January

Articles by Jason Shadrick

Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert Grabs a 6-String to Analyze Van Halen II Cut by Cut

December 10, 2020
The shred master talks about how EVH ignited his playing, and his latest hobby: playing David Lee Roth’s vocal lines on guitar.
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Jim Campilongo

Where Charlie Parker Meets Buck Owens

December 9, 2020
Jim Campilongo’s playing is informed by both styles, yet also shatters their conventions.
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Tosin Abasi

Tosin Abasi Has Yngwie Amp Envy

December 9, 2020
The Animals As Leaders mastermind discusses why all those Marshall heads are warranted and how he finds the prog-metal pocket.
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Jim Campilongo

Fear and Loathing on the Album Trail

December 7, 2020
Country-jazz master Jim Campilongo talks about the 3D-chess level challenges—and resulting clarity—of recording the sparse-but-dynamic Two Guitars, with Luca Benedetti.
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Budget-Friendly Rock Machine for the Masses: The Manson META MBM-1 Premier Guitar Review

December 6, 2020
Muse's guitar leader's latest namesake model looks stripped-down, but offers many practical extras.
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John Pizzarelli

The Beauty of Bossa Nova

December 4, 2020
Guitar in hand, John Pizzarelli unlocks the secrets of the distinctive fingerstyle rhythms of Brazil’s coolest import.
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Steve Vai

Steve Vai Remembers the First Time He Heard “Eruption”

December 3, 2020
The former David Lee Roth sideman recalls being blown away by, and then transcribing, EVH’s virtuosic arrangement—though he’s never actually played it.
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John Pizzarelli

Who Do James Taylor and Paul McCartney Call When They Want Jazz?

December 2, 2020
When it comes to swinging standards, few guitarists can match 7-string virtuoso John Pizzarelli.
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Jacob Collier

Jacob Collier: "I’ve Got Too Much Creative Potential to be Reasonable.”

December 2, 2020
How the Grammy winner and YouTube sensation thinks about rhythm, harmony, and life.
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John Pizzarelli

7-String Guitars Aren't Just for Djent

November 30, 2020
John Pizzarelli describes how his dad, Bucky Pizzarelli, showed him the way to 7-string bliss.
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Ariel Posen

Don't Just Play the Blues Scale

November 27, 2020
Hear how Ariel Posen communicates a 12-bar blues harmony through smart note choices.
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PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo: The PG Review

November 26, 2020
With a blendable piezo pickup, Annapolis’ affordable electric hollowbody becomes extra versatile.
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Dweezil Zappa Steve Vai

"There's A Guy On the Phone Saying He's Eddie Van Halen"

November 26, 2020
After 30 years, Dweezil and Steve Vai finally work out the missing details of how EVH showed up at the Zappa compound.
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Ariel Posen

All the Nuances—Except the Technical Ones

November 25, 2020
Ariel Posen highlights the subtleties of phrasing, dynamics, and timing—the details that truly define your style.
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Gavin Rossdale

Gavin Rossdale Nearly Died on MTV

November 25, 2020
The Bush frontman shares the story behind his famous performance of "Glycerine" and why he's a Jazzmaster guy at heart.
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Ariel Posen

Another Side of Slide

November 23, 2020
Ariel Posen dissects his unique approach to slide, which omits some things you’d expect and adds things you probably don’t expect.
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Mary Halvorson

Mary Halvorson Explores Time and Space

November 20, 2020
She’s adept at bold, free-form improvisations and playing over standards. How does Halvorson balance these seemingly contradictory approaches?
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Mary Halvorson

How Do You Learn to Play Like Yourself?

November 18, 2020
For Mary Halvorson, it’s all about embracing the “mistakes” and connecting with the sound inside your head.
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Vince Gill

Vince Gill: “Authenticity Is Really Important to Me”

November 18, 2020
He was the temporary steward of one of Hendrix's Strats, nearly joined Dire Straits, and now plays alongside Joe Walsh in Eagles. Why is Vince still the coolest cat in Nashville?
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Dweezil Zappa

Presenting Runnin' with the Dweezil, the Most In-Depth Van Halen Podcast Ever

November 17, 2020
Guests including Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Nuno Bettencourt, Paul Gilbert, Billy Corgan, Mark Tremonti, Jennifer Batten, George Lynch, and A Different Kind of Truth Producer John Shanks will discuss the historical impact of Edward Van Halen with host Dweezil Zappa.
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