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15 Steps to Better Chops: Pump Up Your Technique with These Essential Exercises

Want to be a better player? Of course—we all do. That’s why we practice. So why does it seem like all that practice time isn’t paying off? It could be because

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FiiO debuts its latest Hi-Fi music player packing USB-C, 20-hour battery life and more | 9to5Toys

While most of us are fine popping in a pair of earbuds and listening to our favorite jams from our smartphones, audiophiles and other music enthusiasts are always looking for new ways to enjoy thei…

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Fender's excellent desktop app for learning to play songs is now free

Fender's $35 Riffstation desktop app, which helps you break down songs to learn its chords and riffs at your own pace, is now available for free on macOS and Windows.

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Here’s why Gibson is bankrupt—no, it’s not because rock is dead

The company that made the guitars played by Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Joan Jett, The Edge, and Pete Townshend has filed for bankruptcy. Gibson Brands, maker of the famed Gibson guitar, filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware

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The 10 Best (and Affordable) Acoustic Guitars

The best acoustic guitars mix quality woods with immaculate construction. We picked the best guitars within the consumer price range.

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The Legacy of Lucille: The Surprising Story Behind B.B. King's Guitar

Eric Clapton had "Blackie" and "Brownie"; Willie Nelson has "Trigger"; Keith Richards, "Micawber." But before all of them, B.B. King had "Lucille."
For more than a half-century, the bluesman and Lucille have been virtually inseparable...

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What Makes an Electric Guitar Sound Like an Electric Guitar?

There’s an old joke in the technology industry: If a product has a problem, simply sell it as a feature. The electric-guitar-effects industry is no different.

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The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Ukulele

The little instrument has gone from being an exotic new trend to the embodiment of kitsch since it arrived on Hawaii 125 years ago, but is currently enjoying a revival.

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Twang 101: Travis Picking Essentials

Travis picking is one of the most important accompaniment styles in country guitar, and it’s a vital component in any guitarist’s technique arsenal.

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Dave Davies talks guitars, self expression and You Really Got Me

The legendary Kinks guitarist recalls the formative musical experiences he shared with his brother Ray in late 1950s London

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Hank Marvin on the Fender Stratocaster

As The Shadows' King Of Twang, Hank Marvin was Britain's first guitar hero of the electric era, inspiring a generation of players with single-coil tones as springy and lush as a manicured lawn – but he also played the first Fender Stratocaster to reach

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Two New Studies Suggest Women Are More Attracted to a Man Holding a Guitar | Guitar World

There's a certain Je ne sais quoi about a guy holding a guitar. Or so says a new study from France, which concluded that a man is perceived as ...

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What's the Big Deal About Output Attenuators?

in the age of reduced stage and studio volumes has driven many players to seek creative volume-reduction solutions while, ideally, trying to retain the full girth and depth of their sound. The output attenuator has become a particularly popular method of volume reduction in recent years, and on paper it might appear the perfect solution

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George Harrison's '62 Rickenbacker Guitar Headed to Auction

The auction will also feature a Jimi Hendrix guitar and a signed copy of 'Beatles '65'

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The 26 Stages Of Learning To Play The Guitar

No one ever told you playing the guitar actually required talent .

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10 Things You Gotta Know About the Fingerboard

EVER FEEL A LITTLE OUT OF TOUCH OR just plain lost on certain parts of the guitar fingerboard? You’re certainly not alone. Consider this: A standard-tuned, 6-string guitar with a 22-fret ’board has a range just shy of four octaves and contains five middle Cs, while a full-size piano keyboard covers over seven octaves yet it has only one middle C. What’s up with that?!?

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Must Have Guitar Pedals Chosen By Top Guitar Bloggers - Guitar Gear Finder

Top guitar bloggers share their 3 must-have guitar pedals that will last you your entire lifetime as a guitarist. Find out what type of pedals to consider and what they will do for you.

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    How The Beatles Forever Changed Gretsch

    I remember February 9, 1964, vividly. I was a teenager living in the New York City area and for weeks, all the great AM rock ‘n’ roll radio stations like WABC with Cousin Brucie and WINS with Murry the K had been shouting “The Beatles Are Coming!” and saturating the airwaves with Beatles music. Their single, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” had just reached #1.

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    Gibson Guitar Company Gives the Feds the Finger

    The award for P.R. champion of the week goes to the Gibson guitar company, makers of the famous Les Paul guitar, and headquartered, I'm proud to say, here in my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.A couple of years ago, the Feds raided the Gibson factory her

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      ES-335

      Official Gibson site: Buy acoustic guitars, Epiphone or Les Paul electric guitars, bass guitar packages and banjos. Get Baldwin piano information. Free online guitar lessons, view guitar sheet music and guitar tablature and learn to play guitar.

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        Stratocaster

        For well more than half a century, there is simply nothing else that sings, screams, whispers, wails, roars, rocks and rolls like a fine Fender electric guitar.