Welcome to episode 1 of the "Guitar World Plays Rocksmith" series, where different Guitar World staffers play Rocksmith, a new authentic guitar game. Maybe you've seen the ads for Rocksmith; they feature a monkey playing a flamed Epiphone Les Paul, with the slogan "Anyone Can Play Guitar."
Today's lick is a sequence of fast, descending arpeggios based on the E Aeolian mode (E F♯ G A B C D) and performed in a deliberate two-notes-per-string pattern. I use strict alternate picking throughout the entire lick, beginning on a downstroke.
It shows a man in the middle of a gun fight in Libya playing a guitar while people are firing guns around him. It appeared with this caption: "Libya's new regime forces fire their weapons at fighters loyal to fugitive strongman Moammar Gadhafi as a comrade plays a guitar during a battle in Sirte on Oct. 10, in a drive to control Gadhafi's hometown after a month-long siege."
The makers of a new augmented-reality app called GhostGuitar have found a way to improve your air guitar experience. You can check out the video below for a demo -- but basically, when you strum, or air strum, you hear the sound of a guitar coming from your IPhone or iPad.
Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst has singed a deal with CBS TV Studios to star in -- and produce -- a sitcom called "Douchebag." The show will be written by Matthew Carlson, whose past masterpieces include episodes of "Malcolm In The Middle," "The Wonder Years" and "Mr. Sunshine."
Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumkins has started a new professional wrestling company, "Resistance Pro," in Chicago. He says he'll operate as its creative director. According NME.com, Corgan's role will be to create "story lines" for wrestling events and to be the public face of the organisation. Resistance Pro will host its first event, Black Friday, on November 25 at the Excalibur Club in Chicago.
The BBC reports that Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz has joined together with the Tea Party to protest against the US government. Federal agents raided a Gibson factory under suspicion the company was importing illegal wood for guitars, and an investigation is under way.