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Acoustic Slide Tips Guitar from Virtuoso Gibson J-50 Player Steve Dawson

Ted Drozdowski
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03.13.2014

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Roots music virtuoso Steve Dawson discovered slide guitar at age 14, when his uncle gave him a slide for his birthday. This year — after decades as a performer, producer and two-time Juno Awards winner — Dawson has moved to Nashville from his native Canada and released a new solo acoustic instrumental album, Rattlesnake Cage, that displays his remarkable evolution into a highly original stylist with an accent on slide.
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Tone Tips from Sonic Guru Nick Moss

Ted Drozdowski
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03.12.2014

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Blues-rock guitar slinger Nick Moss is an electric six-string tone guru. Over the course of 10 albums, including the March 18 release Time Ain’t Free, and 16 Blues Music Awards nominations, he’s stacked up a dizzying array of vintage and modern sounds, and won comparisons to Warren Haynes and Freddie King with his powerhouse playing.
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The Secrets of Stoner Rock Guitar

Peter Hodgson
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03.12.2014

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Stoner rock, a genre characterized by slower tempos, thick low end, psychedelic drones and retro-inspired production, seems to be stronger than ever at the moment. If you really wanted to, you could probably trace the stoner rock guitar style back to a certain iconic metal band: there are elements present in the stoner rock bands of today that seem to flow directly from Tony Iommi’s propulsive rhythm in Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid.”
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Badfinger: Straight Up and the Famous “George Harrison/Pete Ham” Cherry Red SG Standard

Russell Hall
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03.11.2014

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If any band seemed poised to carry on the mantle of The Beatles at the dawn of the ‘70s, it was Badfinger. Signed to The Beatles’ Apple label, the group had scored two Top 10 hits by 1971. The first, an irresistibly catchy tune titled “Come and Get It,” was penned and produced for the group by Paul McCartney. The second, a punchy blast of power-pop titled “No Matter What,” was written by Pete Ham, who along with bandmate Joey Molland honed and perfected Badfinger’s distinctive dual-guitar sound.
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Top 10 Awesome Rock Bassists

Daniel Eriksson
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03.11.2014

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Playing backup to a lead guitarist who gets all the attention. If you’ve ever doubted the importance of the bassist, imagine any song by the likes of AC/DC, The Who, or the Rolling Stones without bass — it would sound flat and incomplete. It is the bassist’s job to fill out the sound and give depth to a band’s music. But some bassists go above and beyond that main requirement. Here we’ll take a look at some of the best bass players to ever walk the earth. Who did we forget? Let us know in the comments!
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10 Rockin’ Chapters from Joan Jett’s Melody Maker Rhythm Guitar Bible

Ted Drozdowski
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03.11.2014

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Lead six-stringers usually get all the love in rock guitar land, but the truth of the matter is that when it comes to the guts of the music, it’s really all about rhythm playing.
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3 Simple Answers to Some Big Guitar Questions

Peter Hodgson
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03.10.2014

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One of the things that’s great about learning the guitar is that it’s as much an oral medium as an aural one. You can learn a lot from listening to other players, but sometimes you need to actually ask “Uh, what’s going on there?” to figure something out.
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"I Love Rock ’n’ Roll" - Joan Jett and The Melody Maker

Daniel Eriksson
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03.10.2014

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The Melody Maker has been a part of the Gibson family for over fifty years. Since its introduction in the product line back in 1959, it has gone through quite a few iterations, with changes to the body, neck, and pickups over the years. With the introduction of Gibson’s 2014 product line, the instrument has found a new existence as the Les Paul Melody Maker.
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The Gibson SG: A Glorious Evolution

Russell Hall
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03.09.2014

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Construct any pantheon for history’s greatest electric guitars, and the SG will always occupy a spot right near the top. Once considered a sort of offspring of the mighty Les Paul, the SG emerged long ago as a powerhouse instrument in its own right. Indeed, without the SG, the very fabric of rock and roll would have a vastly different texture. From Pete Townshend to Angus Young, from Tony Iommi to Eric Clapton, from Robby Krieger to Derek Trucks—countless architects of the rock genre have turned to the SG to help build their bodies of work.
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Slash's Les Pauls Through The Years

Peter Hodgson
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03.06.2014

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With the "Sweet Child 'O Mine" video, Slash reminded everyone that the Les Paul was a killer rock guitar. This fact had somehow been forgotten amidst the flash and glitter of the ‘80s, despite the influence of Led Zeppelin on the riff-rock of the time. But it wasn't long before players started seeking out Les Pauls again. By the early ‘90s, the Les Paul was totally and utterly cool again, just in time to be the guitar of choice for many grunge artists. And since then it's been here to stay. Slash's contribution to the Les Paul's popularity has been celebrated with several signature models over the years. Let's take a look at them.
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