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Three Fingerpicking Patterns Every Guitarist Should Know

Fingerpicking is an essential guitar technique, but unless you’ve had some formal training on the instrument, you might not know where to start with it.

In this video, Darrell Braun gives you the perfect reason to start playing fingerstyle by showing you three fingerpicking patterns every guitar player should know.

Darrell demonstrates three patterns, complete with TAB included in the video, and indicates which fingers to use for each part of the pattern. He also demonstrates each pattern over a chord progression to give you a practical example of how to use it.

Pieta Brown and Mark Knopfler Team Up for "Street Tracker"

Today, presents the exclusive premiere of "Street Tracker," a new song by Pieta Brown.

Brown's new album, Postcards, features a bevy of interesting collaborations—one for each track, in fact—all of which are based around the concept of "musical postcards." "Street Tracker" happens to feature Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler.

Hear Lita Ford Cover Led Zeppelin’s “The Lemon Song”

Lita Ford has teamed up with tribute band Lez Zeppelin for this cover of the classic Led Zeppelin track “The Lemon Song.”

The song is featured on the new She Rocks, Vol. 1 compilation, out January 20.

Released on Steve Vai’s Favored Nations labels and produced by former Guitar World editor Brad Tolinski, She Rocks, Vol. 1 features tracks from 11 female guitarists, including Yasi Hofer, Sarah Longfield, Orianthi and Nita Strauss.

Cliff Gallup’s Smooth, Lyrical Ballad-Playing Style

Last time, we examined the high-energy style of Cliff Gallup, whose innovative solos with rockabilly icons Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps set a new standard for sound, technique and imagination.

Below, we’ll look at how Gallup explored the opposite end of the musical universe—romantic ballads—with an equally successful balance of skill and attitude.

Zakk Wylde Premieres "Lost Prayer" Music Video

This past Saturday, January 14, Zakk Wylde turned 50.

He marked the occasion by premiering the music video for "Lost Prayer," a track from his latest album, Book of Shadows II, which was released last year.

You can check out the new clip, which was directed by Justin Reich, below.

NAMM 2017: Breedlove Guitars Unveils Stage Exotic Series

Breedlove Guitars proudly announces the Breedlove Stage Exotic Series. Including three stage-ready, Concert guitars, the series features all solid exotic woods, LR Baggs Stage Pro workshop-installed electronics, and fine detail throughout each guitar.

Every model in the Stage Exotic Series features the Breedlove Bridge Truss System to deliver rich tone and note-for-note clarity.

NAMM 2017: Breedlove Guitars Offers Concerto Body in New Models

Breedlove Guitars has announced new guitar models featuring the Breedlove Concerto, the company's proprietary body shape that delivers a higher level of guitar resonance, volume and intonation.

This handcrafted guitar shape was designed to elicit the volume of a classic dreadnought, but with more lush, complex tonal resonance and a comfortable form whether sitting or standing. 

The Breedlove Concerto body shape is now available in eight Breedlove acoustic models:

NAMM 2017: Breedlove Guitars Expands Pursuit Exotic Series

Breedlove Guitars has expanded its Pursuit Exotic Series to include exquisite new tonewood offerings.

New models include Sitka Spruce/Cocobolo, Sitka Spruce/Myrtlewood and Sitka Spruce/Koa. They join existing updated Pursuit Exotic models such as Ziricote, Bubinga, Australian Blackwood, Ebony and more.

Green Day Premiere "Troubled Times" Lyric Video

The Green Day gang have premiered the official lyric video for "Troubled Times," a track from their latest album, Revolution Radio, which was released last year. You can check it out below.

The press release, which we received over the weekend, contained only one line of text, a quote from Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong: "Today we celebrate love and compassion more than ever."

NAMM 2017: BluGuitar Amp1 System Now Available in the U.S.

BluGuitar has announced that the complete BluGuitar Amp1 System is now available in the U.S.

BluGuitar will be showcasing Amp1—"the solution for modern guitar players, guaranteeing total tonal integrity"—at the 2017 Winter NAMM Show. From the company:

The BluGuitar Amp1 System consists of the BluGuitar AMP1 4-channel 100-watt tube tone power pedal amp, the Remote1 remote control, Looperkit for four discrete FX Loops, MIDI1 MIDI adapter, NANOCAB and FATCAB guitar cabinets and the brand-new BlueBox virtual cabinet speaker emulator.