Tag: Why i play guitar

Hooked: Zach Person on Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Texas Flood”

Hooked: Zach Person on Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Texas Flood"

The rising blues-rock riffmeister cops to his early obsession with SRV’s iconic number that consumed his teenage brain and is still infused in his own guitar-playing vocabulary.


Hooked: Nili Brosh on Extreme’s “Decadence Dance”

The Danny Elfman shredder details how an older brother opened her eyes to Nuno Bettencourt’s “funky-metal persuasion” beyond “More Than Words.”


Hooked: Simon McBride on Gary Moore’s “Back on the Streets”

Hooked: Simon McBride on Gary Moore's "Back on the Streets"

The current Deep Purple guitarist explains how he was floored by the song’s speedy pentatonic opening, groovy blues moves, and unique chord choices.


Hooked: Des Rocs on Queen’s “We Will Rock You”

Hooked: Des Rocs on Queen's "We Will Rock You"

Daniel Rocco explains how the News of the World track deconstructed the rock-song formula, compares the opening to Jaws, and praises Brian May’s wizardry.


Hooked: Trivium’s Matt Heafy on In Flames’ “Artifacts of the Black Rain”

Hooked: Trivium's Matt Heafy on In Flames' “Artifacts of the Black Rain"

The heavy metal maven details how music made more sense to him after digesting the swift Swedes coupling of “raw, intense screaming vocals with such beautiful guitar melodies.”


Hooked: Bartees Strange on Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe”

Hooked: Bartees Strange on Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe"

The guitar-playing songwriter compares the emotions of “the spirit entering the church” and first hearing the guitar god’s hypnotic, ragged cover. (And he admits “the steps” riff has seeped into his own jams.)