Players often will combine lots of different modes, etc., to their soloing. I do the same but with a different approach; I base everything around the pentatonic, so instead of playing modes, I simply add the notes to the pentatonic. This way, I always have that rock base behind the sound.
It's sad but true: Metallica's week-long residency on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson has come to a close. However, last night, they finished off their week with a bang, performing "Sad But True."
Late last week, the gang at Mesa/Boogie posted a video of Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci (and his signature Ernie Ball/Music Man Majesty guitar) testing out a prototype of the company's Mark 5 Twenty-Five guitar amp.
Here's a brand-new edition of Betcha Can't Play This featuring Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss, who visited Guitar World HQ last month. Last time, she played a Descending Legato Lick. This time, she demonstrates a lick from her solo spotlight section from her shows with Cooper.
Alex Skolnick has posted a trailer video for the self-titled debut album by Planetary Coalition. The video includes performance clips and excerpts of five songs with a range of guests, including Rodrigo y Gabriela.
Eric Johnson recently shared this visually dark but fun video on his Facebook page, and we thought we'd pass it on. It's a clip of Johnson and guitarist Mike Stern playing Johnson's signature tune, "Cliffs of Dover," at soundcheck during a stop on the duo's current tour.