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Mike Portnoy On Sons Of Apollo: ‘Basically, This Was My Dream Lineup’

November 11, 2017 France’s Big Bang magazine recently conducted an interview with former DREAM THEATER members Mike Portnoy (drums) and Derek Sherinian (keyboards) about their new band, SONS OF APOLLO. The group also features guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-GUNS N’ ROSES), bassist Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG, DAVID …

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Kenny G’s Son Is A Heavy Metal Guitar Shredder In The Mantle

January 19, 2017 THE MANTLE, the New York-based progressive metal band featuring Max Gorelick — the son of smooth-jazz saxophonist Kenny G — has just released its self-titled debut album via Bandcamp. Instrumental music must do more than simply entertain — it must engage, captivate, and inspire. THE MANTLE is …

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Brian May: Guitar Tutorials From 1980s Available Online

Star Licks Productions issued numerous instructional videos way back in 1983, which featured famous musicians showing off their styles and techniques. These included, among others, Steve Lukather, Tony Iommi, Al McKay, Albert Lee, and Wolf Marshall. Legendary guitarist Brian May shared some of these videos from the series, through his …

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Slow Blues in the Mississippi Delta Justin Johnson

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Watch Justin Johnson a.k.a. an “The Wizard”, pickin blues on a four string Bluesguitar Root Box in Clarksdale, Mississippi.. Johnson has toured internationally and extensively through the Australian mainland, Tasmania, The United Kingdom, Europe and the North American coast.  The California born, Nashville-based Roots Blues musician has also been dubbed a “music visionary” …

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Why Guitars Are More Than Just Instruments To Musicians

Ask any guitar player about their instrument and you’re likely to get a story. And that’s what photographer Chuck Holley just did. Holley spent more than eight years interviewing and photographing dozens of professional musicians for his book, “A Perfectly Good Guitar,” recently published by the University of Texas Press. The book is a …

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Start Soloing on Acoustic Guitar with These Essential Building Blocks

THE PROBLEM You’re comfortable with chords and holding down rhythms, but when it comes to lead playing or taking a solo, you don’t know where to start. THE SOLUTION Familiarize yourself with some musical building blocks—scales, arpeggios, and melodic approaches—to write and improvise your own lead lines. Start with Pentatonic Scales A …

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Bassist Jerry Dixon Talks New Warrant Album, ‘Louder Harder Faster’

Since releasing their classic debut album, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, in 1989, hard rock giants Warrant have gone on to sell more than 8 million albums. And while songs like “Down Boys,” “Heaven,” “I Saw Red” and “Cherry Pie” have cemented their place in Eighties metal history, it’s their tight …

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Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers Perform Chris Cornell Tributes

As expected, several popular artists have been honoring the late Chris Cornell by performing his music. Late last week, we shared Megadeth’s performance of Soundgarden’s “Outshined.” Today we bring you two tributes by members of Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Last Thursday night, Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer …

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