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Free Bebop Jazz Guitar Lick Lesson with Don Linke
New Song Lessons From Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Mayer, System of a Down
Instructor Chris Buono has completed new video song lessons for Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man," John Mayer's "Neon," and System of a Down's "Lonely Day." In each lesson, Chris walks you through every riff, chord, fill, and solo, offering expert advice on technique and tone along the way.
"Neon" John Mayer video song lesson
"Simple Man" Lynyrd Skynyrd video song lesson
"Lonely Day" System of a Down video song lesson
How to Use Chorus Pedals
In his newest effects pedal lesson, Tom Kolb shows you how to dial in a variety of classic guitar sounds using a chorus pedal, from the sparkling and jangly rhythm sounds of the '80s to warbly Leslie-like blues tones to emulating a 12-string and much more. Check out the complete lesson here.
Browse all of Tom Kolb's effects pedal lessons
Guitarist Lonnie Mack Dead at 74
Blues-rock guitar great Lonnie Mack died Thursday (April 21) of natural causes at Centennial Medical Center near his home in Smithville, Tennessee. He was 74.
Born in Indiana in 1941, Mack first came to prominence in 1963 with the release of "Memphis," a fast-paced instrumental that, along with his other signature smash from the same year, "Wham!," led the guitarist to be recognized as a pioneer of virtuoso blues-rock guitar.
Steeped in the sounds of R&B, gospel, country, and rockabilly, Mack's singular style would later influence such heavyweight guitar heroes as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Joe Bonamassa, and, especially, Stevie Ray Vaughan, who once called him "the baddest guitar player I know."
In addition to his groundbreaking guitar work, Mack was also well known for his ultra-rare 1958 Gibson Flying V (serial number 7), which he bought that year and then equipped with a Bigsby tremolo bar. In fact, after the release of "Wham!," the tremolo bar became known worldwide as a "whammy bar."
Mack's 11th and final album, Attack of the Killer V, was released by Alligator Records in 1990.
He is survived by five children and "multitudes" of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Music Icon Prince Dead at 57
Iconic pop artist Prince passed away early Thursday (April 21) at his Paisley Park estate, in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57.
A prolific songwriter, Prince Rogers Nelson was so much more than a pop star. He was an astounding vocalist and guitarist, pianist, and drummer, among about 25 other instruments. In fact, he played nearly every instrument on his records, giving him the freedom to explore arrangements with unparalleled facility. Stylistically, Prince was a master of pop, funk, R&B, and rock 'n' roll, seamlessly mixing and blending these genres to create his own signature sound.
In addition to his own monster hits, which include such timeless songs as "When Doves Cry," "Little Red Corvette," "Let's Go Crazy," "I Would Die 4 U," "Purple Rain," "U Got the Look," and "Kiss," he penned such memorable tracks as Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U," Chaka Khan's "I Feel For You," and the Bangles' "Manic Monday," among others.
And, of course, Prince was the consummate performer. He was a bandleader and frontman in the style of the great James Brown—polished and professional yet sexy and adventurous, and always in total control—guiding the music wherever his spirit wanted to take it.
Prince guitar tab
On April 15th, Prince had a medical emergency—reportedly the flu—forcing his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. The next night, however, he made an appearance at a dance party at Paisley Park near his home, assuring the audience that he was OK and telling them, "Wait a few days before you waste any prayers."
It's been reported that Prince had over 1,000 songs "in the vault," so even though he's crossed over to his next great journey, it's possible that we'll be fortunate to hear even more of his work from this life. Rest in peace, Prince. You were truly music royalty.
Angus Young Jams With Guns N' Roses at Coachella
Guns N' Roses rocked the Coachella festival last night, opening up with "Welcome to the Jungle." Originally, we'd posted amazing pro-shot footage of the band tearin' up their breakthrough hit, but the video was removed from YouTube.
Even more newsworthy, though, was seeing GN'R jam with guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC on "Whole Lotta Rosie" (see the fan-shot footage below). As has been reported, Axl Rose will be taking over lead vocals for AC/DC for their May tour dates, and this is a very cool preview of what's to come on that front.
To see if GN'R is coming to a town near you, check out GunsNRoses.com.
If you want to step into the estimable shoes of Slash, check out our GN'R song lessons for "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child O' Mine," "Paradise City," and "Patience." Each step-by-step video lesson includes guitar tab and an audio play-along track that allows you to remove the guitar track and play it yourself.
Use Scale Sequences to Add Excitement and Variety to Your Solos
In this week's Free Lesson Friday, rock guitarist extraordinaire Marcus Henderson shows you how to use scale sequences to add excitement and variety to your solos. You'll learn several essential sequences for minor pentatonic and natural minor scale shapes.
For more, check out Henderson's full lesson Scale Sequences.
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