Here I present a beautifully uplifting solo instrumental guitar arrangement I crafted of brilliant classical-Romantic–era composer Franz Schubert’s (1797–1828) famous piece, “Ave Maria”—that sublimely inspiring slow song with stirring, innovative chord changes and angelic vocals, commonly sung in Latin by an operatic soprano with piano accompaniment and performed at weddings, funerals and religious Christmas events.
In the music of Periphery, we use a lot of what I like to refer to as “spider crawl” riffs—twisted single-note phrases that are generally used as transitions between song sections. Many of the typical phrases we come up with are rather acrobatic and involve a lot of finger slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs, along with a lot of shifting up and down the neck in order to articulate the riffs properly.
Just because I show you a run in one key and fretboard location it doesn’t mean that that’s the only place to play it. When you practice any sweep-picked arpeggio, once you have the fingering and shape down, you’ll want to begin moving it around the neck to other positions and keys. By doing this with the various major, minor and other shapes I’ve shown you, you’ll be able to apply the technique to changing chords in a progression.
Yousician is an app that teaches you to master the guitar instead of a plastic game controller. Yousician listens to you play through your device’s microphone and gives you real-time feedback. It works with any acoustic or electric guitar, without any special equipment. Yousician is packed with songs and exercises for beginners and advanced guitarists and is available for every major platform out there.
Eric Clapton has just posted the first full-length clip from his upcoming concert film, Eric Clapton: Live at the Royal Albert Hall—Slowhand at 70. It shows him and his band playing the JJ Cale classic “Cocaine,” and you can watch it below.
Vermont-based news channel WPTZ (where my late-Nineties girlfriend used to work!) recently published a feature on the Alpaca carbon fiber travel guitar, a "special guitar made to withstand the elements."
Here's a pretty cool lesson video posted by Bad Guitar in April 2015. Bad Guitar's motto is "no talk, just licks," which is actually kinda refreshing. Anyway, in this video, which has already garnered more than 340,000 views, Bad Guitar presents what he calls "5 rare guitar techniques just for fun."
Folks, meet the B-Blender, an aftermarket B-bender unit that can be attached to any guitar with a U.S.-made or imported Bigsby vibrato. The B-Blender is special—and very intriguing to a lot of guitarists—because it allows you to use your Bigsby the traditional way, as a normal vibrato unit, changing the pitch of whatever strings you happen to be playing as you employ the vibrato. Yet—and here's the cool part—it's also a B-bender.
Using the same technology that powers the company's B9 and C9 Organ Machine pedals, Electro-Harmonix has unveiled the new Key9 pedal, which emulates classic Wurlitzer and Rhodes sounds as well as organ, vibraphone, marimba, steel drums and a Dytronics-style rackmount chorus.