In the first two installments of Chop Shop, we looked at some arpeggio-based runs that were spiced up with octaves, finger taps, pinch harmonics and behind-the-nut bends. This time, as promised, I’m going to talk about the ways in which I’ve employed ideas I’ve learned from guitarists in different genres to my own playing.
ZZ Top and Jeff Beck will kick off their summer tour August 8 — and you can check out all the dates below. The tour is formatted to offer a free-standing set from Beck, a free-standing set from ZZ Top and a joint performance where Beck joins the ZZ Top for the finale.
Slash recently dropped by the fun-to-visit Vintage Room at Guitar Center Hollywood. While he was there, he chatted (on camera) about his musical beginnings, inspirations, guitars, recording process and more.
"Running With the Devil" began the career of one of rock's most enduring bands with quite a bang. As the lead-off track on Van Halen's diamond selling, self-titled 1978 debut album, it made quite the impression.
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.
Metallica’s 1983 debut, the explosive Kill ’Em All, taught a grateful world a lesson in unbridled thrashing fury. Since then, their sound has passed through numerous stages, but the guttural intensity that was the hallmark of the young Metallica remains the essence of the band today.