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Alexi Laiho on Writing Riffs, Imitating Yngwie and Children of Bodom’s New Album, ‘Hexed’

(Image credit: Marek Sabogal) What’s the most technically demanding guitar solo you’ve ever performed? —Federico VilladiegoWow, that’s quite a question. Probably a lot of the older stuff where some of the solos I was writing were insanely fast arpeggios and picking. Everything seems hard right now as I had a massive shoulder operation about two…

Think and Play Better by Using Your Non-Dominant Hand More Often

(Image credit: Cindy Moorhead)Hello, all! In my crusade to write about things guitarists can benefit from (things that have very little to do with actually playing guitar), I’d like to discuss something that comes up a lot when we are in our practice rooms: dexterity—dominance or cross-dominance. These are big words for something simple: Am I…

Fender Unveils New Vintera Series Guitars

(Image credit: Fender) Fender has unveiled its new Vintera series of electric guitars.Featuring 17 instruments, the vintage-inspired Vintera series includes new Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jaguar, Mustang and Jazzmaster models.The Vintera series guitars feature specs from decades past, like period-correct neck shapes, new pickups with decade-specific tones and vintage colors, including Mocha, Fiesta Red, Seafoam Green, Inca…

Zoom to Shred: The Easy Way to Master Alternate Picking

In this video lesson from GuitarZoom, guitar instructor extraordinaire Steve Stine shares a few simple tips for developing your alternate picking.If you’re new to alternate picking, Stine breaks it down into a simple concept that’ll allow you to practice and get better—fast.The lesson is part of GuitarZoom’s Ultimate Practice Routine course, which you can purchase…

How to Fingerpick Like Merle Travis

(Image credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)Named after legendary country guitar virtuoso Merle Travis, Travis picking is the most popular and commonly used fingerpicking technique.The technique essentially involves alternating between different thumb-picked bass notes on the lower strings while the fingers pick out melody notes based on chord shapes on the higher strings.Generally, the thumb palm…

Buzz Feiten Introduces a Bo-dacious Bo Diddley Tribute Guitar

Buzz Feiten is probably best known for his popular Feiten Tuning System, a pioneering setup that many fans believe improves a guitar’s tuning and intonation. And then there’s his hardware, which can be found on many quality guitar builders’ models. Feiten recently trademarked the term “Future Vintage,” which encapsulates his core mission — to take…

Power Chords, Perfect Fifths and the Consonant Interval

For those who might not be familiar with intervals, we’ll start by reviewing the core concept.The term sounds kind of advanced, but an “interval” simply refers to the distance between two notes, while a harmonic interval is when you play two notes at the same time.So to bring the simplicity home, a power chord is…

Watch John Mayer Play Jerry Garcia’s Wolf Guitar Onstage with Dead & Company

(Image credit: Dead & Company/YouTube) During Dead & Company’s show at New York’s Citi Field this past Sunday night, June 23, John Mayer abandoned his usual PRS in favor of a decidedly more iconic instrument. For the performance, Mayer used Jerry Garcia’s legendary “Wolf” guitar, which is currently on display at the Play It Loud: Instruments…

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