Monday, 24 August 2009

Edu Ardanuy: workshop

Workshop Edu Ardanuy

Edu Ardanuy - Improviso II - Improvisação sobre modos

Steve Hubbard: a short and sweet shred this

Steve Hubbard says:
Hello! I decided to have some fun and do a one-take shot at this track.. I jammed over it for a few minutes before to warm up, and gave it a try.. Lots of mistakes, and bad notes, but oh well! More of a test for my new audio-camera setup..

I promise to do a GOOD video, next contest!
seemed good enough to me ;) Enjoy legato hybrid fusion fans!

Truth in Shredding Contest - Steve Hubbard

A little demo of my new Suhr, and of course, my Boogie..

Decent quality, for once!

Suhr S3 - Lonestar - Vox Time Machine - Lonestar - YOU!

Suhr S3 / Mesa Boogie Lonestar Special

Funk/Fusion Shred Jam

Some examples of the licks I enjoy playing that happen to use 'hybrid picking.'

I don't tab out these licks, as I feel they should be used more as an influence-- if you want to learn them, use your ears! :)

Guitar Lesson: Hybrid Picking

Funk Fusion Jam #2

Zakk Wylde: in hospital with blood clot!

Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) was apparently taken to a local hospital emergency room following BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's August 19, 2009 concert in Missoula, Montana in order to receive treatment for a blood clot. full details

Truth In Shredding best wishes for a speedy recovery! Get Well Soon Zakk!

George Lynch: hard rock haven interview

Why have one George Lynch interview when you can have two!
LYNCH MOB is back with a new studio album entitledSmoke And Mirrors released on September 18th in Europe and October 13th in the USA.

George Lynch: rocking metal revival show

The RMR boys welcome George Lynch as George talks to the boys about the upcoming "Souls of We" show in Janesville, the upcoming Lynch Mob Cd and tour, and about Giving a "Piece of himself" to the fans back in the tour bus days!
full post

download: hour1 hour2 hour3

Joop Wolters: new guitar lesson posted

Joop Wolters says:
guitarlesson 2, second lesson some more prygian talk but now for a riffing-example from the song INNER VOICE from the album THE UNION by the band ARABESQUE that played/wrote for the 15 years that we existed,,, i composed this riff in 1993,,it's in the key of d....drop-d has good bennefit for the right-hand technic when you try to bring it up to tempo


cheers, joop wolters..


News: twitter stats 2000 tweets passed

Yes I know crazy... still trying to work out if this works or not... feel free to let me know.

Paul Gilbert: Jenn gets a message from Paul Gilbert

Great news for Jenn at last Paul Gilbert responds to an important question... I won't spoil it for Jenn... check it out if only for the pictures!

Fran Alonso: hot rock!

Shred this player posts another cool video packed full with hot licks! Fran Alonso is a guitarist from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, who has played in local bands Krull, Demian, and working with Kellion Screensavers, The Coquille, Shadizar, etc ... put those asbestos gloves on... this man is burning!

Fran Alonso - "Improvisación Casera !! "

Francesco Congia: shred this and then some 2!

Not content with delivering a brilliant jam last time Francesco Congia delivers Shred This 2, another superb bit of playing! Amazing! Keep the coming... almost near the finish line!

Shred this - Truth In Shredding Competition II take

Dallton Santos: shred this Brazil style!

Wow, still more videos coming in... I really appreciate all your hard work people are putting in, if you new to playing or been playing for 20 years or more! This time Dallton Santos from Brazil

Lorenzo Venza: utopian flood for shred this!

Lorenzo Venza says:
My Humble Try over Mr.Quayle Backing...this is just a first take, as you 'll see by mistakes and some other "not perfect" stuff...anyway I hope you ejoy it...! P.S. I've used my Venza_fire GUITEX model made By Stefano Sellan, really awesome axe ;)

truth in shredding - Lorenzo Venza

Rick Graham,Tom Quayle: these guys suhr know how to play2 !

Still feel the same way... yes so that's Wow these two guys are just the business... makes you want to be there... hot cup of tea in hand!

Suhr Jam 1 - Rick Graham & Tom Quayle

Mike Philippov: How to Advance Your Lead Guitar Solos

How to Advance Your Lead Guitar Solos by Mike Philippov:

If you are like most guitarists, you probably, at one point or another have found it difficult to improvise solos on guitar. Even if you possess a high level of technique and good knowledge of music, sometimes your advanced skills (ironically) can be a detriment to self expression if used inappropriately or at the wrong moment.

In a way, sometimes it is possible to restrict your own creativity by being “too advanced”. When you have many techniques, areas of knowledge and skills to choose from and are forced to make soloing decisions quickly, you may often end up making bad musical choices which distort your creativity. Fortunately, there are solutions to solving this problem.

I want to offer you several suggestions on how to make the most out of any soloing situation you may find yourself in and give you general ideas which you can apply right away.

If you want to see and hear how all of the concepts (that I am about to describe) were put into practice, you can watch a free improvising video of me playing using the concepts I will discuss below. It is available to my free newsletter subscribes. Otherwise, simply follow along with the rest of this article, and apply these ideas into your own playing.

You probably know that it is important to think of “melody first” when starting to solo, but I am going to tell you a bit more about how you can use melodic tools to establish a “basic framework structure” in your solos that will enable you to add faster parts later without taking away from self-expression.
So let’s imagine that you are about to start soloing. What should you do or think about first? Here are my recommendations:

  1. Start simple. Don’t be tempted to shred too much in the beginning of your solo! This may seem like an obvious point to some, but I want to make sure we are on the same page. Think of melody first and treat your slower melodic lines as a “skeleton” and think of any faster fills as “fleshing out” the skeleton. It may be tempting to play fast too soon (especially if you are able to play fast), but when you begin any new solo it is much better to think of melody first.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love to play fast and shred in my solos, but I always make sure that there is a melody in them first, before thinking about adding faster parts. (In the video I mentioned above, although I do play a fast lick leading into the main solo, the majority of the solo is very melodic and slow on purpose). Even if you choose to play faster licks, they need to “lead into something” and serve a musical purpose.

    2. Practice “saying more” with only one note. When I was taking improvisation guitar lessons with my awesome guitar teacher Tom Hess, one of the things he had me practice was playing only one note, using only bends and vibrato as my phrasing tools. This one technique has done an incredible amount not only for my vibrato, but for my overall creativity and expression. In fact, sometimes I even use this technique in actual soloing situations when it is appropriate to create actual phrases with only one note (more on this later, in point 4 below).

    3. To get the most dramatic effect possible from your solos, try to create a harmonic background that has a lot of extended chords (seventh chords, add note chords etc…). For example, in the solo that I improvise in the video mentioned above, I play over one of my most favorite progressions, iadd9 - VI7 - iv7 - ii half diminished add 11- V7 add 13. Because the chords in this progression are “add note” chords or seventh chords, soloing over them lends itself very nicely to melodic playing.

Record this progression yourself and you can hear what I’m talking about when you try to solo over it (or you can download a free backing track that I use here.)

4. Take advantage of common tones. This is one of my favorite things to do when soloing melodically over chords that have a lot of notes in them (such as the progression used above). For example, the chords listed above offer several possibilities for common tones. Even if you did nothing else except hold one note (that is common to all chords) with heavy vibrato or bending a short distance away from that note while the chords change, you will still get a very cool sound. In the progression above, the note “C” is a chord tone in all but one of the chords, and you can take advantage of this when soloing to create passing tones, suspensions and other effects.

5. Repeat phrasing ideas in different octaves. It is a very cool thing to do that will help you get more expression out of shorter phrases, particularly if you make subtle variations in the phrasing using vibrato and other things.

After you have an identifiable melody in place (using ideas such as above), it is relatively easy to add more advanced things from that point such as, targeting melodic notes with a faster scale sequence, using arpeggios etc… The good news is that if you approach soloing in such a way, your “shredding” will become very appropriate and will add to your self-expression rather than take away from it.

In the guitar solo video that I mentioned above, I tried to incorporate all of the 5 main points discussed in this article to show you how a basic melody can be developed. This outline is of course, not the only method of creating solos (there are many more), but it is one of my favorites.

I encourage you to give it a try and have fun with it!

About The Author:
Mike Philippov is a professional virtuoso guitarist, music composer and instructor. He is also a co-author of several instructional products, numerous articles and other free instructional resources available on