Highlights from today’s brightest stars as they celebrate a guitar forefather.

Stan Skibby brought some flavor with his festive fashions and expressive playing during the opening montage of the Experience Hendrix Tour on March 25, 2014.

More than 40 years after his death, Jimi Hendrix’s music lives on and continues to influence musicians of all flavors. The Experience Hendrix Tour is just one example of how some of today’s talented players continue to pass the torch of the almighty mystical muse and guitar great. This year’s lineup includes Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy, and bassist Billy Cox—the last surviving member of both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys. Here’s a look at the March 25, 2014, show the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey. Spoiler Alert: Everyone played Fender Strats, although Jonny Lang slipped in his Tele for a song or two.

Intermediate

Beginner

  • Develop a better sense of subdivisions.
  • Understand how to play "over the bar line."
  • Learn to target chord tones in a 12-bar blues.
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Playing in the pocket is the most important thing in music. Just think about how we talk about great music: It's "grooving" or "swinging" or "rocking." Nobody ever says, "I really enjoyed their use of inverted suspended triads," or "their application of large-interval pentatonic sequences was fascinating." So, whether you're playing live or recording, time is everyone's responsibility, and you must develop your ability to play in the pocket.
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We've reviewed a ton of cool gear over the past 12 months, but these stood above the rest and won our coveted Premier Gear Award.

This year more than 40 guitars, basses, effects, and amps from a diverse group of gear makers earned the coveted Premier Gear Award from our discerning editors. Here is our gear of the year.

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