The notion of sweeping (or raking) the pick across the strings to produce a quick succession of notes has been around since the invention of the pick itself. Jazz players from the Fifties would use the approach in their improvisations, and Chet Atkins was known to eschew his signature fingerstyle hybrid-picking technique from time to time and rip out sweep-picked arpeggios.
Some bands — like Gwar or Ghost B.C., for example — don't need scary gear to be scary. That said, if they were wielding any of the axes featured in this photo gallery, well, let's just say it wouldn't hurt.
It's time to compare the mettle of Jim Dunlop pedals! In GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll — the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown — we're pitting Dunlop, Way Huge and MXR pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Yes, we're pulling out all the stomps! Thirty-two stompboxes will go head to head — or toe to toe, if you prefer — ending with the crowning of the king of Dunlop pedals.
I’m talking about the unmistakable signature graphics on the guitars of “Mr. Scary," A.K.A. George Lynch. But the graphics are not nearly as recognizable as Lynch’s frighteningly unique phrasing, tone and vibrato. Since the early 1980s, soulful shred Sensei George Lynch has challenged the boundaries of his abilities, constantly evolved with the times and kept his playing fresh.
Let's be real: When I was doing research for this list, I came across some really sick album covers. So sick they made a Cannibal Corpse album look like something you'd frame and give to your parents to hang over their mantle at Christmas.
To get things started, we've put together a list of the 13 creepiest album covers of all time. Before all you Cannibal Corpse and Cattle Decapitation fans get all riled up, we will be doing a list of the 13 most GRUESOME album covers of all time later in the week.
At age 75, he continues touring, making albums and doing session work, bringing the traditional music that he loves to longtime fans and new generations. McCoury sings and plays lead guitar in his band. Joining him are fiddle player Jason Carter, bassist Alan Bartram, and sons Rob McCoury on banjo and Ronnie McCoury on mandolin.