News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all en Actor/Musician Drake Bell Discusses 'Ready Steady Go!,' His New Album with Brian Setzer http://www.guitarworld.com/actormusician-drake-bell-discusses-ready-steady-go-his-new-album-brian-setzer <!--paging_filter--><p>Guitarist Drake Bell wasn't made for these times. </p> <p>The actor/musician, best known for his work as teenage rocker Drake Parker on the Nickelodeon TV show <em>Drake &amp; Josh</em>, actually grew up listening to the likes of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, the Beatles and Stray Cats.</p> <p>On Bell's new album, <em>Ready Steady Go!</em>, he pays homage to those roots by teaming with one of his biggest musical influences — Brian Setzer — for a tastefully inspired collection of classic rockabilly favorites and new material.</p> <p>In addition to Bell's catchy original, "Bitchcraft" are his take on songs like "Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen)", "Still Rock And Roll To Me (Billy Joel)" and a haunting version of Setzer's own "I Won't Stand In Your Way".</p> <p>I recently spoke to Bell about <em>Ready Steady Go!</em>, his guitar work and more.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: What made you decided to do a project like this?</strong></p> <p>This is the music I grew up on. My first guitar was a Gretsch 6120, and I just loved listening to artists like Elvis, Chuck Berry and Stray Cats. But when I wanted to go make records, it was hard. I couldn't really be on the show [<em>Drake &amp; Josh</em>] and then go in and do a three-piece rockabilly-type record of Fifties music.</p> <p><strong>How did the collaboration with Brian Setzer come about?</strong></p> <p>I've been a fan of Brian's for such a long time and had the opportunity to go backstage and meet him from time to time. It got to the point to where I started becoming a familiar face backstage. I still remember when I first presented the idea for this album to him. He was confused at first and said, "Wait a minute — you mean you want to make a rockabilly record?" [laughs]. I said "Yeah, this is what I've always wanted to do!"</p> <p><strong>What was your criteria for choosing songs for ‘<em>Ready Steady Go!</em>’?</strong></p> <p>It was really about songs I loved playing and singing growing up. What's really cool is that younger audiences seem to think that a lot of these songs are new. It's given me the opportunity to introduce this great music to a new generation without them thinking I'm just trying to play them their grandparents' music. They're embracing it as their own.</p> <p><strong>What was it like working with Brian?</strong></p> <p>It's hard to explain the feeling. It was breathtaking. Just to be sitting there playing a song I wrote and having Brian there with his gear in the room playing live with us was unreal.</p> <p><strong>What's the origin of the song "Bitchcraft"?</strong></p> <p>I grew up loving and playing this music but had never attempted to write in this style before. I remember I was listening to some old Django [Reinhardt] and Glenn Miller and just jamming around when the lick came to me. I don't think it's about anyone specifically. It's just an amalgamation of the relationships I've been through. But it was my first attempt at writing that jazzy, swing-influenced rockabilly.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rQYBVPVeQn0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Do you have plans to tour?</strong></p> <p>We're working on a few things outside of the country right now as well as doing some mall dates and children's hospitals here in the U.S. Then we'll be gearing up to tour sometime this summer.</p> <p><strong>Tell me a little about your musical background.</strong></p> <p>I started playing music when I was around 10. I always wanted to be in a band, so I started out by playing drums. I played with a few groups but always remember wanting to be performing out in front of the band.</p> <p><strong>What inspired you to make the switch to guitar?</strong></p> <p>I had the opportunity to do a movie with Roger Daltrey of the Who. In the movie, I played a guitar student. Since I had to learn how to play somewhat for the movie, I was introduced to the guitar. When I picked up the guitar for the first time, it opened up a whole new world for me. I became obsessed with writing and playing. That's really how it started.</p> <p><strong>Who were some of your influences?</strong></p> <p>In addition to Brian, I love George Harrison, Carl Perkins, Brian May, Danny Gatton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. My dad was also a huge influence on me growing up. I remember we would sit in front of the TV and he would show me all of this classic stuff: The Beatles on Ed Sullivan and Elvis on Milton Berle. Then we'd get in the car and would listen to the Beach Boys, Beatles and Buddy Holly. I fell in love with that style of music and culture. It opened up my whole musical world.</p> <p><strong>What other projects are you working on?</strong></p> <p>I have a movie coming out for Nickelodeon called <em>A Fairly Odd Summer</em>. It's the third installment of the Fairly Oddparents movies. We've been taking the cartoon and making it live action.</p> <p><strong>You also do the voice of Peter Parker on the animated <em>Ultimate Spider-Man</em>. What's that like?</strong></p> <p>It's amazing. I get to go in and work alongside some of the greatest vocal talents of all time. People I grew up listening to. Then to have a legend like Stan Lee come in to do voice overs with us is just unbelievable. </p> <p><strong>What satisfies you the most about <em>Ready Steady Go!</em>?</strong></p> <p>Honestly, it’s got to be putting the record on and listening to "I Won't Stand In Your Way" with Brian's guitar up against my vocal. I still remember listening to his original version on vinyl as a kid and just wearing the needle out by playing it over and over. </p> <p>We recently pressed the new album to vinyl and I just got a test copy. Since I still have the same record player I had when I was 15, I set it down, put the needle on and started listening to "I Won't Stand in Your Way." It was a surreal moment. If you had told me back then that this was going to happen one day, I never would have believed it. Having the opportunity to go to Nashville and make a record with one of my biggest influences is a dream come true.</p> <p>For more information, visit:</p> <p><strong>Drake Bell Official Website:</strong> <a href="http://drakebell.com/">drakebell.com</a><br /> <strong>Facebook:</strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bell.drake">facebook.com/bell.drake</a> </p> <p><em>Photo Credit: Drake Bell</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/actormusician-drake-bell-discusses-ready-steady-go-his-new-album-brian-setzer#comments Brian Setzer Drake Bell James Wood Interviews News Features Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:55:18 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21080 Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth, Gary Hoey and Bumblefoot Announce Guitar Gods Tour http://www.guitarworld.com/yngwie-malmsteen-uli-jon-roth-gary-hoey-and-bumblefoot-announce-guitar-gods-tour <!--paging_filter--><p>This summer, Yngwie Malmsteen will join Uli Jon Roth, Gary Hoey and Guns N' Roses' Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal for the first-ever Guitar Gods festival tour. </p> <p>Malmsteen will headline the tour, which is billed an "epic celebration — six-plus hours — of the instrument for a full evening of guitar pyrotechnics." Each show also will feature special surprise guests.</p> <p>The Guitar Gods tour is created and produced by April Malmsteen, Yngwie's wife and manager, and is presented in partnership with Guitar Center. Check out the itinerary below; more dates will be announced.</p> <p>"Being able to put together this festival has been a lifelong dream of mine," April Malmsteen said. "I believe Guitar Gods will bring tremendous value and enjoyment to not only the guitar and heavy metal enthusiast, but also to anyone who loves music." </p> <p><strong>Uli Jon Roth</strong> will bring the 40th anniversary Scorpions set he's been playing to audiences from Europe to North America, digging deep into their catalog for this tour. <strong>Gary Hoey</strong> will perform his radio hits, including "Hocus Pocus," and more. <strong>Bumblefoot</strong>, best known for his work with Guns N' Roses, embarks on his first solo tour.</p> <p>For more about the tour, visit <a href="http://www.yngwiemalmsteen.com/yngwie/">yngwiemalmsteen.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Yngwie Malmsteen/Guitar Gods North American tour 2014:</strong></p> <p><strong>JUNE</strong><br /> 13 Huntington, NY Paramount Theatre<br /> 14 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom<br /> 17 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center<br /> 20 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre<br /> 21 Toronto, ON Phoenix Theatre<br /> 26 Seattle, WA Showbox Theatre<br /> 27 Portland, OR Roseland Theater</p> <p><strong>JULY</strong><br /> 3 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theatre<br /> 8 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/GuitarGodsPoster_gg.jpg" width="620" height="877" alt="GuitarGodsPoster_gg.jpg" /></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-uli-jon-roth-gary-hoey-and-bumblefoot-announce-guitar-gods-tour#comments Ron Bumblefoot Thal Uli Jon Roth Yngwie Malmsteen News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:39:26 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21086 Review: EVH Striped Series Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/review-evh-striped-series-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the June 2014 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://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-june-14-motley-crue/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=MayVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>The EVH Wolfgang guitar is the only way to go if you want what Eddie Van Halen plays today. </p> <p>Of course, there are still vast numbers of guitarists who want what Eddie was playing in the Seventies and Eighties, and to satisfy that desire EVH recently introduced the EVH Striped Series. </p> <p>Based on Van Halen’s legendary Frankenstein guitar, the EVH Striped Series is a stripped-down speed machine with a single humbucker and volume control, plus Van Halen’s trademark striped finish in three different motifs—black and white, yellow and black, and red, black and white.</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="myExperience3496413523001" 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="3496413523001" /> </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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For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-june-14-motley-crue/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=MayVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Hello, and welcome to my new GW instructional column. It’s good to be back! I hope the ideas and concepts I present here in the coming months will give you inspiration and insight into your own path to musical creativity.</p> <p>The most important thing I can say is that you should always strive to make your own distinct musical statement with what you play on the guitar. </p> <p>Once you’ve learned from the examples I present in this column, I would like you to completely disregard the examples themselves and retain only the techniques contained within them. </p> <p>As soon as you get the idea of where I’m coming from with a certain lick or phrase, I want you to change it into something of your own invention and tap into your own creative curiosity as quickly and fully as possible. </p> <p><strong>For the tabs to this lesson, be sure to check out the new June 2014 issue of GW!</strong></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="myExperience3499101867001" 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="3499101867001" /> </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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The Complete Pack offers every currently available feature, which includes 13 alternate tunings, eight doubling settings, a virtual capo covering a range of 12 half-steps up/down, and 10 guitar and pickup modeling settings. </p> <p>The Pro Pack offers nine alternate tunings, four doubling settings, the same 12 half-step up/down virtual capo range and six guitar/pickup models, while the Essential Pack includes five alternate tunings, one doubling setting, a two half-step up/half-step down virtual capo range, plus five half-step down baritone settings and three guitar/pickup models.</p> <p>The Complete Pack’s alternate tunings include popular tunings like DADGAD, drop D, several open tunings and even bass tunings. Doubling settings provide various pitch-shifted effects from 12-string guitars and polyphonic octave up/down to fourth and fifth up. The guitar/pickup modeling feature includes outstanding emulations of various humbucker, single-coil, acoustic and bass tones.</p> <p><strong>Performance</strong> </p> <p>Whereas the initial release of the Peavey AT-200 Auto-Tune guitar required some rather complicated chord fingerings to select certain alternate tunings, the new software’s Fret Control feature significantly simplifies the process of selecting tunings as well as virtual capo and guitar/pickup modeling settings. </p> <p>Now all you need to do to select settings is press down the guitar’s volume knob to engage the string-tune function and pluck a single note. Notes on the low E string select modeling settings, while the A string controls alternate tunings, the D string controls doubling and transposition, the G and B strings control the virtual capo, and the high E string accesses presets. Fret Control makes the AT-200 much easier to use onstage and is worth the upgrade price alone.</p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> $299</p> <p><strong>Manufacturer</strong> Antares Audio Technologies, <a href="http://www.antarestech.com/">antarestech.com</a></p> <p>The Fret Control feature lets guitarists select different settings simply by engaging the string-tune function and plucking a single note.</p> <p>New guitar/pickup modeling settings provide access to a wide variety of humbucker, single-coil, bass and acoustic guitar tones.</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong></p> <p>Antares Auto-Tune Complete Pack software significantly upgrades the versatility, ease of use and sonic palette of the game-changing Peavey AT-200 Auto-Tune guitar.</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="myExperience2742970163001" 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="2742970163001" /> </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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So I’ve decided to let you in to our secret underground world that is cigar box guitars. </p> <p>Cigar box guitars are often associated with the Depression era, when regular guitars were handmade and cost a great deal of money. People didn’t have extra income to buy guitars, so they got creative. They got a wooden cigar box, put a hole in it for the sound to get out, put a stick in it and a few wires from the screen door — and a guitar was born. Actually, cigar box guitars go back much further than that. There's evidence that they were around as early as the 1840s, and similar primitive or primal instruments go back even further. </p> <p>Today, people make them out of just about anything that will resonate or vibrate, such as an oil can, coffee can, wine crate or soda can. They also use many different things for a neck, like an ordinary 1-by-2 piece of hardwood, broom handles, even wooden rulers. </p> <p>The number of strings can vary, too. I’ve seen them with one string (Diddley bow) on up to 12. I tend to stick to three- and six-string cigar box guitars because you need at least three strings to make a chord, and people are comfortable playing six-string guitars. They also can be fretted or fretless and are played with or without a slide. CBGs also can be wired with pickups, volume and tone controls, just like regular guitars.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/professinal%20electronics.jpg" width="620" height="465" alt="professinal electronics.jpg" /></p> <p>If you want to hear scrape, slide and picking, check out Shane Speal, the world's foremost master of the cigar box guitar. </p> <p>Speal performs gritty blues/rock with handmade and hackwired instruments made from recycled junk. His repertoire is a mix of crankin' originals and songs from blues masters who started out on cigar box guitars. </p> <p>Here's a video of different ways to tune your CBG so you can get the most out of your box. What Speal can do with a stick in the box and a socket from a hardware store for a slide (Yes, that's a socket he's using for a slide) blows my mind. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GnpxA5I5eVk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> <p>Speal is a key player and builder in the CBG world and was instrumental in bringing people together to share their thoughts and ideas about CBGs — but more on that later. </p> <p>So the blues isn’t your thing? Not to worry; I’ve seen people play these guitars in nearly every genre. Like I said, you can play anything on a cigar box guitar; you just have to use some creativity and a little imagination. </p> <p>Check out Hollowbelly; listen to this song and I promise it will change your perception of what can be played on a cigar box guitar. Hollowbelly is a one-man-band/cigar box guitar player whose guitar has a mean growl that just can't be explained and a voice that has been described as "like lightning." </p> <p>He has played London's The 100 Club (Yes, THE 100 Club, which has hosted Sex Pistols, Muddy Waters and the White Stripes) on a CBG. He made it in a garage out of a banister rail, an old rusty tin and a cheap pickup. When I need that jolt of energy to keep going, this song delivers.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uANvS7VwL3g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>So why am I writing this? I am addicted to CBG. Yep, addicted, obsessed. I’ve got the sickness and there is no cure. Besides, there are worse things to be addicted to. I spend my days thinking about how I am going to build the next guitar better and how I am going to convert that song I used to play on a six-string so I can play it on one my three-string guitars. </p> <p>I thought there might be more people out there like me. So over the next few columns, we are going to build a cigar box guitar together for about $25. We are going to make a classic fretless acoustic cigar box guitar. </p> <p>I will show you the upgrades as we go along; it will just cost a few more bucks. Most of the stuff you can find in your local hardware store. The other stuff you have to buy in different places, but I’ll give you some tips on where you can get the best deals (If not here, I'll give you the tips on my site, <a href="http://www.sanercigarboxguitars.com/index.html">sanercigarboxguitars.com</a>. </p> <p>This is the way I find works best for me. There are many other ways to make these instruments; I’m just showing you the way I like to do it. I have to say there is one rule about cigar box guitars: There are no rules! </p> <p>Here is your recon mission for next time: </p> <p>01. <strong>Box:</strong> Find a wooden cigar box. It has to be wooden — at least the sides and the bottom. But if you can score an all-wood one, all the better. A good size to look for is 10-by-7-by-1. Bigger is better, but if it's a little smaller, it'll still work. The thinner the wood, the better the tone (at least in my opinion). The best place to get them is your local tobacco shop. Most stores give them away for free (Free is good). If you can't find one for free, look on eBay or check out <a href="https://www.cbgitty.com/cubecart/">CB Gitty</a>.</p> <p>02. <strong>Wood</strong>: You will need to find some hardwood for the neck. A good size is a 1-by-2-by-32 (It really measures 3/4-by-1 ½ inches), and it needs to be at least 32 inches long. Most home-improvement stores sell them in 36-inch lengths. </p> <p>It has to be a hardwood. Poplar is a pretty inexpensive choice, but red oak, maple, ash or mahogany look great, although they cost a bit more. I go to the local mill and get a batch of rough-cut hardwood and mill it down myself, but that requires some more tools and more time. I wouldn’t recommend this for your first guitar. The stuff you will find at the local home-improvement or lumber yard is good. I’m just obsessed with finding the best. </p> <p>03. <strong>Tools</strong>: You will need a coping saw, tape measure, pencil, drill with 3/8, 9/32 and 1/8 bits, rasp (Those rasp/chisels are pretty good for the money) and various grits of sandpaper. If you have a belt sander, it will save a lot of time, but it isn’t necessary. Finally, you will need an old-fashioned miter box and saw. </p> <p>If you don’t have these tools, borrow them or make this guitar with a friend who has them (Tools aren't included in the $25 budget). If you don’t know how to use these tools, read up on them or look them up via YouTube. I don’t want any of you guitar players to loose a digit while making one of these. </p> <p>04. <strong>Tension pins</strong>: You will need three each — 1/8-by-3/4 tension pins or roll pins. These can be found in almost any hardware store. </p> <p>05. <strong>Safety gear</strong>: You will need a dust mask, work gloves and safety goggles. </p> <p>Hey, come to think of it, this doesn’t even add up to $25. Sweet!</p> <p>This is a list of items for you to find for next time. I'll give you a list at the end of each article so you won’t have to go buy it all at once. But if you want a full list, I will post it on my site, <a href="http://www.sanercigarboxguitars.com/">sanercigarboxguitars.com</a>. </p> <p>Till next time, keep on playing!</p> <p><em>Brian Saner owns Saner Cigar Box Guitars, which makes custom handmade guitars and amps using local dry-aged wood in every guitar. These guitars are handmade and might have imperfections, but that's what makes them unique. Once you hear the howl of a CBG, you might not want to play a Fender or Gibson again. Get one at <a href="http://www.sanercigarboxguitars.com/">sanercigarboxguitars.com</a> and <a href="http://www.devildownrecords.com/handmade-guitars/">devildownrecords.com</a>. Check out <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saner-Cigar-Box-Guitars/266654393366376">his Facebook page.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/cigar-box-how-build-cigar-box-guitar-around-25#comments Brian Saner Hollowbelly Saner Cigar Box Guitars Shane Speal Blogs News Features Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:04:37 +0000 Brian Saner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/15369 Machine Head Premiere New Song, "Killers & Kings" http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-premiere-new-song-killers-kings <!--paging_filter--><p>As part of last weekend's Record Store Day, Machine Head released a 10-inch single with the "demo" version of a new song, "Killers &amp; Kings." </p> <p>Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook.</p> <p>P.S.: The B-side of the single is a cover of Ignite's "Our Darkest Days."</p> <p>Machine Head are hard at work in the studio working on their eighth full-length album. Stay tuned for details!</p> <object width="620" height="365"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/trljQDE54Sw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/trljQDE54Sw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="365" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><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="/machine-head">Machine Head</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-premiere-new-song-killers-kings#comments Machine Head News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:57:48 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21079 Guitarist Devotes 100 Days to Sweep Picking; Video Shows Results http://www.guitarworld.com/guitarist-dedicates-100-days-learn-sweep-picking-video-shows-results <!--paging_filter--><p>As the main "guitar lesson editing and posting guy" here at <em>Guitar World</em>, a lot of lessons — tabs, videos, pointers, tips, etc. — fly past me on a daily basis.</p> <p>Sometimes I actually pause and think, "I'd like to try that," as in <em>really</em> try that.</p> <p>But to be honest, I don't <em>really</em> have loads of spare time — the time required to fully dedicate myself to something new, at least to the point that I'd master it and be willing to show my new skills to the world via YouTube.</p> <p>Guitarist Marco Dela Torre doesn't seem to have that problem! In the fast-paced video below, you can watch his progress over 100 days as he learns to sweep pick. </p> <p>In his own words: "I've played guitar for many years. Now I want to learn a new technique: sweep picking. Not sure if 100 days is enough, but I'll try ... ."</p> <p>The video follows his progress from Day 1 to 9 to 13 to 34 to 82 — and then finally (in truly dramatic fashion) Day 100.</p> <p>Check out the results!</p> <p>P.S.: The video was posted by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyoASTmoxHwKlH5P2KSrm5Q">Give It 100.</a> Feel free to check out the link if you'd like more info.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8_kOWUZFPYk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitarist-dedicates-100-days-learn-sweep-picking-video-shows-results#comments WTF Videos News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:45:05 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21078 Learn Ins and Outs of Blues Guitar with Keith Wyatt's New 'Talkin' Blues' DVD http://www.guitarworld.com/learn-ins-and-outs-blues-guitar-keith-wyatts-new-talkin-blues-dvd <!--paging_filter--><p>The new <em>Talkin' Blues</em> DVD is <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/talkin-blues-dvd/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=TalkinBluesDVD">available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $14.99!</a> </p> <p>With more than 90 minutes of instruction, <em>Talkin' Blues</em> provides you with 10 in-depth video lessons on essential blues musical elements and guitar-playing techniques. </p> <p>Keith Wyatt's <em>Talkin' Blues</em> DVD will teach you:</p> <p>• Precision string bending<br /> • Low-register phrasing for musical effect<br /> • How to use fills effectively<br /> • Chicken-pickin' phrases for a funky feel<br /> • How to bring your licks to life with accented notes<br /> • Jazz-blues techniques:extensions, alterations and substitutions<br /> • How to make licks groove with swinging eighth notes</p> <p>... and much more to build your blues chops!</p> <p>Your instructor: For more than 35 years, <strong>Keith Wyatt</strong> (who also happens to be a <em>Guitar World</em> columnist) has been active as a guitarist and educator specializing in American music. He is a prolific author of books, instructional videos and columns on subjects ranging from theory and ear training to beginning guitar methods and blues and "roots" styles. </p> <p>Since 1978, Keith has been an instructor at the world-famous Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, where he also serves as Director of Curriculum. Since 1996, he has been touring internationally and recording with LA's legendary Blasters. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/talkin-blues-dvd/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=TalkinBluesDVD">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/learn-ins-and-outs-blues-guitar-keith-wyatts-new-talkin-blues-dvd#comments Keith Wyatt News Features Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:42:36 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21077 Gus G Premieres "Eyes Wide Open" Music Video http://www.guitarworld.com/gus-g-premieres-eyes-wide-open-music-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Gus G has premiered the new music video for "Eyes Wide Open," a track from his debut solo album, <em>I Am The Fire</em>, which was released March 18 via Century Media Records.</p> <p>You can check out the new clip, which was produced and directed by Patric Ullaeus, below.</p> <p>Gus, who handles the guitar, bass and keyboard parts on the new album, is joined by a crew of friends, including drummers Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) and Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy), bassists David Ellefson, Billy Sheehan and Marty O'Brien (Tommy Lee, We Are the Fallen) and vocalists Mats Leven (Candlemass), Blake Allison (Devour The Day), Michael Starr (Steel Panther) and more.</p> <p>For more about Gus G and the new album, visit <a href="http://www.gusgofficial.com">gusgofficial.com</a> and his <a href="https://www.facebook.com/officialgusg">Facebook page.</a> You can catch up on Gus G's current tour dates below the video.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/C__hEo697-s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>GUS G. w/ Marty Friedman / “Guitar Universe 2” Co-Headline Tour:</strong></p> <p>May 1 - Tampere (Finland) - Klubi<br /> May 2 - Helsinki (Finland) - Nosturi<br /> May 3 - Stockholm (Sweden) - Stockholm Rocks Festival<br /> May 5 - Gothenburg (Sweden) - Trädgårn<br /> May 7 - Malmö (Sweden) - KB<br /> May 9 - Krakow (Poland) - Lizzard King<br /> May 10 - Warsaw (Poland) - Progresja<br /> May 12 - Munich (Germany) - Backstage<br /> May 13 - Colmar (France) - Grillen<br /> May 15 - Essen (Germany) - Turock<br /> May 16 - Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) - De Boerderij<br /> May 17 - Hasselt (Belgium) - MuziekoDroom<br /> May 18 - Uden (The Netherlands) - De Pul<br /> May 20 - Savigny Le Temple (France) - L’ Impreinte<br /> May 21 - London (UK) - O2 Islington Academy<br /> May 22 - Nuneaton (UK) - Queens Hall</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="/gus-g">Gus G</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/gus-g-premieres-eyes-wide-open-music-video#comments Gus G Videos News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:51:17 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21073 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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"It's a weekly five-minute show where the entire premise is absolutely nothing but a girl running up a hill. Each week a different girl and a different hill. </p> <p>"I'm hooked on this show, and think it is genius in its simplicity and ever-so-slight sexual nature. It took me a while to explain the charm of the show to the video director, but I think toward the end of making our video together, he got it. It's like many things that happen outside the culture you were born in; you either get it and it's fresh or you don't and it's just weird."</p> <p><em>Inferno</em> was recorded primarily in Los Angeles with engineer Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Children of Bodom) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth). It features what Friedman recently told <em>Guitar World</em> is "the most intense writing and playing I can do."</p> <p>The album includes guest appearances by Rodrigo y Gabriela, Children of Bodom's Alexi Laiho, Skyharbor's Keshav Dhar and Revocation's Dave Davidson. Also included is Friedman's first songwriting collaboration with Jason Becker since the pair played together in Cacophony.</p> <p>Fans can pre-order <em>Inferno</em> at <a href="http://www.prostheticrecords.com/inferno/">prostheticrecords.com/inferno</a>.</p> <p>Below, check out the commentary video and the "Inferno" music video. Enjoy! And look for Friedman in the upcoming June 2014 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_-5tUhJ3AfI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bTzDR4HdbKI" 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="/marty-friedman">Marty Friedman</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/marty-friedman-premieres-inferno-music-video-and-exclusive-commentary-clip#comments Marty Friedman Videos News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:54:24 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21068 Saliva Premiere Exclusive Commentary Videos for Four Songs from New Album, 'Rise Up' http://www.guitarworld.com/saliva-premiere-exclusive-commentary-videos-four-songs-new-album-rise <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of four track-by-track commentary videos by Saliva.</p> <p>All four songs — "1,000 Eyes," "Redneck Freakshow," "Choke" and "Army" — will be included on the band's new album, <em>Rise Up</em>, which will be released April 29.</p> <p>Long-time fans of the band will appreciate the album's big hooks, major swagger and impressive guitar work.</p> <p><em>Rise Up</em>, which was produced by Bobby Huff (Papa Roach, 3 Doors Down, Tim Finn), features new singer Bobby Amaru, who is featured in all four videos below. The lineup also includes guitarist Wayne Swinny, bassist Dave Novotny and drummer Paul Crosby. </p> <p>The new album is available for pre-order at <a href="http://tinyurl.com/o3yyubm">Amazon</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rise-up/id842862889">iTunes.</a></p> <p>For more about Saliva, visit <a href="http://www.saliva.com/">saliva.com</a> and their <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Saliva">Facebook page.</a></p> <p>Check out the four clips and below — and let us know what you think in the comments below or on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GuitarWorld">Facebook!</a></p> <p><strong>"1,000 Eyes"</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/R7ufG4Dlz4A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"Redneck Freakshow"</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bkEQ04Y9T_A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"Choke"</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WJQo9D_2efQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"Army"</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EhaxN1wVBPA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/saliva-premiere-exclusive-commentary-videos-four-songs-new-album-rise#comments Saliva Videos News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:29:55 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21069 California Breed — Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Andrew Watt — Premiere Behind-the-Scenes Video http://www.guitarworld.com/california-breed-glenn-hughes-jason-bonham-and-andrew-watt-premiere-behind-scenes-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a new behind-the-scenes, "making of" video featuring California Breed, a new trio featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Andrew Watt.</p> <p>This is the first in a series of exclusive clips that will be premiered prior to the May 19 release of the band's self-titled debut album via Frontiers Records. Visit GuitarWorld.com every Tuesday for new episodes.</p> <p><em>California Breed</em> was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings) and recorded at his Nashville studio. Hughes and Bonham played together for several years in Black Country Communion; Watt — who is a mere 23 — was introduced to Hughes by Julian Lennon in 2013. </p> <p>The band will announce U.K., European and U.S. tours soon.</p> <p>The album will be available as a CD, digital download and a deluxe CD/DVD featuring the bonus song “Solo,” two video clips and a documentary. Fans who pre-order the digital download on iTunes will receive an instant download of “Sweet Tea” and "Midnight Oil" (Check out the lyric video below) upon ordering. </p> <p>You can pre-order the album at <a href="http://smarturl.it/CaliforniaBreed">iTunes</a> and <a href="http://smarturl.it/CB_Amz">Amazon.</a> The deluxe CD/DVD is available <a href="http://smarturl.it/CB_AmzCDDVD">here.</a></p> <p><strong>Below, check out the exclusive "making of" clip plus the animated lyric video for "Midnight Oil." Be sure to tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ErcZO8J9BgQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qF_pm7mLqXs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/california-breed-glenn-hughes-jason-bonham-and-andrew-watt-premiere-behind-scenes-video#comments Andrew Watt California Breed Glenn Hughes Jason Bonham Videos News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:28:47 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21072 Thirty Guitar Legends — Including Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag Darrell and Jeff Beck — Choose the Song They'd Most Want to Be Remembered By, Part 1 http://www.guitarworld.com/thirty-guitar-legends-including-eddie-van-halen-dimebag-darrell-and-jeff-beck-choose-song-theyd-most-want-be-remembered-part-1 <!--paging_filter--><p><em>From the GW Archive: This feature originally appeared in the May 2002 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. The story has a "time capsule" theme: We asked several veteran guitarists to choose the one song they'd most want to be remembered by after many years. Here we are, 12 years later (Does that qualify as "many"?), opening the time capsule to examine its contents! Enjoy!</em> </p> <p>A few decades ago, NASA sent a probe called <em>Voyager</em> straight out of the solar system. Its mission: to make contact with alien intelligence. </p> <p>The capsule was crammed with artifacts — including greetings in more than 50 languages — intended to convey information about Earth's cultures. But just in case those items failed to communicate across language barriers, NASA also included a recording of Chuck Berry performing his rock and roll masterpiece "Johnny B. Goode." </p> <p>For a while after <em>Voyager's</em> launch, the joke around the agency was that a reply had been received from an alien civilization: "Forget the scientific shit," went the message. "Send more rock and roll!" But what songs should be sent? We at <em>Guitar World</em> decided the logical place to start would be the musicians themselves. </p> <p>In a project that started almost five years ago (hence the inclusion of George Harrison), we began asking many of the most influential guitarists in rock, blues and metal one deceptively simple question: "If you had to put one of your songs in a time capsule to be opened sometime in the future, which would you choose, and why?" </p> <p><strong>Check out Part 1 of the story below.</strong><br /> <em>Look for Part 2 later this week.</em></p> <p><strong>Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen), "Jump"</strong><br /> <em>1984 (1984)</em></p> <p>"I'll probably be playing "Eruption" at every show for the rest of my life, but I guess my time capsule choice would have to be 'Jump.' At the time I really wanted to do something challenging. </p> <p><em>Diver Down</em>, the album just before <em>1984</em>, was half cover tunes, and I <em>hated</em> it. Our producer had told me his theory that if you redo a hit, you're halfway there. But I'd rather bomb with my own shit than make it with someone else's. </p> <p>So that's when I built my own studio, 5150, which was a major step for me — not to prove any point but just so I could be myself and experiment musically. People were telling me, 'You can't use keyboards, you're a guitar player!" So that's when I wrote 'Jump.' Musically, it was a real departure. We had the challenge of integrating the keyboards and synths with the guitar for the first time. </p> <p>"The word 'pop' comes from 'popular,' meaning a lot of people like it. Ninety-nine percent of the reason I make music is to, hopefully, touch people with it. And this one touched the most people — so far."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ap2J9RbXaP4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), "Fucking Hostile"</strong><br /> <em>Vulgar Display of Power (1992)</em></p> <p>"I think the kind of music we play will stand the test of time for however long. But if I had to pick just one, I'd go with the powerful, off-the-cuff statement that is 'Fucking Hostile.' </p> <p>"When it came out it definitely set the tone and pace for what we were about. I also think our boy Philip [<em>Anselmo, vocals</em>] got it perfectly right lyrically and we got it perfectly right musically. </p> <p>"So I believe that if somebody heard this song 500 million years from now, they'd go, 'Goddamn, these motherfuckers knew what they were talking about and sure had their jamming skills down'. Plus, I think people will always be hostile, which is another reason I went with this one."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/E929gqIcwwI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) </strong> </p> <p><strong>"D'yer Mak'er,"</strong> <em>Houses of the Holy (1973)</em><br /> <strong>"Stairway To Heaven,"</strong> <em>Led Zeppelin IV (1971)</em></p> <p>"I'd put 'D'yer Mak'er' in a time capsule so I would never have to hear it again or have to explain how to pronounce the title. There were only two types of rhythms that Bonzo [<em>John Bonham, drums</em>] hated playing — shuffles and reggae. </p> <p>"We were jamming in the latter style at Stargroves, the house we rented from Mick Jagger, and John was going along with it out of politeness, I think. Unfortunately, the jam turning in to a proper song. He did play some marvelous fills, but for me, the whole thing was buttock-clenchingly embarrassing. </p> <p>"I would also include 'Stairway To Heaven,' but for more positive reasons. It contains all the classic Zep elements, from folk/Celtic through jazz and r&amp;b to hard rock. It also encapsulates the soft-to-heavy dynamics that the band was famous for. </p> <p>"As for my own performance, it made me smile when a journalist once told me that he considered the bass line at the end of the song one of the finest ever recorded. Unfortunately, it happens to be underneath one of the finest <em>guitar</em> solos ever recorded!"</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5xmVEqp17DU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/w9TGj2jrJk8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>Kirk Hammett (Metallica), "Motorbreath"</strong><br /> <em>Kill 'Em All (1983)</em> <p>"I chose it because it has the breakneck tempo we were so fond of in our early days — plus the lyrics set the tone for our lives over the next 10 years. </p> <p>"And unlike the songs we wrote later, 'Motorbreath' is under four minutes long!"</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pqjHsV1fkhg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Robby Krieger (The Doors), "Light My Fire"</strong><br /> <em>The Doors (1967)</em></p> <p>“I feel that ‘Light My Fire’ encapsulates the feel of the 1967 Summer of Love. Being in San Francisco or anywhere in California that summer seemed to be the beginning of a whole new way of life. One day at rehearsal, Jim [Morrison, vocals] suggested we all try and write some songs. I went home that night and wrote ‘Light My Fire’—it was the first song I’d ever written. </p> <p>"The long solo section was based on the modal playing of jazz great John Coltrane. Up until Miles Davis did <em>Kind of Blue</em> and Coltrane recorded ‘My Favorite Things,’ jazz had been mainly bebop, which involved a lot of fast, tricky chord changes. </p> <p>"So these guys thought, It’s easy to play over a bunch of chords and sound cool—but what can you do over just one or two chords? Can you play something that’s not just pentatonic—that’s based on a mode, a scale—over one chord, and take it farther out than anybody else has gone? </p> <p>"That was the start of modal playing, which influenced many rock musicians. My long, modal solo in this song was done over the same two chords John Coltrane soloed over on his version of ‘My Favorite Things’—A minor and B minor. So ‘Light My Fire’ helped light a fire for a new generation and opened people’s minds to a new vision. Almost four decades later, the song seems to remain timeless.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cq8k-ZbsXDI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule), "Mule"</strong><br /> <em>Gov't Mule (1995)</em></p> <p>"'Mule' is a uniquely Gov't Mule song. I've never hear another song that sounds similar to it. </p> <p>"There are riffs that could be traced back to some of our early influences — which stretch from Cream to Hendrix to Miles Davis and James Brown — but the way the thing is structured doesn't really remind me of another song. And that was always important to us — that most of our songs can't be traced directly back to other songs. </p> <p>"'Mule' was written at the last minute in rehearsal, right before recording, and it's a first take, so that solos were on the fly — totally spontaneous. It has an awesome bass like from Allen Woody and [Blues Traveler vocalist] John Popper guests on harmonica. </p> <p>"And it has a political message; the title refers to the fact that when the America slaves were free they were promised '40 acres and mule' by the U.S. government, which most never received. Here we used ti as a broader metaphor about social oppression in so many aspects of modern society."</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Joe Satriani, "Time"</strong><br /> <em>Live In San Fransisco (2001)</em></p> <p>“If we can assume that they have DVD players in the future, then I would pick ‘Time’ from the Live in San Francisco DVD, because, for better or worse, it captures what we actually do night after night around the world. </p> <p>"Although it’s near impossible for me to look at myself on a television screen, I’ve learned to accept that that’s what everyone’s been seeing and hearing for all these years, and I have not yet been thrown in prison for doing it.</p> <p>“The song is interesting to me, compositionally, because the verse is almost like a child’s melody played over the simplest riff. Then the second part of the song jumps into all of this complex harmony and a whole bunch of key changes. The solo section recreates the same scheme, and eventually the song changes meter. The song provides a wild journey of how to construct an interesting instrumental.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jh-9il2Lw38?list=PL9F83FA973EEE68A2" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Ace Frehley (Kiss), "Shock Me"</strong><br /> <em>Love Gun (1977)</em></p> <p>“I picked this song not only because it’s a well-known Kiss anthem but because it has deep personal significance for me. The song is based on an actual life-threatening experience I had onstage with Kiss in the Seventies in Lakeland, Florida. </p> <p>"At the beginning of the concert I was coming down the staircase and when my hand touched the railing I was electrocuted, thrown back and knocked out for about 10 seconds. </p> <p>"The roadies carried me down the rear staircase, behind the wall of Marshalls. I woke up with electrical burns on my hands and totally shaken. Paul [Stanley] announced what had happened, and the concert was delayed for approximately 10 minutes. The whole audience starting chanting ‘We want Ace, we want Ace!’</p> <p>“I was so disoriented from the incident that I really didn’t think I was going to be able to do the show. But when I heard 15,000 people chanting my name, my adrenaline started pumping and all I could think was, The show must go on! I continued, even though I had almost no feeling in my hand for the remainder of the concert. All I can say is thank God my guardian angel was hovering above me that evening.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3slccS4nslI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Jeff Beck, "Where Were You"</strong><br /> <em>Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop (1989)</em></p> <p>“This is probably the best thing I ever wrote, and it’s a milestone in my playing. It’s where I began to forge a unique new style. The key thing was discovering how I could use bent harmonics. </p> <p>"That’s basically taking false harmonics and, by bending the whammy bar, constructing melodies and tunes with it—which is something I took even farther on my last album, <em>You Had It Coming</em>. The inspiration for ‘Where Were You’ was the Bulgarian female choir record <em>Mystere des Voix Bulgares</em>. It’s so astonishing when you hear it—it’s like a religious experience. </p> <p>"When these women all hit a note together, it’s the most amazing sound you’ve ever heard. They sing these kind of broken scales with quarter-tone intervals. It’s extremely emotional music. I realized this was another tonal palette I could experiment with, because the guitar is capable of doing that, particularly with bent harmonics and the whammy bar.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NomkmxUgzps" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Michael Schenker (M56) "Lipstick Traces"</strong><br /> <em>UFO-Phenomenon (1974)</em></p> <p>“This is one of the first songs I did with UFO, when I was just 18 years old. I’m sure I could pick it apart and find places where a bend is out of tune or something, but the song itself has always been magical for me. </p> <p>"I have always had very good technique and that has been important to me, but it is not an end in itself—it is a means of expressing just what you want to say, and I feel I did that with this beautiful melody. </p> <p>"I express every emotion I have through my music—from the darkest and angriest to the most passionate and joyful—but ultimately I have to pick the song that gives me the biggest sense of calm and pace. Because when it comes down to it, I am a romantic guy.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/az6SKfnf3QA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), "Killing in the Name"</strong><br /> <em>Rage Against The Machine (1992)</em></p> <p>“ ‘Killing in the Name’ contains some of my favorite elements of guitar playing: it’s got the huge riff, the propulsive chorus and the ‘angry insect’ guitar solo. </p> <p>"The song also features a dissonant breakdown, followed by the ‘cavalry charge’ outro, which makes for a fine rocking time all around. These are all things that I enjoy, and that was the very first time they all came together in one song. ‘Killing in the Name’ was RATM’s first single, and it launched our sound as a band as well as my sound as a guitarist in a defining way. </p> <p>"I have two parallel voices in my guitar playing—the quirky-noises-as-musical-passages concept and the anthemic riffage—and they are well-represented in this song.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/munNQPuhX3g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Joe Strummer (The Clash), "If Music Could Talk"</strong><br /> <em>Sandinista! (1980)</em></p> <p>“On my recent album, <em>Global a Go-Go</em>, I had this breakthrough where I was able to do the album from my intuition rather than from my intellect. Me and the band just turned up every day, and it was like the music was telling us what to play. Music, lyrics, solos—it was all of one piece, done in the moment. </p> <p>"When I think back, the only similar experience happened when the Clash hit New York after touring, and we went right into the Sandinista! sessions. It was very similar in that we had nothing prepared, and a lot of the album just took off by itself. On ‘If Music Could Talk’ I recorded two vocals: one on the left side of the stereo mix, and the other on the right side. And the two vocals were done one right after the other. </p> <p>"I just love hearing those vocals, even though it doesn’t fuckin’ work that well, because I can hear myself extemporizing, straight off the bat, on my feet, in the moment. And as I was reminded on my last album, music really can talk—to us and through us.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RwxNLgAkOq4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>George Harrison (The Beatles), "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"</strong><br /> <em>The Beatles (1968)</em></p> <p>“When we actually started recording this song it was just me playing the acoustic guitar and singing it [this version appears on the Beatles’ <em>Anthology 3</em>—GW Ed.], and nobody in the group was interested. Well, Ringo [Starr, drums] probably was, but John [Lennon, guitar/vocals] and Paul [McCartney, bass/vocals] weren’t. </p> <p>"When I went home that night I was really disappointed. I thought, Well, this is really quite a good song—it’s not as if it’s shitty! The next day I happened to drive back into London with Eric Clapton, and while we were in the car I suddenly said, ‘Why don’t you come and play on this track?’ </p> <p>And he answered, ‘Oh, I couldn’t do that—the others wouldn’t like it.’ Eric was reluctant because there hadn’t ever been any prominent musicians on our records. Finally, I said, ‘Well, sod them! It’s my song and I’d like you to come down to the studio.’ </p> <p>"So Eric showed up, and suddenly everybody started behaving and not fooling around so much. And the song came together nicely. Eric didn’t think his playing sounded ‘Beatles-ish’ enough. So we put the ‘wobbler’ on it, which is what we called ADT [Artificial Double Tracking, the basis of flanging—GW Ed.] </p> <p>"When I played it in concert with Eric over the years he would play it differently every night. Gary Moore did some shows with me and he also played exceptionally well on this one. I think guitar players like this song because it was structured in a way that gives them the greatest excuse to just wail away.” </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YXdE9wxg8YI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Stay tuned for PART TWO of "One for the Ages" Monday, November 18.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/thirty-guitar-legends-including-eddie-van-halen-dimebag-darrell-and-jeff-beck-choose-song-theyd-most-want-be-remembered-part-1#comments Articles Dimebag Darrell Eddie Van Halen GW Archive Jeff Beck John Paul Jones May 2002 Interviews News Features Magazine Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:04:50 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19473