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Killer Vibrato: How to Master Five Essential Performance Techniques

How many times have you read an interview in which a guitarist talks of “speaking through” the instrument or making it “sing”?

This is because emulating the sound of the human voice is a great way to add personality to your playing. In this lesson, we’ll cover a form of vocal mimicry called “vibrato”—the repeated fluctuation of a note’s pitch.


Learn Five Classic Blues Turnarounds: Bars 11 and 12, Delta Blues Style

A blues turnaround occupies the final two measures—11 and 12—of the 12-bar form.

Bar 11 typically contains some sort of lick or phrase over the I chord harmony, and bar 12 shifts to the V chord, resulting in tension that sets up resolution to the I chord at the top of the form.

Often, however, early acoustic Delta bluesmen would just sit on the I chord in bar 12.


Paul Gilbert Discusses His Pedal Board for 'Guitar Center Sessions'

In the pro-shot Guitar Center Sessions video below, Paul Gilbert discusses his pedal board during an in-store appearance at Guitar Center Hollywood.

He goes through each pedal on the board, including his three distortion pedals (He needs three because he never knows which amp he might be using on any given occasion).


Exotic Scales Lesson: Around the World in Seven Scales

Musicians on this side of the pond often get caught in a rut, concocting tunes and solos in a typical Westernized manner.

But there’s a great big world out there, full of music from other countries and cultures that can be easily added to your repertoire.

Woodstock Shred: Revisiting Guitarist Alvin Lee's Blazing "I'm Going Home"

From a guitarist's perspective, the 1970 Woodstock film, which documents the highs and lows of the August 1969 Woodstock Festival, has several highlights.

There's Jimi Hendrix's immortal take on "The Star-Spangled Banner"; a mesmerizing performance by newcomers Santana; and Pete Townshend's high-flying Gibson SG acrobatics with the Who.

Babicz and AP Int'l Announce Full-Contact Hardware Z Series Bass Bridge

Babicz and AP International have expanded the Full Contact Hardware line with the new Z Series Babicz 4-String Bass Bridge.  

This new bass bridge supplements the popular Original Series bass bridges, providing more players the chance to use the revolutionary “eCAM” design on their instruments at a more affordable price point.  

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Learn All Seven Major Modes the Easy Way

When learning how to play the seven major modes on the guitar, most of us begin with the Ionian mode then move on to Dorian and progress up the fretboard in this way until we’ve learned all seven positions of the major scale.

While this can be an effective way of learning modes, in this lesson you will learn a shortcut that will allow you to quickly and easily learn all seven modes by starting with Lydian and simply lowering one note at a time until you can play all seven modes on the fretboard.

16-Year-Old Guitarist Tina S. Plays Iron Maiden's "The Trooper"

Sixteen-year-old French guitarist Tina S. is back with a new video (her first of 2016), which she posted to YouTube today, February 5.

This time, Tina—who has covered everyone from Steve Vai to Eddie Van Halen to Gary Moore—tackles Iron Maiden's classic 1983 classic, "The Trooper."

Written by Iron Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris, the song is based on the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava (1854), which took place during the Crimean War. It also was inspired by Lord Tennyson's poem of the same name. Thank you, Wikipedia!


Match the Master Competition: John Petrucci Plays Dream Theater's "The Gift of Music"

Ernie Ball Music Man presents Match the Master with John Petrucci! It's your chance to win a private master class with John Petrucci, a VIP Dream Theater experience, gear from Ernie Ball Music Man, Mesa Boogie, Fractal Audio Systems, Sterling by Music Man, TC Electronic, Dunlop, DiMarzio and Ernie Ball. 

In this video, Petrucci is playing "The Gift of Music," a track from Dream Theater's new album, The Astonishing.

Hear and See the New Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Guitar in Action

Today we bring you a brand-new demo video of a brand-new guitar: the Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay.

The StingRay guitar features updated vintage spec humbucking pickups, a super smooth modern tremolo system and off-set lightweight African Mahogany body.