News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/0 en Metal for Life with Metal Mike: Combining Metal-Style Rhythm-Playing Techniques to Create Memorable Riffs http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-metal-mike-combining-metal-style-rhythm-playing-techniques-create-memorable-riffs <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>NOTE: The incorrect tabs appear in the Metal for Life column in the October 2014 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>. We've included the correct tabs below, just below the lesson video.</strong></p> <p>As a working metal guitarist, I’m always faced with different challenges, whether I’m working with an artist like Rob Halford from Judas Priest or fronting my own band and performing my own music. </p> <p>In both situations, I’m required to come up with inspired, heavy metal–approved guitar parts that will fuel the music in an ideal way. Whether a specific guitar part is comprised of single-note lines against a pedal tone or fast-shifting chord voicings against different root notes, it’s essential that I have my rhythm/riff chops together for whatever situation I find myself in. </p> <p>In this month’s column, I’d like to detail a handful of riffs designed to sharpen up very specific and different aspects of proper heavy-metal guitar technique.</p> <p><strong>FIGURE 1</strong> presents an eight-bar rhythm part built using a few different techniques. I begin in bar 1 with an A5 power chord, followed by open-A-string pedal tones that alternate against two-note chords on the D and G strings. There is an inherent melodic line played on the G string through this bar. In bar 2, I move to two-note voicings of G and Am, played against the A pedal, after which I wrap up the initial two-bar idea with a single-note line. </p> <p>Now that a theme has been established, in bar 3 I restate the riff from bar 1, and in bar 4, I wrap up this two-bar figure with a very unusual line that moves between the third and fifth frets on the D and G strings. </p> <p>To me, this line has a Randy Rhoads–like quality. Bars 5 and 6 are very similar to bars 1 and 2, except I end this phrase with an alternative melody. Bars 7 and 8 complete the idea, wrapping with a very specific idea. </p> <p>A three-note phrase, played in straight 16th notes, ends with a pull-off to the open D string. This three-note phrase moves up to each higher interval within the scale structure of the A Aeolian mode (A B C D E F G) until I finish on a two-note G major chord. Play through this eight-bar phrase slowly and carefully, striving for crystal-clear articulation as well as a rock-solid rhythmic feel.</p> <p> One of my favorite things to do is devise metal riffs played in odd meters, such as 7/8 and 9/8. <strong>FIGURE 2</strong> offers a riff in 9/8 that is performed almost entirely on the low E string. I begin with an index-finger pull-off from the third fret to the open low-E pedal note, and after riding on the low-E pedal in straight, palm-muted 16th notes for four more notes, I pull off from Bf at the sixth fret.</p> <p>The phrase in bar 1 ends with an ascending line that comes in at an unusual place, on the second 16th note of beat four. Notice that there are two extra 16th notes in the bar, which results in a phrase played in 9/8. As the riff progresses, these pull-offs are moved to different locations, and the riff ends with repeated pull-offs on the bottom two strings.</p> <p><strong>FIGURE 3</strong> is a little more straight-ahead, in terms of Maiden/Priest-type metal. Based primarily on A minor pentatonic (A B C D E), repeated pull-offs on the D and A strings are followed with three-note chord accents. 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Baggs' DI Acoustic Guitar Preamp.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>"We created the Venue DI so you can travel light, set up fast and sound incredible anywhere you plug in. The Venue DI gives you complete control by combining a full-isolation DI output, 5-band EQ with adjustable low and hi-mid bands, variable clean boost and chromatic tuner all in one acoustic pedal. </p> <p>"With its all-discrete signal path, hi-graded semiconductors and exclusive use of audiophile grade film capacitors, the Venue DI is on par with the world’s elite preamps and provides a studio quality sound for the stage."</p> <p>For more information about the L.R. Baggs DI Acoustic Guitar Preamp, visit its page at <a href="http://www.lrbaggs.com/preamps/venue-di-acoustic-preamp">lrbaggs.com</a>.</p> <p>P.S.: If Steve Booke looks (or sounds) familiar, you might recognize him from his "What in the World" lessons on GuitarWorld.com. 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Baggs LR Baggs News Steve Booke Gear Acoustic Guitars Effects Videos News Gear Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:24:51 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22161 Metallica: Official Footage from Heavy Montreal, Including Rehearsal, "Battery" and "The Four Horsemen" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/metallica-official-footage-heavy-montreal-including-rehearsal-battery-and-four-horsemen-video <!--paging_filter--><p>The busy people over at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/MetallicaTV?feature=watch">MetallicaTV</a> have posted official, pro-shot footage from Metallica's August 9 performance at Heavy Montreal.</p> <p>The 15-minute clip, which you can check out below, features "fly on the wall" footage shot by the MetOnTour reporters. </p> <p>It includes bits of the band's rehearsal, plus "Battery" and "The Four Horsemen" from the actual show — which was their final show of the summer. It also was their only North American show of 2014.</p> <p>Watch the video and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UhclYAp_dX4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/metallica-official-footage-heavy-montreal-including-rehearsal-battery-and-four-horsemen-video#comments Metallica Videos News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:30:45 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22160 Foo Fighters Spoof 'Carrie' in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-spoof-carrie-als-ice-bucket-challenge-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Unless you've been living under a rock — or an ice bucket — you've probably heard about the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge.</p> <p>I'm sure 7 to 13 percent of your Facebook friends have posted their own Ice Bucket Challenge videos, but they probably weren't as inspired as this one, which was created by Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters.</p> <p>After Grohl nominates Stephen King, Jack Black and John Travolta to take the challenge after him, the camera reveals that Grohl is wearing a prom dress and his date is Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. </p> <p>It is, of course, a spoof of the classic 1976 Stephen King horror film <em>Carrie</em>. But enough of my yappin'! Check out the clip and tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>For more about the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge, visit <a href="http://alsa.org">alsa.org</a>. For more about the 1976 version of <em>Carrie</em>, head <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_%281976_film%29">here.</a> For more about shoes, head <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe">here.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XLZOjLv0_6k" 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="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-spoof-carrie-als-ice-bucket-challenge-video#comments Dave Grohl Foo Fighters Videos News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:52:31 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22159 Pro Tone Pedals Introduces Limited-Edition Mark Holcomb Haunted Signature Delay Pedal http://www.guitarworld.com/pro-tone-pedals-introduces-limited-edition-mark-holcomb-haunted-signature-delay-pedal <!--paging_filter--><p>Pro Tone Pedals has launched its new Mark Holcomb Limited Edition Signature Delay Pedal. </p> <p>The Periphery guitarist's signature pedal, the Haunted Delay, was designed to be an ambient-style delay like your favorite vintage tape echo, with gig-ready durability to last you decades without a $1,000 price tag. In the U.S., the price is $283 including shipping.</p> <p>The Delay control offers a sweep of delay times ranging from 25 milliseconds to 450 milliseconds. The Repeat control runs from a single regeneration to infinite feedback. The longer settings introduces some slight note crunching similar to the vintage tape delay systems from past decades.</p> <p>Mix sets the level of delayed signal mixed with straight guitar tone. The Volume knob adjusts the overall output from unity gain to a 20db boost, enough volume to drive your amp to the edge. The Haunted delay was intentionally designed to work well with modern high-gain amps as well as classics, offering the widest range of usability, no matter what style you play.</p> <p>"I’m extremely happy with how unique and versatile this pedal turned out, and it’s been an inspiration merely jamming on it as of late," Holcomb said. </p> <p>"The intention here was to create something truly trippy, a pedal versatile enough to handle the soundscape-y material I’m drawn to, while at the same time having a very streamlined interface, making it easy to use as a songwriting tool, which is its main use for me."</p> <p><iframe src="//instagram.com/p/q78m6vPrOK/embed/" width="620" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Additional features</strong>:</p> <p>• The first 50 off the production line will be autographed by Mark<br /> • True Hardwire Bypass for noise free operation<br /> • Stomp switch built to withstand years of hard stomping shows<br /> • Durable aluminum housing<br /> • Operates on a standard 9 volt negative tip BOSS style adapter<br /> • Limited run of 150<br /> • Shipping begins September 15th<br /> • Proudly built by hand in the USA<br /> • Buy now within the USA $283 (price includes shipping)</p> <p><strong>For more about the pedal (and to order), visit <a href="http://protonepedals.com/markholcomb/">protonepedals.com</a>.</strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/pro-tone-pedals-introduces-limited-edition-mark-holcomb-haunted-signature-delay-pedal#comments Mark Holcomb Periphery Pro Tone Pedals Effects News Gear Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:22:33 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22158 Crucified Barbara Premiere "I Sell My Kids for Rock’N’Roll" Playthrough Video http://www.guitarworld.com/crucified-barbara-premiere-i-sell-my-kids-rock-n-roll-playthrough-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out a new guitar-playthrough video featuring Crucified Barbara guitarists Mia and Klara.</p> <p>The song in the clip, "I Sell My Kids for Rock’N’Roll," is the opening track from Crucified Barbara's new album, <em>In the Red</em>, which will be released September 10 via Despotz Recs.</p> <p>Taking cues from the Donnas and the Runaways, the ladies truly know how to demonstrate their chops, as you can see! Also, it seems that while they might sell their kids, that dog isn't going anywhere.</p> <p>For more about Crucified Barbara, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/crucifiedbarbara">Facebook</a> and visit their <a href="http://crucifiedbarbara.com/">official website.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FQPoFRvGRJk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/crucified-barbara-premiere-i-sell-my-kids-rock-n-roll-playthrough-video#comments Crucified Barbara Videos News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:05:54 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22157 Review: Three New Hal Leonard Books for the Bassist in All of Us http://www.guitarworld.com/review-three-new-hal-leonard-books-bassist-all-us <!--paging_filter--><p>Whether you’re a bona fide bassist or a guitar player who dabbles in bass, I won’t tell. </p> <p>What I <em>will</em> say is, here are three new books from Hal Leonard that will fine tune your way around the low end. </p> <p><strong><em>Essential Bass Guitar Techniques</em></strong>: Chris Kringel pieced together 21 separate lessons into one book that will help define your playing style as a bassist. The book starts off with simple right-hand plucking concepts and ends with complex two-handed tapping techniques. </p> <p>Packed in between are lessons on picking, fretting, slapping, muting and harmonics. Each lesson includes pictures, TAB, musical notation and recorded audio examples to get you the right track. <strong>$19.99</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Best Bass Lines Ever</em></strong>: This is volume 46 of Hal Leonard’s "Bass Play-Along" series. It contains TAB and musical notation for eight songs; “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, “Hysteria” by Muse, “Longview” by Green Day, “Roundabout” by Yes, “Sweet Child O' Mine” by Guns N’ Roses, “Taxman” by the Beatles, “Under Pressure” by Queen and “YYZ” by Rush. </p> <p>The book comes with a link and access code to Hal Leonard’s My Library, where you’ll be able to download or stream a play-along track with or without bass accompaniment for each song. <strong>$17.99</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Paul McCartney</em></strong>: Also from Hal Leonard’s "Bass Play-Along" series, this book offers TAB and notation following Sir Paul’s career with the Beatles and as a solo artist. The nine songs featured in this book are “Band on the Run," “Hey Bulldog," “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)," “Live and Let Die," “Maybe I’m Amazed," “Penny Lane," “Rain," “Silly Love Songs” and “With a Little Help from My Friends.”</p> <p>Not only does the "Play-Along" CD have backing tracks with and without bass, it also works with Hal Leonard’s <a href="http://www.halleonard.com/ASD/">"Amazing Slow Downer" software.</a> The free software allows you to slow down or speed up audio examples as you get them under your fingers. You also can modify the pitch to avoid tuning down or playing in uncomfortable keys. <strong>$17.99</strong></p> <p><em>You can't believe everything you read on the Internet, but Billy Voight is a gear reviewer, bassist and guitarist from Pennsylvania. He has Hartke bass amps and Walden acoustic guitars to thank for supplying some of the finest gear on his musical journey. Need Billy's help in creating noise for your next project? Drop him a line at thisguyonbass@gmail.com.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-three-new-hal-leonard-books-bassist-all-us#comments Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown book review Hal Leonard Review Blogs News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:44:38 +0000 Billy Voight http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22156 Gary Clark Jr. to Release Double Live Album September 23 http://www.guitarworld.com/gary-clark-jr-release-double-live-album-september-23 <!--paging_filter--><p>Blues-rock guitar phenom Gary Clark Jr. will deliver his first live — and first double — album this September 23. </p> <p>Titled simply <em>Gary Clark Jr. - LIVE</em>, the album will feature 11 originals and four covers, including Jimi Hendrix's "Third Stone from the Sun" and Albert Collins' "If Trouble Was Money."</p> <p>Pre-order from Amazon or <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/gary-clark-jr.-live/id906127510">iTunes</a> and get an instant download of "When My Train Pulls In (Live)." </p> <p>GuitarWorld.com (and not other websites) will debut a song from the new album soon!</p> <p><strong>Disc 1</strong></p> <p>Catfish Blues (Robert Petway)<br /> Next Door Neighbor Blues<br /> Travis Country<br /> When My Train Pulls In<br /> Don't Owe You A Thing<br /> Three O' Clock Blues (Lowell Fulson)<br /> Things Are Changin'<br /> Numb</p> <p><strong>Disc 2</strong></p> <p>Ain't Messin' 'Round<br /> If Trouble Was Money (Albert Collins)<br /> Third Stone From The Sun / If You Love me Like You Say (Jimi Hendrix / Albert Collins)<br /> Please Come Home<br /> Black and Blu<br /> Bright Lights<br /> When The Sun Goes Down </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-08-19%20at%201.00.39%20PM.png" width="620" height="619" alt="Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 1.00.39 PM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/gary-clark-jr-release-double-live-album-september-23#comments Gary Clark Jr. News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:01:44 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22155 In Deep with Andy Aledort: The A Mixolydian Mode, Up and Down Each String http://www.guitarworld.com/deep-andy-aledort-mixolydian-mode-and-down-each-string <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the October 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>When jamming, guitarists are always challenged by the task of creating interesting, evolving rhythm parts behind a soloist. </p> <p>In my experiences, I have found the study of modal chord patterns and structures to be tremendously useful in this regard and endlessly interesting. </p> <p>I recently devoted a few columns to the study of building chord shapes, or “grips,” and patterns from modal structures, focusing on two of the most widely used minor modes, Dorian and Aeolian. This month, I’d like to turn your attention to one of the major modes, Mixolydian.</p> <p>The Mixolydian mode is spelled: 1(root) 2 3 4 5 6 f7. It is essentially a major scale with the seventh degree lowered, or “flatted.” </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="myExperience3725935018001" 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="3725935018001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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For the rest of this story, including the remainder of our Stevie Ray Vaughan "Top 30" list, Steve Howe/Yes, the 60th anniversary of the Fender Strat, lessons, tabs and reviews of new gear from TC Electronic, Seymour Duncan, Prestige Guitars and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=John5Excerpt">check out the October 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <p>For someone who spent a mere seven and a half years as a heavy player on the world stage, Texas guitar-slinger Stevie Ray Vaughan left behind a wealth of recorded material—and one hell of a legacy.</p> <p>In that blink of an eye between his incongruous appearance on David Bowie’s <em>Let’s Dance</em> in 1983 and his death in a freak helicopter crash in 1990, Vaughan unleashed four indispensable studio albums that hijacked the trajectory of modern blues guitar. </p> <p>Without the aid of light shows, edgy haircuts and goofy rock-star posturing, he introduced the MTV generation to passion-fueled guitar music—not to mention the work and importance of Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Buddy Guy and Howlin’ Wolf.</p> <p>He even had time to star in his own mini rock-star drama of drug and alcohol addiction, breakdown, recovery and triumphant return.</p> <p>In the all-new October 2014 issue—in honor of what would have been Vaughan’s 60th birthday (It’s about as difficult to picture SRV at 60 as it is to picture Hendrix at 72)—<em>Guitar World</em> looks back at what we consider his 30 greatest guitar moments. Our list digs deep into his six-string artistry, while taking historical importance and other factors into account. </p> <p>In terms of material, we’ve considered everything, including his official studio work and numerous posthumous studio and live releases—basically everything that will be included on Legacy Recordings’ new 13-disc box set, <em>Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Album Collection</em>, which is slated to be released in October, the anniversary of Vaughan’s birth. </p> <p>We also considered his DVDs and videos available on YouTube—pretty much everything and anything he recorded with a Fender Strat, a guitar that, as reported elsewhere in this issue, also happens to be celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. </p> <p><strong>FOR THIS EXCERPT FROM OUR OCTOBER COVER STORY</strong>, we focus on three performances from Vaughan's October 1989 performance on <em>Austin City Limits</em>. These recordings represent numbers 5, 11 and 12 on our Top 30 list. Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>05. “Leave My Girl Alone”</strong><br /> <strong>(<em>Austin City Limits</em>, 1989; released on <em>The Real Deal: Greatest Hits 2</em>, 1999)</strong></p> <p>One of the most frustrating things about Vaughan’s tragic death in August 1990 was the fact that, in the last two years of his life, his playing had somehow improved. Vaughan’s (and the rest of the band’s) coke-induced distractions were snuffed out, and his portal—that magical gateway that connected the guitarist to his unique source of inspiration, divine or otherwise—was wide open. </p> <p>A perfect example is this live 1989 version of Buddy Guy’s “Leave My Girl Alone,” recorded on the <em>Austin City Limits</em> TV show. </p> <p>Eric Clapton has mentioned how Jeff Beck “pulls” notes from his guitar; in this case, Vaughan is clearly “pushing” the notes out of his Strat, all in relentless, lightning-fast bursts that make you wonder what you’ve been doing with your life. </p> <p>His ominous groans between phrases underscore the passion and excitement he felt during every performance, especially when he was able to experience his surroundings as a clean and sober guitar god. — <strong><em>DF</em></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lJXwZFwC3mw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>11. “Mary Had a Little Lamb”</strong><br /> <strong> (<em>Austin City Limits</em>, 1989)</strong></p> <p>“When I go out and play [“Mary Had a Little Lamb”], I can hear people say, ‘Oh, that's Stevie's number,’ ” Buddy Guy once said. “So I say, ‘Okay man, that's Stevie's number.’ But Stevie knows whose number it was.” </p> <p>“Mary,” the first Guy composition to be recorded by Vaughan, was the perfect canvas for Vaughan and keyboardist Reese Wynans to slather with their mad skills. </p> <p>Like the rest of this priceless 1989 <em>Austin City Limits</em> broadcast, Vaughan is simply on fire. </p> <p>Between the song’s funked-up sections, he delivers a series of stellar, note-perfect solos that careen and soar with the aid of some nifty whammy-bar action. — <strong><em>DF</em></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4cGphy7XeZk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>12. Tightrope </strong><br /> <strong>(<em>Austin City Limits</em>, 1989)</strong></p> <p>When Stevie cut 1989’s <em>In Step</em>, his last studio effort with Double Trouble, he showcased more of an R&amp;B/soul approach than ever before, evidenced by the hit tracks “Crossfire” and “Tightrope.” “Tightrope” is a straightforward 4/4 groover with a James Brown–meets–Albert King type of feel. </p> <p>Shot on October 10, 1989, for <em>Austin City Limits</em>, Stevie’s performance is extraordinary, displaying a combination of raw power, deep emotion and technical brilliance in perfect measure. </p> <p>His Fuzz Face–drenched solo is crushing in its power while also beautifully melodic and precise. </p> <p>The intense multi-string bent vibratos at the start of his outro solo (3:42–3:46) are just the tip of the iceberg as he closes out this truly masterful performance. <strong>— <em>Andy Aledort</em></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GX5ioDq1m5I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>This is an excerpt from the October 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the rest of this story, plus the rest of our Stevie Ray Vaughan Top 30 feature, Yes, the 60th anniversary of the Fender Strat, columns, tabs and reviews of new gear from TC Electronic, Seymour Duncan, Prestige Guitars and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=John5Excerpt">check out the October 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-austin-city-limits-three-songs-srvs-30-greatest-recordings#comments Damian Fanelli October 2014 Stevie Ray Vaughan Videos News Features Magazine Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:09:58 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22153 Opeth Stream New Album, 'Pale Communion' http://www.guitarworld.com/opeth-stream-new-album-pale-communion <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Opeth are streaming their new album, <em>Pale Communion</em>, and you can check it out <a href="http://pitchfork.com/advance/519-pale-communion/">right here.</a></strong></p> <p>The album will be released August 25 by Roadrunner Records.</p> <p>Opeth recently announced details of their return to North America for a coast-to-coast co-headline run with In Flames. The nationwide trek, which will also feature support from Red Fang, is set to get under way December 3 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago and traverse North America through the end of the month. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://pitchfork.com/advance/519-pale-communion/">HEAR OPETH'S NEW ALBUM HERE.</a></strong></p> <p>For more details and ticket information visit <a href="http://www.opeth.com/home/">opeth.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>2014 CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH IN FLAMES</strong></p> <p>DECEMBER<br /> 3 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre<br /> 4 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights<br /> 5 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium<br /> 6 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre<br /> 8 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre<br /> 9 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium<br /> 10 Tempe, AZ The Marquee<br /> 12 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Ballroom<br /> 13 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live<br /> 15 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle<br /> 17 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory<br /> 18 New York, NY Terminal 5<br /> 19 Worcester, MA The Palladium<br /> 20 Montreal, QC Metropolis<br /> 21 Toronto, ON Kool Haus </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="/opeth">Opeth</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/opeth-stream-new-album-pale-communion#comments Opeth News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:41:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22152 New Book/CD: Learn Slide Guitar from Warren Haynes http://www.guitarworld.com/new-bookcd-learn-slide-guitar-warren-haynes <!--paging_filter--><p>Learn the slide guitar stylings of Warren Haynes from the man himself! </p> <p>In <em>Warren Haynes — Guide to Slide Guitar</em>, the legendary guitarist of Gov't Mule, Phil Lesh and Friends, the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers Band offers instructions on choosing a slide, perfecting left- and right-hand techniques, playing rhythm and blues soloing-on electric and acoustic. </p> <p><em>Warren Haynes — Guide to Slide Guitar</em> will give you the most in-depth and personal lessons ever on how to play slide guitar in the style of Warren Haynes. </p> <p>Also includes a split-channel CD of the exercises, played by Haynes with a full band. </p> <p>Listen to the master or solo along to the backing tracks!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/tab-books/products/warren-haynes-guide-to-slide-guitar/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=WarrenHaynesSlide">'Warren Haynes — Guide to Slide Guitar' is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $19.99.</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/warren-haynes">Warren Haynes</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/new-bookcd-learn-slide-guitar-warren-haynes#comments Warren Haynes News Features Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:15:17 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18876 Seymour Duncan Releases Pickup Booster Pedal — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/seymour-duncan-releases-pickup-booster-pedal-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Seymour Duncan has released the Pickup Booster pedal.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The highly sought-after Pickup Booster is back with even more features to give guitar players the perfect boost when they need it.</p> <p>Many guitarists want to be able to boost their signal without adding noise or altering their tone. With its class A, low-noise circuit design, the Pickup Booster can do just that and is exceptional at emphasizing a guitar's natural sound while adding some muscle and fatness. </p> <p>It's extremely transparent, adds clarity and has several new improvements that build even further on the original's design. The Gain control can now be turned down to unity (0dB). We also added a discrete push-pull output stage that gives you increased drive capability. So even with the Gain knob down at 0dB and a long cable length, your signal chain will sound cleaner. </p> <p>One of the most exciting features is the Resonance Switch which makes the pedal interact directly with your pickups, allowing those with single-coils to flip a switch for a vintage humbucker sound that's perfect for classic rock or blues. With another flip of the switch you can get a high-output humbucker tone for rip roaring solos or for blasting gain out of a tube amp. </p> <p>You can use the Pickup Booster for a clean, buffered boost with more headroom or you can fatten up a humbucker for maximum saturation and sustain. Like the Dirty Deed, Vapor Trailand 805 Overdrive, each Pickup Booster is assembled in Santa Barbara, California and is True-Bypass. </p> <p><strong>Specifications</strong></p> <p><strong>Gain range</strong>: 0 to 25 dB</p> <p><strong>Pickup Resonance Switch</strong>: Makes a single coil sound like a vintage humbucker ("1") or high output humbucker ("2").<br /> "1" - Resonance shifts down by 2-3kHz<br /> "0" - Resonance is not affected<br /> "2" - Resonance shifts down by 3-5kHz</p> <p><strong>Bypass</strong>: True bypass</p> <p><strong>Noise</strong>: -120 dBV (referred to input with gain set at 25dB)</p> <p><strong>Type of circuitry</strong>: Fully discrete, class A, push-pull output stage</p> <p><strong>Distortion</strong>: &lt; 0.1%</p> <p><strong>Power</strong>: DC 9 V battery, or regulated 9-18V DC adapter</p> <p><strong>Current consumption</strong>: 4.27mA @ 9V (when LED is "on"), 2.80mA @ 9V (when LED is "off")</p> <p><strong>Input impedance</strong>: 500K (when effect is "on"), Open (when effect is "off")</p> <p><strong>Output impedance</strong>: 150 Ohms</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 2.61" x 4.90" x 1.40" (W x L x H) (6.63cm x 12.45cm x 3.56cm)</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 0.8 lb. without battery, 0.9 lb. with battery</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.seymourduncan.com/">SeymourDuncan.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_TMBGXye_Cs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/seymour-duncan-releases-pickup-booster-pedal-demo-video#comments Seymour Duncan Videos Effects News Gear Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:12:29 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22151 Yngwie Malmsteem Lesson: Cracking the Code, Season 2, Episode 1: "Get Down for the Upstroke" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/yngwie-malmsteem-lesson-cracking-code-season-2-episode-1-get-down-upstroke-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Guitarist Troy Grady hosts a web series called "Cracking the Code." </p> <p>In each episode, he breaks down a phrase — or something awesome that he has learned or figured out — and then explains it in a detail-packed way that includes an information- and graphics-packed video.</p> <p>Below, we present Season 2, Episode 1 of "Cracking the Code." It's an Yngwie Malmsteen-related lesson called "Get Down for the Upstroke."</p> <p>From Grady:</p> <p>"Season 2 of 'Cracking the Code' launches a new chapter in the understanding of advanced picking technique. With the discovery of downward pickslanting and its companion technique, chunking, a window opens on a world of speed and clarity we've only dreamed was possible.</p> <p>"Over the course of the first two episodes of Season 2, we'll discover the power of Yngwie's fascinating and genre-defining asymmetrical approach to picking and come to understand the vast importance of downward pickslanting as a cornerstone of some of the greatest techniques in guitar history."</p> <p>So yes — get ready to learn about pickslanting, chunking and lots more in the new video below (posted in July 2014)!</p> <p>For more about Troy Grady and his instructional videos, visit <a href="http://www.troygrady.com/code/">troygrady.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7TnddE2k598" 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="/yngwie-malmsteen">Yngwie Malmsteen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/yngwie-malmsteem-lesson-cracking-code-season-2-episode-1-get-down-upstroke-video#comments Cracking the Code Troy Grady Yngwie Malmsteen Videos News Lessons Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:58:26 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22150 Jeff Loomis Shows You How to Play "Ashes of Lesser Men" Intro — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/jeff-loomis-shows-you-how-play-ashes-lesser-men-intro-video <!--paging_filter--><p>The gang at Schecter Guitars have shared the latest edition of "Conquering Rifftopia," a webisode series starring Jeff Loomis of Conquering Dystopia.</p> <p>In this latest video (webisode III), Loomis shows you how to play the intro to "Ashes of Lesser Men," a track off Conquering Dystopia's debut album, which was released earlier this year. The band also features guitarist Keith Merrow.</p> <p>Be sure to tell us what you think of this tune and clip in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>Click <a href="http://youtu.be/xEKb4O-G2f0">here</a> to watch Loomis talk about his new Signature JL-7; head <a href="http://youtu.be/Eo_812bsLss">here</a> to watch Merrow discuss his new signature KM-7. Schecter says the guitars are shipping now.</p> <p><a href="http://conqueringdystopia.com/downloads">The album is available here.</a> </p> <p>For more about Conquering Dystopia, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConqueringDystopia">Facebook.</a> For more about Schecter, visit <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/">schecterguitars.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_qMn3ldmlpk" 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="/jeff-loomis">Jeff Loomis</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jeff-loomis-shows-you-how-play-ashes-lesser-men-intro-video#comments Conquering Dystopia Jeff Loomis Schecter Guitars Videos News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:40:03 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22149