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Learn How to Play Like Robben Ford in New Guitar Video Lesson

Posted by Michael Mueller on November 3, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Have you ever listened to Robben Ford and wondered just how he does it? We certainly have, so we created a brand-new video guitar lesson, Robben Ford Style, that shows you the key techniques Ford uses to achieve his singular style. From funky, jazzy altered block chords to mixing scales and modes to nailing the changes, instructor Doug Boduch walks you through Ford's rhythm and lead approach, offering spot-on stylistic examples including onscreen guitar tab.

Robben Ford Style guitar video lesson

If you want even more, be sure to check out Robben's full-length instructional DVDs: The Art of Blues Solos and The Art of Blues Rhythm.

Robben Ford: Art of Blues Solos Robben Ford: Art of Blues Rhythm




Joe Bonamassa Talks About Playing Rory Gallagher's 1961 Stratocaster

Posted by Michael Mueller on November 3, 2011 at 8:04 AM

In an interview with Joe Bosso at, guitar slinger Joe Bonamassa describes his "once-in-a-lifetime experience" of getting to play Rory Gallagher's famous 1961 Fender Stratocaster on the opening night of a sold-out stint at London's Hammersmith Apollo.

Joe Bonamassa guitar tab and video lessons 
Rory Gallagher guitar tab 

As it turns out, Bonamassa has his girlfriend, UK singer-songwriter Sandi Thom—who is acquainted with Donal and Dan Gallagher (Rory's brother and son, respectively)—to thank for the opportunity. "Sandi said to me one day, 'I'm going to give you your birthday present and your Christmas present all in one,'" says Bonamassa. "So I'm thinking, OK, this is going to be pretty good, right? I had no idea that she would this off! She told me that she just spoke to Donal, and he was going to come to my London show—with the guitar! She said that if I wanted to play it, Donal would be happy to lend it to me. I was like, 'Are you kidding me?!'

"My head was head was rushing," Bonamassa adds. "Rory played a bunch of guitars in his time, but the '61 is the guitar. There is no other. When it came out of the gig bag, I was floored. There I was, looking at a piece of history."

Bonamassa used the Strat for the first three songs of the night: Gallagher's "Cradle Rock," his own "When the Fire Hits the Sea," and Gary Moore's "Midnight Blues."

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All Time Greatest Country Pickers

Posted by Michael Mueller on November 2, 2011 at 10:31 AM

I've been spending a lot of time with my Fender Telecaster lately, exploring its many and wide-ranging tonal and stylistic facets. But at its heart, this plank was made to be spanked—country twang style. Here are 12 of the greatest country pickers of all time. Vote for your favorite and tell us why in the comments below. Or check out some guitar tab or video lessons from these six-string barn burners.

Brad Paisley guitar tab and video lessons 
Chet Atkins guitar tab and video lessons
Brent Mason guitar tab and video lessons 
Albert Lee guitar tab and video lessons 
Vince Gill guitar tab
Jerry Reed guitar tab and video lessons
Redd Volkaert video lessons 
Ray Flacke video lessons
John Jorgenson guitar tab
Will Ray guitar tab

Gigantour 2012 Lineup and Dates Announced

Posted by Michael Mueller on November 1, 2011 at 9:16 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Gigantour—the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by metal titans Megadeth—will hit the road for the first time since 2008. This year's bill, which also features metal heavyweights Motörhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil, kicks off January 26 in Camden, NJ, with stops all across the U.S. and Canada. Tickets go on sale beginning November 4. For more information visit Ultimate VIP packages including premium tickets, meet and greets, exclusive gifts and more are also available. Go to for all the details.

Megadeth guitar tab, video lessons, and play-along tracks

Gigantour is a chance to, as Mustaine says, tour with like-minded artists "that play heavy music in a high-energy environment," with a fan-friendly ticket price. He founded the tour in 2005 and invited such artists as Anthrax, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Lamb of God, Opeth, Static-X, and In Flames to join Megadeth.

Lemmy, frontman of the legendary Motörhead, looks forward to performing at this year's Gigantour amongst all the other talented musicians. "Megadeth are one of the greatest bands to tread a stage anywhere and me and Dave have been promising each other we'd tour together ever since we met! Volbeat and Lacuna Coil are interesting choices and I think it's gonna be incredible trying to understand each other backstage! Come and see what eclectic means! (Look THAT up in your Funk & Wagnall's!) See you!"

Volbeat vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulsen adds, "This is something you don't think twice about. Megadeth and Motörhead have been a huge inspiration of our musical careers. To have the opportunity to go on the road and share the stage with these two legendary rock bands is another dream come true in the Volbeat adventure."

Lacuna Coil looks forward to their second Gigantour; they first performed as part of the 2007 tour. "When we were invited to join Gigantour once again, we were really happy as it seems like the perfect way to start the Dark Adrenaline album cycle in the US," says co-vocalist Andrea Ferro.

Today, Tuesday, November 1 also marks another epic occasion: Megadeth's thirteenth album—appropriately titled TH1RT3EN—is released via Roadrunner Records. On, TH1RT3EN, Mustaine and the band continue to sharpen their attack, taking down leaders who sell false truths; Megadeth tap right into the collective paranoia of modern times. The album's first single is the volcanic "Public Enemy No. 1."

Gigantour 2012 Tour Dates:

1/26  Camden, NJ
1/27  Uncasville, CT
1/28  New York, NY
1/29  Lowell, MA
2/1   Glens Falls, NY
2/2   Quebec City, QC
2/3   Montreal, QC
2/5   Kingston, ON
2/7   Oshawa, ON
2/8   Hamilton, ON
2/9   Auburn Hills, MI
2/10  Chicago, IL
2/12  Milwaukee, WI
2/14  St. Paul, MN
2/16  Saskatoon, SK
2/17  Edmonton, AB
2/18  Calgary, AB
2/20  Abbotsford, BC
2/21  Kent, WA
2/23  San Jose, CA
2/24  Universal City, CA
2/25  Phoenix, AZ
2/26  Albuquerque, NM
2/28  Denver, COGigantour 2012

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