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Pete Townshend: Guitar Smash Hero

February 28, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Pete Townshend Guitar Smashing

Before there was punk, there was Pete Townshend. No one in the music world prior to Pete Townshend was so able to channel young rage into aggressive and fierce guitar playing. Certainly people like Clapton and Hendrix demonstrated that the electric guitar was a liberating instrument, but it was Townshend who first turned it into a symbol of anger, rebellion, and even danger. If it was Elvis’ hips and sneers that had mothers locking up their daughters in fear of rock and roll, it was Townshend’s crashing guitars (and his smashing of guitars) that mothers want to lock up their sons.

The Who were the loudest, the brashest, and the roughest of the hard rock bands to emerge in the late ‘60s. They were in the original sense of the term, punks (and let’s not pick nits over the “mods vs. rockers” stuff). Zepplin was more musically experimental, although no less excessive in their personal and public pursuits; The Rolling Stones were nastier and more lewd; but The Who were the maddest, and they weren’t afraid to show it. They broke each others’ noses, they broke up hotel rooms, and they broke their equipment. They mouthed off, they drove expensive cars into swimming pools, and generally taunted anyone that didn’t understand them or got in their way. But under Townshend’s leadership, The Who played some fo the most memorable guitar tunes in the history of rock. Townshends was—and is—and incredible songwriter who created the defining rock anthems for the “post-flower power” generation. The structure he created for Tommy became the formula for all “rock operas” to follow, from The Wall to Operation: Mindcrime. Read more

Maxon Reissue Series Effects Pedals

February 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Maxon Analog Delay Effects Pedal ReissueThe Maxon’s converted product line from the Seventies is being reissued, beginning with four models. Originally released in 1979, the Maxon OD808 Overdrive employs the IC chip of the original unit to create a vacuum tube-style overdrive, its smooth, creamy crunch tone caught on quickly, and helped to launch a long line of predecessors as well as imitators. While the D&S Distortion and Sustainer produces transistor distortion with tones that range from subtle overdrive to extreme fuzz. The AD80 Analog Delay creates 10-300ms of warm analog delay time, and the PT999 Phase Tone produces intense phasing with low-noise design and a wide dynamic range. List prices are as follows: OD808, $185.00; D&S Distortion and Sustainer, $180.00; AD80, $335.00; PT999, 190.00.

AC/DC Signs Deal With the Devil (Wal-Mart) – Full Album Video

February 27, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

AC/DC Devil RockstarAC/DC, one of the heaviest hitters in the hard rock music world, has been in the studio working on their first new album in eight years titled, Black Ice; an album that will give any hairy woman a boner, including you – don’t believe me? Watch the video at the end of this story. Be sure to comment and tell us what you think of AC/DC’s album, Black Ice, or else you will be sent down the Highway To Hell and Thunderstruck! For Those About To Rock, read on…
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Jane Says by Jane’s Addiction Guitar Tab with Video

February 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Jane Says is an alternative rock song by Jane’s Addiction which was released on their 1987 live debut self-titled album. Jane Says by Jane’s Addiction is a relatively easy song to learn on guitar, as it’s only three chords. The easiest way to learn this song is to learn and understand the chord progression, A-major and G-major — Another part of the song is played in G-major and the A11 chords. Give it a whirl and let us know what you think. Do you know more easy guitar songs for beginners? Post them in the comment section below. Good luck! Read more

The Fender Stratocaster Story

February 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 


fender-stratocaster-guitar-storyIrrespective of time, place or anything, whenever people talk about guitars, be it anywhere in the world, the name Fender Stratocaster inevitably creeps in.

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Let’s Learn How To Play Smoke On the Water by Deep Purple!

February 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple has to be the easiest guitar song in the world to learn. This timeless classic rock song is as much fun to play as it is easy to play for guitar beginners. What else is cool about this song is there’s a lot of different ways to play it. The riff was written and played by Richie Blackmore from Deep Purple.

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Nazareth ‘Hair of the Dog’ Guitar Tab

February 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Hair of the Dog by Nazareth is an ideal song for those of you who are either classic rock lovers, or just starting to play guitar, because not only is this song a timeless classic, it’s an easy guitar song for beginners. The opening guitar riff (which is structured through-out most of the song) is one of my favorites. learn this song on guitar so everyone knows they are “messin’ with a son of a bitch”.

Hair of the Dog by Nazareth Guitar Tab

Tuning:standard

| /  slide up
|   slide down
| h  hammer-on
| p  pull-off
| ~  vibrato
| +  harmonic
| x  Mute note
| b  Bend note

Intro, (riff 1)
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------2------5b---2-----2----------------------------|
A|-------------------2-------------------5-------------------------------|
E|---0---0---3---4-------------------------------------------------------|x6

Intro,(riff 2)
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
b|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
g|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
d|------------------------7---------10b--7--------7----------------------|
a|--------------------7------------------------10------------------------|
e|--5----5----8--9-------------------------------------------------------|x2

Red hot mama!
Velvet charmer!
Times come to pay your dues!

E5             E5 G6 A5
Now you're messin' with a......a son of a bitch!
E5             A5 A5 E5               D5
Now you're messin' with a son of a bitch!
E5             E5 G6 A5
Now you're messin' with a......a son of a bitch!
E5             A5 A5 E5               D5
Now you're messin' with a son of a bitch!

(riff 1)

Talkin' jive and poison ivy,
You ain't gonna cling to me,
Man taker, born faker,
I ain't so blind I can't see.

(riff 2)

Red hot mama!
Velvet Charmer!
Times come to pay your dues!

(riff 1)

E5             E5 G6 A5
Now you're messin' with a......a son of a bitch!
E5             A5 A5 E5               D5
Now you're messin' with a son of a bitch!
E5             E5 G6 A5
Now you're messin' with a......a son of a bitch!
E5             A5 A5 E5               D5
Now you're messin' with a son of a bitch!

(riff 1)

E5, E5, E5, G6, A5, E5, 
E5, G6, A5, E5, D5, A5, G6. x2

(riff 1)

E5             E5 G6 A5
Now you're messin' with a......a son of a bitch!
E5             A5 A5 E5               D5
Now you're messin' with a son of a bitch!
E5             E5 G6 A5
Now you're messin' with a......a son of a bitch!
E5             A5 A5 E5               D5
Now you're messin' with a son of a bitch!

(fade into end)

Feel free to leave your comments below. If you record yourself on YouTube playing this song on guitar or bass, please share it with us!?

VHT Sig:X Amplifier Head Review

February 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

VHT Sig:X Amplifier Head ReviewNEARLY 20 YEARS AGO, VHT paved the road for the modern “super amp” category by combining a high-power output stage with three fully independent channels and an advanced switching system—along with a host of other groundbreaking features. The Sig:X extends that legacy with a truckload of fine-tuning features and enhanced versatility Read more

DIY Homebrew Mesa Boogie Dual Recto

February 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Mesa Boogie Dual Recto

This kid built his own DIY homemade – Mesa Boogie Dual rectifier (2 channel). He says it’s created from old Tesla music 70 amplifier parts. You can see more photos here.

Mesa Boogie Dual rectifier Home Brew

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eMedia Guitar Collection Pack Software Review

February 23, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

emedia-guitar-lessons-dvdThere are as many ways to learn to play the guitar as there are students who want to play. Some people enjoy and do very well on the more formal, traditional path of private lessons, books, and study. While formal lessons are a proven, time-tested method for musical improvement, they are not for everyone, as they require a fairly large commitment of time and money to be truly effective. Many guitarists of the modern generation have turned to their computers in their efforts to conquer the guitar with mostly mixed results. Video guitar lessons, which really began with Arlen Roth’s Hot Licks tapes in the 1970’s and 80’s, have truly come into their own with DVDs and the Internet but, these, too, are not for everyone and seem to work better for more advanced students than for those looking to learn the basics. Lesson software is another popular choice and can represent a great alternative for those who wish to use it. The eMedia company is one maker of instructional software and sells a number of programs that can be of use to many different guitarists. One of eMedia’s most popular offerings is the Guitar Collection Pack, which is a bundle of four programs, Guitar Method, Intermediate Guitar Method, Blues Guitar Legends, and Guitar Songs Volume I, that provide the advancing guitarist with enough learning options to keep busy all winter. Read more

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