Monday, 13 April 2009

Marshall Harrison: paganini's 5th caprice

Marshall Harrison gives a quick run through of a guitar transcription which is available for you to purchase. Marshall Harrison says:
send $15 USD via to and I will send you this highly playable version of Paganini's Violin Virtuoso showpiece.

Paganini's 5th Caprice - Marshall Harrison (arranged by M Harrison)

Alex Hutchings: blue class the hidden videos

Typical small world moment... I just realised that Alex Hutchings was in the same band as Kevin Glasgow, amazing bass player... who Mark McGuigan had told me about... so I had a quick look online and compiled a list of videos of varying quality featuring the incredible talents of Alex Hutchings!

Alex Hutchings: blue class the hidden videos

Paul Gilbert: the italian job, cover versions

Paul Gilbert plays a bunch of covers on a recent italian tour... enjoy

John Petrucci: dream theater vip tickets announced


DREAM THEATER have issued the following update:
"Meet & Greet packages are now available for the European leg of Dream Theater's 2009 / 2010 World Tour.

Packages Include:

-- exclusive Meet & Greet with Dream Theater
-- personal photograph with the band
-- autograph session (includes 8X10 photo)
-- official Meet & Greet laminate
-- exclusive Dream Theater bandana
-- set of Dream Theater guitar picks
-- collectible Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings patch
-- $25 voucher to the official Dream Theater online store

Please note: This package does not include a ticket to the concert. You must purchase a ticket to attend the Dream Theater meet and greet. All sales final. No refunds. All packages sold in EUR. Detailed M&G instructions will be emailed prior to show date. All VIP merchandise will be distributed at the M&G session."

Joe Satriani: chickenfoot usa dates announced

Joe Satriani and Chickenfoot will be playing a series of intimate venues, this initial tour is set to launch on May 14 at the El Corazon in Seattle, Washington. The shows will conclude at TLA in Philadelphia, PA on May 29, with tickets prices throughout averaging $50 per show.

CHICKENFOOT's North American dates:

May 14 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
May 15 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
May 17 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
May 19 - The Roxy Theatre - West Hollywood, CA
May 22 - Park West - Chicago, IL
May 24 - The Mod Club Theatre - Toronto, ON
May 26 - Middle East Upstairs - Cambridge, MA
May 28 - The Fillmore NY Irving Plaza - New York, NY
May 29 - TLA - Philadelphia, PA

"Chickenfoot" will be packaged in heat-sensitive artwork, which means when you put your hand on the CD inlay, photos of the band members will be revealed behind the CHICKENFOOT band logo.

"Chickenfoot" track listing:

01. Avenida Revolution
02. Soap on a Rope
03. Sexy Little Thing
04. Oh Yeah
05. Runnin' Out
06. Get It Up
07. Down the Drain
08. My Kinda Girl
09. Learning to Fall
10. Turnin' Left
11. Future in the Past

Vinnie Moore: ufo visitor release details

Release dates for "The Visitor":

Germany, Austria, Switzerland: May 29
Rest of Europe: June 2
USA, Canada: June 2

"The Visitor" track listing:

01. Saving Me
02. On The Waterfront
03. Hell Driver
04. Stop Breaking Down
05. Rock Ready
06. Living Proof
07. Can't Buy A Thrill
08. Forsaken
09. Villains & Thieves
10. Stranger In Town
11. Dancing With St. Peter (2009 edition) (digipack bonus track)

Hedras Ramos: 16 year old stylish shredder has a myspace

Hedras Ramos is on MySpace:
The CD details:
Hedras is a 16 years old young guitar player who began initially playing drums when he was 6 taking lessons from great drummers. While studying drums he discovered, a new love, the Electric Guitar.

Inspired by his dad and all materials in the house like DVDs, CDs, tapes, great guitar amps, guitars, SFX Processors units and mainly the daily contact with the Professional Recording Studio of his father which is a TV and Radio commercial house (, he soon found himself immersed in the world of production, singing jingles along with his younger sisters, also doing voice overs for commercials for the Big names in the advertising world.

At age of 8 his dad bought him his first electrical guitar, but it wasn’t until he became 13 that he really took the guitar seriously and began his self-taught studies, getting into his room for 7+ hours daily learning sight reading, scales, chords, harmony, technique, licks, etc.
His father produced and engineered this project, his experience producing records is broad, he also was a founding member and lead guitarist for VOX DEI, a very popular rock band in the 90’s in Guatemala, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Where to buy:

Another outstanding track:

Hedras Ramos - New Sounds

News: guitar idol online final started

At 21:00 GMT the guitar idol online final stated... get on over and start voting!

the leader board

Alex Hutchings: bristol blue class musikmesse boss on the roland stand

I'd like to thank Alex Hutchings for not jumping when I finally caught up with him on Saturday. The Musikmesse is just huge, and although I had seen Alex on Friday, I lost him in the crowd. I finally caught up with him on Saturday where he explained that he was in the keyboard hall on the Roland stand. These videos are his presentation of the equipment... the guy has a natural sense of humour and his playing / sound is out of this world. I had head phones on while videoing so I did not know if the sound would come put OK, but I think it did. Alex Hutchings is the new BOSS demonstrator in the UK, but also appeared at the musikmesse. Alex covered the VG-99, GT-10, Loop Stations and the ME-range of Multi-FX so be be prepared to be impressed.

Alex Hutchings also plays one of the five superb tracks from our new Custom Fusion Series - available exclusively from Included in the package are high quality audio and video tracks, plus 100% accurate tab transcriptions of all solos. All videos are available in a custom player

Alex Hutchings: roland stand musikmesse 2009 part 1

Alex Hutchings: roland stand musikmesse 2009 part 2

Alex Hutchings: roland stand musikmesse 2009 part 3

Joop Wolters: guitar king at guitar king

Joop Wolters says:
0n april 4 ,2009 i gave a little gig at the guitar-store in honor of their 25-th anniversary... using a SOLDANO HOT ROD 50 as amp here with a 4 times 12 kool and elfring speakercab...thanx frans and wilma for their hospitality...

gig GUITARKING musicstore joop wolters

Magnus Karlsson: primal fear available for purchase

If you’re talking about Europe’s top metal acts the discussion is heading straight towards Primal Fear. Former Gamma Ray vocalist Ralf Scheepers and bassist/vocalist Mat Sinner, two of the most respected German Metal musicians founded the band in late 1997. They recorded their first Primal Fear songs for JVC in Japan, together with drummer Klaus Sperling and guitarist Tom Naumann. They got signed immediately and Germany's best-kept secret soon became a target for many of the European record companies. The band finally signed to Nuclear Blast Records in early 1998.

The debut album, simply called Primal Fear was released in March 1998 and entered the German album charts at number 48, soon followed by similar chart success in Japan. The band recruited guitarist Stefan Leibing to their line up and started touring with Running Wild and Hammerfall. The second PF album Jaws Of Death entered the German Charts at number 49 in July 1999, followed by their first headlining World Tour. The tour was a huge success and included countries such as Brazil, Japan and of course Europe.

Primal Fear released another 3 very successful studio albums (“Nuclear Fire”, “Black Sun” and “Seven Seals”) that entered the Top 100 charts in many European countries. After some line-up changes (that brought in Canadian drummer Randy Black) and the release of a “Best of” album aptly entitled “Metal Is Forever”, Primal Fear waved goodbye to Nuclear Blast and signed a new recording contract with Frontiers Records.

The first album for the new label was released in September 2007 and named “New Religion” Starbreaker and Allan/Lande producer/guitarist Magnus Karlsson helped out with two stunning guitar solos, before Henny Wolter rejoined the band and played some more lead & rhythm guitars on the album. Epica's lead singer Simone Simons was invited to the studio to sing the first duet in Primal Fear recording history, the song Everytime It Rains. The album was mixed by Ronald Prent (Rammstein, Iron Maiden, Manowar).

After a three month co-headlining European Tour with Udo, a headlining Japanese tour and a co- headlining show at the Progpower Festival in Atlanta/US, the band embarked on their “10 Years Of Metal” 2008 anniversary tour including new guitarist Magnus Karlsson, who finally joined the band. After a massive summer Open Air schedule, the band started the pre-production at Karlsson’s Stuntguitar Music studio in Sweden. With 14 new songs written by the band, Primal Fear entered the House Of Music studios with engineer Dennis Ward, mixing engineer Achim Koehler and producer Mat Sinner.

The result of the new album is the most powerful, ambitious and interesting album in Primal Fear’s history. The vibe of songs like the opening track “Riding The Eagle”, “Killbound” or “Under The Radar” are reminiscent of the “Nuclear Fire” album. You will find all the trademarks of the Primal Fear sound and the total dedication to pure Metal. There is also a new approach mixed with PF riffs in tracks like “Six Times Dead (16.6)”, “Soar”, “Smith & Wesson” as well as the epic stories, consummate musicianship, courage and fantastic melodies in songs like “Black Rain”, “No Smoke Without Fire”, “Torn” and the stylistically new ballad “Hands Of Time” with the 4 guys all sharing the lead-vocals.

Once again Primal Fear display a very high standard of song writing, sound and the production. A video clip was shot for the albums title track “Six Times Dead (16.6)”. Karlsson & Wolter shine with a new dimension to the guitar work, and lead vocalist Ralf Scheepers reaches a new level to his vocal performances. Nothing can go wrong if you’re backed by one of the best rhythm sections in metal with Randy Black and Mat Sinner and you can hear the result on Primal Fear’s outstanding new message called “16.6”!

The Primal Fear 16.6 World Tour starts in August in South America, followed by a US tour that includes a visit to this years Progpower X festival and an extensive European Tour that kicks off on Sept. 24th. A tour through Japan & Asia is already be scheduled
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Jack Thammarat: awesome jam over larry carlton track

The track that Guthrie Govan made his own... I missed this post out last year... this guy has amazing chops, enjoy.

Improvise In Larry Carlton Style

plus another awesome

Improvise In Steve Lukather Style

or this one

Improvise In Robben Ford Style track