Whenever I feel my chops are slacking, I’ll play some widestretch trilling exercises and take them up and down the neck as well as across it. I’ll start off with a two-fret stretch trill between my index and middle fingers and do that until I feel a burn. Then I’ll do the same thing with a three-fret trill between my index and ring fingers, and then a four-fret one between my index and pinkie.
Philip Anselmo, legendary frontman of Pantera and Down, will release his career-first solo album, Walk Through Exits Only, July 16 via his own Housecore Records (MRI/Megaforce). Walk Through Exits Only will be available digitally, on CD and on vinyl.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, a company that creates "beautiful lullaby versions of your favorite artists," sends us new CDs all the time, but we at Guitar World are particularly excited about the newest one, Lullaby Versions Of Pantera (released via Roma Music Group).
Part crash pad, part recording studio, part wet bar, Sir Dime's palace is littered with Gold and Platinum records and a hard liquor collection that would make a Hooter's bartender blush. A large Seagram's 7 display plaque hangs behind the television, a Coors Light keg sits in the living room, and Washburn Dimebag signature series guitars lurk, ready for action, in every room. There's even a cheap nylon-string acoustic in the bathroom.
Jammit has announced a new Pantera video contest, Jammit Play Off with Pantera. Musicians from around the world are invited to make a video of themselves playing along with Pantera’s “Drag the Waters” to be eligible to win thousands of dollars in prizes.
Welcome to Guitar World's roundup of the top 25 live, reissued and archival albums of 2012. The common theme of these 25 releases is easy to follow: They all feature classic or well-known songs that have been repackaged and presented anew, but with a twist, whether it be in the form of live versions, alternate versions, demos, simple remasters, etc.
With Phil Anselmo's debut solo album tentatively due sometime in 2013, fans can get an early taste of the former Pantera singer's solo material via a newly announced split EP with Texas thrashers Warbeast.
New Orleans-based supergroup Down have announced a run of live dates for early 2013. The trek, which has been dubbed the "Weed and Speed Tour," will kick off New Year's Day in Houston, Texas. Get the full list of dates below.
Back in June, Scion A.V. was on-hand at the Scion Rock Fest '12 — which featured performances from Sleep, Exodus, Saint Vitus, Suffocation and more — to document all of the action. Once again, we've teamed up with that most metal of car companies to bring you some killer exclusive content.
Rex Brown knows a thing or two about bass. The man has been pounding out well-known, monstrous basslines for close to 30 years, ever since Pantera's first record, Metal Magic, in 1983. Brown, who was inspired to play bass by Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones and Geezer Butler, teamed up with like-minded musicians Vinnie Paul, Terry Glaze and Dimebag Darrell in 1982. Phil Anselmo joined the band in 1987, forming what would be considered Pantera's classic lineup.