Congratulations To Shallow Royale, Winners Of The Guitar Player "Take The Lead" Competition!

The results are finally in! For weeks, OurStage guitarists have been battling each other and melting faces with their gnarliest riffs and licks, all for a chance to win our Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition. However, there was only one band mighty enough to take the lead and conquer all. The winner of this ongoing shredfest is Shallow Royale for their song “Son Of Liberty.” Based out of American Canyon, Calif., this three-piece has stuck it out through many obstacles, recently with the addition of a new bassist, to keep their big sound alive. The winning guitar solo is played by Chase Crow, one of two brothers who are founding members of the band. Check out Chase’s incredible riffs in the playlist below.

As their prize, not only will they be featured in an upcoming issue of Guitar Player magazine, but they will also be taking home a year’s supply of Ernie Ball strings and accessories! So congratulations, Shallow Royale. Your axe-wielding skills have fared you well. May the rock be with you.

 

Tommy Bolin's Posthumous New Release

This summer OurStage, Guitar Player magazine, and Ernie Ball teamed up to offer aspiring guitarists a chance to win the ultimate Grand Prize with the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition. The judges are deliberating on a winner as we speak! The winner be featured in an upcoming edition of Guitar Player. While you wait for the big news, here’s some exclusive editorial content fresh from guitarplayer.com”enjoy.

“When I was a little kid, I was just consumed by the fact that Tommy Bolin was all over the map,” says producer Greg Hampton, who recently partnered with Warren Haynes to release the labor of love, Tommy Bolin and Friends: Great Gypsy Soul [Samson/429 Records]. “He was incredibly diverse musically, and that’s what attracted me to him. He became a huge influence on me.”

Read more: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/the-making-of-great-gypsy-soul/148972

Published by Michael Molenda, Guitar Player magazine

 

Jason Becker Super Hero

OurStage, Guitar Player magazine, and Ernie Ball are teaming up this summer to offer aspiring guitarists a chance to win the ultimate Grand Prize. With the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition. The competition is now closed for entries, but fans can still judge and rank their favorite shred-masters for a chance to win a year’s subscription to Guitar Player magazine! If you’ve got an ear for fantastic fret-work, judge now! Throughout the competition, we’ll be bringing you exclusive editorial content fresh from guitarplayer.com”enjoy.

What do you think he’d be doing if he were playing today? This is a question guitarists love to ponder when discussing heroes like Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Stevie Ray Vaughan, or any other player whose career was cut short by a premature, untimely death. But what if the guitar hero didn’t die? What if, through no fault of his own, a brilliant guitarist was simply no longer able to play guitar? That doesn’t come up in conversation nearly as often, unless the guitarist in question is one Jason Eli Becker.

Read more: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/jason-becker-super-hero/148973

Published by Matt Blackett, Guitar Player magazine


Staffan Johansson on Minimalism

OurStage, Guitar Player magazine, and Ernie Ball are teaming up this summer to offer aspiring guitarists a chance to win the ultimate Grand Prize, and there’s only one day left to enter! Enter the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition by August 17 for your shot to win your very own feature in Guitar Player magazine, and a year’s supply of strings and accessories from Ernie Ball! Throughout the competition, we’ll be bringing you exclusive editorial content fresh from guitarplayer.com”enjoy!

It kind of sounds like atmospheric rockabilly, but that doesn’t account for the strains of tango, 1920’s jazz, and Weimar Republic cabaret that Carver Combo bandleader Peter Murphy (not the Bauhaus lead singer) cites as his band’s influences. In any case, the broad musical spectrum of the Stockholm, Sweden group definitely keeps its guitarist Staffan Johansson on his toes. But rather than attack Carver Combo’s stylistic Smí¶rgí¥stí¥rta with multi-textural orchestrations, Johansson embraces savvy dashes of minimalism to punctuate the music’s ebb and flow.

Read more: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/staffan-johansson-on-minimalism/148953

 

Carolyn Wonderland's Telecaster Blues

OurStage, Guitar Player magazine, and Ernie Ball are teaming up this summer to offer aspiring guitarists a chance to win the ultimate Grand Prize. Enter the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition by August 17 for your shot to win your very own feature in Guitar Player magazine, a year’s supply of strings and accessories from Ernie Ball, and more! Throughout the competition, we’ll be bringing you exclusive editorial content fresh from guitarplayer.com”enjoy!

“When Carolyn Wonderland took the stage at Yoshi’s in Oakland, California, the crowd didn’t know exactly what to make of her at first. She appeared somewhat shy and unassuming, armed with a Tele, a lap-steel, and a tiny Fender combo. As the band went into the opener, the first thing listeners were struck by was her singing voice, an amazing instrument unto itself, with uncommon power, dynamics, and range. Comparisons to Janis Joplin are inevitable, but Wonderland possesses a purity of tone that is all her own.”

Read more: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/carolyn-wonderland/148795

Published by Matt Blackett, Guitar Player Magazine

Who Has The Sickest Riffs? You Decide In The Guitar Player "Take The Lead" Competition

Hey there, fans! We need your help finding the best OurStage shredder. There are tons of talented guitarists competing in the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition, but it is up to YOU to tune in and judge for the ultimate king of noodling. The winner will be featured in an upcoming issue of Guitar Player magazine and will also win a year’s supply of Ernie Ball strings and accessories! So what are you waiting for? Crank the volume up to 11, and click here to vote for your favorite OurStage guitar solo!