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Guitar Instructor Lick of the Week 11-2-2010
Last Friday, I saw Slash's video for "Beautiful Dangerous," featuring Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) on downright killer vocals. And yesterday, I was listening to the new Black Label Society album Order of the Black—quite possibly Zakk's best work yet—and it all put me in the mood for some down 'n' dirty classic rock soloing.
You can hear variations of this week's lick in Slash's solo in GN'R's "Sweet Child O' Mine," Zakk Wylde's solo in the BLS track "Concrete Jungle," and in Adrian Smith's solo in Iron Maiden's most excellent "Wasted Years," making this one truly a must-know rocker.
This one is straight out of the E minor pentatonic scale (E-G-A-B-D) in 12th position. Its hook is found in the eighth-note duration of each bend on the downbeat, followed by the rapid-fire 16th-note triplet on the upbeat. Add a wah pedal to that (relatively) slow bend, and you're really in business.
Morley Adds Two New Mini Wah Pedals
PRESS RELEASE: November 2010 – Morley, manufacturers of world famous wah/volume pedals and widely used switching devices announced the release of their two newest pedals: the Mini Wah Volume and Maverick (Mini Switchless Wah).
After the successful release of the Mini Wah and Mini Volume earlier this year, Morley decided to expand the product line with Mini versions of two of their best selling Wahs. Measuring just 6.75" in length, 4.5" in width and 2.75" in height these are perfect for any pedal board and offer some of our best features. "This is the natural progression of a line of products that has been received very well." states Sales Manager, Bill Wenzloff. "Morley fans have spoken clearly; they want more Minis! We pride ourselves on listening to our customers and giving them what they want."
Both the Mini Wah Volume (about $90 street) and Maverick (about $100 street) are equipped with our world famous Electro-Optical circuitry so there are no pots to wear out like typical Wah and Volume pedals. The Mini Wah Volume has a traditional Wah tone combined with a smooth audio taper volume. The Maverick is a switchless Wah with a hybrid vintage / modern Wah tone that is perfect for anyone familiar with our switchless Wahs such as the Steve Vai Bad Horsie, Tremonti Wah and Lynch Dragon 2.
Like all Morley products, both minis are housed in durable cold rolled steel, equipped with LED indication and easy access battery door, have a no hassle two year warranty and are both made in the USA.
For more info, visit www.morleypedals.com.
Black Label Society Unveils Hilarious Video for New Single "Overlord"
Black Label Society has partnered with VEVO for the world premiere of BLS's hysterical new video "Overlord" (see it below or click here). The video, directed by Master Cylinder, finds guitar legend Zakk Wylde and his Black Label Society in a satire of '70s Kung Fu movies. Wylde is featured as the Bruce Lee-type action hero (yellow jumpsuit and all) in hot pursuit of the Overlord…in this case an old lady who holds the key to a very special prize. "Overlord" will be the next single from Black Label Society's latest album Order of the Black.
In other Black Label Society news, the first-ever BLS Christmas tune, "The First Noel," is available now on iTunes. The track is a beautiful instrumental which highlights Wylde's prowess on the acoustic guitar. Proceeds from sales of the single will be donated to The Zakk and Barbaranne Wylde Foundation at St. Jude's Children's Hospital, a charity The Wyldes have long supported. Click here to purchase the track.
Black Label Society is currently headlining The Black Label Berzerkus, Zakk Wylde's own North American package tour featuring Black Label Society, Children Of Bodom, Clutch, and 2Cents.
The Black Label Berzerkus 2010 tour dates:
2 Austin, TX
3 Tulsa, OK
5 Grand Rapids, MI
6 Chicago, IL
7 Detroit, MI
9 Rochester, NY
10 Columbus, OH
12 Wichita, KS
13 Kansas City, MO
14 Denver, CO
16 Salt Lake City, UT
18 Phoenix, AZ
19 Los Angeles, CA
20 San Francisco, CA
21 Las Vegas, NV
For more information please visit www.blacklabelsociety.com or www.zakkwylde.com.