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…)
The Aristocrats have a new album called Tres Caballeros scheduled to drop on June 23, and for those that just can’t wait to sample the new music, the trio has released a teaser trailer that covers the entire record.
Recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, Tres Caballeros is the Aristocrats’ third full-length and represents another step in their layered fusion stylings.
“We’ve learned a lot since we started this band—four years, three studio albums, two live DVDs and about a billion notes ago—and I think our latest offering reflects this in all kinds of ways,” guitarist Guthrie Govantold Guitar World.
“The decision to road-test our new material in front of a live audience before commencing the recording process; the choice to record in a studio that had some thoroughly inspiring rock and roll ‘mojo;’ our sudden urge to become more bold and experimental with overdubs rather than feeling any pressure to record exclusively in a strict ‘trio’ format … all of this has had some kind of positive effect on the way the new record came out.
“Plus, I think the material on this album is some of the most interesting stuff we’ve ever written for each other, so … here’s hoping our noble listeners will like the finished product as much as we do!”
Guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann are coming back soon with the Aristocrats’ third studio album, Tres Caballeros, which is due out June 23.
The effort will not only be released as a standard CD, but the band is also readying a deluxe CD/DVD that will include a 30-minute documentary featuring live and in-studio footage, outtakes and interviews.
For a taste of the music, preview the DVD after the jump and click here to pre-order your copy of Tres Caballeros. (more…)
At the this year’s NAMM Show, representatives from the Music Zoo got Guthrie Govan together with Charvel Master Builder Chip Ellis to talk about the Aristocrats axeman’s new signature guitar.
The two discussed the unique aspects of the model, in addition to some of the challenges that they overcame to get to the final masterpiece.
In addition, Govan will appear at the Music Zoo in Roslyn, N.Y., on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. to host a clinic and gear demo. The virtuoso guitarist will also participate in an interview moderated by Guitar World contributing editor and columnist Andy Aledort and a meet-and-greet with fans.
Watch Govan and Ellis’ conversation after the jump and click here for tickets to the exciting event. (more…)
With their new album and DVD combo, Culture Clash Live, coming out this week, the Aristocrats have released a video of guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann performing the title track.
Watch the “Culture Clash” after the jump and pick up Culture Clash Live here. (more…)
Charvel guitars and the Gothenburg Concert Hall, home to the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, are excited to host a clinic featuring Charvel signature artist and guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gothenburg Concert Hall in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The intimate event will also feature a Q&A session, a discussion on his Charvel signature model, a Charvel guitars exhibition and a one-of-a-kind performance by Govan in a beautiful venue.
In addition to his work as a music transcriber and entertaining guitar clinician, Govan has recorded and toured with acts ranging from Asia to Dizzee Rascal. His guitar and bass work for Replay Heaven (a sample recreation company) has graced hit singles by the likes of Gotye, the Sugababes, Cee Lo Green and Tinie Tempah.