Van Halen’s recent Jimmy Kimmel Live performance affords an almost perfect glimpse of Eddie Van Halen’s legendarily unique approach to tremolo picking. The incredible speed and consistency of his take on this technique has been a source of fascination for 35 years.
The capo is to guitars what sugar — or Stevia, if you prefer — is to food. It makes everything sweeter. Musicians started noticing the capo's inherent song-sweetening properties sometime in the early 17th century, when primitive versions of the handy accessory were employed to raise the pitch of a host of fretted instruments.
The week’s blog post is all about bonding. By that, I mean we’re going to talk about glue. If it seems that it’s taking a while to get to the actual process of filling and recutting the nut slots, then there’s a method to my apparent procrastination.
Here's the first installment of Chopin's Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus No. 2. I've arranged it for guitar, and as you can see, it's not for the meek. But if you've been diligently practicing the chromatic exercises from my past few lessons, you should be ready to tackle it.
A major stepping stone in my musical development was when I was introduced to the study of modes. Learning how modes work really opened my eyes and ears and gave me a lot of insight into how melodies relate to chords.
Hello there! Welcome to my first Guitar World column. I'm looking forward to sharing with you in these pages my thoughts on playing, equipment and the music business. Actually, this isn't the first time I've written a column — I used to do one many years ago for an English music magazine called Beat Instrumental. I did it for about eight months and it was great fun, and I'm sure this one will be too.
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the May 2015 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.
In the new video below, John Page, a co-founder of the Fender Custom Shop and among the greatest living custom luthiers, describes the thinking and features behind his new Ashburn production-model guitar from John Page Classic.
The album, the follow-up to 2013's Memphis, features a guest appearance by Bonnie Raitt, who duets with Scaggs and adds her characteristic slide guitar to “Hell to Pay.” The song, which Scaggs wrote himself, is a knowing indictment of corruption on a personal and political level.