Monday, 13 July 2009

Steve Vai: john petrucci kicking major butt!

Steve Vai says:
Ok, do you want to know what really gets me excited? It's Saturday morning, I'm at the bike shop picking up my brand new street bike, and kicking off a 16 week triathlon training schedule. I have my new iPhone and I'm about to kick off a 20 mile ride while listening to the new Dream Theater record. Geeez, JP is kikin major ass on this record. I'm really workin up a sweat tying to keep up with him on my bike. If I hurt myself, blame him!

You can keep up with the tour blog

Pedro Santos: joins shred this competition!

The competition continues to build with 2,731 views, some more entries and lots of complements for the Rick Graham editing video and awesome Tom Quayle backing track! I also have to thank the subway bandit for his awesome entry... check it out now if you missed it before

These are some of the youtube video honours.

Honours for this video (6)
#30 - Most Responded (Today)
#10 - Most Responded (Today) - Music
#49 - Most Responded (Today) - Music - Global
#69 - Most Responded (This Week)
#18 - Most Responded (This Week) - Music
#68 - Most Responded (This Month) - Music

This is Pedro Santos's entry:

Pedro Santos Shred This Competition

This is what you need to do to enter

1 Watch the video, get the backing track

The backing track is in Bb minor so a Bb minor pentatonic scale!

2 Record a response video and upload to you tube

3 Complete this form:

4 Add your video as a response to the competition video

5 Promote your video!

6 WIN!

Just go for it... the guys are chomping at the bit to check out your video!

Ruggero Robin: latest gigs

Jackino Trio
Start Time: Thursday, 16 July 2009 at 22:00
End Time: Sunday, 26 July 2009 at 01:00
Forlì, Italy
Ruggero Robin, Guitar (Padova, Italy)
Massimo Selvi, Bass (Forli, Italy)
Julius Pastorius, Drums (Fort Laurdale, FL, USA)

16 Luglio - warm-up gig Forlì (FC)
17 Luglio - La Moscabianca Jazz Club - Ventimiglia (IM)
20 Luglio - B.Ettore-Punta Marina (RA)
21 Luglio - Cobà - Forlimpopoli (FC)
22 Luglio - Macondo Cafè-Viareggio (LU)
23 Luglio - SerPier Jazz Club-Fiumicino (Roma)
24 Luglio - off – visita alla città antica di Roma
25 Luglio - Gat de port-Cattolica (RN)
26 Luglio - Citybar - Cesenatico (FC)

An example of Ruggero's playing from Frankfurt earlier this year.

Ruggero Robin: musikmesse 2009 part 2

Roman Kuznetsov: king of the fleet!

Short snippets, but great playing

Fusion Rock blues

Feel it

greg howe style

Chicken pickin Lesson

Carina Alfie: tour update

Upcoming Shows
Jul 23 2009 8:00P CARINA ALFIE-HUGO ANTONELLI-ARIEL THIN Show/Jam en La Colorada-Yerbal y Rojas-(Caballito) Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires (Ciudad Autónoma de)

Tom Hess:3 reason why you may not be getting big results from taking guitar lessons

3 Reasons Why You May Not Be Getting Big Results From Taking Guitar Lessons

by Tom Hess

Have you ever tried taking guitar lessons and ended up quitting in frustration, because you felt you weren’t making enough progress? Or perhaps you have considered taking guitar lessons but because someone you know had a disappointing experience with a guitar teacher, you began to doubt if lessons are worth investing your time and money. This perception prevents you from getting all that you want from your guitar lessons.

There can be many reasons why people quit guitar lessons. Sometimes it is because the teacher failed to inspire you, or because the lessons weren’t focused enough on your specific musical goals, or because the teacher was only mediocre and didn’t know how to help you achieve a specific result. (To avoid this problem download this free guide about how to choose the best guitar teacher) However, another (often misunderstood) reason might be that your own approach to guitar lessons wasn’t as effective as it needed to be in order for you to make real progress.

After teaching tens of thousands of music lessons to all types of guitarists and also mentoring guitar teachers around the world on how to teach more effectively, I began to notice similar and consistent patterns used by most students for learning to play guitar.

I also noticed that the specific approach the students applied to studying with a teacher had a direct influence on their progress. Very often 2 different people can get very different results by studying with the same guitar teacher, because the ways in which the students approached the learning process in general are very different. For example, one student believed that he knew better than the teacher did about how to reach his musical goals and resisted some of the instruction his teacher was giving him. It later became very clear to him that he did not know better. The other student soaked up everything his teacher was instructing him to do and quickly became a world class guitar virtuoso.

I have found there are 3 types of students who become easily frustrated with their guitar lessons. As you read the rest of this article, be honest and ask yourself if any of these 3 descriptions sound like you. I’ll be the first to admit that at one point I had the characteristics of each of the “ineffective student behaviors” presented below. Looking back many years later, I now understand that one of the reasons why it took me as long as it did to master the guitar (more than 20 years), was due to my own inefficient approaches to learning when I began the journey.

The “Teach me something new today” student type.
You may think it is common sense that guitar lessons should consist mainly of presenting new content, and expect that the guitar teacher’s primary job is to show you things that are “new” to you. However, if we examine this approach a bit deeper, you will see that focusing “only” on seeking out new information will not bring big results long term.

First of all, too much new content quickly leads to overwhelm and burn out (and does not allow enough time to apply the information you are learning). This feeling of overwhelm is what causes you to become frustrated and quit lessons (or worse yet, quit guitar). Second, simply “learning new things” does not lead to mastery. I have had many students come to me being able to do some cool things on guitar. For example, they may have good technique, or a good understanding of how music works, or have good ears. But more often than not, their ability to APPLY and INTEGRATE what they “know” to playing music was very poor. At this point, “learning more new things” is not going to help these students to significantly advance their guitar playing. Simply being “aware” of a concept is not enough. You don’t truly “know” something until you can apply and integrate it with your other musical skills fluently.

This type of training in applying and integrating what you know is probably the single most valuable thing you get out of music lessons and is one area of musical development that is almost universally lacking in many guitarists. This results in massive frustration and disappointment that many guitar players often experience (but often do not realize WHY they are frustrated).

When you take lessons for the first time, you may think that it is great that your teacher shows you something new in each lesson. But if your teacher does nothing else than “show you things”, then as more lessons go by, you will start to notice that you are not really making any significant progress (because no application and integration is taking place). Most people will quit lessons at this point, and will continue to perpetuate the myth that guitar lessons are ineffective, without really understanding the real reasons for their lack of progress.

The type of student who is only interested in learning new things, typically does not stick with guitar lessons for very long. If a guitar teacher begins to talk about a concept the student may already be familiar with, the lesson is perceived to be a waste of time. Because these students may have heard about this concept from somewhere else, they believe that they “already know it”.

Of course, receiving new information is a part of any comprehensive lesson plan (and certainly you will learn a lot of new things by taking lessons), but it is the order in which this information is presented, and the way you are trained to USE, APPLY and INTEGRATE that information that makes guitar lessons with a good teacher so valuable. If learning “raw data” in a linear fashion (and practicing) was all it took to become a great musician, then anyone could buy some books and after studying them for a few years and practicing on his/her own become a highly advanced guitarist. Of course most of the time, this doesn’t happen.

The moral of the story here is to remember that you came to your teacher to learn and grow as a guitar player. In order for this to actually happen you will need to have some patience through the process and realize that sometimes when you ‘think you know something’, you in fact may not really know it yet to the point that you can apply it and integrate it with your other musical skills.

“The Perfectionist”
The next type of student wants to master every little thing their teacher presents in a lesson (or that they discover on their own) before working on anything else. While on the surface this seems like a good idea, it is far from the most efficient approach to becoming a great musician. Learning music is best done in a non-linear approach, meaning that multiple things should be worked on simultaneously without stressing out about totally mastering everything in a linear order. Discover more about why the typical linear approach guitar players follow often fails in this video about how to practice guitar.

I like to compare learning music to baking a cake. You don’t make a cake by cooking one ingredient at a time and then finally putting them together when each one is ready. If you baked your cake in this way, it would take you a long time to finish and more importantly the cake would not taste as good as when the ingredients are cooked together!

The same goes for musical skills. If you waited until you became a great virtuoso master of technique before beginning to work on (mastering) music theory, then turning to songwriting, and then switching to improvising, it could take you many decades to finally become really good and your skills would not likely be integrated together. What I recommend to you is to follow a non-linear approach (as described in the video above). When learning a new skill, don’t wait until you completely master it; only make sure that you have the fundamentals down and begin immediately to look for contexts to apply it. Then work on integrating this new skill with everything else that you know how to do/play. Application and integration are unique skills that must be practiced separately. This key link will enable you to go from being “the student” who is able to “do lots of things” on the guitar, to becoming a great player who can use all of his musical skills to achieve complete musical expression.

This (non-linear) approach will also prevent you from getting out of balance with your skills and at any level of your musical development, you will be able to apply and integrate everything you know. It is important to note that a ‘non-linear approach’ is not an ‘illogical’ approach. So if you are looking for a systematic and logical approach to learning guitar, you should understand that this systematic, geometric (non-linear) strategy IS in fact the most effective, most efficient and most logical path possible.

The challenger
This personality type often comes out in a player who has been playing for a while and has studied with other guitar teachers in the past. This student may come into their first lesson full of preconceived ideas about what lessons should be like, and dictating to the teacher what and how to teach. I should clarify here that I am not talking about asking questions when you don’t understand something or telling your teacher about your goals. There is a big difference between doing that, and trying to dictate to the teacher what and how to teach. If the student knew that much more about teaching than the teacher, then the student would BE the teacher, right? If you know how to successfully learn guitar on your own and you are TRULY happy with your progress without a teacher, then maybe you don’t need guitar lessons. But if you seek help from a qualified guitar teacher, this means you realized that whatever you were doing on your own wasn’t working as well as you wanted it to. Therefore, you should accept the fact (or at least the high probability) that your guitar teacher knows many times more about guitar playing and teaching guitar than you do and can successfully teach you to play well. (Otherwise, why would you give the teacher your money?) Of course not all guitar teachers are the same, and some are much more qualified to teach than others. If you follow the advice I give in the guide for choosing a guitar teacher, you will be sure to find the best teacher for you.

I always tell my students that in order for them to receive the most benefit from working with me, it is their job to articulate to me their specific musical goals and list their musical challenges. Then it is MY job to come up with the most effective strategy possible to solve their problems and get them to their stated goals as quickly as possible. But in order for that to happen, they need to have faith in me as a teacher, and commit themselves to moving forward together through the learning and training process. My most satisfied and advanced students all followed this advice.

If your guitar teacher has already created many great musicians, chances are, he knows what he is doing and will be able to help you as well. But his ability to help you will be limited (and the process will take much longer), if you constantly challenge everything he tells you to do. Again, asking questions about something you don’t understand is normal, and is part of the learning process. But creating the overall lesson plan is your teacher’s primary responsibility, not yours.

If you recognize yourself as one of the student types described above, think about your current approach to learning guitar and change your mindset. On the surface it may seem like a small action to take, but the difference this can make to your guitar playing may be greater than you have ever even imagined before!

Want to know how to choose the right teacher for you? Download the free guide on how to choose the best guitar teacher

Milan Polak: new cd at guitar9

Milan Polak
Murphy`s Law (CD)

After two instrumental releases Milan Polak released his first vocal album "Straight" in 2007. Now two years on, Murphy's Law is the perfect extension of its predecessor with a more modern sound, heavier, less bluesy, more guitar (e.g. the title track), more progressive (e.g. "Sheeple", "The Mystery Of Life"), more choirs and 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", "Sheeple") being the main overriding factor influencing Milan's work. (Electric (Heavy)/Hard Rock), total running time, 46:04

Sean Baker: bakers dozen now at guitar9

Sean Baker Orchestra
Baker`s Dozen (CD)

A Michigan native, Sean Baker was an early starter on guitar some 25 years ago, and has risen to popularity amongst the shred community thanks to his self released debut "The Sean Baker Orchestra" along with numerous features in Guitar Player magazine and the legendary Mike Varney's "Spotlight" column. Now with his second album Baker’s Dozen, Sean Baker is ready to bring his brand of intense guitar to a wider audience. Baker's Dozen is home to 13 very heavy instrumental tracks with tons of melodies, and face smashing hooks. It features guest solos by Rusty Cooley ("Verbal Skillz"), Joe Stump ("Neo-Classical Gas"), and a track co-written and featuring Racer X guitarist Bruce Bouillet ("Playing Opposum") who also added his mixing skills to the album. In addition to his undoubted shred guitar skills, Sean is an accomplished classical player as well as having the innate ability to coax the most vicious and punishing sounds out of the fiddle. Instrumental Guitar (Electric (Heavy)/Heavy Metal/Shred), total running time, 57:39

Zakk Wylde: am I out of ozzy, that's news to me?

According to bravewords: In a Twitter update, Wylde responded: "I'm doing Blizzcon with him in August and supposed to finish up the CD in September. This is news to me. I haven't heard anything about this. Until I talk to the boss I don't know. I love Ozzy." full post

Joe Satriani: chickenfoot tour update

Chickenfoot tour dates:

2 - Citadel Hill - Halifax, NS
4 - The Sound Academy - Toronto, ON
5 - Riverplex Amphitheatre - Pittsburgh, PA
7 - Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL
8 - The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, MI
10 - Myth - St. Paul, MN
11 - Uptown Theatre - Kansas City, MO
13 - Fifth-Third Ballpark - Comstock Park, MI
15 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Cleveland, OH
17 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY
18 - Lyric Opera House - Baltimore, MD
20 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT
22 - House of Blues - Atlantic City, NJ
23 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH
24 - Bank Of America Pavilion - Boston, MA
26 - Ntelos Pavilion - Portsmouth, VA
27 - The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory - Charlotte, NC
29 - House of Blues, Myrtle Beach - N. Myrtle Beach, SC
30 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA

5 - Harveys Resort Hotel and Casino - Lake Tahoe, NV
11 - The Fillmore - Denver, CO
12 - Rock Jam - Grand Junction, CO
14 - Brady Theater - Tulsa, OK
16 - Verizon Wireless Theater - Houston, TX
17 - Concrete Street Pavilion - Corpus Christi, TX
20 - Sunset Station - San Antonio, TX
21 - Nokia Theatre - Grand Prairie, TX
23 - Dodge Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
25 - Greek Theatre - Berkley, CA
26 - Harrah’s Rincon Open Sky Theater - Valley Center, CA
27 - Gibson Amphitheatre - Los Angeles, CA

Igor Paspalj: hora martisor

Well blow me down... excellent new video by Igor Paspalj!

Igor Paspalj - Hora Martisor (Romanian Dance)

Gary Moore: 5 cd set for montreux series

Gary Moore: Essential Montreux Track Listing: Eagle Rock has captured several of these sonic performances, and is proud to present the Essential Montreux 5CD box set on July 28th

Disc 1 – 1990:

1.) All Your Love
2.) Midnight Blues
3.) You Don’t Love Me
4.) Texas Strut
5.) Moving On
6.) Too Tired
7.) Cold Cold Feeling
8.) Further On Up The Road
9.) King of the Blues
10.) Stop Messing Around
11.) The Blues Is Alright
12.) The Messiah Will Come Again (with Albert Collins)

Disc 2 – 1995:

1.) If You Be My Baby
2.) Long Grey Mare
3.) Oh Pretty Woman
4.) I Loved Another Woman
5.) Merry-Go-Round
6.) The Stumble
7.) Need Your Love So Bad
8.) You Don’t Love Me
9.) Key To Love
10.) All Your Love
11.) Since I Met You Baby
12.) The Blues Is Alright
13.) Stop Messing Around
14.) Jumpin’ At Shadows

Disc 3 – 1997:

1.) One Good Reason
2.) One Fine Day
3.) Cold Wind Blows
4.) I’ve Found My Love In You
5.) Always There For You
6.) Oh Pretty Woman
7.) Walking By Myself
8.) Business As Usual
9.) Out In The Fields
10.) Over The Hills and Far Away
11.) Parisienne Walkways

Disc 4 – 1999:

1.) Walking By Myself
2.) Since I Met You Baby
3.) Need Your Love So Bad
4.) Tore Down
5.) You Don’t Love Me
6.) All Your Love
7.) Still Got The Blues
8.) Too Tired
9.) The Sky Is Crying
10.) Further On Up The Road
11.) Fire
12.) Parisienne Walkways

Disc 5 – 2001:

1.) You Upset Me Baby
2.) Cold Black Night
3.) Stormy Monday
4.) Oh Pretty Woman
5.) All Your Love
6.) Still Got The Blues
7.) Too Tired
8.) How Many Lies
9.) Fire
10.) Enough Of The Blues
11.) The Prophet

News: wait for a competition and three come along at once!

Another chance to win a prize:

How to enter the contest?

To be the king get a chance to win the William’son Red Bee, you’ll have to enter the game, and to enter it will be pretty easy. You’ll have to share a demo/test drive video of your musical instrument with the readers of muzicosphere. Just as me, they are interested and want to hear various musical instruments.

The contest is opened to everybody with no country restriction.
The contest is opened to every musical instrument. If you want this guitar, and that you are a multi-instrumentalist (for example) or that you are a musician who want to learn guitar… Well, you can share a video about any other musical instrument like bass, harmonica, or whatever instrument you wanna show us. Don’t hesitate to submit your video…
I will take one video per contestant into account for the contest. However, if you do want to share several videos, you are welcome to proceed, the extra videos will be published but not counted for the contest.
To send a video, you’ll just have to click on the Red Bee Giveaway item of the navigation menu above, on the top of the page that will direct you to a form to fill-in.
Schedule of the contest?

July Tuesday 7th : Beginning of the contest.
The videos will be published on the blog as they’ll come along.
In order to designate the winner, people will have to vote for their favorite videos with the vote module at the bottom of each single contest post. You are welcome to also comment, ask questions, interact…
You will have until Sunday September 6th at midnight (Paris time) to submit your video, and votes will be open until Sunday September 20th.
On Monday September 21st I’ll establish the final Top 10 most voted videos.
The winner will be chosen among these 10 finalists during September 21st week.

Joe Stump: will the real joe stump please stand up

I guess this is what passes for humour around these parts...

Neoclassical Guitar Shredding

Marc Rizzo: bunchtv interview

Alberto Carcano: albinoni's adagio

Not sure about the background beat to this, but again it's show how these videos are progressing.


Orianthi: michael jackson's last guitar player speaks out

Music Radar interviews Orianthi after Michaels death: "
Since I was three, music's been my life," Orianthi told MusicRadar in this excusive MusicRadar podcast. "I'm lucky that my family is musical. Music was encouraged. So when I saw Carlos Santana play and decided to really pursue the electric guitar in earnest, it was OK. My parents knew I was going to go for it."

Orianthi went for it alright, quitting school at 15 to devote herself to the guitar. A CD of hers made its way to Santana, who invited the fellow PRS-devotee to play with her on stage when he performed in Adelaide. "Since that moment, I knew I made the right choice," she says.
listen to podcast

Paul Gilbert: yalv yet another live video!

Paul Gilbert 014

Allen Hinds: fuzzy baked potato

Like the title?, no! neither do I!... oh well.

Featuring Allen Hinds on guitar, Dave Hooper on drums, JV Collier on bass, Jeff Babko on keys and Ronnie Gutierrez on percussion, a seven video haul!

Allen Hinds: Baked Potato 2009

Interview with Allen Hinds EWS Fuzzy Drive