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1. 100 Greatest Guitar Solos: No. 50 "Shock Me" (Ace Frehley) (4/26/2015)
“I basically did the same solo every night on that tour, with minor alterations, so I had it kind of planned out when I did it the night we recorded it for Alive II album,” Ace Frehley says. "But if you listen carefully to the ‘Shock Me’ solo, y...
 
2. Women Shine at the 2015 She Rocks ASCAP Expo Showcase (4/24/2015)
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...
 
3. The Top 10 Guitar Harmonies of All Time (4/24/2015)
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 e...
 
4. Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, Alex Skolnick and More to Set Sail on Axes & Anchors Cruise (4/24/2015)
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”—t...
 
5. John Petrucci Demos Ernie Ball Music Man JPBFR6 John Petrucci Ball Family Reserve Guitar — Video (4/24/2015)
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.
 
6. Steve Vai’s New Guitar Camp Experience and DVD Offer Up-Close Encounters with a Guitar Icon (4/24/2015)
“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 20...
 
7. The Iron Maidens' Nita Strauss and Courtney Cox: "The Trooper" Playthrough Video (4/24/2015)
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive playthrough video of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper," as performed by Iron Maidens guitarists Nita Strauss, left, and Courtney Cox. The video, which you can check out below, shows some extremely up-close ...
 
8. ‘Peace Out’: Guitarist Gunnar Nelson Talks New Nelson Album, Guitars and ‘After the Rain’ (4/23/2015)
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...
 
9. Electro-Harmonix Unveils the Nano POG Pedal, "the Smallest Polyphonic Octave Generator" — Video (4/23/2015)
Electro-Harmonix has introduced its new Nano POG pedal, which the company calls "the Smallest Polyphonic Octave Generator." From EHX: The new Nano POG, which expands EHX’s line of polyphonic octave generators (including the POG2 and the Micro PO...
 
10. "How Korn Got Their Name" — Video (4/23/2015)
You might remember Joey Siler from his videos, “Kitties in Chains ‘Cat in the Box’,” and “Cooking Hostile with Phil Anselmo.” Well, he’s back with a new video called “Secret Metal Mysteries,” which looks into the hilarious history of how Korn g...
 
11. Ten Questions with While She Sleeps Guitarist Sean Long (4/23/2015)
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 releas...
 
12. The DIY Musician: Increasing Your Band's Merch Sales, Part 2 (4/23/2015)
In Part 1 of this column, I talked about specific items that can increase your profits. In part 2, I’m giving you a whole bunch of random ideas. Share this with your bandmates or merch people. Maybe there’s a tip you can use to make more money...
 
13. Breedlove Launches Custom Sound Studio Website (4/23/2015)
Breedlove Guitars of Bend, Oregon is proud to offer musicians, artists and collectors a truly magical musical opportunity. With the Breedlove Custom Sound Studio, anyone can design their dream instrument and have it built by Breedlove’s master ...
 
14. Artist Airbrushes "Skelluitar" Guitar from Start to Finish — Video (4/23/2015)
In the newly released time-lapse video below, watch artist Jordon Bourgeaut airbrush a guitar from start to finish. "In this video, I paint a guitar to match my original 'skulleidoscope'-style paint jobs," Bourgeaut writes. "It follows the whol...
 
15. Rut-Busters for Guitarists, Part 3 of 8: Phrasing (4/23/2015)
Welcome to Part 3 of my series of lessons, "Rut Busters for Guitarists." You can find Part 1 and Part 2 under RELATED CONTENT, just below my photo. These lessons are aimed at breaking through barriers that might be preventing you from improving ...
 
16. Cracking the Code with Troy Grady: How to Play Vinnie Moore’s “Pepsi Lick” — Video (4/23/2015)
Vinnie Moore is not only one of the most accomplished and respected players in rock guitar—he’s also a pioneer of instructional video. In the wake of the Yngwie Malmsteen-inspired sea change toward picking technique virtuosity in the Eighties,...
 
17. Butch Walker Releases Acoustic Cover of Tove Lo's "Talking Body" (4/22/2015)
Butch Walker has shared a stripped back version of Tove Lo's "Talking Body" created with piano and acoustic guitar. Walker's cover reveals the bones of the song, converting the synth-pop anthem into something more intimate. Butch said of the s...
 
18. Vanessa Carlton Shares New Acoustic Song "Young Heart" (4/22/2015)
Nashville based, Vanessa Carlton shares her wistful new song titled “Young Heart." “Young Heart” was recorded as part of the sessions for Carlton’s upcoming album, Liberman, due for release this fall. The track is also currently available via di...
 
19. How to Navigate Your First Time Performing at a Festival (4/22/2015)
Last year I accomplished my dream of playing festivals. I’ve already done four in the last year. Somehow I instinctively knew how to manage my first one. Whatever I suggest here is what worked for me as a current solo artist. Some things will wo...
 
20. Stevie Ray Vaughan Shows How He Plays "Rude Mood," "Superstition" and "Hideaway" — Video (4/22/2015)
In the fascinating 1989 video below, Stevie Ray Vaughan sits down for a frank interview with a U.K. reporter. During the interview, Vaughan, who is clutching his Number One Strat, launches into "Hideaway," an upbeat instrumental blues classic fr...
 
21. Eddie Van Halen Discusses 'Tokyo Dome Live in Concert,' Van Halen’s First Official Live Record with David Lee Roth (4/22/2015)
Van Halen accomplished a lot during the seven and a half years between the release of the band’s debut album in 1978 and David Lee Roth’s departure from the band in 1985. However, one thing Van Halen never did during that period was release an ...
 
22. Glen Campbell Plays "The William Tell Overture" — Video (4/22/2015)
Today, in honor of Glen Campbell's 79th birthday, we thought we'd share an impressive guitar performance by the "Wichita Lineman" from 1974. The pro-shot clip below, which is introduced by none other than Bob Hope, was filmed in September 1974 i...
 
23. Tribute to Pantera's Dimebag Darrell: Michael Angelo Batio's Shred Medley — Video (4/22/2015)
During the long, cold, eternal winter of 2015, guitar virtuoso Michael Angelo Batio dropped by the Guitar World studio—and the YouTube studios—in New York City to film a few lesson videos. He also laid down this new shred tribute to the late Dim...
 
24. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Premiere "It's All Going to Pot" — Video (4/22/2015)
Here’s Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard layin’ it down on "It's All Going to Pot.” The song appears on the collaborative album by this pair, Django and Jimmie,/em> scheduled for release on June 2. Django and Jimmie premieres 14 brand-new stu...
 
25. Megan Slankard’s “Next To You (A Nuclear Love Song)” — Exclusive Premiere (4/21/2015)
Here’s a quirky, fun song from San Francisco alt/rock artist Megan Slankard. “Next To You (A Nuclear Love Song)” appears on Slankard’s upcoming release Running on Machinery, due out May 19, 2015. Produced by Alex Wong (Vienna Teng, Delta Rae), ...
 
26. An Interview With Lisa Loeb — Presented by Breedlove (4/21/2015)
Lisa Loeb's career spans decades. Twenty years ago she became a household name with her single "Stay (I Missed You)" from the ​Reality Bites​ soundtrack. Since then she's been on a roll with with tours, designing her own eyewear line, kids a...
 
27. Acoustic Nation with Dale Turner: The Deft Fingerpicking and Odd-Tuning Riffage of Stephen Stills (4/21/2015)
Stephen Stills’ status as a rock legend stems just as much from his singing and songwriting contributions in Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young) and his own solo work as it does from his innovative acoustic and electric gu...
 
28. Metal for Life with Metal Mike: A Practice Piece That Incorporates Useful, Challenging Techniques (4/21/2015)
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 thes...
 
29. String Theory: Fun with Two Bright-Sounding, Uniquely Flavored Scales Built from the Same Six Notes (4/21/2015)
Last month, I presented the intriguingly exotic C Lydian hexatonic scale, which is formed by combining C and D triads (C E G + D F# A = C D E F# G A). Now, as we had done with E minor and D major hexatonic in the preceding lesson (April 2015 is...
 
30. Thrash Course with Dave Davidson: Exploiting Odd-Time Meters, and How I Play “Madness Opus” and “Witch Trials” (4/21/2015)
A favorite compositional technique of mine in the songs I record and perform with Revocation is to incorporate the use of odd and shifting meters in the writing of primary riffs. Another cool approach I often take is to combine straight 4/4 tim...
 
31. Ritchie Blackmore Shows Off His Favorite Guitars — Video (4/21/2015)
In the video below, former Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore—who now plies his trade with Blackmore’s Night—shows off and discusses several of his guitars. The video also features his wife, Candice Night, another key figure in ...
 
32. Guitars Made from Classic Nintedo Systems — Video (4/21/2015)
Cigar box guitars are cool and all, but they might've met their (somewhat) modern-day match. GetLoFi.com creates a variety of guitars made from the cases of old Nintendo systems. You can check out a photo gallery of four models below. If you wan...
 
33. Listen to Kurt Cobain’s Unreleased Cover of The Beatles’ “And I Love Her” (4/21/2015)
A previously unheard recording of Kurt Cobain covering The Beatles’ “And I Love Her” acoustically has appeared online. The rough-sounding (but nonetheless magical!) recording was found during the making of the new documentary, Kurt Cobain: Mont...
 
34. The Top 10 Drinking Songs of All Time (4/21/2015)
Revelry and music go hand in hand. Having the best musical selections for an evening of imbibing—be it for your next party, the juke at your favorite watering hole, or your bar band’s set list—is as essential as knowing what hors d’oeuvres to s...
 
35. How to Start a Fire with a Guitar Pick — Video (4/21/2015)
You're wife's cousin talks you into going a hike with "the whole gang." Then your wife says, "Why not bring your guitar for when we're sitting around the campfire?" You oblige. Hours later, just as your wife's cousin tries to start the campfire...
 
36. John Mayer, Jimmie Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr., Doyle Bramhall II Play "Pride and Joy," "Texas Flood" and "Six Strings Down" — Video (4/21/2015)
Although HBO won't broadcast Saturday night's 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony till May 30, we Stevie Ray Vaughan fans are in luck. You can now watch the entire Hall of Fame performance by Jimmie Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr., Doyle...
 
37. Ten Great Resources for Singer-Songwriters (4/20/2015)
The life of a musician can be tough, and as an artist, I'm always looking for new ways to keep the juices flowing. Here are my favorite sources of support and inspiration for your journey as a singer-songwriter. 1. The War of Art: Break Throug...
 
38. Dear Guitar Hero: Richard Williams Discusses Kansas' History, Versatility and Lasting Influence (4/20/2015)
Richard Williams. He’s played on every Kansas album since with the group’s self-titled 1974 debut. But what Guitar World readers really want to know is… Why do you think the Seventies produced so many iconic bands? — Rich Fazio It was a time of ...
 
39. Monster Licks Unleashed: An Exercise in Melodic Chaos — Video (4/20/2015)
In this Monster Lick, I'm using the E minor pentatonic scale along with the diminished 7 arpeggio. The techniques I'm using here are arpeggio sweeps, legato and tapping. This lick is my favorite way to create chaos in a solo. We all know a gui...
 
40. Kings of the Brushwood Thicket's “Do You Believe” — Exclusive Song Premiere (4/20/2015)
Today we’re happy to premiere a brand new track from Queens, New York’s Kings of the Brushwood Thicket. The project is the brainchild of Bruce Erik Brauer, former guitarist of the NYC rock outfit Dog Society. It was the recent and sudden loss ...