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Hear Randy Rhoads' Isolated Guitar from Ozzy Osbourne's "Flying High Again"

Another isolated guitar recording has captured the attention—and the ears—of the guitar-loving masses!

This time it's "Flying High Again," a song from Ozzy Osbourne's 1981 album, Diary of a Madman. The isolated guitar tracks shine the spotlight on the brilliance of a young Randy Rhoads, not to mention the breathtaking climax of this classic track's guitar solo.

This song reached Number 16 on the U.K. Singles Chart and Number 2 on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart in 1982.

Heart’s Nancy Wilson Talks 'Live at the Royal Albert Hall' CD/DVD

Heart’s epic new CD/DVD/Blu-ray, Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, captures the band’s first performance—ever—at the legendary London venue.

No Frets Allowed: Rob Scallon's New Song Is Whammy Bar Only

Guitarist—well, multi-instrumentalist, to be more accurate—Rob Scallon is often challenged by his almost-1,000,000 YouTube subscribers to perform musical feats of skill, dexterity and daring-do.

A few months ago, a few fans challenged him to create a tune in which he uses only his whammy bar—no frets, no nothing, just the whammy bar.

So that's exactly what he did, after chopping off four guitar strings, of course. You can stream his brand-new video, titled "All Whammy Bar Song," below. His cat joins him at 1:51, which is always nice.

Megadeth to Headline 2016 Epiphone Revolver Music Awards

A riff-roaring, loud and unholy metallic takeover of New York City is on the horizon. Revolver Magazine and Epiphone have announced the 2016 Epiphone Revolver Music Awards.

AC/DC Played on a Bass Tuned A-C-D-C

We’ve featured Davie504 here before in the articles “Guitarist Solos on Seven-String Bass Tuned A-B-C-D-E-F-G,” “One Bass, Four Hands, One Cool Little Jam” and “Guitar Strings on a Bass? Here’s How That Sounds.”

For his latest video, Davie504 has taken on a new challenge: tuning his bass to A-C-D-C to deliver a few AC/DC songs.


Guns N' Roses Announce 2017 Tour Dates

Guns N’ Roses have announced 2017 dates for their “Not In This Lifetime” tour in North America and Europe. Tickets go on sale in Canada and Europe December 9 and in the U.S. December 10.

The "Not In This Lifetime" tour features original Guns N’ Roses lineup members Slash, Axl Rose and Duff McKagan, plus drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

The North American dates are as follows:

Meet the Guit-Gun, a Functioning Shotgun Guitar

This has got to be the most lethal DIY instrument out there. 

Pickup designer Bryan Fleming built a three-string guitar—out of a fully functioning shotgun—for Piedmont-picking phenom Reverend Peyton of Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band.

At the 15-second mark (of this quick, 40-second video), Peyton actually cocks the guitar and fires at a distant target.

How to Compose Your Own Prog-Rock Riffs

Shhhhhh… What you’re about to learn is not only a secret that seasoned prog-rockers don’t want you to know, it’s also privileged information. So don’t go blabbing about how you’ve now become an all-knowing progressive-rock god.

Prog-rock is probably the most intimidating style of music to write and play, mainly due to the technical prowess it demands. On top of that, however, the uncommon elements that make up an effective prog-rock riff can be difficult to master all at once.

How to Unlock the Fretboard Using Shapes

If you’re looking for ways to increase your understanding of the fretboard, a good place to start is by looking at the shapes your fingers create as you play scales and chords.

In this video, Sean Daniel explores the fretboard using a riff that uses one scale and two chords. The riff covers quite a bit of fretboard real estate and demonstrates how you can use shapes to visual the fretboard and, in the process, come away with a deeper understanding of it.

Kirk Hammett: “I’ve Always Understood Dave Mustaine’s Feelings About Being Kicked Out of Metallica”

Kirk Hammett appeared last week on The World of Wheeler Podcast, where he revealed his feelings about Dave Mustaine, whom he replaced in Metallica some 33 years ago.