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Brian May: ‘Wayne’s World’ “Bohemian Rhapsody” Scene Hit Close to Home

Despite four decades of performing and hearing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," guitarist Brian May still enjoys what is undoubtedly his biggest hit.“I’m not sick of it,” he told the BBC late last year. “You can’t complain that people want to talk about it all these years later. I still enjoy hearing it. If it comes on the radio, I’ll turn it up and listen. “But no air guitar,” he says. “I’m too... …

Chris Mike Premieres Solo Guitar Arrangement of "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Guitarist Chris Mike—whose impressive videos turn up on GuitarWorld.com from time to time—has just posted a new one that's wracking up the YouTube views pretty quickly.It's a solo-guitar performance of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Fittingly enough, Mike is playing Brian May's signature guitar, the Red Special, in the clip.It turns out "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the perfect vehicle for Mike's "Jeff... …

Brian May: “The Guitar Isn’t the Most Important Thing”

Brian May has some surprising things to say about the guitar in a new interview with Music Radar.May, who has just released Golden Days, a collaborative album with singer Kerry Ellis, offers up five tips covering on everything from surrounding yourself with inspiring people to getting yourself in the best state of mind for playing.Two areas that the Queen guitarist touches on are soloing and... …

How to Play Crushing Open-Chord Riffs Like Tom Scholz, Angus Young and Brian May

This time, I’ll show you how to play crushing open-chord riffs in the styles of five legendary classic rock riffmeisters.The use of open power chords embellished with single-note melodic fills and quarter-step bends has provided a framework for some of the most powerful and enduring riffs of all time.These types of riffs were pioneered by the blues-rock players of the Sixties and Seventies,... …

Joe Satriani: “The Guitarist Whose Tone I’d Never Mistake for Anyone Else”

Joe Satriani was asked to name one guitarist whose sound he would never confuse for anyone else. His choice? Queen guitarist Brian May.Speaking with Classic Rock, Satriani says, “Brian’s like a whole universe unto himself. The first time you hear him you go, ‘What the fuck is that?’ It’s beautiful music, original tone and an amazing application of the guitar—the harmony, the way he strings... …

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