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Getting the Most Out of One Fretboard Position

Getting the most out of one fretboard position In this fourth installment of our study of slow blues soloing, we’ll again focus on utilizing a single fretboard position of the blues scale while additionally including the major third of the tonic, or “home” chord. The example in this column (see FIGURE 1) is played over a slow 12-bar blues progression in E, so we’re going to use the E blues scale (E G A Bb B ...

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Maj7, Maj7b5 and Their Relative Minors

The Asus4b2 arpeggio we looked at last month (November 2017 issue) may be repurposed in a variety of cool, interesting ways, which I think is a worthwhile topic to explore. We’ll begin by moving it down one fret, and while we’re there we’ll check out a slight variation that offers a similar sound and musical color. And, to get double “bang for your buck,” before we finish today’s lesson I’ll show you a conv ...

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December 2017 Guitar World Gear and Lesson Videos

These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the December 2017 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store. Gear Reviews: • Tascam Track Factory •  Mesa Triple Crown TC-50 Guitar Amp •  Hughes & Kettner era 1 Acoustic Guitar Amp •  Guitar Tone Company Bloody Finger Distortion Pe ...

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Black Volt Amplification Goes Public, Debuts the Crazy Horse Amp

By Damian Fanelli For the past few years, Black Volt Amplification, a small company based in the Silver Lake hills of Los Angeles, has been producing some of the most unique, high-quality guitar amps on the market today. Essentially an industry secret—but a favorite of celeb players, producers and LA musicians in the know—these amps have been used on dozens of sessions, albums and shows, and they seem to be ...

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Watch Nuno Bettencourt Copy a Fan's "Extreme" Shred Medley

In April 2016, Generation Axe—a face-melting tour featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi—hit the road in the U.S. Sadly, they didn't make it an annual thing. Anyway, at every tour stop, each guitarist took the stage and launched into his own "solo spotlight" performance. Bettencourt's solo showcase was, well, very "meta"—for lack of a better word. He actually—bri ...

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Dweezil Zappa Will Not Participate in Upcoming Frank Zappa Hologram Tour

Dweezil Zappa—son of legendary guitarist Frank Zappa—has confirmed that he will not participate in the upcoming Eyellusion/Zappa Family Trust Frank Zappa hologram tour. Shortly after the tour's announcement, Zappa tweeted a clip from the film Goodfellas in which Ray Liotta laughs maniacally. He captioned the clip by saying, “This seems appropriate at this moment in time.” A user then asked Zappa, “I take it ...

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