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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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Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Recalls ‘Letting Off Steam’ With His Guitar: Exclusive Interview

Larry DiMarzio Joe Satriani’s G4 Experience promises four days of “guitar magic.” The annual event, happening July 24-28 in Carmel, Calif., this year, features Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen. Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini and Mr. Big’s Paul Gilbert will also be on hand this year, and they’ll share stories and wisdom from their …

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