Regarded by many as the three most vital purveyors of pure hard rock/heavy metal sonic evil, AC/DC’s Angus Young, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi have each forged a distinct, instantly recognizable guitar style and sound. After more than three decades of dedicated service, all three players continue to influence countless up-and-coming metalheads the world over, and an in-depth study of each guitarist’s distinct musical personality is mandatory for any aspiring hard rock player.
AC/DC are more than just a great rock band, they're an institution. Trends may come and go, but their unique brand of rhythm 'n bruise has proven to be timeless. Angus Young, the band 's lead playing livewire, has also deservedly attained a legendary standing in the business. In fact, one of modern rock's leading lights, Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, recently refered to him as "the absolute god of blues-rock guitar."
It took a few decades, but Van Halen finally performed on live TV in the U.S. with David Lee Roth. Last night, a portion of Hollywood Boulevard was shut down so the band could perform before a crowd of about 6,000 die-hard fans (and a few last-minute stragglers) for ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. It was the band's first U.S. TV appearance with its original lead singer.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Mountain Stomp," a new song by Virginia rockers Valkyrie. The song is from the band's new album, Shadows, which will be released May 19 via Relapse Records.
Get ready for some flying fingers! Here's Ben Woods playing his composition Tarantula on a 2014 Ethan Deutsch flamenco negra with pegs recorded for Guitar Salon International.. A lovely guitar and some mad virtuosic Flamenco-metal chops, what more could you ask for?
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There are no picked notes at all in this lick; it's all legato and tapping. The big challenge comes with the hammered notes the right-hand index finger hits. While in theory this sounds very easy, it's something we generally don't do on the guitar, so it proves quite difficult.
In Guitar World's latest edition of Betcha Can't Play This, New York City-based "subway shredder" Mike Groisman returns with what we're calling his "Monster Multi-Finger Tapping Lick." First he plays it fast, then slow. Then he explains the lick.