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Marty Friedman Auctioning Megadeth Guitar to Benefit Jason Becker

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 11, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Marty Friedman Jackson guitarFormer Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman, who also played with Jason Becker in the shred metal outfit Cacophony, is auctioning a Jackson guitar that he used both in the studio and live with Megadeth in the late '80s and early '90s. All proceeds will go to the Jason Becker Special Needs Trust and ALS Therapy Development Institute.

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According to Friedman had the following to say about the guitar: "This guitar was the first Jackson I ever owned. It was the first really good guitar I ever had. I bought it in Hawaii while I was in the band Hawaii. It was tiger-striped black and white at the time. I did several Hawaii recordings and concerts with it. At one time it had a flamethrower on the headstock. I recorded most of Cacophony's Speed Metal Symphony [1987] with this guitar if not the entire album, as I don't remember playing any other guitar while recording that album. I did ALL of Dragon's Kiss [Friedman's 1988 solo album] with this guitar. When I joined Megadeth, I had it painted black and recorded Rust in Peace [1990] with it. On Rust In Peace I used only two guitars, this one and one other Jackson. I also used this to record Countdown To Extinction. This was my #2 touring guitar for most of my Megadeth years, so in Megadeth alone this axe must have at least 1000 shows under its belt. The guitar has been maintained by the top luthiers in the world. When I quit Megadeth, I retired this guitar so it has been in its case in a climate-controlled lockup since then. I look forward to the new history you will create with this cool guitar."

You can check out the eBay listing for the guitar here. For more on Jason Becker's fight with ALS, visit

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Pat Metheny to Hold Five Day Summer Music Workshop

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 10, 2011 at 2:56 PM

World renowned jazz guitarist Pat Metheny has announced that he will host the five-day Pat Metheny Summer Music Workshop this summer, at The Spa at Norwich Inn, in Norwich, Connecticut. This special event will comprise workshops, special ensemble programs, and master classes with a group of 70 intermediate to advanced enrollees. Players of all instruments are welcome: Metheny will be addressing not just guitar but musicianship in the broadest and most inclusive sense.

To that end, Metheny has enlisted his longtime trio partners, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Antonio Sanchez, as clinicians and instructors as well. The trio will also offer private concerts in the evenings. Additionally, Metheny will join his friend, mentor, and legendary guitarist Mick Goodrick in a rare duo concert, as well as a jointly run workshop, on August 23.

The workshop will also feature daily jam sessions with professional rhythm sections and student performances.

For full details and/or to register, please click here or call 800-234-6479.

For assorted Pat Metheny guitar tab books, please click here.

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Legendary R&B Session Guitarist Cornell Dupree Dead at 69

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 10, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Cornell DupreeWe are saddened to hear of the passing of one of the all-time great R&B guitarists, Cornell Dupree, who passed away on Sunday, May 8, in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 69.

A veteran of more than 2,500 studio sessions (hence his nickname of "Mr. 2500"), Dupree laid down soulful blues licks for the likes of Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Donny Hathaway, and Sam Cooke, among countless others. Some of his more well-known career highlights include the opening riff to Franklin's "Respect," the soulful fills in Tony Joe White's "Rainy Night in Georgia," opening for the Beatles' 1965 show at Shea Stadium in New York (as a member of King Curtis), sharing the stage and trading licks with Jimi Hendrix during his brief stint in King Curtis, and recording the theme song for "The Bill Cosby Show."

In addition to his session work, Dupree also played extensively on the New York City club circuit in the mid-'70s with the funk-fusion outfit Stuff, featuring Steve Gadd on drums. After that band's demise in 1979, he would reunite with Gadd in 1985 in the Gadd Gang for a brief stint, before moving back to a solo career by decade's end. Over the course of his storied career, Dupree recorded 10 solo albums, starting with his 1974 release Teasin'. His 1988 album Coast to Coast was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Rhythm & Blues GuitarIn 2000, Dupree co-authored (with our very own Dave Rubin) the instructional guitar book Rhythm & Blues Guitar. "He intuitively knew how to blend lead licks, double-stops, bass lines, and chords into a brilliant and seamless flow of rhythm, melody and harmony," says Rubin, of Dupree's inimitable guitar style. You can check out Dupree's guitar video lesson, "Honky Tonk Licks," here.

According to Dupree's web site, the guitarist had been diagnosed with emphysema and was scheduled to undergo lung transplant surgery. Dupree is survived by his wife, Erma.

George Lynch to Release New Solo Album June 21

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 10, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Los Angeles, CA -- George Lynch, the charismatic lead guitarist for Dokken and leader of his own dual rock bands, Lynch Mob and Souls of We, has announced plans to release his eleventh solo album in nearly twenty years. Kill All Control is set for release on June 21st through Rocket Science, Inc.

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What began as a follow-up to the Souls of We debut, Let The Truth Be Known, George quickly realized the project was taking on a new direction with the addition of Powerman 5000 drummer, Adrian Ost. While writing with Souls of We singer, London LeGrand (Brides of Destruction), George noted, "The creative juices flowed and we wrote most of the CD in 10 days."

Kill All Control combines many of Lynch's varied styles and histories, including a reflection back to earlier days which spawned a follow up to the instrumental Dokken track, "Mr. Scary," called "Son Of Scary" featuring Fred Coury of Cinderella on drums. Additional guests on the album include a variety of known singers. Will Marten (Earshot), Marc Torien (Bullet Boys), and Keith St. John (Montrose) all joined in on the new album in which George hopes he was able "to create an eclectic listening experience for my fans."

In 2009, George re-formed Lynch Mob and released Smoke and Mirrors, which resulted in an extended tour and the reuniting of the original Lynch Mob lineup, to the delight of many fans. Lynch Mob are currently also working on a new album, due out later this year.

Lynch came to fame in the 1980s through his work as the lead guitarist in the band Dokken.  Dokken had a string of successful platinum albums including Under Lock and Key and Back For The Attack, both of which featured Lynch's inventive and intricate guitar work.

The track listing for Kill All Control is below. You can listen to "Wicked Witch" here.
Kill All Control   
Brank New Day                                    
Flys on the Wall                                   
Wicked Witch                                     
Man on Fire
Voices In My Head
Here Comes The Sun
My Enemy
Son of Scary

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Blues Legend Robert Johnson Turns 100

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

On May 8, 2011, legendary king of the Delta blues Robert Johnson would have celebrated his 100th birthday. Unfortunately—for him and for us—ol' Scratch decided to collect on his debt on August 16, 1938, when Johnson was just 27 years old (yes, the original member of the so-called "27 club," which comprises blues and rock geniuses like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and others taken away from us at age 27).

To read more about the man who sold his soul at the crossroads, and to check out official Robert Johnson guitar tab and video lessons, visit our Robert Johnson feature page


Steve Vai to Launch Guitar TV Web Site

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 3, 2011 at 6:32 PM

On Tuesday, May 10, guitarist Steve Vai will launch the web site, with a live event at Musicians Institute. He announced his latest venture on Facebook:

"Hi Folks. Some 10 years ago I purchased with a vision to one day launch an interactive 24-hour online video channel streaming performances of the world's greatest guitar players. Well, someday is here! On May 10th we're launching with a live event @ Musicians Institute. You could win an Ibanez JEM by RSVPing to the event & tuning in. Get early access: Peace."

Yes, you read that right. By RSVPing that you'll attend, and then actually tuning in next Tuesday, you could win an Ibanez JEM. Not a bad way to make a great first impression. We'll be tuning in. To RSVP to the event on Facebook, click here.

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Guitarist Richie Sambora Enters Rehab; Bon Jovi Rocks On

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Phil X Last week, when it was reported that Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was headed to rehab for alcohol counseling, just as the band was set to kick off the next leg of their U.S. tour, there was no word as to who would be filling Sambora's shoes. Well, on Saturday night (4/30) at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jon and crew rocked the crowd with what the Times-Picayune termed "more than capable" session guitarist Phil "X" Xenidis (Triumph, Daughtry, Alice Cooper) handling lead guitar duties.

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According the Times-Picayune report at, Xenidis took full advantage of his opportunity, soloing over the opening of "Blood on Blood" and dressing up the band's career-launching hit "Runaway" with extra licks and fills. In fact, it wasn't until the final encore tune, "Livin' on a Prayer," that there was any mention of Sambora, as Bon Jovi said, "We'll send this out to our brother Richie." Here's video of the band's performance of "Livin' on a Prayer," in which "X" plays it very close to the vest.

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