Tuesday, 8 December 2015
This is my attempt to play the fierce Coda at the end of this crazy and beautiful composition
Camille Saint-Saens - Introduction and Rondo capriccioso
Here is a taste of what I made with Steve Vai in Japan on the 2014 leg of The Story Of Light tour. This is from the song Answers. For the full version: http://www.jasonmcnamara.net/concert-...
And for the full Behind The Scenes video: http://www.jasonmcnamara.net/behind-t...
Special thanks to GoPro for all of their support. #GoProMusic
Steve Vai shot 100% with GoPro preview
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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Michael Kelly Unveils CC50 Vintage Electric Guitar
Michael Kelly Guitars introduces the new Custom Collection 50 Vintage guitar. With a simple yet versatile two single coil pick up design, this guitar is a throwback to the early days of bolt on electric guitars. Striving to improve sonic diversity and performance, this guitar features Michael Kelly’s latest boutique modification called Quad Mod, expanding the versatility of the U.S.A. hand wound Lindy Fralin pickups. The new CC50 Vintage is available now on www.michaelkellyguitars.com.
The Quad Mod provides a combination of tones that are not possible with a traditional setup. By replacing the standard three-way switch with the Quad Mod’s four-way switch, the guitar now offers both pickups in a series, rendering a strong, fat, and cutting tone much like a humbucker. Being that the two coils are located in completely different locations on the guitar, a separate ground wire is running from the neck pickup to create a unique and usable dual coil, parallel sound. This is in addition to the three traditional tones sought after in this classic styled instrument. Two Lindy Fralin Blues Special pickups are utilized in the design to deliver the desired tone that can go from vintage to overwound.
This ash body guitar has a bolt on medium C maple neck with a dual action truss rod. The maple fretboard features 22 frets, 25.5” scale length, 9.5” radius, 1 11/16” bone nut, and is topped with a Birdseye maple cap on the headstock. Controls include a master volume and tone. The guitar is equipped with a vintage bridge with brass saddles, chrome-finished hardware, and Wilkinson vintage deluxe tuning keys. The CC50 Vintage is finished with translucent butterscotch or two-tone sunburst option both with high gloss finishes.
To learn more visit https://www.michaelkellyguitars.com/en/products/view/cc50-vintage
Visit the Michael Kelly Guitars booth #1277 at NAMM
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Both new models feature the PRS 15.5” Angelus Cutaway body shape with a solid spruce top and the x-brace/classical hybrid top-bracing design found on PRS’s acclaimed Private Stock acoustic instruments, as well as the company’s trademark bird inlays and headstock design. Undersaddle electronics, which are accessible via the soundhole with both tone and volume controls, also come standard and provide added flexibility and functionality for the playing on stage or at home with friends.
Where the two models diverge is in their wood appointments. The SE A20E pairs the solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides and a rosewood fretboard and bridge. This popular construction provides a lush tone with a uniform string-to-string balance. The SE A30E is appointed with rosewood back and sides and an ebony fretboard and bridge. Rosewood provides players with bell-like highs and full bass response for an overtone-rich sound. These models join the ranks of the A10E, which features all-mahogany body construction, and the SE Alex Lifeson thinline acoustic, which was designed with the Rush guitarist to mirror the road-worthiness of his Private Stock model at a more attainable price.
All the SE models are designed for their balance of professional quality and road-worthy dependability. “We are constantly touring we also are constantly getting our gear handled by random airport personnel and random stage hands. I need a guitar that is going to sound as good as a high dollar guitar and something that I enjoy playing but don't have to be freaked out when I see the guy at the airport toss the road case. The A30E seems to have a very balanced, loud, full tone, and it translates amazingly through the piezo. The guitar itself is fantastic to play,” stated Trevor Young, guitarist for the Grammy-nominated reggae band SOJA.
To see and hear the new SE A30E and SE A20E, please visit www.prsguitars.com.
Since I released Assimilate Regenerate in 2011, Cyber Warfare has been one of the most requested songs to be made available as a tab and backing in my store.
Well here it is!
Cyber Warfare Guitar Tab & Backing Tracks
The full guitar tab plus 2 backing tracks, one without lead and the other without main rhythm guitar.
This track is one big shred-fest, with many challenging lead and rhythm parts especially at the face-melting tempo of 250bpm!
Don’t forget to tag me or send me your links on social media for any video covers you make of my songs. I love to see them.