Your Daily Dose of Guitar News & Reviews
Guitar Instructor Lick of the Week 01-11-2011
Since Jimmy Page celebrated his 67th birthday this past Sunday (1/9/2011), Led Zeppelin has enjoyed a considerable amount of time playing in my iTunes library. Even though it's not their most popular song, Zeppelin's cover of the Willie Dixon classic "You Shook Me" (Led Zeppelin I) is a defining example of the band's affinity for the blues.
Most of the guitar parts in "You Shook Me" are played with a slide, but starting on the last beat of bar 4 in the solo, Pagey lets loose with some fiery traditionally picked E blues scale (E-G-A-Bb-B-D) licks that presage some of signature lines from "Whole Lotta Love" on Led Zeppelin II. In the lick below, which is based on those opening picked salvos in bar 5 of the solo, we see how Page included diatonic tones like the major 3rd (G#), 6th (C#), and 9th (F#) to create the hybrid blues-Mixolydian scale (E-F#-G-G#-A-Bb-B-C#-D) favored by bluesmen like B.B. King and Freddie King. Perhaps the most recognizable phrase is the opening chromatic descent, which is famously heard in the aforementioned "Whole Lotta Love." It's an evergreen move that oozes so much cool factor that when you use it in your own solos, people will say, "Hey, he's ripping off Jimmy Page there ... Cool!"
Eric Clapton Auctioning Off Over 70 Guitars, 70 Amps
On March 9, 2011, Eric Clapton will auction off over 150 items from his personal collection, including over 70 guitars and 70 amps, marking the first time the legendary guitarist has donated his amps to auction.
The auction, which will take place at Bonhams showroom in New York City, is being held to benefit The Crossroads Centre, Antigua. Pre-sale viewing is planned for Bonhams London in January and Bonhams & Butterfields Los Angeles in February.
Says Clapton: "I am very happy that Bonhams have agreed to host my third guitar auction in aid of The Crossroads Centre, Antigua, the drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre I founded in 1998."
Items up for auction include instruments and amps from Fender, Gibson, Marshall, Martin, and Music Man, to name just a few. The auction will also include guitars donated by Jeff Beck, J.J. Cale, and Joe Bonamassa. With estimates spanning from $300 to $30,000, there will be something for fans and collectors in every budget range.
World's Fastest Guitarist Tiago Della Vega Breaks Own Guinness Record
Guitarist Tiago Della Vega broke his own Guinness World Record for being the fastest guitar player alive when he performed "Flight of the Bumblebee" at an astonishing tempo of 340 bpm, on Friday, January 7, at the Intel booth at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. He had previously set the record at 320 bpm in 2008. Check it out below.
Happy 67th Birthday Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page turned 67 on Sunday, January 9th. Pagey's gift for writing timeless riffs and epic songs helped make Led Zeppelin one of the most important rock bands in music history. A devotee of early blues, the guitarist exploited the genre's sound to great effect on such classic riffs as "Heartbreaker," "Black Dog," and "Rock and Roll," while his eager exploration of Middle Eastern sounds ("Kashmir") and psychedelia ("Dazed and Confused") as well as Celtic ("Over the Hills and Far Away") and altered acoustic tunings ("Bron-Y-Aur Stomp") have made him a once-in-a-lifetime talent every aspiring guitarist should study.
Top 20 Video Song Lessons of 2010
Not surprisingly, classic rock ruled the roost when it comes to the video song lessons you downloaded most at GuitarInstructor.com in 2010. If you haven't checked out our video songs, which include onscreen guitar tab, click on any of the titles below for a brief preview. We also have video signature licks lessons, in which an instructor breaks down the most crucial parts of the song at hand, and teaches the parts bit by bit.
1. La Grange ZZ Top 98060
2. Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd 83747
3. I Want You to Want Me Cheap Trick 58373
4. Heaven Los Lonely Boys 58349
5. Oye Como Va Santana 96583
6. Funk #49 James Gang 96575
7. Free Bird Lynyrd Skynyrd 98450
8. The Sky Is Crying Stevie Ray Vaughan 66227
9. Reeling in the Years Steely Dan 83737
10. Red House Jimi Hendrix 105094
11. Pride and Joy Stevie Ray Vaughan 104446
12. Before You Accuse Me (Take a Look at Yourself) Eric Clapton 64328
13. What I Like About You The Romantics 58525
14. You Really Got Me Van Halen 83271
15. Time Pink Floyd 58492
16. Shine Collective Soul 92085
17. Mississippi Queen Mountain 83758
18. Too Rolling Stoned Robin Trower 96596
19. Takin' Care of Business Bachman-Turner Overdrive 83257
20. Dust in the Wind Kansas 58512
George Lynch and Celestion Create New Signature Speaker
World renowned speaker manufacturer Celestion has collaborated with guitarist George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob, Souls of We) to create the signature G12-50GL Lynchback. Last year, Lynch approached the venerable speaker manufacturer and asked them to build his dream speaker, one that would combine the classic tones of Celestion's Vintage 30s and 25-watt greenbacks with the capability to produce a harder-edged, more modern sound.
Top 25 Guitar Tab Downloads of 2010
Not surprisingly, you downloaded Jimi Hendrix guitar tab more than any other artist, and there was plenty of classic rock, too. What was surprising, however, is that acoustic guitar virtuoso and relative newcomer Andy McKee and his stellar version of Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" was the top download of the year. Given that McKee's mesmerizing percussive style isn't exactly easy to pick up off the recording—even with the aid of YouTube video—the guitar tab should prove quite helpful.
Without further ado, here are the top 25 guitar tab downloads of 2010:
1. Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Andy McKee
2. Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry
3. All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix
4. Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix
5. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
6. Back in Black by AC/DC
7. I Don't Need No Doctor by John Mayer
8. Little Wing by Stevie Ray Vaughan
9. Pride and Joy by Stevie Ray Vaughan
10. Cross Road Blues (Crossroads) by Cream
11. Cold Shot by Stevie Ray Vaughan
12. Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi
13. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
14. The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart) by Ryan Bingham
15. Nightmare by Avenged Sevenfold
16. Layla by Eric Clapton
17. Cliffs of Dover by Eric Johnson
18. Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix
19. Sunshine of Your Love by Cream
20. Heaven by Los Lonely Boys
21. The Thrill Is Gone by B.B. King
22. Sweet Home Chicago by Blues Brothers
23. Gravity by John Mayer
24. Hey, Soul Sister by Train
25. Need You Now by Lady Antebellum