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Interviews

NAMM 2014: Ola Englund Interview – Part 2 NAMM 2014: Ola Englund Interview – Part 2 by

In PART ONE of our interview with Ola, he opened up about building his own brand as a high-gain amp expert, playing with bands like The Haunted and living on the road. In this conclusion, Ola talks about how his tone philosophy informed the design of his new signature Randall Satan amp and Washburn Solar line of guitars, and offers some practical advice for guitarists looking to make a career in music.     IC: I’d love to talk to you about some of the new stuff that’s come... Read More →

NAMM 2014: Ola Englund Interview – Part 1 NAMM 2014: Ola Englund Interview – Part 1 by

Ola Englund is living the dream. The gear-demoing guru and ferociously accurate riff machine from Swedish bands Feared and The Haunted is an incredible example of a musician who replaced his day job by turning his hobby into full-time work. At this year’s NAMM, Ola spoke with Guitar Messenger’s Ivan Chopik and offered his inspiring perspective on being your own boss, living both at home and on the road, and building a career around high-quality gear videos: IC: How’s the NAMM... Read More →

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Artist Masterclasses

The Black Dahlia Murder: Ryan Knight – ‘In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me’ Solo The Black Dahlia Murder: Ryan Knight – ‘In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me’ Solo

 [Ryan's Ibanez FR custom shop guitar is tuned down 2 whole steps to C Standard: C F Bb Eb G C] In this masterclass, Ryan breaks down his solo for the song ‘In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me,’ off The Black Dahlia Murder’s 2013 album, Everblack. The first part of the solo is played over a thrash riff alternating between C# and A notes. Although only single notes are being played in the rhythm guitar part, Ryan interprets the harmony as switching between C# minor and A7. Kicking off in measure 15, the second half of the solo switches… (Continue)

Opeth: Fredrik Åkesson Masterclass Opeth: Fredrik Åkesson Masterclass

[Fredrik's Paul Reed Smith Signature Model guitar is in Standard Tuning: E A D G B E]  String-Skipping / Tapping Lick This lick utilizes both string-skipping and tapping techniques. Fredrik creates some interesting harmonic movement by outlining an Emin7 arpeggio, followed by a combination of Eaug(maj7) and Emaj7 arpeggios. He warns that “the tricky part is to mute the strings… it’s all about muting with this hand and that hand whenever you need to.” Pay special attention to ensure that all notes are cleanly separated and are not bleeding into one another when crossing strings. “When I tap, I tap with… (Continue)

Devin Townsend – Gear Devin Townsend – Gear

Guitars & Rig Guitars make or break songs. I firmly advocate that while certain guitars have a ton of songs in them, certain guitars have zero in them. If a guitar inspires you to play, you are going to write things according to the attributes of that specific guitar. For example, I got this guitar the other day and I’ve written a bunch of sort of poppy riffs on it. Every time I pick up the guitar I’m writing those sort of riffs. I got another guitar the other day that makes me want to write melodies or bluesy sort… (Continue)

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Artist Licks

Feared: Ola Englund Lesson – Mass Destruction (Solo) Feared: Ola Englund Lesson – Mass Destruction (Solo)

 [Ola's signature Washburn Solar guitar is tuned down one step to D Standard: D G C F A D.] Mass Destruction Solo Ola kicks off the solo to Feared’s Mass Destruction with a mysterious lick over the riff in B that includes a b6 and b7 and lands on the major 3. He then further outlines the tonality with a diagonally-ascending B7... Read More →

Ola Englund Lesson – Downpicking Ola Englund Lesson – Downpicking

 [Ola's signature Washburn Solar guitar is tuned down one step to D Standard: D G C F A D.] Ola On Downpicking A very common question I get about my guitar playing is, ‘How do you get your picking so clear when you do rhythm stuff?’ Something I do when I train is, if I have a lick that’s strictly alternate picking, I’ll... Read More →

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Lessons

Jason Richardson – Thought: Main Theme Tabs Jason Richardson – Thought: Main Theme Tabs by

We’re happy to announce that we’re working together with Jason Richardson on an upcoming lesson series. In the meantime, we wanted to share the tabs below of the main theme from Jason’s new single ‘Thought.’ You can listen to it above and pick it up on iTunes. Jason tunes his Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Signature Model 7-String guitar to Drop-G. Low to high:... Read More →

Don Lappin’s Tapping Technique & West Tide Lesson Don Lappin’s Tapping Technique & West Tide Lesson by

Hi, everybody! Thank you for checking out this lesson. I will be discussing my two-hand tapping technique, as well as showing you one of my tunes, ‘West Tide.’ Let’s get started! Introduction I’ve been developing and using my particular tapping technique for a little over 30 years now. My right hand, or my tapping hand, has a 45 degree angle to the neck of the guitar and I keep... Read More →

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Concert Reviews

The Ophidian Trek – Meshuggah / Baroness / Decapitated @ The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA The Ophidian Trek – Meshuggah / Baroness / Decapitated @ The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA

Vogg of Decapitated Leave it to the world of metal to produce a concert bill where the outfit called Decapitated is the “normal” one. Still, Poland’s death-metal droogs seem the perfect outfit to inaugurate the Ophidian Trek’s local stop at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Their brand of high-velocity... Read More →

Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Red Fang @ House Of Blues – Boston, MA Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Red Fang @ House Of Blues – Boston, MA

Bryan Giles of Red Fang “I remember doing some W.C. Fields impression when I was in second grade and the crowd went ‘YEAH!’” Red Fang vocalist and co-guitarist Bryan Giles confesses with a grin. “I thought ‘Ahhh I could be on stage and have people do that all the time!” Though the... Read More →

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Gear Reviews

NAMM 2014: Hanson Guitars & Lakland Basses NAMM 2014: Hanson Guitars & Lakland Basses

At this year’s NAMM, Guitar Messenger’s Ivan Chopik had a chance to hear from John Pirruccello of Chicago-based Hanson Guitars and Lakland Basses about the careful craftsmanship that’s... Read More →

NAMM 2014: Samson Technologies (Hotone Skyline Pedals & UHF Wireless System) NAMM 2014: Samson Technologies (Hotone Skyline Pedals & UHF Wireless System)

You’ve never seen slide guitar like this. Grammy Award-winning producer, engineer, and guitarist extraordinaire  Larry Mitchell gives us a funk-filled demonstration of Samson’s Hotone Skyline... Read More →

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News

ARMAGEDDON: ‘Captivity & Devourment’ Lyric Video Posted ARMAGEDDON: ‘Captivity & Devourment’ Lyric Video Posted

  Armageddon first came to life in Sweden in 1997 as a studio project, with the cult release Crossing the Rubicon. The sci-fi themed concept album was followed by Embrace the Mystery in 2000 and Three in 2003, which... Read More →

FRESHMAN GUITARS Reveal Songwriter Series, Featuring AER FRESHMAN GUITARS Reveal Songwriter Series, Featuring AER

At the 2014 Frankfurt Musikmesse, Freshman Guitars have revealed the new Songwriter Series – an inspiring range of guitars featuring new AER systems and designed with the aspiring musician in mind. With twelve models,... Read More →

Animals As Leaders: The Joy Of Motion (Updated 3/4) Animals As Leaders: The Joy Of Motion (Updated 3/4)

ANIMALS AS LEADERS have officially set March 25th as the release date for their much-anticipated new album, The Joy of Motion. This offering is quickly going to be hailed by fans and media alike as the group’s... Read More →

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CD/DVD Reviews

Robert Cray – Nothin’ But Love Robert Cray – Nothin’ But Love

When Muddy Waters sang ‘The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll’ in 1977 it was a lesson to the youth of where this loud new sound had originated from just a scant couple decades ago. Few, however, took to mind the parent within the metaphor.  Young as rock and roll still may have been,... Read More →

High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis

De Vermis Mysteriis album cover. Click to enlarge. Another couple years, another High on Fire LP, and another sturdy contender for album of the year. De Vermis Mysteriis seems at once a staggering achievement and yet somehow inevitable. Matt Pike and company have been churning out reliably high grade... Read More →

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