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John Lennon’s Best Guitar Solos

Ted Drozdowski
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09.19.2014

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John Lennon, the revolutionary Beatle, was born on October 9, 1940, in working-class Liverpool, England. This year, he would have turned 74.
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Americana Awards Highlights

Ted Drozdowski
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09.18.2014

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NASHVILLE, TN —Ry Cooder sat on stage all night and ignited the house band. Jason Isbell was the big winner with three awards, sweeping the album, song and artist of the year categories. And a stellar cast of veteran entertainers and newcomers including Jackson Brown, Cassandra Wilson, Isbell, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Loretta Lynn, Taj Mahal, Sturgill Simpson and Flaco Jimenez performed at the historic Ryman Auditorium during the 13th annual Americana Music Awards ceremony.
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The Gibson Interview: Joanne Shaw Taylor

09.16.2014

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With an artform as matured and rich as the blues, we all need a new blues guitar hero. Scrub that: make it blues heroine. The U.K's Joanne Shaw Taylor deserves your attention, whatever your gender, as she blends gritty vocals, sublime guitar skills and ever-growing songwriting savvy.
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5 Must-See Gibson Bands at Louder than Life Festival

Anne Erickson
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09.15.2014

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Fall is here, and that means the end of outdoor summer concert season. Louder than Life festival, scheduled to take place Oct. 4 and 5 in Louisville, Ky., is one of the final outdoor summer music festivals of the year in North America, and the inaugural lineup is mighty indeed.
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Get On Up: Guitarist Robert Lee Coleman on Playing with James Brown

Russell Hall
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09.13.2014

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In the acclaimed bio-pic, Get On Up, soul singer James Brown is depicted not only as a funk pioneer but also as a strict disciplinarian. Guitarist Robert Lee Coleman experienced that perfectionist nature firsthand. As a member of Brown’s legendary band, The J.B.’s, Coleman played with the Godfather of Soul from 1970 till 1973. “If you were playing good, he would tell you that,” recalls Coleman. “If you played bad, he would fine you first, and then if you didn’t straighten up, he would send you home. That’s the kind of guy he was.”
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Guitar Talk with Finch’s Alex Linares

Anne Erickson
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09.12.2014

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Finch guitarist Alex Linares has some basic but wise advice for upcoming guitarists: Be obsessed.
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Locking in on Grace Notes on the Bass

Peter Hodgson
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09.12.2014

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A lot of the time, a bass player’s role is to hold down a solid foundation while the other guys go off into their own flights of fancy. It’s all about maintaining a steady rhythm and providing a bridge between the drums and the guitar, keys, vocals, whatever your band has. But there’s much more to it than simply being a reliable rhythmic anchor.
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Five Tips on Picking and Muting

Ted Drozdowski
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09.11.2014

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Guitar players spend a lot of time talking about gear — because it’s awesome!!!! — but the most important factors in your tone are your hands and your head. The conceptual and physical aspects of how you approach guitar play a crucial role in determining your sound.
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This Day in Music Spotlight: Elvis Presley and Jerry ‘Guitar Man’ Reed

Andrew Vaughan
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09.10.2014

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It was on September 10, 1967 that Elvis Presley – waking from his mid-’60s slumber – went into the studio to cut “Guitar Man” at RCA studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Great Rock for Skating

Daniel Eriksson
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09.10.2014

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Punk rock has always gone hand in hand with skateboarding, going back some thirty plus years. I recently participated in a longboarding competition, and before the start I overheard one of the racers say that you should really listen to music you hate during the race, that way you’ll want to finish as fast as possible so that you get to turn it off.
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