Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Rowan J Parker: Alternate Picking vs Legato vs Economy Picking - congrats on 8000+ subscribers

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Dave Kilminster: Roger Waters Guitar Legend Releases Long Awaited New Solo Album

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London, UK - Guitar virtuoso David Kilminster, best known for his work with Roger Waters and Keith Emerson, is preparing to release an exciting new rock album titled '...and THE TRUTH will set you free...'! This incredible project sees Dave reunited with drummer Pete Riley and bassist Phil Williams who toured with Dave as part of the Keith Emerson Band, and also recorded with Dave on his first solo rock album 'Scarlet - The Director's Cut'.

Says Dave about his new CD, “I returned from THE WALL tour, both exhausted and exhilarated, and ready to direct all of that inspiration, passion and creativity into a new project.  A year later, I held the master for this album in my hand… knowing it's undoubtedly the best solo work I've ever done...”

For the last eight years Dave was the featured lead guitarist with ROGER WATERS, joining Roger on his last two record breaking world tours; 'THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON LIVE', and (the highest grossing tour by a solo act EVER) 'THE WALL LIVE'!

Critics agree that David Kilminster is one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge from the UK. He is a sought after collaborator, band member and solo performer. After touring and collaborating a number of years with ELP legend Keith Emerson, fans will also know Dave from his work along side luminaries John Wetton, Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes, Guthrie Govan and John Young, among others.

Dave has released a series of instructional DVDs for Lick Library after the success of his global satellite series 'Killer Guitar'. Dave also won the inaugural 'Guitarist of the Year' competition, run by Guitarist magazine.

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Marco Sfogli: Nothing is Lost from Jam Track Central

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'Every Guitar Hero Needs a Ballad'.

That is what our co-founder Jan Cyrka said when we decided to create our first ever JTC original full length album. Vai, Satriani, you name them...they have one!

So we spoke to a number of the artists on our glittering roster and asked them to compose their ultimate ballad. The result is a powerful album that is full of pure emotion and drive and takes you on a journey through the minds of 11 incredibly talented guitar players and composers.

Starting with Andy James' 'The Wind That Shakes The Heart' (which was written by Jan Cyrka and James Graydon) the emotion sucks you in from the first note, just as you would expect from a brilliant ballad track. The scene is then set and from there, all 11 JTC artists continue the same trend with their own individual take on the ultimate ballad.

Any album that has brand new original tracks from the likes of Guthrie Govan, Alex Hutchings, Marco Sfogli, Jack Thammarat and more should be in any guitar players collection, there is no questioning that. However, we have gone the extra mile and provided you with 3 options!

1 - Just the album

2 - Just the backings, complete with full transcriptions and 5 bonus videos (Andy James, Jack Thammarat, Marco Sfogli, Feodor Dosumov and Al Joseph)

3 - The Deluxe edition, which contains all of the above!

4 - Physical CD

So, are you ready for over 50 minutes of ultimate ballads? Check the previews below and get your copy now!

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Eric Gales: the new album Good For Sumthin set for release in October 2014

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Acclaimed musician Eric Gales' newest CD release, GOOD FOR SUMTHIN', is an autobiographical journey from his Memphis upbringing to his current status as one of the most influential guitarists on the blues rock scene. The new CD, his 14th release, is scheduled to arrive on October 28 from independent Cleopatra Records.

GOOD FOR SUMTHIN' features the searing guitar work that has often brought Gales comparisons to Jimi Hendrix, but actually combines his own early influences -- musicians who themselves were Hendrix devotees such as Robin Trower, Frank Marino, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson. Says Gales, "Each of them has a different style, so I'm inspired by a lot of different music. All play a big part for me being who I am."  

Eric Gales CD coverAs Gales says, "Growing up and developing my music, I wanted to be able to emulate Eric Johnson... so to wind up touring with this him and having him on my record is like a dream come true!" The feeling is apparently mutual as Johnson, who appears on the album's closing song, "E2 (Note For Note)," reported: "Eric has created a new record filled with incendiary guitar licks that are inspired and inspiring to listen to. He has also added to this a bundle of cool vocal harmonies and excellent lead vocals. I'm happy to be a part of it, and may it shoot high towards the bright stars above."

This 1991 Guitar World Best New Talent Winner has never been one to rest on his laurels, and the past year has seen him on the road touring with the Experience Hendrix Tour-joining a line-up that includes a true who's who of guitar masters. Headliners include Eric Johnson and Black Label Society's Zakk Wylde, both of whom make guest appearances on GOOD FOR SUMTHIN'.

Produced by Grammy™ winning producer and recording artist Raphael Saddiq and using lush harmonies and intricate guitar work, the songs on GOOD FOR SUMTHIN' tell Gales' life story in a potent mix of musical genres... alternately bluesy, psychedelic, funky and rock. "Raphael is one of my best friends, and when I asked him if he minded producing, he said, 'I want to do're one of the baddest cats I know!' So just having the opportunity to work with him was amazing. And to do it with one of my best friends-who just happens to be one of the baddest producers, musicians, arrangers and composers in the business- just gives me goosebumps!"

The blues-rock track "Going Back to Memphis" is a collaborative effort, with rock industry pioneer Mike Varney contributing the lyrics. The song features strong vocal harmonies and intense soloing, and summarizes Gales' career journey, which will culminate at a CD release party to celebrate the new album in his hometown of Memphis. Making the event at Minglewood Hall even more special is its occurrence on the eve of his 40th birthday. "I don't know how I feel about turning 40," he says, "but with this CD release, it ain't so bad!"

 Gales' well-crafted CD features smartly written songs with a message and his exuberant musicianship, which range from the toneful solos on "You Give Me Life" that double his smooth vocals to the intense guitar interplay with guest Zakk Wylde on "Steep Climb." "Show Me How" combines a contemporary modern sound with influences of the 60's and 70's, while the collaborations continue on "Six Deep" as Gales' wife LaDonna joins the band on back-up vocals.

In Gales' own words, this record was a
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long time coming.  And as he sings on the CD's title track, "We all need music to bring about some change. All you gotta' do is listen, and I think you'll feel the same."

Look for Gales on the upcoming Lauryn Hill release, as the Grammy winning singer has requested him to play on several tracks of her new CD. A big fan of Hill's, Gales could not be more thrilled about the collaboration.

Eric Gales' excitement about his craft is contagious.  "I am so proud of this new album," he says.  "I really put everything that I have into this one.  I wanted it to have an impact and be powerful, and the end result is just that!"

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Track List:
1. Come A Long Way
2. 1019
3. Going Back To Memphis
4. Good For Sumthin'
5. Six Deep
6. You Give Me Life
7. Heaven's Gate
8. Tonight (I'm Leaving)
9. Show Me How
10. Miss You
11. Steep Climb featuring Zakk Wylde
12. E2 (Note For Note) featuring Eric Johnson

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About Eric Gales

Memphis-born Eric Gales burst on the musical scene at the age of 15. His weapon of choice was a right-handed guitar turned upside down and played left-handed, drawing inevitable comparisons to Jimi Hendrix. While still in his teens, Gales was named Guitar World's "Best New Talent," signed a major label record deal and played for a national TV audience on The Arsenio Hall Show. All pretty heady stuff for someone so young.

1991 saw Gales release his first CD-THE ERIC GALES BAND-featuring his two brothers, Eugene and Manuel (the late Little Jimmy King). While originally delegating lead vocals to brother Eugene, Gales' second CD saw him stepping forward into mode of full frontman with both power guitar work and a newfound vocal confidence.

He's never looked back.

He has since honed his craft through constant touring and collaboration with the rock guitar greats, which led to him performing as special guest at Woodstock '94 with Carlos Santana, an evening that Gales will never forget. To play with his musical Godfather at such a legendary event was an important moment for Gales, and it also signaled that this young musician "had arrived."

Decades of touring and recording have allowed Gales to hone his craft, becoming one of the most powerful and captivating guitarists today across multiple musical genres. The past year alone has seen Gales immersed in a progressive rock supergroup, recording with bass player dUg Pinnick (from Kings X) and drummer Thomas Pridgen (from Mars Volta). Their band is fittingly called "Pinnick, Gales, Pridgen" and in just over a year they're released two CDs. He has also toured with the Experience Hendrix Tour, joining a line-up that includes a true who's who of guitar masters-Buddy Guy, Johnny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, among others. Look next for Gales to guest on Lauryn Hill's upcoming release later this year, too.

As Eric Gales sings on GOOD FOR SUMTHIN's lead track "Come A Long Way": "I just want to play my music for everyone...forget about my worries and be the one... I've come a long way!"

And indeed he has.


Steve Hunter: Glidepath - from Tone Poems Live - Jason Becker approved

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From the new Steve Hunter CD 'Tone Poems Live' , with Tony Levin on bass, Phil Aaberg on keyboards and Alvino Bennett on drums. Produced by Brian Brinkerhoff and Paul Lani. Available now from, Amazon and iTunes.
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Steve Hunter - Glidepath

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About the DVD....

For the first time ever, Blues Rock Guitarist Steve Hunter, renowned for his work with Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed and Alice Cooper, is captured on film playing a career-spanning anthology in an intimate setting with some of the worlds finest players.

The DVD, 'Tone Poems Live', was filmed on August 24th 2013 at a recording studio in LA. Alongside Steve was Tony Levin on Bass (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson) Phil Aaberg on Keyboards (Elvin Bishop, Peter Gabriel) Alvino Bennett on Drums (Dave Mason, Robin Trower).

They rehearsed for two days and filmed on the third day as though it were in front of an audience. Fourteen tunes, each played twice, with no overdubs added later. The material was chosen from most of Steve’s solo albums plus a few covers, including ‘Solsbury Hill’ ‘What’s Going On’ and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s ‘Riviera Paradise’.

This is the first time Steve Hunter has ever been filmed doing all his own material plus material of his own choice. Steve is now legally blind and all though not out of the question, touring has become more of a challenge. The recording session was produced and recorded by Brian Brinkerhoff and Paul Lani.

Steve Hunter 'Tone Poems Live' DVD/CD (trailer)