Sunday, 26 April 2009

Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert: shredalongamax the series!

Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert out do each other in this jam competition... you may have seen some before but's it's great to watch again!

Paul Gilbert vs Marty Friedman /Japanese TV /1

Paul Gilbert vs Marty Friedman /Japanese TV /2

Paul Gilbert vs Marty Friedman /Japanese TV /3

Neil Zaza: a night at the palace double cd available


A Night At The Palace is a double CD recorded live at the Palace Theater, Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland, Ohio on December 16, 2006. and it features 18 holiday classics performed by guitarist Neil Zaza and bandmates in some of the most original interpretations you have ever heard. Most tracks were originally recorded in their studio versions on the two volumes of "One Silent Night..." Many tunes were recorded with a live orchestra, and "Hallelujah" features a choir. A Night At The Palace is a live disc that showcases the fiery and melodic guitar pyrotechnics that Zaza is known around the world for:


Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (5:05)
Angels We Have Heard On High (6:20)
Oh Holy Night (4:43)
Do You Hear What I Hear? (7:10)
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (3:57)
I'm Alright (4:10)
The Nutcracker: Dance Of The Sugar... (1:55)
O Come, All Ye Faithful (5:19)
The Nutcracker: Dance Of The Reed-Flutes (3:03)
=== DISC 2 ===
Carol Of The Bells (4:48)
Joy To The World (3:59)
Hallelujah (1:04)
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (2:17)
Cinematic (5:02)
Little Drummer Boy (11:52)
The Nutcracker: March (2:40)
Rhapsody In Z (15:47)
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (8:44)

Jack Gardiner: responding to the improvisation thread

The recent thread started by Tom Quayle in the guitar idol forum was responded to by Jack Gardiner with his one take guitar improvisation... still find it difficult to believe Jack is just 15!

Jack Gardiner says:
Was done in 1 take, so excuse the possible mistakes XD
Cheers for watching. Vote for me in guitar idol. :)

Jack Gardiner Funk Backing Track (15 year old)

Conrad Harpham: guitar idol free promo!

I got a copy of this CD direct from Conrad Harpham. If you like fast guitar licks, well executed then Conrad is your man. This excerpt is from a recent AllOutGuitar review:
After listening to Conrad - and some of the other British entrants - it's obvious there is a huge amount of talent in the UK that until now has been below the radar. Thanks to competitions like Guitar Idol, these so far undiscoved virtusuo guitarists can now have a platform to showcase their monster abilities to a massive worldwide audience.

Conrad is a prime example of a player who should be in the limelight - and his diversity of styles and sheer shred-tastic abilities should make him a first call guy to demonstrate at music shows. He also should endeavour to get an agent and try to dip his toes into the murly world of session guitaring: so producers/record companies/agents you have been warned! Now Conrad - lets see you perform live!
full review

Conrad Harpham Conradical email to order

You can vote for Conrad:

Please Judges Put Me Through This Time

Ivan Mihaljevic: guitar idol online final another free promo!

Another guitar idol free promo... some great music from Ivan Mihaljevic, check out his CD on CD baby, this is the promo for it:
Sandcastle is the first studio album from a young, recently discovered, incredible Croatian guitar player Ivan Mihaljevic. This CD is a journey through various styles and moods. It features 14 songs written by Ivan himself, 8 of which are completely instrumental and the other 6 also include enchanting vocal melodies.

The album lineup is:
Ivan Mihaljevic – guitars, vocals, keyboards, percussion
Majkl Jagunic – bass guitar
Craig Devine – drums
And there are a few amazing guest musicians on the CD too: John Denner, Igor Tatarevic and Taher Sanuri.

Ivan Mihaljevic was born on 16th August 1986 in Zagreb, Croatia. When he was 14 years old he started taking guitar lessons in Rock Academy in Zagreb. During the next few years he played in a few bands until he formed the band named Forsaken. He played a lot of live shows with Forsaken in Croatia and recorded 2 demo albums. When he finished Rock Academy he continued to take guitar lessons (as well as theory, singing and piano lessons) in music highschool for jazz and popular music.

In the summer of 2005 he performed at the biggest European heavy metal festival Wacken Open Air in Germany with a famous Croatian hard rock band Hard Time and got excellent reviews. During the next year and a half he played in a few bands, but nothing worked out, and he was playing gigs every now and then with Hard Time filling in for their guitarist whenever he couldn't play a gig.

In November 2006 he became a full time member of Hard Time, played a lot of gigs with the band (including a concert being recorded for a live DVD, a concert with one of modern guitar giants Paul Gilbert and a festival with rock legends The Cult and Scorpions) and recorded 2 music videos (for the songs "Deja Vu" and "Zombie")! In November 2007 he went on my first European tour with Hard Time, followed by English tour in 2008. During the Croatian tour in 2008 he also recorded a live album with Hard Time which should be out soon.

At the moment, Ivan is playing with Hard Time and preparing the songs for the upcoming Hard Time’s studio album and he’s also practicing with his own band with which he’ll be playing live his own material off of Sandcastle soon.


1 Sandcastle
2 Cascading Mirrors
3 Distant World
4 Bulldozer
5 Questions in My Mind (Part I)
6 Hi-tech Orient
7 Questions in My Mind (Part Ii)
8 Spring
9 Empathy
10 Macedonian War Song
11 Friend
12 Shimmering Karma
13 The Road to Nowhere
14 Raindrops


The Pirate Song

Rusty Cooley: 8 string conklin attack!


Rusty Cooley - The Grey Tide - Solo

Magnus Olsson: is the man! fuzz 2009 compilation

Magnus Olsson says:
Short clips from the 8 songs played (well, I just learned to edit video in Movie Maker, so I had to try it).

Fuzz Guitar Show 2009 clinic compilation.

Johnny Hiland: opus d'funk live dallas 2009

The Johnny Hiland Band closed the show at this year's Dallas International Guitar Festival with a blistering set of both new and old material. Here's one from Johnny's first CD.

Johnny Hiland - Opus d' Funk

Andy Timmons: more dallas guitar show video!

A masterful 3-piece interpretation of classic Beatles songs from Andy Timmons at the Dallas Guitar Show 4/19/09.

Andy Timmons - Sgt Pepper Strawberry Fields medley

Andy Timmons - Gone

Matias Kupiainen: stratovarious tour updates

STRATOVARIUS have updated their 2009 tour schedule with several European festival dates (**) in support of their new album, Polaris. I will be attending the first gig of the tour... so lets hope it's a good one!

Their schedule is now as follows:

15 - Wolverhampton, England - Wulfrun Hall
16 - Nottingham, England - Rock City
17 - Glasgow, Scotland - Cathouse
18 - London, England - Islington O2 Academy
19 - Manchester, England - Academy 2
20 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
22 - Kreuth /Aurich, Germany - Wacken Rocks
23 - Kreuth / Aurich, Germany - Wacken Rocks
24 - Warzaw, Poland - Progresja
29 - Moscow, Russia - CDK MAI
30 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Glavclub

6 - Lappajärvi, Finland - Tulivuorirock **
7 - Tampere, Finland - Sauna Open Air **
13 - Vantaa, Finland - Myötätuulirock **
18 - Jämsä, Finland - Himosfestival **
19 - Pori, Finland - RMJ Partycamp **
21 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
27 - Zaragoza, Spain - Metalway **

11 - Vizovice, Czech Republic - Masters of Rock
18 - Joensuu, Finland - Ilosaarirock **
19 - Kiev, Ukraine - Pro Rock Festival **
25 - Lichtenvoorde, Holland - Zwarte Cross Festival **

16 - New York, NY - Nokia Theater
18 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
19 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
20 - Montreal, QC - Medley
21 - Boston, MA - Middle East
23 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
24 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
25 - Mokena, IL - Pearl Room
27 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
28 - Regina, SK - The Riddell at University
29 - Calgary, AB - Warehouse
30 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room

2 - Vancouver, BC - Plaza Club
3 - Victoria, BC - Sugar
4 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
6 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom at the Regency
7 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club

Joe Stump: don't look back... new tour dates annouced

A quick neo classical jam session posted by Joe Stump

Don't Look Back


Virtuosity 09 Ad Clip

Lucky Singh: another free guitar idol promo spot taken!

Lucky Singh takes one of the free promo spots for guitar idol finalists... Fot those of you who may have missed Lucky's work, he has three releases currently available.

7: buy
Its My Desire
Hellbound The Eastern Ballad Of The Mysterious Bride And Groom
Foxy's Crazy
Mystic "7"
Off The Cuff
Delta Jam
Letting Go
Oh Father

In a world on the brink of peace, a single co-ordinated Terrorist attack brings about a military conflict which will shatter the lives of everyone.... But all this may not be what it seems. An ancient evil has woken from its slumber and it has its own plans for apocalyptic world domination!

A thrilling, nail-biting, action packed story: Project 8105 is more than just a concept album, more than just a comic book more than just a movie - its all three!

Combining narrative story telling, complex and emotive guitar melody's and technical drumming and set against a thematic orchestration that comes complete with a full comic book! Project 8105 is for fans of music/instrumental music/horror/action & comic book movies.

Project 8105: buy
Euphoria Pt1
Aftermath - Through The Armies Of Darkness
Jakes Luv Note
Piric War - No Resolution & Euphoria Pt2
Music Box
Illusions Pt1
Illusions Pt2
What Lies Within The Dream
Revealed - Through The Shadows Of Darkness
God Is In The Rain

They want to go to Japan...

Tokyo Rules grew from the passion Lucky has for Japanese culture. He wanted to create an album that was his ode to a beautiful country. Having been a fan of the Manga/Anime movies through to the J-Pop music genre, there was no better excuse for him to produce an album that was geared more for the mainstream, music that would be catchy but also straight up fun.

The whole album features 12 original songs that are grouped into clusters of 2-3 songs. Characters and stories have been created for each cluster of songs, however, the album wasn't written with the intention of it being conceptual but it does touch on elements of the Japanese culture. The song topics range from romance through to politics.

You are guaranteed to find yourselves humming along to these songs, Tokyo Rules is commercial music with a much needed facelift!

Tokyo Rules buy

1 Ladyfriend
2 So Long, Im Gone
3 Ja-Ne
4 Dream Girl
5 Relive My Past
6 Chinatsuo
7 I Want To Go To Japan
8 Dreams
9 Memories
10 So Young
11 Super Nova
12 Superhero
13 Tokyo Rules

The Guitar Idol entry:


Kosta Vreto: skin on skins for guitar idol

The fourth spot has been taken on my free promotion of CD's from the guitar idol finalists... this time Kosta Vreto. I have a copy of the CD and it's one of my favourites... incredible technique and definately his own guitar voice. You can check out sound samples at guitar 9: where you can also buy the CD

Check out his videos: and vote at guitar idol:

Kosta Vreto - One Way Exit

Kosta Vreto is a guitar hero from Thessaloniki, Hellas. Skin On Strings is his metal/shred emotional instrumental masterpiece! A debut album packed with special guests, such as Greek shredder Theodore Ziras, as well as guitarists Ioannis Anastasakis and Alex Flouros. Bumblefoot (Ron Thal) had this to say, "A great player with all the right ingredients - tone, phrasing, melody, technique. A talented well-rounded player." Rob Marcello (Danger Danger) adds, "This is one of the craziest things I've seen in my life. Amazing player, one of the best I know."

Track Listing:
Desert Tears (5:06)
A Place To Call Home (5:19)
Never Again (6:56)
Namarie (4:02)
A New Tomrowor (4:18)
Love For Sale (5:26)
Sunday Morning (1:26)
Heartbreak Highway (5:22)
As Time Passes By (3:51)
Last Words (1:25)
Skin On Strings (5:38)
The Way She Moves (1:11)

Paul Gilbert: rma 2008

For the 2008 RMA Summer Guitar Workshop, our special guest artist was Paul Gilbert. He led a Master Class in the afternoon where some students had a chance to get up and jam with him and receive constructive criticism. He then played a performance clinic during the evening.

Paul Gilbert - 2008 RMA Summer Guitar Workshop