December 2020

Artists

Ariel Posen

All the Nuances—Except the Technical Ones

November 25, 2020
Ariel Posen highlights the subtleties of phrasing, dynamics, and timing—the details that truly define your style.
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Sammy Boller RR homepage

Rig Rundown: Sammy Boller

November 25, 2020
The atmospheric shred instrumentalist shows us his unusual mix of modern gear and not one but two killer vintage axes.
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Gavin Rossdale

Gavin Rossdale Nearly Died on MTV

November 25, 2020
The Bush frontman shares the story behind his famous performance of "Glycerine" and why he's a Jazzmaster guy at heart.
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Mali’s Songhoy Blues vs. the Grim Reaper

November 24, 2020
How guitarist Garba Touré and his band of refugees fled for their lives and found salvation in rocking, psychedelic desert blues—and made their new album, Optimisme, with producer Matt Sweeney.
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KWS on Hendrix - Hooked

Hooked: Kenny Wayne Shepherd on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"

November 24, 2020
The platinum-selling blues rocker highlights the Electric Ladyland hit's innovative wah work and swaggering groove.
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Ariel Posen

Another Side of Slide

November 23, 2020
Ariel Posen dissects his unique approach to slide, which omits some things you’d expect and adds things you probably don’t expect.
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Fleet Foxes Shore album review homepage

Fleet Foxes' New Heart for a Tiring Season

November 23, 2020
Robin Pecknold wrote and produced the band’s fourth studio album, Shore, on his own, using the guitar like a composer to make textured, orchestral songs that uplift.
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Mary Halvorson

Mary Halvorson Explores Time and Space

November 20, 2020
She’s adept at bold, free-form improvisations and playing over standards. How does Halvorson balance these seemingly contradictory approaches?
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Mike Campbell homepage

Mike Campbell Rides Again

November 19, 2020
Unbridled from duties as string-slinger extraordinaire for the Heartbreakers and Fleetwood Mac, the wild gator partakes of rock’s rowdier joys with his own band the Dirty Knobs.
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Strike Anyhwere RR homepage

Rig Rundown: Strike Anywhere

November 18, 2020
Matt Smith’s setup might appear frail, but his disheveled ’82 SG and a half-powered JCM800 ignites a powder keg of melodic hardcore.
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Mary Halvorson

How Do You Learn to Play Like Yourself?

November 18, 2020
For Mary Halvorson, it’s all about embracing the “mistakes” and connecting with the sound inside your head.
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Vince Gill

Vince Gill: “Authenticity Is Really Important to Me”

November 18, 2020
He was the temporary steward of one of Hendrix's Strats, nearly joined Dire Straits, and now plays alongside Joe Walsh in Eagles. Why is Vince still the coolest cat in Nashville?
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Bonamassa Guitar Man homepage

Paramount Home Entertainment Announces Joe Bonamassa Documentary

November 17, 2020
Guitar Man chronicles the three-decade career of the best-selling bluesman and arrives on Video-On-Demand and for Digital platforms on December 8, 2020.
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Dweezil Zappa

Presenting Runnin' with the Dweezil, the Most In-Depth Van Halen Podcast Ever

November 17, 2020
Guests including Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Nuno Bettencourt, Paul Gilbert, Billy Corgan, Mark Tremonti, Jennifer Batten, George Lynch, and A Different Kind of Truth Producer John Shanks will discuss the historical impact of Edward Van Halen with host Dweezil Zappa.
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Tash Sultana Hooked

Hooked: Tash Sultana's on John Mayer's "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room"

November 17, 2020
The Aussie looping marvel celebrates the Continuum hit that sparked a switch from Teles to Strats.
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Mary Halvorson

How Free Is Free?

November 16, 2020
Mary Halvorson recounts how she arrived at her own mix of structure and spontaneity. And yes—free playing is something you can practice.
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Lukather

Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams Announce Solo Albums and Toto Pay-Per-View Concert

November 13, 2020
Both albums will be released on February 26, 2021 in preparation for Toto's 2021 tour.
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Kim Perlak

Your Favorite Player Should Be You

November 13, 2020
Berklee's Dr. Kim Perlak poses the question "Are you comfortable with who you are on the guitar?"
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Kurt Rosenwinkel homepage

Kurt Rosenwinkel and the Power of 3

November 12, 2020
The jazz guitarist flexes his muscles with Angels Around, a return to his beloved trio format that draws on inspirations from Monk to Bowie, while exploring digital tone shaping and prepping his debut rock album.
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John Bohlinger Last Call November 20 homepage

Last Call: Evolution

November 12, 2020
Much like birds, we are constantly developing our own musical voices.
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