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1. Van Halen to Perform on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, May 17 (5/4/2015)
Billboard and Dick Clark Productions have announced that one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all-time, Van Halen, will perform on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, marking the band’s first-ever performance on an awards show with Eddie, Ale...
 
2. Jason Isbell Announces Summer Tour (5/4/2015)
Jason Isbell has announced tour dates in support of the July 17 release of his new album, Something More Than Free. Isbell will be touring extensively with his band The 400 Unit, featuring Derry Deborja (Keys), Chad Gamble (drums), Jimbo Hart (b...
 
3. John Petrucci Demos His Ernie Ball Music Man JP15 — Video (5/4/2015)
In this new video, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci walks you through the JP15 John Petrucci electric guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man. Click here for more info!
 
4. Guitar Gallery: Steve Vai’s Ibanez Jem (5/4/2015)
Feast your eyes on Steve Vai’s Ibanez JEM guitar he named “Evo” after the Dimarzio Evolution pickups installed in it. Photographed by Lisa S. Johnson in Los Angeles, August 28th, 2010, for the pictorial masterwork, 108 Rock Star Guitars, “Evo”...
 
5. Sarah Blacker’s “It Shows” — Exclusive Song Premiere (5/1/2015)
Today we’re thrilled to share with you the premiere of Sarah Blacker’s ukulele-based “It Shows.” The track is included on Blacker’s upcoming release, In Waves, out May 19. “This song is about when you know you're in love but neither person is ad...
 
6. Good Old War Releases Lyric Video for "Tell Me What You Want From Me" (5/1/2015)
Broken Into Better Shape is the fourth full-length release for Good Old War, due out on June 30. It’s the follow up to the band’s successful 2012 album Come Back As Rain which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. The new album incl...
 
7. Jimi Hendrix's Playing Secrets Revealed in New Lesson Series! (4/30/2015)
Jimi Hendrix Playing Secrets, Guitar World's exclusive new lesson series, is now available through the Guitar World Lessons App and Webstore. It joins the ranks of the hundreds of lessons already available through Guitar World Lessons.
 
8. Mercies Perform “Zalea” Acoustically — Exclusive Video (4/30/2015)
LA’s Mercies were gracious enough to film an acoustic version of their song “Zalea” for us, which you can check out below! The track is featured on the band’s sophomore LP, Blue Against Green, which they released March 31. Originally from Conn...
 
9. B.B. King Discusses Scales and More — Video Lesson (4/30/2015)
OK — a bit of a diversion from our normal acoustic coverage — but we stumbled upon some seriously cool lesson videos with B.B. King that we had to share. It’s not often that a blues master like King sits down to discuss his technique and playin...
 
10. Alex Lifeson of Rush Shares the Story Behind "Closer to the Heart" (4/30/2015)
Alex Lifeson (Rush) “Closer to the Heart” A Farewell to Kings (1977) “All of our early albums were written on acoustic guitar. When Geddy [Lee, bass and vocals] and I would write the music, we’d sit down with a cassette recorder and two acoustic...
 
11. The Tallest Man On Earth Announces 'Dark Bird Is Home' Album Stream — Listen Now! (4/29/2015)
While Kristian Matsson’s fourth album, Dark Bird Is Home, is his most expansive work to date, teeming with horns, strings, and even backing vocals, there is no doubt in the notion that this is The Tallest Man On Earth in his truest form. Matsso...
 
12. Prestige Guitars Launches Five New Models (4/29/2015)
Prestige Guitars has announced the launch of five new models, including three from the Heritage Premier Series plus the Classic P90 and the Heritage Hollow TR. From the company: The Heritage Premier Series is the newest evolution in our Heritag...
 
13. Guitarist Mick Mars Talks Final Mötley Crüe Shows, New Music and More (4/29/2015)
Mötley Crüe recently announced the details of their final round of North American dates. The tour—Crüe’s last, ever—will conclude on New Year’s Eve in their hometown of Los Angeles, the same city where they began their career more than 34 years...
 
14. Learn to Play Brad Paisley's 'Play' Album (4/29/2015)
The matching folio to Play, Brad Paisley's incredible 2008 celebration of the six-string, is available now at the Guitar World Online Store. The book features notes and tabs for all 16 tunes on the mostly instrumental album, including: • Cli...
 
15. IK Multimedia Releases UltraTuner for Apple Watch (4/28/2015)
IK Multimedia, the pioneer and leader in mobile music creation, is pleased to announce that the latest version of UltraTuner for iPhone is now compatible with Apple's newest device, Apple Watch. Now musicians can accurately tune their instrumen...
 
16. Stephen Ross to Release New Album, 'Jabberwhacky' (4/28/2015)
Stephen Ross, one of Shrapnel Records' earliest discoveries, is back with a new album, Jabberwhacky, a stunning collection of well-arranged compositions laden with colorful chord changes, heavy grooves and melodic lines. It will be released May ...
 
17. Seymour Duncan Releases The Shapeshifter Tremolo Pedal — Video (4/28/2015)
Seymour Duncan has released The Shapeshifter tremolo pedal. From the company: The Shapeshifter was designed to be the ultimate tremolo pedal, with all the features players have been asking for. Building on the original Shapeshifter, it's now sig...
 
18. Shred Guitar Version of The Beatles' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" — Video (4/28/2015)
While the Beatles' 1969 track "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is, indeed, "heavy," it's not exactly a shred masterpiece. There is a guitar solo on the Beatles' recording, but it's a simple pentatonic take on the song's melody line, as played by J...
 
19. Metallica's "Seek & Destroy": Rootsy Acoustic Cover by Finland's Steve ‘N’ Seagulls — Video (4/28/2015)
Finland's Steve ‘N’ Seagulls, the guys who brought you acoustic, bluegrass-tinged covers of Dio's "Holy Diver" and Iron Maiden's "The Trooper," are back with a new cover—and a new video. Below, check out their new rendition of Metallica's "Seek ...
 
20. Eight Acoustic Blues Masters — Video (4/27/2015)
Feeling a little down and out? There’s no better soundtrack for your mood than the blues. Here we rounded up an inspiring assembly of guitar masters really laying it down on acoustic guitar. From current blues wizards to classic masters, check o...
 
21. The Firefly Guitar Pick: Create an LED Light Show Timed to Your Music — Video (4/27/2015)
Here's a little something we spotted on Facebook recently. It's the Firefly Pick, a guitar pick that lights up as you play guitar. Actually, it's a bit more interesting than that. Here's some of the literature from its Amazon.com page: "The Fir...
 
22. .strandberg* 6-, 7- and 8-String Headless Guitars — Scientifically Engineered for Comfort (4/27/2015)
With a client list including Tosin Abasi, Devin Townsend, Guthrie Govan, Allan Holdsworth and Misha Mansoor, and signature models by Chris Letchford, Paul Masvidal, Per Nilsson and Plini, Sweden-based Strandberg Guitars isn't exactly a secret an...
 
23. Jazz Guitar Corner: Modernize Your Jazz Blues Chords (4/27/2015)
Comping over a jazz blues chord progression is something every jazz guitarist needs to be able to do in order to function in a jam or gig situation. While many of us study traditional chord shapes such as 3rds and 7ths, Drop 2 and Drop 3 chords...
 
24. John Petrucci Demos Signature Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty Guitar — Video (4/27/2015)
In this new video posted by Ernie Ball, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci demos and discusses the John Petrucci Majesty electric guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man. "The Majesty guitar symbolizes the very reason why I am so proud to be a Musi...
 
25. Eight Questions with In This Moment Guitarist Randy Weitzel (4/27/2015)
On the eve of In This Moment's latest round of U.S. tour dates, we tracked down guitarist Randy Weitzel and gave him the "eight questions" treatment. GUITAR WORLD: What got you into playing and made you think about doing it for a living? Ever si...
 
26. Glenn Proudfoot Premieres "Gatton" Music Video, Featuring Johnny Hiland — Exclusive (4/27/2015)
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a new music video from Glenn Proudfoot. The song, "Gatton," a tribute to the late Danny Gatton, features a guest appearance by Johnny Hiland. The track be found on Proudfoot's new studio ...
 
27. SongTown: 4 Ways a Song Becomes "Better" (4/27/2015)
I’ve become a student of songwriting. The more I have tried to teach songwriting, the more I realize that I can only teach what I’ve learned, so I’m continually studying and trying to learn. Whether you are trying to write songs for the commerci...
 
28. Polyphia Premiere "Aviator" Music Video Featuring Chelsea Grin's Jason Richardson — Exclusive (4/27/2015)
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of Polyphia's new music video for "Aviator," a song that features Chelsea Grin's Jason Richardson. The track is from the band's debut album, Muse, which was released April 21 via Headphone M...
 
29. August Burns Red Exclusive: "In the Studio with JB Brubaker" — Video (4/27/2015)
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "In the Studio with JB Brubaker," a new video featuring the August Burns Red guitarist—and his gear! In the clip, which you can watch below, Brubaker discusses the effects and guitars use...
 
30. Vintage Acoustic Heaven at Willie's American Guitars (4/26/2015)
A trip out of town always holds a bit of excitement for me. But any trip is even more intriguing with a stop at a local music store. This week I spent a couple of days in St. Paul, Minnesota. Now, I’ve never been to Minnesota, so when an opport...
 
31. 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...
 
32. 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...
 
33. 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...
 
34. 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...
 
35. 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.
 
36. 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...
 
37. 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 ...
 
38. ‘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...
 
39. 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...
 
40. "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...