Sunday, 19 July 2009

Ed DeGenaro: i'll be direct with you!

Vigier with Emgs into the Bogner Alchemist set to break up a bit on the clean channel. Pushed over the top with a MI Audio Neo Fuzz, amp loaded down with a THD Hot Plate, direct to hard disk, speaker sim from Overloud's TH1.

Direct recording with Destroy All Guitars Telstar...

Direct recording experiment continued....

an easy way to practice/record with and have happening tone.

What ya need...
guitar, cable, amp, speaker cable, load, line-out box, speaker sim...
In this case...
70s JMP 50 watter into a Hot Plate, lne-out of the Hot Plate into a Line 6 UX2, into the computer.
In the computer I'm running TH1 and use cab IRs.
Of course if the Axe-Fx was at home I'd use that for the IRs, or any other convolution software. heck in a pinch I'd use the UX2 with the amp sim off, and the cab sim on.

You can use any attenuator/load with a line out, or a load and a line-out box for this.

Here's what it sounds like...

Only thing heard in the room was what comes out of the monitors recorded with the cameras build-in mic. Check out how loud the string rattle is compared to the amp sound through the monitors. That will give you a good idea how low the volume is in the room.

Direct recording of a 100 watter

Chris Geden: shred this.. no shred that!

Chris Geden who entered the Shred this competition has converted the backing track into a full song... excellent track... It's called "Shred That!" Thanks Chris! Check it out now: Shred That

This is Chris's original in case you missed it!

Shred This by Chris Geden

Adam Lajoie: shred this competition entry

Adam Lajoie posted a track for the competition. Adam says:
hey there, soo, no video and only one image, i don't really care for the video, just the audio. i used an epiphone les paul through ada mp-1 classic . All improv, sorry about bad sound quality, i'm terrible at micing and recording... thanks for listening, and tell me what you think i can improve on!
. This kid is a natural IMO, enjoy!

Shred this - Adam Lajoie

Guthrie Govan, Andy Wood, Mattias IA Eklundh: rma review

Spotted on the Petrucci forum... need to look out now for the photos of the show which will be posted on the forum. CE24Nomad says:
Guthrie Govan, Mattias IA Eklundh, Andy Wood Summer Workshop at the RMA

I’m going to preface this by saying I’ve had a really, really great time as usual. Everybody there was into it, kind, and had a great time. Paul really knows how to pull this stuff together, that’s for sure. Kudos to you, Mr. Warren.

Tuesday 14th

12:30 Orientation
Tuesday morning was an interesting one. Like an itty bitty kid before Christmas, I was hardly able to sleep out of excitement. I got there with my friend Jeff (who goes by MetalHeadd here) at the very beginning of orientation. Paul and Addie (sp?) were handing out the badges with our names and the event on them at the door to greet everyone. There were a lot of different age groups represented. People as young as 13 or so, and there were plenty of people on the opposite end of the spectrum. The environment was pretty good – a lot of jetlag and exhaustion circled the room, but it still was a very positive environment.

1:00 Guitar Tech Class - Robert Horne
Robert is someone who any guitar player can look up to – and very easily. He’s an exceptional blues player with stage presence for days, and the most incredible feel I’ve ever heard. He went over a lot of really important things like intonation, truss rod adjustment, how to set action, etc. The class was a little shorter than expected, but nobody really asked any questions. Not a whole lot of interaction for this portion – I think it had a lot to do with everyone’s trips here.

2:00 Guitar technique primer - Chris Ptacek
Chris, you’re the coolest thing since sliced bread. Except for maybe a steel fork. Those are pretty, erm. Metal. The intention of this class was to give a brief overview of any techniques. There were going to be a lot of technical words thrown around for the rest of the week, so Chris wanted to make sure no one was left in the dark. He explained a multitude of things – sweep picking, hybrid picking, legato, casting spells at your guitar, etc. It went by pretty well, and definitely helped. It’s something that should be added every year from now on, it was a great idea.

2:30 Music Theory for Guitar 101 - Chris Ptacek
Besides having technical difficulties (lol c wut I did thar?) with a white board, marker, and paper towel, Chris did a really good job of teaching this class. Regardless of how high and mighty anyone’s music theory knowledge is, Chris can explain it in such a way that it makes even more sense than it did before – a very useful class for everyone, not just the people who never have studied it.

3:30 Freak Harmonics & Sounds - Mattias IA Eklundh
Mattias is truly a mad man, and only in the best way possible. He’s a very unique person, and just as unique in his playing. I was thrilled to meet him and get to spend a lot of time with him. He started the class by telling a story about how his left ball grew to a million times the size of the other one, and then… well, I doubt he wants that all on the internet The class portion was awesome, his character really made it great. He showed a few ideas for harmonics, and made a point of visiting everyone at their chair, and offering advice on a certain technique. Tip-top guy

7:30 Chickin Pickin 101 - Andy Wood
Andy Wood, my brother. Assuming the majority of you haven’t met Andy, he’s someone you should definitely try and meet. He’s a really positive spirit, very outspoken, and absolutely hilarious. Total redneck, but I’ll forgive him just this once He showed us quite a few cool licks. There’s certainly a lot for us to work on, and this class got us used to using the right hand’s fingers to pluck strings as well. Definitely a whole new realm of playing – Andy, I plan on keeping in touch with this stuff. You’ve got to keep me in shape, man!

Wednesday 15th

1:00 Blues Guitar - Robert Horne
I already mentioned how ridiculous of a player Robert is, so I’m not going to re-iterate myself. He went over the general idea of figuring out chord tones, and making your own voices for them. Basically, he wanted to stay away from the average barre chords, and get something a little more interesting sounding. He had quite a few different grooves and progressions, with the help of Hugh and Abdala (both great players and people) as a backing band. I believe everyone attending got up and played, and it was really cool. Had a few mistakes myself, but it’s a learning environment, and that’s the idea.

2:30 Freak Sweeping & Tapping - Mattias IA Eklundh
Mattias taught us quite a bit of this stuff. Many, many tapping licks, and just as many sweeping licks. In my opinion, regardless of how good you were at either, he was going to find a way to trip you up and make you think about what you were doing. Very unconventional sweeping patterns (no 5 string major arpeggios) and the tapping stuff had a very precise rhythm. Both were really, really great exercises, and made complete sense when he explained them. He’s a really solid teacher.

3:45 Legato Guitar - Guthrie Govan
Guthrie. I don’t know how much else there is to say. Arguably the best guitarist in existence was mere feet away from all of us. Regardless of how intimidating it may have seemed, his calm, British sensibility was more than enough to make it a relaxed environment. In the book Paul gave us, all of the teachers, aside from Guthrie made extensive handouts for us to use. Guthrie’s was blank He started the class by ultimately saying “we’re slotted to learn about legato, but I don’t think I’m going to teach you that.” A little concerning at first for me, but he gave an INCREDIBLE lecture about things like tone, technique, and how he didn’t care for the words “feel” and “emotion” in the general sense of the word. It was a very insightful class, quite possibly my favorite of the whole week.

7:30 Songwriting - Guthrie Govan and Mattias IA Eklundh
This class was also a really cool one. No guitars were really needed – this was purely for the sake of education. It was really cool to pick the minds of these guys, their view on everything was very different and very much the same in a lot of ways. Mattias showed us a bit of the new Freak Kitchen as examples of his songwriting technique. I believe we were the listening party, if you will. Very cool stuff! We got Guthrie and Mattias to “write” a song on the spot, and it really sounded as if it were written before. The two of them are musical geniuses, I was shocked at how fluid it was.
Thursday 16th

1:00 Changing gears (mixing note values, building intensity, dynamics) - Guthrie Govan
Guthrie’s classes are really difficult to write much about. He never really followed the course description, but answered everyone’s question in a really easy to understand manner. His classes were almost information overload – he knows sooooo much, and nearly everyone had a question for him. I believe this is the class where he mostly went over chords. At one point he played “happy birthday” and managed to throw a lot of triads and interesting chord voicings in, which prompted the question. I enjoyed this class a lot, as well. This made me want to do some exploring of the fretboard, if you will.

2:30 Music Theory for Guitar 102 - Chris Ptacek
Modes! The most controversial subject of this lovely forum Chris also did a great job of teaching this one. He got a couple of students to go up on stage – had one play G major, and the other move the root note around, and vice versa to demonstrate how modes work in creating a different sound. This class ended up being a little shorter than it should have been, but it still was explained very well.

3:45 Expanding your tapping - Guthrie Govan and Mattias IA Eklundh
This class was also quite fun to have both teachers on stage. A good portion of this class was spent showing different general ideas the two of them used. The general consensus was that they wanted people to be more original than the typical EVH tapping phrase – adding tuplets, moving frets, adding bends, and anything else you can imagine one of them doing. It really opened up a lot of doors for me, and my terrible tapping, so that was pretty cool.

7:30 Mattias IA Eklundh - performance clinic
He knows how to put on a show. Kept us laughing the whole time, and when he performed, kept our jaws on the floor. He did a good job of explaining what he was playing before he actually did, so it helped make a little more sense of what is “strange and Swedish” music.

Friday 17th

1:00 Freak Time (working on odd time/odd tuplets) - Mattias IA Eklundh
Mattias taught a plethora of subjects in all of his other classes, while retaining the main focus of them. This class was sort of a melting pot of everything he taught us, since he had to leave in an hour or so afterwards. He took this time to try and show us a few excerpts of the songs he had written out for us so that we could at least get the general idea, and let the rest be homework. I thought it was a very cool thing of him to do that, he didn’t want anything to be unsaid, even if it had to be said rather quickly and Swedish-y.

2:30 Practicing guitar & advancing technique – Guthrie Govan and Mattias IA Eklundh
The general subject matter of this class only lasted for a few minutes. Guthrie and Mattias both explained that they didn’t “practice” in the regular metronome insanity way. For them, their practice comes in jamming, writing songs, etc. Mattias had to leave during this class, so we all went outside and took group shots for him to put on the Freak Kitchen site. After Mattias left, it turned into another question and answer session with Guthrie, which is always pleasant.

4:00 Chickin Pickin 102 - Andy Wood
So. Many. Notes. So. Much. Redneck. This class brought a little more to what were taught before in an earlier class with Andy. There were a few more licks to be taught this time, most of them were (imo) a bit harder than the previous class’ version. Again, I feel like it was mostly to get some homework material rather than mastering the technique in an hour – should be a challenge.

7:30 Improvisation - Guthrie Govan
This class was really cool. With full bellies, and plenty of six string guitars, Guthrie invited more questions to be asked. By the third question, a person asked “Can we talk about improvisation?” to which Guthrie replied, “Oh like we’re scheduled to be talking about, right?” Everyone laughed, and he did an amazing job of teaching us a few ideas on the subject. A very good class, and plenty of Guthrie being Guthrie.
Saturday 18th

1:00 Note Choice - Chris Ptacek & Robert Horne
This class had a lot of interaction as well. A few practice amps were put on stage for us to all use and demonstrate the ideas they went over. I was one of the first chosen to participate, and had a good time. Chris started with saying “just play E notes”, then added the third of the chord, the fifth, and so on. It did a good job of showing the importance of the chord tones, and the tension/release idea. Very cool.

2:30 Playing in and out - Guthrie Govan
Guthrie actually talked about what was scheduled! It was a great moment in history This was also a very cool class, he showed us a few ideas on how to get outside of the key and make it work. This is definitely something that I have full intentions of pursuing. It has a really cool sound, and would be a healthy challenge. Guthrie was a great teacher for this class.

4:00 Hybrid picking for rock - Andy Wood
Andy did a REALLY good job teaching this class in particular. He showed us licks from his album (which I’ll post a review of later) which were really cool. What I appreciated the most was that he slowed things down to stupid speeds and made sure EVERYONE was following along, and got the licks he showed us. He also had a couple people get on stage and play with him. Very cool experience, and it was a riot to hear his explanation on jamming with people versus playing with yourself. It had something to do with the reproductive system

7:30 Suhr clinic with guests Guthrie Govan & Andy Wood
This was a very fitting end to the whole week. The place had quite a few more visitors to come and see Guthrie live. Daniel from Port City was there (although he spent most of the week with us – top notch guy), Ed Yoon was there, and who I consider to be a good friend, Eddie Berman from Indoor Storm. Guthrie’s playing was phenomenal. He broke a string in the middle of Ner Ner, and you’d have never known that happened unless you witnessed it. It was a great opportunity for him to mention how he endorses Rotosound strings, and that wasn’t a Rotosound that broke. Before he played Fives, he explained how in most circumstances, he’d have a beer during the bass solo and sit off to the side. He was purely saying it for the sake of fun, but Chris still found a way to cater him with a beer on a plate during the bass solo. Probably the greatest moment in recorded history Andy and Guthrie both played Rhode Island Shred together which was just unbelievable. Phenomenal players, the both of them. There was also a jam at the end of the night that really showcased everything the two of them could do. Also, just a stunning performance. Definitely the best guitar-centric live show I’ve EVER seen. Guthrie and Andy were both more than welcome to hang out afterwards, whether it be saying goodbye, taking pictures, or signing their albums.

A few things that I missed out on saying happened inbetween these classes and afterwards. The 5-day class people were able to have dinner with Guthrie, Mattias, Chris, Andy, Paul, and that turned out to be a great experience. Near the end, we were all banging on the tables with Mattias helping us understand polyrhythms. As he said, those tables will never be the same again, and can be sold on ebay for 2$

We're also on Freak Kitchen's site now. It's about halfway down for those interested.

I'll be adding pictures too, as soon as I can get my hands on them.
Anybody that was there and has pictures, PM me. I'll give you my e-mail, and I can add them here, or just keep them for my collection.
forum post... images to follow

Paul Gilbert: stonehenge pub clinic gallery

Jenn is on the look out for all those Italian clinic photos and videos, here some recent one:
Paul Gilbert Clinic Tour Photos: Arcole / Stonehenge Live Pub (2009)
The April portion of the Italian clinic tour has ended. This photo gallery is a bit of a photo essay for one of those shows. The photographer’s credit or name is in the filename itself; all photographers retain their copyright. Enjoy the pictures!
full gallery

John 5: new squier tele model

Another nice, quiet afternoon at home with John 5 and his new Squier® Signature J5 Telecaster® guitar model (coming in May 2009). Impressive licks (we mean the guitar playing, not the dog).

The guitar John is using in this video (Squier Signature J5 Tele) is completely stock except for a string change. John wanted everyone to know this. It's straight out of the box and into his hands. John is playing through a Fender FM25DSP amp which he'll also be using on his May 2009 Clinic Tour.

John 5 at home with his new Squier® model

Atanas Shishkov: shred this competition entry

Atanas Shishkov says:
This is my entry for Laurie Monk`s competition "Shred This". I really enjoyed to play over Tom Quayle`s backing track - Tom is a great musician and guitar player! Thanks to Laurie for this cool contest!

The red Tom Anderson sounds particularly sweet on this jam with some great tapping at 1:08. Enjoy... Thanks to Atanas Shishkov fro this entry!

Atanas Shishkov - "Shred This" - Truth-In-Shredding Competition

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Just noticed this one... the Pac Man guitar

Rusty Cooley: goes web 2.0 and becomes a youtuber, almost!

Rusty Cooley has set up a youtube site and posted a couple of videos... none embeddable, but it's early days yet, hopefully the spirit of web 2.0 will see these videos embeddable in the near future!!

A severe amount of rippage on this video: Rusty Cooley's unaccompanied Guitar Solo from his clinic at College of the Mainland

Buddy Guy: ngw interview

The legendary Buddy Guy held a master class at his club Legends in downtown Chicago as part of the National Guitar Workshop. He was warm, humble and entertaining as he talked to us about what it means to play the Blues.

Buddy Guy

Joop Wolters: little angels live

first livegig with trio at HEADWAY FESTIVAL april 1-2006

LITTLE ANGELS EXERPT joop wolters trio-april 1-2006

Stelios Arnaoutoglou: shred this competition entry

If you been watching Stelios Arnaoutoglou, then now is a chance to get a copy of Stelios's new CD.

The CD is mp3 only and you can buy from CD Baby

1 I Only Wanna Play
2 Sides And Paths
3 Anatolia II
4 Eastern Funk
5 Jennifer
6 Big Latin
7 Miss Lydia
8 Moonlight Orchestra

Stelios Arnaoutoglou also added his own solo on the Shred This backing track, displaying a nice groove on this track, plus some great solo work. I particularly liked the tapped sequence from 2.00 in the solo... enjoy!

Shred This Competition

Rob Chappers: prs and musicman, guitar pr0n of the highest order!

PRS Private Stock 305 Faded Aquamarine Smoked Burst... Rob Chappers takes a close a close look at this baby... Enjoy!

PRS Private Stock 305 Faded Aquamarine Smoked Burst

Rob Chappers says:
"The Red Thing!!" Music Man 25th Anniversary Guitar Demo. World Guitar of Gloucestershire UK.

In my opinion World guitars is the best guitar store in the UK, I have personally purchased many guitars from them and the service is second to none. If you go there tell em Chappers sent you ;-)

Music Man 25th Anniversary Guitar Demo

COMPETITION: top 10 Shred This competition questions answered!

I have had a number of queries about this competition so here goes:

1 I don't have a video camera can I submit a soundtrack with photos?

Yes you can do this, but a video is preferred. I think we're looking for good clean interpretations that are consistent with the backing track and this is much clearer to see in a video. Pester your friends, they are bound to have one!

2 Can I enter more than one video.

Yes you can enter more than one video. However you MUST submit an entry form for each video that you want judged. Above all please do not remove videos unless requested.

3. Can I embellish the backing track.

Yes you can, if you think this will add to your interpretation. Most players will find it easier to go with the original to concentrate on going with the flow!

4 I don't want to be judged but I want to submit an entry.

Yes you can, just follow the instructions and when you complete the form just select the "No I just want to Shred option"

5 When do I need to get my entry in?

The Truth In Shredding: Shred This Competition: ends 18:00 GMT August 31, 2009. I will endeavour to edit the title to show it has closed as soon as I can. Hey, but don't worry if you don't make it in time, we're already talking about the next competition!

6 Can we have more than one player on a video?

Yes you can... but you'll have to share the prize if you win!

7 How do I get my video featured on this blog?

I'm trying to include as many cool videos as possible. If you already a Truth In Shredding player you'll automatically be added. If you're not featured do not worry it won't affect the judging!

8 I don't have time for the backing track but I have another cool video to show can I enter that?

Thanks but no thanks! No you will not be able to submit any other track for judging it must be over the backing track...

9 I want to make my video wacky and funny!

Up to you what you put in your video! Hey you can even cover your face with a bandana and pretend to be from South African if you want!

10 What are you guys looking for in the solo?

OK the basics are:

  • Ability to continuously improvise over the backing track, musical ideas, melodies

  • Evidence of advanced techniques cleanly executed

  • Guitar sound, expression, intonation and vibrato

  • Overall quality of submission in terms of self promotion, how well other players liked your playing

I think in terms of what we are looking for, well I guess that depends more on which judge you talk to. However I would say Rick Graham is more into the soulful rock, blues feel aspect and has a keen ear for emotional content. I think Tom Quayle is more into the fusion improvisation aspect and what note selection you made over the chords, how you executed them. I guess Laurie Monk is somewhere in between, I love it all... just bring it on and Shred Junior... well he just loves notes, tapping, shredding, arpeggio's, string skipping, sweeping, two handed....!!!.

I guess what I am trying to say is have fun, express yourself, do what you need to do and get your signature over, show us the way you play. There is a lot of competition, so the better you pull off your techniques the more highly you'll be rated by fans and piers alike. The good news about this sort of competition is you will be rated by your piers as well. I think it will help you if you check out the other competition videos and make your comments too, this is a great way to make friends and build your profile! You guys and gals have already surpassed my expectations!

Here's a couple of videos for you:
Truth in shredding competition (might as well!) Jake Willson

Shred This competition entry Stephan Vidi