Retro Finger-Tapping: While widely popularized by guitarist Eddie Van Halen, it’s been evident for some time that he did not invent the technique (nor did he ever claim such). What is rather amazing, is how far back guitarists have been using this technique, since it didn’t really gain exposure until the 1980s. This video is from 1965, and features Italian guitarist Vittorio Camardese.
12 Bar Blues: Learn how to play a slow blues progression that has a down and dirty feel to it.
The Path to Great Tone: Have you ever tweaked your guitar sound to the point where it sounded absolutely incredible, but when combined with the rest of the band, it just didn’t cut it? Peter Thorn has written a great article in Premier Guitar about how we have to think about our tone in the full context of how it will be applied, both in the studio and on the stage. So before you think you have your next killer tone, think how it will blend with the bass, drums, keyboards, and other instruments.
Iron Maiden: The New Wave of British Heavy Metal rockers have often tapped into movies as the inspiration for their songs. VH1 has complied a list of the 10 Best Iron Maiden Songs with theatrical influences, complete with YouTube videos.
Aluminum Frame Guitars: Looking for a new concept in guitar construction? Relish Guitars, a company out of Switzerland, has created a streamlined design for the 21st Century. The body architecture is very different than traditional models in that it incorporates an aluminum frame. Pickup selection is through a touch sensor, rather than a toggle switch. You’ll be hard pressed to find these at your local guitar shop. But they were at NAMM this year (video reviews) so maybe distribution will pick up soon.