Monday, 7 December 2009

Andy Veil: tribute to Marco Sfogli

Marco Sfogli's "Still Hurts" (Full song) by AndyVeil

Chris Broderick: speaks

from: Chris Broderick says:
"Hey Everyone,

The tour has been going awesome. We just played Kansas City (hey Andrew, sorry I missed you) and are currently on our way to St Louis. My friends, however, are pissing me off Ahahahahha. The other day I get a text from one of them telling me how they are snowboarding in Mammoth Mt, CA and the snow is falling constantly. Now I know they are having a good time and trying to rub it in my face. However, what they don't know is there is nothing that comes close to playing a live show for all of you. So I hope when I see them at the Las Vegas show that all of you help me in showing them what a good time can be!"

Take care,

Remaining dates on Megadeth's current tour are as follows:

6 - Pop’s - Sauget, IL
7 - Great Hall at River Center - Davenport, IA
8 - The Hub - Fargo, ND
10 - Shrine Auditorium - Billings, MT
12 - Reno-Sparks Convention Ctr, Reno, NV
13 - House Of Blues, Las Vegas, NV

Megadeth's complete American Carnage schedule, also featuring SLAYER and TESTAMENT, is as follows:

18 - WaMu Theatre - Seattle, WA
19 - Memorial Coliseum - Portland, OR
21 - Cow Palace - San Francisco, CA
22 - Long Beach Arena - Long Beach, CA
23 - Dodge Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
25 - Magness Arena - Denver, CO
26 - Tingley Coliseum - Albuquerque, NM
27 - El Paso Coliseum - El Paso, TX
29 - Verizon Wireless - Houston, TX
31 - Municipal Auditorium - Nashville, TN

1 - Gwinnett Arena - Duluth, GA
2 - Broadbent Arena - Louisville, KY
4 - Roy Wilkins Auditorium - Minneapolis, MN
5 - UIC Pavilion - Chicago, IL
6 - Cobo Arena - Detroit, MI
9 - Chevrolet Theatre - Wallingford, CT
11 - Izod Center - East Rutherford, NJ
12 - Civic Center - Glens Falls, NY
14 - Tsongas Arena - Lowell, MA
16 - Pavillon de la Jeunesse - Quebec City, QC
18 - John Labatt Centre - London, ON
19 - Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON
20 - Bell Centre - Montreal, QC
22 - Moncton Coliseum - Moncton, NB
23 - Metro Centre - Halifax, NS

Matias Kupiainen: stratovarius added to Wacken bill

Borislav Mitic: new CD released

"The Absolute" track listing:

01. The Absolute
02. Secret Of Life
03. Hidden
04. Within All Existence
05. Promises
06. The Prize Of Eternity
07. For The Chosen
08. Fighter Of Glory
09. Walking The Path
10. To One Truth

Joe Stump: Blackmore's Boogie

Joe Stump - "Blackmore's Boogie"

Devin Townsend: Australian tour dates

Devin Townsend will embark on a tour of Australia in March. Confirmed dates are as follows:

March 12 - Brisbane, Australia - The Hi-Fi
March 13 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
March 14 - Melbourne, Australia - Billboard
March 16 - Adelaide, Australia - Fowlers
March 18 - Perth, Australia - Metro Fremantle

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 11 ay 9:00 a.m.

Vinnie Moore: 6.12.2009 Puente la Reina sala Gares

UFO - LIGHTS OUT 6.12.2009 Puente la Reina by totaldestruction

Michael Schenker: recent live video

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP - ON AND ON 5.12.2009 Oiartzun by totaldestruction

Julien Damotte: MADONAGUN E.P. coming out in January!!

Madonagun "resurrect on the razor edge" Teaser

MADONAGUN [On French Metal Compilation] | MySpace Music Videos

Carina Alfie: the light side new CD

Extensive guest list including Kiko Loureiro

tour dates:

Dec 13 2009 8:00P CARINA ALFIE-CLINICA-SHOW Y JAM EN ROSARIO ROSARIO, Buenos Aires (provincia)

Charlie Hunter: to Play Seattle's Jazz Alley

He introduces his latest project on Tuesday when he opens a two-night run at Jazz Alley with a quintet featuring slyly funky drummer Eric Kalb and three horns. Kalb is featured on Hunter's upcoming release, “Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid" (Spire Artist Media), but as the title suggests, recessionary times require Hunter to hire local players for his West Coast gigs.
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Marcos Ambrosi: Milan Polak's T-Rex Competition

Milan Polak's T-Rex Competition Marcos Ambrosi

Cesar Huesca: tribute to the double G

Cesar Huesca says:
This is another take of Fives, track #5 from Guthrie Govan's solo album called Erotic Cakes. I played this version in a different guitar tuning than the original, this one is tuned a fourth below, known as the baritone tuning or B standard. Hope you like it.

Guthrie Govan Fives (Cover by Cesar Huesca) "Baritone tuning version"

Unai Iker: Milan's TRex monster pedal competition

Not long now until the competition close...

UNAI IKER Milan Polak " T-Rex Monster Pedal Competition "

Francesco Bonfanti: cool jazz tones

Francesco Bonfanti with some cool jazz tones

jazz/fusion Workshop - Jaws of life s.n.c. - personal though

giantsteps - head - (john william coltrane)

jazz workshop - jaws of life s.n.c.s.i. :)

Raphael Fraser: doc I got the blues...

This is the fourth of the videos I'm doing forhttp://www.ultimatebluesbackingtracks... This is over a backing track called Rude Blues. This is a looong way removed from what I normally (ever) play. Fun though. My main problem was trying to get long consistently flowing (not fast) lines going without tripping up. Good fun, good exercise. I might spend more time working with this track, for that specific purpose.

I used my customised Ibanez s470, into my iMac running Garageband, with a Marshall-y kind of patch I created with GB's standard amp sim.

Rude Blues (Mostly) improvised solo over blues backing track

Esperanza Galera: rocking in the free blog

Esperanza Galera has a new blog. Espe is a pretty good guitar player too... this translated from Spanish:

After months of tireless work, both coming up this site as carrying it out today on 7 December Rocking In The Free Blog is officially opened for use and enjoyment of all of you, our readers. The opening date is no coincidence, as it coincides with the anniversary of the first day I took my hands in my first guitar and started playing. By that I opened this website today is a tribute to all those years that have passed since then and the passionate and noble is the music world.

From now on the blog formerly known as Rocking In The Free World changes name, face and style, while retaining its own personality, fresh and innovative as ever. Rocking In The Free Blog is a blog, and not of guitarists for guitarists, but music lovers to music lovers. Our idea is not to any other music blog, music information, discuss tools and technique exercises up. We want to take a step further, actually TEACH, SHARE music as any other network, showed all the world music that has just heard ... and yes, music information, discuss tools and technique exercises up. and translated

Puguh Tri Wibowoa: experimental Music Box

The Music Box

John Petrucci: live in Sydney

John Petrucci: Guitar Clinic (Live in Sydney)

Paul Gilbert, Bruce Bouillet: YRO Racer X

You know I always wanted jackets like that... I wanted to see these guys live... this will have to do for now... may be one day... I keep my fingers crossed... Racer X \m/ RAWK \m/

Y.R.O. live Racer X

Charles Shaughnessy: sweet legato fusion

Charles Shaughnessy with some impressive legato fusion from an upcoming release. Check out the new solo

Jack Rose: dies of a heart attack RIP

Another sad day in the guitar world. Jack Rose, whose masterful acoustic guitar playing earned him the admiration of many fans and humbled other musicians, has died, Arthur magazine has reported. Friends say Rose, 38, died this morning of an apparent heart attack. Our sincere condolences to Jack Rose's friends and family.

Thanks to Tevor Welsman for this sad news.

Jack Rose "Kensington Blues"

News: Improving Your Guitar Phrasing

Improving Your Guitar Phrasing - Part 4
5 Steps To Better Phrasing And Cooler Guitar Solos

By Nick Layton

Do you want to be able to express yourself more fully in your lead guitar solos? Are you struggling to apply all of the licks and techniques you’ve been learning? Most lead guitarists aren’t lacking for more information. They are lacking the knowledge and ability to apply what they already know in a meaningful and expressive way. If this describes you then this article will help shed some light on how you can end the frustration now and start getting the results you’ve been wanting!

In my many years of teaching and interacting with other guitarists I have seen the following scenario happen in various ways more than a few times:

An aspiring lead guitarist (who we’ll call Joe) starts out learning to play by devouring everything he can find on the Internet and in books related to lead guitar soloing. Joe is motivated and excited and is progressing at a good pace. He studies scales, patterns, modes, theory, and learns a lot of licks and solos from his favorite players. His friends and family are impressed at how fast Joe has progressed and now Joe wants to start his own band and begin recording his own music. Joe’s technique is solid. His vocabulary of licks and knowledge of scales is better than average. He joins a band as the lead guitarist and is thrilled to have come so far in his playing and is ready to get his new band together and start performing on stage. But as the band starts rehearsing Joe is having problems coming up with cool solos for the bands songs. Everything he plays sounds like patterns and exercises and old cliché’s. All the practicing Joe has done does not seem to be translating into him being able to create killer solos. Joe is frustrated and embarrassed! So what does he do? He decides he needs to practice more and learn more stuff—then he’ll be able to come up with better solos. But even after trying all of that it’s still not happening. What is Joe doing wrong and why is he having so much trouble? The problem lies in the fact that Joe is unable to apply what he already knows to an actual musical situation. In short, he has practiced all of the right material; he just hasn’t practiced applying the material.

Hopefully you can see that it’s not enough to just develop your technique and learn a bunch of licks. Whether you want to form a band or create your own CD or even just play for your own enjoyment, investing time into finding ways to implement what you have learned is the key to your success. So, how can you begin applying the licks, scales and techniques you have been working so hard on and start creating cooler solos with better phrasing now? Here are 5 action steps you can take immediately:

  1. Get 3-5 backing tracks in a style of music you like. Make sure that at least one track is in the key of A minor. Try and get tracks with different tempos and keys. These tracks should include at least drums and rhythm guitars and should be at least a couple minutes long.
  2. Gather 5 of your favorite licks. These licks should be fairly short, 8-15 notes or so. Make sure you can play the licks cleanly and have them memorized.
  3. Transpose all the licks into the key of A minor. For example, if you have a lick in the key of E minor try moving it up 5 frets or back 7 frets.
  4. Now, beginning with your A minor backing track, play your first lick over the track. How did it sound? Did it fit? Now try playing your remaining 4 licks over the same track. How do they sound? Chances are you are going to have to change something about the original lick to make it “work” over the track. You may have to adjust the way you phrase the lick. For example, the rhythm of the lick may not sync up with the track in which case you’ll need to adjust it so it sounds more natural and fluid. Also, there might be some notes in the lick that don’t sound good over the track. If this is the case you’ll most likely need to change a note or two. Many things will most likely need to be adjusted. Everything from the rhythm of the lick to the width of your vibrato and bends, to the actual notes and speed of the lick.
  5. Once you have adjusted all 5 licks so that they work over the A minor track begin playing them over the remaining 4 backing tracks. Now you are going to have to transpose the licks again to whatever key you happen to be playing over. Typical keys for rock and metal are A minor, B minor, C# minor, D minor, E minor and F# minor. Getting familiar with these keys is very important. Go through the exact same process with each lick over each track, adjusting as needed.

This entire process is what is called applied practice. Going through these 5 steps may be slow and difficult at first but the results over time will amaze you. If you practice this way consistently you will eventually get to the point where you can play any lick you know in just about any key or tempo that you want. In our hypothetical example above these are the phrasing and soloing skills that Joe needed. Learning more licks or improving his technique by practicing more was not the answer to creating killer solos for his bands music. And it’s not the answer for you either. Technique is important and broadening your vocabulary is important but they are useless unless you can apply them to real music. Start improving your lead guitar phrasing and soloing today by going through these 5 steps and watch your skills skyrocket.

To get more help with creating great guitar solos and improving your phrasing skills check out these free guitar solo tips.

Nick Layton is a Washington state based guitarist, instructor, recording artist, author and touring clinician. For more information Nick can be reached at

Bill Ruppert: Electro Harmonix Crystal-Shimmer Effects

Electro-Harmonix Effectology Vol.11 Crystal -Shimmer Effects
How to produce Crystal-Shimmer Effects

In this episode I demonstrate crystal like octave-echo effects once only possible using complicated and very expensive rack mount studio effect processors.
With some creative wiring I am able to produce these sound using only Electro-Harmonix guitar effect foot pedals.
The sound is equal to and better than some the very high end studio audio equipment!

I also demonstrate a new guitar sound I call "Symphonic".
This effect gives the guitar a orchestral string section type sound.
Its a very beautiful sound from just one guitar!
The clip is a improvisation on the song "Adagio for Strings"by Samuel Barber.
This music has been used in many great movies you may have seen.

Electro-Harmonix Effectology Vol.11 Crystal-Shimmer Effects

News: boss eband audio player demo

The Ultimate Jam-Along Companion for Guitarists

JS-8 eBand: Audio PlayerLos Angeles, CA, December 7, 2009 — Just in time for the holiday season, BOSS is pleased to ship the eBand JS-8 Audio Player with Guitar Effects, the portable audio player designed for guitarists who play and practice at home.

eBand is the audio player that combines playback of full songs, backing tracks, or rhythm loops with high quality BOSS guitar effects and a built-in stereo speaker system. This all-in-one solution is ideal for guitarists who want to learn songs, solos and riffs, practice new songs outside of band practice, play along with any of their own collection of music, or create new songs while jamming with audio tracks.

Loading music onto eBand couldn’t be easier, with direct playback from any standard USB memory stick or SDHC memory card up to 32GB. eBand also has the ability to import songs from any audio CD using the included utility software.

Unlike traditional audio players, eBand lets guitarists interact with their music by changing the pitch and tempo independently, or using the advanced Center Cancel function to remove guitar or vocal parts. eBand comes with 300 backing tracks and rhythm loops which also include pre-programmed guitar effects.

eBand is loaded with powerful COSM® preamp technology, authentic BOSS-quality guitar effects derived from the BOSS GT-10, and over 100 preset guitar sounds from every musical genre. To help navigate the possibilities, eBand includes the EZ TONE function, providing an intuitive, easy-to-use approach to sound creation based on graphic icons. In addition, tuner and metronome functions are built in, keeping guitarists on time and in key.

Not only can players jam along with eBand, they can record their musical ideas as well using the included USB audio interface. Pressing the Record button during a jam-along session will create and save a new audio file with the entire performance.

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