Nita Strauss To “Set The Tone” At Los Angeles Rams’ Home Games This Season

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.) has teamed up with the Los Angeles Rams to “set the tone” for their home games this season. The guitarist made the announcement while also sharing footage of herself performing during the team’s first scrimmage at SoFi Stadium yesterday (August 22). Notably, Strauss was the first person to play a live instrument in the venue.

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I’ve been keeping this hush hush for a while now because no one knew what was going to happen with the @nfl season… but yesterday my hometown @rams had their first scrimmage and I GOT TO BREAK IN THE NEW STADIUM!! This was the first time an instrument was played live in this brand new state of the art stadium, and I couldn’t think of a more fitting song to play 😏⁣ ⁣ I’ll be at all the Rams home games this season setting the tone alongside @djmalski!! With no fans in the arena we are going to do everything we can to make it an awesome, high energy feel for the players and people watching at home! We have some fun stuff already cooked up for the first game 🏈🏈🏈⁣ And yes I was totally giddy in this video and I don’t care how goofy it looks 😆⁣ ⁣ Thank you to the @rams for this opportunity, @thejoshv for always having the best ideas and clearest vision, and our good friend @diamonddallaspage for the introduction!! And @officialqueenmusic @brianmayforreal for making the best stadium anthems! This is a dream!!⁣ #larams #nfl

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Nita Strauss Says Her Next Solo Album Will “Have A Guest Singer Or Two On A Couple Of Songs”

During a recent interview with Heavy New York, Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.) discussed her second solo album, which is expected to be released late this year. The effort will be mostly instrumental, but a couple of songs may feature guest singers.

Strauss said the following when asked if this record will be “completely different” from “Controlled Chaos”:

“I wouldn’t say it’s gonna be vastly different. It’s still gonna be an instrumental shred record. I put a lot of different facets of my personality — of which there are many — on ‘Controlled Chaos’, so you’ll see the more aggressive side still, you’ll see the lighter side and the happier side, the more peaceful side… I just finished one of the ballads for this record last week, and I’m immensely proud of how it came out. So there will definitely be a wide spectrum of different emotions going on. And the biggest change, I guess, would be I am gonna have a guest singer or two on a couple of songs on this one. So that would be the main difference between the two records.”

She also added the following when asked if it takes a separate process to write for a singer:

“I wouldn’t say it’s completely separate for me, because I try to write a lot of my instrumental stuff as if it could be written for a singer — it still has a verse, a pre-chorus and a chorus; it still has to have a melody sit on top of it — so I find the process pretty similar. But when writing for a singer, I think you definitely wanna be accommodating of who you’re writing for — you wanna think about the key, what’s most comfortable for their vocal range, what might suit that singer’s tone the best, like, are they a power singer, are they a growler, a screamer — whatever kind of fits that singer’s personality and bring the best out of them as well.”

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Nita Strauss Announces “Rock Guitar Fundamentals” Online Teaching Program

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.) has launched an online guitar teaching program called “Rock Guitar Fundamentals.” You can sign up for the course over at iwanttoplayguitar.com.

The following was said about the program:

“Rock Guitar Fundamentals is an online teaching program developed by guitarist Nita Strauss with a simple goal- getting guitars in as many people’s hands as possible, and helping improve their playing. Nita developed a 3 module system where aspiring learners can jump in wherever their skill level is, from picking up the guitar for the very first time to advanced players who want to brush up on music theory or learn some “shred” tips and tricks.

Module One is designed for the brand new player and goes over the anatomy of the guitar and all the basics like how to hold the pick correctly, fret the notes, tuning and more.

Module Two is highly focused on technique and theory, approached from a rock player’s perspective to be very easily understandable for the modern musician.

Module Three is where you start to find the “bells and whistles” of sweep picking, legato, whammy bar tricks, and more.

Sign up and start your rock guitar journey today!”

Strauss herself added:

“I see so many people online saying they want to play guitar but have no idea where to start. And many more experienced players that get frustrated by technique and theory. So I wanted to create a step-by-step course that explains everything clearly from a rock guitar player’s perspective. If you’ve never picked up a guitar before and you start this course from the beginning, as long as you’re willing to put in the time, you’ll end up with a great knowledge base to play solos, write songs, and play on stage with a band.”

Nita Strauss To Use Current Downtime To Finish Her Second Solo Album

Since artists aren’t able to tour right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper) is going to use her free time to finish her new solo album. She revealed the news in the below Instagram post:

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L O C K D O W N⁣ ⁣With schools, gyms, restaurants and many more businesses closed and so many of us laying low for at least the next couple weeks, how are YOU going to use your time? It’s interesting to watch this all unfold… I can’t remember another event in my lifetime that has literally affected everyone I know worldwide like this. I think it’s important to remember that although things might be weird in the world right now, time at home does not have to be unproductive 🙌🏻⁣ ⁣ What’s something YOU plan to do to use this time wisely? Post in the comments to maybe inspire more people to follow your example! For me- I’m going to be playing a ton of guitar and finishing my album 🎶⁣ ⁣ 📸 @jacklue (no, this is not my house)⁣

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Nita Strauss Says Her Second Solo Album “Is Very Much On The Way”

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.) has offered a bit of an update on her second solo album. The guitarist is currently writing for the effort and it is expected to be released in late 2020.

Strauss said the following:

“Just a quick update for anyone asking about more clinics on the upcoming tour 🖤 I have made a conscious effort to back away from over scheduling myself this last month so I can focus my day off energy on something very important- WRITING!! Album 2 is very much on the way!!!! 😏🎉.

I’m not going to do a Kickstarter this time around but I have spent this break working on something for anyone who would like to be a part of it and get an inside look at the process, so stay tuned for that this week!

So crazy to think that the next leg of @alicecooper tour starts in 5 days!!! It seems like we just got home 🤯🤯 Can’t wait to see you all out on the road!

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Just a quick update for anyone asking about more clinics on the upcoming tour 🖤 I have made a conscious effort to back away from over scheduling myself this last month so I can focus my day off energy on something very important- WRITING!! Album 2 is very much on the way!!!! 😏🎉 . I’m not going to do a Kickstarter this time around but I have spent this break working on something for anyone who would like to be a part of it and get an inside look at the process, so stay tuned for that this week! . So crazy to think that the next leg of @alicecooper tour starts in 5 days!!! It seems like we just got home 🤯🤯 Can’t wait to see you all out on the road! 📸 @patricia_riedel

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Nita Strauss Working On Second Solo Album

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.) has revealed that she has started working on her second solo album. The guitarist told Heavy1 TV the following:

“I wrote the majority of ‘Controlled Chaos’ while I was on the previous Alice Cooper tour, so I’m falling right back into the pattern of writing my album on days off. I’ve got my Pro Tools rig out here, so I’m just writing and recording. And we’ll do some more clinics, do some more solo touring, do some more touring with Alice, and then I’m hopeful for a second album release in late 2020.”

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Watch Nita Strauss & David Ellefson Cover Iron Maiden’s “Aces High” Live

During her June 13 show at Basement East in Nashville, Tennessee, Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.) was joined onstage by David Ellefson (Megadeth) for an instrumental cover of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High.” You can see footage of that below:

Watch Nita Strauss Perform Stuck Mojo’s “Pigwalk” With Rich Ward & Frank Fontsere

During Nita Strauss’ May 15 set in Greenville, South Carolina, the guitarist was joined onstage by Stuck Mojo’s Rich Ward and Frank Fontsere for a performance of “Pigwalk.” You can see footage of that below. It’s worth noting that Ward and Fontsere are also members of Fozzy, who were serving as the headliners at the concert.