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Creating More Interesting Chord Progressions

Some people think music theory robs you of your creativity. Coincidentally, those are the same people who think the Earth is square.It’s best to just give them a nice pat on the head and not argue.All jokes aside, music theory introduces an endless network of pathways that you’ll never finish exploring. I like to think of it like the Grid from Tron, with neon music notes flying past, soaring melodies ringin ...

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Metallica Announce WorldWired North American Tour

Metallica have announced their 2017 “WorldWired” North American tour, and you can check out the dates below.They will be supported by Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat and Gojira. The three-month long trek will kick off May 10 in Baltimore and conclude August 16 in Edmonton, Alberta. This will be the band’s first full North American tour in eight years.Tickets will be available to the general public 10 a.m. local ...

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Carvin Audio Announces Steve Vai Legacy Drive Preamp Pedal

Steve Vai and Carvin Audio have announced the new Steve Vai Legacy Drive preamp pedal. Vai wanted his Legacy tube tone in a format he could pack in a carry-on bag, so Carvin Audio worked with the guitarist to create the new Legacy Drive.From the company: Take your tone anywhere with the versatility and portability of the Legacy DRIVE pedal. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKdLvdI_ku0&w=640& ...

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The Secret Note That Makes the Minor Pentatonic Scale Better

If you’re looking for a way to make your minor pentatonic licks, riffs and solos more interesting, it might be as simple as adding one “secret” note.So says guitar instructor Tyler Larson. In this video, he demonstrates how adding just one special note to the scale can add a new tonality to standard minor pentatonic licks. Dubbed “the Dorian note” or “the Santana note,” this single addition can seriously sp ...

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Off-the-Cuff Advice from 13 Music-Biz Pros

I’ve seen plenty of interviews and rig rundowns. Most of them tend to overlap in terms of information—no matter who the artist is.I don’t care if I’m interviewing a resurrected Jimi Hendrix. The last thing I care about is how he thinks his pick attack, while using a specific string gauge, affects his clean tone through the second of four speaker cabinets on stage.I’d rather see music icons have actual conve ...

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Metallica's James Hetfield Under Doctor's Orders to Not Sing a Single Note

During a Metallica show in Copenhagen this past Friday night (February 3), under-the-weather frontman James Hetfield gave the audience an interesting choice: “You paid a lot of money to come see your favorite band—and we don’t sound good. I want to leave it up to you: Would you rather hear us sound better another time?” After a roar from the Royal Arena crowd, Hetfield replied, “I love you too. I appreciate ...

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Watch The Beatles Record "Hey Bulldog" in 1968

Even though the Beatles hired a film crew to document the 1969 recording sessions for what would become Let It Be, it's a bit uncommon to see studio footage of the band at work before that time. Which is why the "Hey Bulldog" music video is so unique. The February 1968 footage seen in the clip was originally utilized in the "Lady Madonna" promotional video, until someone (perhaps a talented lip reader) noti ...

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Somnium Guitars Let You Change Your Guitar’s Specs in Seconds

Guitars are just a collection of various parts and components assembled together by a guitar maker. But what if you could completely change up your guitar at will, swapping out the body, neck, pickups and even the fretboard for other parts to give you the equivalent of several different instruments in one? That’s the idea behind Somnium Guitars. The patented design lets players interchange the pickups, body ...

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The Tremolo System That Doesn’t Exist

As many guitarists know, the tremolo arm found on some guitars isn’t really a tremolo system at all. Tremolo is amplitude, or volume, modulation; vibrato is pitch modulation. The so-called tremolo mechanism on guitars is actually a vibrato system, because it’s designed to modulate pitch. Regardless of the science behind it, Leo Fender called his guitar vibrato system “Synchronized Tremolo,” and we’ve been s ...

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Black Sabbath Release ‘The Ultimate Collection’

Black Sabbath is arguably the most influential heavy metal band of all time. The band helped to create the genre with groundbreaking releases such as Paranoid, an album that Rolling Stone said “changed music forever.” Time magazine called Paranoid “the birthplace of heavy metal.” In 2017, Black Sabbath remains one of the most prominent acts in music. Performing for more than 45 years, the band was inducted ...

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