The most fundamental challenge in fast picking is also the easiest to spot from halfway across the room: the motion mechanic. To play notes with a pick, we need a way of moving it back and forth in the classic alternating down-up picking sequence. Historically, this movement, or motion mechanic, has been the most visible and most commonly discussed component of picking technique.
Guitar Player’s February 2015 issue features a cover feature about Les Paul’s 1954 Black Beauty. For those unfamiliar with the story, the Black Beauty is the very guitar on which Les performed many modifications over the years as he sought to improve upon Gibson’s original design.
I know, I know. Die-hard Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan fans—myself included—have already seen this video 43.677777 times. However, that doesn't make it any less appealing. And, since it wound up in my crowded inbox this morning, I thought I'd share it with the masses!
Considering their resumes, which read like a who’s who of hard rock and metal, calling Revolution Saints a supergroup is something of an understatement. The creative trifecta of Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English), Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) and Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Burning Rain) has put together an inspired collection of songs packed with monster vocals, driving rhythms and (of course) a blistering guitar attack.
Guitar legend Uli Jon Roth and Guitar World have teamed up to premiere "In Trance," a track from Roth's new studio album, Scorpions Revisited. The album, which features 19 "re-invented" Scorpions tracks, will be released March 10 via UDR. Guitar World will be premiering other tracks from the album in the coming weeks.