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Tommy Tedesco: The Most Famous Guitarist You’ve Never Heard Of

Michael Leonard
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12.26.2013

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Tommy Tedesco’s list of credits remains remarkable. As a go-to player for artists of the day, he played on hits by Elvis Presley (‘68 Comeback Special), The Beach Boys (“Fun Fun Fun” and others), The Monkees (debut album), The Mamas & the Papas, The Everly Brothers, Barbra Streisand, Sam Cooke, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Ricky Nelson, Cher, Nancy and Frank Sinatra as well as Richard Harris’s “MacArthur Park,” The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” and scores more. He was the guitarist on TV themes for Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, Green Acres, M*A*S*H, Starsky & Hutch, Kojak, Batman and many more. Tedesco’s movie credits include The Godfather, Jaws, Mission: Impossible, The French Connection and The Deer Hunter and numerous others.
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Ronnie Wood: How to Play Like The Rolling Stones Legend

Ted Drozdowski
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12.25.2013

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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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10 Cool Christmas Songs With More Heat Than A Yule Log!

Ted Drozdowski
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12.25.2013

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Tired of humdrum Christmas music? No need to humbug the whole genre. Here are 10 Christmas tunes from the obscure to the enduring that will warm up holiday celebrations.
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Metal and Rock Bass Players Get Heavy with Tips for Tone, Groove and More

Anne Erickson
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12.24.2013

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Rock music doesn’t, well, rock without a hard-hitting bass player that remains true to the deep, booming and emotionally-charged low groove that make up the lower end. While Gibson.com is proud to give so much love to guitarists, we also recognize the importance of the rumble of a great bass, and how it can make or break a band. Here are some tips for the many bass players out there, a la the finest bottom-enders in rock and metal.
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Christmas Music Overload? 10 Twisted Classics to Keep Your Yule Cool

Ted Drozdowski
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12.23.2013

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Tired of the same old Christmas music? Even cool stuff, like the classic instrumental holiday albums by The Ventures and Booker T. & the MG’s? Try these severely twisted alternatives – 10 tunes that take merry and bright to a whole ’nother planet.
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Merry Axemas, Guitar Lovers!

Peter Hodgson
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12.23.2013

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Aah, Christmas. That magical time of year. Searing hot temperatures, backyard cricket, screaming guitars… okay, I'm in Australia where pretty much everything is flipped around, so perhaps my experiences of the first two things are different to most of those reading this. But if there's one thing we southern hemispherians can agree on with you northerners and your enviable white Christmases and your reduced risk of Christmas Day heatstroke, surely it's that Christmas carols are much more fun when they're screaming out of a guitar.
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Gibson Guitars On TV: How Props Master Danny Rowe Finds the Great Six-Strings on Nashville

Ted Drozdowski
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12.23.2013

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For most fans of TV’s Nashville, the show’s main attraction is watching its stars like Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Jonathan Jackson and Charles Esten cannonball through a plotline that twists around romance, deception, drug addiction, political intrigue and other turns. But the eyes of guitar players are glued to the gorgeous parade of six-strings that make constant cameo appearances onscreen, including many acoustic and electric instruments provided by Gibson Brands.
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Les Paul’s Recording Innovations

Michael Leonard
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12.23.2013

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Les Paul will forever be associated with the Gibson solidbody guitar that bears his name, but the late maestro’s achievements with recording technology were just as – if not more – influential on the scope of modern music.
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10 Rock and Metal Christmas Albums That Aren’t Horrible

Anne Erickson
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12.21.2013

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Christmas and heavy music make for strange bedfellows. That said, a handful of rock and metal personalities have managed to knock out holiday sets that are actually really good, both placing their muscular stamp on Christmas classics and crafting entirely new yuletide tunes. Read on for 10 hard rock and metal Christmas albums that might prove the perfect fit for background music at Christmas dinner. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but, nonetheless, these releases sure rock!
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Inside The Book “Birth School Metallica Death”

Michael Leonard
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12.20.2013

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Rock biographies are everywhere, but the best ones have great access to the artists. Birth School Metallica Death is one of those books and it’s a rollercoaster read.
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