At the pinnacle of a mind-blowing concert, inevitably, unconsciously, you are covered in sweat and flailing hair with fists raised in the air before Gods of Rock. As they reach into your twisted heart and release untapped depths of angst into ecstatic fucking union, your hands form a shape of devil horns. Index and little fingers outstretched while the shared tendons of the middle and ring fingers contract inward toward the palm.
Van Halen’s impact on Dimebag’s playing is unmistakable. The “vibe” of early Van Halen is by far the most recognizable influence in Dimebag’s playing. From the grooving rhythms played like leads of their own, to the tone, to the phrasing in his lead playing, Dimebag took the inspiration of Edward Van Halen and forged his own identity.
By now you should be familiar with Chicago-based guitarist Rob Scallon, the guy who covers Slayer and Cannibal Corpse songs with banjos and ukuleles. Here, Scallon demonstrates how guitar players really “communicate” with each other. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!
In this video, Andre presents choice excerpts from 10 songs together in one solo. Among the tunes included are Santana’s “Love of My Life,” Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” Queen’s “Innuendo,” Steve Vai’s “Building the Church” and even “Flight of the Bumblebee.” He’s also included no fewer than two Muse tracks!
Although this story isn't about me—in fact, it has nothing to do with me—I will share one of my own mottos: "If you can't do justice to a Stevie Ray Vaughan song, don't even bother." (This is pretty much why I stopped playing Stevie Ray Vaughan songs a few years ago.) That said, here are five live covers that enter the realm of doing justice to the late, great SRV.
So yes, it's Bruce Springsteen's birthday. He was born on this date (September 23) in 1949. We've already reminded you about his 2014 performance of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" in Perth, Australia. But let's not forget his performance of Van Halen's "Jump" from April 6, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.
To put it bluntly, even though it appears on a groundbreaking, legendary guitar album—Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton—"What'd I Say" is not a "standout track" by any means. It just sort of sits there, and its lengthy drum solo (played by Hughie Flint) isn't exactly "Moby Dick." Who knows, maybe it was a crowd favorite at the Bluesbreakers' live shows.
Although I "discovered" Roy Buchanan when I was a blues-loving kid in the mid-'80s, the guitarist's first brush with something resembling fame came in 1971, when a documentary, The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World, aired on public TV. The documentary was about Buchanan, a blues-rock virtuoso whose gritty, distinctive technique inspired scores of guitarists, including Jeff Beck.
In this lesson, we’re going to focus on two things. First, we’re going to learn the C major triad on our guitar (there are several different forms and variations of it) and both succeeding inversions. You might already know how to play all this. If you do, feel free to skip ahead to the tab sheets or keep reading for a little review.