I began to seriously play guitar at the impressionable age of 11 (It would have been earlier if my parents hadn’t discouraged me) by receiving an acoustic and some lessons. Two years later, I had my first electric guitar and joined a band. I haven’t stopped consistently playing live since.
Holy crap. Is it over when you start to dress like that onstage? Schenker with Chicago Bulls NBA shorts and a leather motorcycle jacket with Oakley shades to pull the look together? As Heidi Klum used to say on Project Runway, "I'm sorry, Michael, you are out ... auf Wiedersehen."
Many guitarists may never know the crunchy overdrive and sweet compression of a vintage 1968 Marshall JMP50 “Plexi” amplifier driven through a 4x12 Marshall cabinet loaded with Celestion Greenback speakers, much less the grinding, high-gain distortion of a Bogner Uberschall Twin Jet. And isn’t that shame?
Check out this new Apple podcast of a live overview of Guitar World Presents the Best Instruction Book Ever. The podcast, which features our own Paul Riario, runs through the iPad version of the book, which features lots of playing examples by Riario and some insight into his personal experiences learning guitar.
Be part of the audience of a live taping of Apple's "Meet the Author" series featuring Guitar World Tech Editor Paul Riario. Riario will present a live overview of Guitar World Presents the Best Instruction Book Ever. He will share highlights from the iBook and do a little jamming of his own.
Two thousand twelve seemed to be the year of the acoustic. With hits like, “I Will Wait,” from Mumford & Sons, or “Home,” by Phillip Phillips, most of this year’s most popular songs had an acoustic guitar as the prominent instrument fueling the tune. Even mega-stars like Katy Perry took notice and stripped away the electronic beats of her hit song, “The One That Got Away,” to deliver a sensitive acoustic performance of it.
Effects are like jellybeans. You can’t have just one — and is there really a flavor you don’t like? They’re all good. But since I must, I have to give you a list of the best flavors of effects this year. Keep in mind, if I could, I’d give you a top 20 list of my favorite stomp boxes of 2012, but I’ll limit it to five because I need to hold your attention and honestly, I’d be splitting hairs with some because there were so many good ones to pick from.