Featuring performances by multi-platinum artist Colbie Caillat, rock icons The Bangles, Grammy nominated saxophonist Mindi Abair, guitarists Orianthi and Richie Sambora, the event celebrated women in music.
So, yes, there's a Black Sabbath parody band called Mac Sabbath, and they sing about McDonald's. You can watch a not-quite-pro-shot video of the band performing "Frying Pan" (their version of "Iron Man") below.
Here’s a cool video from guitarist Richard Keelin from Ashland, KY. Utilizing a thumb pick and finger style combo, Keelin digs in to a wide variety of covers with material ranging from Chet Atkins to The Beatles, Nirvana and Pharrell Williams.
Last month, Guitar World and Supro Amps got together to launch the Led Zeppelin Guitar Solo Video Challenge. Readers were asked to create and submit videos of themselves playing the guitar solo from Led Zeppelin's "Good Times, Bad Times."
While this was a somewhat uneventful year for new rock releases, it was bananas for interesting box sets. Record companies reached deep inside their vaults and discovered some really cool and weird things.
Once again, this video isn't exactly new (it's from 2011), but it made its way into my inbox this morning and is clearly worth a share. It shows Esteban Antonio playing the Ha-Shem, a 17-string Grand Concert Harp Guitar.
This is a triplet-based run in A minor that starts out in the low register and moves up and across the fretboard, spanning three octaves before settling into a single position and moving back across the strings. I’m using hammer-ons and pull-offs in combination with picking to achieve a fast stream of notes that "pops" and flows.
Below, check out "Perfect Pedal Order with Steve Vai," part of Musician's Friend's ongoing webinar Series. Musician's Friend and Boss got together to present this particular episode, which was shot at Roland headquarters in Los Angeles earlier this year.
Despite a few nasty rumors to the contrary, the guitar is alive and well in 2014. It survived the rise of the keyboard in the Eighties and the overwhelming bass-barrage of electronic dance music of the early 21st century and, as evidenced by the 50 selections below, shows no signs of waning in relevancy.