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Quick Lick: Pantera — "Cowboys from Hell" — Video

In Quick Licks, we bringing you short, bite-sized video lessons that show you how to play classic riffs from your favorite songs. In this Quick Lick, Matt Scharfglass shows you how to play the intro to Pantera's "Cowboys from Hell." The song begins with a lick that's based on an E-minor blues scale played in the 12th position before sliding down to play a slightly altered version an octave lower. Since you' ...

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Holcomb-Mania with Mark Holcomb: Building Chords Into Single-Note Riff Ideas — Video

Hello, and welcome to my new Guitar World column! For this first entry, I’d like to discuss the way in which I approach using chords in conjunction with single notes in the formation of many of the riffs and guitar parts I write for Periphery and Haunted Shores. In the past, most of my riff writing resulted in patterns built from single-note melodic lines. Once I began looking at alternative ways to inject ...

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String Theory with Jimmy Brown: The Oddly Fascinating Pairing of Two Completely Unrelated Triads — Video

Last month, I presented a neat formula for generating two unusual and exotic hexatonic (six-note) scales, which I called D “gypsy-minor hexatonic” (D E F G# A B) and E “Phrygian-dominant hexatonic” (E F G# A B D), both of which we formed by combining two triads, D minor (D F A) and E major (E G# B). I’d now like to show you how altering only one note in one of these triads produces a different and profoundl ...

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Talkin’ Blues Lesson: A Tribute to Cliff Gallup’s Legendary Flash — with Tab and Audio

Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps epitomized rockabilly’s iconic image, with their leather jackets, ducktail hairstyles and kick-ass-and-take-names personae. The band also introduced one of the most adept, versatile and influential electric guitarists of his generation: Cliff Gallup. Born in 1930, Gallup was 26 when he joined up with Vincent, a wild young singer from Norfolk, Virginia. In May 1956, as the brie ...

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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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