What Slash Taught Me About Guitar Playing

What Slash Taught Me About Guitar Playing

August 06, 2018

Throughout my teenage years, posters of guitar heroes were in regular rotation on my bedroom wall. Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison and James Hetfield were all given “hall of fame” status by me for a time, coming and going as my tastes and fascinations changed, and then changed back again.

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What Is a Capo?

What Is a Capo?

July 31, 2018 3 comments

You might not know what a capo looks like, but you’ve almost certainly heard one being used. They’ve long been the secret weapon of many a guitar hero. Keith Richards, George Harrison, Jimmy Page, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty have all kept one in their gig bag at one time or another, and used them on many a classic song.

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Peter Frampton’s “Phenix” Les Paul: The Guitar That Rose From the Ashes

Peter Frampton’s “Phenix” Les Paul: The Guitar That Rose From the Ashes

July 20, 2018 9 comments

Even if you’re not a fan of his music, you’re probably familiar with Peter Frampton’s Gibson Les Paul, “Phenix.”  It’s the “Frampton Comes Alive!” guitar; the one that he plays on the album, and the one that he’s photographed with on the cover. Today, we’re going to share the story of the iconic “Phenix” guitar; how Frampton got it, lost it, and finally got it back.

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How To Use a Guitar Capo Chart

How To Use a Guitar Capo Chart

July 12, 2018 7 comments

The small, but mighty capo is a seriously useful tool to have in your gig bag.It opens up your fretboard, means you can learn lots of songs without learning complicated chords, and makes transposing songs into different keys a breeze.Capos are great for making guitar playing simple. But, figuring out which fret to place your capo on can sometimes be confusing.

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Robby Krieger: Celebrating The Doors’ Unsung Hero

Robby Krieger: Celebrating The Doors’ Unsung Hero

July 03, 2018 8 comments

When we think of the Doors, the first person that comes to mind is Jim Morrison. Mr. Mojo Risin’; The Lizard King. Call him what you want, the man was an icon. He’s not just synonymous with the band; to most of the general public, he is the band.  

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How the Fender Telecaster Kickstarted the Electric Revolution

How the Fender Telecaster Kickstarted the Electric Revolution

June 28, 2018 15 comments

Upon its release in 1950, the Fender Telecaster started an electric guitar revolution, and the world has never been the same since. Today, we’re taking a look at that iconic instrument and how it came to be.

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One legendary guitar: three legendary owners – the Greeny Moore Les Paul

One legendary guitar: three legendary owners – the Greeny Moore Les Paul

June 20, 2018 5 comments

One legendary guitar: three legendary owners – the Greeny Moore Les Paul.  It’s not uncommon for old Les Pauls to pass through the hands of more than one legendary guitarist.  Ask any Gibson guitar aficionado and they’ll tell you; vintage 1950s LPs have some serious mojo. They’re not exactly easy to find though, hence why they get shared around.

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Bought a new guitar and haven’t told your spouse? Read this guide!

Bought a new guitar and haven’t told your spouse? Read this guide!

June 17, 2018 53 comments

How many guitars do you actually need?  Some people (usually non-guitarists) would say the answer to that question is “one.”  But those people are wrong. I’d counter that the answer is always “one more than you currently have.” Which is all well and good, until you try to explain this logic to your significant other.   

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Gauging Your Gauge: Acoustic Guitar Strings Explained

Gauging Your Gauge: Acoustic Guitar Strings Explained

June 14, 2018 20 comments

“What kind of strings have you got on there?”  I was stepping off stage at an open mic night when I was first asked this question, and it completely dumbfounded me.  At this point in my life, I was young, naïve, and knew very little about my instrument.

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The Genius of Hendrix: Embellished Chords and “Little Wing”

The Genius of Hendrix: Embellished Chords and “Little Wing”

June 10, 2018 10 comments

Jimi Hendrix was a guitar genius.  How’s that for an obvious statement to start a guitar article?  Sometimes though, the most obvious points bear repeating, and this is definitely the case with Jimi.

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The Gibson J-200: Celebrating an Acoustic Icon

The Gibson J-200: Celebrating an Acoustic Icon

May 30, 2018 10 comments

49 years ago, Bob Dylan released “Nashville Skyline.” His paean to American roots and country music, the record is today regarded as a Bob Dylan classic, and features one of the most iconic album covers in his discography.

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Know Your Tonewoods: Spotlight on Hawaiian Koa

Know Your Tonewoods: Spotlight on Hawaiian Koa

May 24, 2018 21 comments

When it comes to discussions of acoustic guitar tonewoods, mahogany, maple and rosewood usually dominate.  And with good reason.  They’re great to work with, provide rounded, three-dimensional tones, and look stunning to boot. It’s why they’re so widely used in acoustic guitar manufacturing today.

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