News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all en Frontal Assault: The Top 10 Guitar-Playing Frontmen in Rock http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-guitar-playing-frontmen <!--paging_filter--><p>Even though Metallica's James Hetfield makes it look all too easy, there are countless guitarists who find it challenging to sing while doing anything on the guitar — besides strumming.</p> <p>Some players (myself included) even get bent out of shape when they're asked to provide the simplest of vocal harmonies while playing solos or semi-challenging riffs.</p> <p>Which is why <em>Guitar World</em> has decided to honor the 10 worthy guitarists/singers named below. We feel they are — or were, since we're honoring some artists who have passed away — 10 of the best (if not <em>undoubtedly</em> the best) guitar-playing frontmen in rock history.</p> <p>The criteria is simple: They must have outstanding voices — either technically impressive or pleasingly "warm," unique or offbeat — and a heapin' helpin' of distinctive six-string badassery. Of course, since we're talking about frontmen, they also need a touch of charisma, maybe a spot of quirkiness and/or what is commonly called "stage presence." </p> <p>Note that, while we don't like to exclude such players as Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, this is a list of guitarists who don't/didn't share the frontman spotlight with anyone in the band. This is also why you won't find the Beatles' John Lennon or Paul "guitarist before he was a bassist" McCartney on this list. </p> <p>With that in mind, here are our 10 choices. If you disagree with our picks or would like to suggest other players, let us know in the comments below. Note that these names are presented in no particular order. Once again, the names are presented in no particular order!</p> <p><strong>Frontman: Stevie Ray Vaughan </strong><br /> <strong>Band:</strong> <em>Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble</em></p> <p>With his electrifying prowess, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan refocused attention back to the essentials — guitar, bass and drums in a basic 12-bar format.</p> <p>He had no light show to speak of, no dry ice, no fog, no lasers. He didn't go in for leather-and-studs macho posturing. A longtime local hero in juke joints throughout Austin, Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth, Stevie Ray waved the Texas flag all over the country in one sold-out concert venue after another. </p> <p>His secret? A soft-spoken, laconic man, Vaughan summed it up in three little words: <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-opens-his-first-guitar-world-interview-1984">"I just play."</a></p> <p>Of course, there's more to it than that. Along with his unquestionable prowess on the guitar, Vaughan, who died in August 1990, had one hell of a voice, a voice that still makes every "SRV bandwagon" blues-er sound, well, incomplete. Although you wouldn't have wanted to sit through a concert titled "SRV Sings Verdi" (or "SRV Sings Freddie Mercury"), there's no denying SRV had his own thing, a voice that oozed authenticity and confidence. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1jG44pIupvw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: James Hetfield</strong><br /> <strong>Band:</strong> <em>Metallica</em></p> <p>Well, we mentioned Hetfield in the intro to this story, so his inclusion can't be much of a surprise, can it? </p> <p>Besides supplying the instantly recognizable voice of one of the most accomplished heavy metal bands in history, the Metallica frontman has always been lauded for his hard, fast and precise rhythm playing, a style that has had a massive impact on several generations of guitar players.</p> <p>Hetfield, who often is said to have the best right hand in metal, once told <em>Guitar World</em>, “I’d much rather talk about guitar playing. I hate it when people ask me about my lyrics. <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-james-hetfield-discusses-metallicas-death-magnetic">I always feel like telling them to just go and read them.”</a> </p> <p>And who can resist a mid-song Hetfield grunt?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oxVGfvXdWOY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Jimi Hendrix</strong><br /> <strong>Bands:</strong> <em>The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Band of Gypsys</em></p> <p>When Jimi Hendrix first exploded onto the scene, attention was riveted on his radical reinvention of guitar-soloing vocabulary, technique and sound, which was inspired by a now-familiar roster of great blues soloists. </p> <p>But Hendrix had another musical asset that set him apart from similarly influenced British blues-rock contemporaries: undeniable charisma and a voice that clearly stood out from the pack. In that sense, he was the complete package.</p> <p>Although he wasn't the most powerful singer in the world, his voice had a pleasingly warm tone and plenty of soul, as can be heard on "Bold as Love" and "Castles Made of Sand" (and so many other songs). He also added plenty of what could best be described as fun ad-libs ("Dig this, baby...") that would be exploited by future generations of singers in every genre of popular music. Bootsy Collins, anyone?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/a6meMBtTgKQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Jack White</strong><br /> <strong>Bands:</strong> <em>The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, Jack White</em></p> <p>It's pure magic when Jack White ascends to the vocal register of vintage Robert Plant — while adding AC/DC-style riffs with his depth-charge guitar playing.</p> <p>“I always look at playing guitar as an attack," White told <em>Guitar Player</em>. "It has to be a fight. Every song, every guitar solo, every note that’s played or written has to be a struggle. It can’t be this wimpy thing where you’re pushed around by the idea, the characters, or the song itself. It’s every player’s job to fight against all of that.”</p> <p>White, who now tours and records under his own name, was (of course) once the more vocal half of the White Stripes. In the July 2002 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>, he explained how stage presentation plays a major part in a band’s success:</p> <p>“Anything involved in presenting yourself onstage is all a big trick. You’re doing your best to trick those people into experiencing something good, something they haven’t thought about before or haven’t thought about in a long time. I’m doing my best to be that vaudeville trickster, to help that happen.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/f5s0R30xCM4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Dave Mustaine </strong><br /> <strong>Band:</strong> <em>Megadeth</em></p> <p>Dave Mustaine's story is something a good portion of our readers can relate to: He became his band's singer by default after a series of unsuccessful auditions for vocalists. </p> <p>At that moment, the former Metallica and Fallen Angels lead guitarist became the frontman for Megadeth, one of the world's most important thrash metal bands. </p> <p>The rest, shall we say, is history.</p> <p>"I actually enjoy [singing] a lot of times, but it's not my strong point," Mustaine told Colorado classic rock station 103.5 the Fox in 2013. </p> <p>"I've been working really hard at it the last few years. I wish I would have given it as much attention in the beginning as I do now ... It's definitely a unique voice sound. You know, you hear people like Axl [Rose] or myself or [James] Hetfield or some of the other people that are really easily identifiable, it's scarce. Like Chris Cornell, you hear Chris, you know it's him."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pYiphqchtDA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Steve Marriott </strong><br /> <strong>Bands:</strong> <em>Small Faces, Humble Pie</em></p> <p>We've read your pro-Steve Marriott comments on GuitarWorld.com "list" stories for quite a while now: "How could you <em>possibly</em> leave out the great Steve Marriott? He was one of the most talented singers of all time!"</p> <p>First of all, we agree. We love Marriott, and there was pretty much no chance in hell he'd be left off this list. </p> <p>We'll get to his legendary voice in a minute. First we'll briefly mention his stripped-down but aggressive guitar playing, the steam engine that propelled a slew of Small Faces and Humble Pie tracks, including "All or Nothing," "Tin Soldier," "E Too D," "Get Yourself Together," "What'cha Gonna Do About It" and so many more. </p> <p>Marriott was the Small Faces' Roger Daltrey, but he also was the band's Pete Townshend, using a host of guitars, including an arguably too-big-for-his-body Gretsch White Falcon, to powerfully make his point in so many Sixties masterpieces.</p> <p>And then there's his voice, a voice that is still considered one of the greatest in classic rock. Can words do it justice? Why not just listen to "Afterglow" below? And below that, you'll find Marriott in action on "What'cha Gonna Do About It" with the Small Faces.</p> <p>Marriott, who would later front Humble Pie — where he joined guitar forces with Peter Frampton — died in a fire in 1991.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4thiClBxhPY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mYvi-l2SRnA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Kurt Cobain </strong><br /> <strong>Band:</strong> <em>Nirvana</em></p> <p>“We’re just musically and rhythmically retarded,” Nirvana's guitarist, vocalist and chief songwriter, Kurt Cobain, told <em><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/kurt-cobain-talks-gear-and-more-his-final-guitar-world-interview-1992">Guitar World</a></em> in 1991. "We play so hard that we can’t tune our guitars fast enough. People can relate to that.</p> <p>“We sound like the Bay City Rollers after an assault by Black Sabbath,” continued Cobain. “And we vomit onstage better than anyone!”</p> <p>So imagine how comical he'd find it to see the mark he's made on popular music. As Vernon Reid of Living Colour put it, "Cobain changed the course of where the music went … . There are certain people where you can see the axis of musical history twisting on them: Hendrix was pivotal, Prince was pivotal, Cobain was pivotal.”</p> <p>Cobain, with his raw emotion and mélange of untuned metal, drunk punk and Seventies pop, slayed the beast called stadium rock. And no, he wasn't a guitar virtuoso by any stretch, but his creativity, his crunch, his off-beat chugging and droning charm made him <em>unique</em>. It's yet another reminder to create your own thing, your own sound, people!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OH9SyQY564U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Eric Clapton </strong><br /> <strong>Bands:</strong> <em>Derek and the Dominos, Eric Clapton</em></p> <p>What else can be said about the amazing six-string gifts of Eric Clapton, one of the most lauded guitarists in the universe, 1966's blues-breaking virtuoso who went on to blow minds in Cream, Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos? </p> <p>Still, If you need to read more, be sure to pick up the March 2014 issue of <em><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-march-14-eric-clapton?utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWMAR14">Guitar World</a></em> magazine, which counts down his 50 greatest guitar moments — but doesn't mention a word about his voice. </p> <p>It's a voice first heard on the Bluesbreakers' 1966 version of Robert Johnson's "Ramblin' on My Mind," a song Clapton was actually reluctant to sing because he didn't think he was good enough. </p> <p>He eventually shared the vocal duties in Cream with bassist Jack Bruce and went on to sing an endless stream of hits and classic-rock staples, starting with 1970's "After Midnight," "Let It Rain" and "Layla," coasting through the Seventies with "Cocaine" and "Lay Down Sally," kicking it up a notch in the Eighties with "Forever Man" and toning things back down again in recent years. </p> <p>As he told <em>Rolling Stone</em>in 2010, these days Clapton is pretty fond of his voice. "It's taken me to be an older guy, an old man, to have an old man's voice. Because I only liked old men's voices. As a kid, I didn't like pip-squeaked singers. It was always someone with authority. And for a singer to have authority, they have to have some kind of social standing. Otherwise, it's fake."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9TOlZny7B0Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Trey Anastasio </strong><br /> <strong>Bands:</strong> <em>Phish, Trey Anastasio Band</em></p> <p>It just stands to reason that a band with an undying cult following has one hell of a frontman. Such is the case for Phish, whose guitar-slinging (and singing) Trey Anastasio — like the rest of the band — has built a magnetic rapport with the band's fans.</p> <p>Anastasio's fluid lines are often wonderfully mind boggling — and can lead a 38-minute version of "Tweezer" to all kinds of new and exciting places.</p> <p>"Musical inspiration can come from just about anywhere," Anastasio told <em>Guitar World</em> in 2000. </p> <p>"For me, so much inspiration comes from the rhythms of the natural sounds in the air. Walking out in the country, you’ll hear certain sounds — a train, a boat, or maybe a horse walking on the road — and each of these sounds has a rhythm. If your mind is open, the simple rhythms of those sounds can inspire you and spark new musical ideas."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_uCSy67k16c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/T_KyptMAcys" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Matthew Bellamy </strong><br /> <strong>Band:</strong> <em>Muse</em></p> <p>As <em>Guitar Player</em> <a href="http://www.guitarplayer.com/miscellaneous/1139/breaking-the-mold-are-matthew-bellamys-custom-instruments-and-pianistic-approach-to-composition-forging-the-future-of-guitarcraft/12752">put it in 2010</a>, Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy is on a quest for futuristic guitar sounds—to the point of designing his own guitars with built-in effects, wireless MIDI and synth capabilities. </p> <p>Not surprisingly, he’s a huge fan of Tom Morello and Jimi Hendrix, and he tries to channel the spirit of their sonic explorations into technology-fueled approaches that work for him and his compositions.</p> <p>Head on over to YouTube (Or just watch the two impressive clips below) to see how everything seems to come together for Bellamy: technology, composition and serious guitar chops:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4Zc_ms4sRAM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tlGJdKxvLSU" 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-clapton">Eric Clapton</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-guitar-playing-frontmen#comments Damian Fanelli Eric Clapton Jack White James Hetfield Stevie Ray Vaughan TC-Helicon Guitar World Lists News Features Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:41:04 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20723 Dear Guitar Hero: Submit Questions for Vinnie Stigma of Agnostic Front! http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-submit-questions-vinnie-stigma-agnostic-front <!--paging_filter--><p>Got a question for your favorite guitarist? Let us be your go-between. The concept is easy — you submit your queries and we pass them on to some of the world's greatest guitarists. Only the sharpest and funniest questions will be used.</p> <p>This month we're giving you the chance to ask Agnostic Front guitarist, and New York hardcore legend, Vinnie Stigma anything you want! </p> <p>Just email your questions to <a href="mailto:dearguitarhero@guitarworld.com?Subject=Vinnie%20Stigma">dearguitarhero@guitarworld.com</a> and put "Vinnie Stigma" in the subject line. Remember to include your name in the email body, so you can get credited in the magazine, and impress and annoy your jealous friends!</p> <p>Here's "Gotta Go" from 1998's <em>Something's Gotta Give</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7Mn1WN5yeag" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Watch Agnostic Front's "My Life My Way"</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EQoIPQ2oKDg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>MORE ABOUT AGNOSTIC FRONT</p> <p>New York hardcore pioneers AGNOSTIC FRONT have announced the details for their upcoming eleventh album, The American Dream Died. </p> <p>Commented singer Roger Miret: "We chose this title because we want to open up people's eyes to what's going on in this country. We have a lot to say. Not everyone realizes that our government and the people who run this country are so corrupt, greedy and ruthless. We need to educate the ones we reach. We're losing our values. We address real issues from full blown corruption and scandals to unjust police abuse and brutality. Everything's we stood for as a country is going down the drain. But we still somewhat have our freedom of speech. We're expressing it all through this record while we can."</p> <p>The American Dream Died was produced by MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien and engineered, mixed and mastered by Paul Miner (H2O, TERROR) and will be released April 4 (Europe) and April 7 (N. America), 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.</p> <p>The record will feature guest appearances by Cricien, Toby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL).</p> <p>The American Dream Died track list:</p> <p>01. Intro<br /> 02. The American Died<br /> 03. Police Violence<br /> 04. Only In America<br /> 05. Test Of Time<br /> 06. We Walk The Line<br /> 07. Never Walk Alone feat. Freddy Cricien, Toby Morse &amp; Lou Koller<br /> 08. Enough Is Enough<br /> 09. I Can't Relate<br /> 10. Old New York<br /> 11. Social Justice<br /> 12. Reasonable Doubt<br /> 13. No War Fuck You<br /> 14. Attack!<br /> 15. A Wise Man<br /> 16. Just Like Yesterday</p> <p>These rarely confronted and always respected leaders of hardcore were established as one of the meanest-sounding bands in the emerging punk genre, helping to initiate the term "hardcore," and placing an entire uproar on the New York map by association. From the start, AGNOSTIC FRONT released a catalogue of fast and violent punk tunes consisting of distinctive and aggressive drumming, fuming guitars, overdriven bass work, and a non-stop barrage of chaotic shouting.</p> <p>AGNOSTIC FRONT’s latest record, My Life My Way, was released on March 22, 2011. It features 13 powerful and anthemic songs laid down by Erik Rutan (MADBALL, GOATWHORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, etc.) at his Mana Recording Studio in Tampa, FL under the watchful guide of producer Freddy Cricien of MADBALL. The record was mastered by none other than Alan Douches (NILE, MASTODON, etc.).</p> <p>Upcoming AGNOSTIC FRONT tour dates:</p> <p>03/18/15 Back Booth – Orlando, FL<br /> 03/19/15 Churchill’s – Miami, FL<br /> 03/20/15 Orpheum – Tampa, FL<br /> 03/22/15 Back Booth – Orlando, FL<br /> 03/21/15 La Repuesta – Santurce, PR<br /> 03/22/15 Burro Bar – Jacksonville, FL<br /> 04/12/15 Rock Bar Theater – San Jose, CA</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-submit-questions-vinnie-stigma-agnostic-front#comments Agnostic Front Dear Guitar Hero Vinnie Stigma News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:06:55 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23404 Review: Beatbuddy Drum Machine Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-beatbuddy-drum-machine-pedal-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the March 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-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>PLATINUM AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>I’ll try my best to refrain from making drummer jokes, but I will say that finding a good one is probably harder than hitting all six numbers on the Powerball lotto. </p> <p>That’s the reason why drum machines were invented, but one dig against drum machines is that it’s nearly impossible to improvise live with them. Instead you have to remain in lockstep with pre-programmed songs and beats. </p> <p>The Beatbuddy drum machine pedal has changed that, however, allowing musicians to engage intros, fills and rhythm changes as they see fit, with a simple tap of the foot. It’s like having a drummer who can read your mind and is completely at your own control—a concept never imagined possible until the Beatbuddy came along.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the March 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="myExperience4021304761001" 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="4021304761001" /> </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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And it will do the same for you,” Lukather says.</p> <p>Extensively tested by Lukather, The Luke features hand-selected components for an open and refined sound. The new pedal also features an improved control layout with custom pot tapers resulting in improved control, fine tuning and usability whether you’re playing in a garage or a stadium. The Luke is housed in an octagonal pedalboard-friendly roadworthy case that features a unique cartoon by 'Astro'. From subtle enhancements to drastic tonal changes, The Luke unleashes your guitar's range of possibilities.</p> <p>The Luke will be available to dealers worldwide in March 2015.</p> <p>In addition to the standard edition of the The Luke, a limited production “Luke Launch Edition” of just 100 units is available for pre-order directly from <a href="http://www.toneconcepts.com/">toneconcepts.com.</a></p> <p>In other Lukather news, Toto's new studio album, <em>Toto XIV,</em> will be released the last week of March.</p> <p>For more on Lukather, visit <a href="http://www.stevelukather.com/">stevelukather.com</a>. For more on ToneConcepts, visit <a href="http://www.toneconcepts.com/">toneconcepts.com.</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/toneconcepts-launches-steve-lukathers-signature-preamp-boost-pedal-luke#comments Steve Lukather ToneConcepts Effects News Gear Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:10:33 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23402 Review: Orange Crush 35RT Guitar Amp — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-orange-crush-35rt-guitar-amp-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the March 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-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>GOLD AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>Orange is best known for its loud, high-output classic amp heads and extremely popular Terror Series mini tube amps, but over recent years the company has significantly expanded its offerings. </p> <p>A great example is the Crush PiX Series combos, which quickly became some of the best-selling practice amps after their introduction. </p> <p>The new Orange Crush 35RT combo is an extremely affordable-but-versatile Crush Series amp that does away with digital multieffects in favor of a simpler control layout with classic performance features, like two-channel operation.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the March 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="myExperience4021302724001" 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="4021302724001" /> </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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It blends — via alternation and superimposition — two incomplete songs, one by Paul McCartney, one by Lennon. </p> <p>Both happened to have been written around the same period and based on the same two-chord motif built around a first-position A chord (with the high A note fingered with the pinky). It is the last true collaboration by Lennon and McCartney.</p> <p>McCartney's share of the song, called "I've Got A Feeling" from the get-go, includes a verse, chorus and bridge and was inspired by his relationship with his soon-to-be-wife, Linda Eastman. Lennon provides alternate verses inspired by his personal upheavals of 1968. </p> <p>"I've Got A Feeling" is one of three "live" songs to be included on <em>Let It Be</em>, having been performed as part of the January 30, 1969, rooftop concert. It features McCartney on vocals and his 1963 Hofner 500/1 (adorned with the rectangular "Bassman" sticker from his Fender Bassman amp), Lennon on vocals and his Epiphone Casino, George Harrison on backing vocals and his rosewood Fender Telecaster, Ringo Starr on Ludwig Hollywood Maple drums and Billy Preston on Hohner electric piano.</p> <p>The gritty, hard-edged song, which McCartney still performs live today, benefits from McCartney's screaming vocals, creative, octave-infused bass line (especially during Lennon's portion of the song) and Harrison's tasteful bends and double stops during McCartney's raucous bridge. </p> <p>Although the version featured on <em>Let It Be</em> is the result of a single live take, Phil Spector edited together three mixes to come up with the final product.</p> <p>Because actual rooftop footage of the Beatles has become scarce on YouTube (Maybe they're finally working on releasing the <em>Let It Be</em> film on DVD), we've included an audio-only clip of "I've Got A Feeling." However, we did manage to find a live rooftop version of "Don't Let Me Down," which we've included so you can get a feel for the moment.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/y5Lkjt9kCxA?list=PLQD9vJDjuU-Znw5fDLfw0eRhZc4fVEGtz" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UaAUwRd-xNg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World<em> <a href="https://twitter.com/DamianFanelli">Follow him on Twitter</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="/beatles">The Beatles</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/paul-mccartney">Paul McCartney</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/john-lennon">John Lennon</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/george-harrison">George Harrison</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/song-facts-beatles-ive-got-feeling#comments 2011 Beatles Damian Fanelli George Harrison GWLinotte Holiday 2011 John Lennon Paul McCartney Ringo Starr Holiday Blogs News Features Magazine Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:55:40 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/14130 Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi on Fighting with Skinheads, "War Pigs" Inspiration and More http://www.guitarworld.com/black-sabbaths-geezer-butler-and-tony-iommi-fighting-skinheads-and-war-pigs-inspiration <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This is an excerpt from the all-new March 2015 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>, which features an interview with Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. For the rest of this interview, plus our guide to the 30 greatest classic Black Sabbath songs, plus gear views, tabs, lessons and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SabbathExcerpt">check out the March 2015 issue of GW at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <p>It’s rare that a band emerges and, with one inspired release, simultaneously launches and perfects a genre of music. </p> <p>Such is the singular case of Black Sabbath. Their 1970 self-titled debut, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, took the heavy blues and hard-rock idioms that came before and infused them with anthemic tritone riffs, doom-laden drum tempos, maniacal vocals and diabolical lyrics. </p> <p>Black Sabbath’s pioneering sound would later be christened heavy metal, and in many people’s minds that album still reigns supreme as the best representation of the genre. Many influential bands in their own right have come along and made contributions to heavy music, but all of them—from Judas Priest and Van Halen to Metallica and Soundgarden—hail the supremacy of Black Sabbath. </p> <p>Below, enjoy an excerpt from <em>Guitar World</em>'s new interview with Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. Interestingly enough, Butler—who was arrested in California this past Tuesday for assault and vandalism—discussed fighting, including a brawl with skinheads that took place several decades ago.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: Geezer, you’ve mentioned before that “Fairies Wear Boots,” [from 1970’s <em>Paranoid</em>] was inspired by a confrontation you guys had with skinheads. Being a longhair yourself, did you run into a lot of problems in England back then?</strong></p> <p><strong>GEEZER BUTLER</strong> There used to be fighting all the time. I used to be a football [soccer] fan—well, I still am—and I’d go down to watch the [Aston] Villa [Football Club]. I had long hair at the time. </p> <p>Then this one day, the skinheads, or hooligans, turned on the people with long hair, even though we were fans too. So after that I couldn’t go down there. This other time we did this gig in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare [in North Somerset, England], and we had a fight with all these skinheads. I think that’s where the lyrics for “Fairies Wear Boots” came from.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/u3g0NhJ7__k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Do you remember what kicked off the fight?</strong></p> <p><strong>BUTLER</strong> We didn’t get paid! [laughs] I was the one that used to go collect the check. We’d had this problem where we’d go collect our money and the guy would go, “Oh no, we sent the check in the post [mail].” We were promised that we’d get the money on the night, so I went to the promoter to get it. And he said, “Oh, I already sent it to your manager.” </p> <p>I went outside to the telephone to make a call to the manager and I got surrounded by all these bloody skinheads, going, “Kill him! Kill him!” So I had to time it right so I could throw the phone at them and leg it back into the gig. [laughs] I told Tony, and of course he said, “Come on, let’s go.” And he grabs a microphone stand and we went out for a battle with them. Fucking nuts.</p> <p><strong>Parental groups and decency nags always bemoan the satanic and occult allusions in Black Sabbath lyrics. But Geezer, you were also writing about current social issues, too, on the track “War Pigs.” Were you following the Vietnam War, Civil Rights movement and political unrest going on at the time in the United States?</strong></p> <p>It was actually being covered more [in the press] in England than in America. They had this program on in England, and it showed all the stuff that wasn’t being told to the American people. Stuff like how the president [Lyndon Johnson]’s wife, Lady Bird Johnson, had this road-building company. The Americans would go in and bomb all these roads [in Vietnam]. Then her company would go in and rebuild them and get the money. They weren’t saying all that in America. We wrote “War Pigs” because many American bands were frightened to mention anything about the war. So we thought we’d tell it like it is.</p> <p><strong>In 1971, you released <em>Master of Reality</em>, which saw the band experimenting a bit more with tracks like “Solitude” and the acoustic instrumental “Orchid.” Tony, had you always played acoustic or did you pick it up around that time?</strong></p> <p><strong>TONY IOMMI</strong> No, I never played acoustic that much at all really. I don’t even remember where we did that track, to be honest. I think the idea on the album was to have a bit of light and shade and relax it from the heavier stuff.</p> <p><strong>Speaking of heavier stuff, what were you coughing on during that intro to “Sweet Leaf”?</strong></p> <p><strong>IOMMI</strong> [laughs] I choked me bloody self! It wasn’t intended to happen, and it wasn’t supposed to be on the track. We were in the studio tracking that song, and Ozzy gave me a joint and I nearly choked myself. The tape was on, so of course they wanted to use it to begin the track.</p> <p><strong>BUTLER</strong> You couldn’t have gotten anything more appropriate for a song called “Sweet Leaf.” [laughs]</p> <p><strong>That’s the truth. But the title “Sweet Leaf” was actually inspired by a different type of smoke, right?</strong></p> <p><strong>BUTLER</strong> Yeah the name “Sweet Leaf” came from the [Irish brand of] cigarettes called Sweet Afton. I’d just come back from Dublin. Everyone smoked back then, so I’d be offering them all cigarettes. You’d open the top of the package and it said something like, “It’s the sweet leaf.” I thought, Hmmm, That’s a good title.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IIoVoOfBHW0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>The following year, Sabbath headed to Los Angeles’ Record Plant Studios to track <em>Vol. 4</em>, on which you broke new ground with “Changes.” It’s a piano ballad, and the lyrics are quite touching, which makes it a very unusual track for Sabbath.</strong></p> <p><strong>IOMMI</strong> It was a sad track as well. We were staying in this house and there was a ballroom with a piano in it. It was back in the days of doing a bit of blow and staying up late. And I just started playing and coming up with this idea. We had a Mellotron and Geez started to play the orchestrations. It fit well and came about pretty quickly, considering we’d never done anything like that before.</p> <p><em>Photo: Ross Halfin</em></p> <p><strong><em>This is an excerpt from the all-new March 2015 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>, which features an interview with Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. For the rest of this interview, plus our guide to the 30 greatest classic Black Sabbath songs, plus gear views, tabs, lessons and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SabbathExcerpt">check out the March 2015 issue of GW at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-01-29%20at%2010.15.18%20AM_0.png" width="620" height="812" alt="Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 10.15.18 AM_0.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="/tony-iommi">Tony Iommi</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/black-sabbath">Black Sabbath</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/black-sabbaths-geezer-butler-and-tony-iommi-fighting-skinheads-and-war-pigs-inspiration#comments Black Sabbath Geezer Butler March 2015 Tony Iommi Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:51:18 +0000 Brad Angle http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23391 Learn Eight Classic Eagles Songs with New Book/CD, 'Eagles: Acoustic' http://www.guitarworld.com/learn-eight-classic-eagles-songs-new-bookcd-eagles-acoustic <!--paging_filter--><p>The new <em>Eagles: Acoustic</em> book/CD is part of the Guitar Play-Along Series, which helps you play your favorite songs quickly and easily. </p> <p>Just follow the tab, listen to the CD to hear how the guitar should sound, and then play along using the separate backing tracks. The melody and lyrics are also included in the book in case you want to sing, or to simply help you follow along. </p> <p>The audio CD is playable on any CD player, and also enhanced so Mac &amp; PC users can adjust the recordings to any tempo without changing pitch!</p> <p><em>The Eagles: Acoustic</em> includes eight Eagles hits:</p> <p> • After the Thrill Is Gone<br /> • Desperado<br /> • Lyin' Eyes<br /> • New Kid in Town<br /> • Peaceful Easy Feeling<br /> • Sad Café<br /> • Take It Easy<br /> • Tequila Sunrise.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/tab-books/products/the-eagles-acoustic/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=EaglesAcoustic">This 72-page book is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $17.99.</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eagles">Eagles</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/learn-eight-classic-eagles-songs-new-bookcd-eagles-acoustic#comments The Eagles News Features Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:49:48 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18783 Guitar World: March 2015 Gear and Lesson Videos http://www.guitarworld.com/mar2015 <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the March 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-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Lesson Videos</strong></p> <p>• <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/deep-andy-aledort-jamming-rhythm-and-lead-guitar-over-classic-blues-type-form-video">In Deep with Andy Aledort: Jamming Rhythm and Lead Guitar Over a Classic Blues-Type Form — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-metal-mike-exploring-drop-d-tuning-s-unique-melodic-possibilities-video">Metal for Life with Metal Mike: Exploring Drop-D Tuning’s Unique Melodic Possibilities — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/steel-panthers-satchel-using-classical-style-arpeggios-how-play-weenie-ride-video">Man of Steel with Steel Panther's Satchel: Using Classical-Style Arpeggios, and How to Play the Solo in “Weenie Ride” — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/thrash-course-dave-davidson-more-melodic-options-combining-sweeping-and-tapping-techniques-video">Thrash Course with Dave Davidson: More Melodic Options for Combining Sweeping and Tapping Techniques — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/string-theory-jimmy-brown-attractively-balanced-and-highly-musical-e-minor-hexatonic-scale-video">String Theory with Jimmy Brown: The Attractively Balanced and Highly Musical E Minor Hexatonic Scale — Video</a></p> <p><strong>Audio Lesson Files</strong></p> <p>• <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-dale-turner-essential-acoustic-cuts-yusuf-islam-aka-cat-stevens">Acoustic Nation with Dale Turner: The Essential Acoustic Cuts of Yusuf Islam, a.k.a. Cat Stevens</a></p> <p><strong>Gear Review Videos</strong></p> <p>• <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-d-angelico-ex-dh-archtop-electric-guitar-video">Review: D’Angelico EX-DH Archtop Electric Guitar — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-orange-crush-35rt-guitar-amp-video">Review: Orange Crush 35RT Guitar Amp — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-beatbuddy-drum-machine-pedal-video">Review: Beatbuddy Drum Machine Pedal — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-ibanez-guitars-rg-kaoss-rgkp6-guitar-video">Review: Ibanez Guitars RG Kaoss RGKP6 Guitar — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-maxon-od808x-overdrive-extreme-pedal-video">Review: Maxon OD808X Overdrive Extreme Pedal — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-jim-dunlop-band-gypsys-fuzz-face-mini-video">Review: Jim Dunlop Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Pedal — Video</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-01-29%20at%2010.15.18%20AM_1.png" width="620" height="812" alt="Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 10.15.18 AM_1.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/mar2015#comments March 2015 Videos News Magazine Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:27:59 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23397 Man of Steel with Steel Panther's Satchel: Using Classical-Style Arpeggios, and How to Play the Solo in “Weenie Ride” — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/steel-panthers-satchel-using-classical-style-arpeggios-how-play-weenie-ride-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the March 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-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>This month I’d like to tell you about a Steel Panther song called “Weenie Ride,” from our multi-maxi-selling 2012 album, <em>Balls Out</em>.</p> <p>“Weenie Ride” was our very first piano ballad. Our first album, <em>Feel the Steel</em>, was a huge hit in Asian countries, and everyone knows that they love piano over there, so we decided to include a piano ballad on our next record. Pretty smart, right? </p> <p>Also, when I go to Disneyland I usually see a lot of Asians, and there are a lot of rides at Disneyland, most of them with long lines. So I put two and two together and wrote “Weenie Ride,” which, by the way, has a much shorter line! Just jump right on!</p> <p> “Weenie Ride” is built around a piano part in the key of A minor. There is, of course, a bitchin’ guitar solo in the song, which I am going to show you in this column. A note about the guitar tuning: I always tune down one half step, like Eddie Van Halen. But when we recorded “Weenie Ride,” I played the solo on a standard-tuned guitar. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">For the rest of this column, including the tabs, check out the March 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="myExperience4020340442001" 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="4020340442001" /> </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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Practically before he could read, he was sitting in on jam sessions with David Grisman and Bela Fleck; and by his early teens, he was touring with legendary jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton. </p> <p>In addition to leading his own ensembles, Lage has since performed with too many stellar musicians to recount. Whether playing fiddle tunes with Punch Brother’s guitarist Chris Eldridge or free jazz explorations with experimental guitar wizard Nels Cline, his stunning virtuosity and melodic intrepidness are always on display.</p> <p>Lage’s upcoming release, <em>World’s Fair,</em> is a solo guitar project he says was inspired by classical master Andres Segovia. Though he’s quick to describe himself as a jazz guitarist first and foremost, <em>World’s Fair</em> showcases a more orchestral approach to the instrument. For Lage, the guitar is its own tiny orchestra, and in his hands the musical possibilities seem endless.</p> <p>While driving north to a gig in Portland, Oregon, with Cline, Julian spoke with me about his approach to improvisation, playing with dynamics and performing solo on his upcoming album.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: You have such a strong melodic sense to your playing. Even when you’re playing these fast, complicated lines, they always sound very musical. As a guitarist, it’s so easy to get stuck in certain patterns and shapes while playing a solo, but you seem to embrace what’s cool about the linear nature of the guitar while always retaining a high level of musicality. How do you keep this balance while improvising?</strong></p> <p>Well, thank you, first of all. I think it’s a fascination I have with the guitar as a mechanism. I love the design, the open strings, the way it’s tuned—it can be challenging, and you’re totally right, there are traps you can fall into; but it’s also one of the most lyrical instruments in the sense that you can play really simple things and they will sound kind of righteous. </p> <p>Even just playing a C major triad can be so satisfying! I would say as a directive, what I envision starts with the guitar’s design. I don’t really have to avoid certain things; I just end up doing what sounds obvious to me. A big part of what gives my playing a sense of melody is that it has an intervallic architecture. I think in terms of ratios, where I will play a bunch of notes really close together chromatically and then notes that are wide apart. I’m almost playing with—not deception or illusion—but implying this breathing organism that is at times really tight and at others really open. This intervallic approach is how you get a different sense of orchestration that wouldn’t typically be applied to the guitar.</p> <p><strong>I love the way you utilize dynamics. It creates such an expressive style that is so unique to you. How conscious are you of playing with a sense of dynamics?</strong></p> <p>I think it’s as simple as that I’m a sucker for as wide a dynamic range as you can have on the guitar. I love Django Reinhardt, for example, who is the most unbelievably dynamic, fluid and dramatic player. I’m drawn to players that have a sense of drama, ones that know how to drip you and make you feel like the end of their solo coincides with the end of the world! I think you’re either drawn to that style or you have other ways of achieving drama. </p> <p>I’ve always been fascinated with what the opposite of that style of playing would be, because if I know what the opposite is, I can work in the other direction. So the opposite of dramatic playing might be very monotone and lack variation within the intervallic structure. Instead, I might purposely play with dips in volume and incorporate a balance of staccato and legato lines. It’s conscious in the sense that I’m making an effort to do it, but I always feel like I could do more. I think, “Man I could have made it sound so much more like a voice if I didn’t play those five notes at the same volume.” It’s always a work in progress. </p> <p><strong>The compositions on this album incorporate a wide range of genres of essentially American music. There’s jazz, folk, bluegrass, it reminds me a lot of what David Grisman did back in the Seventies. How did you go about cultivating this style?</strong></p> <p>Grisman is totally one of my life heroes, so is Bela Fleck—these are guys I was around a lot as a young person. </p> <p>People always say, “You know Grisman invented Dawg Music,” but if you listen, it was really just music. He took his favorite aspects of everything. I think rock bands do this all the time and so do pop artists to a large degree, but maybe in jazz it’s still kind of novel. People say, “Wow, you would take that and put it with that!” I still consider what I do jazz, but I totally agree with you that what I’m doing is distinctly American in a way. There are certain aesthetics on this record that you’re more likely to find in contemporary acoustic chamber music, American classical music and old-time fiddle music. </p> <p>The same is true with the rhythmic propulsion on the record. I purposely stayed away from playing anything with a swing feel, because I didn’t think solo guitar was the format for me to play swing. Instead, I incorporated things like Travis-picking styles and doo-wop styles. That feel is also a big part of what gives the music a location. So it wasn’t a conscious thing, but I was around people who did that very naturally and maybe I took it for granted. </p> <p><strong>Speaking of swing feel, I’d imagine a lot of people would except this album to be more of a Joe Pass solo guitar thing, but it’s really not. You’ve said Segovia was a big influence for this album. Can you speak to that?</strong></p> <p>Yeah, good point. Segovia is my hero. He and Julian Bream are just the greatest. It’s funny; when I was younger, I thought I wasn’t smart enough to like him. I thought his playing was the ultimate in virtuosity. But then when I started listening to him, as I got older, I thought, “This is music I could just put on in my house and listen to all day.” There was no elitism; it was just such rich music. There was also a legitimacy that Segovia brought to the guitar as a concert instrument. He made it so it was no longer this weakling trying to fit in with an orchestra, but also not this bombastic thing. </p> <p>What he did was on par with someone sitting down at a Steinway piano. So that was the inspiration: I wanted to make a record that I would want to listen to in the background. I also wanted to keep it consistent with having three to four minute songs I could play for anybody and not have to say, “Oh, I wish you could hear this with a bass player.” </p> <p>Segovia’s probably the all-time greatest example of that. I don’t pretend to think I’m on his level, and I’m also coming at it from a very different angle, but I do think it’s worth striving for. As for the Joe Pass and Martin Taylor School of solo guitar, those guys are insane! They’re so good. I also have enough respect for them to realize I don’t do what they do; and that since it already exists at such a high level, I should do something different. </p> <p><strong>You mentioned to me earlier you’re currently driving to a gig with Nels. You’ve played in a number of intriguing duos already in your career. How would you compare solo playing to playing in a duo?</strong></p> <p>Playing in a duo is kind of the dream for me. Playing with Nels is the ultimate. Pretty much every duo I’ve been a part of is because I like the person and they happen to play music and then we happen to play together. It hasn’t been deliberate like, “The sound of two guitars is what I’m looking for.” Instead it’s just been because I love Nels or whomever else I’m playing with. We just both happen to play guitar. Solo playing is about learning how to be stronger in different ways. </p> <p>A lot of my musical life has been about responding and interacting, and with solo guitar I still have to do that but with myself. I have to be very resourceful when it’s just me and enjoy even the little stuff that I play. It can’t all be explosive, fast stuff; I need more mundane, beautiful things. It’s sort of a lesson in self-compassion, because if you start to hate what you’re playing it can be a very long night. And then when I come back to a duo, it’s like I’ve come back to a big band. I feel like the sound just quintupled! That all makes it pretty fun, they go well together. </p> <p><em>For more about Lage, visit <a href="http://www.julianlage.com/">julianlage.com.</a></em></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-01-29%20at%2012.53.56%20PM.png" width="620" height="620" alt="Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 12.53.56 PM.png" /></p> <p><em>Ethan Varian is a freelance writer and guitarist based in San Francisco. He has performed with a number of rock, blues, jazz and bluegrass groups in the Bay Area and in Colorado. <a href="http://dig-it-music.blogspot.com/">You can view his music blog here.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-julian-lage-discusses-new-solo-guitar-album-worlds-fair#comments Acoustic Nation Julian Lage News Interviews Blogs Interviews News Features Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:58:32 +0000 Ethan Varian http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23388 NAMM 2015: NewBay Media Congratulates Best of Show Award Winners http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2015-newbay-media-congratulates-best-show-award-winners <!--paging_filter--><p>NewBay Media's team of reviewers took to the show floor at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show with one aim: to check out and identify the best gear on the show floor from a flurry of submissions. Yes, the Best of Show award judging was under way.</p> <p>Armed with product descriptions and booth locations, anonymous reviewers put each and every product through its paces with the goal of singling out top gear. </p> <p>Products were judged on value, versatility, design, craftsmanship, feel, sound, cosmetics and that elusive something special, “mojo.” Items were scored on an average based on a 1-10 rating that took into account only the criteria that were applicable for each product.</p> <p>Products were reviewed from the perspective of the media outlet(s) for which they were submitted. Titles like <em>Guitar Player, Keyboard, Electronic Musician, Guitar World</em> and more each selected their favorites.</p> <p>One judge shared, “There’s an overwhelming amount of new gear at the NAMM Show. Having the opportunity to judge some of the leading manufacturers’ most innovative new offerings was equally challenging and lots of fun.”</p> <p>The first ever Best of Show Awards presented by the NewBay Music Group, top scorers for each publication were singled out and will be featured in an upcoming <em><strong>Best of Show NAMM 2015 Program Guide</strong></em>. Please join us in congratulating the winners:</p> <p><strong>Acoustic Nation</strong><br /> D’Addario EXP Strings with NY Steel</p> <p><strong>Bass Player</strong><br /> Ampeg BA Series<br /> Fodera Monarch 4 Standard Classic</p> <p><strong>Electronic Musician</strong><br /> Auro Technologies Auro-3D Creative Tool Suite<br /> McDSP v6 Release<br /> Shure MOTIV<br /> TC-Helicon Ditto Mic Looper</p> <p><strong>Frets</strong><br /> Planet Waves Clip On Headstock Tuner</p> <p><strong>Guitar Aficionado</strong><br /> Fodera Dyer Oak Emperor II Custom Bass</p> <p><strong>Guitar Player</strong><br /> Fishman Fluence 7-String Modern Humbuckers<br /> Shure MOTIV<br /> Supro 1650RT Royal Reverb Amp<br /> Taylor Guitars 600 Series<br /> Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig</p> <p><strong>Guitar World</strong><br /> Gibson Les Paul Reference Monitors<br /> Knaggs Steve Stevens Signature 2015<br /> Taylor Guitars 600 Series<br /> WD Music/Kluson Revolution Series G Mount Tuning Machine</p> <p><strong>Keyboard</strong><br /> Akai Professional Advance Keyboards</p> <p><strong>Revolver</strong><br /> Kiesel Guitars Vader</p> <p><strong>Pro Audio Review</strong><br /> Auro Technologies Auro-3D Creative Tool Suite<br /> Mackie DL32R Wireless Digital Live Sound Mixer</p> <p><strong>Mix</strong><br /> Auro Technologies Auro-3D Creative Tool Suite<br /> Blue Microphones Mo-Fi, Powered High-Fidelity Headphones<br /> Electro-Voice EXX Series Portable Loudspeakers<br /> Gator Cases Inc. Frameworks Microphone Accessory Tray<br /> Gibson Les Paul Reference Monitors</p> <p><strong>Pro Sound News</strong><br /> Auro Technologies Auro-3D Creative Tool Suite<br /> Blue Microphones Mo-Fi, Powered High-Fidelity Headphones<br /> Electro-Voice EXX Series Portable Loudspeakers<br /> JBL Professional by Harmon SRX835P Portable Powered Loudspeakers<br /> Mackie DL32R Wireless Digital Live Sound Mixer<br /> Marshall Electronics Mini Mixer+</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2015-newbay-media-congratulates-best-show-award-winners#comments Acoustic Nation NAMM 2015 News Gear News Gear Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:44:37 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23385 NAMM 2015: DigiTech Trio Band Creator Pedal, a Band in a Box — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2015-digitech-trio-band-creatior-pedal-band-box-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's one of the coolest things we saw at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show.</p> <p>It's the DigiTech Trio Band Creator pedal.</p> <p>As you'll see in the two videos below (which features Jason Zerbin), the Trio listens to the way you play and automatically generates bass and drum parts that match your song. Just plug your guitar into Trio, press the footswitch to teach Trio your chords and rhythm, then press the footswitch again to start playing with your own personal band. </p> <p>Find out more about the DigiTech Trio <a href="http://digitech.com/en-US/products/trio">right here.</a></p> <p><strong>For more NAMM 2015 coverage, visit <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2015">GuitarWorld.com's official NAMM 2015 Zone,</a> get updates on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GuitarWorld">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="https://twitter.com/GuitarWorld">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://instagram.com/guitarworldmagazine">Instagram.</a> It's like you're at the show!</strong></p> <p><strong>Official DigiTech demo video:</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/26E8AHpUJ6k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><em>Guitar World</em> video from NAMM 2015:</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QTa3oZ-4SMQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2015-digitech-trio-band-creatior-pedal-band-box-video#comments DigiTech NAMM 2015 NAMM 2015 video Videos Effects News Gear Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:13:48 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23387 Doug Aldrich Shreds His Ass Off with Dio — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/doug-aldrich-shreds-his-ass-dio-video <!--paging_filter--><p>You're on tour with Dio during the 2005 Holy Diver Live tour, and the band is approaching the closing bits of "Shame on the Night."</p> <p>Before he disappears from the stage, your bossman, Ronnie James Dio, screams your name and points you out, meaning it's your time to own the stage and melt the faces of the unsuspecting audience.</p> <p>What do you do?</p> <p>Well, here's what Doug Aldrich did — and it's freakin' awesome.</p> <p>Dio + Doug Aldrich + a Goldtop Gibson Les Paul + Marshall stacks + a Dunlop wah pedal ... what could be better?</p> <p>If this footage looks particularly professional (and familiar), it's from the 2006 <em>Holy Diver — Live</em> DVD. As always, enjoy! And please tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WxicB0bll3I" 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="/dio">Dio</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/doug-aldrich-shreds-his-ass-dio-video#comments Dio Doug Aldrich Ronnie James Dio Videos News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:59:13 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22055