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Paul Gilbert’s "World Changing" Trick for Better Blues Licks

If you’re tired of playing stock minor pentatonic runs when you solo over a rock or blues progression, guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert has a couple of neat tricks you can use to jazz up your licks.“Blues is the first step to get to jazz,” Gilbert says. And in this video, he gives you two simple ways to jazz-up a blues scale—or play “jazz blues,” as he calls it.He demonstrates by using a standard I... …

Is This the Mother of All Finger Exercises?

Finger independence and hand synchronization are essential skills for guitarists to develop.In this instruction video, Paul Davids throws down a challenge for all guitarists who want to improve in these areas. See if you can perform this drill that he calls “the mother of all finger exercises.”“This is a real challenge for your left and right hand and the synchronization between the two,” Paul... …

Watch Amy Winehouse's 2004 Promo for the Fender Stratocaster

Amy Winehouse received so much acclaim for her voice that everyone forgot that she was also a fairly decent guitarist.Winehouse was a devoted Strat player, and she appears in several videos—with her Strat—as in the “Stronger Than Me” video below. Winehouse’s guitar talents came to mind this past weekend when I saw Amy, the new documentary about the late singer.I suddenly recalled a promotional... …

Dave Grohl: "My Most Embarrassing Onstage Moment"

Foo Fighters guitarist and frontman Dave Grohl recently joined his mother to promote her new book, From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars.In writing her memoir, Virginia Hanlon Grohl reached out to the mothers of musicians like Dr. Dre, Michael Stipe and Amy Winehouse to learn their stories about raising young musicians and how they felt about their... …

10 Things Guitarists Should Know About Their Guitar

Whether you’re new to guitar or not, there’s probably something about the instrument you don’t know or fully understand.This video should provide you with the information you need. Guitar instructor Darrell Braun provides some blinding insight into the guitar’s many features and the technical issues that commonly affect it.This video, Darrell says, “is geared toward the newer player, but if you... …

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