Photo by Tom Moore We caught up with Dar Williams (described as “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters”) and asked about her upcoming participation in the very unique 2016 Guitar Mash at City Winery, New York, on December 11. Elmore: How did you get involved?  I teach a course thatRead More →

Subscribe to Loudwire on Loudwire is proud to present Metal Allegiance performing a Tribute to Fallen Heroes in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 20, 2017. The concert will feature a who’s who of hard rock and metal luminaries paying respect to the legendary rockers we’ve lost over the years. Metal Allegiance’sRead More →

What does Dave Mustaine think about Metallica’s latest release, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct? In a new interview with Metal Hammer, the Megadeth frontman shared his thoughts on Metallica’s long-awaited new album, which was released on November 18. Mustaine was a founding member of Metallica and played lead guitar in the group untilRead More →

As a member of The Scorpions during the 1970’s, Uli Jon Roth’s stellar guitar playing (which included elements of heavy metal, classical, and psychedelia) proved to be incredibly influential – especially with such renowned shredders as Yngwie Malmsteen and Kirk Hammett. And his playing is still extraordinary, as heard/seen onRead More →

Guitar World Magazine Mesa/Boogie Launches Triple Crown TC-50 Guitar AmpGuitar World MagazineMesa/Boogie has announced its new Triple Crown TC-50 guitar amp, which is built in the company’s Petaluma, California, shop. From the company: The new three-channel, 50-watt, EL-34-powered Triple Crown TC-50 has been designed to deliver all things … and more »Read More →

This past Sunday night, guitar legend Steve Vai brought his Passion and Warfare Tour to the Bomb Factory in Dallas. Lo and behold, who happened to be in the audience but guitarist extraordinaire Andy Timmons. Timmons—who has recorded several albums on Vai’s independent Favored Nations label—was merely in the crowd as aRead More →

Guitarist—well, multi-instrumentalist, to be more accurate—Rob Scallon is often challenged by his almost-1,000,000 YouTube subscribers to perform musical feats of skill, dexterity and daring-do. A few months ago, a few fans challenged him to create a tune in which he uses only his whammy bar—no frets, no nothing, just the whammy bar.Read More →

When Ozzy Osbourne was booted from Black Sabbath and went solo in 1979, his quest for a heavy-metal soulmate ended with his discovery of Randy Rhoads. The pair would go on to pen such classic metal cuts as “Crazy Train,” “I Don’t Know,” “Mr. Crowley” and “Flying High Again,” amongRead More →

Pentatonics are the basis for most of every guitarist’s lead work, whether you play rock, blues or metal.  In this new lesson, Darrell Braun offers three pentatonic exercises that are designed to increase your speed, accuracy and creativity. Darrell uses the A minor pentatonic scale for these exercises. They includeRead More →

Forbes These Are The Musicians That Ruled Twitter In 2016ForbesEight of the 10 celebrity accounts with the most followers are musicians, and between them, there are hundreds of millions of followers. Pop star Katy Perry leads the way with just under 95 million followers, which is up from the 90Read More →

By Lauren Handley | Published 12/05 2016 06:34PM Updated 12/05 2016 06:34PM Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, Pa. El McMeen is a jack of all trades: a retired New York City lawyer (he was a partner at a big firm), an ordained Christian minister, and a musician.    “I’ve been playingRead More →

A Christmas present from his parents 45 years ago set John Oxley off on a guitar gathering mission. That first guitar gift also eventually led John, now 66, to set up Market Music in Durham, specialising in guitars and stringed instruments after his livestock transport business was hit by theRead More →

One of the world’s most popular musical instruments is not always the most environmentally friendly. Guitars are made from some of the rarest woods on Earth, and they grow in parts of the world hit hard by deforestation. So some U.S. guitar makers are starting to look elsewhere for theirRead More →

Shhhhhh… What you’re about to learn is not only a secret that seasoned prog-rockers don’t want you to know, it’s also privileged information. So don’t go blabbing about how you’ve now become an all-knowing progressive-rock god. Prog-rock is probably the most intimidating style of music to write and play, mainly dueRead More →

Back December 5, 2016 by norman lebrecht That’s the subject of a paper presented by Eriko Aiba, of the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, at the 172nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America this weekend in Hawaii. Aiba (pictured) began learning to play the piano when she was fiveRead More →