All of the original frets have been removed from the neck I’m working on. At my recommendation, the owner of the guitar has agreed to go naked. The neck and fingerboard of this Tele are covered in gloss lacquer. It’s not thick. Not so thick as to conceivably choke much tone. In my experience, though, lacquer on the neck and fingerboard means a guitar that is just a little bit harder to play. And not in a good way.
To celebrate the upcoming release of Meshuggah's new album, Koloss, which is due March 26 via Nuclear Blast Records, some of my Boston-based friends made a video that is getting a lot of reaction out of people. It's called "Pour Some Meshuggah On Me." The video is a musical mash-up combining Meshuggah-style riffing with Def Leppard's hit "Pour Some Sugar On Me."
What do the stars hold for all you rock stars out there this week? It looks like Capricorns are ready to get creative, Leos need to express experimental ideas to colleagues, and Virgos might have arguments with management or lawyers. For more, check out this week's edition of Rock Stars.
Well, gang, here it is: the final installment of Chopin's Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus No. 2. Those of you who have braved the storm of 16th notes over the past two columns have earned the right to pat yourselves on the back. You're going to get a bit of a reprieve this time, because, at the beginning of this section, Chopin restates the first six bars of the piece and then adds bars 15-17 of the opening section for good measure (use my column Romancing the Fretboard, Part 1 as a reference).
Pisces Brian Jones is one of the most misunderstood and undeniably important innovators of rock and roll. As founder of The Rolling Stones in 1962, Jones' contribution to the ultimate blossoming and explosion of rock in popular culture cannot be underestimated. However, as a vulnerable Pisces, Jones suffered a fate typical to his Sun sign: He was marginalized.
Ten shows, as far north as The Radio Bean in Vermont and as far south as The Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware. Me and my acoustic guitar. As a longtime songwriter, 99 percent of my music starts with me by myself with my acoustic guitar. As lead singer, songwriter and frontman for Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project. I’m used to hearing my songs “electrify” into funk rock jams with horns, driving percussion and electric guitars.
What happens when a 14-year-old white girl sits down with blues legends and shoots the breeze? Ask guitarist Rory Block. She’ll tell you the blues is in her blood. In her soul. In her hands. Block picked up the guitar at age 10 and by her early teens was learning from the men that birthed the blues.
Push any guitar player into a corner, and it’s their command over their repertoire of killer minor pentatonic licks that can let them fight the way out. In almost any situation, licks and melodies using the minor pentatonic scale will fit unquestionably over any minor-key harmony and blend in with ease.