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15 of Prog-Rock's Best Guitarists Through the Years

When it first blew through America in the mid-Fifties, rock music’s main calling card was its simplicity.Thumbing its nose at the lavish arrangements typical of the pop music of the day, rock thrived on volume, rhythm and excitement. Of course, in order to survive, rock couldn’t simply rely on its roots indefinitely.As the Beatles began to take mainstream audiences on journeys to uncharted... …

Steve Vai: “Frank Zappa’s Advice Saved Me Literally Millions of Dollars”

Steve Vai was all of about 20 years old when he began performing with Frank Zappa in 1980. By then, Zappa was a seasoned professional who had been in the music business almost as long as Vai had been alive.It would follow that Zappa might have some advice for Vai about how to have a long and successful music career.As Vai tells Rick Beato in the premiere episode of Beato’s new show, Sounding... …

Hear Dweezil and Frank Zappa Shred on a New Song, "Dinosaur"

Dweezil Zappa recently excavated some dense old riffs he wrote when he was teenager, rearranged them in a recording studio and added a 40-year-old guitar solo by his late father, Frank.Dweezil has released this new creation, which he has dubbed "Dinosaur," as part of a crowdfunding campaign to help him take on the Zappa Family Trust—a trust that could actually keep Dweezil from using his own... …

Dweezil Zappa and Steve Vai Shred Frank Zappa's "Trouble Every Day"

Below, check out a particularly tasty (guitar-wise) scene from the 2008 Zappa Plays Zappa DVD (which, I might add, comes highly recommended).The clip kicks off just as Dweezil Zappa and Steve Vai are about to launch into a blistering guitar duel on Frank Zappa's "Trouble Every Day" (which was revamped by Frank and his band as "More Trouble Every Day" in the early Nineties).or this particular... …

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