Dream Theater keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Jordan Rudess has released a brand-new iOS ear training app entitled, 'EarWizard'. Rudess teamed up with developer Felipe Peña to create an app that trains and improves memory through musical sequences, which results in a stronger ability to instantly recognize chords and notes.
Former At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López recently gave a candid interview with Total Guitar, in which he spills the details about his current guitar rig for his new project, Bosnian Rainbows.
The past decade or so has proven to be quite a potent one for lovers of heavy rock and metal. One particular genre that's benefited with a growing fanbase is stoner rock, which is characterized by its incredibly massive sound and heaving, sludgy riffs that are oftentimes drawn out into full-blown compositions that can easily top the 10-minute mark. Bands such as Sleep, Kyuss and The Melvins helped lay the groundwork for a lot of well-loved rock, and it's really cool that those artists and others in their ilk are finally starting to get the attention and praise that too few realized not too long ago. Plus, the genre has helped reinvigorate interest in the bigger-than-life fuzzy guitar tones of the 70's, and how far they can be pushed to create the meanest sound possible.
If you're a drummer living on the West Coast that is looking to improve your hard rock skills, you may be interested to know that Godsmack'sShannon Larkin will be conducting a series of free drum clinics along the coast, starting in August.
What if all it took to add some of Marty Friedman's incredible chops to your music was a simple point and click? The former Megadeth guitarist's new 'Exotic Guitar' loop library is designed for that specific purpose. Each of the library's 65 loops were personally developed and recorded by Friedman, and offer you the chance to infuse his diverse skills and mind-blowing fretwork into your music at an affordable price.
Kiss lead guitarist and modern-day "Spaceman" Tommy Thayer recently fielded questions submitted by fans through Guitar World's website. Thayer's candid responses reveal what it's like being in the legendary group, as well as his excitement with achieving a life-long dream of having a signature guitar.
As part of Lamb of God’s searing dual-guitar onslaught, guitarist Willie Adler has unquestionably become one of the premier players in metal. Now, through a partnership with AllAxess.com, Adler is giving guitarists everywhere the opportunity to have an in-depth look at his distinctive playing style, and learn many of the riffs and warm-up exercises that he’s developed over the years.
Following the recent release of their second album, Middle Class Rut's Zack Lopez sat down with Music Radar to discuss the evolution of his band, specifically focusing on their expanding live lineup and the gear that the band relies on to form their distinctive sound.
As a guitarist in one of metal's most brutal acts, Slipknot's Mick Thomson demands a lot from his gear. His signature line of guitars from Ibanez helps him deliver the punishing riffs that help form the backbone of Slipknot's unique brand of metal. Thomson recently sat down with Total Guitar to give a brief overview of his MTM1 signature guitar.
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo recently sat down with Fender to discuss his love of the company's instruments, the impact that they've had on the music that he loves, and he offered an update on the current status of the "Bass of Doom," originally owned by his idol, Jaco Pastorius.
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