Here’s a great quality clip of SRV performing “Pride and Joy” in January of 1990 during his MTV Unplugged taping. Vaughan uses a 12-string Guild, which gives the song a completely different vibe than the original, full band recording. “Pride and Joy” originally appeared on his 1983 Epic Records debut, Texas Flood.
This is one of the easiest homemade guitars I have ever built, and it only took me one hour to make. This lap steel was made from an extra 2x4 I had in my shed and just a few saw cuts to the wood. I even used a pre-wired acoustic soundhole pickup so there was no wiring needed. Anybody can build this lap steel!
Vermont-based news channel WPTZ (where my late-Nineties girlfriend used to work!) recently published a feature on the Alpaca carbon fiber travel guitar, a "special guitar made to withstand the elements."
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Kaki King’s 'The Neck is a Bridge to the Body,' a multimedia, guitar-based show that was truly unique. Here I had the chance to sit down with this energetic and wonderful artist to talk about “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body” and more. The soundtrack to this show just went on sale March 3 as well! Check out all three parts of our exclusive interview to get the full scoop.
Today we’re thrilled to present you with the premiere of Ethan Jano’s “Wildfire.” The rollicking track is off Jano’s forthcoming debut album, I'll Be Fine, out February 10. Jano’s raw vocals and steady acoustic playing drive throughout the song like a freight train. It’s the sort of classic storytelling that brings to mind greats like Johnny Cash. “It’s probably the oldest song on the record,” says Jano. “I was writing a lot at the time but I don't think the songs then really shaped up to be anything, except ‘Wildfire.’”
Ryley Walker is excited to announce his new album, Primrose Green, out March 31 on Dead Oceans. The title sounds pastoral and quaint, but the titular green has dark hallucinogenic qualities, as does much of the LP. Hear the title track now!
That whooshing sound you hear is millions of guitar players exhaling in one, collective sigh of relief. On December 30, 2014, the US Department of Transportation finally issued a final rule to implement section 403 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 regarding the carriage of musical instruments as carry-on baggage or checked baggage on commercial passenger flights operated by air carriers.
C. F. Martin & Co. is celebrating 50 years of its D-35 Dreadnought with a very special model to debut at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show—the D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. The D-35 was first created by C.F. Martin & Co. in 1965 and has gone on to be one of the most popular and replicated models of our time.
Today we bring you another totally not-new video. However, it wound up in our inbox over the holidays, and we thought we'd share it. It's a clip of a guitarist named Jan Laurenz performing a piece he identifies merely as an "old folk song." The catch, I suppose, is that he's playing it on a BearTrax tap guitar.
Singing while playing guitar can be a daunting challenge for a beginner. A good sense of timing and rhythm and the ability to synthesize two different actions is necessary to pull it off. But like everything else you've learned to do on the guitar, it can be mastered.
I don't know about you, but I've got friends on Facebook posting things like "Good riddance 2014!" and "I made this resolution last year but 2015 is my year..." As for me, I'm actually guilty of a few "humble brags," because I doubled my musical income in 2014. I'm pretty confident I can do it again in 2015, too. Want me to share my secrets? Okay. :)
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the February 2015 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.
From a beef farm in Canada to co-writing with Taylor Swift in Nashville, Ryan Laird wasn't sure who he was musically until he took to the road. Pop hooks adorn this country lovin' farm boy with a story.
Now is the time when you look back at all the fabulous and horrific moments of the previous year. But it can also be a time to look forward at new possibilities. This year, I propose a set of guitar resolutions that are sure to energize my guitar interactions for the year to come and beyond.