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Blur the line between rhythm and lead guitar with these smart playing approaches

<b>Many guitar techniques, perhaps most, can’t really be categorised as either purely for rhythm or purely for lead, and a ‘chords and solos’ way of</b> …

The simple trick that could help you memorise anything in five minutes

Memory is a fickle thing. One minute you’re leaving for work in the morning, the next you’re in a frantic panic desperately searching for misplaced …

How to Stop Overthinking

Overthinking is a byproduct of trying to control. The "human" part of our being believes that we can think our way to safety and resolution when in fact, it is a combination of our left (thinking) brain and our right (intuitive/creative) brain that we form the best decisions and conclusions for our …

Meditation

The best album of every year since 2000, according to critics

Since the turn of the century, the review aggregator Metacritic has compiled an annual list of the year's best-received albums, assigning scores based on their composite critical reception.<p>We selected the top album from each year, starting with 2000 (and including the best album of 2017 so far). …

Kendrick Lamar

Diana Krall

Diana Krall is a jazz musician who achieved crossover success with her sultry, understated vocals and her bop piano playing.<p>Synopsis<p>Diana Krall is a …

Why We Love Listening to Sad Music

Music affects our brains in all kinds of wonderful ways. Upbeat music is great for working out and classical music can help you focus, but even sad …

Gretsch G2224 Junior Jet Bass II (Tobacco Sunburst)

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The 200 Best Songs of the 1970s

The 1970s was arguably the single decade of the 20th century when recorded music was most central to culture. There were, of course, fewer kinds of media competing for the average consumer’s time—television meant just a handful of channels, video games were the size of refrigerators and could be …

Rich Robinson’s Sounds of the South

<b>In addition to the instruments he used for Flux, Robinson has a significant collection of guitars including several, like the one in this photo,</b> …

Your Self-Consciousness Is Killing Your Creativity (And What to Do About It)

Self-consciousness is the enemy of all creative expressions.<p>We are all naturally creative. The human race's creative power is distributed in all of us, not concentrated in selected few. Every object or product you know today, however old or new, however simple or sophisticated, holds the stories of …

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 …

Secrets of the “Exile” sessions: Drugs, sex and madness as the Rolling Stones took over France

<b>Mick Taylor, Mick Jagger, and Charlie Watts pose during a press conference in Paris, France in 1970. (AP)</b><p>Behind the scenes with the Rolling Stones — and all the women, musicians and hangers-on — as they stormed Paris<p>Rich Cohen<p>May 15, 2016 11:29pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from the Book “THE SUN & THE MOON & …

7 of the strangest things in our solar system

Last week we discussed the strangest things in our universe. But we have a few odd things closer to home, too, right here in our own solar system. …

Astronomy

Recording: Going Mobile

<b>A number of mobile recording devices, including IK Multimedia’s iRig series, are designed specifically for guitar.</b><p><b>Doing Homework: Stand-alone Devices</b> …

Make Music Alongside the Large Hadron Collider by Applying for this Artistic Residency

The CERN is bridging the gap between arts and science.<p>The European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) is currently accepting submissions for its annual COLLIDE International Award, which will give one lucky artist the chance to work with a researcher at the Hadron Collider on a project that bridges …

The Food Lab: Follow These Rules for the Best Fried Rice

I've been holding off on doing a full fried rice story for several years now. I'm not really sure why. Fried rice is a great way to use up leftovers, it is infinitely variable, and there are <i>plenty</i> of variables worth testing out. Couple that with the number of rules that everyone says you simply …

15 Genius Tips for Better Salads, Even in Winter

So what if it's zero degrees sometimes! Here are 15 bonafide Genius Recipes that will keep you in vegetables and dressings (and, occasionally, legumes and eggs and meats) from now until the sun sticks around long enough to grow a good tomato.<p>Better yet, <b>bundled up in each of these recipes are smart</b> …

Recipes

8 Secrets to Better Grilled Vegetables

Up your grilled veggie game.<p>This summer, think outside the usual trio of zucchini, peppers and eggplant, and try grilling vegetables you would …

Keith Richards’ 20 Greatest Songs

20<p>“Connection” (1967)<p><b>Album:</b> <i>Between the Buttons</i><p>This is what it felt like to be the Rolling Stones in 1966: dark, jumpy, surly, a little bit paranoid, …

The 15 best movies on Netflix you've probably never heard of

There are so many movies on Netflix, however, that it can be hard to sort through them all.<p>The streaming site does a great job picking up films beyond mainstream hits. A diverse number of overlooked films are available to just about anybody. Now is a better time than ever to catch films that may …

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Buddy Guy on the Rolling Stones: ‘They Were So Damn Wild’

<i>Last month, Buddy Guy joined the Rolling Stones onstage in Milwaukee for “Champagne and Reefer,” and then hit up Legends, his Chicago club, to watch</i> …

5 Essential Rolling Stones Bootlegs

Given that the Who's <i>Live at Leeds</i> is, by just about any estimation, one of the half dozen or so greatest in-concert albums in rock & roll history, it …

Watch Danny Meyer Discuss the Irrelevancy of Being Right

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Gadget lets you hear music without wrecking your ears

The best Beats headphones can’t help you if your ears are unable to hear certain subtle sounds. You can crank up the volume, but that only puts your hearing in peril.<p>The creators of Aumeo want to change the way you listen to music with an audio device that profiles your hearing – testing it with a …

New App Allows Fans to Record With Taylor Hawkins, Phil Manzanera

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera and jam band Umphrey’s McGee have all contributed music to an app called …