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Combining Sweep Picking, Legato Techniques and Tapping to Create Exciting Solos

As a guitarist, I have always found it important to build and maintain an arsenal of soloing techniques so that I can play as fluidly as possible when inspiration strikes.

To present a range of musical expression within a solo, I like to combine three of my favorite techniques: sweep picking, legato articulations (hammer-ons, pull-offs and finger slides) and fretboard tapping.

Jazz Guitar Corner: Building a Jazz Vocabulary — Melodic Minor Over iim7

When studying jazz guitar, we often begin by exploring the Dorian mode when soloing over m7 chords.

ESP Unveils Kirk Hammett Signature KH Ouija Natural Guitar

ESP has unveiled the Kirk Hammett Signature KH Ouija Natural Guitar, a limited-edition custom guitar that will be available in two different models.

From the company: "It was around 1990 that Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett first approached us at ESP with the idea of a guitar that made use of graphic elements from Hasbro’s classic Ouija mystical board game.

Watch Paul Riario Demo the Pitch Pilot

Here's a video fresh from the GW YouTube channel that features Tech Editor Paul Riario demoing a cool device called the Pitch Pilot.

The Pitch Pilot is an innovative mod that attaches to the bridge of a guitar, allowing for individual string bending. Guitarists can push or pull this bridge attachment to manipulate the pitch of a guitar up to 7 semi-tones down and 3 semi-tones up.

The Eagles Announce 40th Anniversary 'Hotel California' Deluxe Reissue

The Eagles have announced a 40th anniversary, deluxe reissue of their landmark 1976 album, Hotel California.

The deluxe reissue—which comes in a 2-CD/1-Blu-ray Audio package that includes remastered sound, 10 previously unreleased live recordings, as well as hi-res stereo and 5.1 mixes—will be available on November 24.


Gear Review: Vick Audio Mount Pleasant Overdrive Pedal

Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” and glam-rock group Cinderella’s “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” are songs about not appreciating what life gives you until it’s no longer available. Vick Audio—along with other pedal lovers—had similar feelings for the short-lived Blues Breaker pedal by Marshall.

The pedal was a bulky, almost too-subtle overdrive that captured the sound of the early Sixties Marshall amp tone made famous by Eric Clapton while he played with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers.

August Burns Red Premiere "In the Studio with Brent Rambler" Video

Today, presents the exclusive premiere of "In the Studio With Brent Rambler," a new video featuring the August Burns Red guitarist.

In the clip—which you can watch below—Rambler discusses the creative process behind the band's brand-new album, Phantom Anthem, and how it—in terms of its sound—stands up to the band's previous two offerings, 2015's Found in Far Away Places and 2013's Rescue & Restore.

Chicago Music Exchange Unveils New Fender Exclusives

Chicago Music Exchange has proudly expanded its line of exclusive Fender instruments for 2017 with the introduction of five new models.

Available only at CME, these guitars feature a selection of Fender finishes and special features developed collaboratively between Fender product specialists and CME’s expert staff.

In an effort to meet consumer demands and cater to the latest gear trends, many also hone in on the recent surge of interest in offset guitars—with a CME twist, of course.

A Guide to Randy Rhoads' Acoustic Techniques and Riffs

When Ozzy Osbourne was booted from Black Sabbath and went solo in 1979, his quest for a heavy-metal soulmate ended with his discovery of Randy Rhoads.

The pair would go on to pen such classic metal cuts as “Crazy Train,” “I Don’t Know,” “Mr. Crowley” and “Flying High Again,” among others.

Unfortunately, Rhoads was around long enough to record only two full-length albums with Ozzy: Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman (the live album, Tribute, was released posthumously in 1987).

Top Five Things Every Intermediate Guitarist Should Know

Below, we present a somewhat recently posted (August 2015) video by guitar instructor Erich Andreas of—"Top Five Things Every Intermediate Guitar Player Should Know."