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Five Iconic Rock Guitar Licks Every Player Should Know

Robert Baker is back with a new video in which he demonstrates five iconic rock guitar licks every player should know. These licks come from various solos performed by a host of great guitarists, namely Randy Rhoads, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Angus Young and Zakk Wylde, so there’s plenty of good material here. Robert also provides TAB for these licks, which you can pick up right here. And while we’re on ...

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Blackberry Smoke Push Their Southern Sounds to the Edge of Classic Seventies Metal

Blackberry Smoke The Georgia Southern rock outfit’s fifth album reads as an unspoken tribute to those who came before, from musical heroes to family to classic vintage guitars. Blackberry Smoke have never been shy about playing up the rock aspect of their Southern rock sound—but on the title track of their fifth album, Like An Arrow, the Atlanta, Georgia, quintet pushes their sound right to the edge of clas ...

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Gretsch Guitars Announces New Cliff Gallup Signature Model

Gretsch has introduced its all-new G6128T-CLFG Cliff Gallup Signature Duo Jet and the expansion of the G6120 Duane Eddy Signature model with two new limited-edition finishes. G6128T-CLFG Cliff Gallup Signature Duo Jet Original-era master Cliff Gallup’s tastefully fleet-fingered work hot-rodded dozens of classics by Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps in the latter half of the 1950s. Soft-spoken in manner, Gallup ...

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Kirk Hammett: “The Consequences of Losing My Phone Have Been Immense”

As many will remember, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett misplaced his cell phone while in Denmark in 2015. Lost with the phone were, Hammett reckons, some 250 to 300 riffs that he’d recorded with his phone, never to be heard again. The timing was particularly devastating, as Metallica were soon to begin work on what would become their latest album, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, which was released on November 18. Hamm ...

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What Amps Take Pedals Well?

If you have experience with several amps and pedals, you may have noticed that the interactions between amps and pedals is not always the same, particularly when you’re using overdrive, distortion or fuzz pedals.  In some cases, the pedals may enhance what the amp is doing. In others, the pedal may make little difference in the sound and could even make your tone sound bad. Phillip McKnight explores the con ...

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Sallie Ford Premieres New Song, "Failure"

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Failure" by Oregon-based rocker Sallie Ford. The track is from her new album, Soul Sick, which will be released February 10 via Vanguard Records. “I've always been labeled as out of control," says Ford of the song's roots. "Sometimes I felt as if I was destined to be crazy. It’s how it can feel to imagine the worst-case scenario in my head, so I pre ...

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Greg Lake Dead: Emerson, Lake and Palmer and King Crimson Musician Was 69

Greg Lake, a multi-instrumentalist who was a member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died yesterday, December 7, at age 69. Lake, who was a singer, songwriter, musician and producer, had been battling cancer for quite some time. His death was confirmed via his official Twitter account by Stewart Young, Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s longtime manager. “Yesterday, December 7th, I lost my best friend ...

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Elliott Randall Nailed Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years" in One Continuous Take

It's time to shine a spotlight on Elliott Randall's grinding, masterful guitar solo from Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years." Jimmy Page has reportedly called it his favorite solo of all time, and Guitar World readers selected it as the 40th greatest guitar solo (of all time) several years ago. The tune, which was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, graces the band's 1972 album, Can't Buy a Thrill. T ...

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The Top Five Reasons You Should Learn Music Theory

Guitarists have a lot of reasons to avoid learning music theory. They don’t like musical rules, they’re afraid to lose the “magic” of how they hear music, they don’t see the value of it when all they play is rock guitar… and on and on.  But as David Walliman explains in this video, there are numerous benefits to knowing music theory.  To help players understand its value, he’s put together what he calls the ...

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Jingle Hells: Christmas Songs Played in Minor Keys

For every Grinch out there who's already sick of the holidays, here’s a reprieve from the overload of joy and cheer. Christmas carols have been ringing through our eardrums for a long time whether we liked it or not, but now we have a weapon to combat the overplayed, excessive din of recycled holiday music. Share the video below with that weirdo who put up her Christmas tree before Thanksgiving. Share it wi ...

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