First things first: We don’t want you to stop playing guitar. After all, Guitar World is a magazine for guitarists, and so playing guitar is something we promote. Pursuing a special interest, however, has its hazards. For one, approached with the wrong outlook, your hobby/vocation could lead to pathological behavior. Indeed, much like The Force, the guitar, once mastered, can be used either for good or for evil.
If you follow the career path of frontman extraordinaire Gary Cherone, you can't avoid bumping into some serious guitar-rock royalty. Whether it's his partnership with Nuno Bettencourt in Extreme, fronting the mighty Van Halen or performing with his idols Brian May and Tony Iommi at the Freddie Mercury Tribute concert, Cherone has performed with true living legends.
Right now, you are browsing a website for guitarists. This means either you already play and are looking for a little vindication of your obsession, or you’re a beginner looking to find out whether you chose the right instrument. Well, here is every reason you need to quiet that little voice in the back of your head asking, “Why am I doing this?”
Since being introduced by a mutual friend in a music store in 1978, this duo of songwriters have written hits for Adams’ albums You Want It, You Got It, Cuts Like a Knife and the 1984 monster, Reckless, which sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S. alone.
There once was a time when rock radio was dominated by great riffs, a period when the only thing that mattered was that unmistakable guitar sound that instantly identified a band or song. Thankfully, the four members of Crobot — Brandon Yeagley (lead vocals), Chris Bishop (guitar), Jake Figueroa (bass) and Paul Figueroa (drums) — have made it their mission to bring back those days.
Has any piece of musical equipment proliferated more, or more rapidly, than the humble electric guitar effect unit? Though there is no official tally, suffice it to say that thousands of stomp boxes, effect devices and processors have been created for the electric guitar over the past 60 years (and that’s not including rackmount effects). Conceivably, more than half of those devices are distortion, fuzz and overdrive effects.
“Rock is dead. Guitar is dead.” Weezer’s ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, opens with these two dire statements, both uttered before the opening riff of “Ain’t Got Nobody” kicks in. “All those voices you hear on the record are the voices that we’ve heard in our lives and in our careers in recent years,” explains Rivers Cuomo, Weezer’s primary songwriter, lead guitarist and vocalist.