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Sunday Strum: Episode 3 Learn an Easy Acoustic Guitar Strum Pattern with Raking

In this week’s episode of Sunday Strum, I show you how to do some basic raking. A rake is just striking the strings with the right hand normally, but muting them with the left hand to get a percussive...

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Betcha Can't Play This: Luis Carlos Maldonado

This is a fast 16th-note alternate picking run in C# minor that starts out on the high E string and moves across the neck, staying pretty much in the ninth through seventh positions and ending with a...

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In Deep with Andy Aledort: A Further Exploration of Playing Slide in Open G...

This video is bonus content related to the May 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World...

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Watch Paul Gilbert Perform Van Halen's "Spanish Fly"

Below, check out a video of Racer X/Mr. Big guitarist Paul Gilbert playing "Spanish Fly," a classic 1979 instrumental tune by Van Halen. Although we're not sure when (or where) the brief clip was...

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Working Toward Extreme Hybrid Picking

Usually you hear hybrid picking associated with country guitar or all things Eric Johnson. It's not a particularly aggressive technique, so it's rare in hard rock and metal. Hybrid picking in a...

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Jazz Guitar Corner: One Quick Trick to Solo Over 7b9 Chords

One of the questions I get asked the most is, “How can I spice up my diminished-scale soloing ideas beyond just playing the scale or the arpeggio?” To help answer this question, in this lesson we’ll be...

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StringDog Announces Sonic Hybrid 946 Electric Guitar Strings

StringDog has announced its new Sonic Hybrid 946 electric guitar strings. The new strings — the company's first hybrid gauge product — offer a quality nickel wrap over a hexagonal core for strength and...

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New Gear: Meet the Pykmax "High Performance Guitar Pick"— with Demo Video

Pro Music Marketing Inc. has announced the release of its Pykmax High Performance Guitar Picks. The pick, the result of a multi-year design and engineering effort, features a patented ergonomic design...

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Betcha Can't Play This: Tapping and Skipping with Andy Wood

This is a tapping run that incorporates string skipping and a couple of fret-hand finger slides. It’s based on the A natural minor scale [A B C D E F G], but the notes are organized into arpeggios,...

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Contest: Enter to Win a Fender Ukulele!

With springtime coming just around the corner (for some of you, anyway), what better instrument than the ukulele for strumming on the porch on a balmy day? Luckily, the folks at Fender agree and have...

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Edward David Anderson to Release Solo Debut, ‘Lies & Wishes’

Edward David Anderson will release his debut solo album, Lies & Wishes, April 29 through The Royal Potato Family. Best known for his work with the revered Midwestern rock band Backyard Tire Fire,...

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SongTown USA: The Power of Simplicity

"I can't make you love me if you don't You can't make your heart feel something it won't Here in the dark, in this final hour I will lay down my heart and I will feel the power But you won't, no you...

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Video Finds: Nirvana “Something in the Way” Unplugged

With the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, we thought it only fitting to post a selection from Nirvana’s now-legendary MTV Unplugged concert. Below, watch the band’s acoustic take on...

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'Metal Cats': Hardcore Metal Musicians Pose with Their Cats in New Book

Black leather, spikes and tattoos? Check. Creepy and/or scary-sounding band name? Check. Adorable little kitty cat on your shoulder? Check! Photographer Alexandra Crockett's engaging new photo book,...

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Chris Woods Releases “Edinburgh” Video

Check out this beautifully shot clip of British fingerstyle guitarist Chris Woods performing his composition, “Edinburgh.” Woods utilizes some impressive percussion techniques, and the track isn’t...

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Pepper Keenan on the Upcoming Down EP, ‘Down IV—Part Two,’ and the...

Guitar World recently caught up with Down guitarist Pepper Keenan to discuss the group’s upcoming EP, Down IV—Part Two (on sale May 20), the departure of longtime guitarist Kirk Windstein, and the...

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Goo Goo Dolls Release Live EP, Embark on Acoustic Tour

Goo Goo Dolls are releasing a live EP - Warner Sound Sessions­ - available digitally today via Warner Bros Records. Recorded last April at East West Studios in Los Angeles, the EP features 4 tracks...

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Willie Watson Preps Debut Album, Announces Tour Dates

Willie Watson's forthcoming debut album, Folk Singer Vol. 1, is available now for pre-order through iTunes, Amazon, and Willie's own website. The album will be released May 6 through Acony Records. The...

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Chris Schlarb Discusses New Album, 'Making The Saint'

Following the eccentric pop of Psychic Temple II, Chris Schlarb has returned with a more intimate full-length, Making The Saint. Below, read a message from Schlarb himself: Making The Saint is my new...

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NEEDTOBREATHE Gears Up to Release ‘Rivers In The Wasteland’

NEEDTOBREATHE is gearing up for the release of their new album Rivers In the Wasteland, out next Tuesday April 15th on Atlantic Records. In support, the band will bring their captivating live show to...

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