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Guitar merchandise: “Randy Rhoads: The Quiet Riot Years”

Randy Rhoads: The Quiet Riot Years

Preorders For New Book Begin April 1, 2012!

“Randy Rhoads: The Quiet Riot Years”, a new book from QUIET RIOT‘s personal photographer/lighting director Ron Sobol, will be available for pre-order starting around April 1 from

Enhanced by a rich collection of Ron Sobol‘s evocative photographs, rare video footage and moving personal memories, coupled with a raft of Kevin DuBrow‘s original memorabilia, this is the captivating story of QUIET RIOT‘s near-impossible journey to superstardom, a story that first began on March 3, 1975 with legendary guitar icon Randy Rhoads in tow. Rocked by adversity at every turn, refusing to give up, resolute that it was their way or the highway, QUIET RIOT truly epitomize the word survivor, by eventually becoming one of the most popular bands in heavy metal history.

“Randy Rhoads: The Quiet Riot Years” is being published by Red Match Productions, with exclusive distribution through Guitar World. As a bonus, this book comes with a 90-minute DVD documentary of the QUIET RIOT years with Randy, containing interview footage telling the story of the band. The DVD will also feature the song “Hymn 11″ from French-Algerian artist Pierre Bensusan, globally known as the “Mozart of Guitar”, taken from his “Altiplatos” album.

*source: RoadRunner Records

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Jim Marshall 1923-2012: musicians pay tribute

The music world woke up to the news that Jim Marshall, the founder of Marshall Amplification, whose inventions and innovations not only changed the sound of rock music but the look of it as well.

Jim Marshall

Jim Marshall: 1923-2012

With heartfelt love and appreciation, musicians took to social media to pay their respects to the Guv’nor, the Father of Loud, a man who quite literally gave them their sound. Here are some of their messages:

Joe Satriani: I’m deeply saddened on the news of Jim Marshall’s passing. He created the tone we all cherish in rock: Big, bold, beautiful and in your face. With every power chord, soaring melody and searing lead we will continue to salute his legacy. R.I.P. Lord of Loud, Jim Marshall.”

Slash: “The news of Jim Marshall passing is deeply saddening. R & R will never be the same w/out him. But, his amps will live on FOREVER! \,,/,”

Zakk Wylde: “GOD BLESS FATHER MARSHALL… I Thank The GOOD LORD I was Blessed To have You In My Life… You Rule.”

Wylde then re-Tweeted: GOD BLESS FATHER MARSHALL… The Saying goes, ‘Leave This World a Better Place, Then Before You Got Here’…He Did”

Joe Bonamassa: “A very sad day for the Marshall family. My thoughts and prayers go out to Paul and his family. Rest in Peace Jim Marshall OBE…”

Joe Perry: Great sorrow hearing bout the great Jim Marshall passing. Everytime we plug in and make people smile, we owe him debt beyond counting!!!”

Tom Morello: “Amp stolen in ’88. The store hadda Marshall vs latest solidstate fancy one. Flipped a coin. Changed my sound & my life. RIP Jim Marshall & thanks”

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Gear advice: Ibanez releases a limited edition Tubescreamer pedal – the TS930TH

The best selling overdrive pedal of all time celebrates its 30th birthday the same way almost everyone else does: by dressing up fancy and getting lit. Luckily there will be no regrets in the morning. This TS9′s illumination is caused by a high intensity green LED. Add to that a custom green plated finish, transparent green knobs, a 30th anniversary name plate, and you’ve now got yourself the overdrive that the legends love, as well as a limited edition pedal that’s bound to become a collectors item.

See the juicy specs and pretty product shot on the Ibanez website:

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Gear advice: A comparison of the Ibanez Tubescreamer TS9 and a Maxon OD9

This is a good little video comparison of two different pedal brand versions of one great pedal tone. The classic Ibanez Tubescreamer TS9 and a Maxon OD9. Both sound very close, but the OD9 appears to be a little brighter. Both sound excellent in our opinion still and we’d be happy to own both! Hear the demo by the famous gearmanndude on YouTube:

Tubescreamer pedal shootout vintage Ibanez TS9 & Maxon OD9

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Gear advice: what’s the difference between glued in and bolt-on necks?

The quick answer is that glued in necks represent the traditional way of building an instrument and can be seen as a throwback from the violin building industry, which dates back a few hundred years.

Bolt-on necks represent a relatively new building tradition, which was popularised by Leo Fender in the 1950s. Leo was an engineer and he considered that having replaceable necks meant fewer spoiled instruments as defective necks could be very quickly replaced, whereas glued-in necks which were found to be faulty after manufacture often weren’t.

Sound wise, guitar folklore insists that glued-in necks offer greater sustain and bolt-on more dynamics and ‘twang’.

Guitar bolt-on neck

A guitar with bolt-on neck

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The Allmighty Riff: Suggestions for Stimulating Musical Creativity

Every great rock song has a great riff, be it a single-note melody or a chordal-based sequence, and that’s probably what makes it a great song. Like a great frontman, a really good rock riff should have a hypnotic, star quality. A great riff can take you over; you might find yourself playing it repeatedly for ten minutes. There’s something about it that makes you want to indulge in it.

Billy Corgan live

[Billy Corgan - The Smashing Pumpkins] “Siva,” from our first album, Gish, had one of those riffs that let me know immediately that I had a song, even though I had yet to work out all the parts. That riff sounded like my band-it had instant identity-and it got my blood going right away. There was something about it that was so distinctive that it made a lot of other songs I’d written seem wimpy and weak by comparison. Since then, I’ve always tried to find that weird marriage of a great riff and a song that fits with the riff. The “Siva” riff crystallized everything I was trying to do with the band. It had power and immediacy, and the song seemed to write itself around the riff.

When I wrote “Siva,” I was working in a record shop, and I used to bring an acoustic guitar in with me to work. When no one was in the store, I’d just sit behind the counter and play. So, this was a riff that I wrote on acoustic, keeping in mind that I would transfer it to loud, heavily distorted guitar later. It was buzzin’ in my head!

The Smashing Pumpkins – Siva

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Welcome to Fast Guitar Techniques!

Welcome to Fast Guitar Techniques, the free and useful guide for learning to play the guitar. We are a couple of keen guitar players who wish to share what we have learnt over the years of playing in a simple and clear guide.

The tutorials are broken down into different categories, based on difficulty, and level of progression. The individual tutorials contain images and audio clips to enhance the user experience.

We hope you find the topics useful and that they help you improve your playing. Good luck and have fun!

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