Bass is more than just a guitar with two fewer strings. It has a different tone, scale length, feel and musical role, and in many cases it requires a different conceptual and technical approach. Guitarists who are new to playing bass will often double the guitar part one octave lower. There is certainly a place octave doubling — just listen to Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion," Led Zeppelin's "The Ocean" and Pantera's "I'm Broken." But there is so much more that can be done with the bass guitar.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive trailer for Shout!, the new album by Gov't Mule. Shout! — the band's first studio album in four years — will feature 11 tracks recorded by the band in Los Angeles and in Stamford, Connecticut, plus a bonus disc featuring an all-star lineup of vocalists interpreting the Mule’s new songs.
Most of us regard changing or replacing strings as arduous and time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. Depending upon the type of guitar you own, string changing can be accomplished in a matter of minutes. Constant repetition is the key — kind of like practicing — and as a guitarist, that’s what you do.
For today's Flashback Friday video, we're dropping in on Yngwie Malmsteen, circa-1984. Fans who got to see Alcatrazz perform in the early to mid-'80s were treated to bits and pieces of Malmsteen's mastery in pretty much every song — but especially when he took his extended solo breaks.
In the video below, Guitar World's Paul Riario demos the Guitar Jam Tracks app by Ninebuzz. Practice jamming, learning the pentatonic scale and soloing to five great-sounding jam tracks in keys the keys of A, B, C, D, E, F and G — right from your iPhone or iPad!
I began to seriously play guitar at the impressionable age of 11 (It would have been earlier if my parents hadn’t discouraged me) by receiving an acoustic and some lessons. Two years later, I had my first electric guitar and joined a band. I haven’t stopped consistently playing live since.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of Whitechapel's new lyric video for "Vicer Exciser." The song is from the new re-issue of The Somatic Defilement. As a bonus, Whitechapel are also giving you the chance to win a new ESP guitar signed by the entire band!
These videos are bonus content related to the October 2013 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.
Last month, Guitar World launched its latest transcription challenge, asking readers to learn a portion of Slayer's "Raining Blood," the transcription for which appears on Page 112 of our August 2013 issue (with Slayer's Jeff Hanneman on the cover).