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Jamstik 12 is an exciting new MIDI instrument for guitar heroes

On most days, carrying around a full-size electric guitar is not practical. But with Jamstik’s new MIDI instrument, you can easily shred on the …

Guitar

Jack White Talks to Questlove About Dumpster Diving, Led Zeppelin I, and the Number 3

Jack White recently went on Questlove's podcast,<i> A Questlove Supreme</i>, to talk about his legacy and discovering punk rock. The interview is …

Jack White

The Best Cheap Acoustic Guitars For Kids, According to a Legendary Music Teacher

This man knows his guitars.<p>So, your kid wants an acoustic guitar. Or you want to gift them one. Either way, it’s a big world of guitars out there, …

Guitar

Mastering the Modes of G Major with Three Notes Per String

478<p>SHARES<p>An effective way to master scales and modes on the guitar is to practice playing them three notes per string. In my experience, this is …

Electric Guitar

What do Stone Temple Pilots, Phish, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles Have in Common? This Progression

316<p>SHARES<p>Resuming our recent survey of popular, appealing chord progressions (see <i>GW</i> February and April 2018), I’d now like to cite some great, …

Folkadelphia's Hypnotic New Compilation Brings Together 19 Artists

Lydia Loveless, Julie Byrne, Eva Salina, Sera Cahoone and Western Centuries are just a handful of the 19 musicians featured on the latest compilation of sessions recorded for <i>Folkadelphia</i>, a weekly folk show produced at WXPN and recorded in the World Cafe Performance Studio in Philadelphia. Since …

Banjos

Album of the Day: Mary Halvorson, “Code Girl”

One of the numerous ways guitarist Mary Halvorson has distinguished herself over the last decade or so is by regularly developing new projects to …

Trumpeter

The Best Songs For People Who Love Face-Melting Guitar Solos

Guitar solos can really go either way. If placed or executed poorly, they can kill the emotion and momentum of a song. This is especially true of long, boring solos, devoid of any kind of intention, forethought or passion. On the other hand, a well-done guitar solo can make for the perfect …

Molly Tuttle's Amazing Freightliner Precision

Watching her switch effortlessly between rhythm comping and high-velocity single-note lead lines is like listening to at least two guitarists at once.<p>…

Using Monster Three-Notes-Per-String Pentatonic Patterns to Efficiently Traverse the Fretboard

When it comes to soloing using minor pentatonic patterns, most guitarists are well accustomed to using two-notes-per-string “box” positions.<p>I’d like …

Some Of The Best Rock Songs Of 2018 You Might Have Missed

Rock music gets a lot of criticism these days for falling behind hip-hop and pop in the public consciousness. But just because fewer rock bands are crossing over with big pop radio hits doesn’t mean that excellent rock songs aren’t being released. In fact, so much good rock is coming out regularly, …

Music

Google's new Song Maker tool lets you create original music right in your browser

Google believes you don't have to be a virtuoso to make decent music as evident by their Chrome Music Lab initiative. If you're not aware, Chrome …

The Austin 100

In the middle of every March, the SXSW Music Festival fills Austin, Texas, with thousands of musicians from around the world. It's a marathon so daunting — it's a marathon <i>and</i> a sprint, really — that even longtime SXSW veterans need a hand winnowing the festival's countless discoveries down to …

Music

An Introduction to Symmetrical Scales for Guitar

450<p>SHARES<p>When learning how to play jazz guitar, or any style of guitar for that matter, we often spend a lot of time working on pentatonic, blues, …

Electric Guitar

Clever Ways to Conjure Haunting, Mysterious Melodies

Two hauntingly beautiful hexatonics that are perfect for creating mysterious, exotic musical moods.<p>21<p>SHARES<p>In the April 2015 issue of <i>Guitar World,</i> I …

The "Young Blood" Jack White Thinks Rock Needs Is… Right Here

In a recent radio interview, White said he's waiting for guitar music to "explode" again. But these bands are already on it.<p>Jack White, headteacher of Rock, is on the promotional trail for his upcoming album <i>Boarding House Reach</i>, due 23 March. He recently gave an interview on Los Angeles radio …

Jack White Says Rock Revival Is 'About to Happen'

White says rock and roll has always comes in cycles. There was the Delta blues of <b>Robert Johnson</b> and <b>Son House</b> in the 1930s, then Chicago-style blues …

Andy Gunn performs Warm Heart Blue in music session

BB King once said that “the blues is whatever ails you” - and those words could have been said about guitarist Andy Gunn.<p>Hailed as one of Scotland’s leading blues musicians, with comparisons to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, Gunn has had a life full of ups and downs, to put it mildly.<p>But …

Music

Your guide to the essential riot grrrl films

Back in the early 90s, riot grrrl was a middle-finger raised to ‘beer-gut-boy-rock’. It was an underground social movement that grew out of fanzines in which feminism and punk-rock became happy bedfellows. Partly a reaction to all the macho bullshit – moshing, mansplaining music, etc. – its coming …

Feminism

Frank Zappa’s Raucous Musical Legacy - The New Yorker

Funk Carves Out A Groove At The Funk Music Hall Of Fame In Ohio

James Brown once said, "I've only got seventh grade education, but I have a doctorate in funk, and I like to put that to good use."<p>While artists like Brown, George Clinton and Morris Day have schooled generations about funk for years, a brand new music hall commemorating the genre as a whole is …

Music

A Simple, Efficient Blues Picking Drill

356<p>SHARES<p>Texas Blues Alley—the author of favorites such as "How to Play Stevie Ray Vaughan's Multi-String 'Texas Flood' Bends," "How to Use Open …

The 10 Best Guitar Amps for Beginners

<i>Last Updated December, 2017: This post has been updated with new picks for 2018. Prices and links have also been updated.</i><p>Congratulations on buying …

The 50 Best Albums Of 2017

Consensus wasn't easy in 2017. Maybe that's because the news this year kept us on edge, our eyes and ears pointed in many directions. Maybe it's due to the growth of streaming as the dominant listening platform, one whose rules have not yet fully been written. Whatever the cause, with the exception …

Aretha Franklin

Eric Clapton Talks Addiction, Cream's Brilliance, the Future of the Guitar

There is a remarkable scene early in <i>Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars</i>,the new Showtime documentary about the guitarist's career, that sums up his …

Guitar

The Resilience Of Victoria Williams

Victoria Williams has one of the most distinctive voices in American rock. She's also one of its most unusual lyricists.<p>The singer can't remember a time when she didn't sing.<p>"I kind of unconsciously sang before I'd go to bed. I would be singing to where my brother would knock on the wall and say, …

Multiple Sclerosis

A Battle Of Guitar Tonewoods: Can You Hear The Difference?

What do you hear when someone strums a guitar? You might describe the sound as bright, or full, or warm. Maybe it's metallic or trebly, or maybe it's something else.<p>All of that is, of course, pretty subjective. In more objective terms, we can talk about the sonic signature of the instrument.<p>To …

Music Production

Frank Zappa – A Guide To His Best Albums

There are just too many Frank Zappa albums to cope with, and that’s a fact. They range from cheesy doo-wop send-up Cruising With Reuben And The Jets …

Songs We Love: Tom Jones, 'Done Somebody Wrong'

First comes the groove — that sexy, stormy, stop-time feel that still sounds as arresting in the right hands today as it did when blues giant Elmore James originated it on the aptly named Fire Records in 1960. Then, amid snarling slide guitar licks, Tom Jones comes barreling in, 10 times as big as …

Chicago Blues

Dickey Betts: The Lost Allman Brother

Leaning forward on a couch in his home on the west coast of Florida, two cans of Budweiser in front of him and Duane Allman's Dobro on a stand …

Rock Music