The results of an improvised mess-about tweaking all our in-house Eventide Stompboxes, sometimes all at once. The chain is Suhr Guitar into Eventide ModFactor fed into TimeFactor, then into Pitchfactor, then into a Jet City 50 Watt 2 x 12 Combo amp. Guitar is provided by Source’s resident shredder Ian Iredale, knob twiddling by Alex. You can hopefully get an idea for the sheer range of ideas, sounds and general all round genius these particular pedals provide.
Eventide stompboxes are as much studio effects as they are guitar effects (all are stereo, with selectable Line/Guitar input/output volumes), all sound completely fabulous and are easy to use, but still super super deep.
Mic setup is Shure SM57 on the cone going into a UA 610, RØDE NTG1000 on the rear of the cab, RØDE NTG2 to pick up our voices, all fed into a PreSonus FireStudio Mobile for conversion.
For more info on the Eventide Stompbox range (note the new Space reverb we didn’t have in time for this session!): http://www.eventide.com/AudioDivision/Products/StompBoxes.aspx
To find a dealer in the UK: http://www.sourcedistribution.co.uk/
PLEASE READ FIRST! Yeah I know you play if different, in fact there are several ways to play the main riff. You can place your A chord on second fret too. But, please check it out, I think it just sounds better with your capo on 2nd fret. And you have plenty of time to remove it before the solo (if you want to…) This sequence has been played with an Edwards Les Paul Custom guitar through a Boss Super Overdrive pedal (modified to TS808). This guitar solo has always been one of my favourites, thank you Paul Kossof!!
No one can play like Eric Johnson, his sound is the result of phenomenal picking technique, precise left and right hand synchronisation and fingering, note choice etc. Not only is his technique hard to duplicate – but his sound is almost impossible. Mr Johnson has extremely sensitive ears, to the point he claims he hears the difference between different battery manufactures. So simply buying his amp setup won’t help you (to my knowledge he sometimes switches between five different amplifiers) – you have to get the right batteries for your distortion pedal too! Because the technical aspects of his sound can get quite tricky, we are instead going to focus on the things which will make your playing sound more like Eric Johnson, regardless of your set-up. In this lesson we will break down an Eric Johnson style solo, later on we will have an “Eric johnson tricks” lesson in the matserclass. By nailing some of the licks in this solo, you will have taken your very first steps towards Johnson land…! Theory-wise the solo revolves around A-minor and D-minor pentatonic and really hasn’t got any rhythmic or tonic structure – it’s more of a floating thing. The main idea here is for you to get some Eric Johnson style licks under your fingers. For a step-by-step video breakdown of this solo visit www.guitarmasterclass.net
Time to look at the style of this extremely popular heavy metal guitarist – no wonder, he is the lead guitarist of Metallica: Kirk Hammett. Conveniently enough, this lesson comes right after the Masterclass “Hot Blues” lesson – because Kirk Hammett’s style is in fact heavily inspired by blues. This lesson will mainly deal with Kirk’s solo style from the Metallica “Black Album” and onwards . Mr Hammett himself claims his goal with his new solo approach was to get “a bit bluesier” – and the result was an effective blend of metal, blues and wah-wah driven madness. In this lesson you will get a hang of some typical Kirk Hammet style licks, you should also follow my example and use these ideas to make your own “Metallica-style” improvisation over the backing track. All the licks covered here will work nicely in E minor (except where note otherwise) – E minor is the the most common heavy metal key, so learn it well. Now let’s take a trip to heavy metal land… Full lesson (21 videos) available at www.guitarmasterclass.net
Heya, Kris here! If one were to describe Kirk Hammett’s soloing in a few sentences, I would say he uses rock cliche licks over strong metal/rock riffs (depending on which decade we are speaking about!). So let’s dive into some typical rock cliche licks and investigate how we can make use of them. I am not a fan of trying to copy other styles/guitarists to 100 %, that’s why I try to “steal” as much as I can from others – but eventually I’ll do my best to throw it all in the bin. What I am trying to say is: Make sure to learn the techniques you are working with perfectly, once you master them – alter them to the point that no one will recognise them. Do that for a couple of years and you will proudly be able to announce “your own style”! Oh, I included a little bonus clip in today’s video, featuring me and my student Jimmie Nilsson jamming over this lesson’s backing track. I have had him for three years, and he has been extremely serious about practicing – and now he rocks! 🙂 Remember this could very well be YOU in a couple of years (regardless of your age). The trick is to take every little detail into consideration when practcing (cleaness, timing etc.) – if you are gifted with discipline don’t throw your time a way, practice as correctly as possible! This lesson is inpired by the Kirk Hammett style lesson at WWW.GUITARMASTERCLASS.NET . The site also features a daily free video-lick-lesson, which you might want to check out. As soon as you get any of the licks down …
Few modern rock guitarsist have had such a major impact on the guitar community as Steve Vai. Mr Vai’s musical ability comprises of strong, unpredictable compositions – as well as a technical driven guitar style with innovative techniques and melodies.
In this lesson lesson we will approach Steve’s pattented tones and techniques by analysing “Vai slides”, whammy-bar tricks, lydian mode and plain shred! The backing tracks should allow you to start practicing these techniques slowly – and gradually work your way to the top! As always, if this feels way to difficult for you – just focus on nailing one single lick.