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The 50 Heaviest Rock Songs Before Black Sabbath — Songs 50 to 41

The origin of heavy metal is a very fuzzy thing, but most historians and fans can agree that Black Sabbath’s eponymous 1970 debut was the first true heavy metal album. Its thunderous drums, sinister...

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Review: Jericho Avenger Long-Scale Electric Guitar

Long-scale electric guitars are a logical choice for modern guitarists who crave more depth, resonance and sonic authority yet prefer to avoid the hand-cramping neck width of most seven- and...

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Video Review: Fender Ukulele Hau'oli

Here's a video demo along with a song performance that includes a run through of product features of this cool, fun instrument. Acoustic Nation editor Laura B. Whitmore talks features and then performs...

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Fastest Guitarist in the World? Phil Taylor Plays "Flight of the Bumblebee"...

As some of you out there might know by now, we enjoy sharing YouTube videos of guitarists who claim to be the "world's fastest guitarist." Mind you, we don't have a hand in declaring anyone the...

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Win the Ultimate CD, Distribution and Guitar Prize Package — Worth More Than...

Teaser Content:  Enter now to win the ultimate CD, Distribution and guitar prize package — worth more than $2,000 — from Backstage! Enter now to win the ultimate CD, Distribution and guitar prize...

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Slash Behind the Scenes: Ernie Ball Visits Slash in the Studio, Episode 8

Ernie Ball's online series, Real to Reel with Slash, debuted in February on Slash's official YouTube channel. The latest (and final) installment — Episode 8, which you can watch below — shows Slash...

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Jack White Records and Releases New Song, "Lazaretto," in Less Than Four Hours

Over the weekend, Jack White succeeded in his attempt to break the speed record for recording and releasing a single. White announced his plan earlier this month, declaring that "Lazaretto" would be...

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Video Finds: You Won't Believe What This German Female Quartet Can Do!

Here’s a Video Find like none we’ve ever posted. It’s German piano quartet Salut Salon delivering a highly entertaining live performance of "Wettstreit Zu Viert.” The Salut Salon quartet – made up of...

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SongTown USA: Right Song, Right Place, Right Time

People often ask me what it takes to get a song cut. The answer, as I have thought about it, is "Right song, right place, right time." My Kenny Chesney song, "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven" had been...

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May 2014 Guitar World: Zakk Wylde & Joe Satriani, How to Build a Pedal Board,...

The all-new May 2014 issue of Guitar World is available now! In the new May issue, Zakk "The Beast" Wylde and Joe "The Professor" Satriani meet up to riff on their craziest concert moments, Jimmy Page,...

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California Breed — Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Andrew Watt — Premiere...

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a new behind-the-scenes, "making of" video featuring California Breed, a new trio featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer Jason Bonham...

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Saliva Premiere Exclusive Commentary Videos for Four Songs from New Album,...

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of four track-by-track commentary videos by Saliva. All four songs — "1,000 Eyes,""Redneck Freakshow,""Choke" and "Army"— will be included on the...

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Marty Friedman Premieres "Inferno" Music Video and Exclusive Commentary Clip

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive commentary video — and a new music video — by Marty Friedman. In the clip, which you can check out below, the former Megadeth guitarist discusses "Inferno,"...

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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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Gus G Premieres "Eyes Wide Open" Music Video

Gus G has premiered the new music video for "Eyes Wide Open," a track from his debut solo album, I Am The Fire, which was released March 18 via Century Media Records. You can check out the new clip,...

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Cigar Box: How to Build a Cigar Box Guitar for Around $25, Part 2

The air is crisp, sawdust and sparks are flying — it's time to build a guitar! Hopefully you have been successful in your recon mission from last time. This week, we are going to plan out and shape our...

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Wild Stringdom with John Petrucci: Combining Triad Arpeggios to Form...

As I have discussed in previous columns, I often use triadic arpeggio forms within my riffs and solos as a tool to create rich-sounding, poly-chordal sounds. I’d like to continue in that vein in this...

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Mick Mars Discusses Mötley Crüe’s New Song, Final Tour and Playing...

This is an excerpt from the June 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of this story, plus features on Nikki Sixx, Pantera, Carlos Santana, the history of MXR pedals, Nergal, columns, tabs and...

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Sound Theories: Steve Vai Discusses His Inaugural Vai Academy Song Evolution...

Have you ever wanted to learn the nuances of songwriting and the music business from one of greatest guitarists of all time? Look no further than the inaugural Vai Academy Song Evolution Camp, which...

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Guitar World's Paul Riario Demos Fender's American Design Experience — Video

As we announced earlier this month, Fender recently announced its American Design Experience. It's a new offering on Fender.com that allows musicians to design guitars and basses based on Fender’s...

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