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Improvising on a I-IV Chord Vamp

An element of endless fascination and discovery in developing one’s improvisational skills on the guitar is the many ways in which to negotiate chordal resolutions. Regardless of the style of music you’re playing, the task of moving through chord progressions and harmonic resolutions is always at the fore. As a soloist, one always has the option of referencing, or “highlighting,” those resolutions within a ...

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April 2017 Guitar World Gear and Lesson Videos

These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the April 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:• Fender Duo-Sonic Guitar• MXR Double-Double Overdrive Pedal Lessons: • Alex Skolnick: Building Chords and Melodies from Fourth Intervals   ...

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Building Chords and Melodies from Fourth Intervals

This month, I’d like to talk about using fourth intervals as a building block for both chords and solos. Although this lesson leans more on the jazz side of things, this topic can be quite useful for better fretboard understanding even if jazz guitar isn’t your main thing. Quartal harmony—chords voiced in stacked fourth intervals, are a familiar sound in jazz accompaniment, popularized by pianists (perhaps ...

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Review: Fender Duo-Sonic Guitar

GOLD AWARDAccording to a famous saying, you will be known by the company you keep. Unfortunately, that is not the case with the wonderful Fender Duo-Sonic, which most guitarists have considered a “beginner’s,” “student” or “entry-level” instrument ever since its debut way back in 1956. Over the years the humble Duo-Sonic has been a favorite “secret weapon” of numerous legendary guitarists, including Rory Ga ...

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Review: MXR Double-Double Overdrive Pedal

GOLD AWARDOverdrive is the one effect that guitarists feel very passionate about—pick any one and read the multitude of forums dedicated to just that overdrive—mostly because its sonic stamp is what ultimately determines the shape of your tone, especially if you’re looking for more gritty crunch or creamy, smooth sustain. MXR is aware of this, which is why they offer nearly eight pedals, all with varying de ...

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Review: Jericho Guitars Elite 6-String

GOLD AWARDThere are some guitars that you know are going to be great before you even pick them up. The six-string model from their brand new Elite series that Jericho sent us to review is a perfect example. The guitar—with its flame maple top finished in a deep, transparent “blueflame” burst, body and neck silhouetted by vivid white binding and seductive body contour curves—is one of the most attractive new ...

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What to Do When You Hit a Plateau

You have a bit of time, you pick up the guitar—and you play the same old licks, riffs and scales. If this happens to you, you’ve probably reached a plateau—and maybe not the kind where Richie Sambora is excitingly shooting notes into the sky. If you think you've hit a plateau, you’ve probably climbed a long way to reach it—and you should be commended for that. But as humans, we are rarely satisfied with our ...

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Lars Ulrich: “James Hetfield Was Livid Over Grammy Mic Failure”

Appearing on The Late Late Show last night, Lars Ulrich said James Hetfield “was livid” over the mic failure that marred Metallica’s performance with Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 12.The group performed “Moth into Flame” from their latest album, Hardwired….to Self-Destruct. Though Hetfield’s mic worked during the line check prior to their performance, it failed when the song began and d ...

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Hear "The Healing" from Gary Clark Jr.'s New Live Album

Gary Clark Jr. will release a new live album March 17 via Warner Bros. Records.Live North America 2016, his second live album, is available now for pre-order via all digital retail stores. All pre-orders include an instant download of “The Healing,” which you can hear below. It will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally.The album includes new and unreleased live recordings from Clark Jr.’s 2016 tour in su ...

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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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