Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Jeff Loomis: clinic photo galleries






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Greg Howe: Rome to get Greg and UZ project extra show


A last minute gig has been added for the UZ Project, which features Greg himself, along with Eddie Jobson, Ric Fierabracci, and Marco Minnemann.

The gig will take place at the Crossroads Live Club in Rome Italy on November 11th....for information visit: http://www.xroadsliveclub.com/

Eric Voorhees: shred is not dead... seriously folks...it's on the rampage and it's after you!

I contacted Eric after seeing his picking demonstration videos...

Eric Voorhees says:
Hey, thanks for the kind words on my picking. My name is Eric Voorhees. I'm 21 and I live in PA. Been shredding for about 11 years now haha. I have a metal band called Insinerated.. you can check us out on myspace too...
www.myspace.com/insineratedband


Well shred merchants there's an offer you can't refuse... I'm just off to make some friends... meanwhile you check out the videos...

Shred is not dead


Yeaa Shred


Is it recording?

Richie Blackmore: Fender Q and A


Q&A with Ritchie Blackmore

Legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore co-founded hard rock bands Deep Purple and Rainbow before making a dramatic switch in 1997 with the creation of Blackmore’s Night. Formed with his wife Candice Night, Blackmore’s Night is a Renaissance-influenced pop rock band. Fender News recently caught up with the esteemed guitarist – Rolling Stone lists him as one of its “100 greatest guitarists of all time” – for the following Q&A…


Ritchie Blackmore and his wife Candice Night in
their Blackmore Night's garb.
FN: As a founding member of Deep Purple and Rainbow, it’s very interesting that you have also become so successful in a totally different genre. When did you first feel an inclination towards Renaissance-inspired music?
RB: I felt an inclination towards Renaissance inspired music ever since I heard the song “Greensleeves” when I was 11 years old. And then again in 1972 when I heard David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London. I would always listen to this music at home or in the hotels on the road. I was fascinated by the sound of woodwind music from that era.



FN: Blackmore’s Night’s debut album Shadow of the Moon became a gold record, while the latest album Secret Voyage debuted at #1 on the Billboard New Age charts, spending four weeks at that position and 41 weeks in the top ten. Although you’ve said you aren’t a fan of being in the studio, you have certainly had tremendous success with your recordings. What creative approach do you take when making albums?
RB: The creative approach starts with a vague melody and vague chord progression, which I put down on a small hand recorder. The next step is Candice humming a melody and we both decide whether there is any potential with the idea. If there is, Candice will go write the lyrics and we put that down on the recorder as well. I never make demos. Then when our producer is in town, he comes to the house and stays with us. We have a small studio downstairs. It’s really a tavern turned into a studio. We record it in the house. I like to be spontaneous in the studio. I usually don’t have too much worked out before I play.
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News: king of the blues top 5 announced


Guitar Center Announces Top 5 Blues Guitarists in the Nation!

Top 5 Winners of World’s Largest Blues Guitar Competition to Compete in Grand Finale November 12 in Los Angeles,

Sharing Stage with Blues Great Joe Bonamassa

and Grammy Award Winner Pete Anderson

October 27, 2009 - Westlake Village, CA – Guitar Center today announced the names of the Top 5 Blues guitarists in the country, who will compete in front of a live audience and a panel of judges at the upcoming King of the Blues Grand Finals on November 12th @ the House of Blues Sunset in Hollywood, CA. Tickets for this very special event are just $20, and are available at Ticketmaster.com or the HOB box office.

The five Grand Finalists headed to Los Angeles on November 12 are Roosevelt Collier (Kissimmee, FL), Joshua Gooch (San Diego, CA), Kirby Kelley (N. Dallas, TX), Dan Peters (Morton Grove, IL) and Graham Whitford (NYC).

In addition to showcasing these aspiring guitarists as they compete for the King of the Blues crown and $25,000 cash, the Grand Finals will also feature performances by renowned blues guitarist and Gibson artist Joe Bonamassa, who was featured last week on “World Café,” distributed by NPR. Check out the “World Café” interview and performance with Joe Bonamassa here.


Also performing at the event is Grammy Award winning producer and guitarist Pete Anderson, who’s band will also back the 5 finalists. Anderson has worked with artists ranging from Roy Orbison to Dwight Yoakam to the Meat Puppets, and has released several solo records. Additionally the event will be hosted by world renowned blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

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.

Guitar Center’s King of the Blues champion will win an impressive package of prizes, including $25,000 cash, along with a Gibson ’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.

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.

Alex Lifeson: the return of the working man 2!

Rush

Released in the UK by Atlantic Records
Monday 16th November 2009

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Anthem Entertainment has announced the release of Working Men, the first 'best of' live performance compilation from renowned rock trio Rush. Released in the UK on Monday November 16th, this outstanding live collection is released on CD and digital download byAtlantic Records.

Culled from Anthem Entertainment and Zoë Vision's three other Rush releases - Rush in Rio,R30 & Snakes & Arrows Live - the Working Men album features live recordings of the band's greatest hits as well as one previously unreleased track, One Little Victory (see track listing listed below).

RUSH, comprised of Geddy Lee (vocals, bass, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitar, vocals), and Neil Peart (drums and percussion), are, without question, one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, equally famed for both their virtuoso musicianship and provocative songwriting.

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Just last year, a career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature praised the band for its continuing artistic vitality, noting that, "It's true that Rush doesn't mean today what it did in '76 or even '96. It may mean more." The sentiment was echoed in subsequent pieces published in North America earlier this year in Entertainment Weekly and Spin.

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Rush's enduring pop culture relevance is perhaps best evidenced by a pair of high-profile appearances - a rare national television performance and interview on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" in 2008 (the band's first TV appearance since 1975), and a pivotal role in the storyline of the hit comedy film, I Love You, Man. Released this past spring, the band made a cameo in the film, which starred Paul Rudd and Jason Segal.

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Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 1974, Rush has achieved worldwide sales exceeding 35 million units, including such acclaimed works as 1976's "2112," 1981's Moving Pictures, 1996's Test For Echo, and 2002's Vapor Trails. The band's most recent studio collection, 2007's Snakes & Arrows, made a triumphant debut on the Billboard 200 upon its initial release, entering the chart in the #3 spot. The album's success marked Rush's highest chart debut since 1993, as well as the group's eleventh top ten album in the U.S.

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Track Listing:

1. Limelight (S&A live)
2. The Spirit of Radio (R30)
3. 2112 (Rush in Rio)
4. Freewill (S&A live)
5. Dreamline (R30)
6. Far Cry (S&A live)
7. Subdivisions (R30)
8. One Little Victory (previously unreleased, R30)
9. Closer To The Heart (Rush in Rio)
10. Tom Sawyer (S&A live)
11. Working Man (R30)
12. YYZ (Rush in Rio)

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Photo credit: © Andrew MacNaughton

www.rush.com

Steve Hillage: support dates for gong tour announced

The Steve Hillage Band is confirmed as special guest on Gong’s forthcoming nationwide November UK tour, which kicks off at the Bristol O2 Academy on Thursday November 19th. This marks the first time since 1979 when Hillage will perform material from the following renowned Steve Hillage Band solo albums - ‘Fish Rising’ (1975), ‘L’ (1976), ‘Motivation Radio’ (1977) and ‘Green’ (1978).

‘GONG’ with very special guests ‘The Steve Hillage Band’

Bristol O2 Academy (Nov 19)
Exeter Lemon Grove (Nov 20)
Manchester Academy 2 (Nov 21)
Edinburgh HMV Picturehourse (Nov 22)
Sheffield Leadmill (Nov 23)
Leamington Spa Assembly (Nov 25)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (Nov 26)
London HMV Forum (Nov 27)
Oxford 02 Academy (Nov 28)
Brighton Corn Exchange (Nov 29)

Ticket Hotline: 08700 603 777, Book Online: www.seetickets.com

Read the official online Gong tour press release – http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/meanfiddler/gong.htm

Toby Knapp: my favourite albums

MY FAVORITE ALBUMS!!

ROCK/PROG/OTHER
1. LED ZEPPELIN- PRESENCE
2. KING CRIMSON- RED
3. RUSH- POWER WINDOWS
4. EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER- BRAIN SALAD SURGERY
5. THIN LIZZY- BAD REPUTATION
6. CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG- DEJA VU
7. YES- FRAGILE
8. DEEP PURPLE- IN ROCK
9. COVEN- WITCHCRAFT; DESTROYS MINDS AND REAPS SOULS
10. THE POLICE- GHOST IN THE MACHINE

TRADITIONAL HEAVY METAL
1. LOUDNESS- HURRICANE EYES
2. ANTHEM- TIGHTROPE
3. DEAF DEALER- KEEPER OF THE FLAME
4. RIOT- THUNDERSTEEL
5. ATTACKER- BATTLE AT HELM'S DEEP
6. SENTINEL BEAST- DEPTHS OF DEATH
7. QUEENSRYCHE- THE WARNING
8. LIZZY BORDEN- LOVE YOU TO PIECES
9. SCANNER- TERMINAL EARTH
10. KEEL- S/T 1987 RELEASE


BLACK METAL
1. PARNASSUS- IN DOLORIAM GLORIA
2. ZEPHYROUS- ENTRANCE AND WANDERING ON THE SEVEN ZONES
3. ALGAION- OIMAI ALGAIOU
4. MAYHEM- DE MYSTERIIS DOM SATHANAS
5. SWORDMASTER- WRATHS OF TIME
6. DISSECTION- STORM OF THE LIGHT'S BANE
7. LUGUBRUM- DE TOTEM
8. BLACK DEATH- FUCKING FULLMOON FOUNDATION
9. PRIMIGENIUM- INTOLERANCE
10. KVIST- FOR KUNSTEN MAA VI EVIG VIKE
(BLACK METAL SUB-GENRE HONORABLE MENTION)
1. GRAND BELIAL'S KEY- MOCKING THE PHILANTHROPIST
2. GRAVELAND- FOLLOWING THE VOICE OF BLOOD
3. CAPRICORNUS- ALONE AGAINST ALL
4. GENOCIDE KOMMANDO- BLACK METAL SUPREMACY
5. OHTAR- HUMAN FUEL OF DEATH


DEATH METAL
1. NUCLEAR DEATH- BRIDE OF INSECT
2. HELLWITCH- SYZYGIAL MISCREANCY
3. IMPETIGO- ULTIMO MONDO CANNIBALE
4. IMMOLATION- UNHOLY CULT
5. MORBID ANGEL- BLESSED ARE THE SICK
6. CRUCIFER- FESTIVAL OF DEATH
7. DEATH- INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT PATTERNS
8. KATAKLYSM- THE MYSTICAL GATE OF REINCARNATION
9. CARCASS- NECROTICISM
10. SARCASTIC- NACIMIENTO HACIA LAS ALTURAS


GUITAR/SHRED
1. CACOPHONY- SPEED METAL SYMPHONY
2. YNGWIE MALMSTEEN- MARCHING OUT
3. RACER X- SECOND HEAT
4. TONY MACALPINE- MAXIMUM SECURITY
5. ALLAN HOLDSWORTH- METAL FATIGUE
6. ULI ROTH- FIREWIND
7. JEFF BECK- WIRED
8. GREG HOWE- INTROSPECTION
9. JOEY TAFOLLA- OUT OF THE SUN
10. APOCRYPHA- THE EYES OF TIME


CLASSIC DEATH/THRASH/BLACK/
1. DESTRUCTION- INFERNAL OVERKILL
2. VOIVOD- KILLING TECHNOLOGY
3. KREATOR- TERRIBLE CERTAINTY
4. MERCYFUL FATE- DON'T BREAK THE OATH
5. SLAYER- HELL AWAITS
6. SODOM- IN THE SIGN OF EVIL
7. BATHORY- THE RETURN
8. VENOM- POSSESSED
9. HELLHAMMER- APOCALYPTIC RAIDS
10. EXODUS- BONDED BY BLOOD

Feedback to Toby Knapp

Michael Lee Ostrander: I shred therefore, I am!



Michael Lee Ostrander says:
My NEW CD "I Shred, Therefore, I Am" is scheduled for a Release date of 11/30/09 on Mysteria Records. We are working on a CD Release show hopefully for January 2010. The long awaited disc will be immediately available at Grandmas Music and Sound and will be distributed in Japan,New Zealand and Australia(so far!!)

I am so fucking excited to get this disc out and tear up a Release gig I can taste it!!
We will be doing Presales as well so anyone who wants to reserve a copy please contact me at unknownshredder@comcast.net or Tim Griffiths at www.mysteriarecordsusa.com
Also stay tuned to Mysteria website for updates and the Release show date!!
Keep it Heavy all!!

Ivan Mihaljevic: sandcastle live

Ivan Mihaljevic - guitar
Majkl Jagunic - bass guitar
Alen Frljak - drums

You can buy the album Sandcastle @http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ivanmihaljevic

http://www.ivanmihaljevic.com

Thanks to Mate for this video!


Ivan Mihaljevic band - Sandcastle (live in Osijek)

Sam Vallen: awesome legato wide intervals

I just love this video, moving you away from the standard arpeggio sweeps and really tricking the ear.

Sam Vallen says:
Welcome to my first online lesson, if you enjoy this one check back regularly for more!

Guitarists seem to get stuck in ruts working on triplet and quaver based patterns. I think it's a shame considering the fact that a lot of the new breed of guitar players end up sounding very alike, especially in their faster work, All it takes to sound unique is a little experimentation in your practice time!

And I intend to fix this by showing you some ways you can spice your regular licks up with often overlooked ideas and techniques.

This first lesson deals with legato, not particularly unlike the legato masters might, but substituting taps in place of R.S.I inducing four-note per string shapes. It's a combination of C and G minor pentatonics, with a chromatic run and some "outside" notes to finish. You'll need a working knowledge of legato, sweep picking and tapping to master this. If you haven't spent much time on these techniques yet, I'll be putting up a primer very soon.
Part 1, legato+wide stretches+tapping=unpredictability

all legato 'cept the sweeps:

|--t22-20-18-15--/10-13-15-t18-15-13-10--/13-14-15-16-t17-16-15-14-13---
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

|----------------------------------------------------------10-13-15-t18--15-13-10-
|-t17-16-15-14-13-------------------------------------------------------------------
|---------------------t17-16-15-14-13--10-12-15-t17------------------------------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

|------------------------------------------15-20-t22--20-15-11-15-11--------------
|---------------------------------------16-------------------------------13-----------
|-t17-15-12-10--------------------17-------------------------------------12---------
|---------------------------------17------------------------------------------13------
|-----------------15-10--15-18-------------------------------------------------15-10-
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

|-----------------------------------------------t20-11-/21----20-19-18-------------
|--------------------------------t20-11-------------------------------------22~-----
|------------------t20-10-------------------------------------------------------------
|--t20-10------------------------------t20-8-----------------------------------------
|--------------------------t20-8------------------------------------------------------
|----------t20-8----------------------------------------------------------------------

Subscribe if you like, I hope to be putting a new lesson up every week or so. The next one will be on incorporating odd-note groups (quintuplets, septuplets) into your regular picking arsenal, by way of same creative use of economy-picking.

Gear in this video: Gibson SG special with Seymour Duncan JB straight into my ENGL Powerball with a Boss DD-6 in the loop, Marshall 1960AV cab.

Check out my bands:

Quandary- Brisbane based progressive-rock (www.myspace.com/quandarymusic)
and
After the Reign- Gold Coast based metal (www.myspace.com/afterthereignmusic)

Incidentally: this lick is off After the Reigns forth-coming EP

Finally, you can check out my solo stuff at www.myspace.com/samvallen, there'll also be a blog featuring tabs for all the lessons I do, including, of course, this one
.

Unpredictability part 1 - Legato+wide stretches+taps=unpredictability