Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Charles Shaughnessy: chopstix jam session III

More great playing from Charles Shaughnessy.

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Rusty Cooley: shred overload!

Rusty Cooley - Dominion (HD)

Rusty Cooley Fretboard Autopsy 2

Rusty Cooley's Betcha Can't Play this April 2005 Guitar World Magazine

Jeff Kollman: live at baked potato

Jeff Kollman and his band back again at the Baked Potato. H
ighlights from the Jeff Kollman group live at the Baked Potato in Los Angeles on Aug 21, 2009. With Jeff Kollman (Glenn Hughes, Cosmosquad, Bombastic Meatbats) on guitar, Glen Sobel (Impellitteri, Sixx AM, Beautiful Creatures) on drums, and Andre Manga on bass. They played tunes from Cosmosquad releases as well as Jeff Kollman's solo release.

Jeff Kollman-Glen Sobel- Andre Manga live part 1

Jeff Kollman-Glen Sobel- Andre Manga live part 2

Jose Galicia, Alex Berserker: jam time

Hey Everyone! We Have done A Short Jam,Heavy Metal Style,We Did The Backing Track And I Mixed Everything Together,Hope You Enjoy,Rock On!!!

Alex Berserker : Black and Maple Fender Mexican Strat
Jose Galicia : Black And Rosewood Strat style

Jose Galicia & Alex Berserker Jam

Raphael Fraser: guitarist turns blogger

Spotted on I heart guitar. A common theme for web 2.0 guitar players... add blogging and bring fans to your site to find out about your musical ideas and themes. Raphael Fraser joins the likes of Mark McGuigan in this intrepid adventure:
I've only just started a blog, and am just feeling it out at this stage - it will primarily be music and guitar-related, and I hope might offer some useful links and tips, as well as having a bit of my own music in there.

Basically I'm thinking it will have a number of aspects: Yes there will be a section and posts for my music; there will also be some gear/recording stuff I think, as I get a fair number of comments/questions about my tone; there'll also be links to cool stuff I find around the place; and perhaps a few tips/lessons thrown in there at times.

So who am I to do this, and why might people want to read it? Well, people read all kinds of crap on the interwebs :-p Being serious, I've been playing the guitar since I was 11 (26 years ago), and seriously since age 15. Prior to taking up the guitar I played piano, and in-between 11 and 15 I played a bunch of brass instruments. I studied music at school, and took guitar lessons from a jazz guitarist for the first couple of (serious) years.

What that all boils down to is a fairly solid grounding in music in general, and a lot of experience with the guitar specifically. During that time I've done quite a bit of developing and changing, and thinking about playing, practising, and learning - as well as tone tweaking and music in general. I have a fairly wide listening palette, and think I could bring some cool things to others' ears and awareness.

Plus they'll get the odd divertimento by way of gardening, astronomy, cool photos, science and medicine ...

From I heartguitar... check out some more

Here's Raphael Fraser's latest video:

Lady (original song)

News: I Heart Guitar mega birthday giveaway!

I heart Guitar birthday giveaway! Look it's full of prizes. Visit I Heart Guitar to found out how to enter:

1st Prize
1 LiquiFire 7
1 Crunch Lab 7
1 2 inch black nylon cliplock strap
1 Blk Instrument cable
1 Blk Jumper cable

From Australasian Music Supplies (Aussie Dunlop/MXR distributors)
Signed Dunlop Kerry King poster
Dunlop Kerry King shirt

10 I Heart Guitar picks

2nd Prize
From DiMarzio
1 Urban Decay leather strap in white
1 hot pink instrument cable

From Australasian Music Supplies
Kerry King signature strings
Crybaby shirt

From Grover Allman
10 I Heart Guitar picks

Runner-up (X3)
From Australasian Music Supplies
1 set of Dunlop strings
Crybaby shirt

From Grover Allman
5 I Heart Guitar picks

To get your hands on this sweet sweet booty (and there might be more to come - I think DiMarzio may also be sending some shirts and other stuff in addition to what's listed above, and Chris from Riot said he'd throw in some CDs and posters but he's on holiday this week!), email me at with your name and location. Winners will be drawn at random on September 16. I promise I won't use your email for any purpose other than informing you if you win.

Tom Hess: hyper speed arpeggios

Awesome Neoclassical Arpeggio Guitar Solo

Dave Weiner: economy picking

Intro To Economy Picking: Riff Of The Week - 9/2/09 (S4:E41)

Ed DeGenaro: needs your help!

Ed DeGenaro URGENT: I know some of you gearheads can help: WILDLIFE WAYSTATION NEEDS HELP EVACUATING ANIMALS!!! Need 16-30' flatbed trucks only NOW!!! 14831 Little Tujunga Canyon Rd Sylmar, CA 91342 (818) 899-5021 - PLEASE PASS THIS ON!!!

Alex Flouros: progress update

I wanted to keep you updated with my recent activity all gathered up..
Alex Flouros says:
This is going to be one really busy year!
There is a total of 5 albums that are going to be recorded and released within the year if all goes well..
1)I'm about to finish my 1st personal instrumental album..
2)Fragile Vastness will be reunited to record our 3rd studio album within the next few months..This is a recent decision from all members and we're all very excited about it!
3)I joined blues/hard rock band "Whats The Buzz" a few months ago and we have been writing songs for a new album..Hopefully the album will be released within the year as well..
4)There's a new project building up far different from all my previous work..A band similar to Scar Symmetry and Killswitch Engage.. The recording process has already begun..More info about this soon..
5)Under Pleasure will also be writing material for an album soon..

So there you have it..
A guitar instrumental album,a progressive metal album,a blues/hard rock album,a metalcore/melodic death album and a heavy rock/experimental album.. :)
More info coming soon..
Take care everybody..

Shawn Lane: truth in shredding

A big thank you to Diane: I just love this guy... his playing awesome... greatly missed... at least we have the videos! the Wiki

Young Shawn Lane tapping

Tom Hess: How To Practice Guitar With A Limited Amount Of Time by Tom Hess

Do you struggle with not having enough time to practice guitar? Are you unsure about what things to practice within this very limited amount of time?

While it may be rather difficult to increase the total time you have available to practice guitar, it is very possible to maximize the results you get from the practice time you do have available. Here is what you need to do to get maximum results...

The Essentials

To get any significant results in your guitar playing, you need to focus on two essential elements: efficiency of your practice, and its effectiveness. Being efficient means being skillful in avoiding wasted time and effort. Being effective means having the ability to achieve the desired result.

Imagine that you are trying to dig a swimming pool by using a teaspoon. Sure, you are being effective (the pool is getting dug), but it is going to take you YEARS working at this rate to complete the job (because you are working with very low efficiency). A much better approach (one that will help you avoid wasted time and effort), would be to use a powerful excavator to do the same task in minutes!

In order to become truly great guitar player in a minimum amount of time, you should strive to maximize both efficiency and effectiveness, as they are equally important. However, the focus of this particular article will be entirely on efficiency, and I will discuss effectiveness in a future article.

I want to share with you 3 powerful ideas and guitar practice strategies that can be used to maximize results from your guitar practicing by increasing efficiency. They can and should be applied regardless of how much time you have to practice your guitar, and especially when time is limited.

1. Transferability

Many guitar players become discouraged if they cannot find a large enough block of time (for instance, an hour or more each day) to practice. I often receive questions from students such as: “Tom, I only have 20 minutes to dedicate to practicing guitar each day, and I want to make the most progress possible. What should I be doing?”

In this case, I suggest to practice something which has a high level of “transferability”. A skill is “transferable”, if working on it will simultaneously make you better in other elements of guitar playing (for example: left hand technique, right hand technique, 2 hand synchronization, shifting from string to string, muting string noise, fretboard awareness, improvisation and many more…). If what you are working on helps more than one of these elements at the same time, then you are practicing something that has some degree of transferability. There are two primary factors which determine the transferability rate. The first factor is the number of other areas which are benefited. The second factor is how strong that benefit is.

One example of a technique with high transferability is string skipping. It involves the technique on both hands, challenges your 2 hand synchronization, and forces you to focus on muting unwanted string noise. This is a good technique to work on because its benefits directly “transfer” to other elements of guitar playing.

Legato technique, on the other hand, has a much lower degree of transferability. It mainly focuses only on left hand technique (and some elements of muting string noise as well). So when time is limited, working on legato playing is probably not going to bring you as much benefit compared to practicing string skipping.

By investing your guitar practice time among high transferability items, you will get a lot more from your practicing. I want you to become aware of this idea and think about it as you are selecting the most important items to work on when your practice time is very limited.

To help you fully understand and APPLY the transferability concept into your guitar practicing, I have created a free short guitar practice video about the best way to practice guitar. Teaching my philosophy of transferability has been a key factor in the great success I have had with training many of my students to become great guitarists in a short amount of time.

2. Blueprint to Success

Another way to dramatically improve your efficiency is to use a guitar practice schedule that is targeted and relevant to your goals. Think of a practice schedule as a blueprint to your success. If you have been stuck at the same level for months or years, if you have the desire to move past your current plateau, and if you have limited time to practice, consider creating a schedule. It will keep you focused on what you need to do, and will help you to become more organized and not waste time when practicing.

This schedule must be specific to your musical goals and yet flexible enough to adjust to your progress and any possible changes in your musical ambitions. If you are struggling with creating an efficient practice schedule on your own, click on the link to get help on building a guitar practice routine.

3. Divide and Conquer

Another piece of advice that I want to give to you is to become more specific about isolating your technical challenges. This will allow you to get to the core of your guitar playing problem(s) and avoid wasting precious time practicing the parts of the music you can already play well.

For example, when you practice an ascending scale sequence like this one,

you may have trouble with fretting hand accuracy every time you have to shift from string 5 to string 4. Here is where the practice efficiency breaks down for most guitar players. They will attempt to practice this ENTIRE sequence over and over, trying to iron out the difficulty. Even though you will still be practicing the hard part of the sequence when you do this, your efficiency will be greatly compromised for the following reasons:

1. The number of times per minute that you can play your SPECIFIC problem area will be a lot less, simply because you are also playing additional notes.
2. Your attention will not be fully engaged on the problem at hand because you will have to think about playing additional parts of the phrase. This means that your hands will need to play your specific challenge even MORE times before you can overcome it.

This is similar to the example of digging a swimming pool with a teaspoon, and obviously this is highly inefficient.
If instead you took the time to define the problem (such as the shift between the two strings and the transition from using your 4th finger to using the 1st finger), and focused on practicing that section only without playing the rest of the phrase, you will practice the problem area many more times per minute! This is something you should do regardless of how much practice time you have, and especially in situations when time is limited.

AFTER you have practiced the problem in isolation, you should put it back into the context of the whole sequence, and practice everything together to see how well it holds up. But working on the problem in isolation (dividing and conquering it!) should be the first step.

Think about each of these 3 practice tools. If you were already familiar with them, have you been applying them every day? Obviously, if you have already been using these concepts and are seeing good results, then continue doing what you were doing! However, if you are not yet applying these ideas, and/or are not progressing at the rate you would like, then you should think hard about how you can implement these tools to improve the efficiency of your practice. If you are still stuck after trying to apply them on your own, ask someone for help!

If you follow the advice given in this article, you will soon find yourself making more progress in 30 minutes than most people can achieve in 2 hours of practicing!

Learn more about efficient guitar practicing by watching this free guitar practice video about the best way to practice guitar.
Resource Box: Tom Hess is a professional touring guitarist and recording artist. He teaches guitar players around the world via electric guitar lessons online, Visit to get free guitar tips, assessments, surveys, mini courses and more.

Mateus Starling: improvisation on overdrive

Solar - improvisation by Mateus Starling (with overdrive guitar)

Paul Gilbert: united states lyrics

Seems odd that a mainly instrumental guitar site would concern themselves with lyrics... but it's Paul Gilbert and United States... yes no Racer X isms' here:

Some good old sturdy, reliable, facing kicking, back breaking Racer X lyrics

"I recall when the hard stuff ruled the air
Off on a tear it seemed
To be everywhere
Now it's all the same
With just another name
I'll be the one they blame for
Blowin' up the radio

No matter where the dial is it's on every wave
Makes you it's slave you see
You can't get away
To me they are a joke
Their garbage makes me choke
Up in a puff of smoke
Blowin' up the radio

Hang tough I won't give up I got a plan
Across the land you'll be Breakin' away
Then they all will see
How it's supposed to be
I'll set you all free
By blowin' up the radio

Got my explosives wired
They got my engines fired
I'm blowin' up the radio"

Or the deep, philosophical lyrics of . Y.R.O:

Yes... see what I mean... Less is more...

Now off to visit Jenn at metalichika to get more soft fluffy United States lyrics

Stelios Arnaoutoglou: is on fire!

Stelios Arnaoutoglou says:
One of these days i'm gonna name one of my videos "the most amazing awesome super improvisation guitar god video" hahaha i'm qurious to see what will happen.

For this jam i used my lovely pgm301 with guitar rig3 ! this is my first video with software amp emulation, it's pretty good!

On Fire!!

Maranhão: Mediterrâneo

Some heavier licks on this one.

Mediterrâneo - Maranhão

COMPETITION: Shred this! 45 first cut

OK, after much thought this is the first cut 45. NB Rick is still working on his list so there may be additions. If there are they will appear here. Next stop second cut down to 15...

I guess I need to prepare to be flamed and buckets of hate mail!

If you did not appear in this list... it does not mean you weren't playing great, just 45 other people were deemed to be playing better... all subjective I know... but not to worry as there will be another competition.

In addition when we get down to the last 15... there will be 30 other unhappy people... it does not mean you weren't playing great, just 15 other people were deemed to be playing better... and so on. If you think it's easy for us... think again!

Damjan Pejcinoski: new band shine is on myspace

Damjan Pejcinoski's band Shine are on MySpace:

Allan Holdsworth: blues for tony special release

Shipping September 16, 2009 (LIMITED RELEASE) Blues For Tony (Buy)

It's the live classic that's waited for three years to happen. Reuniting for a fall 2006 tour to pay tribute to time spent in the mid-'70s fusion juggernaut, the New Tony Williams Lifetime, guitarist Allan Holdsworth and keyboardist Alan Pasqua recruited Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip and in-demand drummer Chad Wackerman for an exciting cross-section of material that first saw the light of day on a DVD recorded at Oakland's legendary Yoshi's. Now, Blues for Tony takes the best material from that tour and makes it available in CD form, creating an exciting "you are there" double-disc of music that comprises a full evening of music.

Holdsworth's classic "Fred," Pasqua's equally iconic "Protocosmos" and Lifetime bassist Tony Newman's energetic "Red Alert" are all there from Believe It, New Lifetime's now iconic first release, but here stretched out with plenty of space for relentless soloing from everyone in the group. The 2006/2007 tours would have a lasting affect on Pasqua, inspiring him to return to higher octane fusion for his solo recordings. On Blues for Tony, he plays with the kind of unfettered abandon and deep sophistication that so defined his work with Williams, a direction he largely deserted for more elegant acoustic outings like 1995's Dedications, from which the darkly balladic "San Michele" is culled, but is here reinvented as a potential fusion classic, with its Mahavishnu Orchestra-like arpeggios, Pasqua's gritty electric piano and Wackerman's thundering kit.

In addition to material from Believe It, the group revisits two of Holdsworth's own well-known classics: the change-heavy "Looking Glass," from 1985's Atavachron, and funkier "Pud Wud" from 1990's Sand, the latter opening with an atmospheric unaccompanied solo from Holdsworth that asserts his continued dominance as one of jazz's most harmonically distinctive players, and Haslip's most impressive solo of the set - the perfect confluence of pure virtuosity and in-the-moment melodic composition. Holdsworth's velvety smooth tone is more vocal-like than it's ever been, but equally there's an edge that's reemerged in recent years but has remained undocumented - until now.

Wackerman contributes "The Fifth", undisputable evidence that fusion can swing. Easily filling the late Tony Williams' shoes by honoring his spirit rather than imitating him, his playing on Blues for Tony finds the nexus point of spare economy and unabashed power. Pushing "Protocosmos" and the opening section of the collective composition "It Must Be Jazz" with visceral groove, Wackerman also demonstrates, in the latter song's second half, an equal propensity for greater freedom. He works hand-in-glove throughout with Haslip, who may have grown up as a fan of New Lifetime, but is now an unequivocal equal and perfect fit for the group's combination of technical prowess and masterful interplay. Read More |