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Thursday, 10 June 2010

Number Four (Stone Sour/Slipknot)

Name: James Donald Root
Born: 2nd October, 1971 (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Profile: He is an American multi-talented musician known for being the rhythm and lead guitarist in "Slipknot", and also known by his number #4. He was the last member to join the current line-up of "Slipknot", in 1999. He was also known for his work as a lead guitarist and backing vocalist for "Stone Sour".

History: Root started guitar in his teens and was a self-taught guitarist. In his early days as a guitarist, he has performed in various bands such as "Anal Blast", "Atomic Opera", "Deadfront" and "Stone Sour". Prior to joining "Slipknot" in 1999, replacing their original guitarist, Josh Brainard, vocalist Corey Taylor invited Root to join the band based on Taylor's past experiences working with him in "Stone Sour".

Root and Corey reunited the band "Stone Sour", during the hiatus between the "Slipknot" albums 'Iowa' and 'Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)'. As well as lending his guitar talents to the band, he has also performed drums on one song the band has recorded.

In "Slipknot", most of the guitar work is fast and heavy. Root and co-guitarist Mick Thomson do trade some leads on the band's 'Vol 3' album, but their music is otherwise almost completely devoid of guitar solos. All guitars in "Slipknot" are tuned to 1 1/2 steps down from dropped D (low to high; B, F#, B, E, G#, C#) except for on the songs 'My Plague', 'The Heretic Anthem', 'Skin Ticket', 'New Abortion' and 'Iowa', on which they are tuned to B tuning dropped A (low to high; A, E, A, D, F#, B). While in "Stone Sour", Root's guitar works concentrates more on building melodic metal anthems.

Outside "Slipknot" and "Stone Sour", Root has appeared on "Slipknot" turntablist Sid Wilson's "DJ Starscream" album 'The New Leader' and John 5's 'The Devil Knows My Name', and also appeared on the Roadrunner United project, performing the solo and harmony guitars on 'Tired 'N Lonely' from the project's album 'The All-Star Sessions'. He also appeared on Jonathan Davis and the SFA´s cover of Lil Wayne´s 'Got Money'.

Influences: Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, George Harrison (The Beatles) and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)

Axology: Fender Telecaster, Gibson Flying V, Charvel guitar, Jackson guitars, PRS guitars, Maverick JR-4, Martin acoustic guitar, Dunlop Crybaby, DigiTech effects, Rivera amplifiers and Orange amplifiers

Signature song(s): Spit It Out - Slipknot (Slipknot, 1999)

Link(s): (Slipknot's official website)

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