This week, I wanted to take a break from my lesson-style blog posts and take a moment to review a special release, or rather, re-release, I just received in the mail. Imported from England via Rock Candy records, is the newly remastered debut album from power trio/supergroup Blue murder. The band was by formed by guitarist John Sykes and featured bassist Tony Franklin and drummer Carmine Appice.
Vibrato is one of the most expressive techniques for any soloist. It allows you the opportunity to imprint your own touch or feel into any performance. Much like a fingerprint, every guitarist will have his or her own unique and individual vibrato. Many new guitarists may overlook the technique, but as you begin to develop your own style, you will realize it's an extremely powerful technique.
The term "fill" is usually associated with drummers to describe a short break from a regular groove, or a "mini solo" that's usually used to signal the end of a phrase. Guitar players also can use fills in the same way, and they can be used to enhance your rhythm playing. Adding fills when writing or recording will allow you to inject a little extra creativity and personality into your rhythm parts.
Like many guitarists, I have a daily practice routine that helps keep my chops in shape and develop my technique. I spend many hours each day working with a metronome running through scales and exercises. These routines are the norm for most serious guitarists, but you must be careful. If you devote too much time to practicing scales and technique, you might lose focus on more important longterm goals.
Following pre-production, the next stage in an album's production will be the actual recording process, which involves tracking each instrument. From this point on, every decision will affect the final outcome of the project, and that's why bands hire producers to oversee the process and make sure everything is done correctly.
I'll be recording an album with White Wizzard and wanted to give you some insight into the process of making a heavy metal album in 2013. I'm going to talk about the whole process, from pre-production to mastering, and try to give you my take on each step. The first stage is pre-production, which is when a band will take their song ideas and begin to finalize the arrangements, melodies, lyrics, etc., so that every song is fully prepared and ready to record.
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of performing at Earache Records' 25th-anniversary label showcase in Pomona, California. The event was sponsored by Scion AV, which, in the last few years, has used its in-house record label to help promote different musical genres, including metal.
Having done many recording sessions, I've developed a routine to make sure I'm always fully prepared for the studio. By being properly prepared, you will ensure that your sessions will be an enjoyable experience and that you will impress producers and fellow musicians by being proficient and professional. Here's my checklist of studio session essentials that will help you, especially if you're new to recording.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about heavy metal that provoked a strong reaction, both positive and negative. I want to follow up on the subject to try and further share my point of view and address some of the comments it received. The most important thing to remember is that I'm just voicing an opinion, and I'm not an authority on the subject, just a fan.
I woke up this morning to some very good news. John Sykes just updated his official Facebook page. It looks like he's working on a new album that will hopefully be released soon. For those of you who know Sykes, you already know he is a phenomenal guitar player, singer and songwriter. For those who don't, here's a quick history lesson.