Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Some experiment with quartal chords, more alien guitar playing from Gianluca Ferro
Some experiment with quartal chords
Panos Arvanitis: A Harmonic minor warm up - another picking master class
A Harmonic minor warm up by Panos A.Arvanitis
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PRS Guitars 2016 Model Line Up Announced
New S2 Standard Satins Debuted
(Stevensville, MD) November 10, 2015 – PRS Guitars is pleased to introduce three new S2 Standard Satin models as part of its 2016 model year announcements: the S2 Standard 22 Satin, S2 Standard 24 Satin, and S2 Singlecut Satin. Each of these models will now be offered in Charcoal, McCarty Tobacco, Vintage Cherry, and Vintage Mahogany satin nitro finishes. Not only does the super thin satin nitro finish enhance the vintage vibe of these guitars, it also allows the warm, balanced resonance of the all-mahogany body to really shine.
“If you look closely, there is no grain filler! PRS lets the nitro-based, clear coat sink right into the wood. It’s about as thin of a finish as you could put on a guitar,” states PRS demonstrator and recording artist, Bryan Ewald. “The protective layer is about 1 mil thick, which is just enough to protect the wood from moisture. The finish on a typical PRS Core or S2 guitar is 9-10 mils thick, so this is a tenth of the thickness of the already super-thin PRS finish. There’s almost nothing choking the wood, so it produces an even more resonant guitar that sustains like crazy!”
When asked about the neck, Ewald offered, “The satin finish gives a great natural, worn-in feel on the neck. The neck feels like it’s been played for years.”
S2 Standard models include the Standard 24, a classic PRS reimaged for players who prefer a stripped-down approach to their music; the Standard 22, which goes in a more vintage direction but remains a bare-bones workhorse for the player who needs to cover a lot of ground; and the Singlecut Standard, which boasts a classic single cutaway body shape and control layout of volume and tone controls for each pickup and a 3-way toggle pickup switch on the upper bout, giving payers plenty of avenues to dial in flawless tone. Designed with the gigging musician in mind, the S2 Standard lineup can effortlessly go from high gain punk and metal to low, bassy blues, making these guitars a solid choice for players who prefer a straightforward approach to a variety of different musical styles.
As with all S2 Series instruments, the S2 Standard and new S2 Standard Satin models feature the subtle aesthetic of an all-mahogany body, pickguard mounted electronics, set mahogany necks, locking tuners, PRS quality manufacturing, PRS-designed pickups paired with the versatility of push/pull tone controls, which give players access to authentic singlecoil sounds in addition to strong, punchy humbucker tones. This means PRS playability at a new price.
To explore the S2 Series and to see the new satin finishes, along with the gloss and metallic finish offerings, please visit www.prsguitars.com.
Other notable additions to the PRS 2016 model lineup include: a new Private Stock Archtop model, pickup and color updates across Core models, and two new baritones and two new acoustic models in the SE line. Stay tuned for more details.
About PRS Guitars:
Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has provided some of the world’s most renowned musicians with instruments since 1985. The PRS team of highly skilled craftspeople design and build a wide variety of musical instruments and gear for worldwide distribution, including electric, acoustic, and bass guitars as well as boutique-style guitar amplifiers. The PRS SE line of products complements the Maryland-made PRS line by offering highly approachable and more affordable electric and acoustic guitars and guitar amplifiers. Carlos Santana, Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge, Marty Friedman, Zach Myers and Eric Bass of Shinedown, Orianthi, Dave Knudson of Minus the Bear, Dustie Waring of Between the Buried and Me, 5 Seconds of Summer, Josh Mix of Casting Crowns, and Mark Holcomb of Periphery are among the artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers.
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Tony MacAlpine is widely known as a guitar virtuoso who is just as skilled on the keys. Edge of Insanity, his classic debut album, was recently ranked by Guitar World magazine as one of the Top Ten Shred Guitar Albums of all time. Aside from his solo work, Tony has also been part of several rock supergroups including Planet X with Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati; PSMS(Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian); as well as the Grammy nominatedCAB with bassist Bunny Brunel and drummer Dennis Chambers. MacAlpine also spent seven years playing guitar and keys in Steve Vai's touring band The Breed. Tony’s most recent album Concrete Gardens was released in May.
Tony was hospitalized with severe stomach pains in August. After a number of misdiagnoses, doctors found a large mass in his intestine which they removed. Following biopsies, tests and a period where Tony became very ill after surgery, he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Though the doctors were able to remove the tumor, he still needs at least 6 months of chemotherapy to ensure the cancer doesn’t spread. He was forced to cancel 2 months of international tour dates in Asia, Australia and Europe, leaving him unable to pay for his medical treatment. Adding to this already difficult situation, Tony’s wife was diagnosed in June with breast cancer, so it’s been a very rough time for them both.
Guitar legends Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with drum powerhouse Mike Portnoy, bass icon Billy Sheehan and keyboard phenomenon Derek Sherinian are joining forces to play a benefit concert to raise funds to help with Tony's treatment.
The Benefit for Tony MacAlpine will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on December 12, 2015, at 7:00pm, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night. Tickets are on sale now.
Many fans who can't make it to the show, or are overseas, have expressed their desire to contribute to the benefit to cover Tony's medical costs, so we set up this GoFundMe campaign to help him. We are deeply grateful for all the offers of support Tony has received.
Two days before we will go nuts on stage in good ol' Italy! All three of us very much look forward to make inspired noise in the evenings while eating piles of quattro formaggi pizzas accompanied with plenty of espresso macchiatos during day time!
12.11. DRUSO, Italy, Ranica
13.11. ROME, Italy, CrossRoads Live Club Osteria Nuova
14.11. TRICESIMO, Italy, Interstate Studio 270
15.11. ROMAGNANO, Italy, Rock'n Roll Arena
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Today we are pleased to announce the grand opening of our website and distribution of .strandberg* guitars in Australia!
With international shipping costs being so high we have established a presence down under, with sales and full service right in Australia!
We have the whole Boden OS family available in stock, with additional spec'd versions of the Boden OS 6, 7, and 8 models in stock/delivery date by December 20th (some of the guitars do not yet have images); Purchasing and owning a .strandberg* in Australia just got a whole lot easier!
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How To Play Awesome Metal Rhythm Guitar
by Tom Hess
Do you wish you knew how to play killer rhythm guitar technique? To do this, you need to stop trying to find “cool” new riffs. Instead, you need to understand how to make every single guitar riff you play sound awesome, anytime you feel like it. You need to focus on HOW you play the notes the notes themselves.
Here are five key things you must work on to become a great rhythm guitar player:
1. Use A Strong Pick Attack In Your Rhythm Guitar Playing
Many guitar players do not use much picking hand power when playing rhythm guitar. This generally occurs when you want to play with speed and your picking hand starts sacrificing power for speed (this makes your playing sound very weak). The best way to play with speed and power (without losing stamina) is to strike the strings hard and then immediately relax the tension after playing each particular note or chord.
2. Learn How To Play Rhythm Guitar Extremely Tight
For a lot of guitar players, their rhythm guitar improvement training is limited to exclusively practicing with a metronome”. Truth is, tight playing requires that you master all of the following concepts:
-Using perfect intonation on all strings while playing any chords. This is especially important if you are using multiple tracks for your rhythm guitar parts while recording.
-Muting all noises during the silences that occur between notes/chords.
-Utilizing consistent palm muting.
-Playing pinch harmonics in the correct key and using vibrato (that corresponds to the rhythm of the music) to emphasize them.
-Doing all of the above with impeccable timing.
-Stopping all noise made by unplayed strings.
-Removing the noises made while changing between chords.
-Making sure you don’t accidentally play strings that are not part of the riff (or chord).
The most skilled rhythm guitar players have invested tons of time into practicing and mastering all of these things. To master rhythm guitar for yourself, you’ll have to do the same.
If you don’t already understand the best approaches for practicing the elements of great rhythm guitar playing, find an excellent guitar teacher to help you improve fast.
3. Practice Playing Rhythm Guitar For Real-Life Performance
Unless you only want to play guitar alone in your room, you’ll need to practice making your rhythm guitar playing consistent while playing in front of other people (and/or recording in the studio). Playing alone and playing in front of others are two completely different things. Most guitarists never truly practice for real-life performance, because:
1. They haven’t studied with an excellent guitar teacher and learned how to do it the correct way.
2. They incorrectly believe that their real-life playing skills will develop on their own through simply “playing guitar more”.
4. Learn How To Effectively Separate Your Picking Hand From Your Fretting Hand
One of the biggest rhythm guitar playing mistakes you can make is letting your fretting hand become extremely tense while picking at faster speeds (and/or using more articulation and power). This will quickly tire you out and make playing great rhythm guitar riffs for long periods harder than it should be.
To fix this issue, you must separate both hands while practicing rhythm guitar. It doesn’t matter how much force you are using with your picking hand to attack the strings - your fretting hand must only use as much tension as needed to allow the notes to sound. Generally speaking, your fretting hand has to use a lot less power and strength to fret notes than the picking hand uses to play notes.
Make sure to consistently keep an eye on level the tension in your hands/arms as you play. Focus carefully when practicing to make sure that each hand uses efficient amounts of tension.
5. Train For Long-Lasting Stamina (Ability To Play Tight Rhythm Guitar For Extensive Periods Of Time)
In addition to managing correct levels of tension in your hands, rhythm guitar stamina is gained using specialized practicing in this aspect of playing. This practice is done to improve how long you can play rhythm guitar parts with 100% accuracy and consistency as fast as possible.
There are three pieces involved in practicing for great rhythm guitar stamina:
1. Command over general rhythm guitar tightness and accuracy (elements discussed in this article)
2. How fast you can play before your accuracy breaks down.
3. How long you can stay in control/accurate/tight at that speed.
Practicing for rhythm guitar stamina is best done on two distinct levels:
Level One: Choose a guitar riff that you want to improve stamina with, select a time goal and train to increase the speed at which you can play with 100% accuracy for that length of time without becoming tired. For instance, play the guitar riff you chose for thirty seconds without stopping at 100 beats per minute using a metronome. Then (if this is too simple), increase the metronome by several beats per minute and go for another thirty seconds. Keep going until you find a metronome speed where you cannot play accurately for thirty seconds without becoming tired. Then keep practicing at this speed until you can go for thirty full seconds.
Level Two:Select a metronome speed and try to play a rhythm guitar riff for as long as you can without stopping. When you can go longer than the previous time record you set, you will know that your stamina has become better.
Using these two approaches will help you quickly get better in this area of your rhythm guitar playing. You can use any rhythm guitar riffs for these practicing exercises.
NOTE: If you start feeling pain during practice, don’t keep going – stop and take a break. Don’t ever play guitar while you are pain!
Now that you understand the main elements you must master for playing killer rhythm guitar, test yourself to find out how close you are to mastering this aspect of your guitar playing.
Take this rhythm guitar assessment to learn what you need to improve on to become a better rhythm guitarist fast.
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