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1. The Relapse Symphony’s “Savage Eyes” Acoustic Premiere (11/24/2014)
Here’s an intense acoustic version of The Relapse Symphony’s “Savage Eyes” from the band’s release Shadows — The Acoustic Sessions, due out December 16. Driving guitars and growly vocals deliver the painful message. It really works in this stri...
 
2. Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 3: Zakk Wylde Signature Cry Baby Vs. Cry Baby Multi-Wah (11/24/2014)
GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll—the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown—has reached Round 3! For the past month, we've been pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Now the compet...
 
3. The Abuser plugin promises "aggressive distortion" (11/24/2014)
Read more about The Abuser plugin promises "aggressive distortion" at MusicRadar.com You probably wouldn't expect a plugin called The Abuser to go particularly gentle on your audio and, sure enough, Audiority's new release is said to be a distor...
 
4. Paul Stacey, Fender Classic Players and more new guitar demos in The Gear Show episode 5 (11/24/2014)
Read more about Paul Stacey, Fender Classic Players and more new guitar demos in The Gear Show episode 5 at MusicRadar.com The makers of Guitarist, Total Guitar and Guitar Techniques magazines and MusicRadar.com present The Gear Show, a monthly ...
 
5. Monster Licks Unleashed with Glenn Proudfoot: Blues Scale Chaos — Video (11/23/2014)
I've found that incorporating the flat 5, major 3rd or 6th into the pentatonic scale can really open up your legato possibilities. Obviously, there's a drastic tonal difference between these notes, but as they are being added to the minor pentat...
 
6. Sunday Strum, Episode 17: 16th Note/Stutter Phrase — Lesson (11/23/2014)
This week, I go over an all-downstroke 16th note strumming pattern. By adding a measure of 2/4 at the end, I create a little hiccup or stutter. That, in conjunction with adding a fair amount of rests, gives the pattern a punctuated feel. Th...
 
7. Total Guitar issue 261 on sale now: Dimebag, 10 years gone (11/23/2014)
Read more about Total Guitar issue 261 on sale now: Dimebag, 10 years gone at MusicRadar.com Total Guitar issue 261 is on sale now
 
8. Guide to The Beatles' White Album: the Recording Equipment, the Songs, the Conflicts (11/22/2014)
Having opened a Pandora's box with their critically acclaimed and commercially successful album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles faced serious competition from a variety of open-minded artists who were expanding rock music's ba...
 
9. Gear Review: Sonic Pipe Elbow 3-Watt Practice Amp (11/21/2014)
Like some other rock-star accessories, the Sonic Pipe practice amp looks like something you probably wouldn't be able to take on a plane. It turns out it's a unique U.S.-made practice amp for under $50. I had to learn more. The E-3.1 is part of ...
 
10. Betcha Can't Play This: Nita Strauss Solo Lick from Alice Cooper Tour (11/21/2014)
Here's a brand-new edition of Betcha Can't Play This featuring Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss, who visited Guitar World HQ last month. Last time, she played a Descending Legato Lick. This time, she demonstrates a lick from her solo spotligh...
 
11. Celebrate the Holidays with 'The Ultimate Christmas Guitar Songbook' (11/21/2014)
The Ultimate Christmas Guitar Songbook is available now a the Guitar World Online Store for $19.95. The book features 100 songs in a variety of notation styles, from easy guitar and classical guitar arrangements to note-for-note guitar tab trans...
 
12. 'The Turn': Live Guitarist Chad Taylor Discusses New Album, Guitars and ‘Throwing Copper’ (11/21/2014)
It was a turning point when the band Live took a self-imposed hiatus in 2009. Lead singer Ed Kowalczyk wanted to focus on a solo career while the band wanted to return to a more ensemble-based format. Unable to resolve their impasse, the band a...
 
13. 'Ouroboros': The New Orleans Suspects’ Funkified Masterpiece (11/21/2014)
You could apply the term “supergroup” to the New Orleans Suspects, and it wouldn't be hyperbole. These cats have been there, done that and have the chops to prove it. Saxophonist Jeff Watkins’ career includes a dozen years leading James Brown’s ...
 
14. iRig HD-A brings Mic/Instrument input to Android (11/21/2014)
Read more about iRig HD-A brings Mic/Instrument input to Android at MusicRadar.com The recent releases of iRig HD-A and iRig Mic HD-A bring guitar and microphone input to Android users, tipping the scales – at least a little – from the dominant ...
 
15. Guitarist Eva Vergilova Covers Prince's "Purple Rain" — Video (11/21/2014)
Every now and then—more like every 12 seconds—there's a video that suddenly clicks with the universe and racks up an untold number of Instagram, Facebook and Twitter shares, views and comments. Below, we present one such video. It's a homemade ...
 
16. Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 3: Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face Vs. Way Huge Angry Troll Boost (11/21/2014)
GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll—the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown—has reached Round 3! For the past month, we've been pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Now the compet...
 
17. John Petrucci play tests Mesa/Boogie Mark Five: 25 mini amp (11/21/2014)
Read more about John Petrucci play tests Mesa/Boogie Mark Five: 25 mini amp at MusicRadar.com The guitar world erupted with excitement at the news that Mesa/Boogie had been beavering away on a 25-watt mini head version of its legendary Mar
 
18. Me in my studio: Vashti Bunyan (11/21/2014)
Read more about Me in my studio: Vashti Bunyan at MusicRadar.com UK singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan released her first alb
 
19. In the studio: Sylosis (11/21/2014)
Read more about In the studio: Sylosis at MusicRadar.com In these times of dwindling record sales and watered-down melodic metallers filling arenas, you can perhaps forgive hard-working Brit bands for trying to make their sound more accessible a...
 
20. Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 2: Cry Baby Classic Wah Wah Vs. Cry Baby Multi-Wah (11/20/2014)
GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll—the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown—has reached Round 2! For the past month, we've been pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Now the compet...
 
21. Gus G talks star-studded Metal All Stars show (11/20/2014)
Read more about Gus G talks star-studded Metal All Stars show at MusicRadar.com The metal show of the year? "Without a doubt," says Gus G. "And not only because my greatness is part of it, but because of all of the other fine fellows, you don't ...
 
22. Hear Stevie Ray Vaughan Perform at the Soap Creek Saloon in Austin in 1975 (11/19/2014)
A lot of super-vintage Stevie Ray Vaughan recordings—including a few videos—have been turning up on YouTube in recent weeks. Below, you can check out the latest (posted November 17). It's a recording of Paul Ray & The Cobras at the Soap Cree...
 
23. Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 2: MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay Vs. Way Huge Echo-Puss Delay (11/19/2014)
GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll—the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown—has reached Round 2! For the past month, we've been pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Now the compet...
 
24. Rhiannon Giddens Announces Solo Debut Album 'Tomorrow Is My Turn,' Due February 10 — Listen Now! (11/19/2014)
Rhiannon Giddens, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, makes her solo recording debut with Tomorrow Is My Turn, due out February 10 on Nonesuch Records (vinyl to come Ma...
 
25. Session Guitar: Improve Your Mixes with These 15 Simple Steps (11/19/2014)
Hello! Since this is a "session" blog, I thought we'd better review a few mixing basics. We all do a certain amount of home recording, and this crucial step might just save your sound! By following some basic steps used by most professional mix...
 
26. Gibson launches Explorer Blackout and '59 ES-225 TD (11/19/2014)
Read more about Gibson launches Explorer Blackout and '59 ES-225 TD at MusicRadar.com Gibson has unveiled its new Explorer Blackout and 1959 ES-225 TD guitars.ES-225The ES-225 was initially introduced in 1956 as a close relative of the ES-125, t...
 
27. How to make it big on YouTube with your music (11/19/2014)
Read more about How to make it big on YouTube with your music at MusicRadar.com So far in this series we've shown you how to take advantage of GoPro cameras and GoPro's Studio software to create awesome video edits for promoting your music. Whe...
 
28. On the radar: Nothing More (11/19/2014)
Read more about On the radar: Nothing More at MusicRadar.com It should be writ large in every band's handbook: 'back thyself.' "We'd approached labels before and it was always 'What can we do with it?'," says Mark Vollelunga, guitarist with San ...
 
29. MIA Awards 2014: best guitar, tech and drum gear revealed (11/19/2014)
Read more about MIA Awards 2014: best guitar, tech and drum gear revealed at MusicRadar.com Designed to cel
 
30. Knaggs Guitars to Introduce Steve Stevens Signature Model at 2015 Winter NAMM Show (11/18/2014)
Longtime Billy Idol collaborator Steve Stevens and Knaggs Guitars have announced the Steve Stevens Signature model SS2. Tailored to Stevens’ specs and preferences, it will accompany the guitarist on Idol’s 2015 world tour. Limited to 100 instru...
 
31. Breedlove Announces Updates to the Studio Series for 2015 (11/18/2014)
Breedlove Stringed Instruments is proud to present the 2015 Stage Series – designed and quality checked in Bend, Oregon. Designed for recorded acoustic guitar performances, the Studio series captures all the sparkling detail and nuance of your ...
 
32. JJ Grey and Mofro Announce the Release of 'Ol' Glory' on March 3 (11/18/2014)
Celebrated soulful ensemble JJ Grey & Mofro will release their newest recording Ol’ Glory on March 3rd. This album marks their debut on Provogue Records, which is part of the Mascot Label Group. Ol’ Glory contains 12 new songs that feature...
 
33. Early Metallica: Live at the Agora in Cleveland, December 1983 — Listen (11/18/2014)
It seems a bit of super-early Metallica—audio, at least—has turned up on the interwebs. It's a recording of the band performing December 18, 1983, at Cleveland's Agora—almost a year away from Ride the Lightning. Setlist: The Ecstasy of Gold (Enn...
 
34. Secrets of Shred with Sammy Boller: A Guide to Pentatonic Slides (11/18/2014)
In this lesson, I’ll be demonstrating one of the best ways to transition up and down the neck on the fly. I frequently utilize this technique because it’s easy to play fast and expand into many complex riffs and ideas. The premise of this less...
 
35. Mike Cerna Premieres New Song, "Soul In Motion" (11/18/2014)
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the premiere of "Soul In Motion," a new song by guitarist Mike Cerna. The track is from Starbound, Cerna’s instrumental guitar debut. The new release features homages to instrumental genres of yesterday and today....
 
36. Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 2: MXR Super Badass Distortion Vs. MXR Distortion+ (11/18/2014)
GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll—the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown—has reached Round 2! For the past month, we've been pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Now the compet...
 
37. The Next Bend: 10 Essential B-Bender Guitar Songs (11/18/2014)
Welcome to "The Next Bend," GuitarWorld.com's new column dedicated to B-bending guitarists, guitars, gear, news, licks, songs and more. For the uninitiated, a B-bender is a contraption (the perfect word for it) that lives in- or outside your gui...
 
38. SongTown: How To Record Effective Home Demos (11/18/2014)
People often ask me if they have to do full-production demos to present songs to publishers or major artist? I do a fair amount of full demos, but I also have had about half of my cuts from pitching home demos done on a very basic set-up on my m...
 
39. Victory launches V40 The Duchess amp (11/18/2014)
Read more about Victory launches V40 The Duchess amp at MusicRadar.com British amplifier manufacturer Victory Amps has unveiled the new 40-watt single-channel Duchess head, and we've got an exclusive first look at it being put through its paces....
 
40. Reverend Guitars Releases Charger 290 Limited Edition (11/17/2014)
Each fall, Reverend Guitars takes one of its models and turns up the volume a bit to make a limited-edition machine. This year, the company chose the Charger 290. The model will be released in three colors: Metallic Alpine Green, Metallic Red ...