The Edge’s guitar playing blew our brains out. Besides that, here’s a glimpse of who played what on the farm, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Royal Blood, Kaleo, Umphrey’s McGee, and others in between.

U2’s the Edge, drummer Larry Mullen, Jr., Bono, and bassist Adam Clayton were Saturday night’s performers on the main Which Stage before Red Hot Chili Peppers closed the night. U2 opened the two-hour set (the first U.S. festival appearance in the band’s 41-year history) with lively renditions of “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “New Year’s Day,” and “Pride (In the Name of Love),” before launching into their Grammy-winning Joshua Tree, playing the entire 30-year-old album front to back. The set ended with an encore that included “Vertigo,” “Elevation,” and “Beautiful Day,” with an homage to RHCP via an “Under the Bridge” breakdown. “What an extraordinary thing Bonnaroo is; thank you for naming it after me,” Bono quipped in conclusion.

Rig Rundown: Adam Shoenfeld

Whether in the studio or on his 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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