January

Artists

Bahamas Hooked

Hooked: Bahamas' Afie Jurvanen on Neil Young's "Harvest Moon"

December 15, 2020
The Canadian folk-rocker reflects on the Canadian folk-rocker's confidence and patience in a simple, repetitive riff.
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Sierra Hull

Don't Be Scared of Small Frets

December 14, 2020
Mandolin virtuoso Sierra Hull offers essential mando tips for guitarists and shares the story of her early years.
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Catfish Keith’s Acoustic Blues Fantasia

December 14, 2020
A fingerpicking shaman essays tunes from his 40-year career with depth, taste, and tone.
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Marisa Anderson—Improvising in 3-D

December 10, 2020
The unconventional fingerstylist left classical guitar to join a circus band, play rock solos, and start musical fires with open tunings, clarion tone, and improvisation. She burns brightly on the new The Quickening.
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Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert Grabs a 6-String to Analyze Van Halen II Cut by Cut

December 10, 2020
The shred master talks about how EVH ignited his playing, and his latest hobby: playing David Lee Roth’s vocal lines on guitar.
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Rig Rundown: Touché Amoré

December 9, 2020
See how Clayton Stevens fuses stinging single-coils, subtle atmospherics, and a tour-tested signature drive to generate his post-hardcore clang.
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Jim Campilongo

Where Charlie Parker Meets Buck Owens

December 9, 2020
Jim Campilongo’s playing is informed by both styles, yet also shatters their conventions.
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Tosin Abasi

Tosin Abasi Has Yngwie Amp Envy

December 9, 2020
The Animals As Leaders mastermind discusses why all those Marshall heads are warranted and how he finds the prog-metal pocket.
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Between the Buried and Me Hooked

Hooked: Dustie Waring on Alice In Chains and Stone Temple Pilots

December 8, 2020
Between the Buried and Me's riffer was schooled in many classes of rock, but the '90s grunge grinders sunk their teeth in deepest.
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Jim Campilongo

Fear and Loathing on the Album Trail

December 7, 2020
Country-jazz master Jim Campilongo talks about the 3D-chess level challenges—and resulting clarity—of recording the sparse-but-dynamic Two Guitars, with Luca Benedetti.
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John Pizzarelli

The Beauty of Bossa Nova

December 4, 2020
Guitar in hand, John Pizzarelli unlocks the secrets of the distinctive fingerstyle rhythms of Brazil’s coolest import.
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Billy Corgan on Smashing Pumpkins’ New Mellon Collie Sequel: “Now’s the Time.”

December 3, 2020
With original guitarist James Iha back in the band, Corgan hits a savage stride in one of his most prolific songwriting periods, first releasing the electronic album, Cyr. Next up: a 33-track sequel to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
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Steve Vai

Steve Vai Remembers the First Time He Heard “Eruption”

December 3, 2020
The former David Lee Roth sideman recalls being blown away by, and then transcribing, EVH’s virtuosic arrangement—though he’s never actually played it.
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Rig Rundown: Big Business

December 2, 2020
Four strings, a stack of Sunns, and plentiful pedals allow Jared Warren enough viciousness and volume for bass and guitar.
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John Pizzarelli

Who Do James Taylor and Paul McCartney Call When They Want Jazz?

December 2, 2020
When it comes to swinging standards, few guitarists can match 7-string virtuoso John Pizzarelli.
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Jacob Collier

Jacob Collier: "I’ve Got Too Much Creative Potential to be Reasonable.”

December 2, 2020
How the Grammy winner and YouTube sensation thinks about rhythm, harmony, and life.
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Ryan Fluff Bruce Hooked

Hooked: Ryan "Fluff" Bruce on Foo Fighters' "For All the Cows"

December 1, 2020
The YouTube vet remembers reattaching his jaw after learning that Nirvana's drummer had a new band and was singing and playing guitar.
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John Pizzarelli

7-String Guitars Aren't Just for Djent

November 30, 2020
John Pizzarelli describes how his dad, Bucky Pizzarelli, showed him the way to 7-string bliss.
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Ariel Posen

Don't Just Play the Blues Scale

November 27, 2020
Hear how Ariel Posen communicates a 12-bar blues harmony through smart note choices.
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Dweezil Zappa Steve Vai

"There's A Guy On the Phone Saying He's Eddie Van Halen"

November 26, 2020
After 30 years, Dweezil and Steve Vai finally work out the missing details of how EVH showed up at the Zappa compound.
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