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The Best Productivity Tricks You Can Learn From Rock Stars

Beyond the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, musicians work their butts off. What you see on stage or hear on your iPod is a distillation of years of hard work. Naturally, they have a lot of lessons we can all learn from to be more productive. Here are a few.


Riffstation Teaches Guitar By Showing Chords As A Song's Video Plays

Learning to play guitar is a difficult, fulfilling and fun hobby. The web site Riffstation lets you crank that fun up to 11 by teaching you how to play a song exactly while the music video plays.


Audiomack Is A Streaming Music Hub For Artists And Fans

We’ve discussed a number of Soundcloud alternatives for both music lovers and artists in the wake of their deals with major labels. Audiomack is a relatively new service offering music lovers a place to listen and artists a place to they can host songs and mixes without fear their music will vanish suddenly.


Briefly: Watch This Week's Best Online Videos

Brief video items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle trailer, creepy toys, new Star Wars footage.


Turn A Pringles Can Into A Sound-Boosting Phone Speaker

Your phone’s speakers are pretty small and probably can’t fill a room with sound. There are a few ways you can boost the audio, but one of the best might be using the trusty old Pringles can.


Peggo Converts YouTube Videos To Audio For Offline Listening

Web: Peggo is a simple web service that takes your favourite YouTube videos, whether they’re music, podcasts or other programming, and saves them as audio files so you can listen to them offline. It even removes silence to keep file sizes small, and it normalises volume so you don’t get startled if you’re listening through headphones.


Ask LH: How Can I Get My Boss To Let Me Wear Headphones At Work?

Dear Lifehacker, I work in an open office environment, and I’d really like to put on my headphones and focus to some music while I work. I’m worried my coworker or boss might think I’m isolating myself, or not being a “team player” though. How can I explain I’m trying to be productive without coming off like I’m being defensive?


Briefly: Watch This Week's Best Online Videos

Brief video items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: The return of Weird Al, surfing in the Arctic Circle, Game of Thrones “R+L=J” theory explained.


Navigate Through A Song On Android With The Lockscreen Controls

One of the neatest features of stock Android is the lockscreen controls that appear while you’re listening to music. What you might not have known is that you can long-press them to jump to a specific part of a song.


Shorten Your Shopping Trip By Blocking Out Slow Tempo Music

There are lots of ways stores try to manipulate shoppers, from placing more expensive items at eye level to encouraging interaction with goods. A study published in the Journal of Marketing shows that the tempo of music you hear whilst shopping can also have an influence.