Believe it or not, Pantera’s “The Art of Shredding” translates awesomely to acoustic in the hands of the masterful percussive player, Sam Westphalen. Here he is in the studio at the Australian Institute of Music laying it down.
In the last few columns we've been zoning in on lead-playing and shit so let's get back to doing some hard-driving rhythm work for a while-'cos well-balanced players rip on rhythm as well as leads. As far as I'm concerned, it's no good being able to wail out smokin' leads if your rhythm chops hugg! I've been into playing rhythm from day one, and a lot of that has to do with having a brother who kicks ass on drums.
Luckily, musicians in search of quality signature gear — from guitars to amps to effects to pickups — don't have to worry about that nonsense. Generally, gear manufacturers work closely with their signature artists, in some cases, right down to the tiniest of details (Some artists repeatedly send back the prototypes until they're perfect).
Below, check out a video of a complete Dimebag Darrell clinic that took place June 3, 1993, in Arlington, Texas. The Randall Amplifiers-sponsored clinic, which is basically a Q&A session where Dime is practically begging the crowd for questions, also features some fine playing by Darrell.
Van Halen’s impact on Dimebag’s playing is unmistakable. The “vibe” of early Van Halen is by far the most recognizable influence in Dimebag’s playing. From the grooving rhythms played like leads of their own, to the tone, to the phrasing in his lead playing, Dimebag took the inspiration of Edward Van Halen and forged his own identity.
One of the highlights of this year's NAMM Show was the introduction of a new Dimebag Darrell model from Dean Guitars. In the video below, Dean Guitars' Josh Meloney shows off and explains the features of the new guitar.
“Fuck it, Hitchcock,” drawled Dime, downing the dregs of his beer. “We’ve been hammering this for hours and we’re out of booze. Interview and lesson over…we’re hitting a bar, goddammit! Put the camera and tape machine away, I’ll film me playing the riffs we went over when I get home and Fed Ex a tape to ya.”