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Vote For the Best Summertime Top-Down Cruisin' Rock Album
As 140 million Americans broil in 100-plus degree temperatures all across the U.S., including us in the greater New York City area, I've tried to allay the effects by driving with the windows down, a cool bottle of water at my side, and the radio cranked with fist-pumpin' rock 'n' roll courtesy of Van Halen, Ratt, and Whitesnake on my errands between Home Depot and Bed, Bath & Beyond (if I have time).
So tell me, what's the greatest summertime, heatwave, driving with the top down rock 'n' roll album of all time? And if your fave isn't here, tell us what it is!
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Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, and Leslie West Announce 3 Guitar Heroes Tour
Guitar legends Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth and Leslie West have announced that they are combining their collective powers and hitting the road together under the moniker 3 Guitar Heroes, with some very special surprises up their collective sleeves for this excursion. Following sets by each of these legends, the evening will climax with a jam of all three guitarists on stage together, with special guests earmarked to join them in most markets.
On the plans for this excursion Leslie West shared, "I am honored to be a part of the 3 Guitar Heroes Tour with Uli Roth and Michael Schenker. My manager Bob and I have been discussing a run like this for ages, and when the opportunity came up I hopped on board. That's right—the guy who just had his leg amputated. These guys are monster players and this should be a lot of fun."
Michael Schenker offers, "It is very exciting to be part of a tour that has very deeply rooted connections with two guitarists that have been at their best since the start of their careers. When I was around 14 years old, I saw a guy on stage playing amazing guitar. It was Uli, and he was around my age. Three years later while with the Scorpions, I chose to join UFO and found the best possible replacement in Uli. I knew my brother Rudolf and Klaus were in good hands. When I was 16 years old, Leslie West was one of my favorite guitarists. He had just recorded "Theme for an Imaginary Western" with Mountain, a song featuring one of my all time favorite lead breaks on it. Looking back, Leslie is the last guitarist I ever copied seeing that from when I was 17 on, I went completely my own way. So, here we are after all these years on stage together, celebrating the phenomenon—rock guitar."
3 Guitar Heroes Tour dates:
10/06 Norfolk, CT
10/08 Ridgefield, CT
10/09 Plymouth, NH
10/12 Foxborough, MA
10/13 Asbury Park, NJ
10/14 New York, NY
10/15 Philadelphia, PA
10/16 Westbury, NY
10/19 Baltimore, MD
10/20 Cleveland, OH
10/21 Cincinnati, OH
10/22 Indianapolis, IN
10/26 Milwaukee, WI
10/27 Chicago, IL
11/04 Dallas, TX
11/05 Houston, TX
11/11 Las Vegas, NV
Additional Dates Will Be Announced Shortly…
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Steely Dan Arrangements for Solo Guitar
As you may have heard by now, GuitarInstructor now carries solo guitar arrangements (solo fingerstyle, chord melody, classical, acoustic fingerstyle) for songs in all styles. After our initial posting of neary 1,000 solo guitar sheets, we found some terrific solo arrangements of 11 classic Steely Dan tracks, including "Aja," "Hey Nineteen," "Kid Charlemagne," "Peg," and more, and are excited to offer them to you here!
For Steely Dan video song lessons and note-for-note tab as well as play-along audio tracks, click here.
Yngwie Malmsteen Brings Relentless Shred to US in October
(New York, NY) - It's been a long wait for American and Canadian fans, but this October guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen returns to North American stages with a Fall headlining tour in support of his latest release, Relentless. The trek will kick off on Thursday, October 13th at New York City's Irving Plaza. Please see below for the itinerary; more dates will be announced shortly.
"I am very much looking forward to playing new pieces from Relentless, as well as Malmsteen classics," Malmsteen commented. "Fans can expect the unexpected...I raise the bar with every performance I do and this tour will be no different."
In other Malmsteen news, baseball fans will soon get a treat as the guitar legend is scheduled not only to perform his explosive version of the National Anthem but also to throw out the first pitch at the Florida Marlins home game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, August 6th.
Released late last year, Yngwie Malmsteen's aptly-named latest album, Relentless, contains more than 60 minutes of new material and showcases the guitar great at his best with the signature virtuosity and mind-blowing technical speed for which he has come to be known. The album also features striking vocals from Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth), who first collaborated with Malmsteen on 2008's critically-acclaimed Perpetual Flame (Malmsteen's first album for the Rising Force Records label).
Yngwie Malmsteen North American headlining tour:
13 New York, NY
15 Silver Lake, MD
18 Montreal, QC
19 Toronto, ON
21 Chicago, IL
23 Denver, CO
26 San Francisco, CA
28 Anaheim, CA
29 Los Angeles, CA
1 Houston, TX
2 Dallas, TX
5 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
For more information please visit www.yngwiemalmsteen.com.
Stage Collapses From Storm at Ottawa Bluesfest
So I'm trolling our Facebook and Twitter accounts this morning to find out what happened over the weekend, and I see a post from guitarist Mike Keneally saying, "So we're standing on the side of the stage at the Ottawa Blues Fest watching Cheap Trick killing it...then this happens," followed by this link to a CBC News Canada story that describes how a violent thunderstorm took down the main stage at the Ottawa Bluesfest yesterday (Sunday 7/17). A YouTube user named gastorch997 posted brief footage of the collapse here.
According to the CBC, at least three people were injured, one seriously, as a result of the collapse. The storm, which produced lightning and winds up to 55 miles per hour, blasted through the area 20 minutes into Cheap Trick's set. If you look closely at the photo (Marc Desrosiers/Canadian Press) below, you'll see guitarist Rick Nielsen's black-and-white checkerboard-painted backline. According to a post on Cheap Trick's Facebook page, no one in the band was injured: "Everyone is okay and we are so lucky to be alive and hope that all the fans are okay too."
Free Wanted Dead or Alive Play Along Track
Here at GuitarInstructor, we're rather proud of our audio play-along jam tracks. Professionally recorded, mixed, and engineered, our jam tracks are as close to the original master recordings as you'll find. And now, each month, we're going to post one free jam track so you can play along with some of the most classic tunes ever recorded.
Few bands spark thoughts of "summer time rock" like New Jersey's finest, Bon Jovi. So for July, we've chosen their smash hit "Wanted Dead or Alive" as our featured free play-along jam track. The instrumental track is "minus guitar," which means as soon as those wind chimes kick in, it's all up to you! To start jammin', visit our free jam track page here. You'll also see a link on that page to find the matching "Wanted Dead or Alive" guitar tab. For more Bon Jovi guitar tab and jam tracks, click here.
Playing along with our free jam tracks without the guitar part is not only fun but also an excellent exercise in keeping time—especially on tracks like this one, where the guitar is the solo instrument for the first full minute or so.
John Mayer Offers Solid Career Advice at Berklee Event
Few endeavors have as foggy a path to success as becoming a professional musician, and the amount of career advice out there—both good and bad—can be overwhelming. So when an incredibly talented guitarist like John Mayer, who has achieved a level of success most musicians merely dream of, dedicates three hours of his time speaking to future music professionals, it's in your best interest to pay attention.
A Berklee College of Music student named Elisa has blogged about Mayer's recent appearance at the Berklee Performance Center, where he imparted sage advice on navigating the typically murky waters of the music industry, particularly on the questionable wisdom of using social media for self-promotion. You can read the entire post here, and it's definitely worth reading.