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Joe Satriani Hopes to 'Pick Something Up' from Paul Gilbert

Joe Satriani heaped praise on fellow six-string virtuoso Paul Gilbert in a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, saying, among other things, "Paul's one of those guys that can really play anything, and I'm not.""Paul's one of those guys who covers so much ground. He's so good at playing so many things," Satriani added. "I definitely express to the campers [attendees of the G4 Experience]... …

Why (and How) We Should Learn Joe Satriani's Guitar Habits

Joe Satriani is my favorite living guitar player, so this edition of my “Habits of…” series was a very fun one to create. Satriani’s very specific category of guitar playing has few masters and many students. The standout gurus consist of, but are not limited to, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, Guthrie Govan and, of course, Satriani himself.This style has expanded on virtually every... …

Joe Satriani's Guide to Building Chords from “Stacked” Fourths

If someone had mentioned the term “stacked fourths” to me years ago, I would have had no idea what they were talking about.But I later learned that it is really quite simple and represents a cool approach to constructing chords. In this lesson, I’d like to show you some interesting things you can do with stacked fourths. In music theory, every note in a chord can be assigned an intervallic... …

Synthesizing Different Musical Styles in the Quest for Inspired Improvisation

From my earliest days as a guitar player, my musical tastes were very broad—I loved rock, blues, jazz and a variety of other styles.The sounds and emotions evoked by these different types of music had, and continues to have, a profound effect on the formation of my own musical sensibilities.This, of course, is most readily apparent in the types of musical lines I will play when improvising. In... …

Seven Kick-Ass Seven-String Guitar Songs

Look around you. There seems to be a seven-string renaissance happening at the moment. Actually, eight-string guitars seem to be going pretty strong, too.But there's something particularly satisfying about plugging in a seven and riffing out in between the traditional ranges of the guitar and bass.Don't get me wrong; eight strings are great for getting right down into low-end territory and... …

Forgotten Guitar: Joe Satriani's Saturday-Morning Jam on Australian TV

Joe Satriani's second studio album, 1987's Surfing with the Alien, was a game changer for Instrumental rock.The album, which features such instro-guitar classics as "Always with Me, Always with You," "Satch Boogie," the stunning “Echo” and legendary title track, was a surprise hit in the U.S. In Australia, however, it even managed to break into the Top 10 when it dropped there the following... …

Playing Tips: Joe Satriani on Improving Your Legato Technique

In this bite-sized lesson, Joe Satriani provides some useful exercises for improving your legato technique.From Satch: "Here’s a great exercise that’s cool because it’s a repeated symmetrical pattern that has nothing to do with any specific key signature [FIGURE 17]."I play three notes per string, picking each string only once and then sounding the next two notes with hammer-ons. Then you can... …

Joe Satriani Talks Paul Gilbert, Phil Collen, Warren DeMartini and 2017 G4 Experience

Joe Satriani recently announced the 2017 G4 Experience: Surfing with the Alien 30th Anniversary, with special guests Paul Gilbert, Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Ratt's Warren DeMartini. The event is scheduled for July 24 to 28 at Asilomar Center in Carmel, California.In the exclusive video below, Satriani discusses some of the finer points of this year's camp.“I’m thrilled to have Phil Collen... …

Todd Rundgren and Joe Satriani Team Up for "This Is Not a Drill"

Todd Rundgren and Joe Satriani have teamed up on a new song, “This Is Not a Drill.” The track, which you can hear below, is from Rundgren's new album, White Knight.The album, which is slated for a May 12 release, also features guest appearances by Joe Walsh, Trent Reznor, Donald Fagen and others.“It’s easy to get used to playing to your own audience, even if you’re absorbing and experimenting... …

Ritchie Blackmore Talks "Highway Star"; Covers by Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Joe Satriani and More

The bulk of this story is from the Guitar World archives, from our "100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time" series. Enjoy!“Highway Star” is but one highlight of Machine Head, Deep Purple’s greatest triumph.Ironically, it almost never came to be. In early 1972, shortly after retreating to Montreaux, Switzerland, to record, the British band was beset by a wealth of problems. "First, the place they... …

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