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New Lesson for the Eagles' "The Sad Cafe"

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 16, 2016 at 4:28 PM

The Eagles' "The Sad Cafe," from their 1979 album The Long Run, wasn't a charting hit, but it's been a fan favorite nonetheless, and also features a tasty saxophone solo from the great David Sanborn.

In this new G-Plus Song lesson, instructor Doug Boduch shows you all the creative chord voicings used in the tune as well as the very cool triads-based guitar solo. Doug teaches the song on acoustic guitar, as that's the way most people play it, but it really is a clean-toned electric, which, if you decide to plug in, will be helpful in the solo—especially on the challenging 6ths-interval bend at the start.

"The Sad Cafe" Eagles song lesson
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Live Announce Reunion Tour and Possible New Album

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 14, 2016 at 10:02 AM

Throwing CopperThe original lineup of Live, one of the best and most successful rock acts of the 1990s, are reuniting for a 2017 tour after a nearly eight-year hiatus. The band is also writing and recording new music for a possible 2017 album release.

Known for powerful musical dynamics and vocal fervor, Live has sold over 22 million albums worldwide, led by their benchmark 1994 #1 release Throwing Copper, which featured the hits "Lightning Crashes," "All Over You," "I Alone," and "Selling the Drama."

Scroll down to read a recent Q&A with the band on their reunion.

Live guitar tab and play-along tracks




Can you talk about what led to the reformation of the band and the common thread that now unites you for this next chapter of Live?
Ed Kowalczyk: "After a pretty long break, it was exciting to find that we all felt, in a sense, like we were starting over again...albeit with this amazing foundation and fanbase all over the world that we have established. You could say we took the long road home, but it feels good to be back."
Chad Taylor: "Ed, Chad, Patrick and I are no different than your average family. We might divide ourselves or argue fiercely but thankfully time, and the grand gesture of forgiveness, helps to heal old wounds. We've worked hard to restore the tenets of faith and trust that bonded us in the beginning. It's doesn't hurt that our fans offered so much encouragement!"
Patrick Dahlheimer:  "Live needs no better reason to reform than to spread some light in this time of confusion and unease."
Chad Gracey: "One word, friendship. We lost our way with that a bit but are now back to being friends and respect each other again. That's what counts."
Can you describe the inner chemistry of the band and why it works to create a unique sound?
Ed Kowalczyk: "I think there is just this inherent understanding between us at a subconscious level when we play. It's like we anticipate each other's next move before it's made and we all land together somehow. It's that "something" that really good bands have that makes what they do unique. It's also something that is easy to take for granted, especially as the years spent performing together go by. But the fans make sure to remind you how special it is...and we listened!"

Chad Taylor: "I'm much more appreciative of how profoundly lucky we were to grow up together. I think we lived within a two or three mile radius of each other for the first twenty-years of our lives. Our common experiences and love of music were drawn from the same sources. As teenage musicians, I don't think we had the perspective to recognize how unique and fortunate we were to come from a blue collar town like York, PA. Coming back together and making music as we once did was effortless. More important, we've done the heavy lifting to restore and renew our friendship, and it all begins in that space."
Patrick Dahlheimer:  "Chemistry is everything with this band. We can speak musically to each other without words when in the creative zone. I have never experienced a musical bond so powerful, unique and unforgettable. It is wonderful to be able to experience it again."

Chad Gracey: "CT's quirky but amazing guitar parts. Ed's out of this world lyrics and melody and PD and I holding down the rhythm is what makes LIVEs sound unique."

The band is announcing headlining shows for next year as well as prominent festival appearances. At what point do you think the band will release new music?
Ed Kowalczyk: "We are writing and recording at the moment. We have mutually decided not to rush the next project. We didn't want the pressure of completing an entire album hanging over us before we got out and played some shows. I think the idea at the moment is to just go with flow, get onstage together and see where all of this new energy takes us creatively. We might release something new in the form of a shorter release in 2017, in anticipation of larger project in 2018...stay tuned."
Chad Taylor: "I had no expectations when it came to making new music. For the first time in our career there was no record company pushing us for new "product". If anything, writing songs is more like the early garage days, no pressure and I think it shows in some of the work we've already done. We're not focused on an album but rather seeing where we can take our creativity one track at a time."
Patrick Dahlheimer: "New music is all around us and we have already captured some of it. Who knows when or if or how new music will come out. I'm living this L????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????ve one day at a time."
Chad Gracey: "We will release new music sometime in '17."

If you overheard one fan talking to another after a Live gig, what would you like them to say about what they just saw?
Ed Kowalczyk: "My goal onstage is to always have people leave feeling that they received something very special, an inspired feeling that they can take with them and into their lives. That's what the artists I love have always done for me and that's what I have always admired and tried to emulate in my own performances. I still believe that music stands alone in its power to communicate "spirit", whatever that might mean to any given fan. It's a mystery and it's something I still find so exciting and challenging at the same time."

Chad Taylor: "Live is back, and better than ever!"
Patrick Dahlheimer: "I hope that the words used to describe a L????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????ve show would be emotion, power and joy. A sense of bliss when hearing the songs that they love."
Chad Gracey: " Intense."

New Lesson on How to Play "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 12, 2016 at 4:16 PM

The third single from Pearl Jam's massively successful 1991 album Ten, "Jeremy" became not only a big hit but also one of the most popular videos of all time on MTV. The song tells the story of teenager Jeremy Wade Delle, who shot himself in front of his high school English class in Richardson, Texas, in January 1991.

Although the song is driven by the signature 12-string bass riff, there is plenty of cool guitar playing happening throughout, from mimicking that bass riff to driving power chords to highly effective parallel moves from A minor to A major in the chorus. Instructor Doug Boduch covers it all in his 25-minute video lesson, after which you can jam along on the tune using the backing track and scrolling tab.

"Jeremy" - Pearl Jam guitar video song lesson 
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Learn a Blazing Rock Lick in A Mixolydian

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 9, 2016 at 4:57 PM

In this week's free lesson, instructor Troy Stetina teaches you a blazing rock lick in A Mixolydian, culled from his Modal Rock Licks lesson.


Learn How to Solo Over a Static Chord Vamp

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 7, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Many guitarists spend quite a bit of time and effort learning how to "solo over the changes." But an equally important skill is learning how to craft interesting solos when you're playing over a static chord or harmony. In his newest lesson, instructor Carl Culpepper shows you how to master the art of creating colorful lines and phrases by mixing the Dorian mode, multiple pentatonic scales, and more. Plus, you get a free download of the same backing track that Carl uses in his lesson.

Soloing Over a Static Gm7 Vamp
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How to Play "Cherry Pie" by Warrant

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 7, 2016 at 11:12 AM

One of the great things about the '80s hair metal bands was that they knew how to have a good time, and their music reflected it. Few songs embody that vibe better than Warrant's smash hit "Cherry Pie," with its signature main riff, stop-time verses, and playful lyrics.

In our latest G-Plus Song lesson, instructor Doug Boduch—who played in a hair metal band himself around this time—takes you through each riff and solo in step-by-step fashion.

"Cherry Pie" Warrant G-Plus Song Lesson
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Learn a Minor Pentatonic Shred Lick with Tom Auerbach

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 2, 2016 at 5:40 PM

The minor pentatonic scale isn't just for blues or classic rock anymore. High-octane guitarists like Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa, and Eric Johnson have created some of the most blazing lines in rock guitar using this all-purpose five-note scale. In this mini-lesson, Tom Auerbach shows you a blazing minor pentatonic lick in G using a three-notes-per-string pattern. For more on this approach, check out Tom's Pentatonic Shredding lesson.


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