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In Deep: Stevie Ray Vaughan's Playing on "Couldn't Stand the Weather"

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s distinctive playing style is earmarked by equal parts pure power, intensity of focus, razor-sharp precision and deeply emotional conviction. And then there’s his tone—probably the best Stratocaster-derived sound ever evoked from the instrument.

In Deep with Andy Aledort: Part 2 of a Tribute to Mountain Guitarist Leslie West — Video

Last month’s column was dedicated to the incredible and highly influential playing of Mountain’s Leslie West, whose beautifully melodic phrasing, signature slow, wide vibrato, and rich guitar tone set the standard for blues-rock–style guitar of the highest order in the late Sixties and early Seventies.

A Critical Analysis of B.B. King's 10 Greatest Guitar Moments

Blues guitarist and noted instructor Andy Aledort pays tribute to the late, great B.B. King in the all-new August 2015 issue of Guitar World. Below, he breaks down the legendary guitarist's 10 greatest guitar moments. Be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below or on Facebook!

In Deep with Andy Aledort: Tribute to the Influential Style of Mountain's Leslie West — Video

Though rarely mentioned in the pantheon of great rock guitarists, Mountain’s Leslie West is unquestionably one of the most influential and original players to emerge from the burgeoning late-Sixties rock scene.

In Deep with Andy Aledort: How to Create Flowing, Stylish Licks Like Eric Clapton — Video

He has the innate ability to move smoothly from one great, imminently melodic phrase into the next while also both riding the groove and pushing it along. When improvising, Clapton will subtly mix up the rhythms of his lines to create clearly defined syncopations that serve to strengthen the melodic quality of his solos.

In Deep with Andy Aledort: Riffs and Licks That Define Rock and Roll Guitar, from Chuck Berry to Joan Jett — Video

These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the May 2015 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.

Inventing the Steel: How to Solo Like Angus Young, Jimmy Page and Tony Iommi

Regarded by many as the three most vital purveyors of pure hard rock/heavy metal sonic evil, AC/DC’s Angus Young, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi have each forged a distinct, instantly recognizable guitar style and sound. After more than three decades of dedicated service, all three players continue to influence countless up-and-coming metalheads the world over, and an in-depth study of each guitarist’s distinct musical personality is mandatory for any aspiring hard rock player.

In Deep with Andy Aledort: Using Voice Leading and Close Voicings to Devise Improvised Rhythm Guitar Parts — Video

Part of my role as a member of former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts’ band, Great Southern (along with his son, guitarist Duane Betts), is to provide improvised rhythm guitar parts to songs that oftentimes develop into long jams with many instrumental solos.

Many of these songs—like “Blue Sky,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “No One Left to Run With”—feature soloing sections built upon repeating chord vamps.

In this endeavor, I have developed a rhythm guitar approach that I can use in any of these jamming-type situations, which is to explore small chord voicings that connect to one another via voice leading techniques, such as close voicing.

In Deep with Andy Aledort: Ozzy Osbourne's "I Don't Know" Video Lesson

Guitar World's Andy Aledort breaks down the classic Ozzy song featuring the guitar wizardry of Randy Rhoads.

In Deep with Andy Aledort: Slidedog — the Slide Guitar Mastery of Duane Allman

In honor of the expansive new box set from Rounder Records, Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, we focused on his single-note soloing on classic Allman Brothers’ cuts like “Stormy Monday” and “Whipping Post.” This month’s column is dedicated to Duane’s mastery of the art of slide guitar.