News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/%22http%3A/soundcloud.com/guitarworld%22%3EGuitarWorld%3C/a%3E%3C/%3Ehttp%3A/%27http%3A/www.kickstarter.com/projects/realmofobscura/%3Ehttp%3A/www.facebook.com/www.kaiserchiefs.com en 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 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 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:54:23 +0000 Guitar World Staff 1995 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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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-june-15-van-halen?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=June2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>PLATINUM AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>Chances are, many younger guitarists have never recorded with a vintage studio reel-to-reel tape deck, much less witnessed one that wasn’t covered in dust. </p> <p>And it’s a shame, because they’ve missed out on the warm compression analog that tape decks produce as well as the soft distortion that occurs when a guitar signal is overloaded into it. In addition, other natural-sounding tape-based effects, like flanging, chorusing and slapback echo have been replaced with strident digital imitations. </p> <p>All things considered, a reel-to-reel deck is an impractical option for most guitarists. Fortunately, the Strymon Deco Tape Saturation and Doubletracker vividly emulates all of those superb analog sounds in a pedalboard-friendly, digital stompbox that brilliantly enhances your guitar tone with fullness and colorful effects. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-june-15-van-halen?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=June2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the June 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="myExperience4186638697001" 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="4186638697001" /> </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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"But today we're gonna be showing you a little bit of what we do live with the Iron Maidens."</p> <p>Consider this a pro-shot version of a hugely popular fan-filmed <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/iron-maidens-nita-strauss-and-courtney-cox-shred-namm-show-video">video of Strauss and Cox playing "The Trooper" at the BOSS/Roland booth at the 2012 Winter NAMM Show.</a></p> <p>If you want to see Strauss in action this weekend, be sure to tune into VH1 Classic's <em>That Metal Show</em> 9 p.m. (8 p.m. Central) Saturday, April 25. There's a repeat showing at 11 p.m. </p> <p>Strauss' episode also will feature Ace Frehley. And while the former Kiss guitarist has been on the show before, this marks the first <em>TMS</em> appearance by former Grand Funk Railroad vocalist/guitarist Mark Farner. </p> <p>Frehley talks about Kiss’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, being onstage with his former bandmates and his frustration that the original Kiss lineup didn't perform at the ceremony. Farner reminisces about the early days of Grand Funk Railroad, including a time the band had the opportunity to open for Led Zeppelin and how blown away he was by their performance. Strauss, the show's guest guitarist, discusses being discovered while playing the national anthem at an L.A. Kiss football game—and her upcoming solo album.</p> <p><strong>For more about <em>That Metal Show</em>, visit <a href="http://www.vh1.com/shows/that_metal_show/">vh1.com.</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="myExperience4194260139001" 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="4194260139001" /> </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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They perform full-band shows as Nelson, pay tribute to their father with their Ricky Nelson Remembered shows and take part in all-star <em>Scrap Metal</em> performances across the country. </p> <p>While Nelson’s upcoming album, <em>Peace Out</em> [set to be released May 19] might be considered the rock band’s swan song, it might also be their best album, ever. <em>Peace Out</em> is an infectious collection of songs showcasing the maturity of the songwriting as well as Gunnar’s guitar prowess. </p> <p>Next year, Gunnar and Matthew will begin a new duo project focusing on guitars and vocals. So if <em>Peace Out</em> truly is the end of the rock version of Nelson, Gunnar and Matthew are certainly going out in style.</p> <p>I recently spoke with Gunnar about <em>Peace Out</em> and his gear and got his thoughts on the 25th anniversary of <em>After the Rain.</em></p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: How does <em>Peace Out</em> compare to some of Nelson’s previous records?</strong></p> <p>Honestly, if I were to recommend a Nelson record to someone who has never heard the band before, it wouldn’t be our first record [<em>After the Rain</em>]. It would be this one. This one features the best of the songwriting, guitar work and vocals. Most of all, the theme of the record is positive, and that’s what this band is 25 years in. When most everyone else is trying to be tough and rock, we want to make people feel good about listening to music.</p> <p><strong>Why the title, <em>Peace Out</em>?</strong></p> <p>As Nelson the rock band, this will most likely be the last album that will ever be made. Next year, Matthew and I are going in a new direction that focuses more on two guys with guitars. So we really wanted to do an album that punctuates our career in the same way <em>After the Rain</em> heralded it. If this is going to be our swan song as Nelson, I want it to be done on our terms and to the best of our ability. </p> <p><strong>What was the songwriting process like for the album?</strong></p> <p>For guitar-centric things, most people start off with a riff, but that never worked for me. For me, it’s all about melody. Years ago, I remember reading an interview where Paul McCartney said he wants to write melodies that people can’t get out of their head and ones they can hum in the shower. That really made an impact on me. For this album, the ideas started with the melody first. It’s very organic. </p> <p><strong>Let’s talk about a few tracks from the album, starting with "Rockstar."</strong></p> <p>Being a rock star is a state of mind. I wrote that song after I pulled up to a stoplight one day. I looked over and saw this guy in the car next to me just blissfully banging his head to AC/DC. He literally looked like he was fresh out of 1985. As far as he was concerned, he was in his limo on his way to play a concert. I thought, “Man, that guy’s got it all!"</p> <p><strong>"Let it Ride"</strong></p> <p>I remember I was making a comment on something I saw while watching TV. I thought it was ironic that the poker championships were being broadcast on a sports network. Then the more I thought about it, the more I thought it would be cool to make metaphoric reference to a poker game as far as how to live your life. Basically, you can quit halfway through the game or bet all of your chips on your instincts.</p> <p><strong>What are your tour plans like for this year?</strong></p> <p>This year, we’ll primarily be focusing on Nelson rock band and Ricky Nelson Remembered shows. We also have six shows already on the books for Scrap Metal where we’ll be doing some gigs with Lita Ford and Stephen Pearcy. It’s going to be a lot of fun. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9_d0YTF5fro" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong><em>After the Rain</em> was released 25 years ago this year. When you think about that album and era, what comes to mind?</strong></p> <p>I feel two different things. On one hand, I feel grateful that we were able to experience that kind of success so young. That was the end of a musical era. In fact, our record label actually signed Nirvana halfway through our tour cycle. I do wish our record company had released the record two years earlier, because that’s when we turned it in and they just sat on it. Had they have done that, we might have had the opportunity to release a few more records that would have defined our career a whole lot more indelibly.</p> <p><strong>What was the inspiration behind the title track?</strong></p> <p>It started out just being a typical relationship song, but then halfway into it I realized it had a greater meaning. I wrote a line that I really loved and it dictated my philosophy: “Don’t be afraid to lose what was never meant to be." That’s when I realized the title of the album was <em>After the Rain.</em> It was an autobiographical theme we were going for. The truth is, it doesn’t matter what your past was. You can always dictate your present and future.</p> <p><strong>What can you tell me about the song “Love and Affection”?</strong></p> <p>The interesting thing about that song was that at one point it was actually dropped from the album. Fortunately, we had some managers at the time who took the demo to David Holman [mixer] who said, “This is really special. Let’s work on it." So we spent a week working on it and giving it a pop level remix, and it became a Number 1 single!</p> <p><strong>What’s your guitar setup like these days?</strong></p> <p>My number one axe was made for me by John Cruz in the Fender Custom Shop. He made me a Mary Kay Telecaster. It’s got a Jeff Beck-style cutout and a set of Abigail hand wounds in it. It’s a beautiful guitar and matches my Mary Kay Strat perfectly. John also made me a Fender P Bass Mary Kay. My favorite thing to bring out is my Tele and a Mark Sampson DC30. It doesn’t matter if it’s for Ricky Nelson Remembered, Scrap Metal or Nelson. That’s my sound. </p> <p><strong>If <em>Peace Out</em> is to be the last go around as Nelson the rock band, how would you like the band to be remembered?</strong></p> <p>I would love to be remembered for our uniqueness, the strength of the songwriting and vocalizing and how we used our Southern California influences. Unlike many other artists, we didn’t grow up around the blues. We grew up around the Eagles, the Beach Boys, the Hollies and my dad’s Stone Canyon Band. So when I look back on our career, the thing I’m most proud of is how different we sounded and how unique our trip was. </p> <p>For better or worse. Back then, when people mentioned Nelson they’d always say, “Oh, you mean the guys with the long blond hair!” But that was planned too. Now here we are all these years later. The hair’s a lot shorter but I hope the songs are even catchier than when we started out.</p> <p><em>For more about Nelson, visit <a href="http://www.matthewandgunnarnelson.com/">matthewandgunnarnelson.com.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/peace-out-guitarist-gunnar-nelson-talks-new-nelson-album-guitars-and-after-rain#comments Gunnar Nelson James Wood Nelson Interviews News Features Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:43:28 +0000 James Wood 24374 at http://www.guitarworld.com Electro-Harmonix Unveils the Nano POG Pedal, "the Smallest Polyphonic Octave Generator" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/electro-harmonix-unveils-nano-pog-pedal-smallest-polyphonic-octave-generator-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Electro-Harmonix has introduced its new Nano POG pedal, which the company calls "the Smallest Polyphonic Octave Generator."</p> <p>From EHX:</p> <p>The new Nano POG, which expands EHX’s line of polyphonic octave generators (including the POG2 and the Micro POG), delivers flawless tracking and sound in a compact package.</p> <p>An advanced algorithm ensures that the most fleet-fingered guitarists will enjoy glitch-free tracking while the sub-octave and octave up deliver the clarity and sound quality EHX’s POG Series is renowned for. </p> <p>Separate level controls for dry, sub-octave and octave up let the player create a variety of sounds ranging from a convincing bass guitar to a sweet mandolin-like chime and rich organesque tones. A separate Dry output is included which enables the player to split their signal for greater flexibility and control.</p> <p>The Nano POG is equipped with reliable silent footswitching which can be especially useful in various scenarios such as recording sessions or with acoustic musicians whose instruments are mic’d.</p> <p>The Nano POG includes an EHX9.6DC power adapter and also runs on 9V battery. The new pedal carries a U.S. List Price of $270.50.</p> <p><strong>For more about EHX, visit <a href="http://www.ehx.com/">ehx.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YNjeuEugRvA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/electro-harmonix-unveils-nano-pog-pedal-smallest-polyphonic-octave-generator-video#comments EHX Electro-Harmonix Videos Effects News Gear Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:10:52 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24373 at http://www.guitarworld.com "How Korn Got Their Name" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/how-korn-got-their-name-video <!--paging_filter--><p>You might remember Joey Siler from his videos, “Kitties in Chains ‘Cat in the Box’,” and “Cooking Hostile with Phil Anselmo.” </p> <p>Well, he’s back with a new video called “Secret Metal Mysteries,” which looks into the hilarious history of how Korn got their name, and even features an appearance from the Deftones’ Chino Moreno. </p> <p>Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/T7w0WzWdsiI" 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="/korn">Korn</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/how-korn-got-their-name-video#comments Korn Videos News Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:18:29 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24372 at http://www.guitarworld.com Ten Questions with While She Sleeps Guitarist Sean Long http://www.guitarworld.com/ten-questions-while-she-sleeps-guitarist-sean-long <!--paging_filter--><p>U.K. rockers While She Sleeps have just released their second album, <em>Brainwashed,</em> via Razor &amp; Tie. We figured that gave us a fine excuse to pick the brain of WSS guitarist Sean Long. Here are our 10 questions.</p> <p><strong>01. While She Sleeps <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/brainwashed/id983791369">just released their new album</a>, <em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/brainwashed/id983791369">Brainwashed</a></em>, in the U.S. How are fans reacting to it?</strong></p> <p>We couldn't be happier with how people are receiving the record. No one seems to have a bad word to say about it, which is quite amazing for us. </p> <p>After having the album with us for so long, working, changing and developing it, it can very easily become quite scary. For example, "Is it just us who thinks it's great and we've lost our minds?" [laughs] So when people finally hear it and actually love it, it is an amazing sigh of relief.</p> <p><strong>02. How did the writing process differ on the new album versus your debut, <em>This Is the Six?</em></strong></p> <p>We've always written our music off the back of our latest material, using it as inspiration, among other things, to keep our sound alive. So you could say, in a strange sense, we've been writing for each album since we started creating music. For example, I'm already writing for the next record, so there's never really a stand point to start writing. However, there is a point at which we decide to start to compile all our work together and begin to create block socks. </p> <p>The way in which it has differed this time is how staggered the whole song arrangement and writing has been. Due to Loz's [Lawrence "Loz" Taylor] throat problems, it made it difficult to stay on top of the music side of things for me, as I usually feed off of new vocal ideas from him, which makes me flow with the music. </p> <p>Also, because of the time we lost, it meant we had to leave a lot of the vocal and melody writing to Mat [Welsh] and Loz to track a lot of it on the day, and it left little room for group writing sessions. As always, it was a blessing in disguise as Mat and Loz really thrive on pressure because it forces you to produce what you really want because time is thin, and it will force out the truth.</p> <p><strong>03. What kind of gear did you use on <em>Brainwashed</em>?</strong></p> <p>For amps, we used a Marshall JVM205 and a Peavey 6505. Guitars ranged from an Ibanez FR, an Ibanez Roadcore, a Telecaster, a Gibson ES-335, the Epiphone Matt Heavy Signature model and a Les Paul Special. Plus a wide range of acoustics.</p> <p><strong>04. How does your gear differ from the studio to the stage?</strong></p> <p>I’ve tried my hardest to sound as much like the records a possible. In no way does that mean it’s all polished live, as we love the fact that a live show is completely different every time. But tone-wise, I take pride in trying to make it like the record just so kids can thrive off of our it sound from already listening to the record.</p> <p><strong>05. What's the first song you learned on guitar?</strong></p> <p>"Damn It" by Blink 182. Aaran [Mckenzie] our bassist used to play guitar when he was younger, and it was the first song he taught me. Blink rule!</p> <p><strong>06. Is there a particular style of music or any guitarists that inspired the way you play on the record?</strong></p> <p>Not really. Like I said, we like to take inspiration from our own lives and try and make our own vibe from that. But I have to say, introducing the whammy was definitely a blast of Rage Against the Machine, as they were one of the first bands I loved, and I hadn't listed to them in years.</p> <p><strong>07. There are plenty of heavy riffs and solos on the new record. What's your favorite song to play and why?</strong></p> <p>Either "Brainwashed" of "Life in Tension." "Brainwashed" because of the shred fest at the end [laughs]. I fucking love that riff and have been waiting for a long time to play and watch how it works live! "Life in Tension," on the other hand, is really fast but easy to play live, but then I get to rock a new whammy sort of vibe in the chorus, which is awesome.</p> <p><strong>08. The band is known for its DIY work ethic. How has this influenced your guitar setup and the way you play?</strong></p> <p>I’ve sort of stopped caring so much about if I have all the best gear, as when in was younger that’s all I wanted and thought that was the way to go. It turns out if you really enjoy playing live, it will shine through your playing. You can have all shiny gear, but really it’s the passion behind the writing that will dictate the power of the presentation.</p> <p><strong>09. If you could have any guitarist, dead or alive, join you on stage for a shred session, who would it be and why?</strong></p> <p> Tom Morello. Just because I wouldn’t be doing this interview and wouldn't of got hooked if it wasn’t for him. He's an absolute legend!</p> <p><strong>10. While She Sleeps will return to the U.S. in June for the Vans Warped Tour. What are you looking forward to the most? Is there anything you know now that you didn't when you played the fest in 2013?</strong></p> <p>Yeah; it's fucking hot as shit [laughs] We've all learned a lot about prepping for the tour beforehand and being ready on the first day. It’s a brutal tour for sure, but we're still stoked to get a fire going in the States. We can't fucking wait!</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/98028671%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-1ImDB&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/ten-questions-while-she-sleeps-guitarist-sean-long#comments Sean Long While She Sleeps Interviews News Features Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:10:30 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24371 at http://www.guitarworld.com