Three Ways to Play like B.B. King

Three Ways to Play like B.B. King

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)

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)

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

“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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Tony McManus: “The Guitarman’s Guitarist”

Tony McManus: “The Guitarman’s Guitarist”

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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Know Your Acoustic Body: Jumbo

Know Your Acoustic Body: Jumbo

In this edition, we’re getting to grips with what is perhaps the largest model in the acoustic guitar realm; the aptly named Jumbo.
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Know Your Acoustic Body: Dreadnought

Know Your Acoustic Body: Dreadnought

Today, we’re diving in with an iconic and enduring type: the Dreadnought. Given the nautical origins of this instrument’s name, “diving in” is entirely appropriate!
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Gibson ES-335 Legends

Gibson ES-335 Legends

Today, in celebration of the great 335, I’m running through a handful of legendary players that adopted the instrument, and its variations, as their signature axe.
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The Guitars that Made… Jimmy Page

The Guitars that Made… Jimmy Page

The Dragon isn’t Page’s first signature guitar. In fact, he’s had several. With that in mind, I thought it’d be fun to tell the stories of some of Page’s more noteworthy instruments. 
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Legendary Guitars: Gibson ES-335

Legendary Guitars: Gibson ES-335

Today, we’re taking a look into the history of the 335 and the big problem in the guitar market that it addressed.
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Words of Wisdom: Thurston Moore

Words of Wisdom: Thurston Moore

As I noted in a recent article, the Fender Jazzmaster is a guitar for those who dare to be different. Thurston Moore, the former Sonic Youth guitarist, continues to push the boundaries of guitar-based music, and has influenced a generation of players in the process.
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Iconic Guitars: Fender Jazzmaster

Iconic Guitars: Fender Jazzmaster

Today we’re taking a look at the Fender Jazzmaster; a truly unique instrument for those who dare to be different.
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3 MORE Capo Classics Every Guitarist Should Know

3 MORE Capo Classics Every Guitarist Should Know

We’re back with three more bona fide classic songs that feature guitars played with capos!
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Iconic Guitars: Gibson Explorer

Iconic Guitars: Gibson Explorer

A striking departure from Fender’s Stratocaster or Gibson’s own Les Paul, the Explorer was suppose to be the guitar of the future.......

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Eddie Van Halen: Words of Wisdom

Eddie Van Halen: Words of Wisdom

Van Halen’s words of wisdom when it comes to guitar playing.
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Eric Clapton: Six Decades, Six Songs

Eric Clapton: Six Decades, Six Songs

He’s been slinging his guitar for the better part of six decades now. And, as far as we’re concerned, Eric Clapton is still god.
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Hawaiian Koa:  Thalia's New Mission

Hawaiian Koa: Thalia's New Mission

Thalia Capos was founded when Thalia dreamed of making a capo that would complement the Hawaiian Koa in the Taylor Guitar held by Taylor Swift on the cover of Rolling Stone. Today, we are announcing our new mission to play a meaningful role in the reforestation of Koa in Hawaii over the coming decade while also promoting the use of sustainably grown Hawaiian Koa from 2nd & 3rd growth forests.
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3 Capo Classics Every Guitarist Should Know

3 Capo Classics Every Guitarist Should Know

When it comes to writing great songs, a capo is a seriously useful tool...we’re running through three bona fide classics that feature guitars played with capos. And, because these are songs that every guitarist should have in their arsenal, we’re including guitar tab links as well. 
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