Monday, 14 September 2009

COMPETITION: Shred this! TOP 3

Wow it's taken about two months to get to this. A vision we had back in Frankfurt delivered some of the best playing around. A big thanks to all those who entered. For those who did not win, we salute you... for all those guys and gals who should have been in the top 3, yes your great we love you... but there can only be 3 winners... but not to worry as we tell you that Shred This too will becoming soon. Hopefully not colliding with some of the other cool competitions coming soon.

Special Thanks:
Tom Monk: aka Shred Junior... the other 19 takes that did not make the video! For your choice of who won this competition!
Tom Quayle: For the cool backing track and the hours put in judging the competition
Rick Graham: For the cool video editing, and the hours put in judging the competition

Also thanks to Dennis Mollan at protone pedals: discount good until the end of September 2009:

Truth In Shredding: Shred This THE TOP 3 and special prizes

Yngwie Malmsteen: to release Korean live show DVD

Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force Records will soon begin releasing rare archival concert footage that many Malmsteen collectors will want to have. The first is Yngwie in Korea, which will be officially released October 13, 2009. This is the raw footage that was shot by the Korean media, and it features no bells and whistles.

Yngwie Malmsteen - Miracle of life @ Korea

Richie Blackmore: blackmores night US dates

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, featuring legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his wife, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Candice Night, has scheduled the following "Secret Voyage Autumn Nights 2009" tour dates:

Oct. 14 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
Oct. 17 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
Oct. 25 - World Cafe Theater - Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 27 - Somerville Theater - Somerville, MA
Oct. 29 - The Fillmore New York At Irving Plaza - New York, NY
Nov. 01 - McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square Center - Charlotte, NC
Nov. 03 - Plaza Theatre - Orlando, FL

Tommy Ermolli: step ahead new cd announced

Lion Music proudly announces the release of TOMMY ERMOLLI’s debut solo album entitled “Step Ahead” on October 6th. Tommy Ermolli is a guitarist who wows all those that hear him. Still only at the age of 21 the Twinspirits and Khymera guitarist has crafted a solo album of his own set for release on October 6th through Lion Music.

“Step Ahead” shows Ermolli deliver 9 tracks predominantly in a rock setting showing both his melodic and virtuosic guitar styles. These tracks are mirrored with a couple of softer numbers for good measure. All of which showcase Tommy’s guitar and compositional skill with strong production values.

Aided by his Twinspirits band colleagues Daniele Liverani (keyboards), Dario Ciccioni (Drums and percussion) and Alberto Rigoni (Bass on Joy of Illusion, Enlightening Darkness, Renewed, Magic) the sound on “Step Ahead” is a very accessible guitar album, aided by the strong melodies and interesting compositions. Among his influences Tommy counts Joe Satriani, Andy Timmons, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert and John Petrucci. Whilst traces of these players can be heard in a few tracks, there is also an original style at play, something which is also apparent in Tommy’s band works.

On the albums creation Tommy comments, “I started to write the album in 2004, after a really sad event that happened in my family. We lost a dear relative in a car accident and so I wrote "Magic", that was his nickname among his friends. The song is dedicated to him. After that, I decided to write all the other songs and so a "solo" album took shape. As I have a pro studio at my home, I recorded almost everything there over the last few years. The drums were recorded at New Frontiers Recording Studio, in Rovigo, Italy. There we also did the mix and the master. When I had the final master in my hands I looked for someone to release it and my Lion Music connection through Twinspirits came in handy!”

“Step Ahead” sees a young guitarist deliver a mature album and is set to introduce Tommy Ermolli to a wider audience. Available on CD and digital download.

01. Endless Space.
02. Joy Of Illusion.
03. Step Ahead.
04. Enlightening Darkness.
05. Renewed.
06. Magic.
07. Taking Control.
08. Virtual Redefinition.
09. Arrival.

Tommy Ermolli - guitars and bass.
Dario Ciccioni - Drums and percussions.
Daniele Liverani - Keyboards.
Alberto Rigoni - Bass on Joy of Illusion, Enlightening Darkness, Renewed, Magic.

Steve Vai: charity auction details

The Ultimate Steve Vai Charity Auction

AUCTION ENDS: September 21 at 3:45pm PDT. Bid Now!

This is a once in a lifetime package for a special Steve Vai Fan!

Steve will be auctioning a complete replica of his entire rig (many of the items used on tour) as part of the charity auctions taking place in conjunction with the release of the new DVD/CD and screening party on September 15th in Hollywood.
You get everything shown in the photo, including Steve! The rig contains many of the original items Steve used on the String Theories tour that was captured live in the, Live in Minneapolis: Where the Wild Things Are DVD. (*denotes original String Theory tour items)

(1) Original Steve Vai owned Jem ("Bad Horsie I"I guitar used on the Fire Garden tour)
(2) Carvin Legacy II heads
(2) 4x12 Carvin Legacy cabinets*
(1) Bad Horsie Wha Wha pedal*
(1) Little Alligator Volume pedal*
(1) Ibanez Jemini distortion pedal
(1) Digitech Whammy pedal*
(1) Original SV TC –G force*

All rig components are wired with premium DiMarzio cables.

But that's not all. Steve will write and record an original song dedicated to the highest bidder, and will be sold on iTunes, with all proceeds going to Hollywood Arts. The highest bidder will also get a very special thank you in the next Vai record; a commemorative DVD plaque, a 1-hour private lesson with Steve (Steve will come to the winner's house if they are located in Los Angeles); and the winner will be invited to an EVO experience (including concert tickets) in the town of their chose on the next tour.

The auction begins today - Monday September 14th at 3:45pm PDT.

Steve Appearing on KTLA5 Morning News on Sept. 15

Steve will be appearing on the KTLA Channel 5's morning news this Tesday September 15th to talk about the premiere of his new concert film, and play his guitar.

Besides Los Angeles, KTLA can be found on many satellite broadcast services across the country.

Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan: double neck solo antwerp

Short but sweet.

Mr. Big in Antwerp, 2009

Larry Mitchell: ibanez clinic footage posted

Clip for solo section of "Political Rain" Ibanez Guitar Clinic March 1st 2009 At "Guitar Trader" Music store in Claremont (San Diego) CA

Clip from Political Rain Ibanez Clinic San Diego 3 1 09

Temprary thing Ibanez Clinic San Diego 3 1 09

Larry Mitchell Solos in The Robert Mirabal Band song "Brave New World" In Utah for the Zion Canyon Flute festival May 16th 2009

Larry Mitchell Solo "Brave New World" Mirabal show Utah May 17th 2009

Milan Polak: 16 lessons in the bag!

Milan Polak finished recording & editing 16 lessons. A new one will be posted every week which should be enough to keep everyone busy for at least 3 months! First lesson here: Don't forget to rate the video and subscribe to! Support & spread the word!

Pedro Santos, Nacho Mur, Jose Rubio: night of the guitars 09!

The 14 videos we recorded the concert we gave last Saturday 5 September in Madrid Barracudas in the room.

00 Promo video Youtube
01: Pedro Santos - Funky Cyclops
02: Pedro Santos - Boogie Flight 19
03: Pedro Santos - Enigma of deep methane
04: Pedro Santos - The blue note
05: Nacho Mur - Intro + Theme 1
06: Nacho Mur - Track 2
07: Jose Rubio - Hero
08 Jose Rubio - Nostradamus
09: Jose Rubio - In to my soul
10: Jose Rubio - Shed X
11: Jose Rubio - Castles in the moon
12: Jam 1
14: Jam 3

The Night Guitars 09

Nori Bucci: found that elusive youtube channel at last!

Ha... I've not seen a video for months so I thought I would have a little hunt round. Glad I did as the YouTube channel has been found:

CD's available from CD Baby:

Nori is a pretty damn fine artist too:

Check out the youtube channel for some great music. Here's a sample of some of the cuts posted.

Some new material from an upcoming release:

Midnight drive - Nori Bucci

This instrumental piece is from my second cd, "Tales of a Dream" I write, perform and record all musical parts and vocals.

Video and all photo's are by me, with the exception of a few artist shots which were taken by Jim Bush.

Nori Bucci - Let Me Dream

Nori Bucci - Crimson Sky

Nori Bucci - Last Night of a Thousand Years

Rob Scallon: two handed taptastic

Rob Scallon has some inventive two handed tapping ideas for you to check out.


Everyway is North - Rob Scallon

Infinitely Far Away - Rob Scallon

For That Second - Rob Scallon

Stephane Pilette: hagstrum ultra swede

Another improv.

hagstrom ultra swede impro

Robbert Hanenberg: is this love... yep sure is!

This guys know how to wring out every last drop of not from his guitar.

Is This Love (solo) - Whitesnake (J. Sykes) : Robbert Hanenberg

News: the power of html... no wonder M$ is worried.

This is a demo that demonstrates the potential of rendering 3D graphics in the browser, using O3D, an open-source web API for creating rich, interactive 3D applications in the browser. The app shown in the video is coded in javascript and html and runs in a web browser. Learn more about O3D at

O3D Beach Demo

Ugur Dariveren: subway ugur... give me a riff!

Great idea as Subway Ugur Dariveren enters the Subway bandit, give me a riff competition!

Rob Chappers - Give Me A Riff Competition entry by Ugur Dariveren

Jason Becker: guitar player presentation award

On September 11, 2009, Guitar Player magazine gave out their first "Jason Becker Award" to its first recipient; the composer/classical/electric guitarist, Jason Becker himself. This is Jason's acceptance speech, read by his father.

Jason Becker's acceptance speech

This is Marty Friedman's (Jason's best friend and former band mate) letter of congratulations to Jason.

Marty Friedman's letter to Jason Becker

Joop Wolters: sunrise on acoustic

Joop Wolters says:
acoustic song- SUNRISE-JOOP WOLTERS: Sorry guys had to make a sound-update ,so therefore this second version..i didn't like the drumsound of the previous vid of this song so i made new drums with differnt sound and played new bass and also tried to improve the overall mix.....
thank you very much for all your previous great and inspiring comments on the first version of this piece... 'just wanted to impove the listening pleasure ...with fresh ears!!


David Gilmore: the quayle connection candidate

Another recommendation from Tom Quayle.

David Gilmore PREVIEW -

David Gilmore with Christian McBride Band-Boogie Woogie

Unified Presence

COMPETITION: Shred this! protone bonus continues

A reminder for those who entered the competition and would like to get a discount on the Rusty Cooley or Jason Becker pedals just use this link to $50 off the top of the price of each pedal until the end of September:

Tristan Klein: t-rex monster jam

Tristan Klein says:
my next album is almost recorded, it will be released on grooveyard records, I'll let you know when it will happen:)

tristan klein and the T-rex møller

Darren Donohoe: give me a riff and other competitions!

Competitions everywhere and not a drop to drink!

Hey guys, This is my riff for the Subway Bandits great competition.... Good luck to everyone! :)

Darren Donohoe-Give me a Riff Competition

Darren Donohoe- Music Box Competition

Darren Donohoe-Mayones Competition Entry

SoundTrack of Summer Entry Darren Donohoe

Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan: london o2 review

Concert Review: Mr. Big, London (O2 Shepherds Bush Empire)

Got there for 7pm and the queue was already around the block. Good to see a sold out crowd and most surprisingly, a lot of younger fans. I can only guess that Paul Gilbert’s solo/guitar DVDs have snared a new generation like they did for us back in ‘86. Great to see it… clearly, there is a new generation of fans out there. The hard part is getting the little feckers to BUY the music!

Skin (support act – ed.)… OK, I detest the band, or I did! They played about 7 acoustic songs, all the one’s you expected. Myke G was uncanilly UN-cocky but looked happy to be there. Nev… well, you have to say… he still has a great voice. The guy must use the same anti-aging process as Eric (Shirley Bassy) Martin, as he looks barely a day older than he did back in ‘89/’90. Good performance; they wo

n the cowd and well… this band could have a reasonably big comeback if they deliver the right record.

Over to metalichika for the full review

News: school of rock fundraiser

A message to all members of myguitarspace

The 3rd annual "School of Rock" concert/party/fundraiser for San Miguel Schools will be held on Thursday Oct 22nd at House of Blues with headliners STYX taking the stage!

All proceeds will go towards San Miguel School's scholarship program to help underprivileged students and their families.

They're offering $100 General Admission (main floor w/beer & wine & munchies) and VIP tix for $250 (upstairs balconies and Foundation Room access w/full bar, buffet dinner/dessert).


3 Ways to Buy:

1) Click here to purchase on (fees apply):

2) Call the House of Blues Box Office at 312/923-2000

3) Click here to purchase on San Miguel Schools Donate Page:

VIP Tickets are $250 and include:

Open bar
Full dinner buffet and dessert
Access to the entire venue
VIP access to the Foundation Room

General Admission Tickets are $100 and include:

Beer and Wine
Floor access

For questions, please contact Carol Lee at 312.405.7309, or


$100 per ticket with 13 prizes of up to $100,000!

Support San Miguel Schools Chicago by attending, becoming a sponsor, purchasing advertising space, or donating an item to the auction!

Karl Bourdin: KB... warning tapping excess

Some old and some new videos... but always worth checking out this melodic super tapper.

KB_Sunny Day (Live at the Pacific Rock 4th July 2009)

KB_Rosco's New Boots (Live at the Pacific Rock 4th July 2009)

and an older track... thank good for this guitar renaissance!

KB - Endless Tears (Impro Version) - 1998

John Norum: full uk tour with diamond head!

- The Last Look At Eden Tour -

Ian Gillan
February 2010 UK Tour
special guest
'Diamond Head'

Tickets on sale Friday 18th September at 9am

Regional Tickets: £17.00 Advance
London Tickets: £18.00 Advance
Credit Card Line for all shows except Manchester - 0844 477 2000
Manchester Academy 2 Box Office: 0161 832 1111
Online sales -

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Academy Events and the Gig Cartel in association with The Agency Group are pleased to announce Europe's Last Look At Eden 2010 UK Tour. Sweden's premiere biggest hard rock band will undertake a nationwide UK tour in February 2010 (their first official UK tour since 2006's "Secret Society Tour).

Tickets to the general public go on sale at 9am on Friday 18th September. All tickets are £17, with the exception of London (£18).

The tour follows the 14th September release of Europe's critically acclaimed new studio album "Last Look At Eden" which features the singles "New Love In Town" and the eponymous title track. Best known for their 1986 smash anthem "The Final Countdown," the Swedish rockers have returned with a heavier bluesy, hip-shaking metal sound, and recently headlined the UK's Bloodstock Festival to rave reviews.

Metal Hammer recently praised Europe for their outstanding Bloodstock performance - "Europe's note perfect, slickly choreographed show, pulls together all ages and tastes for a feel-good finale that smells like total victory."

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Photo Credit: © 2009 Christie Goodwin

Europe 2010 Tour

Special Guest: 'DIAMOND HEAD'

Door opening times for all concerts - 7pm
With the exception of Newcastle: 6:30pm

Leeds O2 Academy
Thursday 18th February
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Book Online:
55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 3AW

Birmingham O2 Academy
Friday 19th February
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Book Online:
16 - 18 Horsefair, Bristol Street, Birmingham, B1 1DB

London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Saturday 20th February
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Shepherds Bush Green, London, W12 8TT

Oxford O2 Academy
Monday 22nd February
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
190 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UE

Bournemouth O2 Academy
Tuesday 23rd February
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
570 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, B H1 4BH

Bristol O2 Academy
Wednesday 24th February
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Frogmore Street, Bristol, BS1 5NA

Manchester Academy 2
Friday 26th February
Box Office: 0161 832 1111
Book Online:,
UMSU, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR

Newcastle O2 Academy
Saturday 27th February
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SW

Glasgow O2 ABC
Sunday 28th February
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
300 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JA

News: Shred Manila new web site spotted

It's been quite a journey for Shred Manila. Organizing mini-clinics, gigs, jams, and musical activities for its members. Now that we're going 'Dot Com', our mission and vision of propagating technical guitar-oriented music has finally come to pass!

Welcome to ''! Expect a lot of new stuff here at the Philippines' very first on-line guitar magazine. We've got videos, lessons, interviews, gear reviews, album reviews, album launches, gig schedules, bar reviews, clinics, and music from prominent local and foreign guitar artists and afficionados. Shred is the name of the game but it doesn't mean that we're all about the hard rock and metal stuff. The variety of genres that will be showcased also include that of classical, blues, jazz, ballads, rock, etc.

So let's get your guitar, turn that gain up, and rock and roll! Welcome to Shredmanila!

Skitz says:
This is the trailer for the upcoming DVD of the very first SHRED MANILA GUITAR NIGHT, this is also one of my OJT projects

Shred Manila Guitar Night DVD Trailer

Atanas Shishkov: super busy, lessons, CD news and cool demos

Atanas Shishkov - Liquid Space

Atanas Shishkov:
I decided to make my version of "Boumerang" - a great Marcus MIller`s song.
Marcus is one of my favourite jazz musicians and bass players.
I hope this guitar version will be interesting even to the bassists!

Enjoy with "Boumerang"!

Atanas Shishkov - Boumerang (by Marcus Miller)

Atanas Shishkov says:
"In this lesson I have paid attention to better understanding of the Pentatonic licks,
because they are very important and useful stuff in the guitar playing!
The first goal is to understand clearly the different patterns of the pentatonics all over the neck.
The second goal is maximum control of both hands - playing 8th triplets and string skipping.
All exercises are united in a tune - notation and backing track are available here :

I hope you enjoy with this lesson!

Atanas Shishkov - PENTATONIC LICKS : 8th Triplets and String Skipping (Guitar Lesson)

New projects:
Currently Spiraless-2 is in progress and we are working above the new materials with the drummer and bass player!

Meanwhile I was invited to participate in an very interesting project called O.S.V. - arranged from the US promoter Steve Woodham.
I recorded the guitar solos on 4 tunes in style progressive-fusion-shred.
I`m very glad from the result, althought this style is uncommon for me as a rock-fusion player!
In this project participate also 4 very famous guitar players except me.
I`m waiting for the further steps and will announce more news and names soon :))

Except the projects currently I`m working above new guitar lessons and will tape videos as well!

For sure more interesting news coming soon!

Stay in tune and best regards!

Mika Tyyskä: on facebook

Mika Tyyskä is on facebook... Mika's alter ego Mr Fastfinger

News: new web site World Of Blues.

A cool blog with categories like