There was a time when the name Eric Clapton meant one thing and one thing only: guitar god. His 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.
Seek Irony arose out of Tel Aviv, Israel's burgeoning music scene. But it wasn’t until founding members—and brothers—Kﬁr and Rom Gov relocated to Austin, Texas, that things really began to change. Shortly after their arrival, the brothers welcomed several new band members, including Berklee-trained guitarist Alex Campbell.
Guitar World's exclusive lesson series by Animals As Leaders guitarist and composer Tosin Abasi, has joined the ranks of the hundreds of lessons already available through the Guitar World Lessons webstore. To celebrate this new release, GW is offering the first Prog-Gnosis lesson, "Animal Instinct," for free! Note that all 13 Prog-Gnosis lessons are available for only $9.99.
Recently, Ceekars (pronounced “seekers”) developed what it's calling the world’s first 4D headphones, and the aural experience is trippy. The company reached out to Guitar World and asked us to suggest some music that would put their radically new concept to the test. We responded with the following five tracks.
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.
Seated across from one another in a cavernous, chilly San Francisco photo studio, Tosin Abasi and Guthrie Govan are deep in conversation, dissecting and debating the relative merits of various guitar neck tone woods. They’re both clearly attuned to the same profound level of guitar geekery—fretboard brothers. But it’s hard to imagine two human beings more different in appearance.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a previously unreleased alternate recording of "Bad Company," the title track from the 1974 debut album by—you guessed it—Bad Company. The recording is from the new remastered, deluxe edition of the album, which will be released April 7 by Rhino. Rhino also will release a new deluxe version of 1975's Straight Shooter the same day.