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Eric Clapton Pays Tribute to B.B. King: ‘He Was a Beacon’

May 16th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Eric Clapton pays his respects to his close friend B.B. King, who died last night at the age of 89, in a video he posted on Facebook. A close friend of the late blues legend, Clapton also cites King as one of his greatest influences. ”He was a beacon for all of us who loved this kind of music, and [...]

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Watch Marty Stuart Sing, Shred and ‘Streamline’ on ‘Letterman’

February 1st, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

“I’m a streamline lover; nobody touch my speed.” That’s a line from “Streamline,” a bluesy track from the most recent album from Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning. Although in the context of the song, it extols the virtues of a “backwoods Romeo,” it also works well to describe Stuart’s band and [...]

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Watch Prince’s Incredible Eight-Minute ‘SNL’ Medley

November 3rd, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

By Daniel Kreps | November 2, 2014 The last time Prince had eight uninterrupted minutes on national television, he was performing at the Super Bowl XLI halftime show in 2007. While that gig featured greatest hits like “1999,” “Purple Rain” and Let’s Go Crazy,” Prince’s Saturday Night Live set featured tracks that were likely unknown to most [...]

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Blackberry Smoke Bust Out of a ‘One Horse Town’ – Video Premiere

July 20th, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

Taking cues from the era of album-oriented Southern rock — not to mention cutting their teeth on club and arena stages nationwide night after night — perhaps the only thing surprising about Blackberry Smoke dropping a double-live album is that it didn’t happen sooner. Certainly card-carrying members of the band’s burgeoning cult following who fell [...]

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The Secret to Creating Harmony Bends

May 12th, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

This kind of position is most often associated with country and especially Southern Rock, which always has used many harmony positions. The secret behind this particular one is that it utilizes exactly the same position and bend approach in all 3 cases, creating what would be a three-part or two-part harmony. What ends up being [...]

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Neil Young’s Pono Kickstarter Raises Over $6 Million

April 15th, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

<!– –> <!– –> The Kickstarter campaign to fund Neil Young‘s PonoMusic player reached its goal of $800,000 less than 10 hours after it went live. Now, the campaign has ended after earning nearly eight times that figure. It is officially the third highest-funded campaign in Kickstarter history. Watch 10 stunning videos from Neil Young’s [...]

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The ‘Longest’ Pentatonic Scales

March 25th, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

This lesson is strictly aimed at building the guitarist’s movement from position to position, and is geared towards building your knowledge in new and higher positions and their locations. We will work in open and closed positions for this, and slides will be utilized throughout as “connectors.” The three main configurations of these scales will [...]

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Neil Young Reaches $800,000 Pono Kickstarter Goal in 1 Day

March 12th, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

<!– –> <!– –> Well, that was fast. At 11:00 p.m. EST Tuesday night, less than 10 hours after launching a Kickstarter page to raise money for his new digital music service PonoMusic and its accompanying player, Neil Young surpassed his goal of $800,000. Young and the PonoMusic team had set an expiration date of Tuesday, April [...]

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New 7th Chord Comping Positions and Walking Basslines

February 25th, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

The C7 chord position is one of the most useful and fun chords on the guitar, and can be a real revelation once you get the hang of it. The exercise I’ll teach you today that uses this position also happens to be one of the best left-hand chord exercises you can learn. It actually involves a [...]

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Finding the Key ‘Passing’ Notes

February 11th, 2014 · No Comments · Guitar

When one starts to utilize the various pentatonic scales, it becomes quite apparent that after awhile certain “outside” or “passing” notes become necessary to stretch these scales and their potential. What happens is there is a whole new array of licks and phrases that are born out of these notes being added, and the possibilities [...]

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