Name: John Tapella
Playing (years): 20
Style: progressive metal
Gear: Marshall amp with several mods, various Line 6 amps, Blade guitar
Endorsements: Currently the main transcriber and editor for the Line 6 Guitarport.
Several video lessons have been on the site cover.
Hal Leonard guitar book author.
Past accomplishments: transcribed the first authorized Stevie Ray Vaughn guitar book,
author of Challenge the Masters,
editor for the Line 6 Guitarport,
guitar school columnist,
official transcriber / notator of over 100 songs
For the Line 6 guitarport, Warner Brothers and Hal Leonard includes:
Led Zeppelin, Satriani, Vai’s Passion and Warfare, The Hendrix Collection, Johnson, Beck, Reed, Ford, Henderson, Sabbath, Winter, Mason, Allman Brothers, Papa Roach, Vaughn, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and more…
Current and upcoming projects: Just released a 15 tune CD:
John Tapella’s Electric Classical Guitar,
The 11 Song: Guitar Knights CD
And a new revised dramatic metal drama called – Wulfangel.
Favorite guitarist: Fred Clark, Steve Howe, Ted Greene
Most underrated players: Dave Brodsky, Fred Clark, Ted Greene
Best musician you’ve ever seen: Yes with Rick Wakeman
Four words that best describe what you want to get across in your playing: harsh warm mellow rage
Your hero: Aragorn (Strider) Buffy, Captain Sheridan
Ultimate goal: To balance the forces of good and evil.