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    Blink 182: Growing Pains

    From Miami New Times 1998 by Adam St. James Bands’ Websites come in many configurations: from lifeless layers of static pages hyping outdated tour schedules and lame photos to tantalizing, up-to-date, Java-enhanced affairs with eye-popping graphics, video clips, and megabytes of press clippings. The occasional site even connects to its own chat room, where die-hard […]

    Learn Guitar

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    Logical Lead Guitar
    The most user-friendly DVD-based lead guitar course ever! Four hours of DVD footage, more than 500 musical examples, and extremely detailed instruction on the use of all five Pentatonic and all seven Diatonic scale patterns, plus all five CAGED arpeggio patterns -- and so much more!

    Shut Up 'n' Play Yer Guitar
    20 columns and 3.5 hours of DVD lessons on everything from guitar finger exercises to scales and arpeggios to chords and chord progressions -- a great overview for the beginner or intermediate player!

    12 Week Guitar Course
    Guitar lessons at Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels -- and all FREE!

    Guitar Leads
    Learn Solos from Black Magic Woman, Sweet Home Alabama, and dozens of other classics!

    Song Surgeon
    Learn to play any song 667% faster -- by slowing it down so you can hear what's being played!

    Video Surgeon
    Extract videos from the internet and slow them down -- works great on YouTube lesson videos!

    Project X
    The DVD guitar course that shows you how to solo all over the neck using only two patterns!

    Ultimate Blues Primer
    A total blues guitar course on DVD!

    Ultimate Fretboard
    The DVD guitar course that will explain the complete layout of the guitar fretboard!

    Essential Rock Guitar Techniques
    Learn to play in the style of Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, and more!

    Sweep Picking and Arpeggios
    Learn to shred with techniques popularized by the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and more!

    Monster Tapping Techniques
    The ultimate course on Van Halen style finger-tapping!

    Chicken Pickin' Chops
    Learn the incredible -- and incredibly fun -- Chicken Pickin' technique with this in-depth DVD-based guitar course!

    The ultimate source of blues related songbooks, DVDs, and instructional materials on the web!

    DVDs, songbooks and more -- everything from AC/DC to ZZ Top, from Elvis to Elvin Bishop, from Smashmouth to Soundgarden!

    Instructional resources to help you master every aspect of jazz -- on guitar or any instrument!

Feature Articles

featuredimage Scott Henderson: Cold Fusion, Hot Blues

by Adam St. James European audiences sometimes seem to be more in tune with musical happenings in our own backyard than ...

featuredimage Cherry Poppin’ Daddies: Zoot Up, Punk

by Adam St. James [Editor's note: Another of my Miami New Times articles, from another part of my life.] Rarely has ...

featuredimage Buddy Guy: Moanin’ the Blues

by Adam St. James [Editor's note: This is an interview/article I wrote while doing time as the music editor at Miami ...

featuredimage George Benson — Balancing Act

by Adam St. James [Editor's note: I spoke with 10x Grammy winner George Benson for this article while doing time at ...

featuredimage Tommy Emmanuel: Certified Guitar Player

by Adam St. James Finger pickers can't take over the world until everyone on the planet knows Tommy Emmanuel. Tommy's workin' ...

Joe Bonamassa Releases Live DVD

Official Pre-Release DVD Trailer Available Now on YouTube Guitar Industry Has a New Superstar Propelling Sales for Many Major Manufacturers LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — On March 27, 2012, internationally renowned guitar superstar Joe Bonamassa will release the highly anticipated JOE BONAMASSA: BEACON THEATRE – LIVE FROM NEW YORK on DVD and Blu-ray, […]

Scott Henderson: Cold Fusion, Hot Blues

by Adam St. James European audiences sometimes seem to be more in tune with musical happenings in our own backyard than we are. Take Scott Henderson for instance. He’s a great player who dabbles in fusion, blues, and rock with equal skill and attitude. He’s played with major jazz cats like Chick Corea, Jean-Luc Ponty, […]

Wood protection law creates splintering in guitar industry

Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES _ Veteran guitar repairman Bob Wirtz faced a wall of pricey custom-built electric guitars, and he had the ear of Gibson Guitar Corp.’s resident expert on the instruments. But what Wirtz wanted to talk about was international law. Like many who attended the National Association of Music Merchants […]

Pent Patterns: Do You Know All 5?

http://www.GuitarLifeMag.com Learn this easy guitar exercise and start flying up and down your fretboard!

Musical Associations: The Definitive List

AFTRA (American Federation of TV and Radio Artists) AFTRA represents actors and other professional performers in television, radio, sound recordings, and new technologies. AFTRA negotiates pay scales and contractual payments for over 80,000 performers. AFTRA also offers health insurance and retirement benefits for active members. 5757 Wilshire Blvd, 9th Fl. Los Angeles, CA 90036-3689 P: […]

Essential Jazz Guitar Lesson DVDs and Book/CD Packages

I’ve been getting a lot of email and blog comment questions about Jazz guitar lately. There are definitely some great books and DVDs available that I would recommend for building your jazz rhythm and lead chops. Check out some of these: 50 Licks Jazz Style will give you some great soloing ideas, and after you […]