"Musical inspiration can come from just about anywhere," says Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. "For me, so much inspiration comes from the rhythms of the natural sounds in the air. Walking out in the country, you’ll hear certain sounds — a train, a boat, or maybe a horse walking on the road — and each of these sounds has a rhythm. If your mind is open, the simple rhythms of those sounds can inspire you and spark new musical ideas."
It’s definitely true that Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of my all-time favorite guitarists. Ironically, I was never really into Stevie while he was alive. Then, shortly after he died, I got hold of a video of him playing a live show and was just totally blown away by his timing, his tone, his feel, his vibrato, his phrasing — everything. Some people are just born to play guitar, and Stevie was definitely one of them.
Practice tips from John Petrucci: Say to yourself, “During this hour I’m going to master this passage.” There’s nothing wrong with noodling—it can actually produce some of the best ideas—but you’ll get a lot more out of your practice time if you have an agenda.
In this lesson we’ll be looking at adding the 5th of each chord on top of these fun and cool-sounding blues chords. Though you are only adding one note to each chord in the progression, the 5th, you might be surprised how well this works in expanding the texture and color of the two-note chords you learned in the first two lessons of this series.
This week I'm going to focus on open-position pentatonic licks utilizing open strings. Although open-position licks limit the keys in which you can solo, the option to incorporate open strings gives you some extra room for creativity. I also like the tonal qualities of playing low on the neck. People generally expect you to solo up high, so by getting used to playing down in the open position, you can create some unexpected dynamics in your solos.
Hailed by Guitar World as a “fretboard wizard” and voted “Best New Talent” by Guitar World readers in 1991, Nuno Bettencourt has maintained his relevance since first coming onto the national scene in the late '80s, thanks to his inventive playing, killer tone and skillful songwriting.
Yes, Dream Theater are less than a week away from releasing their new album, Dream Theater, on September 24. However, we thought we'd share a Guitar World lesson video pertaining to Dream Theater's 2009 album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings.
When Jimi Hendrix first exploded onto the scene, much attention was riveted on his radical reinvention of guitar-soloing vocabulary, technique and sound, inspired by a now-familiar roster of great blues soloists. But Hendrix had another musical asset that set him apart from similarly influenced British blues-rock contemporaries: years of experience as a professional R&B rhythm guitarist.