Guitar Related

Content related to the ultimate rock and roll instrument... the guitar.

Chet Atkins Plays Live: Guitar Picking Excellence

As someone who's primarily into rock and roll, you might find it odd that one of my big influences as a guitarist is Chet Atkins. I've never much been into the country twang, but in fact, it is due to the incredible picking of Atkins (along with Jimmy Page and a few others), that I can finger pick and hybrid pick at all. I find that Chet Atkins is one of the more overlooked guitarists by younger folks (people like me actually), but his playing is beyond stellar, into the insanely good category in my opinion.

5 Reasons to Listen to Hendrix... If We Need More that We Already Have

When it comes to classic rock, what artist is more widely known than Jimi Hendrix, except maybe the Beatles. I remember when I first started listening to this legendary guitarist and being blown away of course by his fret work, but also by the overall creativity of his music. Sure it was the age of psychedelia when it was written (and the drugs were flowing), but there is still something special about his music. It's progressive, soulful and complex all while being more about expression that overtly showy or indulgent.

Crossroads 2007 to be Released on DVD

This news was pretty easy to see coming, but I'm still glad to have it confirmed. This year's Crossroads Guitar Festival, which was held right around Chicago, is going to be available on DVD this November 20th.

Blues Jam: BB King, Albert King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan

Blues is a genre that continues to inspire me everyday for it's pure soul and emotional outpourings in musical form. Nothing in my mind is a better example of this than a great blues jam between a bunch of amazing musicians, each seeming to inspire the others to new heights. What could be a better blues jam than "The Sky is Crying", a blues classic, done by the one and only Albert King, with young Stevie Ray Vaughan as a guest guitarist AND the legendary B.B. King?

Guitarist Series: 4 Underrated Modern Guitarists

As a guitar player, I'm fascinated by just about any guitar playing, but most of my guitar heroes either come from classic rock of blues. Thats not necessarily a knock against more modern guitarists though, and so as part of my guitarist series for the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll, I thought I'd talk about 4 more modern guitarists that have really sparked my interest.

The Peter Green Era Fleetwood Mac

I remember first hearing the pop styling of Fleetwood Mac very early in my youth on classic rock radio. They always seemed like one of those classic era bands that were always talked about in some way or another. Later on as I began to really investigate classic rock I did seek out their music and felt satisfied by a lengthy "Best of" collection... well that was until I started playing guitar and discovered Peter Green.

Crossroads Guitar Festival: One All Day Concert Later

It's amazing to think how quickly yesterday's event went by. I was lucky enough to attend the second Crossroads Guitar Festival organized by Eric Clapton which had the gates opening early in the morning, the concert scheduled to start at noon and was slated to run until 11PM that night. I arrived at the festival at roughly 11AM, and before I knew it... it was 11PM and I was walking out, in awe of some of the amazing performances I had just witnessed.

Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 Today

Today I'll be spending roughly 11 hours at one of the biggest concerts of the year, Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival, 2007. I was lucky enough to get tickets a number of months back and have been anticipating the action packed lineup for some time now, especially when I received the reminder email from TicketMaster that said concert to start at Noon and end at 11PM, and that the gates open at like 8 or 9 in the morning...

Jeff Beck has the Touch, Live in Japan: What Every Musician Should Strive For

There are certain musicians who understand precisely the effect the smallest change can make in their musicality; it's all about subtlety. I use the term subtle in terms of rock and roll a lot (and often in reference to sounds most people would NOT call subtle), despite the fact that describing a musical genre that almost requires being played far louder than anyone would deem sane. It may seem even less appropriate to talk about subtlety in guitar playing to some people, but that's really what it's all about for me.

Yardbirds to Tour With Page and Beck?

Just the other day, I caught the glimpse of what might be one of the most exciting concert announcements in a while. Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck will be reconvening with the two remaining members of the Yardbirds to tour... That sounds like one killer show.

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