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Dave Mustaine: “Me and James Hetfield Are Among the Fantastic Four of Rhythm Guitar”

Megadeth may be known for making technical, complex music, but underneath it all frontman Dave Mustaine appreciates the value of a strong rhythm guitarist.

Combining Pentatonic Scales to Create Unexpected Phrases

The word pentatonic is derived from the Greek penta, meaning five, and tonic, meaning tone. So, as its name implies, a pentatonic scale is any scale built from five tones.

Andy Summers Discusses His New Album, ‘Triboluminescence’

Andy Summers rose to fame in the late Seventies and early Eighties as the guitarist of the legendary, multi-million-selling rock band the Police.

Summers’ innovative guitar sound was a key element of the band’s strength and popularity, creating a new paradigm for guitarists that is still widely imitated today.

Night Ranger’s Jack Blades and Brad Gillis Talk New Album, 'Don't Let Up'

It’s been 35 years since Night Ranger released their guitar-driven debut, Dawn Patrol. The album ushered in the band’s hook-laden, twin-guitar sound—a sound heard on songs like “Don’t Tell Me You Love” and “(You Can Still) Rock in America.”

The band also helped define the Eighties with songs like “When You Close Your Eyes,” “Sentimental Street” and, of course, “Sister Christian."

Reggie Young: Legendary Memphis Session Guitarist to Release Debut Solo Album

The name Reggie Young might not be one that you recognize right away, but you know him. You’ve heard him countless times.

The guitar on Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" and "In the Ghetto"? That's Reggie Young. Dusty Springfield's “Son of a Preacher Man"? Also Reggie. The same goes for Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind," Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" and Dobie Gray's "Drift Away." He’s also the guy playing that electric sitar on the Box Tops' "Cry Like a Baby."

14 Great Rock Covers from the Last Two Decades

I’m a big fan of heavy, modern rock groups that can take an old song and breathe life back into it. For example, I’d probably never listen to “Word Up” voluntarily, were it not for Korn’s awesome rendition on seven-string guitars.

To me, it’s like trading in an old, worn-out cell phone for something brand new and interesting.

Deconstructing Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” Riff

“Manic Depression” is one of several original stand-out tracks on Are You Experienced, the 1967 debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

The song is built on an ascending riff that move along relentlessly using major arpeggios and chromatic runs. It’s also performed in a triple meter, making it, in essence, a hard-rocking waltz.

Just Sign Here: The Art of Protecting Yourself As a Musician

One important topic for musicians is the world of written agreements and how one’s services relate to the industry they work in.

Let’s get the first thing out of the way: Most musicians hate talking about business and money. Or, should I say, they hate talking about it publicly, because when you get a couple of musicians together in private, one subject that usually pops up is business.

Exploring the Diminished Scale with Alex Skolnick

The diminished scale is a highly useful resource for adding spice to solos, creating unique licks and formulating modernist note sequences.

Confusion often stems from the misunderstanding of the term, as it is often misused to describe the type of licks found in FIGURE 1. This arrangement of notes, which fall in minor third intervals, represents a diminished seven arpeggio, which consists of four different notes.

Bobaflex Channel Vintage Pink Floyd in Stirring New "Hey You" Music Video

West Virginia rockers Bobaflex have a new album on the way this summer.

And while you'll have to wait just a bit longer for more details on that disc—their eighth full-length release—we're happy to present the exclusive premiere of the album's first single and music video, a stirring cover of Pink Floyd's "Hey You."

The track is available for download today, exclusively via iTunes.