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Kick Out the Jams: Guitar Gamelan

May 17, 2011
In Umphrey’s McGee, we really like to turn rhythm on its head and are constantly in search of cool ways to change up a boring stock riff. In this
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CD Review: Todd Grubbs - "Return of the Worm"

May 17, 2011
Todd Grubbs Return of the Worm Grubbworm Music Readers email me all the time to ask if they can send in an album for Media Reviews consideration. I always encourage
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Rig Rundown - Luther Dickinson

May 11, 2011
PG's Charles Saufley is On Location at the Roxy in Hollywood, CA, where he catches up with North Mississippi Allstars and Black Crowes guitarist Luther Dickinson. In this segment, Luther Dickinson talks about the gear he's currently using on the North Mississippi Allstars' tour, which includes Fuch Amps, Gibson, Hagstrom, Epiphone, and Hofner hollowbody guitars, and Radial Engineering, Boss, and other guitar effects stompboxes.
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Interview: Elliot Easton - Hello Again

May 9, 2011
The Cars'' Elliot Easton talks about reuniting with his chart-topping new wave bandmates and using a bunch of guitars from his amazing collection to record their classic-sounding new album, Move Like This.
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The Thinking Shredder: Speed, Accuracy, and Dexterity

April 25, 2011
Breaking down large musical ideas and examples into manageable parts and practicing them over and over to develop speed.
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Rig Rundown - The Roots' Captain Kirk Douglas & Owen Biddle

April 11, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the IMU Lounge at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA, where she talks with the Roots' guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas and bassist Owen Biddle.
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Rig Rundown - Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey, Tim Brennan & Jeff DaRosa

April 5, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location at the Val Air Ballroom in Des Moines, IA, where he catches up with the Dropkick Murphys before their show. In this Rig Rundown segment, we get to hear from Ken Casey (vocals, bass), Tim Brennan (guitar), Jeff DaRosa (acoustic guitar, banjo, flute, piano, mandolin), and James Lynch (guitar).
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Extend Yourself: Upper Extensions of 7th Chords

March 28, 2011
While upper extensions apply to all keys and several different chord types, today we’ll be looking at those of Gm7.
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CD Review: Soundgarden - "Live on I-5"

March 22, 2011
Live on I-5 compiles 17 greatest hits-worthy tracks from Soundgarden’s late-’96 tour that ventured up-and-down the Pacific Coast
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CD Review: Joe Bonamassa - "Dust Bowl"

March 15, 2011
Joe Bonamassa Dust Bowl J&R Adventures Joe Bonamassa has appropriated a genre of music born from slavery and black blues musicians, and mutated it to big-screen proportions. Dust Bowl is
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CD and DVD Review: Jeff Beck - "Jeff Beck's Rock 'n' Roll Party: Honoring Les Paul"

February 15, 2011
Jeff Beck’s latest release, Rock ’n’ Roll Party, is just that—a loud, fun-filled celebration of the music, life, and legacy of Beck’s biggest influence, Les Paul.
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Fierce Guitar: Intervallic Arpeggios

February 15, 2011
Dave Martone shows you how to combine an intervallic approach to playing arpeggios with some wicked hybrid picking
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CD Review: Motörhead - "The World Is Yours"

February 15, 2011
Motörhead''s latest is a tough and ballsy biker record that sticks to the Motörhead formula but with a renewed sense of vitality and mean intensity.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Open for Business

February 15, 2011
In this third and final part of our series, we’ll integrate some of the different forms we’ve discovered thus far and continue to blanket the fretboard with fresh chordal colors.
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Modal Workshop: Intervallic Structures

February 15, 2011
Alex Machacek shows you voicings to expand your chord vocabulary.
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CD Review: Mr. Big - "What If"

February 15, 2011
The classic Mr. Big line up reunites after a sixteen year hiatus with an energetic album of new songs.
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Interview: Luther Dickinson - Keys to the Kingdom

February 9, 2011
North Mississippi Allstars and Black Crowes guitarist Luther Dickinson discusses writing and recording the newly-released Keys to the Kingdom, his newfound volume knob tricks, the gear he uses with both groups, and how Ry Cooder helped him break through as a songwriter.
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DVD Review: Frank Zappa "The Torture Never Stops"

February 8, 2011
Zappa’s acerbic humor and his band’s white-knuckle musicianship are both well served by the visual medium of a concert DVD.
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Lethal Guitar: Mixolydian Madness

January 25, 2011
In the following examples we illustrate a basic Mixolydian scale, a 7th arpeggio or two and finally, examples of the minor five chord in melodic ideas.
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Groupings and Accents

January 17, 2011
What is the best way to increase picking speed when you seem to have hit the velocity ceiling?
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