“If I Could Jam with Any Guitarist, It Would be Jimmy Page”

Angela Petrilli plays guitar with Roses & Cigarettes (official site). I urge you to visit the band’s site to read their story and follow them. It goes far beyond the music side and involves Angela’s bandmate Jenny Pagliaro and her battle with cancer.

If I could jam with any guitarist

it would be Jimmy Page. My first memories of hearing Zeppelin trace back to way before I even started played guitar.  

To be quite honest, it took me a while to truly appreciate and understand the rock n roll mysticism that surrounds Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin. I’m a 90’s kid and when I started playing guitar at 9 years old, I immediately wanted to learn riffs by Incubus, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and The White Stripes. That was “my” music I discovered by listening to KROQ on the way to school everyday. I was hypnotized by their riffs and melodies and big, loud guitars. I wanted to rock out like they did. Led Zeppelin was music I liked and was somewhat familiar with, but it was older rock music. I didn’t feel like I discovered it, my parents did, so it was already part of my soundtrack growing up.   

As I began to grow as a musician and music appreciator, I started delving into the history of a band. I began to ask myself questions: “Why does Pearl Jam sound the way they do? Why does Jack White play the way he does? Who did Brandon Boyd look up to when he was learning how to write a song using imagery?”

Angela Petrilli guitar player with Roses & Cigarettes band
Angela Petrilli (photo by Samantha Klouse)


The more I delved into the history on the bands I discovered in my early years of playing guitar, the more I found that these bands were influenced by Led Zeppelin. Whoa. That was when I went in headfirst into who the hell this band really was, and what their 
guitar player was all about.  

Of course, 9 times out of 10 when you’re learning about Zeppelin, you’re gonna start with Stairway. It’s beautiful, it’s melodic, it tells a story, it’s got peaks and valleys and a killer guitar solo. In a word, it’s iconic. Jimmy Page has a magical ability to write iconic rock guitar riffs. Then you begin to dig into the riffs of Zeppelin: Whole Lotta Love, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Black Dog, Heartbreaker, Rock and Roll, Immigrant Song, Good Times Bad Times.

His riffs make you want to belt your heart out; make you want to scream; make you want to grab your guitar (or air guitar, not judging); and just play.  

Page’s big rock guitar riffs are unlike anything else. Raw passion and feeling ooze out of each song. You can practically hear the sweat on the strings and fretboard when he plays on those records and live albums. Then you delve into his acoustic guitar work.  For me, The Rain Song is the most beautiful piece of music I have ever heard. I’d want to jam with Page just to pick his brain on how one gets to that space to write a song so moving and beautiful.  

What truly inspires me every time I listen to Zeppelin is Page’s touch and ear when it comes to playing an acoustic and electric guitar. He plays both with a different sense of grace. He can be delicate and harsh, but it’s always tasteful in the guitar groundwork he creates. He allows the song to breathe. His solos – conversational – lift and demand attention. Not just because they are loud, but because they are played with purpose.  He tells a story. His guitar playing in accordance with the sonic space within a song inspires me everyday when my bandmate Jenny Pagliaro and I write songs in our band, Roses & Cigarettes. His guitar playing constantly reminds me to play with purpose, passion and grace.

He’s a player of emotional storytelling…and that’s why I’d love to play with him one day. Thank you for all your lessons Jimmy!  

Roses & Cigarettes News! 

The band plans to release an acoustic EP and new full-length album in 2018. Visit their website to find out more info.

Check out Spotify for their current album, R&C Debut Album.

Follow Angela Petrilli on the web:

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Thanks to Angela for this deep dive into why she would pick Jimmy Page and for joining us for this edition of Just One Question.

Angela Petrilli and Jenny Pagliaro of Roses & Cigarettes Band
Angela Petrilli and Jenny Pagliaro (photo by James Conners)

 

Avril Doucette Can Kick Your Ass And Play Your Guitar!

Standing 6-feet tall, Avril Doucette cuts an imposing figure. She competes as a boxer and martial artist. She’s even won a couple of gold medals. She fights in the ring as a light-middleweight at 152 pounds. Yes, she probably could kick your ass!

She’s also a trained actress and a model. And she loves music and playing her guitar.

Avril Doucette, model, fighter, guitar player
Avril Doucette – model (Credit: Smiley Eyes Photography)

Take Five

Five Questions with Avril Doucette

1. What kind of guitar do you play?

I have a Yamaki Guitar given to be by my father. He originally bought it brand new in 1978. I have always loved music. Growing up he played the guitar with me all the time and sang. That gave me the love that I have for music today.

The biggest reason I got into guitar was watching my father, uncles and cousins all playing musical instruments and singing. I came from a musical family, so it just occurred naturally to me. I have a passion for music as I have found a way to express my creativity, my thoughts and my feelings with a song.

Avril Doucette, model, fighter, guitar player
Avril’s guitar

2. What styles of music do you like to play?

I prefer to play rock or a ballad on the guitar. Depends on the mood I am in. I have to really feel the music and get into it. It gives me the ability to connect on a deeper level.
I sing as well. I grew up singing Patsy Cline and newer country with jazz influences. Later I discovered pop, alternative and R&B music. I sing both with guitar and without. Sometimes I sing too loudly over the guitar.

3. Who are your favorite guitarists?

My favorite are Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, BB King, Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend – I have too many to mention. It depends on the type of music I want to listen to, from blues, country, swing, jazz, death metal, etc.

4. Are you self-taught or did you have lessons?

I am self-taught on both the guitar and singing. I do however look up tips on Google or through musical friends find different techniques for the guitar and singing.

5. Maybe we can give you the title of “World’s Toughest Female Guitarist.” What do you think?

I agree with the title and I would gladly take it! I think I have earned it very much. 🙂

Avril Doucette – Social Media

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook

Avril Doucette, model, fighter, guitar player
Avril Doucette – fighter (Credit: Chad Sonnenberg)

Frank Marino IS a King Bee Baby!

 

Frank Marino may not be mainstream popular, but mention his name in guitar circles and it’s a different story. Fellow guitarists consider the SG wielding axeman as one of the best. Many cite him as a major influence on their playing.

Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, founder of Black Label Society) on Frank Marino:

Frank is just an amazing combination of feel, taste, musicality and technique.

It’s all there, and in staggering degrees. I love the way he plays blues – it’s like, as opposed to being a Ford Model T of the blues, he’s a Formula One race car. And then you throw in the jazz element, and it’s just, wow. The way he can play bebop and jazz-type stuff with that much confidence…he’s not dicking around. He actually knows what he’s doing. Within the guitar community, he’s a god.

From a Guitar World Magazine June 2015 interview with Frank Marino.

We asked Frank Marino Just One Question: If you could jam with anyone, who would it be and why?

“Although I know that most people would expect me to say Hendrix, I actually wouldn’t choose him for a number of reasons, the main one being that I think Hendrix is so unique in whatever he plays, it just doesn’t make sense to have him play with any guitarist, let alone me. But I happen to be a drummer also, so I would jam on drums, with him on guitar, in a heartbeat.

“Come to think of it, I don’t think there’s too many recordings of Hendrix playing with other guitarists. But the guy I would choose is John Cipollina from Quicksilver. He was as much an influence on me as Hendrix was and he played in a band with another guitarist (Gary Duncan), so I think that he would be in his element that way, and it would make for a jam that produced interesting dual-guitar music, more harmony-oriented, rather than trading lines or solos.”

Recommended Listening From Frank Marino

Here are to two tracks of mine you may have already seen. You mentioned links, so this is what came to mind:

Cheers,

Frank

I’ll throw in my personal recommendation: A superb rendition of an Albert King classic, I’ll Play The Blues For You.

My first exposure to Frank Marino came from the Mahogany Rush Live album. He was, and still is, one of my guitar heroes.

Visit the Frank Marino Mahogany Rush official website for more information on Frank and his amazing music.

Buy some of his music. See him live. You’ll get your money’s worth and more.

Jimi Hendrix – Woodstock Number 1 Most Electrifying Guitar Performance

Jimi Hendrix – the show’s headliner – tops the list with his guitar opus from the original Woodstock release titled Medley: Star Spangled Banner, Purple Haze, Instrumental Solo.

This Hendrix masterpiece clocks in at nearly a quarter hour. Opening with his brilliantly creative, fuzz-drenched, screaming rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, Hendrix literally coaxes out ” the bombs bursting in air” from his Strat. Next up, Purple Haze, with the unmistakable guitar intro leading into a thundering version of this iconic piece. To bring things to a close, a bluesy instrumental with Hendrix weaving shimmering guitar lines and cascading octaves throughout.

By the time Jimi Hendrix hit the stage – the final act of Woodstock – many of the 500,000 in attendance had left. For the ones that stayed, a piece of rock history served up by a guitar God.

Visit the official site: Jimi Hendrix

Who is your pick for the number one spot?

Jude Gold – What Guitar Hero Would He Jam With?

Jefferson Starship guitarist Jude Gold jams with some of the greatest guitar players on the planet on a regular basis. We wanted to find out if he had any guitar heroes he hadn’t jammed with yet. We asked: If you could pick any guitar player to jam with, who would it be and why?

“It’s funny, I have gotten to jam with a lot of my heroes on my podcast, which is called No Guitar Is Safe, but of course there are plenty that I would dream of jamming with that I have never met.

“One fantasy would be to play Baba O’Riley with Pete Townshend and the Who in front of a huge outdoor crowd in England somewhere. So much power in those three simple chords, in the vocal parts, and in the trippy jam at the end.”

Jude Gold plays guitar in Jefferson Starship. As well, he’s part of the faculty at Musicians Institute and he’s been on the editorial staff of Guitar Player Magazine since 2001.

For anyone interested in guitar, I highly recommend his No Guitar is Safe podcast. It’s a combo of great guitar talk and great guitar playing. Each episode includes Jude jamming with his guest and passing along guitar tips. His guest roster reads like a who’s who of the guitar world.

Visit Jude at his website JudeGold.com

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Thanks to Jude for participating in this edition of Just One Question.

Alvin Lee – Woodstock Number 2 Most Electrifying Guitar Performance

At number two, Alvin Lee and Ten Years After with their classic performance of I’m Going Home.

“That’s near enough for jazz.”

For most in 1970, sitting in a theater and looking up at a larger-than-life Alvin Lee on the split screen tuning his guitar, this was their introduction to Ten Years After.

A quick intro – “This is a thing called I’m Going Home by helicopter” – followed by an explosion of rapid-fire notes and 11 blistering minutes of music. Witness the birth of Alvin Lee, guitar hero.

I’m Going Home is a pulsating, electrifying showpiece tune for Lee’s guitar playing. Not only did their Woodstock performance put the band on the map, it inspired countless numbers of would be guitar heroes to take up the instrument.

The Woodstock version of I’m Going Home is raw and primal, epitomizing what rock and roll is all about. This one definitely earns the “classic” label.

Carlos Santana – Woodstock Number 3 Most Electrifying Guitar Performance

At number three, Carlos Santana’s performance of Soul Sacrifice.

The real story here isn’t Santana’s guitar playing, but rather drummer Michael Shrieve’s show stealing performance on Soul Sacrifice.

Heading into Woodstock, Santana was unknown. Witness their Woodstock performance fee of just $750. Their appearance in the Woodstock documentary film and album helped propel them to superstardom.

Most versions of Soul Sacrifice feature a great guitar sound on the solo. However, if you listen to the original album version, the guitar sounds thinner and the execution of the solo more accurately reflects Carlos Santana’s somewhat psychedelically altered state.

All this aside, combine the overdubbed guitar solo along with the fiery drumming of Michael Shrieve and you’re left with a timeless performance for the ages.

Visit the official site: Santana

Johnny Winter – Woodstock Number 4 Most Electrifying Guitar Performance

At number four, Johnny Winter, Mean Town Blues.

Although he didn’t appear on the original movie or soundtrack, Johnny Winter did make it to an official Woodstock release sometime later with Mean Town Blues, one of his concert staples.

Much like Leslie West’s Woodstock performance, this isn’t Johnny at his best. Instead, check out his superb live album, Live Johnny Winter And, featuring Johnny and band at their best on Mean Town Blues and other Winter classics. As a bonus, guitarist Rick Derringer does an excellent job of complementing Johnny’s playing.

For more information on Johnny Winter, visit Johnny Winter

Leslie West – Woodstock Number 5 Most Electrifying Guitar Performance

At number five from Woodstock, Leslie West of Mountain, Blood of the Sun.

Mountain didn’t appear on the original Woodstock triple album; they came later on the Woodstock II double album. But here’s where things get a bit uncertain.

The two tracks on Woodstock II aren’t from Woodstock; they’re from a different concert.

Finding original Mountain material from Woodstock is a bit more challenging. We’re going with this version of Blood of the Sun, purportedly of original Woodstock vintage.

This might not be Leslie West at his finest, but it’s still a solid piece of work. As always, West’s tone, one of the best in the guitar world, shines. You don’t get shredding, machine gun licks; but rather, some of the tastiest playing you’ll hear delivered in typical Leslie West fashion.

As a bonus, West adds a great little guitar riff at the end to cap off the song.

Not Leslie West at his peak, but anytime this guitar master plays, it’s well worth a listen.

To hear Leslie West and Mountain at their best, give Flowers of Evil a listen. As a bonus, you get a live guitar solo with Leslie interspersing his trademark lead riffs and volume swells to create a masterful guitar piece. Also look for the live version of Stormy Monday to hear a 20-minute Mountain tour de force.

You can find out more about Leslie West and Mountain here:  Leslie West and Mountain

Woodstock – Top Five Electrifying Guitar Performances

In August 1969, half-a-million people, along with some of the biggest names in music, gathered on a farm in New York State. The weekend festival, billed as “Three Days of Peace and Music,” went on to become legend, legacy and a milestone in cultural history.

For guitar fans, Woodstock brought together some of the best players of the day. A number of them went on to achieve iconic status in the guitar world.

Trivia time: Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were two of the biggest names that didn’t make the weekend festival. The Jeff Beck Group, scheduled to play Woodstock, cancelled. Led Zeppelin received an invitation, but declined.

Let’s look back at some of the guitar highlights of the weekend music festival.