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The Four Types of Headbanging Guitar Riffs

Writing a headbanging riff is an art form, and the power to inspire listeners to violently whip their noggins at the sound of your heavy riffing is something to be valued.

After an in-depth review of headbanging, I've determined there are actually various versions, and these differences can be revealed through using different techniques in your guitar playing.

Larry Coryell, Jazz-Fusion Guitar Great, Dead at 73

Legendary guitarist Larry Coryell died Sunday, February 19, in New York City. Coryell, 73, passed away in his sleep at his hotel from natural causes. He’d performed his last two shows on Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18, at the Iridium in New York City.

Dave Mustaine Calls Grammys ‘Master of Puppets’ “The Worst Version I Ever Heard!”

As previously reported here, when Megadeth won their “Best Metal Performance” Grammy for their 2016 album, Dystopia, at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on February 12, the house band performed Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” as the band walked to the stage. The error was particularly unfortunate seeing as Megadeth were finally winning a Grammy after 12 prior nominations. Worse, frontman Dave Mustaine was a founding member of Metallica and was unceremoniously fired from the group in 1983 with, as Mustaine once put it, “no warning, no second chance.”

James Hetfield Tells Why He’s Against Fixing the Bass on ‘…And Justice for All’

Metallica have been lambasted for some of their production decisions over the years. The low volume of Jason Newsted’s bass on 1988’s …And Justice for All and Lars Ulrich’s aggressively ringing snare drum on 2003’s St. Anger are two instances where the band has received backlash from fans and critics.

The Definitive Kurt Cobain Gear Guide

This classic article from the August 1997 issue of Guitar World serves as the definitive guide to Kurt Cobain's grungy assortment of pawn shop prizes, turbo-charged stomp boxes and blown woofers.

Kurt Cobain must have been amused when magazines like Guitar World and Guitar Player requested interviews and when Fender approached him to design a guitar. But here's where another irony exists—although Cobain often said he didn't care very much about equipment, he certainly possessed more than a passing interest in the tools of his trade.

Why Marty Stuart Is the Heart and Soul of True Country Music

Country music legend Marty Stuart will release his 18th studio album, Way Out West, on March 10. The disc was recorded in California and produced by Stuart and longtime Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell.

George Harrison Shows Off His Beatles Guitars in 1974 Music Video

In late 1974, former Beatle George Harrison released a holiday single of sorts. Its A-side, "Ding Dong, Ding Dong," was one of the catchier tunes from his latest album, Dark Horse

The Difference Scales Make: Hear One Guitar Lick Played in Seven Scales

When you hear the word "exotic," what comes to mind?

Some people might picture Ferraris or Lamborghinis. Others might fantasize about Brazilian supermodels.

I hate to burst your bubble, but those dreams will probably never come true. While the truth might be hard to accept, we should all agree that exotic scales are the equivalent of a foreign woman driving a sports car—they look attractive, sound fancy, have interesting names and seem unattainable.

James Durbin and Quiet Riot's Alex Grossi Talk 'Maps to the Hollywood Scars'

Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi and American Idol finalist James Durbin recently announced a new collaboration, Maps to the Hollywood Scars.

Volume One, the duo’s debut five-song EP, which was released today (February 17), sheds light on the darker side of Hollywood and the music industry—at least from the perspective of two of rock’s hardest-working artists.

Kurt Cobain’s Vintage Late-Fifties Hagstrom Deluxe Is on eBay

A Hagstrom Deluxe solidbody electric guitar once owned by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is up for auction on eBay.

The guitar, which has a Blue Sparkle finish, is being offered by vintage guitar shop Black Book Guitars in Portland, Oregon, which has authenticated the instrument not once but twice. Both authentication documents will be provided with the guitar.