Your Daily Dose of Guitar News & Reviews

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next

Brent Mason Hot Licks Lessons Reissued

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 12, 2017 at 4:02 PM

Guitarists "of a certain age" will surely remember the Hot Licks guitar video series. These old VHS tapes—and later, DVDs—brought such amazing pickers as Eric Johnson, Jason Becker, George Benson, and Brent Mason into your practice room, giving you the opportunity to see what they played and how they played it right up close. You may also remember that the guitar tab booklets that came with the videos were a bit "thin," with only about 10% of the content transcribed.

For the first time, Hal Leonard is reissuing this legendary Hot Licks video series in book format, with online access to all of the classic video footage. Plus, all of the guitar tab from the original video booklets has been re-transcribed and edited using modern-day technology to provide you with the most accurate transcriptions ever created for this series. And, they’ve included tab for examples that were previously not transcribed, providing you with the most comprehensive Hot Licks guitar lessons yet.

The good news for users is that we get to bring it to you in video lesson format, by chapter, along with free downloadable tab for all of the examples.

The first release is Brent Mason's Nashville Chops & Western Swing Guitar. Divided into nine video lessons, Brent covers everything from Telecaster chicken pickin' techniques and triads to harp harmonics and incendiary jazz lines in the styles of Hank Garland and George Benson.

Brent Mason Hot Licks guitar video lessons 

We've also just posted the guitar tab for Brent's smokin' 1997 album, Hot Wired, so be sure to check those out, too.

Brent Mason Hot Wired guitar tabs 

Check out this sample from his Telecaster Chicken Pickin' lesson:


Learn a Pat Martino-inspired lick over a ii-iv progression

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 6, 2017 at 5:11 PM

Our first free lesson Friday of 2017 comes courtesy of jazz guitar instructor Paul Silbergleit, who teaches a cool Pat Martino-inspired lick to use over a ii-iv progression. This lick comes from Paul's lesson Connecting Jazz Licks.


How to Solo over a Static Dominant 7 Vamp

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 5, 2017 at 3:18 PM

A few weeks ago, we brought you Carl Culpepper's killer lesson on how to solo over a static minor 7th chord vamp, and judging by how many times it was viewed, you loved it. So now we're excited to bring you Carl's new lesson on soloing over a static dominant 7th chord vamp, in which he shows you how to master the art of creating colorful lines and phrases by mixing the Mixolydian mode with the blues scale, pentatonic scales, and more. Plus, get a free download of the jam track he uses in the lesson!

Soloing Over a Static Dominant 7 Vamp video lesson
Browse all Carl Culpepper's guitar video lessons

Here's a short sample clip ...


New Lessons on How to Play Two Fleetwood Mac Classics

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 5, 2017 at 3:07 PM

Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is one of the most underrated players of the past 40 years. His unique fingerstyle approach to both electric and acoustic guitar helped him to create not only his own signature tone but also a key component in the gorgeous aural layers that define the Fleetwood Mac sound.

In these two new lessons, instructor Doug Boduch employs his own estimable fingerpicking skills to teach you every technique and nuance necessary to play these classic hits.

"Rhiannon" Fleetwood Mac guitar song lesson
"Never Going Back Again" Fleetwood Mac acoustic guitar song lesson
Browse all Fleetwood Mac lessons, guitar tabs, play-along tracks, and more



Top 10 Most Viewed Guitar Tabs of 2016

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 29, 2016 at 4:57 PM

Sure, you can find guitar tab just about anywhere online, but there are only a couple of web sites that offer fully licensed and professionally transcribed and edited tabs, and we are one of them. We're proud to bring you the most accurate guitar tab on the web, powered by Hal Leonard—long the industry standard.

Looking back at 2016, we can see that you viewed a lot of tabs! Here are the 10 most viewed guitar tabs of the year. Not surprisingly, it pretty much matches our all-time Top 10. And that's great, as these are songs that every guitarist should try to learn.

10. "Sweet Child O' Mine" Guns N' Roses
9.   "Pride and Joy" Stevie Ray Vaughan
8.   "Blackbird" The Beatles
7.   "Sweet Home Alabama" Lynyrd Skynyrd
6.   "Johnny B. Goode" Chuck Berry
5.   "Back in Black" AC/DC
4.   "Purple Rain" Prince
3.   "Hotel California" Eagles
2.   "Stairway to Heaven" Led Zeppelin

and the most popular tab of 2016 is ...

1. "Wish You Were Here" Pink Floyd 



New Eagles Song Lessons for "The Long Run" and "After the Thrill Is Gone"

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 29, 2016 at 11:57 AM

We're excited to bring you brand-new G-Plus Song lessons for the Eagles classics "The Long Run" and "After the Thrill Is Gone." The former is the title track to the band's 1979 release and features some nifty slide work, which instructor Doug Boduch thoroughly covers in his lesson but also shows you how to play it without the slide, if you're so inclined. The latter song appeared on the band's 1975 release One of These Nights. Co-writers Don Henley and Glenn Frey, well aware of bluesman B.B. King's song of similar title, famously asked, "We know that the thrill is gone — so now what?"

"The Long Run" Eagles G-Plus song lesson
"After the Thrill Is Gone" Eagles G-Plus song lesson



Top 10 Most Viewed Song Lessons of 2016

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 27, 2016 at 4:53 PM

As 2016 comes to a close, we're looking back to see what you, our users, enjoyed the most at Our first category—and our most popular overall—is video song lessons. Not surprisingly, classic rock and the blues ruled the roost this year. Here's the list of our 10 most-viewed song lessons of 2016.

10. "Eruption" Van Halen
9.  "Still Got the Blues" Gary Moore
8.  "I'm Tore Down" Eric Clapton
7.  "Sweet Home Alabama" Lynyrd Skynyrd
6.  "Texas Flood" Stevie Ray Vaughan
5.  "Layla" (Unplugged) Eric Clapton
4.  "Hotel California" Eagles
3.  "Cross Road Blues (Crossroads)" Cream
2.  "Sweet Child O' Mine" Guns N' Roses

and #1 is ...

1.  "Sultans of Swing" Dire Straits

Let us know what your favorites were, and what songs you'd like to see in the future!


1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next