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Progressive Rock Guitar Bible Tab Book Now Available

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 30, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Progressive Rock Guitar BibleFor a genre with such interesting and challenging guitar parts, prog-rock has been largely shunned in the sheet music world, by tab book publishers and guitar magazines alike. No more. 

Stepping up to the plate in a big way, Hal Leonard has released the Progressive Rock Guitar Bible. The tome contains 28 note-for-note transcriptions in standard notation and tabs, from some of rock's most innovative artists, including Genesis, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Marillion, Fates Warning, Opeth, and Mastodon.

The book is $19.99 and is available here.

Here's the complete song list:

Apollo I: The Writing Writer - Coheed and Cambria
Assassing - Marillion
Astronomy Domine - Pink Floyd
Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
Empire - Queensryche
Eyes Of A Stranger - Queensryche
From The Beginning - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Ghost Of Karelia - Mastodon
Ice Cakes - Dixie Dregs
It Can Happen - Yes
Lavender - Marillion
Lucky Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Money - Pink Floyd
Monument - Fates Warning
Oblivion - Mastodon
Portrait (He Knew) - Kansas
Rhythm of Love - Yes
The Story In Your Eyes - Moody Blues
Strange Magic - Electric Light Orchestra
Three Of A Perfect Pair - King Crimson
Through Different Eyes - Fates Warning
Time - Pink Floyd
Turn It On Again - Genesis
21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson
The Wall - Kansas
Watcher Of The Skies - Genesis
When The Heart Rules The Mind - GTR
Windowpane - Opeth

EDDIE VAN HALEN Recovering from Hand Surgery

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 29, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Eddie Van Halen"Somebody get me a doctor!" Quite possibly the thought going through guitar legend Eddie Van Halen's mind when his left hand's thumb and pinky fingers locked up recently.

Thankfully for Eddie and Van Halen's legions of fans across the globe, the guitarist is now on the mend after hand surgery to deal with a triple threat diagnosis of a bone spur, a twisted tendon, and a cyst in his thumb joint.

"Surgery was a success, now I just have to let it heal," Van Halen told Rolling Stone in an exclusive interview for their daily rock blog. "In about four months, my hand will feel like I am 18 again. Thank God."

Get Van Halen guitar tabs, lessons, and jam tracks here!

In other Van Halen news, the newly married guitarist recently told (Newark) that he has written lots of new songs, and that the band—with son Wolfie on bass and David Lee Roth at the mic—will begin recording sometime soon.


TRIVIUM Announce North American Headlining Dates

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 28, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Florida metal veterans Trivium will embark on the forthcoming Into the Mouth of Hell We Tour, an extensive, 63-date trek which marks the band's first solo headline tour since 2006. Whitechapel, Darkest Hour, and Dirge Within serve as support for the first leg of the run. The tour kicks off in September and will run through October. More dates for the first leg will be announced in August, while additional dates and support for the second leg will be announced in September. The band is currently headlining the Jagermeister stage of the second annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest (see video below).

Trivium have also come up with a brilliant way to allow their live show be something that the fans are able to enjoy repeatedly. This tour will feature a special promotion, where at participating venues, each ticket buyer will be able to re-live their experience at the show, as they will have the option to use their ticket stub, via a unique code, to redeem a free, full digital soundboard recording of the Trivium show that they attended, from

Trivium singer/guitarist Matt Heafy commented on the upcoming tour, saying, "North American headline tour... we meet again. It's been far too long since we've toured North America as a headliner and we're back with a vengeance. It's our time to come in for the final waves of the Shogun tour and party with our friends in the USA and Canada. Our live show, without a doubt in my mind, is now the strongest it has ever been; our sets are more diverse, tighter than ever, and we've got some of the sickest current metal bands out with us to bring you one hell of a tour. This very well could be the last one for a while, so let's do this in style. We'll see you soon."

The initial run of dates is as follows:

9/11 – Crazy Donkey – Long Island, NY
9/13 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
9/15 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
9/17 – Cowboys Bar – Guelph, ON
9/18 – Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI
9/19 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
9/20 -  The Venue – Fargo, ND
9/21 – Electric Park Ballroom – Waterloo, IA
9/23 – Murray Theater – Salt Lake City, UT
9/24 – Wilma Theater – Missoula, MT
9/25 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
9/26 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
9/28 – The Senator Theater – Chico, CA
9/29 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
10/1 – Glasshouse – Pomona, CA
10/2 – Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
10/3 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
10/7 – Concrete Street Amphitheater - Corpus Christi, TX
10/9 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC
10/10 – Jesters Pub – Fayetteville, NC
10/11 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

Ticketing info for all shows can be found at or 


SLIPKNOT Commemorates 10 Years with Special Edition of Debut Album

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 28, 2009 at 9:29 AM

The first time I saw Slipknot was on their first major tour, back in 1999, opening for Coal Chamber. Admittedly, I knew nothing about them prior to the show, but such a visual and aural display of sheer power and brutality I had never before and may never again witness. I thought it was all a bit gimmicky, but it was certainly entertaining, and most important, something in the music reeled me in, which is what I believe the band would want anyway.

Get Slipknot guitar tabs and jam tracks here!

SlipknotTen years later, and that "gimmicky" nonet from Iowa has not only sold over 10 million albums worldwide but also changed the face of metal. To celebrate their first decade, Slipknot has announced a special edition release on Roadrunner Records of their seminal self-titled debut album, due out 9/9/09. The CD will feature 25 tracks, including the original album as well as rare demos, remixes, b-sides and more.

The companion documentary, of the (sic): Your Nightmares, Our Dreams, is packed with behind the scenes footage of Slipknot from 1999. This never-before-seen hour-long piece was directed by M. Shawn Crahan, who combed through his vast archives to compile the definitive chronicle of this important time in Slipknot's career. This inside look features both live and backstage footage from around the world.  The DVD also features all the music videos from their debut cycle as well as other surprises.

In another first, Slipknot will host a one day festival in their hometown of Des Moines on 9/9/09. The show will feature two stages and a host of bands with Slipknot headlining. The second stage, sponsored by Jagermeister, will feature all local bands. An official announcement will be made soon.  

Track Listing is as follows:
01. 742617000027
02. (sic)
03. Eyeless
04. Wait And Bleed
05. Surfacing
06. Spit It Out
07. Tattered & Torn
08. Purity*
09 .Liberate
10. Prosthetics
11. No Life
12. Diluted
13. Only One
14. Scissors
15. Eeyore
16. Me Inside
17. Get This*
18. Spit It Out (Hyper Version)*
19. Spit It Out (Stamp You Out Mix)*
20. (sic) (Molt-Injected Mix)*
21. Wait And Bleed (Terry Date Mix)*
22. Wait And Bleed (demo)*
23. Snap (demo)*
24. Interloper (demo)*
25. Despise (demo)*
*Bonus tracks

Bonus DVD: of the (sic): Your Nightmares, Our Dreams
A short film by M. Shawn Crahan giving a peek into the surreal and complex time around the release of Slipknot's debut album.  Also includes an entire never before seen live concert from Dynamo Open Air 2000 and music videos.

The expanded package artwork includes never before published photos and a new foreword from vocalist Corey Taylor.
A deluxe collector's edition of this package, Slipknot - 10 years of life death love hate pain scars victory war blood and destruction, will also be released. Contents will be packaged in a special steel box and include Slipknot 10th Anniversary CD/DVD, a t-shirt, patch, collector's cards, key chain plus a few more surprises.

GIANT STEPS for Guitar Players

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 22, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Giant Steps for GuitarRock guitarists love a challenge, be it learning a Paul Gilbert or Yngwie Malmsteen solo, insane Rusty Cooley or Michael Angelo Batio licks, or mastering a Bach sonata or Paganini’s 24th Caprice. While these are all considerable endeavors sure to improve your chops, if you really want to throw your fingers for a loop, consider learning bebop tenor sax legend John Coltrane’s iconic tune “Giant Steps.” 

In his new book, Giant Steps for Guitar, ace guitarist and teacher Wolf Marshall takes an in-depth look at the Coltrane classic from a guitarist’s point of view. He offers comprehensive harmonic analysis, melodic patterns in both linear and positional form, rhythmic patterns and variations, ii¬–V and turnaround ideas, chordal studies, and model solos, so you can see and hear how these concepts work in concert with one another. 

The accompanying CD includes audio tracks for most of the figures in the book as well as accompanying tracks in various tempos over which to practice your newfound bebop chops. Even if you’ve already got rock chops in the same neighborhood as top shredders, trust me when I say this tune offers all of the speed but with knuckle-busting phrasing that will help you make giant leaps in your technique. Or should I say, giant steps?

Click here to get Giant Steps for Guitar.

BOSS Releases Windows Vista 64-Bit Driver for GT-10

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 22, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Boss GT-10Boss is pleased to announce the availability of 64-bit drivers for Windows Vista for the GT-10 Guitar Effects Processor. Boss's flagship floorboard multi-effects unit, the GT-10 is driven by the latest custom-made DSP and proprietary sound-modeling COSM engine. This new-generation processor offers advanced effects, amp models, and an innovative user interface that includes EZ Tone, so guitarists can obtain the exact sound they desire in the most intuitive way imaginable.

"The evolution of 64-bit processing technology allows musicians to experience faster PC audio processing than ever before," says Paul Youngblood, President of Boss US. "Now our customers can integrate the GT-10 with any cutting-edge PC on the market."

Boss is also pleased to announce new custom GT-10 patches, created by Paul Hanson, author of the top-selling book "Shred Guitar" (Warner Bros.) and Boss Product Marketing Specialist.

Click here to download 64-bit drivers or the new custom patches for the GT-10.

Did United Break Your Guitar? Taylor Can Help!

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 22, 2009 at 9:51 AM

By now many of you—just over 3.5 million of you, actually—have seen Dave Carroll's viral video "United Breaks Guitars," a song that chronicles his horrible experience of having his Taylor acoustic guitar broken during the luggage handling process at United Airlines. To be fair, United is not the only airline that simply doesn't understand the fragility of musical instruments, but unfortunately for them, they broke the wrong guitar. (Story continues below video)

Well, as a musician who has travelled with a guitar and knows countless other guitarists who have fought nervous stomachs and elevated heart rates worried about their prized axe just 10 feet below in the cargo hold, it was nice to see Taylor Guitars respond to the story. 

To address the hazards commercial airlines pose to travelling with a guitar, Taylor Guitars has posted tips and tricks to keep your guitar safe as you travel. What many musicians don't realize is that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) came to an agreement to allow guitars to be considered as carry-on luggage in 2003. Click here to read the TSA's guidelines on transporting musical instruments. Meanwhile, with advice from the AFM, here's a few tips Taylor Guitars recommends:

Know the pertinent policies of the airline on which you are traveling. There are links to many of them on the AFM website, so print them out and take them with you. Many flight attendants do not know their own airline's policy regarding carry-on guitars, so if you can calmly explain that your instrument is within their mandated guidelines, and actually show them those guidelines, you will be way ahead of the game.

Know your instrument's size in linear inches, which is the sum of your case's dimensions. If, for example, your case measures 20 inches long by 20 inches wide by 10 inches high, it would be 50 linear inches. Almost all airline maximum size dimensions use either Length-by-Width-by-Height, or linear inches. In many cases, even though your instrument case does not fit in the "size wise" metal contraption at the gate, it might well be within the linear-inch maximum. Again, know the linear inch measurement of your case beforehand.

Carry a "fabric" tape measure with you. Even if you never use it, sewing-type tape measure takes up almost no space and weighs almost nothing. And it might just come in handy if you're challenged about your case dimensions.

Here's Taylor's video response to Dave Carroll's brilliant ditty and sad story:

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