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Women Shine at the 2015 She Rocks ASCAP Expo Showcase

If being surrounded by talented songwriters of all genres sounds good to you, you might want to check out the ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo. Aimed at arming songwriters with tools for success, the Expo takes place in Hollywood from April 30 to May 2. A highlight of the event is the She Rocks Showcase, a free performance event taking place on Friday, May 1, from 9pm to 12am. It's open to the public with no Exp ...

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Review: Strymon Deco Tape Saturation and Doubletracker Pedal — Video

These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the June 2015 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. PLATINUM AWARD WINNER Chances are, many younger guitarists have never recorded with a vintage studio reel-to-reel tape deck, much less witnessed one that wasn’t covered in dust. A ...

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Metal for Life with Metal Mike: A Practice Piece That Incorporates Useful, Challenging Techniques

In my quest to raise my guitar-playing game to the highest level, I find it essential to devise practice techniques that will push my pick- and fret-hand abilities as far as possible. A great way to go about this is to combine the focus on these technical issues with the creative endeavor of writing original riffs and patterns that will hopefully spark new song ideas. FIGURE 1 is a 19-bar etude—a musical ex ...

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Steve Vai’s New Guitar Camp Experience and DVD Offer Up-Close Encounters with a Guitar Icon

“Throughout my whole life, I’ve always enjoyed teaching—sharing the things that I’ve learned and experiences I’ve had,” says Steve Vai. The legendary guitar virtuoso will be doing just that for four straight days, August 2–6, at Vai Academy 2015: All About the Guitar, to be held at the Arrabelle resort hotel in Vail, Colorado. A live-in guitar camp experience presented by Dreamcatcher Events, the Academy wi ...

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John Petrucci Demos Ernie Ball Music Man JPBFR6 John Petrucci Ball Family Reserve Guitar — Video

In this brand-new video below, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci walks you through the features of the JPBFR6 John Petrucci Ball Family Reserve (BFR) guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man. Intrigued? Watch the video and visit music-man.com. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0ib2j3LF48&w=620&h=365] Additional Content Related Artist:  John Petrucci ...

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Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, Alex Skolnick and More to Set Sail on Axes & Anchors Cruise

Imagine a cruise exclusively planned for guitarists and instrumentalists, featuring performances and lessons from some of the greatest guitar gods on the planet. Prepare to learn from the masters on what fans have dubbed the “shredders cruise”—the five-day/four-night AXES & ANCHORS cruise aboard the Carnival Victory, departing from Miami, Florida, February 20, 2016, stopping in Key West, Florida, and Na ...

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The Top 10 Guitar Harmonies of All Time

What’s better than a master guitarist pouring his guts out through his strings? How about two master guitarists simultaneously pouring their guts out through their strings? You read me? Do I hear three master guitarists? Will these questions ever stop? Whatever the case, synchronized guitar work—which requires skillful harmonization—can take the multi-guitar lineup to its full potential—that is, make all le ...

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Guitarist Devotes 100 Days to Sweep Picking; Video Shows Results

As the main "guitar lesson editing and posting guy" here at Guitar World, a lot of lessons—tabs, videos, pointers, tips, etc.—fly past me on a daily basis. Sometimes I actually pause and think, "I'd like to try that," as in really try that. But to be honest, I don't really have loads of spare time—the time required to fully dedicate myself to something new, at least to the point that I'd master it and be wi ...

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‘Peace Out’: Guitarist Gunnar Nelson Talks New Nelson Album, Guitars and ‘After the Rain’

Twenty-five years ago, two long-haired blond twins set the world on fire with their debut album, After the Rain. At a time when glam metal was giving way to grunge, Nelson touched a nerve with the album's hook-laden title track and “(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection," a Number 1 single. Today, Gunnar and Matthew Nelson are still going strong. They perform full-band shows as Nelson, pay tribute to ...

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Ten Questions with While She Sleeps Guitarist Sean Long

U.K. rockers While She Sleeps have just released their second album, Brainwashed via Razor & Tie. We figured that gave us a fine excuse to pick the brain of WSS guitarist Sean Long. Here are our 10 questions. 01. While She Sleeps just released their new album, Brainwashed, in the U.S. How are fans reacting to it? We couldn't be happier with how people are receiving the record. No one seems to have a bad ...

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