News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/%27http%3A/www.kickstarter.com/projects/realmofobscura/%3Ehttp%3A/%27http%3A/www.kickstarter.com/projects/realmofobscura/www.guitartv.com/www.facebook.com/%3Ca%20href%3D en 2014 Summer NAMM Show Photos: Gear Galore in Nashville http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville <!--paging_filter--><p>Another Summer NAMM Show has come and gone!</p> <p>As always, <em>Guitar World</em> was there in force, shooting photos and videos, gathering endless gear news and trying out (and gawking at) all the new cool stuff being introduced for 2014.</p> <p>Since we spent most of our time on the floor of Nashville's Music City Center, <em>Guitar World</em>'s Twitter feed and Facebook pages were our primary means of sharing photos of new gear and other NAMM scenery.</p> <p>Therefore, we hope you'll check out our still-available NAMM photos on <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/GuitarWorld">Twitter</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/GuitarWorld">Facebook</a></strong>.</p> <p>Even though the show is over, we'll be posting more news items about the coolest new gear, plus a series of photo galleries (showing gear, celebrities and "the scene" in general) and videos from the event.</p> <p>You can check out our first photo gallery below! <strong>NOTE: If, for some reason, an image doesn't display in preview mode, remember you can click on the photo to expand it!</strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville#comments Summer NAMM 2014 Galleries News Features Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:27:12 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21874 The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Discusses New Album, 'Turn Blue' http://www.guitarworld.com/black-keys-dan-auerbach-discusses-new-album-turn-blue <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This is an excerpt from the September 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the rest of this story, plus features on Dan Auerbach's off-beat guitars, Eric Clapton and his new J.J. Cale tribute album, Judas Priest, 17 Amazing practice amps, columns, tabs and reviews of new gear from Epiphone, ESP Guitars, Visual Sound, Blackstar, G&amp;L Guitars, Ibanez and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=BlackKeysExceprt">check out the September 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <p><strong>Black and Blue: <em>Dan Auerbach tells how the Black Keys made their latest hit album, Turn Blue, in the midst of personal hardship, using a handful of guitars, amps and effects and a whole lotta spontaneous inspiration.</em></strong></p> <p>Black Keys guitarist and singer Dan Auerbach is obsessed with arcane, el-cheapo mid–20th century guitars: Teiscos, Nationals, Supros, Silvertones. </p> <p>But that fixation is rivaled only by his passion for collecting vintage vinyl and under-the-radar new music. “Yesterday, I was listening to some dub [reggae] that I have on vinyl,” he says. “And this morning, I was listening to some South American Sixties psych music.”</p> <p>When it comes to current music, Auerbach’s passion for contemporary hip-hop is balanced by a fondness for less mainstream fare, like moody Canadian act Timber Timbre and U.K. retro-pop unit Metronomy. “I love their English Riviera album,” the guitarist raves. “There’s some really amazing plectrum bass playing on it. I just love the record’s experimentation and sonic limitlessness.” </p> <p>In one way or another, these variegated influences find their way into the Black Keys’ own music. Their new album, <em>Turn Blue</em>, takes them further along the ambitious sonic trajectory they’ve been following ever since Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney teamed up with über producer Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Beck, Gorillaz, Norah Jones) for the Keys’ 2008 album, Attack &amp; Release. Like all the Black Keys’ records, Turn Blue’s sound is firmly based in the garage-rock interplay between Auerbach’s bluesy squawk-box aggression and Carney’s flailing frenzy. But over this foundation, the Keys have woven a mesmerizing web of ghostly synths and eerie sonic textures. Auerbach plays bass as well as guitar on the album, and he splits keyboard duties with Danger Mouse.</p> <p>“Anybody can jump on any instrument at any time,” Auerbach says. “There are really no rules when we’re in the studio.”</p> <p>With its stately tempo, lazily strummed acoustic guitar and spectral synth line, the album’s opening track, “Weight of Love,” invites comparison with the classic-rock majesty of Pink Floyd. “We love that kind of music,” Auerbach admits, “so it’s in us to be capable of doing that. It’s just something that we’ve never tried to go for before. But we had the time and that little spark of creativity to start us in that direction, and on a couple of songs we saw it through.” </p> <p>“Weight of Love” also is the most guitar-solo-intensive Black Keys track to date. Auerbach’s psychedelicized midsong magic carpet ride is followed up by a soaring outro excursion to the creative dark side that lurks somewhere underneath his regular-guy, flannel-and-denim Midwestern exterior. </p> <p>“That was all spur of the moment,” he says. “We’d just built that song up, and the end has this massive crescendo where everybody’s really going for it. It really called for a guitar solo, and I just improvised something. Then I put a harmony guitar on top of it. Honestly, it was 20 minutes and done, not something I really labored on very long. Everything on this record happened very naturally.” </p> <p>Auerbach seems to have little or no use for premeditation. He appears to be proud of the fact that he and Carney were completely unprepared when they entered the studio to make True Blue, the heavily anticipated follow-up to 2011’s strong-selling, Grammy-winning and critically lauded <em>El Camino.</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/trk7P-9QDyc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>“We didn’t have any songs written,” he says. “We had no sense of what we were gonna do. We just went in blind. The blind leading the blind. We didn’t have any real goal other than to make an album. So we wrote songs every day. We just improvised. I guess the goal was to try to have a song done every day, maybe every two days at the most. And we did.” </p> <p>Sessions for <em>Turn Blue</em> began at a studio in Benton Harbor, Michigan, called the Key Club, where Auerbach and Carney worked on their own. Danger Mouse joined them for subsequent sessions at Sunset Sound in L.A. and Auerbach’s own Easy Eye studio in Nashville. Auerbach also seems to take pride in the fact that he came up with the album’s infectious lead single, “Fever,” during the early sessions in Michigan, without assistance from Danger Mouse, who has served as the band’s co-writer as well as producer on the past few albums. </p> <p>“Fever” exemplifies Auerbach’s formidable strength as a tunesmith—he can write catchy pop hooks that go straight to your head like a sugar rush. The song’s main synth line wouldn’t be out of place in an early Eighties hit by OMD or Depeche Mode. “Fever” is also one of many seriously bass-driven songs on <em>Turn Blue</em>. Throughout the album sessions, Auerbach played a Fender Mustang bass guitar through “a good, old-time transformer D.I.,” he notes, usually employing a pick. “I really like palm-muted pick bass,” he says. “Especially if you’ve got flatwound strings. It’s just classic—a really nice bass sound that kind of sits well in a mix and is really propulsive.”</p> <p><em>This is an excerpt from the September 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the rest of this story, plus features on Dan Auerbach's off-beat guitars, Eric Clapton and his new J.J. Cale tribute album, Judas Priest, 17 Amazing practice amps, columns, tabs and reviews of new gear from Epiphone, ESP Guitars, Visual Sound, Blackstar, G&amp;L Guitars, Ibanez and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=BlackKeysExceprt">check out the September 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/black-keys-dan-auerbach-discusses-new-album-turn-blue#comments Black Keys Dan Auerbach September 2014 The Black Keys Interviews News Features Magazine Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:49:40 +0000 Alan Di Perna http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21872 Betcha Can't Play This: Tapping and Skipping with Andy Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-tapping-and-skipping-andy-wood <!--paging_filter--><p>This is a tapping run that incorporates string skipping and a couple of fret-hand finger slides.</p> <p> It’s based on the A natural minor scale [A B C D E F G], but the notes are organized into arpeggios, which imply some interesting "tall" chord sounds. </p> <p>Although it is played in steady 16th notes, it sounds and feels out of time because of the unusual melodic contour.</p> <p> When skipping to another string, often the first note is hammered on "from nowhere" by one of the fret-hand fingers [indicated by "H"]. Strive for an even attack and volume note to note, making each hammer-on quick and firm. When pulling off, flick the string slightly sideways, in toward the palm. </p> <p>I tap a couple of the notes on the high E string with my ring finger, which makes the jumps across the strings a little easier. Mute the strings you’re not playing on with your pick-hand palm to keep them from ringing.</p> <p> The lick ends with a big bend on the B string, which I perform by tapping the string then bending it upward with both hands, using the fret hand’s fingers to help the tapping finger bend the string.</p> <p> For more on Wood and his band, Down from Up, visit <a href="http://www.andywoodmusic.com/">andywoodmusic.com</a> and <a href="http://www.downfromup.com/">downfromup.com</a>. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uvyxn2kkEVY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-07%20at%203.43.33%20PM.png" width="620" height="393" alt="Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 3.43.33 PM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/betcha-cant-play-tapping-and-skipping-andy-wood#comments Andy Wood Betcha Can't Play This Down From Up June 2010 Betcha Can't Play This Blogs News Lessons Magazine Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:37:02 +0000 Andy Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20956 Review: Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808DX Overdrive Pro Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-ibanez-tube-screamer-ts808dx-overdrive-pro-pedal-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the September 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://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SeptemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Guitarists often prefer the flexibility of having two overdrive pedals in their signal chain: one dialed to increase distortion/gain and another set up strictly as a volume/signal boost. </p> <p>In celebration of the Tube Screamer's 35th anniversary, Ibanez engineered both into one pedal and used the reference-quality TS808 as its platform. The 808 gained almost mythic status when players learned that it was Stevie Ray Vaughan's go-to overdrive pedal. </p> <p>The new Ibanez TS808DX Tube Screamer Overdrive Pro offers the revered TS808 overdrive circuit, an independent clean boost and a few long-awaited performance-enhancing features, honoring the pedal's history and taking its legendary organic tones to new heights. </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="myExperience3676377852001" 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="3676377852001" /> </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 band's songs are lined with energy, wanting nothing more than to burst out of your speakers. </p> <p>For more about Massive, visit <a href="http://www.massiveoz.com/">their official website.</a></p> <p>Check out the exclusive stream below and tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/21876380%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-JmzbK&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/massive-premiere-new-album-full-throttle-exclusive#comments Massive News Features Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:23:09 +0000 Jackson Maxwell http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21864 Learn How to Play Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time http://www.guitarworld.com/learn-how-play-guitar-worlds-100-greatest-guitar-solos-all-time <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Guitar World</em> picked 'em, and now you can play 'em — thanks to a new book, <em>Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time</em>. </p> <p>This collection of 100 must-know guitar leads transcribed note for note! This unique book also includes insightful background and performance notes for more than 40 of the best solos.</p> <p>Songs include:</p> <p> • Alive<br /> • All Along the Watchtower<br /> • Aqualung<br /> • Bohemian Rhapsody<br /> • Cliffs of Dover<br /> • Crazy Train<br /> • Cross Road Blues (Crossroads)<br /> • Eruption<br /> • Get the Funk Out<br /> • Hotel California<br /> • Layla<br /> • Little Red Corvette<br /> • Money<br /> • November Rain<br /> • One<br /> • Pride and Joy<br /> • Sharp Dressed Man<br /> • Smells like Teen Spirit<br /> • Stairway to Heaven<br /> • The Star-Spangled Banner<br /> • Sultans of Swing<br /> • Sweet Child O' Mine<br /> • Sympathy for the Devil<br /> • Walk This Way<br /> • While My Guitar Gently Weeps<br /> • Won't Get Fooled Again<br /> • Working Man<br /> • You Shook Me All Night Long</p> <p>... And many more!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/tab-books/products/guitar-worlds-100-greatest-guitar-solos-of-all-time/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=100GreatSolos">This 320-page book is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $29.99!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/learn-how-play-guitar-worlds-100-greatest-guitar-solos-all-time#comments 100 Greatest Guitar Solos Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time News Features Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:04:49 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18766 Johnny Depp Joins Aerosmith Onstage for "Train Kept A-Rollin'" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-depp-joins-aerosmith-onstage-train-kept-rollin-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As he often does, Johnny Depp joined Aerosmith on stage last week to play "Train Kept A-Rollin'."</p> <p>The big event, which was filmed by fan is available for viewing below, took place last Wednesday at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts.</p> <p>This is the same song the actor performed with the band in August 2012 show at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A.</p> <p>Watch the video below. And, as always, tell us what you think!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9roQdOkLVqo" 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="/aerosmith">Aerosmith</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-depp-joins-aerosmith-onstage-train-kept-rollin-video#comments Aerosmith Johnny Depp Videos News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:43:21 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21866 Guitarist Plays Along to Sobbing Japanese Politician — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/guitarist-plays-along-sobbing-japanese-politician-video <!--paging_filter--><p>I don't know why this video exists, but exist it does.</p> <p>Because my Japanese is incredibly rusty (and/or nonexistent), I'm not totally sure what's going on here. But it seems as though a politician or public figure was involved in some sort of scandal (as usual). So he appeared on TV to cry about it. </p> <p>And, of course, a guitarist (wearing a bow tie — maybe he's a waiter?) saw the video, got a kick out of the moans and cries of the politician or public figure and figured he'd mimic them with his guitar. And he made a video of it.</p> <p>It's actually sort of interesting.</p> <p>P.S.: If anyone anyone out speaks Japanese and can help explain what's going on, please add a comment below; we'll update the story with any new info.</p> <p>UPDATE: A commenter (gsallan) has offered the following info:</p> <p>"Nonomura (the screaming guy) was a member of the Hyogo Prefecture Assembly, and racked up about $30,000 worth of shady travel expenses that he can't justify. The picture-in-picture is from his reaction to being questioned."</p> <p>Thank you, gsallan!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-ApwKs3eU9g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitarist-plays-along-sobbing-japanese-politician-video#comments WTF Videos News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:26:16 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21863 Theory of a Deadman Premiere New Album, ‘Savages’ http://www.guitarworld.com/theory-deadman-premiere-new-album-savages <!--paging_filter--><p>Canadian hard-rock band Theory of a Deadman will release their new album, <em>Savages,</em> July 29 via Roadrunner Records. In anticipation, the band has teamed up with GuitarWorld.com to premiere the entire album stream right here, right now. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!</p> <p>To pre-order <em>Savages,</em> visit <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/savages/id884367723" target="_blank">iTunes</a> or Roadrunner Records' <a href="http://store.roadrunnerrecords.com/" target="_blank">webstore</a>. For more on Theory of a Deadman, visit their <a href="http://theoryofadeadman.com/drown/" target="_blank">website</a> and follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/theoryofadeadman" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</p> <p>FOR MORE: <a href="http://www.revolvermag.com/news/theory-of-a-deadman-premiere-new-song-savages.html" target="_blank">Watch the lyric video for the title track, which features a guest appearance by shock-rock legend Alice Cooper.</a></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/41040918%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-634Fl&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" height="450" width="100%" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/theory-deadman-premiere-new-album-savages#comments Theory of a Deadman News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:59:38 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21860 Metallica Bloopers: Outtakes from ESPN SportsCenter Commercial — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/metallica-bloopers-outtakes-espn-sportscenter-commercial-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Of course you remember Metallica's new SportsCenter commercial, which was posted pretty much everywhere on July 14.</p> <p>Well, the folks at ESPN have posted the sequel! Actually, it's just the blooper reel from the commercial shoot, but it's pretty damn funny. It's also a minute longer than the actual commercial!</p> <p>Check it out below — and be sure to tell us your favorite line!</p> <p>If you missed the original commercial, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/metallicas-espn-sportscenter-commerical-video">you can find it here.</a> And speaking of things that sound like ESPN, don't forget to read about <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/esp-announces-limited-edition-metallica-ride-lightning-guitar-summer-namm">ESP Guitars' new limited-edition 'Ride the Lightning' guitar</a>, which was introduced at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville last week.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Z2z_E9jRLvw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/metallica-bloopers-outtakes-espn-sportscenter-commercial-video#comments bloopers commercial ESPN Metallica SportsCenter Videos News Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:57:03 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21858 Review: ESP E-II ST-2 Rosewood RDB Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-esp-e-ii-st-2-rosewood-rdb-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the September 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://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SeptemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Any guitar that features a flat top, double cutaways, dual humbuckers and a locking Floyd Rose is typically pigeonholed as a “shredder’s guitar,” suggesting a predetermined limit of expression and application. </p> <p>In fact, the platform was originally conceived to correct performance-limiting design flaws and, consequently, addressed the requirements of technically proficient virtuosos, helping them to develop their talents fully. </p> <p>A handful of modern luthiers have refined the style over the past 30 years, and ESP now joins this small club with the new, Japanese-built E-II Series ST-2. (The E-II guitars replace the company’s Standard Series.) It’s a true player’s machine that rivals the finest contemporary guitars for playability, and at less than half the typical price. </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="myExperience3676378480001" 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="3676378480001" /> </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 F# diminished triad is built from the notes C, F# and A, and the D major triad is built from almost the same set of notes, D, F# and A. Both FIGURES 1 and 2 show these triads as played in fifth position for comparison. </p> <p> If I wanted to get a bluesy vibe, I’d use the D major triad and combine it with the F# diminished triad, as demonstrated in <strong>FIGURE 3</strong>. Here, the C note is heard as the b7 (flat seventh) of D, implying a D dominant-seven tonality.</p> <p> Now let’s try combining the F# diminished arpeggio with an A minor arpeggio—A C E—as shown in <strong>FIGURE 4</strong>. The combination of these two sets of notes gives an F#m7b5 arpeggio (F# A C E: see <strong>FIGURE 5</strong>). These licks work well over an Am chord, as the inclusion of the F# note, the major sixth of A, implies an Am6, A Dorian–mode type of sound.</p> <p> As you probably have noticed, all of these arpeggios are played on the top three strings, and I often like to incorporate sweep picking when using arpeggios like this. <strong>FIGURE 6</strong> illustrates a combination of an Em7 arpeggio—E G B D—and a Gmaj7 arpeggio—G B D F#. As denoted in the example, in order to sweep pick these arpeggio shapes properly, begin with an upstroke on the first note and then use a single down-stroke to rake across the top three strings to play the next three notes. </p> <p> The form ends with another upstroke. I then slide up to 10th position and reverse the process, beginning with a down-stroke and then using a single upstroke to rake across the top three strings, moving from high to low. <strong>FIGURE 7</strong> offers an example of applying this approach to the chord progression Em7 Am9 F#m7b5 Gmaj7.</p> <p> This is the last installment of Wild Stringdom for now. I hope these columns have been useful to you and have served to broaden your knowledge of the guitar while building up your chops. 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If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --><script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script><!-- End of Brightcove Player --><!-- End of Brightcove Player --><p><br /><br /> <img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-30%20at%2010.38.33%20AM.png" width="620" height="693" alt="Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 10.38.33 AM.png" /><br /> <img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-30%20at%2010.39.19%20AM.png" width="620" height="339" alt="Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 10.39.19 AM.png" /></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="/john-petrucci">John Petrucci</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dream-theater">Dream Theater</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/wild-stringdom-john-petrucci-combining-triad-arpeggios-form-polytonal-chordal-allusions#comments April 2014 Dream Theater John Petrucci Wild Stringdom Blogs News Lessons Magazine Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:25:55 +0000 John Petrucci http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20542 ESP Announces Limited-Edition Metallica 'Ride the Lightning' Guitar at Summer NAMM http://www.guitarworld.com/esp-announces-limited-edition-metallica-ride-lightning-guitar-summer-namm <!--paging_filter--><p>A very cool — and very limited — LTD Metallica Ride the Lightning guitar was one of the first pieces of new gear to greet us at this week's Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. </p> <p>Here's some info about the guitar, direct from the ESP Guitars staff:</p> <p>We're in Nashville—aka "Music City USA"—at the Summer NAMM Show which opens Thursday July 17, and we have a couple of new guitar models to unveil. The first is the LTD “Ride the Lightning” limited-edition guitar. It was created to commemorate the 30-year anniversary of Metallica’s second album, which was released July 27, 1984. It features a graphic finish that mimics the cover art of that iconic album. </p> <p>“ESP and Metallica’s guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett have a relationship that goes back more than two decades,” says Matt Masciandaro, president and CEO of ESP. “Last year, we successfully released a limited-edition guitar for the 30-year anniversary of their first album, <em>Kill ‘Em All</em>. We are happy to offer another new Metallica-focused guitar for serious players, collectors, and fans.”</p> <p>ESP plans to produce only 300 of the LTD <em>Ride the Lightning</em> models worldwide, making each one a highly sought-after collectible due to its relative rarity. </p> <p>Its features include an alder body with maple neck (bolt-on construction) at 25.5” scale, and an ebony fingerboard with 24 XJ frets. EMG 60 (neck) and EMG 81 (bridge) active pickups are included, along with TOM bridge and string-thru-body design. The guitar also features a Metallica logo fingerboard inlay, and each guitar includes an ESP form-fit case with the Metallica logo, and a certificate of authenticity. </p> <p><em>Ride the Lightning</em> helped establish Metallica as serious contenders in the metal arena and led to their major label signing later in 1984. Some of the now-classic songs on that album include "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Fade to Black” and "Creeping Death.”</p> <p>More info on the LTD <em>Ride the Lightning</em> model will be forthcoming!</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="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/esp-announces-limited-edition-metallica-ride-lightning-guitar-summer-namm#comments ESP ESP Guitars Metallica Summer NAMM 2014 Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:21:18 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21857 Richie Sambora Honors Les Paul with Three Special Live Shows at New York's Iridium http://www.guitarworld.com/richie-sambora-honors-les-paul-three-special-live-shows-new-yorks-iridium <!--paging_filter--><p>While in Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora saw a million faces and rocked them all. </p> <p>But nothing will quite compare to three very intimate live performances he has planned to mark the anniversary of the birth of the great Les Paul, who would’ve turned 99 this past June 9. </p> <p>On July 22 and 23, Sambora will take the stage at <A href="http://theiridium.com/">New York City’s 170-seat Iridium</a>, the famed jazz club where Paul performed weekly for 12 years until his passing in 2009, for a set that will include selections from his solo albums, as well as songs from the Bon Jovi catalog and, of course, a few favorites made famous by Paul. </p> <p>“Les was my good friend, and he was genius,” Sambora says. “When I play the Iridium, I know he’ll be on my shoulder and I’m gonna do my best to make him proud. This show is not about me—this is my tribute to him and that’s how I’m gonna frame it. It’s pretty intense, man. I just hope I don’t get too emotional!”</p> <p>The concerts, which will be taped and aired this fall on Public Television’s <em>Front and Center</em>, will feature the guitarist’s current touring band, including Australian guitar virtuoso Orianthi Panagaris, who graced the cover of the April 2013 cover of <em>Guitar World</em>.</p> <p>“The way I met Orianthi was pure happenstance,” Sambora says. “I was in Maui last year, and Alice Cooper invited me play a benefit on New Year’s Eve. Ori was playing in his band at the time and we started jamming. The chemistry was immediate and combustible. We tore the place apart. </p> <p>“When I decided to do some solo shows this year, my second guitarist had to bow out, and I immediately thought of Ori. She was available and Alice gave it his blessing, and we’ve been touring, writing and working together ever since. Even though she is younger than I am, we’re both influenced by a lot of the same music, and our styles just mesh.”</p> <p>As for Bon Jovi, Sambora is focusing on his own music for the moment and is working on a batch of new songs for an album that will hopefully be released later this year. </p> <p>“I’m having a great time. I get to be an artist again. The framework I was in made it hard for me to go back to my roots and do what I was meant to do—really play the guitar. People think it’s risky to go out on my own, but the real risk is not doing it: the risk of regret, the risk of not expressing myself.”</p> <p>And what will the man be playing as he tips his hat to Les Paul at the Iridium this Tuesday and Wednesday? </p> <p>“Ha! Les Pauls, of course,” he laughs. “I’m lucky enough to have some real nice ones, including an unbelievable white one Les gave me himself.”</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/richie-sambora-honors-les-paul-three-special-live-shows-new-yorks-iridium#comments Iridium Richie Sambora Interviews News Features Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:58:52 +0000 Brad Tolinski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21856 DVD Combo Pack — 'Talkin' Blues' Parts 1 and 2 — on Sale at Guitar World Online Store http://www.guitarworld.com/dvd-combo-pack-talkin-blues-parts-1-and-2-sale-guitar-world-online-store <!--paging_filter--><p>The <em>Talkin' Blues</em> DVD Combo Pack is <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/talkin-blues-dvd-combo-pack/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=TalkinBluesCombo">available now at the Guitar World Online Store</a> for a special sale price — $24.95 (down from $29.98)!</p> <p>Get both <em>Talkin' Blues</em> DVDs from Keith Wyatt in this special combo offer! That's four hours of in-depth video lessons on essential blues elements and guitar-playing techniques.</p> <p>Don't miss out on this amazing blues tutorial at a great price!</p> <p><strong><em>Talkin' Blues</em> DVD Part 1:</strong></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><strong><em>Talkin' Blues</em> DVD Part 2:</strong></p> <p> "Street Jazz" chord extensions and alterations<br /> Soloing over chord substitutions<br /> How to play like Blink Blake and Charlie Christian<br /> How to match the solo to the song<br /> "Dead thumb (or pick)" technique<br /> Conversational phrasing<br /> Sixth and ninth chords<br /> The New Orleans sound</p> <p>Your instructor: For more than 35 years, Wyatt 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. 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-combo-pack/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=TalkinBluesCombo">This combo pack is available now at the Guitar World Online Store!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/dvd-combo-pack-talkin-blues-parts-1-and-2-sale-guitar-world-online-store#comments News Features Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:45:41 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21855