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1. IK Multimedia Releases AmpliTube UA App for All Android Devices (4/17/2015)
IK Multimedia, the leading player in mobile guitar tone technology, has just announced the release of AmpliTube UA. It's the first real-time guitar amp and effects processing app for all Android phones and tablets that gives musicians the freedo...
 
2. Top 10 Classic Shred Albums (4/17/2015)
Wow … had to dust off the ol’ cassette deck for this one! Sure, faster shredders may have been left off this list, but arpeggio for arpeggio, these 10 albums strike the finest balance between tasteful melody and, “No way did he just play that!” ...
 
3. Taylor Guitars Introduces Two New 600 Series Models at Musikmesse (4/17/2015)
After unveiling a transformative redesign of its maple 600 Series acoustic guitars earlier this year at the Winter NAMM Show, Taylor Guitars is expanding the rollout this spring. The new 600s, which were revoiced to bring out a richer, warmer m...
 
4. The Top 10 Heavy Metal Album Openers (4/17/2015)
No one ever went to a Led Zeppelin concert expecting the band to open with “The Rain Song.” It's a fine tune, to be sure, but the electric charge of a crowd in waiting must be met in kind. The same applies to the album: Kiss didn’t open Destro...
 
5. Secrets of Shred with Sammy Boller: Modern Shred Arpeggios — Video (4/17/2015)
In this lesson, I’ll be demonstrating a modern way of playing arpeggios by combining string skipping and tapping. I’ll be showing you three different arpeggio shapes. At the end of the lesson, I’ll give you an example of how you can string them...
 
6. Joan Jett Talks Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lou Reed and "I Love Rock ’N’ Roll" (4/17/2015)
This is an excerpt from the all-new May 2015 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of the story—and all of the May 2015 issue—head here. Girl’s Got Rhythm: Joan Jett has been banging out some of rock’s greatest power chords since the age of 15. Wi...
 
7. How to Buy an Acoustic Guitar: A Guide for the First-Time Buyer (4/17/2015)
You've got the bug—you’ve decided to buy an acoustic guitar—and nothing will stop you, not even the haunted, hungry look in your children’s eyes. So you empty your bank account, raid your kids’ college fund and head down to a local house of ill ...
 
8. Platinum Rush Video Blog #17 – Scott Stevens (4/17/2015)
Scott Stevens seems to have everything it takes to make a sizable splash in the wide world of music. Command of the stage, strong vocals, authoritative guitar playing and a drive to make it all happen. But as much as that is, is it enough? Sc...
 
9. Crobot Premiere New Song, "Full Moon Howl" — Exclusive (4/17/2015)
Fresh off their spring headline tour, Pennsylvania rockers Crobot return today with their new single, "Full Moon Howl," which you can check out below. The track screams with attitude, bursting with monster guitar riffs and a manic bass line. "...
 
10. Kirk Hammett Discusses Metallica's 'No Life 'til Leather' Cassette Reissue (4/16/2015)
Last month, Metallica announced they'd be offering a unique, limited-edition reissue for Record Store Day on April 18: a remastered cassette version of their 1982 demo, No Life ‘til Leather. That seven-song demo, which was recorded July 6 of th...
 
11. Carly Simon Announces Expanded Re-Release of ‘The Bedroom Tapes - Special Edition’ (4/16/2015)
With an iconic career spanning over four decades, touching on film, fashion, literature and popular music, Carly Simon continues to expand upon her already prodigious legacy. Simon is set to re-release The Bedroom Tapes - Special Edition through...
 
12. New Jason Isbell Album Announced for July 17 (4/16/2015)
Jason Isbell will release Something More Than Free, his highly anticipated fifth album, on July 17 via Southeastern Records. The album features Isbell’s Southern-inspired vignettes of working class men, women and traditions that permeate these ...
 
13. Watch Five Acoustic Guitarists Cover Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” — Video Finds (4/16/2015)
From the depths of YouTube, here’s another Video Find for you! Today we have five fingerstyle acoustic guitarists delivering an impromptu cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” The guitarists — Gareth Evans, Andrew Foy, Eddie van der Meer, A...
 
14. Sonny Landreth Premieres New Album, 'Bound by the Blues' — Exclusive (4/16/2015)
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of Bound by the Blues, the new album by slide guitar great Sonny Landreth. Bound by the Blues, which is a radical departure from Landreth's last two studio albums, will be released June 9 vi...
 
15. Klone Release a Distinctly Different Acoustic “Summertime” — Exclusive Song Premiere (4/16/2015)
I know what you’re thinking. You’ve heard this song a million times. But I can guarantee you’ve not heard this dark and intense version from French metal band, Klone. Easing in with guitar and sax, the song is slightly bent and a bit disturbing...
 
16. Cody Simpson Announces New Album 'Free' Out June 23 — Listen Now! (4/15/2015)
Australian singer/songwriter Cody Simpson is proud to announce the release of his much-anticipated upcoming album titled FREE> out June 23, 2015 via Coast House Records / Banana Beat Records which is also available for pre-order today. The a...
 
17. Dave Edmunds Plays "Sabre Dance"; New Studio Album on the Way — Video (4/15/2015)
Today is the 71st birthday of Welsh guitarist Dave Edmunds—he of Rockpile and Love Sculpture fame, he who scored a Number 1 U.K. hit with "I Hear You Knocking" in 1970. Edmunds forged a successful solo career with a string of middle-weight hits,...
 
18. LessonFace with John Heussenstamm: Introduction to Jazz Guitar (4/15/2015)
This video and article offer introductory jazz 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...
 
19. Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" — Awesome Xylophone Cover — Video (4/15/2015)
Remember back in February when we shared the Louisville Leopard Percussionists' xylophone-and-marimba cover of Led Zeppelin's “Immigrant Song,” “The Ocean” and “Kashmir”? Well, they're back—this time with their version of Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy...
 
20. Art of Anarchy — with Scott Weiland and Bumblefoot — Premiere "‘Til the Dust Is Gone" Music Video (4/15/2015)
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "‘Til the Dust Is Gone," the new music video by Art of Anarchy. The band—let's call it a "mega group," actually—features vocalist Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), gui...
 
21. Ukulele/Metal Cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” – Video Finds (4/15/2015)
This is fun. What starts out as a charming ukulele cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” morphs into a full on metal assault. Behind it all are the guys from Timeless Skies from Tucson, AZ. Jonathon Lytwynczuk on Guitars/Bass/Ukulele, vocalist Mike C...
 
22. Essential Listening: Eric Johnson's 10 Greatest Guitar Songs (4/14/2015)
As much as he might try to deny it, Eric Johnson is a member of that small group of players sometimes referred to as "guitarists' guitarists." Players—like Jeff Beck, for instance—whose skills are (secretly, perhaps) the envy of his peers. John...
 
23. Martin Guitar Introduces New Models at Musikmesse 2015 — Photo Gallery (4/14/2015)
C. F. Martin & Co. announces new X Series and Road Series models, which are set to be unveiled at Musikmesse 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany April 15-18. The contemporary X Series new models to be showcased include the 00X1AE and GPX1AE and GPCR...
 
24. The Tallest Man On Earth Releases New Song — Listen Now! (4/14/2015)
Anyone who watched the beautiful trailer announcing The Tallest Man On Earth’s new album and first since 2012, Dark Bird Is Home, was offered a glimpse of the title track and what is sure to be an album favorite of many. Today, following the re...
 
25. Jack White Announces Surprise Acoustic Shows (4/14/2015)
After many years of performing in a multitude of configurations, Jack White is announcing that he will be taking a break from performing live for a long period of time. To cap off an incredible run of shows promoting his latest album Lazaretto,...
 
26. "Thrill" to the Sounds of Japanese Girl Band Band-Maid — Video (4/14/2015)
Those of us who keep a fairly close eye on social-media trends (and stuff like that) can't help but notice that a new girl band from Japan has been showing up more and more. And for good reason. They're called Band-Maid, they rock pretty convinc...
 
27. The DIY Musician: Handmade Copper Pipe Guitars and Scrap Iron Guitars (4/14/2015)
Two of the most freakish guitars in my extremely weird guitar collection were made by Tone-A-Cane Copper Pipe Guitars and Pete Regan’s Metal Guitars. Both were crafted using metal for body and necks. And both are so damn heavy, you could win b...
 
28. The Disco Fries and Nick Hexum of 311 Go Acoustic for “Head in the Clouds” — Exclusive Premiere (4/14/2015)
Today we have something really special to share! It’s an acoustic session of their new song “Head In The Clouds” caught on camera with the fabulous Disco Fries and Nick Hexum of 311. The session took place as part of the recording process for t...
 
29. Rich Robinson Announces and Discusses Record Store Day Release, “I Remember” — Video (4/14/2015)
Rich Robinson—guitarist, songwriter and co-founder of the Black Crowes—has announced the April 18 release of a Record Store Day exclusive 7-inch single via The End Records/Circle Sound. Limited to just 1,000 copies, the single “I Remember,” fro...
 
30. Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore Talks "Highway Star" Guitar Solo — Covers by John Petrucci, Joe Satriani and More (4/13/2015)
“Highway Star” is but one highlight of Machine Head, Deep Purple’s greatest triumph. Ironically, it almost never came to be. In early 1972, shortly after retreating to Montreaux, Switzerland, to record, the British band was beset by a wealth of ...
 
31. 100 Greatest Guitar Solos: No. 15 "Highway Star" (Ritchie Blackmore) (4/13/2015)
“Highway Star” is but one highlight of Machine Head, Deep Purple’s greatest triumph. Ironically, it almost never came to be. In early 1972, shortly after retreating to Montreaux, Switzerland, to record, the British band was beset by a wealth of ...
 
32. Stone Sour Premiere Cover of Metallica's "Creeping Death" (4/13/2015)
Stone Sour have premiered their new cover of Metallica's "Creeping Death." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook. Stone Sour's latest EP, Meanwhile, in Burbank, is due out April 18 for Record Store Day...
 
33. George Usher and Lisa Burns Release 'The Last Day of Winter' — Listen Now! (4/13/2015)
New York songwriters George Usher and Lisa Burns return with the release of their song-cycle collaboration, The Last Day Of Winter just released last week by Near and Dear Music. Unable to use his hands or play any instruments for over two year...
 
34. Acoustic 12-String Metal Song — Video (4/13/2015)
As we all know by now, Internet dude Jarden Dines can always be counted on for a bit of mid-day, guitar-centric diversion. For instance, today we bring you one of his most recent videos, "12 String Metal Song." "I recorded all the guitar parts ...
 
35. Eric Clapton and Duane Allman's Isolated Guitar Tracks from "Layla" (4/13/2015)
We recently shared our story about Eric Clapton's isolated lead guitar track from the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." This, of course, reminded us of the equally fascinating lead guitar and vocal track from Derek and the Dominos' classi...
 
36. AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" — Classical Guitar Performance by Ash Wainman — Video (4/13/2015)
Here's a new one that was posted to YouTube over the weekend. It's a fingerstyle classical-guitar performance of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" by U.K. guitarist Ash Wainman. Some of you might remember Luca Stricagnoli's recent acoustic guitar arrangem...
 
37. AC/DC Perform "Back in Black" and "For Those About to Rock" at Coachella — Video (4/13/2015)
On April 10, AC/DC performed a two-hour, 20-song set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. It was the band's first show in six years. As we're reported, they've undergone some personnel changes since their last sh...
 
38. Rachel Garlin's "Gwendolyn Said" — Exclusive Song Premiere (4/13/2015)
Here’s a song from San Francisco-based Rachel Garlin that jumps right in with a catchy melody and upbeat feel. It’s “Gwendolyn Said” from her upcoming album Wink At July, due out April 21. Garlin enlightens us on the lyrical direction, “Riding t...
 
39. Paul Riario Demos the John Page Classic Ashburn Guitar — Video (4/13/2015)
In the video below, Guitar World Tech Editor Paul Riario demos the new double-cutaway, hard-body Ashburn model from John Page Classic. The Ashburn, which was designed by John Page, co-founder of the Fender Custom Shop and one of the greatest li...
 
40. Session Guitar: Do You Have the Guts to Keep It Real? (4/12/2015)
Allow me to apologize for my absence. "Busy" doesn't even come close to explaining how I tracked more than 70 songs in the past two months ... and kept my sanity. Let's talk. "Keeping it real." It's a dated phrase, for sure. However, it's a fitt...