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Electro-Harmonix Unveils Slammi Plus

Electro-Harmonix has unveiled the Slammi Plus Polyphonic Pitch Shifter/Harmony Pedal, featuring glitch-free pitch shifting over a +/- three octave range and with the ability to transpose up, down or both simultaneously.

An 11-position shift switch selects the transposition interval starting with detune for a chorus or doubling effect and includes the following: Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Major 6th, 1 Octave, 2 Octaves and 3 Octaves.

Historic Eric Clapton Strat: “The Heir to Blackie” Goes on Sale

In 2004, when Eric Clapton’s coveted black Fender Stratocaster, "Blackie," sold at Christies at a then-record-breaking price of $959,500, the guitar world was astounded. That Strat was Clapton’s favorite “sidekick” for more than 15 years and was adored—and heard—by guitar fans around the world.

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Weezer’s Brian Bell Talks Gibsons, His Influences and the Guitars He Takes on the Road

As one-fourth of the band Weezer, guitarist Brian Bell has sold over 17 million albums worldwide. 23 years after their debut full-length—which featured timeless hits like “Buddy Holly,” “Undone (The Sweater Song)” and “Say It Ain’t So”—Weezer are still going strong. The band's newest offering—Pacific Daydream (slated for an October 27 release)—is the band's third album in four years.

Guitar World spoke to Bell, on the eve of the album's release, about his guitar collection, how he ended up playing Gibsons and Weezer's legacy.

October 16, 1992: Eric Clapton Turns a Bob Dylan Tune Into a Blues Guitar Tour de Force

Twenty-five years ago today (October 16, 1992), a truly ridiculous amount of talent packed into New York City's Madison Square Garden to honor Bob Dylan's then-30-year-old recording career.

Screaming Females Unveil New "Glass House" Music Video

New Jersey punks Screaming Females recently announced their seventh full-length, All at Once. Today, the band has debuted the music video for the album's second single, the unsurprisingly ferocious "Glass House."

Add New Dynamics to Your Solos with Triplets

A triplet, in its most basic sense, is simply a group of three notes. If you want to be more complex when defining it, it is a portion of musical time that has been rhythmically split into three equal parts. Which means even if you are playing a song in a 4/4-time signature—which there's a decent chance you are—you're now playing those 3 notes to fit the 4/4 rhythm.

Anvil Announce New Album, 'Pounding the Pavement'

Metal lifers Anvil have announced the release of a new studio album, Pounding the Pavement.

The new album—the band's 17th—was produced by Jörg Uken. Uken owns Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn in northwest Germany, (a country that has historically been the band's biggest stronghold) where Pounding the Pavement was recorded. 

Trivium Premiere New Song, "Betrayer"

Florida metal band Trivium are currently preparing to release their newest album, The Sin and the Sentence, this Friday—October 20—via Roadrunner Records. Today, the band—who've already premiered the album's fiery title track—gave listeners another taste of the upcoming album, unveiling the audio for "Betrayer."

Increase Picking-Hand Strength and Produce Great-Sounding Sequences

I love playing guitar. I love practicing guitar. Some people find practicing scales and exercises boring; I find it meditative.

However, it’s good to mix things up a bit.

In this lesson, I’m going to show you a pentatonic scale workout that helps you get the five positions of the pentatonic scale memorized and under your fingers, increases left-hand strength, delivers some great-sounding sequences and even includes some string skipping.


Major- and Minor-Scale Exercises to Improve Your Playing

In this column, I'd like to discuss some really cool major- and minor-scale exercises that will help your overall guitar playing on many levels.

EXAMPLES 1 and 2 are a major and a natural minor scale, respectively, over three octaves spanning from the sixth string to the first string.

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