Richards Healthy, Writing Memoir

New York, NY. (August 2, 2007) - 63-year old Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards says he is healthier than we all suspected. In a recent interview with Mojo magazine, he revealed that doctors had amazed looks on their faces they told him his heart, liver and kidneys were “all perfect.”

The checkup came after Richards’ brain surgery. He needed an operation after injuring himself falling out of a tree last year. The legendary lead player says he wants to live to be 150-years old.

As it turns out, Richards is working on a memoir that was at the center of a multimillion dollar bidding war among publishers this week. Little, Brown & Company emerged as the victor with a deal worth upwards of 7 million dollars.

There is no working title for the book as of yet. Richards is writing his rock n’ roll recollections with long-time friend and author James Fox. A representative from Little, Brown & Company says they expect the book to be finished and ready for release by 2010.

Rig Rundown: Adam Shoenfeld

Whether in the studio or on solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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