Monday, 5 October 2009

Paul Gilbert: Rome test video

Paul Gilbert XROADS - Rome TESTVIDEO

Allan Holdsworth: montreal workshop x 3

Allan Holdsworth Workshop in Montreal: Song 1, Oct 2nd 2009.

Allan Holdsworth Workshop in Montreal: Song 2, Oct 2nd 2009.

Allan Holdsworth Workshop in Montreal: Song 3, Oct 2nd 2009.

Rob Chappers: Faith Guitars acoustic competition... top 3 front runners for sure!

Three of the top runners for sure... in no particular order! All videos

FGS151 - Martin Tallstrom - Acoustic Glory - Faith Guitars - Shadow

FGS131 Maneli Jamal - Acoustic Glory - Faith Guitars - Monkey Lord

FGS167 - My original composition for Faith Guitars - Chris Goodchild

News: way huge pedal giveaway going great guns!

395 entries already... the next one could be yours... you know you want them!

Chris Feener: shred to the max... wow this guy can play!

Thanks to Mike Blackburn for these links

Hey guys. This is by far one of my favorite solos of all time - and also one of the most difficult solos of all time to pull off. So, it's not 100%, but I figured I'd do this GREAT band tribute by giving it my best shot!

Go buy Holographic Universe, NOW!


Chris Feener Scar Symmetry Ghost Prototype 1 Solo

Hey guys! I've been meaning to do these videos for a while, but never really got around to it. I decided to stick all three tunes together.

Having the stamina and agility to pull the three of them off consecutively is a bit of a bitch, but I managed to get through it without slopping up TOO much.


Chris Feener - Nevermore Sweep Arpeggio Mix

Borislav Mitic: new CD announced

Kudos to Lion Music... more details to follow: New album "The Absolute" - out on December 4th, 2009

Rob Balducci, Joe Stump, Michael Orlando: NYC gig

Rob Balducci says:
11/12/09 Rob Balducci, Joe Stump, Michael Orlando Live NYC

Hey ya... I wanted to announce a really cool show that I am doing in NYC on Nov. 12, 2009. It is at Don Hills in NYC the village. This is a cool club and I am playing with Joe Stump and Mike Orlando. It should be a very cool show. Please come down and join us!

Reb Beach: winger karma review

Karma Review:
Winger - Karma
Frontiers Records

Score: 89/100

Sjak: In October 2006 after thirteen years finally the fourth studio
album of Winger was released, simply entitled ‘IV’. That album, like
in fact all Winger albums so far, was very much appreciated by yours
truly and therefore I was very curious whether this ‘Karma’ could
again match my high expectations. Luckily I can answer this question
with a big yes, because ‘Karma’ is even better than the already
mentioned reunion record from 2006.

The swinging ‘Deal With The Devil’ opens very good and showcases a
very aggressive singing Kip Winger. Also ‘Stone Cold Killer’ is a
mighty fine rocker and is dominated by a groovy guitar riff which
makes it kind of impossible to sit still. As usual the guitar work
of Reb Beach is truly awesome and he delivers one impressive solo
after another. Of the other eight tracks on offer here I especially
like ‘Pull Me Under’, the ballads ‘Always Within Me’ and ‘After All
This Time’ and closing track ‘Witness, but the other songs aren’t
too far behind in quality. It is and still remains a shame that this
great band has been in hibernation mode for such a long time, but
that had everything to do with the musical direction in the
nineties. Luckily they’ve decided to catch up for lost time and they
will also visit our country in the next couple of months. If I were
you I’d better be there, since also on a live stage this is one hell
of an act….

full review

Joop Wolters: tribute to richie kotzen II

Motherheads family reunion

Angel Vivaldi: lessons available

Angel Vivaldi says:
By popular demand... Intensive & Affordable Guitar Instruction at YOUR home w/Your's Truly, (NJ)! Check out the flyer below for more info or just hit me up with a message on MySpace

Toby Knapp: makes guitar9 headlines

Toby Knapp CD Coming Soon:
Just notified by Shredguy Records: One of metals best kept secrets breaks out with a powerful and calculated assault of guitar heroics that will leave skeptics silent and overjoy Toby Knapp's cult following. Neoclassical shred fused with thrash and Black Metal sensibilities create a dark but rocking vibe throughout. Sought after by some of metal's biggest names, Knapp's forthcoming disc is one of the most melodic yet abrasive shred fests of our tim

Alexi Laiho: Imitate and win an LTD AL-600!

Donʼt lie; we know youʼve grabbed your guitar (or a tennis racket, or a broomstick, or the like) and pretended to rock along with your favorite musicians. Hey, we all play guitar too. We know how it is. Normally, you probably donʼt want anyone to see you imagining yourself onstage in front of 50,000 screaming fans. But weʼre going to give you a good reason to let the whole world watch.

Between now and October 31, youʼre going to film yourself doing your very best impersonation of Alexi Laiho. What does that mean? Exactly what it sounds like; youʼre going to do whatever it takes* to create a video where we canʼt tell you apart from Alexi. You can wear a wig, you can adopt Alexiʼs stage moves, or anything you want within reason. But to win, youʼd better make us laugh, or blow our minds with your ability to be a clone of Alexi. In any case, our panel of judges will watch each video, and the one we deem the coolest will be selected to win an ESP Alexi Laiho Signature Series LTD AL-600 Scythe guitar!

What kind of video should you make? Thatʼs up to you (but keep it short, no more than five minutes). You can rock out with your guitar (or a guitar shaped object, for all we care) with Children of Bodom blasting in the background; you can impersonate Alexi being interviewed by a rock mag; you can act out a CoB video... the choice is yours. Most importantly, it might be that the winner does something weʼre NOT expecting, so be creative!

After you make your film, youʼll click below to upload it to the special contest page at, which is kind of like YouTube for metal. Fill out the entry form so we can get in touch if you win, and thatʼs it! Make sure your video is submitted before November 1, 2009, read the rules and regulations below, and good luck!

*Despite your thinking it would be cool or funny, we will NOT accept any entries that has nudity, offensive language, or features anything that could be deemed dangerous to yourself or to others.

Are there rules and regulations? You bet. Rules & Regulations.

To enter, please visit the Official Contest Page. No purchase necessary.

Michael Bianco: 14 strings

Bianco 14-string Guitar

Interlude for Elenor

Joe Bonamassa: to oversee king of the blues final

Guitar Center Announces District Final

Winners of World’s Largest Blues Guitar Contest

Winners Move on to Regional Finals on October 21 in Brooklyn, Nashville, Arlington Heights, Dallas, and Hollywood!

Grand Finals in Hollywood on November 12


Joe Bonamassa, Pete Anderson, and the

Top Five Undiscovered Blues Guitar Players in the Country!

October 4, 2009 - Westlake Village, CA – Last Wednesday, the top 24 undiscovered blues guitarists in the nation were selected to move on to the King of the Blues Regional Finals, moving one step closer to being crowned Guitar Center’s King of the Blues and $25,000 cash. On Oct 21, these winners will once again go head-to-head, competing to move on to The King of the Blues Grand Finals scheduled for November 12th in Hollywood.

Tickets are currently on sale for the King of the Blues Grand Finals, which are scheduled for November 12 at the House of Blues Sunset in Hollywood, CA. In addition to showcasing the top five finalists as they compete for the King of the Blues crown and $25,000 cash, the King of the Blues Grand Finals will also feature performances by renowned blues guitarist and Gibson artist Joe Bonamassa, who has been awarded “Best Blues Guitarist” by Guitar Player Magazine for the past three years, as well as Grammy Award winner Pete Anderson. Tickets for this very special event are just $20, and are available at or the HOB box office.

Like Guitar Center’s other talent search competitions – the legendary Drum-Off (now in its 21st year), and the recently launched On-Stage King of the Blues is part of Guitar Center’s ongoing mission to provide emerging artists and musicians with career-altering opportunities and vehicles to achieve success. Introduced in 2006, King of the Blues is more than just a competition to find the most technically skilled players. King of the Blues is designed to seek out the most passionate, innovative and authentic guitar players and give them a shot at stardom. For example, the winner of Guitar Center’s 2007 King of the Blues, Aaron Loesch, was invited to perform at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival in front of over 25,000 attendees.

How It Works:

Each contestant must perform live to 1 of 25 original backing tracks, developed by Grammy Award winning producer, Pete Anderson, which have been made available for free download at Contestants may bring and use any 6, 7, or 12 string acoustic or electric guitar, lap steel or pedal steel guitar, plus any audio pedal effects that can be set-up in a 5 minute time limit, all of which will be plugged into a selection of amplifiers provided by Guitar Center.

District competitions took place on September 30 where one winner was chosen from each of 24 districts. Those winners now move up to regionally hosted semi-finals (5 locations), culminating in the final King of the Blues Grand Finals competition in Los Angeles on November 12th.

Guitar Center’s King of the Blues champion will win an impressive package of prizes, including $25,000 cash, along with a Gibson Guitar ’59 Les Paul reissue guitar, a $2,500 Levi’s® shopping spree, a Marshall Vintage Modern 50 watt half stack, a Boss GT-10 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal, a feature in Guitar World magazine, worldwide distribution of their music in iTunes and more, plus endorsement deals from Ernie Ball, Marshall Amplification, VOX Amplification and Gibson. Additional regional, district and local prize packages will also be awarded, thanks to the generous support of Gibson Guitar, Levi’s®, Ernie Ball, Marshall, Boss, VOX, Guitar World Magazine and TuneCore, all of whom are proud partners of Guitar Center’s King of the Blues.


Regional finals: October 21st
Grand Finals: November 12th

Locations for District Finals (Sept 30):

· Arlington Heights
· Brooklyn, NY
· Dallas, TX
· Hollywood
· Nashville, TN

Some of today’s most iconic and groundbreaking artists, including BB King, John Mayer, The Black Crowes, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Hubert Sumlin have participated at past King of the Blues events. With “the Blues” being the foundation for nearly all of today’s popular music, the search for the nation’s greatest undiscovered blues guitarist is expected to unearth a goldmine of unsigned talent, some of whom are destined to become tomorrow’s legends.

Osman Cenan Cigil: Altan the cat

Could not resist!

Altan The Cat

Ben Randall: a 25 yard screamer!

Ben Randall says:
Over the past few months I have been collaborating on music with the Welsh prog trio '25 Yard Screamer' (

We have a new track 'Broken Machine' featured on the cover disc of the October 2009 issue of 'Classic Rock Prog' magazine, and we are working towards the completion of an EP in the coming months!

25 Yard Screamer with Ben Randall

25 Yard Screamer are currently working on the follow up to their highly-praised album 'Cassandra'. The album, released in 2007, is now available as a download via and received a 7/10 review in Classic Rock magazine.

25YS’s Nick James commented: “We've got 5 songs that we are recording currently, one a lovely little 16 minute epic, and several ideas that we'll be bringing together for another recording session in the autumn. We're hoping to have a release ready for late this year or very early 2010. It's going to have more songs on it than Cassandra, but no less progressive in content. It's also got a darker, heavier feel, down and drop tuning adding a little weight.”

Cassandra was our most successful release to date, opening a few doors for us. We're hopeful that the next album will help us to get our shoulders through!”

The band, based in South Wales, have been working with guitarist Ben Randall on tracks for an EP to be released in October.

Nick says: "We helped Ben rehearse for the 2008 'Guitar Idol' final when he was voted the most promising young guitarist out of over 700 international finalists. We had some tracks which didn't quite fit with the new album and it seemed a good idea for Ben to contribute. Ben is a terrifying talent. As a guitarist myself, I hate him!”

Ben says "I'd heard 'Cassandra' and was impressed, plus some of our influences are similar, especially Dream Theater. It would be good to play the new tracks live!”


Jamming around my song 'Before The Rain' a week before the GI 2008 finals!

A big thank you to Nick, Matt, Donal and Matt of 25 Yard Screamer!

Ben Randall - 'Before The Rain' jamming session!

Richie Kotzen: want's you to help him make his next video

Richie Kotzen:
We want to make a music video with your live footage. Bring your cameras to Richie's shows and upload footage here

Eddie Kramer, Rob Chappers: Tuesday in London

Waves Masters On Tour with Eddie Kramer with Eddie Kramer
(Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Kiss, David Bowie)
Join legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer for a special event. A true rock insider with dozens of smash hits to his credit, Eddie Kramer will share his vast knowledge of recording techniques, shedding light on yesterday’s analog gear and today’s plug-in models. Eddie will be joined by Waves product specialists, who will be on hand to take an in-depth look at Waves latest plug-ins. So come on down, meet living legend Eddie Kramer, and get experienced!
Admission is absolutely free. Space is limited, so RSVP today!
For redirections only, call +44 (0) 20 7426 5100
For more information, call Sonic Distribution 0845 500 2 500
Please note: Seating will not be available. This is a standing-room only event.

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Come and meet me... and Eddie Kramer


Zakk Wylde: rocktober fest promotion!

Gibson Guitar, Epiphone and Monster Cable Join Forces With Legendary Guitarist Zakk Wylde to Host the Ultimate Rocktober Event: Zakk Wylde’s Hellfire Halloween Bash in New York



Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society Kick off a Month Long series of Major Promotions to Celebrate the New Gibson USA Zakk Wylde Bullseye, the New Epiphone Graveyard Disciple and Monster Cable’s Turbine Pro Headphones

New York, New York….October 2, 2009 — Gibson Guitar, Epiphone and Monster Cable have partnered to celebrate the launch of two new signature model guitars and pro headphones with a special event in New York on Halloween, October 31, 2009. Zakk Wylde, legendary guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society is set to perform at a free concert event at the Hard Rock Café New York in Times Square beginning at 8pm. The event will feature a major nationwide promotional radio campaign, special online contesting and viral marketing and a first-hand look at the special line of the signature Zakk Wylde Gibson USA guitar and Epiphone Graveyard Disciple. The event is also co-sponsored by Dunlop Pedals.

Gibson’s month long promotional “Rocktober” campaign will culminate with two major Zakk Wylde appearances and events in New York City. In addition to the concert performance, Zakk will host a special “meet and greet” at New York’s renowned 48th Street Sam Ash Music Store from 4PM to 7PM the night before, October 30, 2009. “Zakk Wylde’s Hellfire Halloween Bash” concert with Black Label Society follows the next day at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. The concert will include V.I.P. guests who won their exclusive “all access” tickets and the opportunity to meet Zakk through a major nationwide radio contest that will be promoted heavily throughout the month of October.

In addition, fans of Zakk Wylde will be offered the opportunity to register for tickets to the event. Interested fans will be given the opportunity to show the world their best “Zakk Wylde” audition through a major YouTube contest launched on in mid-October. Monster will also be doing major online promotions for their new headphones and giving musicians and fans alike the chance to win a pair of Turbine Pro in-ear speakers and a new Gibson Zakk Wylde Gibson BFG guitar from Gibson USA personally signed by the guitar maestro. Look for Zakk’s special video message at or For information on how to register for free tickets fans can go to beginning on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 12pm ET/9am PT. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis and will be limited to two per person per household.

Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz and Monster Cable’s Head Monster, Noel Lee will be on hand to award special surprises to some of the guests and partake in media interviews.

Winners of the radio promotions will receive a new Epiphone Zakk Wylde Graveyard Disciple guitar, a set of Monster’s new Turbine Pro in-ear speakers, a set of Dunlop pedals, tickets to the Zakk Wylde’s Hellfire Halloween Bash, a special meet and greet with Wylde and entry into the Hard Rock Times Square.

A diehard Gibson/Epiphone guitarist and famous Monster, Zakk exclaimed: “There is nothing better than the sound of one of my Gibson or Epiphone guitars plugged into my rig using Monster Cable ... From Ozzy to Black Label Society, it’s kind of like the soul of my sound.” As for this new line of Gibson guitars, Zakk said: “It’s an honor. I grew up watching guys like Jimmy Page play a Gibson Les Paul and since day one, nothing has ever sounded better. And my new line of Gibsons are ridiculous! They are beyond amazing.” As for Zakk’s take on Monster’s new Turbine Pros Zakk smiled and said: “I get why Monster calls them in-ear speakers instead of headphones. They make my guitar sound like it’s supposed to sound: loud and with clarity, I’m starting to use these Turbine Pros for everything.”

“Zakk Wylde is the man, His designs combined with his remarkable talent makes these new guitars some of the best we have every produced,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. “I am excited to be working with Monster Cable on this first annual Zakk Wylde Bash and effort. The world will never be the same on Halloween!”

Head Monster Noel Lee noted: “Monster Cable and Gibson are both companies that value great sound, and Monster is very proud that Zakk and so many pros all over the world use products from both our companies in their pursuit of the very best sound and music making experience. That’s why we’re especially excited to be joining Gibson to celebrate the career of one of these great musicians, Zakk Wylde, and to help inspire more and more up-and-coming professionals and devoted amateur guitarists to keep on rockin!”

The new Zakk Wylde Epiphone Graveyard Disciple* is dying to be played! Interested fans can already catch a glimpse on of Zakk performing on the 2009 "Peddle to the Metal" tour and caught a glimpse of this monster on stage. Designed by Zakk in cooperation with Epiphone, the new Graveyard Disciple combines killer sound with equally killer looks. Shaped like a coffin, the edges of the body are tapered and "pin-striped" in silver giving it a striking visual appearance and depth while providing for a comfortable feel.

As with most all Zakk's guitars, the neck is made of Hard Maple for bright attack and glued into a solid Mahogany body adding a touch of warm and of course, sustain. The neck features a "D" profile, SlimTaper neck with a smooth, satin finish for fast and effortless lead work. It is topped off with a bound, Ebony fingerboard and medium-jumbo frets with easy access to all 22 frets.

The Graveyard Disciple combines an original Floyd Rose(tm) tremolo with EMG HZ pickups. The tremolo cavity allows for serious dive bombing as well as pull-ups. The EMG HZ-4A is positioned in the bridge position for optimized lead performance while the EMG HZ-4 is voiced for and positioned in the neck position. Designed to emulate the sound of their active counterparts (the EMG 81 and 85), these HZ's are probably the quietest passive pickups available.

Other features on the new Graveyard Disciple include a multi-bound headstock with mother-of-pearl "cross" inlay, black hardware with premium 16:1 ratio Grover(tm) machine heads, Mother-of-Pearl topped metal knobs, Epiphone's non-rotating output jack and Zakk's signature silhouette on the back of the headstock. For added comfort and convenience while playing in the seated position, the guitar features the brilliantly designed and patented Steinberger LegRest. Fold it down and rest it on your leg. Fold it up and it practically disappears. It comes with a custom-made Coffin(tm) case featuring the "Graveyard Disciple" artwork on it. And for this limited edition model, you also get a Certificate of Authenticity. For more information and photos go to

The new Zakk Wylde Gibson USA BFG Guitar embodies the mammoth tone and over-the-top rock attitude of its name sake and offers all the equipment necessary to undertake your own scorched-earth attack on your local music scene. It features a rough-hewn book matched maple top, a rounded 50’s spec neck with ebony fingerboard, sizzling EMG 81 and 85 humbucking pickups all approved by Zakk Wylde himself. The guitar comes in two Zakk certified finishes to choose from, a Bullseye graphic or Buzzsaw graphic over a satin natural nitro finish all produced by the world’s most famous guitar manufacturer, Gibson USA.

Monster Turbine Pro headphones utilize the company’s patented design, with advanced engineering and technologies to offer a new level of portable audio performance geared toward serious audiophiles and audio professionals. The ultra-wide range 8mm drivers are housed in a high-density metal casing that absorbs unwanted vibration, providing an inert, non-resonant acoustic chamber. The result is flawless bass and absolute audio precision. The cable itself further enhances audio performance, featuring MicroStrand conductors and Monster’s patented Magnetic FluxTube™ to cleanly transfer every sonic detail.

In addition, the company's patent-pending "SuperTip" sound-isolating eartips were exclusively created for use with Turbine Pro. They literally block out extraneous sound like no other eartip available, allowing users to immerse themselves in the music and hear many audio details they may have previously missed.

As part of Gibson’s Rocktober celebrations, Gibson will also launch and promote Signature Series guitars from stars including Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Dethklok, Buckethead, Epiphone Triumph Bass & more.

About Monster

Monster is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2009. The company was founded by Head Monster Noel Lee with a commitment to creating products under the Monster Cable® brand to literally “make music sound better.” Today, Monster has grown and diversified to become the world's leading manufacturer of connectivity solutions for high-performance audio, video, car audio, computer, console and computer gaming, as well as a leading innovator in the field of iPod® and iPhone™ accessories and professional audio and sound reinforcement. Additionally, under its Monster Power® brand, the company is the leading manufacturer of high-performance AC power line conditioning and protection products for audio/video systems. Explore the world of Monster at

About Gibson Guitar

Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul guitar is the best selling guitar of all time and bears the name of the late, great Les Paul. Gibson’s HD.6X-PRO Digital Guitar, the Gibson Robot Guitar and Gibson's Dark Fire represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in over 70 years. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo , Michigan , and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.’s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, and Wurlitzer. Visit Gibson’s website at

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 157 venues in 52 countries, including 127 cafes and 12 Hotels/Casinos, Hard Rock International is one of the world's most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Tulsa, Pattaya, Bali, Macau and Penang. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Singapore scheduled to open in 2010; Palm Springs, Atlanta and Panama, scheduled to open in 2011; Hungary, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2012. Hard Rock International is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For further details on Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, visit For more information on Hard Rock International,

About Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society

In the two decades since Ozzy Osbourne hired him away from his job at a New Jersey gas station to become his new guitarist, Zakk Wylde has established himself as a guitar icon known and revered the world over. Writing and recording with Osbourne led to multi-platinum success, inspiring him to create the now legendary Black Label Society in 1998. In the decade since, BLS has turned the notion of what a rock band should be upside down by inspiring legions of fans (known as Berserkers) all over the world to follow the mantra: Strength, Determination, Merciless, Forever. SDMF for short, the Berserkers, along with Wylde have created a heavy metal institution true to his vision of uncompromising, unfiltered and unrestrained rock and roll. Wylde’s inspiration comes from not only the fans, but from such notable guitarists including Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Frank Marino, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Albert Lee , as well as the vocal stylings of Elton John, Gregg Allman and late Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie VanZant. Wylde has won nearly every guitar award imaginable, and is a major influence to a new battalion of rock guitarists currently popular today. One thing is for certain, wherever Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society travels: brewtality is sure to follow. For more information please visit and/or

*The Graveyard Disciple is under license from Coffin Case Company.

About Dunlop:

From picks to pedals and every accessory in between, Dunlop Manufacturing has been creating world-class gear for musicians for over 40 years. Dunlop consistently creates the best selling picks and analog electronics, and carry a large line of accessories that set the industry standards in their respective fields. Dunlop has a long list of legendary and current day superstars who all share a passion for our gear. Whether it's pushing new innovations or tweaking classic sounds with our analog pedals, Dunlop lives by its slogan, We Live to Play Live.

Brad Bradbury: recording studios, what's your's like

My long time guitar music aficionado friend, (aka drinking buddy) and part time fusion guitarist just sent me a picture of his new recording studio. Yes I know, unreasonably clean... you should see his cleaner...

Which leads me on to ask... please send me your photo's of your recording studios, your pride and joy and get featured on the blog! use the form to submit your details.

Rob Chappers: most viewed musician on youtube UK!

Rob Chappers says:
I just wanted to share the achievement of a personal goal with you all, as of today I am the most viewed musician on Youtube in the UK!! (See attached).

I'm getting 14,000 views a day and I now officially have more subscribers than Lily Allen, Mika, David Bowie and even Cradle of filth.

Only good can come of this, so a huge thanks for your support over the past years.

Well done Rob for cutting a new furrow for guitarists, the web 2.0 guitarist!

News: the world of female shred and fusion... where are you?!?!

I've been looking all over the Internet for guitar shredding and fusion playing girls... my buddy over at has been running something similar for the rock, blues world with Strat O Sisters. Now I can't believe the world doesn't have some uber talented female shred and fusion players... so my from today my aim is to find the best new female guitar talent on the planet... I know you're out there, I've seen the piano stars... if you are that talent or you know that talent, contact me so I can feature you on this blog!

Here's a sample of some of the players I found recently.

Andreia Passo

Insight Guitar Solo

Hayley McLean

female guitar player improv solo

Female guitar player chicken picking on a tele

Angel Stephanie plays Miles Of Machines (Jeff Loomis cover)

Korean guitarist "Su"

Alex Nolan plays slide guitar

Kimberly Allison

SRV Signature Licks

Angel Stephanie plays Devil Take Tomorrow (Marty Friedman cover)

Sammy Hagar & Desiree Bassett, MGM, Foxwoods, 7-20-08

Roger Pedersen: chicken, sock and eight fingers.

Roger Pedersen is playing some country and a little bit of western with his brand new Fender American Deluxe guitar. HI, HA

Me pickin you chicken

Just fooling around the strings using eight finger tapping and one of my socks :-). Eight finger tapping is not what I usually do on the guitar, but it was easy to learn. I guess it was bad weather this summer :-)

Me, my sock and some eight finger tapping

Owen Edwards, Andy James: writing a music book... feedback required

Andy James says:
with Owen Edwards (founder of guitar idol) and together with a load of stuff we are going to cover, are there any things that any of you would like to see in it that you think maybe missing in other publications? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.


Owen Edwards says:
Further to Andy's posts we hope to produce a book/series of books designed for the Intermediate/Advanced rock/metal/shred guitarist who genuinely wants to take things to the next level and transform their plying.

Whilst we will cover all the advanced techniques as you would expect with Andy, our emphasis will combining and using all of these to make music that works in the real world - not just a bunch of scary trick guitar licks suitable for bedroom and guitar store shredders..

We will be looking at depth into phrasing and vibrato, posture, right left hand picking positions and attendant muting etc, gear - the whole lot!

But as Andy said there will be things that we haven't as yet thougt of so lets have some suggestions! As I have a deal with Apple Press in the UK and Harper Collins in the US we are hoping that this will get a major release as well: my first book is already out in the UK:

And soon to be in the US:

Be good to hear some feedback from quality players such as yourselves: whilst it is aimed at the beginner, it gets in depth by the end and the theory and posture/left/right positioning and coordination chapters are, I think, worth reading for all players. I have also structured it so that it makes a perfect book for teachers to use with new and aspiring rockers.
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Yngwie Malmsteen: Sweden 1985

The same year that I first saw Yngwie Malmsteen... I first heard Yngwie Malmsteen back in 1983. From a Rising Force concert in Stockholm, Sweden, 1985. This also features a brief snippet of the Swedish national anthem.

Little Savage 1985

Richie Kotzen: Masterclass

From an old Guitar Techniques magazine from 1999.

Richie Kotzen Masterclass

Todor Peev: blue 2 you and the SL2

Hi boys and girls.
This is a demo of the SL2 module second channel.
I'm using only the bridge humbucker.
The amp is my Egnater MOD 50 combo and the module in use is the SL2 second channel with gain to 12, bass to 11, middle to 10 and treble to 12, master at 10, treble boost on first position, density at 11 and presence at 12.
Playback from:
Enjoy it!

Egnater SL2 Lead