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Big Strokes: A Beginner's Guide to Sweeping

Although often regarded as a “shredder’s” technique, the notion of sweeping (or raking) the pick across the strings to produce a quick succession of notes has been around since the invention of the...

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Legendary Songwriter Steve Earle to Lead Weeklong Songwriting Retreat at Full...

Are you looking to spend a week on intensive songwriting instruction by a master craftsman in one of the most beautiful mountain resorts in the world? Read on! Legendary artist and songwriter Steve...

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Video Finds: Daryl Kellie's Solo Acoustic Arrangement of Queen's "Bohemian...

Below, check out guitarist Daryl Kellie's solo acoustic arrangement of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Over the past two years, Kellie, who incorporates a heaping helping of guitar-body percussion,...

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12 Days of Holiday Deals from Guitar World, Day 12: Get Instructional DVDs...

Today is Day 12 of our annual 12 Days of Holiday Deals Sale at the Guitar World Online Store! Get any Guitar World instructional DVD for only $5! You have four (web) pages of top-notch DVDs to choose...

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Dear Guitar Hero: ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Talks Pinch Harmonics, Gear, Setup,...

From the GW archive: This feature originally appeared in the May 2005 issue of Guitar World. He's been known to play guitar through a pack of cigarettes and his wooly mammoth tone-and facial hair-have...

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Bursting at the Seams: How to Build Shredding Speed

Steve Stine, highly sought-after guitar educator, teaches live group and private classes at LessonFace.com. It's no secret that virtually every kid who picks up a guitar dreams of one thing — playing...

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Video: Pearl Jam Guitarist Mike McCready Discusses His 1959 Guitars

In the video below, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready describes three of his favorite 1959-era guitars: a Les Paul 'Burst, a Fender Strat and a Les Paul TV model. "It all started with the Strat,"...

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Guitar World's 30 Best Albums of 2013

Last year brought us a shiny new Van Halen album — the first, in fact, to feature David Lee Roth behind the mic since 1984. That means the bar was set pretty high for 2013 — at least in terms of major...

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Guitar World's Top 20 Reissued and Archival Albums of 2013

Welcome to Guitar World's roundup of the top 20 reissued/remastered or archival releases of 2013. The common theme of these 20 albums is easy to follow: They all feature classic or well-known songs...

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Video: Electro-Harmonix Releases Soul Food Overdrive Pedal

Electro-Harmonix has announced the latest addition to its range of overdrive and distortion pedals: the Soul Food. This transparent overdrive can fatten a guitarist’s tone in all the right places...

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Review: Monoprice's $136.32 Route 66 Modern Guitar

This week, we're checking out the new Route 66 Modern model by Monoprice guitars. You might remember my review — posted last summer — of one of the company's California Series models. You’ll instantly...

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Session Guitar: Do You Suffer from Guitar-Tuner Dependency?

It always starts with something small, a seemingly insignificant act that can have a huge effect on the rest of your life. Horror stories usually begin like this. Guitar tuners. We all use them....

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30th Anniversary Edition of Aztec Camera's 'High Land, Hard Rain' To Be Released

Domino Records are very honored to announce the North American release of the 30th anniversary edition of Aztec Camera's classic debut album, High Land, Hard Rain. With the original album remastered...

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Learn 15 Holiday Songs with the 'Christmas Classics Tab Book'

The Christmas Classics Tab Book is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $9.99. The songs in the Hal Leonard Essential Elements Guitar Ensembles series are playable by multiple guitars....

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Keith Richards Discusses the Making of The Rolling Stones''Exile on Main St.'

Critics snubbed it upon its release in 1972, but Exile on Main St. has become one of rock’s greatest landmarks. Keith Richards recalls the making of the Rolling Stones' masterpiece and how the album’s...

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Interview: Emphatic’s Lead Guitarist and Songwriter Justin McCain Talks...

With their major-label debut, Damage, climbing the Billboard Heatseekers charts, and the single “Bounce” doing the same at rock radio, guitarist/songwriter Justin McCain was finally experiencing...

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Guitar World Staff Picks: The 10 Best Gear Stocking Stuffers for 2013

If you look toward your mantle this holiday season and notice that your stocking overfloweth, you can thank me next year for maybe half the items you’ll find in it. It took me some time to compile a...

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Video: Livia Ferri's Haunting Single "Pavlov"

The third single released from Livia Ferri’s debut album Taking Care is now online. The video, produced by Black Back Calico and M.I.L.K., directed by Marco Arturo Messina, recalls in a symbolic and...

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Video: Uli Jon Roth Riffs on Paganini, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Puccini

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Review: R&M Tone Technology PowerWire 20-Foot Audio Cable

The guys at R&M Tone Technology recently sent over their new 20-foot PowerWire audio cable. The PowerWire is a 20-, 30- or 40-foot guitar cable with an embedded amplifier (gain options of 0-6 dB),...

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