

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Sweetwater Announces GearFest '15

Sweetwater, the number one online retailer of music instruments and audio equipment in the U.S., will present GearFest '15, a celebration of musicians and the instruments and equipment they use to make...

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Luca Stricagnoli Plays Three Acoustic Guitars for 'The Last of the Mohicans'...

Here’s not something you see everyday. It’s Candy Rat Records artist Luca Stricagnoli’s take on "Promentory” from the The Last Of The Mohicans soundtrack. In it, Stricagnoli’s sits a 7-string acoustic...

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Watch Vance Joy's Acoustic Cover of Taylor Swift’s “I Know Places” — Video

Vance Joy has released a cover of Taylor Swift’s “I Know Places” from her album 1989. Joy will join Swift as main support on The 1989 World Tour, which kicks off May 20 (dates below). Taylor Swift...

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