It’s always fun to hear fresh acoustic interpretations of songs. But there’s something about covering Iron Maiden acoustically that just seems to work. Take this classical guitar version of “Fear of the Dark” from Thomas Zwijsen. Best known for his arrangements of famous rock, metal and pop songs for classical solo guitar, his interpretation of this Iron Maiden standard is surely a standout. Even as the sole performer on stage, his fluid chops take the song to new heights. (And the video is pretty hilarious too!)
I tap with my middle finger and begin this lick by flicking the string with the finger to get the sound going, doing a "phantom" pull-off to the A note at the fifth fret. I then play a sequence that goes "hammer, tap, pull" and repeats as I move across the strings, initiating the first note on each lower string with a "hammer-on from nowhere."
This riff-writing exercise will demonstrate how to create diatonic and borrowed chords based on a chromatic bass line while staying in key. For this example, I’m going to use the key of A minor and the harmonic minor scale as my guide for chord construction.
Toronto band Secret Broadcast have released a new music video for a song called "Killing Time." You can check it out below. You also might want to check out the unplanned ending ... the part where their van is pulled over by a cop.
GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll—the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown—has reached Round 2! For the past month, we've been pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Now the competition is guaranteed to get even tougher.
This month’s column focuses on an original composition of mine that acknowledges the influence of classical pianists on my playing style, specifically the way in which pianists will play arpeggios across several octaves very quickly (see FIGURE 1). In order to emulate that sound on the guitar, I’ve devised a few fretboard tapping techniques. In fact, much of my two-hand tapping technique is based on that goal and approach.