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Hear "Lady B. Goode," Chuck Berry's New Sequel to "Johnny B. Goode"

"Lady B. Goode," a rocking new song by the late Chuck Berry, was posted to the guitar legend's official Vevo page yesterday. It's the third song to be issued from Berry's new album, Chuck, which will be released June 9. You can hear the first two songs, "Big Boys" and "Wonderful Woman," under RELATED ARTICLES. As its title suggests, "Lady B. Goode" is the sequel to "Johnny B. Goode," one of Berry’s most inf ...

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Review: Elektron Analog Drive Pedal

PLATINUM AWARD If you’ve been playing electric guitar for a while and you crave distorted tones in all their various colors and styles, you’ve probably already amassed a decent collection of overdrive, distortion and fuzz pedals. For the most crazed connoisseurs of crunch, the Elektron Analog Drive, which offers eight different types of distortion in a single pedal, may be the last and only distortion pedal ...

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Dave Navarro: Why Red Hot Chili Peppers Fans Rejected Me

Guitarist Dave Navarro, best known for his longstanding role in Jane's Addiction, recently spoke to Eddie Trunk about his being fired from Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1998. As you might recall, Navarro was part of the RHCP crew from 1993 to 1998 and appeared on one studio album, 1995's One Hot Minute. "[I understand] the way that Chili Peppers fans couldn't get into the band when I was in the band," Navarro to ...

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David Coverdale: I Feel So Sorry for Jimmy Page Not Being Able to Reunite Zeppelin

Venerable vocalist David Coverdale—he of Whitesnake, Deep Purple and Coverdale/Page fame—recently discussed Jimmy Page—and the guitarist's ongoing inability to reunite Led Zeppelin. "The saddest thing for me, and my dear, dear, dear beloved friend Jimmy Page—I think one of the reasons he's explored the Zeppelin catalog so significantly is because he can't get the guys to commit to making a new record or tou ...

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Moving Up the Neck and Soloing Over Two-Chord Vamps

Two questions I hear most often from students are, “How can I become a better rhythm player?” and “How can I learn to connect different scale positions effectively when soloing?” To me, these two aspects of playing embody virtually the same concept: whether you’re laying down a rhythm part or taking a solo, you should have the freedom to play musical ideas all over the fretboard without feeling confined in ...

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Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Roger McGuinn and Others Rehearse in 1992

The video below offers a rare treat: a superstar cast of guitarists—including Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Petty and Roger McGuinn—rehearsing Dylan’s “My Back Pages” in October 1992. The run-through—which includes solos by both Clapton and Young—was in anticipation of Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert, held on October 16, 1992, in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The star-s ...

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Ibanez's New RGA Iron Label RGAIX6U and RGAIX7U Guitars: See and Hear Them in Action

We recently shared a video demoing Ibanez’s RGAIX6FM guitar, which is part of the company’s “made for metal” RGA Iron Label series. Today we’ve got a clip that showcases two other guitars from the series, the RGAIX6U and RGAIX7U (six- and seven-string models). The RGA Iron Label’s “made for metal” claim does not fall short. The RGAIX6U and RGAIX7U’s unique, sleekly sculpted top offers unrestricted playabili ...

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Guitar Essentials: Creating Awesome Arpeggios

Arpeggios are, essentially, chords that are broken out into single-note patterns. For example, instead of playing a four-note C Maj7 (C E G B) chord where you strum all the notes at once, a C Maj7 arpeggio would have you play C, E, G, B as single notes in a four-note pattern. Being conscious of which arpeggios are present over each chord you're improvising over will provide you with a wide array of musical ...

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‘Defying Gravity’: Paul Gilbert Talks New Mr. Big Album, Gear and G4 Experience

The call went out: It was time for a new Mr. Big album. And with that, original members Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitars), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey (drums)—along with Matt Starr (drums)—convened in a Los Angeles recording studio. In a matter of six days, the band’s ninth original studio album, Defying Gravity. was born. Produced by Kevin Elson, who’s worked with Mr. Big on their classi ...

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Five Underrated Led Zeppelin Guitar Riffs—and How to Play Them

If you're tired of playing the same old Led Zeppelin riffs (and who isn't?), you're in luck. Below, online guitar instructor Robert Baker—whose YouTube channel just surpassed 100,000 subscribers—offers his take on five underrated Led Zeppelin licks. Best of all, he shows you how to play them. "These are riffs I really don't hear anyone talk about," Baker says before diving right in with a selection of "jamm ...

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