Friday, 31 July 2009

Elias Viljanen: sonata arctica tour dates update

17 - San Marcos, CA - Jumping Turtle **
18 - House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
19 - Regency Center @ The Grand - San Francisco, CA
20 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
21 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
23 - Edmonton Events Centre - Edmonton, AB
24 - MacEwan Hall Ballroom - Calgary, AB
25 - Odeon Events Centre - Saskatoon, SK
26 - Burton Cummings - Winnipeg, MA
28 - Beaumont - Kansas City, MO
29 - The Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
30 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL

2 - Sound Academy - Toronto, ON
3 - Le Medley - Montreal, QC
4 - Theatre Imperial - Quebec City, QC
6 - The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza - New York City, NY
7 - Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD
9 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
10 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
11 - Theatre of the Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
12 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater **
13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater **
15 - London, ON - Music Hall **
16 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under **
17 - Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasants **
18 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave **

Michael Schenker: msg euro tour dates

MSG (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) has scheduled the following European tour dates:

Sep. 08 - Z7 - Prattein, Switzerland
Sep. 09 - Spectrum - Augsburg, Germany
Sep. 10 - Boerderij - Zoetermeer, Holland
Sep. 11 - Hedon - Zwolle, Holland
Sep. 12 - Raismes Festival - Raismes, France
Sep. 13 - Spirit 66 - Verviers, Belgium
Sep. 14 - The Rock Temple - Kerkrade, Holland
Sep. 16 - The Underworld - London, UK
Sep. 17 - Muni Arts Centre - Pontypridd, UK

Zakk Wylde: not a happy bunny at the ozzy fiasco.

Q: So there was a tense moment there with you and the Boss?

Zakk: "I have no idea. I guess we're supposed to hook up in August and do this goddamn show [at the BlizzCon convention in Anaheim, California]."

Q: The last time they tried this was "Down The Earth", and that record [wasn't that great], so I'm guessing if Zakk's not involved, it's not a good Ozzy record.

Zakk: "I have no idea. I'm just like... You could play with anybody you want. Put it this way... It's like my wife... You can be with any guy you wanna be with. But you know what?! If you're gonna be banging a guy in our bed, at least let me watch so I can enjoy it. Let me in on the skinny... what's going on here. That's just not... I don't give a [bleep] what anyone says, it ain't [bleep]ing cool. It's like, hey, you know what?! You're just [bleep]ing on me in a back [bleep]ing alley right now and [I'll] rip your [bleep]ing head off if you're gonna pull this shit. We'll [bleep]ing find out."

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Ozzy 's view

George Lynch: smoke and mirrors release date set

Lynch Mobs' comeback studio album entitled "Smoke And Mirrors" are available for download at (scroll down). The CD is scheduled for release in Europe on September 18 (October 13 in the U.S.) via Frontiers Records.

Greg Howe: ultimate zero tour update


“The word 'genius' is bandied about a bit too freely these days, but in Jobson's case, the term not only applies, it's been used to describe him since his northern England childhood." - EMMY Magazine

Progressive-rock keyboard and electric violin legend EDDIE JOBSON (U.K., Roxy Music, Frank Zappa, Jethro Tull) will perform his first ever “solo" concerts in August with one of the most impressive 'player' lineups to ever grace the concert stage.

EDDIE JOBSON'S U-Z PROJECT will be performing a brief series of exclusive East Coast and Midwest summer dates on the “Ultimate Zero Tour": Washington DC (August 17--Jammin' Java); New York (August 18--B.B. Kings); Boston (August 19--Regent Theatre); Philadelphia (August 20--North Star); Cleveland (August 21--Beachland Ballroom); and Chicago (August 22--Martyrs').

A live concert appearance by iconic musician Eddie Jobson is a rare event. As keyboardist, electric violinist, co-founder, producer, and principal writer of 'UK' [a group he formed with drummer Bill Bruford (Yes, Genesis, King Crimson), singer/bassist John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia), and then-unknown guitar phenom Allan Holdsworth], Jobson's studio and live concert performances were described as “stunning" and “dazzling." The Boston Globe has called him “a music pioneer," Emmy magazine called him “a genius."

Eddie was previously well known as the teenage 'rock prodigy' with the early Roxy Music, and as Frank Zappa's right-hand-man on both keyboards and electric violin--replacing both Jean Luc Ponty and George Duke at the age of 21. After appearing on some 60 albums with many of the rock/fusion genre's top musicians, Mr. Jobson retired from both studio and live performance for more than 20 years until a recent unannounced appearance in Russia with King Crimson.
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UKZ "Radiation"

Chris Pallas: wins petruccifever sound of summer solo

Thanks to everybody involved for making this contest a great success!

Please support the winners by subscribing to their channels:

1st: Chris Pallas

2nd: Thiago Trinsi

3rd: Alex Berserker

NOTE: For individual Top 15 lists please go to the judges´ channels!

Cesar Huesca (Hidalgo, Mexico)
NEW channel:

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

Francisco Meza (Toronto, Canada)

KillrBuckeye (Westland (Michigan), USA)

Lai Youttitham (Abbotsford BC, Canada)

Jesse L (Berwick, Australia)

Musicman1066 (Suffolk, UK)

Laurie Monk (Bristol, UK)

My Top Players:
Joop Wolters
Thiago Trinsi
Alex Berserker
Chris Pallas
Osman Cenan CIGIL
Victor de Andres
Chris Alcala
Darren Donohoe
Jack Gardiner
Xaxá Portilho

Guitar Solo Contest "Soundtrack of Summer": Judges´ TOP 3 picks

Renat Bikchurin: more incredible guitar!

An amazing guitar and an amazing player!

Bach Invention no. 8 in F major on retar. Renat Bikchurin

Без названия. Ренат Бикчурин

Milan Polak: murphy's law getting great reviews

The eleven tracks on Murphy’s Law pull you through the difficult times and that’s just watt’s he’s singing about, the world and his society. Just listen to No God, Inner Truth, the great track Losing Me or the heavy Wannebes. Still it goes on with Sheeple and on my favorite song due the lyrics called Fake, I couldn’t agree more. That Milan Polak with Murphy’s Law draw attention is well disserved, I’m certain it’s gone happen for him.
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Dave Martone: doing the rush tribute album!

Hello readers, and welcome to another installment of Zone Recording. I am on the road at the moment in New York for the National Guitar Workshop.

Recently before I left for tour, I was contacted by Magna Carta Records to start a project off for them. They are doing a Rush tribute album and had three songs left they needed done. My information was this, "We want you to do a version of these three songs."

"Fly By Night"
"New World Man"
"Force 10"

"But we want you to make them heavy and modern sounding." I was given the OK to change the arrangement if I felt it needed it
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Jason Sadites: odd time signatutes and other techiques to keep your playing fresh

Using Odd Time Signatures, Open Tuning And Hybrid Picking To Keep Things Interesting:
On my new CD "Weve", I had the incredible opportunity and great fortune to work with some of the worlds best musicians. Among these were the likes of Tony Levin, Marco Minnemann, Kenny Aronoff, Gregg and Matt Bissonette, Chad Wackerman, Brett Garsed and Jerry Marotta. Many times, as I was writing material for the project, I had already envisioned the musicians that I was hoping to have play on the project. Knowing in advance who would be playing on the songs not only had an influence on how I wrote the songs, but was also an inspiration to try and make each song something special for the particular musicians involved. In an ideal world, the writing process would always run smoothly, but as we all know, this seldom happens. In taking on the immense task of writing and recording an albums worth of material, there always seems to be creative 'peaks and valleys' that we must navigate through along the way. One of these so called 'valleys' that I encountered was on the albums title track "Weave".
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Mike Philippov: what's wrong with your sweep picking

Mike Philippov says:
If you began to read this article, chances are that you have been working on your sweep picking technique and struggled with improving it. If this sounds like you, then I want to show you how to avoid the 4 most common technical pitfalls that many guitarists fall into when trying to improve their sweep picking.

. These four problem areas typically do not occur in isolation. Typically if you have one of the four problems described below, you have the others to some degree also. The good news though is that once you work on fixing at least one of these problems, the others tend to improve as well (it works both ways). As you read on, you will understand why.

If you want me to show you on video how to correctly practice the following ideas in this article, you can watch a (totally free) 20 minute sweep picking video lesson at my web site that is available to my free newsletter subscribers. Otherwise, I will do my best to explain these technical points to you using text alone
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Tom Hess: why do you struggle to get guitar students?

Do you struggle to attract a lot of new guitar students? Do your guitar teaching ads and website not seem to really work like you want them to? Are you sick of constantly having to put effort into promotion and aren't getting enough students from it? Does it seem impossible to fill up your teaching schedule (and keep it filled)?

If you are like most guitar teachers, you probably really struggle to market yourself (and your guitar lessons) effectively. There are a lot of reasons why it is that way, but there are two main problems that apply to almost all guitar teachers who struggle in this area.

First, most teachers lack the necessary marketing knowledge to write really good ads, create websites that work or use innovative methods to attract a lot of new students.

Second, they have a deep misunderstanding about how the process of attracting new students works. What makes things even worse is that this misunderstanding causes even those very few teachers who do know how to write a good ad or build a decent web site to fail. They too don't get as many students as they could be getting and therefore struggle.

I'm going to show you in this article why this misunderstanding has such damaging consequences and how you can easily solve the problem, start to attract a lot of new students and finally fill up your teaching schedule.
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Mike Campese: chord tone fluency

Mike Campese:
In this lesson I will be showing you a great way to learn your arpeggios and triads all over the neck. This exercise will not only help you master chords and arpeggios, but it will also help you develop melodic solos. The key is to memorize formulas and the notes for each arpeggio, scale and chord. This lesson we will be focusing on 3 note triad type arpeggios and we will start with a few of the common types like major, minor and diminished. This method works with any chord type, so be sure to experiment.

Example 1. Let's begin with a F major triad, which is just (F, A, C) and the formula is just 1, 3, 5. This exercise starts at the 1st position and moves through all the chord tones, which are just F, A, C. You will notice the pattern is a 3 note sequence; up 3 notes, down 1 note, up 3, etc. Practicing this will help you master your triad inversions, create arpeggio shapes across the neck and help you gain chord tone fluency. I'm using alternate picking throughout, but you could also try playing these using sweep picking.
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Joe Satriani: guitar 9 interview

Joe Satriani:
Let's talk about the Time Machine first. It delivers what every other digital delay pedal delivers. So in that way, it's like every other pedal, it gives you the exact what you play into it and repeat it. It has an EQ Cut and shrinks the bandwith. That means, if you want delay and you play a lot of low notes, it doesn't get muddy. If you want to sit the delay behind what you're playing, that switch, by diminishing the bandwith, it takes just one little step back. Great for ambience! As a model, I used an old tube Echoplex that I had. It was so old that it kept changing speed all the time and created a beautiful warble and tape chorusing and we simulated that digitally. If you use the vintage mode, you get that.
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Derek Furr: shred this ala backwards delay!

Another cool entry from another Truth In Shredding player, Derek Furr. Derek Furr says:
My Entry for the Truth In Shredding competition. Thanks Laurie for everything you've done for all the fine players worldwide [always a good way to get votes ;) - ed], and thanks Tom for the excellent track and supreme guitar mastery!

Just an improv over the BT, I used a backwards delay on the middle section, thanks for watching, and good luck to everyone!
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