Pantera http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/195/all en Five Headphone Songs Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind http://www.guitarworld.com/five-songs-made-better-through-advancements-headphones <!--paging_filter--><p>Headphone technology seems to be getting better every day. </p> <p>Recently, Ceekars <a href="http://ceek.com/ceekars">(pronounced “seekers”)</a> developed what it's calling the world’s first 4D headphones, and the aural experience is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PZdxCGorls">trippy, to say the least.</a> </p> <p>The company recently reached out to <em>Guitar World</em> and asked us to suggest some music that would put their radically new concept to the test. We responded with the following five tracks. </p> <p>While these sound amazing using <a href="http://ceek.com/ceekars">Ceekars</a> 4D technology, they also sound great even using the most modest ear buds. Enjoy!<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Grateful Dead, “Unbroken Chain”</strong></p> <p>This epic tune on the Dead’s <em>From The Mars Hotel</em> was so difficult for the band to play that it had to be recorded in carefully orchestrated sections. </p> <p>Filled with cascading piano licks, jazzy guitar runs that dance in both sides of the stereo spectrum and weird synth burbles that tease the top of the brain, it’s the perfect headphone experience—especially when you’re “Truckin’” where it’s legal. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6WycvYhKW08" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Mastodon, “The Czar”</strong></p> <p>This is one case where a song not only sounds great under headphones, but the sprawling arrangement almost makes more sense. In fact, that description applies to almost every track on Mastodon’s underrated 2009 progressive metal masterpiece, <em>Crack the Skye.</em> </p> <p>Richly detailed, “The Czar” is virtual feast of brilliantly layered guitar tones that demands the deep dive you can only get through some fab ‘phones.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Jx2fp-kKOIw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Muddy Waters, “Feel Like Going Home”</strong></p> <p>If you’ve ever wanted to know what it would be like to stand in the same room with Muddy Waters while he played the greatest blues the world has ever heard, just get a copy of the <em>Folk Singer</em> album recorded in 1964 and listen to this haunting studio performance. You will feel the very earth shake underneath your shoes. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3sjzp6nGw-w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Queen, “Killer Queen”</strong></p> <p>Everybody knows Queen are the masters of layering and overdubbing, but how do you get all those sounds to speak properly in the mix? </p> <p>“Killer Queen” from the 1974 album <em>Sheer Heat Attack</em> is a great mini-lesson in how to place all those elements in an entertaining stereo field, and it can only be appreciated with a great set of earphones. Guaranteed to blow your mind. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BAf2S6ij2gk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Pantera, “5 Minutes Alone”</strong></p> <p>When most people think of headphone jams, they usually flash on something ethereal like Pink Floyd or Jimi Hendrix. But sometimes it’s great to just get a swift kick in the head, especially when you’re hitting the gym or getting psyched up for great night out. </p> <p>Almost anything off Pantera’s <em>Far Beyond Driven</em> does the trick, but “5 Minutes Alone” always works for me.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7m7njvwB-Ks" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8PZdxCGorls" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Brad Tolinski is the editor-in-chief at </em>Guitar World.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/grateful-dead">Grateful Dead</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/queen">Queen</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/mastodon">Mastodon</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/five-songs-made-better-through-advancements-headphones#comments Brad Tolinski Ceek Ceekars Grateful Dead Mastodon Muddy Waters Pantera News Features Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:22:49 +0000 Brad Tolinski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23774 Tour Dimebag Darrell's Guitar Vault, Home and Recording Studio — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/tour-dimebag-darrells-guitar-vault-home-and-recording-studio-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Guitar World</em>'s February 2015 issue, which is available at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-february-15-the-ultimate-dime-tribute-issue?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=DimeHouseTour">Guitar World Online Store,</a> is the ultimate tribute to the late, great Dimebag Darrell.</p> <p>As part of our coverage, which was timed for the 10th anniversary of the guitarist's tragic death, <em>Guitar World</em> was invited into Dime's home and recording studio—and we got to bring our cameras!</p> <p>Below, enjoy our exclusive video tour, which offers a private look at Dime's impressive guitar collection, not to mention his home, memorabilia, kitchen, bathrooms (Note: Dime's bathrooms are more interesting than they sound!) and a lot more.</p> <p><strong>Check out the video below! <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-february-15-the-ultimate-dime-tribute-issue?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=DimeHouseTour">And remember to pick up the February 2015 issue of GW, which features the ultimate Dimebag Darrell guitar gallery, more details about his home and studio, our guide to the 25 Greatest Pantera Songs and much more!</a> </strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PGFT4nHwlBc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/tour-dimebag-darrells-guitar-vault-home-and-recording-studio-video#comments Damageplan Dean Guitars Dimebag Darrell February 2015 Pantera Videos News Features Magazine Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:22:54 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23492 February 2015 Guitar World: The Ultimate Dimebag Darrell Tribute Issue http://www.guitarworld.com/february-2015-guitar-world-ultimate-dimebag-darrell-tribute-issue <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-february-15-the-ultimate-dime-tribute-issue/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWFEB15">The all-new February 2015 issue of Guitar World is available now!</a></strong></p> <p>The new issue is the ultimate tribute to <strong>Dimebag Darrell,</strong> 10 years after his death. We take a look at his incredible guitar collection, fan art and ink.</p> <p>This comes with an exclusive, previously unreleased Dimebag demo called "Whiskey Road" on a 7-inch Flexi-Disc. This 2001 recording features Dimebag playing all instruments. This is a <em>Guitar World</em> exclusive item!</p> <p>Purchase this single issue with the "Whiskey Road" Flexi-disc now for $9.99. Or <a href="https://subscribe.pcspublink.com/sub/subscribeform_gtwd.aspx?t=JE5AP1&amp;p=GTWD">click here</a> to subscribe to <em>Guitar World</em> and get this Flexi-Disc with your February 2015 Issue.</p> <p>Next, we celebrate the heaviest of the heavy with <strong>Pantera's</strong> 25 greatest songs from "Revolution Is My Name" to "This Love." </p> <p>Pantera producer Terry Date recalls on Dimebag Darrell's laser-like perfectionism, side-splitting hijinx and how he set the bar higher than most.</p> <p>Finally, in his new autobiography, <strong>Anthrax</strong> guitarist <strong>Scott Ian</strong> recalls how he nearly drank himself to death with the help from the master of excess himself.</p> <p><strong>Six Songs with Tabs for Guitar and Bass:</strong></p> <p> • Dimebag Darrell - "Whiskey Road"<br /> • Black Label Society - "In This River"<br /> • Metallica - "Motorbreath"<br /> • Deep Purple - "Smoke on the Water"<br /> • Judas Priest - "Rapid Fire"</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-february-15-the-ultimate-dime-tribute-issue/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWFEB15">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/DimeDisc.jpg" width="620" height="465" alt="DimeDisc.jpg" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/february-2015-guitar-world-ultimate-dimebag-darrell-tribute-issue#comments Dimebag Darrell February 2015 Pantera News Features Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:31:31 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23218 Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, Rex Brown and Vinnie Paul Perform Together for the Final Time — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/pantera-s-dimebag-darrell-rex-brown-and-vinnie-paul-perform-together-final-time-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Sure, there was Pantera and Damageplan. But how many of you remember Dimebag Darrell's <em>other</em> band, Gasoline?</p> <p>No biggie if you don't; it was more of a side project for Dimebag and Vinnie Paul.</p> <p>Regardless, as recently reported by <a href="http://loudwire.com/dimebag-darrell-vinnie-paul-rex-brown-gasoline-performance/">Loudwire,</a> on New Year’s Eve 2001, Gasoline took the stage and asked Pantera bassist Rex Brown to join the fun. It was reportedly the last time Paul, Brown and Dimebag performed live together.</p> <p>A <em>Loudwire</em> reader known as "Mr. Chris" was at the fateful show and filmed footage of the performance. You can check it out below.</p> <p>Here is Mr. Chris' description (the info he posted directly to YouTube with the video below):</p> <p>"This is my PERSONAL UNSEEN RARE FOOTAGE of Dimebag’s RARE AND UNRELEASED BAND GASOLINE. This was a party band for fun only. These were just jack around tunes made to be funny and have a good time. These weren’t meant to be serious by any means. The NEW AND UNRELEASED ANYWHERE ELSE songs…’GASOLINE’ and ‘GOING WITH THE GUT.’ This is the LAST TIME REX VINNIE AND DIME played live together. The last song they got up and jammed Led Zeppelin‘s ‘Moby Dick.’</p> <p>"I hated sitting on this for so long but it’s time the world gets to see it and enjoy it like I do. I’ve been lucky enough to have this since 2001 and I’ve never given a copy away and never let it out. Please respect that it’s mine and I will not tolerate anyone stealing it. This is OWNED BY ME. If the family wanted it…that’s another story. This show was a very special night…New Year’s was always a big deal for the brothers and usually they did a new years gig for fun with Pantera but after Phil became harder to deal with they had to do their own thing on New Year’s. Pantera never played again and I’m thankful I saw the last moments these three stepped on stage together."</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-february-15-the-ultimate-dime-tribute-issue?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=GasolineVideo">If you love Dimebag Darrell, check out the current issue of GW—our Ultimate Dimebag Tribute!</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/luOswaDhwO8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/pantera-s-dimebag-darrell-rex-brown-and-vinnie-paul-perform-together-final-time-video#comments Dimebag Darrell Gasoline Pantera Rex Brown Videos News Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:59:59 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23330 Dimebag Darrell, "Whiskey Road" — Exclusive Song Premiere and Transcription http://www.guitarworld.com/dimebag-darrell-whiskey-road-exclusive-song-premiere-and-transcription <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>The <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-february-15-the-ultimate-dime-tribute-issue?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=DimeSongPremiere">February 2015 issue of Guitar World,</a> which hits subscribers' mailboxes this week, is our Ultimate Dimebag Darrell Tribute Issue!</strong></p> <p>Among its exclusive Dime-themed offerings are: </p> <p>• A private tour of the late guitarist's estate in Arlington, Texas, featuring his most cherished guitars and memorabilia</p> <p>• The <em>Guitar World</em> guide to the 25 Greatest Pantera Songs of All Time</p> <p>• An interview with metal producer Terry Date, who reflects on his days in the studio with Pantera</p> <p>• An interview with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, who recalls how he nearly drank himself to death on the road with Pantera</p> <p>• Plus a gallery of Dimebag Darrell art and tattoos from <em>Guitar World</em> readers, who continue to express their devotion to the late guitarist.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-february-15-the-ultimate-dime-tribute-issue?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=DimeSongPremiere">As part of our Dime tribute,</a> we're also premiering "Whiskey Road," a never-before-heard song that features Dimebag Darrell on vocals and all the instruments!</strong> </p> <p>Listen to the song below—and play along with the complete transcription, which can be found at the very bottom of this story (Remember you can see the tabs full size by clicking on the full-page icon at the bottom right of the transcription preview window). The bulk of the "Whiskey Road" transcription also can be found starting on <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-february-15-the-ultimate-dime-tribute-issue?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=DimeSongPremiere">Page 126 of the February 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></p> <p>"Whiskey Road" was tracked in 2001, during the last outing of Pantera's <em>Reinventing the Steel</em> tour in the U.S. For more information about the song, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-february-15-the-ultimate-dime-tribute-issue?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=DimeSongPremiere">check out the February 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></p> <p><strong>Take note of Guitar World's new <a href="https://subscribe.pcspublink.com/sub/subscribeform_gtwd.aspx?t=JE5AP1&amp;p=GTWD">"Dimebag Demo Subscription Offer"!</a> This subscription (for one or two years) includes an exclusive Flexi-Disc of "Whiskey Road"! <a href="https://subscribe.pcspublink.com/sub/subscribeform_gtwd.aspx?t=JE5AP1&amp;p=GTWD">For more information, head here.</a> NOTE: If you're already a GW subscriber but still want to buy the exclusive "Whiskey Road" Flexi-Disc, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-february-15-the-ultimate-dime-tribute-issue/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=website&amp;utm_campaign=GWFEB15">visit the Guitar World Online Store</a> now.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/183610988%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-pCAxb&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Dimebag Darrell — Whiskey Road on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/251250822/Dimebag-Darrell-Whiskey-Road" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Dimebag Darrell — Whiskey Road</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/251250822/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_92610" width="100%" height="775" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/dimebag-darrell-whiskey-road-exclusive-song-premiere-and-transcription#comments Dimebag Darrell exclusive February 2015 Pantera tab transcription Whiskey Road News Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:06:30 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23186 Guitar World Launches Dimebag Darrell Flexi-Disc Subscription Offer! http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-launches-dimebag-darrell-demo-subscription-offer <!--paging_filter--><p>The all-new February 2015 issue of <em>Guitar World</em> is the ultimate tribute to <strong>Pantera's Dimebag Darrell</strong>, 10 years after his tragic death. </p> <p>We take a look at his incredible guitar collection, plus fan art/ink and a lot more. For more about the contents of the new issue, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-february-15-the-ultimate-dime-tribute-issue?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=Feb2015VideosPage">head here.</a></p> <p><strong>In celebration of the new issue of GW, we've launched our <a href="https://subscribe.pcspublink.com/sub/subscribeform_gtwd.aspx?t=JE5AP1&amp;p=GTWD">Dimebag Flexi-Disc Subscription Offer!</a></strong></p> <p>New subscribers will get the February 2015 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>, which comes with a 7-inch Flexi-Disc of an exclusive, previously unreleased Dimebag Darrell demo called "Whiskey Road." This 2001 recording features Dimebag singing and playing all the instruments. <a href="https://subscribe.pcspublink.com/sub/subscribeform_gtwd.aspx?t=JE5AP1&amp;p=GTWD">For more information about this offer, head here.</a></p> <p>NOTE: If you're already a GW subscriber but still want to buy the "Whiskey Road" Flexi-Disc, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-february-15-the-ultimate-dime-tribute-issue/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=website&amp;utm_campaign=GWFEB15">visit the Guitar World Online Store</a> now!</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/NewDimeDisc.jpg" width="620" height="465" alt="NewDimeDisc.jpg" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-launches-dimebag-darrell-demo-subscription-offer#comments Dimebag Darrell February 2015 Pantera Whiskey Road News Features Mon, 05 Jan 2015 19:43:31 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23219 Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell Jokes Around and Jams "Walk" at Godsmack Gig — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/pantera-s-dimebag-darrell-jokes-around-and-jams-walk-godsmack-gig-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the just-released clip below, Pantera‘s Dimebag Darrell is shown joking around backstage before playing "Walk" in Las Vegas with members of Godsmack.</p> <p>The video, which was released by <em>Billboard</em>, was filmed more than a decade ago for Godsmack’s <em>Smack This!</em> DVD but didn't make the cut.</p> <p>The video begins with Dime huffing into the camera and joking around about Godsmack's Sully Erna backstage. If you watch closely, not only will you see Erna, but Sharon and Jack Osbourne as well. The clip quickly cuts to footage from a Las Vegas Godsmack gig, where Dimebag, along with Pantera bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul, jam "Walk" with Sully Erna on vocals.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-dimebag-darrell-song-guitar-world-previews-whiskey-road-featuring-dime-every-instrument">For more "just released" Dimebag material, be sure to hear Guitar World's preview of "Whiskey Road," a 2001 song featuring Dimebag on every instrument, including vocals!</a></strong></p> <object id="flashObj" width="620" height="365" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=3930560314001&playerID=1628391690001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAAEMcC3Y~,NII8yi9nN4zfbo6c85C9uVdLDWJHdSE3&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashVars="videoId=3930560314001&playerID=1628391690001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAAEMcC3Y~,NII8yi9nN4zfbo6c85C9uVdLDWJHdSE3&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" name="flashObj" width="620" height="365" seamlesstabbing="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" swLiveConnect="true" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash"></embed></object><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/pantera-s-dimebag-darrell-jokes-around-and-jams-walk-godsmack-gig-video#comments Dimebag Darrell Pantera Videos News Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:11:53 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23072 Pantera's Dimebag Darrell, 18, Shreds Seven-Minute Guitar Solo in 1984 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/panteras-dimebag-darrell-18-plays-seven-minute-guitar-solo-1984-video <!--paging_filter--><p>The shadowy figure in the video below is none other than an 18-year-old Dimebag Darrell, who can be seen working his way through a nearly seven-minute-long guitar solo with his trusty Dean ML.</p> <p>In the clip, the young Dime makes noticeable references to several key six-string influences, especially Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen, with a touch of Yngwie Malmsteen thrown in (and perhaps the showmanship and sartorial style of Jake E. Lee).</p> <p>But beyond all that, Dime looks and sounds like a guitar prodigy through and through. His playing is full of confidence — not to mention some nice, wide interval stretches and blazing speed.</p> <p>At this point — sometime in 1984 (we can't be sure exactly when it was filmed) — Pantera had only one or two independently released albums under their belt or in the works: 1983's <em>Metal Magic</em> and 1984's <em>Projects in the Jungle</em>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NB_GGdXCVB0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/panteras-dimebag-darrell-18-plays-seven-minute-guitar-solo-1984-video#comments Dimebag Darrell Pantera shred Videos News Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:07:54 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22490 Prime Cuts: Dimebag Darrell Chooses His 12 Favorite Tunes in 1993 Guitar World Feature http://www.guitarworld.com/prime-cuts-dimebag-darrell-chooses-his-12-favorite-tunes-1993-guitar-world-feature <!--paging_filter--><p><em>From the GW archive: Here's a Prime Cuts feature from the March 1993 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. The original headline was "Diamond Darrell's Dirty Dozen." </em> </p> <p><a href ="http://www.guitarworld.com/photo-gallery-guitar-world-magazine-covers-throughout-years-1993">To see the cover of the March 1993 issue — and all the mag covers from that year — visit our 1993 covers gallery.</a></p> <p>Pantera's six-shooting Texas tornado pumps up his 12 favorite tunes-hair-raising, fist-pumping metal classics that every self-respecting guitarist should know.</p> <p>You won't find a shred of jazz, blues, classical, country, funk or alternative guitar playing on any of Pantera's six albums, including their recent breakthrough efforts, <em>Cowboys From Hell</em> and <em>Vulgar Display Of Power</em> (both on Atco). What you will hear is plenty of metal — mean, ornery metal, in the great headbanging spirit of the genre's forefathers. </p> <p>Leading the Texans' assault is guitarist Diamond "Dimebag" Darrell, who spent his early years carefully studying platters by metal's most respected giants: from Black Sabbath and Judas Priest to Iron Maiden and Van Halen.</p> <p>"The harder stuff has always done it for me," said Darrell. "Man, if it rips, I'll give it a thumbs up!"</p> <p>At <em>Guitar World's</em> request, the guitarist compiled a list of 12 tunes he regards as pivotal to his development as a player. After he'd completed his list, Darrell commented, "One thing holds true for each of these bands: They all <em>jammed</em>. If kids today want to put a band together and kick some serious ass, it's important for them to go back and check out these songs, because, when it comes to metal, it doesn't get any better than this."</p> <p><strong>"Crazy Train"</strong></p> <p>BAND: Ozzy Osbourne</p> <p>ALBUM: <em>Blizzard Of Ozz</em> (Jet, 1981)</p> <p>GUITARIST: Randy Rhoads</p> <p>"The first time I heard 'Crazy Train' I was crashed out in bed, definitely not wanting to get up and go to school, when my brother Vinnie Paul came in and cranked it up. </p> <p>"I heard that opening bass line and Ozzy going 'I-I-I-I,' then Randy coming in with that classic riff. That song just busted me in the ass. I was out of bed, dressed, and in school-on time for the very first time! Randy played a lot of cool slurs, where he would slide his pick down the top E string, and I definitely picked up on that."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Cit-NMBhXWY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>"Rapid Fire"</strong></p> <p>BAND: Judas Priest</p> <p>ALBUM: <em>British Steel</em> (Columbia, 1980)</p> <p>GUITARISTS: Glen Tipton, K.K. Downing</p> <p>"Glen Tipton and K.K. Downing are the gods of double-guitar axemanship. </p> <p>"They almost fit into the Jimmy Page mold as classic guitarists. Again, they had great tones and unique styles. And I love those quick little fill leads in 'Rapid Fire.' A lot of the guitarists we're talking about weren't just great lead players, but were real band-oriented players. And that's how I approach playing in Pantera."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zhXUutpELRA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>"Smoke On The Water"</strong></p> <p>BAND: Deep Purple</p> <p>ALBUM: <em>Machine Head</em> (Warner Bros., 1972)</p> <p>GUITARIST: Ritchie Blackmore</p> <p>"You don't need to say much about that song. It's the ultimate simple tune; it was actually the first song I ever learned. I learned it on the E string, then my dad taught me a chord and I thought it was as heavy as shit. It's simple, but totally bad-ass. It proves that you can play three notes and still make it killer."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zUwEIt9ez7M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>"Rock Brigade"</strong></p> <p>BAND: Def Leppard</p> <p>ALBUM: <em>On Through The Night</em> (Polydor, 1980)</p> <p>GUITARISTS: Steve Clark, Pete Willis</p> <p>"Man, that first Leppard album really jams, and their original guitarist, Pete Willis, was a great player. I was inspired by him because I was a small young• dude and he was a small young dude, too — and he was out there kickin' ass. He made me want to get out there and play. Def Leppard used the two-guitar thing much more then than they do now."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2VF4J9xzIVs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>"Children Of The Sea"</strong></p> <p>BAND: Black Sabbath</p> <p>ALBUM: <em>Heaven And Hell</em> (Warner Bros., 1980)</p> <p>GUITARIST: Tony Iommi</p> <p>"We used to play that song live. The acoustic intro has some great dynamics, and then Tony kicks in with this simple but hard riff, kind of like 'Smoke On The Water.' Iommi had a monstrous guitar sound on that album. And he had that skidding vibrato technique that was so quick and killer. He hardly ever does a slow vibrato. He started all that de-tuning stuff, which I really learned from him."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zknGwF793Jk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>"Beating Around The Bush"</strong></p> <p>BAND: AC/DC</p> <p>ALBUM: <em>Highway To Hell</em> (Atco, 1979)</p> <p>GUITARISTS: Angus and Malcolm Young</p> <p>"I can't say enough good shit about Angus' playing. He really stands out from other players. He has a very original guitar sound, and a killer vibrato. He plays totally clean, like he's playing through a Marshall on 12 without the gain kicked in — it's pure distortion, not fuzzy. 'Beating Around The Bush' highlights all of that."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pMI0WudRDF0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>"Children Of The Damned"</strong></p> <p>BAND: Iron Maiden</p> <p>ALBUM: <em>The Number Of The Beast</em> (Capitol, 1982)</p> <p>GUITARISTS: Adrian Smith, Dave Murray</p> <p>"Both Smith and Murray are real bad-ass players. Both have that rhythm pickup tone happening, and the 'Children Of The Damned' lead really shows that. They don't play too fast, but they play choice notes and work great together. And they have great tones. They also had the ability to play delicate acoustic stuff when they wanted, and could shred with the best when it was appropriate."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sOFlGVzflvU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>"Shock Me"</strong></p> <p>BAND: Kiss</p> <p>ALBUM: <em>Love Gun</em> (Casablanca, 1977), <em>Alive 2</em> (Casablanca, 1977)</p> <p>GUITARISTS: Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley</p> <p>"Ace is god, and the 'Shock Me' solo is killer. The studio version (Love Gun) has so much production just in the lead section. I also love the effects on it, especially the phaser on the last note. Man, I get all wound up just talking about Kiss! Ace's vibrato is what really grabbed me, and I always try to apply that to my playing. He could squeeze so much out of a single note that one note could take the place of 12."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iauaDVVPGW8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>"Motorbreath"</strong></p> <p>BAND: Metallica</p> <p>ALBUM: <em>Kill 'Em All</em> (Elektra, 1983)</p> <p>GUITARISTS: James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett</p> <p>"I love Hammett's lead playing, but Hetfield 's rhythm playing is truly phenomenal. He's the god of chugging riffs,<br /> and 'Motorbreath' is a good example of tight, chunky, galloping speed playing. Man, when I first heard that song, I didn't know what it was! It was so heavy, but real clean. That song really taught me how to play clean, driving rhythms. I don't know any guitarist that can down-pick like Hetfield, and 'Motorbreath' is a prime example of his expertise."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UX2jrWifKak" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>"At Dawn They Sleep"</strong></p> <p>BAND: Slayer</p> <p>ALBUM: <em>Hell Awaits</em> (Metal Blade, 1985)</p> <p>GUITARISTS: Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King</p> <p>"Those guys have a real unorthodox style of playing — it's totally not normal. [laughs] They have unbelievable rhythm chops. Their songs taught me how to play with guts and aggression. The half-time feel on 'At Dawn They Sleep' is really cool, too. I like how they just start and stop out of nowhere, using no time to build up or wind down. They never give you a chance to get into a song: as soon as it starts, they're battering you over the head, hard and fast.''</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/r0hTE_oFOoQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>"Lights Out"</strong></p> <p>BAND: UFO</p> <p>ALBUM: <em>Lights Out</em> (Chrysalis, 1977)</p> <p>GUITARIST: Michael Schenker</p> <p>"This song is played in F#, my favorite key to wail in. It's like E — it's real common, but you can't beat it. You can write every song on an album in E and not hurt a thing. Your straight E to F# is pure power, and playing leads in F# is awesome because you can do it down in the second fret position. Tunes like 'Lights Out' showed me how to do that.</p> <p>"The rhythm section behind the lead in that song is really driving — it's fire, it's guts, it's live, it's totally <em>jamming!</em> We try to maintain that in Pantera. Even though we don't use a rhythm guitar track behind my leads, Rex and Vinnie keep things going when I solo — like a rhythm section lead behind my lead”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ts0z4LYOmy0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>"Eruption"</strong></p> <p>BAND: Van Halen</p> <p>ALBUM: <em>Van Halen</em> (Warner Bros., 1978)</p> <p>GUITARIST: Eddie Van Halen</p> <p>"Van Halen was a huge influence on me, and 'Eruption' was the song that really leaped off that first Van Halen album. I was a little kid when I first heard it, and I couldn't believe how Eddie just ripped the strings off his guitar. He played with a fierce aggression — and his guitar sound was unbeatable. That dive bomb sound effect at the song's end sounded like the world was coming to an end. Because Eddie was so hardcore about his guitar, he made me look at the instrument in a different way — more as a tool to screw around with than something you must play very carefully."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sI7XiJgt0vY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><em>EDITOR'S NOTE:</em> Although the original 1993 GW story promised 12 songs, there actually were 13 songs in the piece. Here's the bonus 13th song:</p> <p><strong>"Tush"</strong></p> <p>BAND: ZZ Top</p> <p>ALBUM: <em>Fandango!</em> (Warner Bros., 1975)</p> <p>GUITARIST: Billy Gibbons</p> <p>"I'm not a super blues player, but I was exposed to the Texas blues sound while I was growing up, and that definitely rubbed off on me. </p> <p>"To me, blues is more of a feel and a vibe, rather than sitting there and saying, 'Well, I'm gonna play bluesy now.' And Billy definitely plays with feeling on 'Tush.' My favorite thing about it is where he lets that one note ring out until it dies off, then gets that rattling noise on the frets."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-jB_QM73Slk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/damageplan">Damageplan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/prime-cuts-dimebag-darrell-chooses-his-12-favorite-tunes-1993-guitar-world-feature#comments Articles Damageplan Dimebag Darrell GW Archive March 1993 Pantera Prime Cuts Interviews News Features Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:36:35 +0000 Jeff Kitts http://www.guitarworld.com/article/13301 Pantera’s “The Art of Shredding” Percussive Acoustic Guitar Cover — Video Finds http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-pantera-s-art-shredding-percussive-acoustic-cover-video-finds <!--paging_filter--><p>Believe it or not, Pantera’s “The Art of Shredding” translates awesomely to acoustic in the hands of the masterful percussive player, Sam Westphalen.</p> <p>Here he is in the studio at the Australian Institute of Music laying it down.</p> <p>Westphalen has made a point of performing metal classics on acoustic guitar, and he also performs his own tunes.</p> <p>“The Art of Shredding” is the final track from Pantera’s acclaimed 1990 release <em>Cowboys From Hell</em>.</p> <p>View more from Westphalen at <a href="http://samborayjr.com">samborayjr.com</a>. Check it out here:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KN4hhhz5mkY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-pantera-s-art-shredding-percussive-acoustic-cover-video-finds#comments Acoustic Nation Dimebag Darell Pantera Videos Blogs Videos News Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:43:17 +0000 Acoustic Nation http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22424 Riffer Madness: Dimebag Darrell on Syncopated Rhythms, Part 1 http://www.guitarworld.com/riffer-madness-dimebag-darrell-syncopated-rhythms-part-1 <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This entry comes from Dimebag Darrell's classic </em>Guitar World<em> column, "Riffer Madness."</em></p> <p>In the last few columns we've been zoning in on lead-playing and shit so let's get back to doing some hard-driving rhythm work for a while-'cos well-balanced players rip on rhythm as well as leads. </p> <p>As far as I'm concerned, it's no good being able to wail out smokin' leads if your rhythm chops hugg! I've been into playing rhythm from day one, and a lot of that has to do with having a brother who kicks ass on drums. I grew up jamming with Vinnie [Paul, Darrell's brother and Pantera's skin-basher] and he definitely taught me the importance of timing and playing tight-and that, along with some great chops, is what rhythm playing is all about.</p> <p><strong>Percussive Picking</strong></p> <p>In a way, I'm kind of a percussionist when it comes to picking because a lot of my rhythm patterns are almost like drum patterns-take the front of "A New Level" (<em>Vulgar Display Of Power</em>) (Figure 1) which is a hard-driving power groove based on one note, the open low E string (tuned down a whole step to D). </p> <p>I actually came up with the idea for this riff by beating on one of those little crystal glasses with some chop sticks at Benihana's! Most riffs are recognizable by their melody, and the fact that you can immediately identify Figure 1 as being "A New Level" from just its rhythmic pattern shows you how important timing and rhythm is! So, in the case of this riff, the focus is on right-hand chops rather than melody.</p> <p><img src="http://guitaraficionado.com/GW/dime/sync1.gif" /></p> <p><strong>Psychotic Syncopation</strong></p> <p>A lot of Pantera's riffs are tight, syncopated grooves like the one we've just looked at. Check out the riff shown in FIGURE 2, which is the beginning of "Psycho Holiday" (<em>Cowboys From Hell</em>).</p> <p><img src="http://guitaraficionado.com/GW/dime/sync2.gif" /></p> <p>Once again, only one note is being hit (F), but you know exactly what the song is, thanks to the rhythmic pattern being pounded out. Anyway, before we go any further, I guess I should explain what syncopation is all about, just so we're clear.</p> <p>All syncopation means is accenting beats that you don't normally accent. If this sounds complicated, don't wig, just hold tight and we'll clean this scene up. Let's say you're chugging out a simple eighth-note pattern on the open low-E string, like in FIGURE 3a.</p> <p><img src="http://guitaraficionado.com/GW/dime/sync3.gif" /></p> <p>The notes you'd normally accent would be the ones that fall on counts "one," "two," "three" and "four." This is shown in FIGURE 3b(the notes to be accented are indicated by the symbol >). All we have to do to make this basic rhythmic idea syncopated is to accent the notes that fall on the "and" counts instead-the eighth-note up-beats. This is shown in FIGURE 3c.</p> <p>FIGURES 4a + 4b are the same shit, but this time applied to a simple 16th-note groove. FIGURE 4a is the unsyncopated version (accents on "one," "two," "three" and "four") while FIGURE 4b is syncopated (accents NOT on "one," "two," "three" and "four").</p> <p><img src="http://guitaraficionado.com/GW/dime/sync4.gif" /></p> <p>I know these are real basic illustrations, but remember, simple is bad-assed, if done aggressively! So, attack those accents 'cos that's where the magic is! Check out how much more interesting FIGURE 4b sounds compared to FIGURE 4a, which is pretty straight-sounding. And the only difference between 'em is where we've placed the accents. That's the whole trip with syncopation!</p> <p><img src="http://guitaraficionado.com/GW/dime/sync5.gif" /></p> <p>Shit, I'm outta space again. Next time we'll be getting into more power groove stuff, such as picking techniques and muting tricks. Until then, go crank your rig on 12, let it feedback wide open for a good two minutes, freak your neighbors out and ENJOY THE POWER OF THE GUITAR! "Oh, what a feeling," and it ain't no damned Toyota!!</p> <p><em>The "Dimebag Darrell Riffer Madness" DVD is available through Alfred <a href="http://alfred.com/riffermadness">here</a></em>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/riffer-madness-dimebag-darrell-syncopated-rhythms-part-1#comments Dimebag Darrell Pantera Riffer Madness Blogs News Lessons Magazine Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:13:08 +0000 Dimebag Darrell http://www.guitarworld.com/article/13492 Dimebag Darrell Hosts Clinic and Q&A Session in 1993 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/vintage-video-dimebag-darrell-hosts-clinic-and-qa-session-1993 <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out a video of a complete Dimebag Darrell clinic that took place June 3, 1993, in Arlington, Texas.</p> <p>The Randall Amplifiers-sponsored clinic, which is basically a Q&amp;A session (where Dime is practically begging the subdued crowd for questions), also features some fine shredding by Darrell.</p> <p>The entire video is about an hour long. Note that the sound isn't great; it's a bit muffled, and you'll probably want to raise your volume considerably.</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/k226LOnrk44" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/vintage-video-dimebag-darrell-hosts-clinic-and-qa-session-1993#comments Dimebag Darrell Pantera Randall Videos News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:30:30 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20256 Guitar Strength: 10 Commandments of Playing Guitar in the Style of Dimebag Darrell, Part 1 http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-strength-10-commandments-playing-guitar-style-dimebag-darrell-part-1 <!--paging_filter--><p>This is a two-part column; part 1 is below, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-strength-10-commandments-playing-guitar-style-dimebag-darrell-part-2">and part 2 is right here.</a></p> <p><strong>Commandment 1: Honor Thy Van Halen</strong></p> <p>... and ZZ Top, Kiss, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Ted Nugent, Pat Travers, early Metallica (<em>Kill ‘em All</em>, <em>Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets</em>) and Randy Rhoads.</p> <p>Van Halen’s impact on Dimebag’s playing is unmistakable. The “vibe” of early Van Halen is by far the most recognizable influence in Dimebag’s playing. From the grooving rhythms played like leads of their own, to the tone, to the phrasing in his lead playing, Dimebag took the inspiration of Edward Van Halen and forged his own identity.</p> <p>Pieces such as “Eruption” and “Spanish Fly” were favorites of Dimebag, who would play them in his unaccompanied guitar solos back in Pantera’s early club days.</p> <p>Dime has been noted as being Texas’ “Van Halen clone,” the local hotshot who could play all of the most impressive licks of his hero. Further, the brotherly bond of the Van Halen brothers (Eddie on guitar and Alex on drums) was mirrored in Pantera (Vinnie on drums and Dime on guitar).</p> <p>Van Halen’s impact is further felt as the words “Van Halen” were actually Dimebag’s last words spoken before he was tragically murdered. “Van Halen” was something Dime would say to his brother Vinnie before a live performance to inspire them both to play a fun, lively, rocking show. Also, Dime was actually buried with the guitar that inspired him most -- Eddie Van Halen’s yellow and black striped guitar featured on the back cover of <em>Van Halen II</em>.</p> <p>To truly understand Dimebag’s playing, it is crucial to absorb the “Van Halen” feel, as well as the techniques and attention to tone that were such a part of the early Van Halen experience.</p> <p><strong>[[ 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of Pantera's <em>Vulgar Display of Power</em>. What better way to celebrate the greatest album by one of the greatest metal band ever than with the collector's box-set edition of <em>Revolver</em>'s new special issue devoted to the group? The box set comes with five copies of the issue with four exclusive covers not available anywhere else, a massive 15" x 21" double-sided poster, and <em>Guitar World</em>'s <em>Learn the Best of Pantera</em> DVD with 90 minutes of shredding lessons, all packaged in a cool collector's box. <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/revolver/products/revolver-presents-the-pantera-box-set/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign">It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store.</a> ]]</strong></p> <p><strong>Commandment 2: Thou Shalt Use the Major 3rd</strong></p> <p>Always wearing his Van Halen influence on his sleeve, Dimebag was never one to shy away from using the interval of a major 3rd in his heavy playing. Shunned by most “metal” players, the major 3rd was an essential tool in Dime’s bag of tricks.</p> <p>When playing in E (minor), the major third is G#, which adds a unique feel to riffs and licks that also utilize the minor 3rd (G). Theoretically, this major 3rd lends lines a Mixolydian quality, though it essentially gives a bluesy type of sound and adds tension/dissonance to minor key tonalities (For more information, check out <a href="http://www.guitarstrength.com/">Guitar Strength Volume 1: Mastering the Modes</a>.)</p> <p>Example 1 is a Dimebag-inspired riff using this major 3rd in a minor key.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Example1_0.jpg" width="620" height="156" alt="Example1_0.jpg" /></p> <p>Notice also how Dime gets extra mileage out of the interval by using it in a pattern that also makes use of the flat 9 (F in E minor). Example 2 is another Dimebag-inspired riff using the same intervals. (For another riff using the major 3rd, which was clearly an influence on Dimebag, check out the end of “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” by Black Sabbath.)</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Example2.jpg" width="620" height="140" alt="Example2.jpg" /></p> <p>The major 3rd was not just essential to Dimebag’s riffs, it was also extensively used in his lead playing. Example 3 is an E minor fingering of the “Dimebag Scale,” a minor pentatonic scale with the addition of a flat 5, major 6th (omitted on the A string and used only on the B string, 14th fret for ease of fingering), and major 3rd. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Example3.jpg" width="620" height="141" alt="Example3.jpg" /> </p> <p>Example 4 is a Dimebag-inspired lick using this scale.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Example4.jpg" width="620" height="161" alt="Example4.jpg" /></p> <p>When attempting to conjure the influence of Dimebag in your own playing, experimentation with the integration of this major 3rd into more “standard” minor phrases is highly encouraged. Don’t be afraid of sounding “happy”; play the note like you mean it and you’ll be amazed at its versatility and its ability to make your playing substantially more interesting.</p> <p><strong>Commandment #3: Embrace Symmetry</strong></p> <p>Another Van Halen-inspired technique employed by Dimebag was the use of symmetrical fingerings. This technique is extremely easy to learn but requires taste and skill for successful implementation. To perform this technique, simply devise a fingering shape on one string and apply it across all six. </p> <p>Example 5 is a Van Halen-esque lick, based on a root, major 3rd, 5th shape in E, continuing down to the A string and resolving on a B string bend from D to E (and back down to D for some minor 7th tension).</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Example5.jpg" width="620" height="300" alt="Example5.jpg" /></p> <p>Clearly inspirational to Dime, example 6 is a variation in the same (12th) position, this time using the minor 3rd (G), 5th (B), and a slide to and from the flat 6th (C). This expanded symmetrical shape still uses a simple 1-2-4 fret hand fingering across all six strings, yet the pinky slide gives it some extra range and movement.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Example6.jpg" width="620" height="170" alt="Example6.jpg" /></p> <p>Further examples of simple, yet effective symmetrical patterns used by Dimebag can be seen in examples 7 and 8. Example 7 is another shape, this time using the major 7 (Eb in E), the root (E), and the minor 3rd (G) as its basis. In this case, the pattern is an ascending climb combining both picking and legato phrasing, again using the 1-2-4 fingering. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Example7.jpg" width="620" height="212" alt="Example7.jpg" /></p> <p>In example 8, based on one of Dimebag’s favorite patterns, the shape uses a 4-3-1 fingering in a descending sequence on the top three strings. This shape in this position is a throwback to the playing of Pat Travers, and can be quite effective when playing over rhythms in A minor and E minor. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Example8.jpg" width="620" height="145" alt="Example8.jpg" /></p> <p>Feel free to transpose it into other keys and use it often, just as Dime did.</p> <p>It is important to notice that though Dimebag possessed astounding picking technique, he tended to favor executing most of his lines in a legato fashion (another homage to Mr. Edward Van Halen). Dimebag’s love of legato gave his lines a fluid, lively quality, and his powerful left hand technique was extremely important when effectively implementing these symmetrical patterns into his lead licks.</p> <p><strong>Commandment 4: Give Chords New Found Power</strong></p> <p>Never content with “standard” guitar techniques, Dimebag was an avid user of the “other” power chords. Instead of relying on normal root-5th and root-4th (inverted 5th) power chords (though he was an obvious master when it came to using them), Dimebag would often come up with and use alternative dyads (two-note chords) in place of standard power chords. These chords were usually major or minor thirds stacked on top of the root. Example 9 is the two basic versions of these chords with 6th and 5th string roots. The first is the “major 3rd” variation and the second is the “minor 3rd” version.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Example9.jpg" width="620" height="195" alt="Example9.jpg" /></p> <p>Example 10 is a figure using the minor 3rd power chord. Notice how the chords act to add texture and movement to the riff, as they work well when used in the same riff as the more pedestrian root-5th power chords. The chords also add a nice tension, as they are not as “homogenous” and “neutered” sounding as the standard root-5th chords. Also, when used with a rocking distorted tone, these chords have an extremely powerful sonic fingerprint with their unique overtones. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Example10.jpg" width="620" height="132" alt="Example10.jpg" /></p> <p>These overtones are, in fact, what makes these chords so special and useful. With usual major or minor chords and triads, playing them with distortion often results in a cluttered, un-musical noise. There is just too much information present to allow sonorous, musical sounds when using the standard major or minor chord shapes. However, by just playing the root and 3rd, a vibrant, tense, rich sound is created, really putting the “power” in power chord.</p> <p>Experiment often with substituting these root-3rd power chords for standard root-5th chords in your riffs. Also, try varying your usage of major and minor 3rds, as often times the “wrong” (out of key) 3rd will sound most interesting in a riff. Example 11 is a Dimebag inspired riff using these harmonically “wrong” power chords. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Example11.jpg" width="620" height="278" alt="Example11.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Commandment 5: Know your Nodes</strong></p> <p>No discussion of Dimebag would be complete without mentioning his penchant for playing with harmonics. Dimebag’s playing was peppered with any and every type of harmonics: natural, artificial, tapped, etc.</p> <p>Playing with an overtone-rich, distorted sound, harmonics (whether naturally or artificially produced) are an integral component in the beast of electric guitar. Harmonics can occur almost anywhere and can be produced by a myriad of means, and can occur many times as an accidental consequence of playing with a loud, distorted sound.</p> <p>Dimebag, however, excelled at controlling the beast, and was able to skillfully use harmonics as one of the most expressive elements in his playing. To understand how Dime would use harmonics, we’ll first look at the naturally occurring harmonic nodes that occur across the fretboard. Example 12 is a basic depiction of the most common, “easy” harmonics that occur when a fret hand finger is used to lightly touch a plucked string (without actually pushing it down and fretting it) and produce a harmonic. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Example12.jpg" width="620" height="154" alt="Example12.jpg" /></p> <p>Example 13 shows some more difficult to produce harmonics along the same string, many of which were used extensively by Dime.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Example13.jpg" width="620" height="159" alt="Example13.jpg" /></p> <p>Dime was never content to just play the harmonics, though, as he would often use a variety of techniques to produce and manipulate them. The most famous of these techniques was Dime’s signature “harmonic scream” technique. The basic maneuver is depicted in example 14. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Example14.jpg" width="620" height="388" alt="Example14.jpg" /></p> <p>To perform this technique as Dimebag would, a floating tremolo bridge (able to bend a note below and above) is necessary (preferably a locking Floyd Rose or its equivalent). First, get the string moving by “plucking” it with a silent fret hand pull-off while simultaneously dumping / depressing the bar and bending the tremolo down. As the open string is lowered in pitch and its tension is reduced, lightly tap the selected harmonic node with the fret hand “bird”/middle finger. Next, after the harmonic has been sounded, slowly return the bar to pitch, pull it up higher, and apply vibrato with the whammy bar. Note that the actual time the open/dumped string rings is only a fraction of a second, it is only sounded so as to allow the string movement enough to produce the fret hand “tapped” harmonic. </p> <p>Also note the importance of fret hand muting, being sure to use the fret hand thumb (wrapped over the top of the neck) and fret hand fingers to mute any unwanted noise from the unused strings. Experiment with different harmonic nodes, as some will be easier to execute and some will sound more interesting than others. </p> <p>While Dimebag was also quite adept at using Zakk Wylde/John Sykes/George Lynch/Billy F. Gibbons style “pings” (artificial harmonics, A.K.A. pick harmonics) he was especially adept at using multiple, combined harmonics as a way to spice up his rhythm playing. </p> <p>Example 15 shows this technique at play. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Example15.jpg" width="620" height="164" alt="Example15.jpg" /></p> <p>Notice first that Dime loved using “in-between” harmonics, those that had a particularly shrieking/squealing sound. Also notice that in combining two or more harmonics, an extremely cool set of screaming, dissonant overtones is created. Try any and all combinations of harmonics on various string sets and at various node points, and also experiment with manipulating the combinations with your whammy bar and/or effects pedals. Example 16 is several available combinations.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Example16.jpg" width="620" height="365" alt="Example16.jpg" /></p> <p>The possibilities are endless. <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-strength-10-commandments-playing-guitar-style-dimebag-darrell-part-2">Check out Part 2!</a></p> <p><em>Scott Marano has dedicated his life to the study of the guitar, honing his chops at the Berklee College of Music under the tutelage of Jon Finn and Joe Stump and working as an accomplished guitarist, performer, songwriter and in-demand instructor. In 2007, Scott developed the Guitar Strength program to inspire and provide accelerated education to guitarists of all ages and in all styles through state-of-the-art private guitar lessons in his home state of Rhode Island and globally via Skype. <a href="http://www.guitarstrength.com/">Visit Scott and learn more at www.GuitarStrength.com.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/damageplan">Damageplan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-strength-10-commandments-playing-guitar-style-dimebag-darrell-part-1#comments Damageplan Dimebag Darrell Guitar Strength Pantera Scott Marano Blogs Features Lessons Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:44:16 +0000 Scott Marano http://www.guitarworld.com/article/13074 Born of Osiris' Lee McKinney on Pantera's 'Cowboys From Hell' — The Record That Changed My Life http://www.guitarworld.com/born-osiris-lee-mckinney-panteras-cowboys-hell-record-changed-my-life <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Pantera</strong><br /> <em>Cowboys From Hell</em> (1990)</p> <p>My dad turned me on to all the metal I listened to when I was younger. We’d listen to a lot of Randy Rhoads and Ozzy Osbourne. </p> <p>But when he played Pantera’s <em>Cowboys from Hell</em> for me, that was what really made me want to play metal and be in a band. That Pantera record changed everything for me. I was probably 12 when I first heard it, which was about 10 years after the record came out, and I would look up all their videos online. </p> <p>I remember the "Primal Concrete Sledge" video in particular. It was live, and so crazy. Pantera had that clicky kick drum and rhythmic chugging, and of course Dimebag Darrell’s lead work. The groove behind <em>Cowboys from Hell</em> was a different take on the other stuff I was listening to at that time, and it really drew me in.</p> <p>Unfortunately I never got to see Pantera live, which is a major bummer. But traveling on the Mayhem festival, I’ve met a lot of people that were close to Dime, like Rita [Haney, Dimebag’s longtime girlfriend]. It’s cool to hear all the stories about him. He seemed like such an awesome guy. </p> <p>To this day, I still listen to Pantera. We tour a lot with another band from our label, Sumerian, called After the Burial. When we get with them, it always turns into a Pantera listening party, and <em>Cowboys from Hell</em> is always in the mix.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3DOamgay6Mw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/born-osiris-lee-mckinney-panteras-cowboys-hell-record-changed-my-life#comments Born of Osiris July 2014 Lee McKinney Pantera The Record that Changed My Life News Features Magazine Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:54:57 +0000 Lee McKinney http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21921 Rex Brown Joins Phillip Anselmo to Perform Pantera's "A New Level" at Download Festival — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/rex-brown-joins-phillip-anselmo-perform-panteras-new-level-download-festival-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Former Pantera bassist Rex Brown joined fellow Pantera alumnus and current Down frontman Philip Anselmo on stage at the Download festival on Sunday at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. They performed the Pantera classic "A New Level."</p> <p>Anselmo performed at this year's Download with his backing band, the Illegals, featuring guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-Superjoint Ritual), drummer José Manuel Gonzales (Warbeast) and bassist Steve Taylor.</p> <p>Check out fan-filmed footage of the performance here:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JXjALI3HfcM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/rex-brown-joins-phillip-anselmo-perform-panteras-new-level-download-festival-video#comments Pantera Phil Anselmo Rex Brown Videos News Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:05:14 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21557