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Robbie Robertson Talks About His Bronzed ‘Last Waltz’ 1954 Fender Strat

Of all the stars in The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese’s documentary of the Band’s extravagant 1976 farewell concert, perhaps the most iconic—for guitarists—is Robbie Robertson’s 1954 Fender Stratocaster.

“When we were preparing to do The Last Waltz, I thought, I should do something for the occasion, and I had it bronzed,” Robertson told our sister publication Guitar Aficionado in 2011. “They dipped the body in bronze, just like they do with baby shoes. They dip it in, leave it for a minute, and then take it out.

10 Gorgeous Non-Open-String Chords

A few weeks back, David Walliman shared his top 10 favorite open-string chords that can be moved on the fretboard.

In this new video, he turns things around by presenting 10 gorgeous non-open-string chords.

“No open strings,” he says, “which means that there are going to be some barre chords. However, these are not your traditional, conventional barre chords.”

David adds that these chord voicings “sound beautiful and will inspire you to write new music and explore new harmonies. They include min11, min7, minb13, min9, Maj13sus2, Maj7 13, Maj7 and Maj9 chords.

Music Nomad Announces the Octopus 8-in-1 Guitar Tool

Music Nomad has announced the Octopus, an eight-in-one tech tool that can handle numerous guitar- and gear-related jobs.

From the company:

Forget lugging around a bunch of screwdrivers, nut drivers and wrenches when The Octopus 8 'n 1 Tech Tool can handle the job. Music Nomad's patent pending, innovative design is perfect for adjusting output jacks, control pots, tuning machine bushings and screws. It features both Phillips and slotted blade screwdriver heads with our reversible shaft design.

The Seven Most Underrated Guitar Harmonies in Rock

When you think about guitar harmonies, what’s the first song that comes to mind?

Classic rockers might recall “Hotel California” by the Eagles, “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by the Scorpions or Boston’s “More Than a Feeling.” Shredders might think of Yngwie Malmsteen’s “Black Star” or “Go Off!” by Cacophony.

Watch How Children React to Nirvana

Fine Brothers Entertainment, the makers of “Kids React” videos, are back with a new clip showing how kids react to hearing Nirvana for the first time.

In this new clip, the kids listen to a selection of track from Nirvana’s brief catalog. About the only two things they can agree on is that the music is laidback and they can’t understand what Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is singing.

Among the typical comments:

“They’re really calm.”

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."