Guitar Villains

Guitar Villains

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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August 5, 2021 57 min

Welcome to Guitar Villains! Today's guest is the guitar luthier Paul Reed Smith.

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0:00 - Introduction
4:15 - Paul’s supervillain alter-...

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Welcome to Guitar Villains! Today's guest is the St. Vincent guitar sorceress, Annie Clark.

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0:00 - Introduction
1:40 - Annie's opinion about Berklee and music college in general
4:15 - The REAL origin of the name ‘St. Vincent’
7:10 - Annie’s supervillain alter-ego
11:18 - Burning Questions
17”07 - Name Those Notes
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Welcome to Guitar Villains! Today's guest is the Tenacious D 6-string maestro, Kyle Gass.

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0:00 - Introduction
2:55 - Kyle’s supervillain alter-ego
4:25 - Burning Questions
8:50 - Kyle’s thoughts on Tom Morello
13:20 - Name Those Notes
14:16 - Kyle’s recorder-playing prowess
15:45 - The beauty of 3/4 and 6/8 time si...

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Welcome to Guitar Villains! Today's guest is the instantly recognizable Lari Basilio.

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Lari's guest solo on "Reverie"
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0:00 - Introduction
3:40 - Lari’s supervillain alter-ego
6:40 - Burning Questions
8:34 - Name Those Notes
9:35 - Wh...

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Welcome to Guitar Villains! Today's guest is the funk master Mark Lettieri.

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0:00 - Introduction
3:15 - Collecting lanyards is an addiction
4:20 - Mark’s guitar villain alter-ego
8:27 - Burning Questions
10:30 - Name Those Notes
11:43 - Gospel moves on guitar
14:20 - Chord solos with melodic development
16:45 - When you ...

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Welcome to Guitar Villains! Today's guest is the almighty Zakk Wylde.

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0:00 - Introduction
3:00 - Who is the best guitarist?
5:31 - Zakk’s supervillain alter-ego
7:35 - Burning Questions
14:45 - How Zakk developed his guitar tone
22:00 - Name Those Notes
22:45 - The sacred history of the No More Tears gui...

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Welcome to Guitar Villains! Today's guest is the guitar monster himself, Paul Gilbert.

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0:00 - Introduction

4:40 - Vocal melodies on guitar

7:55 - Paul Gilbert’s supervillain alter-ego

13:20 - Burning Questions

14:50 - Paul’s DIY Ibanez Roadstar RS-525

21:54 - Name Those Notes

23:17 - The history of Technical ...

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Welcome to Guitar Villains! Today's guest is the unmistakable Andy Timmons.

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Andy's guitar lessons
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00:00 - Introduction
1:45 - Andy grabbed Steve Vai’s guitar from him?!
6:25 - Advice for nerves playing in front of crow...

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Welcome to Guitar Villains! Today's guest is the phenomenal Yvette Young.

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0:00 - Introduction

2:54 - The weirdest tour experience ever

11:01 - Yvette’s supervillain ...

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Welcome to Season 2 of Guitar Villains! Today's guest is the incomparable Steve Vai.
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0:00 - Introduction

2:37 - Settling the score on Steve’s “Joint-Shifting” techni...

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Today’s guitar villain is Herman Li. A blistering shred god heading up the Grammy-nomninated metal band Dragonforce, Herman is so good he sometimes sounds like a video game with his extremely creative and acrobatic licks, which makes sense, because THROUGH THE FIRE AND FLAMES might be the most famous video game song in the world thanks to its Guitar Hero lore. Herman has also become a major figure in the online guitar community, wi...

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Today’s guitar villain is Rick Graham. Rick is easily one of the most humble guitar players on the planet, and you know what that means when the word humble is used to describe a guitarist: that’s right, they’re an absolute monster player. Rick can play things most people would think is impossible to do on a guitar, and yet his musicality is what stands out most–he’s a true maestro and an even better person, and throughout this epi...

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Today’s guitar villain is Cory Wong. A groove master with a pocket deeper than Warren Buffet’s, Cory is one of the leading forces in the world of funk and is an equally competent arranger, producer, and tone aficionado. From his awesome playing in the cult band that is Vulfpeck to his solo music which just featured friend of the podcast Joe Satriani, Cory has made a name for himself through his rhythmic artistry and attention to de...

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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. ...

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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...

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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 sup...

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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 guit...

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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 refr...

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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 ...

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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 nev...

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