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Top 10 Hooked

Top 10 Hooked Videos of 2020

December 31, 2020
Today's guitar stars Molly Tuttle, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Emily Wolfe, Charlie Starr, and others, fondly reminisce on the moment 6-string influences forever impacted their musical lives.
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Blues Saraceno

Van Halen's Weirdest Tune

December 31, 2020
Diamond Dave on guitar, Nicolette Larsen on vocals, and a raging thunderstorm—Dweezil and Blues Saraceno dissect “Could This Be Magic,” from their deep dive into Women and Children First.
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Rig Rundown: Here Lies Man

December 30, 2020
Les Pauls, high-headroom British brawlers, and pulverizing pedals push Marcos Garcia into the Masters of Reality Iommi-sphere.
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Julian Lage

Fate or Hard Work … and Maybe a Little Luck?

December 30, 2020
How virtuoso Julian Lage went from transcribing jazz maestro Jim Hall’s solos as a youth to playing alongside the late legend in adulthood.
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Marty Friedman Hooked

Hooked: Marty Friedman on Black Sabbath's "Into the Void"

December 29, 2020
The former Megadeth lead guitarist and shredmeister remembers being dumbstruck by Tony Iommi's imposing sound.
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Tony Rice

Tony Rice: 1951–2020

December 28, 2020
Bluegrass torchbearer Molly Tuttle mourns the passing of one of the genre’s most formidable giants.
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Julian Lage

The 12 Commandments of Julian Lage

December 28, 2020
The jazz phenom elaborates on his most prized playing epiphanies.
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Lyle Workman

Guitar, Meet Orchestra

December 25, 2020
Lyle Workman employs orchestra in many of his film and TV scores. Hear him discuss how he writes for a really big band, while bringing an orchestral sensibility to his own guitar work.
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Nile Rodgers—The Emperor of “Chuck”

December 24, 2020
The funk-guitar god opens up about cancer, social justice, and the kaleidoscopic 50-year career he’s forged with his fabled “Hitmaker” Strat.
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Kies Top 10 RRs

Rig Rundown: Chris Kies' Top 10

December 23, 2020
The videographer behind our very first Rundown recounts meeting Brian May, being wowed by Morello, going deaf with Sleep, and more.
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Lyle Workman

Some of My Best Friends Are Drummers

December 23, 2020
Lyle Workman talks about his prog-inspired love of odd meter, and working the Vinnie Colaiuta, Matt Chamberlain, Abe Laboriel Jr., and Toss Panos on his new album, Uncommon Measures.
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Peter Parcek

Best Albums of 2020

December 22, 2020
Premier Guitar editors reveal the records that helped them cope during COVID-19 quarantine. Plus, their most-anticipated releases of 2021.
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Carmen Vandenberg Hooked

Hooked: Carmen Vandenberg on Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Lenny"

December 22, 2020
The Bones UK ace and Jeff Beck's fluent foil gives a Texas-sized salute to one of her biggest influences.
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Lyle Workman

Frets and Film

December 21, 2020
What does it take to be a successful film and TV composer? Lyle Workman breaks down the process and talks about his new guitar album featuring the Abbey Road Orchestra.
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Gibson Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior: The Premier Guitar Review

December 21, 2020
Design economy doesn’t stand in the way of delicious, wide-ranging tones on this straight-ahead rock machine.
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Sierra Hull

Sturgill Simpson's Secret Weapon

December 18, 2020
Mandolin virtuoso Sierra Hull explains what she’s learned from Bela Fleck, Sturgill Simpson, Allison Krause, and others.
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Blues Saraceno

Eddie Van Halen Had the World's Loudest Car Stereo

December 17, 2020
Blues Saraceno on how EVH made solid-gold riffs with raw noise and took Van Halen to a deeper, textured sound on Women and Children First.
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Sierra Hull

Bluegrass at Berklee

December 16, 2020
As a touring prodigy who’d played the Grand Ole Opry, Sierra Hull accepted a once-in-a-lifetime offer. What happened next?
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Rig Rundown: Thelma and the Sleaze

December 16, 2020
Punk-rock riffin’, patriarchy-smashin’, struttin’ shredder LG introduces us to her custom axes—a "Fancy" SG & skateboard Tele—and fave signal agitators.
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Steve Lukather

Steve Lukather's Studio Stories

December 16, 2020
The loquacious legend talks about what it takes to be a first-call player and why he kept a banjo within arm's reach.
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