Day one of Guitar.com Live has come and gone already, passing by in a flurry of guitars, pedals, panels and discussions. Below we’ve picked out a selection of highlights from throughout the first day of this groundbreaking event, with important discussions from Fabi Reyna and She Shreds, Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin on working on Cindy Blackman Santana’s ‘Give the Drummer Some,’ new guitars from Fender and Taylor, and plenty more besides.
Panel: Give The Drummers Some Room! With Santana
Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin and Vernon Reid recently shared their knowledge and virtuosic playing on esteemed jazz and rock drummer Cindy Blackman Santana’s solo album, ‘Give The Drummer Some.’ Here, the trio revealed the hidden secrets behind the making of this all-star LP, alongside their technique, tones and more. A wonderful insight into collaboration and musicianship, watch it here if you missed it.
Panel: She Shreds, Respect and Revolution
A highly respected platform for its dedication to breaking down barriers for women and non-binary guitar and bass players in the music industry, She Shreds has, and continues to, set a new benchmark for inclusivity and empowerment. Join She Shreds founder Fabi Reyna and some special guests as she discusses the continuing drive to create a more balanced and representative industry for the benefit of everyone involved.
Workshop: All About Jazzmasters with Mike Adams
What Mike Adams – also known by his Instagram handle Puisheen – doesn’t know about offset Fender guitars isn’t worth knowing. The online world’s number one guru on all things offset helps you better your understanding of arguably the coolest guitars Fender ever made, with tips, tricks and answering any questions you were too afraid to ask.
Cosmic Country Masterclass with Daniel Donato
Now one of the most revered young players in the hotbed of talent that is Nashville, Tennessee, Daniel Donato talks you through his trademark ‘Cosmic Country’ playing style, with advice, tips, technique and more. If you’re partial to a Telecaster or indeed just want to brush up on your country chops, then this masterclass is not one to miss. Watch it in full here.
First Look: Fender Vintera Road Worn Series
Fender’s Road Worn series was a resounding success and players have been waiting patiently for new models to arrive since the previous iteration was pulled. Now back and reimagined in Fender’s popular Vintera series, Guitar.com Chief Editor Chris Vinnicombe takes the new Fender Vintera Road Worn models for a spin and puts them to the test against vintage instruments.
Exclusive Premiere: Taylor Unveils A New Guitar
Showcasing their excellent new Builder’s Collection and American Dream Series, Bob Taylor and Andy Martin also reveal a brand new guitar exclusively for Guitar.com Live. A potential game changer for many players, it promises to inspire players in a brand new way. Watch an exclusive demo here.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd On Creating His New Stratocaster
Fender recently released a brand new USA-made signature for the acclaimed blues-rock guitarist, and we caught up with the man himself to find out what makes this new instrument so special, what sets it apart from previous signature models and much more.
A Guitar Building Masterclass with Paul Reed Smith
The PRS founder is one of the most respected and innovative thinkers in the history of guitar building, and here the legendary guitar designer will take you through his unique philosophy for guitar building, explaining how and why every aspect of a guitar’s construction can impact its tone and playability, and sharing his hard-earned insights on what to look for when buying your next guitar, or trying to improve your current one.
Be sure to sign up over at Guitar.com/live come along 2-4 October to catch all of the interviews listed above.