The following content is related to the September 2013 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.
OK, I admit I'm a bit compulsive as far as keeping my guitars clean. And I don't mean that in the "Look, but don’t touch" way, since many of my guitars have dings and small cracks. I mean it in terms of keeping the guitars CLEAN. I've been known to drive my techs a bit nuts.
Many guitar players often struggle to find time -- or simply feel the need to be inspired in order to practice their instrument. Sure, there are days when we are all inspired to pick up our guitars and play. Bur what about the other days? Welcome to 10 Ways To Boost Your Practice Session.
Halford guitarist and Guitar World columnist “Metal” Mike Chlasciak is streaming his new album, The Metalworker, for free. You can hear it below. The album will be released June 4 through C.M.M. Entertainment, LLC. Fans can buy an exclusive pre-sale package including a signed CD and postcard, plus a guitar pick, at metalmike.net.
In this month’s column, I’d like to present a few single-note patterns that are designed to fortify fret-hand/pick-hand coordination while they strengthen your overall chops and ability to play fast and clean. In my own experience, I have found that drilling on one or two very specific melodic fretboard shapes works wonders in uncovering technical areas of weakness in both hands.