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Tonal Recall: The Secrets Behind the Extraordinary Guitar Sounds—“Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Parts I–V),” “Red Barchetta”

Finding out what gear guitarists use isn’t a problem. Most players will gladly recite a list of their favorite guitars and equipment when asked, especially if they have signature model products. If they won’t, there’s usually a good chance that somebody somewhere has at least snapped a photo or two of their guitars and live rigs.The bigger challenge is finding out how most guitarists use their gear. It’s no ...

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Can You Develop Perfect Pitch?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNYdP9wWxJA&w=560&h=315]Throughout the hallways of any music college, a swirling maelstrom of unfounded egos and unwashed clothing blends into a silent storm of tension, with eyes darting to and fro, analyzing, judging, comparing.. It’d be a nightmare if it weren’t a dream come true for these blissfully ignorant young musicians (I’m speaking from experience). ...

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Jeff Lynne's ELO Announce First North American Tour in Over 35 Years

Jeff Lynne's ELO—just a few days before the release of their upcoming concert film and live album, Wembley or Bust—have announced a small North American tour. The shows will be the band's first run of North American tour dates since 1981. The dates will occur in August 2018, and will see the group stop by select venues in the South, Midwest and East Coast, plus a date in Toronto. “Our audiences are amazing. ...

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Watch Lars Ulrich Talk 'Master of Puppets' with Metallica on Beats 1 Radio

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFAs3Y5Pyf4&w=560&h=315]Back in August, Metallica announced an extensive reissue of their 1986 album, Master of Puppets. To promote the reissue—which came out November 10—the full band appeared on drummer Lars Ulrich's Beats 1 online radio show, It's Electric!, to discuss the album. During the interview—the first part of which you can watch above—the band dis ...

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Iron Maiden Announce 2018 European Tour

Iron Maiden have announced an extensive 2018 European tour. The trek—dubbed the Legacy of the Beast tour—will begin in late May, and run through mid-August, taking the legends across the continent. "As our fans know, we've been following a particular touring cycle ever since Bruce [Dickinson] and Adrian [Smith] rejoined Maiden at the start of the millennium, alternating new album tours with "History/Hits" t ...

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Master Sweeping by Learning the Rest Stroke

One thing I notice when working with students who want to improve their sweep picking is that, very often, they're playing separate pick strokes instead of letting the pick brush through each string with no pause in the pick's progress. One thing I notice when working with students who want to improve their sweep picking is that, very often, they're playing separate pick strokes instead of letting the pick ...

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Mad Hatter Guitar Products Introduces Super Shredder Humbucker Pickups

Mad Hatter Guitar Products has announced the release of its new Super Shredder Humbucker Pickups.  The Super Shredder Humbucker Pickups—which Mad Hatter designed in collaboration with Fralin Pickups—were designed to have incredible note clarity, to be responsive and to have focused mids that sit perfectly in the mix. When split, they have no volume loss and sound like a true single coil.    The Mad Hatter S ...

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The Beauty of Used Modeling Amps

With the rise of good-sounding, low-priced digital modeling amps, those of us with GAS have a unique opportunity and challenges in buying. Modeling technology is improving rapidly, so do you buy new or used?Unfortunately, the same paralysis that affects us when it comes to choosing a new computer or smartphone can take over when choosing among the current crop of modeling amps. It’s always a choice of buyin ...

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Prestige Reveals New Troubadour RS Guitar

Prestige Guitars has revealed the new Troubadour RS guitar, the single pickup counterpart to its Troubadour model, which launched in 2015. The Troubadour RS is the first addition to Prestige's 2018 lineup and the newest guitar to be launched in its Prestige Custom Series, which features solid and semi-hollow body guitars with hot-rodded custom designs, finishes and components. The Troubadour RS is a single ...

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Watch Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and Albert Collins Play "Texas Flood"

From left, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins and bassist Tommy Shannon perform April 22, 1988, at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival  The 2015 passing of B.B. King has—over time—inspired a host of casual blues fans to dig deep into their record collections—or into the depths of their iTunes (or Apple Music) libraries—to take a quick refresher course on exactly what made King so special ...

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