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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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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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