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Interviews

NAMM 2014: Marty Friedman Interview NAMM 2014: Marty Friedman Interview by

At this year’s winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA, I had a chance to speak with guitar legend Marty Friedman, who is known for his lead guitar role with metal pioneers Megadeth, his virtuoso supergroup Cacophony with Jason Becker, and his extensive solo career. Marty revealed some details about his upcoming album, Inferno, featuring his first collaboration with Jason Becker since the Cacophony days, shared his experiences of making music in Japan and throughout the world, and offered some... Read More →

Michael Keene Interview – The Faceless: Part 2 Michael Keene Interview – The Faceless: Part 2 by

PART 2 (continued from PART 1…) I want to talk a little bit about your recording and production process. Your productions consistently feature some of the tightest and clearest guitar tones I’ve heard. I’m wondering how much of it is within the tone and the playing, and how much editing goes into it, as well. MK: In terms of Faceless stuff, the more material I record, the less and less I try to edit, because I feel like you can hear it, and I try to get better performances.... Read More →

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Artist Licks

The Black Dahlia Murder: Ryan Knight – A7 Lick The Black Dahlia Murder: Ryan Knight – A7 Lick

 [Ryan's Ibanez FR custom shop guitar is tuned down 2 whole steps to C Standard: C F Bb Eb G C] The following fretboard-spanning deluge of sounds is a great example of how Ryan likes to connect various A7-based ideas across the length of the neck. [Special thanks to Ben Mayer for his excellent camera work and last minute help, Peter Boyle for his impeccable transcription work, and Josh Hofmann for his assistance with this video shoot.]

The Black Dahlia Murder: Ryan Knight – Emin7 Lick The Black Dahlia Murder: Ryan Knight – Emin7 Lick

 [Ryan's Ibanez FR custom shop guitar is tuned down 2 whole steps to C Standard: C F Bb Eb G C] The following lick is based on an Emin7 arpeggio. Thought of in the key of D major and played over an A7 chord, the resulting sound has an A7sus4 flavor. The lick could also be played over an Emin6 chord for a Dorian sound. In this variation on the above lick, Ryan more explicitly resolves the Emin7 line to an A dominant sound. Starting on the fourth beat of the second measure, he shifts to an A minor blues… (Continue)

The Black Dahlia Murder: Ryan Knight – Tapping & String-Skipping The Black Dahlia Murder: Ryan Knight – Tapping & String-Skipping

 [Ryan's Ibanez FR custom shop guitar is tuned down 2 whole steps to C Standard: C F Bb Eb G C] Ryan credits some of his two-hand tapping approaches to guitar Derek Taylor: ‘Anybody that’s into legato playing involving tapping should check him out. If you like Richie Kotzen’s older stuff, it’s like Richie Kotzen on crack.’ In particular, Ryan borrows a concept Derek coined the ‘Spock Technique,’ whereby both the middle and ring fingers of the picking hand are used for tapping, while the thumb and index finger hold on to the pick. Example 1 Generally, Ryan likes to… (Continue)

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Artist Masterclasses

The Black Dahlia Murder: Ryan Knight – A7 Lick The Black Dahlia Murder: Ryan Knight – A7 Lick

 [Ryan's Ibanez FR custom shop guitar is tuned down 2 whole steps to C Standard: C F Bb Eb G C] The following fretboard-spanning deluge of sounds is a great example of how Ryan likes to connect various A7-based ideas across the length of the neck. [Special thanks to Ben Mayer for his excellent... Read More →

The Black Dahlia Murder: Ryan Knight – Emin7 Lick The Black Dahlia Murder: Ryan Knight – Emin7 Lick

 [Ryan's Ibanez FR custom shop guitar is tuned down 2 whole steps to C Standard: C F Bb Eb G C] The following lick is based on an Emin7 arpeggio. Thought of in the key of D major and played over an A7 chord, the resulting sound has an A7sus4 flavor. The lick could also be played over an Emin6... 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: Fender Stratocaster 60th Anniversary NAMM 2014: Fender Stratocaster 60th Anniversary

At this year’s NAMM convention in Anaheim, California, Guitar Messenger was invited to an exclusive media event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster. Ivan Chopik had... Read More →

NAMM 2014: Randall Amplifiers NAMM 2014: Randall Amplifiers

At this year’s NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA, I had a chance to meet with Mike Fortin of Randall Amplifiers. By the time Mike joined the Randall team two years ago as exclusive design engineer,... Read More →

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News

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 →

PERIPHERY Announce New Experimental Release: CLEAR (Updated 1/14 – Full Album Stream) PERIPHERY Announce New Experimental Release: CLEAR (Updated 1/14 – Full Album Stream)

From Sumerian Records: The new experimental recording, Clear, represents the sum total of Periphery’s unrivaled achievements. Clear is set for a Jan 28th North American release. Jake Bowen (guitars) states: “Clear... 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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