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Shaping Up: Dominant Double Stops for Guitar

When learning how to play jazz guitar, we often spend time working out scales, arpeggios and single-note riffs, as well as chord shapes and common progressions.

But what about those sounds in the middle of these two sonic poles—double stops? Double stops are a great way to add a new texture to your jazz guitar chord soloing ideas, to dominant 7th chords (as in this lesson), or to any harmony you are exploring.

Roger Waters Streams a Clip from His First Studio Album in 25 Years

On Wednesday, January 11, former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters turned to Instagram to give the world a brief sampling of his latest musical effort.

The clip, embedded below, gives a taste of what’s to come from the new album, Waters’ first studio record since 1992’s Amused to Death,  released 25 years ago. Waters is shown in the studio jamming on bass guitar with producer Nigel Godrich.

Watch Steve Vai and Nuno Bettencourt Play "Yankee Rose" at a Bowling Alley

This past Wednesday night, a few friends got together for a low-key gig at Hollywood's Lucky Strike—a hidden bowling alley that doubles as a rock venue.

The gig, which was dubbed Soundcheck Live, was hosted by none other than Nuno Bettencourt.

He and his friends—including Steve Vai, Phil X, Richie Kotzen, Tom Morello, Stu Hamm and Kenny Aronoff—filed on and off the stage all night long, performing a host of classic rockers along the way.

Kirk Hammett: “The 300 Riffs I Lost on My Cellphone Probably Weren’t That Good After All”

Kirk Hammett says the hundreds of riff ideas he lost when he forgot his cellphone in a cab probably weren’t that good after all.

The 10 Most Expensive Guitars in the World

We’ve written about the most valuable guitars sold at auction before on our sister site, You can see our story about those guitars right here.

Learn the Fretboard Like Joe Pass

One of the biggest hurdles many jazz guitarists face early in their development is being able to connect chords, scales and arpeggios in their playing without having to jump all over the fretboard between shapes.

When I was first learning how to play jazz, one of the best lessons I ever learned came from a comment I read from Joe Pass.

To paraphrase Joe, he said, “Always know the possible soloing notes around any chord you’re playing so that you can quickly move between chords and single notes in your playing.”

Orianthi Premieres New Song, "Transmogrify"

Orianthi recently debuted a new song via Yahoo! Music. Luckily, through the magic of embed codes, you can hear it below.

Dear Guitar Hero: Submit Questions for Kreator's Mille Petrozza

Got a question for your favorite guitarist? Let us be your go-between.

The concept is easy—you submit your queries and we pass them on to some of the world's greatest guitarists. Only the sharpest and funniest questions will be used.

This month, we're giving you the chance to ask guitarist Mille Petrozza of Kreator anything you want!

What Line 6's 20 Years of Innovation Means to Guitarists

In 1991, while working as an editor of Electronic Musician, something happened that not only revolutionized the recording industry, it also ensured the rampant success of the magazine’s “personal studio for musicians” mantra.

The Alesis ADAT—with future Line 6 co-founder Marcus Ryle on the design team—was a relatively affordable marvel ($3,995 each at the time, as opposed to tens of thousands for other digital recorders) that put stunning audio quality in the hands of just about any musician with a desire to control their own musical destiny.


Looking Back on 50 Years of Yamaha Guitars

As Yamaha celebrates its 50th anniversary, Guitar World looks back through the Japanese company’s storied history to find out what lead to them becoming one of the preeminent guitar manufacturers of all time.

Yamaha occupies a surprisingly unusual niche in the guitar industry.