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Nirvana Masterpiece Nevermind Turns 20

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 23, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Nirvana NevermindOn September 24, 1991, Seattle grunge band Nirvana released their second album, Nevermind, and rock music was changed forever. Twenty years later, though grunge is now a distant speck in the rear-view mirror, Nevermind has deservedly stood the test of time, as one of all-time great collections of hurricane-force alt-rock angst.

So, now that you've had 20 years to listen to it, tell us which is your favorite track. And if you want to learn how to play some of those songs, or other Nirvana gems, browse our unmatched selection of note-for-note Nirvana guitar tab and video song lessons with onscreen tab!

Nirvana guitar tab, video song lessons, and jam tracks
Nirvana feature page 

 

R.E.M. Announce They Are Disbanding

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 21, 2011 at 1:23 PM

It's the end of the world as they know it. In a statement at their web site, alternative rock pioneers R.E.M. announced today that after 31 years together, they've decided to disband:

"To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." --R.E.M.

R.E.M. Singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills also each offered an explanation at the site, with Stipe succinctly summing it up saying, "A wise man once said--'the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave.'"

R.E.M. guitar tab 

The Athens, Georgia, quartet formed in 1980 and released their first single, "Radio Free Europe," in 1981. After building a loyal underground following largely on the college circuit, the band finally hit the mainstream in 1987 with their hit "The One I Love." Within a few years, with the glam and plasticity of the '80s beginning to fade in the rear-view mirror, R.E.M.'s alt-rock style gained wider acceptance, with Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992) becoming the band's most commercially successful releases. The late '90s and early '00s were quieter times for the band. Drummer Bill Berry left in 1997, with the remaining members deciding to go on as a trio. In 2007, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 


 

Gary Moore Live at Montreux 2010 Now on DVD and CD

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 21, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Gary Moore Live at Montreux 2010On September 20, Eagle Rock Entertainment released Live at Montreux 2010, which captures legendary Irish guitarist Gary Moore's final  performance at the world's most famous jazz festival. Moore died just seven months later while on holiday in Spain. He was just 58.

Gary Moore guitar tab

Live at Montreux 2010 shows a major return to rock for the guitarist who spent so many of the past 20 years exploring the blues. Of particular interest to Gary Moore fans will be the three never-before-released songs included on both the CD and DVD: "Days of Heroes," "Where Are You Now," and "Oh Wild One." Moore previewed the tunes for the Montreux audience and fully intended to included them on the rock album he was writing and recording at the time.

Also included in the set are longtime favorites like "Out in the Fields," "Over the Hills and Far Away," and "Parisienne Walkways," among other rockers and blues anthems alike.

Purchase the DVD here.

DVD Track List
Military Man
Days of Heroes
Where Are You Now?
So Far Away/Empty Rooms
Oh Wild One
Blood of Emeralds
Out in the Fields
Still Got the Blues
Walking By Myself
Johnny Boy
Parisienne Walkways

BONUS TRACKS 1997
One Good Reason
Oh Pretty Woman
Still Got the Blues
Walking By Myself

CD Track List
Over the Hills and Far Away
Military Man
Days of Heroes
Where Are You Now?
So Far Away/Empty Rooms
Oh Wild One
Blood of Emeralds
Out in the Fields
Walking By Myself
Johnny Boy
Parisienne Walkways

 

 

Learn How to Play Like Brad Paisley

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 21, 2011 at 10:54 AM

While rock guitarists tend to get all the glory, country music has more than its fair share of extraordinary pickers who are just as—if not more—scary than their long-haired counterparts. One of those guitarists is Brad Paisley, a man that Guitar One described as "Eddie Van Halen on cornbread."

In our brand-new video guitar lesson, "Brad Paisley Style," our very own picker extraordinaire Doug Boduch teaches you the clucks and plucks that color Paisley's signature rhythm and lead guitar approaches.

Brad Paisley Style guitar video lesson

And when you're ready to tackle a Paisley tune or two, check out our fine selection of note-for-note Brad Paisley guitar tab.

Meanwhile, watch the master in action:

 

Win a One Hour Lesson With Steve Morse Via Skype

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 16, 2011 at 10:17 AM

PRESS RELEASE -- Steve Morse is a true guitar legend. Period! He has been influencing guitarists all over the world since the 70s, and today, he stands out as one of the all-time-guitar-greats, who has managed to stay at the forefront of rock. In the 70s he co-founded the Dixie Dregs, and in the late 80s he joined Kansas when they reunited. Since 1993, he has been a full-time member of the legendary rock band, Deep Purple, and on the side, he has been the bandleader of a number of solo projects as well. So, Steve is definitely 'still going strong' – even after some four decades of touring, recording, performing and rocking!

Accordingly, it gives us great pleasure to offer one of our Facebook fans an opportunity to meet up with Steve for a personal lesson on guitars, technique, effects – or whatever the winner chooses to spend his hour on! This is a mother of a giveway and any guitarist worth his salt would give his right foot (you need the arm to play, right?) for a chat with Steve.

To enter the giveaway you just need to "Like" TC Electronic on Facebook and leave a comment why YOU should win – and feel free to add a sound sample, a video, or some pics of you shredding away if you got 'em. We will draw a winner September 30th.

Steve Morse guitar tab and video lessons

Steve Morse TC Electronic lesson

Happy 86th Birthday B.B. King

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 16, 2011 at 9:09 AM

On September 16, 1925, in a small cabin on a cotton plantation outside Indianola, Mississippi, Riley King was born. In 1946, while working at a R&B radio station in Memphis, Tennessee, the young King became known as the "Beale Street Blues Boy," which he later shortened to "B.B.," and  by the 1950s, he had established himself as one of the top blues artists on the planet. Thus began the reign of the King of the Blues, Mr. B.B. King, who turns 86 today.

B.B. King guitar tab, video lessons, and play-along jam tracks 

Over the course of his 62-year career, King has reportedly played in excess of 15,000 gigs (and I'll wager that number actually stands much, much higher). And in that time, King has established himself as the greatest blues guitarist of all time, a title not likely to be given to another any time soon. His live recordings Live at the Regal and Live at Cook County Jail are absolute must-own albums for any blues artist or fan. His sweet, fat tone courtesy of his treasured Gibson ES-355 "Lucille" is immediately identifiable, and that beautiful "butterfly" vibrato simply can't be beat.

If you haven't seen B.B. play live yet, ask yourself two questions: 1) Why? and 2) When is he coming to a town or state near me? Though B.B.'s touring schedule has certainly slowed over the past 10 years, he still hits the road more than most 86-year-old people do. Indeed, King kicks off a 22-date fall tour on Saturday, September 24, in Saratoga, California. For a complete list of tour dates, visit BBKing.com

Les Paul Memorial Monument Dedication in Hometown of Waukesha

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 15, 2011 at 4:16 PM

On Saturday, September 10, 2011, at the Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a special monument was dedicated in memory of Les Paul at his grave site. Paul was born in Waukesha, on June 9, 1915. He died of complications from pneumonia on August 12, 2009, at the age of 94.

Attending the dedication were Les's son, Russ Paul; executive director of the Les Paul Foundation and former business manager Michael Braunstein; Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juskiewicz; Iridium Jazz Club owner Ron Sturm; and longtime Les Paul guitarist Lou Pallo, among other special guests and dignitaries.

"The Memorial shares Les's legacy with all who visit the site," said Braunstein. "We are very pleased with how everything looks. Les chose to be in Waukesha. We know the people of his hometown will cherish this site as Les Paul cherished his hometown."

Sue Baker, program director at the Les Paul Foundation, offered several stories about Les, this one, about his mother, Evelyn, being our favorite:

"In one of our conversations, Les told me how his childhood home was two stories and that his bedroom was on the second floor," said Baker.

"Every night when I went to bed I'd play the xylophone," said Les.

'You played the what?"

"The xylophone. There were wooden planks that stood vertically along the side of the stairs. As the stairs ascended the planks got longer. When I went up the stairs I would tap out songs."

"Really?"

"But there was a problem. One of the boards was out of tune."

"So what did you do?"

"I cut it off."

"You did what?"

"I cut it off so it would be in tune."

"And what did your mother say?"

"Oh, mother thought everything I did was clever."

Classic Les! Baker wrapped up her comments with this thoughtful nugget:

"Les savored life and loved Waukesha. Now his monument reminds us who a small child can become when nurtured and encouraged. The monument is in Waukesha for Les's fans, for all of you to be inspired, to see what you can be. That is what Les would want."

Learn more about Les at the Les Paul Foundation web site

Les Paul monument

All guests in attendance also received this commemorative photo of Les Paul and Mary Ford, accompanied by bassist Warren Downey, at their first-ever performance together, at the Club 400 in Waukesha, in 1949.

Les Paul and Mary Ford 1949
 

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