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Tips from the stars

Yngwie Malmsteen's 6 tips for guitarists
"When you hear Paganini you'll think, ‘Yngwie really ripped this s*** off!’"

Andy Summers' 11 tips for guitarists
Insight from the experimental ex-Police man

Marty Friedman’s top 6 tips for guitarists
“Hold that note and literally start having sex with it…”

Derek Trucks’ top 5 tips for guitarists
Tedeschi Trucks Band slide king on playing live and storytelling solos

Incubus's Mike Einziger: my top 6 tips for guitarists
“Your own curiosity is the most valuable thing you have as a musician”

Brian May's top 5 tips for guitarists
Plus, Queen guitar icon reveals all about new album, Golden Days

Dream Theater's John Myung: my top 5 tips for bassists
Bass virtuoso shares his knowledge

Billy Sheehan: my top 6 tips for bassists
“Speed is just one of many tools you can use to create music”

Robert Cray's top 5 tips for guitarists
Blues guitar legend shares essential advice for better solos

Slipknot’s Mick Thomson: my top 5 tips for guitarists
“Crazy shred guitar is only enjoyed by the person playing it and the other people trying to play it!”

Jamie Lidell: 5 things I’ve learned about music production
“The song and the parts - they are really 99.9% of the thing”

Junkie XL: 5 things I’ve learned about music production
Tom Holkenborg gives you the benefit of his considerable experience

Seeb: 5 things we’ve learned about music production
“Keeping it simple is the most effective way of achieving a great-sounding production”

Leftwing & Kody: 5 things we’ve learned about music production
The UK duo discuss the key steps on their music making journey

Nerina Pallot: 5 things I’ve learned about music production
“What are you trying to say and how can the production help you say it even better?”

Salva: 5 things I’ve learned about music production
“Music is all about tension and release, and that goes for engineering and production as well.”

SAINT WKND: 5 things I’ve learned about music production
The up-and-coming producer recommends learning about chords and keys and being yourself

Chris Merrick Hughes: 5 things I’ve learned about music production
Sage words from the Adam & The Ants and Tears For Fears producer

Ferry Corsten’s top 10 tips for producers
Dutch DJ and producer gives us some invaluable production tips

Tim Green’s top 10 tips for producers
Ingenious DJ, producer and remixer offers some production advice

Robin Schulz's top 10 tips for producers
Chart-topping DJ, producer and remixer offers invaluable advice and production tips