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Watch Metallica Rock New York City's Central Park

Metallica did their part to raise awareness to global issues with a five-song set at the Fifth Annual Global Citizen festival in New York City’s Central Park this past Saturday, September 24.

The Global Citizen festival has a goal to end extreme poverty by 2030. The festival helps raise awareness about global issues—including health, education, food and water, sanitation and the environment—and provides participants with ways in which to take action.

Why Do Experienced Musicians Make Mistakes?

I spoke to Paul Jackson Jr. at a recent Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The talented Jackson used to be the guitarist in the American Idol house band.

“It blows my mind that you never make mistakes,” I told him. “I couldn’t do your job.”

“Nah, don’t say that,” Jackson said. “You could do it. I make mistakes; it’s just that no one can tell—unless I’m playing something like ‘Reeling in the Years,’ because everyone out there knows that guitar solo note for note.”

Electric Guitar Built from Scratch in Seven Minutes in Time-Lapse Video

Luthier Patrick Hufschmid has shared a great time-lapse video of himself building one of his recent guitars. The video shows the detail and precision that goes into making a fine electric guitar and offers insight into the numerous steps and care that are involved.  

Top Five Mistakes Beginners Make When Learning Guitar Online

Beginners who are learning guitar solely via YouTube face several challenges. The first one that comes to mind is that no one is there to correct them when they do something wrong. Luckily, there's a YouTube video that addresses this issue!

Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello Play "Jump" and "Highway to Hell"

Today—September 23—is Bruce Springsteen's birthday. That, my friends, is a perfect tie-in for today's Friday Flashback video!

Below, check out two somewhat bizarre highlights from The Boss' massive 2014 world tour.

Roy Buchanan Performs "When a Guitar Plays the Blues"

Guitarist Roy Buchanan was born on this date (September 23) in 1939. Although I "discovered" Buchanan when I was a blues-loving kid in the mid-Eighties, his first brush with something resembling fame came in 1971, when a documentary, The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World, aired on public TV.

The documentary was, of course, about Buchanan, a Washington, D.C.-based blues-rock virtuoso whose gritty sound and distinctive technique inspired scores of guitarists, including Jeff Beck.

Green Day Premiere New Song, "Still Breathing"

Green Day have released another new track from their upcoming album, Revolution Radio. "Still Breathing"—the lyric video for which can be found below—is available for purchase and streaming as of today.

Ace Frehley Shreds, Talks “Dinosaur Bends” and Shares Six Things You Might Not Know

Former Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley recently sat down with Noisey’s Matt Sweeney at Electric Lady Studios in New York City to talk Kiss, guitars and technique.

Review: Bare Knuckle Pickups Impulse Humbuckers

In addition to offering many traditional vintage-style and high-output pickups, Bare Knuckle specializes in handcrafting some of the most innovative high-gain humbuckers with apocalyptic pickup-cover designs for metal and djent players.

With names like Warpig, Painkiller, Juggernaut and Aftermath, these powerful pickups look and sound as deadly as their monikers imply.

How to Find the "Groove" Pocket

Finding “the pocket” is a concept traditionally associated with drums or bass—the rhythm section. However, you have to have rhythm no matter what instrument you play, from guitar to trumpet to kazoo.

I consider the pocket to be a force of great magnitude with its own gravitational pull, and finding the pocket is to be yanked toward the pocket as you craft your rhythmic ideas on your instrument. That attraction can sometimes cause you to release a funky James Brown-like grunt, which is normal and should not alarm you when it happens.

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