News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/0 en Sugar Ray and The Bluetones Premiere New Song, "Hungry But Happy" — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/sugar-ray-and-bluetones-premiere-new-song-hungry-happy-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Hungry But Happy," a new song by Sugar Ray and The Bluetones.</p> <p>The track is from the band's new album, <em>Living Tear to Tear,</em> which will be released August 19 through Severn Records.</p> <p>Sugar Ray and The Bluetones — a storied blues ensemble that has backed Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Joe Turner, Roosevelt Sykes, Big Walter Horton, Big Mama Thornton and JB Hutto — are marking their 35th anniversary with this new album. </p> <p>The hard-swinging band fully absorbed the lessons learned from Chicago blues masters, making them one of New England’s most beloved blues institutions. The Boston Phoenix called the band's frontman "a fixture on the national blues scene. [Sugar Ray] Norcia's elegant, emotive voice is his calling card [alongside his] rich, melodic harmonica blowing."</p> <p>Besides Norcia, the band features Monster Mike Welch on guitar, bassist Mudcat Ward and pianist Anthony Geraci. </p> <p>"'Hungry But Happy' features my Gretsch G5420T, Barber B-Custom Cool Overdrive, Strymon Flint Reverb, Strymon El Capistan Delay and a modified Fender Pro Junior amp," says Monster Mike Welch. For more about Welch's gear, <a href="http://monstermikewelch.wordpress.com/guitar-gear/">head here.</a></p> <p>Sugar Ray and The Bluetones have an incredible history, from early tours with Big Walter Horton; collaborations with Ronnie Earl; backing legendary artists in Cambridge and on tour; being invited for a residency at Chicago’s legendary South Side juke joint Theresa’s, musical home of Junior Wells (though they had to decline due to other commitments) and earning five Blues Music Awards nominations for their last album, <em>Evening</em>, including Band of the Year and Album of the Year.</p> <p>For more about the band, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SugarRayAndTheBluetones">Facebook.</a> To pre-order <em>Living Tear to Tear,</em> visit <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Living-Tear-Sugar-Ray-Bluetones/dp/B00KYJHRLC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1406149839&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=sugar+ray+%26+the+bluetones">Amazon.com.</a></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160162273%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-ITNjH&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/sugar-ray-and-bluetones-premiere-new-song-hungry-happy-exclusive#comments Sugar Ray and The Bluetones News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:13:54 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21973 Martin Guitars at 2014 Summer NAMM: D-18 Sycamore, Navojoa, CS-GP-14, DXAE Black — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-martinan-martin-guitars-2014-summer-namm-d-18-sycamore-navojoa-cs-gp-14-dxae-black-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> and <em>Acoustic Nation</em> crews were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>While we were there, we were able to stop by the Martin Guitars booth. Our visit is chronicled in the video below. </p> <p>In the clip, the gang at Martin shows off a number of their beautiful acoustic guitars. These include the new D-18 Sycamore, the Navojoa, the CS-GP-14, the DXAE Black and others. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ocx2gp3S9so" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-martinan-martin-guitars-2014-summer-namm-d-18-sycamore-navojoa-cs-gp-14-dxae-black-video#comments Acoustic Nation Martin Martin Guitars News Summer NAMM 2014 Acoustic Guitars Videos Videos sponsor News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:50:30 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21966 Fungonewrong to Headline Truefest II for August 9 Record-Release Party http://www.guitarworld.com/fungonewrong-headline-truefest-ii-august-9-record-release-party <!--paging_filter--><p>Get ready, metal-heads, as FUNGONEWRONG will be shredding the stage at TRUEFEST II for their record release party extravaganza. They will be headlining the festival before embarking in a late summer/early fall tour of the U.S. </p> <p>This festival is a one huge massive metal CD release party! Come watch FUNGONEWRONG unleash the metal on the world, and be sure to load up on raffle tickets for your chance to win tons of incredible prizes including a limited-edition, St. Louis Cardinals Fender Stratocaster donated by Fender Music Corp and Legend Group Records! </p> <p>PLUS, don’t miss Legend Group Records YOU'VE GOT TALENT competition for local bands where two bands will receive free studio time at Lost Recording Studios in Orchardville, Illinois, courtesy of Legend Group Records CEO Houston Curtis and Lost Recording Studios owner/engineer Pat Schwartz! </p> <p>A portion of the proceeds from the Raffle will go to both the Fender Music Care’s organization in the name of Chad True. Also, tear it up with renowned, Hollywood club king, DJ WINNER as he spins a special Groove/Metal Mix and get ready to hear some of the greatest rock music in Southern Illinois including performances from Some Kind of Khaos, Spirit of Chaos, Twisted Lixx, Clayco Boys, Standing Hampton and Liberty Bell.</p> <p>Tickets can be purchased at the event for $7 or learn how to buy them in advance for only $5 by going to FUNGONEWRONG.COM or the FUNGONEWRONG Facebook page. Raffle Tickets will be for sale at the event, in the FUNGONEWRONG Merchandise booth for only a dollar. Buy five get one free, buy 20 get five FREE! Several prizes given away throughout the night, limit to only 100 tickets per person! Come show your support for Centralia and Wamac’s newest celebrities…the Bag-Headed Metal Maniacs of FUNGONEWRONG! </p> <p>FGW is tearing up the “Metal Scene” and taking over with the answer to why you love metal to begin with. You can get your digital download or CD on the official release date of July 29. Physical CD’s will be on sale at the event along with cool concert T-shirts and autograph/photo opportunity with the band. </p> <p>FUNGONEWRONG is a mixture of metal, punk and death-thrash whose groove-creating music ensures that the band will rise to the top of the musical mountain and stick their metal flag deep in the minds of all music lovers. FGW is Belter Skelter (vocals, guitar), Milez Long (guitar, vocals), Ballz Deep (guitar, vocals), Manny Wrektor (bass) and Buster Hymen (drums). </p> <p>Climbing from the darkest depth of music hell to fight boredom and mediocrity, FGW plans to stir things up in throughout the entire metal, punk and thrash universe! While their true identity is unknown due to the colorful bags they wear over their heads at all times, FGW can be spotted for miles by their rabid and loyal fan base who also wear bags on their heads to every FUNGONEWRONG show and call themselves THE BAGHEAD NATION. </p> <p><strong>Join THE BAGHEAD NATION here:</strong><br /> <a href="http://fungonewrong.com/">fungonewrong.com</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/fungonewrongmusic">facebook.com/fungonewrongmusic</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/fungonewrong">twitter.com/fungonewrong</a> or <a href="http://www.reverbnation.com/fungonewrong">reverbnation.com/fungonewrong.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jRX0gJd0aD4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/fungonewrong-headline-truefest-ii-august-9-record-release-party#comments Fungonewrong News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:11:27 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21972 ToneVille Amps at 2014 Summer NAMM: Broadway Guitar Amp — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/toneville-amps-2014-summer-namm-broadway-guitar-amp-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>Speaking of which, we stopped off at the ToneVille Amps booth! You can check out a video recap of our visit below.</p> <p>The clip shows a searing demo of ToneVille's signature Broadway Amp. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wz5s_UsRlMQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/toneville-amps-2014-summer-namm-broadway-guitar-amp-demo-video#comments Summer NAMM 2014 ToneVille Videos Amps News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:54:25 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21957 D'Addario at 2014 Summer NAMM: NYXL Strings and Artist Capo — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/daddario-2014-summer-namm-nyxl-strings-and-artist-capo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>During the show, we had a chance to stop by and check out the happenings at the D'Addario booth. Our visit is chronicled in the video below. </p> <p>In the clip, D'Addario shows off the company's new and improved NYXL string sets — not to mention its new Artist Capo. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wqwYxo4Bmsw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/daddario-2014-summer-namm-nyxl-strings-and-artist-capo-video#comments D'Addario NYXL strings Summer NAMM 2014 Accessories Videos News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:48:35 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21968 Lenny Kravitz Premieres New Song, "Sex" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/lenny-kravitz-premieres-new-song-sex-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>Lenny Kravitz has premiered "Sex," a new song, and you can check it out below.</p> <p>The song is from Kravitz's upcoming studio album, <em>Strut</em>, which will be released September 23 via Roxie Records. </p> <p>Kravitz recently released “The Chamber,” the debut single from the album, along with the album’s cover art (shown at left) and the details of the first leg of his world tour, which kicks off October 22 in Moscow, Russia, at Crocus City Hall.</p> <p><em>Strut</em> was recorded in the Bahamas over the last year, after filming his role in <em>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire</em>. To provide the final defining touch on <em>Strut</em>, Kravitz called on Bob Clearmountain to mix the album (David Bowie’s <em>Let’s Dance</em>, the Rolling Stones’ <em>Tattoo You</em> and Bruce Springsteen’s <em>Born in the U.S.A.</em>)</p> <p>Check out the song below and tell us what you think on Facebook or in the comments below! </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PQ8r6hrEmqI" 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="/lenny-kravitz">Lenny Kravitz</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/lenny-kravitz-premieres-new-song-sex-listen#comments Lenny Kravitz Videos News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:39:50 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21969 Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth Discusses Camel's 'Moon Madness' — The Record That Changed My Life http://www.guitarworld.com/mikael-akerfeldt-opeth-discusses-camels-moon-madness-record-changed-my-life <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth chooses (and discusses) the record that changed his life.</em></p> <p><strong>Camel</strong><br /> <em>Moon Madness</em> (1976)</p> <p>“I was already in my twenties when I first heard it. I was working at a record store in Stockholm at the time, and one of my co-workers, who was in his early forties, suggested I check out Camel. </p> <p>"I bought a couple of their albums on second-hand vinyl, including <em>Moon Madness</em> and <em>The Snowgoose</em>, and took them home on a lunch break. I was floored by <em>Moon Madness</em> and especially by Andy Latimer’s guitar playing. It was just what I’d been looking for—finally, someone to copy! I had always leaned toward hard-rock players like Blackmore, but this was something new. It was so heartfelt and emotional, and every note felt like it served a purpose. </p> <p>“I was also amazed by the compositions, as well as the solos, and of course, Latimer’s guitar tone. One of the best guitar solos is in a song called ‘Lunar Sea.’ It’s long and fantastically executed. He really builds it to a splendid climax. That solo that has highly influenced me. In fact, there’s a song on our new album, <em>Ghost Reveries</em>, called ‘The Baying of the Hounds,’ and my solo on it definitely has Andy’s sound and his way of building up the drama of solos. </p> <p>"Also, on our new track ‘Beneath the Mire,’ there’s a unison part played by me on guitar and by keyboardist Per Wiberg on the Moog synthesizer, and it sounds very Camel-esque. You listen to that and you think, Well, it’s Camel!”</p> <object width="620" height="365"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/sAgE5L3tPhM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/sAgE5L3tPhM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="365" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><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="/opeth">Opeth</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/mikael-akerfeldt-opeth-discusses-camels-moon-madness-record-changed-my-life#comments Camel July 2014 Mikael Åkerfeldt Moon Madness Opeth The Record that Changed My Life Interviews News Features Magazine Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:01:51 +0000 Mikael Akerfeldt http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21931 Taylor Guitars at 2014 Summer NAMM: Grand Orchestra 718 Fall Limited — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/taylor-guitars-2014-summer-namm-grand-orchestra-718-fall-limited-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>During our time at Summer NAMM, we stopped by the Taylor Guitars booth. You can check out the video we made of our visit below.</p> <p>The clip shows a demonstration of Taylor's gorgeous new Grand Orchestra 718 Fall Limited acoustic guitar, and we also get the skinny on how Taylor's choice of a specific Tazmanian wood for the body affects the guitar's tone. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7f7-exbmFMM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/taylor-guitars-2014-summer-namm-grand-orchestra-718-fall-limited-demo-video#comments Grand Orchestra 718 Fall Limited Summer NAMM 2014 Taylor Acoustic Guitars Videos News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:58:19 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21958 Eventide Pedals at 2014 Summer NAMM: TimeFactor Software Update, H9 Control — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/eventide-pedals-2014-summer-namm-timefactor-software-update-h9-control-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>While we were there, we stopped by the Eventide booth. You can check out our video recap of the visit below.</p> <p>In the video, we get to see a demonstration of the software update of the company's TimeFactor pedal and a look at the new H9 Control application. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ct4PVJzv3KA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/eventide-pedals-2014-summer-namm-timefactor-software-update-h9-control-demo-video#comments Eventide Eventide H9 Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Effects News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:56:01 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21956 Taylor Guitars at 2014 Summer NAMM: 150E 12-String Guitar — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/taylor-guitars-2014-summer-namm-150e-12-string-guitar-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>While we were there, we stopped by the Taylor Guitars booth. You can check out our video recap of the visit below.</p> <p>In the clip, we are treated to a demonstration of the company's new 150e 12-string acoustic guitar. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Z29jKta3Jgo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/taylor-guitars-2014-summer-namm-150e-12-string-guitar-demo-video#comments 150E 12 String Summer NAMM 2014 Taylor Acoustic Guitars Videos News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:53:26 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21959 Roland at 2014 Summer NAMM: Blues Cube Stage and Blues Cube Artist Guitar Amplifiers — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/roland-2014-summer-namm-blues-cube-stage-and-blues-cube-artist-guitar-amplifiers-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>Speaking of which, while we were down there, we had the chance to pay a visit to the Roland booth. You can see what we saw at the booth in the clip below.</p> <p>The video features demonstrations of Roland's new Blues Cube Stage and Blues Cube Artist guitar amplifiers. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1_w6hl2mZSI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/roland-2014-summer-namm-blues-cube-stage-and-blues-cube-artist-guitar-amplifiers-demo-video#comments Blues Cube Aritst Blues Cube Stage Roland Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Amps News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:50:33 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21961 Supro Amps at 2014 Summer NAMM: Coronado, Dual-Tone and Thunderbolt Guitar Amps — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/supro-amps-2014-summer-namm-coronado-dual-tone-and-thunderbolt-guitar-amps-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>While we were down there, we stopped by the Supro Amps booth. You can watch a video recap of our visit below. </p> <p>In the clip, we're treated to demonstrations of the company's signature products, the Coronado, Dual-Tone and Thunderbolt guitar amps. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JTvtKvOtut8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/supro-amps-2014-summer-namm-coronado-dual-tone-and-thunderbolt-guitar-amps-demo-video#comments Coronado Dualtone Summer NAMM 2014 Supro Thunderbolt Videos Amps News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:49:09 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21960 Big Strokes: A Beginner's Guide to Sweeping http://www.guitarworld.com/big-strokes-beginners-guide-sweeping <!--paging_filter--><p>Although often regarded as a “shredder’s” technique, the notion of sweeping (or raking) the pick across the strings to produce a quick succession of notes has been around since the invention of the pick itself. </p> <p>Jazz players from the Fifties, such as Les Paul, Barney Kessel and Tal Farlow, would use the approach in their improvisations, and country guitar genius Chet Atkins was known to eschew his signature fingerstyle hybrid-picking technique from time to time and rip out sweep-picked arpeggios, proving that the technique is not genre specific. Within rock, Ritchie Blackmore used sweep picking to play arpeggios in Deep Purple’s “April” and Rainbow’s “Kill the King.”</p> <p>Fusion maestro Frank Gambale is widely considered to be the most versatile and innovative sweep picker and the first artist to fully integrate the technique into his style, applying sweeping to arpeggios, pentatonics, heptatonic (seven-note) scales and modes, and beyond. </p> <p>Gambale explains his approach wonderfully in his instructional video, <em>Monster Licks and Speed Picking</em>. Originally released in 1988, it remains a must-watch video for anyone interested in developing a smooth sweep-picking technique.</p> <p>It was Stockholm, Sweden, however that would produce the name most synonymous with sweeping in a rock context, one that gave rise to a guitar movement known as neoclassical heavy metal. </p> <p>Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen was influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore and Uli Jon Roth but was also equally enthralled by 19th-century virtuoso violinist Niccolò Paganini. Attempting to emulate on his Fender Stratocaster the fluid, breathtaking passages Paganini would compose and play on violin, Malmsteen concluded that sweep picking was the perfect way to travel quickly from string to string with a smooth, fluid sound much like what a violinist can create with his bow. </p> <p>Malmsteen’s style has since influenced two generations of guitarists, including Tony MacAlpine, Jason Becker, Steve Vai, Mattias “IA” Eklundh, Ritchie Kotzen, Marty Friedman, John Petrucci, Vinnie Moore, Jeff Loomis, Synyster Gates, Alexi Laiho and Tosin Abasi, to name but a few.</p> <p>The first five exercises in this lesson are designed to give you a systematic approach to practicing the component movements of sweep picking: from two-string sweeps to six-string sweeps, and everything in between. Practicing each exercise with a metronome for just two minutes every day will improve your coordination and your confidence to use the technique in your own playing. </p> <p>Work from two strings up to six, keeping your metronome at the same tempo. This means starting with eighth notes, and while this will feel very slow, the technique will become trickier with each successive note grouping: eighth-note triplets, 16th notes, quintuplets and, most difficult of all, 16th-note triplets and their equivalent sextuplets. Focus on synchronizing your hands so that your pick and fretting fingers make contact with the string at exactly the same moment. Only one string should be fretted at any time (this is key!), and any idle strings should be diligently muted with your remaining fingers. </p> <p>If you fail to do this and allow notes on adjacent strings to ring together, it will negate the desired effect and sound like you are simply strumming a chord. When it comes to sweep picking, muting is the key to cleanliness. It is also the aspect that will take the most practice to master.</p> <p>The second set of five exercises handles some common sweep-picking approaches. These are shown in one position and based on one chord type each, thus focusing your attention on the exercise until you have become accustomed to the technique. </p> <p>The final piece helps you tackle the various aspects of sweeping while bolstering your stamina, as the bulk of it consists of nonstop 16th notes, with only a few pauses for “breathing.” Break it down into four-bar sections and practice each with a metronome, gradually building up to the 100-beats-per-minute (100bpm) target tempo. </p> <p><strong>Get the Tone</strong></p> <p>In rock, this technique is best suited to Strat-style guitars, using the neck pickup setting for a warm, round tone. Use a modern tube amp with the gain set to a moderate amount—just enough to give all the notes a uniform volume and sustain, but not so much that string muting becomes an impossible battle. </p> <p>The thickness and sharpness of your pick will hugely impact the tone of your sweep picking. Something with a thickness between one and two millimeters and a rounded tip will provide the right amount of attack and still glide over the strings with ease.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_1_2.jpg" /></p> <p>[FIGURE 1] This Cmaj7 arpeggio on the two middle strings works just as well on the top two or bottom two. Lightly drag your pick across (push down, pull up) the two strings so that there’s very little resistance. This teaches your picking hand to make smooth motions rather than two separate downward or upward strokes.</p> <p>FIGURE 2 is a C7 arpeggio played across three strings. Strive to maintain the same smooth down/up motion with your pick used in the previous example. Focus on the pick strokes that land on downbeats, and allow the in-between, or “offbeat,” notes to naturally fall into place. Every three notes your pick will change direction. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_3.jpg" /></p> <p>Now let’s move on to four strings with this exotic C7 altered-dominant lick, reminiscent of one of Gambale’s fusion forays. Remember, sweep picking is most effective when each note is cleanly separated from the last, so aim to have only one finger in contact with the fretboard at a time in order to keep the notes from ringing together.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_4.jpg" /></p> <p>Now we move on to some five-string shapes, the likes of which you can hear in the playing of Steve Vai and Mattias Eklundh. The phrasing here is 16th-note quintuplets (five notes per beat). Once again, if you focus on nailing the highest and lowest notes along with the beat, the in-between notes should automatically fall into place. Move your pick at a constant speed to ensure the notes are evenly spaced. Say “Hip-po-pot-a-mus” to get the sound of properly performed quintuplets in your mind’s ear.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_5.jpg" /></p> <p>This six-string arpeggio is an A major triad (A C# E), with the third in the bass and a fifth interval added to the high E string’s 12th fret, so we have the right number of notes for 16th-note triplets (six notes per click). When ascending, use a single motion to pick all six strings, making sure only one note is fretted at a time. The descending section includes a pull-off on the high E string, which, although momentarily disruptive to your picking, is preferable to adding another downstroke.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_6.jpg" /></p> <p>This major triad shape is an essential part of the Yngwie Malmsteen school of sweeping. Pay special attention to the picking directions in both the ascending and descending fragments. The alternating eighth-note triplet and quarter-note phrasing allows you to focus on the picking pattern in small bursts and then rest for a beat.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_7.jpg" /></p> <p>This example includes ascending and descending fragments again, this time played together. Concentrate on the general down-up motion of your picking hand rather than each pick stroke. Once you are comfortable with this shape you can apply the same approach to minor, suspended and diminished-seven arpeggios.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_8.jpg" /> </p> <p>This example is reminiscent of players such as Jason Becker and Jeff Loomis. We start with the three-string shapes from the previous example, followed by the six-string shape from FIGURE 5. This is quite challenging for the picking hand, so start very slowly and remember to keep the hand moving smoothly.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_9.jpg" /></p> <p>Here we utilize two-string sweeps with pentatonic shapes. Use your first finger on the fifth fret and third finger on the seventh fret. Keep your fingers flat against the two-string groups, and transfer pressure between strings using a rolling action to mute inactive strings and prevent notes from ringing together. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_10.jpg" /></p> <p>Economy picking requires that your pick take the shortest journey possible when crossing from string to string. This essentially means that when you play a scale, there will be a two-string mini-sweep whenever you move to an adjacent string. This exercise combines the eight-note B whole-half diminished scale (B C# D E F G G# As) and a Bdim7 arpeggio (B D F G#).</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_11.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_11cont.jpg" /></p> <p>This piece is in the key of A minor. The first part is based around a “V-i” (five-one) progression, with the arpeggios clearly outlining the implied chord changes. We begin with some ascending two-string sweeps using alternating E (E G# B) and Bb (Bb D F) triads. Next come some A minor triads (A C E), played with a progressively increasing number of strings; this is a great way to build your confidence in sweep picking larger shapes. The Bm7b5 (B D F A) arpeggio in bar 4 has a series of three-string sweeps combined with some challenging string skips. Bar 7 is an A minor pentatonic scale (A C D E G) played in fourths using two-string sweeps/economy picking. </p> <p>The second part of the piece has a more neoclassical approach and begins with some Yngwie-style three-string triads incorporating pull-offs. Be sure to follow the indicated picking directions. Bar 12 is the trickiest part of the piece to play and utilizes some Jason Becker–inspired six-string shapes. If you have problems with string muting or note separation, apply some light palm muting to the notes as they are picked. This is an effective way to improve note clarity. The final bar is based on the A harmonic minor scale (A B C E D F G#) and incorporates economy picking when traveling from the fifth string to the fourth. </p> http://www.guitarworld.com/big-strokes-beginners-guide-sweeping#comments Avenged Sevenfold Guitar 101 Steve Vai Sweep Picking Tosin Abasi Yngwie Malmsteen News Features Lessons Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:41:30 +0000 Charlie Griffiths http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17113 Learn Hybrid Picking, Bending, Open-String Licks and More with 'Red Hot Country Guitar' Book/CD http://www.guitarworld.com/learn-hybrid-picking-bending-open-string-licks-and-more-red-hot-country-guitar-bookcd <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Red Hot Country Guitar</em> is the complete guide to playing lead guitar in the styles of Pete Anderson, Ray Flacke, Danny Gatton, Albert Lee, Brent Mason and more! </p> <p>This book-and-CD pack will take your country guitar playing to the next level with loads of red-hot licks, techniques, solos, theory and more! </p> <p>You'll learn: hybrid picking, single-note soloing, open chord licks, double stops, bending, open-string licks, licks in the style of the masters, CAGED system, chord and scale diagrams, and more.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/tab-books/products/red-hot-country-guitar/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=RedHotCountry">This 88-page book is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $17.95.</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/learn-hybrid-picking-bending-open-string-licks-and-more-red-hot-country-guitar-bookcd#comments News Features Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:40:41 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18757 Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive Pedal — Exclusive Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/seymour-duncan-805-overdrive-pedal-exclusive-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/seymour-duncan-introduces-805-overdrive-pedal-demo-video">As we reported earlier this month,</a> Seymour Duncan recently released its new 805 Overdrive pedal.</p> <p>Now the company has made an exclusive demo video — just for readers of GuitarWorld.com. The video features the fancy fretwork of guitarist Steve Booke, who creates the <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/what-world">"What in the World" lessons for GuitarWorld.com.</a></p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive is designed using the legendary 808 chip, but with an expanded gain range and an active 3-band EQ that isn't common on overdrives. It's so versatile that you can use it for a smooth, lyrical bluesy overdrive one minute and a modern metal crunch the next. </p> <p>We started with the classic overdrive tones we all know and love but we tightened up the bottom end and added more sparkle in the highs as well as more detailed note articulation. Whether you're after ringing cleans, a subtle boost, fat crunch, or even screaming sustaining solo tones, it's all in there. 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