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Author: Tyler Larson

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Welcome to Guitar Villains! I'm your host, Tyler Larson. Why Guitar Villains? Because villains are cooler than heroes, it’s just a fact. This is a podcast by guitar players for guitar players and over the course of this series we’ll talk to some of the most creative and innovative minds in the community about how they’ve achieved the things they have on the instrument and how you can become a better player yourself.
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Today’s guitar villain is Bumblefoot. The unmistakeable wall of sound behind the bands Asia, and Sons of Apollo, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal is one of the most creative and staggeringly good guitar players you’ll find. With his trusty double neck Vigier, containing both a standard and fretless six string neck, Bumblefoot crafts riffs and licks that will make you wonder if what you’re hearing can actually come from human fingers. With an obsession for hot sauce and a powerful braided beard that would make even John Petrucci do a double take, you’re in for a real treat on this episode of Guitar Villains.Intro and Bumblefoot's supervillain alter-ego: 0:00Burning Questions: 9:30Name Those Notes: 12:20The best guitar teachers all do this: 33:00The power of the bebop scale: 37:00The melody is not for itself: 39:40The hardest and easiest thing about guitar: 41:13A fretless guitar mini-lesson: 44:15 The weirdest tour stories you’ll ever hear: 47:26The spooky tale of the haunted stage and ghostly guitar pick: 49:15Bumblefoot’s favorite airplane album: 52:48Bumblefoot’s dream band: 54:04Bumblefoot’s supervillain advice: 55:03Bumblefoot's WebsiteBumblefoot's Hot SaucesSign up for Guitar Super System, the most popular independent guitar learning platform on the internet: https://bit.ly/GVBF007
Today’s guitar villain is Misha Mansoor, a key founder of the beguiling genre of Djent and an overall machine of a guitar player. Misha is the mastermind behind the wall of sound that is the band Periphery, a signature artist of Jackson guitars and BareKnuckle pickups, the founder of the excellent Get Good Drums software, and an avid sports car enthusiast. Misha is also the founder of Horizon Devices, a company featuring some truly spectacular guitar pedals like the Apex PreAmp and Flux Echo, and now, most recently, they’re making guitar strings. With that resume, you better prepare yourself, because it’s time for this episode of Guitar Villains.Intro and Misha’s supervillain alter-ego: 0:00Burning Questions: 6:14Misha’s backward sense of harmony: 11:10Problem-solving in songwriting: 15:10Name Those Notes: 16:44The re-release and return of Bulb: 27:35Guitar playing from the producer perspective: 30:14The hardest and easiest thing about playing guitar: 32:22The most important skill guitar players ignore: 34:34Writing music starting with a drum groove: 37:02The problem with drum loops: 40:29The difference between delay and echo: 42:00Misha’s dream band: 45:59Misha’s favorite airplane album: 48:56Misha’s supervillain advice: 49:39Check out Horizon DevicesCheck out GetGood DrumsFollow Periphery on YouTube Sign up for Guitar Super System, the most popular independent guitar learning platform on the internet: https://bit.ly/GVMM006
Today’s guitar villain is Jason Richardson, a technical master of guitar playing and an equally adept composer of complex and interesting music. If you tabbed out his guitar solos, they’d look like barcodes. If someone asks Jason, "Hey Jason, how fast?" Jason simply responds "YES". We’re gonna break the speed limit and have a great time doing it on this episode of Guitar Villains.Intro and Jason Richardson's supervillain alter-ego: Burning Questions: 7:50The best $1,730 ever spent: 11:50How to play as fast as humanly possible: 13:40Name Those Notes: 16:55Blending cinematic and classical genres with metal: 26:05Jason's new signature EBMM Rorschach Red Cutlass: 31:17Almost dying in Austria: 41:28Jason's favorite airplane album: 46:16Jason's dream band: 48:25Jason's supervillain advice: 51:30Jason's new signature Ernie Ball Music Man CutlassFollow Jason on YouTubeSign up for Guitar Super System, the most popular independent guitar learning platform on the internet: http://bit.ly/GVJR005
Today’s guitar villain is Tommy Emmanuel. One of the most musical guitar players you’ll ever hear, Tommy has been dropping the jaws of audiences for decades with this impeccable acoustic guitar playing that sounds more like an entire band than just one person. With flawless rhythm, unreal technique and a way of playing that just makes you laugh, Tommy’s musicianship is captivating in a way that will inspire you to pick up your guitar, or, maybe, just set it down and watch. Tommy’s way of explaining things is another testament to his world class talent, so you may yourself coming back to this one over and over, on this episode of Guitar Villains.Intro and Tommy Emmanuel's supervillain alter-ego: 0:00Burning Questions: 7:14The sound of tuning perfection: 11:12Name Those Notes: 15:19Dress up, show up, and do your best: 29:09The difficulty of instrumental songwriting: 31:10Tommy's unique approach to guitar playing: 33:35The hardest and easiest thing about guitar: 37:49Tommy Hollywood is working on a movie, The Tiger Rising: 38:42Tommy's favorite airplane album: 42:10Tommy's dream band: 42:46Tommy's supervillain advice: 43:35Tommy Emmanuel on YouTubeTommy's websiteSign up for Guitar Super System, the most popular independent guitar learning platform on the internet: http://bit.ly/GVTE004
Today’s guitar villain is Tim Henson. An innovator of the guitar and a no-nonsense straight-shooter, Tim has cemented himself in the guitar world as a cutting edge riff-writer, combining elements of tapping, slapping, harmonics, and rhythmic displays second to none. Fronting his instrumental prog outfit Polyphia, Tim has produced some of the most unique and fun guitar moments to fill your eardrums with, and the only thing more refreshing than his music is his no-bullshit demeanor. You’re gonna enjoy this one, so let’s kick off this episode of Guitar Villains.  WARNING: Explicit content.Intro and Tim Henson's supervillain alter-ego: 0:00Burning Questions: 17:03Tim's Guitar Approach – Hooks and Flexes: 19:35Blending rap and instrumental music: 23:50A bad acid trip yields a great music video: 26:20Name Those Notes: 30:00Tim's love of Jimi Hendrix: 37:27New Polyphia music: 41:06Tim's unique guitar technique: 44:46The hardest and easiest thing about guitar: 49:29Tim's favorite airplane album: 54:34Tim's dream band: 55:20Tim's supervillain advice: 1:00:05Follow Polyphia on YouTube: http://bit.ly/Polyphia_GVFollow Tim on YouTube: http://bit.ly/Tim_GVSign up for Guitar Super System, the most popular independent guitar learning platform on the internet: http://bit.ly/GVTH003
Today’s Guitar Villain is Joe Satriani. Known in his truest form as a literal alien, Satriani’s music can certainly transport you to various places in the universe, and after paving the way for so many guitar players after him, Satch is still the master of the six-string sonic highway we’re all driving down. With dozens of Grammy nominations and what seems like an endless catalogue of music, Joe is constantly innovating and always inspiring in the realm of guitar, and if you know me, you know how pumped I am for this episode of Guitar Villains.Intro and Joe Satriani's supervillain alter-ego: 0:00Burning Questions: 13:45Name Those Notes: 29:33Joe's latest album, Shapeshifting and his studio recording tips: 44:45Joe's Shapeshifting gear choices: 48:35Joe's favorite airplane album: 53:15The Satriani title-track phenomenon: 55:03Joe Satriani's dream band: 57:35Joe's supervillain advice: 59:40The brilliance of Eddie Van Halen (this podcast was recorded just hours prior to the news of Eddie's passing–I thought I'd timestamp this comment Joe made): 1:01:45Check out Joe's latest album, Shapeshifting, streaming everywhere now: http://bit.ly/JS_GuitarVillainsSign up for Guitar Super System, the most popular independent guitar learning platform on the internet: http://bit.ly/GVJS002
Today’s guitar villain is John Petrucci. A legendary riff-writer, almighty shred-lord, dedicated gym-rat. purveyor of fine bourbon, and all-around nice guy, this bearded phenom who some believe to be a wizard or even God himself is here to spill his guitar secrets. John has recently dropped on us his second solo album entitled Terminal Velocity, which we’ll dive deep inside. I’ll also be challenging the prog prince in ways he’s never been challenged before, and I am honored to have him as the inaugural guest of the very first episode of Guitar Villains.Intro and John Petrucci's supervillain alter-ego: 00:00Burning Questions: 9:10Name Those Notes: 18:20 John's new album, Terminal Velocity: 33:34John's craziest G3 story and reuniting with Mike Portnoy: 47:25The evolution of John's guitar tone and his secret 8-string signature guitar: 55:35John's favorite airplane album: 1:03:10John's dream band: 1:04:231:05:40: John's supervillain adviceCheck out John's brand new solo album, Terminal Velocity, streaming everywhere now: http://bit.ly/JP_GuitarVillainsSign up for Guitar Super System, the most popular independent guitar learning platform on the internet: http://bit.ly/GVJP001
Welcome to Guitar Villains! I'm your host, Tyler Larson. Why Guitar Villains? Because villains are cooler than heroes, it’s just a fact. Premiering Wednesday, October 7, 'Guitar Villains' is a podcast by guitar players for guitar players and over the course of this series we’ll talk to some of the most creative and innovative minds in the community about how they’ve achieved the things they have on the instrument and how you can become a better player yourself. Season 1 of Guitar Villains features some of the world's greatest guitar players, including Tommy Emmanuel, Tim Henson, Bumblefoot, and the show's inaugural guest, John Petrucci.
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