Today's lick is a fast, fluid-sounding legato run based on the D Dorian mode (D E F G A B C), courtesy of Gus G. I rely on consecutive hammer-ons and pull-offs to articulate many of the notes and use finger slides to seamlessly shifts positions as I ascend the fretboard. Using finger slides allows me to continue up a single string without having to interrupt my smooth, legato phrasing with an unwanted pick attack.
Like any year-end list, this wasn't an easy one to compile. Of course, stellar documentary pieces by way of Cameron Crowe (Pearl Jam Twenty) and James Moll (Foo Fighters: Back And Forth) made the job a little easier, as did the fact that AC/DC, Slash and Rush continue to be among the best live acts on the planet.
In 1969, a long-haired band arrived out of nowhere, brandishing a heavy sound and dark vibe that was completely at odds with the "get back to the garden" idealism of the Woodstock generation. The band's jazz-influenced drummer was almost physically incapable of playing a straight 4/4 beat, and the guitarist had lost the tips of two fret-hand digits in a freak industrial accident.
When one thinks of 2001 a lot of cultural references come to mind. It was the first official year of the new millennium. A new United States President assumed office. And then there's the unavoidable image of HAL 9000 from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the red eye glowing and speaking in that creepy monotonic voice: "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."
Guitarist Available: Into Hard Rock, Country, Polka, Easy Listening, Elevator Jazz, Gypsy, Classical, Barbershop, Big Band ..." As an 11-year-old, I was infatuated with Def Leppard. I would even pretend to play along with the Hysteria album using one (not two) chopsticks as drumsticks to emulate Rick Allen, assigning my left foot to snare drum duties.
There's little doubt as to who owned the covers of Guitar World in 1998. With a new singer and a new album and a Number One song on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks, Van Halen was once again standing on top of the world.
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