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Guitar Instructor Lick of the Week 03-22-2011

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 22, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Repeating licks can be, when used appropriately, a guitarist's best friend. The effect is one of momentum and building excitement—a fretboard crescendo of sorts—that can drive your fans to frenzy. The greatest demonstration of this effect—hands down—is heard in the epic outro solo to Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird," where guitarists Allen Collins and Ed King put on a clinic on the art of unison and counterpoint repeating licks.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd guitar tabThis week's lick contains two of the phrases heard in that outro solo. "Free Bird" was recorded in the key of G. The lick here is presented in E, with the notes pulled from the E minor pentatonic scale (E-G-A-B-D). Note that both licks work equally well over G (2nd bar); this is because E minor pentatonic contains the exact same notes as G major pentatonic (G-A-B-D-E). If you were to extrapolate our progression out in the same manner as "Free Bird," the next two bars would be played over an A major chord. Again, the licks continue to work, as those five notes are all found in the A Mixolydian mode.

For guitarists well-versed in minor pentatonic box licks, these two phrases should fall under the fingers quite quickly. The biggest thing to watch out for is that you avoid rushing the lick and getting ahead of the beat. In fact, that's a precaution you should take with any repeating licks.

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New Cars Album Due 5-10 - See New Videos Here

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 21, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Several months ago, the Interwebs were abuzz with rumors of a Cars reunion, after the band posted photos of a studio session at their Facebook page. Then, it was confirmed that the band indeed was working on its first new album with Ric Ocasek in 24 years. Now, they're giving you a small taste of what to expect from the new album, Move Like This, with these videos for "Blue Tip" and "Sad Song." The album will be released on May 10 via Hear Music/Concord Music Group. 

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A Perfect Circle Announce Summer Tour Dates

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 21, 2011 at 9:28 AM

A Perfect Circle guitar tabLOS ANGELES, Mar. 21 -- A Perfect Circle (Maynard James Keenan, Billy Howerdel, James Iha, Josh Freese, Matt McJunkins) will tour North America for the first time in six years, kicking off their 2011 tour dates with a headlining performance at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio on May 22.

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The band returned from their self-imposed hiatus in the fall of 2010 for a handful of intimate Western U.S. dates, which sold out within a minute of going on sale.

On-sale information coming soon. For all the latest news and updates, visit

A Perfect Circle tour dates:

22  Columbus, OH Rock on the Range
29  Portland, OR 
30  Kent, WA
2   Gibbons, AL
4   Winnipeg, MB
6   St. Paul, MN
8   Detroit, MI
9   Toronto, ON
12  Boston, MA
13  New York, NY
15  New York, NY
16  Philadelphia, PA
17  Washington, DC
19  Charlotte, NC
20  Atlanta, GA
22  San Antonio, TX
23  Grand Prairie, TX
25  Phoenix, AZ
28  Los Angeles, CA
29  Sacramento, CA
30  Berkeley, CA
2   Denver, CO
9   Pittsburgh, PA

Remembering Randy Rhoads and Paul Kossoff

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 19, 2011 at 10:16 AM

March 19 marks a sad day in rock guitar history, as we lost two iconic players: Randy Rhoads, in 1982, and Paul Kossoff, in 1976.

Rhoads was on a fast rise to stardom as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist when he died in a plane crash in Leesburg, Florida, on March 19, 1982. The pilot, Andrew Aycock, was attempting to "buzz" the bus when he clipped it and lost control. He along with Rhoads and a hairdresser, Rachel Youngblood, all died in the crash. Rhoads was just 25 years old.

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Kossoff, the influential yet underrated guitarist in British rock group Free (featuring Paul Rodgers on vocals), was also just 25 years old when he died of a heart attack while on a flight from Los Angeles to New York, on March 19, 1976. He had spent much of his short life battling drug addiction, which led to a heart condition.

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Definitive Editions of Landmark Ozzy Osbourne Albums Due May 31

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 18, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Ozzy Osbourne guitar tabOn May 31, music fans will have their first taste of re-issues from rock icon Ozzy Osbourne's catalog of work with the releases of two albums which form the cornerstone of Ozzy Osbourne's career as a solo artist: Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman (Epic Records/Legacy Recordings). Long revered by rock fans around the world, these two albums created a template for hard rock in the 1980's and beyond as they were marked by the ground-breaking and historic union of Ozzy and the late guitar hero Randy Rhoads. These definitive versions of 1980's Blizzard of Ozz (with previously unreleased bonus tracks) and 1981's Diary of a Madman are available individually on vinyl or CD, or together in a deluxe collector's box. All versions were restored and remastered from the original analog sources by George Marino.

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The 30th Anniversary Edition of Blizzard of Ozz CD includes the original album, restored and remastered, with bonus tracks, while the Legacy Edition of Diary of a Madman includes the original album, restored and remastered, with a bonus CD of previously unreleased live performances. A single disc version of the remastered Diary of a Madman will also be available.

A limited edition 30th Anniversary deluxe boxed set houses 180-gram vinyl and CD editions of Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, the "Ozzy Live" CD, an expansive 100-page coffee table book, a two-sided wall-size poster, a full-size replica of Ozzy's iconic gold cross that he has worn for 30 years, and "Thirty Years After The Blizzard" DVD.

This new "Thirty Years After The Blizzard" DVD chronicles Ozzy's years with Randy Rhoads features previously unseen footage of Ozzy and Randy filmed in 1981 and 1982, including newly discovered footage of the Blizzard of Ozz tour shot May 2, 1981, from the front of the stage at New York's fabled Palladium. It also incorporates rare archival photos and films, along with new and revelatory interviews with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Lemmy (Motörhead), Steve Vai, Nikki Sixx, Rob Halford, Zakk Wylde, Bill Ward and more. 

Blizzard Of Ozz (30th Anniversary Expanded Edition)
I Don't Know
Crazy Train
Goodbye To Romance
Suicide Solution
Mr. Crowley
No Bone Movies
Revelation (Mother Earth)
Steal Away (The Night)

You Looking At Me, Looking At You (Non-LP B-Side, Previously Unreleased in the U.S.)
Goodbye To Romance (2010 Guitar & Vocal Mix, Previously Unreleased)
RR (Previously Unreleased – Randy Rhoads guitar solo)

Diary of a Madman (Legacy Edition)

Over The Mountain
Flying High Again
You Can't Kill Rock And Roll
Little Dolls
Diary Of A Madman

DISC 2 - Ozzy Live (recorded on the Blizzard of Ozz tour)
I Don't Know
Crazy Train
Mr. Crowley
Flying High Again
Revelation (Mother Earth)
Steal Away (The Night)
Suicide Solution
Iron Man
Children Of The Grave


Get Your Sham-ROCK On This St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 17, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Originally a religious holiday celebrating the patron saint of Ireland who used a shamrock as a teaching device to explain the Christian concept of the Holy Trinity, St. Patrick's Day has grown to become a celebration of Irish culture in general. Besides, Guinness, of course, one of my favorite of Ireland's many great cultural contributions to the world is her beautiful traditional folk music. And over the past 50 years or so, the acoustic guitar has become one of the primary instruments in playing it, with stringed instruments like the tenor banjo, fiddle, and bouzouki also playing key roles.

If you'd like to explore some fabulous traditional Irish music, check out the Dubliners, the Chieftans, and the Clancy Brothers, as well as the more electric and rock sounds of the Pogues and the Corrs. For fingerstyle guitar versions of Irish and Celtic classics, check out the work of Doyle Dykes, Tony McManus, and Al Petteway, among others.

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Def Leppard Perform Acoustic Hits

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 16, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Sometimes, it truly is good to be king, and when it comes to music magazines, like it or not, Rolling Stone is still king. So, what does such power bring these days? Well, for one, it brings Joe Elliott and Phil Collen of Def Leppard to your Manhattan offices for a private acoustic performance of "Hysteria" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Afterward, longtime RS writer and rock journalism legend David Fricke talked to the guys about their love of glam rock, their upcoming live "Greatest Hits" album, and the positive vibes of the band's newest songs.

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