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Analog Alien Releases Power Pack Pedal

Analog Alien has announced the launch of the Power Pack.

The Analog Alien Power Pack is a simple, yet versatile clean boost. Its buffered input and unique gain stage make it the perfect choice to boost your amp's input stage, as well as maintain unity gain and tonal balance throughout your signal path.

Green Day Premiere "Troubled Times" Music Video

Back in January, Green Day premiered the somber lyric video for "Troubled Times," a track from last year's Revolution Radio. Now, the band has released a music video for the song, featuring outspoken frontman Billie Joe Armstrong reflecting on recent events in the news.

Metallica to Live Stream Final Show of North American Tour

Metallica have announced that they will livestream their performance tonight at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, the final North American show of their current "WorldWired” tour.

The stream will be available for viewing both on a webcast website the band created, and on the band's YouTube channel.

Five Classic Blues Turnarounds: Bars 11 and 12, Delta Blues Style

A blues turnaround occupies the final two measures—11 and 12—of the 12-bar form.

Bar 11 typically contains some sort of lick or phrase over the I chord harmony, and bar 12 shifts to the V chord, resulting in tension that sets up resolution to the I chord at the top of the form.

Often, however, early acoustic Delta bluesmen would just sit on the I chord in bar 12.


Watch Joe Satriani, Tommy Emmanuel and Phil Collen Play the Blues

Late last month, Joe Satriani hosted the 2017 G4 Experience—a four-day instructional/performance camp—at Asilomar Center in Pacific Grove, California.

Satch's special guests at the event—which honored the 30th anniversary of his landmark 1987 album, Surfing with the Alien—included Paul Gilbert, Def Leppard's Phil Collen, acoustic master Tommy Emmanuel and Ratt's Warren DeMartini.

Betcha Can't Play This: Uncured's Dizzying "Myopic"

In the latest edition of Guitar World's long-running "Betcha Can't Play This" series, Uncured's Zak Cox takes you through a dazzling section of his band's "Myopic."

Cox opens the video by playing this difficult section of "Myopic" at its recorded speed, before taking us through the segment piece by piece. He even offers up the lick again, at a slightly more human speed.

Can you play what Cox is playing? Watch the video and get back to us!

The 10 Greatest Guitar Melodies

What constitutes a truly memorable guitar melody?  Is it the note selection, the melodic rhythm, or the guitar tone itself? It’s probably a combination of all those ingredients and more, but one thing that is certain is that the greatest melodies can be sung by anyone, no vocal skills required.

While any top 10 list is subjective, I think everyone can agree with at least a couple of the selections I’ve offered up on my own personal compilation of what I believe are the greatest guitar melodies ever.

Check Out Altered Five Blues Band's "Charmed & Dangerous" Music Video

The Altered Five Blues Band have premiered the music video for their song, "Charmed & Dangerous."

The song—the title track from the band's new album (which was released last week on Blind Pig Records)—is a menacing, swampy blues that feels loose but still demonstrates the band's tangible chemistry. You can watch the video for it below.

Watch a Preview of Metallica's 'Carpool Karaoke' Appearance

"Enter Sandman," "One," "Creeping Death" and...Rihanna's "Diamonds"?

Something in that selection of songs is definitely out of place. But, in a preview of their appearance on the Apple Music-exclusive web series, Carpool Karaoke: The Series, you can watch Metallica sing the massive Rihanna hit, a Disney selection and other unexpected tunes with comedian Billy Eichner. 

Fender Releases Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster

At last month's Summer NAMM Show, Fender announced a series of new artist signature models, one of which was the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster.

Today, Fender officially launched the model, which is based on the guitar Hendrix used during his Monterey Pop Festival performance, which he concluded with the sacrificial burning of the hand-painted Stratocaster.