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Adrenaline Mob’s Mike Orlando Honors Randy Rhoads

Posted on January 26th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

During the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., several metal icons teamed up for the “Randy Rhoads Remembered” concert to honor one of the genre’s most legendary guitarists.

Founded in 2013 by former Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy and producer Joe Sutton, the event is aimed at recognizing the incredible contributions of the late Ozzy Osbourne guitarist, whose life was tragically cut short at the young age of 25.

Several artists collaborated on Osbourne’s greatest hits, including “Crazy Train,” “Little Dolls” and “Diary of a Madman.And for those who couldn’t make it, fans have been sharing some of their footage, including the clip below featuring the fine talents of Adrenaline Mob’s Mike Orlando.

Watch below as Orlando switches between his Charvel and an acoustic guitar for “Diary of a Madman.”

Master Builder Chip Ellis on his Custom Creations

Posted on January 23rd, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Charvel Custom Shop Master Builder Chip Ellis recently relocated to Nashville, and was a bit inspired by the local music scene when it came to working on a pair of custom guitars that were revealed during a Custom Shop event at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.

Watch below as Ellis gives the scoop on a custom Surfcaster Roasted Pine and Style 2 Roasted Pine.


Guthrie Govan String Bending Masterclass – Part Five

Posted on January 4th, 2016 by Chrissy Mauck

Guitarist recently posted the “final installment of the bending odyssey” with Charvel signature artist Guthrie Govan.

“I figured it would be fun to end by adding a somewhat unfashionable technique to our bending repertoire,” said Govan. “‘What would happen,’ we must ask ourselves, ‘if we combine all of our string bending chops with a little bit of tapping. This is sometimes considered to be the province solely of the heavy metal shred monster but the way I see it, tapping is just another way to play notes that this hand (fretting hand) can’t reach on its own. So I’ve never been a fan of that whole stigma that gets attached to it. Tapping is just another way to make sounds and you can use it for all sorts of crazy purposes as hopefully we’re about to find out.”

Watch the lesson below to explore some of Govan’s interesting ideas.

NeoGeoFanatic Displays 23 Charvel Guitars in 4 Minutes

Posted on December 18th, 2015 by MDuffy

French YouTube personality NeoGeofanatic recently posted an incredible video in which he plays 23 Charvel guitars in just over four minutes.

Each axe is a gem unto itself, with several beautiful custom models you might not have seen before and some very recognizable ones, including a few Warren DeMartini signatures.

“Who will find the entire list? :D Be careful some of them are custom made, very hard to find, good luck,” he wrote on his YouTube channel.

Try to figure it out in the video after the jump.

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A Note from Guthrie Govan on his Charvel Sig Model Finish

Posted on November 18th, 2015 by Chrissy Mauck

 

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Greetings! Guthrie here, with a little update about the finish on my signature Charvel model …

During the last year or so, my “#1″ guitar has accumulated both air miles and “battle scars” in equal measure. Whilst there’s something undeniably “rock ‘n’ roll” about a well-worn instrument with a story to tell, a year’s worth of touring has somehow left my poor #1 looking like it’s endured a whole lifetime of neglect and abuse.

Mildly troubled by this, I asked Charvel if they could come up with a finish which would make the GG model more resistant to the rigours of life on the road, without compromising its tone in any way.

Well … I’m happy to report that they’ve found a way to achieve precisely that!

Cheers!

Guthrie

Thus, we hope you enjoy Govan’s Charvel signature model, now available with a thin layer of lacquer applied to the body as added protection.

Learn How to Play Legal Tender’s ‘Swallow Your Soul’

Posted on October 30th, 2015 by MDuffy

Frankie Lindia

Frankie Lindia of Los Angeles-based metallers Legal Tender recently released a play-through of the band’s track “Swallow Your Soul.”

The single, which was released in 2014, features some serious shredding from Lindia on his Charvel So-Cal Style 1 HH, and you can learn how to play it after the jump. (more…)

Learn How to Play Joe Satriani’s ‘The Forgotten (Part One)’ from Dave Nassie

Posted on October 23rd, 2015 by MDuffy

Dave Nassie
Dave Nassie recently posted a lesson in conjunction with Epic Guitar Instruction that takes a look at Joe Satriani’s “The Forgotten (Part One),” an epic guitar jam off 1989′s Flying in a Blue Dream.

In the clip, Nassie begins with the chord shapes for the left hand and slowly builds the tapping rhythms of the song.

“It seems intimidating, but it’s really not, I assure you,” said Nassie.

Learn more from Nassie after the jump.  (more…)

Mike Orlando to Host Clinic at All Music in New York

Posted on October 21st, 2015 by MDuffy

Mike Orlando All Music
Adrenaline Mob and Sonic Stomp guitarist Mike Orlando is hosting a clinic on Saturday, Oct. 24 at All Music in Long Island, N.Y.

The event – which includes a Q&A session and meet and greet – will take place from 6-8 p.m.

R.S.V.P. for the event here.

Guthrie Govan Releases Part II of String-Bending Master Class

Posted on October 7th, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan

Earlier this month, we came across the first of a two-part master class Guthrie Govan filmed for Guitarist magazine that focused solely on string-bending within the framework of the minor pentatonic scale.

Guitarist has since posted the second edition of Govan’s expert lesson, except this time, the Aristocrats guitarist dealt with the diatonic scale.

“The main difference with these scales – as opposed to the pentatonic scales – is that the bends are smaller. They hurt less,” Govan said. “In some cases, it might place a different kind of demand on your ear in terms of trying to sound as in-tune as possible, but it’s all achievable. There will be no bleeding fingertips this month, I solemnly assure you.”

Of course, Govan led the class on one of his signature Charvel models, choosing a beauty with a flame maple top.

Watch the lesson after the jump and click here to pick up your copy of Guitarist. (more…)

Guthrie Govan Teaches a String-Bending Master Class for ‘Guitarist’

Posted on September 4th, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan Charvel

Ever wonder what the best way is to flaunt your skills as a guitarist to an opposing piano player?

The great Guthrie Govan might just have the answer. In a new master class for Guitarist magazine, Govan ran through some of the best techniques for string-bending, which should surely confound those who tickle the ivories around you.

“I think there’s something about string-bending that’s uniquely awesome when you play it through the guitar,” Govan said in the 10-minute clip. “You can use your string-bending prowess to taunt the piano players of the world because try as they might, they can’t do it at all. And it’s a very nuanced, subtle thing.”

While wielding one of his own signature Charvel models with a flame maple top, Govan began with the minor pentatonic scale and finds all the ways one can bend a string within that box before moving on.

Learn more in the in-depth lesson after the jump.  (more…)

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