News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/%27http%3A/www.kickstarter.com/projects/realmofobscura/www.facebook.com/%27http%3A/www.kickstarter.com/projects/realmofobscura/www.kaiserchiefs.com en Session Guitar: Top 10 Guitarists to Emulate for a Successful Studio Career http://www.guitarworld.com/session-guitar-top-10-guitarists-emulate-successful-studio-career <!--paging_filter--><p>I'd like to address a very meat-and-potatoes bit of info that very rarely gets mentioned. </p> <p>Who should you emulate in order to be a session guitarist? </p> <p>The answers and the reasons for each might very well surprise you. Also, you might assume you know how to play like these guys, but, until you really try it, you do <em>not</em> know how! </p> <p>I'm not kidding here; I guarantee you don't know how. And not a week goes by when I'm not asked to imitate at least one of these guys.</p> <p>So now, in the photo gallery below (in no particular order), I give you a list of players you'd better become intimately aware of and learn at least a few of their licks! It will start, save and prolong your "studio guitarist" career.</p> <p>One more thing before I start: These names are used in the way "Kleenex" means "tissue." If someone asks you for a Kleenex and you give them an off-brand tissue, it's the really same thing. So if someone asks for EVH, you know they want some tapping, whammy bar, bluesy, fast playing. Get it?</p> <p>One final note! Learn the history of popular music as seen through the eyes of a guitarist. Play in a wedding band. Play in a show band. Play in a cover band. You will thank me.</p> <p>Merry Christmas!</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.ronzabrocki.com/fr_home.cfm">Ron Zabrocki</a> is a session guitarist from New York, now living in Connecticut. Says Ron: "I started playing at age 6, sight reading right off the bat. That’s how I was taught, so I just thought everyone started that way. I could sight read anything within a few years, and that helped me become a session guy later in life. I took lessons from anyone I could find and had some wonderful instructors, including John Scofield, Joe Pass and Alan DeMausse. I’ve played several jingle sessions (and have written a few along the way). I’ve “ghosted” for a few people who shall remain nameless, but they get the credit and I get the money! I’ve played sessions in every style, from pop to jazz.</em></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="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eric-clapton">Eric Clapton</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/chuck-berry">Chuck Berry</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/session-guitar-top-10-guitarists-emulate-successful-studio-career#comments Eddie Van Halen Eric Clapton Ron Zabrocki Roy Clark Session Guitar Slash Blogs Galleries News Thu, 21 May 2015 11:18:07 +0000 Ron Zabrocki 23171 at http://www.guitarworld.com New Book: Learn to Play '25 Top Classic Rock Songs' http://www.guitarworld.com/new-book-learn-play-25-top-classic-rock-songs <!--paging_filter--><p><em>25 Top Classic Rock Songs</em> is <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/25-top-classic-rock-songs-tab-tone-technique/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=25TopClassicRockSongs">available now at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></p> <p>This series includes performance notes and accurate tab for the greatest songs of every genre. </p> <p>From the essential gear, recording techniques and historical information to the right- and left-hand techniques and other playing tips, it's all here! Learn to play 25 classics note for note.</p> <p>Including: </p> <p> • Addicted to Love<br /> • After Midnight<br /> • Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2<br /> • Beat It<br /> • China Grove<br /> • Dream On<br /> • Fortunate Son<br /> • Go Your Own Way<br /> • Life in the Fast Lane<br /> • Lights<br /> • Message in a Bottle<br /> • Reeling in the Years<br /> • Refugee<br /> • Tom Sawyer<br /> • Wild Night </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/25-top-classic-rock-songs-tab-tone-technique/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=25TopClassicRockSongs">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/new-book-learn-play-25-top-classic-rock-songs#comments News Features Thu, 21 May 2015 10:16:24 +0000 Guitar World Staff 23539 at http://www.guitarworld.com Yngwie Malmsteen Performs "Overture" at Guitar World Studios — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/yngwie-malmsteen-performs-overture-guitar-world-studios-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Recently, just as his Guitar Gods tour was getting off the ground, shredder Yngwie Malmsteen visited the <em>Guitar World</em> studio in New York City.</p> <p>Why? Why else! To melt some faces! </p> <p>In the exclusive <em>Guitar World</em> video below, Malmsteen performs his instrumental "Overture," the track that kicked off his 2014 Guitar Gods tour shows—and that opens his 2010 <em>Relentless</em> album. Of course, Malmsteen is playing along to a backing track (The band isn't hiding somewhere off camera).</p> <p>Stay tuned for more "Malmsteen in motion," courtesy of the fearless GW video crew!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0gV7sT7gzMY" 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="/yngwie-malmsteen">Yngwie Malmsteen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/yngwie-malmsteen-performs-overture-guitar-world-studios-video#comments Yngwie Malmsteen Videos News Wed, 20 May 2015 18:29:37 +0000 Damian Fanelli 21685 at http://www.guitarworld.com Jimi Hendrix Experience Perform "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" in Stockholm — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/jimi-hendrix-experience-perform-voodoo-child-slight-return-stockholm-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In 2015, where everything, and we mean everything, is turned into a video with minimal effort—whether it deserves to be or not—we tend to forget that it wasn't always like that.</p> <p>While YouTube abounds with clips of your favorite bands in action from the Seventies onward, "filming things," including live shows by Cream, the Beatles, the Who and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was still something of a novelty in the Sixties.</p> <p>Which is why it's so nice to be able to watch all of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's January 9, 1969, show in Stockholm, Sweden. And, as a bonus, to see the <a href="http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/the-jimi-hendrix-experience/1969/konserthuset-stockholm-sweden-1bd49920.html">full set list from both shows the trio performed that day.</a></p> <p>One of the highlights of both shows was the always-epic "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," the studio version of which appears on 1968's <em>Electric Ladyland.</em></p> <p>Below, check out Hendrix, bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell as they simply pound out this droning masterpiece in E (or Eb if you figure in Jimi's tuning). Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9irsg1vBmq0" 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="/jimi-hendrix">Jimi Hendrix</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jimi-hendrix-experience-perform-voodoo-child-slight-return-stockholm-video#comments Jimi Hendrix Videos News Wed, 20 May 2015 18:06:35 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24538 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: Musicvox Space Cadet Custom Floyd Rose Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-musicvox-space-cadet-custom-floyd-rose-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Musicvox may have concocted some of the most far out and wacky guitar body styles of anything out there today, but generally speaking their guitars’ features are actually somewhat traditional. </p> <p>In fact, until now all of their models have featured stop tailpieces, with nary a tremolo, vibrato, or whammy bar to be seen. While the Floyd Rose tremolo has been around long enough to be considered vintage or even antique, the addition of a Floyd Rose brings the Musicvox Space Cadet Custom into the modern era and opens up a whole new world to players who have always wanted to try a Musicvox guitar but can’t live without their whammy.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The Space Cadet model may be one of Musicvox’s more conservative designs, but it still has very distinctive styling that’s sure to appeal to players who are tired of the same old thing. Construction features include a mahogany body and maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. </p> <p>Our example was decorated with a limited-edition custom two-tone black and white finish, with contrasting black binding on the body and headstock and white binding on the neck, and gold-plated hardware adding a touch of class.</p> <p>In addition to the licensed Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo system, the Space Cadet Custom Floyd Rose is equipped with a pair of Musicvox vintage-style humbucking pickups, master volume and tone controls, and a three-position pickup selector switch. The bolt-on neck has 22 medium-jumbo frets, pearloid block inlays, a 25 1/2-inch scale, and a relatively slim and flat C-shaped profile. </p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Musicvox guitars have previously found happy homes in the hands of garage rock, punk, new country, and surf guitarists, but this may be their first model ideal for metal and hard rock guitarists. The vintage-style humbuckers produce loud and proud twang through a clean amp, but when treated with delicious doses of overdrive and distortion they deliver a snarling tone that falls between the honk and howl of a Gretsch Filtertron and the dominant mids of a Gibson PAF. This guitar does both surf and turf equally well.</p> <p>The Floyd Rose is set up perfectly out of the box in a floating configuration for performing dive bombs and raised pitch shrieks. The flat profile makes the neck comfortable for shredders, and the medium jumbo frets provide plenty of metal to latch onto for sweep picking or over-the-top bends. This is by far Musicvox’s most hot-rodded model to date.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $999<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Musicvox, <a href="http://www.musicvox.com/">musicvox.com</a></p> <p>The licensed Floyd Rose tremolo is set up in a floating configuration and features a gold-plated finish.</p> <p>Musicvox’s vintage-style humbuckers provide an alluring balance between twangy clean surf tones and aggressive midrange distortion.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> If you’ve always loved the looks of Musicvox guitars but wanted a whammy bar or even more shred-friendly features, the Space Cadet Custom Floyd Rose is the one you’ve been waiting for.</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="myExperience4243223196001" 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="4243223196001" /> </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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King Casually Changes His Guitar String Onstage Without Stopping the Song — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/bb-king-casually-changes-his-guitar-string-onstage-without-stopping-song-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's a little something we picked up from the gang over at <em>Guitar Player.</em></p> <p>It's a very cool video of the late B.B. King performing “How Blue Can You Get” at Farm Aid on September 22, 1985.</p> <p>What makes this performance so special is what happens about three and a half minutes in. King breaks a string on his guitar and changes it himself—onstage—while he continues performing the song.</p> <p>All the strings are still clearly attached to the guitar at the three-minute mark. The video then cuts to a shot of the horn players, and when it returns to B.B., the highest string is dangling from his headstock.</p> <p>At around 3:12 you can see a roadie in a blue cap running behind the band; a few seconds later he hands a replacement string to King. After nonchalantly removing the broken string, King winds the new one as he sings up a storm.</p> <p>This is pure showmanship and professionalism in action. It's one more reason the guitarist, who died last week, will be so dearly missed.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/P27tTNP7SFc" 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="/bb-king">B.B. King</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/bb-king-casually-changes-his-guitar-string-onstage-without-stopping-song-video#comments B.B. King Videos News Wed, 20 May 2015 17:16:22 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24537 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitar World Recommends: PykMax High Performance Guitar Picks — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-recommends-pykmax-high-performance-guitar-picks-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/guitar-world-recommends">Guitar World Recommends</a></em> shines the spotlight on new and noteworthy gear for guitarists. This week, <em>Guitar World</em> recommends PykMax High Performance Guitar Picks.</p> <p>The pick, the result of a multi-year design and engineering effort, features a patented ergonomic design that fits the hand comfortably and eliminates traditional muscle pressure associated with gripping traditional picks.</p> <p>“The guitar pick has always been somewhat of an obstacle for many beginning and intermediate players," says Jeremy Milikow, CEO of Pro Music Marketing, maker of Pykmax. "Pykmax enables those players to concentrate more on playing great music and less on gripping the guitar pick.”</p> <p>While we're on the subject, be sure to check out <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/13-techniques-pykmax-high-performance-guitar-pick-demo-video">"13 Guitar Techniques with Pykmax High Performance Guitar Picks — Demo Video."</a></p> <p><strong>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.pykmax.com/">pykmax.com</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BO-nnidrLiA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-recommends-pykmax-high-performance-guitar-picks-video#comments Guitar World Recommends PykMax Accessories Videos News Gear Wed, 20 May 2015 16:49:08 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24536 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: Orange Rockverb 100 MKIII Guitar Amp — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-orange-rockverb-100-mkiii <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><em>PLATINUM AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>The original Orange amps of yesteryear were known for their outrageous clean headroom, eardrum-shattering overdrive, and earth-shaking volume—just the perfect thing for blues-based boogie rock during the early Seventies, but not the most modern sound in today’s high-gain world. </p> <p>When Orange introduced its Rockerverb series amps just over a decade ago, they forever changed perceptions of Orange amps by offering a product that could hang with the high-gain crowd and even stand out with its own aggressive personality. </p> <p>Over the years, Orange has made a few changes and refinements to the Rockerverb’s design to satisfy the needs of guitarists who have come to rely on the amp as a stage and studio staple. The latest and greatest of those changes are reflected in the new Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII 100-watt head, which provides impressive tonal refinements and new features certain to satisfy the most demanding players.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII is a two-channel head driven by four EL34 tubes in the power section, four 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section, and two 12AT7 tubes for reverb and the effects loop. The clean channel features a non-master volume circuit and provides volume, treble, and bass controls. The dirty channel has volume, gain, and bass, middle, and treble EQ controls. Both channels share the tube-driven spring reverb section featuring a reverb level control and a footswitchable attenuator that maintains the character and response of power tube distortion while allowing users to play at reduced volume levels. The amp also includes a half-power switch on the front panel and a 4/2 tube selector switch on the rear panel that let users select 100-, 70-, 50-, or 30-watts of output. </p> <p>Other rear panel features include a pair of 8-ohm 1/4-inch speaker outputs, a single 16-ohm 1/4-inch speaker output, individual footswitch jacks for the attenuator, reverb, and channel switching, and send and return jacks for the serial effects loop. The amp is housed in Orange’s characteristic orange-colored cabinet, but Orange also the amp with black basket-weave vinyl covering for players who want a more traditional, stealthy look. The control panel is decorated with Orange’s classic “pictogram” graphics instead of boring names.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Orange refined the voicing of both the Rockerverb 100 MKIII’s clean and dirty channels, making it a much more versatile amp than previous iterations of the Rockerverb. The clean channel has increased clean headroom and tone that is more sparkling and “chimey” than before, combining the zing of an AC30, the percussive attack of a Hiwatt, and the powerful punch of a classic late-Sixties Orange. The clean channel is very lively and sexy, particularly when the amp’s luscious spring reverb with its long, velvety-smooth decay is dialed in. The clean channel also provides tantalizing overdrive crunch when the volume knob is cranked up past the three-o’clock mark. </p> <p>The dirty channel remains the main reason why Rockerverb amps have found homes on stage and in the studio with a new breed of hard rock and metal guitarists, producing everything from classic British crunch to mind-melting modern high-gain distortion textures that are thick and harmonically complex. </p> <p>The attenuator and selectable output make it easy for guitarists to achieve the exact clean or distortion character and responsiveness they want from the amp at any volume level from an apartment dweller’s whisper to a stage-filler’s scream. The control panel is quite simple and streamlined, but it makes it easy to dial in a surprisingly wide variety of tones ideal for almost any style of music from the most chilled out country to the heaviest metal.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $2,149; Rockerverb 50 MKIII, $1,999<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Orange Amplification, <a href="http://orangeamps.com/">orangeamps.com</a></p> <p>The revoiced clean channel provides expanded clean headroom and enhanced treble chime. A footswitchable attenuator maintains the power, character, and responsiveness of a fully driven amp at lower output levels.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> The Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII is designed to provide Orange’s heaviest tones to date, but the refined clean channel is so sweet that players of any musical style should check it out. </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="myExperience4243223290001" 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="4243223290001" /> </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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It joins the ranks of the hundreds of lessons already available through Guitar World Lessons.</p> <p>Learn all of Jimi Hendrix’s essential rhythm and lead guitar techniques, including his go-to soloing patterns, extended pentatonic and blues-scale positions, signature phrasing and articulations, string bending, vibrato and whammy bar usage, strummed octaves, thumb fretting and chord embellishments, plus essential gear and how to recreate Jimi’s tone!</p> <p>Right now, you can get 13 <em>Jimi Hendrix Playing Secrets</em> lessons for only $14.99!</p> <p><strong>For more information about <em>Jimi Hendrix Playing Secrets</em>, visit the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/guitar-world-lessons/id942720009?mt=8">Guitar World Lessons App</a> and <a href="https://guitarworldlessons.com/product/6F34A4B8-95B7-33D2-3CD6-B3710E517B4F?utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=HENDRIX">Webstore</a> now.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0n85Xj7apEE" 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="/jimi-hendrix">Jimi Hendrix</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jimi-hendrixs-playing-secrets-revealed-new-lesson-series#comments Andy Aledort Guitar World Lessons Guitar World Online Store Jimi Hendrix Lesson News Features Wed, 20 May 2015 15:26:27 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24411 at http://www.guitarworld.com Stevie Ray Vaughan's Top Five Studio Guest Appearances http://www.guitarworld.com/top-five-studio-guest-appearances-stevie-ray-vaughan <!--paging_filter--><p>For someone who spent a mere seven years in the spotlight, Stevie Ray Vaughan left behind an impressive amount of recorded material.</p> <p>He released four studio albums, a double live album and a Vaughan Brothers album (recorded with his big brother, Jimmie Vaughan), not to mention enough leftover live and studio material to fill several posthumous albums and a box set or two. </p> <p>He even found time to perform on albums by several other artists—from Teena Marie to Stevie Wonder to Don Johnson to Lonnie Mack—pretty much always with fiery results. </p> <p>With that in mind, here are Vaughan's top five guest appearances as a guest or session guitarist during his "famous" years, 1983 to 1990. We'll discuss his pre-fame session work in another story (maybe).</p> <p>Just so the Vaughanophiles are clear, this list does not take into account Vaughan's 1983 Canadian TV studio appearance with Albert King—or anything recorded in a TV studio, a radio studio or a studio apartment. </p> <p>It also doesn't include his <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-and-dick-dale-play-pipeline-video-thats-got-it-all">1987 recording of "Pipeline" with Dick Dale</a> because that track is credited to the duo, so neither guitarist is the other's "guest."</p> <p><strong>05. A.C. Reed, "Miami Strut," from <em>I'm In the Wrong Business!</em> (1987)</strong></p> <p>A.C. Reed was a respected Chicago-based sideman who started his lengthy career in the Forties and worked with a host of big names, including Magic Sam, Son Seals, Albert Collins and Buddy Guy.</p> <p>"Miami Strut" is a funky instrumental that features Vaughan playing a Strat through a Leslie cabinet, its revolving speaker providing an exceptionally "wet" sound. Note how he plays around Reed's catchy tenor sax riffs, making his guitar an integral part of the track. Vaughan's guitar solo starts around 1:22.</p> <p>Because the album, which also features Bonnie Raitt, was released in 1987, it represents a lost period in Vaughan's discography, since <em>Soul to Soul</em> came out in 1985 and <em>In Step</em> came out in 1989. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GZq5akABb9A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>WHILE YOU'RE AT IT</strong>: Check out "These Blues Is Killing Me" from the same album. Vaughan's guitar solo starts around 2:06. That's Reed on vocals.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_YTQLQiNXIE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>04. Bennie Wallace, "All Night Dance," from <em>Twilight Time</em> (1985)</strong></p> <p>Here's Vaughan guesting with another sax player—this time Bennie Wallace (with Dr. John)—on another blues-based instrumental, a lengthy shuffle called "All Night Dance" from Wallace's now-out-of-print 1985 <em>Twilight Time</em> album. The song also was featured on the <em>Bull Durham</em> soundtrack album in 1988—and even that's out of print (Good luck finding it for less than $60 on Amazon Marketplace or eBay!).</p> <p>Stevie's guitar solo starts around 3:24, and he really pours it on, dialing up his <em>Soul to Soul</em> sound and including several signature SRV motifs and bends. </p> <p>Like a great songwriter who sometimes relegates jaw-dropping tunes to the cutting-room floor or non-album B-sides, Vaughan recorded this brilliant guitar solo one random day in his career—and then just moved on to the next gig, never really looking back.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vfyhbaJ7CpU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>03. Johnny Copeland, "Don't Stop by the Creek, Son," from <em>Texas Twister</em> (1984)</strong></p> <p>Texas blues guitarist and singer Johnny Copeland (father of blues singer Shemekia Copeland) invited Vaughan to play on two tracks on his <em>Texas Twister</em> album. On "Don't Stop by the Creek, Son," Copeland, a fine player in his own right, stepped aside to let Vaughan handle all the lead work. </p> <p>Although Vaughan's Strat was mixed a little too low in the original vinyl mix (It had to compete with Copeland's acoustic guitar), "Creek" is a fun, engaging, upbeat track with a catchy melody and some nifty guitar work from start to finish.</p> <p>It's worth noting that the original 1984 Black and Blues version of <em>Texas Twister</em> featured two tracks with Vaughan on guitar—"Don't Stop by the Creek, Son" and "When the Rain Stops Fallin'." However, when the album was reissued by Rounder Records in 1986, "When the Rain Stops Fallin'" was gone—and it's still gone. iTunes sells only the <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/texas-twister/id446039365">1986 version of the album</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nM9-QRPGc_U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>02. Lonnie Mack, "If You Have to Know," from <em>Strike Like Lightning</em> (1985)</strong></p> <p>Serious Vaughan fans got a nice bonus in 1985: Alligator Records released Lonnie Mack's masterful <em>Strike Like Lightning</em> album, which was co-produced by Vaughan and Mack, one of SRV's many guitar idols (Check out Mack's classic 1964 album, <em><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-wham-of-that-memphis-man!/id285852886">The Wham of That Memphis Man!</a></em>).</p> <p>Vaughan plays on several songs on the album, but he actually plays and sings on "If You Have to Know," making it the closest thing to a straight-ahead bonus SRV track. Check it out below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jMj-q5A7MfM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>WHILE YOU'RE AT IT</strong>: From the same album, be sure to get a taste of "Oreo Cookie Blues," which features Vaughan on acoustic guitar, predating "Life By the Drop" and his <em>Unplugged</em> appearance by five years ...</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZsDcBg4X7fQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>... and don't forget "Double Whammy" (a new recording of Mack's early Sixties instrumental hit "Wham!" featuring Vaughan and Mack duking it out in E), "Hound Dog Man" and "Satisfy Suzie," which you can hear below. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Snxi6CW42fE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>01. David Bowie, "Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)," from <em>Let's Dance</em> (1983)</strong></p> <p>Come on, you knew something from David Bowie's <em>Let's Dance</em> album had to be No. 1 on this list. </p> <p><em>Let's Dance</em> served as the world's introduction to Vaughan, who, with Bowie, invented something new by adding Texas-style blues guitar to contemporary, dance-based pop music—raising eyebrows, expectations and bank accounts for all involved.</p> <p>Vaughan plays lead guitar on several tracks, including two of the album's many mega-hits ("Let's Dance" and "China Girl"), but guitar-wise, the song that truly kicks collective ass is the less-famous "Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)." It's also got the album's healthiest serving of SRV; he solos in the middle, adds Albert King-style bends throughout and then solos near the end of the song.</p> <p>Note that Bowie recorded two studio versions of this song in the early Eighties; be sure to seek out the <em>Let's Dance</em> version (not that there's anything wrong with the other one).</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/n4xpdaIZyzs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>WHILE YOU'RE AT IT</strong>: It just feels wrong to leave out the album's title track—which millions of people can credit as the first time they heard Stevie Ray Vaughan.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Af6jOq0dWqo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/top-five-studio-guest-appearances-stevie-ray-vaughan?page=0,5">Click here to read about THREE MORE SONGS featuring SRV!</a></strong></p> <hr /> <p>Welcome to the bonus page! I don't think too many people get this far. Poor them ...</p> <p>Here are three extra tunes that feature Vaughan as the guest guitarist, each interesting in its own way. </p> <p>Please note that we seriously wanted to include "Bumble Bee Blues" from Brian Slawson's 1988 album, <em>Distant Drums</em>, but it's not available on YouTube. You can always track down the CD on eBay for about $5.</p> <p>Anyway, here we go:</p> <p><strong>Stevie Wonder, "Come Let Me Make Your Love Come Down," from <em>Characters</em> (1987)</strong></p> <p>While the Vaughan-heavy video below is promising, it's also misleading. </p> <p>Sadly, the finished studio recording of this 1987 Stevie Wonder track features much less of Vaughan's playing, although he can be heard closer to the end of the song, going head to head with B.B. King. So make the most of this video! </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6loFxCKwQjE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Don Johnson, "Love Roulette," from <em>Heartbeat</em> (1986)</strong></p> <p>What's interesting about this one? First of all, <em>Miami Vice</em> star Don Johnson released an album in 1986. Second of all, he got Vaughan to play on it. Third of all, the album reached No. 17 on <em>Billboard's</em> Hot 100. </p> <p>The album, <em>Heartbeat</em>, was a star-studded affair that also featured Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band, Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, Dweezil Zappa and Willie Nelson. Johnson eventually recorded one more album, 1989's <em>Let It Roll</em>.</p> <p>Vaughan's solo on "Love Roulette," which you can check out below, starts around 2:51.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4bFxjRdzWO4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p>And then there's this thing, which is from a weird late-Eighties commercial filmed in New Zealand. We don't know what to make of it (and we don't really like it), but we figured we'd share:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/R8S7yIZFa78" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Photo from </em>Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan<em> album cover</em></p> <p><em>Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World<em>. Follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/DamianFanelli">Twitter</a>. Or not. Whatever.</em></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> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-five-studio-guest-appearances-stevie-ray-vaughan#comments Damian Fanelli David Bowie Johnny Copeland list lists Lonnie Mack Stevie Ray Vaughan Stevie Wonder Teena Marie Guitar World Lists Blogs News Features Wed, 20 May 2015 15:20:36 +0000 Damian Fanelli 16097 at http://www.guitarworld.com Street Guitarist Damian Salazar Plays Deep Purple's "Highway Star" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/street-guitarist-damian-salazar-plays-deep-purples-highway-star-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Back in March, we ran <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/street-guitarist-damian-salazar-blows-minds-doesnt-turn-too-many-heads-video">a hugely popular video of young Argentinian street guitarist Damian Salazar</a> blowing minds (but, oddly, not turning too many heads) with his high-speed fretboard antics on a busy Buenos Aires street corner.</p> <p>Since then, Salazar has released an all-instrumental studio album, <em>Desert,</em> which is <a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/damiansalazar1">available through CD Baby right here.</a> It features his unique takes on "Sultans of Swing," "Hotel California," "Stairway to Heaven," "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2" and more.</p> <p>Below, we present a brand-new video of Salazar performing the Eagles' "Hotel California," followed by a recent performance video of his version of "Highway Star." Although this Deep Purple classic does not appear on <em>Desert,</em> it is a mainstay of Salazar's impressive street-corner sets.</p> <p><strong>Follow Salazar on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/damiansalazarmusic?fref=ts">Facebook right here.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TmfbJk7Ilmg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/981e1Qp7F_w" 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="/deep-purple">Deep Purple</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eagles">Eagles</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/street-guitarist-damian-salazar-plays-deep-purples-highway-star-video#comments Damian Salazar Deep Purple Eagles Videos News Wed, 20 May 2015 14:51:38 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24531 at http://www.guitarworld.com Is This Headbanging Guitarist at the Wrong Gig? — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/headbanging-guitarist-wrong-gig-video <!--paging_filter--><p>There are several videos on YouTube titled "Guitarist at the Wrong Gig," but none are as, well, entertaining as this one, which has been making the rounds on Facebook lately. </p> <p>The only information provided with the 2013 video is the following:</p> <p>"Dude rocking out to a terrible song. Make what you can of every situation."</p> <p>I guess the point here is, always give 110 percent, my fellow guitarists! </p> <p>P.S.: I could go into my tirade about how people should never film vertical videos (Why would anyone shoot a vertical video?), but I'll save that for another time. But seriously, why would anyone shoot a vertical video? Never mind.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0FSaQnaxBpU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/headbanging-guitarist-wrong-gig-video#comments wrong gig WTF Videos News Wed, 20 May 2015 14:31:38 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24530 at http://www.guitarworld.com The Lacs Premiere "Make the Rooster Crow" Music Video — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/lacs-premiere-make-rooster-crow-music-video-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of the new music video for "Make the Rooster Crow" by the Lacs.</p> <p>The song is from the country-rap duo's upcoming album, <em>Outlaw in Me,</em> which is available now for pre-order on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/outlaw-in-me/id975924725">iTunes via Backroad Records/Average Joes Entertainment.</a></p> <p>“We’re so excited about this video," the band said in a statement earlier today. </p> <p>“'Make the Rooster Crow' was a blast to film. We definitely had as much fun filming it as it looks, and we hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do. We can’t wait to share <em>Outlaw in Me</em> with all of our awesome fans. It comes out next week, and it’s our best album yet!”</p> <p>The Lacs are currently on a jam-packed tour throughout North America; they typically play more than 150 shows per year. </p> <p>Their last album, <em>Keep It Redneck,</em> debuted at Number 3 on <em>Billboard's</em> Top Country Albums chart and at Number 8 on its Top Rap Albums chart.</p> <p><strong>For more about the Lacs, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheLacsMusic?fref=ts">Facebook</a> and visit <a href="http://www.thelacsmusic.com/">thelacsmusic.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wV7P6S9L-IQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/lacs-premiere-make-rooster-crow-music-video-exclusive#comments The Lacs News Wed, 20 May 2015 14:23:10 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24529 at http://www.guitarworld.com Steve Vai and Al Di Meola Rehearse (and Perform) "Race with Devil on Spanish Highway" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-vai-al-di-meola-rehearse-perform-race-devil-spanish-highway-video <!--paging_filter--><p>On April 26, virtuoso guitarist Al Di Meola made a stop at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California, for one of his typically great shows. As a bonus, the show was topped off by a special encore appearance by Steve Vai.</p> <p>For the show's encore, the guitarists performed a blazing version of Di Meola’s “Race with Devil on Spanish Highway,” from 1977's <em>Elegant Gypsy.</em> </p> <p>You can see a fan-filmed video of that performance below. Right <em>above</em> that video, however, is a more interesting clip of Vai and Di Meola rehearsing the song at Vai’s Harmony Hut studio a few hours before the show. </p> <p>It’s a treat to see their fretwork up close!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rL6gIO2SNwg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JetfQnKMm1w" 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="/steve-vai">Steve Vai</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/al-di-meola">Al Di Meola</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-vai-al-di-meola-rehearse-perform-race-devil-spanish-highway-video#comments Al Di Meola Steve Vai Videos News Wed, 20 May 2015 14:00:28 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24528 at http://www.guitarworld.com New Book Explores Stevie Ray Vaughan's Final Years — 'Day by Day, Night by Night' http://www.guitarworld.com/new-book-explores-stevie-ray-vaughans-final-years-day-day-night-night <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Stevie Ray Vaughan: Day by Day, Night After Night</em> is <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/book-stevie-ray-vaughan-day-by-day-night-after-night/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=SRVDayNight">available now at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></p> <p>Vaughan tightly grips a place in music history as an unmatched blues man and guitar legend. </p> <p>His unique style is unmistakable and has never been repeated. His otherworldly talent and relentless drive took him from humble beginnings in Texas bars to world tours and superstar status. </p> <p>His bustling career and steady stream of inspiring music came to an abrupt end all too soon at the age of 35, immediately following his triumph over the demons of addiction that followed him for years. Finally free and ready for bigger, better things, Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash in 1990, leaving his many fans to mourn the musician they had grown to love and wonder what could have been. </p> <p>In a day-by-day format, author Craig Hopkins presents an unprecedented celebration of this artist. This book is the second installment of a two-volume account of Vaughan's life. </p> <p>With this work, Hopkins delivers one of the most detailed biographies of any musician. <em>His Final Years</em> covers Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's recording career, from their debut release through their rise to stardom, an exciting journey with its fair share of glory and controversy. </p> <p>Filled with testimonials from those who knew him best and from fans everywhere, along with facts about tour dates and recordings, and a lavish gallery of rare photographs, this illustrated book (along with its companion, <em>His Early Years, 1954-1982</em>) is the ultimate collector's item for any Stevie Ray Vaughan fan. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/book-stevie-ray-vaughan-day-by-day-night-after-night/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=SRVDayNight">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3uN--H-L808" 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> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/new-book-explores-stevie-ray-vaughans-final-years-day-day-night-night#comments Stevie Ray Vaughan News Features Wed, 20 May 2015 13:45:53 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24527 at http://www.guitarworld.com