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This Day in Music Spotlight: Sharona Gets The Knack

Michael Wright
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08.25.2014

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It’s one of the most enduring riffs in pop history, and it took forever to turn into a song. Guitarist Berton Averre had noodled around with the snappy “bunna-nunna-nuh-nuh” chord sequence for ages, even before he joined the L.A. New Wave outfit, The Knack, in 1977. But he was never able to figure out just what to do with it.
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Alex Lifeson in His Own Words

Michael Leonard
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08.22.2014

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Alex Lifeson of Rush turns 61 on August 27 2014. Why celebrate Alex's 61st? Well, Rush are planning a 41st Anniversary Tour for 2015, so Gibson.com thought we'd stay as kookily contrary as the legendary Toronto trio.
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Les Pauls that Celebrate their Arboreal Heritage

Peter Hodgson
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08.21.2014

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When I was about ten years old I found a book at the local library - Denny Laine’s Guitar Book. Before I even knew guitar magazines existed, this was where I got all my information about guitars. Laine - guitarist for Paul McCartney & Wings - covered everything from the basics of playing to information about what gear to use.
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Rock al Parque—The Best Musical Festival in Latin America

08.20.2014

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During 3 days, one of the best music celebrations took place in Bogota, Colombia. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of the five most prestigious rock festivals in Latin American and one of the best worldwide: Rock al Parque (Rock in the Park)
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10 Stages of Wood for Guitar-Making: From Tree to Guitar

Anne Erickson
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08.19.2014

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It all started in 1894. Orville Gibson is busy working in his home woodshop in Kalamazoo, Mich., when he stumbles upon a novel instrument. Orville takes the carved, arched top shape of the violin and uses it to transform mandolins. He designs two fresh mandolin shapes: the scroll-body F style and the teardrop-shaped A.
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What’s An Audio Interface...and Do I Need One?

Craig Anderton
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08.18.2014

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If you’ve started recording with a computer, the learning curve can be daunting—plugging a guitar into a computer is very different from plugging into an amp. So, let’s de-mystify a fundamental element of all computer-based audio: the audio interface.
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Slide Guitar 101: Choosing the Right Slide

Ted Drozdowski
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08.17.2014

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Diving into slide guitar playing might seem like a daunting endeavor to the non-slider, and even more so to six-stringers who work only in standard tuning. There are dozens of effective tuning possibilities, guitar mechanics, scale constructions and tonal considerations to evaluate. But like any new task, breaking the process down makes it easier to tackle. And a good place to start is with slides themselves.
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How to Play Like Joe Perry: 5 Tips

Ted Drozdowski
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08.15.2014

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The Aerosmith lead player has one of the most distinctive six-string vocabularies in American classic rock. Here are five tips for dialing up and dishing out the Perry sound, heard on blockbusters like “Walk This Way,” “Dream On,” “Some Old Song and Dance,” “Mama Kin” and more.
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Coated Strings: Longer Life, Better Tone, Silky Feel

08.14.2014

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The 2014 model year guitars ship with coated strings—but we’re not talking about the funky plastic sheaths you might think of when you hear “coated strings.”
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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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