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Extreme String Skipping and String-Skipping Tapping for the Fast and the Accurate

Even within complex solos, most guitarists play several notes on one string, and then move up or down to the next string. This creates melodically linear patterns.

But more importantly, it’s the path of least resistance. It’s comparatively easy to go from one string to an adjacent string. Easy as compared to what, you ask? To skipping the adjacent string (or strings) to hit your next note, more commonly referred to as “string skipping.”

The Guitarist's Guide to Shape Shifting, Part 1

The technique is simple: Take a fingering pattern “shape” and shift it across the neck over three octaves.

Use of this technique can, however, impart a broader and more sophisticated scope to a lick while also acting as a no-brainer means of navigating greater expanses of fretboard terrain.

EXAMPLE 1 depicts three “target” notes (all A’s) in three octaves.

Electro-Harmonix Unveils Tone Corset Analog Compressor

Electro-Harmonix has introduced the Tone Corset analog compressor, a compact OTA (Operational Transconductance Amplifier) compressor with an organic quality that works especially well with guitar.

The Tone Corset’s four-knob design provides excellent control and gives the user the ability to precisely shape their instrument’s dynamics. Compression effects ranging from subtle to extreme and all points in between are possible.

New Guitar World DVD: 100 Chords You Need to Know

Sure, Guitar World and have posted countless stories about the chords, licks, riffs and general info you need to know to be a solid player—but a brand-new Guitar World DVD collects years of experience into one tidy (and inexpensive) little package.

The DVD is called 100 Chords You Need to Know—and its title pretty much sums it up perfectly.

Three Ways to Be a Truly Great Guitarist

1. Focus on sound when you practice.

When I first heard Surfing with the Alien by Joe Satriani, my initial reactions were related to how awesome he sounded. I didn’t know enough about technique to identify what was going on. All I knew was he had an incredible sound and that I definitely didn't sound anywhere near as good as that!

14 Great Rock Covers from the Last Two Decades

I’m a big fan of heavy, modern rock groups that can take an old song and breathe life back into it. For example, I’d probably never listen to “Word Up” voluntarily, were it not for Korn’s awesome rendition on seven-string guitars.

To me, it’s like trading in an old, worn-out cell phone for something brand new and interesting.

Someone Made an EDM Track Out of Paul Stanley's Stage Banter — and It's Glorious

EDM (electronic dance music) duo Snaked recently released a new track titled "Paul Stanley."

The only "vocals" included on the EDM track are various bits of stage banter by Paul Stanley of Kiss. "Paul Stanley"—which was produced by New Jersey-based DJ Depressed Teenager—perfectly merges the age-old experience of a Kiss concert with the new sound of EDM, complete with some appropriately larger-than-life guitar leads from video game composer Hugh Myrone.

Check it out below.

Crucial Audio Introduces Die Götterdämmerung Ring Modulator/Germanium Fuzz Pedal

Enter Die Götterdämerung, the Germanium Fuzz/Ring Modulator by Crucial Audio. From the company:

Two classic effects with a full arsenal of parameter controls are combined in one brilliant full-color chassis. Its compact size is sure to maximize pedal board real estate and is available for wholesale and retail distribution. 

Friedman Amps Launches ASC-12 500-Watt Powered Modeler/Profiler Monitor

Friedman Amplification has unveiled its new ASC-12 2-way 500-watt powered modeler/profiler monitor. From the company:

The Friedman ASM-12 took the industry by storm in 2016 and has quickly become the go-to active-stage monitor for players using modelers and profilers. The new ASC-12 offers the same features and sound as the ASM-12, but in a familiar combo-style cabinet.

Seven Common Mistakes Guitar Players Make

In the video below, guitar instructor Nate Savage of calls attention to seven common mistakes guitarists make.

"This lesson covers seven mistakes guitar players make—and how to correct them," Savage says. "These tips apply to guitarists of all skill levels, from complete beginners to experienced professionals.