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Nine April Fools’ gear pranks in 2018

Guitar April Fools 2018
Check out the new, wacky and downright bizarre ‘products’ from Electro-Harmonix, Behringer, Jim Dunlop and more.

Five guitarists on fame and their road to it

Five guitarists on road to fame
The journey to becoming a famous musician is long and winding, but reaching that point also has its perks and pitfalls, say these five guitarists.

Five bass legends on laying down the low-end

Matthew Garrison Stu Hamm Billy Sheehan Jason Newsted Stanley Clarke
Billy Sheehan, Jason Newsted and Stanley Clarke, among others, share their thoughts on playing in the pocket.

Five guitarists talk tone inspiration

Five guitarists spill the secret behind their tone
Finding a guitar tone that’s unique to you can be a never-ending quest—so we picked the brains of five seasoned players for a few tips.

How to practice like a pro

How to practice like a pro
Andy Summers, George Lynch, Tommy Emmanuel and other guitarists share their practice routines.

Why playing fast shouldn’t matter

Playing guitar fast
Speed thrills, but you shouldn’t obsess over clocking a hundred miles per hour with your fingers.

How music theory can make you a better guitarist

Modes, scales, arpeggios, triads—they can be a lot to take in. But stick it out and you’ll find music theory will make learning the guitar far easier.

Why you should steal from other guitarists

Not their gear, of course, but their licks. Copying the style of famous axe-slingers can be good practice—these guitarists explain how.

Seven guitar legends on finding your voice

Finding your personal voice on guitar
BB King, Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck and other musical icons dish the secrets of developing your personal playing style.

Songwriting 101: Start with the melody

Songwriting melody
Beginning a songwriting session by crafting a melody is more efficient than not, say these four guitarists.

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