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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Tries to Break Ernie Ball’s New Paradigm Strings

To drive home the concept behind Paradigm, Ernie Ball’s new break-resistant and ultra-durable guitar strings, the company brought in a host of players to try their hand at breaking them.

Heart's Nancy Wilson to Debut New Side Project at 5th Annual Rock Against MS Benefit

Richie Kotzen has joined the ever-growing lineup for the 5th Annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert and Award Show, which is set to take place March 25 at the historic Los Angeles Theatre.

The show, which is hosted by comedians Bill Burr (Breaking Bad, Date Night) and Craig Gass (Sex and the City, The Howard Stern Show), aims to raise awareness and educate the public about multiple sclerosis while raising money build the first of many MS resource centers across the nation.

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Steve Vai Shares His Private Guitar Collection

When Steve Vai appeared on the cover of the September 2016 issue of Guitar World to discuss his latest projects—including the new 25th-anniversary version of his masterpiece, Passion and Warfare—he agreed

Dave Mustaine's Attempts at Singing "A Tout Le Monde" in Japanese Were "Pretty Horrific"

In a recent interview with WRIF, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine revealed that French wasn't the only language he attempted to employ in the chorus of "A Tout Le Monde," Megadeth's classic 1995 single. It seems he also gave Spanish, German and Japanese a spin.

The Almighty Riff: Suggestions for Stimulating Musical Creativity

The following is a classic column from the pages of Guitar World.

Every great rock song has a great riff, be it a single-note melody or a chordal-based sequence, and that's probably what makes it a great song. Like a great frontman, a really good rock riff should have a hypnotic, star quality.

MADD Men: The Minor Add-2 Arpeggio

Last month, I offered a guitar adaptation of the theme from The Walking Dead, which is based on a repeating melody built from a minor add-9, or minor add-2, arpeggio.

Navigating the Intricate Seven-String Licks in Periphery's “Flatline”

Throughout the course of these columns, my focus has been primarily on the six-string guitar parts I’ve crafted that are featured in the music of both Periphery and my side project, Haunted Shores.

This month, I’d like to delve into the use of seven-string guitar in the music of Periphery, by detailing a few of the signature riffs in the song “Flatline,” from Periphery III: Select Difficulty. The tuning I use for this song is what’s commonly referred to as a “drop A seven-string,” for which the seventh string, normally tuned to B, is lowered a whole step, to A.

How to Play Like DADGAD Pioneer Davey Graham

A key figure of the early Sixties British folk revival, Davey Graham (1940–2008) was a unique steel-string–wielding hybrid; Celtic music, jazz, blues and Indian classical influences played equal roles in his innovative style. (A short list of Graham’s “player” inspirations includes bluesmen Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Muddy Waters, plus jazz giants Charlie Parker, Charlie Mingus and Thelonious Monk.)

When to Change Your Guitar Strings

Do you know the only time most guitarists change all their strings is when they break one? I know because I’m often guilty of that.

Changing strings isn’t always a matter of necessity; it can also be a matter of personal preference. Some musicians love the sound of their old strings broken-in, while others can’t live without the fresh sound of a new set. The truth is there is no hard and fast rule on when to change strings because it depends upon any number of factors from tonal preference to how physical your playing is—especially if you play often.

Brad Tolinski Discusses Jimi Hendrix's Days As a Sideman

Dagger Records has released Curtis Knight: Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966 on CD, and a double vinyl LP version will be available for Record Store Day (April 21).

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