News en 1955 Gretsch Duo Jet 6128 Guitar — Demo Video by Chicago Music Exchange <!--paging_filter--><p>The gang over at Chicago Music Exchange (where I recently bought a Line 6 expression pedal for my M9) posted a demo video for a very rare (and very beautiful) 1955 Gretsch Duo Jet 6128 that was originally bought by Ben Harper.</p> <p>To see and hear what this guitar can do, be sure to watch the clip below.</p> <p>In the clip, Joel from CME plays the guitar through a Tone King Royalist 15-watt Combo amp. The reverb is courtesy of a Red Panda reverb pedal.</p> <p>Introduced in 1953 with a single-cutaway body, the elegantly styled Duo Jet was a competitive response to the Fender Telecaster and the Gibson Les Paul. Its DeArmond Dynasonic pickups offered the raucous twang needed for rockabilly and just enough jangle for rock, making it the choice of guitarists like the Beatles' George Harrison and, in his early Nineties rockabilly phase (and again in 2010), Jeff Beck.</p> <p>Over the years, the Duo Jet has evolved into many different models, including a double-cutaway version, introduced in 1961, frequently used by AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Gretsch Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:20:42 +0000 Damian Fanelli Fastest Guitars in the Country: 10 Essential Country Shred Guitar Songs <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, <em>Guitar World</em> picks the 10 essential country shred guitar songs. </p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>Joe Maphis, “Flying Fingers”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Flying Fingers</em></strong></p> <p>The link between blazing acoustic bluegrass and electrified country shred began with Joe Maphis and his furious flatpicking on songs like “Flying Fingers,” which he recorded in 1956. </p> <p>Maphis played both the six-string track and overdubbed octave-guitar unison track using both necks of his custom Mosrite double-neck guitar. During the Fifties, Maphis frequently performed on the <em>Town Hall/Ranch Party</em> television program, shredding the strings along with guests that included Ricky Nelson and a 12-year-old Larry Collins.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Phil Baugh, “Country Guitar”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Live Wire</em></strong></p> <p>Phil Baugh’s original <em>Country Guitar</em> album released in 1965 features numerous dazzling instrumentals, like “The Finger,” but the centerpiece is the title track where he performs uncanny imitations of several guitarists, including Chet Atkins, Billy Byrd, Hank Garland, Les Paul and Merle Travis, who all are worthy of inclusion on this list. </p> <p>Baugh played on Merle Haggard’s early Bakersfield singles during the Sixties and during the Seventies moved to Nashville, where he played on sessions for countless hit records.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Jimmy Bryant, “Down Yonder”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Fastest Guitar in the Country</em></strong></p> <p>Jimmy Bryant (guitar) and Speedy West (pedal steel) recorded incredible instrumental duets during the Fifties that still sound amazing, but Bryant also released some great, overlooked albums on his own during the Sixties. </p> <p>“Down Yonder” from the aptly titled <em>Fastest Guitar in the Country</em> album downplays his usual jazzy flourishes in favor of genuine country twang played in Bryant’s inimitable lightning fast style. Bonus points for the ultra-cool Voxmobile on the cover, which Batmobile and Dragula designer George Barris built for Bryant. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Albert Lee, “Fun Ranch Boogie”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Gagged But Not Bound</em></strong></p> <p>“Country Boy,” which Lee first recorded with Head Hands &amp; Feet in 1971, has become his signature tune, but this song also provides fine examples of Lee’s ultra-precise banjo-style hybrid picking and tasteful melodic sensibilities. </p> <p>“Albert Lee always sounds like Albert Lee,” Brad Paisley says in the May 2013 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>. “His style has evolved into more of a Strat-based sound using the bridge and middle pickup than the twangy Tele tone he used to play.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Steve Morse, “John Deere Letter”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Out Standing in Their Field</em></strong></p> <p>Morse has usually included at least one bona fide country shred tune on his albums going all the way back to his recordings with the Dixie Dregs in the Seventies (“Gina Lola Breakdown” and “Pride O’ the Farm” being great examples). </p> <p>This song from his latest Steve Morse Band effort proves that his hyperspeed chicken pickin’ keeps getting better.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Hellecasters, “Orange Blossom Special”</strong><br /> <strong><em>The Return of the Hellecasters</em></strong></p> <p>Emerging toward the tail end of the shred phenomenon in the early Nineties, this all-star guitar trio consisting of Jerry Donahue, John Jorgenson and Will Ray showed that country boys could not only play as well as the rockers, but they could also do it with a lot more style, originality, humor and panache. </p> <p>“It’s hard to beat the Hellecasters,” Paisley says. “John Jorgenson is my number-one favorite guitarist. He’s what I’m trying to be.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Michael Lee Firkins, “Big Red”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Chapter Eleven</em></strong></p> <p>Most of the tracks that Firkins recorded in the Nineties fit perfectly with the Shrapnel label’s then-current roster of metal/fusion players, but this Nebraska born-and-bred player couldn’t resist revealing his country and bluegrass chops on occasion. </p> <p>This track is one of his more straight-up country jams, with clean tone as sharp as a Bowie knife.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Johnny Hiland, “Barnyard Breakdown”</strong><br /> <strong><em>All Fired Up</em></strong></p> <p>One of the most impressive guitarists to emerge on the Nashville scene in recent years, Hiland can be heard tearing it up with Hank Williams III, on sessions with Toby Keith, Randy Travis and others, and even in downtown Nashville’s Lower Broadway honky-tonks.</p> <p>Hiland can play any style of music better than most, but when it comes to country he’s simply untouchable.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Brad Paisley, “Cluster Pluck”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Play—The Guitar Album</em></strong></p> <p>This instrumental jam featuring Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, John Jorgenson, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert and Steve Wariner provides a great introduction to almost every current country shredder you should know. </p> <p>“Those guys are all my influences,” Paisley says. “Nobody really outplays anybody else, but when James put on his fingerpicks and did all those bends, double bends and weird arpeggios, I knew that everybody in the room wanted to be him.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Marty Stuart, “Hollywood Boogie”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Nashville, Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down</em></strong></p> <p>The incredible Kenny Vaughan and legendary Marty Stuart go head-to-head on this blazing instrumental that pays tribute to the Fifties recordings of Joe Maphis and Jimmy Bryant while adding their own modern flourishes. </p> <p>Playing Clarence White’s iconic Telecaster, Stuart’s tone remains the ultimate definition of “twang.”</p> <p><strong>NOTE: In the video below, the action begins around 1:10, so you might want to skip ahead.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Articles Brad Paisley GW Archive Jimmy Bryant Joe Maphis Johnny Hiland May 2013 Michael Lee Firkins Guitar World Lists News Features Magazine Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:12:32 +0000 Chris Gill The Killing Floor Premiere "Corruption Capital" Music Video — Exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, presents the exclusive premiere of "Corruption Capital," the new video — <a href="">and single</a> — by the Killing Floor.</p> <p>Hailing from both sides of the Atlantic, brothers Mark and Oliver Alberici and Marco Argiro and Peter Landi came together in 2009 after meeting at New York City's Electric Lady Studios.</p> <p>The Killing Floor released their debut self-titled album in 2011. They've toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K., showcasing at Download Fest, SXSW, CMJ, Indie Week Canada, CBGB Festival, Liverpool Sound City and the Great Escape. In June and July, TKF embarked on a European tour, which included stops in the U.K., France and Portugal.</p> <p>However, much of 2014 was spent working on their upcoming album, from which "Corruption Capital" is drawn. Writing and recording began in London in February and March; that's also where they shot "Corruption Capital" video, which you can check out below. Expect their new album to be released in early 2015.</p> <p>For more about the Killing Floor, follow along on <a href="">Facebook.</a> "Corruption Capital" is <a href="">available via iTunes now.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> The Killing Floor Videos News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:43:37 +0000 Damian Fanelli Betcha Can't Play This: John Petrucci's Descending E Mixolydian Run <!--paging_filter--><p> This is a descending E Mixolydian [E F# G# A B C# D] run that moves across the strings and eventually down the neck in a cascading type of contour. </p> <p>It’s based on a recurring nine-note melodic motif of three 16th-note triplets, with three alternate-picked notes followed by two double pull-offs.</p> <p>I begin in ninth position with a fairly compact shape that spans the ninth to 12th frets. At the end of bar 1 and moving into bar 2, the fret hand shifts down two frets and spreads out to cover a four-fret span, from the seventh fret to the 11th. Use your first, second and fourth fingers to fret the notes. </p> <p> The fret hand quickly shifts down to a lower position at the beginning of bars 3, 4 and 5, so try to make these transitions as smooth and seamless as possible. Make sure your pull-offs are loud and clear, and use the palm of your pick hand to mute the unused lower strings during bars 1 and 2.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-02%20at%205.16.42%20PM.png" width="620" height="217" alt="Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 5.16.42 PM.png" /></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="/john-petrucci">John Petrucci</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Betcha Can't Play This John Petrucci September 2010 Betcha Can't Play This Blogs News Lessons Magazine Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:34:56 +0000 John Petrucci Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 1: EVH95 Eddie Van Halen Cry Baby Vs. ZW95 Zakk Wylde Cry Baby <!--paging_filter--><p>It's time to compare the mettle of Jim Dunlop pedals!</p> <p>In's latest readers poll — the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown — we're pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. </p> <p>Yes, we're pulling out all the stomps! Thirty-two stompboxes will go head to head — or toe to toe, if you prefer — culminating with the crowning of the king of Dunlop pedals.</p> <p>You can check out the beginning bracket — with all 32 competing pedals — in the <a href=""></a> window below (Be sure to click on the "full screen" button in the lower-right-hand corner to expand the bracket). </p> <p>The bracket will be updated after every matchup, and matchups will take place pretty much every day. Each competing pedal will accompanied by a demo video created by the Jim Dunlop company, and you'll always find a photo gallery of the competing pedals at the bottom of each matchup.</p> <p>Remember you can vote once per device! Get started!</p> <h1>Today's Matchup</h1> <p>In today's matchup, the Dunlop <strong>EVH95 Eddie Van Halen Signature Cry Baby</strong> goes foot to foot against the Dunlop <strong>ZW95 Zakk Wylde Signature Cry Baby</strong>. Which one will win? And will the loser be a Cry Baby? Sorry, I couldn't let that one go by.</p> <h1>Yesterday's Results</h1> <p>Yesterday, the <strong>MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion</strong> (53.08 percent) just barely edged out the <strong>MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion</strong> (46.92 percent) and advanced to the next round! <a href="">To see all the matchups that have taken place so far, head HERE.</a> Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Meet the Combatants</h1> <p><strong><a href="">Dunlop Eddie Van Halen Signature Cry Baby Wah</a></strong></p> <p>The EVH Wah was developed after intensive design collaboration with the legendary guitarist, Eddie Van Halen. Early on in the process, Eddie handed over his “Holy Grail” Cry Baby—a standard Cry Baby customized in the early Nineties with a more vocal-like, High Q inductor and a wider frequency sweep. </p> <p>Amazingly, we found that over the years Eddie’s unique wah style, which uses mostly the middle range of the pedal’s action, had carved his own curve into the pot’s resistive element, making the middle range even more defined and increased the low-end sweep. Our clones of the worn-in pot and hand-selected inductor give the new EVH Wah Wah the same “Holy Grail” feel and tone, and its true hardwire bypass, dual bright blue bypass LEDs, and graphics based on the black and yellow-striped guitar featured on Van Halen II round out this EVH-approved Cry Baby with a voice and look all its own.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="">Dunlop Zakk Wylde Signature Cry Baby Wah</a></strong></p> <p>Modern Cry Baby Master Zakk Wylde and Dunlop have joined forces to deliver the toughest, meanest wah pedal on the planet. Built from the ground up with great tone and rugged durability in mind, this pedal can stand up to the crushing stomp of metal's reigning king of lead guitar. </p> <p>The Wylde Wah features a heavy-duty raw-metal casing and road worthy components to withstand years of ass-kicking abuse. With guts that have been finely tuned to Zakk's specs, this wah is specially voiced to deliver an extra thick and cutting tone. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Vote Now!</h1> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src=""></script><p><noscript><a href="">Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown Readers Poll, Round 1: Dunlop Eddie Van Halen Signature Wah Vs. Dunlop Zakk Wylde Signature Wah</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown on Scribd" href="" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src=";view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_18875" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></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="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/zakk-wylde">Zakk Wylde</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Eddie Van Halen Jim Dunlop Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown Poll Polls Zakk Wylde Effects News Features Gear Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:19:25 +0000 Guitar World Staff December 2014 Guitar World: Slipknot, Slash on 'Fire,' Joe Bonamassa, D'Angelico Jazz Box Phenomenon and More <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWDEC14">The all-new December 2014 issue of Guitar World is available now!</a></strong></p> <p>In the new issue, we feature <strong>Slipknot</strong>. Between the death and departure of various band members, Slipknot have had a rough few years. With <em>.5: The Gray Chapter</em>, they channel the energy of deceased bassist Paul Gray and return with a brutal but multifaceted album.</p> <p>Then, <em>Guitar World</em> focuses on <strong>Slash</strong>. Everyone's favorite hard-rocking riffmaster returns with <em>World on Fire</em>, his new searing-hot album with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.</p> <p>Next, to celebrate the release of his new album, <em>Different Shades of Blue</em>, <strong>Joe Bonamassa</strong> invites us over for a look at his ever-growing collection of vintage axes and amps.</p> <p>Later, <strong>Motionless in White</strong> have been one of metal's most outrageous and audacious bands. On <em>Reincarnate</em>, they bring their vision into focus and wind up with a killer album.</p> <p>Finally, read about <strong>Electric Wizard</strong>. They've been cursed with arrests, accidents and a recent breakup with their label. But with their latest album, <em>Time to Die</em>, the stoner-doomers prove they still have plenty of life left.</p> <p>PLUS: Tune-ups for <strong>Pierce the Veil, Royal Blood, Uncle Acid &amp; the Deadbeats, Lenny Kravitz, Archaon of 1349, Wovenwar, Parquet Courts, Crowbar's</strong> Set List, <strong>Mr. Big,</strong> New EQ The latest and greatest, Lace USA Sensor pickup, Man of Steel, Metal for Life, Acoustic Nation and much more!</p> <p><strong>Five Songs with Tabs for Guitar and Bass</strong></p> <p>• Blue Öyster Cult - “Cities On Flame with Rock and Roll"<br /> • Trivium - “Strife”<br /> • Joe Bonamassa - " The Ballad of John Henry"<br /> • W.A. Mozart - “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"<br /> • Bad Company - "Can't Get Enough"</p> <p><strong><a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWDEC14">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-10-07%20at%2010.21.37%20AM.png" width="620" height="807" alt="Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 10.21.37 AM.png" /></p> December 2014 News Features Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:02:59 +0000 Guitar World Staff Eric Johnson and Mike Stern Discuss Their ‘Eclectic’ New Album <!--paging_filter--><p>What do you get when you combine two bona-fide guitar heroes in their respective genres — and then have them go toe-to-toe with each other? You get <em>Eclectic,</em> a new album by blues/jazz/rocker Eric Johnson and jazz master Mike Stern. </p> <p>Recorded at Johnson’s studio in Austin, Texas, <em>Eclectic</em> — which will be released October 27 — is a tasty collection of songs highlighting the strengths of both guitarists. It features an infectious rhythm section consisting of drummer Anton Fig (<em>The Late Show with David Letterman</em>) and Johnson’s regular bassist, Chris Maresh.</p> <p>Stern’s body of guitar goodness spans more than four decades. His career includes partnerships with such artists as Blood, Sweat &amp; Tears, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis and Jaco Pastorius.</p> <p>Johnson’s playing has often been compared to that of Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck. His six-string wizardry earned him a Grammy award in 1992 for his instrumental hit, “Cliffs of Dover,” which came in at Number 17 on <em>Guitar World</em>’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. </p> <p>Johnson and Stern will support <em>Eclectic</em> with an Eastern U.S. tour beginning in November. You can check out all the dates below.</p> <p>I recently spoke with both guitarists about their new album. Johnson also gives a bit of advice for properly playing “Cliffs of Dover.”</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: How did this collaboration begin?</strong></p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: I've known Eric for years and always dug his playing. Every time I saw him, I’d tell him that it would be great for us to do something together. Finally, I was doing this record called <em>Big Neighborhood</em> and had the idea of doing something with him. </p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: We had so much fun working on that record that one day the Blue Note Club in New York called and asked us if we’d like to do a joint gig together. So we put together a band, rehearsed and learned music. We ended up doing a two-week tour out of that and got offered to do a record and a few other tours that are now slated to happen.</p> <p><strong>How would you describe <em>Eclectic</em>?</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: It’s a pretty honest record. We cut most of the record live and pretty much set everything up in one room. </p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: The thing I like about Eric’s playing and the thing I always try to do is to play from the heart. That's the most important thing about music, and there’s certainly a lot of heart and soul on this record.</p> <p><strong>Let’s discuss a few tracks from <em>Eclectic</em>. "Benny Man’s Blues" (which you can hear below).</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: Mike was saying we should have an up-tempo blues piece for the record, which I thought was a cool idea. While I was figuring out what to do, I started thinking about some of those old Benny Goodman records where there’s just a couple of chord changes, but it still has that blues vibe.</p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: That's a really cool track with a Texas-swing feel to it. I originally didn't know how Eric wanted to do it, but once Anton started playing the back beat, I immediately got where he was coming from.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> <p><strong>"Hulabaloo."</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: It has a crazy rock/swinging Sixties vibe to it. It started off with a “show review”-type of riff and then evolved from there.</p> <p><strong>"Tidal."</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: That song is an homage to Wes [Montgomery]. I actually wrote that song earlier and put it on iTunes. I brought it into our rehearsals and we started re-arranging it. I actually like it a lot better the way it is now. It’s a pretty cool thing.</p> <p><strong>"Wherever You Go."</strong></p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: I had a ballad kind of feeling when I wrote that song. The vibe is usually what starts it and gives it inspiration. Eric got it right away and what he plays on it is so beautiful.</p> <p><strong>Eric, I have to ask you about “Cliffs of Dover." When you think about that song, what comes to mind?</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: In a way, I think that song was kind of a gift. It’s one of those songs that just came to me really quickly. I don’t know why, but one day I just sat down and had the whole song finished in five minutes.</p> <p><strong>Do you have a bit of advice for someone attempting play it?</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: There are a lot of different ways to approach it. Just to actually play it is not really that hard, but to play it in its best way is a bit of a challenge. It favors certain string positions to sound clean and they’re not the easiest, most readily accessible ways to go to. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>What’s your current setup like?</strong></p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: I keep it simple. I've got a Signature Yamaha Tele. I usually run it through two amps set in stereo. I also use a Yamaha SPX-90 to fatten the sound up a little bit more and give it more air. My pedals include a BOSS DD3 and a Super Overdrive that Robert Keely modified to help warm it up. </p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: I play Strats mostly, through some manner of Fender amps for a stereo chorus sound. I also use a little 18-watt amp that Bill Webb built. For effects, I use a TC Electronic stereo chorus, fuzz phase and a Belle Epoch echo pedal by Catalinbread. I also use a TunnelWorm flanger by Mr. Black.</p> <p><strong>What are you most looking forward to about the release of <em>Eclectic</em> and this new collaboration?</strong></p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: There were some new things I did on this record like singing and writing words to my songs and some of the ideas were really spontaneous. Now we get to go play it live and are very excited about it. We’re both so lucky to be able to do what we do.</p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: I’m turning my attention to creating more spontaneous, live music and being able to paint a picture with my performance. If you want to go back and overdub to fix a note or two, that’s fine. Just be sure to keep it to a minimum and continue to paint that big picture. That’s where all the vibe is. </p> <p><em>For more about Johnson, visit <a href=""></a>. For more about Stern, visit <a href=""></a>.</em></p> <p><strong>2014 Eric Johnson/Mike Stern Tour Dates</strong></p> <p>06-Nov-14 Birchmere Alexandria VA<br /> 07-Nov-14 Westhampton Beach P.A.C Westhampton Beach NY<br /> 08-Nov-14 Keswick Theatre Glenside PA<br /> 09-Nov-14 Webster Hall New York NY<br /> 11-Nov-14 Wilbur Theatre Boston MA<br /> 12-Nov-14 Boulton Center Bay Shore NY<br /> 13-Nov-14 Infinity Hall Hartford CT<br /> 14-Nov-14 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH<br /> 15-Nov-14 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH<br /> 16-Nov-14 Infinity Hall Norfolk CT<br /> 18-Nov-14 Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River MA<br /> 19-Nov-14 Rams Head On Stage Annapolis MD<br /> 20-Nov-14 Newton Theatre Newton NJ<br /> 21-Nov-14 Beacon Theatre Hopewell VA<br /> 22-Nov-14 Harvester Performance Center Rocky Mount VA<br /> 23-Nov-14 Carolina Theatre Durham NC</p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href=""></a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="">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="/eric-johnson">Eric Johnson</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Eric Johnson James Wood Mike Stern Interviews News Features Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:59:04 +0000 James Wood Paul Gilbert Performs His Acoustic, Flamenco-Style "Flamingo" — Video Finds <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's a great find — a video of Paul Gilbert playing flamenco-style guitar.</p> <p>He self-deprecatingly declares he's not an expert at flamenco at the start of the video, but come on now. He delivers a killer performance, of course.</p> <p>Well known for his work with Racer X and Mr. Big, Gilbert has evolved into a successful solo artist/singer/songwriter/guitar instructor. He composes music in a wide variety of styles including pop, rock, metal, blues, jazz, funk and classical, but is perhaps best known for his versatility and speed. </p> <p>Here he takes that background and applies it to the classic flamenco style. Check out this video of Gilbert's "Flamingo." </p> <p>See what Gilbert is up to now at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" 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="/paul-gilbert">Paul Gilbert</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Acoustic Nation Paul Gilbert Videos Blogs Videos News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:52:13 +0000 Acoustic Nation 80-Year-Old Bob Wood Shreds "Besame Mucho" in Nashville Guitar Shop — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>If you're a member of at least two or three guitar-centric Facebook groups, it's likely the video below has shown up on your news feed at least 12 times.</p> <p>It shows an 80-year-old guitarist by the name of Bob Wood performing "Bésame Mucho" on an Epiphone archtop (Looks like a Sheraton to me; someone please feel free to chime in, in the comments).</p> <p>The video was shared yesterday, October 8, by <a href=">British Audio Service in Nashville,</a> with the header, "This guy rules. Mr. Bob Wood, ladies and gentlemen."</p> <p>Update (October 21): Since then, the original post has garnered about a million views, making Wood something of an internet sensation. To see what all the fuss is about, check out the clip below. "Bésame Mucho" (aka "Kiss me a lot") was written in 1940 by Consuelo Velázquez. It was a staple of the Beatles' early shows at the Cavern and in Hamburg.</p> <p>According to Melanie Wood Moody, one of Bob's nine children, he was signed as a regular performer at Jamboree USA in Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1970, and performed for 10 years. In the mid-Seventies, he was named Entertainer of the Year by Eastern States Country Music Inc. In 2007, he was inducted into The Southern Legends Country Music Hall of Fame. He has several albums to his name, including <em><a href="">Bob Wood Plays It Cool</a>.</em></p> <p>For more about British Audio Service, head to <a href=""></a>. We love guitar shops — and we love Nashville!</p> <div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="" data-width="620"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><a href="">Post</a> by <a href="">British Audio Service</a>.</div> </div> Bob Wood Videos News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:55:49 +0000 Damian Fanelli Bernie Marsden Premieres "Trouble" Music Video Featuring David Coverdale — Exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, presents the exclusive premiere of a new — and old — music video by Bernie Marsden.</p> <p>The song, "Trouble," is a reworking of the title track from Whitesnake's 1978 debut album — and it even features Whitesnake's David Coverdale on vocals.</p> <p>This updated version of "Trouble" is from Marsden's new album, <em>Shine</em>, which was released September 30 through Mascot Label Group's Provogue Records.</p> <p>“I’m very happy to have reconnected with David a few years back," says Marsden, who has been a member of Whitesnake, UFO, Wild Turkey, Babe Ruth, Paice Ashton &amp; Lord, Cozy Powell’s Hammer, M3 and more. "When I asked him to sing this reworking of ‘Trouble,’ I expected him to say: ‘Oh, get your people to talk to my people.’ Instead he replied, 'Absolutely, dear boy.' </p> <p>"His lead vocal was very different to the laid-back feel of my original backing track, so we re-did the whole thing. When it came to putting some drums on it, there was only one person to call — that bloke from Deep Purple [Ian Paice]. We also put the Hammond organ part in as a tribute to Jon [Lord, the late Deep Purple/Whitesnake keyboaridist].</p> <p>“This video is very special," Marsden continues. "A few months ago, I was given a reel of film by a fan of a Whitesnake gig at Newcastle City Hall on the <em>Ready an' Willing</em> tour in 1980. It is unique and unseen footage of the classic early Whitesnake lineup [David Coverdale, Micky Moody, Bernie Marsden, Jon Lord, Neil Murray and Ian Paice].</p> <p>"Having had the enormous pleasure of hearing David Coverdale as a guest vocalist, and Ian Paice on drums on the track, it seemed a perfect time to release just a little piece of [the film]. It's a little grainy, but it's the real deal. Watch Jon Lord in classic style on the Hammond organ! To put together the original footage alongside this all-new studio version was a great pleasure. </p> <p> "I'll be talking to David re the rest of the film later this year. There is audio as well! Many thanks to the people of the North East in the film, and of course the whole of the Whitesnake army out there. Special thanks to Mark Smith for his camera work and great editing. Hope you enjoy it. Those on-tour Snake memories flood back!”</p> <p>For more about Marsden and <em>Shine</em>, visit <A href=""></a> and <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Bernie Marsden David Coverdale Whitesnake Videos News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:29:08 +0000 Damian Fanelli For Sale: Nine Gibson Les Pauls Played by Warren Haynes at Final Allman Brothers Beacon Theatre Shows <!--paging_filter--><p>Thanks to an arrangement between the Gibson Custom Shop, the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House and Warren Haynes, a special selection of Gibson guitars is now available to the public. </p> <p>Each of the nine hand-selected Les Pauls will be played by Haynes during one of the Allman Brothers Band’s final six shows at New York’s Beacon Theatre over the next week. </p> <p>All proceeds will benefit the <a href="">Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia.</a> The purchase will be a tax-deductible donation. </p> <p>“These are great instruments for a great cause,” says Haynes, who has been playing the guitars during the band’s rehearsals. “Each of them is different, and each of them is great.”</p> <p>Each guitar will be photographed while being played on stage. Each also will be autographed by Haynes and will come with one of 20 limited-edition Big House commemorative medallions, featuring the museum’s iconic mushroom logo. Guitar buyers who will be at the Beacon might have an opportunity to be photographed with Haynes (with the guitar) before the show and take the guitar home after the performance.</p> <p>The guitars are 1957, ‘58 or ‘59 Custom Shop reissues and include one Goldtop, two faded Lemon Tops, one Washed Cherry, one Bourbon Burst, one Western Desert Fade, one Sun Tea burst and one Ice Tea.</p> <p><strong>Several of the instruments have already been sold. Anyone interested in purchasing one of the guitars should email</strong></p> <p><em>Alan Paul is the author of </em><a href=";camp=211189&amp;creative=373489&amp;creativeASIN=1250040493&amp;link_code=as3&amp;tag=alanpaulinchi-20">One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band.</a></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="/allman-brothers-band">Allman Brothers Band</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/warren-haynes">Warren Haynes</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Allman Brothers Band Warren Haynes News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:20:53 +0000 Alan Paul 'Guitars for Wounded Warriors' Benefit Album Features Billy Sheehan, Bumblefoot, Reb Beach, Chris Poland and More <!--paging_filter--><p>From veteran multi-Emmy Award winning producer/composer Brian Tarquin comes a special project featuring an incredible cast of musical virtuosos playing their hearts out for America’s fallen soldiers. </p> <p>Tarquin produced, engineered and composed <em>Guitars For Wounded Warriors,</em> which showcases Tarquin's guitar prowess on every song alongside Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan, Gary Hoey, Bumblefoot (Gun N' Roses), Reb Beach (Whitesnake), Hal Lindes (Dire Straits), Chris Poland (Megadeth) and Chuck Loeb. </p> <p>The album features exclusively released tracks inspired by those military soldiers who have fought for country. Partial Proceeds will be donated to the <a href="">Fisher House Foundation</a>. The foundation supplies homes for military and veterans’ families to stay at no cost while loved ones are receiving treatment.</p> <p>Tarquin has established himself as a top rate TV composer/recording artist and owner of Jungle Room Studios. In 2002, 2003 and 2005 he won an “Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series” and has been nominated for an Emmy six times. In 2006, SESAC honored him with the Network Television Performance Award. </p> <p>Tarquin first graced the Top 20 Billboard Charts in 1997 with <em>This is Acid Jazz, Vol. 2</em>, followed by solo jazz albums, which charted Top 10 at Contemporary Jazz Radio in the late Nineties. From 1996 to 2001, Tarquin recorded four solo albums, <em>Ghost Dance, Last Kiss Goodbye, Soft Touch</em> and <em>High Life</em>, and has appeared in more than 32 releases.</p> <p>“What an honor to be part of this album, to play alongside many of the best players out there! Had a blast trading solos with Brian Tarquin!! And best of all, this album supports an important cause, Wounded Warriors. Love to our Warriors, and to everyone for their support.” — Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal of Guns N' Roses</p> <p>“Absolute perfection!!” — Reb Beach of Whitesnake and Winger</p> <p>“It is an honor to be a part of this cause. I was just turning drafting age at the end of the Vietnam War, and I still remember that the returning military weren't always treated with the greatest respect. For our modern, volunteer military, we hopefully have learned to show our respect and gratitude. They don't set the policy, but they set the standards.” — Steve Morse</p> <p>“I had a blast playing bass on Black Hawk! It's a cool riff that pushes the song into a slick overdrive. Nice! Also, and more importantly, the cause it supports is supremely important to me and I'm honored to contribute to our brave soldiers in any way possible. Glad to be involved in this wonderful project!” — Billy Sheehan</p> <p>“It's challenging, but always fun working with Brian. I feel we both have similar taste in music and in our approach to creating it. We are both searching for that elusive tone or phrase.” — Chris Poland of Megadeth</p> <p><strong><em>Guitars For Wounded Warriors</em> Track List:</strong></p> <p>01. Black Hawk (Billy Sheehan)<br /> 02. Taliban Terror (Bumblefoot, Rob Beach)<br /> 03. Charlie Surfs (Chris Poland)<br /> 04. 5 Klicks To Hell (Gary Hoey)<br /> 05. Surgical Strike (The Flyin’ Ryan Brothers)<br /> 06. Hunting (Chris Poland)<br /> 07. Baghdad (Gary Hoey)<br /> 08. Broken Arrow (Alex De Rosso)<br /> 09. Sand &amp; Blood (Hal Lindes)<br /> 10. Escape Kabul (Chuck Loeb)<br /> 11. Freedom (Steve Morse)</p> <p>The album is available for pre-order on <a href="">iTunes</a> and <A href="">Amazon.</a></p> <p>For more about Tarquin, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Brian Tarquin News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:31:50 +0000 Guitar World Staff Three Steps to Shred: Fundamental Daily Practice Techniques in About 15 Minutes <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Steve Stine, highly sought-after guitar educator, teaches live group and private classes at <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p>No matter your level of experience, being a guitarist involves pushing your personal boundaries with the instrument. </p> <p>Many players find themselves struggling to develop the physical abilities needed to play like their heroes, and, crucially, they never settle on a consistent set of exercises because they find themselves drowning in so many different suggestions. </p> <p>In this column and video, I discuss some straightforward, essential practice techniques you can work into a simple, short daily routine to improve your dexterity, speed, strength and stamina to help you overcome obstacles and become a better guitar player.</p> <p>These practice techniques are broken into three sections: 01. <strong>Picking hand</strong>: two three-minute exercises; 02. <strong>Fretting hand</strong>: a series of 15- or 20-second strength exercises; and 03. <strong>Both hands</strong>: a symmetrical exercise emphasizing synchronization between the left and right hands. </p> <p>All in all, these exercises should take about 15 minutes. My students have found that, when done faithfully and properly, they yield significant positive results. Please note that it's a good idea to stretch out your hands, wrists and arms for a few minutes before doing these exercises. </p> <p>01. <strong>Picking Hand: Three-Minute Picking Technique</strong></p> <p>This straightforward exercise is broken into two sections: First, perform a series of eighth-note downstrokes in rhythm, at a speed that is comfortable to you, for a period of three straight minutes. Follow this by performing a series of eighth-notes in rhythm using alternate picking — a downstroke followed by an upstroke — at the same speed for the full three minutes. Performing these simple exercises each for the full three minutes allows you to develop your stamina and rhythm abilities, meanwhile developing valuable muscle memory in your picking hand. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202013-06-21%20at%203.33.15%20PM.png" width="620" height="448" alt="Screen Shot 2013-06-21 at 3.33.15 PM.png" /></p> <p>While it seems simple, this exercise can be conceptually difficult in that it often tries the patience of guitarists eager to move on to faster speeds. Just remember: Using a metronome is not a contest. It is important to be honest with yourself about what speed is comfortable for the full three minutes, and resist any urges to rush on to a higher speed you cannot maintain. </p> <p>And remember there is no reason to feel bad about starting with what may seem like a slow speed. Don't let your ego interfere with your practice routine. Sure, there are higher speeds that may be comfortable for a matter of 20 seconds, but you should stick to the speed where you can “lock in," that you can comfortably maintain for the full three minutes, and use that speed with this exercise each day. </p> <p>The alternate-picked section of this exercise initially should be done at the same speed as your downstrokes, which may seem slow to you at first. I advise students to start slow with the alternate picking portion to ensure their upstrokes are highly similar to their downstrokes in dynamic and attack, allowing your alternate picking to sound as identical as possible to your repeated downstrokes. </p> <p>Move the metronome speed up as higher speeds become comfortable to you for the full three minutes. It may take time (weeks or months) to move up the speed, but give yourself that time. Taking an honest approach to this exercise can truly develop your picking hand technique.</p> <p>02. <strong>Fretting Hand: Strength Exercises</strong></p> <p>The next step is a set of legato exercises in which you are utilizing all of the finger combinations in a few groups. These exercises require no picking at all, and are purely legato. They involve a series of hammer-ons and pull-offs performed as hard and fast as you can maintain for 15 seconds at a time. If done correctly, you will really feel this exercise in your fretting hand, wrist and forearm. Once again, it is advisable stretch your hands, wrists and arms before beginning these exercises.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202013-06-21%20at%203.33.36%20PM.png" width="620" height="130" alt="Screen Shot 2013-06-21 at 3.33.36 PM.png" /></p> <p>Take your first (index) finger on your fretting hand and hold it at the fifth fret on the third string. Then hammer on your second (middle) finger one fret up as hard as you can (at the sixth fret on the third string) and immediately pull it off as hard as you can. Do this over and over for 15 seconds. </p> <p>After 15 seconds, without stopping, perform similar hammer-ons and pull-offs with your third (ring) finger one fret up (at the seventh fret) for 15 seconds. Without stopping, follow this with a similar 15-second set of hammer-ons and pull-offs using your fourth (pinky) finger at the eighth fret. Throughout these sets of exercises, your first finger should be held at the fifth fret on the third string.</p> <p>Without stopping, place and hold your second finger down at the sixth fret on the third string and hammer on and pull off your third finger one fret up at the seventh fret for 15 seconds. Then, without stopping, follow this with a similar 15 seconds of hammer-ons and pull-offs of your fourth finger at the eighth fret. Throughout these sets of exercises, your second finger should be held at the sixth fret on the third string.</p> <p>From there, hold your third finger at the seventh fret, and hammer on and pull off your fourth finger at the eighth fret for 15 seconds.</p> <p>Once you can comfortably maintain these exercises for a period of 15 seconds, feel free to increase the times for each exercise to 20 seconds. Additionally, feel free to focus on the sections that give you the most trouble — e.g., many guitarists need extra work holding the position with their second or third fingers and performing hammer-ons and pull-offs with their third and fourth fingers. Indeed, you may want to start with these more difficult ones and move backwards toward the easier ones.</p> <p>03. <strong>Both Hands: Symmetrical Exercise</strong></p> <p>Finally, I recommend closing with a straightforward synchronization exercise that is fairly common, but is important to do it correctly and do it consistently. This dexterity exercise uses your hands together to play each fretting finger across four frets to ascend and descend the strings across the neck.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202013-06-21%20at%203.33.45%20PM.png" width="620" height="149" alt="Screen Shot 2013-06-21 at 3.33.45 PM.png" /></p> <p>The goal is effective synchronization between the two hands and to learn to transfer smoothly in each fretted interval and when switching strings across the neck. It is a good idea to use a metronome and to always go as slow as your slowest transfer, to effectively allow you to increase speed over time. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Steve Stine is a longtime and sought-after guitar teacher who is professor of Modern Guitar Studies at North Dakota State University. Over the last 27 years, he has taught thousands of students, including established touring musicians, and released numerous video guitar lesson courses via established publishers. A resident of Fargo, North Dakota, today he is more accessible than ever before through the convenience of live online guitar lessons at <a href=""></a>.</em> </p> <p><em> offers live online music lessons via videoconference, allowing you to access top teachers in a wide variety of instruments from anywhere with a broadband connection. Steve is offering a live online group class for intermediate players this summer called “The Players Series” via the platform. More information about live online lessons with Steve is available at <a href=""></a>.</em></p> LessonFace Steve Stine Videos Blogs News Lessons Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:47:05 +0000 Steve Stine Metallica’s “Fade to Black” Acoustic Performance by Igor Presnyakov — Video Finds <!--paging_filter--><p>Igor Presnyakov’s YouTube videos have been viewed more than 200 million times. He has almost 300 videos online, with covers ranging from One Direction to Led Zeppelin.</p> <p>Presnyakov, who was born in Moscow, Russia, studied classical guitar and graduated as a guitarist and a conductor for ensembles. In the late ’70s, he led several hard-rock bands as a lead guitarist, vocalist and arranger. </p> <p>In 1991 he relocated to the Netherlands to start his solo career, which has now spanned more than 20 years. After moving to Europe, he shifted into fingerpicking and created a unique acoustic guitar style influenced by various genres. </p> <p>Igor is a contemporary guitar player who arranges and composes in an orchestral way; combining percussion, bass, harmony and melody at the same time. His arrangements of popular songs bring an interesting approach to the original compositions, giving them a totally new perspective.</p> <p>Igor has performed at several guitar festivals in Europe and is playing concerts all over the world. In late 2012, he recorded his latest album, <em>IGGYFIED</em>, which was released in 2013. It includes a selection of his finest covers and some originals works. </p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a>. And be sure to check out his performance of Metallica’s “Fade to Black”:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" 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="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> acoustic guitar Acoustic Nation Fade to Black Igor Presnyakov Metallica News Videos Blogs Videos News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:42:37 +0000 Acoustic Nation Metallica/Megadeth Mashup: "Welcome My Darkest Hour" — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>There's a new "Megatallica" mashup on the interwebs, and we thought we'd let you know about it!</p> <p>Below, check out "Welcome My Darkest Hour," a mashup of Megadeth’s "In My Darkest Hour" and Metallica’s "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)." Be sure to tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>For more of this sort of thing, check out the <a href="">Megatallica Facebook page.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" 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="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/megadeth">Megadeth</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Megadeth Metallica News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:55:09 +0000 Guitar World Staff