Let’s continue with a topic that I addressed in last month’s column: focusing on the formation of specific scalar patterns, or “shapes,” and how to connect them while traversing the fretboard. To me, this concept and approach offer a sensible way to practice these ideas/patterns in order to build up one’s chops while also increasing overall fretboard awareness and mastery of scales.
Today we bring you a brand-new video from 14-year-old French guitarist Tina S. — her first of 2014. In the video, which she posted to YouTube Thursday, March 20, she covers Yngwie Malmsteen's "Arpeggios from Hell."
The folks over at Electro-Harmonix have created and posted a new demo video for the company's EHX Tortion overdrive/distortion pedal. You can check out the video, which features guitarist Bill Ruppert, below.
Although most fans of Ozzy Osbourne and the late Randy Rhoads have already seen Osbourne's After Hours TV appearance from the spring of 1981, you might want to check out these new "enhanced" versions of two clips.
Extreme metallers Arch Enemy have introduced a new member — Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of Canadian act the Agonist. Angela Gossow, who joined Arch Enemy in 2000 and made her debut on Wages Of Sin (2001), will be stepping down as front-woman and focusing on the band's management.
This lick is influenced by Paul Gilbert and Richie Kotzen and incorporates wide fret-hand stretches, string skipping, tapping and legato phrasing. It starts out with a three-notes-per-string A minor pentatonic [A C D E G] flurry played on the A, G and high E strings. To avoid injury, be sure to warm up your fret hand before diving into this lick.
Having given the instrumental prog-metal envelope a serious push with their first two records—2009’s Animals as Leaders and 2011’s Weightless—Tosin Abasi and longtime guitar partner Javier Reyes are taking their virtuoso approach to the next level on their latest effort, The Joy of Motion.
This series includes performance notes and accurate tab for the greatest songs of every genre. From the essential gear, recording techniques and historical information, to the right- and left-hand techniques and other playing tips — it's all here!