The exercises in this month’s column emphasize pick-hand techniques that are intrinsic to my style: sweep picking, alternate picking and multiple-finger fretboard tapping. Specifically, I wanted to create a convergence of these different playing techniques within a musical-sounding piece.
A new cover of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" is getting a lot of attention lately, and you can check it out below. The classic Maiden tune is given the hillbilly treatment by a Finnish band called Steve'n'Seagulls, complete with acoustic guitar, banjo and mandolin. What's even cooler is that these guys do an incredible job.
I call this month’s column “The Riff Welder” because in it I demonstrate a variety of ways you can bring more melodic content to your power-chord-driven ideas through the use of single-note lines and small two-note chord voicings, often referred to as “diads.” I will take a few fairly “stock” chord progressions and, by moving a few notes and voicings around, show you how to devise much more interesting and effective rhythm parts.
Former Pantera bassist Rex Brown joined fellow Pantera alumnus and current Down frontman Philip Anselmo on stage at the Download festival on Sunday at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. They performed the Pantera classic "A New Level."
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Halo (Beautiful Day)," the new music video by Ballyhoo! The song is from the band's new EP, Halo, which will be released Tuesday, June 17. It was produced by John Feldmann (Neon Treees, the Used, Goldfinger).
Over the weekend, someone asked me about "Tennessee brand" guitars and basses — something I'd never heard of. Apparently, the company creates — or created — an 18-string instrument that combines a 12-string guitar with a six-string bass — all on one neck.
If you want to see or hear Stevie Ray Vaughan playing acoustic guitar, you have limited options. There's his 1990 MTV Unplugged appearance, his posthumously released recording of "Life by the Drop," "Oreo Cookie Blues" (a 1985 Lonnie Mack recording) — and, well, maybe a few other dribs and draps.