January

Podcasts

ARTICLES

Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels on Songcraft

January 8, 2021
“You’re not writing until you’re rewriting.”
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Nuno Bettencourt

Eddie Van Halen Played the Greatest G Chord Ever

January 7, 2021
Heavy funk, slide guitar, bluesy grooves, and drop-D riffs—Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt and Dweezil Zappa x-ray the unpredictable bones of Van Halen's classic Fair Warning.
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Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels’ 6-String Secrets of the Screen

January 6, 2021
Is that really an F#m7, or are they just faking it?
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Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels: "I Steal Left and Right From People"

January 4, 2021
Actor and talented acoustic picker Jeff Daniels talks about his influences: Arlo Gurthie, Steve Goodman, Doc Watson, Son House, and more.
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Julian Lage

Mentorship and Apprenticeship

January 1, 2021
Regardless of style, It’s a long, winding road to guitar mastery. Julian Lage describes his journey and who has helped him along the way.
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Blues Saraceno

Van Halen's Weirdest Tune

December 31, 2020
Diamond Dave on guitar, Nicolette Larsen on vocals, and a raging thunderstorm—Dweezil and Blues Saraceno dissect “Could This Be Magic,” from their deep dive into Women and Children First.
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Julian Lage

Fate or Hard Work … and Maybe a Little Luck?

December 30, 2020
How virtuoso Julian Lage went from transcribing jazz maestro Jim Hall’s solos as a youth to playing alongside the late legend in adulthood.
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Julian Lage

The 12 Commandments of Julian Lage

December 28, 2020
The jazz phenom elaborates on his most prized playing epiphanies.
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Lyle Workman

Guitar, Meet Orchestra

December 25, 2020
Lyle Workman employs orchestra in many of his film and TV scores. Hear him discuss how he writes for a really big band, while bringing an orchestral sensibility to his own guitar work.
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Lyle Workman

Some of My Best Friends Are Drummers

December 23, 2020
Lyle Workman talks about his prog-inspired love of odd meter, and working the Vinnie Colaiuta, Matt Chamberlain, Abe Laboriel Jr., and Toss Panos on his new album, Uncommon Measures.
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Lyle Workman

Frets and Film

December 21, 2020
What does it take to be a successful film and TV composer? Lyle Workman breaks down the process and talks about his new guitar album featuring the Abbey Road Orchestra.
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Sierra Hull

Sturgill Simpson's Secret Weapon

December 18, 2020
Mandolin virtuoso Sierra Hull explains what she’s learned from Bela Fleck, Sturgill Simpson, Allison Krause, and others.
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Blues Saraceno

Eddie Van Halen Had the World's Loudest Car Stereo

December 17, 2020
Blues Saraceno on how EVH made solid-gold riffs with raw noise and took Van Halen to a deeper, textured sound on Women and Children First.
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Sierra Hull

Bluegrass at Berklee

December 16, 2020
As a touring prodigy who’d played the Grand Ole Opry, Sierra Hull accepted a once-in-a-lifetime offer. What happened next?
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Steve Lukather

Steve Lukather's Studio Stories

December 16, 2020
The loquacious legend talks about what it takes to be a first-call player and why he kept a banjo within arm's reach.
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Sierra Hull

Don't Be Scared of Small Frets

December 14, 2020
Mandolin virtuoso Sierra Hull offers essential mando tips for guitarists and shares the story of her early years.
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Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert Grabs a 6-String to Analyze Van Halen II Cut by Cut

December 10, 2020
The shred master talks about how EVH ignited his playing, and his latest hobby: playing David Lee Roth’s vocal lines on guitar.
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Jim Campilongo

Where Charlie Parker Meets Buck Owens

December 9, 2020
Jim Campilongo’s playing is informed by both styles, yet also shatters their conventions.
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Tosin Abasi

Tosin Abasi Has Yngwie Amp Envy

December 9, 2020
The Animals As Leaders mastermind discusses why all those Marshall heads are warranted and how he finds the prog-metal pocket.
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Jim Campilongo

Fear and Loathing on the Album Trail

December 7, 2020
Country-jazz master Jim Campilongo talks about the 3D-chess level challenges—and resulting clarity—of recording the sparse-but-dynamic Two Guitars, with Luca Benedetti.
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