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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons: The 10 Records That Changed My Life

The first son Billy Gibbons ever learned to play was <i>What I’d Say</i> by Ray Charles. He’s just received a 1962 Gibson Melodymaker for Christmas, a budget …

You Can Reprogram Yourself to Be a Positive Person and You Should

Rational optimists are much more in touch with reality than chronic pessimists.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The end of a relationship or the failure of your business can make you feel negative. <i>Life</i> can make you feel negative. We all have to persevere through …

Happiness

Modulation Station: Simple Steps To Making Smooth Key Changes [Lessons]

<b>Music Theory Tips</b>: One of the most noticeable techniques that keep people wanting for more in your songs is a key change, and it's something you'll …

Practice For Greatness: 3 Techniques To Write Great Songs [Lessons]

<b>Songwriting</b>: This happens to just about everybody. You're working, or just hanging around the home when out of nowhere, you get an idea. This is the …

Songwriting

Make Peruvian Grilled Chicken Portable With These Tasty Sandwiches

Peruvian-style grilled chicken is one of my favorite summertime meals (and from the emails and photos folks send me, it's probably one of your favorites as well). The spice- and vinegar-rubbed, slow-grilled chicken is great on its own, but add some of the this-s#!t-is-good-on-everything creamy …

If Your Improvisation Sounds Like Random Ideas Thrown Together, Read This Article [Lessons]

<b>Music Theory Tips</b>: Being able to improvise is an important skill for every guitar player. There are those who are great at it, and those struggle, …

Guitar

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20 Sambal Oelek Recipes That Are Juuuust Spicy Enough

These sambal oelek recipes use our favorite chile paste for the ultimate hit of flavor.<p>It's no secret that we like sambal oelek, the chile paste of chile pastes. Hell, we love it. This Indonesian chile paste can do it all, and it does it (most importantly) with real chile flavor. It actually tastes …

Cooking

Summertime Melody & Solo Study

Summertime is one of the most popular jazz tunes at jam sessions and on pick-up gigs. It’s also one of the most fun jazz tunes to play on guitar. …

Electric Guitar

How to Play Stevie Ray Vaughan's Multi-String 'Texas Flood' Bends

A while back, we ran a very popular video called How to Be a Jerk Guitar Player in 10 Easy Steps.<p>That video was created and posted by a lessons site …

Guitar

Six Guitar Effects Every Guitarist Should Know—with Songs and Tab

Hear each effect demoed with a classic song, tab included.

Guitar

Bass of the Week: GV Guitars NeoFang Steambass

BasstheWorld.com just released a new demo of the GV Guitars NeoFang Steambass, and it’s too cool not to share. Made in Slovakia, the bass’s design …

5 Music Production Youtube Channels You Should Definitely Know

If you are a producer striving to get better, you'll appreciate this!<p>In this day and age, it's really difficult for an aspiring producer to make it …

From Beck to Zappa: How to Play Like 25 Guitar Heroes

What is it, exactly, that defines a hero? When it comes to guitar, Chet Atkins may have answered this question best when he stated simply that if it …

Five Great Fender Strat Mods Anyone Can Make

Most guitarists have a Fender Strat, whether it’s a U.S., Mexican or some other variant of the model.Of course, not all Strats are equal, and some of …

Guitar

REVIEWED: BOGNER OXFORD FUZZ PEDAL

Plugged in, this fuzz pedal demonstrates a wide array of tones from mild to crazy fuzz tones. The interface is clean and easy to follow, and the …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Guitar basics: how to solo over a 12-bar blues chord progression

<b>Whether you’re a seasoned improviser or a jam-session novice, you can always refresh those 12-bar blues licks. We get jamming over the staple</b> …

3 Ways to Align the Body for Pain-Free Hips

<b>If you are dealing with hip pain, I want you to know I have been there myself.</b> I know firsthand how much life can really suck when your hip just …

Yoga

Quick Hit: Taylor GS Mini-e Bass

A wee acoustic bass guitar shows that great things come in small packages.

Guitar

ESP Adds Fretless and 5-String Basses to LTD Thinline Series

ESP expanded their Thinline acoustic bass series this year with the TL-4Z Fretless and the TL-5SM. The models are four- and five-string basses, …

Drop 'D' Guitar Riffs [Lessons]

<b>Songwriting</b>: Study how to apply the distinctive guitar sound available when using "Drop D" guitar tuning.

Digging Deeper: Open-G Tricks

<b>Chops:</b> Intermediate <b><br>Theory:</b> Intermediate <b><br>Lesson Overview:</b><br>• Learn how to visualize chord-scales in an open tuning.<br>• Develop some basic slide guitar …

Electric Guitar

10 of the best-value used amp heads

Introduction<p>For the price of a 10-year-old hatchback, you can stand in front of the same amp as many of the greats - and experience the work of some …

Eddie Van Halen

Five Online Guitarists You Should Be Following Right Now

Social media and YouTube have been excellent platforms for bedroom guitarists to showcase talents that might've been confined to four walls just a …

Improve Your Soloing Technique with a Few Tricks

Looking for ways to spruce up your soloing technique? Look no further.<p>Every guitarist reaches a point in his or her soloing career where they want to …

Scale Bassline Approach

Scale practice, one of the things most of us dislike doing.<p>From the very beginning, we are taught to play scales up and down our fretboard. Usually, …

Electric Guitar

Beyond Blues: Slip-Slidin’ Bends

<b>Chops:</b> Intermediate <b><br>Theory:</b> Beginner <b><br>Lesson Overview:</b><br>• Improve the accuracy of your bends.<br>• Create flowing blues licks on one string.<br>• Combine Dorian …

Wynton Marsalis Gives 12 Tips on How to Practice: For Musicians, Athletes, or Anyone Who Wants to Learn Something New

<i>Photo by Eric Delmar, Wikipedia Commons</i><p>Practicing for countless hours before we can be good at something seems burdensome and boring. Maybe that's …

These Mysterious Mosaics Reveal The Existence of a Long-Lost Roman City Called Ucetia

The ancient inscriptions were true.<p>Archaeologists have unearthed part of an ancient Roman settlement in southern France, identifying it as the …