Monday, 1 June 2009

Tom Kopyto: clinic falcetti music

As part of our Music Revolution, we featured shred guitarist and one of our instructors, Tom Kopyto, in a Metal Guitar Clinic on May 28, 2009. Tom has been featured in Guitar Player Magazine in June 2002 and June 2008.

Tom Kopyto - Black Inside

Tom Kopyto Sweep Picking Lesson

News: register to see the live final!

A reminder to sign up for the online guitar idol final show... chance in a lifetime to catch the event if you can't make it to London! Register

Devin Townsend: ki reviewed

Metal Reviews catch up with the latest release from Devin Townsend in this metal review

What should be noted when listening to Ki is that it's very much a mood piece. Devin Townsend didn't intend to make material with big riffs and catchy choruses here (though apparently follow-up album Addicted will be just that) and the album spends much of it's 66-minute run-time in hypnotic guitar lines (although moments of metal riffage do show up from time to time). It could be argued that it goes on a bit too much longer than it needs to for that sort of thing, especially as this is only a quarter of Townsend's planned output for the year. Indeed, the album is remarkably engaging for something so low-key. We do get a couple of breaks from the formula, but it's fair to say they're hit-and-miss. Trainfire opens with a rockabilly pastiche that sounds jarringly out of place with the rest of the album (Devin has mostly reined in the zaniness this time), and comes off as a little irritating, the only misstep on an otherwise remarkably well-crafted release. Lady Helen, on the other hand is a stunning mostly-acoustic track and the most tightly constructed song on here.

Ki isn't entirely perfect, but it is a very welcome return to the fold from one of metal's most beloved figures. The Devin Townsend Project has got off to a very fine start so far, and considering Ki is more of a scene-setter than anything else, I for one cannot wait for the actual meat of the project, which happens to include, on album three, “the heaviest music [he's] ever made”. Ladies and gentlemen, we are in for a treat
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Alex Beyrodt: voodoo circle review

Metal reviews posted a review of the Voodoo Circle CD.

I've been listening to this album quite a bit ever since getting it and there really aren't any flaws/fillers to be found anywhere. If you've ever thought that this style of heavy metal has gotten stale and had it heydays in the 80's, this album will convince you that there is still a very strong future for this type of metal. Alex Beyrodt has mastered the neo-classical metal genre to the point of releasing very, very strong material and worthy of standing up against some of the best ever released.
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News: call for guitar players attending LIMS

Please let me know if your a guitar player and your heading to LIMS this year, if it's just to watch guitar idol or playing on a stand. I want to build a list for the blog!


News: LIMS 2009 line up announced

The countdown is on to the London Guitar Show 2009 in fact as I type there are only 9 days and 12 hours according to the official site countdown and this year promises to be the biggest event ever. Here is all the info from the latest press release:

Saturday 13th June
10am Guitar Idol final
12.45pm Jan Akkerman
2.40 pm Swans in Flight ( Featuring TM Stevens and Marco Mendoza )
4.25 pm Guitar Idol Winner
5.05 pm Phil Hilborne & Guests ( Nicko McBrain, Steve Vai jamming on a couple of tracks )

Sunday 14th June
10.15 am Simon McBride
12.55 Jan Akkerman
2.50 pm Albert Lee & Hogans Heroes
4.05 pm Phil Hilborne & Guests ( Nicko McBrain, Steve Vai jamming on a couple of tracks )

Confirmed signings/ Seminars:
Thursday 11th June
Paul Allender (Cradle of Filth) 2.00pm Rotosound Stand H12/ Engle Amps Stand G1
Sandi Thom Signing on Farida Guitars stand Stand H30

Saturday 13th June
Steve Diggle signing on Rotosound stand H12 on at 3.00pm
Doug Wimbish , 1pm on the Trace Elliot stand G4.
Black Stone Cherry - 4pm Peavey stand G4 (Chris Robertson ,Ben Wells , Jon Lawhon )
Careers for the Contemporary Musician By ICMP, seminar room 12pm
IGF present 10 greatest Riffs Seminar with John Wheatcroft, Seminar room 1pm
Tony McManus Headline Music stand (H18) for PRS Launch of acoustic guitars
Blues guitarist Oli Brown will be appearing on the Vanquish stand J22A to give hourly demo’s
Guthrie Govan and John Wheatcroft on the Guitar Techniques stand H21
Guitar legend John Etheridge, Courtney Pine Sextet, Darren Taylor (bass), Cameron Pierre (guitar), Sandarac Jazz Café. Stand D12

Sunday 2.00pm
Dave Pybus - Cradle of Filth - Signing on Rotosound Stand H12
Careers for the Contemporary Musician By ICMP, seminar room 12pm
IGF seminar with Session Guitarist Hawi Gondwe (Amy Winehouse) Seminar room, 1pm
Tony McManus Headline Music stand (H18) for PRS Launch of acoustic guitars
Blues guitarist Oli Brown will be appearing on the Vanquish stand J22A to give hourly demo’s
Guitar legend John Etheridge, Courtney Pine Sextet, Darren Taylor (bass), Cameron Pierre (guitar), Sandarac Jazz Café. Stand D12

Steve Vai, is running his Alien Guitar Secrets master class at the show, and there are now less than 10 tickets left. Steve will also be awarding a prize for his favourite finalist in the Guitar Idol competition . The competition is the biggest international competition for guitarists worldwide and seen over half million visitors on the website, with more than 1300 guitarist enter from more than 160 countries! The twelve finalists will battle it out on Saturday 13th June to become Guitar Idol 2009. Live judges including Phil Hilborne, Jamie Humphries and Jamiroquai’s Rob Harris, and the public will vote for the best player on the day. Guitar Idol 2009 features a live webcast which will be sent out all over the world, and a unique online voting system whereby the public can vote for their favourite and have a say in the final outcome. The Live webcast will be broadcast on and you can register to vote now at

Giorgio Rovati: eternal dimension solo

Centrica - Centrica - Eternal Dimension shred guitar solo by Giorgio Rovati

Centrica - Prog-Metal - Eternal Dimension (shred solo)

News: guitar hero 5 full track listing... seems a little short on guitar players in my humble opinion!

Full details were posted on worth playing, although there are some rockers, there are very few that are out and out guitar players...

The complete list of artists and bands to be featured in Guitar Hero 5 when it hits store shelves this autumn will include songs from:

• 3 Doors Down
• A Perfect Circle
• Attack! Attack!
• Band Of Horses
• Beastie Boys
• Beck
• Billy Idol
• Billy Squier
• Blink-182
• Blur
• Bob Dylan
• Bon Jovi
• Brand New
• Bush
• Children of Bodom
• Coldplay
• Darker My Love
• Darkest Hour
• David Bowie
• Deep Purple
• Dire Straits
• Duran Duran
• Eagles Of Death Metal
• Elliott Smith
• Elton John
• Face to Face
• Garbage
• Gorillaz
• Gov’t Mule
• Grand Funk Railroad
• Iggy Pop
• Iron Maiden
• Jeff Beck
• Jimmy Eat World
• John Mellencamp
• Johnny Cash
• Kaiser Chiefs
• King Crimson
• Kings Of Leon
• Kiss
• Love and Rockets
• Megadeth
• Mötley Crüe
• Muse
• My Morning Jacket
• Nirvana
• No Doubt
• Peter Frampton
• Public Enemy Featuring Zakk Wylde
• Queen & David Bowie
• Queens Of The Stone Age
• Rammstein
• Rose Hill Drive
• Rush
• Santana
• Scars On Broadway
• Screaming Trees
• Smashing Pumpkins
• Sonic Youth
• Spacehog
• Stevie Wonder
• Sublime
• Sunny Day Real Estate
• T. Rex
• The Bronx
• The Derek Trucks Band
• The Duke Spirit
• The Killers
• The Police
• The Raconteurs
• The Rolling Stones
• The Sword
• The White Stripes
• Thin Lizzy
• Thrice
• Tom Petty
• Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
• TV On The Radio
• Vampire Weekend
• Weezer
• Wild Cherry
• Wolfmother

New songs include:

The Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
Bob Dylan – All Along The Watchtower
The White Stripes – Blue Orchid
Santana – No One To Depend On (LIVE)
Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
Tom Petty - Runnin Down a Dream
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
Guitar Hero 5 is scheduled for release on Sept. 1, 2009.

Nicolas Waldo: esp clinic bogota

ESP Guitars Guitar clinic 2009 BOGOTA - COLOMBIA


Joop Wolters: when four joop wolters are better than one!

Joop Wolters says:
watch in hq please.....woke up this morning with the idea to shoot a new i did... i reproduced a version of the song FRIED CALL comming from my third album OUT OF ORDER.. I HAD NO GUIDES OF THIS TRACK SO I ENDED UP RECORDING ALL OF THEM AND PROGRAMED NEW DRUMS FOR IT THIS MORNING..PRETY PRODUCTIVE DAY..:)...JUNE 1 2009


FRIEDCALL by joop wolters

Joe Satriani: chickenfoot fazer gig review

As for Chickenfoot’s performance, it was Grade-A rock n’ roll from the first note to the last, with a casual appeal and a whole lotta attitude. As mentioned, the goal was to play the entire forthcoming record during the show, and while the opening song of ‘Avenida Revolution’ and the follow up of ‘Soap on a Rope’ were undoubtedly brilliant, it wasn’t until they played ‘Sexy Little Thing’ that they really hit their stride. This is a song that is indeed sexy, in its lyrics, in its swagger and groove, and definitely in the rhythmic breakdown. It isn’t really rock n’ roll unless it’s served with a side order of sex, and this song managed to accomplish that while establishing itself as a definite crowd pleaser. ‘Oh Yeah’, the band’s current single, was another winner and saw Satriani play by mouth during the bridge

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BB King, John Mayall: blues blaster tour!

B.B. returns due to phenomenal demand!

UK Arena Tour starts 24th June at
Manchester MEN Arena!!

Tickets go on sale Friday 6th February 2009
National Credit Card Hotline: 0871 424 4444
or book online at

Universally hailed as the reigning king of the blues, due to popular demand, B.B. King comes out of retirement and returns to the UK and will embark on four arena concerts in June 2009.

The blues guitar icon will team up with the legendary British blues virtuoso John Mayall to share the once in a lifetime double bill for what is set to be one of the most spectacular rhythm'n'blues concert tours ever to hit the UK in years.

The tour kicks off a UK 4-date tour at Manchester MEN Arena on Wednesday 24th June, 2009, and will also take in arena dates at the Birmingham NIA, Cardiff CIA and London Wembley Arena.

The three hour concerts will see John Mayall perform the first half, with the second half performance by B.B. King.

National Credit Card Hotline: 0871 424 4444
or book online at
Agency & CC Bookings subject to a fee

All concerts start at 8.00pm
Venue Box Office & CC:
Wednesday 24th June
Manchester MEN Arena
£45.00 & £39.00
0844 847 8000 / 0161 832 1111
Venue Box Office & CC:
Thursday 25th June
Birmingham NIA
£45.00 & £39.00
0870 909 4133 / 0121 357 0000
Venue Box Office & CC:
Saturday 27th June
Cardiff CIA
£45.00 & £39.00
02920 224488, 0871 424 4444
Venue Box Office & CC:
Sunday 28th June
London Wembley Arena
£45.00 & £40.00
0870 060 0870 / 0207 434 2222

Allen Hinds: guitar9 interview

Allen Hinds:
I just finished my second CD with Gino Vannelli, this is a CD of all his hits, from "Brother To Brother" and before, and after, but with new arrangements. It should be great, and he is planning a tour in the U.S. in the fall. Got some Crusaders (Wayne Henderson) gigs, and a couple with saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa. I am headlining a Festival in Portland with my own band in July.

I am always working on new stuff. Now I'm working on a CD of all bottleneck/vibey stuff to shop to T.V. and movie folks. I do some sessions, I work at MI a couple days a week, and I'm getting ready to see if a publicist can help get my stuff out there.

When I am not holding a guitar I am holding a tennis racket - big diversion from the music world, and a very welcome one. Sometimes, you need balance.
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Frank Caruso, Gianluca Ferro, Stefano Sebo Xotta: guglielmo malusardi interview

Guglielmo Malusardi interviews the 24 Strings shred machine featuring Frank Caruso, Gianluca Ferro, Stefano Sebo Xotta!

Guglielmo Malusardi: Of course is not all the music played with the 8-string guitar. Would you list the guitars used by each of you?

Stefano "Sebo" Xotta: Here are the songs on which we used the RG2228 8-string guitar: "Introspective", "Outraged Dimensions", "G String Song", "Flown" and "Go Down Peter". Then we have two songs with a 7-string guitar based riff, they are: "Schizophrenic Disorders" and "Double D". On these and all the other tracks we also used various 6-string guitars, here is a complete description of our guitars set for this album:

Sebo: Ibanez RG2228, RG550XX, RG Sebo Custom, SZ1220, S7420, VBT700. Frank: Ibanez RG2228, RG2550, S520EX, RG7321. Gian: RG2228, UV777, RG550, RG1527

Gianluca Ferro: I used the RG2228 on "Outraged Dimensions" and "Go Down Peter", the other instruments I played were an Ibanez RG1527 and an old RG550 with Seymour Duncan pick ups.

Frank Caruso: I used the RG2228 on the intro to "Introspective", "Outraged Dimensions" and "Go Down Peter", then I used an Ibanez 7-String 7321, an RG2550 Prestige and one Ibanez S Series.


Guglielmo Malusardi: What do you admire the most of each other?

Stefano "Sebo" Xotta: Well, we love our styles and we respect each other a lot! We're not rivals at all, we're conscious our project is different because of the three different styles, so we don't wanna try to play the same, we're proud of our own things and that represents our originality on this project! I think Gian has a terrific technique, I define his style as a liquid one, because it seems his notes are falling like water from a cascade, very fluid! He is the most "complicated" of the band harmonically and compositionally speaking. I could make a whole album with the ideas he puts on one song!

Frank is a great shredder as well, and old and new influences are perfectly mixed in his style. He is very precise, very tasty and very talented as a sound engineer too! My style is the most classic rock, I'm considered a shredder due to this album, but I could be compared to Gary Moore if I recorded solo! I love tone, I love fixed bridge guitars that let you have that bite on riffs and very powerful double note bendings!

Gianluca Ferro: Being honest, a lot of things! Sebo has a powerful style and he's able to always find the right notes, he has great taste! Frank is a very technical player, but sometimes I'm impressed by his expressive ability! He's a master with the combination of half tone bending/slide and hammer on/pull off!

Frank Caruso: Gian is a funabolic player; he's able to create impossible phrases, but always clear and precise. His style is always funny and dynamic, like his mind! Sebo has a killer vibrato, his pentatonic is always powerful and his phrasing is never obvious, he's a great riff machine! I have maximum respect for both of them, every one of us knows when he has to step back to leave space for the other guys, that's so important!
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Tom Hess: maximise your guitar teaching potential

How To Instantly Improve Your Guitar Teaching Business:
Are you struggling to be a highly successful guitar teacher? Do you want to have more new dedicated students who remain committed for the long term, but your methods are not working as effectively as you would like them to? Are you unhappy because most students don't reach their musical goals and/or an advanced level of guitar playing? Are you unable to support yourself and your family with your guitar teaching income? Are you not earning the money you would like to?

Most guitar teachers struggle with at least some of the areas mentioned above. Many years ago, I was no different. I used to have a difficult time balancing the challenges of trying to help more students, become a more effective guitar teacher, grow my teaching income, and have time left at the end of the day. When I began teaching guitar, I had only a few students and struggled to support myself on teaching income only. My biggest challenges were getting consistent results with different types of students, having reliable systems in place for attracting more students and keeping my existing students from quitting before reaching their musical goals. I also couldn't see an effective way to increase my income other than increasing the number of hours I taught or raising my lesson rates to very high levels.
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Mike Campese: harmonic minor scale lesson

Harmonic Minor Scale:
In this lesson I will be showing you the harmonic minor scale. We will cover the modes, the three note per string fingerings, arpeggios and some basic applications. The harmonic minor scale has a classical flavor to it, but you can use it in any style of music. This scale has a distinct sound to it and it is important to get the sound of it in your ear. Many well known composers use this scale in their writing. Let's cover some of the basics of this scale.

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Michael Knight: credit crunching shred cruncher II

Michael Knight:
Sell your CDs as a theme package - If you set up a real 'theme show' gig with several like-style bands, (four instrumental bands, or four progressive bands, etc.) then it would make great sense to sell your CDs as a theme package also. Get together with the other bands and decide how to sell the CDs as a box-set for the night of the show. You might want to tape them together with some clear cellophane packaging tape or just rubber band them together. Make better pricing for fans to purchase them together than to buy them separate. Think low, low price for the attendees.

Keeping prices down and giving fans the most bang-for-the-buck is crucial to weathering the economic storm. Fans and potential fans will remember and appreciate the steps you have taken and this will strengthen their loyalty to your band. Once again, good luck and best wishes to you all in the year ahead.
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Marty Friedman: japan drift racing opener!

Kudos to blabbermouth: Marty Friedman performed the Japanese national anthem, "Kimi Ga Yo", at the D1 Drift Racing Grand Prix on May 23.

Marty is the first foreign musician to play the anthem at a major sporting event in Japanese history. This time, after his performance, he also sat on the panel as a commentator for the broadcast as well as performed another song, taken from his brand new album, "Tokyo Jukebox".

Marty Friedman 23.5.09 D1グランプリ 天城越え

Gary Hoey: examiner interview

There are a lot of things that have been going on with the DVD. We mixed the music, we had everything ready to go. We’ve done most of the editing. There have just been a lot of things that have slowed the process in getting it done and getting it out...just crazy things. We worked on the packaging three times and I still wasn’t happy with it, so we scrapped it, which caused one delay.
And being that I do a lot of cover songs, which obviously a lot of people want to hear, clearing some of those songs has become time-consuming and very costly. Because, when you create something on film for a video, it totally changes how you pay the royalty and the kind of license that you have to secure. So, we will get through it; it will come out, I promise. We’re just running into a little bit of red tape. And I found out that we’re not the only ones that this happens to. I’ve seen some artist-friends of mine take a really long time getting videos out, because sometimes you have to jump through hoops. But we’re working hard on it.

We also recorded a second performance at the theater in Sellersville, PA, so we actually have two DVDs almost completed, so hopefully they will both come out, and we’ll make up for those lost two years. We’re really hoping to get one of them out before the end of the year.

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Jennifer Batten: tribute to Les Paul

Kudos bravewords

Jennifer Batten tribute to Les Paul

Matias Kupiainen: russian gig review and photo gallery

Kudos bravewords for spotting this on

Translated review

Set List

Hunting High and Low
Speed of Light
The Kiss of Judas
Higher We Go
A Million Light Years Away
Will The Sun Rise?
Twilight Symphony
Winter Skies
Bass solo feat. "Oh, blossoms Kalyna

Check out the slide show, excellent photo gallery from the gig.

TK's drum solo
Deep Unknown
Keyboards intro feat. main riff from "Black Night" (DEEP PURPLE)
Black Diamond

News: Soundtrack of Summer: Guitar Solo Contest

I am honoured again to be asked to participate in the judging of the new Petruccifever competition. Some great Internet guitarists will be judging the competition too!! The competition is sponsored by Ibanez this time. Feel free to repost this post anywhere you like!

Soundtrack of Summer: Guitar Solo Contest (Deadline: July 1st, 2009)

DOWNLOAD BACKING TRACK: backing track need to visit to download

(Original backing track by Julian Puttins aka. PetrucciFever)


1. add your name to the title
2. turn up the volume of the backing track (almost as loud as your solo)
3. find a fitting melody and make it sound good!


Video entry and audio entry (audio track with slideshow)


All entries will be valued based on composition, technique and sound.


Cesar Huesca (Hidalgo, Mexico)
NEW channel:
"Cesar Huesca":

Mattrach (Nord-Pas-de-Calais , France)
online music

Francisco Meza (Toronto, Canada)
"Innocence Of Insanity":

KillrBuckeye (Westland (Michigan), USA)
"The Rising"

Lai Youttitham (Abbotsford BC, Canada)

Jesse L (Berwick, Australia)

Musicman1066 (Suffolk, UK)

Laurie Monk (Bristol, UK)