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Watch Chris Cornell and His Daughter Sing “Redemption Song”

While performing at New York’s Beacon Theatre in 2015, Chris Cornell invited his then-11-year-old daughter Toni to join him onstage for a duet on the Bob Marley classic “Redemption Song.”As you can see from the performance, shown below, Toni has inherited her father’s impressive vocal talents.“A few years back, my daughter wanted to do a song at school,” Cornell told the audience prior to... …

Seven Easy Guitar Chords That Will Make You Sound Better

Jim Lill offers up this great lesson demonstrating “7 Easy Guitar Chords That Will Make You Sound Better.”As Jim notes, “Everybody knows the basics—G, C, D, etc.—but if you really want to sound like you know what you’re doing, it’s good to have some tricks up your sleeve. Here are seven of them!”In the video below, Jim talks about the chords, shows how and where to play them, and then... …

New Strings vs. Seven-Year-Old Strings. What’s the Difference?

How big a difference is there in the tone of a new set of strings and one that’s been on a guitar for the past seven years?That’s what guitarist Jens Larsen wondered recently when he pulled out his Gibson ES-175, whose strings hadn’t been changed in seven years. Larsen, whose videos we’ve featured here, had been asked to play a recording session where he needed the guitar. He decided that he... …

Forget About Down Tuning. Does Up Tuning Sound Heavy?

Guitarists like to tune down to make their metal riffs sound heavier. But what happens to a metal riff when you tune up? Does it end up sounding wimpy?Guitarist Pete Cottrell decided to find out by tuning his guitar up two whole steps, (low to high) G# C# F# B D# G#.And yes, he used very light-gauge strings—a set of Billy Gibbons Superfine .007s.“They’re super-crazy thin, which allowed me to... …

Two Things You Must Practice to Master Pentatonics

Chances are if you use the minor pentatonic scale frequently, you might take your method of playing it for granted. And it’s possible that your technique could be holding you back from getting the most out of the standard two-note-per-string pentatonic shapes.In this video, Claus Levin offers two handy fingering techniques that will help you master pentatonics all over the neck and move... …

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