The Perfect Travel Guitar?

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Carbon Fiber is being seen more and more in construction of instruments. And it’s no wonder, really, as the material has excellent acoustic properties and can withstand the elements…including being submerged in water!

Alpaca is one company that manufactures carbon fiber travel guitars, and in this video, it is pretty amazing to see just how impervious it is to the elements.

Would you make the switch to carbon fiber, or do you prefer a more traditional design?

New Top 40 Song Requirements Create Controversy

RIAA-April-FoolsEarlier this morning, the RIAA, along with ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC unanimously came to an agreement that beginning next month, all Top 40 songs must meet a new requirement of having at least 5 different chords in the song.

This new ruling would effectively eliminate all current pop songs from obtaining airplay.

A spokesperson for RIAA was quoted as saying, “after seeing the country music mashup on YouTube, it became clear that songs need just one more chord to be appropriate for radio.”

The new requirement will open doors for new artists, songwriters, and producers, as current industry professionals will have difficulty adjusting to the new format.

During this morning’s press conference, a reporter asked, “but where will this end? Will you go as far to allow 6 chords?” No comment was offered.

Playing Tips, EVH with a GoPro, & the new iRig

Steve_LukatherSteve Lukather Playing Tips: If you’re a fan of Toto, then you already know his name. Even if you don’t, you can still learn some great guitar tips right now. Music Radar was able to interview Lukather and gain some insight into guitar playing by following these tips:

– Push Hard For The Best Performance
– Make Each Note Mean Something
– Learn to Laugh Off Criticism
– Do Your Own Thing
– Practice What You Don’t Know
– Train Your Ears Carefully
– Hit the Back Wall
– Try to Make It All Connect

Read the article by Jamie Dickson for more details and context!

Create a Playlist: Reddit user J_for_Jules also has a playing tip for you.  As you learn new songs, add them to a playlist  in iTunes, Spotify, etc.  Practice with this regularly to work on playing through the whole song and playing in time. It’s also a good way to keep track of your achievements.

ZZ Top Style Solos: We have a discounted four lesson package by Jody Worrell that will teach you the soloing style of Billy Gibbons. Learn how to make the right tone and note choices to create this blues rock sound.

The GoPro View of EVH: In an effort to showcase his new 5150IIIS guitar amp, Eddie Van Halen strapped some GoPro cameras all over himself and his guitar.  The end result is a close up view of his playing technique and gear.

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iRig 2: Some of the most innovative products to come into the market recently have been those which allow guitarists to easily plug in and play—No heavy guitar amp required. IK Multimedia’s original iRig had been a huge success, and they’ve just introduced the iRig 2.

This time around they’ve added an adjustable input gain, more compatibility with Android devices, and a 1/4″ amplifier output so that you can use your smartphone or tablet as an effects processor in front of your amp.

In my opinion, software such as this won’t replace amplifiers altogether, but from both a practicing and instructional viewpoint, it really makes mobile playing very user-friendly.

Win Gear from Collings, Yamaha, & More!

Collings-ContestCollings Custom D2H Acoustic Guitar: If you have ever dreamed of owning a high-end acoustic guitar, then this contest is for you. Reverb.com is giving you the opportunity to win a Collings Custom D2H acoustic guitar worth over $4,000! Enter by May 5th, 2015.

https://reverb.com/contests/collings-d2h-giveaway

Yamaha Custom PAC510V Guitar: Guitar World is giving away a one-of-a-kind Yamaha Custom PAC510V electric guitar. Contest Ends April 30, 2015.

http://www.guitarworld.com/win-one-kind-custom-built-yamaha-pacifica-electric-guitar

Flashback X4 Delay: T.C. Electronic is offering you the chance to win a Flashback X4 Delay signed by Guthrie Govan and Bryan Beller.
http://www.tcelectronic.com/the-aristocrats-toneprints/

Acoustic Gigging Tips, Lessons, and more!

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Gigging Tips for Acoustic Players: How soon before a performance should you change strings? What type of amplifier should be used? What is a DI Box? If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions or are new to performing, head over to Premier Guitar, where Pete Huttlinger has written an article for the gigging acoustic guitar player.

How to Choose the Right Pick: There are a lot options out there when it comes to guitar picks (shape, thickness, material). Peter Vogl has a quick tip for you that will help you figure out which pick suits you best.

Whiskey Before Breakfast: Jesse from Bride & Groom put together a basic chord progression and lead tab for this bluegrass standard. In addition to the video you can also get a Guitar Pro File or PDF of the tab.

G4 Experience: It’s almost time for summer camp, and at this year’s G4 Experience, you can learn from guitar masters Satriani, Abasi, Govan, and Keneally. What better way is there to spend your summer than by taking masterclasses by some of the world’s greatest guitarists? Get full even info at http://g4experience.com . If you don’t have the scratch to learn with Satch, you can still enjoy this excellent interview with the guys.

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1943 Fender Guitar: It’s funny when you think about it, but one of the most important guitar manufacturers began its history with an instrument called the “log.” This “guitar” was developed by Leo Fender and its basic design, though crude, would eventually lead the way to what would become one of the most popular electric guitars in history—the Fender Stratocaster. Read what Deke Dickerson has to say about this in Guitar Player.