Looking Back / My Part on Black or White / My Day with Michael Jackson

A number of years ago I got to play a guitar part on the song “Black or White” and spend a fine afternoon with Michael Jackson. I had just finished an amazing record with Pat Leonard’s “Toy Matinee” -produced by Bill Bottrell. A few months later Bill was in the studio recording, producing and co- writing the song “Black or White” with Michael Jackson. Among his other talents, Bill is a great guitar player – he played the signature part in the intro. Bill brought me in to play a heavy metal guitar part in the bridge, at the […]

Led Zeppelin – Capitol Studios – Fender Princeton

Last night I was driving in rush hour and I got a call from Rob Cavallo. “Please come down to Capitol studio C and overdub!” So I hustled back to my house, grabbed a couple of Les Pauls, my pedal board, and got back on the freeway. Rob had a Fender Princeton borrowed from Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance. I was reminded again that a small amp with an overdrive pedal can sound like a huge Marshall stack. I recorded with my totally beaten and devalued 1968 black beauty Les Paul. The project is called Rock Mania. It’s a hybrid […]

New Blog Post! My Amazing Teacher

Hi everyone, I’m starting a new blog and i’m super excited to share it with you! My only training as a guitarist was from age 12 to 14, with an amazing teacher named Steve Maase. Here’s a photo of Steve. He passed away on October 1st. Steve taught me in this small building just a few blocks from my home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was not only a teacher but a mentor, and always cared for his students. The teaching was brilliant but he also took the time to make sure that his students were doing ok in all […]

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Black Dog Led Zeppelin Guitar Lesson

Here’s a guitar lesson on Black Dog by Led Zeppelin. The solo is in a blues rock style, the foundation of my lead playing. My research told me some amazing things. Jimmy Page was not using a guitar amplifier. Andy Johns had him plug into a pair of 1176 compressors in series, and distorted the mic pre and the compressors before going to tape. Each guitar line is tripled, and it all makes sense when you hear it. It sounds so impossibly grungy and wrong in that singularly Jimmy Page sort of way. And from SoundFacts.com: Black Dog was […]

Eddie Kramer Tim Pierce Edstortion PhazeVibe Guitar Pedals

Eddie Kramer Edstortion PhazeVibe Guitar Pedals

Eddie Kramer came over for a visit and brought his Edstortion and PhazeVibe Guitar Pedals. Eddie Kramer brought his new Signature Stompbox Guitar Pedals over to my studio recently. He and his partner, Francesco Sondelli, who is the founder of F-pedals, are creating some great new products. The two pedals I tried were the Phazevibe and the Edstortion. I used my Nash Stratocaster, through my Divided by 13 RSA 23 head, recording through an SM 57 microphone. The mic went straight into a BAE mic pre and then through Apogee converters and into ProTools Eddie Kramer is a very […]

All Along The Watchtower Jimi Hendrix Solo Guitar Lesson Tim Pierce

All Along The Watchtower Solo Guitar Lesson Jimi Hendrix

All Along The Watchtower Solo Guitar Lesson Jimi Hendrix. Here’s a super short free online guitar lesson where, I teach how to play my favorite solo lick from All Along the Watchtower. Then I immediately blast into my own solo that is very heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix. I’m using my Bill Nash Stratocaster with Lollar Pickups, and I have a little delay going from my Eventide Eclipse. As usual I’m using the Custom Audio Electronics Dunlop Boost/Line Driver Pedal into my Divided by 13 RSA 23. I made a little backing track with some acoustic guitars panned hard […]

Blues Rock Guitar Soling over Chord Changes Tim Pierce Papastache

Blues Rock Guitar Soloing Over Chord Changes

Blues Rock Guitar Soloing Over Chord Changes – with Brett Papa. Here’s a video about Blues Rock Guitar Soloing over Chord Changes with Brett Papa and myself playing a pair of killer GJ2 Guitars. The guitars were loaned to me for a few weeks by Grover Jackson himself! Grover Jackson is a guitar making legend and his new company is making the best guitars of his career. In this video I demonstrate my approach to playing Major Pentatonic Guitar Soloing over Rock Chord Changes. I learned this kind of playing from my LP collection of the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd […]

Session Guitarist Tim Pierce Home Studio

Session Guitarist Tim Pierce Home Studio

Session Guitarist Tim Pierce and his Home Studio Setup. I look back on this Home Studio Video and I’m amazed how much time has passed, but I am also grateful for what I’ve been able to do on YouTube in the last year and a half. This was the first day I ever met Marty Schwartz. I had known Brett Papa and Brett convinced Marty to make the drive up here and do a Home Studio Video for YouTube. Marty and Brett were heroes of mine on YouTube and the fact that I made friends with them was sort […]

Back In Black ACDC Free Online Guitar Lesson Tim Pierce Guitar

Back In Black Guitar Lesson

Back in Black is one of my all-time favorites, it was originally recorded in 1980. [alert type=”info”] Make sure to click the D’Addario banner below and check out their Flip Tuner![/alert] Amazingly it still sounds modern, and I think that’s because everything is simple, no gimmicks. In the 80s so many guitar players drenched their sounds with effects, me included..!! But the sounds that stand the test of time are generally pure guitar and amp sounds, I believe AC/DC always kept it pure. For Back In Black, I try to hit the guitar in a particular way with my […]

How To Solo Over Chord Changes Part 1 Tim Pierce Papastache

How to Solo over Chord Changes Part 1

How to Solo over Chord Changes Part 1 is another video I did with Brett Papa. We are having more and more fun doing these videos such as this How to Solo over Chord Changes Part 1! I brought my Nash Strat, and we both plugged in at low-volume to Brett’s two Divided by 13 amps. The demonstration here on How to Solo over Chord Changes was how to play E major over Blues Rock changes going from E major to A major and then switch to The key of E minor, when the chords changed to C and D. I […]