Saturday Night Live guitarist Jared Scharff has a new web series called Unnecessary Shredding. In it, Scharff adds lots and lots of tasteful shredding to songs that are devoid of shredding—if not devoid of guitars, period. In his latest video, Scharff adds some unnecessary shredding to "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift.
Below, check out a clip that's being billed as "rare footage" of Eddie Van Halen making elephant and horse sounds with his guitar backstage at a venue, pre-concert. I mean, how "rare" can it be if you're watching it right now?
Below, watch 12-year-old Norwegian singer-guitarist Fredrik Halland play a mighty impressive rendition of "Texas Flood," a song made famous by the late Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1983. Right off the bat, let us mention that this clip is from 2006 and is only now coming to our attention. But it is certainly worth checking out.
However, for Joe Satriani—who released his 15th studio album, Shockwave Supernova, July 24—each album is seen as a chance to reinvent himself and test the limits of his guitar playing. The results don't lie; he's one of the most successful and innovative solo and instrumental guitarists playing today.
For six years he performed admirably in the much-coveted position as Megadeth’s lead guitarist—until he decided that he had had enough. Now, Chris Broderick takes a bold step forward with Act of Defiance, his musically adventurous tech-metal project.