When I talk music, I always bring up Kiss because, pound for pound, they are probably my favorite band of all time. It’s a toss-up between them and Megadeth. But from a lot of people what I hear is, “Oh man, I could just never get into Kiss." I really feel like a lot of people are missing out on the greatness they have to offer.
Harmonic minor is always a very cool choice and a favorite of mine. It’s great to use when you’re improvising or coming up with song ideas and lead parts. So many impressive players have made great use of it in their songs — guys like Uli Jon Roth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ritchie Blackmore, Steve Vai and many others. Mozart was also a big fan.
This is a two-part run in A minor that I play in my solo to "Caravan of Cannibals," on Shredding the Envelope’s debut CD, The Call of the Flames. The first three bars are based mostly on the A Dorian mode [A B C D E F# G], with a couple of "outside" notes thrown in, namely D# and F.
As a Berklee College of Music professor, Scott Tarulli is well versed in all things rock, blues and jazz (Of course, his friends know he's also a closet Dio-loving metal head) His new album, Anytime, Anywhere, features a trove of hooks and catchy songs; it also happens to feature special guests including bebop slide guitar legend David Tronzo, bassist Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta. We recently caught up with Tarulli to discuss the new album.
This is a wide-stretch, legato string-skipping idea that’s based on a symmetrical fretboard shape that moves across the neck in a single position. It’s articulated entirely with fret-hand hammer-ons and pull-offs, and I use my pick hand as a string damper by reaching over behind the fret hand and grabbing the neck to mute the idle strings and prevent them from ringing.
The song, which is from Batio's new album, Intermezzo, was written by Batio and features guest appearances — and guitar solos — by George Lynch, Elliott Dean Rubinson (Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker), Jeff Loomis (Conquering Dystopia, Nevermore), Craig Godly (Dio), Dave Reffett (Shredding The Envelope), Andrea Martongelli (Arthemis) and Rusty Cooley (Day Of Reckoning).
On February 18, tenacious rockers Skindred released a new album, Kill The Power, via Red River Entertainment/Sony RED. The disc is getting rave reviews across the board. We recently tracked down Skindred guitarist Mikey Demus — as he was gearing up for a tour with Seether and Black Stone Cherry — and subjected him to our "five questions" treatment. You can check out our conversation below.
The band, led by Quinn and singer Biff Byford, are nearing the end of a lengthy US tour in support of their 2013 album, Sacrifice, along with Fozzy. You can check out the band's current tour dates right here. We recently tracked down Quinn to discuss the tour, the band's legacy and Sacrifice.
Austin-based blues singer/guitarist Omar Dykes (also known as Omar Kent Dykes) hails from McComb, Mississippi, not far from the birthplace of one of his biggest musical heroes, blues legend Howlin’ Wolf.