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Nita Strauss Shreds in D'Addario's Latest 'Guitar Power' Video

Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss is featured in the latest episode of D'Addario's 'Guitar Power' video series, which you can check out below.

In the clip, which was posted yesterday, Strauss sits down with Alain Johannes for an interview and a bit of shredding.

Strauss discusses how she had to make the transition from shredder to rock guitarist when she accepted the gig with Cooper. She also mentions how she didn't spend a lot of time learning how to play blues guitar, not to mention the importance of her recent visit with Jason Becker.

Yes, her father bought her a guitar when she was 13, but she didn't find her calling with the instrument until seeing Crossroads.

"I remember watching [Steve] Vai come in, and he's just blazing. I sat bolt upright in my living room, like, 'Why didn't anybody tell me you could get those sounds out of a guitar?!' Up until then, I had been dinking away trying to play 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.' But after Crossroads, it was a snowball down the hill into that whole shred world—everyone from Vai and Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert to Marty Friedman and Becker."

The video ends with an, um, interesting bit of jamming by Strauss and Johannes.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.