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The Top 10 Slow Guitar Solos

1.6K<p>SHARES<p>Remember those old Bugs Bunny cartoons where a pompous Bugs would race a tortoise—and lose?<p>The moral of the story: slow and steady wins the …

Tim Lerch - The Art of Two Note Accompaniment

Tim Lerch_ Art of Two Note Accompaniment<p>The Art of two Note Accompaniment by Tim Lerch is a masterclass for those wanting to really get deeper into …

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 …

Electric Guitar

How to Visit Victoria Falls

It’s not the widest or the tallest falls in the world, but it is without doubt the most impressive.<p><b>Victoria Falls</b> is on almost everyone’s bucket list, but few people know the best way to experience it. On a recent trip to southern Africa, I saw it from every which way, so you don’t have to.<p>Why is …

National Parks

5 Tips to Help You Improvise

Jack Gration’s 5 tips to help you improvise.<p>(Forward by Neil Santos)<p>My favorite thing to do on the guitar is improvise. Coming up with a guitar solo …

Twang 101: 6 Essential Pedal-Steel Bends

<b>Chops:</b> Intermediate <b><br>Theory:</b> Intermediate <b><br>Lesson Overview:</b><br>• Improve your bending accuracy.<br>• Develop a better sense of intervals.<br>• Create pedal …

Guitar

Top 5 Movies That'll Get You Psyched to Go Climbing

Every so often, a film will come out about climbing that makes rock conquerors of every sort itch with anticipation for the next trip. Maybe climbing …

Climbing

Five Best Climbing Campgrounds in the U.S.A. | REI Co-op Journal

We climbers are infamous for our ability to make home on the road. Unafraid to sleep in our cars and able to get by with very little, we do whatever …

Climbing

Just Back: Cusco, Peru

Travel photographer and writer <b>Erika Skogg</b> (on Instagram @ErikaSkogg) spends most of the year guiding students on photography trips with National Geographic Expeditions. She recently returned from a journey through Peru, a trip she has been lucky enough to have done many times before, including a …

South America

Arabian sights: road-tripping in Oman

Oman is hot right now. Not as in boiling (although it can be at the height of summer when the mercury touches 40C); hot as in 'of the moment'. Its star has risen steadily thanks to a carefully nurtured tourism industry and a growing appreciation for its natural and cultural riches.<p>After all, where …

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Top 10 Machu Picchu Secrets

This ancient Inca site has centuries-old secrets trapped in its walls— and more recent ones that we spill here.<p>By Mark Adams, author of <i>Turn Right at Machu Picchu</i><p>1. It’s not actually the Lost City of the Inca.<p>When the explorer Hiram Bingham III encountered Machu Picchu in 1911, he was looking for a …

Apple extends its iPhone 5 battery replacement program until 2016

Battery life is one of the most discussed aspects of the iPhone, but some handsets have it worse than others.<p>If you bought an iPhone 5 in the six month window between September 2012 and January 2013, you could be eligible for a free replacement due to a battery fault.<p>Apple first launched its iPhone …

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

This is what it’s like to climb a knife-edge ridge

In the High Tatras of Slovakia, two climbers battle extreme winter conditions. With Vine videos!<p>It's fair to say the Tatras mountains are not the …

The best hiking in Patagonia and Tierra Del Fuego

The south of Chile and Argentina is a hiker’s dream. The melange of craggy mountains crowned with glaciers and glistening with waterfalls, scrubland dotted with pale glacial lakes, flowering meadows, marshlands, and windblown cliffs that skirt the Magellan Strait present countless opportunities for …

South America

Best adventure travel for 2014

For those who like their trips to thrill, here’s our pick of the best places to feel pumped in 2014.<p>Mountain biking, Avoriaz, France<p>Avoriaz is one of 12 interconnected resorts in the Portes du Soleil region of the French Alps, where man-made bike trails and alpine tracks create a spectacular …

Dominican Republic

Top Six Alternate Routes to Machu Picchu

Looking for an off-the-beaten-path route to Machu Picchu? Check out this list of the top six alternative routes to the Inca masterpiece.<p>There’s nothing like the satisfaction of approaching Machu Picchu on one’s own two feet, which is why the classic Inca Trail hike has become so popular in recent …

Off the beaten track in Borneo

From steaming jungle to the cloud-capped summit of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo’s natural wonders are undeniable. But the island is no longer the deserted paradise it once was.<p>Package tours and cheap flights from Southeast Asia have placed Borneo firmly on the tourist trail, and solitude is becoming hard to …

Borneo

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek in Nepal

Shares 33<p>When we were traveling in Nepal, one of my goals was to take a trek.<p>Being with my wife, I wanted a trek that wasn't extremely strenuous or …

The Beauty of Pokhara, Nepal

Shares 50<p>Pokhara, located near the Annapurna range of Himalaya mountains in Nepal, is the type of town you'll want to stay in for longer than you …

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Ethiopia seen outside the box

It's hard to catch photographer Michael Tsegaye; photography jobs frequently take him to remote parts of Ethiopia, while his personal work graces urban art meccas such as Paris, New York and Bamako. He's soon Scandinavia-bound; Oslo will host his next exhibition later in September.<p>Luckily Tsegaye …

Sri Lanka: nirvana for beach lovers

Sri Lanka overwhelms the senses. The air is heavy with the scent of jasmine, the food richly spiced and the landscape one of utter beauty; the radiant green rice paddies, forests of swaying palm trees and mountains puckered in tea plantations are utterly bewitching. But for many people Sri Lanka …

Sri Lanka

How to travel with friends (and not want to kill them)

I have two permanent, oddly positioned bald spots on my head. Though my mother claims they’re from a scalp thing I had as a kid, I have it on good authority from my oracle that they’re probably where the Martians attached the electrodes.<p>However, spontaneous balding frequently has nothing to do with …

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