Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Frank Gambale: the caron connection

Frank Gambale with Alain Caron jamming together.

F.Gambale, A.Caron, O.Ruiz live Foggia 2008

Gustavo Guerra: guitar lesson


Gustavo Guerra - Video Lesson (part 1)

Gustavo Guerra - Video Lesson (part 2)

Marc Playle: chasing waves

Some cool playing by Marc Playle

Marc Playle - Chasing Waves (Video)

Johan Randén: youngest scandinavian fender endorsee

This is an interview / guitar video with our youngest endorsed guitarist at Fender Scandinavia: Johan Randén. www.myspace.com/fenderscandina

Johan Randén

Vinnie Moore: shakes you to the core


Vinnie Moore will release his new CD, "To The Core", in North America on May 19 (one day earlier interntionally) via Holland's Mascot Records.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Fly (4:51)
02. Panic Attack (6:19)
03. Off The Hook (5:15)
04. Transcendence (3:53)
05. Soul Caravan (5:55)
06. Jigsaw (3:41)
07. Remorse (7:02)
08. Tailspin (5:33)
09. Over My Head (3:57)
10. Into the Open Highway (6:47)
11. Into the Sunset (5:41)

"To The Core" recording lineup:

Vinnie Moore - Guitar
Van Romaine - Drums
John "J.D." DeServio - Bass
Tim Lehner - Keyboards

Vinnie Moore - Watching From The Light

Francesco Fareri: live at prog power fest

Live Performance at Jailbreak in Rome on January 16th 2009 with Francesco Fareri.

The Band:
Francesco Fareri - Guitar
Emanuele Calvelli - Bass
Emiliano Cantiano - Drums

Live@PowerProgFest.3 with Francesco Fareri PT.1.

Live@PowerProgFest.3 with Francesco Fareri PT.2.

Live@PowerProgFest.3 with Francesco Fareri PT.3.

Paul Gilbert: guitar hero hero !

On iTunes Now! "Guitar Hero Hero (Beating Guitar Hero Doesn't Make You Slash)" MC Lars Featuring Parry Gripp of Nerf Herder and Paul Gilbert of Mr. Big. From the new MC Lars CD "THIS GIANT ROBOT KILLS" in stores on Feb 24


Guitar Hero Hero MC Lars Featuring Parry Gripp and Paul Gilbert

Andres Ludmer: demonstrating the line6 variax and pod

Andres Ludmer says:
hello guys. this is me testing differents sounds on my new variax 700 connected to a pod xt live, directly to pc. hope you like it
... a versatile guitar in every sense of the word.


Silvio Gazquez: hot improv

Silvio Gazquez with another high powered, sweet toned improv.

Silvio Gazquez improv

Joe Satriani: 53% think coldplay copied joe's song

According to musicradar's straw poll:
Joe Satriani's legal action against Coldplay has been one of the talking points of music in 2009. Satriani claims that Coldplay's 2008 song Viva La Vida copied "substantial portions" of his 2004 instrumental If I Could Fly.

And a majority of a MusicRadar users agree with Satriani.

Of nearly 3000 people polled by MusicRadar, the votes were as followed:

Yes: Satriani was copied 53%
No: Coldplay aren't Satch fans 13%
Perhaps: Coldplay are magpies 7%
Maybe: Satriani = desperate 8%
Zzz: I'm bored of it all 17%
full post

It will be interesting to see what the lawyers and judges decide.

Dave Celentano: live guitar solo

An older video of Dave Celentano playing live playing two handed, plus "violin" technique.

Dave Celentano Live Guitar Solo

Ignazio Di Salvo: higher ground solo

Ignazio Di Salvo's live band playing some covers with Iganzio's over driven two handed solos.

Ignazio Di Salvo Live higher ground solo

Lori Linstruth: joins arjen lucassen and guilt machine


Cool news for fans of Lori Linstruth... she's back swinging that axe! This might explain the twitter comment
Finding a usable band name that isn't already taken by some garage band with a Myspace in say, Turkey, is *truly* difficult beyond belief

Arjen Lucassen’s Guilt Machine

There’s not been much news from us lately, but don’t let that fool you. There has been a bustle of feverish activity going on behind the scenes here at the Electric Castle. With this update from ArjenLucassen.com we’re excited to officially announce the details of Arjen’s new project, Guilt Machine.

Arjen Lucassen: instruments, backing vocals
Jasper Steverlinck (Arid): vocals
Chris Maitland (ex Porcupine Tree): drums
Lori Linstruth (ex Stream of Passion): lead guitar

As Ayreon fans have come to expect from Arjen, the music of Guilt Machine ranges from dark and heavy to atmospheric and melancholic. But Guilt Machine introduces some new twists as well, particularly when it comes to the vocals. Rather than putting together an ensemble cast of vocalists from the prog, rock and metal scene, Arjen has enlisted the talents of a single alternative rock vocalist, Jasper Steverlinck.

How did Arjen get an alternative rock vocalist to switch genres and sing on a prog rock project? "In the beginning it was hard to convince Jasper to sing on this album, because he comes from a completely different musical background. He didn’t even know what prog was, but we’ve made a believer out of him! What I admire about Jasper’s voice, besides its beautiful clear timbre, is the emotion and credibility he puts into his performance and his enormous range. Because this project features just one singer I needed someone versatile enough to portray all of the different moods, and Jasper didn’t disappoint. And he’s a really nice and dedicated guy as well!"

For Guilt Machine Arjen also chose to record with a different drummer, Chris Maitland (ex Porcupine Tree). "Chris was the ideal choice this time, having both the power for the heavy sections and the subtle touch needed in the more atmospheric parts."

Rather than the explicit storyline you would expect in an Ayreon release, the songs of Guilt Machine revolve around a central theme. Instead of looking outward into a world of fantasy or science fiction, the songs look inward, exploring the destructive psychology of guilt, regret and the darkest form of secret — the secrets we hide from ourselves. "At first I asked my partner and personal manager Lori to quickly write scratch lyrics for one of the songs so I could record some guide vocals. I was so impressed by what she produced that I asked her to write the lyrics for all the songs. I was unable myself to create the type of darkly enigmatic, open-ended lyrics I wanted for these songs, my specialty being sci-fi lyrics about sinister aliens ;-) She definitely gave the songs an extra dimension with her lyrics, exorcising the demons we both had faced in the past few years. It’s also no secret that I’ve always been a big fan of her melodic guitar style, so she also plays all the guitar solos on this album."

Despite these differences, Guilt Machine still has much in common with Ayreon. The songs are mainly long, "epic" tracks that feature dynamic contrasts between softer, dreamy sections and powerful, heavy passages. There are intricate harmonies, complex rhythms, soaring melodies, and an eclectic selection of instruments — all what you’d expect from an Ayreon release.

"In my view this is my best side project so far. It comes completely from the heart, for it was written and recorded during a new inspiring phase in my life after my heavy depression. This being an entirely new project there were no expectations whatsoever, which enabled me to just let my inspiration guide me without any (outside) pressure."

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for music previews and other updates about Guilt Machine!

From all of us at ArjenLucassen.com, until next time!