Acoustic guitarist Justin King—who is recognized as a pioneer for his percussive "tapping" playing style—dropped by the increasingly popular Guitar World studio in Manhattan to perform "Phunkdified." The song originally appeared on his 2009 album, Le Bleu.
From its introduction in 1942 through the Seventies, the J-45 was known as a “workhorse” guitar due to its affordable price and reliable performance, but as time progressed both vintage and new models, which are still produced today, became too expensive for the everyday working guitarist.
Rodrigo y Gabriela's new interpretation of the song is one of the highlights of Jaco: Original Soundtrack, the soundtrack album for Metalica bassist Robert Trujillo's new film, Jaco. The album will be released November 27 via Legacy; it boasts 11 crucial songs by Pastorius, along with three brand-new recordings.
The latest Backbeat Books release, The Taylor Guitar Book, tells the complete story of one of the most important guitar manufacturers in the history of the instrument. From its beginnings as one of the first modern small-shop steel-string guitar brands in North America to its position as an undisputed market leader, the Taylor company provides a unique tale of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Over the course of the next few months, I will demonstrate a wide variety of the specific right- and left-hand techniques I use most often, as applied to the songs from my latest release, It’s Never Too Late, plus some of the other tunes in my repertoire that I am asked about most often.
WIdely regarded as one of the greatest rock singers of all time, Chris Cornell has fronted some of the most unique and successful bands of the modern era, namely Soundgarden and Audioslave. Between (and in some cases, during) those projects, Cornell also penned pieces for film soundtracks (Singles, Great Expectations and Casino Royale, among others) and issued a trio of solo albums, resulting in an impressively diverse body of work.
Today, AcousticNation.com presents the exclusive premiere of firekid's recent live acoustic performance of "Magic Mountain" at the Gibson Showroom. The track is from the Nashville-based singer/guitarist’s self-titled debut album—firekid—which was released September 25 via Atlantic Records.
Even if one were to limit himself to an examination of pop songwriting over the last 40 years, a true instructional “guide” would take up many volumes, as it would involve a serious study of musical theory. Our aim here is to prove a sampling of common chord progressions that you can use with your own songs, and to examine some of the things a guitarist can do to add a little zip to his or her songs.
The song, "Hear My Train A Comin'" (aka, by Hendrix, "Getting My Heart Back Together Again"), is a Hendrix original that he often played live, particularly in 1969 and 1970. It appears on the posthumously released album Blues, which was created from a long-lost master tape of Hendrix playing a 12-string acoustic right-handed guitar, strung for a lefty, and singing in a Delta blues manner.
SayWeCanFly's Braden Barrie recently visited the Guitar World studio to perform a few of his songs—and offer a few pointers on how to play them. Up first, check out "Song of the Sparrow" from Between the Roses, which was released earlier this year. It's followed by the John Denver-inspired "High School" from his brand-new EP, Darling, which was released October 23.
Using any combination of aftermarket undersaddle and soundhole pickups, or just onboard electronics, will play an important role in amplifying your acoustic guitar. But once your acoustic instrument is plugged into a PA or acoustic amplifier, what gets lost in translation are the overall low-end, upper-end harmonics and warmth from your acoustic.
As the Black Label Society's leader (and Ozzy's guitarist for more years than anyone else), Zakk Wylde has become infamous for his brew-tal riffage and lethal lead style. Remarkably, though, he also has a soul-stirring softer side.
Who doesn’t like a power ballad, that soft underbelly of a hard rocker that's rarely seen in the light of day? You’ve probably heard the story: the power ballad often is the biggest hit for heavier bands, opening up their music to the love-song-loving masses.
A fan of classical music, Randy Rhoads was one of the first American guitarists to successfully incorporate classical music elements into heavy metal. (“Euro-metal” guitarists, including Ritchie Blackmore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth and Michael Schenker, had also experimented with melding the two genres.)