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Guitarists React to the Death of Chester Bennington

Guitarists and musicians across the world are mourning the loss of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, one of the century's most popular rock bands. Hybrid Theory, Linkin Park's debut, was 2001's best selling album, and earned the band a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance and a nomination for Best Rock Album at the 2002 edition of the ceremony. Below, you can see a host of musicians payin ...

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Chester Bennington, Lead Singer of Linkin Park, Dead at 41

Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the massively popular rock band Linkin Park, has died at the age of 41. According to a report by TMZ, the singer hanged himself at a Palos Verdes Estates residence in L.A. County. Bennington struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life and career. He was married and is survived by six children.  More on this story as it develops. ...

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"Friday on My Mind": AC/DC's Connection to a 1966 Guitar Masterpiece

Back in May and June, I had to learn (or brush up on) about 81 songs—everything from country standards to George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" to two entire Beatles albums—all of which I eventually performed at clubs, theaters or outdoor festivals during the spring. Featured on this massive list of tunes was "Friday on My Mind," a classic late-1966 single by the Easybeats, a high-energy Australian band. The so ...

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9 Common Mistakes Beginners Make When Learning Guitar

Learning to play the guitar can be fun and exciting, however, there are a few common mistakes that many make when learning how to play. Avoiding these mistakes can make or break how well you play this amazing instrument. Proper Holding of Your Guitar Holding the guitar is challenging, especially for beginners. Learn how to use the curves of the guitar to hug your body. If seated, you can use the curve on yo ...

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Watch Joe Bonamassa Play Blues on John Petrucci's Signature Guitar

Late last month, Joe Bonamassa—he of the super-impressive chops and the to-die-for guitar collection—posted a fun little video that shows him playing blues on one of John Petrucci's signature guitars, the Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty. In the clip, which you can check out below, the slide-equipped Bonamassa plays some pithy slow blues lines in E. Ernie Ball Music Man introduced the Majesty around three years ...

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Quinn Sullivan Premieres New Music Video for "Midnight Highway"

If, over the course of your career as a guitarist, you've shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Los Lobos, The Roots, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi and Joe Bonamassa, you can safely say that you've had a remarkable career. If you've accomplished all of that by the age of 17 though, you stand alone. It's in this extraordinary position that Quinn Sullivan finds himself: a seasoned blues veteran s ...

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The 5 Types of Guitar Salesmen

We’ve all spent our fair share of time at our local guitar store, and as a result we’ve come in contact with a variety of different types of salespeople. Whether they’re trying to hit their quota, hovering a little to close to your face, or simply not up to snuff on the gear in their own stores, customers can tend to get a little uncomfortable around certain guitar store employees. Don’t get me wrong–I’ve l ...

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Peterson Unveils New StroboClip HD Clip-On Tuner

Peterson Strobe Tuners has released the next generation of its clip-on series tuner, the StroboClip HD. Like the previous model, the StroboClip HD will clip-on to any stringed, woodwind, or brass instrument and include Peterson's tuning resolution of .01 cent (1/1000th of a semitone). The updated LCD technology of the StroboClip HD provides nearly twice the screen pixel resolution over its predecessor provi ...

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Watch Roger Waters' New "Wait for Her" Video

In June, Roger Waters released Is This the Life We Really Want?, his first solo album in 25 years. Today, Waters has unveiled the harrowing video for "Wait for Her," one of the album's centerpieces. The video features actress/dancer Azzura, who also starred in the video for the politically charged "The Last Refugee," another of the album's singles. You can check it out below. ...

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Arobas Music Unveils Guitar Pro 7

Arobas Music has launched the 7th generation of their tablature and music notation software, Guitar Pro. Compatible with Windows and macOS, this new version offers a new interface, optimized performances, as well as many new features. Top features in Guitar Pro 7:• The brand new graphic interface introduces mobile sidebars as well as a toolbar that allows you to access the main features with a single click. ...

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