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 decades since his passing, on December 8, 1980, John Lennon’s legend has continued to grow, both for his contributions to the Beatles and his accomplishments as a solo artist. Even so, he is rarely singled out for his acoustic guitar playing. This is perhaps due to the spotlight-grabbing abundance of “stand- alone” acoustic Beatles cuts written by Paul McCartney, such as “Blackbird,” “Yesterday,” “Michelle” and “Mother Nature’s Son.”
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 anticipation of their debut album, Grind the Ocean, which is due out in 2012, the Safety Fire guitarists Dez and Jo have sent over this handy video play-through of their new single, "Huge Hammers," which is taken from their recent EP, Sections.