Mike Alcott

31 Flips | 5 Magazines | 1 Like | @MikeAlcott2017 | Keep up with Mike Alcott on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Mike Alcott”

How to Dial in the Perfect Guitar Tone

3<p>SHARES<p>Some guitar players like to plug their guitar into an amp and set its tone controls to some tried-and-true settings that they rely on.<p>In the …

Guitar

Wild Stringdom with John Petrucci: Recognizing Repetitive Fretboard Shapes on All String Groups

2<p>SHARES<p>Hello, and welcome to my new <i>Guitar World</i> instructional column.<p>In the coming months, I’ll share with you some of the guitar-playing concepts …

Electric Guitar

15 Easy Guitar Tabs to Get You Started

<b>When I say</b> easy guitar tabs, I don't just mean songs that are easy to play. We have an easy guitar songs roundup that is mostly focused on tracks …

Guitar

How Guitarists Can Build Super-Human Legato Chops

An essential element in soloing for all guitarists is the use of legato techniques.<p>The term legato is defined as “smooth and connected,” and a legato …

12 Degrees of Saturation - Key Guitar Overdrive, Fuzz and Distortion Sounds

So another chapter of the Tone Quest is nearing its momentary end-point. In the ongoing efforts to arrive at the perfect Tone, I’ve been spending an …

Astronomers find half of the missing matter in the universe

It is one of cosmology’s more perplexing problems: that up to 90% of the ordinary matter in the universe appears to have gone missing.<p>Now astronomers have detected about half of this missing content for the first time, in a discovery that could resolve a long-standing paradox.<p>The conundrum first …

Dark Matter

Genes for Skin Color Rebut Dated Notions of Race, Researchers Say

For centuries, skin color has held powerful social meaning — a defining characteristic of race, and a starting point for racism.<p>“If you ask somebody on the street, ‘What are the main differences between races?,’ they’re going to say skin color,” said Sarah A. Tishkoff, a geneticist at the …

Anthropology

Scientists say 'prelude' to the sixth mass extinction is happening right now

When plant and animal species go extinct, it's usually a clear sign that humans have messed up. We've over-hunted, destroyed habitats, polluted …

Scientists Assert That Earth May Exist in a Massive Cosmic Void

Riddled With Holes<p>If you picture what the universe looks like, you can imagine it as Swiss cheese. The sizes of holes, or voids, in the matter of the …

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 …

The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada

Known as a nodosaur, this 110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found.<p><b>On the afternoon of March 21, 2011,</b> a heavy-equipment operator named Shawn Funk was carving his way through the earth, unaware that he would soon meet a dragon.<p>That Monday had …

Dinosaurs

David Gilmour's "Comfortably Numb" Arpeggios

David Gilmour's first guitar solo on Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" is a soaring, melodic masterpiece that uses almost exclusively arpeggios.In this …

Guitar

Supermassive Black Holes Suggest We May Be Very Wrong About How Our Universe Formed

Riddled with Holes<p>The universe can be thought of as one big, continuously expanding space. An interesting theory about this expansion assumes that …

Play Like Jimi: How to Put Licks In-Between Chords | 10 Examples with TAB

One of the hallmarks of Jimi Hendrix’s style was his technique of playing licks in-between chords. Many of his songs—from “The Wind Cries Mary” to …

Guitar

No, Dark Energy Isn't An Illusion

In 1998, two teams of scientists announced a shocking discovery: the expansion of the Universe was accelerating. Distant galaxies weren’t just receding from us, but their recession speed was increasing over time. Over the next few years, precision measurements of three independent quantities — …

Dark Matter

How to Memorize Scales and Unlock the Fretboard

An unorthodox way to memorize scales using the common three-note-per-string shapes we often employ during runs.<p>1.3K<p>SHARES<p>Here's is an unorthodox …

Why Every Guitarist Should Master the Harmonic Minor Scale

0<p>SHARES<p>Titans of the guitar like Yngwie Malmsteen swear by the sound of the harmonic minor scale. Its characteristic major seventh interval against …

Guitar

The Difference Between Scales and Modes

4<p>SHARES<p>If music theory sounds scary and confusing, here’s a short lesson in scales and modes that’s easy to follow and gives you useful information. …

An Exciting Discovery May Be Lurking in This Voyager Photo of Saturn

In news that reminds us it’s definitely worth dusting off old photos once in a while, one amateur astronomer thinks he’s spotted geysers erupting …

Scientists Have Turned Cooking Oil Into a Material 200 Times Stronger Than Steel

Deep Fried High-Tech<p>Researchers have found a way to turn cheap, everyday cooking oil into the wonder material graphene – a technique that could …

Asteroid attack? Astronomers ponder fourth close pass of 2017

Yet another space rock is set to give Earth a close shave. We ask a professional sky watcher if we should be freaking out just yet.<p>For the fourth time since the start of 2017, a small celestial body will pass closer to Earth than the distance between us and the moon. Recently discovered asteroid …

Asteroids

3,200-year-old Egyptian tomb of renowned royal scribe discovered by banks of the Nile

The tomb was found next to that of another high-level official who lived during the reign of Amenhotep III.<p>A beautifully preserved Egyptian tomb …

In 20th century, astronomers opened their minds to gazillions of galaxies

<b>WASHINGTON</b> — Before astronomers could discover the expansion of the universe, they had to expand their minds.When the 20th century began, astronomers …

Studying high-res satellite images on your lunch break can help uncover new archaeology sites

If you've ever dreamed of becoming an archaeologist, you might want to take a look at GlobalXplorer: a browser-based app that trains ordinary …

14 “Expensive” Guitar Chords You Can't Live Without

625<p>SHARES<p>These chords sound like a million bucks, and they can be yours.<p>There's a catch, though. Unless you’re a lottery winner, earning a huge …

Guitar

Ask Ethan: What Is Spacetime?

When it comes to understanding the Universe, there are a few things everyone’s heard of: Schrödinger’s cat, the Twin Paradox and E = mc^2. But despite being around for over 100 years now, General Relativity — Einstein’s greatest achievement — is largely mysterious to everyone from the general …

Physics

The Chord That Changes Everything

59<p>SHARES<p>Writing music happens in many different ways. Inspiration from your favorite artists, an emotional life experience, and a simple noodling …

​Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder to uncover the history of the universe

The CSIRO's Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder has begun crunching the data to solve fundamental scientific questions previously thought of …

LED learning system has your guitar neck covered

The Fret Zeppelin sleeve is designed to slide under the strings of most full-sized electric or acoustic guitars, with a control box prototype …