Thursday, 30 April 2009

Dave Martone: national guitar workshop



Tom Quayle: guitar idol star annouces cd release date

Tom Quayle says:
Hi everyone! Watch in HD for best sound quality!!!

Here's a track sample from my upcoming debut album hopefully to be finished by Winter 2009. As usual the solo is improvised entirely. The tune was written and recorded in Logic Pro using Stylus RMX and Trilogy Bass Synths from Spectrasonics - amazing instruments. The guitar was recorded direct into my Yamaha 01x using Amplitube 2 with a custom impulse response running through Space Designer.


Don't forget to vote for me in Guitar Idol 2009!

0409 - Tom Quayle (New tune from debut album) HD

Glenn Proudfoot: two handed tapping

Two hand technique for guitar. Studio Shoebox, Prague 2009.

Guitar Tapping - Glenn Proudfoot - Prazsky Vyber

Steve Murphy: getting guitar idol press


A GUITARIST from Perth has advanced to the latter stages of this year’s Guitar Idol competition.

Steve Murphy, who fronts up instrumental metal outfit Meltdown, has battled through heats to become one of 120 six-stringers playing off for just 12 places at the event’s live final at the International Guitar Festival in London...

Steve has played guitar since he was eight and gigged for over 11 years.
He won the Guitar Hero competition in 2005 - finishing at the head of a field of 3,000 entries.
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Marcos De Ros: finger picking good...

Marcos De Ros back with another original.

O por-do-sol (The Sunset). Marcos De Ros solo for the myguitarspace contest "Best fingerpicking".

Brett Garsed: 1990's era

An early video of Brett Garsed posted by Chris Johnstone.

Garsed GIT part 1

Chris Lasegue: shredding across the world III release date set


Jag Panzer's Chris Lasegue says:
Hey! I'm just letting you know that "Shredding Across The World, Vol. 3" is set for release on June 9, 2009. My song, "M-18", will be on this cd! Thanks for all of your help!
... no mor edetails about the full track listing or the cover... but the last one had some great tracks, so it's a safe bet to say that the next wone will be the same.

News: google chrome shorts

No not trousers... Watch 11 short films about Google Chrome, a new way to get online. I've bee using chrome for a long time... a lot faster than other browsers... firefox is still better as a result of the extension library... but if you just want fast internet web browsing then check out google chrome.

News: google flu trends

No telling if this is going to affect the festival season, air travel etc... wath this space. Meanwhile the google boffins have been busy: Find out about the progress of Swine Flu:

View 2009 H1N1 Flu Outbreak Map in a larger map

Do I have swine flu? and precautions you can take... kudos to metal sucks for the last two...

Chris Poland: ohmphrey cd available

Chris Poland (guitars); Robertino Pagliari (bass); Jake Cinninger (guitars); Joel Cummins (keyboards); Kris Myers (drums)

What happens when five great musicians locked themselves in a studio for two days, fueled by nothing but pizza and their shared musical vision?

If you’re the super jam band OHMphrey, the result is an electrifying fusion debut flush with so much creative currency that its vibrant music buzzes with musical surprises, intense improvisation and even instrumental virtuosity.

OHMphrey, the brainchild of three members of the Chicago-based jam-band Umphrey’s McGee (keyboardist Joel Cummins, guitarist Jake Cinninger and drummer Kris Myers) and OHM guitarist Chris Poland, a legendary player who’s perhaps best known for work with headbanging pioneers Megadeth, and bassist Robertino Pagliari (a.k.a. “Pag”), unleashes their improv-heavy self-titled debut – a record that assimilates not only disparate musical genres but the individual playing styles of everyone involved.

“We’re all music dogs,” says Cummins. “To be in the studio with Chris and Pag and create this kind of music was really exciting and a great challenge for all of us.”

“It was so spontaneous,” says Cinninger. “We went all out, wearing our hearts on our sleeves.”

Gathering so much talent under one band banner, much less in one room, is historic. Then again, so often supergroups fail miserably and fall pitifully short of their potential. Fortunately for OHMphrey (and the rest of us), this project cuts against the grain in so many ways, not the least of which is by eschewing the pitfalls of modern production techniques in favor of a straight-ahead live recording setting.

“We wanted to make a good old fashioned fusion statement,” says Cinninger, who cites John McLaughlin and Al DiMeola as influences on his guitar style. “It was all about just getting the right vibe in the room and hitting the record button.”

Having jammed on stage at Martyrs’ Restaurant and Pub in Umphrey’s McGee’s hometown of Chicago, the OHMphrey outfit formed a kind of mutual admiration society amongst themselves. When the opportunity arose to record in a band setting, the five titans needed little convincing to descend upon Poland’s downtown L.A. studio to rekindle the musical hellraising they’d stirred up months earlier.

“If someone was to tell me ten years ago that I would be recording with Chris Poland, I wouldn’t have believed him,” says Cinninger. “Chris is one of the most fluid players in the world. He’s like Jan Hammer on the guitar. I was so psyched about playing with him. We really played well off of one another.” “Jake, Joel and Kris are musical monsters,” offers Poland in the spirit of the project. “They have no musical boundaries. They are fearless!”

Having plugged into a wealth sonic textures and musical influences, the OHMphrey crew displays a high degree of melodic interplay that recalls the excitement of Return to Forever, the Super Session with Mike Bloomfield, Stephen Still and Al Kooper, Allan Holdsworth’s mind-bending solo material, Joe Satriani’s Surfing With the Alien, and Miles Davis’ fusion explorations (circa A Tribute to Jack Johnson and Bitches Brew).

That isn’t to say that OHMphrey’s music is merely empty homage to classic heroes. Far from it. OHMphrey dips into the deep well of jazz-rock virtuosity, but it also ignites its own sphere of firebrand (and sometimes simmering) fusion, circumventing repetition and mimicry. Dig such multidimensional tracks as the driving “Denny’s By the Jail,” the heavy, feel-good vibe of “Ice Cream” (which wouldn’t have been out of place on a mid 1970s Tony Williams Lifetime record), the Police-meet-Tribal Tech “’Shrooms ‘n’ Cheese,” the funky Jeff Beck-esque “What’s the Word, Thunderbird”, and “Lake Shore Drive”, which boasts repetitive rhythms as constant as the churning waters of Lake Michigan.

Blowing through a set of explosive jazz-rock fusion was just the kind of musical liberation that Cummins, Cinninger and Myers were in desperate need of: they’d spent the last three years writing, recording, perfecting and producing Umphrey’s McGee’s recently released album, Mantis (SCI Fidelity Records).

“The OHMphrey record is the polar opposite of Mantis,” says Cinninger. “OHMphrey was a change of pace from what we were experiencing in the studio. It was more of a warts-and-all, present-tense way of collaborating.”

Every note played, every beat pounded out, was inspired by the creative goings-on during the two-day whirlwind jam fest. OHMphrey spun a creative cocoon that insulated them from the outside world, and this intense focus inspired some burning, impromptu composition and even the titles of the tracks.

“There are zero overdubs on this record,” says Cinninger. “It was as if we literally had walked into Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in New Jersey and laid down the sessions, as is. That’s the way records used to be made.”

Complementing and rooting the stratospheric musical moments heard on this record is the rubbery and often tricky rhythmic approach of the Myers-Pagliari/drum-bass tandem.

“Kris [Myers] is a really challenging drummer to play with,” says Cummins. “He uses a lot of odd time signatures and rhythmic illusion. When he and Pag locked in to the pulse of a song, it really opened Chris and Jake up so that they could play some amazing stuff. The rhythm section’s a big factor in why the record came out the way it did.”

These extended instrumental jams are exciting and cohesive statements, not endless and mindless noodling. Despite differences in background and musical styles, the band seamlessly weaves together elements of metal, jazz, blues and prog rock.

This familiarity is evident in the fluidity of the music. It’s the mark of a good group—indeed, a supergroup -- that material is developed in the spirit of cooperation not competition.

“For me, the sessions were about playing less notes, almost having a David Gilmour-like vibe within a fusion context, while staying out of the way of everyone else,” says Cinninger. “In this atmosphere we could rebound off of each other’s ideas, like we were on the basketball court tossing the ball around.”

“What was so special about this project was that we were able to assimilate everyone’s musical personality while allowing each member to retain his individual musical voices,” Poland says. “We all had similar instincts. That’s why it worked so well.”

“The best part was when Chris took his guitar, put it behind his head and Jake played solos on it … just kidding,” says Cummins. “That didn’t happen. But that sentiment pretty much sums up the level of comfort we all had with one another.”

Cinninger sums up: “We didn’t really go into this project knowing that we could actually do it. The idea was to jam and have fun. After a while we realized, ‘Hey, we really had something going here.’ It was cool just how intentional this whole project was.”


Track 1 Someone Said You Were Dead
Track 2 The Girl From Chi Town
Track 3 Denny's By The Jail
Track 4 Ice Cream
Track 5 Lake Shore Drive
Track 6 Not Afraid Of The Dark
Track 7 Shrooms 'n Cheese
Track 8 What's The Word, Thunderbird
Price: $14.99 (€ 11.86)

Scott Henderson: guitar book


One of the most influential and technically stunning guitarists on the planet, Scott Henderson's killer fusion of jazz, hard rock, and blues is captured here note-for-note in this fantastic collection of complete guitar transcriptions. Titles: Big Girl Blues * Caribbean * Elvis at the Hop * Mango Prom * Nomad * Peru * Rituals * Signal Path * Spears * Sub Aqua.

Hedras Ramos: sigloxxi interview

Google translated interview with Hedras Ramos.

A game of Guitar Idol
Hedra Ramos participated in the Guitar Idol, which Guatemala has until Tuesday, May 5 to vote and support. Gabriel Arana, 21st Century |
Guitar Idol is a tournament players worldwide, which convened in December 2008 over a thousand players from around the world and now, five months later, there is only one among the 120 finalists Central. He is the Guatemalan Hedra Ramos, who is at the top of the vote. The online election ends on Tuesday, May 5, and anyone with an Internet address can vote. Voting only by mail, and if Hedra remains among the top four positions will allow you to be one of 12 finalists (4 per online voting and the rest chosen by the jury) and be in the finals to be held in London, in the event that Steve Vai is offering clinics.

Hedra, a musician with a future projection "My dream is to build something great musically, some internationally, but for now looking to give priority to my career as an artist." That is the short-term vision that Hedra is his 17 years.
Far from being a musician in academia, is self-Hedra has used the Internet, DVD and methods to master the guitar. Although it is minor, you know what to expect from life and what to look for it.

From 8 years came to the guitar, but it was only 13 when he devoted himself fully to it, with seven hours of daily testing. Hedra also spoke of his dreams, which is gradually closer reach. For now it is almost certain to be in the final of Guitar Idol. Yet as a small employer plans. "I like managing money and then want to have businesses in several alternative locations. For example a restaurant. But I am clear that the only plan I know is to be a musician and succeed. " Hedra concludes: "If I win, everything will be fine. Now, if I'm not going to end, continue to struggle. That's life, everyone has failures and success does not come without having failures. I am sure I will go to London. "
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News: i heart guitar changes its name


Yes Peter over at I heart guitar registers his domain name

If you link to the blog can you change it to the new domain. It's a great read too!