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Get the Maximum Out of Your First Electric Guitar

Ted Drozdowski
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08.13.2014

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If you’re an acoustic guitar player, going electric is a way to muscle up your game in a host of interesting ways. Plugging in opens up the sonic universe and grants a license to rock — and hard! If you’ve never played an electric guitar before, here are a few pointers to get you rolling down the “Highway To Hell” like a “Dazed and Confused” “Voodoo Child” in a “Purple Haze.”
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Own the Tone: Choosing the Right Humbucking and Single-Coil Pickups

Ted Drozdowski
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08.11.2014

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The biggest factor in purchasing a guitar is often the way it sounds. And when it’s an electric guitar, the most important component of that sonic allure is the pickups — the magnetic devices that are mounted in the guitar’s face beneath the strings. They turn the vibrations of those strings into electrical impulses that ultimately make awesome tones pop out of an amp’s speaker cones.
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Ronnie Wood: How to Play Like The Rolling Stones Legend

Ted Drozdowski
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08.11.2014

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Like many other members of British blues royalty, Ron Wood started playing guitar attempting to emulate his American idols. In Wood’s case, he has specifically cited the music of country bluesmen Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy, as well as Chuck Berry. Later, his reference points also included the Beatles, which whom he sought to compete as a member of the Faces.
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Dave Grohl's Gibson Guitars

Daniel Eriksson
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08.09.2014

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Foo Fighter Dave Grohl has been playing Gibson guitars for most of his career as a frontman. Here we’ll take a look at some of the different Gibson guitars that Dave Grohl has used on stage and in the studio throughout his career.
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1961 Humbucker: A Classic Reborn

08.08.2014

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The 1961 Humbucker is part of the Burstbucker family, which features offset coils—of the two humbucker coils, one has more windings than the other. With typical Burstbuckers the slug coil has a few hundred more turns than the screw coil, so the slug coil sound tends to dominate; this gives a bit more of a single coil character.
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Top 40 Metal

Daniel Eriksson
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08.08.2014

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A cover song is usually easily recognizable, since they tend to sound pretty much exactly like the original. But a great cover is when a band takes a song and reworks it in their own style. But you could also take it a step further, and cover something that is from a completely different genre. There are some really great examples of heavy metal and rock bands who have done covers that are completely out of left field, and made them their own, with some even scoring a bigger hit than the original artist. Let’s take a look at a few really cool metal and rock covers of some of the biggest pop hits since the sixties!
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10 Great Grunge Bands

Anne Erickson
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08.07.2014

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Grunge bloomed from the mid-to-late ‘80s Seattle music scene with fuzzy, distorted electric guitars, angst-y vocals and a general rebellion against the establishment. After the mainstream breakthrough of Nirvana’s Nevermind album in 1991, the genre became the most popular style of rock music in the ‘90s.
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The Rolling Stones’ Gibson Guitars

Michael Leonard
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08.06.2014

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The Rolling Stones have been touring for 52 years. The number of guitars they have played is, literally, in the thousands. But Andy Babiuk has done his best to document the key guitars in his expansive new book, Rolling Stones Gear.
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How to Play Slide Guitar — In 10 Minutes!

Ted Drozdowski
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08.06.2014

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Sometimes it takes a little guidance to open up the door to new vistas in guitar playing. Earlier this month I taught an “Introduction To Slide Guitar” workshop at the Tall City Blues Festival in Midland, Texas, with the promise that students would be playing slide by the time they left the room.
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The World According to... Heavy Metal!

Anne Erickson
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08.05.2014

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10 quotes from some of our favorite headbangers.
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