Both as the leader of the chart-topping band Godsmack, and more recently, as an acclaimed solo artist, Sully Erna has racked up one of the most impressive resumes in contemporary rock. The band’s self-titled 1998 debut album went platinum five times over, and three following releases debuted consecutively at #1 on the Billboard album chart, helping the band to sell more than 15 million albums worldwide in the process. Through it all, Sully Erna has established a look and a tone that are emble… Gibson Electric Guitars
How have I not heard of this until now?! It seems Guitarbots has been online for a while but it took a link to a video of Mika Tyyska playing along to his track ‘Awaki Waki’ for me to jump on to the site and give it a go myself.
If you have played Guitar Hero you will immediately understand how this game works, even if you haven’t it is very simple, you play the notes on the animated TAB in time and get scored on accuracy of notes and timing. The challenges begin with very simple open string tracks with very easy rhythms and progress to harder tracks using single notes, double notes, chords etc. and more complex rhythms. Don’t worry, there is plenty to get through before you are faced with Mr Fastfinger tracks!
So how does it work and how well? The first thing you need to do is to tune your guitar using the online tuner to make sure the software can analyse your guitar accurately. I tried first using a room mic and had no luck but when I switched to my mic’d cabinet it worked perfectly. You should be able to use a software amp such as Amplitube too as the app allows you to set which input to use for the game which would be even more accurate I imagine. The other thing I should mention is that the game uses the Unity 3D plugin which you are prompted to install so this won’t work on an iPad. Once tuned up you are ready to go. With a free account you are limited to 5 minutes play per day but the first time you play it lets you recharge a couple of times to get the feel of the game.
I have to say it is really fun and after the 2nd day I was gutted that I only had 5 minutes and really want to get to the Mr Fastfinger tracks so I am going to sign up for a monthly subscription for $ 9.99/month. I think this will encourage me to actually play more and the increasing difficulty will challenge me and improve my speed, accuracy and timing. For beginners I can see that you would rapidly progress using this as a teaching aid, each challenge allows you to use practice mode as much as you like until you are confident enough to play and have your score counted.
This is exactly the kind of thing I hoped would be developed when the original Guitar Hero came out, I didn’t expect that it would be a web based game and yet so accurate. This is one addictive and fun game for guitarists and the bonus is that it will improve playing as well as give you bragging rights as you share your achievements across the social networks.
‘Februus’ by Uneven Structure is one of my favourite Progressive Metal albums so I was excited when ’8′ arrived in my inbox last week. This EP has been re-recorded, re-vocalled and repackaged and sounds every bit as brutal as ‘Februus’. Most of the tracks are much shorter than Februus except the awesome title track ‘Eight’ which is 8 minutes long, perfect. Head over to Uneven Structure’s Facebook page to hear previews of the EP and find links to buy ’8′ and ‘Februus’
Press Release Since their critically acclaimed album release in 2011, Uneven Structure have been hard at work touring, writing, touring and making videos. Now, the forward thinking French metallers are ready to surface for air once again, by presenting a re-recorded, repackaged version of their phenomenal EP ‘8’. Presented as one 24 minute long track, in eight movements, the record showcases their distinct soundscapes with fierce poly metric metal. Think Pink Floyd’s creativity meets Meshuggah’s brutality with a side serving of Devin Townsend’s progressive charm.
Comments guitarist Igor Omodei: “8, as a collective piece is something we love to play live but the way we do now is quite different from the 2009 EP. So we decided to release this altered version by going back to the drawing board, reworking it, taking advantage of the lineup consolidation and technical progress we’ve been through since the original was out. This is a thank you to our fans for being so supportive and believing in us, and we really hope they will enjoy what we’ve done with it. Whilst they enjoy this, we’re busy in our batcave, working on our second album. We want to get that exactly right as it’s a concept album, the technical aspect is more engaging than on Februus and we’re leaving more room for experimentation which means our writing spectrum is broad as hell.”
Uneven Structure’s 8 EP is set for re-release through Basick Records on June 3rd 2013.
If you haven’t the excellent Uneven Structure album Februus yet check out this video taken from the album called “Frost/Hail” a combination of the 2nd and 3rd tracks on the album. I love the way it builds for the first 2 1/2 minutes.
This is partially guitar related as it contains interviews with some Metal guitarists so I thought many of you would find this interesting.
Press Release LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal is in stores NOW! Compiled from over 400 interviews conducted by respected music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, is a chronological history of heavy metal, told through the words of the men and women who created it, played it, re-invented it, and continue to rock it.
Candid and confessional commentary comes straight from icons of the genre, including: Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Eddie Van Halen, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Lita Ford, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Axl Rose, Slash, Corey Taylor, Dave Mustaine, Chuck Schuldiner, Lemmy Kilmister, King Diamond, Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Slayer’s Kerry King, Phil Anselmo, Rob Zombie and more. With an introduction by Scott Ian of Anthrax and an afterword by Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and with two 16-page photo inserts, with some never-before seen candid shots by celebrated rock photographers Stephanie Cabral and Robert Matheu, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for.
From the creation of Black Sabbath in the late 1960s, to Judas Priest’s development of the leather-and-studs look, to Metallica introducing the world to thrash, to the inception of Ozzfest, to Faith No More accidentally creating the first hybrid of rap and metal, to the provocative exploits of the Sunset Strip scene, to the death and destruction surrounding Norwegian black metal, LOUDER THAN HELL gets to the meat of the metal matter.
Question by Matt: how do i go about fixing the wiring inside of a hollow body electric guitar?
Do i need to open the whole guitar or just take out the pickups? how would you maintenance a guitars internal wiring?
Answer by Norm Jones Hello there,
The process depends on the guitar. Some have an access to the controls from the back side. A small plate covering the access. If there is no such rear access to the controls, you will have to go in through the pickup cavities.
Question by quitesevere: What does a “scooped mid” mean when referring to pickups?
In particular, many guitarists refer to the pickups on John Mayer’s Signature Strat as having a “scooped mid.” What does this mean? Can only strat pickups have a scooped mid?
Answer by kabum There are at least two ways to produce scooped mid tones: one is via an equalizer and the other is via the pickup itself.
Via an equalizer:
“An equalizer setting used for electric amplified instruments. The midrange frequencies are cut off/scooped out. Used to make the sound fatter, especially for bass slapping and hard overdriven guitar riffing. You can get an awesome heavy metal sound with a high amount of distortion and a midrange scoop. ”
The setting is simple… just turn the lower and upper frequencies up and all of the mid-range freqencies down. Looking at the equalizer, the setting should visually resemble a smile.
The result is the same for any guitar playing through an equalizer set this way.
Via the pickup:
However, in the case of pickups, Meyer’s “Big Dipper” pickups accomplish the same thing by cutting out the mid-range frequencies in their design and manufacture. Any pickup can be adjusted or made to “scoop” the “mids.” This is accomplished by adjusting the height of each individual pole. The upper and lower frequency poles are higher (closer to the string) and the mid-range poles are set lower (further away from the string). For info on pole adjustment, see the following:
Press Release It’s not just a pickup, it’s a weapon of tonal Armageddon. The Nazgûl was designed with a single purpose; for intense high output chug heavy punch you in the chest ruthless distortion. The tone is heavy and aggressive but also retains articulation and provides a precise pick attack that is necessary for high-output metal. The Nazgûl gives chords heavy saturation and produces a lightning fast response to your amp. Perfect for all high output metal needs in which sonic obliteration needs to be accomplished.
The Nazgûl is available for 7 and 8 string players and also comes in an active mount (soapbar) sizing for those who own a guitar that originally came with active pickups but prefer the tone of passive pickups.
7 – String version DC 16.5k 8 – String version DC 18.7k
Pricing 7 string: Passive Mount: SRP: $ 89.95 Active Mount & Metal Covers: SRP: $ 119.95
8 string: Passive Mount: SRP: $ 119.95 Active Mount & Metal Covers: SRP: $ 139.95
Check out this great demo from Ola Englund and Keith Merrow