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Derek Trucks: The Trap Guitarists Fall Into Way More Than Other Musicians

Trucks

Learn the Guitar Habits of Buckethead

You have to tip your hat (or bucket) to people who are known by one name. It's even better when they actually have the skills to validate that fame, …

Guitar

Sonny Landreth's 11 tips for guitarists

<b>A new double live-album sees the slide maestro playing both electric and acoustic guitars in a set from his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana…</b><p>When we …

Guitar

Tommy Emmanuel: the 10 guitarists that blew my mind

<b>Australian fingerstyle virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel is one of only five guitarists anointed as 'Certified Guitar Players' by his hero Chet Atkins*, and</b> …

Guitar

Robby Krieger Reveals His Early Gear and the Writing of “Light My Fire”

956<p>SHARES<p>Doors founding guitarist Robby Krieger sat down with Reverb.com for a fascinating conversation about his early days of performing, with a …

Guitar

Alvin Lee Talks Gear, "I'm Going Home"—GP Flashback

Revisit our 2008 interview with the fleet-fingered Ten Years After guitarist.<p>0<p>SHARES<p><i>This is a 2008 interview with former Ten Years After guitarist</i> …

Guitar ace Mike Stern still picking and grinning after accident nearly dashed career

The title of Mike Stern’s new album “Trip” offers a revealing clue about the guitarist’s resilience in the face of extreme adversity.<p>In early July …

5 minutes alone: John Mayall

<b>Blues veteran John Mayall talks guitars, playing by feel and the restless Eric Clapton.</b><p>Got my first real six-string<p>“I don’t remember the first guitar …

Marc Ribot: “It's good to understand not only how to play guitar, but also why to play guitar”

<b>With further albums in the pipeline adding to an already extensive and creatively divergent back catalogue of music, Brooklyn’s finest shares an</b> …

A Walk Through Buckethead’s Massive Bandcamp Catalogue

Illustration by George WylesolBuckethead has one of the most unique careers—and personas—in the history of rock music. Over the course of the last 25 …

Guitar

Adrian Belew's 11 tips for guitarists

<b>After working the wires for Frank Zappa, David Bowie and King Crimson, the Twang Bar King Adrian Belew moves on to a supergroup with ex-Police</b> …

The night AC/DC stormed CBGB

The young Australian band never cared about labels, so they showed up uninvited at punk rock’s Mecca in 1977<p>AC/DC made it to New York City in 1977, opening for the Dictators and the Michael Stanley Band on August 24, at the Palladium, the original “Academy of Music,” a converted movie house that …

Indie Music
Horns

Gary Clark Jr. on 'Come Together' Cover: 'I Hope Paul and Ringo Dig It'

Guitarist also shares an update on the dark new music he's been making in Texas<p>Gary Clark Jr. had never so much as considered covering the Beatles' …

Paul Gilbert: 'Fast playing is the musical equivalent of filling space'

<b>As Paul Gilbert returns with a raw new album, he talks teaching, saxophones and why playing fast is just filling space…</b><p>Veteran readers will know Paul …

Guitar

Review: Bootsy Collins, 'World Wide Funk'

<i>Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.</i><p>Ever since his days as a teenage prodigy in James Brown's band and as the co-architect of Parliament-Funkadelic with George …

New Albums
Herbie Hancock
Festivals

Frank Zappa: Black Napkins (Live, 1977)

Frank Zappa’s 1977 performance at the Palladium Theater offered up some incredible concert footage. This remastered video of “Black Napkins” shows …

Guitar

Video Lesson: David Rawlings Shares a Close-up Look at His Singular Style

Adam PerlmutterOctober 14, 2017<p><b>From the December 2017 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY JEFFREY PEPPER RODGERS</b><p>When Gillian Welch and David Rawlings …

Guitar

Watch the Pretenders Perform 'Talk of the Town' on 'Austin City Limits'

In exclusive clip, Chrissie Hynde talks about working with Dan Auerbach on band's latest LP, 'Alone'<p>The Pretenders surge through their 1981 track …

Guitar Hero

Rez Abbasi: Unfiltered Universe review – punchy jazz guitarist merges west and east

(Whirlwind)<p>Fans of the tightly-wound, rhythmically capricious New York downtown jazz sound of Tim Berne or David Binney will welcome this punchy set by Karachi guitarist Rez Abbasi, which also subtly interweaves rhythmic thinking from traditional Pakistani and Indian music. Abbasi has recruited two …

Electric Guitar

John Coltrane Draws a Mysterious Diagram Illustrating the Mathematical & Mystical Qualities of Music

In a post earlier this year, we wrote about a drawing John Coltrane gave his friend and mentor Yusef Lateef, who reproduced it in his book <i>Repository</i> …

John Coltrane

Four Jazz Legends Unite for a Once-In-A-Lifetime Show at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier on bass, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield are HUDSON, and they're bringing jazz …

Hudson Valley
Guitar

Shocking Omissions: The Raw Rock Devotion Of The Cramps' 'Songs The Lord Taught Us'

<i>This essay is one in a series celebrating deserving artists or albums not included on NPR Music's list of 150 Greatest Albums By Women.</i><p>Despite the pioneering work of women guitarists such as Beverly "Guitar" Watkins and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1950s and early 1960s rock 'n' roll has been largely …

Stone Age

James Cotton, Blues Harmonica Veteran, Dead at 81

"Mr. Superharp" played with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King, Gregg Allman, Santana and Grateful Dead, among many others<p>Blues harmonica virtuoso …

Postmodern Jukebox covers Cheap Trick, and the 1970s rockers become a dynamite blues outfit

After an interminably long wait, the 1970s rock band Cheap Trick finally was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, as its iconic …

Clothing

Remembering Chuck Berry's Scandalous Stand at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival

Chuck Berry, who died on Saturday at 90, was nothing short of a pioneer in American music: a guitar slinger who created the very template for rock …