Country music star Vince Gill might be best known for his radio-friendly voice, his strong songwriting skills, being married to Amy Grant -- and, oh yeah, his 20 Grammy awards. But Vince Gill is a serious and often explosive guitar player who is well versed in a number of styles including blues, rock, bluegrass and chicken pickin'. His latest album, Guitar Slinger, which was released October 24 via MCA Nashville, is aptly titled. It finds him stretching out and cranking up on his killer collection of vintage gear.
These days, the book store has just as many musical legends as the record store. There are dozens of great autobiographies out there from Ace Frehley, Sammy Hagar, Duff McKagen and many more. One title that is sure to catch the attention of any metal fan is that of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. His new book, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath, from De Capo Press is now available in hardcover and gives the reader a rare look into the life of one of metal’s most reserved and respected musicians.
Frank Zappa famously proclaimed that “jazz isn’t dead, it just smells funny.” And while that certainly may have been true in the fusion heyday of the 1970s and '80s, there's a younger breed of jazz musicians making music that is forward-looking but far less odorous. Here are five videos of contemporary jazz guitarists you should check out.
The Gibson Learn & Master Guitar App is one of the most practical free guitar downloads for your iPhone. The app offers multiple features including a tuner, metronome, chord charts, video guitar lessons (courtesy of GuitarApprentice.com) and an app version of Gibson's website. Though the chord diagrams and lessons are geared toward beginners, the tuner and metronome make the app a valuable tool for all guitarists.
Edward Van Halen welcomes me to 5150, his legendary 24-track home studio, with a handshake and a slap on the back. For a split second, I am unable to return the warm greeting, as I am dumbstruck: standing in front of me, it seems, is not Edward but his evil twin.
What do the University of Vermont, a restaurant named Nectar's and Michael Jackson's Thriller have to do with each other? They were all instrumental in the formation of one of the world's most recognizable jam bands, Phish.
Dropped by her label and discouraged from years of touring, O’Connor took a break and went into a funk that she’s come out of in grand style. I Want What You Want was released November 8 (on her birthday, no less). Produced by Tom Beaujour (editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine and owner of Nuthouse Recording), O’Connor draws you in with her introspective lyrics and sincere delivery.
Nineteen hundred and seventy-one. Even for a year that falls squarely in the heart of the "classic rock" era, it was a particularly classic year. It was the year of Who's Next, Sticky Fingers and Fragile, albums that are so renowned that we don't have to name the bands that created them (But, just in case, it was The Who, The Rolling Stones and Yes).