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Five Ways to Conquer Sweep Picking

Sweep picking is a technique you probably hear about all the time. It’s certainly a widely used concept that many players have adapted to fit into their own playing styles, whether it’s the lightning fast video game-like sweeps or slower arpeggiated lines with a sheer focus on technical efficiency, sweep picking is a technique that’s here to stay. Guitar instructor Robert Baker recently posted a lesson with ...

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That Time Madonna Played "Whole Lotta Love" on Guitar (and Covered Pantera)

Someone recently reminded me of this odd event—so now I'll remind you. On June 19, 2015, Madonna uploaded a brief video of herself playing the iconic Jimmy Page guitar riff from Led Zeppelin's “Whole Lotta Love." In the video, which originally appeared on the singer's Instagram, she’s dressed in black and stands in a room with at least five other guitars in the background (not to mention the Orange cabinet ...

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Metallica's Guitar Techs Reveal the Band's Live Rig

The folks over at MetallicaTV have premiered a 19-minute video in which the band's guitar techs—Chad Zaemisch and Justin Crew—walk viewers through James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett's guitar rigs for the WorldWired tour.  Zaemisch and Crew discuss the challenges of setting up the band's gear for the performances, which took place on the band's most elaborate stage setup (180 feet across!) to date—and run viewe ...

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Dhani Harrison Premieres New Song, "Summertime Police"

With autumn only a few hours away, Dhani Harrison has premiered "Summertime Police," a new track from his solo debut, In///Parallel, which will be released October 6 via BMG Records. The etheral track is the third single to be shared from the new album. "I have a fairly lucid memory. I remember events from my life and put music to them," said Harrison in a press release. "Each track is pretty much a scene f ...

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Hear a Snippet of The Beatles' Unreleased 1963 Demo of "What Goes On"

A rare, unreleased demo of The Beatles' "What Goes On"—recorded in 1963 and featuring John Lennon on vocals—has surfaced on on eBay through Parlogram. Though the song would not be released by The Fab Four until 1965's Rubber Soul, the song actually predates The Beatles. Lennon originally wrote the song all the way back in the late Fifties, for his pre-Beatles group the Quarrymen. Lennon kept the song around ...

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Black Volt Amplification Goes Public with an Industry Secret, the Crazy Horse

For the past few years, Black Volt Amplification, a small company based in the Silver Lake hills of Los Angeles, has been producing some of the most unique, high-quality guitar amps on the market today. Essentially an industry secret—but a favorite of celeb players, producers and LA musicians in the know—these amps have been used on dozens of sessions, albums and shows, and they seem to be picking up moment ...

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Gizmodrome—Featuring Adrian Belew and Stewart Copeland—Premiere "Summer's Coming" Lyric Video

One of the coolest recent developments in guitar land involves the creation of Gizmodrome, a new band featuring guitar great Adrian Belew (he of Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, David Bowie and King Crimson fame), Police drummer Stewart Copeland, Level 42 bassist Mark King and keyboardist Vittorio Cosma. If you're wondering what such a collaboration sounds like, you're in luck. Below, we present our exclusive pr ...

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DragonForce Premiere New "Midnight Madness" Music Video

DragonForce have released the music video for "Midnight Madness," a cut from their most recent album, Reaching Into Infinity, which came out in May via Metal Blade. Of the video, which shows the band in the studio working on the song, guitarist Herman Li said, "Many fans have asked us over the years what's it like working in the studio on an album. The music video from the latest song to be released from th ...

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An Introduction to Jazz Blues Guitar

When learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the most common progressions guitarists check out is the jazz blues progression. Since it is a fundamental form in just about every genre of modern music, the blues is a natural first step for guitarists who are moving into jazz from a rock, blues or pop background. Because of this, having a good understanding of how a jazz blues chord progression is built can g ...

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The Top Eight Gibson SG Facts You Probably Didn't Know

Awhile ago, Guitar Nerds—a U.K.-based website for guitar fans (and nerds, we reckon)—took a look at some of the lesser known facts about the Gibson SG, one of rock's most iconic guitars. For instance, did you know that the most valuable guitar in the world is actually an SG? Discover more about this, and other interesting facts about the legendary guitar in the video below. For more Guitar Nerds videos, vis ...

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