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Articles by Premier Guitar

Airbourne Burnout the Nitro Boneshaker Joel O'Keefe

Riff Rundown: Airbourne's "Burnout the Nitro"

May 17, 2020
Down Under rocker Joel O'Keefe whips through the guitar backbone within the hard-charging single from 2019's Boneshaker.
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James Bay

Hooked: James Bay on Derek and the Dominos' "Layla"

May 12, 2020
The platinum-selling British guitarist recalls begging his father to repeatedly replay the iconic song featuring Slowhand and Skydog.
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Laura Cox Bad Luck Blues

Riff Rundown: Laura Cox's "Bad Luck Blues"

May 10, 2020
The ripping, blues-rockin' French guitarist lays the groundwork for the song's heartbeat and 3-part solo featured in 2019's Burning Bright.
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Lindsay Ell Hooked

Hooked: Lindsay Ell on Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze"

May 5, 2020
The Nashville country star and certified guitar dork remembers when mentor Randy Bachman showed her the quintessential "Hendrix chord."
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gear gods riff rundown

Riff Rundown: In Virtue's "Where the Edges Meet"

May 4, 2020
Trey Xavier of Gear Gods lays out the groundwork for the main groove from his band's latest single from the forthcoming album Age of Legends.
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Nick DiSalvo - homepage

Rig Rundown: Elder

April 29, 2020
Swooshing Pink Floyd vibes, kerranging Sleep chugs, and mutating mellow Motorpsycho tones symbiotically swirl in this guitar duo’s growing setups.
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Marty Schwartz Hooked

Hooked: Marty Schwartz on Led Zeppelin's "Over the Hills and Far Away"

April 28, 2020
The popular YouTuber recounts how hearing Jimmy Page's dynamics on the Houses of the Holy classic became his gateway to guitar.
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Pete Yorn Riff Rundown

Riff Rundown: Pete Yorn's "Idols (We Don't Ever Have to Say Goodbye)"

April 27, 2020
The roots-rockin' songwriter breaks down his poppy-drone single from 2019's Caretakers.
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Tom Polzine

Rig Rundown: Howling Giant

April 22, 2020
A Reverend V, two fiery British-voiced heads, and some tone-sizzling, time-bending stomps fire this warped comet rider into psychedelic spaces.
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Butch Walker - Hooked

Hooked: Butch Walker on the James Gang's "Funk #49"

April 21, 2020
The guitarist/songwriter/producer reminisces on the riff that got him into the 6-string life and shares a tale of playing the song in front of Joe Walsh.
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Half Hearted Riffer

Riff Rundown: Half Hearted's "I'm in Danger"

April 19, 2020
Jason Grandell shows you the slick fretboard moves and precise hammer-ons needed to pull off the lead single from the band's eponymous debut.
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August Burns Red

Riff Rundown: August Burns Red's "Paramount"

April 12, 2020
JB Brubaker provides the fretboard framework to master the metalcore giant's third single off the 2020 album Guardians.
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Covet Nero

Riff Rundown: Covet's "Nero"

April 7, 2020
Guitar phenom and joyous human Yvette Young shows you all the complex parts and nimble fingertapping moves wrapped up in Covet's first single from their forthcoming album technicolor.
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Wood Brothers Grimey's

Live at Grimey's: The Wood Brothers

March 19, 2020
In support of their just-released eighth studio album, Kingdom in My Mind, Chris, Oliver, and percussionist Jano Rix strip down some of their newest songs.
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then comes dudley

Riff Rundown: The Jesus Lizard's "Then Comes Dudley"

March 15, 2020
Jagged guitar mastermind Duane Denison unpacks the simple-but-tricky chords and timing of the menacing anti-hero anthem off Goat.
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chon - gift

Riff Rundown: Chon's "Gift"

February 2, 2020
The guitar duo slow down their finger-tapping firepower and break apart the outstretched chords that bring the Chon song to life.
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as cities burn - chains

Riff Rundown: As Cities Burn's "Chains"

January 19, 2020
Guitarist Cody Bonnette uses drop-C# tuning and a simple walk-up to trigger the lead single off 2019's Scream Through the Walls.
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landing page NAMM logo - homepage

NAMM 2020 Coverage!

January 16, 2020
Enjoy all of our show coverage—including demo videos, photo galleries, and gear news!
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Chon Petal Riff

Riff Rundown: Chon's "Petal"

January 5, 2020
Guitarists Mario Camarena and Erick Hansel collectively demonstrate their separate (but complementary) fretboard somersaults featured on 2019's Chon.
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Intro

PG Editors’ Best Albums of the Year 2019

December 31, 2019
We round the year’s corner with our annual staff picks, notable mentions, and our most-anticipated releases of 2020.
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