Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Damjan Pejcinoski: has he got enough to make guitar idol final?

Lets hope Damjan Pejcinoski makes it to the guitar idol final... crikey this boy can play!

Damjan Pejcinoski fusion guitar solo

call response solo starts 0:52

Damjan Pejcinoski and Tavitjan Brothers guitar and piano jam

Paul Gilbert: ultimate guitar interview


What can people expect from Mr. Big's June 2009 tour of Japan?
We're really excited to perform. Mr. Big has always been a great group, and the great thing about Mr. Big is that we're successful as a result of our music. We were never an image based group, and were never successful as the result of being bad boys, bad boys who consume drugs and drink. We're not self-destructive people, and due to that, we're still healthy. We can still perform, and we can still sing. We're actually singing and performing better than we ever have, I think. Physically, those performances are going to be a hundred percent great. They will be very emotional, since not only is it a reunion between the four of us but it's also a reunion with our audience. In Japan, that relationship was amazing - we were always blown away by the response we received in Japan.
full interview

Dave Martone: live with scott verbeek


Scott Verbeek With Dave Martone

Dennis Hamm,Alex Machacek: with virgil donatti

Dennis Hamm, solos... with the band... Alex Machacek guitar, Rufus Philpot bass, Virgil Donati drums, Dennis Hamm keys. 5/1/09 at The Baked Potato, Studio City, CA

Dennis Hamm solo on "Mind Check" w/ Virgil Donati 5/09

Dennis Hamm solo on "The Thinking Stone" w/ Virgil Donati 5/09

Celotti Marco: check this out, cool paul gilbert tribute!

Celotti Marco plays a jazzed up version of technical difficulties... awesome idea! Next stop sacrified...?

Paul Gilbert - Technical Difficulties (smooth jazz version)

Alex Machacek,Richard Hallebeek: new cd of awesome fusion


Sebastiaan Cornelissen (Drums); Alex Machacek (Guitar); Susan Weinert (Guitar); Mike Outram(Guitar); Richard Hallebeek (Guitar); Leonardo Amuedo (Guitar); Gary Husband (keys); Scott Kinsey (Keys); Steve Hunt (Keys); Hadrien Feraud (Bass); Frans Vollink (Bass); Jimmy Earl (Bass); Tom Kennedy (Bass); Johnny Copland (Bass); Gary Willis (Bass Loops); Ruud Cornelissen (bowed acoustic bass); Gerard Presencer (flugel horn)


Throughout the years I've come to know Sebastiaan and his music quite well and it always is completely world class, first rate and most impressive! On this CD he almost outdoes himself with great self-penned compositions and arrangements and fantastic playing from literally everyone. I've been a big fan of Gerard Presencer's since I heard him on a Joe Locke CD and it's great to hear him in this setting...these are great musicans who deserve to be known the world over! - Randy Brecker

Sebastiaan writes curious and intelligent music of depth and passion. His intricate harmonic approach is very interesting to me also. For these reasons and others, it's been a genuine pleasure to take part a little bit in these recordings and I wish Sebastiaan all the success he deserves with this new release. -Gary Husband

what else can I say other than it's amazing! It goes without saying that the playing would be incredible considering yourself and the list of guest contributors but the writing is absolutely breathtaking so congratulations! - -Brett Garsed.

Sebastiaan Cornelissen is one of the most musical drummers/composers I have encountered in recent years. I was delighted to contribute my part to his upcoming album “Uturn”. - Alexander Machacek

Since first coming on the scene in the early 2000s, composer and drummer Sebastiaan Cornelissen has emerged as one of the most distinctive new voices on the European fusion scene. Whether acting as a leader, sideman, or group member, Cornelissen’s playing combines a sharp sense of empathy and staggering technique with impressive improvisational grace and intensity. His compositions are subtle and melodically memorable, while presenting fertile challenges for improvisation. Uturn, available Abstract Logix Music, is the second solo album from Cornelissen, who currently divides his time between the UK and his native Holland.

Born of transition and experimentation over the past four years, Uturn is a vital, organic statement marked by the multifaceted gifts and restless creative spirit of its maker, Sebastiaan Cornelissen. While best known as a peerless drummer, whose supple, almost melodic playing both drives and colors the ensemble he is performing with, Cornelissen is also featured on Uturn as a composer, producer, guitarist, and engineer. He brings to each role a dynamic, inventive sensibility, and sense of improvisation that imbues not only his playing, but his approach to structure, texture, and composition.

The process that resulted in the project began in 2003, when Cornelissen moved to Nottingham, England to teach. “That was quite a gamble,” he recalls, “since I didn’t have the luxuries that I did at home – like a studio and drums, or someplace where I could make loads of noise all day and night. I searched for ways to be able to make music somehow, and ended up buying a very simple laptop. I started to create a bunch of fragmental tunes, where instead of drums I would make loops and beats using samples of me playing brushes on whatever I found in my garage. Those miniature compositions on the laptop were the beginning of it all.”

Living to the UK also forced Cornelissen, already well-known in his home country, to establish himself in an entirely new scene. “I had to start from scratch again,” he reflects. “Since nobody knew me, I didn’t have a stamp on me as being a particular kind of drummer. So I got a lot more experience in loads of different musical situations.” The combination of a wider range of musical experiences with his growing stash of laptop-composed songs laid the foundation for Uturn, which he began working on in earnest in 2005. “By 2005 I had moved back home,” he recalls, “but teaching and performing commitments meant that I had to travel back and forth, sometimes twice a week, between England and Holland. I always had my laptop around, and whenever possible I'd put on one of the tunes and have friends play solos over it.”

The result of four years of recording, mixing, re-recording, and editing, was a kaleidoscopic album that melded a jazz-derived fluidity with the crackling energy of rock and deep rhythmic grooves that owed equally to funk and swing. A variety of recording approaches were utilized, along with a rotating cast of musicians, including Gerard Presencer on trumpet and flugelhorn; keyboardists Gary Husband, Scott Kinsey, and Steve Hunt; guitarists Susan Weinert, Leonardo Amuedo, Richard Hallebeek, Alex Machacek, and Mike Outram; and bassists Frans Vollink, Johnny Copland, Jimmy Earl, Gary Willis, and Tom Kennedy. In addition to drums, percussion, loops, and programming, Cornelissen contributed keyboards and guitar while mixing and engineering the entire album.

Cornelissen’s diverse musicality is rooted in his upbringing in a creative, supportive family. His grandfather was a talented painter and sculptor, and his father is a well regarded double-bass player who performed for several decades with the Radio Symphony Orchestra and taught at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Very soon after Sebastiaan showed an interest in percussion, his father traded one of his basses for a set of drums, and the young musician quickly excelled in this warm, encouraging atmosphere. He was performing by the age of ten, and studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam from 1997 until 2001. There he came into contact with a like-minded group of musicians inspired by the possibility of fusing jazz-like improvisational freedom with an increasingly sophisticated compositional and technical approach. With pianist Rob Van Bavel he formed the group Isotope, who released two albums that helped to establish Cornelissen as one of the country’s finest and most innovative young drummers.

Cornelissen’s solo debut, Aggressive Attack, was released in 2002. Largely acoustic in conception, Aggressive Attack featured Cornelissen as composer and bandleader in a more jazz-oriented context. In 2005 Cornelissen was featured on a pair of releases showcasing two sides of his increasingly broadening vision. Timeline was a riveting fusion date with Tribal Tech bassist Gary Willis and Lale Larson on piano, rich with startling playing, wit, and a conversational sense of interplay. A duo project with bassist Frans Vollink, One Spirit was a more expansive outing that included contributions from Van Bavel and Larson, along with Richard Hallebeek (guitar), Susan Weinert (guitar and guitar synth), Martin Verdonk (percussion), Randy Brecker (trumpet), and Gerard Presencer (trumpet).

Uturn features many of those collaborators, in very different settings. “I wanted something more produced,” Cornelissen explains, “as opposed to the much more live recordings I did before. The concept was to use my studio’s full potential. Layering sounds and drums. On the track ‘4 Hands,’ for instance, I play brushes and sticks in the same bar. Overlapping grooves and using samples are heard a lot, too, and not just in the drum parts.”

“Some of the tracks were overdubbed piece-by-piece from scratch,” he continues, “and others were cut almost completely live. I always added or altered something, though. ‘Fruits & Fibre,’ which is the name of a cheap cereal I was eating, is based on a little loop of me playing a copper oilcan and a cereal bowl with my fork and spoon. Throughout Uturn I made my own sounds from samples I recorded – sometimes with a guitar, sometimes bells or a glass or whatever was around. So, in the basics, it really gives something personal to the general sound of the tunes.”

The only outside composition is “England Green,” written by legendary British keyboardist Gary Husband, who is heard on three of Uturn’s fourteen tracks. “Gary is wonderful as a musician and person,” Cornelissen says. “He helped me out a lot with this album. I have listened to his music ever since I was 6 or so, so you can imagine how it feels to have him in the band. I have to pretend that I know how to play drums!” As important an influence as Husband was on the project, the biggest contributor might have also been the smallest. “Having my son, Caspar Tristan, had a major impact. His arrival made me think differently about how I use my time and my energy.”

Looking back on the competed project, on all the layers of composition, improvisation, samples, live performances, edits, and mixes, Cornelissen is now curious to take an entirely different approach. “Almost every tune brings up a memory now, or a feeling,” he concludes. “But by the time one tune is finished the one I did before it already sounds old to me. Maybe after this I will make a live album of this music and see how different it would turn out!”

Track Listings
Download/Stream Sampler
2. Fruits and Fibre (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
5. 4 Hands (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
7. England Green (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
8. All so Familiar (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
9. Stevenage (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
10. Up There (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
11. Bread Maker (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
12. Squash (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
14. Last One

buy: http://www.abstractlogix.com/xcart/product.php?productid=24180

Milan Polak: murphys law new cd

As mentioned previously, a new CD from Milan and his band Released June 19th 2009:

Milan Polak – all lead & backing vocals, all acoustic & electric guitars, electric sitar
Fabio Trentini - basses, samplers, minimoog, sound treatments and programming
Simon Michael – drums

After 2 instrumental releases Milan Polak released his first vocal album “Straight” in 2007. Now 2 years on “Murphy’s Law” is the perfect extension of its predecessor with a more modern sound, heavier, less bluesy, more guitar (e.g. “Murphy’s Law”), more progressive (e.g. “Sheeple”, “The Mystery Of Life”), more choirs & backing vocals (e.g. “Inner Truth”) and even some oriental sounds (e.g. "No God", "Inner Truth") and a great representation of an artist that is delivering music true to his soul and ideals in life.

“Murphy’s Law” is an accessible album full of strong vocal hooks, great guitar work and mature song writing from one of Europe’s most in demand session musicians who is now forging his own fan base.

Lyrically the album deals with social issues, mass media manipulation and other issues of modern day life (e.g. “Wannabes”, “Alien Nation”) being the main overriding factor influencing Milan’s work. On his aim with the album Milan comments, “The goal was to create a killer album with melodic, heavy modern songs that appeal to both consumers of that genre and musicians”.

On his fellow band mates on the release Milan beams, “Fabio Trentini who played all the basses this time also co-produced the album. He has several platinum & gold records and added his knowledge & experience. Simon Michael (drummer of Subway To Sally) added the right mix of technical & musical modern drumming, it’s a great band and I’m delighted to be playing with them”.

The creative process behind “Murphy’s Law” began 18 months ago with Milan recording the basic guitar tracks in his home studio before sending them to Fabio Trentini. The pair then went about furbishing the songs in Fabio’s studio. By this time Milan had a detailed picture of each and every song resulting in the recording of guitars and vocals happening in a productive 3 week period. Schedules of the albums other personnel meant the album took longer to complete than originally planned, but the freshness of the main creative process of the album is readily apparent for all to hear on “Murphy’s Law”.

News: full details

01) Murphy's Law.
02) No God.
03) Inner Truth.
04) Losing Me.
05) Wannabes.
06) The Opposite Of Love.
07) Sheeple.
08) Torn.
09) Alien Nation.
10) Fake.
11) The Mystery Of Life.

Sean Baker: bakers dozen from the mouth of the lion

That was a suitably cryptic intro, yeah?... As you know Sean Baker signed to Lion Music earlier in the year. This means his new CD now has a release date of June 19th 2009.

The track listing is as follows... more when I know.

"Baker's Dozen"...here is the track list:
1) Dukes of New York
2) Pummel U.
3) Ballvice
4) Neo-Classical Gas (featuring Joe Stump)
5) 7/24/04
6) Steve's Blackout
7) Playing Opposum (featuring Bruce Bouillet)
8) Poindexter
9) Highway Star
10)Mike Varney's Mexican Vacation
11)Whichway to Radioland??
12)Verbal Skillz (featuring Rusty Cooley)
13)Two part Invention in C major

Pedro Santos: rob chappers mayones competition entry

Pedro Santos has an entry for the Mayones Guitars competition... shred alert!!

Pedro Santos entry Mayones Guitars Competition

News: lims 2009 promo

wot no text... but a nice photo all the same...

Al Estrada: i am war

This is a video I made I'm particularly fond of....it's nothing special, just thrown together on my Windows Movie Maker. But the phenomenal guitarist Al Estrada gave me permission to play his music on my Stickam webshow called Metalshop (you'll find the link on my prof here) and I put this video together set to his music. He approves, have a look....

Near the beginning you'll see some things such as a man walking with a donkey etc. I left that scene in there because the explosion that follows is the man w/ the donkey carrying explosives. There may be other seemingly ridiculous scenes such as that, but as you now know there's a reason for them. These are all genuine terrorist videos filming suicide bombers, executions etc., except for the video of American soldiers entering a building, that scene was filmed by another American soldier. There was absolutely no reason for this war. http://www.captainspliffy.com/

Al Estrada - I Am War

Oziel Zinho: makes it to the guitar idol live final!

Long time Truth In Shredding favourite Oziel Zinho makes it to the live final! Will he be able to emulate the win of Gustavo Guerra?!!


Christophe Godin: new samples from upcoming Mörglbl posted


Christophe Godin says: Hi everyone, I uploaded one song as well as a medley with songs from the upcoming new Mörglbl "Jazz for the deaf" (LaserCD/Free electric sound) on my page. Cheers
Christophe www.myspace.com/christophegodin

current tour dates:

May 16 2009 8:00P Morglbl live at the New Jersey Proghouse at Rockin’ Joe’s, in Kendall Park, NJ Kendall Park, New Jersey
May 17 2009 8:00P Morglbl live at the North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 20 2009 8:00P Mörglbl opens for Kick the Mc Gee at Martyr’s in Chicago, Illinois US Chicago, Illinois
May 21 2009 9:00P Morglbl at the Crystal Corner Bar, Madison, WI Madison, Wisconsin
May 22 2009 8:00P Morglbl live at Tail Gators, Kokomo, IN Kokomo, Indiana
May 23 2009 1:00P Kartoon Guitar Clinic at Tail Gators in Kokomo, IN Kokomo, Illinois
May 23 2009 8:00P Morglbl live at Tail Gators, Kokomo, IN Kokomo, Indiana
May 24 2009 8:00P Mörglbl at the Summer Camp Festival on the Campfire Stage in Chillicothe, IL Chillicothe, Illinois
May 29 2009 8:00P Mörglbl at Pians Music in Montargis (F) Montargis, Centre
May 30 2009 9:00P Morglbl at le Triton (Paris/le Lilas) Les Lilas/Paris, Ile-de-France
Jun 3 2009 2:00P Kartoon Guitar Clinic at MAI in Nancy (F) Nancy, Lorraine
Jun 3 2009 7:00P Mörglbl at MAI in Nancy (F) Nancy, Lorraine
Jun 5 2009 8:00P Mörglbl at le Caf Conc’ in Ensiheim (F) Ensiheim, Alsace
Jun 6 2009 8:00P Morglbl at le Verso in Clausen (Luxembourg) Clausen
Jun 13 2009 3:00P Kartoon guitar Clinic at Etienne Crovella School inVesancy (F). Vesancy, Rhône-Alpes
Jul 3 2009 9:00A Christophe at MAI in Nancy (F) Nancy, Lorraine
Jul 4 2009 9:00A Christophe at MAI in Nancy (F) Nancy, Lorraine
Jul 6 2009 10:00A Christophe Godin’s Week of the Kartoon Guitar at tous en Scène in Tours (F) Tours, Centre
Jul 7 2009 10:00A Christophe Godin’s Week of the Kartoon Guitar at tous en Scène in Tours (F) Tours, Centre
Jul 8 2009 10:00A Christophe Godin’s Week of the Kartoon Guitar at tous en Scène in Tours (F) Tours, Centre
Jul 9 2009 10:00A Christophe Godin’s Week of the Kartoon Guitar at tous en Scène in Tours (F) Tours, Centre
Jul 10 2009 10:00A Christophe Godin’s Week of the Kartoon Guitar at tous en Scène in Tours (F) Tours, Centre
Aug 21 2009 8:00P Mörglbl at the Crescendo Festival in St Palais sur Mer (F) St Palais sur Mer, Poitou-Charentes
Aug 22 2009 8:00P Mörglbl at Arrête ton Char Festival in Ingrandes de Tourraine (F) Ingrandes de Tourraine, Centre
Sep 5 2009 8:00P Mörglbl at the Progday in Chapel Hill (US) Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Sep 6 2009 8:00P Mörglbl at the Progday in Chapel Hill (US) Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Apr 23 2010 8:00P Christophe et Olivier -Roman Garcia à Belley (F/01) Belley, Rhône-Alpes
Apr 24 2010 8:00P Christophe et Olivier -Roman Garcia à Belley (F/01) Belley, Rhône-Alpes

Jeff Kollm​an: bombastic meatbats show!

A brilliant new to me idea from the drum channel http://www.drumchannel.com/entertainment/42125.aspx REBROADCAST OF CHAD SMITH'S BOMBASTIC MEATBATS AT THE BAKED POTATO

Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats - DC Extended Preview

Oops, I Spilled My Beer
Passin The Ace
You Want Sexy
Big Whale
The Gunboat
Into The Floyd
Bread Balls
Need Strange
**Please note that the last 1/3 of the show does not have an overhead cam. This is not a mistake. Chad mistook the tape for a potato after the show, and ate it.*

News: ejams live concerts

Translated from French...

ARTISTS PROGRAM at Théâtre rené-CHAR (http://theatrerenechar.free.fr)
As always, this program seeks to address the practice of modern guitar through a panel of the widest possible musical styles.
Each concert, except that closing will be preceded by a first party, established under the "Challenge EJAMSLIVE" by amateur guitarists from all walks of life.
Part I: 21 pm; concerts to 21 h 30
Price: 5 € Concert, 15 € for 4, the concert is free of 11/07
You can book your tickets now by e-mail: billetterie@ejl2009.net giving your full contact details, payment by check only (validation of the booking upon receipt thereof). For any questions, feel free to call 04 92 30 87 10

• July 7: Pascal VIGNE with "TRIPLE FX" (Metal Fusion)

• July 8: Thomas BRESSEL (Heavy Metal Instrumental)

• July 9: Victor LAFUENTE (Fusion Instrumental Melodic)

• July 10: Underpaid (progressive fusion)

News: fretnet gets a new time slot


New timeslot - Tuesday nights at midnight

Fret Net is back! We're now on every Tuesday night from midnight till 2am. It's not a permanent spot. Stay tuned for more details.

Fret Net - Guitar Music Radio Show
PBS FM 106.7 Melbourne, Australia - Tuesdays at midnight

Guitarists, for airplay on the Fret Net radio show, please send your CDs to:

Fret Net
P.O. Box 343
VIC 3031

Listen to archived shows at http://www.fretnet.com/playlists.html

Joop Wolters: endless love

Joop Wolters says:
endless love a track from my first album WORKSHOP 1998
here i played a version on 11 may 2009

gear; ibanez rg 750 .
laney tt-50
cheers, joop

joop; composition guitars bass drum/orcherstral prog
extra synth/pianoparts; thijs cuppen

ENDLESS LOVE joop wolters

Amy Schugar: michael schenker under construction cd doing well in Japan


Amy Schugar contacted me to let me know the second pressing of the new CD with is available from CD Japan.

buy: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=MICP-10832

Tracks: audio samples

News: how many google searches for my guitar?


How much energy does google use... find out the details Here's a summary... no mention of how many searches you would get if you compared it to the cost of manufacture of an guitar, all the metal parts, the chopping down and curing of exotic wood and flown half way around the world... but I suspect it's more than a cheese burger...

ActivityGoogle Searches
CO2 emissions of an average daily newspaper (PDF) (100% recycled paper)850
A glass of orange juice1,050
One load of dishes in an EnergyStar dishwasher (PDF)
A five mile trip in the average U.S. automobile10,000
A cheeseburger15,000
Electricity consumed by the average U.S. household in one month3,100,000

Jack Gardiner: rob chappers competition entry

Thanks Jack Gardiner for the name check, great tone and playing again from the talented youngster.
Jack Gardiner, 15 Year Old Guitarist, Liverpool, England. I just thought it'd be worth a shot improvising over this backing track :)
To win a guitar as sexy as the one on offer would be amazing. Thanks for the brilliant oppurtunity Mayones and Blackhawk Music!
Thanks to LaurieMonk for the link to this competition! :)

Mayones Endorsement Competition Entry

Mark McGuigan: rob chappers competition entry

Yes, a steady flow of new entrants to the competition, this one for fellow guitar blogger http://www.markmcguigan.com/ , and obviously much better guitar player Mark McGuigan!

Mark McGuigan - Rob 'Chappers' Chapman Mayones & Blackhawk Music Competition

News: guitar as a blunt instrument

Truth is often stranger than fiction, this from an Aussie newspaper:
Man charged with using guitar to hit woman at the Todd River: An argument started between the 36-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man at the Todd River shortly before 1am (CST) on Saturday, police said.

It's alleged the man then hit the woman with his guitar
full report