We offer these 25 tips from guitarists who know their stuff—from rock royalty to jazz patriarchs to any-and-all, top-of-their-game bad asses. Hopefully, you’ll find something in these cosmic, practical and musical nuggets of wisdom that will kick that rut-raddled mind of yours into higher gears of inspiration.
The best thing is being able to play shows and get exposure. There are so many clubs that constantly need bands to fill the bill, and sometimes playing a well-known venue is as simple as shooting an email to the booking agent. The only bad thing about New York for us is that the rock and roll scene is not as vibrant as it used to be. Playing on bills with like-minded bands tends to be a problem for us.
The Beatles were such talented songwriters that it’s easy to overlook the fact that their music has some great—and occasionally groundbreaking—guitar work. With that in mind, Guitar World celebrated the 10 best guitar moments from the band's hit-making history.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominations for its Class of 2016. The list includes Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, the Cars, Nine Inch Nails, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, the Smiths and Yes. Other hopefuls include Janet Jackson, N.W.A, Chaka Khan, Chic, the J.B.'s and the Spinners. The top vote-getters will be announced in December, and they'll be inducted in April 2016 in New York.
Gail Zappa—wife of Frank Zappa and guardian of his creative life—died October 7 at age 70. A statement from the Zappa Family Trust says she died at home, surrounded by her children. The cause of death was not stated, though she reportedly had battled with lung cancer.
When Labor Day came and went early last month, it reminded us of the American labor movement and the contributions American workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the good ol' U.S. of A. However, since we're Guitar World people, we couldn't help but apply those sentiments to music and the American people who made and make it—bands!
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of Uriah Heep's "July Morning." The track is from the Uriah Heep edition of the forthcoming British Live Performance Series, which will be released October 30 through Rainman Records.