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Learn How to Play Like Derek Trucks With New Legendary Licks Book/CD

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 31, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Guitarist Derek Trucks is arguably the most exciting slide guitarist to come along since the great Duane Allman, and now you can learn Derek's coolest licks and tricks with Derek Trucks Legendary Licks, new from Cherry Lane. In this book, author Toby Wine breaks down Trucks's amazing slide guitar style using note-for-note examples from nine of his greatest tracks, including "Dreams I'll Never See," "All I Do," and "This Sky." You'll also get an inside look at his gear setup, to help you nail those sweet tones.

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Lamb of God Forced to Cancel Tour Dates Due to Singer's Continued Incarceration

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 26, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Due to the continued incarceration of Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic, the band's co-headlining tour with Dethklok is being cancelled. A press releases states the band regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy's release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour. It further states that upon Randy's release, it is the band's intention to rebook a tour in the fall and at this time the band fully intends to participate in the Mayhem Cruise in December.

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Blythe was arrested on June 28, prior to Lamb of God's show at Prague's Hard Rock Cafe, and later charged with manslaughter for a 2010 incident that took place at the band's show at Club Abaton, in Prague. According to reports, a fan jumped up onto the stage where he and Blythe tussled resulting in injury to the fan, who then later died, allegedly as a result of those injuries.

The day after the arrest (June 29), the band's publicist, Maria Ferrero, released the following statement:

"Lamb of God management will be issuing an official statement on Monday regarding the charges made against singer Randy Blythe. As no formal charges have yet been made and the case is only in the investigation stages, it would be premature to make an official statement filled with false truths or innuendos.

"Having said that, management wished to address today one false piece of information that has been included in many of the news stories released so far. Under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved. This incident deals with a fan that three times during the concert jumped the barricade and rushed Randy during the performance. It is alleged that the third time, security was not able to reach him and that Randy pushed him back into the audience where supposedly he fell and hit his head.

"Again, until the investigation is concluded this weekend, nothing more will be released, but clarity and the facts needed to be addressed on this one reported point which is totally inaccurate."

Since that time, Blythe has posted bail ($400,000), but was denied release after the prosecutor challenged it. A hearing on that challenge is scheduled for Friday, July 27, with a final ruling coming between 5 and 10 days following that.

Iranian Nuclear Facilities Are Thunderstruck

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

The web site is reporting that a new computer worm has infected Iran's nuclear facilities, causing some of the workstations to randomly play AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" at max volume in the middle of the night. I guess you could say it's a cybercase of heavy metal on heavy metal violence.

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Six New Santana Video Song Lessons!

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM

For five decades now Carlos Santana has inspired countless guitarists with his soulful and passionate Afro-Latin blues-rock fusion. And so we're very excited to announce the release of six new early Santana video song lessons. Watch and learn how to play classics like "Evil Ways," "Samba Pa Ti," and "Se A Cabo"—all with onscreen guitar tab.

Carlos Santana guitar tab, video lessons, and jam tracks

Along with the previously posted "Oye Como Va" and "Soul Sacrifice," these new video lessons offer terrific insight into Santana's early and seminal guitar work. Additionally, a few of the songs here feature keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie and a very young guitarist named Neal Schon, who of course would leave Santana and form the equally iconic rock group Journey. In fact the solo taught in the video song "Song of the Wind" comes courtesy of Schon's teen-aged digits.

Evil Ways
Hope You're Feeling Better
No One to Depend On
Samba Pa Ti
Se A Cabo
Song of the Wind
Oye Como Va
Soul Sacrifice

To purchase the complete Santana Guitar Play-Along DVD, click here.
Santana Guitar Play-Along DVD

New Beatles Collection "Tomorrow Never Knows" Out Today on iTunes

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 24, 2012 at 9:07 AM

London – July 24, 2012 – The Beatles present an iTunes digital exclusive new release Tomorrow Never Knows, available on the iTunes Store worldwide today. The LP features 14 of The Beatles' most powerful rock songs spanning their entire trailblazing and influential catalogue, which continues to resonate with today's pop culture. Also beginning today, the classic promo film for "Hey Bulldog" is available free to stream or as a purchasable download on the iTunes Store.

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Beatles Tomorrow Never KnowsUniversally hailed for its unparalleled, transcendent quality, The Beatles' recorded catalogue includes many of rock music's most powerful and important songs, including "Revolution," "Helter Skelter," "I'm Down," "It's All Too Much," "I've Got A Feeling," and "The End," while deep cut tracks like "Savoy Truffle," "You Can't Do That," and "Tomorrow Never Knows" continue to surprise, move and inspire the next generation.

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Track List: (Click on title for guitar tab, video lessons, or jam tracks)
Paperback Writer             
And Your Bird Can Sing
Helter Skelter
Savoy Truffle
I'm Down
I've Got A Feeling
Back In The U.S.S.R.
You Can't Do That
It's All Too Much
She Said, She Said
Hey Bulldog
Tomorrow Never Knows
The End

Win a Private Master Class Lesson with Joe Satriani

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 19, 2012 at 9:21 AM

If the thought of getting a private lesson with Joe Satriani gets your legato up, now is the time to hit the woodshed. Satriani and Guitar Center are giving away 10 VIP trips to Los Angeles to attend a private master class with Satriani, plus an Ibanez JS20S Joe Satriani signature guitar and D'Addario grand accessory prize package.

So, how do you win? It's just the "simple" task of downloading an official Joe Satriani backing track, learning the tune, and then uploading a video of your performance of the tune. Satch himself will choose 10 winners, and you're good to go. Here are the 10 tracks you can choose from:

Always With Me, Always With You

Crowd Chant
Dream Song 
God Is Crying 
Satch Boogie 
Super Colossal
Surfing With the Alien 
The Golden Room

If you need some help with the guitar parts, you can download the official Joe Satriani guitar tab by clicking on the song title above. To enter, please visit


Five Must-Hear Blues-Rock Releases

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 18, 2012 at 3:18 PM

We're a little overdue on these, but trust me when I tell you these five scorching-hot recent blues-rock platters are well worth the wait!

Jimmy BowskillThe Jimmy Bowskill Band Back Number (Ruf)
On his latest release, Back Number, 21-year-old Jimmy Bowskill conjures the blues-inflected '70s classic rock sound with more fury and presence than many artists twice his age. Powerful riffs and licks with equally potent vocals. Highlights: "Take a Ride," "Salty Dog," "Seasons Change"

Joe BonamassaJoe Bonamassa Driving Towards the Daylight (J&R Adventures)
It's Joe Bonamassa—need we say more? While his picking' prowess is universally recognized, his latest release also showcases his ever-maturing vocal power—it almost doesn't seem fair. Highlights: "Dislocated Boy," "Driving Towards the Daylight," "A Place in My Heart," "Lonely Town Lonely Street."

Anders OsborneAnders Osborne Black Eye Galaxy (Alligator)
Combining the power of Led Zeppelin with the lo-fi approach of Jack White and his own New Orleans-inspired musical gumbo, Osborne offers one compelling listening experience on his latest release. Highlights: "Send Me a Friend," "Mind of a Junkie," "Black Tar," "Black Eye Galaxy"

Oli BrownOli Brown Here I Am (Ruf)
This 12-track collection from the highly acclaimed Brown sees him finding comfort in his own skin, and while there's still plenty of fretboard fire, it's no longer the sole driving force.
Highlights: "Here I Am," "Manic Bloom," "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know," "Remedy"

RSBRoyal Southern Brotherhood Royal Southern Brotherhood (Ruf)
The roots of Southern rock's family tree run deep in this new blues-rock collective featuring the headline talents of Devon Allman and Cyril Neville. Add into the mix one of this generation's most exciting young blues guitarists, Mike Zito, and you've got one soulful blues record in your hands. Highlights: "New Horizons," "Moonlight Over the Mississippi," "Hurts My Heart"


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