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1. Metal For Life with Metal Mike: How to Craft a Rhythmically and Harmonically Challenging, Heavy Single-Note Riff (4/24/2014)
One of the most important aspects of becoming a good metal guitarist is developing the ability to play long single-note lines with absolute precision, in regard to both picking articulation and locking into the beat. Every great metal guitarist...
 
2. It Might Get Weird: Sex-String Solidbody — The Rock ’n’ Wood Marilyn Guitar (4/24/2014)
If you agree that guitars and women are two of the sexiest things in the entire universe, then the Marilyn guitar is for you. It considerably ups the ante by combining the two, with a hand-carved body that perfectly duplicates every curve and d...
 
3. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to Honor Kenny Rogers (4/24/2014)
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will pay tribute to Kenny Rogers with the cameo exhibition “Kenny Rogers: Through the Years,” which opens on August 15, 2014, and runs through June 14, 2015. “Kenny Rogers redefined and elevated country...
 
4. Styx and Foreigner Prep ‘The Soundtrack of Summer’ Album and Tour (4/24/2014)
Legendary groups Foreigner and Styx will release The Soundtrack of Summer on May 6 to coincide with their tour of the same name. The tour also features very special guest Don Felder, former guitarist of The Eagles. The album, which features 1...
 
5. Orianthi Shows You How to Play "Heaven In This Hell" — Exclusive Lesson (4/24/2014)
In the exclusive lesson video below, Orianthi shows you how to play the solo from "Heaven in This Hell," the title track from her latest studio album. The video, which features close-up shots of the guitarist in action, also features the tabs fo...
 
6. Wild Stringdom with John Petrucci: Using Triad Arpeggios to Imply More Complex Chord Qualities (4/24/2014)
This month, I’m going to demonstrate how one can utilize simple triadic shapes and patterns in order to imply more complex and varied chord qualities. I find this to be a very cool and useful improvisational tool, because you can apply it to pl...
 
7. Review: Randall RG13 Guitar Pedal Amplifier (4/24/2014)
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the June 2014 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. The Randall RG...
 
8. 'Rolling Stones Gear' Author Andy Babiuk Takes Us Behind the Scenes for the Making of a Classic (4/24/2014)
“People ask me all the time — because I’ve done books about the Beatles and the Rolling Stones — who I like better, but it really wasn’t about that,” Andy Babiuk, author of the fantastic new Rolling Stones Gear told me recently. “I did...
 
9. Who was the greatest Strat player of the '60s? (4/24/2014)
Read more about Who was the greatest Strat player of the '60s? at MusicRadar.com 60 DAYS OF STRAT: As part of our epic celebration of all things Stratocaster, over the next few weeks we're setting off on a voyage through Strat history to settle ...
 
10. Mick Murphy talks Birds Of Satan (4/24/2014)
Read more about Mick Murphy talks Birds Of Satan at MusicRadar.com When Taylor Hawkins' new band The Birds of Satan was announced earlier this year, the internet pretty much exploded. First there was the polarizing name that got commenters froth...
 
11. Slayer Debut New Song, "Implode," at Revolver Golden Gods Show (4/24/2014)
Last night, April 23, at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre, Slayer surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included "Implode," the band's first new studio ...
 
12. The Purpose of Songwriting (4/24/2014)
I do a lot of thinking. Probably more than is really necessary. Having written my share of songs, and having heard some amazing writing by other songwriters, I’m always trying to be open to ideas and perspectives that I might not have had on fi...
 
13. Moon Taxi Premieres New Video for “Morocco” (4/23/2014)
Moon Taxi has released their most recent video for single “Morocco.” Directed by music and fashion photographer Matthew Wignall (Cold War Kids, Delta Spirit, Black Keys), the video was shot at dusk in the desert, capturing the band taking a trai...
 
14. Sevendust’s Acoustic Album Debuts at #1 on “Top Hard Music Albums” Chart (4/23/2014)
Sevendust wanted to make an acoustic studio album, solely because their family of fans has been clamoring for one since the release of 2004’s Southside Double-wide live acoustic album. They gave their fans exactly what they asked for, and in t...
 
15. All aboard the soul train with DJ Cassidy (4/23/2014)
Read more about All aboard the soul train with DJ Cassidy at MusicRadar.com DJ EXPO 2014: Imagine being DJ Cassidy right now. Not only does he have one of the most rabid fanbases in the world, but he's also Hollywood's hottest DJ thanks to playi...
 
16. Actor/Musician Drake Bell Discusses 'Ready Steady Go!,' His New Album with Brian Setzer (4/23/2014)
Guitarist Drake Bell wasn't made for these times. The actor/musician, best known for his work as teenage rocker Drake Parker on the Nickelodeon TV show Drake & Josh, actually grew up listening to the likes of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, the...
 
17. Beyond the Fretboard: The Double-Edged Sword of Guitar Idols, Part 2 (4/23/2014)
In Part 1 of this column, we discussed the transcendent ability of every "guitar idol" to inspire a new generation of musicians. Inspiration is the lifeblood of creative energy, and these notable individuals have been — and still are — the most ...
 
18. Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth, Gary Hoey and Bumblefoot Announce Guitar Gods Tour (4/23/2014)
This summer, Yngwie Malmsteen will join Uli Jon Roth, Gary Hoey and Guns N' Roses' Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal for the first-ever Guitar Gods festival tour. Malmsteen will headline the tour, which is billed an "epic celebration — six-plus hours — of...
 
19. Review: EVH Striped Series Guitar (4/23/2014)
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the June 2014 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. The EVH Wolfga...
 
20. Full Shred with Marty Friedman: Taking Licks You’ve Learned from Others and Making Them Your Own (4/23/2014)
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the June 2014 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. Hello, and wel...
 
21. Rick Springfield: the 10 records that changed my life (4/23/2014)
Read more about Rick Springfield: the 10 records that changed my life at MusicRadar.com
 
22. Machine Head Premiere New Song, "Killers & Kings" (4/23/2014)
As part of last weekend's Record Store Day, Machine Head released a 10-inch single with the "demo" version of a new song, "Killers & Kings." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook. P.S.: The B-side ...
 
23. Guitarist Dedicates 100 Days to Learn Sweep Picking; Video Shows the Results (4/23/2014)
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 my monitor on a daily basis. Sometimes I actually pause and think, "I'd like to try that." But to be...
 
24. Stream Rodrigo y Gabriela’s New Record ‘9 Dead Alive’ (4/23/2014)
Rodrigo y Gabriela's new record 9 Dead Alive is now streaming in its entirety. Take a listen here. 9 Dead Alive (ATO) will be released on April 29, and it is the band's first record of new material in five years. It is available for pre-order n...
 
25. Learn Ins and Outs of Blues Guitar with Keith Wyatt's New 'Talkin' Blues' DVD (4/23/2014)
The new Talkin' Blues DVD is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $14.99! With more than 90 minutes of instruction, Talkin' Blues provides you with 10 in-depth video lessons on essential blues musical elements and guitar-playing t...
 
26. Cigar Box: How to Build a Cigar Box Guitar for Around $25 (4/22/2014)
I decided to start this off by using the most common saying heard when someone lays their eyes on one of my guitars for the first time (myself included): "It’s a cigar box guitar!" Yes, and it's played similar to a regular guitar — and can do a...
 
27. Metal For Life with Metal Mike: Mega-Metal Licks in the Style of Metallica, Testament and Pantera (4/22/2014)
I’d like to focus on riffs and rhythm ideas that represent what I think of as “the real deal” metal. I’ve designed these riffs to help you build up both your pick-and fret-hand technique in regard to executing pure metal ideas like these with p...
 
28. Saliva Premiere Exclusive Commentary Videos for Four Songs from New Album, 'Rise Up' (4/22/2014)
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of four track-by-track commentary videos by Saliva. All four songs — "1,000 Eyes," "Redneck Freakshow," "Choke" and "Army" — will be included on the band's new album, Rise Up, which will be ...
 
29. SongTown USA: Right Song, Right Place, Right Time (4/22/2014)
People often ask me what it takes to get a song cut. The answer, as I have thought about it, is "Right song, right place, right time." My Kenny Chesney song, "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven" had been pitched around for months. People liked it....
 
30. Book excerpt: Joe Satriani's Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir (4/22/2014)
Read more about Book excerpt: Joe Satriani's Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir at MusicRadar.com Introspection isn't Joe Satriani's default mode. Since releasing his 1986 full-length debut, Not Of This Earth, the guitar star has moved at...
 
31. Ginger Baker row ends Cream reunion hopes? (4/22/2014)
Read more about Ginger Baker row ends Cream reunion hopes? at MusicRadar.com An argument between Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton may have shelved plans for a Cream reunion, according to Jack Bruce.Speaking to Rolling Stone Bruce suggested th
 
32. Jack White Records and Releases New Song, "Lazaretto," in Less Than Four Hours (4/21/2014)
Over the weekend, Jack White succeeded in his attempt to break the speed record for recording and releasing a single. White announced his plan earlier this month, declaring that "Lazaretto" would be "the world's fastest-released record ... in th...
 
33. Taylor Guitars Announces the Ultimate Custom Taylor Sweepstakes (4/21/2014)
To celebrate 40 years of crafting exceptional guitars, Taylor Guitars has teamed with Ultimate Ears, the leader in custom in-ear monitors used by musicians around the globe, to offer one lucky fan the chance of a lifetime: to build their own cus...
 
34. Exclusive Performance: Jonatha Brooke Live in the Acoustic Nation Studio (4/21/2014)
While she was in our studio, singer/songwriter and playwright Jonatha Brooke delighted us with a couple of live acoustic performances. Brooke's one-woman musical show, "My Mother Has Four Noses," is playing at the Duke Theater in NYC through th...
 
35. Walrus Audio Introduces Aetos Power Supply (4/21/2014)
Walrus Audio has introduced its new Aetos power supply. The Walrus Audio Aetos is an eight-output, isolated power supply, utilizing an internal custom-wound toroidal transformer to provide the highest noise filtering and cleanest power, giving a...
 
36. Slash Behind the Scenes: Ernie Ball Visits Slash in the Studio, Episode 8 (4/21/2014)
Ernie Ball's online series, Real to Reel with Slash, debuted in February on Slash's official YouTube channel. The latest (and final) installment — Episode 8, which you can watch below — shows Slash & Co. — better known as "Slash Featuring My...
 
37. Win the Ultimate CD, Distribution and Guitar Prize Package — Worth More Than $2,000 — from Backstage! (4/21/2014)
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38. Fastest Guitarist in the World? Phil Taylor Plays "Flight of the Bumblebee" at 1400 bpm (4/21/2014)
As some of you out there might know by now, we enjoy sharing YouTube videos of guitarists who claim to be the "world's fastest guitarist." Mind you, we don't have a hand in declaring anyone the fastest, or the slowest/kindest/worst dressed, etc....
 
39. Mastodon's Brent Hinds on the band's upcoming album and EP (4/21/2014)
Read more about Mastodon's Brent Hinds on the band's upcoming album and EP at MusicRadar.com Mastodon fans who have been pining for new music from the Atlanta-based progressive-metal quartet will be amply rewarded this year. The band will issue ...
 
40. Choice Cuts: The Best of Radiohead's Acoustic Magic (4/21/2014)
Rock has never been static. When it stays in the same place for too long, sticking stubbornly to what it may think is what’s best, it becomes stale, rather than solidly in place. No band has done more in moving rock forwards over the last quar...