Frank Zappa documentary explores the “private life” of the musical iconoclast

Guitar.com | All Things Guitar The official trailer for Zappa, the Alex Winter-directed documentary on musical iconoclast Frank Zappa, has been released. Zappa will feature narration from the late legend himself, never-before-seen home videos, live footage and interviews taken from private archives. The film was made with full authorisation from the Zappa Family Trust, which … Continue reading Frank Zappa documentary explores the “private life” of the musical iconoclast

James Oliver on sharing a stage with Albert Lee, his love of Telecasters and why Skodas are better than Cadillacs

Guitar.com | All Things Guitar Something of a stalwart on the club circuit in South Wales, it wasn’t until James Oliver ventured out on his own that it became apparent just how good he was at playing guitar. Indeed, over the last 18 months the 28-year-old has gathered rave reviews from bona-fide six-string legends such … Continue reading James Oliver on sharing a stage with Albert Lee, his love of Telecasters and why Skodas are better than Cadillacs

Review: Phil Robinson Advanced Circuitry Silicon Phuzz

Guitar.com | All Things Guitar The work of one a certain Mr Gilmour had a bracing effect on British engineer Phil Robinson’s formative guitar years, inspiring a deep exploration of vintage effects and Hiwatt amps in the hope of approaching the tones of early Pink Floyd. This research revealed not only the joy of vintage … Continue reading Review: Phil Robinson Advanced Circuitry Silicon Phuzz

Tom Morello announces surprise EP, featuring Slash, a Hendrix cover and tribute to EVH

Guitar.com | All Things Guitar Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello has announced a surprise new solo EP, entitled Comandante. The five-track release will arrive tomorrow (30 October). The tracklist includes a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s track Voodoo Child, a song featuring Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and a track written as a tribute … Continue reading Tom Morello announces surprise EP, featuring Slash, a Hendrix cover and tribute to EVH

The beginner’s guide to the piano blues scale

Piano Blog by Skoove – Piano Practice Tips Learning the Blues is an integral part of modern music making. The power and influence of the style can be felt in most forms of contemporary popular music and the music carries historical lessons and legacies that are vitally important. A particular scale has emerged out of … Continue reading The beginner’s guide to the piano blues scale

The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 5: Narada Michael Walden & Greg Errico.

Modern Drummer Magazine The Modern Drummer Podcast – Narada Michael Walden’s UPBEAT with Greg Errico, Paiste Formula 602 Cymbals product review & more. In this episode Narada talks to Sly and The Family Stone drummer Greg Errico about the origin story of the band, recording sessions, concerts including their epic performance at Woodstock and young … Continue reading The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 5: Narada Michael Walden & Greg Errico.

Kemper’s latest OS update brings Klons, Tubescreamers and more to the modeller

Guitar.com | All Things Guitar Kemper has today announced the latest operating system update to its series of digital modelling amplifiers, which, among other things, brings a set of overdrives inspired by legendary bits of kit. Pedals added to the profiler’s FX arsenal with the Profiler OS Version 8.0 include units inspired by the Ibanez … Continue reading Kemper’s latest OS update brings Klons, Tubescreamers and more to the modeller

Is Fender phasing out swamp ash just the tip of the iceberg?

Guitar.com | All Things Guitar Swamp ash, up until earlier this year, was a staple of Fender guitars. It then announced that it would be phasing out the wood in most cases, reserving it only for special occasions – historical models and the highest-end offerings. Now, Scientific American has taken a deep look as to … Continue reading Is Fender phasing out swamp ash just the tip of the iceberg?

Jimmy Page talks being one of the first to bring a distortion pedal to a guitar session

Guitar.com | All Things Guitar Jimmy Page has spoken about his own contributions to the history of guitar tones and techniques. Among the more out-there approaches he pioneered, such as using a violin bow, he was also one of the first to do something most guitarists now view as commonplace – as he played on … Continue reading Jimmy Page talks being one of the first to bring a distortion pedal to a guitar session