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Keith Richards‘ 12 Most Kick Ass Riffs  the solo, and throughout the song their guitars weave interchangeably, but the woozy riff is pure Richards.  Another cut from ‘Exile On Main Street’, Mick Taylor’s slide guitar is great 

Guitar legends are often praised for their dexterity, skill, and a stellar sense of rhythm. But the most overlooked talent of the guitarist is the masterful facial aerobics they must perform when giving life to an amazing solo.

As Guitar Month comes to a close at CBC Music, we’re sharing a few of our favourite guitar faces from Canadians and Americans alike. From Danko Jones’ ‘o-face’ to Alex Lifeson’s ‘I gotta go-face’, we’ve collected a few great moments of axe men and women getting lost in the jam. While we initially wanted to make this a gallery comprised entirely of John Mayer guitar faces, the good folks at Coed Magazine beat us to the punch.

Flip through our gallery, share your own captions for our photos, and let us know which is your favourite in the comments below. If there’s a great guitar face we’ve missed, share it. 

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Keith Richards and Jack White have “recorded a couple of tracks” together and might be releasing the new material within a few months.

“I enjoy working with Jack,” Richards toldRolling Stone. “We’ve done a couple of tracks. I don’t know if [Jack] ever considered that it was actually, like, master cuts. But at the same time if Jack wanted to do it, I’d probably say, ‘Yeah.’ I know Jack pretty well. He’s a lovely player.”

The Rolling Stones guitarist also mentioned the possibility of recording some new material with his usual cohorts, The Rolling Stones. He said the band will be getting together next month to discuss plans.

“We’re going to talk about that in July and see,” Richards said. “I mean, I’d love to get some tracks down and see what songs we’ve got. And that goes along with part of getting the band back together and getting things moving. So I’d love to cut some tracks, yeah.”

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He hasn’t burnt out, and he ain’t going to fade away. It’s a conundrum, but after four decades of heroin, hedonism and honky tonk women, Keith Richards is still giving rock guitarists a bad name. The Stones axman laughs in the face of medical science, flicks the middle finger at the Grim Reaper and takes moral values outside for a kicking. You wouldn’t want to live next door to him, but you’d have to be a clergyman not to applaud his rock and roll credentials. And when Keef straps on his Telecaster, musical etiquette goes out of the window, along with his low E string and the television.

As reckless as the larger-than-life Richards may be, the English guitarist takes his gear seriously. He’s been closely associated with the Fender Telecaster and Twin Reverb amps since the Sixties. And though it’s likely you’re never going to recreate Keith Richards’ guitar collection—estimated to include 80 models—it is possible for you to nail his signature sound. The most efficient way is to head straight for the crux of Keef’s setup—the Telecaster. It won’t cover all the bases, but the natural twang of this model will give you a general Stones vibe.

While the standard Tele is a strictly single-coil electric, Richards’ blonde Telecaster actually has a humbucker in the neck position to give him more tonal diversity. For this reason, it’s worth investigating Fender’s Classic Series, which includes a ’72 Tele Custom for $984.99. A Classic Series 50s Telecaster will sting you slightly less at $956.99, while the Squier Standard Fat Telecaster, at $332.99, is the clear choice for budget-conscious rockers.

Ampwise, the ’65 Fender Twin reissue has 2×12 speakers, an 85-watt output and two-channel all-tube construction, making it well worth its $1,569.99 list price. If you’re on a tighter budget, Fender’s Cyber Champ range has a nicely modeled version of the Twin. For $639.99, the 65-watt model can be yours.

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The discovery of open G tuning was a revelation for Keith Richards, who wrote about the experience with awe and reverence in his autobiography Life.

Open G helped Richards create a personal sound and approach on guitar, and yielded such classic Rolling Stones songs as “Honkytonk Women,” “Brown Sugar,” “Beast of Burden,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Happy” and “Start Me Up.”

You don’t have to be a radical and remove your guitar’s low string to play in open G, the way that Richards does. However plenty of players have followed his path to good result. One example is Jim Chilson of Boston’s Ten Foot Polecats, whose five-string open G finger-picking style is just one reason that band is rising up from the blues underground.

Richards, Chilson and others remove that low string because it can cause some awkward resonating frequencies if it’s accidentally struck in open G tuning. The sacrifice, however, is that a five string guitar can’t be reset to other tunings.

So, although we’re on the road to learning the foundation of Richards’ style, in the interest of versatility please tune all six of your guitar strings thus, from low to high: D-G-D-G-B-D. That’s conventional open G tuning, the way it was first played in the Mississippi Delta many generations ago.

Being careful to avoid that pesky low D string — at least until you’ve go a good enough grip on open G to add notes on that string or create dissonances to enhance a song’s vibe — hit the top five strings sans fretting and you’ve got an open G chord. Move up to the fifth fret and you’re on the IV chord, C, and two more frets and you’re at D. That’s all you need to play a 12-bar blues like Son House’s oft-covered “Death Letter” or R.L. Burnside and Mississippi Fred McDowell’s versions of “Old Black Mattie.” Playing those IV and V chords, or any major chords in open tunings for, simply requires laying a finger across the correct fret. Nonetheless, understanding opening tunings provides a key to an alternate universe if you’ve just played in standard tuning before.

One of the keys to Richards’ style is changing the basic chord forms by pressing down on various strings with his second and third fingers. He also uses hammer-ons and pull-offs, and sliding cords, very effectively, all with a minimum amount of movement in his left hand.

Let’s take a look at “Brown Sugar.” The first chord is a high G, so moves to the 12th fret and put your index finger across the bottom five strings. Put your middle finger on the 13th fret on the second (B) string from the bottom and place your third finger on the 14th fret at the fourth (D) string from the bottom. Strike that chord once with those fingers pinning the strings and rapidly lift your middle and fourth fingers and strike the one-fingered chord. Those are the first two chords of “Brown Sugar.” Then, using the same strings, slide the three fingered chord position you’ve just used to the fifth fret, and then to the eighth fret. And now you’ve got the intro to “Brown Sugar” and a grip on the foundation of Richards’ style.

Simple as it seems, that manner of three-fingered guitar playing is at the core of many of Richards’ best compositions. Move from fret to fret and keeping working the basic changes of blues and blues-based tunes you know and you’ll get fluid fast. Start using your index finger to bend strings as you hold down chords, or the hammer and pull, and your command will grow to include interesting nuances as well.

Sure, the Rolling Stones’ songs that Richards penned in open G can easily be translated to standard tuning, but they just don’t sound quite right. So dive into open G and play “Brown Sugar” like Keef, and then let the tuning be your guide into the mysteries of the Delta and hill country blues that inspired him as well. And there’s a bonus: open G is the predominant banjo tuning, which makes learning open G on guitar a potential gateway to another instrument.

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If rock’n’roll could be turned into flesh and made to walk the earth, it would look and sound a lot like Keith Richards. It’s not the skull ring, the elegantly wasted appearance or the chemically-enchanced bloodstream that does it – although that all helps – but the fact that he has an unerring knack of hoovering up pretty much all of the greatest guitar riffs ever written. In the current Christmas double issue of NME, the man himself tells us exclusively about The Rolling Stones’ triumphant 50th anniversary shows, his plans for the New Year and reveals which of his many, many riffs is his favourite. But what are the candidates? On the day he turns 69, cheating death improbably for another year, here’s a dozen of my own personal selections. Believe me, it’s only the beginning.

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Keith Richards was born on December 18, 1943, in Dartford, Kent, England. His maternal grandfather was a guitar player in a jazz band that toured Britain. The young Richards took an early interest in playing guitar and having a music career from this influence. His mother nurtured his musical interest, introducing him to other jazz musicians such as Billy Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong. When he was 15, she bought him his first guitar, an instrument that would become the focal point of his life. His father was less supportive of his musical endeavours, often telling him to “Stop that bloody noise.”

Richards got what he would call his “first taste of show biz” while attending Dartford Technical School. The young musician attracted the attention of the school choirmaster, Jake Clair, with his singing voice and was recruited into the choir. During his time in the choir, he had the opportunity to sing with two other boys in a trio that performed for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey. His time in the choir would be cut short after getting himself expelled from the school for truancy.

At the advice of the headmaster who had expelled him, Richards began attending Sidcup Art College, where he was exposed to American blues artists. The exciting new musical influence re-invigorated his love for guitar and he traded the acoustic that his mother had bought him for an electric. Fellow Sidcup classmate and Future Rolling Stones bandmate, Dick Taylor, once remarked that even in those early years when Keith was just starting out on electric he could play most of Chuck Berry’s solos.

In a fortunate twist of fate for music fans, Keith Richards would run into a former classmate from his early days at Wentworth Primary School while traveling on a train to Sidcup. He and Mick Jagger, who was now a student at the London School of Economics recognized each other from their childhood days and began to talk. Eventually the conversation turned to the LPs that Richards was carrying with him, rare rhythm and blues albums that he had special ordered from America. Richards was shocked to learn that not only did Jagger share his taste in music, but also had his own collection of rare rhythm and blues albums from America. Even more coincidentally, Richards learned that Jagger was also friends with Dick Taylor and was singing in a band with him called ‘Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys’. He was invited to a rehearsal and soon after asked to join the band.

In 1962, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met Brian Jones and Ian Stewart and disbanded the ‘Blue Boys’ to form ‘The Rolling Stones’. Later that year Taylor left the group to return to art school. Richards abandoned the school to pursue his music career and moved into a flat with bandmates Jagger and Jones. During this time his parents divorced. Richards remained close to his mother, who continued to be supportive of his musical interests. His relationship with his father, on the other hand, would suffer from the divorce; the two didn’t talk for nearly 20 years.

As a member of one of the most influential rock groups of all time, Richards developed a unique style that was born of his love for mixed rhythm/lead style playing of early heros like Muddy Waters. He combined the dual role playing of his early heros with open G tuning, which he began experimenting with between 1967 and 1968, and created a sound that is to this day immediately identifiable with his iconic band. This signature “Keith Richards sound” can be heard on many of the Stones most popular tracks, including: ‘Street Fighting Man’, ‘Start Me Up’, ‘Honky Tonk Women’, and ‘Brown Sugar’.

An early experimenter with electronic fuzz boxes, Richards performance with a Gibson Maestro fuzz on the track ‘Satisfaction’ resulted in a huge boost in sales for the device. During his lengthy career he has also been known to use wah-wah pedals, phasers, and even a Leslie speaker; his preferred setup, however is just a simple guitar and amp. In fact, he prefers an acoustic for practice work at home, having this to say on the subject, “Every guitar player should play acoustic at home. No matter what else you do, if you don’t keep up your acoustic work you’re never going to get the full potential out of an electric, because you lose that touch.” On tracks such as ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ and ‘Street Fighting Man’, Keith is using an acoustic guitar that is distorted by an overloaded cassette recorder microphone.

Keith Richards’ fame has led to an influence outside of the musical world. Johnny Depp has said in interviews that he based many of the mannerisms of his character in Pirates of the Caribbean, Jack Sparrow, on Richards. The association led to Richards being cast as Jack Sparrow’s father in one of the movie’s sequels

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They say old men forget and — whisper it gently — at 68, Keith Richards can no longer be deemed young. So as the veteran Rolling Stone gears up for his last-ever tour, you can only feel sympathy for the old devil when he says he can’t remember his songs any more.

This week the Dartford-born rocker confessed: ‘[These days] when you kick off a song you say “I can’t remember how the middle bit goes”, but the fingers are able to perform all the correct chords on their own.’

This rare admission of frailty shields, however, a greater concern among friends and associates of rock ’n’ roll’s greatest ‘riffmeister’ — that the days of Keith’s scorching guitar solos are gone for ever.

The Rolling Stones this year celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first gig. While there have been books and exhibitions and celebrations aplenty, there has been no manifestation of their core activity — making music.

Statements have been issued and retracted about the so-called 50th anniversary tour, plans have been made and abandoned.

Mick Jagger says there’ll be a tour — next year. Keith says the band is rehearsing. The organisers of Glastonbury Festival believe they’ve secured the Stones to play their swansong concert there next summer.