A while back, I came across a book of traditional bluegrass and old-timey fiddle tunes, which intrigued and inspired me. I had always enjoyed the sound of those upbeat, “honest” folk melodies, with their sprightly contours and swinging eighth-note rhythms, despite their harmonic simplicity—the vast majority of the tunes are based on “one-four-five”-type major-key chord progressions.
Harry Shearer, better known as the voice of Monty Burns on The Simpsons, is—on occasion—a member of Spinal Tap. Recently, Shearer—who plays Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls—performed a jazzy version of Spinal Tap's beloved holiday favorite, "Christmas with the Devil," with his wife, Judith Owen.
In this brand-new fan-filmed video, you can watch the Iron Maidens—complete with former full-time Iron Maiden Nita Strauss helping out on guitar—perform Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" and "Die with Your Boots On" at Paladino's Night Club in Tarzana, California.
I'd like to address a very meat-and-potatoes bit of info that very rarely gets mentioned. Who should I emulate to be a session guitarist? The answers and the reasons for each may very well surprise you. You might assume you know how to play like these guys, but, until you really try it, you do not know how!
Play Christmas Songs on the Guitar is your ultimate DVD guide to playing holiday songs. It teaches you eight classic holiday tunes: "Silent Night," "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "Deck the Hall," "Jingle Bells," "The First Noel," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Auld Lang Syne."
Christmas time is here again! So sang the Beatles on their 1967 Christmas record, one of several now-collectable flexi-discs issued annually to members of the band's official fan clubs in the UK and the US. The records, which often were mini-masterpieces in their own right (1966 and 1967 in particular), featured spoken and musical messages from all four members of the band.
The first concert I ever attended was a Scorpions show in 1984. I remember this event because, at the time, I was excited about checking out the openers, a young, up-and-coming band called Bon Jovi. Little did I know I'd also be bearing witness to what would become one of rock’s biggest juggernauts.
The sound of Motörhead is defined by the high-output fat tone and midrange grind Lemmy Kilmister has delivered for decades with songs like "Ace of Spades” and "Iron Fist,” combined with a fast pick attack on his Rickenbacker bass.
In 2000, Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley appeared in a commercial for Folgers coffee. Although the commercial never aired, audio from the ad has circulated in recent years. But now—thanks to the wonders of YouTube—you can watch the entire ad.