Monday, 17 August 2009

Brett Garsed: seven string

Lord knows how I missed this one... so a big thanks to the guys over at sevenstring for find this.

The Amazing Brett Garsed

Mike Orlando: news round up

Mike Orlando just finished up a shooting short video lesson which will also feature none other then John 5 and Rusty Cooley entitled Rock Round Table for There will also be a full feature spread in Premier Guitar Magazine as well that will also include transcribed licks from John 5, Mike Orlando and Rusty Cooley as well. This will be on stands very soon.

Mike is also set to release a new CD, Sonic Stomp 2 plus is a feature guitarist on Symphony X's Russell Allen, solo CD. More details to follow.

Paul Gilbert: feel the earth move!

Paul Gilbert - I Feel The Earth Move (Acoustic)

Parker Wallace: SHRED slimer's tribute to sean baker!

Wow, how cool is that... slimers' shred and tribute to cool shredder Sean Baker! Way to go Slimer... impressed!

Slimers says:
Hey guys Slimer here, I felt like doing some metal. I have been playing for 4 weeks and love playing! I am 9 years old. This is a cover of the sean baker orchestra, check em out, they rock! Keep shredding!

9 year old metal

Jeff Loomis: rock house dvd video shoot!

Jeff Loomis:
This video is a little fun clip from when Jeff was in CT on August 17 shooting his new Rock House instructional DVDs.

Jeff Loomis During His Rock House Video Shoot

Jeff Loomis During His Rock House Instructional DVD Shoot

Joop Wolters: buy a bo-el... you know ya want one!

Joop Wolters says:
the guys of BO-EL ask me if wanted to make something to promote this new guitar they i made a promo-vid today of this new BO-EL guitar, they produced an even more affordable line in their already affordable stable...amazing instrument for a affordable price...

today aug 17 2009,,i composed this little piece of music ,while making this video .... ...i used only the boss br-1600 for this video recording/guitarsounds...not using expensive amps to give a more general idea..

pickup are p-90 style in the bridge and a quaterpounder humbucker model in the bridge


for more info on the guitar


Milan Polak: "Torn" latest release

Song of the CD "Murphy's Law" (Lion Music) released in '09. Purchase your personal copy at:

Milan Polak - "Torn"

Kosta Vreto: msd distortion pedal

Kosta Vreto says:
This is a tune i wrote demonstrating on of the many sound modes you can get from this amazing pedal.

Kosta Vreto - MSD distortion pedal sample

Parker Wallace: slimer goes country!

Slimer says:
Hey guys Slimer here, i felt like doing a little country with my guitar teacher Zeul! Again i have been playing for 4 weeks is all! Sorry about the poor audio quality Sloth is trying to learn how to film and walk at the same time. Keep Shredding shredders!

9 year old country guitar

Borislav Mitic: features on new shrapnel compilation.

Borislav Mitic says:
I am featured on two new Shrapnel records compilations - "Shrapnel's Super Shredders: Neoclassical" and "This is Shredding Vol.2" among some other virtuosos like Paul Gilbert, Tony Macalpine, Vinnie Moore, Greg Howe, Jason Becker, Marty Friedman, Richie Kotzen etc... very cool crowd of players to be in!!!
Look out also for an upcoming Lion Music release.

Edward Box: more promo for the new release

Taken from the forthcoming Vendetta album "Heretic Nation" (set for November release), "My Revelation" is a fist pumping anthem that all fans of riff laden, dual lead guitar led traditional metal are sure to enjoy.

Since their formation in early 2006, Vendetta has gone from strength to strength. 2007’s "Tyranny of Minority" (Lion Music) caught the metal masses unaware - here was a band not just content to reference the old school - they were on a mission to extract the very essence of this timeless style and reignite it for a new age. Fully formed and creating their own retroactive experience, these four musicians crafted their songs with integrity and aplomb. The album posted very positive reviews. Drummer Lee Lamb was recruited to the ranks and he quickly established himself with his driving and dynamic style. The band seized on this new found thunder and a growing live reputation is testament to the strides Vendetta has made since its inception. Inspired and on the up the band has spent the last 18 months carefully crafting their second album and 2009 see’s the release of "Heretic Nation". Containing ten scorching tracks, it takes off where "Tyranny of Minority" ended and all the hallmarks of the Vendetta sound are present and correct: Crunching guitars, throbbing bass, pounding drums, searing leads and impassioned vocals. In the final analysis it’s a sound that reaches back into a bygone era of melody and finesse. If you haven’t already caught on then now is the time to convert to this most traditional of English metal bands.

Vendetta are: Edward Box (vocals, lead guitar), Pete Thompson (lead guitar), Gary Foalle (bass) and Lee Lamb (drums).

The Tyne & Wear based metallers can also be catched live at the following dates.

Fri Sep 4th 2009 Stormin the Castle Witton Castle,County Durham
Fri Oct 30th 2009 The Keel Boat Fatfield
Fri Nov 6th 2009 02 Academy Newcastle Upon Tyne
Fri Nov 13th 2009 The Snooty Fox Wakefield

Official Websites

Jonas Tamas: chromatic rush

Chromatic rush with tapping

Today we take a look at a chromatic idea, which enables you to produce very quick runs in a relatively easy way. To begin with, click here to download the sound files of this lesson:

The run begins on the 12th fret of the high E string. This note will be the only one, which has to be picked, all the other notes are tapped, or played with hammer-on/pull-off. The first 4 notes are fretted with the four fingers of the left hand (see the numbers under the tablature). So between frets 12 and 15 you have to do three hammer-ons with the left hand fingers.

The right hand takes over at the fifth note (E string, 16th fret). As mentioned in one of my previous licks, I propose the middle finger of the right hand for tapping purposes, so that the thumb and the index finger can hold the pick in the meantime. After playing the G sharp note with tapping, the middle finger of the right hand starts to slide up, right to the 23rd fret (if you have a guitar with only 21 or 22 frets, then the slide should end here).

While doing the slide with the tapping hand, be sure to press down the string firmly. Carry out the movement steadily and smoothly, so that all the frets will be able to produce a quick sound.

At the 23rd fret we reach the top of the one-octave chromatic scale, all the 12 semitones were played from E to D sharp. At this point the slide turns around and goes back to its starting point (16th fret). You don't have to pick while turning around, just simply change direction with the right hand.

When you reach the 16th fret again, the tapping hand makes a pull-off, and the right hand regains the command (the 4 fingers of the right hand should stay put while the tapping-slide section). Finally, the run goes back from the 15th fret (left hand pinky) to the 12th fret (index finger), with three pull-offs.

As you may have noticed, the whole run is perfectly symmetrical so far. Now comes the tricky bit: changing strings. The left hand pinky carries out a "hammer-on from nowhere", in other words, the 15th fret of the B string should be played with a strong hammer-on by the little finger. The other 3 fingers of the left hand can stick on the high E string, in order to avoid string noises.

After playing the first note (D) on the B string in the way described above, a second tapping-slide movement starts, this time on the B string, from the 16th fret, right up the 20th fret, where we reach the end of the whole lick.

This chromatic lick is taken from my song called 'Critical Mass' on the second OSV album. It is a progressive/fusion instrumental project, more information can be found on the homepage of OSV, which is

Alex Berserker: Tenochtitlán dweller shreds this!

Alex Berserker, great name BTW!, is a 17 Year old shred merchant from Mexico Mexico City to be precise. Wiuth his augmentation to the backing track, Alex has come up with something new to try and get top spot on the poll for Shred This!

Alex Berserker says:
Hey Hi!! Im Alex,And Here is My Entry to This Contest!! Just for the Sake Of Fun!!

I Added Some Harmonies And Some Funk Guitar To The Backingtrack,Hope You enjoy!!

Alex Berserker - Shred This!

Alex is no stranger to competition

Alex Berserker - Mayones Contest

*Winner*!! Alex Berserker - Soundtrack Of Summer (Third place)

Alex Berserker - PetrucciFever Contest

Adam Ironside: that was yesterday

A cool original music video from a talented guy... thanks to Shred This for highlighting this guys potential, enjoy!

Adam Ironside says:
Hey guys, first ever home-produced music video here for my track That Was Yesterday. Not bad for a first effort. Let me know what you think of the video and the track please if you have the time. If you like what you hear please subscribe / add as friend as my youtube will be getting updated more frequently with all original content including some video lessons.

That Was Yesterday

Todd Duane: suhr pt100 amp

Could really do with longer videos here... but more quality shred from the demon of guitar.

Custom Audio Suhr PT100 Amplifier

Rob Balducci: violet horizon demo

Rob Balducci says:
Thanks to all of you who came out to A Night Of Pure Guitar on 8/15\09. In the coming weeks the Lick Of The Weeks will be previews of tracks from my new CD Violet Horizon.

I will be playing a few min. live of each track and also explaining the inspiration behind the track.
I am using different guitars in each of the tunes. This is Track 1 called Violet Horizon. I am using my Ibanez RGA

LACS guitar. I nicked named this guitar Violet Horizon. I am running into my Cornford MK50 11 using George L's cables and running into my pedal board. I have in the effects loop a Maxon AD999 pro delay .
I hope you enjoy this insight into my new CD and if you like what you here please purchase the cd at This is a Favored Nations release and can be purchased worldwide digitally on Itunes, amazon and other download sites. Links can be found at as well

8.17.09 Lick Of The Week New CD Preview Track 01 VioletHorizon

Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan: budokan or bust photo gallery

Jenn posted a massive phot gallery from the recent Mr Big in Budokan gigs... enjoy: