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Steve Vai Talks About His New Carvin Audio Legacy Drive Preamp Pedal

Steve talks about his history with Carvin Audio and the new Legacy Drive Preamp Pedal in this brand-new video interview. Vai wanted his Legacy tube tone in a format he could pack in a carry-on, so Carvin Audio worked with him to create the new Legacy Drive pedal. You can learn more about the pedal below the video. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1DsorWsOy4&w=640&h=390]The Legacy Drive Peda ...

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Bonnie Bishop, Adam Hood and Jack Ingram Perform with Epiphone Masterbilt Century Guitars

In these new clips from Epiphone, Bonnie Bishop, Adam Hood and Jack Ingram perform with their Epiphone Masterbilt Century models. The performances were shot in Nashville during the 2016 Americana Music Festival. Epiphone’s Masterbilt Century Collection is the first collection of archtop “acoustic/electric” guitars designed to be played and amplified as true acoustic instruments. With the eSonic HD preamp an ...

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Improvising on a I-IV Chord Vamp

An element of endless fascination and discovery in developing one’s improvisational skills on the guitar is the many ways in which to negotiate chordal resolutions. Regardless of the style of music you’re playing, the task of moving through chord progressions and harmonic resolutions is always at the fore. As a soloist, one always has the option of referencing, or “highlighting,” those resolutions within a ...

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This Is What Metal Sounds Like on a Sitar

Rob Scallon has been known to rock everything from a ukulele to a shovel. Surprisingly, he’s never put his talent to work on a sitar.Until now. In his latest video, Scallon uses the 19-string Indian stringed instrument to perform “Sitar Metal.” You can check it out below. For more of Rob’s videos, visit his YouTube channel. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z5-ZVtJ31E&w=640&h=390] ...

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Joe Bonamassa Trades In His Signature Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Prototype

Joe Bonamassa is known for his collection of incredibly rare sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standards. But his own signature Gibson Les Paul is a goldtop, created for him by the company in 2008. Bonamassa recently traded in the prototype of the model at Norman’s Rare Guitars. In the video below, he talks about the guitar and how he felt when the prototype was delivered to him. “When you’re a kid and you see a Gib ...

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How to Play the Fast-Moving Licks in “The Way the News Goes”

Those who have been following these columns for a while are well familiar with the fact that, in my guitar parts for the music of Periphery and Haunted Shores, I like to employ radical and rapid position shifts while also incorporating open strings and sustained notes. This month, I’d like to demonstrate a couple of the licks from the song “The Way the News Goes,” which was recorded for the Periphery III al ...

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Moonshine Bandits Premiere "I Don't Wanna Go Home," Featuring Kenny Olson

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "I Don't Wanna Go Home," a new song by Moonshine Bandits that happens to feature Durwood Black and guitarist Kenny Olson, formerly of Kid Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker Band. The song is from Moonshine Bandits' new album, Baptized in Bourbon, which will be released March 3 via Average Joes Entertainment. "This is one of those songs that the bars will p ...

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Mitchell Unveils Next-Generation 120 Series Acoustic Guitars

Mitchell has introduced the all-new 120 Series of acoustic guitars, a new generation of instruments packed with features including enhanced construction, versatile electronics, and striking appearance. With seven new models and two complete packs, the new line will appeal to a broad range of guitarists.The workhorse of the new Mitchell acoustic line, the D120 Dreadnought, features a select spruce top with a ...

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How to Play the Theme from 'The Walking Dead'

In our previous lesson (March 2017), I offered an original jazz solo, a significant part of which features the use of what’s called a minor add2 (or minor add9) arpeggio, which I had superimposed over various complex chord changes to outline their upper-structure harmony while shifting the same compact four-note shape up and down the neck on the top three strings, using what’s known as parallel, or constant ...

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Investigating the Hirajoshi Scale

All rock guitar players play repetitive sequences in their solos, and I have found it very useful to utilize a systematic approach. Last month, I introduced a few approaches based on the standard minor pentatonic scale, spelled 1 b3 4 5 b7. This month, I’d like to expand our look at minor pentatonic phrases to a more unusual minor pentatonic scale, what’s called the Hirajoshi scale. The Hirajoshi scale is o ...

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