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“Free Fallin’”: Tom Petty Wrote His Biggest Hit to Make Jeff Lynne Laugh

Tom Petty’s 1989 hit “Free Fallin’” is a simple enough song. It contains just a handful of guitar chords that any beginner could easily handle.As easy tunes go, it’s good for a laugh. And as it turns out, that’s exactly what Petty had in mind when he wrote it. He says he began writing the song spontaneously during sessions for his debut solo album, Full Moon Fever, as a way to make producer... …

How Metallica’s ‘...And Justice for All’ Would Have Sounded with Cliff Burton on Bass

Metallica bassist Cliff Burton died September 27, 1986, when the band’s tour bus rolled over on a stretch of icy road, killing him instantly.Metallica were on tour for their recently released album Master of Puppets and had written most of the songs for their next LP, …And Justice for All.Bassist Andriy Vasylenko—the man behind Total Cliff, a noncommercial tribute to Burton—wondered how …And... …

Five Tips for Being a Smarter Acoustic Player

Electric guitar and acoustic guitar are two very different beasts. So why is it so many electric guitarists try to apply the same techniques when they play an acoustic?In this excellent instruction video, Jim Lill offers five ways that we can all become smarter acoustic guitarists. He points out some of the critical errors electric guitarists typically make when they play an acoustic and offers... …

Guide to the Recording Equipment, Songs and Instruments Featured on The Beatles' 'Abbey Road'

While the Beatles spent the first months of 1969 getting back to their roots with the Let It Be sessions, EMI's Abbey Road Studios was moving headlong into the future.On November 23, 1968, Studio Two's control room had been outfitted with EMI's new TG12345 mixer, the first transistorized recording console in Abbey Road. The studio's old tube mixers were on their way out, their limited channels... …

The Fastest Way to Build Picking Speed

Being able to play fast runs on the guitar has its advantages, and not simply for shredding or showing how many notes you can play per second. Building picking and fret-hand speed makes it possible for you to solo and play licks effortlessly in fast songs, and gives you yet another way to express yourself on guitar.But developing speed takes time, in part because you have to build up the... …

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