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Start me up: Jess Lewis

<b>Who is she?</b><p>Jess Lewis is a 22-year-old guitarist whose prodigious talent has attracted plaudits from no less than Guthrie Govan, Alex Hutchings and …

The Best Affordable Acoustic Guitars for the Recording Studio

Today we’re going to look at a handful of the best affordable acoustic guitars for the recording studio. In this roundup, we’ll focus on steel string …

Acoustic Guitar

12 everyday stretches to stay flexible and fit at any age

To boil it down, we turned to Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York University and the author of "Age Defying Fitness." She took us through the best basic stretches that work for practically everyone.<p>Use these illustrations as your guide and try some of the stretches that'll …

Pain

The 13 Best Abs Exercises You Can Do Standing Up

We get it: You don't always want to do crunches or planks or even use gym equipment to work your abs. Luckily, you don't have to. If you've never …

Workouts

Instruments Speak Louder Than Words: 30 Killer Instrumentals

All the acts on this list feature fine singers with admirable talents, but here are the tracks where they decided to let the instruments do the …

The 7 Stretches Everyone Should Be Able to Do

Most workouts involve a mix of strength and cardio. Maybe you do a dynamic warm-up, then a total-body workout or a quick HIIT routine, and <i>possibly</i> a …

Yoga

The 20-Minute 'No Excuses' Navy SEAL Bodyweight Workout

Don't have time to work out? Lack access to equipment, machines or the right gym? L<p>You will not get a pass from Brad McLeod, a former Navy SEAL who's …

Exercise

Tommy Emmanuel Lesson: Composing Singable Melodies, and “It’s Never Too Late,” Part 1

As a composer, I strive to write melodies that have a special appeal and will “stick” in both my head and heart.<p>To me, a good melody tells a story …

Modifying a Picking Pattern to Accentuate a Melody

The title track of my latest release, <i>It’s Never Too Late</i>, is a tune I wrote for my daughter Rachel.<p>Though I knew that the song would be an …

25 blues-rock guitar licks you need to know

Introduction<p>The truth for any musician is that it’s important to have a grasp on the history and evolution of a musical style, and how the various …

Guitar

Best Adobe Photoshop Alternatives For Windows And Mac [List]

This may or may not come as a surprise but Adobe’s extremely popular Photoshop package is <i>not</i> the only image editor available in the market today. …

How to Balance Your Guitar’s Vibrato

We interrupt our regular top nut series to bring you a request. I’ve had a lot of you asking for a guide to balancing your guitar’s vibrato unit. …

The 15-Minute Core-Carving Complex

Burn fat fast and shrink your middle with this brand-new MetCon workout from Men’s Health Fitness Director<p>A complex is one of my favorite metabolic conditioning weapons.<p>It works like this: You perform a series of exercises back-to-back with zero rest—and you never put down the weight. It’s one of …

How to Transfer Content from an iPad to a new Device

Every time you make the decision to update an older iPad and purchase a new one of your first considerations is how we you can seamlessly transfer your current data to a new device without fail. When approaching this process you have two choices in how to proceed. You can either use iCloud or …

BrightSide — Inspiration. Creativity. Wonder.

Creativity

Running 101: A Beginner's Guide

<b>Running Basics</b><p>How fast should I run? How will it feel? What should I eat? Could I do a race? Trying a new activity like running can bring a certain …

Heart Rates

Do This Workout to Reduce Pesky Back Pain

You probably pay attention to your legs, abs, arms, glutes—but what about your back? Your back muscles are responsible for holding you upright and …

Muscle

The world's smallest wireless mic could redefine your acoustic guitar sound

<b>Piezo and under-saddle pickup systems are convenient, sure, but nothing captures acoustic sound like a microphone positioned near the soundhole; the</b> …

Hear Mark Knopfler's Isolated Guitar from "Sultans of Swing"

Sorry for yet another isolated guitar track, but we couldn't let this one go by. You'll agree when you start listening to it.<p>It's Mark Knopfler's …

2016 'Skylake' MacBook Pro, MacBook Air Projected Release Dates And When To Buy

Spring 2016 is here (almost) and not a single MacBook has Intel's newest processor architecture. That means model upgrades are imminent.<p>Laptops from top-tier Windows vendors like Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Microsoft (Surface Book) — among others — have moved to the “Skylake” 6th Generation Intel …

PERIPHERY's "Scarlet" Sounds Gorgeous As A Solo Acoustic Guitar Piece

Subscribe to Metal Injection on<p>Mike Dawes, as I've recently found out, is incredible at guitar. Dawes tackled <b>Periphery</b>'s rather complicated "Scarlet" …

Real Learning is a Creative Process

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the …

These Breathing Techniques Will Change the Way You Exercise

We asked personal trainers for breathing hacks that will make exercise feel easier and work better<p>"I probably say this a thousand times in a day to …

The 16 best Mac games: top macOS titles to satisfy your gaming itch

Introduction<p><b>Update:</b> <i>At number 16 on our list, we've added Darkest Dungeon, a dungeon-crawler RPG that's ostensibly cutesy on the outside but a tough</i> …

23 of the best iPad/iPhone iOS synth apps

Arturia iMini, £3.99/$4.99<p>The current crop of synths on the App Store are infinitely more capable than the first-generation, toy-like iOS music tools …