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Bass Guitar Virtuoso Randy Coven Has Died

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 21, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Bassist Randy Coven, who emerged as one of the most technically accomplished players of the '80s, passed away on Tuesday May 20, 2014.

Hailing from Long Island, New York, Coven began his career playing in local cover bands while still in high school. After graduation, he attended the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, where fellow Long Islander Steve Vai had also enrolled. The two played together briefly, writing several tunes that would later appear on their own solo albums.

In the mid-1980s, Coven formed a trio called the Randy Coven Band, which released its debut album, Funk Me Tender, in 1985, featuring a guest spot from Vai. Soon afterward, Coven was signed to Guitar Recordings, an offshoot of the highly popular magazine Guitar For the Practicing Musician. Coven released two albums on the label: Sammy Says Ouch! and C.P.R., the latter featuring guitarist Al Pitrelli and drummer John Reilly, plus a host of special guests including Zakk Wylde, Vito Bratta, and Steve Morse.

"Randy was a character filled with humor and energy," recalls John Stix, former editor of GPM and founder of Guitar Recordings. "His composition 'Tree,' from Funk Me Tender, remains one of the finest bass lead songs ever—pure melody and great feel."

Later in his career, Coven would pair up with Leslie West for a stint in Mountain, and then with Yngwie Malmsteen, for 1999's Alchemy.

In 2000, Coven released a compilation called The Best of Randy Coven, and then in 2002 released his final solo record, Witch Way.

Jack Wilkins 70th Birthday Jazz Guitar Event

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 20, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Jazz guitarist Jack Wilkins is celebrating his 70th birthday in style on July 1, at the Jazz Standard in New York City. Special guests for the evening include Jimmy Bruno, Joe Diorio, Howard Alden, Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie, Gene Bertoncini, and Vic Juris. Visit www.jazzstandard.com for show times.

A renowned instructor and performer, Wilkins teaches jazz guitar at four of New York City's finest programs—The New School, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, and Long Island University—and has performed or recorded with jazz greats including Stanley Turrentine, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, the Brecker Brothers, Jack De Johnette, and Cassandra Wilson, among many others. To learn more, visit JackWilkins.com

Jazz guitar tab, video lessons, video songs, and play-along tracks

Official "In Session" Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar Tab

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 14, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Truly a "King" of the blues, Albert King was a fierce guitarist, whose sinewy lines deeply inspired scores of blues guitarists, most notably among them, Stevie Ray Vaughan. On December 6, 1983, King and Vaughan recorded In Session for Canadian Television. The event was released as an album in August 1999, and then later on DVD in September 2010.

We've just posted the official note-for-note guitar tab for all seven tracks on the album: "Call It Stormy Monday," "Pride and Joy," "Ask Me No Questions," "Blues at Sunrise," "Overall Junction," "Match Box Blues," and "Don't Lie to Me."

In Session guitar tab
Browse all Albert King guitar tab, video lessons, song lessons, and play-along tracks 
Browse all Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar tab, video lessons, song lessons, and play-along tracks

Albert King tuned his guitar to B–E–B–E–G#–C# (low to high), so to cop his lead lines in these tabs, simply move the tab numbers down three frets (top three strings only).

New Pink Floyd Guitar Tab

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 8, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Progressive rock icon Pink Floyd may be best known for their epic concept albums, lyrical genius, and soaring guitar solos, and rightfully so. But a key ingredient to their lush soundscapes through the years has been the acoustic guitar.

We've just posted 13 brand-new Pink Floyd guitar tabs that feature the colorful instrument, with classics like "Goodbye Blue Sky," "Hey You," "Mother," and "Welcome to the Machine" joining our previously posted smash hits "Wish You Were Here" and "Comfortably Numb." Since these are from the Hal Leonard Guitar Recorded Versions series, each note-for-note transcription also contains all of the electric guitar parts, too, including Gilmour's transcendent guitar solos.

New Pink Floyd guitar tab 
Pink Floyd feature page with guitar tab, video lessons, and play-along jam tracks

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