News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all en Fingerpicking Beatles: Learn Solo Guitar Arrangements for 30 Beatles Songs http://www.guitarworld.com/fingerpicking-beatles-learn-solo-guitar-arrangements-30-beatles-songs <!--paging_filter--><p><em><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/fingerpicking-beatles-revised-expanded-edition/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=FingerpickingBeatles">Fingerpicking Beatles: Revised &amp; Expanded Edition</a></em> features 30 Beatles songs arranged for solo guitar in standard notation and tab. </p> <p>The arrangements in this book are carefully written for intermediate-level guitarists. Each solo combines melody and harmony in one superb fingerpicking arrangement. The book also includes an easy introduction to basic fingerstyle guitar. </p> <p>The 30 songs include "Across the Universe," "All You Need Is Love," "Can't Buy Me Love," "Hey Jude," "In My Life," "Let It Be," "Michelle," "The Long and Winding Road," "Something," "Yellow Submarine," "Yesterday" and more.</p> <p><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/fingerpicking-beatles-revised-expanded-edition/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=FingerpickingBeatles">The book is available now for $19.99 at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ms65JQTBCcQ" 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="/beatles">The Beatles</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/fingerpicking-beatles-learn-solo-guitar-arrangements-30-beatles-songs#comments The Beatles News Features Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:42:10 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17202 Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy Jam at Legends in 1989 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-and-buddy-guy-jam-legends-1989-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Some more incredibly rare video of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan in action has suddenly become available on YouTube.</p> <p>Below, watch Buddy Guy jamming with Vaughan on July 30, 1989, at <a href="http://www.buddyguy.com/">Buddy Guy's Legends</a> in Chicago.</p> <p>The event? Guy's 53rd birthday party.</p> <p>This video mysteriously appeared on YouTube March 19. We think the top commenter (on YouTube) puts it best:</p> <p>"Wow is all I can say!!!!! I've heard this was video taped from a few people, even saw a couple grainy photos from said video. But I never thought any of this would see the light of day! Please tell me the whole thing was recorded!!?" </p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gr-DVjbrMaM" 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="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-and-buddy-guy-jam-legends-1989-video#comments Buddy Guy Stevie Ray Vaughan Videos News Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:53:01 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23804 Man of Steel with Steel Panther's Satchel: Tips for Keeping Your Chops Warmed Up and Razor Sharp — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/man-steel-steel-panthers-satchel-tips-keeping-your-chops-warmed-and-razor-sharp-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the May 2015 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-may-15-joan-jett?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=May2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>A question I’m often asked, aside from, “How can you possibly be that good looking?” is, “What do you do to warm up?”</p> <p>Personally, I don’t think about warming up that much, maybe not as much as most players do. But we’ve been touring a lot lately, and, especially in Europe, there just aren’t any heaters anywhere. </p> <p>So, basically, I am freezing all day long. Then I’m given a guitar five minutes before we go onstage, and I’m expected to be able to burn right from the start! And there I am, frozen to the bone. So I will usually grab my guitar a few minutes before the show and play through a bunch of the riffs and patterns illustrated in this month’s column. </p> <p> It’s good to have your fingers warmed up a little for when that first solo comes along in the first song, so one of the things I like to warm up with are legato exercises, where I’ll pick the string once and then sound a long series of notes in a repeating phrase using only hammers-ons and pull-offs. </p> <p>A good example of something I’ll warm up with is the lick shown in <strong>FIGURE 1</strong>, which is a repeating six-note sequence performed entirely on the high E string. Play the lick over and over, speeding up and slowing down while striving to articulate every note as clearly as possible. The first note, G, 15th fret, is fretted with the pinkie, followed by a pull-off to D, 10th fret, fretted with the index finger. </p> <p>I then hammer onto the 12th fret with my middle finger to sound E, followed by another hammer up to the initial G note, and then a double pull-off back down the string to E and D. The sequence then repeats on each subsequent downbeat, but I hammer-on back up to the initial high G, so that the rest of the phrase is performed entirely with hammers and pulls, which is great for developing good fret-hand “traction.”</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-may-15-joan-jett?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=May2015VideosPage">For the rest of this column, including the tabs, check out the May 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="myExperience4121851214001" 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="4121851214001" /> </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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The band also features Mlny Parsonz, Josh Weaver, Evan Diprima and Will Fiore. </p> <p>They began work on <em>Crooked Doors</em> in early 2014, returning to Aria Recording Studio, where they recorded their debut, <em>CVI.</em></p> <p>The band has shared several songs from the new album, including <a href="https://soundcloud.com/relapserecords/royal-thunder-time-machine">“Time Machine,”</a> <a href="https://soundcloud.com/relapserecords/royal-thunder-forget-you/s-JHKg9">“Forget You”</a> and <a href="https://soundcloud.com/relapserecords/royal-thunder-glow">“Glow."</a> </p> <p>Pre-orders for <em>Crooked Doors</em> are available now, with music available on CD/2LP/digital via <a href="http://relapse.com/royal-thunder-crooked-doors/">Relapse.</a> </p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/crooked-doors/id963913145">Digital pre-orders</a> include instant downloads of “Forget You” and “Time Machine.”</p> <p>The band recently announced a North American tour, with Wild Throne opening (except June 5 to 14, where Royal Thunder opens for Halestorm). You can check out all the dates below.</p> <p><strong>For more about Royal Thunder, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RoyalThunderMusic">Facebook</a> and visit <a href="http://royalthunder.bandcamp.com/">royalthunder.bandcamp.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lOQ4gzt3hM0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> <p><strong>Royal Thunder on Tour:</strong></p> <p>May 28 New Orleans, LA Siberia<br /> May 29 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s<br /> May 30 Dallas, TX Club Dada<br /> May 31 Austin, TX Holy Mountain<br /> June 2 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge<br /> June 3 San Diego, CA The Hideout<br /> June 5 Anaheim, CA The Grove<br /> June 6 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom<br /> June 8 Portland, OR Roseland Theater<br /> June 9 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo<br /> June 10 Boise, ID Revolution Center<br /> June 12 Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre<br /> June 13 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory<br /> June 14 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom<br /> June 16 Billings, MT Pub Station<br /> June 18 Salt Lake City, UT Crucial Fest<br /> June 19 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge<br /> June 20 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar<br /> June 21 Minneapolis, MN The Nether Bar<br /> June 22 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen<br /> June 23 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme<br /> June 25 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus<br /> June 26 Boston, MA Great Scott<br /> June 27 Providence, RI The Parlour<br /> June 28 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Neck Tie<br /> June 30 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery<br /> July 1 Richmond, VA The Camel<br /> July 2 Charlotte, NC The Chop Shop<br /> July 3 Atlanta, GA The Earl</p> <p><em>Photo: Kevin Griggs</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/josh-weaver-discusses-making-royal-thunders-new-album-crooked-doors-video#comments Josh Weaver Royal Thunder Videos News Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:18:13 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23796 Otherwise Premiere “Soldiers" Lesson Video — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/otherwise-premiere-soldiers-lesson-video-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Otherwise have posted an exclusive lesson video for “Soldiers," and you can check it out below.</p> <p>"Soldiers" was a single off their 2012 debut album, <em>True Love Never Dies.</em></p> <p>Be sure to visit <a href="https://www.weareotherwise.com/site/">weareotherwise.com</a> for the band's current tour dates and additional information.</p> <p><strong>The band's latest album, <em>Peace at All Costs,</em> is available now at <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/peace-at-all-costs/id905286082">iTunes</a> and <a href="http://smarturl.it/PAACAmazon">Amazon.</a></strong></p> <p>Stay tuned for more exclusive Otherwise lesson videos on GuitarWorld.com.</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="myExperience4133915476001" 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="4133915476001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Last month I presented the six-note E minor hexatonic scale (E F# G A B D), which has a dark, serious quality that’s ideal for creating a pensive, reflective mood. </p> <p>I’d now like to turn you on to another, equally appealing and useful hexatonic scale (depending on your musical tastes), one that is comprised of the very same notes, which would qualify it as a mode, but sounds completely different—beautifully bright and joyous—and that is D major hexatonic (D E F# G A B).</p> <p>As I explained last month, E minor hexatonic is formed by taking E minor pentatonic (E G A B D) and adding one note, the second, F#, resulting in the intervallic spelling 1 2 b3 4 5 b7. </p> <p>It may also be analyzed as the combination of E minor (E G B) and D major (D F# A) triads. D major hexatonic is formed by combining these same two triads, but in this case oriented around a D root note. The two scales may be thought of as opposite sides of the same musical coin, or, as the Chinese say, yin and yang. </p> <p>To illustrate, <strong>FIGURE</strong> 1 shows E minor and D major triad inversions “leapfrogging” each other up the neck on the top three strings, just like <strong>FIGURE 1</strong> from last month’s lesson, only now we’re starting and ending on D instead of Em. (To get the sound of the D root note in your head, pick your open D string before strumming the chords.) </p> <p>To hear the scale played as single notes, play only those on the B string, then try adding finger slides and vibrato and pairing any two of the three strings to create some “down-home,” heart-warming, gospel-flavored harmonies. As an additional resource, <strong>FIGURE 2</strong> shows D and Em triads passing each other up the neck on the D, G and B strings.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">For the rest of this column, including the tabs, check out the April 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/d1_30M9wBhU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/string-theory-jimmy-brown-e-minord-major-hexatonic-connection-video#comments April 2015 Jimmy Brown String Theory Videos News Lessons Magazine Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:13:11 +0000 Jimmy Brown http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23611 The Top 10 Biggest Hair Bands ... Literally http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-biggest-hair-bands-literally <!--paging_filter--><p>Face it: They weren’t called “hair” bands for nothin’. In fact, the copious coifs of the artists on this list were so high, the FAA had to adjust flight patterns whenever these bands hit town.</p> <p>And don't just take our word for it. Check out the photo gallery after the list!</p> <p><strong>10. Whitesnake</strong> Most people think that Tawny Kitaen married Whitesnake singer David Coverdale for his big, um, white snake. Truth is she fell for his massive head ... of hair.</p> <p><strong>09. Cinderella</strong> The cover of their debut, <em>Night Songs</em>, depicts the four members of Cinderella standing in a dark alley. Insider secret: It wasn’t really dark — their hair was just blocking the sun.</p> <p><strong>08. Britny Fox</strong> The duties of a guitar tech are many and various, and this was particularly true for guitarist Michael Kelly Smith’s tech. Let’s see — cleaning, polishing, maintenance. Oh, and when he was done with Smith’s hair, he’d work on his guitars, too.</p> <p><strong>07. Firehouse</strong> These guys finally found the love of a lifetime, and her name was Aqua Net. Unfortunately for Firehouse, their debut record came out the same year as Nirvana’s <em>Nevermind</em> — and for hair metal, that was all she wrote.</p> <p><strong>06. Mötley Crüe</strong> If you had the vinyl version of <em>Shout at the Devil</em>, you’ll recall it was a fold-out cover featuring Vince, Nikki, Mick and Tommy in living color, with four of the biggest heavy metal hairdos of all time. Makes you wonder if the band was standing in a pool of water when they came in contact with a “live wire.”</p> <p><strong>05. Winger</strong> When your name is Kip Winger, you’re pretty much doomed to a life of ridicule, so big hair can only help. But when a respected stick man like Rod Morgenstein, formerly of the Dixie Dregs, buys into the bigger-is-better philosophy of money-making hair, something’s terribly wrong.</p> <p><strong>04. Twisted Sister</strong> It’s rather appropriate that the <em>now</em> ponytailed <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/dee-throned-rockers-comedians-lay-dee-snider-revolverguitar-world-rock-roll-roast">Dee Snider</a> hosts the weekly <em>House of Hair</em> radio gig. In 2001, his famous curls made a comeback when he performed “Lady Marmalade” with Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink. Oh wait, that was Christina Aguilera.</p> <p><strong>03. Stryper</strong> Michael and Robert Sweet possessed feathered ’dos that even a peacock would envy, but guitarist Oz Fox takes top prize for monumental moptop. What would Jesus say?</p> <p><strong>02. Vixen</strong> Soft rocker (and big-hair farmer) Richard Marx helped kickstart this all-female band by co-writing their signature hit, "Edge of a Broken Heart." We can't confirm whether or not he also co-styled their bountiful hair for that song's music video.</p> <p><strong>01. Poison</strong> Only Vixen could hang with Poison in the Aqua Net marathon, except they weren’t nearly as pretty as Bret, C.C., Bobby and Rikki.</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="/twisted-sister">Twisted Sister</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/motley-crue">Motley Crue</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-biggest-hair-bands-literally#comments Dee Snider Motley Crue Twisted Sister Guitar World Lists News Features Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:42:23 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/1994 D’Angelico and Will Dailey Team Up for an Acoustic Guitar and Music Giveaway http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-d-angelico-and-will-dailey-team-acoustic-guitar-and-music-giveaway <!--paging_filter--><p>This month we’re sharing something really fun.</p> <p>It’s a kickin’ contest that brings you both an instrument and some musical inspiration.</p> <p>We’re giving away this wonderful, brand new D’Angelico acoustic guitar, the Lexington SD300 in Cherry Sunburst. Plus some killer music by award-winning artist Will Dailey performed on a D’Angelico acoustic as well!!</p> <p><strong>About the D’Angelico Lexington SD300</strong></p> <p>In the early 1900s, the word ‘dreadnought’ referred to a massive battleship. Well, here’s D’Angelico’s interpretation! </p> <p>A booming non-cutaway dreadnought, the Lexington (SD-300) offers a powerful low-end so resonant that playing lush, full chords may very well become addictive.</p> <p>A solid Sitka spruce top meets a sapele back and sides to create the Lexington’s subtle elegance, complemented by a tortoise pickguard. The slim, mahogany neck makes for wonderful playability. Though capable of great projection, the Lexington’s high-end is uncompromised by its rich low-end, producing a consistently balanced sound and making it an excellent choice for a great variety of players. More at <a href=http://www.dangelicoguitars.com">dangelicoguitars.com</a></p> <p>It’s valued at $899! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-d-angelico-and-will-dailey-team-guitar-and-music-giveaway">Enter now to win>></a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/DAASD300CSB_2%20copy%2072%20horizontal.jpg" width="620" height="288" alt="DAASD300CSB_2 copy 72 horizontal.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Bonus: Will Dailey’s <em>National Throat</em></strong></p> <p>And here to show you one of D’Angelico’s gorgeous new acoustics in action is Boston-based artist Will Dailey. Dailey’s latest release, <em>National Throat</em>, debuted in the top 20 in the Billboard Heatseekers chart, is winner of a Boston Music Award for Album of the Year and Dailey himself was awarded this year’s Artist of the Year.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/national%20throat.jpg" width="179" height="160" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="national throat.jpg" />In preparation for a special bonus release of a deluxe version of that excellent album, Dailey recorded several songs using a hot-off-the-presses D’Angelico acoustic.</p> <p>The Deluxe version due out March 24th will include all the songs from <em>National Throat</em> and 6 bonus tracks, “Stand Where I Can See You” (Live), “Why Do I” (Live), the full studio of “Sunken Ship,” a demo of “Higher Education,” “$300 Dollar Man,” (written in a reaction to being a part of Farm Aid), and a cover of Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)."</p> <p>We’ll be giving away a few copies of <em>National Throat</em> on CD and Vinyl as well digital downloads of the Deluxe version in addition to this fabulous guitar! More at <a href="http://www.willdailey.com">www.willdailey.com</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-d-angelico-and-will-dailey-team-guitar-and-music-giveaway">Enter now!!</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-d-angelico-and-will-dailey-team-acoustic-guitar-and-music-giveaway#comments Acoustic Nation Contest D'Angelico Guitars News Will Dailey Gear Blogs Contests News Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:52:54 +0000 Acoustic Nation http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23618 Joe Bonamassa's "Vintage Marshall Amp Shootout" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/joe-bonamassas-vintage-marshall-amp-shootout-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Gear lover and self-declared guitar geek Joe Bonamassa has posted another gear-centric video to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JoeBonamassa?fref=nf">his Facebook page,</a> asking fans to "share it along." </p> <p>So that's exactly what we're doing.</p> <p>This time around, Bonamassa presents a clip called "Vintage Marshall Amp Shootout." </p> <p>In the video, which you can check out below, the guitarist grabs a Gibson Les Paul, channels his inner-Bluesbreaker (which isn't very difficult for him to do) and compares the different sounds you can produce from five vintage pinstripe models.</p> <p>He shot the video especially for the Les Paul Forum in London. Enjoy!</p> <div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.0"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153145507094659" data-width="620"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153145507094659"> <p>JBWM: Attention Fellow Guitar Geeks! Check out Joe&#039;s vintage Marshall amp shootout recorded for The Les Paul Forum in...</p> <p>Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JoeBonamassa">Joe Bonamassa</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153145507094659">Tuesday, March 24, 2015</a></p></blockquote> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/joe-bonamassa">Joe Bonamassa</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/joe-bonamassas-vintage-marshall-amp-shootout-video#comments Joe Bonamassa Marshall Marshall Amplification Videos Amps News Gear Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:44:17 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23793 Van Halen Announce 2015 North American Tour http://www.guitarworld.com/van-halen-announce-2015-north-american-tour <!--paging_filter--><p>Van Halen will tour North America this summer and fall in support of their new live album, <em>Tokyo Dome Live in Concert.</em> </p> <p>The tour, which will feature David Lee Roth at vocals, is expected to kick off July 5 in Seattle and wrap up October 2 in Los Angeles.</p> <p>The band's 2015 trek also will include stops in Camden (Yes, we're leading off with Camden, New Jersey!), Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto, Dallas and Phoenix. You can see the full list of tour dates below. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will be the opening act for all the dates.</p> <p>But wait, there's more. Van Halen also will perform on <em>Jimmy Kimmel Live</em> March 30 and 31, right around the time <em>Tokyo Dome Live in Concert</em> is released. It’s being billed as the band’s first U.S. TV appearance with Roth. The band is also scheduled to perform on <em>The Ellen DeGeneres Show</em> April 2.</p> <p>Also in late March, Van Halen will issue remastered versions of <em>Van Halen</em> and 1984. Updated versions of <em>Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning</em> and <em>Diver Down</em> are expected to follow later in the spring.</p> <p>Below, you can hear two more songs from <em>Tokyo Dome Live in Concert</em>; check out "I'm the One" and "Unchained." <em>Tokyo Dome Live in Concert</em>—the band’s first live album with Roth—includes 23 songs and documents a show recorded June 21, 2013, in Tokyo.</p> <p><strong>Visit <a href="http://van-halen.com/">van-halen.com</a> for updates and more information.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1-Lbd5fEDHw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><stromg>VAN HALEN 2015 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR:<br /> <em> All dates, cities and venues subject to change.</em></stromg></p> <p>Sunday, July 5 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre<br /> Tuesday, July 7 Portland, OR Amphitheater Northwest<br /> Thursday, July 9 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion<br /> Saturday, July 11 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater<br /> Tuesday, July 14 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre<br /> Thursday, July 16 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre<br /> Saturday, July 18 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre<br /> Monday, July 20 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre<br /> Wednesday, July 22 Bonner Springs, MO Cricket Wireless Amphitheater<br /> Friday, July 24 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre<br /> Sunday, July 26 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre<br /> Tuesday, July 28 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion<br /> Thursday, July 30 Bangor, ME Darling's Waterfront Pavilion<br /> Saturday, August 1 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center<br /> Monday, August 3 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center<br /> Wednesday, August 5 London, ON Western Fair District<br /> Friday, August 7 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre<br /> Sunday, August 9 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center<br /> Tuesday, August 11 Hartford, CT Xfinity Center<br /> Thursday, August 13 Wantagh, NY Nikon At Jones Beach Theater<br /> Sunday, August 23 Hershey, PA Hershey Park<br /> Tuesday, August 25 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center<br /> Thursday, August 27 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center<br /> Saturday, August 29 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live<br /> Monday, August 31 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center<br /> Wednesday, September 2 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center<br /> Friday, September 4 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre<br /> Sunday, September 6 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts<br /> Wednesday, September 9 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheater<br /> Friday, September 11 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion<br /> Sunday, September 13 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre<br /> Tuesday, September 15 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre<br /> Thursday, September 17 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre<br /> Monday, September 21 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater<br /> Wednesday, September 23 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion<br /> Friday, September 25 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion<br /> Monday, September 28 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion<br /> Wednesday, September 30 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre<br /> Friday, October 2 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/py-90gT3jeE" 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="/van-halen">Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/van-halen-announce-2015-north-american-tour#comments Van Halen News Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:21:18 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23792 Five Headphone Songs Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind http://www.guitarworld.com/five-songs-made-better-through-advancements-headphones <!--paging_filter--><p>Headphone technology seems to be getting better every day. </p> <p>Recently, Ceekars <a href="http://ceek.com/ceekars">(pronounced “seekers”)</a> developed what it's calling the world’s first 4D headphones, and the aural experience is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PZdxCGorls">trippy, to say the least.</a> </p> <p>The company recently reached out to <em>Guitar World</em> and asked us to suggest some music that would put their radically new concept to the test. We responded with the following five tracks. </p> <p>While these sound amazing using <a href="http://ceek.com/ceekars">Ceekars</a> 4D technology, they also sound great even using the most modest ear buds. Enjoy!<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Grateful Dead, “Unbroken Chain”</strong></p> <p>This epic tune on the Dead’s <em>From The Mars Hotel</em> was so difficult for the band to play that it had to be recorded in carefully orchestrated sections. </p> <p>Filled with cascading piano licks, jazzy guitar runs that dance in both sides of the stereo spectrum and weird synth burbles that tease the top of the brain, it’s the perfect headphone experience—especially when you’re “Truckin’” where it’s legal. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6WycvYhKW08" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Mastodon, “The Czar”</strong></p> <p>This is one case where a song not only sounds great under headphones, but the sprawling arrangement almost makes more sense. In fact, that description applies to almost every track on Mastodon’s underrated 2009 progressive metal masterpiece, <em>Crack the Skye.</em> </p> <p>Richly detailed, “The Czar” is virtual feast of brilliantly layered guitar tones that demands the deep dive you can only get through some fab ‘phones.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Jx2fp-kKOIw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Muddy Waters, “Feel Like Going Home”</strong></p> <p>If you’ve ever wanted to know what it would be like to stand in the same room with Muddy Waters while he played the greatest blues the world has ever heard, just get a copy of the <em>Folk Singer</em> album recorded in 1964 and listen to this haunting studio performance. You will feel the very earth shake underneath your shoes. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3sjzp6nGw-w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Queen, “Killer Queen”</strong></p> <p>Everybody knows Queen are the masters of layering and overdubbing, but how do you get all those sounds to speak properly in the mix? </p> <p>“Killer Queen” from the 1974 album <em>Sheer Heat Attack</em> is a great mini-lesson in how to place all those elements in an entertaining stereo field, and it can only be appreciated with a great set of earphones. Guaranteed to blow your mind. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BAf2S6ij2gk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Pantera, “5 Minutes Alone”</strong></p> <p>When most people think of headphone jams, they usually flash on something ethereal like Pink Floyd or Jimi Hendrix. But sometimes it’s great to just get a swift kick in the head, especially when you’re hitting the gym or getting psyched up for great night out. </p> <p>Almost anything off Pantera’s <em>Far Beyond Driven</em> does the trick, but “5 Minutes Alone” always works for me.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7m7njvwB-Ks" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8PZdxCGorls" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Brad Tolinski is the editor-in-chief at </em>Guitar World.</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="/grateful-dead">Grateful Dead</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/queen">Queen</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/mastodon">Mastodon</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/five-songs-made-better-through-advancements-headphones#comments Brad Tolinski Ceek Ceekars Grateful Dead Mastodon Muddy Waters Pantera News Features Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:20:45 +0000 Brad Tolinski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23774 Guitar World's New 'Talkin' Blues Part 3' DVD Features Seven New In-Depth Video Lessons http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-new-talkin-blues-part-3-dvd-features-seven-new-depth-video-lessons <!--paging_filter--><p>A new DVD, <em><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/talkin-blues-dvd-part-3/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=TalkinBluesDVDpart3">Talkin' Blues Part 3</a></em>, is available now at the Guitar World Online Store.</p> <p>With more than two hours of instruction, <em>Talkin' Blues Part 3</em> provides you with seven NEW in-depth video lessons to build your blues chops. Lessons include: </p> <p> • New Orleans-style rhythms and grooves<br /> • Pops Staples-style gospel riffs<br /> • Jimi Hendrix's R&amp;B-influenced rhythm guitar style<br /> • Organ-style pedal-point licks<br /> • The classic Stevie Ray Vaughan shuffle<br /> • Chromatic phrasing<br /> • How to create eerie musical tension</p> <p>...and much, much more! Get this deepest dive into the blues today!</p> <p><strong>Your instructor:</strong> For more than 35 years, Keith Wyatt has been active as a guitarist and educator specializing in American music. He is a prolific author of books, instructional videos and columns on subjects ranging from theory and ear training to beginning guitar methods and blues and "roots" styles. Since 1978, Keith has been an instructor at the world-famous Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, where he also serves as Director of Curriculum. Since 1996, he has been touring internationally and recording with LA's legendary Blasters. </p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-new-talkin-blues-part-3-dvd-features-seven-new-depth-video-lessons#comments News Features Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:15:41 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23741 Robben Ford Premieres New Album, 'Into the Sun' — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/robben-ford-premieres-new-album-sun-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of <em>Into The Sun</em>, the new album by guitar great Robben Ford.</p> <p>The album will be released March 31 via Mascot Label Group.</p> <p>Five-time Grammy nominee Ford, who has worked with George Harrison, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell and many others, describes the 11-song set as “one of the top recordings I’ve ever done,” a pretty staggering observation considering his extensive discography, which includes more than 35 albums under his own name and with his various bands. </p> <p><em>Into The Sun</em> is the followup to last year's <em>A Day in Nashville</em> and 2013’s <em>Bringing It Back Home</em>. On it, you'll hear guest appearances by Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes (“High Heels and Throwing Things"), slide guitar guru Sonny Landreth (“So Long 4 U”), Keb’ Mo’ and Robert Randolph (“Justified”), ZZ Ward (“Breath of Me") and Southern rocker Tyler Bryant (“Stone Cold Heaven”).</p> <p>“The album is really upbeat,” Ford says. “It has a positive vibe to it—a good-time feel. There are a lot of different rhythms and colors and the way the instruments are used is really different on this. It makes me very happy to have something so diverse.</p> <p>“This album is obviously of these times. And the rule during the recording process was to have no lid on things. I’ve worked very hard to master my craft as a musician and a songwriter, but other than relying on my strengths in those areas, I made sure there was room for new ideas and everything my collaborators brought to the music. When you’re open to different concepts and approaches, the most beautiful things can happen.”</p> <p>Ford's gear on the album includes a pair of Gibson SG’s from 1963 and 1964, his beloved 1960 Telecaster and his Gibson B-25 acoustic. As he’s done on every album he’s made since 1983, Ford used a Dumble Overdrive Special amp. </p> <p>Ford already has a number of shows lined up to support the album, both in America and overseas, and you can check out the dates below. Another notable appearance will be Robben Ford’s Traveling Dojo Guitar Camp at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York, in the Catskill Forest Preserve (about 30 miles west of Woodstock) August 31 to September 4. <a href="http://www.musicmasterscamps.com/traveling-dojo-guitar-camp/">Head here for more information.</a></p> <p><strong>For more about Ford and the new album, visit <a href="http://robbenford.com/">robbenford.com</a> and follow him on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RobbenFordOfficial">Facebook.</a> Be sure to check out Ford's upcoming tour dates, plus an EPK for <em>Into the Sun</em>, below.</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Into the Sun</em> Track Listing:</strong></p> <p>01. Rose of Sharon<br /> 02. Day of The Planets<br /> 03. Howlin’ at the Moon<br /> 04. Rainbow Cover<br /> 05. Justified (with Keb’ Mo’ &amp; Robert Randolph)<br /> 06. Breath of Me (with ZZ Ward)<br /> 07. High Heels And Throwing Things (with Warren Haynes)<br /> 08. Cause of War<br /> 09. So Long 4 U (with Sonny Landreth)<br /> 10. Same Train<br /> 11. Stone Cold Heaven (with Tyler Bryant)</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/71892742%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-6sBkw&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> <p><strong>ROBBEN FORD – INTO THE SUN - 2015 TOUR DATES</strong></p> <p>April 10 - Ft. Worth, TX - Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival<br /> April 11 - Oklahoma City, OK - Academy of Contemporary Music<br /> April 12 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads Saloon<br /> April 14 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center<br /> April 15 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall<br /> April 16 - Evanston, IL - SPACE<br /> April 17 - Columbus, OH - Woodlands Park Street Saloon<br /> April 18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater<br /> April 19 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater<br /> April 21 - Syracuse, NY - Wescott Theatre<br /> April 22 - Londonderry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall<br /> April 23 - Fall River, MA - Narrow Center For The Arts<br /> April 24 - Beacon, NY - Towne Crier<br /> April 25 - Norfolk, VA - Infinity Hall<br /> April 26 - New York, NY - City Winery<br /> April 29 - London, England - O2 Academy Islington<br /> April 30 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - North Sea Jazz Club<br /> May 1 - Breda, Netherlands - Mezz Concerts &amp; Dance<br /> May 2 - Groningen, Netherlands - Rhythm n Blues Night<br /> May 5 - Leuven, Belgium - Het Depot<br /> May 8 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Tollhaus<br /> May 9 - Hamburg, Germany - Fabrik<br /> May 10 - Cologne, Germany - Kantine<br /> May 12 - Munich, Germany - Technikum<br /> May 18 - Zvecan, Kosovo - North City Jazz and Blues Festival<br /> Kosovska Mitrovica - Cultural Centre “Trepca"<br /> May 20 - Zurich, Switzerland - Kaufleuten Festival<br /> May 30 &amp; 31 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi’s at Jack London Square<br /> June 2 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre<br /> June 3 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door<br /> June 26 - Carpentras, France - Auzon Le Blues<br /> <em>Additional dates to be announced soon…</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9Ud7A8OrU4Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/robben-ford-premieres-new-album-sun-exclusive#comments Robben Ford Videos News Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:13:23 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23791 The Next Bend: Basic Country/Blues B-Bender Lick in C — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/next-bend-basic-countryblues-b-bender-lick-c-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Hi there.</p> <p>Welcome back to The Next Bend, the <em>Guitar World</em> column dedicated to B-bending guitarists, guitars, gear, news, licks, songs and more.</p> <p>For the uninitiated, a B-bender is a contraption (the perfect word for it) that lives in- or outside your guitar and allows you to pull—usually with some sort of arm, palm, shoulder or hip movement—your guitar's B string up a perfect whole step. So, a B note would suddenly become a C# (or a C, if you don't bend the string all the way).</p> <p> Although this simple explanation might not convey the wonder of a B-bender (it sounds more like an exercise regimen, to be honest), let's just say the contraption allows guitarists to create sounds that would be impossible otherwise. And it sounds cool as hell. Or "cool as heck" if that offends anyone.</p> <p>Anyway, for today's column, I decided to grab my trusty grey shirt and my <a href="http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-USA/Music-City-Jr-B-Bender.aspx">Gibson Music City Jr. with B-Bender</a> (a limited-edition guitar Gibson issued in 2013; it's still on the company's website, which makes me wonder if it's coming back into production) and shoot a few basic B-bender licks. </p> <p>By the way, the only other person I've ever spoken to who has this guitar is Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke. <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/blackberry-smokes-holding-all-roses-serves-dozen-southern-fried-cuts">We speak about the guitar briefly in this story.</a></p> <p>A big shout out to the gang at the <a href="http://customshop.seymourduncan.com/humbucker-under-p90-soapbar/">Seymour Duncan Custom Shop,</a> who aided me in my quest for two P90-sized humbuckers, which I recently installed to replace the guitar's stock Gibson P90s. (I'm reeeeally not a P90 guy.)</p> <p>The first couple of licks we shot in GW's underground lair are indeed fairly basic; they're sort of a primer for guitarists who—for some weird reason—have bought a B-bender-equipped guitar and don't really know what to do with it. After all, some of the B-bender videos on YouTube are fairly useless. Just sayin'!</p> <p>This first lick is basically a brief yet self-contained country/blues song (feel free to steal it—and thank me in your liner notes!) in C. It's got elements of pentatonic blues and country, and it starts off on the eighth fret in a very standard "Hey, let's play some upbeat blues in C major" sorta way. There's no tab for this lick, but I really don't think that'll be an issue. </p> <p>If you have any questions, feel free to write me at damian@guitarworld.com. I'll try to reply before 2019. By the way, this guitar uses a Joe Glaser bender and a modified Gibson Nighthawk bridge. It's also set up so that I could turn it into a G-bender, which I won't be doing anytime soon.</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CF1V97eLlqE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World<em>. He's a B-bending guitarist who collects B-bender-equipped guitars. He has four at the moment. Follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/DamianFanelli">Twitter.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/next-bend-basic-countryblues-b-bender-lick-c-video#comments Damian Fanelli The Next Bend Videos Blogs News Lessons Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:53:26 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23789 Big Strokes: A Beginner's Guide to Sweep Picking http://www.guitarworld.com/big-strokes-beginners-guide-sweeping <!--paging_filter--><p>Although often regarded as a “shredder’s” technique, the notion of sweeping (or raking) the pick across the strings to produce a quick succession of notes has been around since the invention of the pick itself. </p> <p>Jazz players from the Fifties, such as Les Paul, Barney Kessel and Tal Farlow, would use the approach in their improvisations, and country guitar genius Chet Atkins was known to eschew his signature fingerstyle hybrid-picking technique from time to time and rip out sweep-picked arpeggios, proving that the technique is not genre specific. Within rock, Ritchie Blackmore used sweep picking to play arpeggios in Deep Purple’s “April” and Rainbow’s “Kill the King.”</p> <p>Fusion maestro Frank Gambale is widely considered to be the most versatile and innovative sweep picker and the first artist to fully integrate the technique into his style, applying sweeping to arpeggios, pentatonics, heptatonic (seven-note) scales and modes, and beyond. </p> <p>Gambale explains his approach wonderfully in his instructional video, <em>Monster Licks and Speed Picking</em>. Originally released in 1988, it remains a must-watch video for anyone interested in developing a smooth sweep-picking technique.</p> <p>It was Stockholm, Sweden, however that would produce the name most synonymous with sweeping in a rock context, one that gave rise to a guitar movement known as neoclassical heavy metal. </p> <p>Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen was influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore and Uli Jon Roth but was also equally enthralled by 19th-century virtuoso violinist Niccolò Paganini. Attempting to emulate on his Fender Stratocaster the fluid, breathtaking passages Paganini would compose and play on violin, Malmsteen concluded that sweep picking was the perfect way to travel quickly from string to string with a smooth, fluid sound much like what a violinist can create with his bow. </p> <p>Malmsteen’s style has since influenced two generations of guitarists, including Tony MacAlpine, Jason Becker, Steve Vai, Mattias “IA” Eklundh, Ritchie Kotzen, Marty Friedman, John Petrucci, Vinnie Moore, Jeff Loomis, Synyster Gates, Alexi Laiho and Tosin Abasi, to name but a few.</p> <p>The first five exercises in this lesson are designed to give you a systematic approach to practicing the component movements of sweep picking: from two-string sweeps to six-string sweeps, and everything in between. Practicing each exercise with a metronome for just two minutes every day will improve your coordination and your confidence to use the technique in your own playing. </p> <p>Work from two strings up to six, keeping your metronome at the same tempo. This means starting with eighth notes, and while this will feel very slow, the technique will become trickier with each successive note grouping: eighth-note triplets, 16th notes, quintuplets and, most difficult of all, 16th-note triplets and their equivalent sextuplets. Focus on synchronizing your hands so that your pick and fretting fingers make contact with the string at exactly the same moment. Only one string should be fretted at any time (this is key!), and any idle strings should be diligently muted with your remaining fingers. </p> <p>If you fail to do this and allow notes on adjacent strings to ring together, it will negate the desired effect and sound like you are simply strumming a chord. When it comes to sweep picking, muting is the key to cleanliness. It is also the aspect that will take the most practice to master.</p> <p>The second set of five exercises handles some common sweep-picking approaches. These are shown in one position and based on one chord type each, thus focusing your attention on the exercise until you have become accustomed to the technique. </p> <p>The final piece helps you tackle the various aspects of sweeping while bolstering your stamina, as the bulk of it consists of nonstop 16th notes, with only a few pauses for “breathing.” Break it down into four-bar sections and practice each with a metronome, gradually building up to the 100-beats-per-minute (100bpm) target tempo. </p> <p><strong>Get the Tone</strong></p> <p>In rock, this technique is best suited to Strat-style guitars, using the neck pickup setting for a warm, round tone. Use a modern tube amp with the gain set to a moderate amount—just enough to give all the notes a uniform volume and sustain, but not so much that string muting becomes an impossible battle. </p> <p>The thickness and sharpness of your pick will hugely impact the tone of your sweep picking. Something with a thickness between one and two millimeters and a rounded tip will provide the right amount of attack and still glide over the strings with ease.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_1_2.jpg" /></p> <p>[FIGURE 1] This Cmaj7 arpeggio on the two middle strings works just as well on the top two or bottom two. Lightly drag your pick across (push down, pull up) the two strings so that there’s very little resistance. This teaches your picking hand to make smooth motions rather than two separate downward or upward strokes.</p> <p>FIGURE 2 is a C7 arpeggio played across three strings. Strive to maintain the same smooth down/up motion with your pick used in the previous example. Focus on the pick strokes that land on downbeats, and allow the in-between, or “offbeat,” notes to naturally fall into place. Every three notes your pick will change direction. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_3.jpg" /></p> <p>Now let’s move on to four strings with this exotic C7 altered-dominant lick, reminiscent of one of Gambale’s fusion forays. Remember, sweep picking is most effective when each note is cleanly separated from the last, so aim to have only one finger in contact with the fretboard at a time in order to keep the notes from ringing together.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_4.jpg" /></p> <p>Now we move on to some five-string shapes, the likes of which you can hear in the playing of Steve Vai and Mattias Eklundh. The phrasing here is 16th-note quintuplets (five notes per beat). Once again, if you focus on nailing the highest and lowest notes along with the beat, the in-between notes should automatically fall into place. Move your pick at a constant speed to ensure the notes are evenly spaced. Say “Hip-po-pot-a-mus” to get the sound of properly performed quintuplets in your mind’s ear.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_5.jpg" /></p> <p>This six-string arpeggio is an A major triad (A C# E), with the third in the bass and a fifth interval added to the high E string’s 12th fret, so we have the right number of notes for 16th-note triplets (six notes per click). When ascending, use a single motion to pick all six strings, making sure only one note is fretted at a time. The descending section includes a pull-off on the high E string, which, although momentarily disruptive to your picking, is preferable to adding another downstroke.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_6.jpg" /></p> <p>This major triad shape is an essential part of the Yngwie Malmsteen school of sweeping. Pay special attention to the picking directions in both the ascending and descending fragments. The alternating eighth-note triplet and quarter-note phrasing allows you to focus on the picking pattern in small bursts and then rest for a beat.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_7.jpg" /></p> <p>This example includes ascending and descending fragments again, this time played together. Concentrate on the general down-up motion of your picking hand rather than each pick stroke. Once you are comfortable with this shape you can apply the same approach to minor, suspended and diminished-seven arpeggios.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_8.jpg" /> </p> <p>This example is reminiscent of players such as Jason Becker and Jeff Loomis. We start with the three-string shapes from the previous example, followed by the six-string shape from FIGURE 5. This is quite challenging for the picking hand, so start very slowly and remember to keep the hand moving smoothly.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_9.jpg" /></p> <p>Here we utilize two-string sweeps with pentatonic shapes. Use your first finger on the fifth fret and third finger on the seventh fret. Keep your fingers flat against the two-string groups, and transfer pressure between strings using a rolling action to mute inactive strings and prevent notes from ringing together. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_10.jpg" /></p> <p>Economy picking requires that your pick take the shortest journey possible when crossing from string to string. This essentially means that when you play a scale, there will be a two-string mini-sweep whenever you move to an adjacent string. This exercise combines the eight-note B whole-half diminished scale (B C# D E F G G# As) and a Bdim7 arpeggio (B D F G#).</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_11.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/sweeppicking_11cont.jpg" /></p> <p>This piece is in the key of A minor. The first part is based around a “V-i” (five-one) progression, with the arpeggios clearly outlining the implied chord changes. We begin with some ascending two-string sweeps using alternating E (E G# B) and Bb (Bb D F) triads. Next come some A minor triads (A C E), played with a progressively increasing number of strings; this is a great way to build your confidence in sweep picking larger shapes. The Bm7b5 (B D F A) arpeggio in bar 4 has a series of three-string sweeps combined with some challenging string skips. Bar 7 is an A minor pentatonic scale (A C D E G) played in fourths using two-string sweeps/economy picking. </p> <p>The second part of the piece has a more neoclassical approach and begins with some Yngwie-style three-string triads incorporating pull-offs. Be sure to follow the indicated picking directions. Bar 12 is the trickiest part of the piece to play and utilizes some Jason Becker–inspired six-string shapes. If you have problems with string muting or note separation, apply some light palm muting to the notes as they are picked. This is an effective way to improve note clarity. The final bar is based on the A harmonic minor scale (A B C E D F G#) and incorporates economy picking when traveling from the fifth string to the fourth. </p> http://www.guitarworld.com/big-strokes-beginners-guide-sweeping#comments Avenged Sevenfold Guitar 101 Steve Vai Sweep Picking Tosin Abasi Yngwie Malmsteen News Features Lessons Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:14:38 +0000 Charlie Griffiths http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17113