On June 6, 1971, former Beatle John Lennon performed at New York City's Fillmore East with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. It was a strange night, as you'll see (and hear) in the three clips below. For starters, Yoko Ono also "performed" with Lennon and the Mothers. In reality, all she did was scream.
Over the decades, John Lennon's songs have been covered by thousands of artists. Just think of all the people—from unknown Lithuanian bar bands to Lada Gaga—who have had a crack at "Imagine." Today, on the 75th anniversary of his birth on October 9, 1940, I'm paying tribute to Lennon by rounding up five of what I feel are the best performances of his solo songs by other artists.
What is stringhopping? Know your enemy! Stringhopping is a jumpy hand movement that almost everyone encounters when trying to play fast with a pick. It’s the Number One thing you want to avoid to develop picking-hand smoothness, especially when going from one string to another. Understanding why it’s so inefficient is tricky, and it serves as a good introduction to the fundamental wrist movements of guitar playing.
"'Something' was written on the piano while we were making the White Album," George Harrison explained in 1980. "I had a break while Paul was doing some overdubbing, so I went into an empty studio and began to write. It didn't go on the White Album because we'd already finished all the tracks."
As you might've noticed, with each new week, we look back at a particular year's issues of Guitar World magazine. We do this so we can find cool stories from the past, including our final interview with Stevie Ray Vaughan, which is coming up this week, and our interviews with Steve Vai, Frank Zappa, David Gilmour, etc.
There also are primers on different types of pickups including piezo, limited-range microphones and magnetic pickups. His use of simple playing cards as materials for magnetic pickup covers was an eye opener to me because I’m always looking for thinner magnetic pickups to fit on my cigar box guitars.
In this month’s column, I’d like to present a few single-note patterns that are designed to fortify fret-hand/pick-hand coordination while they strengthen your overall chops and ability to play fast and clean. In my own experience, I have found that drilling on one or two very specific melodic fretboard shapes works wonders in uncovering technical areas of weakness in both hands.