News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/www.itunes.com/apps/%3Ehttp%3A/%3Ca%20href%3D en The Top 10 Concept Albums of All Time http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-concept-albums-all-time <!--paging_filter--><p>Rock music went to college in the Sixties. First it started pilfering from classical music and theater. Then someone had the psychedelic-induced idea to carry a single story over an entire album, just like in opera. </p> <p>And thus the genie was unleashed: the concept record, simultaneously emblematic of rock at its most ambitious and its most pompous. </p> <p>Some damn musicologist determined these to be the best examples of this form.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-concept-albums-all-time#comments list lists Top 10 Guitar World Lists News Features Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:38:40 +0000 Guitar World Staff 1995 at http://www.guitarworld.com Danny Gatton Solos with a Full Beer Bottle and Towel — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/danny-gatton-solos-full-beer-bottle-and-towel-video <!--paging_filter--><p>The late Danny Gatton had a nickname: "The Humbler."</p> <p>As in, "You think you're so great? Let's see you go head to head with Gatton. You <em>will</em> be humbled."</p> <p>Gatton, who also was known as "the Telemaster" and "the world's greatest unknown guitarist" (a nickname he shared with his friend Roy Buchanan) could play country, rockabilly, jazz and blues guitar with equal authority—and sometimes with a beer bottle!</p> <p>In this legendary clip from his 1991 <em>Austin City Limits</em> appearances, watch as Gatton plays slide guitar, overhand-style, using a full bottle of beer as a slide. Of course, since the bottle is full, some suds find their way onto his Fender Tele's neck. So Gatton whips out a towel to wipe off the beer; only he keeps the towel on the neck—and simply keeps on playing.</p> <p>What's most impressive about this sequence is just how fun and <em>musical</em> his playing is, despite the beer-bottle theatrics. Although there's a good deal of showmanship involved, it's by no means all about showmanship; as always, his playing is humbling.</p> <p>Now that we think about it, maybe one beer bottle isn't enough. Be sure to check out the bottom video below, which shows Gatton playing slide with <em>two</em> beer bottles.</p> <p>Parting thought: Steve Vai once said Gatton "comes closer than anyone else to being the best guitar player that ever lived." If you're unfamiliar with Gatton's work, check out more of his clips on YouTube. In terms of Gatton albums to explore, there's 1991's <em>88 Elmira St.</em> and <em>Unfinished Business</em> from 1987.</p> <p>Gatton killed himself in 1994 at age 49.</p> <p><strong>One beer bottle/towel:</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xfBF4rr7FiA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Two beer bottles:</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1AZo0u3HoV4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/danny-gatton-solos-full-beer-bottle-and-towel-video#comments Danny Gatton Videos News Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:43:30 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24386 at http://www.guitarworld.com Gabriella Quevado Plays All Parts of The Eagles' "Hotel California" on One Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-gabriella-quevado-plays-eagles-hotel-california-one-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>At GuitarWorld.com, we've gotten used to the sight of talented young women performing <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/15-year-old-guitarist-tina-s-plays-dragonforces-through-fire-and-flames-video">impressive six-string feats without even batting an eye.</a></p> <p>Which is the perfect segue to this late-2014 video of a Swedish-born fingerstyle guitarist named Gabriella Quevado performing Tomi Paldanius' arrangement of the Eagles' "Hotel California."</p> <p>Something that will start to sink in at around the 3:01 mark is that Quevado, who is 18, isn't just playing the vocal melody and guitar parts; she's also throwing in a bass line, some percussive moves and the backing melodies. She even handles the arpeggios from the iconic Don Felder/Joe Walsh guitar solo—while playing some of the other parts mentioned above.</p> <p>That's a entire band's worth of parts in one Taylor guitar. </p> <p>For your listening pleasure, we've also thrown in a video of Quevado playing Tommy Emmanuel's arrangement of "Classical Gas" (bottom video).</p> <p><strong>For more about Quevado, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbK6S8jFtYZ3UnPhWRIJ0bA">follow her on YouTube</a> and visit <a href="http://www.gabriellaquevedo.com/">gabriellaquevedo.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/j1q4-tzMI28" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YH4e0KAjmEI" 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="/eagles">Eagles</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-gabriella-quevado-plays-eagles-hotel-california-one-guitar-video#comments Acoustic Nation Eagles Gabriella Quevado News The Eagles Videos Blogs Videos News Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:48:34 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24385 at http://www.guitarworld.com What if Elvis Presley Covered AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie"? — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/what-if-elvis-presley-covered-acdcs-whole-lotta-rosie-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Sure, the late, great Elvis Presley covered everyone from <a href="http://www.daysofthecrazy-wild.com/audio-listen-to-bob-dylans-fave-cover-of-a-bob-dylan-song-the-one-recording-i-treasure-the-most/">Bob Dylan</a> to the Beatles during his extraordinary lifetime.</p> <p>But now, long after his lifetime has expired, we get to hear—well, sort of—what it would've sounded like if "the King" covered AC/DC.</p> <p>In the rapidly aging clip below, footage from Presley's Las Vegas sets has been mashed up with the voice of Presley impersonator James Brown, who can be heard singing AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie." We appreciate hearing Angus Young's solo as we watch James Burton cradle his Paisley Telecaster.</p> <p>The recording is actually from Brown's 1997 album, <em>Gravelands.</em> Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kOGkmoijhYI" 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="/acdc">AC/DC</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/what-if-elvis-presley-covered-acdcs-whole-lotta-rosie-video#comments AC/DC ACDC Elvis Presley Videos News Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:10:58 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24384 at http://www.guitarworld.com 42 Classic Movie Themes Played As Metal Songs — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/42-classic-movie-themes-played-metal-songs-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Who doesn't love a good metal medley?</p> <p>Hopefully, <em>you</em> do, because we've got a doozy of medley for you.</p> <p>In this new clip, posted earlier this month by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVuOxSinE6VJCqXkGXUa8Sg">YouTube user Felipe SignaveriS,</a> we're treated to 42 classic movie themes, all played in various styles of metal, including thrash, death, black, groove, modern and beyond.</p> <p>You'll heavy everything from a distortion-drenched <em>Rocky</em> theme to the <em>Star Wars</em> cantina tune, delivered with a touch of Brian May.</p> <p>A few words from the video's star: "Guitar setup: EMG SA7 pickups, ENGL e430(modded) preamp, Kartakou BeastBox preamp, Marshall Jmp1 preamp and Kalthallen Cabs. Bass setup: EMG JX and PX pickups, Vintage Darkglass Deluxe preamp."</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/I82C32TXwi4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/42-classic-movie-themes-played-metal-songs-video#comments WTF Videos News Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:44:03 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24383 at http://www.guitarworld.com 100 Greatest Guitar Solos: No. 50 "Shock Me" (Ace Frehley) http://www.guitarworld.com/100-greatest-guitar-solos-no-50-shock-me-ace-frehley <!--paging_filter--><p>“I basically did the same solo every night on that tour, with minor alterations, so I had it kind of planned out when I did it the night we recorded it for <em>Alive II</em> album,” Ace Frehley says.</p> <p>"But if you listen carefully to the ‘Shock Me’ solo, you can hear me make a mistake about two thirds of the way through.</p> <p>"Instead of tapping a B at the 19th fret of the high E string, I accidentally hit the A# note at the 18th fret—that’s definitely a wrong note for the scale I’m using. </p> <p>"We could have fixed it in the mix, but I said to Eddie [<em>Kramer</em>, Alive II <em>producer</em>], ‘Screw it! Leave it in. The run sounds cool, so who cares—it’s rock and roll!’ ”</p> <p><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/article/100_greatest_guitar_solos_49_quoteuropaquot_carlos_santana">Next: 49) "Europa"</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZQik0P65B34" 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="/ace-frehley">Ace Frehley</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/kiss">Kiss</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/100-greatest-guitar-solos-no-50-shock-me-ace-frehley#comments 100 Greatest Guitar Solos 100 Greatest Guitar Solos Ace Frehley Kiss News Features Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:52:50 +0000 Guitar World Staff 1690 at http://www.guitarworld.com '200 Acoustic Licks: Guitar Licks Goldmine' DVD Features Four Hours of Lessons http://www.guitarworld.com/200-acoustic-licks-guitar-licks-goldmine-dvd-features-four-hours-lessons <!--paging_filter--><p><em><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/mix-books/products/200-acoustic-licks-guitar-licks-goldmine-dvd/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=200Acoustic">200 Acoustic Licks: Guitar Licks Goldmine</a></em> (Hal Leonard): A guitar licks goldmine awaits in this incredible acoustic collection. With four hours of content, this DVD is jam-packed with lead lines, phrases and riffs personally taught to you by professional guitarists Matthew Schroeder, Ben Woolman, Peter Roller and Colin O'Brien. </p> <p>Every authentic lick includes a walk-through explanation by a pro guitarist and note-for-note on-screen tablature. Normal and slow-speed performance demos are included to really help viewers master the licks. </p> <p>Total running time: 4 hours, 4 minutes.</p> <p><strong><em>200 Acoustic Licks: Guitar Licks Goldmine</em> is <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/mix-books/products/200-acoustic-licks-guitar-licks-goldmine-dvd/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=200Acoustic">available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $24.99</a></strong>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/200-acoustic-licks-guitar-licks-goldmine-dvd-features-four-hours-lessons#comments News Features Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:34:06 +0000 Guitar World Staff 16721 at http://www.guitarworld.com Acoustic Nation with Dale Turner: The Deft Fingerpicking and Odd-Tuning Riffage of Stephen Stills http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-dale-turner-deft-fingerpicking-and-odd-tuning-riffage-stephen-stills <!--paging_filter--><p>Stephen Stills’ status as a rock legend stems just as much from his singing and songwriting contributions in Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills &amp; Nash (and Young) and his own solo work as it does from his innovative acoustic and electric guitar offerings. </p> <p>A hybrid stylist steeped in rock, blues, gospel, Latin, country and folk, Stills’ unique acoustic approach mixes a variety of fingerpicking techniques, a distinctive tone, and assorted odd tunings—one of which comprises only the notes E and B! He counts Joe Bonamassa, Ray LaMontagne and Kenny Wayne Shepherd (with whom Stills recently collaborated on the Rides’ <em>Can’t Get Enough</em>) as some of his many guitar celebrity fans. </p> <p>Let’s dig deep into this ax man’s bag of finger tricks.</p> <p>Buffalo Springfield’s roots trace back to Stills’ and songwriting guitarist Richie Furay’s early stints with the Au Go Go Singers (a nine-voice harmonizing group); a tour took them to Canada, where they met Neil Young. By 1966, the three converged in California, added bassist Bruce Palmer to the mix and quickly became the Whisky a Go Go’s “house band,” issuing Buffalo Springfield by year’s end. </p> <p>But it was Buffalo Springfield Again that contained breakout hits like “Rock &amp; Roll Woman,” Stills’ signature drop-D-tuned double-stop riff informing <strong>FIGURE 1</strong>. This song was the result of a jam at Byrds member David Crosby’s house, an interesting fact given that months later, tensions within the Byrds, Hollies (with Graham Nash) and Buffalo Springfield camps would lead to the formation of Crosby, Stills &amp; Nash.</p> <p> During this “band turmoil,” Stills, on April 26, 1968, took matters into his own hands and recorded a songwriter demo. Previously considered “lost,” these gems were commercially released in 2007 as <em>Just Roll Tape</em>, a guitar-and-vocal-only demo containing many future classics. Among these is the double-drop-D-tuned “Treetop Flyer,” akin to <strong>FIGURE 2</strong>, a nod to Stills’ Chet Atkins influence. Ray LaMontagne has continuously cited this track (first officially released on 1991’s <em>Stills Alone</em>) as the inspiration for his musical career path.</p> <p> In 1969, Crosby, Stills &amp; Nash released their self-titled debut, showcasing their unique three-part vocal harmonies and layered acoustic guitars—the polar opposite of the era’s blues-based “loud guitar” rock, as popularized by bands like Cream, Led Zeppelin and the Doors. CSN contains many of Stills’ best-known songs, among them “Helplessly Hoping,” a standard-tuned gem propelled by fingerpicking similar to what you see in <strong>FIGURE 3</strong>. </p> <p>CSN also introduced the world to “Bruce Palmer modal tuning” (low to high: E E E E B E), which Stills learned from the former Buffalo Springfield bassist and used in “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” as well as <em>Déjà vu</em> (CSN’s follow-up album with Neil Young) cuts like “4+20,” “Carry On” and “Word Game” from Stills’ 1971 solo album, <em>Stephen Stills 2.</em> </p> <p>Detune your A string to match the low open E, raise the D string one whole step to E, then detune the G string to match the open fourth string; this creates unison E notes on the bottom two and middle two strings. <strong>FIGURES 4-5</strong> show a mix of moves in this tuning, inspired by the aforementioned Stills songs.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/100530926&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-04-21%20at%204.48.52%20PM.png" width="620" height="721" alt="Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 4.48.52 PM.png" /></p> <p><em>Musician’s Institute instructor and author/transcriber Dale Turner played all the instruments/voices on his latest CD, <em>Mannerisms Magnified</em>. Visit <a href="http://intimateaudio.com/">intimateaudio.com</a> for more information.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-dale-turner-deft-fingerpicking-and-odd-tuning-riffage-stephen-stills#comments Acoustic Nation Dale Turner June 2015 Stephen Stills Lessons Blogs News Lessons Magazine Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:13:20 +0000 Dale Turner 24352 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitarist Devotes 100 Days to Sweep Picking; Video Shows Results http://www.guitarworld.com/guitarist-dedicates-100-days-learn-sweep-picking-video-shows-results <!--paging_filter--><p>As the main "guitar lesson editing and posting guy" here at <em>Guitar World</em>, a lot of lessons—tabs, videos, pointers, tips, etc.—fly past me on a daily basis.</p> <p>Sometimes I actually pause and think, "I'd like to try that," as in <em>really</em> try that.</p> <p>But to be honest, I don't <em>really</em> have loads of spare time—the time required to fully dedicate myself to something new, at least to the point that I'd master it and be willing to show my new skills to the world via YouTube.</p> <p>Guitarist Marco Dela Torre doesn't seem to have that problem! In the fast-paced video below, you can watch his progress over 100 days as he learns to sweep pick. </p> <p>In his own words: "I've played guitar for many years. Now I want to learn a new technique: sweep picking. Not sure if 100 days is enough, but I'll try ... ."</p> <p>The video follows his progress from Day 1 to 9 to 13 to 34 to 82—and then finally (in truly dramatic fashion) Day 100.</p> <p>Check out the results! P.S.: The video was posted by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyoASTmoxHwKlH5P2KSrm5Q">Give It 100.</a> Feel free to check out the link if you'd like more info.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8_kOWUZFPYk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitarist-dedicates-100-days-learn-sweep-picking-video-shows-results#comments WTF Videos News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:04:02 +0000 Damian Fanelli 21078 at http://www.guitarworld.com The Top 10 Guitar Harmonies of All Time http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-guitar-harmonies <!--paging_filter--><p>What’s better than a master guitarist pouring his guts out through his strings? </p> <p>How about <em>two</em> master guitarists simultaneously pouring their guts out through their strings? You read me? </p> <p>Do I hear <em>three</em> master guitarists? Will these questions ever stop? </p> <p>Whatever the case, synchronized guitar work—which requires skillful harmonization—can take the multi-guitar lineup to its full potential—that is, make all lead parts sound bigger and badder. Here are some of the baddest.</p> <p><strong>10. Racer X, “Scarified”</strong></p> <p>That Paul Gilbert and Bruce Bouillet play these stunning neoclassical arpeggios with such apparent ease is enough to make any insecure guitarist closet his ax for good. The fleet-fingered duo speed-pick their way through a cycle of 4ths, sweep-pick across <em>all six</em> <em>strings</em>, and tap the fretboard like some four-armed guitar god that worshippers both fear and revere.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/isFPCMAcPZM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>09. Metallica, “Master of Puppets” </strong></p> <p>It’s rare for James Hetfield to play lead, but when he does he makes it count. The solo he composed for the gentle middle section of this rager about drug abuse is a true attention-getter thanks largely to the sweet melody and high-register trills. In addition, the harmonies here proved that Hetfield and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett were more than just heavy-handed thrashers.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kV-2Q8QtCY4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>08. Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan, “Shy Boy”</strong></p> <p>How does David Lee Roth make himself look good after parting with Van Halen? Well, he hires two Eddies. Sure, Sheehan is a bassist, but he plays the thing like a six-stinger. The breakdown at the song’s end, though short, displays some truly terrifying, ultra-meticulous two-hand tapping. The section functions much like a dangerous high-speed stunt—where a good deal of the audience’s thrill derives from a secret, morbid desire to see the stuntmen fall.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Kqc-Hfb9b-I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>07. Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, “Three Guitar Special”</strong> </p> <p>As the hired guns for Wills’s Western swing band, electric guitarist Eldon Shamblin, pedal-steel man Herb Remington, and electric mandolin player Tiny Moore held down three-part harmonies as though they were a horn section from a big band, all the while shredding through sophisticated jazz-based chromatic passages and arpeggios. Check out the ballsy amplification, especially of the mandolin. And this is 1947! </p> <p><em>Note: We can't find "Three Guitar Special" on YouTube, so we've included the audio of "Twin Guitar Special" from 1941:</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OxDD-XPr28g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>06. Ratt, “Round and Round”</strong> </p> <p>Of those hair-farmin’, lip-poutin’, pantyhose-wearin’ pop-metal bands from the Eighties, this combo—featuring guitarists Warren DeMartini and the late Robbin Crosby—has the distinction of scoring a dual-guitar hit that wasn’t just a sappy ballad. After DeMartini takes a Halen-esque lead, Robbin Crosby joins in for the sustained string bends and descending scales that steal the spotlight from vocalist Stephen Pearcy.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vuWD7VrHquU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>05. Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town”</strong> </p> <p>The trademark sound of the Scott Gorham–Brian Robertson tandem became the prototype for virtually every twin-ax metal band that followed. This sound is immortalized in this Top 40 hit, in which the guitarists' singing lines, adept phrasing and gradual ascension of the fretboard took the song to a dramatic climax above and beyond that of the final chorus.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vuWD7VrHquU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>04. Slayer, “South of Heaven”</strong> </p> <p>Love them or hate them for pioneering a style of metal lead that is more noisescape than it is either tuneful or technical, the team of Kerry King and the late Jeff Hanneman created some of the most instantly recognizable harmony leads around, owing mostly to intervals that will creep the hell out anybody within earshot. If the chromatic descent on this unusually slow pounder doesn’t make you crap your pants, you’ve earned the right to join the Freemasons.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Qos9NgJPJ58" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>03. Boston, “More Than a Feeling”</strong></p> <p>When Les Paul pioneered multitrack recording, it was inevitable that someone like Tom Scholz would take it to the limit—by recording a solo six times over. Armed with pristine distortion, this one-man guitar army launched with this song what is perhaps the most evocative melodies in rock. Eventually, the consistent string bends, slurs and vibrato start to feel almost like a synthetic string section on the recording—a fact that would have disqualified Scholz from this list had he not hired Barry Goudreau and Brad Delp to help him reproduce the harmonies live.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4N7qdcBJzJs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>02. The Allman Brothers Band, “Jessica”</strong></p> <p>This joyous tune recorded shortly after the death of superhuman slide guitarist Duane Allman, with Dicky Betts and Les Dudek on electric guitars. They followed this theoretical formula on one of the most famous rock instrumentals of the Seventies: simple, catchy melody times two equals mondo hooks. The countrified harmonies that constitute this instrumental’s “verse” section are, arguably, the most lyrical in all of classic rock.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c7bilvRfqc4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>01. The Eagles, “Hotel California”</strong></p> <p>Californian country-rock? Yeah, right. But throw in former James Gang guitarist Joe Walsh with Don Felder and Glen Frey and you’ve got a dreamy and dramatic chorus of electric guitars stacking arpeggios over a quasi-Spanish chord progression. Ah, you can almost detect the warm smell of “co-lee-tas” in the air…</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Mj1i_yx5BV0" 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="/ratt">Ratt</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-guitar-harmonies#comments Billy Sheehan Metallica Steve Vai The Eagles Guitar World Lists News Features Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:34:22 +0000 Guitar World Staff 1996 at http://www.guitarworld.com Whole Lotta Sound Effects: Michael Winslow Covers Led Zeppelin — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/whole-lotta-sound-effects-michael-winslow-covers-led-zeppelin-video <!--paging_filter--><p>We know this isn't exactly a new video, but it seems the 4-year-old clip was randomly "discovered" and shared—several thousand times—on Facebook earlier this week.</p> <p>It's a bizarre, brief but nifty cover of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" featuring actor/comedian Michael Winslow—that guy from <em>Police Academy, Spaceballs</em> and <em>Gremilns</em>.</p> <p>Winslow is known as the "Man of 10,000 Sound Effects," and it's easy to see why in this clip.</p> <p>The (real) guitar player is a fellow named Odd Nordstoga, and the clip is from a Norwegian talk show called <em><a href="http://www.tv2.no/underholdning/senkveld/">Senkveld med Thomas og Harald</a></em>. Enjoy!</p> <p>P.S.: If you want to see and hear more of this sort of thing, check out <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-michael-winslow-covers-jimi-hendrix-his-mouth">Michael Winslow Covers Jimi Hendrix ... with His Mouth — Video</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QxcCC2g1Ke0" 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="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/whole-lotta-sound-effects-michael-winslow-covers-led-zeppelin-video#comments Led Zeppelin Michael Winslow WTF Videos News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:11:43 +0000 Damian Fanelli 22433 at http://www.guitarworld.com Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, Alex Skolnick and More to Set Sail on Axes & Anchors Cruise http://www.guitarworld.com/zakk-wylde-yngwie-malmsteen-michael-schenker-alex-skolnick-and-more-set-sail-axes-anchors-cruise <!--paging_filter--><p>Imagine a cruise exclusively planned for guitarists and instrumentalists, featuring performances and lessons from some of the greatest guitar gods on the planet.</p> <p>Prepare to learn from the masters on what fans have dubbed the “shredders cruise”—the five-day/four-night AXES &amp; ANCHORS cruise aboard the Carnival Victory, departing from Miami, Florida, February 20, 2016, stopping in Key West, Florida, and Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami on February 24.</p> <p>Witness blazing performances and take lessons from <strong>Zakk Wylde</strong> (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), <strong>Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker</strong> (Scorpions, UFO, MSG), <strong>Alex Skolnick</strong> (Testament, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), <strong>Traccii Guns</strong> (Guns N’ Roses, LA Guns), <strong>Dario Lorina</strong> (Black Label Society, Lizzy Borden) and more, all while sailing the high seas and visiting exotic locales.</p> <p>Passengers can look forward to more than 40 performances, about a dozen free guitar workshops, as well as games and mingling with guitar gods and more. In addition, the cruise plans on featuring gear demos and displays from some of today’s premier guitar and gear manufacturers.</p> <p>“For generations now, the guitar has remained a source of creativity and symbol of coolness, defying strange musical trends, poor economic forecasts and more, all the while providing a sonic backdrop to good times and bad," Skolnick says. "I consider it a great honor to be joining Yngwie, Zakk and many other great players as part of AXES &amp; ANCHORS, the very first cruise built around the guitar.” </p> <p>Tickets for the cruise start at $899 per person (based on double occupancy), and include all accommodations, meals, concerts, open workshops, games, photo ops and more. Since the ship holds a limited number of passengers, early booking is highly encouraged. </p> <p>Sail less-expensively and get more heavy metal bang for your buck on the AXES &amp; ANCHORS cruise! Tickets are on sale now at <a href="http://axesandanchors.com/">AxesAndAnchors.com</a>. Monthly payment plans are available.</p> <p>“This cruise will surely appeal to guitar players who want to take their skills to the next level in this really fun, unique, and immersive setting,” said Ann Squire, co-owner of AXES &amp; ANCHORS. “Passengers will get to meet their idols and learn from them in between stops at exotic beaches and on-board parties. All of the performers are bringing full bands, and we will be adding some iconic bands to our lineup as well, but as our name implies, the focus now is on guitar-dominated rock.”</p> <p>Squire is also thrilled to have fans experience the unique “pool stage” featured on the AXES &amp; ANCHORS cruise. “The pool stage is unique because it was designed as a pool “theatre." Most stages built on a pool deck are the typical raised stage and then a large flat area in front for standing or sitting that goes back but on the same level. This stage is raised with a flat area in front but has tiered levels as it goes back. The different tiers allow for much better viewing for those not as close to the front of the stage. You don’t have to be concerned about the guy in front who is 7 feet tall when you’re only 5’3”.”</p> <p>Stay tuned for more artist announcements, various upcoming contests in addition to more workshops and activities (both music and non-music related), and more!</p> <p><strong>For more information, visit <a href="http://axesandanchors.com/">axesandanchors.com</a> and follow along on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/AxesCruise">Facedbook.</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/zakk-wylde-yngwie-malmsteen-michael-schenker-alex-skolnick-and-more-set-sail-axes-anchors-cruise#comments News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:54:45 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24378 at http://www.guitarworld.com John Petrucci Demos Ernie Ball Music Man JPBFR6 John Petrucci Ball Family Reserve Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/john-petrucci-demos-ernie-ball-music-man-jpbfr6-john-petrucci-ball-family-reserve-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this brand-new video below, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci walks you through the features of the JPBFR6 John Petrucci Ball Family Reserve (BFR) guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man. </p> <p>Intrigued? Watch the video and visit <a href="http://www.music-man.com/instruments/guitars/john-petrucci-bfr.html">music-man.com.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/D0ib2j3LF48" 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="/john-petrucci">John Petrucci</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/john-petrucci-demos-ernie-ball-music-man-jpbfr6-john-petrucci-ball-family-reserve-guitar-video#comments Dream Theater Ernie Ball John Petrucci Music Man Videos News Gear Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:09:38 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24377 at http://www.guitarworld.com Steve Vai’s New Guitar Camp Experience and DVD Offer Up-Close Encounters with a Guitar Icon http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-vai-s-new-guitar-camp-experience-and-dvd-offer-close-encounters-guitar-icon <!--paging_filter--><p>“Throughout my whole life, I’ve always enjoyed teaching—sharing the things that I’ve learned and experiences I’ve had,” says Steve Vai. </p> <p> The legendary guitar virtuoso will be doing just that for four straight days, August 2–6, at Vai Academy 2015: All About the Guitar, to be held at the Arrabelle resort hotel in Vail, Colorado. </p> <p>A live-in guitar camp experience presented by Dreamcatcher Events, the Academy will offer happy campers a chance to study, hang and even jam with Steve Vai and co-teachers Eric Johnson and Sonny Landreth. </p> <p> “I always felt that one day I would do something like this,” Vai adds. “Then this came along and everything fell into place more beautifully and naturally than I ever could have expected.” </p> <p> This year’s camp will be the second annual Vai Academy. As he did the first time around, Steve has selected an overriding theme for the event. This year, he says, “it’s the guitar itself. How it’s built, why it sounds the way it does, and how you can alter elements of the instrument to find the sound that is intrinsic to you.”</p> <p> Vai has convened a panel of renowned experts to lead workshops on the intricacies of the electric guitar. Larry DiMarzio will lead a class on pickups, Sterling Ball will elucidate the finer points of guitar strings and Ibanez guitar honchos will be on hand to collaborate with Vai on building a custom guitar from scratch. Other classes will address topics including tone woods, guitar electronics and the proper way to set up a guitar, adjusting intonation, string height and other crucial parameters. </p> <p> And of course there will be classes in playing technique led by Vai, Johnson and Landreth—an opportunity to learn the mysteries of fretboard mastery from some of the masters themselves. But even more exciting is the fact that every single camper will have an opportunity to get up onstage to jam with Vai and his band. </p> <p> “Everybody gets to jam, and everybody’s abilities are accepted,” Vai confirms. “Nobody is dismissed. I’ve had people up there who can hardly play a note. But all they had to do was play one note and we worked around that. It gave them a great sense of confidence, enjoyment and independence. </p> <p>"And occasionally you get someone who comes up and I’m like, ‘Whoa!’ They’re playing some serious shit. The jams are one of my favorite parts of the whole thing. When you’re in that musical space with another person, it’s a very intimate kind of connection and relationship—a different kind of relationship than you’d have with anyone else in life.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VlexYog2kZA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p> And for those who can’t make it to this year’s camp, Vai’s new DVD <em>Stillness in Motion—Vai Live in L.A.</em> offers an up-close and personal encounter with the guitarist and his band that’s almost as good as being up onstage and backstage with them yourself. Along with stunning live concert footage culled from an L.A. show, the DVD also takes viewers behind the scenes on the guitarist’s recent “Story of Light” world tour. </p> <p> “We went around the world twice, and it was a glorious, amazing tour,” says Vai. “You gotta have the right guys on a long tour like that, and we absolutely loved being with each other and playing together. And I thought, How cool would it be to create a tour diary video, with excerpts from every city that we were in—onstage and offstage? It ended up being three hours and 40 minutes. It took me five or six months of 15- to 18-hour days to put together. But watching it, I feel like it’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever done.” </p> <p> Some three decades into his groundbreaking career, Vai continues to find new ways to be creative and share his love of music and the guitar with others. “There’s a proliferation of these music environments today,” he says; “guitar festivals, camps, master classes. This is all part of the evolution of the whole music spectrum. If you keep your radar up, there’s so much more opportunity now than there ever was.”</p> <p><em>Photo: Ari Michelson</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3q9RZXS7IMw" 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="/steve-vai">Steve Vai</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-vai-s-new-guitar-camp-experience-and-dvd-offer-close-encounters-guitar-icon#comments June 2015 Steve Vai Videos Interviews News Magazine Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:53:09 +0000 Alan Di Perna 24376 at http://www.guitarworld.com Metal for Life with Metal Mike: A Practice Piece That Incorporates Useful, Challenging Techniques http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-metal-mike-practice-piece-incorporates-useful-challenging-techniques <!--paging_filter--><p>In my quest to raise my guitar-playing game to the highest level, I find it essential to devise practice techniques that will push my pick- and fret-hand abilities as far as possible. </p> <p>A great way to go about this is to combine the focus on these technical issues with the creative endeavor of writing original riffs and patterns that will hopefully spark new song ideas. </p> <p><strong>FIGURE 1</strong> is a 19-bar etude—a musical exercise that sounds like a mini-composition—I came up with that effectively addresses several fret- and pick-hand techniques that I consider crucial to mastering the art of metal guitar playing. </p> <p>In bars 1–4, I alternate a series of two-note power chords on the A and D strings against the palm-muted open low E string, which functions as a pedal tone. Notice that the E note on the A string’s seventh fret is common to each of the two-note chord shapes as the higher note on the D string ascends chromatically (one fret at a time). </p> <p>In this way, I’ve incorporated a melodic idea into a hard-driving rhythm part. At the end of bar 2, the note on the D string descends in order to set up the restatement of the pattern in a musically satisfying way.</p> <p>In bars 5 and 6, I initially accentuate an E5 power chord on the downbeat of beat one, and then repeatedly accent this chord every three 16th notes. The twist here is that, after the initial attack on each E5 chord, I hammer on from B to C on the A string, which creates a subtle grind that makes the riff sound heavy. </p> <p>Then, in bars 7 and 8, I switch to a single-note figure played in straight 16th notes across the bottom two strings, palm-muting the low E virtually the entire time in order to enhance the idea’s rhythmic power. In bars 9–12, I bring back the rhythmic approach from bar 1 but with different chords: here, a low E5 power chord is followed by C, Cs and D voicings on the A, D and G strings. Once again, I employ quick hammer-ons as I shift from chord to chord.</p> <p> The idea then wraps up in the final seven bars, starting in bars 13–15 with a lick played in steady 16th notes and built around consecutive pull-offs that are performed quickly while rapidly moving across the bottom three strings. I use a different fretting finger on each string—index on the low E, middle on the A and ring on the D—and it will take some practice to master this lick and get it up to the desired brisk tempo. </p> <p>The aggression culminates in bar 16 with a fast descending run that also moves across the bottom three strings, starting with 16th-note-triplet double pull-offs that incorporate a four-fret stretch as I move from the pinkie to the middle finger to the index finger. At the end of the pattern—bar 16, beat four—I shift up the neck slightly and switch the fretting fingers to pinkie, ring and index. </p> <p> All in all, this is a fun and challenging etude. 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