News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/%22http%3A/soundcloud.com/guitarworld%22%3EGuitarWorld%3C/a%3E%3C/%3Ehttp%3A/%27http%3A/www.kickstarter.com/projects/www.itunes.com/apps/%3Ehttp%3A/www.facebook.com/www.guitartv.com/%3Ehttp%3A/%3Ehttp%3A/%3Ca%20href%3D en Winery Dogs Announce Dog Camp 2015 with Alex Skolnick and Dave Ellefson — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/winery-dogs-announce-dog-camp-2015-alex-skolnick-and-dave-ellefson-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen of the Winery Dogs have announced Dog Camp 2015, their second-annual immersive program for aspiring musicians of all ages and levels. It's set for July 27 to 31 at <a href="http://www.fullmoonresort.com/">Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York.</a></p> <p>This year's Dog Camp also will feature bassist Dave Ellefson (Megadeth) and guitarist Alex Skolnick (Testament, Rodrigo Y Gabriela). </p> <p>Here are comments from the Winery Dogs and their Dog Camp guests:</p> <p><strong>Alex Skolnick:</strong> "I'm greatly looking forward to appearing as a guest instructor for my friends the Winery Dogs, guys who prove that serious players of their instruments can rock as hard as anyone. Having co-hosted a camp at Full Moon in the past, I know firsthand that it's a perfect location for combining the focus of a learning intensive with the fun of a vacation.” </p> <p><strong>Mike Portnoy:</strong> "We’ve all done clinics over the years, but it’s always been something that’s primarily centered around one instrument that each of us has typically done on an individual basis. Dog Camp is the first time any of us have hosted or participated in a true band camp. As a result of that, we’ve got some incredible surprises in store for everybody attending.”</p> <p> <strong>Richie Kotzen:</strong> “What's interesting is to talk about music, concepts, objectives, reasons why you're playing the instrument, what you want to achieve, and how to get to that point, rather than talking about major versus minor scales. I love that feeling of sharing concepts with people. In The Winery Dogs, we all have various experiences that a lot of other people don't have. It's an opportunity to share that and grow; the feeling of moving forward and learning and experiencing something new. That's what excites me about Dog Camp. It's the creative process and creativity that make me want to do music, and I want to share that." </p> <p><strong>Billy Sheehan:</strong> "I want to emphasize that players should keep an eye on what we're doing and why during the performances. In between songs or mid-song, I want to stop to make a point about what's going on and why. The expertise of being able to play ensemble is a bit of a lost art with kids today. They don't do what we did when we were growing up. Right away, we just got in a band whether we could play or not. Now, kids want to get up to a level of expertise and then join a band."</p> <p>You can check out Dave Ellefson's comments in the top video below.</p> <p>Produced by <a href="http://dreamcatcher-events.com/">Dreamcatcher Events</a>, this vacation experience offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with music legends as campers attend instrument-specific clinics, learn songwriting mechanics and enjoy intimate performances and jam sessions. </p> <p><strong>Look for the daily itinerary for Dog Camp to be announced in the coming weeks. Registrations for Dog Camp are on sale now at <a href="http://www.winerydogcamp.com/">winerydogcamp.com</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/h6u2xq27ll0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/R4LL1RHxyYQ" 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="/alex-skolnick">Alex Skolnick</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/richie-kotzen">Richie Kotzen</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/billy-sheehan">Billy Sheehan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/winery-dogs-announce-dog-camp-2015-alex-skolnick-and-dave-ellefson-video#comments Alex Skolnick Billy Sheehan Richie Kotzen The Winery Dogs Videos News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:35:10 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23640 The Top 10 Uses of Guitar in Hip-Hop http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-uses-guitar-hip-hop <!--paging_filter--><p>So you think rap and the six-string are mutually exclusive? Time to do your homework—which includes reading this list!</p> <p>Be it sampling or guest appearances, there have been countless cool matchups of axemen, MCs and turntablists over the years. After all, hip-hop, at its best, is a musical culture that's all about experimentation and the commingling of styles. </p> <p>(These 10 mentions only scratch the surface; to dig deeper, look for Buckethead's work with the Invisbl Skratch Piklz or Charlie Hunter's recordings with the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.)</p> <p><strong>10. Eminem, "Lose Yourself"</strong></p> <p>It's not the most interesting example of a riff in a rap context, but thanks to 2002's <em>8 Mile</em>, this song was huge. Not since the Run-D.M.C.-Aerosmith tag team had a totally guitar-driven rap song been such a big deal. Interestingly, 50 Cent nicked Ol' Potty Mouth's hooky D-minor riff for his own hit "In Da Club."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bmXumtgwtak" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>09. Ice-T, "The Girl Tried to Kill Me"</strong></p> <p>Already prone to throwing Sabbath samples in his jams, this O.G.—that's "original gangsta"—provided a taste of things to come when he had guitarist Ernie C. throw down the incessant lead lines and crunchy power chords on this blush-worthy rhyme from 1989's <em>Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say.</em> </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tGIA1hgaqis" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>08. Mos Def, "Rock 'n' Roll"</strong></p> <p>Keeping up the East Coast underground tradition of rap and rock crossover, this MC-cum-actor waxes lyrical about the history of African-American rock to a background of sparse yet chimey funk guitar—at least until the piping-hot hardcore beatdown kicks in.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Yfh9HgkBLK8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>07. Time Zone, "World Destruction"</strong></p> <p>Formed by original hip-hop DJ Afrika Bambaata and producer Bill Laswell, this early rock-rap alliance found Bambaata matching words with original punker John "Rotten" Lydon. New York session man Nicky Skopelitis' power chords and dive bombs helped put meat on the tune's bones.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4VgLkk_drx4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>06. The Beastie Boys, "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"</strong></p> <p>The garage-rockin' riff from the smash platter "Fight for Your Right" gets the most recognition, but it's Kenny King's spastic, out-of-left-field lead that steals the show on the band's 1986 debut, <em>Licensed to Ill.</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/07Y0cy-nvAg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>05. Geto Boys, "Mind Playing Tricks on Me"</strong></p> <p>For all the controversy that has dogged them, these Houston heavyweights did boast some pretty top-drawer sampling. For this number, they conjured the vibe of classic Seventies funk, a la Curtis Mayfield, by mixing layers of octave double stops and choral melodies.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-M8GszEN9MM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>04. The Roots, "The See 2.0"</strong></p> <p>They were a live rap band from the start, but with <em>Phrenology,</em> they really brought the guitar to the forefront of their sound. This Stonesy riff, played by Cody Chestnutt, is pure bait and hook. </p> <p>And he's not the only player to get in on the action; free-jazz-rock monsters James Blood Ulmer and Jef Lee Johnson also make an appearance on the disc.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wRtGc4OnEXI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>03. The whole <em>Judgement Night</em> soundtrack</strong> from 1993</p> <p>At some point during the Nineties, someone finally noticed the kinship between alt-rockers and rappers, and so assembled a whole disc's worth of collaborations, including Helmet/House of Pain, Faith No More/BooYa T.R.I.B.E., and Cypress Hill/Sonic Youth.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AXM_nDH2RvM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>02. Public Enemy, "She Watch Channel Zero?!"</strong></p> <p>This may be the coolest sample in music history: Slayer's "Angel of Death" recontextualized into angry funk. PE had already taken Run-D.M.C.'s influence to heart when they featured Vernon Reid on "Sophisticated Bitch" from their 1987 debut. Later, with Anthrax, they rerecorded their own "Bring Tha Noize" as a thrash-metal meltdown, with surprising success.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ONAIgFuIiCU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>01. Run-D.M.C., "Rock Box"</strong></p> <p>Pioneers? Hell, yeah! The D.M.C. were the first band to use hard-rock riffs in their raps. </p> <p>Eddie Martinez's searing lead work puts this track from the group's 1984 debut over the top—and ahead of its time. It stood to reason that Run D.M.C. could raise Aerosmith's career from the toilet with a fresh take on "Walk This Way" (from <em>Raising Hell</em>, whose title track featured Rick Rubin's brawny power chords.) </p> <p>Also, check out the early nugget "King of Rock." Point taken? Word.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GND7sPNwWko" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-uses-guitar-hip-hop#comments GO September 2006 Guitar One News Features Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:23:38 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23635 Review: PRS Archon Amplifier Head — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-prs-archon-amplifier-head-video <!--paging_filter--><p>When PRS introduced its first tube amps a few years back, the products earned praise and acceptance from the company’s core customer demographic of classic rock, blues and even country guitarists. </p> <p>However, the numerous hard rock and metal guitarists that PRS attracted in recent years—thanks to endorsers like Frederik Åkesson, Marty Friedman, Clint Lowery, Zach Myers and Mark Tremonti—might have felt a little left out by the company’s initial amp offerings. </p> <p>With the introduction of the PRS Archon Series, PRS has delivered a line of high-gain amps that will satisfy not only its current hordes of metal guitarists but also a new generation of players who may not have considered PRS products in the past.</p> <p><Strong>FEATURES</strong> The Archon Series includes a 25-watt combo, a 50-watt head and combo, and a 100-watt head. We took a look at the 100-watt Archon head, which features two fully independent Clean and Lead channels each with its own volume, treble, middle, bass and master volume controls and bright switch. Both channels share the presence and depth controls. </p> <p>The head can be powered by a quartet of either EL34 or 6L6 tubes—our test example came with 6L6s. The preamp section features six 12AX7 tubes that provide more than ample gain.</p> <p> Like the Archon’s front panel, the rear panel is similarly uncluttered and straightforward yet powerful. An output power switch selects either full 100-watt output or half output. There’s also a mono series effect loop with 1/4-inch send and return jacks, a pair of 1/4-inch speaker outputs and a four-/eight-/16-ohm output selector switch, and a set of bias jack terminals that lets users adjust the amp’s bias without removing the chassis or panels. The amp ships with a two-button footswitch that plugs into the rear footswitch jack and controls channel switching and loop bypass functions. The footswitch also has LEDs that indicate which settings are selected.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Like all PRS products, the Archon 100-watt head is visually stunning and classy looking, featuring a Paul Reed Smith signature logo in gold on a black-stained and lacquer-finished slab of flamed curly maple on the front panel. The construction is solid and immaculate, and the amp should withstand years of gigging abuse while looking like new and providing trouble-free performance. The rear chassis panel is held in place by four screws, which allows users to change tubes quickly, and the bias terminals allow quick bias adjustments. </p> <p> The control layout is uncomplicated and logical. The Clean channel offers impressive headroom at high volume levels, but it can also deliver satisfyingly gritty overdrive and punch when the volume control is turned past 12 o’clock. The clean tone is tight and percussive, and the EQ controls provide a wide variety of tones that include crisp, jangly treble and fat, warm midrange. The Lead channel is a monster, providing thick, densely saturated distortion, crisp crunch, and tight low-end thump that maintains well-defined attack and individual note definition. The bass on this channel is huge but not overwhelming, allowing the nuances of the midrange and treble frequencies to come through loud and clear. </p> <p> Although the Archon doesn’t have boost functions or a third channel, those features really are not necessary as the Lead channel is so well defined that solos cut through with just a subtle volume boost from the guitar. I’ve long been a believer that the simplest circuit paths result in the biggest tone, and that’s certainly on display in the Archon, which is designed with tone as its foremost consideration. If you want more colors, the Clean channel is an excellent foundation for a pedal setup, while the Lead channel is absolutely killer on its own and needs no further embellishment.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $2,299</p> <p><strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> PRS Guitars, <a href="http://prsguitars.com/">prsguitars.com</a></p> <p>Two fully independent channels with separate volume, EQ and bright controls provide outstanding clean and high-gain/lead tones.</p> <p>Bias terminals on the rear panel make it easy to evaluate and adjust power tube bias without removing the amp from its chassis.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> Delivering both killer clean and lead tones, the PRS Archon is a versatile amp head that delivers the high-gain textures that metalheads have always wanted from PRS amps.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/n8yKfXN5NYI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-prs-archon-amplifier-head-video#comments February 2015 PRS PRS Guitars Videos Amps News Gear Magazine Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:34:37 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23194 Review: Kramer Guitars Assault Plus and Pacer Vintage — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-kramer-assault-plus-and-pacer-vintage-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the Eighties glory days of hair metal and glam rock, Kramer was one of the industry’s leading guitar companies. </p> <p>But the company slipped out of the limelight during the early Nineties, at about the same time that musicians started swapping their spandex for flannel. Although Kramer didn’t disappear, the company’s guitars mostly flew under the radar after Gibson acquired the brand in the early Nineties and started selling its models direct via mail order.</p> <p>Lately, however, Kramer guitars have worked their way into public consciousness once again through a growing artist roster and more aggressive distribution through traditional retail channels. </p> <p>These days you’re much more likely to find a new Kramer guitar on display at your local music store than you were a few years ago, and a growing variety of Kramer models is available from online retailers as well. </p> <p>Today, the company’s line consists of 15 different guitar and bass models. We took a look at a model that represents Kramer’s past—the Pacer Vintage—as well as an entirely new model, the Assault Plus, which represents the brand’s present and future.</p> <p> <strong>FEATURES</strong> The main motivation behind guitar design in the Eighties was the “best of both worlds” combination, with “both worlds” being the Les Paul and the Strat. That spirit is alive in both the Pacer Vintage and the Assault Plus, which present different spins on a combination of classic designs, along with “hot-rodded” enhancements.</p> <p> The main distinguishing attribute of the Assault Plus is its familiar-shaped single-cutaway body made of solid mahogany. The glued-in set neck is mahogany as well, but it features a maple fingerboard with no fretboard markers, 24 medium-jumbo frets, a 25 1/2–inch scale, a 12-inch radius and a SlimTaper profile. The bridge is a recessed Nashville-style Tune-o-matic, but the strings are anchored through the body instead of a stop tailpiece. Hardware includes Seymour Duncan Alternative 8 (bridge) and 59 Classic (neck) humbuckers, individual volume controls with push/pull series/parallel switching, a master tone knob and locking tuners.</p> <p> The Pacer Vintage is based on the best-selling flagship Kramer Pacer model of the Eighties, featuring a slimmed-down offset double-cut- away body made of maple. The bolt-on neck is maple as well and includes a maple fingerboard, 22 medium-jumbo frets, a 12-inch radius, a 25 1/2–inch scale and a thin-taper elliptical profile. </p> <p> The Pacer Vintage features a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers as well, with a JB model at the bridge and a JN model at the neck. Controls consist of individual volume knobs for each pickup, with push/pull series/parallel switching and a master tone control. A .002mf capacitor bleed circuit retains treble frequencies as the volume controls are turned down, and a floating genuine Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo completes the shred-approved design.</p> <p> <strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> While the original Kramer guitars were very well made (hence the reason why they attracted an impressive list of endorsers), the current models are better than ever, thanks no doubt to Kramer’s current parent company. </p> <p> The attention to detail in the construction is quite impressive, particularly in the fretwork, which is among the best we’ve seen for guitars in this price range. The finishes are also stunning. Our Pacer Vintage boasted a Pearl White finish on the body and headstock front, while the Assault Plus had a glowing Candy Tangerine finish applied to the entire body as well as the back of the neck.</p> <p> Both guitars deliver the sparkling treble and tight bass that one would expect from a guitar with a 25 1/2–inch scale, but the Assault Plus is slightly darker and warmer sounding thanks to its mahogany body and neck. The Pacer Vintage’s all-maple construction produces the expected brightness, but unlike many maple guitars, its tone is not piercing but well balanced and articulate, with exceptionally fast attack. The Duncan humbuckers chosen for both models complement the body materials very well, providing exceptional clarity across the entire tonal range and smooth, singing midrange. </p> <p> The series settings on both provided single-coil-style sparkle but without noise. My only criticism is the mini pickup-selector toggle on the Pacer, which some players may find a little difficult to manipulate while others will appreciate how it stays out of the way.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICES</strong> Assault Plus, $1,050; Pacer Vintage, $1,267 </p> <p><strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Kramer Guitars, <A href="http://www.kramerguitars.com/default.aspx?">kramerguitars.com</a></p> <p> Modeled after the best-selling flagship Kramer Pacer model from the Eighties, the Pacer Vintage features dual humbuckers and a Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo. The Assault Plus has a classic single-cutaway body design but features a neck with a maple fretboard, 24 frets and a 25 1/2–inch scale. Both models offer individual volume controls for each pickup, with push/pull switching for selecting parallel or series pickup- wiring configurations. Premium USA Seymour Duncan humbuckers are installed on both models: JB and JN pickups on the Pacer Vintage, and Alternative 8 and 59 Classic on the Assault Plus.</p> <p> <strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> No mere throwbacks to the Eighties, these new Kramer models are certain to please players who love the shred- worthy vibe of the original Kramer guitars but prefer the playability and tonal versatility of a modern guitar.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4L5wW23r99Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-kramer-assault-plus-and-pacer-vintage-video#comments February 2015 Kramer Kramer Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Magazine Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:27:32 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23192 In Deep with Andy Aledort: Constructing Solo Phrases in the Style of Jimi Hendrix http://www.guitarworld.com/deep-andy-aledort-constructing-solo-phrases-style-jimi-hendrix <!--paging_filter--><p>All things that are truly great only become greater with the passing of time, an attribute that can certainly be applied to the incredible music of the legendary Jimi Hendrix. </p> <p>The power, passion, individuality and influence of Jimi’s instantly recognizable style are more apparent now than ever and his legacy will continue to grow as the years pass. </p> <p>This month, I’d like to explore the intricacies of Hendrix’s soloing style with specific attention on phrasing, melodic content and groove.</p> <p>One of the earmarks of Jimi’s 1969/1970 Band of Gypsys period was a focus on fat, funky grooves, provided by one of the rock’s greatest rhythm sections—drummer Buddy Miles and bassist Billy Cox. </p> <p>The line-up of Jimi, Buddy and Billy occurred in order to fulfill a contractual obligation for an album, and the three musicians subsequently recorded the truly revolutionary <em>Band of Gypsys</em> album live, on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1969. Throughout each track, Miles and Cox lay down a rock-solid foundation while Hendrix soars above, delivering consistently iconic performances.</p> <p> The album’s opening track, “Who Knows,” consists of a repetitive three-chord progression played over a churning groove. <strong>FIGURES 1 and 2</strong> are played over a “Who Knows”-type feel, offered here in the key of C# and built from a chord progression starting on the four chord, F#7, moving to the flat-three, E7, then to the one, C#7. The majority of the soloing in these examples is based on the C# minor pentatonic scale (C# E F# G# B), with brief reference to C# major pentatonic (C# D# E# G# A#), via the inclusion of the major sixth, A#.</p> <p> A key element to capturing the Hendrix vibe is to seamlessly shift between phrases built from even, or “straight,” 16th notes to phrases played with a triplet feel, either through the use of steady 16th-note triplets or leaning on the swing feel of an eighth- note/16th-note figure within a triplet bracket.</p> <p> Bars 1-4 of <strong>FIGURE 1</strong> are played in ninth and seventh positions and rhythmically phrased with an emphasis on straight 16th notes, with 16th-note triplets adding rhythmic push to the line. Jimi’s crystal-clear sense of melody is emulated here; blazing speed and acrobatic technique are not part of the equation. </p> <p> Bar 5 begins with a shift down to second position after which I work my way back up to ninth position. When playing these lines, strive above all else for rhythmic accuracy and clear note definition.</p> <p> <strong>FIGURE 2</strong> begins with the signature Hendrix technique of bending two strings at once under a single fretting finger: I start with a whole-step bend at the 12th fret on the high E string, and while this string is bent, I catch the B string under the fingertip so that it is pre-bent up a whole step, after which the bend is picked and released; this is then replicated on the B and G strings. Most of this example places the emphasis on a triplet feel, but at the end of bar 4 into bar 5, I switch to straight 16ths, offering contrast to the swinging feel of the bass and drums.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NFhY-DxOspM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-02%20at%204.10.31%20PM.png" width="620" height="732" alt="Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 4.10.31 PM.png" /><br /> <img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-02%20at%204.10.49%20PM.png" width="620" height="105" alt="Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 4.10.49 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="/jimi-hendrix">Jimi Hendrix</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/andy-aledort">Andy Aledort</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/deep-andy-aledort-constructing-solo-phrases-style-jimi-hendrix#comments Andy Aledort February 2015 In Deep Jimi Hendrix Videos News Lessons Magazine Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:16:34 +0000 Andy Aledort http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23201 Path of Least Resistance: Finding Easier Ways to Alternate Pick — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/path-least-resistance-finding-easier-ways-alternate-pick-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the April 2015 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-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>I used to do a lot of things the hard way. </p> <p>As a young man studying jazz guitar in college, I went through a period of several years during which I was obsessed with alternate (down-up) picking and being able to “muscle through” the most difficult patterns and shapes with the goal of attaining technical virtuosity. </p> <p>To that end, I would spend long, lonely hours, seven days a week, dedicated to practicing every conceivable scale and arpeggio I learned, drilling on every possible fingering shape and melodic interval pattern and repeating each exercise in all 12 keys. Then I would do it all over again, starting on an upstroke! </p> <p> Much of this practice time spent in the prime years of my life turned out to be a big waste of effort. While the campaign was beneficial for learning the fretboard, the technical benefit was ultimately disappointing. I did all this picking-practice drudgery with the hope and expectation that one day I would wake up, pick up my guitar and be able to fluently rip through any melodic pattern like a chainsaw. </p> <p>It never really happened. Instead, my picking hand became chronically fatigued and sore. I’m fortunate to have not developed tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome during this period! The fact that I had always been athletic and had good circulation probably helped my hands cope with the repetitive stress I was subjecting them to on a daily basis and saved them from ruin.</p> <p>My touch and feel, which I was so proud of as an unschooled, hard-rocking teenager, became rather stilted and mechanical sounding. I’d go to play some real music but, because my chops were worn-out from doing battle with difficult exercises all morning, my playing would sound tired and lifeless, and, even worse, I would sometimes, when jamming with a drummer, inadvertantly “turn the time around”—slowing down or speeding up to the point where the downbeats and upbeats are reversed. It was unfair and maddening!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">For the rest of this column, including the tabs, check out the April 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></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="myExperience4079860273001" 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="4079860273001" /> </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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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-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>GOLD AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>A true guitarist’s guitarist, Jeff Loomis is no stranger to readers of this magazine for his work as a solo artist and with the bands Nevermore and Arch Enemy. </p> <p>Eight years ago Schecter introduced its first Jeff Loomis signature model, a seven-string guitar based on Schecter’s C-7 Hellraiser but with various modifications requested by Loomis. </p> <p>The Jeff Loomis JL-7 is Schecter’s most recent Jeff Loomis signature model, which features numerous significant refinements that make it one of the most impressive products in Schecter’s current lineup of nearly three-dozen seven-string models.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the April 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></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="myExperience4079860264001" 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="4079860264001" /> </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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Page explained that a friend’s girlfriend had knit it for him, but when he sweated onstage, it immediately started to shrink. </p> <p><strong>Below, we present parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 of this <em>Guitar World</em> video series. Be sure to check back every week for the next episode!</strong></p> <p><strong>PART FOUR (Posted March 2):</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BXbvlMqYh20" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>PART THREE (Posted February 23):</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/14ol9XXsS7Q?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>PART TWO (Posted February 16):</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w8p5jf1aEQI?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>PART ONE (Posted February 9):</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/j0Q5V3k46xA" 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="/jimmy-page">Jimmy Page</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/soundgarden">Soundgarden</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/chris-cornell">Chris Cornell</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jimmy-page-and-soundgardens-chris-cornell-talk-led-zeppelin-history-and-more-video#comments Chris Cornell Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin Soundgarden Videos News Features Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:49:00 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23474 Smooth Jazz Version of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/smooth-jazz-version-metallicas-enter-sandman-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today we bring you a very well-done smooth jazz version of Metallica's "Enter Sandman."</p> <p>The video, which was created and posted a few Februarys ago, is the handiwork of YouTube user <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzk0m5Ibzv-JDJHRrNNbGyw">Andy Rehfeldt</a>, who adds:</p> <p>"All instruments were arranged, played and recorded by me. YouTube doesn't pay me anything, so please <a href="https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&amp;SESSION=K-M1nwxZHPojwsaUfUBi-Zg9r50jyHEXutc4BmcnCOKAR60sjdbKnBmr2VO&amp;dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8de62a88b92df045c56447d40d60b23a7c">Buy me a Beer!</a></p> <p>Whether or not you buy Rehfeldt a drink, be sure to check out this video!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OBmM79YadYM" 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> http://www.guitarworld.com/smooth-jazz-version-metallicas-enter-sandman-video#comments Andy Rehfeldt Metallica Videos News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:47:36 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23631 Eric Johnson Lesson: Cracking the Code, Season 2, Episode 3: "Eric the Right" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/eric-johnson-lesson-cracking-code-season-2-episode-3-eric-right-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today we bring you the latest lesson video by Troy Grady of <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/cracking-code-troy-grady-yngwie-malmsteens-rotational-picking-mechanic">Cracking the Code</a> fame.</p> <p>The new video, titled "Eric the Right," is actually Episode 3, Season 2 of <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/cracking-code-eric-johnsons-pickslanting-pentatonics">Cracking the Code.</a> You can find this season's previous episodes under RELATED CONTENT, below the photo.</p> <p>From Grady:</p> <p>"This is our Eric Johnson episode, and we really wanted to make this the definitive investigation of as many of his signature innovations as possible. There's a lot pickslanting in here, from pentatonic and arpeggio ideas, to the infamous <em>Hot Licks</em> “bounce technique” scene that pretty much baffled everyone 25 years ago."</p> <p>Enjoy! P.S.: Here's more info about Grady:</p> <p><em>Troy Grady is the creator of <a href="http://troygrady.com/code/">Cracking the Code</a>, a documentary series with a unique analytical approach to understanding guitar technique. Melding archival footage, in-depth interviews, painstakingly crafted animation and custom soundtrack, it’s a pop-science investigation of an age-old mystery: Why are some players seemingly super-powered?</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fETQ-DecOyM" 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="/eric-johnson">Eric Johnson</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/eric-johnson-lesson-cracking-code-season-2-episode-3-eric-right-video#comments Eric Johnson Troy Grady Videos News Lessons Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:11:48 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23630 Faith No More Premiere New Song, "Superhero” http://www.guitarworld.com/faith-no-more-premiere-new-song-superhero <!--paging_filter--><p>Faith No More are premiering a second song from their forthcoming album, <em>Sol Invictus</em>, which will be released May 19 via Reclamation Recordings/Ipecac Recordings.</p> <p>You can hear “Superhero” below.</p> <p>The band has also revealed the cover art for Sol Invictus, which features an image from Ossian Brown, a member of Coil and Cyclobe, who published the book <em>Haunted Air</em> in 2010.</p> <p>The Bay Area band recently announced their first North American tour since 2010, with all dates sold out upon on-sale. You can see the current dates below.</p> <p>For more about Faith No More, visit <a href="http://www.fnm.com/">fnm.com.</a></p> <p><strong><em>Sol Invictus</em> track list:</strong></p> <p>01. Sol Invictus<br /> 02. Superhero<br /> 03. Sunny Side Up<br /> 04. Separation Anxiety<br /> 05. Cone of Shame<br /> 06. Rise of the Fall<br /> 07. Black Friday<br /> 08. Motherfucker<br /> 09. Matador<br /> 10. From the Dead</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NKP98hDBJ8w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Faith No More tour dates:</strong></p> <p>March 3 Auckland, New Zealand WestFest<br /> April 15 Vancouver, BC PNE Forum<br /> April 16 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater<br /> April 17 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium<br /> April 19 San Francisco, CA Warfield<br /> April 20 San Francisco, CA Warfield<br /> April 22 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern<br /> April 23 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern<br /> April 24 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern<br /> April 25 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory<br /> May 7 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall<br /> May 8 Detroit, MI The Fillmore<br /> May 9 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts<br /> May 11 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre<br /> May 13 New York, NY Webster Hall<br /> May 14 New York, NY Webster Hall<br /> May 15 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory<br /> May 29 Nurburgring, Germany Grune Holle Festival<br /> May 31 Munich, Germany Rockavaria Festival<br /> June 2 Milan, Italy Sonisphere<br /> June 4 Vienna, Austria Vienna Rocks Festival<br /> June 5 Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic Rock For People Festival<br /> June 6 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle Spandau<br /> June 8 Krakow, Poland Tauron Arena<br /> June 12 Landgraaf, Netherlands Pinkpop Festival<br /> June 13 Donington, UK Download Festival<br /> June 20 Clisson, France Hellfest<br /> June 21 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Festival<br /> June 23 Hamburg, Germany Sporthalle Hamburg<br /> June 24 - 27 Seinajoki, Finland Provinssi<br /> June 25 – 27 Norrkoping, Sweden Bravalla Festival<br /> June 28 Odense, Denmark Tinderbox<br /> Aug. 7 – 9 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal<br /> Sept. 24 – 27 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rock in Rio</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="/faith-no-more">Faith No More</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/faith-no-more-premiere-new-song-superhero#comments Faith No More News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:41:05 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23629 Ibanez JS25ART Guitars Offer a Chance to Own Original Joe Satriani Artwork — and Great Instruments http://www.guitarworld.com/ibanez-js25art-guitars-offer-chance-own-original-piece-joe-satriani-artwork-and-great-instrument <!--paging_filter--><p>For longtime Ibanez fan <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SatchArtGuitars">(and current Guitar World cover star)</a> Joe Satriani, sketching and drawing have always been as much of a creative outlet as his game-changing, guitar-driven rock music. </p> <p>These two different hemispheres of his artistry converge beautifully in Ibanez’s new, limited 25th anniversary edition of Joe’s iconic signature JS guitar, the JS25ART. The body of each guitar bears a full color illustration, hand drawn by Satriani himself. </p> <p>Each one is different and there are only 50 of them, 25 of which are slated for sale in the U.S. Offering a unique opportunity to be a guitar collector and art collector all in one, this very special JS edition commemorates the birth of Satriani’s Ibanez signature model 25 years ago. </p> <p>“Ibanez approached me and asked if I’d do something special for the 25th anniversary,” Satriani recalls. </p> <p>“They didn’t know what I was going to do, but I decided to illustrate some guitars myself. The idea took a lot of setup, because I had to figure out, ‘Am I going to paint them or use pens? What would the process be? Could I erase?’ So I wound up using these color pens. I spent about a week down in L.A. late in 2014 doing the illustrations and it was a lot of fun. But it was intense. With the pens, you can’t really put color on color. Nor can you erase. Some of the ones I did are more detailed; others are just line drawings. They’re all signed.” </p> <p>Technically speaking, the JS25ART embodies all the design refinements distilled over Satriani’s quarter century of collaboration with Ibanez. This includes a maple, JS Prestige neck with hand-rolled fret edges, Satriani’s signature DiMarzio pickups (the Satch Track and Mo’ Joe), a hi-pass filter on the volume pot, a coil tap on the tone pot and a low-profile Edge tremolo bridge. </p> <p>Longtime fans of Satriani’s visual art many recognize some of the bizarre faces and characters depicted on some of the guitars. Many of these characters are soon to come to life in an animated sci-series, tentatively titled <em>Crystal Planet,</em> that Satch is working on with fretless guitarist and digital animator Ned Evett.</p> <p><strong><em>Below, be sure to check out our comprehensive photo gallery of all of Ibanez's current signature Satch guitars, including electrics and acoustics!</em></strong></p> <p><strong>For more about Satch's signature Ibanez electric guitars, <a href="http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_eg_sig_series15.php?year=2015&amp;cat_id=1&amp;series_id=27">head here</a>. For more about his acoustic models, <a href="http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_ag_sig_series15.php?year=2015&amp;cat_id=3&amp;series_id=81">head here.</a> For more about Ibanez Guitars, visit <a href="http://www.ibanez.co.jp/usa/index.php">ibanez.co.jp.</a></strong></p> <p><strong><em><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SatchArtGuitars">Remember Satch is on the cover of the new April 2015 issue of GW! It's available now!</a></em></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="/joe-satriani">Joe Satriani</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/ibanez-js25art-guitars-offer-chance-own-original-piece-joe-satriani-artwork-and-great-instrument#comments April 2015 Ibanez Joe Satriani Acoustic Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Features Gear Magazine Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:47:37 +0000 Alan Di Perna http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23606 Tascam Announces Trackpack 2x2 Recording System http://www.guitarworld.com/tascam-announces-trackpack-2x2-recording-system <!--paging_filter--><p>Tascam has announced its new <a href="http://tascam.com/product/trackpack2x2/gw">Trackpack 2x2</a> recording system.</p> <p>The Trackpack 2x2 assembles everything you need to record music on your computer. </p> <p>Included in the complete recording bundle is Tascam’s US-2x2 USB audio interface, TM-80 studio condenser microphone with shockmount and TH-02 headphones, plus Cakewalk SONAR X3 LE and Ableton Live Lite 9 DAW software. </p> <p>The US-2x2 is a 2-in/2-out USB interface, bus powered from your Mac or Windows computer. A pair of Ultra-HDDA mic preamps provide up to 57dB of gain and the best noise and distortion specs in their class. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/enter-win-complete-tascam-trackpack-2x2-recording-system">[[ Enter to Win a Complete Tascam Trackpack 2x2 Recording System! ]]</a></strong></p> <p>The audio design features high-performance, musical components like NE5532 op amps for rich sound quality without coloring the source. Class-compliant drivers enable use with tablets like the iPad when using an optional power supply. </p> <p>The US-2x2’s all-aluminum case features a pair of “bio-cell” side panels. In addition to their striking design, the side panels ergonomically angle the interface towards you to make the switches and knobs easier to read on a desktop. The US-2x2 includes MIDI in and out, balanced audio outputs, a headphone amp, and two DAW applications to choose from—both Cakewalk SONAR X3 LE and Abelton Live Lite 9. Included with the software are dozens of plug-in instruments, effects, and loops to get you started.</p> <p>Also included is the TM-80, a condenser microphone ideal for vocals, drums and acoustic instruments. The TM-80 includes a shockmount and desktop stand. The TH-02 closed-back headphones provide isolation while recording and a great reference during mixdown. </p> <p><a href="http://tascam.com/product/trackpack2x2/gw">For a street price under $200, the Tascam Trackpack 2x2 is the perfect way to launch your computer-recording studio.</a></p> <p><strong>US-2x2 features:</strong></p> <p>• Two high-quality Ultra-HDDA mic/line preamps with up to 57dB of gain<br /> • Two-in/two-out USB 2.0 interface with up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution<br /> • XLR/1/4” combination input jacks<br /> • Zero-latency Direct Monitoring<br /> • High-quality audio components like NE5532 op amps for 125dBu EIN and 105dB S/N ratio<br /> • USB Audio Compliant 2.0 drivers for iOS compatibility<br /> • Independent line out and headphone level controls<br /> • MIDI Input and Output<br /> • Aluminum body with angled design for better desktop visibility<br /> • Optional power supply<br /> • Includes SONAR X3 LE and Abelton Live Lite 9</p> <p><strong>Pricing/availability:</strong> $199.99 estimated street price, available now.</p> <p><strong>For more information, check out the video below and visit <a href="http://tascam.com/product/trackpack2x2/gw">tascam.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UA7nLgsrx4U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/tascam-announces-trackpack-2x2-recording-system#comments March Madness Tascam Accessories News Gear Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:53:20 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23625 Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal Discusses His Eclectic New Album, ‘Little Brother Is Watching’ http://www.guitarworld.com/ron-bumblefoot-thal-discusses-his-eclectic-new-album-little-brother-watching <!--paging_filter--><p>For the better part of 20 years, guitar virtuoso Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has performed at sold-out shows and festivals around the world.</p> <p>Thal, whose unique guitar work is an undisputed highlight of Guns N' Roses' <em>Chinese Democracy</em> album (2008), also headlines as a solo act and helps raise awareness for several constructive causes, including the Red Cross, Operation Smile and the Earthquake Relief Fund.</p> <p>Although it’s been nearly seven years since he’s released a solo album, Bumblefoot is back with <em>Little Brother Is Watching,</em> his 10th full-length solo release. </p> <p>It's an inspired collection of eclectic, modern rock that's packed with tasty guitar work and lyrics about life in the digital age and beyond. The songs, including the album’s title track, reflect a change in perception of who’s watching who, while “Don’t Know Who to Pray to Anymore” and “Livin’ the Dream” focus on self-reflection and the need to question everything.</p> <p>Although he’s unable to discuss his current Guns N' Roses status, you can tell in speaking with Thal that he’s at a good place in his life right now, and it’s even more obvious when listening to <em>Little Brother Is Watching.</em></p> <p>I recently spoke with Bumblefoot about the new album, his songwriting, gear and another new project, Art of Anarchy.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: What spawned or inspired this new album?</strong></p> <p>It’s been too long since I’ve done an album. Although I did some one-off singles in 2011, it’s been a while since I did a full collection of music. Due to touring, there was never enough time to dedicate and keep momentum in a studio. Now that I’ve got that time, it was time to make that happen. </p> <p><strong>How would you describe <em>Little Brother Is Watching</em> in terms of how it relates to some of your previous work?</strong> </p> <p>The foundation for everything I’ve done has been punk and classic rock. That’s what I grew up on. Everything else is icing on that cake. As I got older and with all of the time that’s passed and life experiences, there were more stories to tell. I just got more direct about telling them.</p> <p><strong>What’s your writing process like?</strong></p> <p>It’s always different. The end result is a song and you know all of the pieces that lead up to it, but they always happen in a different order. It could start with drum groove, a title, a guitar riff and melody, or maybe it’s just something you want to say. The process usually starts in my head. </p> <p>Then once everything sounds right I’ll get together with my drummer [Dennis Leeflang] and play it for the first time with an acoustic guitar, and we’ll start talking about the vibe. When the time comes to lay drums, I’ll start laying down spontaneous, one-take scratch tracks. And because I don’t over-think it, they tend to become the best ideas. Just letting who I am navigate where it goes. The guitar melodies and solos I did were all scratch tracks and my first ideas.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mOraCzpL89s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>I’d like to ask you about a few individual tracks from the new album. Let's start with “Little Brother Is Watching."</strong></p> <p>It’s a subject that hasn’t really been touched upon very much. It’s just a statement on how we all live. I felt like I needed to write a song that talks about the whole change that’s occurred in how people always felt the government was too invasive into our lives and were keeping tabs on what we do. The truth is we do that to ourselves. If the police are doing something wrong, you know people are going to be putting it on their cell phones and posting it on YouTube. Now it’s more like we watch the power instead of the power watching us. We’ve become a million armies of one.</p> <p><strong>“Don’t Know Who to Pray to Anymore”</strong></p> <p>That’s one of my favorite songs from the album. It has a singable guitar melody and is really about something everyone goes through at some point. Where you start to question everyone and everything, including your faith.</p> <p><strong>“Argentina”</strong></p> <p>That’s one of those epic songs with three different movements. The first section has a tango kind of feel and is about throwing caution to the wind and jumping into something. The second part is about expecting things to be different and how the two sides of the relationship don’t necessarily see eye to eye. The third part is about how all of that positive energy can be challenged and go dark and how love can become vengeance. It’s about a relationship but not in the way a man and a woman fall in love.</p> <p><strong>“Livin’ the Dream”</strong></p> <p>It’s a real song about what it’s like to be on the road touring. A lot of people from the outside might see it as something glamorous. But it’s really about what you go through when you have to make the transition from putting the life you know at home on pause and hitting the road. </p> <p><strong>What was the recording process like?</strong></p> <p>It was therapeutic. I love being creative. When you do a show, you do it and it’s over. But when you make a song and put music into the world, it’s something that’s going to out live you.</p> <p><strong>You’ve done a lot of work with charities lately. How important is it for you to be able to give something back?</strong></p> <p>It’s everything. Over the last few years, I’ve begun to figure out what matters and have started making a lot of decisions. I would rather play for 10 little kids and put a smile on their faces instead of playing for 100,000 people. The world might not agree, but that’s me and that’s how I’m going to live.</p> <p><strong>Can you give me an update on another one of your projects, Art of Anarchy?</strong></p> <p>It’s an interesting album that we actually started working on in 2011. Scott Weiland wrote and recorded all of the vocals on the album, and it will be coming out in late spring.</p> <p><strong>Did you always know music would be your calling?</strong></p> <p>I did. From the time I heard the Kiss <em>Alive</em> when I was 5, I knew it was something I wanted to do. By the time I was 6 I already had my first band and was writing songs with my friends. We would play in basements, back yards and elementary school. Anywhere that we could. </p> <p>I still remember spending all day cutting up little pieces of paper and putting them in Solo cups so everyone could throw the confetti into the air during the last song. I still laugh about that now 30 years later because nothing has changed. At the end of the show, there are always the confetti canons. Same stuff just bigger proportions! [laughs].</p> <p><strong>What’s your current setup like?</strong></p> <p>I’ve got my Vigier Signature double neck, a fretted/fretless backbreaker beast of a guitar, and usually go out just with that. For amps, I like the ENGL Invader 100-watt head and a nice Marshall cabinet.</p> <p><strong>I know you can’t speak about your current situation with Guns N’ Roses, but what was/is it like being part of such an iconic band?</strong></p> <p>I’ve done a lot of things and played and recorded with a lot of people, but it actually felt normal. You don’t think of it as being iconic or this or that. You think about it as we’re a bunch of musicians getting together because this is what we do!</p> <p><strong>What are you most looking forward to this year?</strong></p> <p>Putting out all of this music this year makes me feel alive. It makes me feel that the dimmer switch has been turned all the way up. I feel at peace inside knowing I’m doing what I should be doing and what I want to be doing.</p> <p><em>For more about Bumblefoot, visit <a href="http://www.bumblefoot.com/">bumblefoot.com.</a></em></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="/bumblefoot">Bumblefoot</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/ron-bumblefoot-thal-discusses-his-eclectic-new-album-little-brother-watching#comments Bumblefoot James Wood Ron Bumblefoot Thal Interviews News Features Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:55:51 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23627