In his latest instructional video (posted February 5), guitarist Troy Grady investigates one of the unusual asymmetrical groupings of Yngwie Malmsteen’s scale playing: a concept known as "sevens." It's a classic and fascinating example of Malmsteen's unorthodox hybrid fretboard shapes. For more about Grady's Masters in Mechanics series, visit troygrady.com.
Who else but the Louisville Leopard Percussionists could so successfully translate Led Zeppelin into a xylophone-and-marimba opus? The video below shows a rehearsal session for the group, all of whom are between the ages of 7 to 12. In fluid succession, they cover “Immigrant Song,” “The Ocean” and “Kashmir.”
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the March 2015 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.
Over the Oscars- (and snow-) filled weekend, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci made his debut appearance on That Metal Show. You can check out a pro-shot clip of Petrucci's shred-packed performance, a highlight of the series' Season 14 debut episode, below.
Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings have signed Steve Vai to a new multi-album agreement that includes plans to issue two new Vai sets in 2015, beginning with Stillness in Motion: Vai Live in L.A. on April 7. The 2CD/2DVD was recorded October 12, 2012, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. It was the 49th show from Vai's Story of Light World Tour.
Below, check out a video simply titled the ”50 Best Guitar Tattoos Ever.” Of course, whether or not you agree with the video’s bold claim, remember Guitar World publishes readers’ guitar-centric tattoos in its “Ink Spot” section (There’s a nice Frank Zappa tattoo in our upcoming April 2015 issue).