That’s a great question! When I built my first cigar box guitar more than 20 years ago, it had no frets, no fret markers and was played 100 percent with a slide. For me, that was the perfect instrument because I wanted to play the deepest Delta blues possible. I wanted the music to be primitive, creaky and have that slightly out-of-tune sound heard on old Smithsonian recordings.
Below, check out an excerpt from an upcoming animated skit show called 6 Pack. The clip — which was written by Mark Shields and Jim Sharkey and animated by Mark Shields (a Top Off production) — shows a young Eddie Van Halen having a conversation with his girlfriend.
Whether you're aware of it or not, we're in the middle of a fairly sizable retro revival—and it's happening across several genres, including rock, country, jazz and beyond. Maybe the "real country music vs. ridiculous, laughable Nashville country music" phenomenon gets all the ink these days, but let us not forget a rising force in rock named JD McPherson.
This DVD includes his go-to soloing patterns, extended pentatonic and blues-scale positions, signature phrasing and articulations, string bending, vibrato and whammy bar usage, strummed octaves, thumb fretting and chord embellishments, plus essential gear and how to recreate Jimi's tone!
One of the factors that led to Jason Newsted's departure from Metallica in January of 2001 was frontman James Hetfield's reluctance to allow his bass player to indulge in side projects during the band's downtime.
In this spectacular full-color deluxe volume, Guitar Aficionado presents the world's most epic guitars and the people who own them. All the instruments are photographed in meticulous detail and accompanied by descriptions and recollections in the artists' own words. These magnificent photos and stories are presented in a large coffee table style book, measuring 14 inches by 10 inches by 5 inches (weight: 5.2 pounds).
In this new video, which was posted to the interwebs July 27, multi-talented YouTube gent Jared Dines presents "15 Classic Riffs in 15 Styles." This video shows Dines playing 15 classic riffs, including "Raining Blood," "Barracuda" and "Hash Pipe," in 15 different styles—such as jazz and metalcore. Check it out below!