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Guitar World

August 2020

Guitar World is the world’s leading guitar magazine. Professionals and beginners alike turn to Guitar World for top-flight coverage of their favorite artists, from rock titans like Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Metallica's Kirk Hammett to contemporary stars like the White Stripes' Jack White and Tool's Adam Jones. Every issue of Guitar World magazine offers broad-ranging interviews that cover technique, instruments and lifestyles as well as Guitar World’s famously thorough lessons and transcriptions.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
beaucoups of brushing up

I KNOW THIS is nuts (and incredibly random), but during ye olde lockdown, my band is recreating — note for note — Ringo Starr’s 1970 country-music album, Beaucoups of Blues, via GarageBand (from our respective homes, of course). I don’t know why we chose to record this obscure, non-hit album from a bygone era, but it really doesn’t matter. The point is, it’s fun and it gives all of us something “musical” to do in this time of cancelled gigs — plus it keeps our skills up. On the surface, you’d think a fairly tame vintage country album (recorded by the ex-Beatles drummer with a crew of Nashville studio pros, including Charlie Daniels, Roy Hus-key Jr. and Pete Drake) would be a breeze to reproduce, but that’s not really the…

4 min.
sounding board

Keeping You Sane Since 1980! Just wanted to say your magazine has been essential to me, especially in these tough times. Hurricane Maria, a 6.5 earthquake and now Coronavirus. Without your monthly issues, I would drive me and my wife crazy! — Jose Ralat Back in the Game Just a quick note of accolades to GW. I’ve recently returned to music and am putting a band together. Reading the interviews from various artists, established and new ones alike, has been very inspirational to me. Keep up the excellent work, GW! And best energy to all you newbies (and oldies like me) coming off the bench and getting in the game! — James McBride First-Generation Beatles Fan It was nice to see the Beatles on the cover of the April 2020 issue. I saw the Beatles at Candlestick…

1 min.
defenders of the faith

Joel Heidelbaugh AGE: 50 HOMETOWN: Ann Arbor, MI GUITARS: ESP LTD Eclipse with EMG H4/H4A pickups, Les Paul Traditional and Studio, Washburn Paul Stanley PS 2000 SONGS I’VE BEEN PLAYING: Kiss “Black Diamond” (live version), Led Zeppelin “The Ocean,” AC/DC “Have a Drink on Me,” Ted Nugent “Stranglehold” GEAR I WANT MOST: Vintage Les Paul and Flying V Alston Adams AGE: 11 HOMETOWN: Steamboat Springs, CO GUITARS: 1958 Gibson Les Paul Junior, Gibson Flying V, 1960 Fender Stratocaster SONGS I’VE BEEN PLAYING: Chuck Berry “Little Queenie,” Joe Walsh “In the City,” Jimi Hendrix “All Along the Watchtower” GEAR I WANT MOST: Fender Jazzmaster (gray) Gerry Wigmore AGE: 57 HOMETOWN: Ladue, MO GUITARS: Taylor GS MiniHog, Taylor GS Mini Koa, Traveler Guitar UltraLight Electric SONGS I’VE BEEN PLAYING: Bruce Springsteen “Youngstown” and “Stolen Car,” the Band “The Weight,” Dave Loggins “Please Come to Boston,” Jackson Frank “Blues…

4 min.
out of the silent planet

ED O’BRIEN’S SIGNATURE Radiohead moment isn’t one of his sustained textural guitar leads or ghostly drones. It’s a fervent, two-note backing vocal that highlights the mid-section of “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi,” the dynamic centerpiece of the art-rock band’s seventh LP, 2007’s In Rainbows. It’s a moment so emotionally pure, it’s inspired a wave of fan-geek memes (hinged on the joke that O’Brien is singing his own first name), and it’s among the guitarist’s favorite moments in their live show. “It was only really during the last bit of Radiohead touring in 2018 that I was suddenly aware — every time I’d stand up to the mic, it was like the whole room was singing along with me,” he tells us, noting that he recorded the studio take while battling the flu. “I’ve always…

1 min.
adam “shmeeans” smirnoff lettuce

1 “I Feel for You” (demo) Prince To hear one of his most popular songs broken down to its bare bones is very humbling and something I never thought I’d hear. Listen to his feel! No question, one of the funkiest guitar players of all time. 2 Mono Neon’s Spotify catalog I think this young man is a complete genius. The way he arranges his songs is so rhythmic and pocket-oriented. You’ll be blown away by his funk! You’ll also need to have a sense of humor (and to be able to deal with lyrics involving farting and things of a sexual nature). 3 “Last Train Home” Pat Metheny Most of what Pat plays is over my head, and I try to take little pieces here and there. He’s truly a harmonic master who every…

3 min.

PHIL DEMMEL’S DEPARTURE from Machine Head in 2018 left the guitarist unsure of his standing within the metal community and questioning his value as a player. Luckily, a quick stint filling in for Gary Holt on a few of Slayer’s last European dates gave Demmel a much-needed jolt of confidence. Joining up with a few old friends for his new BPMD covers project was just as priceless an experience. “I really owe a lot to those three guys for getting me over a hump [with] a lot of self-esteem issues I might’ve been having at the time,” he says. “Just thinking, ‘Hey, these guys believe in you.’ It really helped.” With its former and current members of Overkill, Dream Theater, Vio-Lence and more, BPMD’s pedigree is pure metal royalty, but Demmel is…