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Five Tips for Surviving Your Next Jam Session

Jam sessions can be a fun way to meet new musicians and grow as a player. They help you work on improvisation, hone your techniques and develop your intuition when working in a group.But they can also be intimidating and scary, especially if you haven’t played with any of the other musicians before. You can’t just show up and plug in; you need to be prepared mentally, know a fair number of... …

Is D Minor Really the Saddest of All Keys?

Historically, classical composers felt that D minor was the most melancholy of the keys, suitable for lamentations, dirges and requiems.Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel thought so too, choosing the key for his musical trilogy “Lick My Love Pump.” “I don’t know why,” he remarks in Rob Reiner’s 1984 film, This Is Spinal Tap, “but it makes people weep instantly.”But do different keys really sound... …

John Petrucci: “My Favorite Chord Is ‘The Alex Lifeson Chord’”

John Petrucci recently went out for a drive with the folks from Cosmo Music. In the resulting Rockstars in Cars video, shown below, the Dream Theater guitarist talks about his favorite solo to play live, his mix of technical and emotional guitar playing, and more.Best question in the video: “Desert Island Chord: You got one chord you can play forever. What is it?”“It’s the opening chord from... …

The Deep Secret Behind Peter Green's “Magic” 1959 Les Paul Tone

“Do you remember when you got your magic Les Paul?”So asked Andy Ellis of Peter Green in the November 2000 issue of Guitar Player. The guitar in question was none other than Green’s 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard, a legendary instrument that the Fleetwood Mac founder used to write and record many of the group’s seminal blues cuts, including “Black Magic Woman,” “Oh Well” and “The Green Manalishi... …

Watch Les Paul Reveal Why He Never Liked the Gibson SG

In 1961, Gibson decided it was time to restyle the Les Paul model it had introduced in 1952. With Fender’s more modern-looking models eating into its sales, Gibson thought it might gain back some of its market share by giving the Les Paul a sleeker look.That decision didn’t sit well with the guitar’s namesake. Les Paul never liked the resulting Gibson SG model, with its thin body and twin... …

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