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Audio Play-Along Jam Tracks Now in Downloadable MP3 Format
Since GuitarInstructor.com launched in late 2007, our selection of audio play-along jam tracks has grown to over 1,200 titles. Although our jam tracks are professionally recorded, mixed, and engineered with amazing sound-alike results, you, our users, expressed to us that it was too cumbersome to be tethered to a computer whenever you wanted to jam. And you were right.
So, as of last week, you can now purchase any of our jam tracks in downloadable MP3 format, so that you can burn them to a rehearsal CD or load them onto your iPod for maximum portability and utility.
What if you've already purchased our jam tracks in WMA or streaming Flash format? No worries. Go into your digital content library in your GuitarInstructor.com account, and you'll find an MP3 Download option for all existing tracks in your library.
If you haven't tried jamming with our play-along tracks yet, you won't believe what you're missing. Our audio tracks are painstakingly crafted to sound as close to the original recording as possible. It's the next best thing to having Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, or Ringo and Paul, or Double Trouble right there in the room with you. And with our "Minus Guitar" tracks, you step into the shoes of the all-time greats like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, and Eddie Van Halen, to name just a few.
To get you in a jammin' mood, here are the 10 most popular jam tracks of all time at GuitarInstructor.com:
"Red House" Jimi Hendrix
"Pride and Joy" Stevie Ray Vaughan
"Sweet Home Alabama" Lynyrd Skynyrd
"The Thrill Is Gone" B.B. King
"Jessica" Allman Brothers Band
"Little Wing" Stevie Ray Vaughan
"La Grange" ZZ Top
"Get Back" The Beatles
"You Really Got Me" Van Halen
We also have a terrific collection of jazz standards and classics—with and without the lead instrument. These are terrific tools for working on your jazz improv chops. Additionally, we have a great selection of country, blues, folk, rock, metal, and more.
Legendary Delta Bluesman David "Honeyboy" Edwards Dies at Age 96
Legendary Delta bluesman David "Honeyboy" Edwards, the last surviving direct link to Robert Johnson and member of the first generation of Delta blues musicians, died Monday, August 29, at his home in Chicago. He was 96.
Mr. Edwards, who announced his formal retirement just a few months ago, carved out a career spanning over eight decades—nearly the entire recorded history of the blues. Along the way, Honeyboy knew or played with virtually every major artist in the genre, including Charley Patton, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and of course, Robert Johnson, with whom he traveled in the 1930s, performing on street corners and at picnics and juke joints.
David Edwards was born June 28, 1915, in Shaw, Mississippi, to sharecropper parents who both played guitar. His father bought him his first guitar and taught him to play traditional folk ballads. Inspired by bluesman Tommy Johnson, who had come to pick cotton at a plantation near where the Edwards family lived at the time, Honeyboy left home at age 14 to travel and perform with Big Joe Williams. By age 17, he was playing professionally in Memphis. Soon afterward, his travels with Robert Johnson took place, and then in 1942, folklorist Alan Lomax recorded Edwards in Clarksdale, Mississippi, for the Library of Congress.
"Honeyboy Edwards, along with the late Robert Junior Lockwood, was a bridge between the solo acoustic country blues of the 1930s and the combos that followed," says noted blues historian Dave Rubin, who produced an instructional guitar DVD featuring Edwards titled Delta Blues Guitar. "Similar to Lockwood, who likewise knew Robert Johnson, Honeyboy always stayed true to his bona fide Delta roots. His scalding slide guitar in standard tuning (he believed real men only played in standard) and deep, raw riffs were a mainline back to the earliest and funkiest Mississippi blues."
Edwards was still playing up to 100 shows a year when he stopped touring, in 2008, and he continued to performa occasionally until this year. Edwards played his final gig at the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in April.
Official Foo Fighters Guitar Tab for Wasting Light Now Available
We are excited to announce we now have the official guitar tab for all 11 tracks from the Foo Fighters new album Wasting Light, including the top 10 rock hits "Rope" and "Walk."
Or you can buy the entire Wasting Light guitar tab book from Hal Leonard right here!
Acoustic Wiz Ben Woolman Offers Acoustic Licks Video Lessons
Minnesota-based acoustic guitarist Ben Woolman, whose 2010 independently released album Many Moods received a rave review in the Sep/Oct 2010 issue of Guitar Edge magazine, has filmed a batch of acoustic guitar video licks lessons, now available here at GuitarInstructor.com.
Woolman's clear, rich tone is simply striking and indicative of his precise articulation. Additionally, his loose and fluid approach on the guitar translates to his teaching style, providing the student with all the necessary lesson material without ever sounding stiff or bored.
For a complete list of Woolman's lessons, which cover topics ranging from old-style country blues to modern percussive techniques, visit his instructor page here. For more on Woolman's music, tour dates, and more, visit BenWoolman.net.
Here's footage of Woolman performing "Sadie's Smile," from Many Moods.
Official RHCP Video for Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released the official music video for "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie," the first single from their upcoming album I'm With You, due out August 30. Watch it here!
Learn How to Play Rockabilly Guitar
We're excited to announce that we just uploaded three brand-new rockabilly style guitar video lessons taught by Doug Boduch. Wielding a gorgeous Bigsby-equipped Gretsch G6120 Brian Setzer Signature model, Doug shows you all the licks, tricks, and techniques necessary to get you on the path to hepcat heaven.
Free Version of the Cherry Lane Blues Masters iPad App Now Available
Earlier this year, G-Men Productions and Cherry Lane teamed up to release the awesome Blues Masters guitar app for iPad, featuring 115 authentic guitar licks and riffs from such blues legends as B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Eric Clapton, and more, for just $9.99.
Now you can check it out before you buy. The free version features 10 of the 115 licks, and like the full version, also features a "slow-down" feature (3/4 or 1/2 speed), notes and tab with animation, a bio page for each artist, and the ability to build your own 12-bar solo using the app's killer Hot List "copy-and-paste" solo arranging function.