Jul 27

great rock guitar solosObviously, there are more than 15 great guitar solos in rock music history. 

So the only way I can do this with any semblance of fairness is to base my picks not only listening to the technical qualities of the guitar solo, but factor in the historical importance of the performer who played the guitar solo. As in, did they influence more people to want to play guitar?

Posted in guitar, paul gilbert
Jul 20

Here's a photo from the last Mr. Big tour of Japan. There were giant video screens above the stage, to make us look larger than life. 

That's all good, but I'm just proud to have my thumb hanging over the neck, the guitar hanging good and low, and my left leg in the middle of a mighty stomp.

Rock and Roll!


Posted in guitar, paul gilbert
Jul 16

I have been an ArtistWorks student for over a year now, learning guitar with Bryan Sutton.  I still find it somewhat incredible to be able to say, “Bryan Sutton is my bluegrass flat pick teacher.” 

Bryan’s accomplishments and recognition in the world of bluegrass is legendary: 8 time Guitar Player of the Year from the International Bluegrass Association plus five albums, including his latest, Into My Own which got him a Grammy nomination and universal acclaim.   Bryan has already won a Grammy Award for the song “Whiskey before Breakfast” which he played along with perhaps the greatest flat picker of all time, Doc Watson. If you want to experience flat picking at its greatest, listen to that cut on Doc Watson’s album, Best of the Sugar Hill Years:

Jul 10

Martin Taylor has been hosting a series of guitar retreats, and the next one takes place in the Catskill Mountains in New York, July 13-17. Designed for players of all levels and styles, Martin's retreats are a great opportunity to get immersed in your guitar with other players in a beautiful surrounding. This year Martin is joined by a few guest instructors which include the guitarist Woody Mann and luthier Jim Cunningham. Some of the topics they'll be covering in workshops include fingerstyle, improv, composition and arranging - plus a lot more of course. 

These retreats are also where Martin is able to initiate conversations with guitarists from around the world and help them with their playing, which is great because they can continue that relationship through the power of Video Exchange® at ArtistWorks. Watch the video for a closer look at the retreat and what some of his students are saying about the experience. For more info visit

Jul 6

Last month in mid-June my band (the Blasters) played a couple of nights at Fitzgerald’s in the West side Chicago neighborhood of Berwyn and we were lucky once again to have Chicago blues legend Billy Boy Arnold join us as a guest artist. Sixty years ago, Billy Boy recorded his first hit single for Vee-Jay Records, including the future blues standards “I Wish You Would” and “I Ain’t Got You.”

Although just 20 years old at the time of its release, Billy Boy had already studied harp with Chicago legend John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson AKA “Sonny Boy I” and knew or had played with most of the leading lights of Chicago blues, not to mention performing on the hit single “I’m A Man” with his childhood friend Bo Diddley.

Posted in Blues, guitar, keith wyatt