See what guitars and basses the punks, metalheads, and hardcore rockers used during the Windy City’s other 3-day festival.

The Hives’ Vigilante Carlstroem

With nothing more than his main guitar—a stock ’59 Epiphone Coronet (just the input jack has been replaced)—and a whole lot of attitude, Carlstroem sped through the band’s 8-song midday set. (See the rest of Vigilante’s gear in our Rig Rundown.)

There’s way more than blues-rock fodder buried in the crevices of the most overused scale in music.

Beginner

Intermediate

  • Explain how chords are generated from scales.
  • Create unusual harmonies, chord progressions, bass lines, and melodies using the blues scale.
  • Demonstrate how music theory and musical intuition can coalesce to create unique sounds from traditional materials.
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Last updated on May 21, 2022

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