News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all en In Deep with Early Blues Masters John Lee Hooker and Lightnin' Hopkins — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/deep-john-lee-hooker-and-lightnin-hopkins <!--paging_filter--><p>The blues is ripe for endless and constant reinvention. </p> <p>Through the decades, it has developed in many different incarnations. </p> <p>These include plantation field hollers; the acoustic guitar playing and songwriting mastery of Charlie Patton, Blind Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell and Robert Johnson; the Chicago, Memphis and Texas blues of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and T-Bone Walker; and the mid-to-late-Sixties blues-rock revolution spearheaded by Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. </p> <p>Today, bands such as the North Mississippi All-Stars, the Black Keys and Alabama Shakes continue to explore new ways to navigate the dark, swampy sounds honed through this long tradition of blues interpretation. In this edition of In Deep, we’ll be taking a look at the guitar work of two essential early blues guitar masters: John Lee Hooker and Lightnin’ Hopkins.</p> <p>John Lee Hooker was born in 1917 in Coahoma County, Mississippi, and learned to play guitar from his stepfather, Willie Moore, who, conveniently for John Lee, was friends with Blind Lemon Jefferson and Charlie Patton. Hooker went on the road at age 14, joining legendary bluesman Robert Nighthawk in Memphis. </p> <p>In 1948, Hooker began his recording career in style, cutting two incredible tunes—“Boogie Chillen’ ” and “Sally Mae”—at his first sessions, cut in Detroit. The songs were released on the Modern label, owned by the Bihari Brothers (who also recorded B.B. King’s earliest sides), and Hooker’s ascent to blues superstardom was underway. </p> <p>Hooker performed and recorded a great many tunes on both acoustic and electric guitar in open A tuning (low to high, E A E A Cs E), oftentimes using a capo at the first, second or third fret to perform in different keys. He picked with his fingers, primarily using his thumb to strike the bass strings and index finger to pluck the higher strings, and achieved a warm and very percussive sound, often performing alone or with another guitarist for accompaniment. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/indeep1012_1.jpg" /></p> <p>FIGURE 1 illustrates a rhythm figure along the lines of “Boogie Chillen’.” Though written in 4/4, this figure is played with a triplet, or swing-eighths, feel, which means that notes indicated as pairs of eighth notes are actually sounded as a quarter note followed by an eighth note within a triplet bracket. </p> <p>Throughout this passage, the thumb and index finger alternate striking the lower and higher strings, with a quick, rolling double hammer-on occurring at the end of each bar. In bar 1, the hammer-on begins on the fourth fret and moves chromatically (one fret at a time) up to the sixth fret. In bar 2, the hammer-on starts on the second fret and moves up chromatically to the fourth fret. In bar 3, rapid slides up to the third fret are executed with an index-finger barre across the top two strings.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/indeep1012_2.jpg" /></p> <p>One of the fascinating aspects of Hooker’s open A playing was that he often used only two primary chords, the “I” (one) and the “IV” (four), forgoing the use of a “V” (five) chord that is common to the majority of blues music. In open A tuning, Hooker would use a standard C “cowboy” chord grip as his four chord, which yields an unusual Dadd9/C sound, as illustrated in FIGURE 2. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/indeep1012_3.jpg" /></p> <p>Another interesting aspect of Hooker’s solo work is that he would often shift from a swinging triplet feel to the use of even, or “straight,” eighth notes, which provides great rhythmic contrast and tension. As shown in FIGURE 3, I begin with straight eighths on a sliding A7 chord voicing and then move back to the swinging feel when the initial riff is restated in bars 5–7.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/indeep1012_4.jpg" /></p> <p>Hooker also often used the D7/A voicing shown in FIGURE 4 for his four chord: with the index finger barred across the top three strings at the fifth fret, the pinkie is added and removed from the high E string’s eighth fret. Robert Johnson often used this pattern to great effect as well.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/indeep1012_5.jpg" /></p> <p>Hooker devised some great and very distinct licks in open A tuning, a few of which are presented in FIGURE 5. Following index-finger slides on the top two strings, different A and A7 voicings are followed by great single-note and double-stop licks played on the middle strings using a bit of rhythmic syncopation. You can hear Hooker play riffs like these on his classic song “Sally Mae.” ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons is a Hooker fanatic, and you can hear many of these kinds of licks on Top classics like “La Grange” and “Jesus Just Left Chicago.”</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/indeep1012_6.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/indeep1012_7.jpg" /></p> <p>Combining open strings with single-note riffs is a central element of Hooker’s style, made more effective with fingerpicking. FIGURE 6, inspired by “Crawling Kingsnake,” and FIGURE 7, a nod to “Tease Me,” offer a few more examples of how Hooker would combine a catchy melody with an insistent root-note, open-string pedal tone. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/indeep1012_8.jpg" /></p> <p>In later years, Hooker relied more often on standard tuning, while still using the capo on the first few frets for changing keys. A great example of his playing style in standard tuning can be heard on “Boom Boom Out Go the Lights.” FIGURE 8 offers an example in this style, marrying a repeated melody, based on E minor pentatonic (E G A B D) to an alternating bass line. </p> <p>Lightnin’ Hopkins was born in 1912 in Centerville, Texas. Like Hooker, he learned directly from encounters with Blind Lemon Jefferson. He began his recording career in 1946 and went on to become one of the most influential blues guitarists ever. Elements of his style are clear in the playing of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan and just about everyone that played or plays blues guitar.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/indeep1012_9.jpg" /></p> <p>Hopkins often performed unaccompanied acoustic guitar (or amplified acoustic), picking with his fingers in a manner similar to Hooker but with the use of a thumb pick. FIGURES 9 and 10 offer examples of a mid-tempo swinging 12/8 blues played in his style, akin to his take on the blues classic “Goin’ Down Slow.”</p> <p><strong>Part 1</strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience1783866015001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1783866015001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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"Desperate People" wasn't a first take, but none of the solos were stitched together. I purposely had our producer turn off my rhythm tracks and just send bass and drums when I recorded my solos. I wanted to keep a raw edge. </p> <p>I like the "Cult" solo because I felt I was able to connect with the lyrics and feel of the song. I like "Funny Vibe," "Memories Can't Wait" and "Which Way To America" because there's something out of control about them. I'm not an every-hair-in-place kind of player.</p> <p><strong>How have non-guitar influences like Eric Dolphy affected your style?</strong></p> <p>Well, I don't play like Eric Dolphy, but technically, his incredible use of interval skips is something I try to apply, specifically in the "Cult Of Personality" solo. I have a book by Joe Diorio called Intervallic Design which addresses how to use interval skips smoothly.</p> <p>When I studied with Rodney Jones, Bruce Johnson and Ted Dunbar, they had me play with a metronome on 2 and 4, which exposed me to the concept of swinging. I still practice with a metronome. Right now, a lot of people are playing very diatonically and modally. Even the arpeggios sound diatonic. I incorporate that, as well as pentatonic, chromatic and whole-tone ideas, and I like to experiment with moving tonal centers which I learned about while working with the Decoding Society.</p> <p><strong>How do you approach soloing?</strong></p> <p>My best solos come when I get into a stream of consciousness and there are no stylistic considerations like, "Now I'm going to use some two-handed tapping technique or play a hip bebop phrase."</p> <p>There are times when you can feel yourself thinking things out, but for the most part, if you're in touch with your capabilities, ideas will begin to flow. What musicians don't realize is that as you play over a long period of time, you pick up a lot of things. If you could unlock what you've learned from the time you started playing, you would be amazed.</p> <p>To read the rest of this 1988 <em>Guitar World</em> interview, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/archive-living-colour-guitarist-vernon-reid-talks-vivid-1988-interview">head here.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Gxr2zINiH3c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/living-colour">Living Colour</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/vernon-reid">Vernon Reid</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/living-colours-vernon-reid-shows-how-play-cult-personality-and-more#comments Living Colour Vernon Reid Artist Lessons Videos Interviews News Features Lessons Magazine Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:20:07 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/2935 Richie Kotzen Discusses New 'Essential' Package and Memorable Moments from His Career http://www.guitarworld.com/richie-kotzen-discusses-new-essential-package-and-memorable-moments-his-career <!--paging_filter--><p>With styles ranging from rock and blues to jazz and soul, Richie Kotzen has built an eclectic career as guitarist, singer and songwriter. </p> <p>Over a period of 20 years, Kotzen has accumulated a loyal fan base and has consistently sold out shows throughout the world. </p> <p>Still, there are many who question what Kotzen is capable of musically. Kotzen’s new <em>Essential</em> package is sure to answer that question.</p> <p><em>The Essential Richie Kotzen</em> — which is slated to be released September 2 — contains material curated from Kotzen’s entire career (which has spawned 18 solo albums), not including his work with Poison and the Winery Dogs. </p> <p>The new package was purposely designed to give listeners the most comprehensive, concise introduction to Kotzen’s extensive body of work. </p> <p><em>The Essential Richie Kotzen</em> includes two CDs of classic Kotzen material as well as two new songs, along with a DVD of music videos, acoustic performances and bootleg material. It’s the ultimate collection of music for Kotzen fans.</p> <p>I recently spoke with Kotzen about the <em>Essential</em> package, his upcoming solo album and some of the most memorable moments of his career.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: What spawned your new <em>Essential</em> package?</strong></p> <p>It was an idea that actually came from the record label. I have a very nice fan base that's been great to me over the years and has allowed me to tour around the world. But there's also a huge community in the rock world that knows my name but has no idea what it is that I do musically. I remember when I was on tour with the Winery Dogs, people would often come up to me and say, "Man, I didn't know you sang like that and I just found out that you also have a solo career. What record should I get?" </p> <p>I never knew what to say. I wrote my first record when I was 17 (and recorded it at 18), so a lot of time has passed. What we decided to do was make one package that would answer the question. I went through and picked out songs I like to play live and still represent who I am today. So for someone who is curious about what it is that I do, now there's an answer.</p> <p><strong>The package also includes two new tracks (“War Paint” and “Walk With Me”). What can you tell me about them?</strong></p> <p>Those were songs that would have eventually ended up on a solo album or maybe a Winery Dogs record. When I made this package, I knew I wanted to include two new songs, so I decided to put them on. </p> <p><strong>What made you decide to use a Theremin on “Walk With Me”?</strong></p> <p>When I was writing the song, I literally heard the sound of a Theremin playing in my head. So I went online and I bought one. At first, I couldn't do anything with it musically and it was the noisiest two weeks at my house [laughs]. Eventually, it got to a point to where I could play some melodies, so I set it up and ultimately got out what I was hearing in my head.</p> <p><strong>“Fooled Again” has always been one of my favorites. Can you give me a little back story on it?</strong></p> <p>That song definitely came from the riff. I know that when I recorded it, I really wanted that Curtis Mayfield kind of feeling. I love the way it turned out. It exceeded my expectations and a big part of it was because of Franklin Vanderbilt’s drumming and Arlan Schierbaum’s keyboard performance. They really brought the song to life. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/E8ctq4ENhl0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Another cool thing about the package are the demo and acoustic performances. Particularly, the track “Until You Suffer Some (Fire and Ice)." Not many people realize your contribution to Poison. What can you tell me about that experience?</strong></p> <p>It was such a sideways move for me. Two years before I joined the band, my contract with Shrapnel was bought out by Interscope. That’s what brought me to California, and I spent about a year writing songs for what I thought was going to be my solo record. We really wanted to make this R&amp;B, soul/rock record and even got the budget approved. Then at the last minute, the label said, "Wait a minute. I didn't sign you to do this kind of music. I need you to be a hard rock guy." I remember just losing my mind and insisted on being dropped — which they did. </p> <p>At the same time they were dropping me, the A&amp;R guy said, "You know, Bret Michaels just called me. They're interested in you. I think you should do it and then circle back after the album cycle." So I went out and met Bret and really liked what he had to say. They brought me in as a band member and writer and that song that you mentioned was one of the songs I brought in that would have been on that solo record. I never really played the song live and thought it made sense to do a version of me singing it. That's what's on the record.</p> <p><strong>Can you give me an update on your tour plans?</strong></p> <p>I'm going to Europe in September and then to South America and will spend the rest of the year touring the U.S.</p> <p><strong>What do you remember most about your Shrapnel experience?</strong></p> <p>As a teenager, getting into Mike Varney’s column became an obsession for me [laughs]. I had a four-song demo that I sent in a few times but never heard anything back. Then I thought maybe it was because Mike was listening to it for only 30 seconds and didn't hear anything that he liked. So I kept sending it to him but changing up the order of the songs.</p> <p>I still never heard anything until finally one day my friend called me up and said, "Dude, what's wrong with you? You're in the column and you didn't tell me?" I was convinced he was lying until I ran to the newsstand. Sure enough, there was my picture along with a profile.</p> <p>Shortly after that, I got a call from Mike saying that he wanted to do a record with me. Originally, the thought was to do an album with me and another guitar player, similar to what Jason Becker and Marty Friedman had done.</p> <p>During the process, I started writing a lot and for every song that I would write with my partner, there would be five I would send to Mike that I had done on my own. Eventually, it got to the point where Mike started liking my own material and signed me.</p> <p><strong>What was it like opening for the Rolling Stones in 2006?</strong></p> <p>It was pretty surreal. There were six shows on that run and I remember purposely not telling anyone about it at first because in Japan, it’s not normal to have an opening act and from what I was told the Stones never had an opening act when they toured Japan. So I knew there might be a chance that it wouldn’t happen — but it did! After that first show I could say I opened for the Rolling Stones! It was an amazing experience!</p> <p><strong>What can you tell me about your new solo album?</strong></p> <p>It will be out by the end of January. The new CD is called <em>Cannibals</em> and will have 10 songs. One of the ones I'm really excited about is one I wrote with my daughter called "You." It’s a piano/voice piece where I actually play a little bit of Theremin again as well. </p> <p>The song came about in a very interesting way. My daughter is 17 now but back when she was 14 she would often play this piece over and over at the piano. Finally, I asked her what it was she was playing and she said, "I don't know. It’s just something I wrote." It sounded really cool so we recorded a version of it and I filed it away. When I went back and started looking into the archives, I found it and decided to sing something over it. I wrote some words, sang it and it came out really cool. It’s something we did together and one of my favorite tracks on the album. </p> <p><strong>We’ve already mentioned a few memorable moments of your career. Are there any others that really stand out for you?</strong></p> <p>It would have to be the moment when I auditioned to join Stanley Clarke's band. I remember he put a sheet of music in front of me and I just started laughing. It was a funny moment. He asked me what I was laughing at and I told him that I hadn't read since I was a teenager. But then he sat down at the piano and proceeded to show me one of his songs and we spent the better part of the next three hours jamming together. </p> <p>Afterwards, I remember saying, "I know that there's no way I'm going to get this gig but it's been an honor to play with you and I just wanted to thank you for your time." I left and went to a concert that night and when I got home there was a message on my answering machine saying that I got the gig. </p> <p>That's a strong memory for me because it was so outside the realm of what I normally do. It educated me musically and I was really able to grow from the experience. </p> <p><strong><em>For more about Kotzen, visit <a href="http://richiekotzen.com/">richiekotzen.com</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href="http://gojimmygo.net/">GoJimmyGo.net</a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/JimEWood">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/richie-kotzen">Richie Kotzen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/richie-kotzen-discusses-new-essential-package-and-memorable-moments-his-career#comments James Wood Richie Kotzen Interviews News Features Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:52:06 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22179 Learn Complete History of Martin Guitars in Redesigned, Updated Book http://www.guitarworld.com/learn-complete-history-martin-guitars-redesigned-updated-book <!--paging_filter--><p>A Martin acoustic guitar is the beloved instrument of millions of fans and famous players worldwide. </p> <p>Starting with the early days in New York circa 1833, this fabled story comes to life in the long-awaited revision of the seminal <em>Martin History</em> book. </p> <p>Originally published in 1975, this new edition is completely updated and re-designed by well-known industry experts. Part of a two-book set, <em>The History: Book 1</em> covers the people, the places, and the stories of an American icon. Richly illustrated, this book covers the story right up to the fifth-generation president Chris Martin IV. </p> <p>Because the original and revision authors had complete access to authorized archives, this version is the most accurate and detailed reference on the topic. Leading up to the re-vitalization of the 1990s and the remarkable sustenance of its legacy, hundreds of photographs and documents effectively show the people and the guitars that made the company famous.</p> <p><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/products/martin-guitars-a-history/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=MartinHistory">The book is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $30.</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/learn-complete-history-martin-guitars-redesigned-updated-book#comments C. F. Martin & Co Martin Martin Guitar News Features Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:51:10 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16816 Essential Listening: 10 Stellar Slide Guitar Songs http://www.guitarworld.com/essential-listening-10-great-slide-guitar-songs <!--paging_filter--><p>Not content with the status quo, industrious young guitar players have endeavored over the decades to make things more difficult for themselves. </p> <p>Some have tried playing the guitar behind their back, over their head, with their teeth, with their friends' teeth, etc. </p> <p>And then there was the inventive guitarist who, many decades ago, decided to slip a bottle over his finger and slide it along his guitar's strings to produce a magical sound (He probably emptied the bottle himself, if you know what I mean). </p> <p>While playing the guitar with your teeth is, was and always shall be a novelty, slide guitar — and slide guitarists — is and are here to stay. They actually started digging in their heels long before Robert Johnson made his haunting Delta blues recordings in Texas in the 1930s. </p> <p>Since Johnson's time, players — including guys like George Thorogood, Derek Trucks, Jerry Douglas and Roy Rogers — have built entire careers around slide guitar and its many stylistic varieties.</p> <p>Below, we present 10 tracks that represent essential listening in the world of slide guitar. Please note that we're sticking with regular ol' six-string guitar — no lap steel, sacred steel, pedal steel, etc. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) These songs are presented in no particular order. I repeat: These songs are presented in no particular order.</p> <p>Also, if you want to track down any of these tracks, you'll find all 10 original album covers in the photo gallery below. Enjoy!<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>The Allman Brothers Band, "Statesboro Blues" (Duane Allman)</strong></p> <p>A generation of blues-influenced rockers toyed with slide guitar for several years, slowly bringing it into mainstream music (Check out Jeff Beck's performance on "Evil Hearted You" by the Yardbirds), but no one dragged it into the modern era quite like Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. He used the slide to imitate the sound of a blues harp — not to mention mesmerize countless concert goers who were knocked out by his dexterity and intensity. Perhaps his quintessential slide performance is the Allmans' <em>At Fillmore East</em> version of Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues." As <em>Rolling Stone</em> put it, it features the sort of playing that gives people chills. Of course, be sure to seek out other live versions of the song, including the one on the band's recently released <em>SUNY at Stonybrook</em> album.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ezPZxfS1jys" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Sonny Landreth, "Überesso"</strong></p> <p>Respected Louisiana-based slide player Sonny Landreth started appearing on music fans' radar in earnest after the release of the 2007 Crossroads Blues Festival DVD. It features a few tracks by Landreth (jamming with Eric Clapton and such), including the uber-exciting instrumental, "Überesso." Landreth's unique slide technique lets him fret notes and play chords and chord fragments behind the slide. He plays with the slide on his little finger, so his other fingers have more room to fret. Check out his performance of "Überesso" from the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival below. Yes, he's awesome.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sJ3IVTPPPLw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Steve Miller Band, "The Joker" (Steve Miller)</strong></p> <p>Although not primarily known as a slide player, Steve Miller put the slide to fun and creative use on his 1973 hit single, "The Joker," playing a hummable, tasteful slide solo for the masses (and imitating a whistle a few times in the process). Although it's no "Überesso" (See above), it shows that slide guitar has been invited to the chart-success party, especially in the early '70s, much like our next selection ...</p> <p><iframe width="640" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DzSC2__LXk4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>George Harrison, "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)"</strong></p> <p>You'll read it in other roundups of great slide guitar songs — comments like, "Although he wasn't a virtuoso like these other players ... ." Yeah, whatever. OK, he wasn't Jeff Beck, Steve Howe or Ritchie Blackmore, but George Harrison, who, as a member of the Beatles, influenced millions of humans to play guitar, suddenly started playing slide guitar in 1969, inventing an entirely new "guitar persona" for himself. What he came up with was a distinctive, non-blues-based style that incorporated hints of Indian music, some pointers he picked up while learning sitar and other Beatles-esque odds and ends. While "My Sweet Lord" and Badfinger's "Day After Day" (featuring Harrison on slide) are better known, 1973's "Give Me Love" perfectly displays his new-found style. For some quality later work, check out "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7HGkdDuIZ4">Cheer Down</a>" from 1989 and "Any Road" from 2002.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/s-KAvPbO8JY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Foghat, "Slow Ride" (Rod Price)</strong></p> <p>Staying in the '70s for a moment, let us consider Foghat's "Slow Ride," another slide-based song that topped the charts. Perhaps the polar slide opposite of George Harrison, the heavily blues-influenced Rod "The Bottle" Price (Yes, they called him "The Bottle") let it all hang out in his solo near the fadeout of Foghat's signature track. Be sure to also check out Foghat's "Drivin' Wheel" and "Stone Blue." Price, a product of the UK, died in 2005.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GcCNcgoyG_0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Led Zeppelin, "In My Time of Dying" (Jimmy Page)</strong></p> <p>Although the "big three" guitarists who emerged from the '60s rock scene in England — Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page — flirted with slide guitar at different points in their careers, none took it as far, or used it with as much success, as Page. For proof, just listen to "In My Time of Dying" from <em>Physical Graffiti</em>. The recording (the most popular version of a song Josh White recorded in the mid-'40s), features Page sliding away in open A (E / A / E / A / C# / E). Although Page also played slide on "When the Levee Breaks," "Traveling Riverside Blues" and "What Is and What Should Never Be," his distinctive slide style simply defines the powerful and dark "In My Time of Dying."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eoBKd0HXb9o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Elmore James, "Dust My Broom"</strong></p> <p>We've mentioned a few "blues influenced" players, which is basically another way of saying "players who were influenced by Elmore James." James — who was actually dubbed the "King of the Slide Guitar" — is best known for his 1951 version of "Dust My Broom (I Believe My Time Ain't Long)." The song's opening riff is one of the best-known and most influential slide guitar parts ever. Yes, it sounds a lot like what Robert Johnson played on his "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom" several years earlier, but James played his riff on an electric guitar, pretty much claiming it for himself in the process and sending chills down the spine of a new generation. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LIGxeQKQs-0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Johnny Winter, "Highway 61 Revisited"</strong></p> <p>The lanky Texan (and former Brit) simply burns it up in his legendary cover of Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" from <em>Second Winter,</em> his second album. Be sure to <A href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjcOSmmTTiE">investigate the acoustic "Dallas" from Winter's self-titled 1969 album</a>. If you can convincingly play these two songs, it's time to hang up your T-square and/or apron and look for session work! </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yclRjptWlW8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Derek Trucks Band, "Sahib Teri Bandi/Maki Madni" (Derek Trucks)</strong></p> <p>The list takes an exotic turn with this middle-eastern-flavored track by Derek Trucks. With his deep Allman Brothers Band lineage, we know Trucks (and Warren Haynes, of course) can tackle roots rock, extended blues jams and more, but this 10-minute instrumental track from his 2006 album, <em>Songlines</em>, steps way out of those boundaries and truly shows what Trucks is capable of. He makes the guitar sound like an exotic instrument from a distant land and time. Check out this live performance from 2008, below. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/N65cP52NC8s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Rory Gallagher, "Want Ad Blues/Wanted Blues"</strong></p> <p>For our official acoustic entry, let's not forget the late, great Rory Gallagher, shown here playing a version of John Lee Hooker's "Wanted Blues." It's hard to believe this Irish master of the Stratocaster was also a ridiculously accomplished traditional blues slide player. By the way, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kGUXtEMbPU">in this brief video (Click here), Gallagher explains some slide basics. Be sure to check it out.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/88eLFmaVDdg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong><em>Learn Slide Guitar</em> is the ultimate DVD instructional guide to playing slide guitar like a pro. Designed for beginning-to-intermediate guitar players, this DVD contains more than two hours of lessons that will help you develop such skills and techniques as playing in open and standard tunings, slide scales for soloing in all keys, improvising, open-tuning chord forms, muting, vibrato, Delta and electric blues, plus much more! <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/dvds/products/learn-slide-guitar-dvd/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=SlideGuitarDamian">It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store!</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/duane-allman">Duane Allman</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/allman-brothers-band">Allman Brothers Band</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jimmy-page">Jimmy Page</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/george-harrison">George Harrison</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/derek-trucks">Derek Trucks</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/elmore-james">Elmore James</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/essential-listening-10-great-slide-guitar-songs#comments Allman Brothers Band Derek Trucks Duane Allman Elmore James George Harrison Jimmy Page Rory Gallagher Videos News Features Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:51:11 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17948 ESP Guitars' Incredible 'Monster Hunter' Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/esp-guitars-incredible-monster-hunter-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the <em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_Hunter_%28video_game%29">Monster Hunter</a></em> video game, ESP Guitars in Japan has created a (very pointy) guitar inspired by the game.</p> <p>The guitar features what can only be called a huge blade with several horns protruding from it, which makes it seem like it might be more than a little painful to play.</p> <p>The guitar has a price tag of 2,300,00 yen, which is a little over $22,150. </p> <p>Check it out above and in the photo gallery below!</p> <p>Because we can, we've also included photos of several other guitars from the ESP Custom Shop, most of which were designed by Master Luthier Masao Ohmuro.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/esp-guitars-incredible-monster-hunter-guitar#comments ESP ESP Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:37:36 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22178 Heartist Premiere “Skeletons” Music Video http://www.guitarworld.com/heartist-premiere-skeletons-music-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Heartist recently released their full-length debut, 'Feeding Fiction,' via Roadrunner Records. </p> <p>Today, the band has teamed up with GuitarWorld.com to premiere a new music video for a track called "Skeletons." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><em>Feeding Fiction</em> is available now via <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/feeding-fiction/id886380867" target="_blank">iTunes</a>. </p> <p>For more on Heartist, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HeartistBand" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/heartist" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/x6T9XBuRcbQ?rel=0" height="360" width="635" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/heartist-premiere-skeletons-music-video#comments Heartist Videos News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:24:21 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22177 Eddie Van Halen's "Spanish Fly" Played on Piano — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/eddie-van-halens-spanish-fly-played-piano-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out a recently posted clip of keyboardist Derek Sherinian playing Eddie Van Halen’s acoustic guitar instrumental "Spanish Fly” on piano.</p> <p>Sherinian was a member of Dream Theater from 1994 to 1999 and, more recently, Black Country Communion. He also has toured and recorded with Alice Cooper, Kiss, Billy Idol, Allan Holdsworth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Sheehan, Al Di Meola, Steve Lukather, Zakk Wylde and Slash, to name just a few.</p> <p>The original version of "Spanish Fly" (which you can hear in the bottom YouTube player) can be found on Van Halen's 1979 album, <em>Van Halen II</em>.</p> <p>As always, enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dTKKQc43knk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yVg2ZNF5_tc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/van-halen">Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/eddie-van-halens-spanish-fly-played-piano-video#comments Derek Sherinian Van Halen Videos News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:55:35 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22176 The Francesco Artusato Project Premiere "Gates of Reason" Music Video — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/francesco-artusato-project-premiere-gates-reason-music-video-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Gates of Reason," the new music video by the Francesco Artusato Project, featuring guitarist Francesco Artusato (Devil You Know, All Shall Perish).</p> <p>The album, <em>Our Dying Sun</em>, will be available October 7 across all digital platforms.</p> <p>"I'm very excited about this record," Artusato says. </p> <p>"I've been working on this second album for a while; it had to be done in between writing and touring with Devil You Know and All Shall Perish, but I wanted to make sure it was exactly the way I wanted it.</p> <p>"This album is definitely an evolution from the first one. I focused on the songwriting aspect more than the pure technical aspect of playing guitar this time. </p> <p>"Some songs are more fun and what you'd expect from a rock/metal guitar instrumental record; others are just more intense with a darker mood, and others are a little more abstract. The more technical guitar playing is accompanied by a more soulful playing, and I love that. This album is pretty much the portrait of the guitar player I am today.</p> <p>"I was very fortunate this time to work with two great musicians like bassist Ray Riendeau (James LaBrie, Star Monarchy, solo) and drummer Danny Handler (solo). That definitely created more the 'trio band' feel. They're like me, fans of heavy music, jazz and fusion, and those influences can make the difference when playing a certain style of music. </p> <p>"I still love to layer a lot of guitar tracks and sometimes I go a little crazy with that. Writing instrumental music gives me the freedom to try whatever I feel would sound good. This project is my way to experiment and try different things. Every solo record is probably going to be very different from one to the other, and that’s why I do it.</p> <p>"It also was great to have friends and incredible guitar players like Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), Ryan Knight (the Black Dahlia Murder) and Wes Hauch (ex-the Faceless) to do guest solos on one crazy track toward the end of the record. That song is pure madness!</p> <p>"This song, 'Gates of Reason,' is one of the more 'traditional' and simpler ones, but I had so much fun working on it. It definitely has a progressive/rock vibe, and I think it’s a good introduction to the music on the record, even though there’s so much variety counting all 11 songs."</p> <p>Stay tuned to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/francescoartusatomusic">Artusato's Facebook page</a> for updates and more info about the new album. As always, tell us what you think of the song in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/STgxbjdwuUI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/francesco-artusato-project-premiere-gates-reason-music-video-exclusive#comments Francesco Artusato the Francesco Artusato Project Videos News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:43:13 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22174 Review: Martin D-18 Guitar — Blast from the Past http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-review-martin-d-18-guitar-blast-past <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the October 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Even if you have only the most basic, rudimentary knowledge of the guitar, you probably already know that the Martin D-18 is one of the greatest steel-string acoustic guitars of all time. </p> <p>As the most basic version of Martin’s initial pre-war dreadnought guitar line introduced in 1931, the D-18 is likely the most copied flattop guitar design and is the acoustic guitar equivalent of the Telecaster in terms of timelessness, functionality and value. </p> <p>Chances are you don’t need some dude like me to convince you that a Martin D-18 is a highly recommended purchase, but I’m reviewing it anyway because the latest version that Martin is making these days is very likely the best the company has ever offered. 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The body is a single piece made of Polyamide, which is an extremely tough and durable form of nylon. I’ve dropped the guitars a few times without damaging them.”</p> <p>Inside the body frame is a wooden core to which the custom neck, made by Warmoth, attaches, and the core material matches that of the chosen neck material. “Customers can specify mahogany or maple necks and completely customize the electronics. They can also make minor modifications, like having their name, band logo, or other graphics 3-D printed on the back of the instrument at no extra cost. We can even adjust the weight to a player’s preference.”</p> <p>ODD offers five guitar models — the Atom, Hive, Scarab, Spider and Spider LP — and three bass models — Atom, Hive and Spider LP — which range in price from $3,000 to $3,500. More info about ODD Guitars can be found at <a href="http://odd.org.nz/guitars.html">odd.org.nz/guitars.html</a> and at <a href="http://cubify.com/products/guitars">cubify.com/products/guitars</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zf5LfmP2tzY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/another-dimension-odd-3-d-printed-guitars#comments GW Archive It Might Get Weird March 2013 ODD ODD Guitars Electric Guitars Galleries News Features Gear Magazine Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:24:41 +0000 Chris Gill http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18027 Get Note-for-Note Transcriptions for 14 Classic Nirvana Songs http://www.guitarworld.com/get-note-note-transcriptions-14-classic-nirvana-songs <!--paging_filter--><p>A recently published book from Hal Leonard, <em>Nirvana: Note for Note Transcriptions,</em> offers new, note-for-note transcriptions (with guitar and bass tabs) for all the instruments on all 14 songs from Nirvana's 2002 best-of compilation. </p> <p>The book includes these songs from throughout the band's celebrated career: </p> <p>• "About a Girl"<br /> • "All Apologies"<br /> • "Been a Son"<br /> • "Come as You Are"<br /> • "Dumb"<br /> • "Heart Shaped Box"<br /> • "In Bloom"<br /> • "Lithium"<br /> • "The Man Who Sold the World"<br /> • "Penny Royal Tea"<br /> • "Rape Me"<br /> • "Sliver"<br /> • "Smells like Teen Spirit."</p> <p>It also includes their recently released final recording, "You Know You're Right."</p> <p>Includes complete lyrics!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/nirvana-note-for-note-transcriptions/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=NirvanaTranscriptions">The book is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $24.95</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="380" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AhcttcXcRYY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nirvana">Nirvana</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/kurt-cobain">Kurt Cobain</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/get-note-note-transcriptions-14-classic-nirvana-songs#comments Nirvana News Features Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:14:08 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17589 Lefty Williams Band Premiere "Let It Roll On" Music Video — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/lefty-williams-band-premiere-let-it-roll-music-video-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Let It Roll On," the new music video by the Georgia-based Lefty Williams Band.</p> <p>The song is from the band's new album, <em>All In,</em> which will be released via Tree Leaf Music.</p> <p>Williams is a one-handed guitarist whose playing is reminiscent of Jimmy Page, Dickey Betts and Eric Johnson. He's also been compared to a great lineage of Georgia-reared guitarists including Robert Cray and Duane Allman. </p> <p>Although he was born with an incomplete right arm, Williams came up with a pick design that allowed him to play guitar when he was only 6 years old. </p> <p>"My mother's father helped me come up with the design," he said. "I did most of it, and he made a few suggestions here and there. He probably had an idea for the whole thing but wanted to let me figure it out on my own. He was a brilliant, God-fearing and loving man. We were very close." </p> <p>"I was knocked out by Lefty the first time I heard his music," said Blues stalwart Tinsley Ellis, who played on Williams' 2009 album, <em>Snake Oil</em>. "I just knew that I had to seek him out and hear more of his stuff. He is a veritable triple threat on certainly guitar, but also as a soulful vocalist and clever songwriter." </p> <p>For more about Williams, visit <a href="http://www.lefty-music.com/">lefty-music.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Lefty Williams Band on Tour:</strong></p> <p>8/22 Atlanta, GA VINYL<br /> 8/23 Athens, GA New Earth Music Hall<br /> 8/30 Oconee, TN (Chattanooga) Dumpy's<br /> 8/31 Charlotte, NC Area US National Whitewater Center<br /> 9/05 Bryson City, NC Nantahala Outdoor Center<br /> 9/06 Asheville, NC One Stop Deli<br /> 9/19 Charlotte, NC The Evening Muse<br /> 9/26 Jacksonville, FL Underbelly</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UhvpN6KByBQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/lefty-williams-band-premiere-let-it-roll-music-video-exclusive#comments Lefty Williams Band Videos News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:11:31 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22171 Dimebag Darrell Hosts Clinic and Q&A Session in 1993 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/vintage-video-dimebag-darrell-hosts-clinic-and-qa-session-1993 <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out a video of a complete Dimebag Darrell clinic that took place June 3, 1993, in Arlington, Texas.</p> <p>The Randall Amplifiers-sponsored clinic, which is basically a Q&amp;A session (where Dime is practically begging the subdued crowd for questions), also features some fine shredding by Darrell.</p> <p>The entire video is about an hour long. Note that the sound isn't great; it's a bit muffled, and you'll probably want to raise your volume considerably.</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/k226LOnrk44" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/vintage-video-dimebag-darrell-hosts-clinic-and-qa-session-1993#comments Dimebag Darrell Pantera Randall Videos News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:30:30 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20256 Thurston Moore Premieres New Song, "The Best Day" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/thurston-moore-premieres-new-song-best-day-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>Thurston Moore has premiered the title track from his new album, <em>The Best Day,</em> and you can check it out below.</p> <p><em>The Best Day</em>, Moore's first solo album since 2010's <em>Demolished Thoughts</em>, will be released October 21 via Matador Records.</p> <p>Moore's band features fellow (well, fellow-and-former, apparently) Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley on drums, plus James Sedwards and Deb Googe.</p> <p>Moore has described the album as a balance between his "signature thrashing electric guitars" and "blissful 12-string acoustic ballads." You can decide!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1u_2BcmMDq8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/thurston-moore-premieres-new-song-best-day-listen#comments Sonic Youth Thurston Moore News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:53:16 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22170