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Ian Gillan on One-Off Reunion With Ritchie Blackmore: "It's Not Gonna Happen"

In July, former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore told RocknRoll Reporter that he'd be willing to play a "single show" with his former bandmates. Today, Ian Gillan—the band's frontman—shot down this possibility in no uncertain terms, saying "it's not gonna happen." Speaking to The Vinyl Guide podcast, Gillan said “Ritchie was a difficult character—there’s no denying that. Ritchie and the band got divo ...

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Ali Handal Funks It Up on ‘That’s What She Said’

If you’ve ever had the privilege of seeing Ali Handal perform live, you know that this singer/songwriter not only possesses excellent vocal and guitar chops, but she is also one witty lady. Her new album, That’s What She Said, is a clear case in point. Chock full of cleverly crafted lyrics and catchy hooks, Handal also doesn’t skimp in the killer guitar performance department. This decidedly funkified and f ...

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How to Use Rhythm to Play Better Solos

If you're trying to create more interesting solos, you've probably been exploring some new scales and techniques. Have you thought about rhythm though? If not, have no fear, for guitar instructor Steve "Samurai Guitarist" Onotera has a video that perfectly fits your needs. In the clip, Onotera gives tips on how to "funkify" your solos with rhythm. In the clip, Onotera says to: 1. Use a variety of note lengt ...

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Fender Releases California Coast Series Ukeleles

Fender has announced the launch of its new California Coast Series ukuleles, celebrating the brand’s California roots. All five, diverse soprano, concert and tenor models are named after beaches along the coast of California—from Los Angeles to picturesque Santa Barbara, capturing the spirit of California beach culture and the lifestyle it has to offer year-round. All models from the California Coast Series ...

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Journey's Neal Schon Gives Us an Exclusive Look at His Custom IHush Lady M Guitar

Awhile ago, I saw some of Naoki Ihashi's guitars on Instagram. The intriguing designs prompted me to reach out and ask him if he would be so kind as to send a guitar for me to check out. To my suprise, after I reached out, he sent three of his very own guitars within three days. To say the least, I was completely blown away by all of his instruments. Then and there I made a deal that if he made me some, I w ...

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Electro-Harmonix Unveils Superego+ Synth Engine/Multi-Effect Pedal

Electro-Harmonix has unveiled the Superego+, a new pedal that builds on the synthesis platform of the Superego Synth Engine and adds an array of new features. From the company: The Superego+ springboards off the Superego’s ability to create synth effects, sound layers, glissandos, infinite sustain and more with the addition of a complete effects section featuring 11 effect types, an EXP input for effect par ...

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The Continuing Adventures of Eric Clapton and The Beatles

Sometime in late 1967, when the Beatles' George Harrison invited Cream's Eric Clapton to play guitar on a tune—a psychedelic instrumental rocker that would wind up on Harrison's Wonderwall Music album—a great classic-rock tradition was born. For the next five decades—or at least through 2013—Clapton and his guitar would wind up in recording studios with the Beatles. And, of course, by "Beatles," we mean the ...

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Nux Announces Lacerate FET Boost Mini Pedal

Lacerate FET Boost is a booster pedal designed for boosting up guitar signals in several ways. Besides boosting the clean guitar volume, players can also boost the gain and adjust the signal level separately to keep it the same, higher, or lower than the input level. Lacerate FET Boost includes two boost modes; Clean and Crank. In Clean mode, the pedal boosts the signal and allows an increase in volume with ...

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Watch Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen Play "I Saw Her Standing There" at Madison Square Garden

Friday night, September 15, Paul McCartney played the first of his two scheduled concerts at New York City's Madison Square Garden—as part of his larger four-venue, eight-show run in New York City. That night, he surprised and delighted the crowd by welcoming Bruce Springsteen and his right-hand man—Steven Van Zandt—for a performance of The Beatles classic, "I Saw Her Standing There." McCartney and Springst ...

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Zac Brown Band’s Coy Bowles Tells the Story Behind His Ibanez CBM100 Signature Artist Model

In this clip, Zac Brown Band multi-instrumentalist Coy Bowles shares the inspiration behind his Ibanez CBM100 Signature Artist model. Touring around the world, Bowles has had the opportunity to play many guitars, but there's only one he calls "his baby”—and that's his prized Ibanez Artist. Acquired when he was only 17, Bowles’ Artist holds a special place in his heart and remains a key part of his current a ...

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