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Soundtrack to Summer With Classic Arena Rock Tabs

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 24, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Memorial Day Weekend is here, marking the unofficial start to summer. And for decades, the soundtrack to this season in the sun has comprised timeless tracks from arena rockers like Journey, Boston, Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Bon Jovi, Styx, and REO Speedwagon, among others. Whether you're in a cover band or a bedroom rocker, cranking up the amp and jamming on such all-time favorites as "Don't Stop Believin'," "More Than a Feeling," "Back in Black," or "Livin' on a Prayer" can be just the thing to chase any summertime blues away and get you in the mood for fun in the sun.

Here are links to guitar tab, video lessons, and play-along tracks to some of our favorite summertime rockers. Let the fun begin!

Journey guitar tab
Boston guitar tab
Cheap Trick guitar tab
Styx guitar tab
REO Speedwagon guitar tab
Heart guitar tab
Def Leppard guitar tab
Bon Jovi guitar tab
AC/DC guitar tab
The Cars guitar tab
Ted Nugent guitar tab

Learn to Play Like Eric Johnson

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 14, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Austin-based guitar legend Eric Johnson has one of the most singular styles in rock guitar history. His mastery of the pentatonic scale coupled with his penchant for pianistic chord voicing and, of course, that "800-lb. violin" tone, has made learning his techniques and approach not only one of the most popular quests but also one of the most elusive.

That's where we come in. Here at, we've got 10 guitar video lessons—including four taught by the master himself—that address Johnson's style and technique in at least some measure (be sure to check out the excerpt of Johnson's "Lead Guitar" video lesson below). And when you're ready to take on learning one of his tunes—from the gorgeous "Gem" to the acoustic stomp of "Song For George" to the transcendent "Cliffs of Dover"—we've got over 70 professionally transcribed and edited note-for-note guitar tabs to choose from. About the only thing we can't offer is the willpower to work hard and practice, but then, we think EJ's music serves that purpose just fine.

So what are you waiting for? Get started here!

Eric Johnson guitar tab

Robben Ford and Yngwie Malmsteen to Lead Rock Fantasy Campalooza 2013

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 9, 2013 at 11:11 AM

It seems the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp is giving politics a run for its money in creating strange bedfellows. From August 7-11, the RRFC is hosting Campalooza 2013 in New York City, featuring Robben Ford, Leslie West, and Yngwie Malmsteen, as well as drummer Peter Criss. Campers will get to jam with these icons on two of the most renowned stages in NYC: B.B. King's in Times Square and The Cutting Room. If you attend, you will also get the opportunity to record at Avatar Studios (formerly the legendary Power Station) with Jack Douglas, who has recorded with Aerosmith, Journey, and Iggy Pop, among many others.

Robben Ford guitar tab and video lessons 
Yngwie Malmsteen guitar tab and video lessons
Leslie West guitar tab, video lessons, and jam tracks 
KISS guitar tab, video lessons, and jam tracks

For complete details including registration info, please visit

Campalooza 2013

More Official Eagles Guitar Tab Now Available

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 9, 2013 at 9:49 AM

In the last few months, we've posted tab for "Hotel California" and "Life in the Fast Lane," among a few other Eagles classics, and now we've just put out tab for several more including "Heartache Tonight," "Those Shoes," and "Witchy Woman."

Complete list of official Eagles guitar tab

One of the most popular rock bands of all time, the Eagles are also one of the most commercially successful acts in music history. With nearly 30 million copies sold (RIAA), their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 ranks second to Michael Jackson's Thriller in all-time best-selling albums. Their 1976 release, Hotel California, has also sold over 16 million copies, with their Greatest Hits Volume II having moved over 11 million.

Be sure to check out Hal Leonard's two (acoustic and electric) Eagles Guitar Play-Along book/CD packages. Click on the cover for more info.

Eagles Acoustic guitar tab play-alongEagles electric guitar tab play-along


Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Has Died at Age 49

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 2, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has died of liver failure at age 49. The band announced his passing on their official Facebook page:

"Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.

"Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 - 2013)."

Hanneman, along with guitarist Kerry King, co-founded Slayer in 1981. The band's 1986 release, Reign in Blood, catapulted the thrash quartet to the pantheon of metal greats.

In January 2011, Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely the result of a spider bite. As a result, he has not been touring with the band for some time, but had hoped to make to make a return at some point.

Slayer guitar tab 

Jeff Hanneman

New Jethro Tull Around the World Live 4DVD Set Out June 25

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM

NEW YORK, NY (April 29, 2013) — Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the issue on June 25, 2013 of Jethro Tull set Around The World Live [Pre-book Order Date May 31, MSRP $39.98]. This Book + 4 Music DVD set comes in deluxe hardback packaging for Jethro Tull collectors and contains a wealth of previously unreleased material. The release features performances of classic tracks including: "Aqualung," "Cross-eyed Mary," "Living In The Past," "Too Old To Rock'n'Roll, Too Young To Die," "Orion," "Minstrel In The Gallery," "Heavy Horses," "Thick As A Brick," "Nothing Is Easy," "Budapest," "Life Is A Long Song," and many more.

Jethro Tull guitar tab, video lessons, and jam tracks

Jethro Tull Around the World LiveThis superb set pulls together material from Jethro Tull concerts across their career and filmed at some of their many stopovers around the globe. It reaches back as far as the legendary Isle Of Wight Festival in 1970 and as recently as the Estival in Lugano, Switzerland in 2005. Much of the material is previously unreleased. The set is packaged in a 19cm x 14cm 32 page hardback book with 2 discs in each inside cover. Disc 3 of Around The World Live offers an insightful interview with Ian Anderson from the Hilversum 1999 session.
The book contains photos from Ian Anderson's personal archive and a text on all the different shows by Joel McIver. Around The World Live charts Jethro Tull's ever evolving music through blues to rock to folk to electronica with a frequently changing line-up anchored by the ever present frontman Ian Anderson.
Around The World Live charts the global success of one of rock's favorite acts. Highlighting the band's illustrious career and phenomenal concerts, this is treasure trove of Jethro Tull material.

ZZ Top: The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

LOS ANGELES – Back in 1969, Billy F Gibbons, Frank Beard and Dusty Hill joined together in Houston as ZZ Top. The band that would unassumingly go on to be known as That Little Ol' Band From Texas soon made rock history with a string of hugely successful record releases and tour dates. Over the next 20 years, the trio went on to critical and commercial acclaim, selling millions of albums and concert tickets around the world, while earning induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and status as one of the only bands to have been awarded an RIAA Diamond (domestic sales of 10 million or more) album.

ZZ Top guitar tab, video lessons, and play-along jam tracks

Warner Bros. Records explores the impressive scope of ZZ Top's musical legacy with a boxed set that includes the original mixes for the band's first 10 albums. ZZ Top: The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1990) will be available on June 10 for a suggested list price of $59.98.
The set, including the albums initially released on the London label as well as the string of Warner Bros. Hits that followed, includes ZZ Top's First Album (1971), Rio Grande Mud (1972), Tres Hombres (1973), Fandango! (1975)*, Tejas (1976), Degüello (1979), El Loco (1981), Eliminator (1983), Afterburner (1985) and Recycler (1990). Each album is presented in a wallet sleeve that faithfully reproduces the original artwork, including the gatefold designs used for Tres Hombres and Tejas. The set presents, for the first time on CD, the original mixes for ZZ Top's First Album, Rio Grande Mud, and Tejas that have long been on the wish lists of the band's most fervent fans. 
The trio offered a statement regarding the forthcoming release of ZZ Top: The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1990): "We're gratified that the albums from the first 20 years of the band are going to be made available in this set. We're especially delighted to note the restoration of ZZ Top's First Album, Rio Grande Mud, and Tejas has been incorporated; it's good to have been made whole again on a certain level."
ZZ Top: 2013 World Tour

2    Newkirk, OK
3    Concho, OK
4    Memphis, TN
5    Richmond, KY
8    Wallingford, CT
9    Morristown, NJ
10   Crewe, VA
11   Atlantic City, NJ
13   Lancaster, PA
14   Englewood, NJ
15   Westbury, NY
17   Hampton, NH
18   Lynn, MA
19   Baltimore, MD
21   Knoxville, TN
25   Biloxi, MS
2    Warsaw, Poland
18   Paris, France
19   Rouen, France
20   Dijon, France
22   Clisson, France
24   London, United Kingdom
25   Manchester, United Kingdom
27   Cork, Ireland
30   Hamburg, Germany
1    Berlin, Germany
2    Munich, Germany
4    Locarno, Switzerland
6    Weisen, Austria
7    Linz, Austria

ZZ Top Box Set