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.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.