Posts Tagged ‘Video’

Taylor Guitars Introduces The Grand Orchestra [Video]

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

It’s a pretty big event for us here at Fretbase when a major guitar manufacturer like Taylor Guitars introduces a new shape of guitar.  So you can imagine our excitement here at Fretbase when we learned about Taylor’s introduction of the Grand Orchestra guitar – its biggest body shape.  We could tell you all about how Taylor decided to build a big bodied guitar with no pre-conceived notions, but it’s even better to let them tell you themselves.

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Josh Turner Plays Dire Straits’ Sultans of Swing [Bedroom Rockstars]

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

It has been a while since we have had our Bedroom Rockstar feature here on Fretbase, but this video of Josh Turner playing Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits inspired us to bring it back.  We can’t confirm for sure that the video was shot in a bedroom but the laundry basket in the background gives us a high level of confidence.

Josh brings some of his own unique licks to the song and suggests in the comments that the trick to making a song your own is to *not* try to play the song along with the recording.  He plays it here form memory and blows us away.

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Paul Simon Plays 12-String Martin Guitar on New Video ‘The Afterlife’

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Here at Fretbase, we always keep an eye out for a classic musician playing a classic guitar.  So you can imagine that we were pretty happy to find Paul Simon playing a 12-String Martin guitar on the video for “The Afterlife,” the first single from his new album So Beautiful or So What.  The album marks Simon’s first output of new material since his album Surprise released in 2006.  We are used to seeing Simon playing Martin OM’s and he is also known to pull the occasional Taylor guitar into his studio, but it is always good to see him playing a different kind of a Martin.

Video of Paul and his Martin 12-String can be seen after the jump. Or, if you are more interested in a Martin 12-string, you can check out the Martin D12-28 on Fretbase.

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10 Great Double-Neck Guitar Videos

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

jimmyAhhh, the double-neck guitar.  Is there anything more rock-n-roll than the double-neck guitar?  Sometimes one guitar isn’t enough and you can’t be bothered with a roadie handing you another guitar in mid-song, so you strap on the two-headed monster of rock.  It doesn’t matter what kind of music you play, if you’re any good at guitar or if you’re a two-handed virtuoso, when you have a double-neck guitar held in a vertical fashion, you rock (see right).

Here are 10 awesome double-neck guitar videos!  Got others?  Put them in the comments and help create one of the most rockin’est posts evar!

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Look Ma, No Guitar!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Ok this one is a trip…

This guy uses just his voice and a microphone to create a lead guitar sound.   I’d say his vocal chords sound like a Stratocaster with humbuckers through a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier and a TS808 screamer.  He trades a few licks back and forth with a real guitar players.   We’re not sure what his name but if you do please let us know in the comments.  Special hat tip to GuitarKadia for this one.  Check it out…

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Metallica on Discovery’s Time Warp (video)

Monday, May 11th, 2009

A couple of weeks back Metallica was featured on the super-slow motion TV show Time Warp.  Time Warp is on the Discovery Channel and features MIT scientist and teacher Jeff Lieberman — along with digital-imaging expert Matt Kearney — using super slow motion cameras to “bring truly never-before-seen wonders into a form that your body can actually process”.

In the Metallica episode they featured each of the band members doing what they do best but slowed down into super slow motion.   Check out some of the clips…

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Prince Plays Fender Stratocaster on Tonight Show (with Video)

Monday, March 30th, 2009

While most people who think of Prince like to think of his singing and dancing, the guy plays a pretty mean electric guitar.  But as he gets older (he’s 51), Prince is shifting from his less conventional guitars like this one to something more standard.  Prince was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week to promote the two CD’s of his music that he’s releasing through Target this week – LOtUSFLOW3R and MPLSoUND (don’t try to even say their names – much less say them five times fast).  Instead of playing one of his regular purple concoctions, this time Prince showed up playing a light blue Fender Stratocaster – still a little out there but definitely more conventional.  Click on to see the video.

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Right Hand Fingerstyle Technique (with video)

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

When playing fingerstyle, the goal is to position your hand so that your fingers can get the G-B-E strings with a stroke that is perpendicular to the floor.  Your thumb should be elongated as it hits the bass strings.  Some people do this naturally and for others (like this author), this really takes some work.  My teacher recently recommended a video of one of the great bossa nova fingerstylists – Joao Gilberto – to show me how it’s really done. The song is awfully good too.  See Video.

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How Guitar Strings Are Made (w/ video)

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Last week we posted on how guitar amps are made and it turned out to be a pretty popular story on Fretbase (thanks Josh!).  So we thought we’d bring you another one of these cool “How It’s Made” videos but this time we have a video on how guitar strings are made.

Discovery’s “How It’s Made” made a trip to the D’Addario string factory to film the mini-documentary on string manufacturing.  See the video…

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