We offer these 25 tips from guitarists who know their stuff—from rock royalty to jazz patriarchs to any-and-all, top-of-their-game bad asses. Hopefully, you’ll find something in these cosmic, practical and musical nuggets of wisdom that will kick that rut-raddled mind of yours into higher gears of inspiration.
The capo is to guitars what sugar—or Stevia, if you prefer—is to food. It makes everything sweeter. Musicians started noticing the capo's inherent song-sweetening properties sometime in the early 17th century, when primitive versions of the handy accessory were employed to raise the pitch of a host of fretted instruments.
Well, gang, it’s time once again to take Guitar World magazine's annual readers' poll. Should David Gilmour take the Hall of Fame crown—or is the late B.B. King more deserving? Was Judas Priest the year’s best live act? Or was it Van Halen? Should Joe Satriani reign over Gus G as Best Shredder? What about this year's best blues guitarist and rock album?
In our newest instructional product, the How to Play Funk Bass! DVD, former Guitar World Music Editor Matt Scharfglass teaches you the techniques and stylistic elements of classic Motown, Seventies soul and modern R&B bass playing—everything from Jamerson to Jaco!
As recently reported, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with drummer Mike Portnoy, bass icon Billy Sheehan and keyboardist Derek Sherinian, are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year. On December 12, MacAlpine's friends and fans will gather together at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. All proceeds will go to help MacAlpine and his family.
We recently caught up with Vivian Campbell, who was eager to discuss Def Leppard's new self-titled album and his more recent project, Last in Line, which reunites the veteran guitarist with his fellow Dio bandmates Vinny Appice and Jimmy Bain. Their new album, Heavy Crown, is set for a February 2016 release.
Get Up!—Bryan Adams' new album—finds the Canadian rocker reuniting with his longtime songwriting partner, Jim Vallance. This is the same pair that composed many of the guitar-driven songs that became the soundtrack for the Eighties: “Cuts Like a Knife,” “This Time,” “Run to You,” “It’s Only Love” and “Summer of ‘69” to name but a few.
Eric Clapton's incendiary six-string exploits with the Yardbirds, followed by a pair of mind-blowing 1966 albums—Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton and Fresh Cream—briefly put the passionate young Clapton atop the U.K.’s, if not the world’s, guitar hierarchy.
Everyone knows about Eric Clapton’s performance on the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” And Eddie Van Halen’s solo on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”? Fantastic, yes, but do we really need to revisit it again? Instead, we decided to highlight 10 less-celebrated guitar guest spots from the annals of rock history.