Godlyke has announced the release of Maxon Fuzz Elements, seven new pedals designed to reproduce the unique sounds of the world’s most desirable vintage fuzz pedals. Using modern software technology, Maxon has modeled and mapped the complex elements that make up the core sounds of these legendary effect units, reproducing them using advanced analog circuitry that is accurate and stable.
“This first lick [FIGURE 1] is an arpeggio etude [musical-sounding exercise] in A minor that integrates tapping, multiple hammer-on and pull-off combinations and a little bit of economy picking into a steady stream of 16th notes. It pretty much stays within the realm of the A minor pentatonic scale [A C D E G], with the flatted fifth, Eb, added in the last two bars.
I start this lick by ascending a two-octave Bm(add9) arpeggio [B Cs D F#]. This short run is performed legato style, in which all the notes are sounded by the fret hand alone. I don’t use the pick again until the next beat, when I begin down-picking across the D and G strings.
Ernie Ball's new online series, Real to Reel with Slash, debuted February 25 on Slash's official YouTube channel. Part 5 of the series, which you can watch below, shows Slash & Co. — better known as "Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators" — at a studio in Los Angeles, hard at work on their next album, which will be released later this year.
Last year, guitarist Walter Trout was hit with a life-threatening liver disease, which caused him to lose 100 pounds. "For five years, Walter, Provogue Records and I have worked toward making Walter's 25th year as a solo artist a special celebratory event," Marie Trout said.
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We thought we'd share this late-2013 video of an 8-year-old girl named Li-Sa-X covering none other than Paul Gilbert. Below, check out a video of Li-Sa-X performing the instrumental Racer X tune "Scarified." The track originally appeared on Racer X's 1987 album, Second Heat, and was written by Gilbert and Scott Travis.