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Don Lappin is renowned for his one-of-a-kind voice on his instrument, developed in part due to his unorthodox two-handed tapping technique. Paired with a keen sense of melody, the approach allows him to craft fretboard-spanning lines with a distinct fluidity that reminds the listener of a violin-like tone, rather than a traditional rock guitar growl. His instrumental rock album, Tapped In, is a milestone release for the guitar world and provides essential listening for fans of Joe Satriani, Eric... Read More →
[Yossi's Paul Reed Smith guitar is tuned to Standard Tuning: E A D G B E.] Numbers World – Main Riff Over the past 20+ years Yossi Sassi of Orphaned Land has become known for fusing East with West and for taking oriental rock guitar to the extreme! Let’s take a close look at one of the tracks off his solo album Melting Clocks to demonstrate how he achieves this fusion. The passage below comes from the main riff off the track ‘Numbers’ World:’ Yossi Sassi – Numbers World Clip This riff consists of four main components. The opening sequence is based… (Continue)
[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…... Read More →
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: G D G C F A D. This tuning can also be thought of as Drop-A, down a whole step. To properly play the main theme of ‘Thought,’ be sure to pay close attention to… (Continue)
Mike Dunne and Rob Stepnowski are two avid guitarists with a synchronous vision of both music and audio product design philosophy. While their musical background lays the bedrock for their pro audio enterprise,... Read More →
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
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 →
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 →Acoustic Guitar Virtuoso JON GOMM Releases Album ‘SECRETS NOBODY KEEPS’ + First New Video In 2 Years
A special message from Jon Gomm: Hello everyone! I’m really happy to announce that Secrets Nobody Keeps is out today, and so is my first new YouTube video for nearly 2 years! The song is called Telepathy: Thanks... Read More →
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
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 →Meshuggah – Koloss
Koloss album cover. Click to enlarge. Few bands can claim to be both mirror and hammer to the modern metal scene, at once reflecting the zeitgeist whilst forging its future. And yet Meshuggah have managed to do just that for two decades. For a band built up from relative obscurity in the early nineties,... Read More →