Clarence White was a genuine double threat. His brilliant, Doc Watson-inspired acoustic flatpicking, which incorporated lightning-fast fiddle lines played on an already-vintage Martin D-28 guitar, helped the bluegrass world recognize the guitar as a lead instrument. Several masters of the genre, including Tony Rice and Norman Blake, list him as a key influence.
For everyone who has followed me throughout this series, I hope you found it rewarding and challenging. Hopefully this piece has helped you improve as a player in terms of technique and theory. When I began learning the piece, I was looking for something easier technique-wise than my previous Paganini series.
Jack White will release his second solo album, Lazaretto, June 10 — but he's already supplied three new songs to his fans. Now he's created the official music video for the album's title track, and you can check it out below.
While doing a bit of research on an upcoming story about noteworthy Deep Purple covers, we were reminded of this live 1992 performance of "Smoke on the Water" by Yngwie Malmsteen. Note that Malmsteen also sings on this version, doing double duty by handling the original roles of Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore.
Some of my favorite musical sounds are those that consist of long, flowing arpeggios, whether they are present in rock, classical, electronic music or metal. The manner by which most guitar players execute lengthy arpeggiated lines is by using sweep picking, wherein the pick is dragged in a single motion across two or more adjacent strings using either a downstroke or an upstroke.
Like its big brother, the Screamin' Demon humbucker, this li'l savage combines a big, open sound with just a subtle hint of "glass." It screams and provides rich harmonics but cleans up when you back it off. Using a unique slotted and Allen head screw combination that gives each coil a slightly different magnetic field, the tone is big and percussive without being too harsh.