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Quick Tricks for Recording Licks, Riffs and Demos

Ted Drozdowski
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04.15.2014

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Ideas for good riffs and songs are like butterflies. They have to be savored, impressed on the brain and maybe even captured before they flit away. And too often they do just that, leaving us scratching our heads a day later trying to remember that great lick or lyric that seemed so vivid just 24 hours before.
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Rock 101: Pop Evil’s Leigh Kakaty on How to Write a Hit Rock Song

Anne Erickson
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04.14.2014

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Michigan hard rockers Pop Evil write the kind of music that makes you throw your fist in the air. The group’s sonic fingerprint is a blistering, loud-yet-melodic brand of rock music that’s earned the guys a staple of rock hits: “Trenches,” “Boss’s Daughter,” “Hero,” “100 in a 55,” “Monster You Made” and “Last Man Standing,” to name a few.
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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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Fun With Capos

Peter Hodgson
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04.10.2014

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I remember the first time I ever saw a capo. One of my school teachers had one on a twelve-string guitar while she was playing a song at a school assembly. I was probably about 8 years old and already interested in guitar, but there was something about what she was singing and playing which made me associate the capo with wimpy songs played by old ladies (she was probably only 25, really, but to an 8-year-old that was ancient).
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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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The Gibson Memory Cable™ is “Inspiration Insurance”

Craig Anderton
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04.10.2014

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Inspiration is fragile. Remember those songs you lost when you couldn’t record an idea in time, the great riff that came and went, or the computer crash that trashed a fantastic solo?
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