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Four Must-Have Guitar Pedals

This video is a couple years old, but it’s a good one to get guitarists thinking about what gear they really need and what gear is superfluous to their work. In it, Phillip McKnight tells what he thinks are the four must-have pedals for every guitarist—though your choices may differ.“I show the four pedals I would use if I ditched all my pedals,” Phillip says, “and explain why.” Take a look,... …

Two Things You Must Practice to Master Pentatonics

Chances are if you use the minor pentatonic scale frequently, you might take your method of playing it for granted. And it’s possible that your technique could be holding you back from getting the most out of the standard two-note-per-string pentatonic shapes.In this video, Claus Levin offers two handy fingering techniques that will help you master pentatonics all over the neck and move... …

How to Play Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”

Chuck Berry wrote dozens of rock and roll classics, but perhaps the best-known of them all is “Johnny B. Goode.” The track was a Number Two Billboard hit when it was released in 1958 during the first rock and roll boom and went on to influence rock and roll guitarists throughout the next decades.Berry wrote the song in 1955, lifting the opening guitar riff pretty much verbatim from the single... …

“Free Fallin’”: Tom Petty Wrote His Biggest Hit to Make Jeff Lynne Laugh

Tom Petty’s 1989 hit “Free Fallin’” is a simple enough song. It contains just a handful of guitar chords that any beginner could easily handle.As easy tunes go, it’s good for a laugh. And as it turns out, that’s exactly what Petty had in mind when he wrote it. He says he began writing the song spontaneously during sessions for his debut solo album, Full Moon Fever, as a way to make producer... …

How Metallica’s ‘...And Justice for All’ Would Have Sounded with Cliff Burton on Bass

Metallica bassist Cliff Burton died September 27, 1986, when the band’s tour bus rolled over on a stretch of icy road, killing him instantly.Metallica were on tour for their recently released album Master of Puppets and had written most of the songs for their next LP, …And Justice for All.Bassist Andriy Vasylenko—the man behind Total Cliff, a noncommercial tribute to Burton—wondered how …And... …

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