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Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde Announce 2017 Summer Tour

For the first time in more than a decade, Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde are together again. Known as one of rock's most lethal singer-and-guitarist pairings, the two will hit the road for a series of Ozzy headlining shows in the U.S. this summer and fall, beginning July 14. You can check out all the dates below. Although they've performed together over the years, these shows are the first collaboration for t ...

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'Leap of Faith': Timothy B. Schmit Talks Past, Present, Future and New Album

Timothy B. Schmit first experienced commercial success as a teenager, when his band the New Breed had a hit in 1965 with "Green Eyed Woman." A few years later, he joined Poco, which led to his joining the Eagles in 1977. Schmit co-wrote and sang lead on the Eagles hit "I Can't Tell You Why" and remained with the Eagles through the group's hiatus in 1980. What many people might not realize about Schmit is th ...

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Metallica Replaces Metallica Tribute Band's Stolen Gear

Metallica recently came to the aid of a Metallica tribute band—Blistered Earth—after their gear was stolen. The Washington-state-based band's trailer—which was full of guitars, amps, effects, drums and more—was ransacked earlier this month in Oregon, and many key items were stolen: After Blistered Earth spread the news about the incident via their Facebook page, Metallica came to the rescue. Just one day af ...

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The 10 Most Iconic Guitar Amps

Like anything else, the concept of "what sounds good" is purely subjective—it's in the ears of the beholder. Therefore, it's impossible to declare that one guitar amp sounds—or simply is—"better" than another. And there are other factors to consider. Case in point: If your $3,667 vintage British amp weighs 85 lbs., and you're an easliy flustered busy gigging musician with a little Subaru and an achy back, g ...

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Latest Kemper Profiler Version Introduces New Delay Effects

The latest version of the Kemper Profiler, OS 5.1, introduced an array of advanced, comprehensive delay effects. The Kemper approach to delay effects is quite different from what guitarists are accustomed to. There is no dedicated Reverse Delay, Tape Delay or Ducking Delay. Kemper decided that it simply makes no sense splitting crucial tone design features into separate delay types. Instead, Kemper equipped ...

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The Most Savage Guitar Jokes Ever

Every now and then, we guitar players should laugh at ourselves. After all, there’s nothing worse than annoying guitar players who think they know everything. Some of the best guitar players in the world, such as Guthrie Govan, John Petrucci, Charlie Hunter, Andy Wood and others are also the most laid-back people, and that personality trait translates directly to their mastery of the guitar. No matter what ...

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Five Questions with Sleater-Kinney Guitarist Corin Tucker

For this month's Inquirer, we  caught up with guitarist Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney, whose latest release, Live in Paris, is available now on Sub Pop. What inspired you to first pick up a guitar?My family is fairly musical and my dad is a pretty good guitarist. He performed when he was younger as a folk musician, and he actually opened for Pete Seeger once. He had a lot of [acoustic] guitars around the h ...

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Hear Two Songs from Dick Boak and Craig Thatcher's New Album, 'Under the Supermoon'

Dick Boak, director of museum, archives and special projects at Martin Guitar, has released a new album, Under the Supermoon, with Craig Thatcher. The disc, which has been available since March 6, is an engaging mix of blues, Americana and alternative and has been Boak and Thatcher's pet project for the past two years. As expected, it features expertly mixed acoustic and electric guitars—played by Thatcher— ...

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Watch Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Perform "Something"

On November 29, 2002, the first anniversary of George Harrison's death, an impressive assemblage of the former Beatle's band mates, family members and buddies gathered at London's Royal Albert Hall to pay tribute to his life and music. That event—which was released in 2003 as The Concert for George—featured performances by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and many others. One ...

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Is This the Mother of All Finger Exercises?

Finger independence and hand synchronization are essential skills for guitarists to develop. In this instruction video, Paul Davids throws down a challenge for all guitarists who want to improve in these areas. See if you can perform this drill that he calls “the mother of all finger exercises.” “This is a real challenge for your left and right hand and the synchronization between the two,” Paul says. “Also ...

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