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Congratulations To Shallow Royale, Winners Of The Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition!

The results are finally in! For weeks, OurStage guitarists have been battling each other and melting faces with their gnarliest riffs and licks, all for a chance to win our Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition. However, there was only one band mighty enough to take the lead and conquer all. The winner of this ongoing shredfest is Shallow Royale for their song “Son Of Liberty.” Based out of American Canyon, Calif., this three-piece has stuck it out through many obstacles, recently with the addition of a new bassist, to keep their big sound alive. The winning guitar solo is played by Chase Crow, one of two brothers who are founding members of the band. Check out Chase’s incredible riffs in the playlist below.

As their prize, not only will they be featured in an upcoming issue of Guitar Player magazine, but they will also be taking home a year’s supply of Ernie Ball strings and accessories! So congratulations, Shallow Royale. Your axe-wielding skills have fared you well. May the rock be with you.

 

Tommy Bolin’s Posthumous New Release

This summer OurStage, Guitar Player magazine, and Ernie Ball teamed up to offer aspiring guitarists a chance to win the ultimate Grand Prize with the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition. The judges are deliberating on a winner as we speak! The winner be featured in an upcoming edition of Guitar Player. While you wait for the big news, here’s some exclusive editorial content fresh from guitarplayer.com—enjoy.

“When I was a little kid, I was just consumed by the fact that Tommy Bolin was all over the map,” says producer Greg Hampton, who recently partnered with Warren Haynes to release the labor of love, Tommy Bolin and Friends: Great Gypsy Soul [Samson/429 Records]. “He was incredibly diverse musically, and that’s what attracted me to him. He became a huge influence on me.”

Read more: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/the-making-of-great-gypsy-soul/148972

Published by Michael Molenda, Guitar Player magazine

 

Jason Becker Super Hero

OurStage, Guitar Player magazine, and Ernie Ball are teaming up this summer to offer aspiring guitarists a chance to win the ultimate Grand Prize. With the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition. The competition is now closed for entries, but fans can still judge and rank their favorite shred-masters for a chance to win a year’s subscription to Guitar Player magazine! If you’ve got an ear for fantastic fret-work, judge now! Throughout the competition, we’ll be bringing you exclusive editorial content fresh from guitarplayer.com—enjoy.

“What do you think he’d be doing if he were playing today?” This is a question guitarists love to ponder when discussing heroes like Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Stevie Ray Vaughan, or any other player whose career was cut short by a premature, untimely death. But what if the guitar hero didn’t die? What if, through no fault of his own, a brilliant guitarist was simply no longer able to play guitar? That doesn’t come up in conversation nearly as often, unless the guitarist in question is one Jason Eli Becker.

Read more: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/jason-becker-super-hero/148973

Published by Matt Blackett, Guitar Player magazine


Staffan Johansson on Minimalism

OurStage, Guitar Player magazine, and Ernie Ball are teaming up this summer to offer aspiring guitarists a chance to win the ultimate Grand Prize, and there’s only one day left to enter! Enter the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition by August 17 for your shot to win your very own feature in Guitar Player magazine, and a year’s supply of strings and accessories from Ernie Ball! Throughout the competition, we’ll be bringing you exclusive editorial content fresh from guitarplayer.com—enjoy!

It kind of sounds like atmospheric rockabilly, but that doesn’t account for the strains of tango, 1920’s jazz, and “Weimar Republic cabaret” that Carver Combo bandleader Peter Murphy (not the Bauhaus lead singer) cites as his band’s influences. In any case, the broad musical spectrum of the Stockholm, Sweden group definitely keeps its guitarist Staffan Johansson on his toes. But rather than attack Carver Combo’s stylistic Smörgåstårta with multi-textural orchestrations, Johansson embraces savvy dashes of minimalism to punctuate the music’s ebb and flow.

Read more: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/staffan-johansson-on-minimalism/148953

 

Carolyn Wonderland’s Telecaster Blues

OurStage, Guitar Player magazine, and Ernie Ball are teaming up this summer to offer aspiring guitarists a chance to win the ultimate Grand Prize. Enter the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition by August 17 for your shot to win your very own feature in Guitar Player magazine, a year’s supply of strings and accessories from Ernie Ball, and more! Throughout the competition, we’ll be bringing you exclusive editorial content fresh from guitarplayer.com—enjoy!

“When Carolyn Wonderland took the stage at Yoshi’s in Oakland, California, the crowd didn’t know exactly what to make of her at first. She appeared somewhat shy and unassuming, armed with a Tele, a lap-steel, and a tiny Fender combo. As the band went into the opener, the first thing listeners were struck by was her singing voice, an amazing instrument unto itself, with uncommon power, dynamics, and range. Comparisons to Janis Joplin are inevitable, but Wonderland possesses a purity of tone that is all her own.”

Read more: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/carolyn-wonderland/148795

Published by Matt Blackett, Guitar Player Magazine

Who Has The Sickest Riffs? You Decide In The Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition

Hey there, fans! We need your help finding the best OurStage shredder. There are tons of talented guitarists competing in the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition, but it is up to YOU to tune in and judge for the ultimate king of noodling. The winner will be featured in an upcoming issue of Guitar Player magazine and will also win a year’s supply of Ernie Ball strings and accessories! So what are you waiting for? Crank the volume up to 11, and click here to vote for your favorite OurStage guitar solo!

Lita Ford Cuts the Crap

OurStage, Guitar Player magazine, and Ernie Ball are teaming up this summer to offer aspiring guitarists a chance to win the ultimate Grand Prize. Enter the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition by August 17 for your shot to win your very own feature in Guitar Player magazine, a year’s supply of strings and accessories from Ernie Ball, and more! Throughout the competition, we’ll be bringing you exclusive editorial content fresh from guitarplayer.com — enjoy!

“THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ME,” exclaims Lita Ford when I mention her previous album, 2009’s Wicked Wonderland. “It was out of my control. There are so many devices and plug-ins and all kinds of crap on everything. That’s not who I am. When I first started playing, I figured if I couldn’t cut it as a guitar player just plugging straight into an amplifier, then I should stop playing guitar. Effects, layering, stacking—f**k that! Just plug in the damn guitar and play it.”

And that’s just what Ford and producer Gary Hoey did on her new release, Living Like a Runaway [SPV/Steamhammer].

“Gary got me immediately,” says Ford. “So this album was all about what I love about pure and basic rock music. We did vocals and guitars first, to ensure we captured the bare emotion of the songs, and then we cut bass and drums. If playing to a click track took away from the feel I wanted, then we didn’t use one. The other musicians had to play to my time.

“I’m a real feel person, and it was so great to get back to that. In fact, seeing a Pink Floyd documentary on VH1 Classics really inspired me while we were recording. Their stuff was so real—they just went with what was in their hearts and laid it down. That was it. And they’d come up with this beautiful journey of music. After watching that show, I was even more determined that nothing fake or calculated get on this album.”

Ford used mostly comfy “old friends” while tracking Living Like a Runaway.

“My BC Rich ‘Black Widow’ Warlocks are so damn powerful,” she says. “Nothing beats those. They’ve got the beef for big crunch power chords and long, sustaining solos. I’ve got preamp switches built into some of them, and when you click on the preamp, it will blow your ass through the freaking wall. I also used my BC Rich Stoli vodkabottle guitar—which sounds like death—a new DBZ Bolero, and a Taylor Grand Symphony acoustic. My favorite strings are GHS Boomers, gauged .009-.042, and I use this bizarre-looking pick that Ritchie Blackmore once gave me. I loved that pick so much I used it exclusively for three months during a Runaways tour with the Ramones. Happily, Pickboy makes them now—they used to be so hard to come by. For amps, we used Marshall JCM 800s, Peavey 5150s, and old Soldanos. My cables are Monster Cable and custom models from guitarcables.com with kill switches on the jacks.”

After a recent and ugly divorce (“I left with the shirt on my back”) — as well as suffering through career decisions made mostly by her former husband — Ford views Living Like a Runaway as a heartfelt manifesto of freedom and empowerment.

“I’m free to pursue my dreams now, and answer to no one,” she says. “What’s so great about rock music is that there are no rules. You can do whatever you want. So, right now, I’m just being Lita.”

Published by Michael Molenda, Guitar Player Magazine

 

Calling All Guitarists – Enter Now For A Chance To Be Featured In Guitar Player Magazine!

Are you a guitarist? Ever wonder what it would be like to be featured in Guitar Player magazine? Well, now is your chance to put your skills to the test!

If you think you’ve got what it takes, and you have a song on OurStage with a guitar solo longer than 10 seconds, then enter the track in our Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition by August 17. Thousands of music fans on Ourstage, along with the staff of Guitar Player magazine, will vote for the best, most shred-tastic song in the competition. The winner will be featured in an upcoming issue of Guitar Player magazine in praise of their glorious riffing.

So plug in that guitar, and start shredding the gnar. The path to glory is only a riff away!

Jack Bruce On Vernon Reid And Spectrum Road

OurStage, Guitar Player magazine, and Ernie Ball are teaming up this summer to offer aspiring guitarists a chance to win the ultimate Grand Prize. Enter the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition by August 17 for your shot to win your very own feature in Guitar Player magazine, a year’s supply of strings and accessories from Ernie Ball, and more! Throughout the competition, we’ll be bringing you exclusive editorial content, like this Q&A, fresh from guitarplayer.com—enjoy!

“What were the motivating factors behind your decision to form Spectrum Road?

I was touring in Europe with my band the Cuicoland Express a few years back with Vernon. I always try to get him in my bands whenever I can because he’s my favorite guitar player. We got to talking and that led to the Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute band and a series of gigs in Japan. Eventually it morphed into Spectrum Road, which is a band inspired by the music and spirit of Tony Williams. In my mind John Medeski is a modern day version of [original Lifetime keyboardist] Larry Young, and Cindy Blackman is a direct link to Tony Williams because she studied with him when she was little.”

Read more: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/jack-bruce-on-vernon-reid-and-spectrum-road/148621

-Published by Vinnie DeMasi, Guitar Player magazine

Guitarists – Got A Song With A Great Solo? Enter Now For A Chance To Appear in Guitar Player Magazine!

Guitarists know that a memorable solo can turn an ordinary axman into a legend.  Now OurStage and Guitar Player Magazine are joining forces to find out if your personal riff is the greatest one of all.

If you have a song with an epic solo that lasts longer than 10 seconds, we’ve got an opportunity for you—one that could land you within the same pages as all your guitar heroes. Submit your best material to the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition between now and August 17. We’ll take the entries and share them with our massive community of music fans who, along with the editorial staff of Guitar Player Magazine, will decide whose solo truly dominates. The winner will nab a feature in Guitar Player Magazine and more.

What are you waiting for? String your axe and get shredding!

 


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