Guitar World launches Sick Riffs video series to help guitarists affected by the coronavirus

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The outbreak of coronavirus has hit millions of careers hard, but musicians have been among the worst affected, with tour dates cancelled, releases postponed, and thousands of dollars of income lost - some of it never to be recouped.

Guitar World wants to help guitarists and bands who have had their lives affected by the pandemic, and that’s why today, we are officially launching Sick Riffs - a new video series that aims to help those affected and teach you guys something new, too.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.