In the brand-new video below, guitarist Annie Grunwald—better known as Annie Shred—demos a guitar that's a bona fide conversation starter, the Ibanez RGKP6. It comes standard with a built-in Korg Mini Kaoss pad 2s. "This guitar/control pad combo is a sick way to fuse extreme guitar with electronic music and real-time performance FX," Annie writes.
Tina S.—everyone's favorite teenage French shredder—is back with another new video, her second of 2015. This time, Tina—who has covered everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Eddie Van Halen to Steve Vai to Gary Moore to DragonForce—tackles Metallica's "Master of Puppets," the title track from the band's iconic 1986 album.
Sure, in 2015 we've gotten used to videos of 8-year-olds shredding Racer X tunes and 14-year-olds who can effortlessly knock out an Yngwie tune. But there's still something fascinating about watching a band of pre-teens tackle—and conquer—a prog-rock masterpiece like Rush's "YYZ."
For the second year in a row, Metallica’s James Hetfield enjoyed a headlining slot at Acoustic-4-a-Cure, a pediatric cancer benefit concert. This year, Hetfield performed a tune with his oldest daughter, 16-year-old Cali.
The previously unreleased performance, which was recorded October 31, 1972, at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada, is from two new archival releases from Rhino Records: Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two and Progeny: Highlights from Seventy-Two. Both will be released March 25.
Classical guitar songs and techniques have inspired modern artists ranging from the Doors to Metallica. In this new DVD, 20 Essential Classical Licks, you'll develop the essential skills required to play fingerstyle on a nylon-string acoustic guitar, such as arpeggio patterns and techniques, rolling triplets and sextuplets, natural and artificial harmonics, grace-note embellishments, tremolo picking and much more.
Shortly after Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord died in 2012, Whitesnake vocalist—and former Deep Purple frontman—David Coverdale reached out to guitarist Ritchie Blackmore about the possibility of working on a project together in Lord’s honor.
IK Multimedia has announced iRig Pads Editor for Mac and PC. It’s the companion application for iRig Pads that allows musicians to completely edit and customize IK’s popular ultra-portable, universal MIDI groove controller to suit all music production styles and live performance workflows.