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Talking SGs with Monster Truck’s Jeremy Widerman

Peter Hodgson
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06.29.2015

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Canada’s Monster Truck have an appreciation for the finer things in life: rock, loud amps, and Gibson SGs. We spoke to guitarist Jeremy Widerman.
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John Lennon’s Best Guitar Solos

Ted Drozdowski
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06.27.2015

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John Lennon, the revolutionary Beatle, was born on October 9, 1940, in working-class Liverpool, England. This year, he would have turned 74.
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The Joy Of PLEKs

Peter Hodgson
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06.26.2015

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The fretboard is where a heck of a lot of our guitaristic expression occurs. It’s where our fingers contact the strings to sound specific notes (of course), and that means that it’s an intersection between the physical and conceptual aspects of our playing. It’s where the strings get pushed, bent, tapped, hammered, pulled, flicked and otherwise harassed in the name of art.
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5 Tips for Playing Like Duane Allman

Ted Drozdowski
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06.26.2015

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Duane Allman was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 20, 1946 — 68 years ago. And although he was lost in a tragic motorcycle accident on October 29, 1971, his legacy lives on in the Allman Brothers’ classic first three albums, Derek and the Dominos Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, and the many recordings he made as a session player and sideman. And, of course, in his instantly recognizable sound.
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This Day in Music Spotlight: ‘Quarter to Three’ Goes to #1

Bryan Wawzenek
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06.26.2015

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On this day in 1961, a song called “Quarter to Three,” credited to U.S. Bonds, began a two-week stay at the top of the American charts. Although the song had become hugely popular, it was shrouded in mystery.
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Rag-Time: How to Clean Your Guitar for Better Tone

Ellen Barnes
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06.26.2015

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The best — and least expensive — way to improve your guitar’s appearance, as well as its tone, is to administer a thorough cleaning. But there are a few guidelines that need to be followed when tackling the dirt, grease, perspiration and smoke that may have accumulated on your guitar, either from regular use or neglect; otherwise you risk permanently damaging the quality and resonance of your instrument. Whether it’s an acoustic or an electric that you’re aiming to clean, these tips still apply. If you have a vintage guitar, you’ll need to take special considerations, as explained in a note below.
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This Day in Music Spotlight: The Beatles Play Live to 400 Million

Andrew Vaughan
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06.25.2015

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On June 25, 1967, the BBC put on the world’s first global satellite television broadcast. The program was called Our World, and consisted of five different segments from five continents, a tremendous technological undertaking in 1967.
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Les Paul: Passing the Torch

Russell Hall
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06.24.2015

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Of all Les Paul’s many gifts, perhaps none was more important than the generous spirit he exhibited toward generations of younger players—some of them half his age—who followed in his wake. Nothing testified more to that spirit than the number of guitarists who counted Paul as a friend.
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System of a Down's Shavo Odadjian Slings Thunderbird on Wake Up the Souls Tour

Anne Erickson
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06.23.2015

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Shavo Odadjian has mightily slung a Gibson Thunderbird bass since recording System of a Down’s first album back in the late 1990s.
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5 Tips to Survive Summer Music Festivals – Avoid Wackos and More!

Anne Erickson
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06.22.2015

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Whether you’re sweating through the boiling temps at Lollapalooza, fist-pumping at Mayhem Festival or rocking out at any of a bazillion festivals around the world this summer, festival preparation is crucial to having a good time.
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