Videos http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/41/all en Van Halen to Perform on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, May 17 http://www.guitarworld.com/van-halen-perform-2015-billboard-music-awards-may-17 <!--paging_filter--><p>Billboard and Dick Clark Productions have announced that one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all-time, Van Halen, will perform on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, marking the band’s first-ever performance on an awards show with Eddie, Alex, Wolfgang Van Halen and David Lee Roth. Van Halen join previously announced musical performers Kelly Clarkson, Hozier, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, along with special duet performances by <em>Empire</em> recording artists Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray with Estelle, Fall Out Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea and Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend.</p> <p>The 2015 Billboard Music Awards will be hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen and broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17, on ABC from 8:00 PM–11:00 PM ET. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/R6RaoMXV87Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/van-halen-perform-2015-billboard-music-awards-may-17#comments Videos News Mon, 04 May 2015 21:30:08 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24418 at http://www.guitarworld.com John Petrucci Demos His Ernie Ball Music Man JP15 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/john-petrucci-demos-his-ernie-ball-music-man-jp15-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new video, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci walks you through the JP15 John Petrucci electric guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man.</p> <p>Click <a href="http://www.music-man.com/instruments/guitars/jp15.html" target="_blank">here</a> for more info!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MhXTEZIQ8bE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/john-petrucci-demos-his-ernie-ball-music-man-jp15-video#comments Videos News Gear Mon, 04 May 2015 19:59:36 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24416 at http://www.guitarworld.com Extreme Harmonics Lesson: Making Sick Sounds with Guitarist Mattias Eklundh — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/extreme-harmonics-lesson-sick-sounds-guitarist-mattias-eklundh-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Since we guitarists tend to enjoy sick sounds, we thought we'd share this lesson video by Swedish guitar whiz Mattias Eklundh.</p> <p>In the clip, which is titled "Harmonics #5," Eklundh lays down some basics about how harmonics work.</p> <p>Then, starting around 1:31, 2:15 and (especially) 2:45, things start getting freaky, courtesy of some extreme—even dissonant—harmonics.</p> <p>As always, check out the video and try to incorporate Eklundh's methods into your own playing. (I mean, if you're into that sort of thing, of course.)</p> <p>If you'd like to hear more of Eklundh's playing, be sure to watch <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/caparison-guitars-ah8-eight-string-guitar-demo-video-featuring-mattias-eklundh">this demo video of Caparison Guitars' eight-string AH8 model, which we posted in June.</a></p> <p>For more about Eklundh, visit the appropriately named <a href="http://www.freakguitar.com">freakguitar.com.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zI3PJXbCaOU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/extreme-harmonics-lesson-sick-sounds-guitarist-mattias-eklundh-video#comments Mattias Eklundh Videos News Lessons Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:15:56 +0000 Damian Fanelli 22659 at http://www.guitarworld.com How to Adjust Your Guitar's Truss Rod — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/how-adjust-your-guitars-truss-rod-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new <em>Guitar World</em> video, GW's tech editor, Paul Riario, shows you how to make basic adjustments to your guitar's truss rod. </p> <p>In the clip, which you can check out below, Riario is joined by an Epiphone ES-339 PRO and a Fender Road Worn Strat.</p> <p>Fear no more, folks! You can do this!</p> <p><strong>For the latest and greatest guitar accessories, visit <a href="https://www.amplifiedparts.com/">amplifiedparts.com</a>.</strong></p> <p>P.S.: If you just can't get enough of Paul Riario telling you what to do, check out <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-guitar-worlds-guide-building-pedal-board">Guitar World's Guide to Building a Pedal Board — Video.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_jchVLCzZF0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/how-adjust-your-guitars-truss-rod-video#comments Paul Riario Videos News Gear Lessons Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:15:00 +0000 Guitar World Staff 22698 at http://www.guitarworld.com Metal for Life with Metal Mike: Using Drop-D Tuning to Write Heavy Riffs — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-metal-mike-using-drop-d-tuning-write-heavy-riffs <!--paging_filter--><p>For decades, a common practice in rock and metal has been to use drop-D tuning, wherein the guitar’s low E string is tuned down one whole step to D, one octave below the fourth string. </p> <p>Aside from the additional heaviness this tuning provides by extending the instrument’s range downward, having the bottom two strings tuned a fifth apart—D to A—enables one to play a root-fifth power chord simply by strumming the two strings open or barring a finger across them at any given fret. </p> <p>And with the fourth string included, a three-note, root-fifth-octave power chord can be sounded just as easily. </p> <p>My favorite way to use drop-D tuning is to combine one-finger power chords with single-note riffs that utilize the open low D note as a pedal tone. To do this, I will play on the sixth string as if it were tuned normally, to E, but move all notes on the other strings two frets lower than where I would ordinarily play them. </p> <p>This results in some unusual shapes when moving between the sixth and fifth strings. </p> <p>For example, in <strong>FIGURE 1</strong>, I begin with two open low D notes followed by a two-note ascending pattern on the sixth string. I then alternate between single notes on the fifth string and fretted and unfretted accents on the sixth string, resulting in shifting three-note melodic shapes. </p> <p>If the sixth string were tuned normally, some of these shapes would be much more difficult to fret, so the drop-D tuning, in additional to sounding really cool, facilitates the execution of this melodic pattern. In bars 2 and 4, I use my fret-hand index finger to sound two-note power chords, E5-to-F5 and G#5-to-A5, that fall on beat two of each bar, respectively.</p> <p> <strong>FIGURE 2</strong> offers another example of alternating three-note melodic shapes, again using the open sixth string as a low D pedal tone. I begin on the major third of D, F#, which alternates against a D root note on the fifth string, but in bar 3 I switch to the minor third, F, which is repeatedly bent up a quarter step and pulled off to the open low D string. </p> <p>The last bar of the pattern moves to four-note rhythmic shapes and incorporates a sliding octave shape fretted on the fifth and third strings. The figure ends with a “spread voicing” of Dsus2, with the index, middle finger and pinkie fretting the fifth, fourth and third strings, respectively.</p> <p><strong>FIGURES 3–5</strong> illustrate three approach- es to what is basically the same riff. <strong>FIGURE 3</strong> represents the two-note version, as only the fourth and third strings are used. In <strong>FIGURE 4</strong>, I expand the idea by adding a high D note on the B string’s third fret. In <strong>FIGURE 5</strong>, the open fourth-string D pedal tone is replaced with an open sixth-string D pedal, resulting in a much heavier-sounding riff.</p> <p>Now that you have the idea, try inventing some of your own killer drop-D riffs using these and other techniques.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9zhBlYXsr7Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-04-29%20at%2011.01.55%20AM.png" width="620" height="668" alt="Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 11.01.55 AM.png" /></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-04-29%20at%2011.02.07%20AM.png" width="620" height="117" alt="Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 11.02.07 AM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-metal-mike-using-drop-d-tuning-write-heavy-riffs#comments Holiday 2014 Metal For Life Metal Mike Chlasciak Videos News Lessons Magazine Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:11:12 +0000 Metal Mike Chlasciak 22777 at http://www.guitarworld.com Full Shred with Marty Friedman: How to Play Fast and Musical Arpeggio-Based Licks Without Sweep Picking http://www.guitarworld.com/full-shred-marty-friedman-how-play-fast-and-musical-arpeggio-based-licks-without-sweep-picking <!--paging_filter--><p>I’ve often been associated with players that use specific picking techniques, such as sweep picking, economy picking, hybrid picking and so on. In truth, I have no idea what any of these terms mean. Sweep picking does not appeal to me at all. </p> <p>To my ears, it sounds like, “bd<em>LOOP</em>, bd<em>Loop</em>, bd<em>LOOP</em>, bd<em>Loop</em>,” as notes go up and down, over and over again. It’s nothing more than a fancy technique that guitar players learn so that they can play fast arpeggios up and down. </p> <p>To my ears, it’s very unmusical. In my music, you will hear some insane, fast arpeggio-based lines, but it’s never simply straight up and down through the arpeggios, the way sweep picking usually is performed. This month, I’d like to demonstrate some cool ways you can achieve the effect of fast arpeggio-based sounds while avoiding the predictability of standard sweep-picking licks. </p> <p>My preference is to use a little bit of repetitive arpeggio-based lines and then grab some cool notes, bends or vibratos. I try to never lean on any one technique too much and always try to play with an ear toward melody. Playing straight triads up and down is, to me, neither creative nor melodic. Any monkey can learn how to execute a fast technique on the guitar, but technique in and of itself is not music. </p> <p><strong>FIGURE 1</strong> is based on the notes of a Bm7 arpeggio: B D F# A. In bar 1, I outline the basic melodic “shape.” I begin on the third string with a hammer-pull between F# (11th fret) and A (14th fret). Following the D (fourth string/12th fret), I hammer-on from F# up to A and end the phrase with three ascending notes, B D F#. In bars 2–5, I elaborate on the idea by repeating the lick over several beats, adding a half-step bend and vibrato from the b5 (flatted fifth), F, in bar 4. I end the phrase with a half-step bend from A# to B, which I adorn with some vibrato. </p> <p>Now that you have the idea, try the same premise, but change the end of the lick. For me, elaboration on a basic idea is the most natural and musical way to play. Incorporating the arpeggio licks into melodic lines is far more interesting than an arpeggio that simply is repeated in an up-and-down fashion.</p> <p>Let’s wrap up with a few permutations of our initial idea. In <strong>FIGURE 2</strong>, I change the shape of the lick a little, and the result is odd-metered lines in 15/16 and 9/8 meters. In <strong>FIGURES 3-8</strong>, I take a basic G triad idea and morph it into Gmaj7 and Gm-maj7 ideas.</p> <p>I certainly understand why guitar players are into speed. When I first started playing, I heard Alvin Lee—who was notoriously fast—and thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever heard. Since then, I’ve found that playing fast is only cool when you can’t do it. Once you can, you’d rather play something musical. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KMkb4pxOc30" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-04-29%20at%2010.52.40%20AM.png" width="620" height="711" alt="Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 10.52.40 AM.png" /></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-04-29%20at%2010.52.54%20AM.png" width="620" height="233" alt="Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 10.52.54 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="/marty-friedman">Marty Friedman</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/full-shred-marty-friedman-how-play-fast-and-musical-arpeggio-based-licks-without-sweep-picking#comments August 2014 Full Shred Marty Friedman Videos News Lessons Magazine Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:58:50 +0000 Marty Friedman 21595 at http://www.guitarworld.com Thrash Course with Dave Davidson: Exploiting Odd-Time Meters, and How I Play “Madness Opus” and “Witch Trials” http://www.guitarworld.com/thrash-course-dave-davidson-exploiting-odd-time-meters-and-how-i-play-madness-opus-and-witch-trials <!--paging_filter--><p>A favorite compositional technique of mine in the songs I record and perform with Revocation is to incorporate the use of odd and shifting meters in the writing of primary riffs. </p> <p>Another cool approach I often take is to combine straight 4/4 time with odd meters to create some interesting and unique amalgamations. </p> <p>For the song “Madness Opus,” I set the main figure, which is phrased in a rhythm of steady eighth-note triplets, in 3/4 meter, as shown in <strong>FIGURE 1</strong>. If we think of the initial note, F, as the tonic, or root, the chord that is alluded to is Fm-maj7b5. </p> <p>The use of pull-offs on the sixth string is essential to the proper articulation and sound of this riff. The one-bar pattern is played three times, after which I transpose it down a step and a half, or a minor third, so that the initial note is D, at which point the chordal allusion is Dm-maj7b5. Regarding the pick-hand, I pretty much stick with alternate (down-up) picking throughout, starting with two downstrokes on the low F notes and then switch to alternate picking for the notes that are consecutively picked. </p> <p> On the recording, after this phrase cycles through a few times, I bring in an overdubbed guitar part, illustrated in <strong>FIGURE 2</strong>, that plays the same riff but transposed up a minor third, or a step and a half. This results in a harmonized line known as a parallel harmony, for which every fretted note is a minor third above the melodic line.</p> <p> Given that the line itself is very dissonant sounding, the harmony of a minor third above it pushes the musical effect even further into “alien” territory. I love to harmonize riffs using different intervallic distances like this, and playing a line a minor third above always works well.</p> <p> Another great example of the incorporation of odd meter is the primary riff to “Witch Trials,” shown in <strong>FIGURE 3</strong>. The majority of this phrase is played in 5/4 time, after which I shift very unexpectedly to 3/4. The figure is played in straight 16th notes but phrased in five-note groups, so that the initial note, the open low E, steadily shifts one 16th note later in the bar through each five-note group. The very nature of the phrasing of the melody creates the 5/4 meter in that it takes five beats of the pattern before the open low E will once again fall squarely on beat one. At the end of the phrase, I play a very atonal chord that my be analyzed as C#(b9)/E#.</p> <p> For our final example, also from “Witch Trials,” (see <strong>FIGURE 4</strong>), I begin in 4/4 but then wrap up the idea in 3/4. I think of the riff as being in A natural minor (A B C D E F G) with pairs of intervals placed against the low A pedal tone. I begin with a pair of notes—E and B, a fourth apart— followed by F and C, a fifth apart, then by A and F, an augmented (sharped) fifth apart. When I shift to 3/4, I simply bring the open low A pedal tone back in after playing the phrase across three quarter notes. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/f9D2sYxq2mQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-04-21%20at%203.45.06%20PM.png" width="620" height="802" alt="Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 3.45.06 PM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/thrash-course-dave-davidson-exploiting-odd-time-meters-and-how-i-play-madness-opus-and-witch-trials#comments Dave Davidson June 2015 Revocation Thrash Course Videos News Lessons Magazine Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:47:22 +0000 Dave Davidson 24345 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitar World Recommends: MXR Il Torino Overdrive Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-recommends-mxr-il-torino-overdrive-pedal-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Guitar World Recommends</em> shines the spotlight on new and noteworthy gear for guitarists. This week, <em>Guitar World</em> recommends the MXR Il Torino Overdrive pedal.</p> <p>The Il Torino Overdrive, the MXR Custom Shop showroom’s latest addition, serves up smooth, organic grit with the controls you need to adapt its sound to your carefully constructed signal chain.</p> <p>Designed by guest Custom Shop engineer Carlo Sorasio, Italy’s premier boutique amp and pedal builder, the Il Torino Overdrive uses MOSFET technology to recreate the gain structure of classic tube preamps, allowing it to sing with sweet, touch responsive saturation and natural sounding compression. Next, Carlo added a three-band EQ section so you can finely shape the sound of the overdrive.</p> <p>Finally, Carlo added a BOOST/OD switch to toggle between Boost Mode—a cleaner sound with just the right amount of compression and sustain—and OD Mode—a more aggressive, cranked tube amp sound.</p> <p>This pedal uses a sophisticated bypass system in the form of a Class A Low Impedance Output Driver—essentially a form of buffered bypass—to keep your tone sounding warm and natural across long signal chains where signal loss normally occurs.</p> <p>It all comes in a sturdy MXR box with all the high-quality jacks and switches to make it last on the road. </p> <p><strong>For more about this pedal, visit <a hre="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/il-torino-overdrive">jimdunlop.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5wV-prRb6WU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-recommends-mxr-il-torino-overdrive-pedal-video#comments Guitar World Recommends Jim Dunlop MXR Videos Effects News Gear Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:45:37 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24405 at http://www.guitarworld.com "How to Shred" with Alex Skolnick — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/how-shred-alex-skolnick-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Simply put, <a href="http://www.howcast.com">howcast.com</a> is a website that shows you how to do things.</p> <p>If you visit its homepage right now, you'll find stories on "How to Use Coupons," "How to Take Care of Small &amp; Exotic Pets" and our favorite, "How to Do Popular Club Dancing Moves."</p> <p>And yes, the site also hosts videos on "How to Shred" (That's shredding on the guitar as opposed to your summer internship shredding paper in your uncle's accounting office). Testament guitarist and <em>Guitar World</em> friend Alex Skolnick stars in the site's "How to Shred" clip, which was posted earlier this summer, so we thought we'd share it below. </p> <p>Hey, good advice is good advice!</p> <p>Note: It seems there isn't any tab associated with the video.</p> <p>For more information, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.howcast.com%2Fvideos%2F506485-How-to-Play-a-Major-Arpeggio-Heavy-Metal-Guitar&amp;redir_token=9u7sQ1j9Qz3yS6RQUzPuX_OcQLF8MTQwODQ1ODA1N0AxNDA4MzcxNjU3">head here</a> or <a href="http://www.howcast.com">here.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iudibDwGrqs" 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="/alex-skolnick">Alex Skolnick</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/how-shred-alex-skolnick-video#comments Alex Skolnick Videos News Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:12:40 +0000 Guitar World Staff 22138 at http://www.guitarworld.com Stephen Ross to Release New Album, 'Jabberwhacky' http://www.guitarworld.com/stephen-ross-release-new-album-jabberwhacky <!--paging_filter--><p>Stephen Ross, one of Shrapnel Records' earliest discoveries, is back with a new album, <em>Jabberwhacky,</em> a stunning collection of well-arranged compositions laden with colorful chord changes, heavy grooves and melodic lines. It will be released May 15.</p> <p>Ross’ playing is technical, but his technique never gets in the way of the music.</p> <p>Ross is supported by a list of incredible players: John DeServio (Black Label Society, Vinnie Moore) on bass, guest soloist Bunny Brunel (Chick Corea, CAB) on bass and Joe Nevolo (Shadow Gallery, Frank Marino, Greg Howe and Pat Travers) on drums.</p> <p>Ross was first discovered by Mike Varney in 1991 and released his debut CD, <em>Midnight Drive</em>, on Varney’s popular Shrapnel label. He also has appeared on <em>Thrills</em>, the second release from Escape Records recording artist Silent Witness, and <em>Leave the World Alone</em> by Rogosonic and has appeared on numerous compilation releases. </p> <p>He is the author of the best-selling book <em>Arpeggios for the Modern Guitarist</em> published by Hal Leonard.</p> <p><strong><em>Jabberwhacky</em> can be pre-ordered now via <a href="http://www.stephenross.com">stephenross.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/doU5p9_ycy4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/stephen-ross-release-new-album-jabberwhacky#comments Stephen Ross Videos News Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:36:22 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24403 at http://www.guitarworld.com Seymour Duncan Releases The Shapeshifter Tremolo Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/seymour-duncan-releases-shapeshifter-tremolo-pedal-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Seymour Duncan has released The Shapeshifter tremolo pedal.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The Shapeshifter was designed to be the ultimate tremolo pedal, with all the features players have been asking for.</p> <p>Building on the original Shapeshifter, it's now significantly smaller and features stereo inputs and outputs, Phase control between outputs and an expanded rate range, while a blinking LED knob (like the one found on the Vapor Trail analog delay) gives you a visual representation of the tempo, and stays engaged even when the unit is in bypass so you can alter the rate in between parts of your song. </p> <p>The Shapeshifter provides a natural, first-class sound that is rich, authentic and highly customizable. Wave, Shape, Depth, Speed and Tap Tempo controls allow you infinite ability to craft your own unique signature Tremolo tones, while the Phase control lets you adjust between left and right output channels to find the ideal mix. </p> <p>Whether you're looking for the classic shimmer heard on many hits or some truly mind-blowing severe helicopter chops, piano stabs or backwards swells, the Shapeshifter can do it. </p> <p>True stereo inputs and outputs allow the Shapeshifter to be used in both live and studio applications for all types of instruments. The Shapeshifter joins the Seymour Duncan guitar pedal lineup with the Dirty Deed, Pickup Booster, Vapor Trail, 805 Overdrive and Vise Grip—each pedal is true-bypass and hand assembled at the Seymour Duncan Factory in Santa Barbara, California. </p> <p><strong>For more information, check out the specs and video below, and visit <a href="http://www.seymourduncan.com/">seymourduncan.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CXKx1zxsF08" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Specifications:</strong></p> <p>• Type of Circuitry: Pure analog signal path, Stereo Input/Output, digital tremolo timing<br /> • Bypass: True hard-wire bypass<br /> • <em>Control functionality:</em><br /> Depth: Continuously adjustable from 0 to 30dB<br /> Rate: Continuously adjustable from 0.5 to 15 Beats per second<br /> Rate/Ratio Switch: Changes functionality of Rate Control from direct linear adjustment of rate to a multiplication factor for tapped tempos.<br /> • Shape (Duty Cycle): Continuously adjustable from 10% to 90%<br /> • Wave: Continuously adjustable, sine to triangle to square waves<br /> • Phase Control: Continuously adjust phase between left and right output channels from 0 degrees to 180 degrees<br /> • Input Impedance: 1 Meg Ohm<br /> • Output Impedance: 1.2K ohm<br /> • Max Output before Saturation: 2.5V RMS<br /> • S/N Ratio: 95dB<br /> • Frequency Response: -3dB at 3Hz and 50 kHz<br /> • THD: &lt; 0.3% @ 1 kHz, 1VRMS<br /> • Noise referred to input: &lt;-99dBV, 400Hz to 2kHz<br /> • Power: 9V battery or 18V regulated DC adapter<br /> • Current Consumption: 13mA operate, 12mA bypass<br /> • Dimensions: 3.50” wide X 4.70” deep X 1.60” tall<br /> • Weight: 0.9 lbs.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/seymour-duncan-releases-shapeshifter-tremolo-pedal-video#comments Seymour Duncan Videos Effects News Gear Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:17:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24402 at http://www.guitarworld.com Shred Guitar Version of The Beatles' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/shred-guitar-version-beatles-i-want-you-shes-so-heavy-video <!--paging_filter--><p>While the Beatles' 1969 track "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is, indeed, "heavy," it's not exactly a shred masterpiece. </p> <p>There <em>is</em> a guitar solo on the Beatles' recording, but it's a simple (but heart-felt and effective) pentatonic take on the song's melody line, as played by John Lennon, who wrote the song.</p> <p>That said, I've always felt that the song's eerie end section—the part that builds and builds into something a twisted DJ would play as the pillars of the earth are tumbling down around him—has screamed out for a touch of shred guitar.</p> <p>Along comes guitarist Juliette Valduriez and her Parker guitar. Check out her version of the last part of the song below—and let us know what you think.</p> <p><strong>For more about Valduriez, follow her on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-MkY-TsU-RoxVoHXxnbonA">Facebook.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QR8EQIusnnE?list=RDILbharIiEig" 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="/beatles">The Beatles</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/shred-guitar-version-beatles-i-want-you-shes-so-heavy-video#comments Juliette Valduriez The Beatles Videos News Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:51:48 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24401 at http://www.guitarworld.com Metallica's "Seek & Destroy": Rootsy Acoustic Cover by Finland's Steve ‘N’ Seagulls — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/metallicas-seek-destroy-rootsy-acoustic-cover-finlands-steve-n-seagulls-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Finland's Steve ‘N’ Seagulls, the guys who brought you acoustic, bluegrass-tinged covers of <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/finnish-bluegrass-band-cover-dios-holy-diver-video">Dio's "Holy Diver"</a> and <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/finnish-bluegrass-band-cover-iron-maidens-trooper-video">Iron Maiden's "The Trooper,"</a> are back with a new cover—and a new video.</p> <p>Below, check out their new rendition of Metallica's "Seek &amp; Destroy," which was posted to YouTube just yesterday.</p> <p>The band will be releasing a new studio album, <em>Farm Machine,</em> May 12. It's available for pre-order on iTunes <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/farm-machine/id973343962">right here.</a> <em>Farm Machine</em> includes the band's covers of "Holy Diver," "The Trooper," "Black Dog," "Cemetery Gates" and many more.</p> <p>For more of this sort of thing, be sure to subscribe to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCmfZuv1KR-WpKt6s-FJPmQ">the band's YouTube channel.</a> For more about the band, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Stevenseagulls">Facebook.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/F5m_8HuEBI4" 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="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/metallicas-seek-destroy-rootsy-acoustic-cover-finlands-steve-n-seagulls-video#comments Metallica Steve ‘N’ Seagulls WTF Videos News Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:48:43 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24400 at http://www.guitarworld.com The Firefly Guitar Pick: Create an LED Light Show Timed to Your Music — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/firefly-guitar-pick-create-led-light-show-timed-your-music-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's a little something we spotted on Facebook recently.</p> <p>It's the Firefly Pick, a guitar pick that lights up as you play guitar. </p> <p>Actually, it's a bit more interesting than that.</p> <p>Here's some of the literature from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KQ7Y2AQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KQ7Y2AQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ffp-vid-1-20&amp;linkId=G5AJDBM5VBAJN2MW">its Amazon.com page:</a></p> <p>"The Firefly Pick allows you to create an LED light show timed to your music. Motion-triggered LED pulses track guitar pick action to add a brilliant visual effect intimately connected to the guitarist's rhythm. The Firefly Pick is the same shape as a normal guitar pick and features a beveled tip optimized by pros, allowing musicians to experience and deliver this brilliant visual effect without compromising the playability or music. </p> <p>"The Firefly Pick is durable and features a USB-rechargeable lithium ion battery as well as a smart monitoring system that automatically shuts down to save energy during travel. Used by professional performers and beginning students. The Firefly Pick Duo flashes with one color on the upstroke and a second color on the downstroke.</p> <p>"The Firefly Pick comes in four light motion styles (Classic, Duo, Insanity, and Air) as well as many different LED light colors." </p> <p><strong>For more information, check out the CNET video below and visit <a href="http://fireflypick.com/">fireflypick.com.</a> The Firefly Pick costs $54.99 on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KQ7Y2AQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KQ7Y2AQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ffp-vid-1-20&amp;linkId=G5AJDBM5VBAJN2MW">Amazon.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KNe-5rdq73w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/firefly-guitar-pick-create-led-light-show-timed-your-music-video#comments Firefly Pick Accessories Videos News Gear Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:01:19 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24396 at http://www.guitarworld.com 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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