Recently, I had the great fortune to be invited to the John Lennon Bus to participate in a very cool and unique recording session. In January 2011, I checked out the bus and learned what the organization is all about at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim. The bus is essentially a state-of-the-art recording studio that’s outfitted with all the latest and greatest equipment for recording audio and video -- and it ROLLS, baby!
Welcome to our weekly new music roundup, a new feature we'll be doing here on GuitarWorld.com where we collect all the new tracks that have debuted over the course of the past week -- whether we got around to posting about them or not -- all in one place so you can catch up over the weekend.
Chances are you’ve never heard of the late jazz guitarist Lenny Breau, but ask Pat Metheny or Tommy Emmanuel and they will surely tell he has had a profound impact on nearly every guitarist who heard him play. Guitarists revered him as an innovator for his finger-style chord melody technique, stunning pinch harmonic runs and wide musical vocabulary, ranging from country to jazz to classical.
Hey, everyone, Jingle Jared here again. Today I'd like to discuss luck. Well, strategy, too. Actually, a little of both. You see, luck is nothing without strategy. Put simply, you've got to be ready to take advantage of luck. Otherwise, it's just a fleeting phenomenon, like that lick you can't seem to duplicate or the nifty little melody you wake up with that's gone before you're able to jump out of bed and reach for the guitar.
Finding that perfect guitar can also be choosing a certain style of playing. Naturally, you should be able to play any style of music on any guitar, but the glaring truth is some guitars are better suited for certain musical styles than others. You wouldn’t necessarily show up at a Wes Montgomery covers gig with a B.C. Rich, much less play Slipknot’s songs with a D’Aquisto hollow body.
Here's an easy way to pull off some very fast and exotic arpeggios without even breaking a sweat. My entire approach to playing has always been making things easy, and I love licks that sound way harder than they really are. I like to think of it as working smarter, not harder.
This is my first tour with Modern Day Escape and so far it's been going great, except for a couple of vehicle problems. Only four days in and we had to get our water pump and heater fixed for the van. Going through the Rockies in the winter you HAVE to have heat and a defroster; otherwise, you'll freeze and so will the windows, causing you to drive off a cliff and probably die, no bueno.
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top recently visited Guitar World HQ to pose for the January 2012 GW cover photo. While he was here, he grabbed a silver Sharpie and added some signature Billy Gibbons flare to a brand-new cherry red Epiphone SG Special. His designs appear on the entire body of the guitar, and you can check it out in this photo gallery.
Crowds of people held back by metal barricades and cops has become a common sight on the streets of Manhattan lately, but on Thursday night, January 5, the hordes were not protesting Wall Street but rather hoping for a chance to join the 200 or so journalists, record label execs, and celebrities crammed into Greenwich Village’s tiny Café Wha? where Van Halen performed a steamy, action-packed one-hour set.
Check out these 10 fabulous and varied duets featuring some excellent guitar playing by greats like Orianthi, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Batten and more, paired with legends like Steve Vai, Jeff Beck and Carlos Santana. It’s a guitar feast that’s fit for two!