"I remember hearing 'Hey Jude' by Wilson Pickett and calling either Ahmet Ertegun or Tom Dowd and saying, 'Who's that guitar player?'" says Eric Clapton in the top video below. It turns out the guitar player was a 22-year-old Duane Allman, aka "Skydog."
Accurate string bends and vibrato don't come from your hands but from your ears. They can't be practiced mechanically like alternate picking and sweeping. It takes a more careful approach to develop your ear to hear pitch. I've heard many players who can play extremely fast, accurate scales and licks but can't execute a simple string bend and stay in tune.
Last week, the eternally surprising Jimmy Page streamed a track called "Ramblize" at his official website. It was an unlikely mashup of Led Zeppelin's "Ramble On" and Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize." A lot of news outlets reported that it was a new track, but it actually has been available on good ol' YouTube for more than two years — and you can hear it below.
Unlike my previous series of lessons (where I already knew how to play the piece), I'll be learning the piece with you, section by section. I almost prefer this piece over the Paganini simply because it's a lot easier technique-wise and much easier to play at the correct tempo.
For this post, I’ve put together a beginner’s TV guitar workout. It’s a great way for beginning guitarists to start working on hand strength while vegging in front of the tube. Let’s check out the exercises first, and then I’ll go over how you can incorporate them into your TV viewing.
I am able to type now as my hands have thawed out from our visit to Canada, which was an experience in all things that can freeze. We're in Texas after a pilgrimage from Minnesota to play Fun Fun Fun Fest. A meager 24 hours on the road in the now-fragrant 4ARM tour bus. With six guys in the bus, I'm using the term "fragrant" quite loosely.
Some of you might remember an ad that appeared in guitar magazines in the late '80s or early '90s. It showed a photo of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Hearts Club Band LP propped up against a shiny new four-track recorder (possibly a Tascam, but who knows at this point?). The slogan above the photo was something along the lines of "A Couple of Four-Track Masterpieces."
Circus Freak builds its pedals in the US. Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be exact. Before I go any further, I have to point out the crafty circus-themed names and artwork on all the Circus Freak pedals. I mean, there’s a fuzz pedal called The Bearded Lady!
Binding is generally recognized as a “deluxe” feature. From the simple and understated single-ply binding of a Telecaster Deluxe to the nearly excessive multiple laminations found on a Gibson Super 400 CES, binding indicates, at the very minimum, a step up from a basic model. In this post, I’ll introduce you to a nearly foolproof tool to create binding ledges.