For a long time when I was younger, I felt trapped with the pentatonic scale. Most players only use the scale in the box form or two-note-per-string technique. Now, while I absolutely love the sound this creates, I was searching for ways to create runs that were tonally similar to my personal favorites such as Stevie Ray Vaughan or Jimi Hendrix but utilize techniques that Steve Vai or Satch would use in their soloing.
If Boulder jam band the Salmon Heads hadn’t been asked to play a New Year’s Eve gig in Crested Butte, Colorado, in 1989, the past two decades would have been very different for Vince Herman. As it turned out, some of Herman’s fellow Salmon Heads couldn’t make the show, so he asked his friends in The Left Hand String Band to fill some holes.
This Friday, June 1, Guitar Center Sessions will launch its latest episode, featuring The All-American Rejects. The band will be on-hand to perform a handful of songs, as well as take questions on songwriting and the creative process.
The music of the Afghan Whigs is a little too twisted to be called tender and a little too sweet to be called bitter. As a songwriter, no one tangles love and lust quite so poetically as Greg Dulli, who at 47 still exudes a storm of swagger, even if he's not taking drags off a cigarette while telling thirty-minute stories like the old days.
Legendary rockers Aerosmith performed earlier this evening on the season finale of American Idol, debuting a brand new track from their upcoming new album — which has been christened Music from Another Dimension — called "Legendary Child." The track is now available for streaming, and you can check it out below.
You've seen it before. The famous guitarist goes solo and hires a bunch of goons to stand behind him while he stands awkwardly in the foreground, trying to be both guitarist and frontman while the singer croons timidly, relegated to the side of the stage. And then there's Slash.