As a musician, Paul McCartney is probably best known for his creative, melodic Beatles and Wings bass lines. But he's always been a guitarist at heart. The guitar was, after all, his first instrument (if you ignore the trumpet his father gave him for his 14th birthday), and it's always been his main songwriting tool.
Recently, while searching for something else far less interesting, I came across this 2011 video of Bob Culbertson playing the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on the Chapman Stick. As always, I figured I'd send it your way.
Paul McCartney turns 73 on June 18, so you probably can expect to come across some online tributes that laud his achievements, longevity and best-loved songs. But while everyone else will most likely praise "Band on the Run," "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Silly Love Songs," I'd like to draw attention to 10 tracks from McCartney's solo career—a career that started 45 years ago—that just don't get the love they deserve in 2015.
Beatles Gear is a landmark book that details exactly which guitars, drums, amplifiers and keyboards The Beatles used at key points during their career. The book was even considered the official technical reference book for Beatles Rock Band, and its author, musician Andy Babiuk, was the official technical consultant to the game.
It's a video of Brazilian bank worker Anthony Kulkamp Dias playing guitar during brain surgery. Doctors were able to keep Dias, 33, awake during the surgery, the goal of which was to remove a brain tumor.
While the Beatles' 1969 track "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is, indeed, "heavy," it's not exactly a shred masterpiece. There is a guitar solo on the Beatles' recording, but it's a simple pentatonic take on the song's melody line, as played by John Lennon.
Ringo Starr will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame this weekend. Here's a look at five songs from Ringo's solo career that feature great guitar work by big-name guitarists. From 1970 to 2015, Ringo's albums have featured guest appearances by several top-shelf guitarists, including George Harrison, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and more.
Of the four Beatles, George Harrison brought to the group an assortment of electric and acoustic guitar approaches, flavors influenced by everyone from Chet Atkins and Carl Perkins to the Byrds and Bob Dylan.
The capo is to guitars what sugar — or Stevia, if you prefer — is to food. It makes everything sweeter. Musicians started noticing the capo's inherent song-sweetening properties sometime in the early 17th century, when primitive versions of the handy accessory were employed to raise the pitch of a host of fretted instruments.