A Brief History of Rock and Roll

A fantastic ‘gone-viral’ video link courtesy of Chicago Music Exchange. Alex Chadwick rips through 50 plus years of great rock n’ roll riffs in just over 12 minutes – no mean feat. This is not intended to be one of those ‘Greatest Ever’ lists which provoke debate, heated argument and in the most extreme instances, all out war between the best of friends but a respectful nod to some of the finest guitar riffs ever committed to record (or CD, or digital download depending on your age!) One hundred riffs in one take performed by a very capable musician on a 1958 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster.

 

Marshall Amp Legend Jim Marshall Dies Aged 88

Jim MarshallThe “Father of Loud”, Jim Marshall created kit that was used by some of rocks biggest names, many of whom took to social media sites to offer their condolences at the innovator’s passing.

Guns N’ roses legend, Slash tweeted: “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!”

Motley Crue bassist, Nikki Six said Marshall was “responsible for some of the greatest audio moments in music’s history,” before cheekily adding, “and 50% responsible of all our hearing loss.”

Marshall began building amps in the early ’60′s after realising there was a gap in the market to make a cheaper alternative to other models available at the time. After 6 attempts he finally created an amp he was happy with and the rest, as they say, is history.

His death also comes in the year the company he began celebrates it’s 50th anniversary, culminating with a tribute concert at Wembley Arena including band members from Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, The Cult, Slipknot and joined by legendary guitarists Joe Satriani and Zakk Wylde.

But Axe fans need not worry his legacy is sure to continue for many years to come…and you can also celebrate by collecting incredible replica miniature Marshall Amps.

But enough of me why not let Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake demonstrate the Marshall sound we grew to love, take it away Doug!

“It Might Get Loud” The Best Rock Documentary Ever?

One of the most insightful rock documentaries I have ever seen has to be “It Might Get Loud”.

With it’s innovative approach, it combines a profile of the electric guitar with a portrait of sorts, of 3 very famous rock ‘Gods”, Jimmy Page, Edge and Jack White, three generations of god-like axe geniuses you could say, well I do!

The mystique of the electric guitar is as durable as aspect of rock and roll, this documentary goes some way to unpick (excuse the pun!) that charisma.

For axe heads of any age or taste “It Might Get Loud” gives us the chance to linger in the presence of serious artists in this unlikely summit meeting, half jam session, half student seminar and discover the birth of many riffs and licks. This blew me away, I think it just might do the same to you…

 

Who Is The Best Blues Guitarist Of All Time?

Whoa! Now there’s a question! I bet many an argument has been had over a drink or two, from the smokey, dingy bars of Chicago to the deep corners of the legendary Ronnie Scotts in London. Nearly every music lover will have an opinion, and in reality it’s what does it for you.

Unlike any other exponent of guitar playing the great blues players ability to take a series of notes and turn them into the most incredible emotional solos, licks and timeless riffs is, in my opinion unmatched.

The best had a well documented impact on the music of today, shaping many musical genres and it doesn’t stop there. It has helped shape society in many ways, think about it how often have you heard the phrase, “I’ve got the blues”?

In my (humble!) opinion I don’t believe you can discount the likes of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Leadbelly, Buddy Guy, BB King, Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Rory Gallagher…

But the best?

I just don’t know!

So help me out, tell me yours and to get you in the mood how about this…

30 Of The Best Rock Riffs Of All Time

I remember back in the day when I managed to play the riff to “Smoke on the Water” on the bottom string of my newly bought crap guitar! The memory will never leave me and I’m glad to say I”ve gone on to knock out many more and, given the chance, at ear splitting volume…

We all know that the riff is king, some simple, some complex, but a unique one makes a song and remains timeless…FACT!

So I came across this today, I don’t agree with all of them, but overall it’s a damn fine collection…ENJOY!

Don’t forget to go to our miniature guitar products page and grab your own collectable replica, including some of those actually played in the video…ROCK ON!!

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