Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: “Every time I do an acoustic version of something, I realize how beautiful the song is at its core”

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Although he played guitar in one of the biggest rock groups of all time for the best part of a decade, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal is probably best known for being a virtuoso musician in his own right. 

More recently, as well as working in progressive metal supergroup Sons Of Apollo, he’s been adding to his Barefoot series of acoustic solo EPs. The two latest installments – 2020’s Barefoot 2 and Barefoot 3 – see him tackling tunes by Paul McCartney, The Police, Asia, Soundgarden, Iron Maiden and more.  

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).