Last week — wait, was it last week? Yeah, it was last week — Joe Bonamassa posted a Facebook video of himself noodling backstage on a 1978 Charvel black-and-yellow stripe guitar, a guitar long associated with Eddie Van Halen. This week, Bonamassa posted another backstage Facebook clip; this time, he's playing a 1931 National Duolian guitar.
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour made a rare appearance Saturday night at a Bombay Bicycle Club show at London's Earls Court. First Gilmour played lap steel guitar on Bombay Bicycle Club's "Rinse Me Down"; then he picked up his guitar and performed Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" live for the first time in more than two years, NME reports.
The Bojotar is a new stringed instrument developed by guitarist Bow Thayer in collaboration with Joey Leone for Eastwood/Airline Guitars. The instrument, which is demoed in the video below, should be available December 15 and can be pre-ordered here.
Just in time for the holidays, Joe Perry has released his recordings of four Christmas classics. Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas features “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Santa Claus Is Back in Town” and “Run Run Rudolph” with Johnny Depp on rhythm guitar.
One of the many tools that can be used to learn the higher positions is the CAGED system. Though the application can be very useful, aspects of it can be simplified and studied in a more musical approach. Doing this might help you have a better understanding of chord voicing and harmony.
Joanna Connor might be the best slide guitar player you're likely to come across today. Check out this video of Connor, shown performing a wicked slide solo at the 2014 North Atlantic Blues Fest in Rockland, Maine.
When you first learn the three-note-per-string and/or single position seven-note scale, you learn the patterns starting on the low E string and work your way up to the high E and back. You do this for each of the seven patterns up the neck, practicing and perfecting your scales. This is great! The only problem is, this is how you are training your hands and brain to approach them.