This week, I go over an all-downstroke 16th note strumming pattern. By adding a measure of 2/4 at the end, I create a little hiccup or stutter. That, in conjunction with adding a fair amount of rests, gives the pattern a punctuated feel. This is a simple way to break up your strumming and explore a simple time signature change without getting overly complicated.
Here’s a cool acoustic piece by Brian Gore called “Stone Haulers.” The song and performance are fabulously nuanced, just like a fine wine! In fact, it’s the final piece featured in the Wine Country Tales CD, DVD & Booklet blending guitar songs by Brian Gore and animated video stories by Bill Russell.
Check out this new video of Zakk Wylde, the ultimate guitar teacher! When Zakk's guitar student, "Father Phil," just can't get the hang of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," Zakk clocks him. Who can blame him? It's frustrating!
Utopia's Kasim Sulton recently stopped by the Guitar World studio in New York City to play a few songs from his new album, 3, and a few from his Utopia days. Below, check out exclusive videos of Sulton performing his new single, "Clocks All Stopped" (top video), plus Utopia favorites "Libertine" (middle video) and "Lysistrata."
I went to see a band play the other day. I had no expectations…just a fun night out. But hoo-yeah, this band kicked ass around the corner and back. It was the sister-lead Larkin Poe, a band that combines rock, blues, Americana, folk and a few other elements for a rollicking set of originals. Sad, sassy, sweet. Their stories were fun and full of life.
Here’s a darkly charming video premiere to get your day going. It’s UK songwriter Alex Highton’s “You Don’t Own This Life.” The video depicts a day off in the life of a regular Joe, but in this case our Joe happens to be the Grim Reaper. Whether he’s purchasing a new scythe, munching on fish and chips or practicing ping pong — the Reaper’s life doesn’t appear much different from our own.
Aviva and Stefan are "normal college kids" and that's ok with them. They find inspiration in the simple day-to-day activities of life and feel that they're music would speak to like-minded potential fans.
Here’s an exclusive live video from the folk/pop band SHEL. It’s for their song “The Latest & Greatest Blueberry Rubber Band.” This fast paced tune has these sisters harmonizing with some crazy vocal gymnastics and a rhythmic mandolin groove.
It’s always fun to hear fresh acoustic interpretations of songs. But there’s something about covering Iron Maiden acoustically that just seems to work. Take this classical guitar version of “Fear of the Dark” from Thomas Zwijsen. Best known for his arrangements of famous rock, metal and pop songs for classical solo guitar, his interpretation of this Iron Maiden standard is surely a standout. Even as the sole performer on stage, his fluid chops take the song to new heights. (And the video is pretty hilarious too!)
I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist pedal (or my feet?). And once I tried it, I really didn’t want to part with it. Aside from adding cool vocal harmonies, reverb and delay to my voice, well, it’s just fun. I can sound like a whole chorus now if I want to!