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5 Tips for Playing Like Duane Allman

Duane Allman was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 20, 1946 — 68 years ago. And although he was lost in a tragic motorcycle accident on October 29, 1971, his legacy lives on in the Allman Brothers’ classic first three albums, Derek and the Dominos Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, and the many recordings he made as a session player…
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Happy Birthday Duane Allman: The Sideman Recordings of a Gibson Legend

Gibson SG and Les Paul legend Duane Allman is among the more mysterious of the profoundly influential six-stringers from the electric guitar’s most sonically formative decade. Allman died young and until this year his recorded legacy had remained scattered; not repacked, unearthed and repeatedly rediscovered via reissues and compilations of nuggets panned from record label, studio and live recording vaults, like the still growing Jimi Hendrix catalog. If not for his accidental death…
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Duane Allman ‘Skydog’ Encore Edition coming November 5

Duane Allman’s acclaimed box set, Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, was a critical and commercial success. Now, on November 5, 2013, Rounder Records will release an encore edition, with all the music and the original booklet in an elegant new presentation. Duane Allman was …
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Duane Allman: Memories From His Friend Joe Marshall

For more than 20 years, from 1971 till 1992, Duane Allman’s famous 1959 Cherry Burst Les Paul was played, cared for, and cherished by one man: Joe Marshall. Duane befriended Marshall in late 1966, when the Allman Joys were based in St. Louis. Duane and Gregg often subsequently stayed with Marshall at his parents’ home whenever the band was in town. The friendship between Duane and Joe was singular and special, but it also exemplified the loyalty Duane demonstrated—and inspired…
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Remembering Duane Allman

Few musicians affected those close to him as profoundly as Duane Allman did. Time and again, surviving friends and musician-peers remember him not just for his prowess on guitar, but also for his personal charisma, his leadership skills and his devotion to those who comprised his inner circle. Below we’ve collected some of the more incisive remembrances about Allman and his lasting impact. Please chime in with your own thoughts in the comments section.
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The Big Send-Off: 10 Epic Guitar Outros

A great guitar outro can serve as the musical equivalent of an exclamation point, something to drive home a song in a memorable way. Whether flashy or subtle, the best guitar codas leave an impression that lingers long after the last notes fade. Below are 10 of the very best. “Mr. Crowley” (Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads). Randy Rhoads’ beautiful, classically inspired outro elevated this Ozzy classic into something of monumental proportions. The late guitarist spent hours working on the solo, but remained frustrated…
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Duane Allman’s ‘Skydog’ Retrospective Chronicles Groundbreaking Career

Even if he’d never formed the Allman Brothers Band, Duane Allman would be a major figure in American popular music. Long before his name became known to mainstream audiences, he had already established his credentials as a once-in-a-lifetime guitar visionary, …
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Slide Guitar Basics: To Mute Or Not To Mute?

Conventional wisdom when playing slide dictates that guitarists mute with the palms of their picking hands in order to keep extraneous sonic activity to a minimum. That’s part of how Duane Allman, Joe Walsh, Ry Cooder, Derek Trucks and scores of others have achieved warm, buttery well-defined tones over the decades. This is especially true when playing electric guitar, where strings can rattle, buzz and sustain wildly given a little…
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Play Slide Guitar in Standard Tuning — NOW!

Many players who use standard tuning exclusively are interested in learning how to use a slide, but are discouraged by the prospect of absorbing the multiple new maps of the fretboard that employing open tunings requires. The good news is that standard tuning is also a very effective platform for slide. Sure, it’s impossible to sound like most of the wide range of the guitarists who have helped define the slide sound — from Son House to Elmore James to Derek Trucks — if one is playing in standard, but the trade-off is the ability to have the entire…
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