This time, Tina—who has covered everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Eddie Van Halen to DragonForce—tackles Jason Becker's "Altitudes." The song, which was written by Becker, is the opening track from Becker's iconic 1988 album, Perpetual Burn.
Percussive acoustic playing has been around forever, and it’s easy to see why. The guitar is essentially a drum with strings stretched over it. (Its cousin, the banjo, uses a drumhead to cover the body.)
A couple of weeks ago, I gave you a short, 30-minute guitar workout designed for guitarists whose practice time is limited. The positive response I received prompted me to create an additional lesson, which, in combination with my original workout, will give you a good hour of intensive practice.
How cool would it be to come across the legendary Eddie Van Halen doing a guitar demo at a NAMM Show? It happened in 1996, as this just-uploaded (March 14) video shows. The Van Halen guitarist was on hand to demo Peavey's Wolfgang Standard model guitar.
Have you ever bought a guitar slide and had intentions of ripping new leads with it, only to discover when you get home that it’s damn near impossible to use? Yeah, I’ve been there, too. Playing slide guitar, well, takes a little dedication in practice, but also in the way you set up your gear, too.
Can you make your own pickup out of a wall wart plug in under five minutes and less than $2? Yes, it can be done! I saw a clip on YouTube a while ago where someone made a pickup from pieces of a plug, so I thought I'd give it a try. The method described in the video is a bit dangerous, including separating the metal plates from the coil (I stabbed myself with a screwdriver attempting to do so), so here's a safer, faster way.