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Lissie: Five Things We Learned from Her New Ernie Ball 'String Theory' Episode

Singer-songwriter Lissie is the subject of Ernie Ball’s latest episode of String Theory, a web series exploring the sonic origins of some of music’s most influential and innovative guitar players.

Here are five surprising facts revealed in the episode:

Continuing Our Look at Moving "Outside" the Tonal Center

Continuing our look at moving “outside” the tonal center In my last column, I delved into the concept of incorporating an “outside” sound, which, quite literally, means interspersing licks that move beyond the tonal parameters of the established key center.

For example, with a song in the key of Bb, I demonstrated a few ways to move from licks based in Bb to licks one half step higher, in the key of B, which serve as a departure point into a somewhat atonal sound. I then return to licks in Bb and resolve back to the home key.

Eric Johnson on His Current Tour, Recent 'EJ' Album and Roland, Martin and Fender Gear

Undoubtedly one of the most respected guitarists on the planet, Eric Johnson kicked off his solo career as the leader of the Eric Johnson Group in the late 1970s.

While still a working session musician—his early credits include Carole King, Christopher Cross and Cat Stevens—the Austin native's first studio effort was 1978's Seven Worlds. Less than a decade later, Johnson received his first Grammy nod, as "Zap" was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1987.

Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh and Gary Clark Jr. Play “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

As milestones go, the 50-year mark is a pretty big one.

So as the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show approached in 2014, organizers put together a celebration to herald the moment that presented the Beatles to America.


Guitarist's Guide to Playing Bass: 20 Tips to Help You Think Like a Bassist

Bass is more than just a guitar with two fewer strings. It has a different tone, scale length, feel and musical role, and in many cases it requires a different conceptual and technical approach.

Guitarists who are new to playing bass will often double the guitar part one octave lower. There is certainly a place for lockstep octave doubling—just listen to Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion,” Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean” and Pantera’s “I’m Broken.”

But there is so much more that can be done with the bass guitar.

Forgotten Guitar: Soundboard Recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s David Bowie Rehearsals

In January 1983, David Bowie invited Stevie Ray Vaughan to record guitar for six new tracks he’d written for his upcoming release, Let’s Dance.

Vaughan’s powerful and unique guitar work brought a fresh sound to Bowie’s music, most famously on songs like “China Girl” and the album’s title track.

The Top 10 Guitar Harmonies of All Time

The gang (or person) over at Blend Guitar has compiled a new video list—"The Top 10 Guitar Harmonies of All Time"—and we think it's worth a look.

Perhaps its best feature is its refreshing inclusion of a few offbeat choices, including tunes by Kiss, Racer X and Megadeth. The clip has earned more than 180,000 views in just a few days.

Watch Eric Clapton Perform "Badge" and "Cocaine" at the Royal Albert Hall

Last night, guitar legend Eric Clapton kicked off a run of three high-profile shows at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Review: Prestige Guitars Todd “Dammit” Kerns Anti-Star VI Signature Model


If your job is to play alongside one of the most recognizable and iconic guitarists of our time, well then you must be one helluva talented multi-instrumentalist and singer—and Todd Kerns is that guy.

Bassist Jerry Dixon Talks New Warrant Album, ‘Louder Harder Faster’

Since releasing their classic debut album, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, in 1989, hard rock giants Warrant have gone on to sell more than 8 million albums.

And while songs like “Down Boys,” “Heaven,” “I Saw Red” and “Cherry Pie” have cemented their place in Eighties metal history, it’s their tight musicianship, inspired songwriting and perseverance that sets them apart.