Dimebag Darrell Abbott, Pantera’s high priest of six-string destruction, is feeling ornery. His eyes narrow as he slowly picks up his metallic blue Dean guitar. Cradling it like a sawed-off shotgun, the self-proclaimed “cowboy from hell” begins to frown. It’s obvious that he has something urgent on his mind.
Indie folk rock and Pantera are not two things mentioned often in the same breath, but today is one of those rare occasions. Philadelphia-based indie-folk band The Bailey Hounds recently performed an acoustic cover of Pantera's "The Great Southern Trendkill." The results? Watch the video below and decide for yourself.
What's up Dad, we're back! Last time we got into using the whammy bar to make natural harmonics scream back up to pitch. In this column we're gonna be using the bar to to pull these jewels up to notes that are higher than their regular pitch. One example is screaming the harmonic at the 4th fret (regular pitch is B) on the G string all the way up to D (Figure 1).
In honor of Dimebag Darrell's birthday (which would be on August 20), Disturbed -- along with members of All Shall Perish, Godsmach and Trivium -- paid tribute to the late guitar hero with an all-star cover of the Pantera classic. "Walk."
What's shakin', tough guy? Like I promised at the end of last month's column, this time I'm gonna light you up on how to do "harmonic squeals," like the ones at the end of "Cemetery Gates" (Cowboys From Hell.) A bunch of you have written in asking about this technique.
This month we're gonna talk about harmonics-how to get 'em, where you can find 'em and what you can do with 'em. There are a number of different ways you can make harmonics happen. You can induce 'em with your pick (pinch harmonics), you can tap 'em like Eddie Van Halen does sometimes (tap or touch harmonics) or you can get 'em by lightly resting one of your left-hand fingers on a string and then picking it. The last type are called natural harmonics, and they're the suckers we're gonna be dicking with.
A previously unheard track featuring Pantera's Phil Anselmo and Dimebag Darrell along with White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult has now made it's way online. The track, titled "Dawn Of The Horrible Gorilla!," was reportedly recorded on tour in 1992.
A trained classical violinist, Bridgid Bibbens says she’s “crossed over to the dark side.” But with gigs under her belt with host of heavies like Christina Aguilera, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Tommy Lee, Jay-Z, John Mayer, Alicia Keys and a boatload more, I’d say the dark side is treating her pretty darn good.