Whether you know it or not, we're in the middle of a fairly sizable retro revival of our own—and it's happening across several genres, including rock and country. Maybe the "Real Country Vs. Nashville Bullshit Country" phenomenon gets more ink these days, but let us not forget a rising force in rock named JD McPherson.
A good guitar will play the notes you’re looking for. A great guitar will inspire new music. But an iconic guitar will transport you to another place, time or universe. The Daddy Mojo Dolorosa guitar is iconic.
But it's also the year rock fans got to see a particularly extraordinary assemblage of iconic musicians on one stage. I'm talking about that special night when Metallica, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Ronnie Wood, Flea—and some other bipeds—performed "Train Kept A-Rollin'" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Hello, and welcome to my new Guitar World instructional column. In the coming months, I’ll share with you some of the guitar-playing concepts and approaches that have helped me develop my technique and overall playing style. I’d like to start off with an examination of ascending scalar shapes that, by design, cover the majority of the fretboard.