News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/%22http%3A/soundcloud.com/SmootFamilyFund en The Firefly Guitar Pick: Create an LED Light Show Timed to Your Music — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/firefly-guitar-pick-create-led-light-show-timed-your-music-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's a little something we spotted on Facebook recently.</p> <p>It's the Firefly Pick, a guitar pick that lights up as you play guitar. </p> <p>Actually, it's a bit more interesting than that.</p> <p>Here's some of the literature from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KQ7Y2AQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KQ7Y2AQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ffp-vid-1-20&amp;linkId=G5AJDBM5VBAJN2MW">its Amazon.com page:</a></p> <p>"The Firefly Pick allows you to create an LED light show timed to your music. Motion-triggered LED pulses track guitar pick action to add a brilliant visual effect intimately connected to the guitarist's rhythm. The Firefly Pick is the same shape as a normal guitar pick and features a beveled tip optimized by pros, allowing musicians to experience and deliver this brilliant visual effect without compromising the playability or music. </p> <p>"The Firefly Pick is durable and features a USB-rechargeable lithium ion battery as well as a smart monitoring system that automatically shuts down to save energy during travel. Used by professional performers and beginning students. The Firefly Pick Duo flashes with one color on the upstroke and a second color on the downstroke.</p> <p>"The Firefly Pick comes in four light motion styles (Classic, Duo, Insanity, and Air) as well as many different LED light colors." </p> <p><strong>For more information, check out the CNET video below and visit <a href="http://fireflypick.com/">fireflypick.com.</a> The Firefly Pick costs $54.99 on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KQ7Y2AQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KQ7Y2AQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ffp-vid-1-20&amp;linkId=G5AJDBM5VBAJN2MW">Amazon.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KNe-5rdq73w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/firefly-guitar-pick-create-led-light-show-timed-your-music-video#comments Firefly Pick Accessories Videos News Gear Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:01:19 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24396 at http://www.guitarworld.com Metal For Life with Metal Mike: Mega-Metal Licks in the Style of Metallica, Testament and Pantera http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-metal-mike-mega-metal-licks-style-metallica-testament-and-pantera <!--paging_filter--><p>I’d like to focus on riffs and rhythm ideas that represent what I think of as “the real deal” metal. </p> <p>I’ve designed these riffs to help you build up both your pick-and fret-hand technique in regard to executing pure metal ideas like these with power and precision.</p> <p> <strong>FIGURE 1</strong> is inspired by the heavy riffs of Testament and Pantera and is built from combining a few different scales, such as E major (E F# G# A B C# D#) and E Phrygian-dominant (E F G# A B C D), with sliding two-note power chords. </p> <p> Across beats one and two, I begin with two-note E5 and F5 power chords that alternate against open low E string accents, all of which are executed with aggressive down-strokes. Across beats three and four, I switch to alternate (down-up) picking. In bar 2, I begin with the same figure over the first two beats, but I switch to a higher single-note riff for beats three and four, one that moves from E major to E Phrygian-dominant.</p> <p>In bar 3 I repeat the figure from bar 1, which I then follow with sliding two-note power chords, fretted on the bottom two strings, first sliding down one half step, from A5 to G#5, and then up one whole step, from A5 to B5.</p> <p> <strong>FIGURE 2</strong> is inspired by some of Testament’s heavy rhythm parts, such as the one heard in “Over the Wall,” and utilizes a classic metal “gallop” rhythm, which is an eighth note followed by two 16ths. This type of gallop rhythm was previously popularized by Iron Maiden, who used it on many of their biggest songs, such as “Run to the Hills.” </p> <p> The gallop figure shown here is executed with fast downdown-up picking in conjunction with palm muting on beats one through three, followed by eighth-note sliding power chords. This example is played at a rather quick tempo—194 beats per minute—and practicing it at that tempo will definitely add strength and precision to your pick-hand technique. You’ll hear sliding power chord figures like these on Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” as well as Pantera’s “Mouth for War.”</p> <p> For our last example, <strong>FIGURE 3</strong>, I’ve put together a riff comprised entirely of single notes, and I intentionally made it obscure in terms of outlining a specific tonality. Though the open low E note is accentuated, creating a connection to E5 or E minor, the notes themselves do not stick within the structure of any scale. My goal was simply to come up with a cool, heavy-sounding riff that features a few different articulation techniques. </p> <p> Through all of bar 1 and the first half of bar 2, I repeatedly play pairs of open low E accents in 16th notes, followed by a variety of three-note melodic shapes. Bar 3 presents a shift to 2/4 meter for the fast trills, after which bars 1 and 2 are repeated. </p> <p>The riff ends with quick pull-off phrases on the bottom two strings, fretted with the index and ring fingers. 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By removing the weight at the headstock, we can create a lightweight guitar that balances well," Strandberg says. </p> <p>“We designed our own aircraft-grade aluminum modular hardware and carbon fiber reinforcements to achieve our goals, and by using a fanned layout of the frets, we allow playing with a more relaxed wrist angle as well as get a better tone. But the key is our <a href="http://strandbergguitars.com/strandberg-endurneck/">patented EndurNeck profile</a> that really reduces stress on muscles, joints and tendons.”</p> <p>The <a href="http://strandbergguitars.com/">.strandberg* custom headless guitar line</a> has recently been complemented by the more accessible <a href="http://strandbergguitars.com/product/boden-os-7/">seven-string Boden OS line of production guitars</a> that provide all the ergonomics, playability and sound of the custom-made counterparts, with the specifications chosen from leading players. Six- and eight-string versions are soon to be released.</p> <p><strong>For more about .strandberg*, see the specs and video below and visit <a href="https://strandbergguitars.com/">strandbergguitars.com.</a></strong></p> <p>To see .strandberg* guitars in action, check out Scale The Summit guitarist Chris Letchford's demo of his signature guitar, courtesy of EMGTv:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DhpJ9bRxHvA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Boden OS 7 Specs:</strong></p> <p>• Bolt-On construction<br /> • Book-matched Flame Maple top<br /> • Chambered Swamp Ash body<br /> • EndurNeck™ profile neck<br /> • 5-pc (3x) Birdseye Maple neck with Carbon Fiber/(2x) rosewood fillets<br /> • Birdseye Maple/Rosewood fretboard<br /> • 26.25” – 25.5” scale<br /> • 20” radius<br /> • 24 x stainless steel frets<br /> • Glow in the dark side dot markers<br /> • Glow in the dark fret markers (offset low > 12th &lt; high)<br /> • .strandberg* EGS Series 4 fixed bridge &amp; string locks, Black<br /> • EMG 707X pickups<br /> • 3-way switch<br /> • Ebony Volume/Tone controls<br /> • 2.3 kg / 5 lbs approximate weight<br /> • .0095– .064 .strandberg* Optimized Tension strings<br /> • Natural/Red/Black Matte Poly finish</p> <p><strong>Price:</strong> $1,895</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/strandberg-6-7-and-8-string-headless-guitars-scientifically-engineered-comfort#comments Strandberg Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:05:07 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24395 at http://www.guitarworld.com John Petrucci Demos Signature Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/john-petrucci-demos-signature-ernie-ball-music-man-majesty-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new video posted by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Wd_EiD8gAly1qwF4OZSSA">Ernie Ball,</a> Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci demos and discusses the John Petrucci Majesty electric guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man. </p> <p>"The Majesty guitar symbolizes the very reason why I am so proud to be a Music Man artist," Petrucci says. "I had the idea for this guitar a couple of years ago, but it is because of their innovative spirit and dedication to the art of guitar building that it is now a reality. </p> <p>"I am so grateful that I am able to collaborate with the best guitar company on the planet and so incredibly proud that together we have created what is to me, the perfect musical instrument for guitar players. I really hope you get a chance to play one and am confident that you will feel the same!"</p> <p>For more about the Majesty, visit <a href="http://www.music-man.com/instruments/guitars/the-majesty.html">music-man.com.</a></p> <p><strong>Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty Specs:</strong></p> <p>• <strong>Size:</strong> 6 string: 12" wide, 1-3/4" thick, 37" long (30.4 cm wide, 4.5 cm thick, 94.0 cm long) 7 String: 12" wide, 1-3/4" thick, 38" long (30.4 cm wide, 4.5 cm thick, 96.5 cm long)<br /> • <strong>Weight:</strong> 6 string: 6 lbs, 12 oz (3.06 kg) - varies slightly 7 String: 7 lbs, 8 oz (3.29 kg) - varies slightly<br /> • <strong>Body Wood:</strong> Basswood with maple top and mahogany through neck<br /> • <strong>Body Finish:</strong> Matte<br /> • <strong>Body Colors:</strong> Polar Noir, Glacial Frost, Iced Crimson, Siberian Sapphire, Arctic Dream, Copper Fire, Goldmine, Silver Lining<br /> • <strong>Bridge:</strong> Custom John Petrucci Music Man® Piezo floating tremolo, made of black pearl plated (chrome for Precious Metal Series), hardened steel with stainless steel saddles.<br /> • <strong>Scale Length:</strong> 25-1/2" (64.8 cm)<br /> • <strong>Neck Radius:</strong> 17" (43.2 cm)<br /> • <strong>Headstock Size:</strong> Angled &amp; Only 5-7/8" (14.9 cm) long<br /> • <strong>Frets:</strong> 24 - Medium Jumbo profile, Stainless Steel<br /> • <strong>Neck Width:</strong> 6 string: 1-11/16" (43.0 mm) at nut, 2-1/4" (57.2 mm) at last fret 7 String: 1-7/8" (47.6 mm) at nut, 2-7/16" (61.9 mm) at last fret<br /> • <strong>Neck Wood:</strong> Honduran Mahogany<br /> • <strong>Fingerboard:</strong> Ebony<br /> • <strong>Fret Markers:</strong> Custom JP Majesty Inlays<br /> • <strong>Neck Finish:</strong> Matte<br /> • <strong>Neck Colors:</strong> Color matches body<br /> • <strong>Tuning Machines:</strong> Schaller M6-IND locking with black pearl buttons (Chrome on Precious Metal Series)<br /> • <strong>Truss Rod:</strong> Adjustable - no component or string removal<br /> • <strong>Neck Attachment:</strong> Through neck design<br /> • <strong>Electronic Shielding:</strong> Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum control cover<br /> • <strong>Controls:</strong> Custom Music Man active preamp; push/push volume for gain boost, 500kohm push/push passive tone for custom 2 pickup configurations - .022µF tone capacitor<br /> • <strong>Switching:</strong> three-way toggle pickup selector, with custom center position configuration; three-way toggle piezo/magnetic selector, momentary mono/stereo output knob (Piezo Volume)<br /> • <strong>Pickups:</strong> HH - DiMarzio Illuminators; Piezo bridge pickup<br /> • <strong>Left Handed:</strong> No<br /> • <strong>Strings:</strong> 6 String: 10p-13p-17p-26-36-46 (RPS 10 Slinkys #2240) 7 String: 10p-13p-17p-26-36-46-56 (RPS 10 Slinkys #2240 with added P01156)</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cnRrxk3vUks" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/john-petrucci">John Petrucci</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dream-theater">Dream Theater</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/john-petrucci-demos-signature-ernie-ball-music-man-majesty-guitar-video#comments Dream Theater Ernie Ball John Petrucci Music Man Videos Electric Guitars News Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:44:13 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24393 at http://www.guitarworld.com Eight Questions with In This Moment Guitarist Randy Weitzel http://www.guitarworld.com/eight-questions-moment-guitarist-randy-weitzel <!--paging_filter--><p>On the eve of In This Moment's latest round of U.S. tour dates, we tracked down guitarist Randy Weitzel and gave him the "eight questions" treatment.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: What got you into playing and made you think about doing it for a living?</strong></p> <p>Ever since I was a kid, all I ever I wanted was to be a crazy guitar player in a rock band. You can blame that on Ace Frehley and Angus Young.</p> <p><strong>You've been with In This Moment for about four years. In that time, the band has come into their own and grown pretty huge. Is there anything in particular you attribute the rise to?</strong></p> <p>When I came into the fold, they were down a couple members and had no management but still had one last album commitment for their label. There was a real "do or die" vibe in the air. They were just so focused on making something happen with that album. </p> <p> I remember Maria [Brink] and Chris [Howorth] playing me a few rough mixes from what was to become [2012's] <em>Blood,</em> and it sounded brutal. It sounded hungry, something I could relate to at the time, having struggled as a musician in my own career. Sometimes when doors close, new ones open, and In This Moment suddenly had a new album, new management, new members and a new fire. I think that's just what the band needed at the time to punch it into high gear.</p> <p><strong>Coming into the band, replacing Blake [Bunzel], did you have to alter your playing style or were you able to do your own thing?</strong></p> <p>When I got the call to do Shiprocked 2011, I had to quickly learn material from their first three albums, and Blake was cool enough to get me on the right track by letting me in on some of the effects and techniques he was using. Blake is a very unique player and definitely added his own flavor to In This Moment. Although my style is different from Blake’s, Chris and I discovered on that Shiprocked gig that our styles totally blended and sounded great together. </p> <p>Chris and I are cut from the same cloth. We were both raised on classic metal and we have the same guitar heroes. As we continued to tour and add songs from <em>Blood</em> to the show, I had the opportunity to translate my guitar parts from the studio to stage. Eventually, some of the older material was replaced with new songs like “Whore," “Burn," “Adrenalize,” “Blood," “Beast Within” and “The Blood Legion.”</p> <p><strong>In This Moment obviously has a very important visual and theatrical element. Was that something you were prepared for?</strong></p> <p>It's something I've always wanted to do, but the timing was never right. I grew up completely obsessed with Kiss, so this level of showmanship seems completely normal to me. I developed my guitar style from Eighties guitar heroes and very visually oriented metal bands. I've always had that theatrical side, but when I actually started gigging I was heavily influenced by bands like Metallica and Pantera, which had very heavy but visually stripped-down stuff. I feel like now with In This Moment, I'm lucky to be playing a mix of the two influences, the visual aspect of the early stuff and the heaviness of the later stuff. “The Sick Like Me” and “Big Bad Wolf” videos from <em>Black Widow</em> are perfect examples.</p> <p><strong>In This Moment are set to release their first greatest-hits collection, <em>Rise of the Blood Legion: Greatest Hits (Chapter 1).</em> How does it feel to get to that milestone?</strong></p> <p>I'm very proud to be a part of this. Travis [Johnson] and I were in a band that played with In This Moment on their very first show years ago. I've been friends with them ever since. Our bands toured together and I've done graphics and artwork here and there for them, but to be able to come in as a band member, perform and help take In This Moment to the next level is a very fucking cool opportunity. I'm blessed to be a part of the rise of the Blood Legion, and we really feel like this is only just the beginning.</p> <p><strong>You're quite an artist in your own right—with more than just a guitar. Tell us about your your work with acrylics.</strong></p> <p>I've always been the guy in every band I've ever been in who designed the logos and fliers. I've been able to do some spider designs for <em>Black Widow</em>, which I'm very proud of, as well as quite a few other designs for different things the band uses. At one point during the <em>Blood</em> tour cycle, we all started painting Tom's drum heads and selling them at the merch booth. </p> <p>Lately it's really taken on a life of its own and I've been getting a lot of side work doing rock and roll and horror-movie-type stuff: Kiss, Judas Priest, <em>Friday the 13th</em> and other slasher-movie-type drum heads and canvas work. I've done some pieces for charity events as well, like Ride for Dime and some others and was honored to paint a piece for Rob Halford honoring the 30th anniversary of <em>Defenders of the Faith.</em> Talk about a childhood dream coming true! Painting is my place of zen.</p> <p><strong>In This Moment is a Schecter band. Can you talk about your weapons of choice?</strong></p> <p>Schecter is amazing to us, and I love their Flying V7s. I have a few Hellraisers equipped with dual EMG 707 active pickups and Floyd Rose tremolos. I like to customize some of my guitars myself. I add the Weitzel touch with bolts and paint, then give them names like “War Machine," “White Cell” and “Atomic Beast." I just received a custom V made to my specs for the <em>Black Widow</em> tour with black with gold hardware that the fans named “Widow Maker."</p> <p><strong>You're hitting the road very hard for the remainder of April and all of May. Anything firm for the rest of 2015?</strong></p> <p>We have a couple of super-cool tours coming up in the fall, but I can't say what they are yet, since they haven't been officially announced. I can say that the Black Widow Headline tour will continue into the summer months. We are encouraging fans to put on their war paint and "Become the Show" with us.</p> <p><em>In This Moment’s current batch of U.S. dates runs through early June. See all the dates at <a href="http://www.inthismomentofficial.com">inthismomentofficial.com.</a> Follow Weitzel on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RandyWeitzelInThisMoment">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://instagram.com/RandyWeitzel">Instagram.</a></em></p> <p><em>John Katic is a writer and podcaster who founded the <em><a href="http://www.ironcityrocks.com/">Iron City Rocks</a></em> podcast in 2009. It features interviews with countless rock, hard rock, metal and blues artists.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/eight-questions-moment-guitarist-randy-weitzel#comments In This Moment Randy Weitzel Interviews News Features Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:53:27 +0000 John Katic 24392 at http://www.guitarworld.com Glenn Proudfoot Premieres "Gatton" Music Video, Featuring Johnny Hiland — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/glenn-proudfoot-premieres-gatton-music-video-featuring-johnny-hiland-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a new music video from Glenn Proudfoot.</p> <p>The song, "Gatton," a tribute to the late <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/danny-gatton-solos-full-beer-bottle-and-towel-video">Danny Gatton,</a> features a guest appearance by Johnny Hiland. The track be found on Proudfoot's new studio album, <em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/ineffable/id914342943">Ineffable.</a></em></p> <p>"This is a really special track for me," Proudfoot says. "Danny Gatton’s playing has been such a huge source of inspiration over the years. A lot of people probably don’t realize it, but I studied bluegrass and country guitar; Danny Gatton and Johnny Hiland where my two biggest country influences and heroes. </p> <p>"Once I had written this track, I reached out to Johnny and told him it was my little tribute to Danny Gatton. He was very enthusiastic about being a part of it. We really had some fun recording it—great vibes all round. </p> <p>"Johnny’s playing is simply incredible; he makes everything look so easy, and he totally rips! I'm humbled that he took part in this. It makes it all the more special for me, and I hope for you too."</p> <p>Proudfoot is playing his Number One Strat through a Victory V100 head and 4-by-12 cabinet. The amp is set on the clean channel, and you're hearing nothing but the guitar.</p> <p><em>Ineffable</em> was recorded at Screamlouder Productions in Melbourne, Australia. The video was shot, edited and produced by Peter Reggie Bowman of Screamlouder Productions. </p> <p><strong>Follow Proudfoot on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube,</a> at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">on Facebook.</a> Order <em>Ineffable</em> on iTunes <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/ineffable/id914342943">right here.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/96BlTxY_e7M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/glenn-proudfoot-premieres-gatton-music-video-featuring-johnny-hiland-exclusive#comments Danny Gatton Glenn Proudfoot Johnny Hiland Videos News Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:08:33 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24390 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: Jericho Guitars Fusion — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-jericho-guitars-fusion-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the June 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-june-15-van-halen?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=June2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>GOLD AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>Tuning a guitar down a whole step or more puts players in the fast lane of the heavy highway, but the downside to down-tuning on a standard guitar is that the strings can get overly floppy and proper intonation can be difficult to attain. </p> <p>Using heavier strings or a baritone guitar with a longer scale length can be a solution, but heavy strings don’t really make it easy to shred on solos. </p> <p>Jericho Guitars offers a variety of models that solve these dilemmas. The necks of these guitars have longer scale lengths but they are set up to accommodate standard light string gauges. </p> <p>We took a look at Jericho’s Fusion model, which is designed to appeal more to traditional-minded players who prefer the look and features of a classic guitar over those of a modern hot rod.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> Jericho describes the Fusion as “a modern hybrid of all classically built American guitars.” The single-cutaway body shape, mahogany body with flame maple top, contoured cutaway, and recessed controls are obviously inspired by certain American guitars, but the sum of these parts is a distinctive and different guitar. </p> <p>Of course, the most distinguishing feature is the neck’s long 26.9-inch scale, which allows players to comfortably tune down to C or even drop the lowest string to Bb (for a drop D-equivalent tuning) while maintaining ideal string tension for playing and perfectly accurate intonation. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-june-15-van-halen?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=June2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the June 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xXekmYPPpF0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-jericho-guitars-fusion-video#comments Jericho Guitars June 2015 Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:16:56 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Nick Vallese 24351 at http://www.guitarworld.com Polyphia Premiere "Aviator" Music Video Featuring Chelsea Grin's Jason Richardson — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/polyphia-premiere-aviator-music-video-featuring-chelsea-grins-jason-richardson-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of Polyphia's new music video for "Aviator," a song that features Chelsea Grin's Jason Richardson.</p> <p>The track is from the band's debut album, <em>Muse</em>, which was released April 21 via Headphone Music, an Equal Vision Records imprint. It's <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/muse/id969322898">available on iTunes now.</a></p> <p>Polyphia—a band whose average age is just barely 21—have toured and shared stages with the likes of Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Between the Buried and Me, the Contortionist, Intervals and many more.</p> <p><strong>For more about Polyphia, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Polyphia">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/Polyphia">Twitter.</a> Check out their current tour dates below.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kd6hTuN0bLg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Polyphia Tour Dates:</strong><br /> <em>Dance Gavin Dance w/ Polyphia, Hail The Sun and Stolas</em></p> <p>Apr 28 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage<br /> Apr 29 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer<br /> Apr 30 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs<br /> May 01 New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Marlin Room)<br /> May 02 Howell, NJ @ GameChangerWorld<br /> May 03 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre<br /> May 04 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre<br /> May 05 Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge<br /> May 06 Lincoln, NE @ Vega<br /> May 08 Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/polyphia-premiere-aviator-music-video-featuring-chelsea-grins-jason-richardson-exclusive#comments Chelsea Grin Jason Richardson Polyphia Videos News Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:27:44 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24381 at http://www.guitarworld.com August Burns Red Exclusive: "In the Studio with JB Brubaker" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/august-burns-red-exclusive-studio-jb-brubaker-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "In the Studio with JB Brubaker," a new video featuring the August Burns Red guitarist—and his gear!</p> <p>In the clip, which you can watch below, Brubaker discusses the effects and guitars used on the band's new album, <em>Found in Far Away Places</em>, which will be released June 30 via <a href="http://www.fearlessrecords.com/">Fearless Records.</a></p> <p>"With this record, we have probably more time than we actually need," Brubaker says. "We're working at a pretty leisurely pace, letting everything happen pretty organically."</p> <p>The album is already available for pre-order from <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/found-in-far-away-places/id980435757?ign-mpt=uo%3D4">iTunes</a> (complete with an instant-gratification download of one song, "The Wake") and through <a href="http://augustburnsred.merchnow.com/">augustburnsred.merchnow.com</a> as part of several different bundles.</p> <p><strong>For more about August Burns Red, Brubaker and the new album, visit <a href="http://augustburnsred.com">augustburnsred.com</a> and follow along on <a href="http://facebook.com/augustburnsred">Facebook.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BbkEY0uJGuw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/august-burns-red-exclusive-studio-jb-brubaker-video#comments August Burns Red JB Brubaker Videos News Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:27:03 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24380 at http://www.guitarworld.com The Top 10 Concept Albums of All Time http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-concept-albums-all-time <!--paging_filter--><p>Rock music went to college in the Sixties. First it started pilfering from classical music and theater. Then someone had the psychedelic-induced idea to carry a single story over an entire album, just like in opera. </p> <p>And thus the genie was unleashed: the concept record, simultaneously emblematic of rock at its most ambitious and its most pompous. </p> <p>Some damn musicologist determined these to be the best examples of this form.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-concept-albums-all-time#comments list lists Top 10 Guitar World Lists News Features Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:38:40 +0000 Guitar World Staff 1995 at http://www.guitarworld.com Danny Gatton Solos with a Full Beer Bottle and Towel — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/danny-gatton-solos-full-beer-bottle-and-towel-video <!--paging_filter--><p>The late Danny Gatton had a nickname: "The Humbler."</p> <p>As in, "You think you're so great? Let's see you go head to head with Gatton. You <em>will</em> be humbled."</p> <p>Gatton, who also was known as "the Telemaster" and "the world's greatest unknown guitarist" (a nickname he shared with his friend Roy Buchanan) could play country, rockabilly, jazz and blues guitar with equal authority—and sometimes with a beer bottle!</p> <p>In this legendary clip from his 1991 <em>Austin City Limits</em> appearances, watch as Gatton plays slide guitar, overhand-style, using a full bottle of beer as a slide. Of course, since the bottle is full, some suds find their way onto his Fender Tele's neck. So Gatton whips out a towel to wipe off the beer; only he keeps the towel on the neck—and simply keeps on playing.</p> <p>What's most impressive about this sequence is just how fun and <em>musical</em> his playing is, despite the beer-bottle theatrics. Although there's a good deal of showmanship involved, it's by no means all about showmanship; as always, his playing is humbling.</p> <p>Now that we think about it, maybe one beer bottle isn't enough. Be sure to check out the bottom video below, which shows Gatton playing slide with <em>two</em> beer bottles.</p> <p>Parting thought: Steve Vai once said Gatton "comes closer than anyone else to being the best guitar player that ever lived." If you're unfamiliar with Gatton's work, check out more of his clips on YouTube. In terms of Gatton albums to explore, there's 1991's <em>88 Elmira St.</em> and <em>Unfinished Business</em> from 1987.</p> <p>Gatton committed suicide in 1994 at age 49.</p> <p><strong>One beer bottle/towel:</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xfBF4rr7FiA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Two beer bottles:</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1AZo0u3HoV4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/danny-gatton-solos-full-beer-bottle-and-towel-video#comments Danny Gatton Videos News Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:43:30 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24386 at http://www.guitarworld.com Gabriella Quevedo Plays All Parts of The Eagles' "Hotel California" on One Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-gabriella-quevado-plays-eagles-hotel-california-one-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>At GuitarWorld.com, we've gotten used to the sight of talented young women performing <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/15-year-old-guitarist-tina-s-plays-dragonforces-through-fire-and-flames-video">impressive six-string feats without even batting an eye.</a></p> <p>Which is the perfect segue to this late-2014 video of a Swedish-born fingerstyle guitarist named Gabriella Quevedo performing Tomi Paldanius' arrangement of the Eagles' "Hotel California."</p> <p>Something that will start to sink in at around the 3:01 mark is that Quevedo, who is 18, isn't just playing the vocal melody and guitar parts; she's also throwing in a bass line, some percussive moves and the backing melodies. She even handles the arpeggios from the iconic Don Felder/Joe Walsh guitar solo—while playing some of the other parts mentioned above.</p> <p>That's a entire band's worth of parts in one Taylor guitar. </p> <p>For your listening pleasure, we've also thrown in a video of Quevedo playing Tommy Emmanuel's arrangement of "Classical Gas" (bottom video).</p> <p><strong>For more about Quevedo, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbK6S8jFtYZ3UnPhWRIJ0bA">follow her on YouTube</a> and visit <a href="http://www.gabriellaquevedo.com/">gabriellaquevedo.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/j1q4-tzMI28" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YH4e0KAjmEI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eagles">Eagles</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-gabriella-quevado-plays-eagles-hotel-california-one-guitar-video#comments Acoustic Nation Eagles Gabriella Quevedo News The Eagles Videos Blogs Videos News Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:48:34 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24385 at http://www.guitarworld.com What if Elvis Presley Covered AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie"? — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/what-if-elvis-presley-covered-acdcs-whole-lotta-rosie-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Sure, the late, great Elvis Presley covered everyone from <a href="http://www.daysofthecrazy-wild.com/audio-listen-to-bob-dylans-fave-cover-of-a-bob-dylan-song-the-one-recording-i-treasure-the-most/">Bob Dylan</a> to the Beatles during his extraordinary lifetime.</p> <p>But now, long after his lifetime has expired, we get to hear—well, sort of—what it would've sounded like if "the King" covered AC/DC.</p> <p>In the rapidly aging clip below, footage from Presley's Las Vegas sets has been mashed up with the voice of Presley impersonator James Brown, who can be heard singing AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie." We appreciate hearing the guitar solo as we watch James Burton cradle his Paisley Telecaster.</p> <p>The recording is actually from Brown's 1997 album, <em>Gravelands.</em> Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kOGkmoijhYI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/acdc">AC/DC</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/what-if-elvis-presley-covered-acdcs-whole-lotta-rosie-video#comments AC/DC ACDC Elvis Presley Videos News Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:10:58 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24384 at http://www.guitarworld.com 42 Classic Movie Themes Played As Metal Songs — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/42-classic-movie-themes-played-metal-songs-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Who doesn't love a good metal medley?</p> <p>Hopefully, <em>you</em> do, because we've got a doozy of medley for you.</p> <p>In this new clip, posted earlier this month by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVuOxSinE6VJCqXkGXUa8Sg">YouTube user Felipe SignaveriS,</a> we're treated to 42 classic movie themes, all played in various styles of metal, including thrash, death, black, groove, modern and beyond.</p> <p>You'll heavy everything from a distortion-drenched <em>Rocky</em> theme to the <em>Star Wars</em> cantina tune, delivered with a touch of Brian May.</p> <p>A few words from the video's star: "Guitar setup: EMG SA7 pickups, ENGL e430(modded) preamp, Kartakou BeastBox preamp, Marshall Jmp1 preamp and Kalthallen Cabs. Bass setup: EMG JX and PX pickups, Vintage Darkglass Deluxe preamp."</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/I82C32TXwi4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/42-classic-movie-themes-played-metal-songs-video#comments WTF Videos News Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:44:03 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24383 at http://www.guitarworld.com 100 Greatest Guitar Solos: No. 50 "Shock Me" (Ace Frehley) http://www.guitarworld.com/100-greatest-guitar-solos-no-50-shock-me-ace-frehley <!--paging_filter--><p>“I basically did the same solo every night on that tour, with minor alterations, so I had it kind of planned out when I did it the night we recorded it for <em>Alive II</em> album,” Ace Frehley says.</p> <p>"But if you listen carefully to the ‘Shock Me’ solo, you can hear me make a mistake about two thirds of the way through.</p> <p>"Instead of tapping a B at the 19th fret of the high E string, I accidentally hit the A# note at the 18th fret—that’s definitely a wrong note for the scale I’m using. </p> <p>"We could have fixed it in the mix, but I said to Eddie [<em>Kramer</em>, Alive II <em>producer</em>], ‘Screw it! Leave it in. The run sounds cool, so who cares—it’s rock and roll!’ ”</p> <p><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/article/100_greatest_guitar_solos_49_quoteuropaquot_carlos_santana">Next: 49) "Europa"</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZQik0P65B34" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ace-frehley">Ace Frehley</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/kiss">Kiss</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/100-greatest-guitar-solos-no-50-shock-me-ace-frehley#comments 100 Greatest Guitar Solos 100 Greatest Guitar Solos Ace Frehley Kiss News Features Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:52:50 +0000 Guitar World Staff 1690 at http://www.guitarworld.com