Deep Purple

Why playing fast shouldn’t matter

Playing guitar fast
Speed thrills, but you shouldn’t obsess over clocking a hundred miles per hour with your fingers.

Seven guitar legends on finding your voice

Finding your personal voice on guitar
BB King, Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck and other musical icons dish the secrets of developing your personal playing style.

Ritchie Blackmore—Recalls Life with Deep Purple

This interview was originally published in 2010. Ritchie Blackmore's contributions to guitar rock began in the mid-'60s, when he performed sessions for the likes of Screaming Lord Sutch and the Outlaws. Then came Deep Purple, a band that painted a striking blueprint for hard rock and metal largely through Blackmore's tastefully searing guitar work. With his blues-and quasi-classical-based approach, he...