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Merchant of Menace with Jeff Loomis: Using the Phrygian-Dominant Scale and...

In this month’s column, I’d like to initiate a detailed breakdown of the guitar solo on the title track from Nevermore’s latest album, The Obsidian Conspiracy. This is a fairly complex solo, 14-bar...

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Betcha Can't Play This: "The Dominizer" by Angus Clark of Trans-Siberian...

Here's a fast run up the fretboard that I call "the Dominizer" because it’s based on a dominant seven arpeggio, specifically, A7 [A C# E G]. In the first two bars, I play the arpeggio classical-style...

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Conquering Dystopia — Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow — Premiere "Ashes of...

Conquering Dystopia, the new project featuring Schecter signature artists Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow, released their self-titled debut album earlier this month. Now you can check out a guitar...

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R.E.M. to Release Limited Edition LPs From MTV Unplugged Performances

R.E.M. delivered two knockout performances on MTV's Grammy® and Emmy® award-winning "Unplugged" series, the first in 1991 and the other in 2001, giving them the unique distinction of being the only...

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Thrash Course with Dave Davidson: Utilizing Different Picking Techniques, and...

Hello, everyone, and welcome to my new GW column. Over the next few months, I’ll be demonstrating many of the techniques and musical devices I employ in my playing and writing with my band, Revocation....

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New DVD at Guitar World Store: 'Dale Turner's Guide to Acoustic Rock Guitar,...

A new DVD, Dale Turner's Guide to Acoustic Rock Guitar Part 2, is available now at the Guitar World Online Store. With more than 150 minutes of instruction, it's the ultimate DVD guide for acoustic...

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Book Review: Alex Chilton — the Ultimate Cult King of Rock and Roll

Even if you’ve never heard of the late pioneering indie-rock genius Alex Chilton, chances are you know at least one or two of his songs. As the 16-year-old lead singer for the Box Tops, he scored an...

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Review: Schecter Hellraiser C VI BCH Baritone Guitar

With its staggering selection of seven-string, eight-string and baritone guitars, Schecter has become a leading source of alternative instruments that fall between the standard six-string guitar and...

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White Lightning: Ode to the Original B-Bender, Clarence White of The Byrds...

Clarence White was a genuine double threat. His brilliant, Doc Watson-inspired acoustic flatpicking, which incorporated lightning-fast fiddle lines played on a vintage Martin D-28, helped the bluegrass...

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April 2014 Guitar World: Kiss Celebrate Their 40-Year Dynasty, 15...

The all-new April 2014 issue of Guitar World is available now! In the new April issue, we check in with guitarist Paul Stanley and bassist Gene Simmons, who celebrate their upcoming Rock and Roll Hall...

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Exclusive Video: Andy McKee Performs "Myth Maker" from His Ernie Ball 'Set Me...

In the exclusive video below, acoustic guitar master Andy McKee performs "Myth Maker" as part of his Ernie Ball "Set Me Up" session. The song is the title track from McKee's upcoming EP. To read...

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Video: Slash in the Studio — Ernie Ball's 'Real to Reel with Slash,' Volume 4

Ernie Ball's new online series, Real to Reel with Slash, debuted February 25 on Slash's official YouTube channel. Part 4 of the series, which you can watch below, shows Slash & Co. — better known...

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Dirty Work: HIM Guitarist Mikko Lindström Talks Gear, Influences and More

Finnish goth rockers HIM are on a U.S. headline tour, playing songs from their entire catalog, including their new album, Tears On Tape. The tour began March 7 at the House Of Blues Sunset Strip in Los...

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Ozzy Osbourne Bassist Bob Daisley Posts Previously Unheard Randy Rhoads...

Randy Rhoads died 32 years ago today on March 19, 1982. To pay tribute to Rhoads, Rainbow/Ozzy Osbourne/Gary Moore bassist Bob Daisley has posted a lengthy Q&A on his website, bobdaisley.com,...

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"Enhanced" Version of Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads 'After Hours' Video Surfaces...

Although most fans of Ozzy Osbourne and the late Randy Rhoads have already seen video of various parts of Osbourne's After Hours TV appearance from the spring of 1981, you might want to check out this...

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Listen: Metallica Release "Garage Demo" Version of New Song, "Lords of Summer"

This past Sunday night, Metallica premiered an epic new song, "Lords of Summer," at a show in Bogotá, Colombia. Now the band has posted what they're calling the "garage demo" version of the song on...

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Exclusive Video Premiere: moe. "Blond Hair and Blue Eyes"

Today we're excited to present you the world premiere of moe.'s music video for "Blond Hair and Blue Eyes." The song is featured on the band's upcoming album No Guts, No Glory, available May 27, 2014...

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Betcha Can't Play This: Marty Friedman Explores the Phrygian-Dominant Mode

Here's a fast one one that mostly uses the Phrygian-dominant mode. It’s in the key of C. I start with a C power chord as a pickup to the first bar. Sometimes I like to include another fifth below the...

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Seymour Duncan Releases Dimebag Pickup Set

Seymour Duncan has released its new Dimebag pickup set. Although the Dimebucker pickup — which was created for Dimebag Darrell of Pantera and Damageplan — has been available for years, this is the...

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Listen: Animals As Leaders Streaming New Album, 'The Joy of Motion'

Having given the instrumental prog-metal envelope a serious push with their first two records—2009’s Animals as Leaders and 2011’s Weightless—Tosin Abasi and longtime guitar partner Javier Reyes are...

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