Has any piece of musical equipment proliferated more, or more rapidly, than the humble electric guitar effect unit? Though there is no official tally, suffice it to say that thousands of stomp boxes, effect devices and processors have been created for the electric guitar over the past 60 years (and that’s not including rackmount effects). Conceivably, more than half of those devices are distortion, fuzz and overdrive effects.
Some Big news! The original lineup of Mr. Big — Paul Gilbert on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass, Eric Martin on vocals and Pat Torpey on drums — will release a new studio album, …The Stories We Could Tell, September 23 via Frontiers Music.
Below, check out this recently posted (May 29, 2014) video of a YouTube dude — FamilyJules7x — playing a mighty fine metal tribute to the history of video games. FamilyJules posted a lot of info with the clip, including: "I made this during the same week as my last year of college finals and during hell weeks for numerous other projects rendering me very little possible time to work on it."
We recently had acoustic guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel stop by the Acoustic Nation studio. Luckily for you, we didn’t let him leave without passing on some valuable picking tips! Emmanuel has an uncanny ability for thumb and fingerstyle picking, and it’s our guess that hanging around Chet Atkins certainly helped too.
NAMM — the folks that bring you the twice-yearly gearfest known as the NAMM Show — has created a couple of Public Service Announcement videos to encourage more people to start playing music and fewer to stop. These are playing nationwide, and Spanish and Portuguese versions are playing in South America.
Forty-eight years ago this summer — in late July and August 1966 — the Beatles found themselves in a touchy situation. On July 29 of that year, a teen magazine called Datebook published segments of a nearly 5-month-old interview with John Lennon. Among the republished segments was this quote by Lennon: "We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first — rock 'n' roll or Christianity."
Even though Metallica's James Hetfield makes it look all too easy, there are countless guitarists who find it challenging to sing while doing anything on the guitar — besides strumming. Some players (myself included) even get bent out of shape when they're asked to provide the simplest of vocal harmonies while playing basic to semi-challenging riffs.
In this new feature from the August 2014 issue of Guitar World, the guitarists of Avenged Sevenfold, Morbid Angel, Trivium and other metal acts tell how they'll beat the heat and tame the crowds on the season's biggest tours.
A forthcoming film of Eric Clapton's 2014 world tour might just be a document of the guitarist's final tour — ever. The DVD, which is titled Planes, Trains and Eric, documents the Far and Middle Eastern leg of Clapton's tour, intercutting backstage and on-the-road vignettes with full-length performances of songs, including “Layla,” “Wonderful Tonight,” “Cocaine,” “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Crossroads."