After playing guitar for 15 years, I’ve heard my share of insulting remarks coming from guys about me being a female guitarist. So here are the things you should think twice about before saying them to a woman who plays guitar, and the things you should say instead. Because at the end of the day, our classification is not male or female… it’s musician. funny guys, not funny.
That’s a great question! When I built my first cigar box guitar more than 20 years ago, it had no frets, no fret markers and was played 100 percent with a slide. For me, that was the perfect instrument because I wanted to play the deepest Delta blues possible. I wanted the music to be primitive, creaky and have that slightly out-of-tune sound heard on old Smithsonian recordings.
Without even knowing what it does, who wouldn’t want a "Big Cannoli" pedal on their pedalboard? JColoccia Guitars didn’t just put a cool name on a box; it threw in a flexible overdrive, too. The pedal knobs are Gain, Volume, Treble and Bass. In between the EQ sits a three-way toggle marked Tight, Cut and Fat. To my ears, Tight offers a creamy, compressed sound, Cut scoops the mids and Fat thickens things up quite a bit.
Delta blues giant Robert Johnson is one of the most fascinating and mysterious performers in music history. He created an essential body of blues guitar music, recording 29 songs in 1936 and 1937 that would exert a powerful influence on the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Johnny Winter and many others.
An essential element in soloing for all guitarists—especially metal players—is the use of legato techniques. The term legato is defined as “smooth and connected,” and a legato sound is generally achieved on the guitar through the incorporation of hammer-ons, pull-offs and finger slides.
Whether you're aware of it or not, we're in the middle of a fairly sizable retro revival—and it's happening across several genres, including rock, country, jazz and beyond. Maybe the "real country music vs. ridiculous, laughable Nashville country music" phenomenon gets all the ink these days, but let us not forget a rising force in rock named JD McPherson.
The final show of Luna Sea’s 20th Anniversary World Tour, “Reboot to the New Moon,” was at Kobe Arena on New Year’s Eve, 2010. I traveled to Kobe from Tokyo via bullet train; the landscape outside my window, complete with an awesome view of Mount Fuji, served as the perfect prelude to a concert by one of the most influential bands of Japan’s Visual Kei movement.
Rather than sob into your pillow about it, you can sort these problems out—if you know how to solder. Soldering is an essential part of any guitar tweaker’s trick bag. Master the noble art, and you'll be able to install new pickups in your guitar; replace faulty controls, switches and jack sockets. Even custom-build your own cables!