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February 27th, 2011 No comments


Total Guitar Magazine
Total Guitar Magazine "Buy Total Guitar now and I guarantee you that, by the end of your first issue, you’ll be playing along to some of your favorite tunes.

As well as giving you more songs to learn than any other guitar magazine, Total Guitar gives you unbeatable access to the hottest players on the planet and every issue is crammed full of interviews and video lessons with the best from the world’s of metal, indie, rock… even country and jazz fusion!

You’ll also find all the best guitars, amps and effects reviewed plus practical advice on how to set up and maintain your guitars and gear. We’ll even show you how to form a band and hit the big time! No other guitar magazine gives you all of this…"

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Metal Hammer Magazine
Metal Hammer Magazine Metal Hammer is the UK’s only monthly hardcore metal magazine with a gift every issue. We cover both traditional and contemporary metal bands, hardcore, gothic rock, punk and alternative, reporting on the burgeoning British scene as well as all the latest bands Stateside and around the world.
Metal Hammer has a comprehensive news section and reviews section and provides in-depth interviews with rising stars on the scene and more established acts. Above all, Metal Hammer is loud, rude and it makes no apologies!

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Guitarist Magazine
Guitarist Magazine "Since 1984 Guitarist has been entertaining and informing players and enthusiasts with gear reviews, artist interviews and guitar lessons. We have a proud tradition of the highest quality writing and photography, brought to you with unrivalled artist access and world-first reviews on all the latest products.

We deal with electric, acoustic and bass guitar, plus offer a whole host of technical Q&A and ‘How-To’ style features. It doesn’t matter what your age or ability – if you love guitars, you’ll love Guitarist."

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Guitar Techniques
Guitar Techniques Guitar Techniques is put together by the finest team of guitar tutors in the world. Packed full of whole song transcriptions, lessons and star video masterclasses, with every piece of music also on the accompanying CD, GT’s tab is the most accurate there is. Every style is covered, from rock and blues, to jazz, metal, country and pop, and each issue is crammed with music from start to finish. If you want to see your playing soar, subscribe to Guitar Techniques now!

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50 Rock Guitar Licks

January 18th, 2011 No comments
50 Rock Guitar Licks You Must Know

50 Rock Guitar Licks

50 Rock Guitar Licks You Must Know covers everything from intervals and sweep picking to classical riffs and whammy-bar workouts. In this Dvd guitar lesson Chris Buono breaks down advanced concepts into versatile, easy to apply licks that you can use in almost any rock setting. You will learn note targeting, pinch harmonics control, moving between major and minor tonalities, soloing in the upper registers along with three note per string concepts, tremolo picking, open position riffs, sweep picking, hybrid picking, double stops and how to incorporate exotic scales as well as style specific riffs in practically any rock genre.

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Learn these 50 rock guitar licks and you will have the insight and chops to tear it up within any rock style, from blues to metal, classic to contemporary and everything in between.

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Guitar Scales

August 1st, 2009 1 comment

Chords & Scales

A guitar scale is a graduated series of musical tones ascending or descending in order of pitch. Scales build strength and independence in your fingers. Playing scales helps to train your ears to recognize common note combinations. They can be used as note choices in both improvisation and music writing. Scales must be a part of every musician’s practice routine.

There are 5 basic scale shapes that every guitar player should know. They should be practiced and played daily in all positions. Try to use them in your playing by writing or improvising melodies with them.


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The major scale should be the first scale that you learn. It is a great warm up and technique builder. It is the starting point for all theory. This is a two octave scale. From the 1st red circle to the 2nd is one octave. Oct is the Latin prefix for eight, so the 2nd square is eight notes above the 1st. The spelling for this scale is: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7.

Even guitar players with no prior music training can easily learn music theory, scales and modes, fret positions, fingering patterns, notation, tablature, and more with this easy-to-use self instruction book with something for every guitarist.


Guitar Journals – Scales is the ultimate reference guide of studies and solos in several different genres. This huge collection of scales is perfect for guitarist’s everyday use. They are all covered here: major; natural, melodic and harmonic minor; diminished; whole-tone; bebop; blues; altered; pentatonic; more.

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Minor pentatonic is the most common of all scales used in rock, blues and many other styles. The pentatonic scale has only five different notes before you are back to a root.The spelling for this scale is: 1, b3, 4, 5, b7. Theoretically, all scales are written (formula wise) from the major scale. That is why the spelling for this scale contains a flatted third and seventh. They are altered tones from the major scale. It is also worth noting that if you were to start this scale from the 2nd note (if we were in A for example; the 2nd note would be C ) you would be playing C major pentatonic. You would therefore use it in a C major context.

Guitar Scale Dictionary

The Complete Guitar Scale Dictionary features scales shown in notation, tablature, and diagram form. Rules are given for each scale showing construction and appropriate usage in relation to chordal structure and harmony.
In addition to a myriad of scale forms for major, minor, pentatonic, and blues, in-depth sections are contained on modes symmetrical altered scales, exotic scales.

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Guitar Scales

The blues scale is the minor pentatonic with an added note in both octaves. This scale is not only used in blues, it is used in all styles of music, including "heavy metal" and "country" music.

Blues Guitar

You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar – Learn the blues scale, blues chords including power chords, moveable chords, and barre chords, strum patterns, and how to accompany a blues song in 6/8 or 12/8 time. Learn turnarounds, fill-ins, the capo, double stops, blues licks, bass line accompaniments, blues techniques, how to build and play an improvised solo, and fingerpicking blues and more.

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Major Pentatonic
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For the major pentatonic scale shift your hand and play the notes on the 1st and 2nd strings with your 1st and 3rd fingers. Usually you should shift positions if you are playing more than 1 string. That does not include your 1st finger.

Guitar Method

Monster Guitar Method 1 dvd guitar lessons are the perfect guitar lessons for beginners just starting out. Learn how to find any note on the fretboard without using a chart. Monster Guitar Method includes lessons on the major and minor scales; the minor pentatonic and blues scales; basic and “bonus” chords (major, minor, dominant 7th, power chords); rhythmic notation; strumming patterns; and much more!

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Guitar Scales

The minor scale requires a shift on the 3rd string only. Use your 1st, 2nd, and 4th fingers for the notes on the 3rd string. Stay in position for all of the other strings. Starting this one from the 3rd note would give you a major scale. Using scales in this manner is what all of the great improvisers do; instead of just having a major or minor scale you can potentially have seven different scales. In fact, it is the harmonic context that you place a scale into that will make it sound several different ways. If this loses you, I would encourage you to study more music theory. You can never know too much.

Encyclopedia of Scales

The Encyclopedia of Scales, Modes and Melodic Patterns is a unique approach to developing Ear, Mind, and Finger Coordination. This is a great source book for dozens of scales from the traditional major and minor forms. This book of scales and patterns trains the mind, the ears and the fingers to work in perfect synchronization to respond instantaneously to any given chord progression.


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Yngwie Malmsteen

June 4th, 2011 No comments
Yngwie Malmsteen
Name: Yngwie Malmsteen
DOB: June 30, 1963
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Bands: Steeler, Alcatraz, Solo
Guitars: Fender
Amplifiers: Marshall
Links: Official Website, Facebook, Youtube, Myspace

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Yngwie Malmsteen was largely responsible for the development of the style of guitar playing known as "shredding" that was so popular in the 1980’s. Shred guitar solos are lightning fast riffs that depend more on their speed than their musicality to enhance a song. Guitar enthusiasts have admired and respected the musicians who could produce such breathtaking licks, and Yngwie Malmsteen is always mentioned as one of the best.

In his early years, Malmsteen joined several rock bands around Stockholm. I didn’t take long before he became frustrated with their lack of willingness to take musical risks. Audiences that seemed to prefer lightweight pop sounds to the hard rock songs filled with instrumental solos that he enjoyed also disillusioned him. He made a demo tape which he distributed to as many record companies outside of his home country as he could find. Finally, the founder of California-based Shrapnel Music, Mike Varney, heard his efforts. Yngwie was invited to record with a new band in the US called Steeler, and he was on the road to fame as a guitar shredder.

Steeler released a self-titled album in 1983, which grabbed some attention because of Malmsteen’s frenetic guitar solos. He was not happy with the quality of the other musicians in the group, however, and soon joined a band called Alcatrazz. The new group released an album (No Parole for Rock and Roll) and played a concert tour. Still dissatisfied, Yngwie decided that he would have more artistic license if he became the leader of his own band. In 1984 he gathered some musicians to form the group Rising Force, which included his friend from Sweden, Jens Johansson on keyboards.

The album Rising Force was first released in Japan and created such a buzz that it was soon distributed around the globe. It was nominated for a Grammy and hit the Billboard Top 60. More importantly, it set the standard for an instrumental guitar album and single-handedly originated the “Neo Classical Metal” genre of music. It remains one of the best selling instrumental albums ever produced.

The group released Marching Out and Trilogy in rapid succession and both were well received. The two albums were not only demonstrations of Malmsteen’s skill as a guitarist, but established his reputation as a composer, as well. In 1987, however, he nearly lost his life when he crashed his fast moving Jaguar into a tree. He developed a blood clot in his brain, which could have been fatal, and he was in a coma for seven days. He also sustained significant nerve damage in his right hand that left it virtually paralyzed. To add to the trauma, he regained consciousness to discover that his mother had died. He was determined to persevere, however, and worked diligently to recover the use of his hand and regain his health.

With the release of Odyssey in 1988, the music world realized that Malmsteen was truly back at work. It was his most commercially successful album, especially the single “Heaven Tonight.” He took his band on a worldwide tour and the group had the honor of being one of the first groups to play in the former Soviet Union. Late that year Fender released the first Malmsteen signature Stratocaster. During the early 90’s, a string of albums came from Yngwie’s fertile mind and talented fingers including Fire and Ice, Eclipse, and The Seventh Sign.

In 1997 Yngwie proved to the world that he is much more than just a shredder. He wrote and recorded a completely classical work that he considers his masterpiece. With the lofty title Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in Eb Minor Op. 1, the album pleased critics and serious musicians around the globe. It was recorded with the highly acclaimed orchestra from Prague, the Czech Philharmonic and its famous conductor Yoel Levi. A few years later, Malmsteen was invited to perform the work before a live audience in Tokyo with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. The DVD recording of the concert was released in 2002.

The next year, many guitar fans rushed to attend the concerts in the famous G3 series which featured the three men most aficionados considered to be the Dream Team of guitarists: Malmsteen, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani. The audio CD’s and DVD releases of the live concerts were instant best sellers in 2003.

Yngwie has continued to tour and record music throughout the decade of the ‘00’s. In ’07 he was featured on the popular video game “Guitar Hero II” (X-box Version). Players of the game can achieve the “Yngwie Malmsteen Award” as a bonus if they can accurately hit at least 1000 notes in a row.

With all his flamboyant showmanship and incredible skill on the guitar, Yngwie continues to impress audiences in the US, Europe and Asia. He is a truly creative musician who has managed to successfully combine two very different forms of music into one completely original style. The world will probably not see another guitarist like Yngwie, but he has made, and will continue to make his mark on the modern music scene.

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Michael Angelo Batio

August 22nd, 2010 No comments
Michael Angelo Batio
Name: Michael Angelo Batio
DOB: June 1956
From: Chicago, Illinois
Bands: Nitro, Solo
Guitars: Dean
Amplifiers: Marshall
Links: Official Website

Michael Angelo Batio – MAB is an American heavy metal guitarist and columnist. Batio was voted the "No. 1 Shredder of All Time" by Guitar One Magazine in 2003. He was also listed as one of the "Top 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" by Guitar World Magazine, for which he writes the column Time to Burn, and one of the "20 Greatest Shredders of All Time" by Total Guitar Magazine, both in April 2008.

Batio began his recording career in 1984 when he joined new Chicago-based heavy metal band Holland, an eponymous project set up by ex-Steppenwolf singer Tommy Holland. With major label Atlantic Records, the band released their debut studio album in 1985 entitled Little Monsters, which saw moderate success in the United States. The band split up soon after, and a compilation of material from the Little Monsters sessions, Wake Up the Neighbourhood, was released in 1999 through Batio’s label M.A.C.E. Music.

After the breakup of Holland, Batio started his own eponymous band with singer Michael Cordet, bassist Allen Hearn and drummer Paul Cammarata. The Band did not release any albums, though three of their songs appeared on the 1998 Nitro compilation Gunnin’ for Glory.

In 1987 Batio joined glam metal artist Jim Gillette on his solo album Proud to Be Loud, before founding the band Nitro with bassist T.J. Racer and drummer Bobby Rock. In 1989 Nitro released their first studio album, O.F.R., from which they released two singles, "Freight Train" and "Long Way From Home". The music video for "Freight Train", which received much airplay on MTV, was notable for featuring Batio playing his now famous ‘Quad Guitar’, a notion which FHM Magazine voted one of the "50 most outrageous moments in rock history".

1987 was also the year Batio released his first instructional video with "Star Licks" as part of the "Masters Series" and was one of the first recognized rock guitarists to make the jump into video instructional material. This video was the very first "shred" instructional program showing many modern guitar concepts for the first time.

In April 1993, Batio founded his own record label, M.A.C.E. Music, which became one of the first labels online in 1996. He used this label when he began recording his first album, No Boundaries, which he released in 1995. Batio’s second studio release was Planet Gemini in 1997, which showed a very progressive, experimental side to his playing. In 1999, Batio released his second instructional video, Jam With Angelo, which came with his third studio album as a companion CD: Tradition. This was quickly followed by a fourth full-length album in 2000, Lucid Intervals and Moments of Clarity, which was credited to "Mike Batio and Rob Ross", the latter being the drummer.

In 2001, Batio released a CD with his band "C4," covering songs from his Holland years and including the original "Call to Arms." It was his 1st all vocal CD since recording with Nitro.

In 2003, Batio released his first DVD, the title release in his Speed Kills series, followed by the second, Speed Lives, in 2004. It was also in this year that Batio released a compilation album, Lucid Intervals and Moments of Clarity Part 2, which featured songs from Tradition and Lucid Intervals.

In 2005, Michael released his highly anticipated cover/tribute/studio album, Hands Without Shadows, which featured guest appearances from such musicians as Mark Tremonti (of Alter Bridge fame), Rudy Sarzo (of Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake and Dio fame) and virtuoso newcomer Bill Peck. In 2006, DVD Speed Kills 2 was released, in addition to the first in the new Hands Without Shadows series, Performance. Batio’s latest release came in 2007, when his first two albums – No Boundaries and Planet Gemini – were remixed and remastered with additional drums, for an album entitled 2 X Again; the title of a song from the first album. Angelo also released three DVDs in 2007: Speed Kills 3, 25 Jazz Progressions and MAB Jam Session.

Michael Angelo Batio has an advanced knowledge of music theory, with a deep understanding of complex scale combinations and time signatures which assist him in his compositions. Batio has cited F-sharp minor and F-sharp phrygian dominant as his favorite. He has described F sharp minor as a "demonic" key, giving a dark, evil sound.

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Finger Tapping

August 1st, 2009 1 comment

Today’s guitar lesson covers one of my favorite techniques, finger tapping. This technique was first made popular by Eddie Van Halen and became a big part of his early sound. Those of you who are familiar with finger tapping already know how difficult it can be. First, you must coordinate both hands while trying to hold onto the pick. Then you have to decide which fingers to use for tapping. When you finally get all of this together there’s often so much string noise that the lick sounds like a mess! This guitar lesson has three playing examples with guitar tabs and sound files.

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The hardest part about this technique is not the actual tapping itself, but being able to control all the potential string noise that can occur. That is why it is crucial to work on this very slowly, gradually building speed. While this is true for most cool techniques, it is imperative for finger tapping. Keeping this in mind, let’s move on to the first example.

Example 1: This lick is a great tapping exercise. It starts in A pentatonic minor and ends in A Dorian (at the 32nd notes). I recommend to use the middle finger for tapping. This enables you to hold the pick as usual so that eventually you can combine picking and tapping as will be demonstrated in example 3. The effects that I used on this are digital delay and a little bit of chorus. To avoid string noise use your right hand palm to mute the strings as you tap.

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Example 2:
This example takes the whole idea a little further. I’m tapping with both my second and third fingers on my right hand. The benefits of doing this are huge. For starters, you will end up moving your right hand around a lot less, substantially reducing the amount of string noise that will occur. Also, you will be able to go a lot faster because you will not be jumping around so much. Last, but not least, it looks much cooler. This lick is in A major (or F# minor). Basically what I did to build this lick was hold down one arpeggio shape while I tapped another arpeggio shape on top of it. It kind of has a "mirror" effect. This time I used digital delay but no chorus.

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