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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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Paul Gilbert Asks Steve Morse, Steve Lukather and John Petrucci “What’s Your Most Common Errand?”

A spontaneous meeting of guitar greats took place at the Ernie Ball booth during NAMM 2017. Paul Gilbert was in the middle of an interview when he was suddenly joined by John Petrucci, Steve Lukather and Steve Morse. Not surprisingly, each man uses Ernie Ball strings, and Morse, Petrucci and Lukather all have signature Music Man model guitars. In the clip, below, Gilbert and Ernie Ball CEO Sterling Ball are ...

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Blondie Premiere New Song, "Fun"

Blondie will release their 11th studio album, Pollinator, May 5 via BMG. You can hear the album's first single—"Fun"—below. The tune, which features a symphony of synths, driving percussion and Debbie Harry's icy cool vocals, also features a tasty bit of guitar and something akin to a guitar solo. The album, which was recorded at  NYC's The Magic Shop, was penned by an eclectic group of songwriters. TV On T ...

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Watch Paul Reed Smith Tell Guitar-Player Jokes

Tyler Larson, whose informative and frequently humorous videos we often run here, sat down with PRS Guitars founder Paul Reed Smith at this year’s Winter NAMM show. What emerged from their huddle is nearly three minutes of jokes about guitarists, as well as a few about lead singers, bassists and drummers. To wit: “What’s the difference between a guitar player and an extra-large pizza?” “How do you know it’s ...

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Eddie Van Halen Shares His Favorite Guitar Riffs

For Billboard’s Greatest of All-Time interview series, Eddie Van Halen shared his favorite guitar riffs—but not before asking if he could mention some of his own. Watch the video below and then check out more videos from the series here. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYFcThNOFOw] ...

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