A longtime contributor to Guitar World magazine, and the author and producer of literally hundreds of artist transcriptions, books, and instructional DVDs, Andy Aledort has influenced and inspired guitarists around the world for many years. During his long tenure at Guitar World, Aledort has written lesson features on such metal artists as Dimebag Darrell, Zakk Wylde, Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Alexi Laiho, Yngwie Malmsteen, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, Nevermore and many others.
He has also created many of Guitar World's best-selling instructional DVDs, including How to Play Hard Rock and Heavy Metal and Guitar World's best-selling DVD, How to Play the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Axis: Bold as Love. A brilliant guitarist in his own right, he has worked with Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and the Band of Gypsys rhythm section of bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles.
Over the past 15 years, Jimmy Brown has built a reputation as one of the world’s finest music editors through his work as a transcriber, arranger and senior music editor for Guitar World magazine, the world’s best-selling magazine for guitarists.
In addition to these roles, he is a busy working musician, performing regularly as a solo acoustic guitar/vocal act and rocking out with a full band at taverns, restaurants, resorts, weddings and private parties.
Jimmy earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Performance and Music Management from William Paterson University in 1988 and relies on much of what he learned then—and since then, as a professional musician-for-hire—to do his job effectively. He is also an experience private guitar teach and an accomplished writer, two skills that go hand-in-hand in his career at Guitar World.
Paul Gilbert is celebrated as on of the fastest, and greatest, guitar shredders of all time. During a career that spans more than 25 years, he has astonished and inspired guitarists with his blazing mix of heavy metal, hard rock, neoclassical and progressive metal guitar virtuosity.
A graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology, Gilbert gained fame in the mid Eighties as the founding guitarist for Racer X, where he developed his own brand of neoclassical shred. He went on to form Mr. Big in 1998, where he earned his greatest success and established his reputation as one of metal and hard rock's most accomplished guitarists. Gilbert has authored numerous best-selling guitar instruction DVDs, including Intense Rock, Volumes 1 and 2, and in recent years he enlightened Guitar World magazine readers with his monthly Shred Alert column. For more information, visit paulgilbert.com.
One of the world’s leading jazz educators, Vic Juris has covered an impressive range of territory, musically as well as geographically. In his lengthy career, he has worked around the world with celebrated jazz artists that include Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods, Jimmy Smith, Sarah Vaughan, Chico Hamilton, Dave Liebman, Richie Cole, Mel Torme, Eddie Jefferson and Nancy Wilson. Juris also has his own quartet, with which he has recorded numerous albums for the SteepleChase label. In addition to his long-running Guitar World column All That Jazz, Juris has written two books published by Mel Bay: Vic Juris Inside/Outside: Original Play-Along Modern Jazz Guitar Solos and Modern Chords: Advanced Harmony for Guitar. He currently teaches at the New School for Social Research, Rutgers University, and Lehigh University, and conducts clinics throughout the U.S. and Europe.
As lead guitarist for Nevermore, Jeff Loomis brings technical proficiency and diverse composition skills to the panel of Guitar World DVD teachers. He began playing guitar in earnest at the age of 15 and only one year later won a local guitar contest. Around the same time, in 1987, he auditioned for the second-guitar position in Megadeth, despite lacking band-playing experience. Though he didn't get the gig, he got the blessing of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, who told him he would one day be a great guitarist. Loomis persevered and went on to play briefly with the short-lived metal band Sanctuary. In 1991, he formed Nevermore with two of that group's former members. He made his solo album debut in 2008 with Zero Order Phase, a disc of incendiary instrumentals. Loomis has a trick bag that is both deep and diverse--from tremolo picking to sweep arpeggios to atonal tapping--and his solos are like mini compositions within the songs.
Guitar World music editor Matt Scharfglass has performed around the country and internationally, playing virtually all types of music with a wide range of artists, including symphonic metal with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, R&B with Ashford and Simpson, old-school swing with the Blue Saracens and gospel with Richard Hartley & Soul Resurrection. Matt appears on the original-cast recording of Evil Dead: The Musical and the Broadway Cares album Home for the Holidays. He has also worked in countless theater pits and plays guitar up in the organ booth to crowds of 18,000 at Rangers home games at Madison Square Garden.
An accomplished guitar and bass transcriber, Matt has had more than 600 of his transcriptions appear in Guitar World magazine and in books by Warner Brothers, Music Sales and Hal Leonard. He created Guitar World's Play Rock Bass DVD and has authored more than a dozen bass and guitar instructional books. He is currently the bassist and one of the main songwriters for his rock band, the Border Cops.