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.
Eternally masked garage/surf band Los Straitjackets have been working with Nick Lowe lately, especially around the holidays, even touring as part of Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue. A show from last year's tour will be released as a Record Store Day LP on November 27.
Fit for an Autopsy's Patrick Sheridan and Tim Howley recently visited the Guitar World studio to play along to "Saltwound," a track from their new album, Absolute Hope Absolute Hell, which was released last month via eOne Music.
Well, gang, it’s time once again to take Guitar World magazine's annual readers' poll. Should David Gilmour take the Hall of Fame crown—or is the late B.B. King more deserving? Was Judas Priest the year’s best live act? Or was it Van Halen? Should Joe Satriani reign over Gus G as Best Shredder? What about this year's best blues guitarist and rock album?
In our newest instructional product, the How to Play Funk Bass! DVD, former Guitar World Music Editor Matt Scharfglass teaches you the techniques and stylistic elements of classic Motown, Seventies soul and modern R&B bass playing—everything from Jamerson to Jaco!
As recently reported, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with drummer Mike Portnoy, bass icon Billy Sheehan and keyboardist Derek Sherinian, are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year. On December 12, MacAlpine's friends and fans will gather together at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. All proceeds will go to help MacAlpine and his family.
In this new video, guitarist Luca Stricagnoli visits a guitar store and plays his own arrangement of "Misirlou" on five different guitars. "Misirlou" is a traditional Eastern Mediterranean tune made famous in 1962 by surf-rock guitarist Dick Dale. Dale's version also appears in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction and was sampled in the Black Eyed Peas' "Pump It" in 2006.