Sunday, 26 July 2009

News: headbanging is bad... now get a helmet...

Head and neck injury risks in heavy metal: head bangers stuck between rock and a hard bass

Declan Patton, research assistant, Andrew McIntosh, associate professor

1 School of Risk and Safety Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia 2052

Correspondence to: A McIntosh

Objective To investigate the risks of mild traumatic brain injury and neck injury associated with head banging, a popular dance form accompanying heavy metal music.
Design Observational studies, focus group, and biomechanical analysis.

Participants Head bangers.

Main outcome measures Head Injury Criterion and Neck Injury Criterion were derived for head banging styles and both popular heavy metal songs and easy listening music controls.

Results An average head banging song has a tempo of about 146 beats per minute, which is predicted to cause mild head injury when the range of motion is greater than 75°. At higher tempos and greater ranges of motion there is a risk of neck injury.

Conclusion To minimise the risk of head and neck injury, head bangers should decrease their range of head and neck motion, head bang to slower tempo songs by replacing heavy metal with adult oriented rock, only head bang to every second beat, or use personal protective equipment.
full neck snapping report

Todor Peev: gibson lp

This is a light speed test of my new guitar: Gibson Les Paul Custom Florentine Custom Shop 1996 thru my Egnater Mod 50 combo, EG3/4 module-Lead, 2nd chanel, Lexicon MPX G2 used as FX.

Gibson LP Custom F Lead

Mike Campese: a two handed vibe

Mike Campese Vibe

Al Ridgway: spocktrometer the pump improv

The Pump. Stratocaster Instrumental improvisation

Michael Angelo Batio: tribute to dimebag

The #1 shredder alive unveils his brand new track "Dimebag" honoring the late, great Dimebag Darrel at his July 25 clinic at the Willis Music Superstore in Louisville, Kentucky. Drums on the track are by Vinnie Paul and Mike is using his signature model Dean right off the wall of Willis through an EVH 5150 III.

Michael Angelo Batio "DIMEBAG" @ Willis Music Superstore

Michael Angelo Batio: lord of the strings burning it up!

The lord of the strings tears up a classic by his favourite band Deep Purple. He's using a Dean MAB that is right off the wall of Willis Music through an EVH 5150 III amp.

Michael Angelo Batio "BURN" @ Willis Music Superstore

Francesco Congia: marmalade fusion

Yes that backing track again this time with Francesco Congia laying over some very tasteful fusion lines... enjoy.

Francesco Congia - ORANGE JAM - ROTOSOUND

Yngwie Malmsteen: abba tribute

Not seen this one before... great idea, well executed... I love Mark Boal's vocals! Awesome cover of this ABBA classic from fellow Swede, and guitar hero Yngwie Malmsteen, featuring Mark Boals on vocals

Yngwie Malmsteen : (ABBA Cover) Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (Your Love after Midnight)

Yngwie Malmsteen: alvin and the chipmunks tribute to yngwie

Kudos to Ioannis Anastassakis

Alvin and the Chipmunks - I Am a Viking

Ivan Mihaljevic: destination unknown recording continues

Keep up with the progress:

Ivan Mihaljevic - Destination Unknown studio podcast Day 11

Angel Ruiz: jammin for the lord!

Angel Ruiz says:
He is who gives me the inspiration. He is my only God. He's Jesus.

Jammin for The Lord by Ángel Ruiz

Derryl Gabel: MONSTER lydian flight demo

This is a demo track from his upcoming DVD lesson series "Creative Tapping Techniques!" More details to follow! Reposted as the video link updated.

Lydian Flight Demo

Buby Guerra: RIP god rest your soul

I had the pleasure to meet Buby Guerra when his son won the 2008 guitar idol final. He was a gentle kind soul, who loved his son immensely. No words can express this tragic loss and my thoughts and condolences are with Gustavo Guerra and his family and friends. A big thanks to Sergio who let me know about Buby Guerra

As a tribute here is his own sons moving track

Gustavo Guerra: my wife

Buby Guerra, Gustavo Guerra jam on a track together.

Que nena sos vos?

Gustavo and Buby Guerra in London!!!!!!!

London part 7

Buby's YouTube

Muris Varajic:
Ohhh, such a horrible loss, my truly condolences to Guerra family and their friends. Buby was a very kind person, God blesses his soul,
RIP Buby, you'll be missed.

Lyle Watt:
This really is a tragic loss. I too had the pleasure of meeting Buby at the Guitar Idol final. He and Gustavo even stayed in the same hotel as us! He was an extremely kind man, who I was glad to call a friend. RIP Buby.

James Edwards: "
Buby Guerra: RIP god rest your soul": Buby was indeed a very kind man, with an infectious enthusiasm which was evident for all to see. Condolences from all of us over at Guitar Idol

Alejandro Osorno:
Its so sad, I am really shocked! My dearest condolences to the Guerra family. He will be missed greatly. RIP Buby Guerra

Pipe Bueno:
Gustavo My heartfelt condolences on the passing of your father, was a very gentle person, I had the opportunity to speak on 2 occasions, my heartfelt condolences to the Guerra family

Eric Maldonado:
Wow...I got the news from Gustavo on Sunday and was just stunned. I had the pleasure of meeting them both at NAMM 2009 and they were amazing people. Buby was an extremely kind man and friend to my family. I am so happy I got to meet them,eat with them and show them the sites of LA when they came. Gustavo and Buby even gave me a lesson on guitar, I will never forget it. Buby was always one of the first commenting on my youtube videos after we met and still to 2 weeks ago he did so. I will never forget him. My regards to the Guerra family.

Buby Guerra will not be forgotten, EVER.

R.I.P Buby, my friend

Lorenzo Gottardo:
Condolences to Gustavo and his family. We also met last year Buby Guerra. A friendly person, who was very fond of music !
Lorenzo and Andrea Gottardo

Jad Nasr:
God Bless his soul, my condolences to Guerra family.

News: blues jam tracks summer sale... one week left

Jack Thammarat

Summer Sale:

There's just one week left in our July sale, so if you want to get some jam tracks or albums at a massively reduced price, do it now! Included in this special offer are Guthrie Govan's Contemporary Series, all Jambusters full bundles and all Jan Cyrka albums. Each price is reduced by over 25% so don't miss this opportunity!

The sale might be ending, but we still have plenty of cool summer guitar stuff happening... Jack Thammarat, Guitar Idol 2009 winner and composer of the unfeasibly catchy "On the Way", has recorded a special new video for us. This video features another of his fantastic melodic rock tunes, and we're building a Custom Shop package with it, containing the usual backing track and Tab. We'll be launching this very, very soon!

Our talented songwriter friend James Graydon has put together a lovely set of jam tracks designed for melodic soloing. There are some rich, sophisticated chords and a general soulful feel. As usual, we'll let you know as soon as Melodic Series 1 becomes available! We wondered who should play the sample solos, and settled on some guy called Guthrie Govan. Perhaps you know him? ;-)


Basking in the glory of his Guitar Idol 2009 win, Jack Thammarat tops the heap this month. Alex and Guthrie also prove to be as popular as ever. New tracks from all three players are due very soon. Based on downloads for the last 30 days, the most popular bundles are:

1 Jack Thammarat - On the Way
2 Alex Hutchings - Custom Fusion Bundle
3 Guthrie Govan - Erotic Cakes Bundle
4 Rock Blues Bundle
5 Jambusters 1

If you have not checked these packages out, click any of the links above to find out why they are so popular with fellow guitarists worldwide.

Lick Of The Month

You know those times when you hit a nice bend, hold it for a while... and then realise you're nowhere near the end of the solo, and the note is starting to decay?

This month's lick shows a few suggestions.

Without releasing the bend, you can reach up with your 4th finger and hit a higher note (Steve Lukather does this a lot) or tap a note... or even tap and slide!

Click here to download

Have fun!

Francesco Congia: shred this and then some!

Firm Truth In Shredding favourite Francesco Congia is back. After his sizzling Rob Cappers Meyones competition entry, here is his take one solo for the Shred This competition! Great job, enjoy!

Shred this - Truth In Shredding Competition-take one