December 2020

Guitarists

ARTICLES

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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Billy Corgan on Smashing Pumpkins’ New Mellon Collie Sequel: “Now’s the Time.”

December 3, 2020
With original guitarist James Iha back in the band, Corgan hits a savage stride in one of his most prolific songwriting periods, first releasing the electronic album, Cyr. Next up: a 33-track sequel to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
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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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Rig Rundown: Big Business

December 2, 2020
Four strings, a stack of Sunns, and plentiful pedals allow Jared Warren enough viciousness and volume for bass and guitar.
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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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Hooked: Ryan "Fluff" Bruce on Foo Fighters' "For All the Cows"

December 1, 2020
The YouTube vet remembers reattaching his jaw after learning that Nirvana's drummer had a new band and was singing and playing guitar.
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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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"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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Rig Rundown: Sammy Boller

November 25, 2020
The atmospheric shred instrumentalist shows us his unusual mix of modern gear and not one but two killer vintage axes.
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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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Mali’s Songhoy Blues vs. the Grim Reaper

November 24, 2020
How guitarist Garba Touré and his band of refugees fled for their lives and found salvation in rocking, psychedelic desert blues—and made their new album, Optimisme, with producer Matt Sweeney.
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Hooked: Kenny Wayne Shepherd on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"

November 24, 2020
The platinum-selling blues rocker highlights the Electric Ladyland hit's innovative wah work and swaggering groove.
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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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Fleet Foxes' New Heart for a Tiring Season

November 23, 2020
Robin Pecknold wrote and produced the band’s fourth studio album, Shore, on his own, using the guitar like a composer to make textured, orchestral songs that uplift.
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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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Mike Campbell Rides Again

November 19, 2020
Unbridled from duties as string-slinger extraordinaire for the Heartbreakers and Fleetwood Mac, the wild gator partakes of rock’s rowdier joys with his own band the Dirty Knobs.
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Rig Rundown: Strike Anywhere

November 18, 2020
Matt Smith’s setup might appear frail, but his disheveled ’82 SG and a half-powered JCM800 ignites a powder keg of melodic hardcore.
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