Take a break. Let’s rock!
There are so many choice gems in Nuno Bettencourt’s playing, you could spend a year just picking apart Pornograffiti. One Nuno extravaganza that has always mystified me was the machine-gun like alternate-picking breakdown in It’s a Monster. How the hell did he do that? With a copy of Anytune I resolved to pick this song apart bit by bit until I figured it out.
I’ll always remember this summer as the year I discovered Formula One racing. Not only am I watching every race, this longtime non-video gamer is now obsessed with racing on the Xbox. In transitioning from first-class track-wrecker to a decent driver I realized my approach to getting better was 100% applicable to playing the guitar.
After a long walk through the garden of arpeggios, you might be thinking, “what else can possibly be said on this subject?” Well, with an attitude like that the answer would be “nothing”. But I think you’re smarter and more curious than that, right? So we’re going to look at a very different approach to visualizing arpeggios on the fretboard.
The vacuum tube is a quirky, outdated, expensive, fragile technology. Long after the solid-state transistor replaced the vacuum tube, tone-chasing electric guitarists still treasure these relics of a bygone era. While designers flirted with solid-state amps in the 70’s and 80’s, they didn’t have the same feel and tone as those funny old glass tubes. As always, the tube amp is still the king of tone.
Oh man, I am beyond excited about this new project I’m working on. Coming later this summer is a new premium lesson, Class Dismissed! which focuses on the Van Halen “power shuffle” style in the vein of songs like Hot For Teacher, I’m the One and Ice Cream Man. There is so much good stuff in here that I almost don’t even know where to begin…