Free Guitar VST (plugin) Collections - Free Your Amp and the Rest Will Follow

The best part about having unique interests or being a part of a passionate group of people is that you occasionally get the spoils of the subsequent growing base of product or service developers of that particular interest. Guitar amplification VSTs and cabinet simulators are nothing new, but there is a growing community of independent designers of software instruments that are offering their products for free. There are too many to cover here in one article, so I’ve collected and tested 17 of the best sounding, best looking, and most widely known free amp simulators and tested them through a static speaker simulation consisting of the KeFIR cabinet simulator with Catharsis cabinet impulses.

Lick of the week no. 27 - Robben Ford Style Blues in C

Hi everyone.

It's been a while I haven't done a lick of the week. Here we have a nice blues Robben Ford Style lick in the key of C which you can use in any 12 bar blues.

Have fun.

How to be a successful guitar instructor on the L4g Marketplace - The definitive guide

So, if you want to be an instructor on Live4guitar Marketplace – BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE – please carefully read the comprehensive guide below so that you understand exactly what you should and should not be doing. To put it bluntly, we keep receiving applications, lessons and videos from people that want to be instructors which do not meet our requirements. We have tried to be as clear as possible in our instructions but it seems that many are not reading the instructions properly. The requirements are specific and must be followed because we don’t want you to waste your time putting together a lesson that we can’t use. We don’t really want our time wasted either.

Riffstation - Creative Escape from Practice Drudgery

Riffstation, is a software guitar practice tool designed to eliminate much of the guess work of learning your favorite songs, riffs, and solos. Riffstation allows you to import the song you’re trying to learn, isolate the desired section, loop the section, adjust the tempo, and it even automatically gives you an accurate metronome click along with the section to improve timing. When learning a complicated solo, Riffstation can isolate the guitar in the mix and almost completely lift it out of the mix to concentrate completely on the guitar.

Lick of the week no. 26 - Dorian Outside Funk

Go outside the pentatonic box and create your own landscape. Just dont be gone too long! This lick starts with a taste of B Dorian mode, then employs some chromaticisms to liven up some minor pentatonics in the upper register. It concludes with an outside sounding arpeggio sequence that lands on the root note.

Recabinet - Renting a Van is so 20th Century

Escorting us confidently into that reality, weighing in at a fit 13 megabytes, sporting 18 virtual guitar cabinets, 2 bass cabinets, 8 virtual microphones, 2 internal British inspired console channels, and the ability to mix and match all of the above with 100% phase coherency is Recabinet from Kazrog LLC. Recabinet is a guitar speaker cabinet simulation plugin focused on accurately replicating the versatility and dynamics of classic and modern cabinets with a user-friendly and sleek looking user interface.

Les Paul - The Man who Changed it All
Les Paul was a genius of the mad scientist variety; and while he was not the first man to tinker around with guitar and amp to make the heavenly fusion of steel and electricity that we so lavish today, his success in the field of innovation crowned him as the father of the Gibson Les Paul, effectively making him the granddaddy of rock and roll.
V-Picks - A Prescription for Your Picking
V-Picks are constructed with unique blends of acrylics that are heat tempered with a 1500 degree flame. Adding to the dynamic design aesthetics, most styles have edge beveling for ergonomic motion and note articulation. Vinni Smith and his team at V-Picks were kind enough to send me a tester kit of some of their handmade acrylic picks with the promise that I would “never drop my pick again”. I was about to learn more about my right hand in one hour than I had in 5 years of alternate picking practice.
Live4guitar Live Event - Tribute to Jon Lord

A night dedicated to the awesome Jon Lord who influenced countless musicians and fans of all ages. Jonathan Douglas "Jon" Lord (9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012) was an English composer, pianist, and hammond organ player.

A fusion of musicians will be playing a mix of the greatest songs that Jon Lord performed throughout his brilliant career.

The event will take place at The Fiddlers Elbow in Camden on 30th August.

Interview with Kee Marcello

Kee Marcello, Swedish guitar hero, best known as the former guitarist in the rock band Europe

With his technique and melodic sense he inspired many players since the release of "Superstitious" back in the late '80s. Now Kee has a new band and a new solo album coming out. He told us about his current and future plans, including his autobiography, and why he is not playing with Europe anymore. 

Lick of the week no. 36 - Country lick A7 by Hamo Salihbegovic
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