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Big Strokes: A Beginner's Guide to Sweep Picking

The notion of sweeping (or raking) the pick across the strings to produce a quick succession of notes has been around since the invention of the pick itself. Jazz players from the Fifties would use the approach in their improvisations, and Chet Atkins was known to eschew his signature fingerstyle hybrid-picking technique from time to time and rip out sweep-picked arpeggios.

Guitar Tricks: 11 Tricks to Singing and Playing Guitar at the Same Time

Singing while playing guitar can be a daunting challenge for a beginner. A good sense of timing and rhythm and the ability to synthesize two different actions is necessary to pull it off. But like everything else you've learned to do on the guitar, it can be mastered.

Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Distortion Pedal — Eric Gales Demo Video

Over the course of 1969 and 1970, Jimi Hendrix appeared at his most noted live appearances — Live at Woodstock, Live at Berkeley, and Live at the Fillmore East — using a mysterious red Fuzz Face Distortion with white knobs. That fuzz box sounded like a completely different animal from any of the other Fuzz Face pedals in Jimi’s arsenal, snarling with a far more aggressive, biting tone.

Black Veil Brides Premiere "Goodbye Agony" Music Video

Yesterday, BVB teamed with Revolver to premiere their latest music video, for the song "Goodbye Agony" off their recently released self-titled album. Check out the clip below, and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook.

Guitar World Halloween Sale: Get 30 Percent Off All Guitar-Lesson DVDs!

In honor of Halloween, we're offering a 30 percent discount on all our guitar-lesson DVDs at the Guitar World Online Store! Just be sure to use the code HALLOWEEN14 at checkout!

The 13 Most Gruesome Album Covers [NSFW]

Let's be real: When I was doing research for this list, I came across some really sick album covers. So sick they made a Cannibal Corpse album look like something you'd frame and give to your parents to hang over their mantle at Christmas.

The 13 Creepiest Album Covers of All Time

To get things started, we've put together a list of the 13 creepiest album covers of all time. Before all you Cannibal Corpse and Cattle Decapitation fans get all riled up, we will be doing a list of the 13 most GRUESOME album covers of all time later in the week.

Review: Ibanez ES2 Echo Shifter — Video

When it comes to echo and delay pedals, guitarists have a choice of analog or digital, each of which has its pros and cons.

Ibanez’s ES2 Echo Shifter combines the best of both worlds by mating a superb, no-compromises, all-analog audio path to a digital control circuit. Better still, the Echo Shifter features unique oscillation and modulation circuits that add greater versatility, letting you create everything from subtle to extreme sonic weirdness.

How to Adjust Your Guitar's Truss Rod — Video

In this new Guitar World video, GW's tech editor, Paul Riario, shows you how to make basic adjustments to your guitar's truss rod. In the clip, which you can check out below, Riario is joined by an Epiphone ES-339 PRO and a Fender Strat.