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The Aristocrats Preview New Studio Album, ‘Tres Caballeros’ — Exclusive

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a teaser video for Tres Caballeros, the new album by the Aristocrats. This latest album by Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann will be released June 23 and is available now for preorder. “We’ve learned a lot since we started this band—four years, three studio albums, two live DVDs and about a billion notes ago—and I think our latest offer ...

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Cracking the Code with Troy Grady: The Puzzle of Pentatonic Fours — Video

We recently gave Cracking the Code viewers a cool homework assignment: find a way to play ascending fours, against the pentatonic scale, using the Yngwie Malmsteen and Eric Johnson downward pickslanting system. The assignment seems simple enough. After all, the pentatonic scale is nearly ubiquitous as a cornerstone of modern rock lead playing. And fours is a common rhythmic grouping, especially considering ...

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Review: EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath Reverb Pedal — Video

GOLD AWARD WINNER While many reverb pedals can reproduce traditional spring-tank reflections or heavenly cathedral-like dimensions, reverb is most often handled as a “set and forget” effect, especially if you play splashy surf guitar or just add a smidgen of ambience to your overall guitar sound. And while that common approach is sufficient for many guitarists, some of us crave the unconventional when it co ...

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B.B. King Tribute: 10-Year-Old Guitarist Toby Lee Plays "The Thrill Is Gone" — Video

Here's one we intended to share last month, when blues legend B.B. King was still in hospice, suffering from diabetes-related health issues. It's a clip of 10-year-old U.K. guitarist Toby Lee performing an instrumental version of King's "The Thrill Is Gone" as a get-well tribute to his favorite guitarist. The video went viral, thanks to Joe Bonamassa and Gibson Guitar, both of whom shared the touching clip ...

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LessonFace with John Heussenstamm: Introduction to Electric Blues Guitar — Video

This video and article offer introductory electric blues guitar concepts from guitarist and music educator John Heussenstamm. Author and co-author of multiple widely distributed books and videos from major music education publishers, and recipient of more than 10 million views on YouTube, Heussenstamm now can be reached for live online lessons via Lessonface. As you can see in the brief video below, the add ...

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Want a Career in the Music Industry? Six Things You Should Consider

If you dream of having a successful career in today's competitive music industry, you'll want to start at the right place. That means thinking about gaining the knowledge, skills and experience that can only be taught at a music college. Musicians Institute, the College of Contemporary Music, has a state-of-the-art campus in the epicenter of the entertainment industry: Hollywood, California. The school's ne ...

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Betcha Can't Play This: The Commander-In-Chief Revisits "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" — Video

Earlier this year, GuitarWorld.com premiered a new performance video by the Commander-in-Chief, a Norwegian seven-string guitarist who lives in the U.K. The video was a performance clip of Camille Saint-Saëns' "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" as played by the Commander-in-Chief and classical guitarist Craig Ogden. Earlier this month, the Commander-in-Chief visited Guitar World's basement studio in New Y ...

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Milk Carton Kids Guitarist Kenneth Pattengale Talks Tone, Playing in a Duo and New Album, 'Monterey'

The Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan are studied craftsmen of the folk tradition. Over the course of their five years together as a band, they have mastered the delicate vocal harmonies, sophisticated songwriting and subtle musical interplay set forth by seminal folk duos such as Simon & Garfunkel or Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Words like "enchanting" and "haunting" get tossed ar ...

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Session Guitar: How to Set Yourself Up for Creativity

Hi, kids! I'm gonna get right down to it. This time around, I'm going to ask you to try something. Put the guitar down before your next session—before you start laying down guitar tracks. Put it down and listen. Listen to the song. Then listen to yourself. Your mind. Heart. Soul. What do you hear? Do you hear something different than you originally expected? Ask yourself what the song is about. What are the ...

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Jazz Guitar Corner: B.B. King Blues Lines for Jazz Guitar

After learning about B.B. King’s recent passing, I went back and spent some time listening to my old B.B. King records, enjoying spending time with one of my favorite guitarists. While listening to B.B.’s playing for a few hours, I began to hear lines in his vocabulary that were not only great blues ideas, but that could be applied to a jazz guitar solo and fit perfectly in that genre as well. In this lesso ...

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