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First Gibson Les Paul 'Burst Is For Sale

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 31, 2016 at 4:47 PM

We've all read the stories about the famous '59 Gibson Les Paul 'Bursts and dreamed of, if not owning one, at least playing one. But the newest arrival at Carter's Vintage Guitars in Nashville—and it's not a '59—just may be the quintessential "holy grail" of electric guitars.

Walter Carter, former chief historian at Gibson Guitars, has just acquired the very first sunburst Les Paul to be produced and shipped to a customer by the Gibson factory in 1958. He estimates the value of this gorgeous cherry 'burst at $625,000.

Check out this local Nashville news story below for more info on this treasure, including clips of Ed King (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Vince Gill playing it.


Learn Jeff Beck's String Bending Techniques

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 27, 2016 at 8:48 AM

This week's edition of Free Lesson Friday will teach you several of Jeff Beck's quirky-cool string bending techniques, pulled from our complete Jeff Beck Style guitar video lesson. 

Browse all of our Jeff Beck guitar lessons, guitar tabs, and play-along tracks



10 Must-Know Jam Session Classics

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 19, 2016 at 3:37 PM

It's that time of year. You're at the summer BBQ, and your buddy's band is cranking out the classic rock party tunes. Inevitably, they start calling up all their musician friends to sit in and take a tune or two, and invariably there's a quick discussion of which tune to play, and it almost always ends up being one of the following 10 tunes.

So if you're not up to speed on these must-know jam session classics, click on the title to get the guitar tab or lesson and get to work.

10. "Takin' Care of Business" Bachman-Turner Overdrive
From the syncopated main riff to the 7th-chord licks to the syncopated 4ths of the bridge, this tune is much trickier than you may realize.

9. "Oh, Pretty Woman" Roy Orbison
Everyone knows the riff, but do you really know the whole tune?

8. "You Shook Me All Night Long" AC/DC
Yes, even party bands like to get their metal on sometimes, and this is one heavy rocker that even the ladies will dig.

7. "Born to Be Wild" Steppenwolf
Gotta be quick with those fills in the pre-chorus and solid with your rhythm throughout. Better make sure you know how to end the tune so you don't fade out into oblivion.

6. "I'm Tore Down" Freddie King/Eric Clapton
The octave bass shuffle line is pretty straightforward. Just don't get so carried away that you miss the stop choruses!

5. "Red House" Jimi Hendrix
Just make sure you play those opening 7th chords like you own them ... and in the right key!

4. "Brown Eyed Girl" Van Morrison
Everyone knows the G-C-D motif, but if you know when to toss in a D7 instead of D, you might get a quick nod and smile from the bassist. Bonus points if you know the signature double-stop lick that opens the tune!

3. "Crossroads" Cream
Another three-chord dandy that, if treated with the right bass notes at the right time (like nailing the F# in the bass in the second measure of the D7 chord) or nailing some of Clapton's sweet licks note-for-note, gives you the chance to bring the house down.

2. "Sweet Home Alabama" Lynyrd Skynyrd
If you live anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon line, you'd better know this tune better than mama knows her biscuits.

1. "Mony, Mony" Tommy James
If you're a guitarist who can sing, this is the song you want—especially if you're single and there are ladies in da house.


Learn a Cool Pentatonic-Based Modern Jazz Guitar Lick

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 19, 2016 at 2:57 PM

In this week's free lesson, instructor John Heussenstamm teaches an uptempo jazz lick in which pentatonic scale-based 4ths intervals are moved in minor 3rds, for a cool modern jazz sound. This lick was excerpted from John's Uptempo Jazz Licks lesson.


Two New Iron Maiden Video Song Lessons

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 18, 2016 at 10:48 AM

Iron Maiden comprises everything we love about heavy metal guitar—hook-laden riffs, galloping rhythms, and those harmony guitar parts, not to mention the dueling guitar solos.

We've just posted new G-Plus Song lessons for "Aces High" and "Two Minutes to Midnight"—fan-favorite tracks from the group's 1984 release Powerslave. In each lesson, Doug Boduch teaches every killer riff, rhythm, chord voicing, and solo line. Once you've got a handle on the parts, try playing along to the backing track and scrolling tab.

Remember, with G-Plus lessons, you can use the slow-downer bar and/or the looping function to work through tough parts, as well as isolate the guitar part, add a click track, or remove the guitars and play along with the band on your own when you're ready to rock.

"Aces High" G-Plus Song Lesson
"Two Minutes to Midnight" G-Plus Song Lesson
Browse all Iron Maiden song lessons, guitar tab, and play-along tracks



How to Play the Eagles "Tequila Sunrise"

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 18, 2016 at 10:31 AM

Named for the popular tequila-based cocktail, the Eagles' "Tequila Sunrise" was the first single from the band's 1973 album Desperado, and one of the first songs that Glenn Frey and Don Henley wrote together.

With our newest G-Plus Song lesson, you can learn how to play this acoustic classic with a step-by-step video lesson from instructor Doug Boduch, and then play along to the backing track using the provided tab.

"Tequila Sunrise" by Eagles - G-Plus Song Lesson
Browse all Eagles guitar tab, video lessons, and play-along tracks


The Beach Boys "Pet Sounds" Turns 50

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 16, 2016 at 11:29 AM

On May 16, 1966, the Beach Boys released their masterpiece recording, Pet Sounds. Much like their contemporaries (and rivals of sorts) the Beatles, the Beach Boys with this seminal release reinvented how albums were crafted, using the recording studio as an instrument itself, embracing and experimenting with the latest musical technology to continually push the boundaries of popular music.

"Without Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper never would have happened. Pepper was an attempt to equal Pet Sounds," Beatles producer George Martin wrote in the liner notes for the The Pet Sounds Sessions, released in 1997.

"If records had a director within a band, I sort of directed Pepper," Paul McCartney has stated in an interview, "and my influence was basically the Pet Sounds album."

Though Pet Sounds contains several tracks that have gone on to become timeless hits in the lexicon of pop music, including "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B," and the beloved "God Only Knows," it's the album's brilliance as a whole—the songwriting, the production, the innovative use of unusual instruments and objects as instruments (plastic bottles, Coke cans, bicycle horns, etc.)—that have made it one of the most important recordings in pop music history.

Beach Boys online song lessons, guitar tabs, and more


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