News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/%3Ehttp%3A/www.facebook.com/www.facebook.com/%27http%3A/www.kickstarter.com/projects/realmofobscura en Guitarist Rob Cavestany Looks Back at the Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Death Angel http://www.guitarworld.com/guitarist-rob-cavestany-looks-back-rise-fall-and-rebirth-death-angel <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This is an excerpt from the May 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the rest of this story, plus features on Zakk Wylde &amp; Joe Satriani, John Frusciante, how to build a pedal board, a complete finger picking lesson, columns, tabs and reviews of new gear from Line 6, Ibanez, Strymon, G&amp;L, Ernie Ball and Orange, <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-may-14-zakk-wylde-joe-satriani/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=ZakkJoeExcerpt">check out the May 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <p><strong>Blood Sacrifice: <em>In 1990, Death Angel were poised to be as big as Metallica until a horrific accident brought their ascent to a halt. Guitar Rob Cavestany looks back at the group’s rise and fall, and the rebirth that has brought them hard-won success.</em></strong></p> <p>Sitting in his home studio in Oakland, California, on a bright, breezy afternoon this past January, Cavestany appears to have come through Death Angel’s tribulations having regained a bit of his youthful optimism. </p> <p>The 45-year-old guitarist looks fit and nonchalantly rocks a timeless thrasher look that includes a full head of long black hair, a sleeveless shirt and tattooed arms. He’s also beaming with smiles and, in charming Cali fashion, is <em>hella stoked</em> to explain how a group of teenage cousins won over the Eighties Bay Area thrash scene, imploded, rebuilt and now—30 years later—sound better than ever. </p> <p>We’re soon joined by Cavestany’s six-string wingman, Aguilar, and his affable black lab, London. Over a plate of fresh fruit and cheese (the latter a particular favorite of London’s), Cavestany begins the Death Angel story at a familiar place for many budding rockers who came of age in the Seventies.</p> <p>“Kiss were the main reason why we got into music,” he says between sips of beer. “We had posters all over and we worshipped them. The original lineup of Death Angel were all cousins, so we would give lip-sync performances at family functions.”</p> <p>The jump from lip-syncing to really playing came after Cavestany and Dennis Pepa’s mothers took the boys to Kiss’ 1979 performance at the Cow Palace, outside of San Francisco. Witnessing the larger-than-life set lit a fire under the 11-year-old Cavestany, who made the decision then and there to play an instrument. He started off on drums, but it wasn’t until he picked up his father’s old acoustic guitar that he found his calling. He soon graduated to electric guitar and began exploring even heavier music.</p> <p>“When I started to play guitar, at the very first it was Sabbath, Zeppelin and AC/DC,” Cavestany says. “Then came Priest, Maiden and Scorpions, then Accept, Tygers of Pan Tang, along with Eddie Van Halen, and Randy Rhoads of course, who would have to be my all-time hero.” </p> <p>By 1983, when Cavestany was all of 15, Death Angel—at that time a four-piece featuring Galeon, Gus and Dennis Pepa, and Cavestany on both vocals and guitar—cut their first four-song demo, Heavy Metal Insanity, which reflected their classic metal and NWOBHM inspirations. Cavestany credits his discovery of Metallica as being the turning point when Death Angel’s style evolved into the manic thrashing sound they would become known for. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GS2x1nqJgkY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>“Seeing Metallica play was the next thing after we saw Kiss, when we’re all like, Oh shit! We’ve got to change our style. We’ve got to get heavier and faster,” Cavestany says.</p> <p>Metallica would play a pivotal role in the Death Angel story in more ways than one. After attending a Metallica in-store signing, the guys unexpectedly hit it off with Kirk Hammett. Over the next few years, as Death Angel continued to gig and refine their sound, they would pass their boom-box demos to the guitarist whenever they would run into him at local metal shows. Their persistence paid off when Hammett agreed to produce their second batch of songs, which would become their 1986 <em>Kill as One</em> demo.</p> <p>“Kirk was really nice and always really supportive of us,” Cavestany recalls. “Eventually he heard enough potential to get himself involved, which was very major for us.”</p> <p>Kill as One benefited from Hammett’s production insights as well as the addition of singer Mark Osegueda (another of Cavestany’s cousin), whose style gave the music a fresh thrash flavor and edge that was missing from the old-school sounds on Heavy Metal Insanity. Kill as One became popular among the tape-trading scene, and Death Angel scored key gigs opening for bands like Slayer. Soon, indie label Enigma approached the group with a contract for a full-length record.</p> <p>“I’m sure the novelty is what first got people’s attention,” Cavestany says with a laugh. “Like, These guys are way young, they’re all cousins, and they look like small Chinese girls going crazy onstage!”</p> <p>Riding a wave of youthful exuberance and unwavering confidence, Death Angel blazed through the recording of the songs that would become their debut album, 1987’s <em>The Ultra-Violence</em>. Tracked in three days and mixed in two, their fierce debut confirmed that these kids weren’t a novelty—this was serious thrash on par with many of the older more experienced bands of the scene. It had the speed of early Metallica, the unhinged quality of Slayer and the brazen attack of Anthrax. </p> <p>“We didn’t really second-guess too many things that we were doing,” Cavestany says. “We just went at it relentlessly. We thought it was amazing. Now if I try to play along to that CD, I almost can’t do it because we are so out of control. [laughs] It’s so off, and everyone’s crazy. But it’s got that rawness.”</p> <p>While Death Angel may have managed to get a full-length pressed and catch some people’s attention, they certainly weren’t living on easy street. The guys were still toiling at their day jobs and relying on their families’ support.</p> <p>“I was working at Tower Records when <em>The Ultra-Violence</em> came out,” Cavestany recalls. “And my dad was my main roadie for the first couple of years, buying me equipment and driving me around. Our families couldn’t understand the kind of music we were trying to play, but they were proud of us. My grandmother would come to our shows, and my mom would be there wearing her Death Angel shirt.”</p> <p><em><strong>For the rest of this story, plus features on Zakk Wylde &amp; Joe Satriani, John Frusciante, how to build a pedal board, a complete finger picking lesson, columns, tabs and reviews of new gear from Line 6, Ibanez, Strymon, G&amp;L, Ernie Ball and Orange, <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-may-14-zakk-wylde-joe-satriani/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=ZakkJoeExcerpt">check out the May 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></strong></em></p> <p><em>Photos: Jimmy Hubbard</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="/death-angel">Death Angel</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitarist-rob-cavestany-looks-back-rise-fall-and-rebirth-death-angel#comments Death Angel May 2014 Interviews News Features Magazine Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:53:58 +0000 Brad Angle http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20948 Demo Video: Eventide H9 Core Harmonizer Stompbox http://www.guitarworld.com/demo-video-eventide-h9-core-harmonizer-stompbox <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new video, Alan Chaput from Eventide demos the company's new Eventide H9 Core.</p> <p>The H9 Core delivers the sounds of Eventide’s H910 and H949 harmonizers, the prized studio processors used on stage by Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page and Eddie Van Halen. All of Eventide’s stompbox effects, including new H9 exclusives, UltraTap Delay and Resonator, can be added to H9 Core.</p> <p>H9 Core features a simple, one-knob user interface and is fully featured as a standalone stompbox.</p> <p>Using H9 Core with the H9 Control app for Windows, OSX (via USB) or iOS (wirelessly via Bluetooth) makes creating and managing presets, live control and in-app algorithm purchases easy. H9 owners can sync up to five H9s to a single Eventide.com account so their H9 algorithms can be used by five H9s simultaneously.</p> <p>For more about the Eventide H9 Core, visit <a href="http://www.eventide.com/AudioDivision/Products/StompBoxes/H9.aspx">eventide.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gp6fEnxm0cU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/demo-video-eventide-h9-core-harmonizer-stompbox#comments Eventide Videos Effects News Gear Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:24:53 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21021 Review: Seymour Duncan Whole Lotta Humbucker Pickups http://www.guitarworld.com/review-seymour-duncan-whole-lotta-humbucker-pickups <!--paging_filter--><p>London in the early Seventies was the center of the guitar universe, the place where some of the greatest players of the classic rock era were living, performing and recording. </p> <p>Seymour Duncan was there too, sought by the famous and soon-to-be-famous for his skills as a guitar tech and his ability to uniquely rewind a pickup so that it matched a player’s voice and style. </p> <p>Duncan’s pickups were an ingredient in the signature tones of guitarists like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page and scores of others. </p> <p>One of the era’s most recognizable and iconic sounds came via one of Page’s Gibson Les Pauls that Duncan loaded with a pair of his specially rewound humbuckers, known for their incredibly powerful, clear top end, unbridled midrange and multidimensional crunch tone. Seymour Duncan’s new Whole Lotta Humbucker set of bridge and neck pickups precisely recreates that magical tone and provides access to the legendary sounds that forever changed the world of rock guitar and inspired millions to begin their musical journey. </p> <p><strong>Features</strong><br /> Seymour Duncan builds these pickups with the balanced magnetic field offered by rough-cast Alnico 5 magnets and 42-gauge plain-enamel wire, wound in his special pattern. As is typical, the bridge model is hotter than the neck version, but both have the characteristically raw, overdriven effect on the amp. Four-conductor leads allow players to tap coils or set up phase-inverted tone colorations, and Duncan is offering them with black bobbins or nickel covers. </p> <p><strong>Performance</strong><br /> Tone may be subjective, and it is certainly dependent on the player and other equipment, but playing the Whole Lotta Humbucker set through a Marshall half stack is history incarnate. It’s scary to hear this tone recreated so accurately, and it’s enlightening to experience how much of the player’s intention can be captured by a truly great set of pickups. What’s just as interesting is how nuanced and energetic these medium output pickups of yesteryear sound when combined with modern high gain horsepower. </p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> black, $269 (set); nickel, $319.99 (set)</p> <p><strong>Manufacturer</strong> Seymour Duncan, <a href="http://www.seymourduncan.com/">seymourduncan.com</a></p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong><br /> Whether you’ve spent a lifetime lusting after this tone or are just now realizing that vintage recreations are the key to discovering your personal sound, Seymour Duncan’s Whole Lotta Humbucker is a timeless work of copper-wound art. </p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2888632846001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2888632846001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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All three feature volume and fuzz controls, true-bypass switching, a laser-bright status LED, AC power jack and easy-access battery door while they retain the classic round shape and skip-pad “nose” of the original, albeit at less than one-third the overall size. In fact, using right-angle plugs, one can fit all three Fuzz Face Minis into a space a little larger than the footprint of an original Fuzz Face. </p> <p>The Germanium Fuzz Face Mini uses slightly mismatched germanium transistors just like the first version of the Fuzz Face featured in the Sixties. The Silicon Fuzz Face Mini offers the same specs as an original 1970 Fuzz Face and features a matched pair of BC108 silicon transistors. The Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face Mini offers a circuit identical to that of Dunlop’s JHF1 Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face, based on Hendrix’s own Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face from 1969–’70 and featuring BC108 silicon transistors.</p> <p><strong>Performance</strong> </p> <p>The magic of a Fuzz Face is how well it integrates into the signal chain, becoming an active, dynamic part of it instead of just a component to switch in or out at will. The square-wave distortion it produces is undeniably over the top, but it’s warm, smooth and one of only a rare few true fuzz effects that sounds good with chords. </p> <p>The distortion cleans up nicely when the guitar’s volume control is backed down just slightly, allowing players to easily dial in the desired fuzz effect, from just a touch of hair to full-on fuzz assault at will. The Silicon and Jimi Hendrix versions deliver the most gain, with the Hendrix being the less aggressive of the two, while the Germanium version sounds sweeter and darker. </p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> $170.61 (each)</p> <p><strong>Manufacturer</strong> Dunlop Manufacturing, <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/">jimdunlop.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet</strong></p> <p>The pedals have circuits identical to full-size Fuzz Face pedals, true-bypass switching, status LEDs, AC adapter jacks, and easy-access battery compartments.</p> <p>The Silicon and Jimi Hendrix versions feature BC108 silicon transistors while the Germanium version has a mismatched pair of germanium transistors</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong></p> <p>Reducing both the size and price of the legendary Fuzz Face, the three Fuzz Face Mini pedals provide three distinct classic fuzz flavors that deserve spots on your pedal board.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2888630536001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2888630536001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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For this month’s column, I’ve put together a few runs that demonstrate this unusual approach as applied to both ascending and descending patterns.</p> <p>This kind of “positional wizardry” can be used to generate interesting melodic patterns that can be used in a variety of ways. </p> <p> In <strong>FIGURE 1</strong>, I begin on the low E string in a high fretboard position and end on a high string in a lower position. The run is based on the A Aeolian mode (A B C D E F G), which is also known as the A natural minor scale and is intervallically spelled 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7. </p> <p> The overall concept behind this line is a consistent progression of six-note groups, or “cells,” that move to different areas of the fretboard while remaining diatonic to (within the scale structure of) A Aeolian. The run is played in a rhythm of even 16th notes, which, due to its inherent four-note grouping, results in a more unusual melodic “shape” than if I had played the pattern in a triplet or sextuplet rhythm. </p> <p> I begin by ascending through the first six notes—E F G A B C—then “backpedal” slightly and descend to the previous two notes, B and A, in alternating fashion. The next six-note phrase begins on G, two scale degrees higher than the previous starting note, and consists of the notes G A B C D E, played in ascending form. </p> <p>Once again, I alternate between the last two notes in the same way, which sets up the beginning of the next six-note phrase, starting on B on the fourth string’s ninth fret, which is two scale degrees higher than the previous starting point. This “up-six, back-two” pattern then repeats three more times, culminating on a high A root note. Be sure to use consistent alternate (down-up-down-up) picking throughout this figure, and, as always, strive for crystal-clear articulation.</p> <p> In <strong>FIGURE 2</strong>, I begin on the high E string and work my way up the fretboard while descending gradually on each lower string, pitch-wise. Like <strong>FIGURE 1</strong>, this run is also based on A Aeolian/natural minor and six-note “cells” played in a 16th-note rhythm. </p> <p> After descending through the first six notes—F E D C B A—I quickly shift up the fretboard to a note that is three scale degrees higher in the scale, D, and then repeat the descending six-note pattern. This second sequence ends on F (third string, 10th fret), so I begin the next six-note sequence three scale degrees higher, on B (third string, 16th fret). </p> <p>This process repeats three more times, culminating in a low A root note (sixth string, 17th fret). Again, alternate picking is utilized throughout, so strive for even and precise execution.</p> <p> <strong>FIGURE 3</strong> provides a clearer picture of the shapes used in <strong>FIGURE 2</strong> by illustrating them as eighth-note triplets. Here, one can more easily see how the six-note pattern descends through the notes of A natural minor across two beats at a time. When playing the run in a straight 16th-note rhythm (rather than in an eighth- or 16th-note-triplet rhythm), be cognizant of the difference in feel and where the downbeats fall.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2979782854001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2979782854001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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According to an industry source, the band will still enter a Vancouver recording studio in May 1.</p> <p>“I think we’ll be going into the studio in May in Vancouver. Which means, we should be getting ready,” frontman Brian Johnson said in February.</p> <p>“It’s been 40 years of the band’s existence. So I think we’re gonna try to do 40 gigs, 40 shows, to thank the fans for their undying loyalty. I mean, honestly, our fans are just the best in the world, and we appreciate every one of them. So, like I said, we’ll have to go out, even though we’re getting a bit long in the tooth. You know what?! It’s been four years [since we last went out on the road], and I’m really looking forward to it.”</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="/acdc">AC/DC</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/report-acdc-call-it-quits-due-malcolm-youngs-illness#comments AC/DC News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:07:51 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21017 Video: Guitarist Ben Higgins Imitates "30 Misplaced Shredders" http://www.guitarworld.com/video-guitarist-ben-higgins-imitates-30-misplaced-shredders <!--paging_filter--><p>In the recently posted video below, British guitarist Ben Higgins — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-vai-dimebag-yngwie-guitarist-imitates-30-shredders-one-solo">who we've featured on GuitarWorld.com in the past</a> — imitates 30 well-known shredders, but puts them in strange settings.</p> <p>In the video, which is called "30 Misplaced Shredders," Higgins imitates the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen (over a Morbid Angel-style backing track), Steve Vai (over a Pantera-style backing track), Marty Friedman over Metallica, Zakk Wylde over Anthrax — etc.!</p> <p>After he goes through his 30 imitations, he shows you how to play everything — complete with tabs. In fact, you can find the tabs, backing track and complete lesson <a href="http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/30-Misplaced-Shredders/?utm_source=Youtube&amp;utm_medium=GMC%20YT%20Channel&amp;utm_campaign=30%20Misplaced%20Shredders%20Lesson%20YT">right here.</a></p> <p>For more about Higgins, head <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/BenHigginsOfficial">HERE</a> and <a href="http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/instructor/Ben-Higgins/?utm_source=Youtube&amp;utm_medium=GMC%20YT%20Channel&amp;utm_content=30%20Misplaced%20Shredders%20Video&amp;utm_campaign=Ben%20Instructor%20Profile%20YT">HERE.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oLyPMSMEnyQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Guitarists covered in this solo:</strong></p> <p>1. Michael Romeo (Motorhead) 05:11<br /> 2. Synyster Gates (Mercyful Fate) 06:41<br /> 3. Jeff Hanneman (Bathory) 09:03<br /> 4. Yngwie Malmsteen (Morbid Angel) 10:40<br /> 5. George Lynch (Iced Earth) 12:50<br /> 6. Steve Vai (Pantera) 14:40<br /> 7. Matthias Jabs (Ozzy Osbourne) 16:19<br /> 8. Marty Friedman (Metallica) 18:13<br /> 9. Glenn Tipton (Iron Maiden) 20:36<br /> 10. Adrian Smith (Queensryche) 22:24<br /> 11. Alexi Laiho (Skid Row) 24:24<br /> 12. Kirk Hammett (Motley Crue) 26:36<br /> 13. Michael Schenker (Opeth) 27:59<br /> 14. Joe Satriani (Nile) 29:29<br /> 15. Tony MacAlpine (Cradle of Filth) 32:00<br /> 16. Dave Murray (Judas Priest) 34:09<br /> 17. Zakk Wylde (Anthrax) 35:34<br /> 18. Dan Spitz (Slayer) 37:45<br /> 19. Kerry King (Megadeth) 39:36<br /> 20. Trey Azagthoth (Evile) 41:05<br /> 21. Rusty Cooley (Blind Guardian) 43:32<br /> 22. Jeff Loomis (Annihilator) 45:44<br /> 23. Jeff Waters (Testament) 47:32<br /> 24. Buckethead (Mayhem) 49:37<br /> 25. Vinnie Moore (Rammstein) 51:52<br /> 26. Dimebag (Scorpions) 53:22<br /> 27. Jason Becker (Symphony X) 55:02<br /> 28. Andy LaRocque (Manowar) 56:35<br /> 29. Alex Skolnick (Saxon) 58:29<br /> 30. Randy Rhoads (Arch Enemy) 1:00:38<br /> 31. Bonus shredda ;) - 1:04:32</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-guitarist-ben-higgins-imitates-30-misplaced-shredders#comments Ben Higgins Videos News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:04:09 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21016 Exclusive: Sebastian Bach Premieres "Taking Back Tomorrow" Lyric Video http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-sebastian-bach-premieres-taking-back-tomorrow-lyric-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a new lyric video by Sebastian Bach.</p> <p>The track, "Taking Back Tomorrow," is from Bach's new album, <em>Give 'Em Hell,</em> which will be released April 22 via Frontiers Records.</p> <p>The graphic novel-inspired video, which you can check out below, features footage of Bach seamlessly interspersed with comic book-style graphics. </p> <p><em>Give 'Em Hell</em> was produced, mixed and recorded by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Alice Cooper) and mastered by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Seether). The album features guest appearances by Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses), John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol).</p> <p>Rounding out the lineup on the album are Devin Bronson on guitars and Bobby Jarzombek on drums.</p> <p>Fans who <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/give-em-hell/id824288847">pre-order the album now from iTunes</a> will receive two instant-grat tracks — “Temptation” and “Hell Inside My Head.” You also can pre-order the album <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Give-Em-Hell-Sebastian-Bach/dp/B00HJ7IO0A">at Amazon here.</a></p> <p>Bach will hit the road for select tour dates around the album’s release; check out his itinerary below.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://sebastianbach.com">sebastianbach.com</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/sebastianbach">Bach's Facebook page.</a></p> <p><strong>Sebastian Bach tour dates:</strong></p> <p>APRIL<br /> 24 New York, NY BB King’s<br /> 25 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom<br /> 26 Columbia, MD M3 Festival/Merriweather Post Pavilion<br /> 27 Portland, ME Asylum</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7rPKc7nt50M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Photo: Lizzy Cupcake</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-sebastian-bach-premieres-taking-back-tomorrow-lyric-video#comments Sebastian Bach Videos News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21008 Exclusive: Hedvig Mollestad Trio Premiere New Song, "La Boule Noire" http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-hedvig-mollestad-trio-premiere-new-song-la-boule-noire <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "La Boule Noire," a new instrumental track by jazz-inspired progressive rockers the Hedvig Mollestad Trio.</p> <p>The super-jammy, guitar-heavy song — think Black Sabbath and Cream meet Miles Davis and the Grateful Dead — is from the band's new album, <em>Enfant Terrible</em>, which will be released April 18 by Rune Grammofon.</p> <p>The band, which was founded in 2009, includes Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen on guitar, Ellen Brekken on bass and Ivar Loe Bjørnstad on drums. Thomassen formed the band after she was awarded the Young Jazz Talent of the Year prize at the Molde International Jazz Festival in Norway.</p> <p>They released <em>Shoot!</em> in 2011 and <em>All Of Them Witches</em> in 2013. Their new album was recorded in December 2013.</p> <p>For more about the band, visit <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HedvigMollestadTrio">them on Facebook</a> and <a href="<br /> https://twitter.com/HedvigMollestad">Twitter.</a></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143877490%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-1w14Z&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-hedvig-mollestad-trio-premiere-new-song-la-boule-noire#comments Hedvig Mollestad Trio News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:43:23 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21015 Guitar Legends Celebrates 50 Greatest Classic Rock Guitar Songs — with Bonus Instructional DVD http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-legends-celebrates-50-greatest-classic-rock-guitar-songs-bonus-instructional-dvd <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Guitar Legends: 50 Greatest Classic Rock Guitar Songs</em> — including an instructional DVD with tabs — is <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-legends-50-greatest-classic-rock-guitar-songs/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=Legends50ClassicRock">available now at the Guitar World Online Store for only $9.99.</a></p> <p>It's a collection of the best classic rock songs of all-time, from Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to Nirvana, the Allman Brothers Band and the Eagles!</p> <p>The editors of <em>Guitar World</em>, the world's best-selling guitar magazine, have compiled an entire issue dedicated to the 50 all-time greatest classic rock songs. The issue celebrates the finest of the classic rock anthems. </p> <p>This diverse list not only details every song and artist, but also provides perspective on how each song has influenced musicians. In <em>Guitar Legends: 50 Greatest Classic Rock Guitar Songs</em>, you'll learn everything there is to know about how classic rock impacted the music world.</p> <p>Also included inside the issue: a 60-minute instructional DVD featuring guitar tabs!</p> <p>DVD video lessons on how to play songs from classic rock greats:</p> <p> The Beatles - "I Saw Her Standing There"<br /> The Rolling Stones - "Honky Tonk Women"<br /> Grateful Dead - "Casey Jones" &amp; "Friend of the Devil"</p> <p><strong><a href="<a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-legends-50-greatest-classic-rock-guitar-songs/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=Legends50ClassicRock">">It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-legends-celebrates-50-greatest-classic-rock-guitar-songs-bonus-instructional-dvd#comments News Features Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:18:33 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21014 Betcha Can't Play This: Luis Carlos Maldonado's Add9 Roller Coaster http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-luis-carlos-maldonados-add9-roller-coaster <!--paging_filter--><p> This is an alternate-picking run based on an add9 arpeggio shape on the top three strings that’s moved up and down the neck to four different positions and tonal centers, with a slight variation in bar 2. </p> <p>It begins in E, moves down to C with a little twist—more on that in a moment—then up to D and finally A.</p> <p> The first thing you’ll notice is that the pinkie is the lead-off finger in each bar and that a five-fret stretch is required between it and the index finger for the first two notes. [Fret-hand fingerings are indicated throughout the run.] </p> <p>Be sure to ease into these stretches and warm up with them in the upper area of the fretboard before attempting them in the lower positions.</p> <p> For bar 2, I felt it sounded more colorful and interesting to alter the basic Cadd9 arpeggio [C D E G] by incorporating the #11, or #4, F#, into it, and in so doing the notes on the B and G strings are played two frets higher than where they would be if I would have simply applied the initial add9 shape from bar 1 to this position. In bar 3, the pinkie does a quick slide up to D, and the initial cell from bar 1 is used again, only a whole step lower.</p> <p> Notice the common tones on the B and G strings in bars 2 and 3. The run concludes with a long pinkie slide up to A at the 17th fret—be careful not to overshoot it—and an Aadd9 arpeggio.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FVUgmYFhH7Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-14%20at%204.32.24%20PM.png" width="620" height="238" alt="Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 4.32.24 PM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-luis-carlos-maldonados-add9-roller-coaster#comments Betcha Can't Play This Luis Carlos Maldonado May 2010 Videos Blogs News Lessons Magazine Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:03:09 +0000 Luis Carlos Maldonado http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21011 Betcha Can't Play This: Bill Hudson's Lydian Cascade http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-bill-hudsons-lydian-cascade <!--paging_filter--><p>This is a scalar run based on the F Lydian mode [F G A B C D E], which is the fifth mode of C major. It incorporates several different lead-playing techniques and sounds cool when played over an F or F5 chord.</p> <p>I start off with an ascending F major triad [F A C] sweep across the top four strings, played in a rhythm of 16th-note triplets. </p> <p>Once I hit the high E string, I switch to legato phrasing, continuing the triplet rhythm and using all four fret-hand fingers, spread out wide, to perform "stacked" hammer-ons and pull-offs, capped off by a pick-hand tap with the middle finger.</p> <p> Once I come back down to the F note at the 13th fret, I skip over to the G string, where I play another legato sequence, this time incorporating a descending finger slide followed by two hammer-ons and three consecutive taps with the pick hand, using the first, second and fourth fingers.</p> <p> When performing this tapping sequence, I temporarily clamp the pick between my thumb and the top side of the fretboard. I then jump back up to the high E string and perform another ascending legato sequence, incorporating taps with the first and third fingers. </p> <p> After the last tapped note, I switch to straight alternate picking and play a descending sequence of cascading 16th notes and 16th-note triplets across the top four strings, followed by an ascending climb that finishes with a high bend. When practicing this lick, be mindful of the different rhythmic subdivisions used.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9Btp369CEsg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-14%20at%201.08.38%20PM.png" width="620" height="379" alt="Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 1.08.38 PM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-bill-hudsons-lydian-cascade#comments Betcha Can't Play This Bill Hudson February 2011 Videos Blogs News Lessons Magazine Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:22:24 +0000 Bill Hudson http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21007 Listen: The Black Keys Premiere New Song, "Turn Blue" http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-black-keys-premiere-new-song-turn-blue <!--paging_filter--><p>Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney debuted the band's new single, “Turn Blue,” this morning on his SiriusXM show, “Serious Boredom.” </p> <p>You can check it out below.</p> <p>“Turn Blue” is the title track from the band's new album, their eighth, which will be released May 13. It was co-produced by Danger Mouse with Carney and Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach. </p> <p>You can buy the single — or get it as a free instant download with album pre-orders — at <a href="http://www.theblackkeys.com/turnblue">theblackkeys.com/turnblue.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/C5a1Cl_JOJM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-black-keys-premiere-new-song-turn-blue#comments Black Keys News Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:41:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21006 Video: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Performs with San Diego Symphony http://www.guitarworld.com/video-megadeths-dave-mustaine-performs-san-diego-symphony <!--paging_filter--><p>This past Saturday, April 12, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine performed with the San Diego Symphony at San Diego's Copley Symphony Hall.</p> <p>You can check out a bit of fan-filmed video from the event, which was titled "Symphony Interrupted," below.</p> <p>"I love the challenge," Mustaine said in a press release last month. "I really admire this genre of music because of the level of skill required and there are great dark undertones in these incredible pieces. </p> <p>"The marriage of two such distinctly different genres is one thing, but cross-pollinating different societies is a whole new level of badass! I'm used to them being before me, but it's a bit unnerving to know so many talented eyes will be on my back. It's a bit intimidating, and to be given the opportunity to interpret these melodies — to meld what I am best at with what they incredibly present, it is a great honor."</p> <p>Starting at 8 p.m., Mustaine and the Symphony performed renditions of the "Summer" and "Winter" movements from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" and Bach's "Air" (on the G string). Richard Wagner’s "Ride of the Valkyries" and Antonin Dvorak's "New World Symphony" also were performed by the symphony during the show. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://sandiegosymphony.org/">SanDiegoSymphony.org.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fr31_iX_6tA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-megadeths-dave-mustaine-performs-san-diego-symphony#comments Dave Mustaine Videos News Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:04:55 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21005 Video: Seymour Duncan Releases Black Winter Pickups for Seven- and Eight-String Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/video-seymour-duncan-releases-black-winter-pickups-seven-and-eight-string-guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>Seymour Duncan has introduced its Black Winter pickups for seven- and eight-string guitarists.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The Black Winter was originally created for the extreme metal players of Scandinavia who were looking for more aggression without sacrificing definition and clarity. </p> <p>After consistently being asked to make this pickup available for extended range guitars, Seymour Duncan is happy to announce you'll now be able to get all the heavy saturation, articulation and aggression of the Black Winter in your six-, seven- or eight-string ax. </p> <p>Black Winter's look matches its dark intentions: a black bottom plate, black pole pieces and screws, blood red wire, and the Seymour Duncan logo in Old English font. Black Winter six-, seven- and eight-string versions are available in either a bridge or neck version or in a complete calibrated set.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.seymourduncan.com/">seymourduncan.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/X-BR30u7En0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-seymour-duncan-releases-black-winter-pickups-seven-and-eight-string-guitars#comments Seymour Duncan Accessories News Gear Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:41:10 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21004