Friday, 14 August 2009

Steve Vai: premier screening vip tickets!

Premier Screening of STEVE VAI’S New Concert Film Announced

Red Carpet at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on September 15th
This Event Will Benefit Hollywood Arts

Grammy-award winning guitarist Steve Vai announces a premier screening of his concert filmLive In Minneapolis - Where The Wild Things Are at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on September 15th. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to view the concert film in its entirety and also listen to Vai and his band members discuss the making of the film, as well as the behind-the-scenes details of the tour.

The screening will be open to the public and proceeds from the event will benefit Hollywood Arts, an arts academy that provides creative and commercial art instruction to homeless and at-risk youth. Vai has been a member of the board of directors for Hollywood Arts since 2007. Visit

“I’m thrilled to be sponsoring this event in support of such a vital organizations as Hollywood Arts. I have personally seen how this institute has mended broken spirits and changed the quality of people’s lives while cultivating them to become valuable contributors in building a healthier society.” says Vai.

Music celebrities from all walks are donating items for a silent auction that will be held at the Egyptian on the night of the screening. There will also be an Ebay and live auction to help raise funds and awareness for Hollywood Arts. We will have a list of items and photos available shortly.

2010 will mark Vai's 30 year touring anniversary. Vai first stepped into the spotlight in 1980 as a guitarist in Frank Zappa's band but his indelible contribution to music came during his solo career, which includes combined sales of nearly six million albums. Live In Minneapolis - Where The Wild Things Are was filmed during Vai's sold out Sound Theories tour which spanned several continents. The film is scheduled to be released on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 29th. A live audio CD that contains select performances from the DVD will also be released on Sept. 29th.View the trailer and read more information here.

Tickets are on-sale on Friday August 14 at 5:00pm PST and are only available through


General admission tickets are $40 and all ages are welcome. The silent auction is open to the public. One hundred attendees will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the EVO Experience, a private Q&A discussion with Steve. EVO Experience tickets are $199. Click here to read more about the EVO Experience.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

4:00 p.m. EVO Experience
6:00 p.m. Red Carpet Arrivals
6:30 p.m. Address by Steve Vai and Hollywood Arts
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Screening
10:30 p.m. Silent auction closes

If you have questions about the event, or the EVO Experience tickets, feel free to ask them here.

Ruggero Robin: blue bossa

More great playing from Ruggero Robin

Blue Bossa Ruggero Robin Test Telecaster

Rob Chappers: looking for feedback on the proprosed ml2

What with the ML1 nearly landed and selling like hot cakes, time to discuss the ML2@
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Artur Cabanas: overdriving

Artur Cabanas was kind enough to send a demo track overdriving... I think you'll like it... enjoy!

Thomas Blug: signature guitar

V6MRTBG Specifications
Body: Basswood
Neck: Hard Maple – Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ55D EZ-Lok™
Vibrato: Wilkinson® WVCD
Scale: 25.5”/648mm
Pickups: Wilkinson® single coil x 3 aged ivory
(N) WVS (M) WVSM rw/rp(B) WHCC
(Back tone push/push hum-cancelling extra coil)
Controls: 1 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-Way Selector
Scratchplate: 3-ply distressed
Hardware: Nickel

Thomas Blug talks to guitar "Guru" Trev Wilkinson about the design and concept of his Vintage® Icon Signature guitar.

Thomas Blug and Trev Wilkinson

plus video from the show I attended

Thomas Blug Live FF09

Steve Vai: music radar interview

First off, I have to ask about the title. As you know, it's the title of a well-known Maurice Sendak's children's book, and an upcoming film adaptation by director Spike Jonze.

"Yeah, the title's kind of a tricky thing. I knew about the book, of course, and actually, that's where I got it from - I love the title and thought it would be great for an album. To me, it was both very mature and childlike.

"It's so ironic that now a major film is going to be coming out with the same title. I don't want people to think that I'm trying to link my DVD to the film in any way."
"When I was actually filming the DVD, however, I was calling it Paint Me Your Face, but then I decided on Where The Wild Things Are. It's so ironic that now a major film is going to be coming out with the same title. I don't want people to think that I'm trying to link my DVD to the film in any way."
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Carl Roa: instructional dvd available

Carl Roa: High Intensity Rock: Lead Guitar (DVD)
Magic Elf guitarist Carl Roa has completed his first instructional guitar DVD, entitled High Intensity Rock: Lead Guitar. The lessons found on this DVD will help you become a better player! Check out the preview on YouTube.

In this information-packed 90 minute DVD, you'll find sections on phrasing, building an intense solo, voice leading, concepts for playing over common rock music chord types including Major Scale Modes, Pentatonic and Blues, Melodic Minor, Harmonic Minor, Triads and Arpeggios.

There are also bonus features including full song performance, detailed interview and a section on Carl's gear. Available now!

Special DVD features include: Stereo, Full Song Performance, Detailed Interview, Gear Section.

Ruggero Robin, Pietro Nobile: acoustic duo

Ruggero Robin Pietro Nobile Acoustic Duo improvvisazione

Devin Townsend: strigls interview!

This 52-minute double episode contains an interview hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy conducted with musician, songwriter, and producer, Devin Townsend. In the interview, Townsend contemplates his musical future and addresses topics including the "Ki," "Addicted," and "Deconstruction" albums, touring, playing metal, and Enya. "Over the past four years, I have quit doing drugs, had a kid, and cut the stinky hair off," Townsend told Talking Metal. He also notes that the "Addicted" album is finished and that he wants, "hundreds of people to play on the 'Deconstruction' album."

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Mathieu Rach: tribute to jimi hendrix

Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix Original Cover

Kirill Konyaev: what do they feed this guy on?!?!

More top notch shred from the hands of a 15 year old shred juggernaut! As this shred pantechnicon rolls into town... is there anyone there that can stop him?

15 Year Old Russian Shred - Kir Kony - Aftershock (Andy James) HD

Carlo Losavio: shredding with his boots on!

The Good, the Bad and the ugly ( Mr. Ennio Morricone )
This is my version and my interpretation

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly ( Mr. Ennio Morricone ) By Carlo Losavio

Joe Satriani: vox gives away free satch tracks!

Free tracks from Joe Satriani, exclusive to

Guitarist extraordinaire Joe Satriani recently recorded five exclusive new tracks for VOX, featuring the Big Bad Wah, Satchurator and Time Machine pedals. We discovered these fantastic new performances when some mysterious and previously-unreleased background music appeared in our Big Bad Wah demonstration video, courtesy of Joe. After much intrigue and demand, VOX and Joe Satriani are pleased to bring these exclusive tracks to you, the fans, for you to download and enjoy!
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Borislav Mitic: the lion goes from strength to strength

Lion Music has announced the signing of guitar virtuoso BORISLAV MITIC to the labels roster.

Originally hailing from Serbia but now residing in Canada, Borislav first shot to widespread public attention with his self titled debut album on Shrapnel Records in 1999, which saw him gain the distinction of being the first Serbian artist to sign a deal with an American label.

His debut album was welcomed by guitar fans and critics alike as a breath of fresh air on a music scene flooded with various “corporate quasi music” and established Borislav a cult status among the rock guitar community and led to endorsement deals with ESP guitars, Dean Markley strings, Maxon, Guyatone effects - once again becoming the first Serbian artist to achieve such a feat. This release was followed up by Fantasy and then after several years of self reflection and unrealised musical projects, along with some guest spots along with work in R&D for Maxon, Borislav put together his own recording studio.

Now in 2009 Borislav decided that the time was right for a new aggressive and uncompromising metal instrumental album that his fans have long been waiting for. Having shelved all his old musical works Borislav focused on writing, producing and engineering entirely new instrumental songs that have become arguably his best work yet - a concept album titled The Absolute.

One song from the new album titled 'Hidden' has already been previewed on the ESP Guitars website for the past few months as a "premiere" introduction to the album.

The Absolute is due for release late 2009 (TBC) and will deliver what all his fans are waiting for - alentless guitar attack that should also satisfy the musical appetites of any true metal guitar fan!

Marcel Coenen: sun caged need you for bass

UN CAGED are looking for a motivated bass player to promote their forthcoming third album and beyond. This is an excellent rare opportunity for a bassist to make a name for themselves in the progressive metal genre with one of the genres hottest bands.

Skills Required:

- No beginners, experience and skills is needed. Think about names like Les Claypool, Geddy Lee, Jaco Pastorius, Gary Willis etc for the level of competence required.
- Your own working equipment and transportation is essential.
- A bassist with a low “B” string is required.
- You must have an affinity with Prog Music.
- You must be willing to rehearse on a weekly basis on Sunday afternoon in Lottum (Netherlands, Southern Area, close to the German Border)

How to apply: Send an MP3 file or a video of your playing to: for forwarding to the band. Alternatively send us a link to your MySpace or YouTube channel where we can see/hear you in action.

We look forward to receiving your applications."

Volker Scheidt: melodic guitar guru!

bravewords not too sure how you pronounced that name: Volker Scheidt/Electric guitar school freiburg
Professional guitar teaching in Freiburg/ Germany. "Please support melodic guitar music from Germany and send the video around" Thank you! :
Take a look at my guitar collection: Welcome to my melodic guitar world:

Melodic guitar world

News: the hot guitar magazine available for FREE!

This tweet just in:
guitaredgeWe now have 12 issues a year. 6 print, plus 6 online only editions. All will be available for free on our website

Marcelo Barbosa: almah guitarist delivers lessons!

In Portuguese, but the guitar is... in guitar!

Guitarosofia 1 - Marcelo Barbosa

Guitarosofia 1 - Marcelo Barbosa

Zakk Wylde: lick library, Andy James learn to play the smoking solos

Includes guitar solo lessons and 3 speed guitar jam tracks to solo sections, lessons by Andy James

This excellent DVD will show you how to nail five solos by this metal guitar legend! The accompanying CD includes guitar jam tracks for each solo section at slow, medium and full tempo so you can learn each solo at your own pace and steadily build up to full speed. Solos include;

Miracle Man, No More Tears, Devil's Daughter, Breaking All The Rules, Mama's Coming Home


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Learn To Play Zakk Wylde - The Solos -