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Harmonic Minor and Beyond: Great Scales for Heavy Metal Guitar Playing

Harmonic minor is always a very cool choice and a favorite of mine. It’s great to use when you’re improvising or coming up with song ideas and lead parts. So many impressive players have made great use of it in their songs — guys like Uli Jon Roth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ritchie Blackmore, Steve Vai and many others. Mozart was also a big fan.

Dean Guitars CEO Elliott Dean Rubinson Talks Gigging with Uli Jon Roth, Balancing Life As a Musician

Elliott Dean Rubinson is known in the music industry as "the boss who rocks." He's the CEO and owner of Dean Guitars, ddrum and Luna Guitars. He's also a world-class bassist who has toured with Michael Schenker, Michael Angelo Batio and Uli Jon Roth.

Betcha Can't Play This: Dave Reffett — "Caravan of Cannibals"

This is a two-part run in A minor that I play in my solo to "Caravan of Cannibals," on Shredding the Envelope’s debut CD, The Call of the Flames. The first three bars are based mostly on the A Dorian mode [A B C D E F# G], with a couple of "outside" notes thrown in, namely D# and F.

Guitarist and Berklee Professor Scott Tarulli Discusses His New Album, 'Anytime, Anywhere'

As a Berklee College of Music professor, Scott Tarulli is well versed in all things rock, blues and jazz (Of course, his friends know he's also a closet Dio-loving metal head) His new album, Anytime, Anywhere, features a trove of hooks and catchy songs; it also happens to feature special guests including bebop slide guitar legend David Tronzo, bassist Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta. We recently caught up with Tarulli to discuss the new album.

Betcha Can't Play This: Dave Reffett's Symmetrical Spider

This is a wide-stretch, legato string-skipping idea that’s based on a symmetrical fretboard shape that moves across the neck in a single position. It’s articulated entirely with fret-hand hammer-ons and pull-offs, and I use my pick hand as a string damper by reaching over behind the fret hand and grabbing the neck to mute the idle strings and prevent them from ringing.

Blues Guitarist Albert Cummings Discusses His New Instructional DVD, 'Working Man Blues Guitar'

Guitarist Albert Cummings is one of those rare modern blues players with a great mix of chops, vibe and feel. We sat down with Cummings to discuss his new Hal Leonard DVD, Working Man Blues Guitar.

Interview: Shredder Rusty Cooley Talks Guitar Instruction, Signature Dean Guitars and His Approach to Soloing

Rusty Cooley is a shred guitar legend. Cooley, a premier guitar instructor, has played on records by All Shall Perish, Austrian Death Machine and many more and has had a serious influence on a generation of young guitarists. Cooley appears on guitar icon Michael Angelo Batio’s new album, Intermezzo (on the song “8 Pillars of Steel”) His new band, Day Of Reckoning, has released a single, and their new album is on the way.

Kill the Power: Five Questions with Skindred Guitarist Mikey Demus

On February 18, tenacious rockers Skindred released a new album, Kill The Power, via Red River Entertainment/Sony RED. The disc is getting rave reviews across the board. We recently tracked down Skindred guitarist Mikey Demus — as he was gearing up for a tour with Seether and Black Stone Cherry — and subjected him to our "five questions" treatment. You can check out our conversation below.

Former Racer X Guitarist Bruce Bouillet Talks New Album, 'The Order Of Control'

Bruce Bouillet might've taken an eight-year hiatus from playing due to a serious hand injury, but the former Racer X guitarist is back, fired up and more active than ever. We recently spoke to Bouillet, a fixture of the Los Angeles studio scene, about his new album, The Order Of Control, which was released January 21 via Mascot Label Group’s Music Theories imprint.

Dir En Grey Discuss Their Evolution and First North American Tour in Two Years

We sat down with DIR EN GREY guitarists Kaoru and Die to get all of the info on what US fans can expect from their current tour.