A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (Number 100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (Number 1).
Holy crap. Is it over when you start to dress like that onstage? Schenker with Chicago Bulls NBA shorts and a leather motorcycle jacket with Oakley shades to pull the look together? As Heidi Klum used to say on Project Runway, "I'm sorry, Michael, you are out ... auf Wiedersehen."
Ask any guitarist to describe Eric Johnson in one word, and you'll likely get one response: “Tone." Johnson took the music world by storm with the release of his 1986 album Tones and the subsequent Ah Via Musicom from 1990. Since that time, he's released a successful DVD, appeared on several G3 and Experience Hendrix tours -- and he's even won a Grammy.
The Experience Hendrix tour, a traveling show that pays tribute to the music of Jimi Hendrix, will head back on the road in March. Thirteen dates have been confirmed (See the schedule below), and several more dates will be announced soon.
Guitar great Eric Johnson has announced a run of shows in the U.S. that kicks off tonight in Foxborough, Masschusetts. The tour comes in support of his latest album, Up Close, which was released back in 2010.
Speaking with the legendary Texas guitarist as he prepares for his upcoming tour, Eric Johnson reveals much on his recording process, the musicians he works with and how he embraces music's ever-changing digital frontier.
This is an Eric Johnson-inspired melodic climb in the key of E. It's based on a six-note sequence that I transpose to different tonal centers as I move up and across the neck. The first part of the lick, up until the legato ending, is all alternate picked with palm muting.