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10 Classic Rock Guitar Intros

Russell Hall
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08.09.2016

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A great guitar intro often sets the tone for everything that comes in its wake. Rock history is loaded with terrific examples, but below we’ve compiled ten intros that set an especially high standard.
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This Week in Rock History, August 8 - 14

Daniel Eriksson
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08.08.2016

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On August 12 it's been seven years since the great Les Paul passed away, and Jerry Garcia has been gone for twenty-one years, which is really hard to believe. Some more joyous events during this week include the birth of U2 guitarist The Edge, as well as the release of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ debut album and Metallica's self-titled “Black Album." Read on for more!
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It's Not Wrong if it Sounds Good - Five Guitar Pick Alternatives

Daniel Eriksson
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08.05.2016

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Here are five guitarists who have made a name for themselves playing guitar using unconventional guitar picks or body parts.
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Jimmy Page’s Les Paul Legacy

Ted Drozdowski
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08.04.2016

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Nineteen-sixty-nine was a banner year for rock ‘n’ roll. Besides Woodstock, it was the year of the MC5’s Kick Out the Jams, The Stooges, the Stones’ Let It Bleed, Zappa’s Hot Rats, Fleetwood Mac’s Then Play On, King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King, Blind Faith, Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica, Dylan’s Nashville Skyline, Abbey Road, Santana, Sly & the Family Stone’s Stand, and many more.
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Iconic Blues Riffs & Melodies

Daniel Eriksson
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08.03.2016

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Today I thought I would list some of my favorite blues riffs and melodies. Who knows, maybe they will inspire you to try out something new the next time you pick up the guitar!
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Classic Album of the Month: The Who’s Who’s Next

Russell Hall
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08.02.2016

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Released 45 years ago this month, Who’s Next remains one of rock and roll’s seminal studio albums. “It was one of the first records The Who had made that to me sounded good,” Pete Townshend later said. “At that time [Olympic Studios] was at its peak. Also, because we'd done so much rehearsing on the material … we went in and we just kind of played it, so it had that immediacy as well.”
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Gibson’s Classic Tone Tip: Pickup Heights

Dave Hunter
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08.02.2016

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Most players are aware of the fact that adjusting your pickup height will affect your guitar’s output, but fewer tend to realize the ways in which such adjustments can affect your tone, too. The instruction you most often encounter is that, in order to achieve the hottest sound possible from the pickups that are already in your guitar, you need to lift the pickups themselves as high as you can get them, short of raising them to a point where the magnetic field starts to exert pull on the strings and interfere with their ability to vibrate freely (which is heard as a slightly dissonant, atonal sound, like an out-of-tune harmonic that follows the root note). There’s a lot more to pickup height adjustment than merely maximizing volume, however, and a little consideration of the other variables will give you a new tweaking tool in your tone arsenal.
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Gone In A Flash: 10 Brilliant One-Album Wonders

Russell Hall
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08.02.2016

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As anyone who has ever worked in a used CD store already knows, some albums are so worthless that their value is lower than that of the jewel case they came in. Now this doesn’t mean that the album is inherently bad or inferior, it generally just means that masses of people bought the disc for one single, got sick of it, and decided they’d rather trade it in for a Diet Coke than use it as a drink coaster. Here, we list 10 albums that you shouldn’t even think about trying to trade in, unless you enjoy dirty looks and condescending comments from your local record clerk.
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The Guitar That Launched The Beatles

Andrew Vaughan
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08.02.2016

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“Love Me Do,” The Beatles’ first-ever single, announced a revolution in rock and roll. The fresh-faced Liverpudlians — Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr — sounded like nothing else on British radio in October 1962. As Harrison remembered in The Beatles Anthology: “First hearing 'Love Me Do' on the radio sent me shivery all over. It was the best buzz of all time. We knew it was going to be on Radio Luxembourg at something like 7:30 on a Thursday night. I was in my house in Speke and we all listened in.”
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This Week in Rock History, August 1 – 7

Anne Erickson
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08.01.2016

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Check out some memorable music events this week in rock, including the birth of Jerry Garcia and Def Leppard's first U.S. show.
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