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Secrets of Shred: Eddie Van Halen-Style Speed-Picking Technique

In this lesson, I’ll be showing you a relatively unknown picking technique used by my favorite guitarist, Eddie Van Halen. It can be heard in countless Van Halen songs, including "I’m the One," "Spanish Fly" and "Jump." This technique is based on a combination of hammer-on notes and alternate-picked notes. Eddie likes to take a fingering pattern and hammer on the notes on one string, then alternate pick the ...

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D’Angelico to Provide Custom Guitars for 2018 X Games Winners

At the 2018 X Games in Aspen, Colorado, all medal winners will receive a custom gold, silver, or bronze “medal” guitar at the winner’s podium courtesy of D’Angelico Guitars. This year’s guitar is an all-new Bedford, the flagship model of D’Angelico’s first solid body collection throughout their 85-year history.Hosted by ESPN, the X Games take place over January 25-28 at Buttermilk Mountain. The X Games GEIC ...

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Journey, Def Leppard Announce Massive North American Co-Headlining Tour

Journey and Def Leppard have confirmed the news they have been teasing for quite a while now: they're going on tour together. And, by the looks of it, it's gonna be epic. The two bands will split headlining duties evenly across the 58-city tour, which will run from May 21—when it opens with a show at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut—to October 6, when the tour will close with a show at the Forum in Lo ...

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D’Angelico to Unveil New Solid-Body Electric Guitars at NAMM 2018

New models from D’Angelico (from left): Bedford, Ludlow and AtlanticD’Angelico Guitars will be debuting three all-new solid-body electric guitars at the 2018 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, marking their true foray into the world of solid-bodies for the first time in the company’s 85-year history.Designed in New York City over the course of 2017, the solid-body designs aim to balance D’Angelico’s l ...

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Nux Announces Mighty Lite Bluetooth Desktop Amplifier

Nux has announced its new Mighty Lite Bluetooth Desktop amplifier. It's an ultra-low-watt practice amp that can be used in any room—or on any desk—via a battery-powered operation or USB-to-power bank connection. It features three channels, built-in digital reverb and delay, an Aux line in or Bluetooth connection for jamming along with your own music, a headphone out and an emulated line out for silent pract ...

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Blackberry Smoke Premiere New Song, "Flesh and Bone"

Blackberry Smoke will release their sixth album, 'Find a Light,' April 6.Southern rock powerhouse Blackberry Smoke have premiered a new song, "Flesh and Bone," and you can hear it below. The sneaky, to-the-point rocker represents the universe's first taste of the band's new album, Find a Light, which will be released April 6 via Thirty Tigers."Flesh and Bone" is a greasy, stomping, slide-guitar-packed tune ...

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Whitesnake Unveil ‘The Purple Tour’ Live Album

Whitesnake revisited the music singer David Coverdale recorded with Deep Purple in the Seventies when they released The Purple Album two years ago.The album—and tour that followed—offered fans modern interpretations of Purple classics like “Burn” and “Mistreated.” Now, highlights from the tour are featured in a new live collection, including double-disc versions that feature audio, video and a selection of ...

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Balaguer Guitars Releases The Astra

Balaguer Guitars has just unveiled The Astra, the company's take on a classic singlecut design but with modern construction and appointments. The body shape is slightly offset, which lends added comfort when playing, and unlike the norm, this singlecut comes stock with a 25.5” scale length.Fusing modern and classic aesthetics, this model boasts 22 medium-jumbo stainless steel frets, 16” fingerboard radius, ...

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Top 10 Weirdest Guitar Sounds Ever Recorded

Squeaks, squeals, sirens, freak-outs, elephant sounds and much more! Electricity can do strange things. When it was added to the guitar, some years ago, it opened up new possibilities for players of the old box o’ six strings. The following sonic scientists, using varying proportions of technique and effects, set out to discover just what these possibilities were. The result? Guitars that don’t sound like g ...

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Meet 'Re-Chord,' a New Guitar-Themed Board Game

Have you ever looked upon a dusty pile of board games and thought "Gee, I sure wish I could play one of these and practice guitar at the same time"? Well, your prayers may have been answered.  Re-Chord is a board game that lets aspiring players use real picks, chords, and play songs to gain the most fame. It is designed for 1-5 players, and a typical game runs between 40-60 minutes. An in-depth, visual guid ...

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