One-Armed Guitarist from YouTube We can''t find much more info on S.J. Hall than these YouTube vids, but the guy''s one-armed guitar work is impressive. Check out all of


One-Armed Guitarist

from YouTube


We can''t find much more info on S.J. Hall than these YouTube vids, but the guy''s one-armed guitar work is impressive. Check out all of the videos, posted this morning, here.

Lil'' Wayne on Guitar

The Life Files


A rapper with a guitar is a rare thing to see, so when Lil'' Wayne played on stage this weekend, the act garnered a lot of attention. Lil'' Wayne, one of the biggest names in rap today, didn''t impress everyone, however, with one blog calling him, "an atrocious guitar player." Both blogs have video of the performance, though they are plastered with annoying logos from the site that posted the video.

Of course, no discussion on rap and guitars is complete without a mention of Wyclef Jean. Here he is playing "911". It''s a long video, but he gets into it at 2:50, and plays with his mouth at 3:50.

And per reader''s request, Run DMC''s "Rock Box."


Guitar Lessons for Presidents

from Little Rock Jams


A Little Rock, Arkansas, guitar teacher is offering free guitar lessons for the presidential candidates when they come through the city. Why? "You can tell a lot about someone when they jam with you over a blues!" That, and it sure wouldn''t hurt business for the teacher.

Picks and CDs for Willie Nelson''s Birthday

stillisstillmoving.com


Willie Nelson turns 75 on Wednesday (we''re giving you time to prepare -- pick up some Ben & Jerry''s, and whatever other vegetables you may require...). In celebration, a 4-disc CD compilation, One Hell of a Ride, was released at the beginning of the month, and his fan club members can get  commemorative guitar picks.

How does a legacy artist stay on top of his game? The pianist, hit singer-songwriter, producer, and composer talks about the importance of musical growth and positive affirmation; his love for angular melodicism; playing jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass, jam, and soundtrack music; and collaborating with his favorite guitarists, including Pat Metheny and Jerry Garcia.

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See a sampling of picks used by famous guitarists over the years.

Marty Stuart

Submit your own artist pick collections to rebecca@premierguitar.com for inclusion in a future gallery.

Luthier Dave Helmer shows you how to cure buzzy strings, bad intonation, gnarly frets, high action, and other common troubles with off-the-shelf axes.

Guitars are the best. We love them. It’s fun to fall in love with a guitar at a store, buy it, and proudly bring it home. But we’ve all been there … where after a month that new guitar is just not playing as good as it was before. As guitar players, we know what feels good and what feels bad when it comes to playability. Maybe you have setup preferences that you like on all your guitars, or maybe you want to experiment with changes to your setup?

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