Many people believe that possessing talent alone is enough to guarantee an artist success in the music business. Nothing could be further from the truth. In a perfect world, the best musicians — the best guitarists — would be amply rewarded for their abilities. The music business, however, is far from perfect.
Here's one that has escaped us for a year, since it was posted in December 2012. It's a video of a talented guitarist named Ben Higgins, who copies the styles of 30 famous in one guitar solo. Actually, it's 29 famous shredders — and he includes himself as No. 30, which is justified, to be honest.
Well, it's holiday time again. It's a time for joy, gathering with friends and family, maybe watching the 1951 Alastair Sim version of Scrooge and — oh yes, creating a Slayer-themed Christmas light display!
The ink is still drying on the Beatles' new BBC collection, On Air — Live at the BBC Volume 2, but there is more Beatles product on the way. A new Beatles box set, which will be released in early 2014, will reissue the band's 13 American albums, including five albums that have never been available on CD before.
Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEvil will feature a performance by UK extreme-metal legends Carcass, so it's fitting that today the Fear FestEvil website has premiered a music video for "Unfit for Human Consumption" off the band's new album, Surgical Steel.
The "Ghost Soldier" guitar was created by master luthier Masao Ohmuro. Two years after enrolling in ESP's Guitar Craft Academy in 1990, Ohmuro was asked to stay on as instructor. He continued teaching and began building and repairing guitars for ESP shops and artists.
Guitar World presents everything you need to turn your smartphone or tablet into an extension of your guitar, including apps that will advance your playing, improve your tone, record your songs and maybe teach you something along the way.