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The Guitar Style Of Randy Rhoads
It’s hard to fathom, but Randy Rhoads built his entire legacy on, essentially, two studio albums with Ozzy Osbourne. Sure, there were the Quiet Riot albums released in Japan before Randy hooked up with Ozzy, and there was the posthumous live album
, but by the time he recorded
Blizzard of Ozz
, Randy had already created and defined an entire style.
Turn It Up: The Virtues Of Playing Loud
I’ve written several articles at
explaining the advantages of playing at moderate stage volume. There are plenty of basic benefits to that strategy, including allowing all the players on stage to hear, creating a tight sonic mesh that best represents the band and not drowning out the singer. But there are also advantages to playing loud and proud — especially if guitar is the main instrumental voice on stage.
Ozzy Osbourne at 65
Ozzy Osbourne is 65 years old on December 3. Old enough to qualify for a free bus pass in his native U.K, but still rebellious enough to be a rock hero to millions.
How Speaker Cabinets Influence Your Guitar’s Sound
When it comes to defining the voice of your guitar, amp selection is absolutely crucial. Characteristics like tubes, gain, wattage, channel switching, reverb, tremolo, master volume and speaker construction typically dominate the conversation. But another absolutely essential factor is often overlooked: whether the back of the cabinet containing the speaker or speakers you use is open or closed.
The Great Album The Beatles Nearly Made
For many Beatles fans, 1967’s
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
represents the pinnacle of the Fab Four’s achievements. Densely textured, sublimely arranged and packed with some of Lennon and McCartney’s best songs, the disc remains a touchstone for every pop band that puts a premium on melody and craftsmanship. Incredibly, however, as writer Philip Norman and even Sir George Martin have pointed out, The Beatles’ psychedelic masterpiece might have been even better, had some grievous missteps not occurred.
Come Together: The Night Lennon and McCartney Reunited
“Valiant Paul McCartney, I presume?” said John Lennon. “Sir Jasper Lennon, I presume,” responded Paul McCartney.
’s Record Store Day Black Friday Gift Guide
The folks behind National Record Store Day have been hard at work putting together a list of exclusive holiday releases available starting Black Friday only at your local, independently-owned record shop. Note: Most of these releases are limited-edition, so they may sell out quickly. Plus, not all participating stores will receive all the items, so you’re best to contact your local shop before making the trek out at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.
The Gibson Classic Interview: Les Paul
Les Paul is not only one of the world’s greatest guitarists; he’s among its finest storytellers. In an interview in 1992, I asked Les how he got on the road to success. What follows is his verbatim answer, an entertaining trip from his childhood in Waukesha, Wisconsin, to the big time in New York City playing with Fred Waring’s band the Pennsylvanians.
10 Thank You Songs for Thanksgiving — And Just One’s a Turkey!
Thanksgiving isn’t about turkey and stuffing. It’s about gratitude. So let’s celebrate that this year, and with apologies to Plymouth Rock, here are 10 songs about thankfulness that really rock.
The Art Of String-Skipping
One of the peculiar, particular things about the guitar is that it often forces us to play in certain ways. I’m sure part of the reason the Minor Pentatonic scale is so pervasive is that it’s easy to learn and easy to play. It doesn’t hurt that it sounds great too. And likewise, if you learn the Major scale in the popular three-note-per-string format you can find yourself gravitating towards many of the same phrases over and over again. And again, this is partially because these licks and patterns just sound so dang good.
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