I've had the honor to have worked with some of the most phenomenal musicians and producers on the planet, including George Lynch, Mike Mangini, Michael Angelo Batio, Chris Poland and Glen Drover. It's all the result of a dedicated work ethic and a positive attitude.
I often get asked how I got into transcribing music. This’ll sound arrogant, but to be completely honest, I think I always transcribed in some way. Even as a little kid, in my head, I was dissecting stuff I heard that appealed to me, even if I didn’t know the terminology.
A recent realization enabled me to better understand some of the Jimi Hendrix mystique we still embrace after 40-plus years. Oddly enough, I owe Robin Williams for this epiphany. Some of you might think this is weird. No wonder; it’s not exactly normal, but …
Since I picked up the acoustic guitar at a young age, I've always been an acoustic player and performer. There's always been something profound about one man and one guitar. I've always thought that to have that type of capability, to be able to hold it down and get your song and performance across, solo acoustic, is the sign of a true musician. When you're up there all by yourself, you have nothing to hide behind.
Katrina Johansson wants you to sing along. Not to the chorus, but to the guitar line. She fills us in, “Melody is just as important as the energy of shredding. I want people to be able to sing some of the guitar melodies and remember them, as well as feel the energy and appreciate the technique of the fast parts.”
Dave Gonzalez, Thomas Yearsley and Brian Fahey -- collectively known as The Paladins -- are among the June 10 headliners at this year's Ink-N-Iron Tattoo & Kustom Culture Festival in the shadow of the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.
The Epiphone Riviera Custom P-93 is a fine guitar. It is beautifully conceived and crafted in that stunning see-thru wine red finish, laminated maple top and body with mahogany neck. I also dig (cosmetically and functionally) having the three black plastic dog-eared P90 pickups.