Saturday, 19 September 2009

Steve Morse: too many or not enough... you decide!

Steven J. Morse (born 1954) is an American guitarist, best known as the founder for the Dixie Dregs, and the guitar player in Deep Purple since 1994.

Morse's career has encompassed rock, country, funk, jazz, classical, and fusion of these musical genres. In addition to a thriving solo career, he enjoyed a brief stint with Kansas in the mid 80s.

Steve Morse - Tumeni Notes

Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan: live in madrid!

Mr Big - Paul Gilbert & Billy Sheehan Solo (Live in Madrid 18-09-09)

Enver Izmaylov Lenie Izmaylova: smoke on the water!

Smoke on the water Deep Purple Enver Izmaylov Lenie Izmaylova

Jack Thammarat: tribute to Guthrie Govan

Live at Overdrive Day 2009, With the band Nui on Bass and Toe on Drums 19/09/09

Jack Thammarat Band Cover Guthrie Govan - Fives

Scott Henderson: guitar clinic in Korea

An oldie but goodie!

Scott Henderson clinic

Russ Parrish: steel panther powerful peanuts interview

PP meets mad US rock band Steel Panther backstage on their UK tour, they get drunk on Irn Bru and tell us all sorts

Powerful Peanuts TV - Steel Panther Interview Intro on UK tour backstage

Powerful Peanuts TV - Steel Panther Interview part 1 on UK tour

Powerful Peanuts TV - Steel Panther Interview part 1 on UK tour

Jason Becker: my guitar player award night!

I had such a blast on September 11th. It was the first night of Guitar Player Live! in Livermore, CA. The show was so great. Michael Lee Firkins was awesome! Then my pops, Serrana and I went on stage to receive the first Guitar Player Jason Becker award for Creativity, Courage and Inspiration. Mike Molenda said some sweet and embarrassing stuff about me. Ha ha. Mike Varney read a letter from Marty Friedman. My dad read something I had written. Chris Duarte played a fantastic SRV set! Then Richie Kotzen was amazing and soulful! It was so much fun hanging with everyone back stage. So sweet to see Steve Lukather, too. I am grateful to have the coolest, nicest and most talented musician friends. Thank you so much to all of my friends for coming to share the night with me. Thanks, Miko, for forcing me to write this blog. Here is what I wrote that my dad read on stage:

20 years ago I thought I knew my purpose in life.
I could hold it in my hands.
It had six strings and a body made from a tree.
It was alive like a storm.
It flooded all my pleasure and pain down a river of music.
It was my friend and my very Soul.
It was my Guitar.

Then one day
it began to leave me.
It got heavier and slower
until I could not even pick it up anymore
and the music died.

Until I realized
the music was not just in my guitar.
It was in my heart.
I just needed a way to let it out again.
Fortunately I had great friends
who helped me learn new ways.

Thank you Mike Bemesderfer and Dan Alvarez for making it possible for me to continue composing music.
Thank you Mike Varney for taking a chance on me in the beginning, for encouraging and releasing new projects, and for hooking me up with David Lee Roth.
I thank Marty Friedman for being my biggest musical inspiration and letting a high school twerp join his band.
I am grateful to all the great musicians who played on my albums when I couldn’t (except for that pesky Michael Lee Firkins).
Thank you Guitar Player Magazine for schooling me when I was a little kid, and for your support over the years.
Thank you to my brother, Ehren, for singing Bob Dylan songs with me when we were tiny boys, for being my hands when I was writing the intro to ‘End of the Beginning,’ and for cracking me up and reminding me that I am just a butt hole.
To my uncle Ron, for teaching me the pentatonic scale, for always jamming with me, and for letting me have all the cookies I wanted, as long as I had celery afterwards.
And huge love to my family and friends who are the reasons I am still alive! Especially Serrana, Marilyn, Mumzie and Oh Mine Papa.
This is a great honor for me. I've read Guitar Player since I was a little tyke. To have this cool award named after me means the world. Knowing that I inspire people to go beyond their limitations and keep creating, makes the hard stuff worth it. Of course, ALS and the challenges of making music without being able to move wouldn't be my first choice, but if it shines a little light in this world, then I don't mind. I love that my musical crap still moves people. I can't wait to see who the future recipients are.
give kudos

Tristan Klein: acoustic!

tristan klein playing a james goodal

TD Clark: grabbing some air

DVD Video Grabbing some air

Memo Master: shred this, the sadness solo

Like many of the excellent players who entered the Shred This competition, Memo Master, must have felt aghast that his playing did not make the top 15... not to be deterred the young and talented player, draws on his inner feelings, proving that "Out of sadness comes strength and light!" Memo Master I salute you!

my replay for shred this competition(sadness solo) BY memo master

Bryan Aspey: shred this,"the coolest thing I've done in a long while."

I had a very nice response from Bryan Aspey since winning the Shred This competition... 168 entries, but there could only be 1 winner... Bryan Aspey says:
Since 2000, I had been playing mostly acoustic, and then made the switch a few years ago exclusively to classical. It was a great experience for me and I plan to keep up with it, yet the further I drifted from my 90's shred roots, the more I began to miss it, so I picked up my electric more seriously again about a year and a half ago, and I've been trying to decide what style of guitar to focus on for my next project, so this competition came along at just the right time for me. It forced me to raise my electric playing to a higher level than it's been before, bringing with me some things I picked up while I was unplugged, and I'd like to think that you guys picking me as the winner is going to have to mark my official return to the electric guitar, and more importantly - SHRED!

I was trying to think what it was about this competition that I found so appealing, and I think it was a combination of the fierce competition by the amazing players who entered, the structure of having everyone play over Tom's great backing track, and the down-to-earth fun vibe overall, not to mention that I've been a fan of your work with "Truth in Shredding" for some time!

Thank you again for the opportunity and inspiration; this was the coolest thing I've done in a long while.

Bryan Aspey

This is his latest acoustic CD:

Frozen Hours
GUITAR INSTRUMENTAL: From South America to Eastern Europe, with stops along the way, Bryan Aspey takes us on an inspired guitar-driven journey, colored by a rich spectrum of sounds from across the landscape of our world.
MP3: $10.99 CD: $11.95

Bryan Aspey says:
Here's my arrangement for electric guitar of another classical guitar study by the great Paraguayan guitarist & composer Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885 - 1944). I do miss the lower voice, but this arrangement makes a great picking study with some work on l/r hand synchronization, tremolo picking, and some sweep picking to boot. Have fun!

Agustín Barrios - Estudio Inconcluso arr. for Electric Guitar by Bryan Aspey

Milan Polak, Phi Yaan-Zek,Magnus Olsson, Richard Hallebeek, Ron Thal, Guthrie Govan: the liquid note years

Matt Williams CEO of the defunct Liquid Note records, has posted some photos of players he's met over the years... here are a few highlights... check out the young "baby faced" Guthrie Govan and Ron Thal!

Milan Polak - Berlin

Phi Yaan-Zek

Phi Yaan-Zek and Magnus Olssson

Richard Hallebeek

Ron Thal

Guthrie Govan!

Magnus Olsson

Floyd Fernandes: improv over giant steps!

Floyd fernandes improv over Giant Steps using Xotic Effects AC plus..

Bryan Aspey: Steinberger features Shred This!

Wow Bryan Aspey gets a name check on the Steinberger web site:
The folks over at recently finished their "Shred This" competition and we were pleased to find out that first place winner Bryan Aspey performed his winning video with his Steinberger. Check it out above.
full details

Shred This Competition - Bryan Aspey *1st Place*

Silvio Gazquez: give me a riff!

Silvio Gazquez says:
This is my entry for this new contest, hope you like it!

give me a riff competition - Silvio Gazquez

Emiliano Zapata: give me a riff!

Hi!, I'm Emiliano Zapata from Argentina and I'm 17, This is my entry for the Give Me A Riff Competition, with the Rob Chappers backing track (drums).

Give Me A Riff Competition entry - by Emiliano Zapata

Vladimir Maisiuk, Bryan Aspey, Damjan Pejcinoski: shred this prizes on their way!

I spent a couple of hours packing the t-shirts and hat's etc last night. I had to make sure I put the right shirts in the packets, sizes and colours. I finished about 01:00! I would not want to run an ebay shop! I checked out the postage on line and almost died! However, when I got to the post office the figures were a lot less than those on line.

Top 4 to 15: have the custom black t-shirt.

Top 3: Vlad gets the signed Vinnie Moore CD, Damjan the signed Andy James DVD's and Bryan the foot pedal plus all get a custom white t-shirt and custom baseball hat.

Slimer gets a set of custom t-shirts for him and his little buddies and Subway Bandit gets the Diamond!

On behalf of Shred Junior, the brains behind Truth In Shredding, myself, Rick and Tom, I want to thank all of you once again for entering the competition, it is your playing and ability that has made the competition so successful.

Keep on shredding

Gary Hoey: tour dates

Gary Hoey


-Friday September 25-

Lincoln Rhode Island - Lighthouse Bar 8:00PM

-Saturday September 26-
Pepperell Music Center - Pepperell, MA
Guitar Clinic 2:00PM

-Saturday September 26-
Saturday Evening Gary returns to the WCF to perform the
National Anthem - also
appearing, special guest, UFC's Kimbo Slice

Visit for more.
Shriner's Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA 01887
Doors open at 6:30PM, Gary performs Anthem before first fight.


9/25/09Twin River CasinoLincoln, RI
9/26/09Pepperell Music CenterPepperell, MA


Allepo Shriners Auditorium

Wilmington, MA

Creative Entertainment
Fender Clinic

Sioux City, IA


Sioux Falls Music
Fender Clinic

Sioux Falls, SD


Marguerite's Music
Fender Clinic

Moorhead, MN


Rock The Waves Cruise

Long Beach, CA



Detroit, MI


City Limits

Schaumburg, IL


Vnuk's Lounge

Cudahy, WI


Prairie Meadows Casino
Free Show!

Des Moines, IA


Primetime Sports Bar

Burnsville, MN


Knuckleheads Saloon

Kansas City, MO


Whiskey Roadhouse
@ Horseshoe Casino

Council Bluffs, IA


@ Harrah's Casino

Maryland Heights, MO


Twin River Casino

Lincoln, RI


Greg and The Morning Buzz
Rock 101 Xmas Show

Manchester, NH


Sellersville Theater

Sellersville, PA


Voodoo Lounge
@ Wildwest Guitars

Riverside, CA


Orange Blossom Junction

Exceter, CA


Belly Up

Solana Beach, CA



Bakersfield, CA


The Coachhouse

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Tommy Emmanuel: news update


Tommy in Concert

with special guest singer/songwriter Rick Price

Sat & Sun, Sept 19-20 - 8pm

Norfolk, VA - The NorVa 317 Monticello Ave.

Reserved tickets exclusively throughTicketmaster

TommyFest Guitar Workshop

Last Chance to Register for the deal of the season!

Sunday, Sept 20 10am-3pm

Norfolk, VA - The NorVa

$80 General / $50 Students & Military w/ I.D.



Monday, Sept 28 - Springfield, IL - Hoogland Center for the Arts 7-9:30pm

RSVP Details are Here


Monday, Sept 28 - 12-1pm (Central), Urbana, IL - WILL-FM 90.9

Tommy and Rick will have the whole lunch hour on Live and Local with Kevin Kelly. No live internet streaming available this time. Lucky locals!


Oct 8, 2009 - St. Louis, MO, USA - Sheldon Hall

Feb 10, 2010 - Malibu, CA, USA - Smothers Theatre (second show to be added)


(Not a final list - for details)

ASIA - October 16-30, 2009

EUROPE (DE,NL,Eastern,IT,KZ,UK) - November 4-December 18, 2009

USA (AL,KY,CA,NY) - January 30-February 20, 2010

TommyFest KY Feb 4-6, 2010 - Elizabethtown

EUROPE (UK,FR,RU,DE,NL) - March 5-27, 2010

TommyFest UK March 5-7, 2010 - Details TBA

USA (SC) - May 21-22, 2010

EUROPE (UK,IE) - November 6-13, 2010


Here's an unusual item: Tommy Poster on EBay

This unique 8'x4' canvas autographed Tommy Emmanuel tour poster is being auctioned on EBay to support Hollywood Arts, a homeless youth charity. No doubt a special fan out there would love to have it!:

"The mission of Hollywood Arts is to use performance, music and media-based education to help homeless, foster care and low-income, high-risk young people, 18 to 24, improve their sense of self-worth, develop thinking skills, master basic educational concepts and receive job-readiness training in a variety of creative disciplines. All classes and class supplies "are offered at no cost. Classes lead to secondary education, industry internships and entry-level employment.

NOTE: If you'd like to get daily breaking news, connect with Tommy on Twitter, Facebook, or MySpace!

See links below.

The NorvaNorfolk, VASat Sep 19 0908:00 PMTickets
The NorvaNorfolk, VASun Sep 20 0910:00 AM
The NorvaNorfolk, VASun Sep 20 0908:00 PMTickets
The ArkAnn Arbor, MIFri Sep 25 0908:00 PMTickets
Kalamazoo State TheatreKalamazoo, MISat Sep 26 0908:00 PMTickets
Springfield Center for the ArtsSpringfield, ILMon Sep 28 0907:00 PM
Sangamon AuditoriumSpringfield, ILTue Sep 29 0907:30 PMTickets
Ball State University Pruis HallMuncie, INThu Oct 01 0907:30 PMTickets
Pruis Hall - Ball State UniversityMuncie, INThu Oct 01 0907:30 PMTickets
Hatfield Hall TheaterTerre Haute, INFri Oct 02 0908:00 PMTickets
Paul W. Ogle Center - Indiana Univ. SoutheastNew Albany, INSat Oct 03 0908:00 PMTickets
Jasper Arts CenterJasper, INSun Oct 04 0907:30 PMTickets
Grand TheatreFrankfort, KYTue Oct 06 0907:30 PMTickets
Fazio's Frets & FriendsEllisville, MOWed Oct 07 0907:00 PMTickets
Sheldon Concert HallSt. Louis, MOThu Oct 08 0908:00 PM
Carlsen Center / Yardley HallOverland Park, KSFri Oct 09 0908:00 PMTickets
Hutchinson's Historic Fox TheatreHutchinson, KSSat Oct 10 0908:00 PMTickets
Tokyo Mielparque HallTokyo, JPFri Oct 16 0907:00 PMTickets
ZEPP SAPPOROSapporo, HK, JPSat Oct 17 0904:00 PMTickets
Chuden HallNagoya, JPSun Oct 18 0906:00 PM
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