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High Strung: The 25 All-Time Weirdest Guitarists

Once upon a time, the mere act of strapping on an electric guitar and cranking up an amplifier marked one as an outsider, a rebellious badass who refused to live by the laws of a "decent" society.

But today's cookie-cutter rockers and forgettable pop janglers make studying for the priesthood seem like an edgier pursuit than playing guitar in a band.

A Guide to Low-Down Sweep Picking Blues

Usually when you think of sweep picking, you think of high-gain shred guitar. That's is all well and good, but there's also a place in blues for sweep picking.

In this lesson, I’ll show you two types of sweep picking exercises that cater to a bluesy tonality and feel, as opposed to the more shred-tastic diminished sweep arpeggios of the metal variety. Articulation plays a big role in successfully executing these techniques in a convincing way.

Temple of the Dog Announce Their First-Ever Tour

Temple of the Dog, the grunge supergroup featuring Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Mike McCready—plus Matt Cameron (who plays drums for Pearl Jam and Soundgarden)—have announced their first-ever tour.

The band, which originally was formed in 1990, will play five shows in five cities in November to mark the 25th anniversary of the band's first and only album, Temple of the Dog.

The 30 Most Badass Guitarists of All Time

Guitar players are the coolest creatures on this planet.

Don’t believe us? Consider Buddy Holly. Take away his guitar and he might as well be Melvin Poindexter, full-time accountant and part-time carnival geek. Give him a Stratocaster and suddenly he’s dumping Peggy Sue Gerron and shacking up with Maria Elena Santiago, una caliente Latina!

The Beatles Announce Revamped 'Live at the Hollywood Bowl' Reissue

The Beatles have announced an updated, remastered version of Live at the Hollywood Bowl, which originally was released in 1977.

This updated album, which will coincide with an upcoming Beatles documentary by director Ron Howard, Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years, contains an entirely different tracklist from the original album, plus four previously unreleased live cuts.

Chris Cornell Performs "One" with U2's Music and Metallica's Lyrics

Right off the bat, this one is not new. In fact, it's from 2013. Still, we like it—and you might too. It's a fan-shot clip of Chris Cornell performing "One."

Songs titled "One" were huge for U2 and Metallica, even though the bands' respective "One" compositions have very little to do with each other. However, that didn't stop Cornell from blending both songs into "One" song.

Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan and Los Lobos' Cesar Rosas Jam in 1988

Luckily, Stevie Ray Vaughan got around in the Eighties, jamming with pretty much everyone from Jeff Beck to Eric Clapton to B.B. King to Albert King to ...

OK, maybe not everyone. But he certainly played with a host of blues and classic-rock legends, including Carlos Santana.

Below, check out some pro-shot—and just plain enjoyable—footage of Santana jamming with Stevie; Stevie's big brother, Jimmie Vaughan of the Fabulous Thunderbirds; and lefty guitarist Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos in early October 1988.

Review: Fender Paramount PM-3 Deluxe Guitar


If you have ever played a Fender acoustic guitar from the Sixties and you noticed how Fender is marketing its new Paramount series acoustics with statements about “legacy design elements of classic Sixties models,” please note that the elements in question are only cosmetic.

Jeff Beck Releases New Album, ‘Loud Hailer’

On Jeff Beck’s new studio album, Loud Hailer, his first in six years, the guitarist combines fluid fretwork with topical lyrics to make a powerful statement about everything from the love of power, to the power of love. Loud Hailer is available now on Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment on CD, LP and digitally.

Keith Richards Criticizes The Beatles' Live Performances

Keith Richards, in an interview with Radio Times, criticized the Beatles as a live band.

"Musically, the Beatles had a lovely sound and great songs. But the live thing? They were never quite there,” Richards said.