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Hagar-Era Van Halen Guitar Tab Now Available

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 30, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Whether or not you like Sammy Hagar or the so-called "Van Hagar" era of Van Halen, you have to admit that Eddie sacrificed nothing when it came to his solos and riffs. From the fluid double-stop slides of "Why Can't This Be Love" to the countrified pluckiness of the riff and solo of "Finish What Ya Started" to signature EVH lines that compose the solo to "Dreams," at its heart, it's still Van Halen, through and through.

We've just posted official tab for six of that VH incarnation's biggest hits:

"Why Can't This Be Love" guitar tab 
"Finish What Ya Started" guitar tab 
"Dreams" guitar tab 
"Right Now" guitar tab 
"Top of the World" guitar tab
"Can't Stop Loving You" guitar tab 

Browse all our Van Halen guitar tab, video lessons, and play-along tracks

Over 75 Dream Theater Official Guitar Tabs Now Available

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 24, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Progressive metal titans Dream Theater have been thrilling audiences with their musically ambitious craft for more than 25 years. Along the way, the band has cultivated a reputation as one of the most technically proficient groups in music history, due in large part to the fretboard prowess of guitarist John Petrucci.

Over the past few days, we've posted over 60 official guitar tabs from the band's brilliant back catalog, from their 1992 best seller Images and Words through 2007's Systematic Chaos. This impressive list of tracks, which includes "Metropolis-Part 1," "Under a Glass Moon," "Erotomania," "Caught in a Web," "Forsaken," and "The Spirit Carries On," among other fan favorites, joins the 9 tabs from the band's 2013 self-titled release, and various other of the band's greatest hits. You can browse all the available titles here:

Dream Theater guitar tab 

Meanwhile, enjoy this little sample of Petrucci's fretboard agility ...

Hot Country Guitar Video Lessons with Daniel Donato

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Wander into Robert's Western World—one of the hottest and most enduring honky-tonks on Nashville's historic strip on lower Broadway—on a Thursday or Friday evening, and it's a good bet that the screaming guitar you hear is coming from 18-year old super-picker Daniel Donato, currently the lead guitarist in Nashville institution the Don Kelley Band.

Daniel Donato guitar video lessons

Picking up the guitar for the first time when he was 12 years old, Donato wasted no time in searching for his own unique voice on the instrument. He soon discovered a passion for older music—particularly for country and western.

Donato soon dived into Nashville's exciting and competitive live music scene. Through his studies of players from the past and present, along with hundreds of shows under his belt with the aforementioned Don Kelley Band—whose alumni include Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert, Johnny Hiland, Guthrie Trapp, and J.D. Simo—Donato has become one of the hottest must-see guitarists in Music City.

Be sure to click on the link to his lessons above, to see a two-minute sample of Donato's barn-burning lines in a trio setting. Once you pick your jaw up from the floor, you should know that the concepts Donato teaches in these five lessons, while based in country guitar, also apply to blues, rock, and even jazz players. So even if country isn't your thing, there is a lot of meat to be digested here for players of all styles.

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