Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle
| April 4, 2024 |

Riff Lords: Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle

Gibson TV brings Billy Howerdel into focus to discuss his techniques, tones, and style

Since co-founding A Perfect Circle in 1999, Billy Howerdel has emerged as a pivotal figure in the alt-metal scene, his songwriting prowess and unique guitar stylings leaving a lasting impact on the genre. In the latest episode of “Riff Lords,” enthusiasts can dive deep with Billy as he imparts knowledge on playing his most cherished tracks and divulges his guitar techniques.

Whether you’re a seasoned player or picking up the guitar for the first time, hitting play on this episode promises an enriching experience as Billy guides viewers through his musical journey.

“Riff Lords” offers a rare glimpse into the creative process of Billy Howerdel, showcasing how he achieves his signature sound, particularly through the use of an octave fuzz pedal set to a unique configuration. Billy takes viewers on an educational journey, explaining his unconventional approach to guitar tuning in C#—a method inspired by Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains.

This episode is not just about the technical aspects; it’s a deep dive into the heart of Howerdel’s songwriting process. Fans will learn to play iconic A Perfect Circle songs such as “The Hollow,” “3 Libras,” “Pet,” “The Outsider,” and “Judith,” including mastering the slide guitar solo. Alongside these lessons, Billy shares invaluable tone tips and techniques to help each song stand out, making this a must-watch for anyone looking to elevate their guitar skills.

For more about Billy Howerdel, visit his website.

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