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My Morning Jacket is keyboardist Bo Koster, bassist Tom Blankenship, guitarist Jim James, drummer Patrick Hallahan, and guitarist Carl Broemel.

After a hiatus, the rootsy rock heroes reconvene with new guitars—including James' signature Gibson ES-335—to deliver a self-titled album of big beats and powerhouse jams.

My Morning Jacket guitarists Jim James and Carl Broemel both play amazing, beautiful, high-end guitars. But during sessions for their latest album, My Morning Jacket, they spent some time gripping a pair of unusual, less-than-fancy instruments that probably wouldn't need to be kept behind the glass case in your local guitar store.

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A beginner's guide to nailing the basics of heavy metal.

Beginner

Beginner

  • Understand the basics of heavy rhythm guitar.
  • Learn to effectively palm mute.
  • Create riffs in the style of Tony Iommi, AC/DC, and more.
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When musical comedy duo Tenacious D proclaimed, "You can't kill the metal/the metal will live on," they were actually preaching some serious gospel truth. Since its genesis in the late '60s and early '70s, the genre known as heavy metal (along with its myriad offshoots and subgenres) has been one of the most consistently popular, enduring, and evolving. Because many beginner students start out by strumming cowboy chords on an acoustic steel-string, making the leap to playing metal seems as daunting as trading in a pedal tricycle for a Triumph Rocket 3. But by mastering a few basic picking-hand moves, anyone can tap into the visceral thrill and unmatched power at the heart of "The Metal"!

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The Nexxus 360 rechargeable headstock tuner with clip-on design features 360 rotation and rechargeable lithium battery.

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