That Time I Played a $100K Les Paul with Jared James Nichols

That Time I Played a $100K Les Paul with Jared James Nichols

August 12, 2019

“Try it on for size, man,” Jared smiles, casually handing me an instrument that could buy me a house. I’m initially hesitant. There’s the cost - $100,000 according to the man who took it for a spin on stage this evening - not to mention the pressure of demonstrating my merely competent chops in front of the blues-rock wunderkind. 
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Know Your Acoustic Body: Parlor

Know Your Acoustic Body: Parlor

August 02, 2019

In this edition, we’re taking a look at the Parlor guitar. The smallest guitar we’ve covered so far, the Parlor made waves in the late 19th century, offering a musical outlet for living room strummers.

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Three Ways to Play like B.B. King

Three Ways to Play like B.B. King

July 26, 2019

When it came to guitar playing, B.B. King was a true original. B.B. King had a knack for locking in a particular pattern of notes and strings when playing in a specific key. In fact, it’s one of the main signature elements of the B.B. King sound.
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“Sympathy for the Devil”: The Making of a Stones Masterpiece (Part Three)

“Sympathy for the Devil”: The Making of a Stones Masterpiece (Part Three)

July 26, 2019

Welcome to the final edition of our series on the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.”  Over the course of these articles, we’ve talked about how the band created one of their defining masterpieces, and the tremendous impact the song had on popular culture. 
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“Sympathy for the Devil”: The Making of a Stones Masterpiece (Part Two)

“Sympathy for the Devil”: The Making of a Stones Masterpiece (Part Two)

July 18, 2019

Welcome back to our three part series on the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.” 
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“Sympathy for the Devil”: The Making of a Stones Masterpiece

“Sympathy for the Devil”: The Making of a Stones Masterpiece

July 13, 2019

“Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m a man of wealth and taste.” So begins “Sympathy for the Devil.” When released in 1968, the song cemented the Rolling Stones as genre-defining songwriters par excellence.But more than that, it became one of the most culturally significant tracks of the 20th century.

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The Guitars That Made… Jimmy Page (Part Two)

The Guitars That Made… Jimmy Page (Part Two)

June 29, 2019

Welcome back to the Guitars That Made Jimmy Page.  Last time, we got to grips with Page’s iconic Telecaster, double neck and, of course, his Number 1 Gibson Les Paul.  Now, to kick off Part Two, we’re jumping back in with another Les Paul. This one’s less well known, but equally important to Page’s guitar playing history. It’s also the one that got away. The reasons for that will become clear momentarily…

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Words of Wisdom: James Taylor

Words of Wisdom: James Taylor

June 24, 2019

James Taylor is probably the definitive singer-songwriter of his generation.  His confessional lyrics are some of the most affecting in popular music. And, given his way with words, it’s hardly surprising that Taylor is a great interview subject.

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Pete Townshend: The Psyche of a Guitar Smasher

Pete Townshend: The Psyche of a Guitar Smasher

June 17, 2019

For many of us, it’s hard to imagine smashing a precious instrument. The Who’s Pete Townshend isn’t like you or I, though. Back in the day, smashing guitars was par for the course for him.

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Jimmy Page: Three Guitar Techniques

Jimmy Page: Three Guitar Techniques

June 12, 2019

If you’re playing electric guitar in 2019, you owe a debt to Jimmy Page.

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The Quotable Keith Richards

The Quotable Keith Richards

June 03, 2019

The man is an icon. Along with Mick Jagger, he’s the heart of the Rolling Stones and one of the most important figures in rock ‘n’ roll history. Without Keef, popular music would be a very different place.
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Tony McManus: “The Guitarman’s Guitarist”

Tony McManus: “The Guitarman’s Guitarist”

May 25, 2019

Tony McManus has been described as the “guitarman’s guitarist.” In today’s article, I’m diving into McManus’s story; how he gravitated towards the six string, and what makes him such a unique force in fingerstyle guitar playing.
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