Friday, 20 March 2009

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Joe Satriani: no golden drummer, this looks like chicken foot to me?

Now this is either a live gig or a video shoot... but it sure ain't Bernard Mathews golden drummers
Kudos Van Halen news desk!

Chickenfoot will release its self-titled debut disc this spring. The first single from the CD will either be "Oh, Yeah!" or "Bitten By The Wolf". The band will also hit the road in May in support of the album, hitting clubs in the U.S. first, heading to Europe during the summer, then coming back for a larger North American run in the fall.

Mika Tyyskä: fastfinger to elevate the musikmesse crowds!

Mika Tyyskä, who created The Guitar Shred Show animated guitar tutorial site featuring Mr. Fastfinger, has announced Fastfinger's show schedule for this year's Frankfurt Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany. It is as follows; all appearances will be at the Hughes and Kettner booth.

1 - 10:00am, 1:00pm, 5:00pm
2 - 10:00am, 1:00pm, 5:00pm
3 - 10:00am, 1:00pm, 5:00pm
4 - 10.00am, 2:00pm, 4:00pm

Chris Impellitteri: to get dean custom guitar


Chris Impellitteri is currently working with Dean Guitars CEO Elliott Rubinson to create the Chris Impellitteri signature guitar model which will be sold in retail. The Impellitteri model will be modified with all of the key variables shredders love.

Chris Impellitteri has currently adopted the Dean split tail guitar which can be seen in the IMPELLITTERI music video "Last Of A Dying Breed", currently playing at IMPELLITTERI's official fanclub web site and below. The track comes off IMPELLITTERI's long-awaited new album, "Wicked Maiden", which will be released in Europe on April 24 via Metal Heaven Records.

IMPELLITTERI - Last of a Dying Breed

News: Win a Hamer Talladega Pro!


Based on Hamer's innovative Talladega model, the Talladega Pro offers long-scale players a humbucking alternative. The "Pro" will feel familiar to players of traditional bolt-on single-coil guitars, yet it supplies classic mahogany and maple, humbucking tones. The Talladega Pro features an Ivoroid bound, honduras mahogany body matched to an arched, figured maple top. The ivoroid bound 25 1/2" scale mahogany neck is hand-carved to a '56 V shape and set into the body with a full dovetail (glued) joint. The straight grained rosewood fingerboard is adorned with Hamer's trademark "Victory" inlays and fretted with wide-oval frets. Electronics include two custom wound Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups, with 2 volumes, 2 tones (Sprague Orange Drop Caps) and three way toggle wired in the "period correct" configuration. The single piece aluminum wraparound bridge is by TonePros, as are the vintage Kluson tuners. The Talladega Pro is the ideal Humbucking-equipped single-cut for the bolt-on player who is looking for a wider pallette of tones without losing the feel they're accustomed to. MSRP $5000 Enter

For more information:

In addition, giveaway entrants will have the opportunity to get a free copy of the DVD "Building an American Legend: Hamer Guitars" and to sign up for Hamer's catalogue* and e-mail newsletter. By requesting these items, you are authorizing Premier Guitar to release your information to Hamer Guitars only. Your information will not be released to any other third parties.

Jan Laurenz: box warr mandola

This guy has really clean tone and in this video punches out, Warr and Boc, like there is no tomorrow!

Arap by Jan Laurenz on Box/Warr guitar and Mandola

Greg Howe: premier guitar column

Greg Howe has joined forces with Premier Guitar Magazine and has started writing a new guitar column for them.

Howe's 1st column is on the topic of "What is shred?" and is featured in the April 2009 issue, which is on news stands now.

You can also ready the whole magazine and column online at:

Michael Elsner: voodoo coming down on you


Kudos to Jenn over at for spotting this guy... here's to Jenn's first post on the blog... with some minor additions from me...

Michael Elsner band Chasing Saints: and main web site

Famous as the human capo...

Paul Gilbert and Human Capo "Get Out Of My Yard"

a ton of beginner video lessons

After a dozen years in the music industry, Michael Elsner has written for, produced, played with and toured as a sideman for numerous artists. Now, with the release of his first solo album, Stained Voodoo, Michael continues to prove himself as a multi-faceted musician. The album's 10 tracks vary as much as the artist himself, rooted in rock and blues, and spiced with funk and acoustic. "I wanted to make an instrumental album that both musicians and non-musicians could enjoy," said Elsner. "Although there is definitely some virtuosity in the playing, I wanted to put the focus more on melody, song structure and instrumentation." To the trained ear, Stained Voodoo is a showcase of musicianship and mature songwriting that pays homage to the influences of Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani and Steve Morse, while the melodic focus and diversity appeals to the average listener, making Stained Voodoo a fulfilling listening experience.

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Track list
Crack Puppies (4:40)
Tsunami (3:37)
King It Down (3:49)
Chameleon (4:30)
Stained (4:31)
Voodoo (3:42)
Kayleigh's Dream (4:14)
Satch (3:28)
Needle In The Groove (3:40)
You Again (4:14)

"Raised in the artistic community of Woodstock, NY, music has been a fundamental part of my life since as far back as I can remember. Experimenting with various instruments since the age of 8, I discovered and fell in love with the guitar at the age of 12 and immersed myself into a rigorous practice regimen, often spending up to 8 hours a day becoming more and more proficient on the instrument.

My professional career began in 1998 when I moved to Nashville, TN. Shortly after my arrival, I began working on projects with such artists as Michael McDonald, Sixpence None The Richer, The Backstreet Boys, and Jon Anderson from YES to name just a few. During the 4.5 years I spent in Nashville, I toured with various artists and was in the studio producing and/or playing on countless sessions. I became the Fret Talk columnist for “Rock & Read Magazine,” completed my first instructional book “Introspective Guitar,” had 16 songs of mine recorded by other artists, and was credited on a number of records that achieved multi-platinum status.

Since June of 2003, I've been living in Los Angeles, CA, where I have played on sessions for Miramax Films, Chrysalis Music Publishing, and various television, album and film projects. Select examples of these include the Ella Enchanted soundtrack, The Young & The Restless, The Bold & the Beautiful and most recently CBS Television's 'The Ex List.' I have signed publishing deals with a number production music libraries and my songs have been placed in various movies, television shows, DVDs, and commercials, including High School Musical 2, Hannah Montana, CBS’s Cold Case, Beyond the Break, ABC's 'TV's All-Time Funniest,' History Channel's 'Modern Marvels,' Baywatch, ESPN, as well as commercials for Audi, Mazda and Rent Way.

In September 2006 I released my first instrumental record, "Stained Voodoo", a collection of 10 original compositions ranging in style from rock to funk to acoustic, that pays homage to my earliest musical influences. In November 2006, Stained Voodoo took home the Instrumental Album of the Year award at the LA Music Awards.

A brief rundown of some recent events would include touring as the lead guitarist for 2 time Grammy Nominated artist Sarah Kelly as well as multi-platinum selling Universal Records recording artist Chenoa, performing on an episode of American Idol Extra with former contestant Anthony Fedorov, played with the house band on the Megan Mullally Show where I performed with Billy Ray Cyrus. I also appeared with guitarist Paul Gilbert in the December '06 Issue of Guitar One Magazine as well as on his Get Out Of My Yard Instructional DVD. If you're into virtual instruments, check out "Acoustic Legends," an acoustic guitar virtual instrument library that I co-produced for Vir2 Instruments.

I am currently working with my original project Chasing Saints and am an endorsing artist for McPherson Guitars, Elixir Strings, DiMarzio Pickups, Visual Sound Amps & Pedals, In Tune Guitar Picks, Guitar Force Guitar Care Products, X-Tempo Designs, and Presonus Studio Gear."

News: three winners for my guitar space competition and another $ 750 prize on the way!

Congratulations to Marcos De Ros, Aaron Gray and David Walliman!!

There were some excellent efforts. We ended up with a 3-way tie, so the proceeds will be split accordingly. Please, a big round of applause for the following three talented members, and thanks to all who entered.
Marcos De Ros

Aaron Gray

David Wallimann

The next contest will be a "best fingerpicking" contest. It starts immediately, and will run through May 5th. Prize is $ 750. For more details, check out:

Pedro Santos: riff king competition


Pedro Santos throws his hat into the ring with his entry for Saxon Riff King competition!

RIFF KING Pedro Santos entry

Jeff Beck: out of the blue... a new dvd live at ronnie scotts!

Eagle Rock Entertainment to Release JEFF BECK ON DVD AND BLU-RAY
~Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s Goes Visual March 31~

On March 31, Eagle Rock Entertainment, through it’s Eagle Vision subsidiary, will release Jeff Beck Performing This Week…Live at Ronnie Scott’s on DVD and Blu-Ray.

A reviewer states:
The overwhelming majority of this DVD consists of Jeff Beck's nonpareil guitar virtuosity. The instrumental performances that spotlight his inimitable whammy bar mastery, tones, riffs and fretboard prowess include "Becks' Bolero", "Where Were You'" Blast From The East," "A Day In The Life," "Stratus," "Scatterbrain," "Brush With The Blues," Big Block," and "Angel(Footsteps)." There are fantastic guest performances by Eric Clapton "Little Brown Bird," "You Need Love" and Imogen Heap "Rolling and Tumblin" "Blanket" and a sterling Joss Stone rendition of "People Get Ready." Not only is the music magical-so is the aura and ambience of Ronnie Scott's renowned Jazz Club in London. This DVD is all killer and no filler. An imperative purchase!!!!

Filmed over the course of several gigs at the famed Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in 2007, Performing This Week…(CD released November 25) features a compilation of material spanning Beck’s genre-jumping career. From Rock to Jazz to Blues, with some Boogie and Beatles to boot, this was a week that positively rocked the intimate London club. His band includes Tal Wilkenfeld (bass), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), and Jason Rebello (keyboards). Joss Stone, Imogen Heap, and Eric Clapton also made special appearances, complementing Beck’s wild guitar work with their diverse vocal approaches.

"This was a great week. Playing in such an intimate club with my friends and my amazing band…. What more could a musician want." - Jeff Beck

These DVDs are the first to be approved by the man himself. They are stocked with not just a conglomerate of great performance picks, but stellar bonus material. A rare in-depth interview features Beck talking about his experience at Ronnie Scott’s, as well as giving the floor to his band members for some interview time. The Blu-Ray also includes an exclusive 7-track rockabilly set with the Big Town Playboys.

Eagle Rock Entertainment develops, acquires and produces music programming for a wide range of notable and high profile artists, which the company distributes on a worldwide basis. Eagle Rock Entertainment, Eagle Vision and Eagle Eye Media are wholly owned divisions of Eagle Rock Group, LTD.

For more information regarding this and other Eagle Rock Entertainment releases, contact Carol Kaye at

Track listing:
1.) Beck’s Bolero
2.) Eternity’s Breath
3.) Stratus
4.) Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers
5.) Behind The Veil
6.) You Never Know
7.) Nadia
8.) Blast From The East
9.) Led Boots
10.) Angel (Footsteps)
11.) People Get Ready – with Joss Stone
12.) Scatterbrain
13.) Goodbye Pork Pie Hat / Brush With The Blues
14.) Space Boogie
15.) Blanket – with Imogen Heap
16.) Big Block
17.) A Day In The Life
18.) Little Brown Bird – with Eric Clapton
19.) You Need Love – with Eric Clapton
20.) Rollin’ And Tumblin’ – with Imogen Heap
21.) Where Were You

Blu-Ray Bonus Tracks:
1.) Race With The Devil
2.) Crazy Legs
3.) Train Kept A Rollin’
4.) My Baby Left Me
5.) Matchbox
6.) Baby Blue
7.) Honky Tonk / Beck Interview on Rockabilly set

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