Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Panos Arvanitis: patterns for beginners.. at last one for me!

Metal Licks-Real slow-arpeggio patterns for beginners

Richie Kotzen: Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp

Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp is the ultimate music experience that allows musicians and enthusiasts alike the once in a lifetime opportunity to jam with legendary rock stars, play live on stage at major concert venues, and live their rock 'n' roll dreams.

Richie Kotzen is among the guest musicians and producers who will take part in the Hollywood session of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, in February 2010.

The following artsists are confirmed to appear:

Vince Neil (MÖTLEY CRÜE)
Ace Frehley (KISS)
Bruce Kulick (KISS)
Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT)
Mark Hudson (producer, songwriter AEROSMITH)
Kip Winger (WINGER)
Spike Edney (QUEEN)
Teddy Andreadis (GUNS N' ROSES)
Rami Jaffee (FOO FIGHTERS)
Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD)
Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON)

Devin Townsend: prepare for some chop

Devin Townsend Project - Truth & OM - Live 1/20/10

Devin Townsend Project - Disruptr - Live 1/20/10

News: Educational Trem

Educational Trem is your Friend

Elias Viljanen: sonata arctica for bloodstock

ONATA ARCTICA have been confirmed for the 10th-anniversary edition of the Bloodstock festival, set to take place August 13-15, 2010 at Catton Hall, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/

The festival billing:


Alex Skolnick: Seymour Duncan Pickups

Seymour Duncan Pickups - Alex Skolnick

Alex Hunter: "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert.

Alex plays "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert.

Recorded on an i7 Windows 7 Machine with 12GB of RAM, Pro Tools 8, an Mbox 2, and an Shure SM-27 condenser Microphone.

Recorded with ONE take, to preserve the feeling of "live" performance. What you are hearing is completely "live."

Hope you like it!

Alex Hunter Plays "Ave Maria

Chris Johnstone: Intervals

In this lesson I discuss the C major scale and it's intervals......plus how to work out and scale or mode simply by knowing which interval to change...



Creative Guitar - Intervals

News: let there be rock program

1 - Doug Howard - Save me (Last Man standing)
2 - Nickelback - Burn it to the ground (Dark horse)
3 - Creed - Bullets (Live DVD)
4 - Them Crooked Vultures - Dead end friends (Them Crooked Vultures)
5 - Devin Townsend - Hyperdrive (Addicted)
6 - Rick Springfield - 3 Warning shots (Venus in Overdrive + Live in Rockford )
7 - Kelly Simonz - Partita BWV 826 (The rule of right)
8 - Giant - Complicated man (Promise land)
9 - Heathen - Silent nothingness (The evolution of chaos)
10 - Laberinto - Priority (Priority)
11 - Blackwood Creek - Love inspector (Blackwood Creek)
12 - Fear Factory - Oxidizer (Mechanize)
13 - Manowar - Dark avenger (Battle Hymns)
14 - TNT - Something special (The new territory)

Interview Special wth Darren Wharton (Dare, ex-Thin Lizzy)
15 - Thin Lizzy - Chinatown (Chinatown)
16 - Dare - Emerald (Arc of the dawn)
17 - Dare - When (Arc of the dawn)
18 - Thin Lizzy - The sun goes down (Thunder & lightning)
19 - Dare - Shelter in the storm (Arc of the Dawn)

20 - Ivan Mihaljevic - High Tech Orient (Sandcastle)
21 - Ivan Mihaljevic - Macedonian War Song (Sandcastle)

Next on Let there be Rock:

- February 2: Interview with LeGrand (Cirrha Niva)
- February 9: Interview with John Norum (Europe)
- February 16: NO RADIO SHOW due to Carnaval :-(
- February 23: Interview with James Kottak (Scorpions) & Athena Kottak
- March 2: Interview with Will Schutt
- March 9: Interview with Tony Mills (TNT, ex-Shy)

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Lyle Watt: Marco Sfogli's shred this too

Fresh from his second place in the recent Milan Polak TRex competition, Lyle Watt posts another high quality solo, for shred this too! How we are supposed to pick a winner with all these great solos is beyond me (answers in a brown envelope to the normal Swiss bank account address)!

Lyle Watt - Shred This Too

Stuart Bull: live web cast 2

Another quality web cast from the irrepressible Stuart Bull... 11th February 2010

Lick Library announce their second exclusive Live Webcast. As well as making great Guitar Tuition DVDs, Lick Library also makes it possible for you to talk to their top Guitar tutors and ask them questions – live on the 11th February at 19.00 hours GMT.
This second real time Webcast, from the Lick Library studios, features an interactive session and live performances with Lick Library co-founder Stuart Bull. There’ll be a live chat with Stuart where you ask him questions, plus he’ll cover guitar tips and techniques. Stuart has taught literally tens of thousands of guitarists worldwide with the award winning Lick Library Guitar Workshops. He has shredded with some of Rock and Metals greatest guitarists so he will be able to give you the benefit of his considerable experience.
In addition to this live lesson you will be able to chat with the musicians and interact with other online Lick Library members.
On top of all that, Lick Library will be making one off special offers exclusive to this webcast.
Register for your FREE Access All Areas pass online at licklibrary.com now!

Martin Goulding,: free guitar lessons

A ton of top licks for you to borrow!
Hi there and welcome to martingoulding.com. The purpose of this site is to provide the highest quality of tuition aimed at the intermediate to advanced level guitar player in the Modern Rock/Metal styles (post-Van Halen!). The main areas of this exciting style are broken down into technical categories and studied in a progressive way.


News: Raya films ask you to become a guitar star in their documentary

I am a film director and writer based in London, UK and am making a documentary film called SIX STRINGS about one of my passions: guitar music. My aim is to deliver a superb film and with the help of my production team, market it to film festivals around the world.

I am searching for six guitarists from around the world who have incredible stories to tell. They will form part of the documentary and may have the opportunity to contribute to the music within the film. I am looking to find passionate people who maybe have developed a unique playing style or have an incredible story to tell about guitar music - how it transformed or changed their lives and more about the mystique and influence of the instrument - the more extraordinary, heart rending or radical, the better!

Guitarists can submit their story (in 100 words) and include a link to their website for an opportunity to appear in the film. The film is being funded by a crowdfunding business model and there are many ways for people to get involved and help out on this site.

I hope you will follow the journey and become involved in the making of this film and to promote the music of the beloved guitar.

James Smith, Director and Writer


I am looking for six guitarists to appear in the SIX STRINGS documentary film. In order to enter, you must provide your story in 100 words and provide a link to your website. The competition is FREE to enter.


1. A great way to have fun playing and a chance to be on film! READ how to enter

2. JOIN the SIX STRINGS Facebook, MySpace or Twitter groups and get networking with other guitarists!

3. Send us your STORY in 100 words and provide a link to your website.

4. PUBLICISE the project. Help us to spread the word to everyone that has an interest in guitar music!

5. If you wish to DONATE or SPONSOR the project, you could receive a range of benefits - read support six strings for more.

News: lick library Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck competition... time is running out!

Lick Library, one of the worlds leading suppliers of guitar tuition DVDs announce a fantastic competition to win one of two tickets to see Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck perform live at one of only two sold out shows at the O2 in London on 13th February 2010. These shows are a rare opportunity to see two of the greatest guitar legends play together in this unique once only performance.

To enter the competition, just upload a video yourself playing any Eric Clapton or Jeff Beck riff, solo or complete track to the Lick Library site; go to the homepage http://www.licklibrary.com and follow the ‘Competition’ link, then get your friends to vote for it – Simple. If you need some creative ideas don’t forget to check out Lick Library DVDs such as Quick Licks: Jeff Beck or Learn to play Eric Clapton for inspiration’

There is a runner up prize of ten Lick Library DVDs of your choice.


Good Luck!!!

For more information visit licklibrary.com
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Steve Hubbard: tone king reunited

A friend of mine bought this guitar from me about a year ago.. Its always nice to play those old gem's that we all used to own and adore.. This thing nails a 'Petrucci tone' with the Mark V !!!!

Shreddin' on my old JP

Kirill Konyaev: tribute to Marco Sfogli

Another remarkable cover... just 16.

Remarcoble Cover (Kirill Konyaev) Marco Sfogli

Gonzalo Vieira: Marco Sfogli's shred this too

Shred this too competiton (Gonzalo Vieira)

Sébastien Graux: Marco Sfogli's shred this too

Sébastien GRAUX is just 14 years old... lord what do they feed these guys on!! Check it out!

Marco Sfogli competition-Shred this too by Seb

Ryan Minor: Marco Sfogli's shred this too

A lot of videos posted tonight, I'll try and feature as many as I can... first up... a very nice solo, tone and note choice harmonious with my ears... Ryan Minor.

Ryan Minor says:
This is my entry to Marco Sfogli's Shred This Too competition. A few key parts were written before recording but most was improvised. I hope you like it and make sure to watch all of the other videos too! Recorded with a Carvin SC-90, Vox Tonelab SE, and Vado HD. Enjoy!

Shred This Too Entry!

Todd Simpson: Fretlight... why an idiot like me needs one of these!

Thanks to Todd
In this lesson we talk about the Art of the "Solo". You need to pick a key and know your scales and root notes. A great way to do that is to have a Fretlight guitar handy. I wish I'd have had this years ago.
Check out his yotube fro a raft of good quality free lessons.

Solo / Improvising Guitar Leads - With the Fretlight Guitar (Lesson #52)

Dreamfullofzen: sumptuous

When a new CD sounds this sumptuous...

Dreamfullofzen - "Failure To Adjust" Album Preview

Tom Quayle: Toadworks Booth NAMM 2010

Tom Quayle at Toadworks Booth NAMM 2010

Emi Gilbert: the better half

Emi Gilbert plays Ravel "Jeux D'eau"

Glen Drover, Alex Skolnick: Glen replaces Alex in Testament.

Thanks to Chris Monk:
Glen Drover (ex-MEGADETH, KING DIAMOND, EIDOLON) will fill in for Alex Skolnick on TESTAMENT's upcoming North American tour with MEGADETH and EXODUS. "My buddies in TESTAMENT called me up to see if I could help for the tour, as Alex will be away during this time," Glen writes on his MySpace page. "It will be great to get back out for a little bit and see all my friends in those bands, as well as the fans, and of course being a part of playing 'The Legacy' album, which has always been one of my faves!"
full details

Ryo Kawasaki: live duo

Estate: Ryo Kawasaki & Yoshio "CHIN" Suzuki Live Duo

Charly Sahona: more details of CD release

Released Feb 19th 2010
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Charly Sahona is best known as the guitarist in the modern French progressive metal band Venturia. Late 2008 saw Charly begin work on what has become his debut solo album entitled “Naked Thoughts From A Silent Chaos”set for release on February 19th 2010 on Lion Music. This 8 track release is built around heavy riffs, catchy vocal lines and crazy solos. Comparisons can be made if one was to fuse Dream Theater with Muse and 30 Seconds To Mars. This album offers a fresh sound, modern and direct, heavy and begs to be heard.

“Naked Thoughts From A Silent Chaos” sees Charly Sahona not only perform all guitar and keyboard duties but also step up to the microphone for the first time. The rest of the trio of musicians are Venturia band mates Diego Rapacchietti (Drums) and Thomas James-Potrel (Bass) who have created an ultra powerful power trio format. This 8 song collection sees Charly Sahona show again his abilities as a talented multi-instrumentalist and as a songwriter as well.

Lyrically, “Naked Thoughts From A Silent Chaos” is an introspection on the different reasons that pushes an artist to do everything in life to transcend their emotions, passions, fears, neurosis, libido and more into their art. It asks the questions of what pushes an artist to continue his unending quest of perfection. Sahona states, “It's a kind of psychoanalysis. My main influences come from the things I experienced in my personal life during the last 2 years: All the energy, the money, the time you give and spend into music at the expense of the loss of many different beautiful things you could have lived”.

The song writing for the album commenced after the release of the Venturia "Hybrid" album in 2008. The recording began in Switzerland in May 2009 with final mixing taking place in September 2009." More recently a video for“Relieved” has been released and made available on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNTTSQUOwnE) and other media platforms with positive feedback.

"Naked Thoughts From A Silent Chaos” delivers an exceptionally high quality with immense crossover appeal.

1. Relieved.
2. Raise the Shadow.
3. Away From Our Sins.
4. Forgotten Past.
5. River of Lies.
6. Living In A Dream Is Not Right.
7. It Will Fly Away.
8. All That Can't Be Said.

Charly Sahona: Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Diego Rapacchietti: Drums
Thomas James-Potrel: Bass

Produced by Charly Sahona.
Recorded by Carryl Montini at Artsonik Studios, Delémont, Switzerland.
Mixed by Fabien Paraillac at I-Real Studio, Lecques, France.
Mastered by Carryl Montini .
Art Direction, Design, Photography by Perrine Perez-Fuentes .
Additional picture by Stephane Rodriguez Delavega.


Bill Berends, Jens Johansson: mastermind release date

Released Feb 19th 2010

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Progressive rock band MASTERMIND is back with their first full length album of original music in almost a decade.

Since their formation in New Jersey by brothers Bill and Rich Berends in 1986 the band have become synonymous with delivering original sounding progressive rock with diverse arrangements and room for a healthy dose of experimentation. Once again the instrumentation is strong, Bill Berends guitar transcends numerous genres and combines with the keyboard interplay of Jens Johansson for a musically interesting package.

“Insomnia” is the band’s seventh album and marks the album debut of vocalist Tracy McShane. The tracks have been built around McShane’s powerful vocals and focus more on songs as opposed to over the top instrumental play of previous releases. As a result “Insomnia” is arguably the most accessible Mastermind album to date - yet a progression over the bands career can be heard continuing on “Insomnia” along with the elements considered to be Mastermind trademarks.

Bill Berends comments, “I don't want to keep writing the same symphony over & over again, so this seventh effort features a different approach and a different diva than the previous work. Basically we want to try new things stylistically and make a good album that would reach beyond the boundaries of progressive rock in the traditional sense. We started to move in that direction with "Angels", so "Insomnia" is something of an extension of that thinking. People tend to judge you on your last work, but what they don't seem to realize is trying something new doesn't negate our entire history, it just adds to it. We released two tracks from "Insomnia" on our own as the "Broken" EP single in 2005 and they were extremely well received, but it took some time to find a label that could see the potential since we don't sound like everyone else. We had several offers, but nothing I thought would really be to our benefit until we connected with Lion Music.”< br>
Lyrically the album focuses on observations and reflections from everyday life experiences that might drive one to sleeplessness. Bill Berends continues, “I lost a lot of sleep during the time spent making this album. The title came about after the recording was well under way, it just seemed appropriate. However, in another sense it is definitely a complete work that is best appreciated by listening to the entire album straight through. Certainly you can pick out individual songs to feature, and they do stand on their own, but I don't think you will "get it" until you hear the whole album in its entirety. In that respect it is a very big work, and perhaps that might be the 'progressive' element to it”.

Mastermind are a band happy to follow their own sound and have built a worldwide fan base which appreciates this outlook.

01. Desire (5:33)
02. Break Me Down (3:29)
03. One More Night (5:23)
04. Meltdown (4:13)
05. Piggy World (4:42)
06. No Answer (4:08)
07. Broken (4:22)
08. Night Flier (3:49)
09. Nietzsche (5:23)
10. Last Cigarette (9:16).

Bill Berends: Guitars, Synth, Bass, Vocals.
Rich Berends: Drums
Tracy McShane: Lead vocal.
Jens Johansson: Keyboard & Piano.

Chris Eike (ex-Handfarm): Bass
Greg Hagen: Bass

Produced by Bill Berends and Rich Berends.
All music & lyrics written by Bill Berends.
No Answer lyrics by Tracy McShane & Bill Berends.
Art direction & design by Bill Berends.
Digital images by Arthur Dorety, Avalon's Reach.
Photos by David Olah & Anthony Thompson.
Recorded, mixed & mastered at Lakeside Recording, NJ.


Jacqueline Mannering: shred this views go ballistic!

Pretty impressive by any stretch if the imagination... less than 24 hours since it was posted and these are the viewing figures for Jacqueline Mannering's video entry for the competition.

464 5 star ratings

#16 - Most Discussed (Today)
#3 - Most Discussed (Today) - Music
#13 - Most Discussed (Today) - Music - Global
#93 - Most Viewed (Today) - Music - Canada
#37 - Most Viewed (Today) - Music
#43 - Most Viewed (Today) - Music - Mexico
#25 - Top Favourited (Today)
#8 - Top Favourited (Today) - Music
#49 - Top Favourited (Today) - Music - Global
#17 - Top Rated (Today)
#3 - Top Rated (Today) - Music
#12 - Top Rated (Today) - Music - Global
#91 - Top Rated (This Week)
#3 - Top Rated (This Week) - Music
#94 - Top Rated (This Week) - Music - Global

Paul Gilbert: typical lesson from VIP lessons

Paul Gilbert VIP Lesson Audio

Jacqueline Mannering: Marco Sfogli's shred this too

200th video entry for the competition!!!! http://www.youtube.com/video_response_view_all?v=Q9QH-2U9W2M

Jacqueline Mannering is the third female entry into the competition. Jacqueline is known for her endorsement with Dean guitars and phenomenal "to die for" video view count (3 top videos with over 1,000,000 views each).

This video already had these accolades by the time I commented!

#19 - Most Discussed (Today) - Music
#45 - Top Favourited (Today)
#13 - Top Favourited (Today) - Music
#47 - Top Rated (Today)
#5 - Top Rated (Today) - Music
#31 - Top Rated (Today) - Music - Global
#35 - Top Rated (This Week) - Music

Well all this attention is obviously paying off as Jacqueline Mannering delivers a great little solo! Note there were already 100 comments before I got to post mine... Enjoy!

Shred This Too entry Jacqueline Mannering

Semi Souames: Marco Sfogli's shred this too

201st video posted... nice none shred video... exactly what the competition is about... play what you need to play to get the job done.

Shred This Too Competition... Sarssi-No-Shred-ipius

Kiko Loureiro: live at NAMM

Kiko Loureiro NAMM 2010 - Pau De Arara Intro

NAMM 2010 Kiko Loureiro - Pau De Arara



Marc Rizzo: BC Rich Stealth 7 string


Tallan Noble Latz: blue kid rocks

Tallan is 9 years old and this is part of an amazing show. T-Man, the littlest rockstar brought the house down. Again
Check out more video from NAMM 2010 at
Check out Tallan at http://myspace.com/tmanlatz
Check out http://littlekidsrock.org

Tallan Noble Latz live from NAMM 2010