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’70s Punk: More Than Just Three Chords?

Michael Leonard
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04.12.2014

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1970s punk may have been derided by some as “anti-music,” but it spawned its fair share of great players and writers. High on the pile is undoubtedly The Clash’s Mick Jones, who turns a veteran 57 years of age today, June 26.
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KISS's Lead Guitarists Through the Years

Russell Hall
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04.11.2014

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Hard to believe four decades have passed since Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons first joined up with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley to form KISS. Through the years, with rare exceptions, the band has held firm to its explosive mix of riff-driven rock, arena ready anthems and the occasional soaring ballad. Along the way, several lead guitarists have stepped in to put their distinctive stamps on the KISS sound. Below, we offer profiles of each of those gifted players, and trace their tenures with the band.
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1991: Nirvana and Metallica Change Rock Forever

Peter Hodgson
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04.11.2014

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It's generally held that 1967 was a landmark year for rock music. Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced, Cream's Disraeli Gears, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - all of those albums were released that year and they all had an instant and jarring effect on music history, with particular impact on guitarists. A similar impact was felt around the world in 1991 with the release of several extremely influential albums – U2’s Achtung Baby, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Pearl Jam’s Ten, My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, Primal Scream’s Screamadelica).
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Jimmy Page Goes Country: The Story of Led Zeppelin III

Ted Drozdowski
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04.11.2014

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Led Zeppelin III often has been tagged the group’s “folk album.” But how folkie is a tune like the operatic “Immigrant Song” or the charging “Out on the Tiles” or the epic blues “Since I’ve Been Loving You” or the wailing “Celebration Day?”
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“Doobie wah?” Peter Frampton Talks Guitar

Michael Leonard
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04.11.2014

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Peter Frampton turns 64 on 22 April. The Englishman first found fame as a pop pin-up – he was dubbed “The Face of 1968” by teen magazine Rave and his usually bare-chested 1970s solo career made him a “heart-throb.” But behind all the stellar pop success, Frampton has also always been a superb guitar player. He still is.
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Memory Cable: Capture Your Ideas And Improve Your Playing

Peter Hodgson
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04.10.2014

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Perception is a funny thing. If you’ve ever listened to your voice on a recording, or caught your reflection in a mirror and didn’t recognize yourself for a second, you know what I’m talking about.
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Pickup Joint: Magnets Decoded

Peter Hodgson
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04.09.2014

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When you really get down to it, a pickup is simply a magnet with a bunch of wire wrapped around it. The magnet creates its own magnetic field (obviously) and the guitar string interacts with that field, and this is translated by the coil of wire, and then some stuff happens in an amp, and then an audience gets rocked.
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5 Guitar Heroes Who Made It to the Top with an SG in Hand

Russell Hall
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04.09.2014

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It’s hardly surprising that many of rock’s most legendary guitarists have plied their craft on a Gibson SG. With its warm sustain, silky fretboard, and sharp cutaways, the SG is conducive to all types of playing—from searing solos to chunky rhythms to sinewy leads. Moreover, the SG’s sleek, lightweight design and striking beauty makes it a much-favored instrument for live performance.
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The Essential Doors Albums

Russell Hall
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04.09.2014

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In the years since Jim Morrison's untimely demise, interest in the Doors has waned at times, but invariably something comes along (a movie, a book) that kickstarts renewed fascination with the band. During their five-year reign as America’s premiere rock group, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, John Densmore, and Morrison released a series of albums that both embodied and transcended the turbulent spirit of the late ’60s.
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Scales Tricks: Three-Note-Per-String-Scales and Neck Gymnastics

Peter Hodgson
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04.08.2014

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The three-note-per-string pattern is one of the easiest ways of remembering scales on the guitar, and it’s a format that lends itself especially well to high-speed playing techniques like economy picking or legato, too.
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