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D’Addario Launches the Eclipse Tuner

D’Addario Accessories has announced the launch of its Eclipse Tuners, the newest set of tuners being introduced to the company’s line of tuning accessories.

From the company:

Affordable no longer means compromise with the Eclipse Tuner—the modestly-priced product offers superior tuning with unparalleled performance. A clip-on headstock tuner that offers fast, accurate chromatic tuning, the Eclipse is unobtrusive in design yet accurate in tuning both on and off the stage.


How to Play a Pinch Harmonic

I still remember the first time I played a pinch harmonic.

I was 15 years old, rocking out in my basement. I hit the face-melter note at the end of a sloppy pentatonic lick (hey, we all start somewhere) and a pinch harmonic rang out, startling me. It was an accident, of course, and I spent the next hour trying to replicate that noise. After trying and failing countless times, I wondered if there had simply been some kind of glitch or electronic anomaly with my amp that had somehow produced a squealing noise where my normal note should have been.

How to Convert Any Guitar into a Slide Guitar—Plus Three Tech Tips for Acoustics

Even if your main instrument is electric guitar, chances are you have an acoustic that you use from time to time for recording, gigging or practice.

In this video, Phillip McKnight offers some useful tips for maintaining acoustic guitars. He shows how to tighten a loose input jack, how to properly restring, and how to keep the instrument working in top shape.

As a bonus, Phillip shows an easy way to quickly and temporarily convert any six-string electric or acoustic guitar into a slide guitar.

PiL Singer John Lydon Gets Head Split Open by Fan with Bottle

Public Image Ltd. frontman John Lydon showed he’s one tough mofo after someone threw a bottle at him at the group’s show in Santiago, Chile, on August 14.

The incident left the former Sex Pistol with a deep and bloody gash in his forehead, which he attempted to stanch with a towel, as seen in a video of the incident below.

“Who’s the fucking coward?” Lydon demanded, as a man onstage pointed out someone in the audience.

The WiMN and #SaveAGuitar Announce the She Rocks Awards Opening Act Contest

The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), in partnership with #SaveAGuitar, announces the #SaveAGuitar and She Rocks Awards contest. The contest will award one winner the opening spot performing at the 5th annual She Rocks Awards on Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.

How to Attack the Aeolian Mode

If you're looking for a quick way to get started improvising with the major scale, the simplest path to take is to learn the Aeolian mode. For most guitar players, the minor pentatonic scale is burned in our brains, which is great news, because the Aeolian mode is built on the same notes of that minor pentatonic scale–we just need to add two more notes.

How to Sound Like John Petrucci

Ever since John Petrucci emerged from the gates of Berklee College of Music and into the world, he’s commanded respect. A humble man and eternal student, Petrucci has earned his spot on Mount Shredmore (it’s like Mount Rushmore, but for guitar players) due to his mastery of the instrument and impeccable tone.

He’s done so much for the guitar community that he has disciples all over the world. Some of these followers merely spread the word of Petrucci’s greatness, while others try to emulate it.

Metallica Reveal Early ‘Awkward’ Years in Trailer for New Band Documentary

James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich take a look back at Metallica’s formative period in a four-part Spotify series titled Landmark–Metallica: The Early Years. The documentary, a first for Spotify, debuts August 18, with all four parts making their premier simultaneously.

Marty Friedman Jams in a Hotel Room with Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela were joined by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and guitarist Marty Friedman during their Hollywood Bowl performance on Sunday, August 14.

Trujillo, who frequently collaborates with the duo, took the stage with them for a medley featuring Metallica’s “Orion,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Battery,” as seen in the video at bottom.

Friedman, who was introduced by Gabriela Quintero as one of the group’s early heroes, joined them for a performance of Astor Piazolla’s “Oblivion.”

See Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert and All-Star Cast Shred to Launch Guitar Contest

Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Tommy Emmanuel and dozens of other guitarists from around the world have put their shred talents together on behalf of fighting prostate cancer and depression.