In this lesson, I will demonstrate an interesting method of utilizing your index finger on your picking hand, which is traditionally used for two-handed tapping. The tablature shows a descending legato run in the key of A natural minor comprised of groupings of eight notes. There are no picked notes whatsoever here, just unassisted hammer-ons and pull-offs.
In this month's "Hole Notes," Musician's Institute instructor Dale Turned takes a look at artistry of guitar great and inventor of "gypsy jazz," Django Reinhardt. Because his famed quintet, Hot Club of France, didn't have a percussionist, the rhythmic patterns and chord choices in Django's unique brand of jazz were of paramount importance.
This month's "Metal For Life" shows you how to utilize a metal approach when playing classical-style themes. Classical music -- being used as an umbrella term to cover the Classical, Romantic and Baroque periods -- has been a major influence on heavy metal, particularly after the arrival of the "neoclassical shred" movement in the '80s.
Here's an easy way to pull off some very fast and exotic arpeggios without even breaking a sweat. My entire approach to playing has always been making things easy, and I love licks that sound way harder than they really are. I like to think of it as working smarter, not harder.
Fresh off the successful release of this year's War of Angels, we got Pop Evil guitarists Tony Greve and Dave into the Guitar World studios to show you guys how to play some of the biggest songs from their latest album.
The guys in After the Burial were nice enough to send over this play-through video for their track "Berzerker" off their 2008 effort Rareform. In the video, guitarists Trent Hafdahl and Justin Lowe break down how to play the intro to the song, featuring split-camera views of both guitarists' parts played to a click.