Guitar Player Magazine May 2021 Issue Brian May Queen

Brian May, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Sebastian, Neal Schon and guitar legend Vic Flick head up this stellar issue. Up first, Brian May celebrates 50 years of Queen! In an exclusive interview with Guitar Player, the Queen guitarist looks back on the band’s 50-year (and counting) reign to reveal key developments in their sound — from his legendary Red Special, homemade amps and modded pedals to his layered guitar-orchestra sound. Brian explains how the band devised its signature sounds and explores key moments from Queen’s history, including their revelatory tour with Mott the Hoople. In addition, we’ve brought onboard Dave Colquhoun, guitar coach for the 2018 Freddie Mercury biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ who reveals the techniques behind Brian’s signature guitar style. Next up, it’s the Guitar Behind 007! British guitarist Vic Flick reveals the Clifford Essex Paragon he used to play the electrifying riff on “The James Bond Theme,” and discusses his work with Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and the Beatles. Then, Neal Schon talks about his new instrumental solo album, ‘Universe,’ and explores the secrets to his vocal guitar style. Elsewhere, Yngwie Malmsteen tells the story behind his signature shred workout, “Far Beyond the Sun”… former Lovin’ Spoonful guitarist John Sebastian digs into five tracks from his deep catalog, including “Do You Believe in Magic” and “Summer in the City”…. indie-rocker Julien Baker explains how she broadened her sounds — and her pedalboard — on ‘Little Oblivions’ … and J.D. Simo talks about improvising live, in the studio and in life, and how it all came together on his latest self-titled release. AFICIONADO: We get the complete story behind the legendary Lovetone Pedals with designer Dan Loggins. LESSONS: Get an introduction to triad and 7th-chord arpeggios. GEAR: Collings I-35 LC Vintage, Eastman Romeo LA, Taylor GT 811e and GT K21e, PRS Special Semi-Hollow, Fender 70th Anniversary Esquire, Supro Chorus…and much more!

DISPATCH FROM 16th April 2021.

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