Monday, 28 September 2009

News: custom guitar boutique another guitar blog comes your way.


Our blog consists of a series of 10 questions which we ask every luthier who works with us in delivering fantasy one off instruments to our customers.

We will try to publish 2 per month, 1 mid month and one toward the end. We will also post variations on those 10 questions to our Custom amp builders as well.

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Gele Van Vaso: new cd available

My new album on Guitar nine:

Macedonia can come up with guitar heroes of their own, and this hard rock guitarist's name is Gele Van Vaso. He is a guitar player and recording artist, playing in the style/genre of instrumental rock guitar music. During his career, he did a lot of session studio work, gigs and concerts. His recent CD project is called The Biker On The Rocky Road, and features eight rockin' instrumentals.


Memo Master: afternoon tea shred?

memo new four licks

memo master shredding

News: protone discount and new pedals posted

Pro Tone pedals has announced the first offering in a new Premium Overdrive line: the Gold Label Overdrive. The line seems aimed directly at the boutique crowd.
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OK... there you go, just enter the competition and get a $50 discount on two hot pedals, offer open through to 30th September 2009... you still here? Well go!... yes go to

Ronni Lé Tekrø: wooah.. was that a worm hole we just passed through?

Thanks to Antoine Prost... I need a little 1980's big hair to make me feel better... I've had one of those days...

TNT "tonight I´m falling"

Rob Chappers: guitar hub needs you!

A great new web site:

Welcome to G | H, a place for guitarists to get news, reviews and unboxings to help you make your next purchase.

Through unboxings, text and video reviews and feedback we hope that G | H becomes your first port of call for all your gear needs.

Our aim is to make Guitarist Hub a place where musicians can go to and get the latest news and detailed, honest reviews written buy our team of experts. Through unboxings, reviews and feedback you will be safe in the knowledge that you can make your next purchase with the confidence that you have done your research first.

Lee Peterson

Guitarist Hub was founded by Brit Picks endorsee Lee Peterson.

Lee is an instrumental guitarist based in the UK, who has also worked on:

Now The Rob Chappers bit:
Hi all, I've lined up an interview with YouTube guitarist guru Rob Chapman (

Rob has been endorsed by Orange, ESP, PRS and Marshall and has also just signed up for his own signature model, the ML1.

Rob has been a big influence on my internet efforts and I hope to ask some really great questions, this is where the community comes in.

I want you to submit any questions that you would like me to ask Rob in the comments section of this page, you have until the 5th Oct.

Thanks and please participate to make this a great interview.

Rob Chapman

Osman Cenan Cigil: give me a riff

Osman Cenan Cigil puts his riff in the ring... only a couple if days left... 150 videos entered! there's usually a rush at the end....

Give Me a Riff Competition Entry by Osman Cenan CIGIL

Saggese Francesco Antonio: tribute to yngwie

An older video tribute to Yngwie Malmsteen


Aurelien Budynek,Angus Clark: new band dare devil squadron part 2

DareDevil Squadron in the Studio part 2. Angus Clark, Aurelien Budynek, Chris Altenhoff, Jason Gianni, Andrew Ross. Album coming Nov 2009.

DareDevil Squadron in the Studio part 2

Arkadiy Starodoub: june 2003 interview

Ark is answering some question from the readers of the website GUITAR.RU 19.12.2003

Arkadiy Starodoub is a bright, original guitarist-virtuoso, known to our constant visitors as the one of the winner of the “GUITARIST – 2000” competition. Judges of the competition gave Ark the highest score and was pleasantly amazed of his playing technique and the original of the musical taught. Thus, Arkadiy Starodoub (guitarist for Yuri Antonov Band) is answering some questions with a great pleasure.

How much do you think the instrumental guitar music is established in our country? To be able to find a quality guitar instrumental music we have to gather information about such guitarists like Firsov, Litkin, Plastinkin and others. Same time we have great western names like Satriani, Moor, Becker... (MegaHans)
A.S: I think that the guitar music that is written here is basically oriented on the guitar auditorium. Musicians can’t really make a lot of money from the sales of these albums. However, same people who are able to do it often times do the formulation, polygraph and other jobs themselves as well. Besides the music, they need to do everything else concerning their album like publishing and sales.

How long have you worked with Yuri Antonov and how did you get into his band? (Eugene)
A.S: Before Yuri Antonov, I worked with a number of pop-singers. One day a buddy of mine called me and said that Yuri needs a lead guitarist, and offered me an audition. I listened to a tape with his recordings, learned his material and came to the music practice. I received a call later saying that I was hired for this job. I have been with the band for seven years now.

Is participating in Yuri Antonov’s band your job or your hobby? (Michael)
A.S: I don’t even know… When you come to play with a band that has a friendly attitude towards you, then you think this is your work and it works out great for you! But session work in any band, even if it’s very interesting work, becomes a little boring due to its routine difficulties. Later on I understood that this is a normal thing. At that time I wasn’t yet a Muscovite. I had to provide for myself and rent an apartment so I had to do other things as selling music instruments. So the band was my passion but also became my second job.

How does the work in such a band satisfy you, as it is not always possible to show all the skills during the performance? (Michael)
A.S: Unfortunately, no one asks if the work is satisfactory for us. Our job is to accompany the music. Playing solo is really only 3 percent of what we do, and it is rare to be asked to contribute something that you composed. But the work in the band is very useful as you can learn something for yourself for sure!

Do you plan to make Arkadiy Starodoub’s Band and follow such musicians as Igor Boiko?
A.S: If I gather enough material, I will try to cut a CD. Then I will think about the band.

What do you think about the contemporary show business? Due to the fact that everything is filled with pop music and live music isn’t valued as before, is it possible for a young band to do a career on the stage? (Andrey)
A.S: I don’t listen to our domestic bands and singers. But I am sure that it’s difficult for the bands to have a career. It’s not enough to just be talented; you need unlimited connections in radio and the television world and of course it takes a lot of money.

A.S: Nopfler is a great musician with wonderful taste! His thinking and playing skills are great and has wonderful sound phrasing. I actually don’t listen to only certain musicians or guitarists; there are many heroes in any style. Most important is that the music doesn’t suffer but playing fast or slow doesn’t really matter. Pro musicians-instrumentalist need to have their own style and sound and it has to be different from everybody else.

Do you have a specific music education or are you a self educated guitarist? (Slava)
A.S: No special education. I did take piano lessons as a young boy. I got interested in guitar when my brother returned back from the Army and I asked him to show me a couple of cords and army repertoire. That’s when it all started.

How much time do you spend practicing? (Tikhon)
A.S: Not a lot right now, 2 – 3 hours a day. I actually think that there has to be a system when you practice. Many practice, but not everyone knows how to organize their time properly.

What was the most difficult thing for you in music (I mean the performance technique)? (Renaissance)
A.S: Any issues with technique have to be solved right away, so that then when you compose things, you wouldn’t spend as much time learning the music episodes. Especially when you learn to play with both hands on the fret board, you have to spend some time learning. Then you have to put all the gammas, arpeggios and phrases into sentences so that while performing, the listener could see the full idea.
I used to overload my playing. It was difficult to get rid of extra notes. Sometimes a pause taken in the right time sounds better than a bunch of fast notes. But a good vibrato, flageolet, bands, intonation – all that are different kinds of colors that can make your music picture look good.
I really like to put different styles together. I think every method is good here, but you got to check out if all those things work out good in the normal speeds. Sometimes it happens that when you come up with the solo and it doesn’t sound bad, but after trying to play with the “minus” nothing comes together. Then you realize that you have to do it a different way, like you try to add pull-hummers and get rid of some dirt. That’s how I roughly go through the process of recording the solos.

What is your attitude towards Jazz-Rock? (Denis)
A.S: Of course I like it. I would like to proceed in a more intellectual music, it is more mature.

What guitar players or composers have influenced your life? (Denis)
A.S: From the time I realized that I am interested in free improvisation I have enjoyed listening to instrumental music, fusion. (Brett Gersed, T.J. Helmerich, Greg Howe, Scotty Mishoe, Shawn Lane, Scott Henderson, Allan Holdsworth, and many others)

What can you suggest to the beginner-musician for the serious professional growth? (Indy)
A.S: There are lots of details to deal with. I think what you have to begin with is getting a teacher that will correct all the issues concerning the technique of sound picking and the hand position. At the same time you have to learn and pick the material that you like the most. You have to listen a lot and play along with the drums so that you learn to improvise. Do it all at the same time so that you are not stuck with only one musician’s style, but learn from others too so that you learn a lot of harmony and stuff.

What would you suggest to do so that you don’t end up at a dead end only concentrating on the technique? How shall we form the musical thinking? (Arthur)
A.S: I think you have to play something you never played before. I mean different music and different styles. It is very useful to play with the bands.

It doesn’t happen very often but there are times when guitarists are risking harming their left had for instance, what would you suggest in that case? (Sergey)
A.S: Nothing I will say new here. I recommend to always warm-up and don’t be in a hurry. If you try to learn anything you have to do it step by step slowly adding the speed. Forcing the speed always brings tightening of the muscle when the hands in the slow motion have to remember all the motoring of the motion. Then you have normal no stern playing.
Learning has to be a seamless process so that your hands would start working in an economy mode. They will start to memorize errorlessly. The sound has to be always under control. If there are many sequences in playing that require a lot of finger stretching, you have to look at it before learning. Maybe you want to replace those sequences so that it is more convenient for you and to avoid too many notes in your song.
The muscles that are used while playing the guitar are not the biceps or triceps but the more fine muscles. They can be easily stretched or “overplayed”. And if you can’t learn something in particular for a long time, you have to slow down or may be even take a break and look at it how it works in a slow mode and then correct the mistakes. BTW, the thickness of the string is very important too. If you just picked up the guitar in your hands and your fingers are still weak, use 0.09 to start out and then go from there.

What do you think about the serial guitars? (Hellcrawn)
A.S: I have played the serial guitars for many years, generally they where Ibanezes of the 500 series. I think that the guitars around $700 are absolutely good for the work and normal growth, especially in the beginning of the development. And then when you grow in playing skills and the sound selection, you will understand for yourself what you need – what sound and what guitar made of what kind of wood. It’s natural that there will be a moment that you will need a better made guitar. From my own experience I can say that it is easier to play on the better made guitars which of course, cost more money.

What is your dream guitar? Do you have the dreams that didn’t come true yet concerning certain musical instruments? (Ignat)
A.S: I have got a few guitars. They are all custom made. The sound is different whether they are Japanese or American made. Currently, I am waiting for a guitar from the ESP Factory in Japan. This is will be a Custom Shop guitar and I have been waiting for her for more than 6 months now. It’s got all my specifications, the wood, radius of the neck and the pick-ups as well as the body shape. I think I will be satisfied there is no doubt to the quality of an ESP. A company named Avalon is the imitator of this idea, and I am very grateful to them for that.

Arkadiy, to be really honest I almost went bananas when I heard your compilation Potpourri. It’s a twister!!! There is a picture of you with a guitar with the maple top. Is it your preference? (Michael)
A.S: That is my Ibanez J-Custom Art 1and is one of my favorite. As I already said, it has DiMarzio Pick-ups, and it has a very fine maple neck 17 mm on the first fret. The maple neck is a completely different color of the sound, different dynamics, different feelings. Actually it has a very special sound; it’s got a rubbery-stringy sound. The look of it may appear a little pop-style, but the sound is very mature and the wood formula is just as good as the Van Halen Music Man guitar. It is registered as #1 on jemsite’s webpage and they only made 24 of them.

Did you try to experiment with 7-string neck-thru guitars? What is your opinion of 7-string guitars in general as the relatively new tendency in guitar music? (Andrei)
A.S: The 7-string has a “fat” sound, these guitars are “adult” guitars. I have one like that, it has a hard-tail neck thru. They sound deeper than 6-string guitars. I thought that this is the 7th string that makes the difference, but I realized that it’s just the guitar that makes it different… I have an idea to use the 7-string in one of my songs. I will try, and then we’ll see.

Arkadiy, what is your opinion on the Ibanez Guitars? What models did you play and what is your preference? (Andrew)
A.S: I tried all types of Ibanezes, with the 24 frets, all the “authorized series”. Ibanez are good guitars.

What about your business? How is it doing (Max)
A.S: Actually it is more of a hobby than a business, as the demand of the expensive guitars is small in Russia, so the market is very specialized. I have always been a fan of bringing new guitars that are rare to Russia. It is always cool to bring something fresh to the music scene in Russia!

June 2003

Bryan Baker: kittinger

More great playing from the super talented Bryan Baker.


Saggese Francesco Antonio: shredding tribute to Racer X

RACER X SHE WANTS CONTROL GUITAR SOLO tribute by saggese francesco

Dimitar Nalbantov: mr and mrs shred!

Dimitar Nalbantov says:
An old video...Me and my wife jamming together :)

Dimi Nalbantov jamming - An old video

Rusty Cooley: mr cooley shreds... you listen!

Here's a performance of Peace of Mind from my Lion Music debut cd. This was performed at a clinic in Chattanooga in 2008.

Rusty Cooley Peace of Mind

Maneli Jamal: movement !!

TABS Available at

This is part II of the epic saga. Vasat means 'in between' in Persian which is like the transition point between the first and third movement. Enjoy!

Movement III- Ziur coming soon!

Featuring 14 original compositions, Maneli Jamal's new CD 'The Ziur Movement' is now available on the youtube channel and iTunes!!

Maneli Jamal - Movement II - Vasat - NEW CD AVAILABLE!

Carlo Bardoli: why? well why not?

Some great soulful playing from the young Carlo Bardoli. This young guys potential grows by the day.

Why? - Original Composition

Jack Gardiner: meyones owner

Jack Gardiner is a proud owner of a Meyones... no doubt some suitable video will appear in the meantime this photo will have to suffice.

News: shred knowledge updated!

We've been really busy here at SK lately!! Here are some of the cool new site updates that we've put in place:

* Changes to the menu system. No more drop-downs. Click the main menu item and menu's sub-menu will appear directly underneath!!
* All registered members can now write their own lesson articles and post it to the site! To get started, just Log In and click the Share Lessons link in the menu.
* Search for lessons. Check out the Find Lessons link in the Lessons sub-menu.
* SK Favorites! Find a lesson you like and want to bookmark it? Click the Add to Favorites button at the top of the article. View your favorites list in the Member sub-menu!!
* A new category system will help you find lesson more easily, and will help you post your lessons in the correct place!
* A new Recent Lessons list in the Lessons selection page gives you a nice long list of the most recent lessons that have been posted to the site.
* Links to profiles on the lesson pages. To view the author's profile, simply click their name at the top of the lesson article.

So take a look around the site and check out what you've been missing here at SK!!!


Kosta Vreto: radio appearance

Kosta Vreto 27 September at 21:13 Be sure to tune in tomorrow (Monday) to between 22:00 and 24:00 to hear some songs from Kosta Vreto's Skin on Strings.

Jon Finn, Steve Morse: Berklee performance gig announced

Jon Finn Group Opening for Steve Morse Band at BPC!
Host: Jon Finn
Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Time: 19:30 - 23:45
Location: Berklee Perfomance Center
Street: 130 Mass. Ave
Town/City: Boston, MA

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Phone: 6172661400

Rob Chappers: marshall micro stack set to 11

Marshall Micro Stack Metal - By Rob Chappers of Monkey Lord \m/

Post your MS2 Micro Stack videos as a response!

Many thanks to the Marshall family for allowing me in and being so awesome. The only amp used in this demo/thing was the MS2 (Limited edition Spinal Tap). Also thanks for all the support from my Youtube family, you guys are the best! \m/

the intro and outro song is "Una Furtiva Lagrima" from the album Ascolta by Izzy

Rob Chapman is endorsed by Marshall Amplifiers, Faith Guitars, Shadow Electronics, D'Addario Strings & Planet Waves.

Marshall Micro Stack Metal - By Rob Chappers of Monkey Lord