This is a wide-stretch, legato string-skipping idea that’s based on a symmetrical fretboard shape that moves across the neck in a single position. It’s articulated entirely with fret-hand hammer-ons and pull-offs, and I use my pick hand as a string damper by reaching over behind the fret hand and grabbing the neck to mute the idle strings and prevent them from ringing.
Not too long ago, when guitarists wanted great sounding, studio-quality reverb, they had to haul around a big rack and pay a fortune for a MIDI foot controller if they wanted to access more than one preset while performing.
Strymon has solved this problem once and for all with the Big Sky reverb pedal, which places powerful, studio-quality processing into a compact pedal format, much like the company's previous TimeLine and Mobius pedals did with delay and modulation effects, respectively.
This is a fast 16th-note alternate picking run in C# minor that starts out on the high E string and moves across the neck, staying pretty much in the ninth through seventh positions and ending with a whole-step pull bend and vibrato on the low E string.
Since leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers—for the second time—in 2009, John Frusciante has remained largely absent from the mainstream public eye. But that doesn’t mean the guitarist hasn’t been busy writing, recording and releasing new music. In fact, his output in the past few years has been staggering in both quantity and scope.
He was one of the greatest electric blues guitarists of his time, but Michael Bloomfield is nearly forgotten today. His friend and collaborator Al Kooper hopes to change that with the new box-set retrospective From His Head to His Heart to His Hands.
Among historic Gibsons, Tom Scholz’s 1968 Les Paul “Goldtop”—the first of two that he purchased in the Seventies—certainly ranks high. It’s the guitar heard on every massive Boston hit and all six of the group’s albums to date. As such, it was an ideal instrument for Gibson to replicate as part of its Collector’s Choice Series.