Last week, I attended PRS Guitars' sixth annual open-house event known as Experience PRS. If you’re a fan of PRS Guitars or just guitars in general, this free event at the Stevensville, Maryland, factory is a must-see. It truly is meant to be “experienced.” One item that struck me is the SE Custom 24 7-String, which happens to be PRS Guitars' first 7-string production instrument in their SE series of guitars.
Equal parts badass guitar slinger and sweet songstress, Michelle Malone artfully balances her penchant for ripping it through the roof with masterful lyrical introspection and vocals that range from sublime to raucous. On Malone’s latest album, Day 2, which is set to release on October 5, every facet shines.
In the last few years, we have been fortunate enough to have two Top 40 records full of guitar-driven rock and roll in a time when we all hear the "Rock is dead" phrase way too often. That being said, we spend nine months a year on a tour bus and are not able to get into world-class or even local recording studios when the creative juices start flowing.
Back by popular demand, it's Jimmy Brown's classic Guitar World column, Guitar 101. In the first installment, Jimmy begins a 3-part series on one of the first things a new guitarist wants to do: play fast!
Let’s get into some microphone placement techniques. Assuming you’re using a dynamic microphone such as a Shure SM57, here are some general rules and guidelines to keep in mind. Assuming you’re using a dynamic microphone such as a Shure SM57, here are some general rules and guidelines to keep in mind ...
I have an insatiable soft spot for handmade pedals that offer a point of difference as well as killer sound. That combination is incredibly hard to resist, especially when it’s topped off by cosmetics that include glitter, a happy vibe and customer service that completes the package.
A great place to start is the immortal “Hey Joe,” written by Billy Roberts in 1962 and recorded in the mid-'60s by many different bands, such as The Standells, The Surfaris, Love, The Byrds and, most notably, Jimi Hendrix.
I'd like to show some non tapping sequences I use in my own playing. I've found that the concept of these two-note per-string major and minor 7ths can lead to some musical and melodic ideas, so it translates well into a phrase in a solo or run or as part of a rhythm.
Love on the run. Damn that should be a song. It must be a song already, right?! There's probably a thousand songs about love on the run and a million songs about love. Love makes the world go around right? Yeah it does. And what does love have to do with playing guitar, touring, writing songs and being a musician? Well, just about everything.
We often spend a lot of time working on pentatonic, blues, major and melodic minor scales and patterns on the guitar and then practice bringing these sounds into our solos. While learning the aforementioned scales is essential for any improvising guitarist, there is also another group of scales that are worth spending time on in the woodshed and bringing into our solos on the bandstand: symmetrical scales.