“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.
A major stepping stone in my musical development was when I was introduced to the study of modes. Learning how modes work really opened my eyes and ears and gave me a lot of insight into how melodies relate to chords.
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.
Joe Satriani and Steve Vai have announced plans for a third benefit concert in support of Cliff Cultreri, a music industry veteran and their good friend. “A Benefit for Cliff III” will take place 8 p.m. June 12 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. This event will feature performances by Satriani, Vai and Animals As Leaders.
Since the guitar's inception, there have undoubtedly been talented players that could make the instrument sing, but it wasn't until the mid '60s and the arrival of the wah pedal that one could make it cry.
For longtime Ibanez fan Joe Satriani, sketching and drawing have always been as much of a creative outlet as his game-changing, guitar-driven rock music. These two different hemispheres of his artistry converge beautifully in Ibanez’s new, limited 25th anniversary edition of Joe’s iconic signature JS guitar, the JS25ART.
Okay, so you have your headphones out—what do you want to listen to? Something beautiful? Something cool? Something you’ve never heard before? How about all three? The following are six tracks by five of your favorite bands worth putting under the microscope for reasons listed below. Enjoy!
In the video below, Joe Satriani, Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders) and Guthrie Govan (the Aristocrats) sit down for a video conference with Guitar World Senior Editor Andy Aledort and discuss their approach and thoughts about guitar, technique, inspiration and the upcoming G4 Experience.