One question that comes up consistently from my students is “How do I develop the ability to play long phrases at mind-numbing tempos and increase my understanding of the fret board?” My usual response is, “Learn your scales and start a romantic affair with your metronome.” But today I will go much more in depth and offer an organized approach to cultivating some seriously scary scale knowledge.
The art of properly practicing technical passages on the guitar has many parallels to athletic training in its way, as it is a physical endeavor requiring repetition and focused execution of muscular movements with the goal of consistent improvement.
What do the stars hold for all you rock stars out there this week? It looks like Geminis will be soaking up the spotlight, Libras might want to break off from their bands and go solo and Cancers might be heading out on the road. For more, check out this week's edition of Rock Stars.
I have an embarrassing confession to make: I’ve never played an electric guitar. What?! How can that be?! In all my years of working with amp brands like Marshall, VOX, Acoustic, Dean Markely and 65amps, and interviewing and writing about great players, I just never felt the inclination to track down an electric guitar and plug in.
I have always played and jammed like a man possessed, and my own songs simply flowed nonstop from the very beginning as early as 1960 onward. I still jam constantly, which, to my way of thinking, is the ultimate practice, because it is free form and purely uninhibited and defiant, at least the way I jam it is. Some days I hammer away for hours, some days just a few minutes.
This week, we finally got the name of that Meshuggah track that mysteriously surfaced online last week, Into Eternity stopped teasing us and debuted "Fukushima," Municipal Waste streamed their new Decibel flexidisc and Sigh premiered a new track while announcing plans for an upcoming album.
One of my favorite jobs is modifying a players’ favorite old buddy. Maybe it’s their first guitar or the one they received as a special gift. Frequently, the instrument in question is not of the finest components. Always, though, there exists an emotional connection. This guitar is one the owner would never consider liquidating.
Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning is a recent book release by Gary Marcus, an author and MIT-educated cognitive psychology research professor who teaches at New York University.