This week I was trying to think of a topic for a blog that was different than whammy-bar tricks or shredding single note lines at 200 bpm. After teaching a few students Monday, I decided to have my third cup of coffee, much to the detriment of my physician and girlfriend. But on my walk to the coffee shop, I heard a lone goose flying overhead call out. A normal occurrence, I suppose; the only difference was that I recognized the squawk as an ascending major third! Presto, I had my blog post!!
Recently it was my great honor to sit down with rock legend -- and one of my all-time favorite players -- Leslie West to talk about his new record, Unusual Suspects. The album features Leslie's classic searing and smooth guitar tone, as well as guest performances by music heavyweights like Slash, Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather, Kenny Aronoff and Billy Gibbons. Leslie had me fascinated and laughing my ass off.
Since my last entry, a number of people have been keen to hear how I go about the writing process. I have to admit, when I first thought about this, I didn't really know what to say because so much of the writing process "just happens."
Hi, my name is Jingle Jared. Welcome to my first column for Guitar World. I'm a musician with a particular love for any and all stringed instruments. I'm also an entrepreneur. The two aren't incompatible. In fact, the company I co-founded in 2008, Jingle Punks, affords me the luxury of composing and performing music as my day job. It's no stretch to say I'm living the dream.
For this week's column, I wanted to give some attention to a buddy of mine who is a very promising young guitarist. His name is Florent Atem from Tahiti. He has a very cool technique that he created called slide picking that he will explain in this interview.
In the last column, I talked about the importance of phrasing, and how being aware of certain aspects in phrasing (chord tones, tone, vibrato and other dynamics) can embellish your phrasing, and hopefully cause it to stand out stronger than before. In this column, I will explore this concept further, showing you how you can add more color to your phrasing with extended notes, and demonstrate various technical approaches I use to take my phrasing further.
I think it's safe to say your rig and setup is your identity as a guitar player. How much gain you use, if you like your action nice and low for speed, even down to deciding if you wanna play on 11- or 13-gauge strings. As far as my setup goes, I'm using a Fender Telecaster '72 reissue Thinline as my primary guitar.
I’m sick of practicing. I’m in a rut. Nothing I do is original. I’ve played this a million times already. I don’t seem to be getting better. Where do “THEY” get all those good ideas, anyway? Welcome back to post No. 4 in “The Art of the Practice” series of posts, where we seek to interject your practice with some much needy variety, novelty and fun. Which is exactly the way it should be. Today we’re going to talk about the simple act of playing instruments other than your guitar.
iTunes is the largest music retailer in the U.S., so why wouldn’t it make sense assuming the sound quality and material are up to snuff? Record companies have traditionally served as the gatekeepers between musicians and the public. As the gatekeepers, your music has to go through us before it gets to the masses.
When you hit the big time -- and you're going to hit the big time man -- you're gonna go all around this beautiful world, guitar in hand, and you're gonna make it everywhere, even Japan. As I write this I'm sitting in the plane, on the runway at Narita getting ready to fly back to Boston from Tokyo. This was my 35th trip to the land of the rising sun. We just wrapped a 3 show mini tour playing Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo and I have to say these were some of my best shows in Japan.