If being surrounded by talented songwriters of all genres sounds good to you, you might want to check out the ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo. Aimed at arming songwriters with tools for success, the Expo takes place in Hollywood from April 30 to May 2. A highlight of the event is the She Rocks Showcase, a free performance event taking place on Friday, May 1, from 9pm to 12am. It's open to the public with no Expo badge required.
Stephen Stills’ status as a rock legend stems just as much from his singing and songwriting contributions in Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young) and his own solo work as it does from his innovative acoustic and electric guitar offerings.
On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, and other prominent musicians will honor the memory of their friend and colleague, 15-time Grammy-winning saxophonist Michael Brecker, at "The Nearness of You" benefit concert in New York City.
What?! It’s that time of year again? I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for new ideas for gifts. If you have a guitar loving friend you need to give a gift to, or if you’re looking for some ideas for your own wish list, check out our gift guide.
Here’s an intense acoustic version of The Relapse Symphony’s “Savage Eyes” from the band’s latest album Shadows, due out December 16. Driving guitars and growly vocals deliver the painful message. It really works in this stripped down and raw rendition.
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 something to get you in the spirit! The Band of Merrymakers, a rotating-cast Yuletide super group featuring today’s biggest artists, premiered their official music video for their single “Must Be Christmas” (The End Records). The video follows a group of Santas as they visit iconic spots throughout Los Angeles and Nashville.
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!
With a lot of talent and a little bit of luck, a new generation of acoustic guitar fingerstylists are blazing a new style of percussive, alternate-tuned shred. In the Eighties, radical fingerstylists like Michael Hedges and Preston Reed pioneered an acoustic guitar style based on an alternate-tuned, percussion-heavy, new age–tinged sound.
Here’s a cool and kinda gritty, sassy live acoustic version of the song “B-Side Track” from Patrick Sieben. It opens with some killer bluesy guitar that rolls into some pretty darn clever lyrics. And when he sings it, I believe it!
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."