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The American guitar industry is making a serious comeback

The electric guitar — an icon of American culture — is standing the test of time.<p>Despite a lot of bad PR in recent years, manufacturers and sellers …

Guitar

28 New Scifi and Fantasy Books to Add to Your Shelves in May

May is here, and the month brings tons of new science fiction and fantasy books for your reading pleasure, including tales of kingdoms in turmoil, …

Books

End of the American dream? The dark history of 'America first'

By 1916 'America first' had become so popular that both presidential candidates used it as a campaign slogan<p>If the Klan were allowed to take over the US, one newspaper cautioned, 'we shall have a dictatorship'<p>“Sadly, the American dream is dead,” Donald Trump proclaimed when he announced his …

Political Science

Trump’s Lifelong Addiction

It’s not alcohol, or even women. It’s his lawyers, and they’re now his biggest vulnerability.<p>It is a truth universally acknowledged that Donald Trump has a thing about women. In addition to his three wives, there are scores, perhaps hundreds, possibly <i>thousands</i> of women he’s hit on, dated, married, …

Donald Trump

10 Books You Pretend To Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books - but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it's …

Who We Are and How We Got Here by David Reich review – new findings from ancient DNA

Using advances in DNA sequencing, the geneticist shows the effects of migrations and the mongrel nature of humanity in this fascinating study<p>“Arrival of Beaker folk changed Britain for ever, ancient DNA study shows”, ran a Guardian headline in February, concerning the people whose ancestry lay in …

Anthropology

Who Killed Jaco Pastorius?

By Pat Jordan<i>GQ,</i> April 1988<p>He was just another bum bleeding to death in an alleyway at four o’clock in the morning. He lay motionless on the …

Brain Damage Saved His Music - Issue 58: Self

Eight years ago, when neurosurgeon Marcelo Galarza saw images from jazz guitarist Pat Martino’s cerebral MRI, he was astonished. “I couldn’t believe …

The Brain

We’ve trashed the oceans; now we are turning space into a junkyard for billionaires | Kevin McKenna

Experts say rocket emissions affect our climate and cause ozone loss, yet too few people seem to care<p>David Attenborough’s <i>Blue Planet</i> series raised our awareness of rubbish tips traversing our oceans and choking some of our most beloved marine species.<p>This has led to a global debate about how we …

Walter Mosley is back with a whole new character to love

By Richard Lipez<p>When reviewing a book by Walter Mosley, it's hard not to simply quote all the great lines. There are so many of them. You want to share the pleasures of Mosley's jazz-inflected dialogue and the moody, descriptive passages reminiscent of Raymond Chandler at his best.<p>"Down the River …

The bureaucracy of evil: how Islamic State ran a city

<b>Part one – the rise</b>: It was in the Iraqi city of Mosul that Isis attempted to prove its legitimacy – by transforming from an insurgency into a state. Alongside the murders and mass terror ran a functioning bureaucracy, with streamlined rubbish collections and electricity smart meters<p>Every day, …

Fact-Checking The Trump Administration's Claims on 'Saving' Coal Country

"I'm the one that saved coal."

With ‘Downsized’ DNA, Flowering Plants Took Over the World

Compact genomes and tiny cells gave flowering plants an edge over competing flora. This discovery hints at a broader evolutionary principle.<p>When …

Biology

Here's Everything Science Knows So Far About The Origins of Humans

The story evolves every year.<p>The question of where we humans come from is one many people ask, and the answer is getting more complicated as new …

‘The Lowest White Man’

I guess Donald Trump was eager to counter the impression in Michael Wolff’s book that he is irascible, mentally small and possibly insane. On Tuesday, he allowed a bipartisan session in the White House about immigration to be televised for nearly an hour.<p>Surely, he thought that he would be able to …

Donald Trump

13 sci-fi series starters to break in your new ebook reader

Visit other worlds<p>So you just got a new ebook reader for the holidays this year. Nice! Now, it’s time to find books to load it up with, which should give you plenty to read on your trip home, or if you need an excuse to avoid relatives for a couple of hours.<p>Here’s 13 science-fiction books that kick …

10 Western Swing Concepts & Licks

Western Swing lead guitar has several defining harmonic tendencies. This article identifies 10 of these tendencies and gives an example or two of …

Electric Guitar

Elon Musk’s Space Dream Almost Killed Tesla

By Ashlee Vance | May 14, 2015<p>Illustrations by The Red Dress<p>SpaceX started with a plan to send mice to Mars. It got crazier from there.<p>In late …

Jazz Guitar Corner: B.B. King Blues Lines for Jazz Guitar

After learning about B.B. King’s recent passing, I went back and spent some time listening to my old B.B. King records, enjoying spending time with …

Electric Guitar

Beyond Blues: Scott Henderson

Escape the tyranny of vanilla blues scales with some tricks from one of jazz-fusion’s most influential players.

Guitar

Fretboard Workshop: “Machinehead” Octaves

<b>Chops:</b> Intermediate <b><br>Theory:</b> Beginner <b><br>Lesson Overview:</b><br>• Improve your alternate-picking and string-skipping techniques.<br>• Learn how to incorporate octave …

Twang 101: Travis Picking Essentials

<b>Chops:</b> Intermediate <b><br>Theory:</b> Beginner <b><br>Lesson Overview:</b><br>• Understand the basic elements of Travis picking.<br>• Develop several alternating bass patterns.<br>• …

Ed's Shed: Some Crazy Stories from My Repair-Shop Days

I thought I’d use this week's post to tell you about some silly episodes that prove that we don’t all know what we’re doing.I worked in a music store …

Guitar

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry review – a compulsive novel of ideas

An Essex village is terrorised by a winged leviathan in a gothic Victorian tale crammed with incident, character and plot<p>In Sarah Perry’s second novel, 1890s London is mad about the sciences, especially palaeontology. Every six months someone publishes a paper “setting out ways and places extinct …

How to Add Drama to Your Guitar Solos

The focus of this column is simple: to show you how to make your playing more dramatic and epic.<p>We're going to examine different players from …

Guitar

Zakk Wylde's "Unplugged" Riffs and Hybrid-Picked, Acoustic Shred

<b>NOTE: We're sorry about the two videos below that start playing automatically as soon as you visit this page.</b>As the Black Label Society’s leader (and …

Guitar

Scale Sequences: 15 Hot Patterns That Will Fire Up Your Solos

If you’re a guitarist who loves to practice, you’re probably well acquainted with a scale sequence or two.But if you think they’re best left for the …

Electric Guitar