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Weekend riff: Deftones – My Own Summer

Read more about Weekend riff: Deftones - My Own Summer at MusicRadar.com Master Stephen Carpenter's cool alt-metal harmonic minor guitar riffThis is a fairly easy riff to learn. The most significant challenge is managing the constant changes of position on the fretboard. The trick is not to try and play the riff with just one finger. A two-finger approach will enable you to easily fret the notes that are ne ...

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MusicRadar basics: how to set up a pedal board for your guitar effects

Read more about MusicRadar basics: how to set up a pedal board for your guitar effects at MusicRadar.com MusicRadar basics is brought to you in association with Boss.Don't forget you can link up with Boss UK on Facebook and Twitter.Once you start using more than a couple of pedals you will need to consider the order in which they are laid out as this will have an effect on your overall tone.Pedals react dif ...

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VIDEO: RGT Performance Award – Level Two

Read more about VIDEO: RGT Performance Award - Level Two at MusicRadar.com New time signatures and great-sounding chords will move you towards your Level Two Performance AwardTutor: Chris BirdVideographer: Martin HolmesDownload Total Guitar issue 261 for the accompanying explanation - available in the UK and, digitally, worldwide via Newsstand for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch and Zinio (http://www.zinio.co ...

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VIDEO: Rockschool Grade Five – Rhythmic variation

Read more about VIDEO: Rockschool Grade Five - Rhythmic variation at MusicRadar.com It's time to look at Geek's closing section, which is packed with powerchords, muted strings and fast pentatonic licksTutor: James UingsVideographer: Martin HolmesFull tab and audio for GeekYou'll find the full track, backing track and tab for Rockschool's Grade Five piece, Geek, below. Clicking on the links will stream the ...

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VIDEO: Bring The Noise: Coax crazy sounds from your guitar (Harp harmonics)

Read more about VIDEO: Bring The Noise: Coax crazy sounds from your guitar (Harp harmonics) at MusicRadar.com Try out this tricky guitar technique as used by Chet Atkins and Tommy EmmanuelVideographer and guitarist: Charlie GriffithsDownload Total Guitar issue 261 for the accompanying explanation - available in the UK and, digitally, worldwide via Newsstand for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch and Zinio (http: ...

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VIDEO: Ask TG: Alternate picking

Read more about VIDEO: Ask TG: Alternate picking at MusicRadar.com This issue, Chris and Steve discuss one of the most essential guitar techniques you can learn: alternate pickingVideographer: Martin HolmesTutor: Steve AllsworthPresenter: Chris BirdDownload Total Guitar issue 261 for the accompanying tab and explanation - available in the UK and, digitally, worldwide via Newsstand for iPad, iPhone & iPo ...

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VIDEO: Jon Gomm – 'Dance Of The Last Rhino'

Read more about VIDEO: Jon Gomm - 'Dance Of The Last Rhino' at MusicRadar.com Try your hand at the percussive acoustic guitar wizardry of Jon Gomm's latest video release, 'Dance Of The Last Rhino', complete with tab in the magazineDownload Total Guitar issue 261 for the accompanying tab and explanation - available in the UK and, digitally, worldwide via Newsstand for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch and Zinio ...

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How to make minimal percussion out of a tom sample

Read more about How to make minimal percussion out of a tom sample at MusicRadar.com Typically, 4/4 styles of dance music draw on a familiar lexicon of drum sounds, but to get the minimal feel it helps to throw in some abstract percussion that's not quite as recognisable. There are plenty of sample libraries catering to minimal styles, but making your own sounds is quicker and more fun than trawling through ...

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MusicRadar basics: digital piano key action and pedals explained

Read more about MusicRadar basics: digital piano key action and pedals explained at MusicRadar.com MusicRadar basics is brought to you in association with Roland.Don't forget you can link up with Roland on Facebook and Twitter.Having a good quality piano action is essential if you are to develop a good piano technique. KeysLet's start by looking at the feel and response of the keys. Every time you press a k ...

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Weekend riff: Led Zeppelin – Black Dog

Read more about Weekend riff: Led Zeppelin - Black Dog at MusicRadar.com Improve your pentatonic knowledge with Jimmy Page's classic position-shifting riff from Led Zeppelin IVJimmy Page is a master of pentatonic riffing. He demonstrates the skill well here in this classic riff from Led Zeppelin IV as he moves around the neck to expand his phrasing options and avoid getting stuck in predictable pentatonic ' ...

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