Well, gang, here it is: the final installment of Chopin's Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus No. 2. Those of you who have braved the storm of 16th notes over the past two columns have earned the right to pat yourselves on the back. You're going to get a bit of a reprieve this time, because, at the beginning of this section, Chopin restates the first six bars of the piece and then adds bars 15-17 of the opening section for good measure (use my column Romancing the Fretboard, Part 1 as a reference).
Ernie Ball recently announced their new line of electric bass and guitar strings, made out of the most magnetically active material – Cobalt. Ernie Ball's patent pending advancement in technology stems from a nine-year pursuit in researching materials that give guitarists and bassists a new-and-improved voice.
Guitar World checked out the Music Man booth at last week's 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, to see what's new -- namely the Music Man JP12 guitar. That's JP is in John Petrucci, of course. The model is the video is finished in Cherry Sugar and has a basswood body, LiquiFire Crunch Lab pickups, and ebony fretboard and stainless steel frets. As the video will show you, there's to see on this guitar -- including the mono and stereo jacks and the magnetic switch.
Today's lick is a sequence of fast, descending arpeggios based on the E Aeolian mode (E F♯ G A B C D) and performed in a deliberate two-notes-per-string pattern. I use strict alternate picking throughout the entire lick, beginning on a downstroke.
Dream Theater have just posted yet another clip of a new song from their upcoming album, A Dramatic Turn of Events. This one is called "Far From Heaven," and you can hear the clip, which was originally premiered on Yahoo! France, below.