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Aerosmith to Release New Album in Early November

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 17, 2012 at 4:14 PM reports that Aerosmith will release Music From Another Dimension in early November. The disc features all new material, including "Legendary Child," for which the band just debuted the video below on VEVO. The band is currently touring North America on the Global Warming Tour with Cheap Trick opening. For more info and tour dates, visit

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Cheap Trick guitar tab, video lessons, and jam tracks



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Deep Purple Keyboardist Jon Lord Passes Away at Age 71

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 16, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Jon LordLegendary Deep Purple keyboard player Jon Lord suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, July 16, at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

As a longtime member of Deep Purple, Lord co-wrote many of the band's timeless classics, including "Smoke on the Water," "Highway Star," "Space Truckin'," and "Lazy." His "Concerto for Group and Orchestra," was performed live with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Malcolm Arnold in 1969 at Royal Albert Hall.

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Lord also worked with many other artists over the years, including playing the piano on the Kinks' "You Really Got Me," and he enjoyed several acclaimed solo projects.


Hal Leonard Publishes Tracking Instruments and Vocals with Pro Tools

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Montclair, NJ (July 11, 2012) – Hal Leonard Books, the musician's best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, is now shipping Tracking Instruments and Vocals with Pro Tools ($16.99) by Glenn Lorbecki. This book is part of Hal Leonard's Quick Pro Guides series and is designed to be a companion guide to help readers get the most from their software.

Pro Tools is Avid's powerful DAW platform, and it's everywhere, from home studios and laptops to the biggest studios and tracking sessions in the world. Whether you're new to Pro Tools or a veteran user, you'll find the latest release of PT9 to be a powerful production system and a dramatic departure from previous versions. Tracking Vocals and Instruments with Pro Tools is an indispensable guide to getting the most out of your music and your PT rig. Multiplatinum engineer/producer Glenn Lorbecki shows you step by step how to record vocals and a wide array of musical instruments.

You will learn production and editing techniques that will improve the sound of your recordings and simplify mixing. Real-world examples show how expert engineers use PT to create stunning recordings.

This is the most potent version of Pro Tools yet, and given its high-tech enhancements in connectivity, functionality, and session portability, users need a practical guide to get up and running quickly and efficiently. The Quick Pro Series cuts to the chase and gives you the best of Pro Tools at your fingertips, with plenty of sessions, audio examples and video assistance to guide you along the way.

If you want to quickly start implementing professional techniques into your audio recordings and productions, the Hal Leonard Books Quick Pro Guides are designed for you. These straightforward, task-driven, and easy-to-understand books cover music industry topics in a way that gets to the point and helps maximize your creative and technical accomplishments. The Quick Pro Guides are efficient and accessible, and the included DVD-ROM provides audio and video demonstrations of key QuickPro topics. Browse our selection of Quick Pro Guides at

Glenn Lorbecki is an award-winning producer/engineer, musician, and composer. President of GlennSound studios, he has been in the recording business since music was recorded on rusty plastic film. Lorbecki teaches at the University of Washington and is director of studies at MediaLab/Seattle. He currently serves as secretary/treasurer of the Recording Academy Board of Trustees (a.k.a. NARAS, the Grammy People).

Tracking Instruments and Vocals with Pro Tools

Eight New B.B. King Video Song Lessons

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

We're excited to announce we've just posted seven brand-new B.B. King video song lessons, including "The Thrill Is Gone," "Rock Me Baby," "Sweet Sixteen," and "Just Like a Woman," which added to the previously posted "Paying the Cost to Be the Boss" brings our total to eight. All of the lessons are taught by Doug Boduch and feature onscreen guitar tab, to help you play through these stellar selections from the "King of the blues."

Gambler's Blues
Just Like a Woman
Paying the Cost to Be the Boss
Rock Me Baby
You Upset Me Baby
The Thrill Is Gone
Sweet Sixteen
Sweet Little Angel 

You can also purchase the B.B. King Guitar Play-Along book/DVD here.

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Zakk Wylde Names His New Son "Sabbath Page"

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Congratulations to Zakk Wylde and his wife Barbaranne on their new son, Sabbath Page Wielandt Wylde, born July 4, at 11:40 p.m. Barbaranne revealed the rock royalty–borne name on Twitter early this morning.

In a Guitar World online report, Wylde says his family duties mean there won't be a new Black Label Society album until 2014.

"I gotta be honest with you, I love working," Zakk said of having "no free time" in a recent interview. "My kids, the two oldest are in college, the little guy is nine and Barbaranne is 6-1/2 months pregnant right now. My friends are like, 'You must be excited you're having another baby.' 'Yeah, we just extended the tour another 20 years.'"

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Sneak Peek of New Steve Vai Track

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 5, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Steve Vai offered a preview of his upcoming album The Story of Light when he played one of the disc's songs, "Racing the World," during a visit to the Artist Relations room at Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA.

"I felt I needed a song that was uptempo, with a good, identifiable melody and good energy," Vai says of the song in the video intro. "There's nothing overly artistic, or, I don't think there's anything brilliant about it, but it's really fun to play, it's simple, and it has a nice melody."

The Story of Light is due out August 14 on Favored Nations. For all the latest news or to check out pre-sale options for the album, check out

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Van Halen Officially Cancels Previously Postponed Tour Dates

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 5, 2012 at 9:17 AM

After postponing all tour stops after June 25, Van Halen has officially canceled them. Pollstar shows zero concert dates for the band, while the Van Halen web site currently lists only two shows in the remainder of 2012, both in Japan in late November.

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This past May, after what had largely been considered a triumphant return for the once beleaguered outfit, the band announced they were postponing all dates after June 26. Immediately rumors of in-fighting began swirling, leading to singer David Lee Roth releasing a video insisting everything was fine, saying they simply "bit off way more than [they] could chew." Guitarist Eddie Van Halen offered a similar explanation in an interview with Rolling Stone, going on to say they went on tour earlier than they had wanted.

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