Have you ever wanted to learn the nuances of songwriting and the music business from one of greatest guitarists of all time? Look no further than the inaugural Vai Academy Song Evolution Camp, which takes place June 23 to 27 in Saratoga Springs, New York. And yes, that's Vai as in Steve Vai, the virtuoso guitarist, composer and producer. The camp is billed as the entire manual for being an independent musician — condensed into three days of classes.
First published in 2001 and now updated and expanded, Tony Bacon's History of the American Guitar (Backbeat Books) begins in New York City in the 1830s with the arrival of Christian Martin, from Germany, to set up the Martin company.
Nashville Pussy guitarist Ruyter Suys just can’t get enough. And with constant touring, recording and writing in the mix, her life is a lot like a Nashville Pussy record — fast and loud. Her husband, Blaine Cartwright, plays guitar alongside her in Nashville Pussy, and when they aren’t hard at work on that, they're usually out touring and writing with a host of other projects.
Since its beginnings in 1982, Doug Marks’ Metal Method has become one of the most successful rock guitar courses of all time. What started out as a supplement to help him achieve his own dreams of rock stardom, Marks’ lessons have taught guitarists everything from the foundational shapes and barre chords to improvising leads and even writing songs.
Just as “Crossroads” introduced a new generation of music fans to the mystique of Robert Johnson, Cream’s “Spoonful” brought extra exposure to Willie Dixon, who wrote the song, and Howlin’ Wolf, who originally recorded it in 1960.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the premiere of an exclusive video of the Allman Brothers Band's live performance of "Midnight Rider" from their 1992 tour. The clip is from an upcoming archival DVD release from the band, Live At Great Woods, which will be available February 18.
David Ellefson had an incredibly busy 2013. With Megadeth he released Super Collider, the band’s highest-charting album since 1994’s Youthanasia. In October he released his memoirs, My Life With Deth: Discovering Meaning in a Life of Rock & Roll, which he wrote with Joel McIver.