Friday, 20 November 2009

Joe Satriani: chickenfoot to be filmed

World Premiere Theatrical Event on Tuesday December 1st, 2009

Come experience the very first filmed live show of the new rock collaboration Chickenfoot. Yes, Chickenfoot! In Theatres on December 1st.

CHICKENFOOT LIVE the concert film features Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony formerly of Van Halen, world-class guitarist and band founder Joe Satriani, and the “funk/alternative” drummer Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Don’t miss one of the greatest rock music collaborations of all-time live in Full HD and 5.1 Surround Sound coming to select theatres on December 1st, 2009!

News: Metal monk quits rock!!!!!

Metal monk quits rock M4TV7 Video Reuters

Larry Mitchell: playing a Ibanez micro

Larry Mitchell:
Sound at my Ibanez clinic in springville Utah Dave L asked me to sign his Ibanez micro. Great little guitar. It's hard to tell just how small it is because it's black and I'm dressed in all black. The clinic is at mountain rock music

Playing a Ibanez micro

Mateus Starling: Vengas music TV

Mateus Starling improvising - Invitation - Venegas music tv (only solo)

Chris Maerten: on the road again

On the road again

Ignazio Di Salvo: Strings On Fire... super two hand tap style!

videos flying in for the last day of the competition! A boat load of over the neck under the neck, two handed Armageddon licks... enjoy!

"Strings on Fire" with Herman Li - Ignazio Di Salvo Italy

Raphael Fraser: 5am blues!

Time to kick back...

5am Blues

Dweezil Zappa: premier guitar interview

Dweezil Zappa has earned considerable attention and acclaim for his Zappa Plays Zappa project. We talk to him about doing his father’s music justice, his analog and digital rigs, and his “What the Hell Was I Thinking” project.Read it...

Alessandro De Bettin: tribute to Daniele Gottardo

A great cover of the anthemic track from Daniele Gottardo's new CD

Alessandro De Bettin says:
Hi! My name is Alessandro and I come from Italy. This is my first video and it is a cover of one of my favourite songs: "Cardiology" by Daniele Gottardo, my guitar teacher. Hope You like it. Bye

Daniele Gottardo's " Cardiology" by Aledebez

Gary Hoey: winter tour dates



Detroit, MI


City Limits

Schaumburg, IL


Vnuk's Lounge

Cudahy, WI


KGGO 94.9 FM Morning Show

Des Moines, IA


Prairie Meadows Casino
Free Show!

Des Moines, IA


Knuckleheads Saloon

Kansas City, MO


KQRC 98.9 FM Morning Show

Kansas City, MO


Whiskey Roadhouse
@ Horseshoe Casino

Council Bluffs, IA


@ Harrah's Casino

Maryland Heights, MO


Greg and The Morning Buzz
Rock 101 Xmas Show

Manchester, NH


Sellersville Theater

Sellersville, PA


Arcadia Blues Club

Arcadia, CA


Voodoo Lounge
@ Wildwest Guitars

Riverside, CA


Los Angeles, CA


Orange Blossom Junction

Exceter, CA


Belly Up

Solana Beach, CA



Bakersfield, CA


Angel's Roadhouse 2

Apple Valley, CA


The Coachhouse

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Tom Hess: Top Secrets Of Common Sense ~ Part 1

Top Secrets Of Common Sense ~ Part 1

by Tom Hess

If you believe you can, you will. If you believe you can't, you won't.

No matter what your musical skill level is right now, there are going to be many significant challenges ahead of you. Your attitudes, and the ways you deal with musical challenges, will be single greatest factor in determining how much you will achieve as a musician. If you believe that you can, and will, overcome your greatest challenges, you will find a way, or you will seek help from a teacher, trainer, coach or mentor that will help you through it. If you don't believe you can achieve, your done, it's over, because you won't.

A true story of self-fulfilling prophecy

OK, a short history lesson here might go a long way, so here it is. In early 16th century Mexico, existed a great empire called the "Aztecs". In fact, it was the most powerful civilization in North America up to the year 1519. It was in that year when the Spanish conquest began. Cortez brought with him about 400 men, and with these soldiers, they defeated virtually the entire Aztec empire. How did Cortez's men defeat this great empire with only 400 men? Was it with superior weapons or superior military tactics? No! The Aztec emperor (and many of his people) believed in a myth that some day in the future a "god" would return to Mexico to destroy them. When the Spaniards arrived with their strange skin color, beards, clothes and weapons, the Aztecs "knew" they couldn't win. They believed they could not overcome the power of Cortez's tiny army because they thought Cortez was the "god" who was returning to destroy them. The Aztec empire was destroyed forever by a false belief (that Cortez was their "god" and that it was impossible and useless to try to defeat him)! There are many other military defeats throughout world history caused by other types of false beliefs. Had the defeated armies and/or rulers had different beliefs, the history of the world could have turned out to be quite different.

As you see above, the negative results of false beliefs, and not believing in oneself, can be devastating for entire civilizations, so imagine how badly your negative beliefs can hurt your ability to effectively learn your instrument!

Let's find out where your attitude is likely to be

1. Play something on your guitar that you cannot play perfectly yet. 2. Listen critically to your guitar playing. 3. Identify problems and try to define for yourself what they are. 4. What are your mental thought patterns? What is the voice inside your mind telling you?

Let's say what you played above was a scale at high speed. You noticed that not all the notes were played cleanly. Now let's look at two types of thought patterns and attitudes you might have about that:

1. You say to yourself, "These notes are not even, clean and clear….I can't get it!… This sounds terrible!….I guess I have to try harder….it still doesn't sound good…I just CAN'T do it!….Maybe I just don't have what it takes……?"

2. Or you say to yourself, "These notes are not even, clean and clear….I'm going to record myself playing these scales, so I can listen while I am focused only on "listening" and not on "playing"….Where do the worst spots seem to be happening?…..Where are the better notes located?……Hmmm, I notice the problem seems to be occurring when I change from string to string or every time I use my ring finger…..Perhaps, the string changing problem is caused from inefficient right hand motion and maybe the ring finger is causing problems because it's not working independently from the other fingers…..I'll ask my guitar teacher about this and he will probably offer specific exercises I can do to strengthen these weak areas. Then I'll be able to play these scales correctly!…."

The results

Obviously the differences between these two opposite attitudes are huge. More importantly is the difference in "results" one will get from choosing to approach the same problem with opposite thought patterns and attitudes. The first attitude offers only self-doubt, pessimism, a negative self-image and hopelessness. The second offers confidence, self-reliance, hope, optimism, security and the desire to get through the difficulty of mastering this technique. Even though working with a great guitar teacher is the very best way to improve your skills, only your thought patterns, positive attitude, and the way you deal with challenges, will make significant improvement actually happen. It's that simple!

Why most people fail to ever become musicians.

More than half of people in the United States who begin to play guitar will quit in less than one year from the time they begin to play. Another significant percentage of people will play occasionally, but will not make much forward progress on their instrument. Why? Well there are many possible factors, but the biggest two reasons are:

1. They took the first attitude mentioned above. 2. They didn't learn from a great guitar teacher on a long-term basis.

Inaction: The worst possible thing

Inaction (taking "no" action), when action is necessary, is the worst possible thing, I can think of, for all areas in life. For most people, inaction comes easily and naturally. It's so easy to do "nothing". It's so easy to "not" take guitar lessons. It's so easy to "not" find a better guitar teacher, coach and mentor. Hey, I'm not perfect either, there were plenty of times in my past when I too took the path of least resistance and did nothing when I really needed to. Those decisions to do nothing (or to do little) led me to…..


A few years ago, I got tired of living with regrets and made some interesting observations about them. Regret is a poison, a toxic waste that marinates in your soul. What drives our regrets? Most of our regrets in life occurred, not from what we have done (or said or thought), but from we didn't do. Our failures are not the main cause of regret and unhappiness, it is passing up our opportunities to grow, improve and make things better that hurts us most. Think about it.

What will you do?

In my program about building a music career, the very first (and probably most valuable) thing I do as my student's mentor is ask them this question: "What are you committed to do, RIGHT NOW TODAY, to reach your goals?" Even if you are only able to make a small baby step forward, tell me WHAT WILL YOU DO RIGHT NOW?!?! This very moment is the first moment of your future. You create your future by what you do in the present!

So, what will YOU do right now? What thoughts will you allow to fill your mind? Who will you call or email? How will you spend the rest of your day? What action will take right now? What will you do in this "present" moment, which will contribute to your future?

Tom Hess is a professional touring guitarist and recording artist. He teaches guitar players around the world via electric guitar lessons online, Visit to get free guitar playing tips, assessments, surveys, mini courses and more.

Alex Skolnick: guitar edge article

At a NAMM show, metal-cum-jazz guitarist Alex Skolnick was asked how he rated digital recording technology against old-school analog methods. Without missing a beat, he responded, “I prefer the old style of recording because it forced you to have talent.” Skolnick’s talent has taken several paths since his departure from thrash heroes Testament, in 1992. When not gigging with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Skolnick studied jazz harmony and composition at New York’s New School. He has since released three albums of jazz-trio profundity (most recently, Last Day in Paradise). But a reformed Testament is currently his main gig, resulting in the reunion album The Formation of Damnation.

jayblackdogg: Strings On Fire

jayblackdogg says:
Trying to beat the deadline =) a bit messy!
I really had fun doing this, big kudos to Chris Feener for doing this backing track of course.
Good luck to every one who joined, A LOT of really talented guitarists!!!
Please rate & comment. Thanks for viewing --J

"Strings on Fire" with Herman Li - Guitar Solo Contest [ jayblackdogg Entry ]