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The Barre Chord Alternative: Learn These Easy-to-Play Block Chords

Playing the same old barre-chord shapes isn’t just boring—it sounds boring too.

Block chords provide a great alternative to barre chords. They’re typically associated with jazz guitar playing, where they follow the melody line, but they can also be used in any style of music—on both electric and acoustic guitar—to free you from reliance on barre chords. Better still, they let you create more advanced-sounding chords that are, despite their sophisticated sound, easy to play because they use only four strings.

Animals As Leaders' Tosin Abasi Shows Off His New Ibanez Prototype Guitar

Animals As Leaders' Tosin Abasi recently sat down with the Guitar Center Presents crew to talk guitars.

In the exclusive video below, Abasi discusses his early and recent influences, plus his adventures playing seven- and eight-string guitar. Best of all, he breaks out and plays his new Ibanez prototype model, which won't be released until 2017.

Rossington Premiere New Song and Video, "Take It On Faith"

Today, presents the exclusive premiere of "Take It on Faith," the title track—and music video—from the upcoming album by Rossington.

The 10 Most Important Electric Guitars

In their new book, Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound & Revolution of the Electric Guitar, renowned guitar journalists Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna trace the eight-decade evolution of the world's sexiest, most influential musical instrument.

Here they spotlight 10 major milestones in the electric guitar's journey from gimcrack novelty to high-performance rock machine.


Former Yes Man Trevor Rabin Talks Favorite Guitars, Film Scores and "Owner of a Lonely Heart"

He helped make prog-rock monsters Yes MTV stars in the Eighties, and he’s scored dozens of high-octane Hollywood blockbusters. But what Guitar World readers really want to know is…

What was the last film score by somebody else that knocked you out? —Norm Balford

Country-Influenced Application of Hybrid Picking for Blues and Rock

I’m going to talk about the ways in which I’ve employed ideas I’ve learned from guitarists in different genres to my own playing. To start off, I’m going to show you a lick in the key of B that I use on the track “The Nightmare Unravels,” from my album The Art of Malice.

To perform this lick, I use the technique known as hybrid picking, which involves using the bare fingers to pluck strings in conjunction with a flatpick.

Guitarist Shreds Country-Fried Version of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps"

Here's a video that's been burning up the internet—and a maple Tele fretboard—for the past few days. It's jazz legend John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" played "cowboy style" by guitarist Lars Schurse

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Dick Dale Play "Pipeline," a Video That's Got It All

The video below, a clip of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Dick Dale performing "Pipeline," one of the most famous surf-guitar instrumentals of all time, has got it all.

You've got the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan, a righty; you've got the under-appreciated Dick Dale, a lefty; you've got Dick Dale's bizarre hair; you've got Annette Funicello; you've got some lovely Fender Stratocasters.

Four Must-Have Guitar Pedals

This video is about a year old, but it’s a good one to get guitarists thinking about what gear they really need and what gear is superfluous to their work. In it, Phillip McKnight tells what he thinks are the four must-have pedals for every guitarist—though your choices may differ.

Brian May, Battling “Persistent Illness,” Scraps Remaining 2016 Dates

Queen‘s Brian May says illness is sapping his energies and desire to perform and has canceled his remaining 2016 dates as a result.

The guitarist writes on his website that he is fighting a “persistent illness which is destroying my energy and my will.” 

“I managed to complete the recent Queen and Adam Lambert dates in Asia,” he writes, “[but] I am am now at the point where I don’t feel confident to perform the scheduled shows to the standard we all expect.”