Steve Wariner teaches licks
Thursday, March 3, 2011
– Steve Wariner has launched a series of short instructional video clips
at his web site in which he plays songs from his new "Guitar Laboratory" CD, demonstrating various licks and showing aspiring guitarists how to capture the same sounds.
This week's mini-lesson is on the song Crafty, and additional clips will be posted in subsequent weeks.
"I had a great time making this record and experimenting with different guitars, tones, amps and styles," said Wariner of the CD, which came out Feb. 8. "I thought it would be fun to share some of what I did with other musicians out there."
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