Sharing a post from the Pointy-related Echoflower blog, an entire measure of Zappa music.

This is classic Zappa, full of chromatic twists and turns, arpeggio inversions battling each other in parallel harmony and other madness that defies clear categorization.

Play along with (one measure of) “I Come From Nowhere.”

Right here.

7-string wizard Dave Weiner is known as a recording artist and educator as well as being a key member of Steve Vai’s touring band. He’s currently gearing up for Vai’s Passion & Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour and is sharing the process on his YouTube channel. Let’s check out “I Would Love To,” shall we?


Pointy guitars. Get it?

Is this the most useful thing you’ll see on the web today? Probably. Guitar World is sharing a helpful tutorial called “Eight Steps to Becoming a Legendary Hair Metal Guitarist.” They focus on techniques (tapping, pinch harmonics) and stagecraft (jumps and gestures), as well as, perhaps the most essential element, gear. What else would we highlight here besides headstocks?

Some say Eighties headstocks were used to scare off stalkers in the crowd. Others say they were meant to remind the lead singer to sleep with one eye open. Regardless of the actual reason, you’ll need to use razor-sharp headstocks that are strong enough to cut through flesh.

Get your hairspray and get over to GW. 

Right here.

The venerable Guitar Player has posted a list of “The 10 Most Iconic Guitar Amps.” You could probably run down the roster yourself: Fender Twin Reverb, Vox AC 30, Fender Bassman et al. I mean, hey―they’re iconic for good reasons. Here’s what GP says about another legendary amp, the Marshall 1959 Super Lead 100 Watt Plexi:

Introduced in 1965, the amplifier included four inputs, two channels, 100 watts of searing power and a Plexiglas faceplate (hence “Plexi”). Matched with 4×12 cabinets, the 1959 Super Lead helped to popularize the ‘Marshall stack.’ The amplifier can be famously seen being played by Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock.

Read about all 10 and see some videos at GP.

Right here.

Have you heard Marshall Harrison? He is one of the most mind boggling guitarists out there, one we around the PG offices know of almost exclusively from a battery of astounding YouTube clips (like the one below).

Now Harrison has released an album called Transcendental Executioner. According the collection’s CDBaby page, it is, “Recommended if you like Franz Liszt, Niccolo Paganini, Steve Vai.” Get the idea?

Purchase the album at CDBaby.

Right here.

And get your mind blown on Marshall Harrison’s YouTube channel (where he also plays piano and does unreasonably difficult math problems).

Scott Henderson has long been one of those guitarists who can make you shake your head and say, now how the hell did he think of that? Check out his highly evolved and visceral style in this clip of the song “Dolemite.”

Jazz legend Tal Farlow was unquestionably a pioneer of the fretboard (jump back to watch his take on “Misty” here), but it turns out he was also a visionary in terms of guitar design and modification. A new Guitar Aficionado profile takes a look at seven of Farlow’s instruments and their unique twists, including an otherworldly 1951 Gibson ES-140:

(The guitar has) been almost entirely painted bright red, including the fretboard, headstock overlay, pickguard, and single P-90 pickup cover. Farlow asked Gibson for this bizarre paint job when the Red Norvo Trio was hired to back up singer Mel Tormé on his new CBS TV show, which was the first to ever be broadcast in color.

See the piece and read much more at GA.

Right here.