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…)
U.K. retailer Guitarguitar recently released a demo of the Guthrie Govan Signature model, running through all the guitar’s features with varied styles of playing and some killer beauty shots of the bird’s-eye maple top.
To hear what Govan’s two-years-in-the-making namesake axe can do, check out the demo after the jump.
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…)
Guitarist Dave Nassie’s latest lesson for Next Level Guitar covers some basics when it comes to rock and blues songwriting.
“All of us at home learn all these great songs at home from so many people, and we want to take that information and have it become our own so we can turn around and write songs with it,” Nassie said.
In the tutorial, Nassie covers tone, structure and chord harmony that any guitarist can use to come up with tunes of their own.
Continue your guitar journey with Nassie’s new lesson after the jump …
Ohio-based metallers Affiance released the album Blackout last year, but the band recently revisited some of the new songs in a series of play-through videos.
In the latest one, guitarists Brett Wondrak and Dominic Dickinson demonstrate how to run through the track “Death Cycle,” a particularly hard-hitting gem off the record.
Check it out after the jump and click here for more from Affiance. (more…)
Miss May I’s latest video for “Deathless” takes the band back to school.
The Ohio metallers perform the crushing track in a run-down classroom while several kids are chained to their desks by a strict teacher with only dreams of escape to keep them going.
The song comes off Miss May I’s recently released album of the same name, and its corresponding clip will definitely stay ingrained in your memory banks.
Check it out after the jump. (more…)
All That Remains recently released a video for the track “For You” that is both heavy in its sound and its theme.
The Daniel Kaufman-directed clip follows a marriage that gets more and more volatile by the minute, as told through the eyes of their young daughter. With her parents fighting in the house, she runs outside to get away from the chaos, eventually finding that she can focus her power through some sort of psychic ability.
“For You” comes off All That Remains latest album The Order of Things, and you can watch the video for it after the jump. (more…)
Ohio metallers Miss May I went super heavy in both theme and music for their new video for the track “I.H.E.”
The clip focuses on a teenaged boy who is building a coffin with a harsh authority figure. As they drag it into the woods, the teen can’t take it anymore and turns on his abuser, tackling him and depositing the body in the previously empty coffin.
The intense visual is also complimented by Miss May I’s trademark brutal sound and skittish camera angles.
Currently on the Vans Warped Tour, Miss May I has an album entitled Deathless coming out Aug. 7, but in the meantime, check out the “I.H.E.” video after the jump. (more…)
Don Carr of Sweetwater Sound recently took a hard look at a Charvel Super Stock SD1 in Sunset Orange Flake and came away pretty impressed.
“Everything about this guitar exudes attitude,” wrote Carr. “The Floyd Rose trem is a must-have for guitarists who put their trem arms to serious use, allowing for huge dive bombs and squeals while maintaining your tuning stability. You get a fat-sounding pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers, a JB at the bridge and ’59 at the neck. And the absence of a tone circuit helps these pickups pack even more bite.
“The maple neck and fretboard have a great feel for faster, more expressive playing. The neck carve is not too thin, not too fat, with a compound radius fretboard that flattens out as you play up the neck. Between the compound radius and the big frets, you can execute huge bends without worrying about fretting out.”
Carr also produced a video that shows just how much this guitar screams.
Watch the clip after the jump. (more…)
Legral Tender guitarist Frankie Lindia recently released a video in which he demos the new Rosen 1984 Custom studio guitar impulse with a shred-tastic performance of “Eruption.”
Wielding a Charvel So-Cal, Lindia’s version of the Van Halen classic was spot-on, and you can watch it after the jump. (more…)