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Thrash Course with Dave Davidson: Exploiting Odd-Time Meters, and How I Play “Madness Opus” and “Witch Trials”

A favorite compositional technique of mine in the songs I record and perform with Revocation is to incorporate the use of odd and shifting meters in the writing of primary riffs. Another cool approach I often take is to combine straight 4/4 time with odd meters to create some interesting and unique amalgamations. For the song “Madness Opus,” I set the main figure, which is phrased in a rhythm of steady eigh ...

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The Iron Maidens' Nita Strauss and Courtney Cox: "The Trooper" Playthrough Video

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive playthrough video of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper," as performed by Iron Maidens guitarists Nita Strauss, left, and Courtney Cox. The video, which you can check out below, features some extremely up-close fret- and camerawork. "We know there's a lot of Iron Maiden instructional videos out there, showing you exactly what the guys do on the albums," Strauss says in t ...

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Time to Burn with Michael Angelo Batio: Getting Started with Proper Sweep Picking Technique — Video

Hello again, Guitar World readers. It’s nice to be back! I’d like to begin this new series of columns by talking about getting started with sweep picking, which is a very useful and exciting technique that I often use to perform fast arpeggio-based licks and runs. Let’s get started with the basic mechanics of sweep picking, and then I’ll move on to more complex applications of the technique. An arpeggio is ...

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Time to Burn with Michael Angelo Batio: Getting Started with Proper Sweep Picking Technique — Video

Hello again, Guitar World readers. It’s nice to be back! I’d like to begin this new series of columns by talking about getting started with sweep picking, which is a very useful and exciting technique that I often use to perform fast arpeggio-based licks and runs. Let’s get started with the basic mechanics of sweep picking, and then I’ll move on to more complex applications of the technique. An arpeggio is ...

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In Deep with Andy Aledort: How to Create Flowing, Stylish Licks Like Eric Clapton — Video

The eternally great Eric Clapton—sometimes known as “God” in certain circles—turned 70 this year, and is set to celebrate this milestone with a pair of spring concerts at New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden. What better time than to examine his effortlessly beautiful and seamlessly flowing soloing technique, first heard in full bloom on his timeless recordings with Cream, featuring the late, great Ja ...

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In Deep with Andy Aledort: How to Create Flowing, Stylish Licks Like Eric Clapton — Video

The eternally great Eric Clapton—sometimes known as “God” in certain circles—turned 70 this year, and is set to celebrate this milestone with a pair of spring concerts at New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden. What better time than to examine his effortlessly beautiful and seamlessly flowing soloing technique, first heard in full bloom on his timeless recordings with Cream, featuring the late, great Ja ...

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Monster Licks Unleashed: An Exercise in Melodic Chaos — Video

In this Monster Lick, I'm using the E minor pentatonic scale along with the diminished 7 arpeggio. The techniques I'm using here are arpeggio sweeps, legato and tapping. This lick is my favorite way to create chaos in a solo. We all know a guitar solo should be driven by melody, but every solo needs some craziness, too. The pentatonic scale is very melodic by nature, so even when playing fast licks or runs ...

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LessonFace with John Heussenstamm: Introduction to Jazz Guitar

This video and article offer introductory jazz guitar concepts from guitarist and music educator John Heussenstamm. Author and co-author of multiple widely distributed books and videos from major music education publishers, and recipient of more than 10 million views on YouTube, Heussenstamm now can be reached for live online lessons via Lessonface. How many pianos are there in the world? Millions, right? T ...

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Metal for Life with Metal Mike: High-Pitched Natural Harmonics — Video

In this month’s column, I’d like to demonstrate several licks that utilize natural harmonics. A natural harmonic (N.H.) is sounded by picking an open string while lightly touching it with a fret-hand finger directly above a given fret. The natural harmonics that are easiest to produce and are most commonly used are those found directly above the 12th, seventh and fifth frets. When executed properly, a natur ...

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The Next Bend: Clarence White-Inspired Country B-Bender Lick in A — Video

Yes, it's me again—with another fairly basic B-bender guitar lick! Before we get started, however, here are my two obligatory "What's a B-bender?" paragraphs that I use in every column—just in case you're reading this column for the first time: A B-bender is a contraption that lives in- or outside your guitar and allows you to pull—usually with some sort of arm, palm, shoulder or hip movement—your guitar's ...

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