Have you ever wanted to learn the nuances of songwriting and the music business from one of greatest guitarists of all time? Look no further than the inaugural Vai Academy Song Evolution Camp, which takes place June 23 to 27 in Saratoga Springs, New York. And yes, that's Vai as in Steve Vai, the virtuoso guitarist, composer and producer. The camp is billed as the entire manual for being an independent musician — condensed into three days of classes.
Metallica's James Hetfield recently visited Guitar Center in San Francisco. The guitarist, who sat in the store's "little room," shared stories about his early fears, becoming a musician and rising to fame. He even played some guitar!
Nashville Pussy guitarist Ruyter Suys just can’t get enough. And with constant touring, recording and writing in the mix, her life is a lot like a Nashville Pussy record — fast and loud. Her husband, Blaine Cartwright, plays guitar alongside her in Nashville Pussy, and when they aren’t hard at work on that, they're usually out touring and writing with a host of other projects.
Since its beginnings in 1982, Doug Marks’ Metal Method has become one of the most successful rock guitar courses of all time. What started out as a supplement to help him achieve his own dreams of rock stardom, Marks’ lessons have taught guitarists everything from the foundational shapes and barre chords to improvising leads and even writing songs.
David Ellefson had an incredibly busy 2013. With Megadeth he released Super Collider, the band’s highest-charting album since 1994’s Youthanasia. In October he released his memoirs, My Life With Deth: Discovering Meaning in a Life of Rock & Roll, which he wrote with Joel McIver.
Boston’s Tom Scholz has a musician’s soul and a scientist’s obsession with the phenomena of sound and music. Those qualities have helped him and his long-running group create some of the most lavishly layered, hooky guitar rock of the Seventies and beyond. The guitarist was a senior product design engineer for Polaroid in the Seventies who spent his off hours tinkering meticulously on a set of demo recordings in his home studio.
Blacklist Union’s Tony West has seen more than his share of tragedy over the course of his lifetime. After an abusive childhood and running away to Hollywood at age 13, West had to overcome personal adversity, drug abuse and more in order to rise to the top.