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All the Breakfast Foods That Contain Glyphosate, the Weed-Killing Chemical Linked to Cancer

A new report from the Environmental Working Group found that glyphosate, a common weed killer that has been linked to cancer, was found in a large amount of oat-based breakfast foods. Although the FDA and EPA insist some amounts of glyphosate are safe in food, it has been linked to cancer by the …

Breakfast

Dangerous Riffs: Make Killer Licks and Solos from Just Five Notes

In the eternal quest for more and better, shred guitarists tend to move toward exotic sounds: harmonic minor, melodic minor, Phrygian and Locrian, to …

Electric Guitar

Richie Kotzen: “You should be able to solo in any key, major or minor, if you plan on playing music”

<b>American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Richie Kotzen walks us through his inimitable guitar style…</b><p>There is a level of musicianship that …

Guitar

After Getting Up at 5 am Every Day for a Month I'm Less Stressed, More Productive and Generally Happier

You get a lot more done in the morning and waste a lot less time at night fretting about how much you have to do.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I recently committed to waking up at 5:00 a.m. each day for a month. We read all of these articles about people claiming …

Time Management

We found the best toy to keep kids entertained at restaurants and on planes

Parents, stop what you're doing: we've found the holy grail of restaurant toys.<p>Parents, stop what you're doing — we've found the holy grail of restaurant toys.<p>They're called Plus-Plus blocks, and they are amazing: portable, educational, fun, affordable. And they have the rare mystical ability to …

Kids

10 excellent platforms for building mobile apps

If you've ever wanted to build an app after thinking up a brilliant idea, you're in the right place.<p>Sure, the fear of coding can push you to not act …

Apps

Why is the Bible so offensive?

Would you believe it if I told you the mere sight of the Bible is offensive to some people?<p>This week, my church is holding its SoCal Harvest event for the 29th year in a row. Formerly known as Harvest Crusade, this annual gathering is one of the largest evangelical outreach events in the world. As …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Open-Position Licks: Learn Five Hot Phrases in the First Five Frets

<b>#1</b> Constructed from the G blues (G Bb C Db D F) and G major pentatonic (G A B D E) scales, this lick is at its best when played over a G7 chord. Aim …

Electric Guitar

If You Want to Lose Weight, This Fat-Loss Pyramid Shows What's Most Important

Experts used to tell us to do hours of cardio to lose weight, but now fitness trainers agree that cardio isn't necessary, and the hunger caused by strenuous cardio could actually cause weight gain. This is great news if you despise cardio, because the pyramid above designed by NASM-certified …

Muscle

Combat the pain of sitting at a desk all. day. long. with simple hip-opening stretches

How many of you have been here before? You manage to squeeze in that 6 a.m. pre-work fitness class (major props BTW) and you’re feeling great and …

Workouts

Master guitar solo position shifts in 20 minutes

<b>If you ever find yourself boxed in with standard scale patterns, our guide to better position shifts will have you shooting around the fretboard in</b> …

Electric Guitar

Roundup Weed Killer Chemical Found in Cheerios and Quaker Oats, Researchers Say

If you or your children are eating Cheerios right now, there’s a good chance that they’re accompanied by a potentially harmful weed killer called …

Glyphosate

The Ultimate Chops Builder: 51 Exercises to Give You Killer Technique

An awestruck concertgoer approaches a virtuoso performer after a show and, after making the usual congratulatory remarks, says, I’d give anything to …

Electric Guitar

The Best 20-Minute Bodyweight Workout for Weight Loss

Most quick cardio regimens for weight loss involve high-intensity interval training (HIIT) that leaves you gasping for air. And while they’re …

Exercise

4 guitar tricks you can learn from Steve Howe

<b>Regular readers will know we’ve been investigating where blues style playing has been applied to other genres - sometimes with surprisingly little</b> …

Electric Guitar

Using Two-Note Chords to Play the Blues, Part 1

When learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the main items we need to tackle is playing effective, jazzy-sounding chords that properly outline the …

Electric Guitar

This Type of Learning Could Help You Remember More (But Few People Use It)

The method means consistency and routine are critical for future recall.<p>No matter what you're trying to learn or why, the learning arguably only has value if you can retrieve the data your brain has tucked away when you need it. This is where state-dependent learning can do you a massive favor.<p>The …

5 guitar tricks you can learn from Eric Johnson

<b>Eric Johnson’s professional career began back in the late 1960s with the band Mariani (he was only 15 at the time) followed in 1974-77 by a stint</b> …

Mark Knopfler’s Fingerstyle Finesse

Who needs a pick? Explore the right-hand magic of one of the most influential guitarists from across the pond.

Two Chord Songs That Were Big Hits

The simplest hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s<p>Although rock grew up pretty quickly, getting more and more complicated in the process, its formative …

How to Write Strong Chord Progressions for Your Guitar Songs

01<p>of 05<p>Making Your Songs Stand Out<p>Have you ever stopped for a moment to imagine just how many songs, in total, have been written? Consider... many …

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

When it comes to children’s development, parents should worry less about kids’ screen time—and more about their own.<p>Smartphones have by now been implicated in so many crummy outcomes—car fatalities, sleep disturbances, empathy loss, relationship problems, failure to notice a clown on a …

Parenting

Can church services extend your lifespan? Study claims people who worship have better health, less stress and longer life expectancy

Worship services at a church, mosque, or synagogue can extend your lifespan, lower your stress levels and improve your physical health, a new study …

Research

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

Super Sweeping

Here’s a cool sweep picking guitar lesson from Mr. Fastfinger. His videos are a trip with sound effects and a kung fu atmosphere. His teaching style …

What is the proper humidity range for an acoustic guitar?

What is the range of relative humidity, in percentage, that is optimal for storing a guitar, cello, violin or the like in its case?<p>I live in Atlanta, …

Yes, L.A. Has Lost Many of Its Jazz Clubs — but Other Venues Are Stepping In

Last month, <i>L.A. Weekly</i> contributor Tom Meek wrote an article documenting the demise of almost every single jazz club in this city over the past …

Pentatonic Scale Exercise ( Rut buster, simple trick to break out of the box)

Zoom to Shred: The Easy Way to Master Alternate Picking

In this new video lesson from GuitarZoom, guitar instructor extraordinaire Steve Stine shares a few simple tips for developing your alternate picking.<p>…

Melodic Soloing in 10 Days

<b>Melodic Soloing in 10 Days</b> - <i>By popular request this eBook continues from where the How to Create Melodic Guitar Solos article left off!</i><p>Have you ever …

Electric Guitar