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Billie Joe Armstrong’s Gibson Guitars

Michael Leonard
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07.20.2014

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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong turned 42 this month and during the last decade he’s matured into something of a vintage guitar aficionado. For his Gibsons, Armstrong relies on an array of Les Paul Juniors, Standards, Specials, an SG, an ES-335, his J-200s, an ES-135 and even a Custom Shop Les Paul.
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Ear Training: How I Learned Intervals from Black Sabbath

Peter Hodgson
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07.19.2014

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If you can hum a riff, it’s often easier to figure out how far apart each note is on the fretboard. It goes both ways: singing a riff can help you to transfer it to guitar, while learning a riff on guitar and then transferring it to vocals can teach your subconscious self all sorts of helpful things about melody and rhythm that might not be apparent from looking at the fretboard.
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Johnny Winter Remembered

Ted Drozdowski
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07.17.2014

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Guitar legend Johnny Winter was found dead at age 70 in his Zurich, Switzerland hotel room on Wednesday.
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3 Things That Suck About Music

Ted Drozdowski
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07.17.2014

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It’s the Worst Time to be a Musician: Don’t just take my word for it. The Nashville Business Journal ran a story this month.
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5 Bloodsucking Vampire Rock Songs

Ted Drozdowski
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07.16.2014

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Bloodsuckers are running a close second to zombies as the cool ghouls de jour, with True Blood about to kick into its final TV season and The Strain already sucking in viewers.
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The Power of the Onboard Boost

Peter Hodgson
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07.16.2014

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We love distortion but we know that if our pickups are wound too hot, we’ll lose clarity and articulation.
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Jimmy Page in the ‘60s: His Pre-Led Zeppelin Session Work

Russell Hall
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07.15.2014

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Casual rock fans know Jimmy Page mainly as the pioneering guitarist for Led Zeppelin. For years, however, Page was one the busiest session players in London, laying down tracks for everyone from The Who to Tom Jones to Donovan to The Kinks.
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It Takes Two Baby

Daniel Eriksson
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07.15.2014

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The White Stripes paved the way for the duo as a fully-fledged rock band. They were by no means first, White himself has said that he was inspired by the psychobilly two-piece the Flat Duo Jets. But The White Stripes certainly made it clear that this type of stripped down band sound can achieve mainstream success. The Black Keys is the band that first come to mind as the Stripes’ successors, but who are some of the other rock duos out there? Here’s a handful of bands that you need to check out if you haven’t already!
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On the Road with 311

Anne Erickson
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07.11.2014

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311 first brought their innovative and intense rock-reggae-rap hybrid to audiences in the ‘90s with riff-heavy, funky songs such as “Down,” “Beautiful Disaster” and “All Mixed Up.”
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Lights, Camera, Rock!

Russell Hall
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07.10.2014

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Everyone can reel off the names of singers and musicians who transitioned into acting—think of Sinatra, Elvis and Bowie, for starters. But what about artists who took the reverse course—first launching careers in film, and then going on to showcase their talents as musicians?
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