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Joe Bonamassa is a virtuoso blues-rock guitarist and a fine singer. He’s been highly successful playing the blues, or rather “blues-rock” – a genre that has always been a key ingredient in popular music, but never truly enjoyed the attention of the mainstream. He has created this success as an independent artist beholden to no one, essentially in control of all aspects of his music and career. And lastly, his love of his craft and instrument has made him an avid, and noted, collector of guitars and amplifiers, turning his homes and studios into musical instrument museums. This month's In Tune cover story covers it all.

Also in this month's In Tune:

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Players: Luke Holland

The Write Stuff: Writing for Choir

Icon: Claude Debussy

Influences: H.E.R to Chaka Khan

Careers: Mike Ramsey, Director of Artist and Career Services at Musicians Institute

Learning New Songs: How to play Donna Summer's "On The Radio"

Classic Album Covers: Stevie Wonder's Innervisions

  • Joe Bonamassa and Roy Weisman devised a business model that has survived and thrived during one of the music industry’s most uncertain eras.

  • Taking Time to Teach with Paul Reed Smith

  • Learn how to play Donna Summer’s “On The Radio”

Activity plans for this month’s features

Techniques: All About Riffs
When talking about “songcraft,” it’s easy to get deep into the details of melody, harmony and lyrics, but you should never underestimate the power of a great riff!

Joe Bonamassa: No Ordinary Joe
With more number one blues albums than anyone else and building on his 28-year partnership with his manager Roy Weisman, singer-songwriter/guitarist Joe Bonamassa has created his own record label, management, marketing, and concert promotion company over a decade ago.

Taking Time to Teach: Business owners and senior executives are busy people, and many are hard pressed to do anything else but run their companies. Paul Reed Smith leads a big business and teaches too. Click here for access to Paul's Masterclass.


Learning New Songs:
“On The Radio” by Donna Summer


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  1. Mariposa Peach Tree Rascals 3:30
  2. The It Girl [Explicit] Raye Zaragoza 2:42
  3. We Used To Donovan Woods 2:51
  4. Miss a Thing Kylie Minogue 3:56
  5. Control Zoe Wees 3:51
  6. FIND ME. Xavier Omär 4:26
  7. The World: Alone Sam Williams 3:47
  8. Pere Edward Simon 6:46
  9. No Bailes Sola Danna Paola & Sebastián Yatra 3:01
  10. Flute Sonata, Op. 94: III. Andante Brandon Patrick George and Jacob Greenberg 3:50

  1. Head & Heart (feat. MNEK) Joel Corry 2:46
  2. Jerusalema (feat. Burna Boy & Nomcebo Zikode) [Remix] [Radio Edit] Master KG 3:54
  3. Really Love (feat. Craig David & Digital Farm Animals) KSI 2:58
  4. Forever After All Luke Combs 3:53
  5. Sweet Melody Little Mix 3:34
  6. I Hope Gabby Barrett 3:29
  7. Take You Dancing Jason Derulo 3:10
  8. Levitating (feat. DaBaby) Dua Lipa 3:23
  9. Don't Leave Me Now Lost Frequencies & Mathieu Koss 3:15
  10. Watermelon Sugar Harry Styles 2:54
  11. Blinding Lights The Weeknd 3:22
  12. Put Your Records On Ritt Momney 3:31
  13. More Than My Hometown Morgan Wallen 3:37
  14. Train Wreck James Arthur 3:29
  15. ily (i love you baby) [feat. Emilee] Surf Mesa 2:57