Sunday, 19 April 2009

George Marios: tom quayle says hot new guitar idol video!

George Marios just posted a new video. Working with Tom Quayle... Tom Quayle says:
George Marios' entry for the final online heat of Guitar Idol 2009!! Recorded in my lovely apartment using Amplitube 2 through a nice impulse response. Great tone eh!? This guy is an awesome guitarist and musician and a seriously cool guy to boot!!

check it out and vote on line:

George Marios - First Look at the Sky (HD)

Alexandros Tefarikis: getting press for guitar idol


Chilean musician advances to the end of the "Guitar Idol" The progressive guitarist and composer of acoustic music and the root Mediterranean Alexandros Tefarikis pasó a la final del certamen stage which makes them 120 new soloists for over one thousand 200 concursantes. The votings are online.
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Johan Randén: scarily good!

Wow, this is a busy guy with lots of studio work. I recall great guitarist Magnus Olsson telling me about the potential of this guy... well it looks like it's coming to fruition... check out a recent live demo.

Fuzz 2009 - Johan Randén

Ricky Graham: japan tour dates


Tour of Japan - May, 2009
Tour dates for Japan during May 2009 are now available. Thanks again to Dave & Ross at CD Lunch and KR-International, and to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for making this possible.
Tour Dates
1 May 2009 20:00 Encore Tokyo
2 May 2009 20:00 Ottorisha Tokyo
3 May 2009 20:00 Ruby Room Tokyo
5 May 2009 20:00 Pink Cow Tokyo
6 May 2009 20:00 Daisy bar Tokyo
7 May 2009 20:00 Seco Lounge (EP Launch) Tokyo
8 May 2009 20:00 Kaetsu University Tokyo
9 May 2009 20:00 Cosmos Cafe Tokyo

Ricky Graham@ Rock Factory in Tokyo

Rain Down Fire” has been released on Japanese Record Label, CD Lunch. It includes 4 studio tracks and 1 live track courtesy of Steven McCauley at BBC Radio Foyle, Northern Ireland. Available on iTunes

Steve Lukather: musikmesse 2009 interview

A Rich Murray Guitar Channel kudos moment... Steve Lukather interview at the musikmesse. I watched Steve playing but didn't video as it was a big crowd.

Francisco Meza: is the future for guitar videos?

That's it friends, the other epic and last song of my upcoming album titled "Innocence of Insanity" or "IOI" for short :)

All tracks are being mastered in a few days and then it is off to all online music retailers.

The album should be available by mid year

Remember the audio you hear here is not the same as the one being mastered. I re-record every song for the album and it will sound killer

Everything was recorded using the Pod X3 Live and/or Guitar Port by Line 6
Guitar used: Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Limited Edition 2007
I programmed the drums with EZ Drummer
Video edited with Sony Vegas

Innocence of Insanity - Original by Francisco Meza

The Departure of a Soul - Original by Francisco Meza

Rage and Pain - Original by Francisco Meza

Juninho Afram: at expomusic 2008

Juninho Afram's Workshop (Friday, day 26/09/08), the stand of Selenium in ExpoMusic 2008.

EXPOMUSIC 2008 - Juninho Afram (Little Boy)

Brett Garsed: live in athens continued VI

Brett Garsed and Yorgos Fakanas Group playing "Miss You" by Rolling Stones at the "Athina Live" Athens Greece 28/3/2009
Brett Garsed: Guitar
Yorgos Fakanas: Bass
Marios Toumbas: Keys
Alexandros Drakos Ktistakis: Drums
Takis Paterelis - Sam Marlieri: Saxes

Brett Garsed and YFG - Miss You (pt1) - live in Athens

Brett Garsed and YFG - Miss You (pt2) - live in Athens

Brett Garsed and YFG - Bitter Sweet - live in Athens

Paul Gilbert: racer x... this is real metal!

Paul Gilbert, Bruce Bouillet and the Racer X boys from the sir studios gig in 1987...

Hammer Away 1987

plus some clips from the omni gig

sunlight nights

scott drum solo

Chris Impellitteri: supports dream theater and journey

Brave words posts:
Impellitteri will share the main headlining stage at Sweden Rock with HEAVEN AND HELL, DREAM THEATER and JOURNEY on June 6, 2009 at 1:30pm - 2:45pm. The audience capacity is 35,000 people. Japan dates for Tokyo and Osaka are also being scheduled for mid July. The band will then embark on a full world tour in support of their new record Wicked Maiden.

Impellitteri will play a few very intimate and fun warm up shows before hitting the big venues starting next month in Los Angeles. If any fans would like to see the band in an intimate setting then here is your chance. The first warm up show will be held on May 15th at Paladino's in Tarzana, California. The location is 6101 Reseda Blvd, phone 818-342-1563.

Paul Gilbert: mr big comback in hd

Paul Gilbert and a reunited MR.BIG playing "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy" on NHK music program.



News: guitar idol voting compared to youtube statistics

I thought I would have a look at the current top 5 as I type. There is a lot of negative comment going on on youtube for the top 3 artists, with people accusing others of cheating etc... so no change from last years guitar idol then... more interesting to me are the number of times favourites and the number of times the video has been rated and the total over all views.

Unfortunately you can get access to the actual video stats as this would also indicate how well a video performs, if people actually watch the video to the end. Here is an example of Daniele Gottardo's Rock Fusion video which has the highest watched ratings of all my videos. Notice how people watch to the end or start in the middle to watch the end:

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Faraz Anwar

YouTube rating: 69 ratings 4 star
YouTube views:7,317 views
YouTube Favorited: 36 favourited
YouTube comments: 62

guitar idol votes: 546
YouTube views: 952
YouTube rating: 4 stars from 4 ratings
YouTube comments: 4
YouTube Favorited: 2 times

Benjamin Teacher

guitar idol votes: 514
YouTube views: 2440
YouTube rating: 3.5 stars from 27 ratings
YouTube comments: 15
YouTube Favorited: 9 times

Alexandros Tefarikis

guitar idol votes: 502
YouTube views: 6023
YouTube rating: 4.5 stars from 51 ratings
YouTube comments: 42
YouTube Favorited: 24 times

Hedras Ramos

guitar idol votes: 472
YouTube views: 1955
YouTube rating: 5 stars from 52 ratings
YouTube comments: 51
YouTube Favorited: 26 times

Daniel Realpe

guitar idol votes: 419
YouTube views: 1955
YouTube rating: 4.5 stars from 28 ratings
YouTube comments: 24
YouTube Favorited: 6 times

As these are the top 5 I thought I'd compare the statistics with a number of 2008 finalists to see if there was any relationship between the votes and YouTube statistics. My finders are not scientifically conclusive, but anecdotally indicates to me that the over all voting in the final may not be fully indicative of the actual quality of players... If I had time it would be good to review some more. Fortunately there is a guitar panel who select the majority of finalists, so hopefully any anomaly will be ironed out.

Muris Varajic

guitar idol votes: 329
YouTube views: 28208
YouTube rating: 5 stars from 309 ratings
YouTube comments: 320
YouTube Favorited: 273 times

Marc Playle

guitar idol votes: 224
YouTube views: 2789
YouTube rating: 5 stars from 35 ratings
YouTube comments: 27
YouTube Favorited: 27 times

Daniele Gottardo

guitar idol votes: 97
YouTube views: 19368
YouTube rating: 5 stars from 251 ratings
YouTube comments: 223
YouTube Favorited: 256 times

Faraz Anwar: guitar idol current online leader

Faraz Anwar gets coverage in the online journal Pakistaniat as he currently leads the online vote with 544 votes as I type.

Guitar Idol 2009 - Faraz Anwar - Autumn Madness (Knock Out Round Entry)

I've also be running a thread in the forum for the guitar players who have low votes and really have something good to offer the final. You can follow these on the forum

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News: Argentina guitar fest 2009


Guitar Fest 2009
Time: 08 May 2009 at 22:30 - 09 May 2009 at 02:00
Location:Tocando al Frente Resto Cultural
Street: Corrientes 936
Town / City: Tucumán, Argentina

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Phone: 03814212810

Guitar Fest 2009!

In this version of Guitar Fest 2009 will feature some of the guitarists in the Milky Way, Pablo Soler of Buenos Aires, ahead of their New Album themes! Also attending the local talent Xavier Moyano with several guests, and will open the night. Also Petrucci jam finalist Matias Rengel will be firing up his guitar.

The ticket price is $ 10 and can get to $ 8 in advance email Xavier.

For more information and listen to some of these players can go to: