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1. 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...
 
2. 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 ...
 
3. 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...
 
4. Watch This Ibanez Guitar Get a Custom Three-Color Swirl Paint Job — Video (4/20/2015)
We know patience is a rare virtue these days, especially when it comes to watching online videos (for longer then three seconds), but we recommend that you watch this clip to the end. The mesmerizing four-minute-long video, which was posted Apri...
 
5. The DIY Musician: Increasing Your Band's Merch Sales, Part 1 (4/20/2015)
Band merch isn’t just an afterthought for me. It makes up a big portion of my income as a professional musician. I don’t have a merch stand. I have a traveling music store with shirts, CDs, cigar box guitars, guitar slides, beer can mics and mo...
 
6. Jimmie Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr. and John Mayer Play "Texas Flood" with Double Trouble — Video (4/20/2015)
Saturday night, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Following John Mayer's induction speech, during which he called the late SRV “the ultimate guitar hero,” Mayer joined Gary Clark Jr., Jimmie...
 
7. Zakk Wylde Shreds and Discusses Wylde Audio Guitars and Amps on 'That Metal Show' — Video (4/20/2015)
Inspired by this morning's post about Kirk Hammett and Michael Schenker's jam session on the April 18 edition of That Metal Show, we thought we'd share this clip of Zakk Wylde's recent visit to the VH1 show. In the video, which you can check out...
 
8. Fingerpicking Fundamentals: Core Concepts for Beginning Fingerpickers (4/20/2015)
In this video Ian Wong of Learn Guitar Fast Tips explains some core fingerstyle concepts. Even if you are not an absolute beginner, this is a great refresher. In this video he cover the following: 1. Essential Chord Shapes 2. Range of motion f...
 
9. Kirk Hammett and Michael Schenker Jam Behind the Scenes on 'That Metal Show' — Video (4/20/2015)
The April 18 episode of That Metal Show featured the first-ever Kirk Hammett-Michael Schenker jam session. Below, you can watch the pair rehearsing on the set right before taping started. Things kicked off with “chord progression that would be g...
 
10. AC/DC Perform "Baptism by Fire" at Coachella — Video (4/18/2015)
Below, feast your eyes on some recently posted high-quality video of AC/DC performing "Baptism by Fire," a new track from 2014's Rock Or Bust, at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend (April 10). The clip, which was posted b...
 
11. Dragonforce's Herman Li Plays “Through the Fire and the Flames” Guitar Solo Underwater — Video (4/18/2015)
Below, check out some pretty damn impressive footage of Dragonforce's Herman Li playing the guitar solo to “Through the Fire and the Flames” underwater. Well, first in the water, then underwater. This aquatic feat was part of the Full Metal Cru...
 
12. 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...
 
13. 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!” ...
 
14. 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...
 
15. 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...
 
16. 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...
 
17. 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...
 
18. 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 ...
 
19. 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...
 
20. 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. "...
 
21. 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...
 
22. 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...
 
23. 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 ...
 
24. 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...
 
25. 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...
 
26. 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...
 
27. 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...
 
28. 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,...
 
29. 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...
 
30. 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...
 
31. 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...
 
32. 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...
 
33. 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...
 
34. 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...
 
35. 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...
 
36. 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,...
 
37. "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...
 
38. 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...
 
39. 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...
 
40. 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...