Every now and then, I'll interview someone who credits part of their musical inspiration to synesthesia -- a phenomenon where one kind of sensory input triggers another. A common example is the perception of colors or textures in relation to music. I'm fortunate to have this trait myself, along with a few other odd little synesthesia-related quirks; I subconsciously associate odd numbers and angular shapes with warm colors, and even numbers and smooth shapes with cool colors, for instance.
In the following video, Guitar World's Andy Aledort shows you the finer points of playing the Beatles classic "Blackbird," which comes from the band's 1968 double album, The Beatles -- better known at The White Album.
In the following video, Opeth Fredrik Akesson discusses some of the band's signature techniques, as featured in the song "The Devil's Orchard." "The Devil's Orchard" comes from the band's latest album, Heritage, which is out now.
In the last few columns we've been zoning in on lead-playing and shit so let's get back to doing some hard-driving rhythm work for a while-'cos well-balanced players rip on rhythm as well as leads. As far as I'm concerned, it's no good being able to wail out smokin' leads if your rhythm chops hugg! I've been into playing rhythm from day one, and a lot of that has to do with having a brother who kicks ass on drums.