Hole Notes http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/736/all en Hole Notes: Randy Rhoads' Acoustic Techniques and Riffs http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-randy-rhoads-acoustic-techniques-and-riffs <!--paging_filter--><p>When Ozzy Osbourne was booted from Black Sabbath and went solo in 1979, his quest for a heavy-metal soulmate ended with his discovery of Randy Rhoads. </p> <p> The pair would go on to pen such classic metal cuts as “Crazy Train,” “I Don’t Know,” “Mr. Crowley” and “Flying High Again,” among others. Unfortunately, Rhoads was around long enough to record only two full-length albums with Ozzy: <em>Blizzard of Ozz</em> and <em>Diary of a Madman</em> (the live album, <em>Tribute</em>, was released posthumously in 1987). </p> <p>On March 19, 1982, while “joyriding” in a small plane piloted by Ozzy’s tour bus driver, Rhoads was killed when the pilot flew too close to the band's parked tour bus, clipped its wing and careened into a nearby house.</p> <p>A fan of classical music, Randy Rhoads was one of the first American guitarists to successfully incorporate classical music elements into heavy metal. (“Euro-metal” guitarists, including Ritchie Blackmore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth and Michael Schenker, had also experimented with melding the two genres.) </p> <p>Reportedly, Rhoads was contemplating retiring from rock after the tour to study classical guitar at UCLA. In this lesson, we’ll take a look at examples in the style of Rhoads’ classically influenced solo piece “Dee” as well as “Diary of a Madman” and “Goodbye to Romance,” two other Ozzy favorites that prominently feature acoustic guitar. </p> <p>Randy pulled out all the stops for <em>Diary of a Madman</em>’s title track, an epic six-minute-plus piece packed with acoustic and electric guitar textures. Its intro, similar to <strong>Figure 1</strong>, is structured around an elaborate arpeggio passage reminiscent of a modern classical guitar etude by Leo Brouwer (entitled "Etudes Simples: VI," published in 1972) which Rhoads likely learned in his classical guitar studies. Use economy picking to tackle these arpeggios throughout, employing a single pick stroke to sound successive notes found on adjacent strings, as indicated.</p> <p>Rhoads also had a talent for composing striking ballads, as evidenced by the track “Goodbye to Romance” (<em>Blizzard of Ozz</em>), the first song Ozzy cowrote with Rhoads. </p> <p>Penned as Osbourne’s personal farewell to Black Sabbath, the song blends clean-tone electrics with steel-string acoustic sounds, resulting in an almost “harpsichord”-like tonal quality. <strong>Figure 2</strong> depicts a composite in-the- style-of arrangement.</p> <p>“Dee” (Blizzard of Ozz), which inspires <strong>Figure 3</strong>, is a lilting waltz (3/4 meter felt “in one”) that Randy dedicated to his mother, Delores. (Perhaps as a further tribute to his mom, the majority of "Dee" falls in the key of D.) </p> <p>With this track, Rhoads used one of his favorite acoustic multitracking approaches: overdubbing a steel-string acoustic on top of his primary nylon-string part for added sparkle (he also did this in “Diary of a Madman.") Note the pick-hand fingerings included below the notation. For further insight into Randy’s classical guitar technique, check out the “Dee” studio outtakes at the end of the <em>Tribute</em> album.</p> <p><Strong>Check out the videos below and the complete tabs below that.</strong></p> <p><strong>Part 1</strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience1886514571001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1886514571001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Numerous acoustic-heavy offerings populate his catalog, including BLS records like <em>Hangover Music Vol. VI</em> and solo albums like <em>Book of Shadows</em>. </p> <p>Many of them are highlighted by Wylde’s perhaps surprising vocal abilities, which include crooning not unlike Chris Cornell and the late Layne Staley (a strong contrast to his singing approach in BLS’ “bone-crushingly heavy” output).</p> <p>What’s more, in almost Van Halen–like tradition (think “Spanish Fly” on <em>Van Halen II</em>), many BLS discs feature a fiercely shredded unaccompanied acoustic guitar solo. Add to this the fact that, just last year, BLS reworked an entire album (<em>Order of the Black</em>) into the all-acoustic <em>The Song Remains Not the Same</em>, and you may agree that it’s high time we honor the burly, bearded one’s fine acoustic guitar work.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/holenotes0512_1.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p>“Darkest Days” is one of the standout tracks on <em>The Song Remains Not the Same</em> and features Wylde engaging in pick-style arpeggiation, not unlike <strong>FIGURE 1</strong>. Whereas some acoustic players might opt to go the fingerstyle route in such a setting, Wylde fills the soundscape quite nicely with picking—note the successive up/down strokes (a.k.a. economy picking) written above the TAB staff—and hammered-on chord ornaments. (He uses a similar approach in “Spoke in the Wheel,” on Sonic Brew.)</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/holenotes0512_2.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p>Of course, Wylde is a master at coaxing heavy riffs out of virtually any ax, and he doesn’t always keep it “pretty” when he’s digging into the strings of his Alvarez Yairi, Gibson Dove or Epiphone Masterbuilt acoustics. In “No Other” (<em>Hangover Music Vol. VI</em>), which informs <strong>FIGURE 2</strong>, heavy pick attacks, open-string drones and the frequent emphasis of the flatted fifth, or “Devil’s interval” (Bf in the key of E minor), combine to create a dark, moody vibe that’s more akin to Wylde’s trademark persona.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/holenotes0512_3.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p>We’ll wrap up this lesson with a look at two of the unaccompanied acoustic guitar solo pieces in the Wylde discography. <strong>FIGURE 3</strong>, inspired by portions of “Takillya (Estyabon)” (<em>Hangover Music Vol. VI</em>), is a speedy finger-picked passage, featuring a descending line (sounded with the thumb, p) stated between plucks of higher open strings (using the index and middle fingers, i and m, respectively). Blistering guitar pieces such as this, as well as “Speedball” (1919 Eternal) and “T.A.Z.” (Sonic Brew), are a tip of the hat to Wylde’s influences, such as Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucia, John McLaughlin and Carlos Montoya.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/holenotes0512_4.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p><strong>FIGURE 4</strong> pays homage to “T.A.Z.,” copping some of the terrifying pick-and-fingers (or “hybrid picking”) techniques Wylde wields in the piece. Grip your pick between your thumb and index fingers (use downstrokes only), and pluck with your middle (m) finger. Focus on the first string pair used in the lick (beats one and two of bar 1) and perfect it. The remainder of this passage is actually the same pattern played on different strings and/or areas on the neck.</p> <p><strong>Part 1</strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience1524702683001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1524702683001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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The video went viral on YouTube, achieving millions of views by early 2007. (Currently, the video is hovering in the 50 million views mark.) Prior to his cyber surge, McKee had already issued three solo acoustic guitar albums and been flying under the radar, making ends meet as a guitar teacher.</p> <p>Today, with his “day job” behind him, and several more releases under his belt (solo records, as well as discs with Josh Groban, Lee Ritenour and Don Ross), he’s a literal “road warrior,” playing hundreds of concerts per year—including opening several shows for Eric Johnson and Dream Theater. Let’s take a closer look at what makes him tick, with an examination of “Drifting,” the song that started it all. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/holenotes0712_1.jpg" /></p> <p>In “Drifting,” which the guitarist has stated was inspired by the great Preston Reed, McKee strings his Greenfield G4 acoustic in an alternate tuning referred to as DADGAD. This tuning makes it possible to fret power chords, like the G5 in FIGURE 1a, with a single finger. In McKee’s case, he uses “overhand” fretting to facilitate percussive slaps with the fretting hand (notated with an X on beats “two” and “four”) and other techniques (see the video lesson for this column at GuitarWorld.com). Over this type of groove, McKee taps a note on the G string (use index finger), holds it down, and plucks the top two strings with his ring (a) and middle (m) fingers. </p> <p> A “Drifting”-inspired melody using this technique is shown (without the chords and smacks) in FIGURE 1b. Both parts are combined in FIGURE 1c—a pattern at the heart of the “in-the-style-of” figure at the end of this lesson. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/holenotes0712_2.jpg" /></p> <p>FIGURE 2 depicts another percussive passage with the addition of fingertip taps on the face of the guitar (the 16th-note triplets with the stems pointing upward), similar to what McKee uses in the intro and outro to “Drifting.” For this figure, aim for rhythmic precision, focusing on the timing between the fingertip taps (the ring, middle and index fingers rolling in smooth succession) and body smacks, practicing until you can produce a sound like a marching snare drum roll.</p> <p>Meanwhile, FIGURE 3 features two sets of harmonics: tapped—slap the “belly” of your fret-hand index finger across 12th fret to generate harmonics—and natural—touch the strings with your fret hand’s outstretched middle finger </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/holenotes0712_4.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Part 1</strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience1644805869001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1644805869001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-july-14-led-zeppelin/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=MayVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>As the American folk-music revival gained steam in the late Fifties and early Sixties, John Fahey stuck out like a sore thumb. He played solo steel-string acoustic guitar music that melded influences like Igor Stravinsky and Béla Bartók—composers known for dissonant, unsettling sounds—with blues artists like Charley Patton and Blind Willie Johnson. </p> <p>To this, Fahey added unusual open tunings (open D minor, open G minor) and a dose of occasionally cringe-inducing humor by employing faux-musicology speak in his albums’ liner notes and mythologizing his fictional guitar inspiration, Blind Joe Death. The result was a style he dubbed American Primitivism. </p> <p>Let’s examine some signature techniques and tunings culled from of the late guitarist’s earliest albums, the first of which was recently added to the United States National Recording Registry as a “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” effort. </p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/36079574&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-dale-turner-unusual-tunings-and-techniques-steel-string-legend-john-fahey#comments Dale Turner Hole Notes John Fahey July 2014 Tue, 20 May 2014 22:01:58 +0000 Dale Turner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21320 Hole Notes with Dale Turner: The Signature Open-G-Tuned Rhythm Style of Don Everly http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-dale-turner-signature-open-g-tuned-rhythm-style-don-everly <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the June 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-june-14-motley-crue/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=MayVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>In the late Fifties, the Everly Brothers—Don (lead vocals) and Phil (high harmony vocals)—scored big on the Billboard pop and country charts with hits like “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie,” efforts which, along with the work of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and others, helped shape early rock and roll. </p> <p>The Everly Brothers were also the defining harmony-vocal group of the era, influencing acts like the Beach Boys, the Beatles and Simon &amp; Garfunkel.</p> <p>The brothers’ musical pedigree ran deep: their guitar-playing father, Ike Everly, was a major influence on the famed fingerpicking style of fellow Kentuckian and family friend Merle Travis. (Chet Atkins was also a family friend.) Don Everly, the older of the two brothers, turned heads on his own with his rock-solid acoustic rhythm playing. </p> <p>No less than Keith Richards has gone on record calling Don “one of the best rhythm guitarists in the world” and citing his use of open G tuning (low to high, D G D G B D)—a key component of Richards’ own sound—as an influence. Let’s examine some of Don’s signature, influential acoustic guitar style.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/31816177&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-dale-turner-signature-open-g-tuned-rhythm-style-don-everly#comments Dale Turner Don Everly Hole Notes June 2014 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:12:38 +0000 Dale Turner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21062 Hole Notes with Dale Turner: The Influential Picking Style of Merle Travis http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-dale-turner-influential-picking-style-merle-travis <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These audio files are bonus content related to the May 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-may-14-zakk-wylde-joe-satriani/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=MayVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Merle Travis has been mentioned in this column more than any other guitarist, credited for, among other things, popularizing a form of fingerstyle playing commonly referred to as Travis picking. </p> <p>He was a massive influence on legends like Chet Atkins and Doc Watson (to the point where each named his son Merle), as well as Tommy Emmanuel, Scotty Moore and countless others, and his signature techniques continue to live on today in the works of modern players. </p> <p>Travis also penned some fantastic original songs that have been performed and/or recorded over the years by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Stevie Wonder, Tom Morello, Queens of the Stone Age and others. Let's tip our hat to him with a long-overdue look at his signature style and techniques.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/28026616&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-dale-turner-influential-picking-style-merle-travis#comments Dale Turner Hole Notes May 2014 Merle Travis Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:19:11 +0000 Dale Turner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20792 Hole Notes with Dale Turner: A Shot of Zac Brown’s High-Octane, Modern Folk-Country Guitar Madness http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-dale-turner-shot-zac-brown-s-high-octane-modern-folk-country-guitar-madness <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This audio is bonus content related to the April 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-14-kiss/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=AprilVideosPage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>With his beer-and-whiskey-fueled subject matter, pointy beard, skullcap and in-your-face performance style, Zac Brown projects an image that suggests contemporary country music’s answer to Zakk Wylde—and he has the chops to match. </p> <p>Brown’s playing is influenced by bluegrass barnburners like Tony Rice (who appears on the the Zac Brown Band song “Martin”), Doc Watson and Brown’s older brother Wynn as well as flattop-wielding folk-rock singer-songwriters like James Taylor, Jim Croce and Dan Fogelberg. </p> <p>His preference is for nylon-string acoustics, including models by Taylor and Collings, with which he has crafted a slew of Number 1 hits. This month, we’ll take a look at some of Brown’s lethal finger- and flatpicking moves, including a breakdown of his mind-boggling “slapped” passage in “Goodbye in Her Eyes.” (For all examples, tune your guitar down one half step: low to high, Ef Af Df Gf Bf Ef). </p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/24714909&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-dale-turner-shot-zac-brown-s-high-octane-modern-folk-country-guitar-madness#comments April 2014 Dale Turner Hole Notes Zac Brown Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:50:01 +0000 Dale Turner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20543 Hole Notes with Dale Turner: The Fingerstyle Techniques of Eclectic Virtuoso Adrian Legg http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-dale-turner-fingerstyle-techniques-eclectic-virtuoso-adrian-legg <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This video is bonus content related to the March 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-14-eric-clapton/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=JanuaryVideosPage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>What happens when you stew an über-eclectic mix of folk, country, jazz, rock, Celtic and classical influences in a pot overflowing with tuning-peg tricks, partial and/or multiple capos, pedal steel–like bends and myriad fingerstyle techniques? </p> <p>You get Adrian Legg, a guitar master who has been releasing solo albums (including a pair on Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label) and instructional videos and touring the globe since the Seventies. </p> <p>Virtuoso shredder Joe Satriani has described Legg as “simply the best acoustic guitar player I’ve ever heard,” and he would know—Legg joined Satch, Vai and Eric Johnson on 1996’s inaugural G3 tour as a show-opening solo act. </p> <p>As evidenced by Legg’s latest album, <em>The Very Best of Adrian Legg</em>, such praise has been well earned. This month, I'd like to honor the innovative guitarist’s efforts with a look at some of his crafty fingerpicking techniques.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/21655475&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-dale-turner-fingerstyle-techniques-eclectic-virtuoso-adrian-legg#comments Adrian Legg Dale Turner Hole Notes March 2014 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:35:28 +0000 Dale Turner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20331 Hole Notes with Dale Turner: The Sublime Subtlety of Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-dale-turner-sublime-subtlety-iron-wine-s-sam-beam <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos are bonus content related to the February 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-february-14-van-halen/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=JanuaryVideosPage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>Sam Beam is a solo musician best known by his stage and recording name, Iron &amp; Wine. Like many successful singer-songwriters of the new millennium, Beam broke into music’s mainstream via film and TV: his recording of “Such Great Heights” (written by the Postal Service) was featured on the soundtrack of the 2004 film Garden State and appeared in an ad for M&amp;Ms. </p> <p>But his success was far from overnight. By the time he scored with “Such Great Heights,” Beam had released a pair of albums (including 2002’s Creek Drank the Cradle) and had signed to Sub Pop Records. </p> <p>Prior to that, he’d taught courses in cinematography at the University of Miami and spent nights quietly writing and recording while his wife and daughters slept—hence the development of his early work’s whisper-quiet intimate sound, which many liken to the moody, folkie vibe of Simon &amp; Garfunkel, Nick Drake and Elliott Smith. This month, I’ll look at some of the nuanced fingerstyle moves and colorful voicings of Beam’s best-known songs from Iron &amp; Wine’s decade-plus discography.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/18879041&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-dale-turner-sublime-subtlety-iron-wine-s-sam-beam#comments Dale Turner February 2014 Hole Notes Iron & Wine Sam Beam Thu, 02 Jan 2014 19:52:07 +0000 Dale Turner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20112 Hole Notes: The Pick-Style Nylon-String Work of Iconic Axman Willie Nelson http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-pick-style-nylon-string-work-iconic-axman-willie-nelson <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos are bonus content related to the January 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-january-14-the-beatles/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=JanuaryVideosPage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>With a career spanning more than half a century, country music superstar Willie Nelson has had his share of highs and lows—from penning timeless classics like “Crazy” (as popularized by Patsy Cline) and relishing his reputation as a pothead (the Legalize It advocate is also the founder of the Teapot Party) to nearly losing his assets to the IRS in the early Nineties. </p> <p>Since 1969, his trusty guitar—a weather-beaten, battle-scarred Martin N-20 nylon-string classical, nicknamed Trigger—has remained by his side, becoming part of Nelson’s sonic signature, as characteristic as the man’s distinctively nasal singing voice.</p> <p>Nelson was influenced by western-swing artists like Hank Williams and Bob Wills as well as swing-jazz geniuses Louis Armstrong and, his favorite guitarist, Django Reinhardt (he plays Django’s “Nuages” at almost every concert).</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/16306022&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-pick-style-nylon-string-work-iconic-axman-willie-nelson#comments Hole Notes January 2014 Willie Nelson News Lessons Magazine Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:54:03 +0000 Dale Turner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19927 Hole Notes: The Diverse, Inventive Masterworks of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-diverse-inventive-masterworks-radiohead-s-thom-yorke <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos are bonus content related to the Holiday 2013 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-holiday-13-roger-waters/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=HolidayVideosPage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>Radiohead frontman and primary songwriter Thom Yorke began playing guitar at age seven and formed his first band by the time he was 11. </p> <p>As he progressed musically, Yorke was inspired by a diverse array of musical influences, including jazz greats Charles Mingus and Miles Davis, alternative rock icons R.E.M. and the Pixies, singer-songwriters Neil Young and Elvis Costello, classic bands like Queen and the Beach Boys, and numerous electronic-based musical artists. </p> <p>These influences helped shape the future sound of Radiohead, the group formed when Yorke met band mates Jonny and Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien and Pete Selway at public school in their mid teens. Today, Radiohead are internationally renowned superstars. This month, I want to look at the key acoustic-driven cuts that helped elevate Yorke’s style and musicality to legendary status, tracing Radiohead’s evolution along the way.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/13952037"></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="/radiohead">Radiohead</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-diverse-inventive-masterworks-radiohead-s-thom-yorke#comments Dale Turner Hole Notes Holiday 2013 Radiohead Thom Yorke News Lessons Magazine Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:46:13 +0000 Dale Turner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19525 Hole Notes: Monitoring the Pulse of Nancy Wilson’s Awe-Inspiring Acoustic Work http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-monitoring-pulse-nancy-wilson-s-awe-inspiring-acoustic-work <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos are bonus content related to the December 2013 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-december-13-nirvana/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=DecemberVideosPage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>Seattle-based rockers Heart had been through numerous name and personnel changes by 1974, when Nancy Wilson joined her older sister, lead singer Ann, in the lineup. </p> <p>Nancy was enlisted to help expand the act’s sonic palette with her acoustic guitar playing. A fan of Paul Simon, the Beatles, Jimmy Page and Steve Howe, among others, Nancy brought to the band her mastery of fingerpicking, thumb-/hybrid-picked styles and colorful open chords, which added a Led Zeppelin–like folk edge to Heart’s sound, as heard on early Wilson-sister songs like “Crazy on You,” from the band’s debut album, <em>Dreamboat Annie</em>. </p> <p>The record, which also featured the smash hit “Magic Man,” gave the band its first taste of success and was soon followed by a string of now-classic albums, like Little Queen (featuring “Barracuda”), Magazine (“Heartless”), Dog and Butterfly (title track) and Bebe Le Strange (“Even It Up”). </p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F11834898"></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="/heart">Heart</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-monitoring-pulse-nancy-wilson-s-awe-inspiring-acoustic-work#comments Acoustic Nation Dale Turner December 2013 Heart Hole Notes Nancy Wilson News Lessons News Lessons Magazine Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:28:26 +0000 Dale Turner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19408 Hole Notes: Cotten Picking — The Fingerpicking Style of Folk-Blues Legend Elizabeth Cotten http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-cotten-picking-fingerpicking-style-folk-blues-legend-elizabeth-cotten <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The following content is related to the November 2013 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-november-13-dream-theater/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=NovemberVideosPage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>Folk-blues/ragtime guitarist Elizabeth Cotten lived from 1895 to 1987, but by age 12 she had already written the tune that would make her a legend: “Freight Train.” </p> <p>It would take another 55 years before she would achieve status as a legend. Her long road toward that rank was as unique as her unusual left-handed approach to playing the guitar. </p> <p>Before reaching her teen years, Cotten helped make ends meet by working as a maid. She married at 15 and retired from playing music to raise a family. By 1947, Cotton was divorced and working as a housekeeper for the musicologist/folk-singing Seeger family, which included children Peggy and Mike (folk legend Pete Seeger was their half-brother). Immersed in the family’s musical surroundings, Cotten began relearning to play the guitar as she approached the age of 60. </p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F10210832"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-cotten-picking-fingerpicking-style-folk-blues-legend-elizabeth-cotten#comments Dale Turner Elizabeth Cotten Hole Notes November 2013 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:07:03 +0000 Dale Turner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19204 Hole Notes: The Acoustic Prog-Rock Riffs of Rush's Alex Lifeson http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-acoustic-prog-rock-riffs-rushs-alex-lifeson <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The following content is related to the October 2013 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-13-avenged-sevenfold/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>Progressive-rock was primarily a “British thing,” exemplified by acts like King Crimson, Genesis, Yes and Emerson, Lake &amp; Palmer. That changed after three Canadians—guitarist Alex Lifeson, bassist Geddy Lee and drummer Neil Peart—pooled their Led Zeppelin, Cream, Who and assorted “Brit-prog” influences and created the “art-rock” power trio Rush. </p> <p>The band formed in 1968 and issued its self-titled debut album in 1974, but it wasn’t until 1981’s Moving Pictures that Rush struck a balance between progressive elements and radio-friendliness with songs like “Limelight” and “Tom Sawyer,” resulting in multi-Platinum commercial success. Today, Rush are one of the biggest-selling bands in history, and their influence can be heard in acts that span musical genres, including Dream Theater, Primus, Metallica, Foo Fighters and Rage Against the Machine.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F105292097%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-1Hf0b"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F105292018%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-bEnPT"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F105292103%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-dlOIz"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F105292028%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-M2TjI"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F105292117%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-Djadl"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F105292125%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-x1jfC"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F105292009%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-qBZQN"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F105291995%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-cWaCT"></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="/rush">Rush</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-acoustic-prog-rock-riffs-rushs-alex-lifeson#comments Alex Lifeson Dale Turner Hole Notes October 2013 Rush News Lessons Magazine Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:01:59 +0000 Dale Turner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19017 Hole Notes: The Hybrid-Picked, Drop-D Delights of Richard Thompson http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-hybrid-picked-drop-d-delights-richard-thompson <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The following content is related to the September 2013 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-september-13-prog-rock-roundtable-asking-alexandria/?&amp;utm_source=homepage&amp;utm_medium=website&amp;utm_campaign=SeptemberVideosPage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>For an artist with such a vast body of work, Richard Thompson has spent much of his musical life under the radar. A founding member of Fairport Convention (he penned their anthem “Meet on the Ledge”) and the folk-rock duo Richard and Linda Thompson, he is also a critically acclaimed solo artist whose songs have been covered by numerous artists, including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, David Byrne and R.E.M. </p> <p>Thompson plays Martin, Lowden and Farrington acoustic guitars, and as we’ll see in this lesson, he favors hybrid picking (“pick-and-fingers” technique) and often opts for drop-D tuning (lower your sixth string’s pitch one whole step, to D). Today, with a career spanning almost 50 years, Thompson is still recording and touring, and is busier than ever. Let’s examine some of the things that make this picker tick.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101324751"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101324762"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101324771"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101324778"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101324782"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101324785"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101324789"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101324793"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101324800"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101324804"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/hole-notes-hybrid-picked-drop-d-delights-richard-thompson#comments Dale Turner Hole Notes Richard Thompson September 2013 News Lessons Magazine Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:48:21 +0000 Dale Turner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18824