Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Doug Aldrich: Namm 2010

Doug Aldrich performing at NAMM 2010 courtesy of Marshall Amplification.

Doug Aldrich Namm 2010

Luca Tolomeo: Italian styling for shred this too!

The judging is going to be tough! Need to thank you guys and gals for making it so ;)

Luca Tolomeo:
Hi from Italy ... I'm Luca Tolomeo and first of all thanks to Marco for this fantastic backing track and contest .... enjoy the solo !!!

Shred this too - Luca Tolomeo (Marco Sfogli competition)

Dave Reeves: fire up the Bugera V55HD and shred this too!

Dave Reeves is from good old blighty.. he fires up the valves on his Bugera V55HD and delivers a quality rocking solo... particularly liked the slow section.

Dave Reeves-Shred this too, competition entry.

Rokas Jackūnas: back with shred this too...

Rokas Jackūnas back with a solo for the competition.

Rokas Jackūnas says:
Quick impro over Marco Sfogli bt for Shred this too competition. I had great time playing and hope you'll have it too while whatching. thanks for Laurie, Marco and others :)

Rokas Jackūnas - Shred this too Marco Sfogly competition entry

Julian Scott: shred this too... the cheap way...

You know there is something emotive about the Strat, the wire, the wood... the man and the machine in perfect harmony...

Julian Scott says:
My cheap attempt of winning the Sfogli competition! 100% improvised!

Shred this too Contest - Julian Scott

Brian Larkin: shred this too, the way it's meant to be.

The description says it all... it really is about capturing that illusive, spontaneous, genius... if the description is right... we're likely to get a good dose more of Brian's intelligent playing... and we're looking forward to it!

Brian Larkin says:
2 reasons for the guitar tone: 1) From the contest description, I got the impression they wanted something more raw and unpolished, so it was a conscious decision to use the raw audio from the camera to remove all doubt about overdubs/punch-ins, etc. 2) I still considered using what I recorded in Nuendo, but a pretty big latency "hiccup" completely screwed the audio for this take up (everything off by 1 second from about :50 on), and I didn't want to get into copying/pasting from other takes.

This entry is "composed" from a few different improvised takes. The next one (or two) will be completely improvised, and with any luck will have better audio, more along the lines of the last 10 or so videos I posted before this one.

Thanks for watching!

Brian Larkin: "Shred This, Too!" Competition Entry

Ryan Minor: Marco Sfogli's shred this too #2

This backing track really is inspiring a lot of multiple submissions... Ryan Minor adds his second... godd stuff too.

Shred This Too Entry Too!

Mike Grisafi: cooking up a hot shred this too solo!

Another new player... Mike Grisafi is from that little known place... the United States!!! A really great solo too. you're sure to like it!

This is my entry for Marco Sfogli's 'Shred This Too' competition. Special thanks to Mike Stief for letting me use his basement and camera to record this, as well as Bob Stief for his awesome modified strat.

Guitar was run through an MXR dynacomp compressor to my Carvin Legacy.

Enjoy and thanks for watching :)

Mike Grisafi - Shred this too entry

News: Apple Ipad... is this the future of surfing or more lock in?

Is this right, do you want one? Not as powerful as a lap top... no phone... too big for your pocket... more expensive than a netbook... sure to be a winner for Apple then!

Apple iPad Video

Damjan Pejcinoski: the triumph of substance over style... shred this too...

This guy just blows me away with his playing, great solos and musical ability... no over the top playing here, just controlled delivery with style and emotion... enjoy

Damjan Pejcinoski says:
My take for the competition. Borowed some lick from Tom Quayle and Guthrie Govan , hope you don't mind...Music is not a competition, I just love to play guitar and I am happy when people like my playing and leave nice comments. Thank you! Join my facebook

Damjan Pejcinoski - Shred this too

Lee Peterson: PRS gear for GAS sufferers

Lee Peterson demos some PRS gear for GAS sufferers!

PRS Custom 24 Pickup Demo

PRS DGT Pickup Demo

don't forget Lee Peterson: win a GUITAR ends 30-04-2010

Juan Cortés: blue carvin and shred this too!

Stylish playing from Juan Cortés a native of La Plata, Argentina.
This is my improvising entry for this new contest,another great idea from Laurie Monk. I've recorded using my Carvin DC 400 and POD XT Live into the PC via USB. Thanks for watching and thanks to Laurie,Tom,Rick,Magnus and Chris!
I' Hope to like it !!! :)

Juan Cortés - Marco Sfogli's Shred This Too

Segiperkasa: psychedelic shred this too!

Marco Sfogli's shred this too!!

Francesco De Gregorio: a cup of tea inspiring the Shred This Too response!

That's my take on this incredible backing track ... I'd better say those are my takeS . Yeah , as you can see in the video, i started to record but i wasn't in the best conditions to do something good for all that time. So i had a rest then a cup of tea after that good take that the video starts with , then i recorded the last bars that were surely more challenging ( I don't have the time to practice more on this BT in this days, i'm currently recording other milions of things lol ) . I don't care if this entry as not everything that they want for the contest , i just recoded something not to win, but to have fun and first of all because i really respect lauriemonk and Marco Sfogli, that is one of the greatest player that we got here in Italy .

Now I have to apologize for:

- Appearing like an homeless man
- Being too serious

Francesco "Fruja" De Gregorio - Shred This Too with Marco Sfogli

Rokas Jackūnas: Lydian improvisation

Hi! it's been a while since I upload something here. today is freakin' cold outside -25C. because of this, I didn't go to school, so I had some time to make a video.

it's my improvisation over Guthrie Govan "Lydian improvisation" backtrack from Creative Guitar 1 - Cutting-Edge Techiques. it's 99% impro and what can I say - I had great time jamming over and it is first time You can see my new axe (Ibanez rg1570 prestige) in action :)

hope You like it!if You do, please rate, comment or maybe subscribe :)



RJ - Lydian improvisation (Guthrie Govan bt)

Slimer: win a guitar competition entry!

My name is Slimer, I am a nine years old and have been playing for seven months now. This is my entry into the contest! Thank you Lee for the great backing track and contest! Thanks for Watching!

win a guitar entry- Slimer

Rob Chappers: big competition coming... and more of that NAMM visit.

Watch Me - You know you want to

The Monkey Lord at NAMM 2010 - Part 1

The Monkey Lord at NAMM 2010 - Part 2

The Monkey Lord at NAMM 2010 - Part 3

Marshall JMD1 "Metal Tones Demo" - AKA Monkey Lord at NAMM 2010 part 4

Prasanna,Pete McCann: David Hines - Inner Duality

David Hines (bass, keyboards); Steve Hunt (piano, keyboards, organ); Pete McCann (guitar); Steve Michaud (drums); Prasanna (guitar); Bill Vint (sax); Sebastein Baverstam (cello, violin).

Jazz fusion instrumental music with progressive and alternative rock overtones. A vast landscape of influences including Jazz, Rock, Modern Classical, and Indian. Superb fusion from some legendary performers, Steve Hunt, producer, engineer, who recorded the album in his own recording studio, "The Kitchen" also played keyboards, piano, and organ (formerly with Allan Holdsworth, Stanley Clarke, and Billy Cobham). New Jersey guitar legend Pete McCann, was in the well known group The Mahavishnu Orchestra Project, which actually was favorably recognized by John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra founder) himself. Steve Hunt and Pete performed together in that project. Other musicians include Steve Michaud, drums, Guitarist Prasanna ("Slum Dog Millionaire" soundtrack contributor) on title track. Guest appearance by Boston legend soprano saxophonist Bill Vint on song "Awe". David Hines composed all music except collaboration with Steve Hunt on "Floating Dinosaurs" and Steve Michaud composed, and played drums on "Sons of Thunder". David plays 4 and 5 string fretted and fretless basses, and keyboards.


Track 1Funk Harbor (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 2Stinger (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 3Kinesis (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 4In My Dream, Again (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 6Sons of Thunder
Track 7Hinesite (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 8Inner Dualiy (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 9Floating Dinosaurs (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 10Leaf (LISTEN TO AUDIO)

Alex Machacek: MSM Schmidt CD

MSM Schmidt (composer/keyboards); Dean Brown (guitar); Dave Carpenter (acoustic bass); Brandon Fields (saxophone); Ric Fierabracci (bass); Mitchel Forman (keyboards & synths); Walt Fowler (trumpet); Wolfgang Haffner (drums); Jimmy Haslip (bass); Scott Kinsey (keyboards & synths); Chuck Loeb (guitar); Alex Machacek (guitar); Mike Mainieri (vibraphone); Eric Marienthal (saxophone); Mike Miller (guitar); Simon Phillips (drums); Joel Rosenblatt (drums); Tom Scott (saxophone); Michael Guenter Schmidt (synths & loops); Steve Tavaglione (soprano saxophone); Kai Thomsen (keyboards & synths).

The composer and keyboardist MSM Schmidt (Germany) wins for his newest recording "destination" internationally renowned jazz-fusion musicians like Mike Mainieri (Steps Ahead, Frank Zappa) on vibes, Joel Rosenblatt on drums (Bill Evans, Spyro Gyra), Simon Phillips (Toto, Mike Oldfield) and Wolfgang Haffner (Passport, Till Brönner), Jimmy Haslip on bass (Yello Jackets, Bruce Hornsby), Ric Fierabracci (Chick Corea, Men at Work), Dave Carpenter (Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea), who died In 2008, on saxes Steve Tavaglione (George Benson), Tom Scott (Paul McCartney, Quincy Jones) and Brandon Fields (George Benson, Tower of Power), Mitchel Forman on piano (Gary Burton, Pat Metheny), Dean Brown on guitar ( Billy Cobham, David Sanborn), Alex Machacek (Planet X) and Chuck Loeb (Steps Ahead, Metro) and on trumpet, Walter Fowler (Frank Zappa). All the players are outstanding and the sound is awesome as well! All the players are outstanding and the sound is awesome as well!

The playing throughout is of course stunning. The compositions are varied in style - sometimes jazzy, heavy, complex, and funky - but always entertaining. It actually sounds like they were really enjoying themselves while making such a wonderful album.


1. New East (LISTEN TO AUDIO) 
2. Mr. Weasel (LISTEN TO AUDIO) 
3. Strangest Feelings (LISTEN TO AUDIO) 
4. Running Home (LISTEN TO AUDIO) 
5. Piano Interlude (LISTEN TO AUDIO) 
6. 7 Grooves 2 Heaven (LISTEN TO AUDIO) 
7. Hey Jimmy (LISTEN TO AUDIO) 
8. Final Chapter (LISTEN TO AUDIO) 
9. Miami Revisited
10. Mongolian BBQ
11. Song For An Unknown Friend
12. DC
13.There Are No Rules


Pat Metheny: Orchestrion

Pat Metheny guitar and orchestrionics (pianos, marimba, vibraphone, orchestra bells, basses, guitarbots, percussion, cymbals and drums, blown bottles, and other custom-fabricated acoustic mechanical instruments, keyboard)

This project represents a conceptual direction that merges an idea from the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the technologies of today to create a new, open-ended platform for musical composition, improvisation and performance.
“Orchestrionics” is the term that I am using to describe a method of developing ensemble-oriented music using acoustic and acoustoelectric musical instruments that are mechanically controlled in a variety of ways, using solenoids and pneumatics. With a guitar, pen or keyboard I am able to create a detailed compositional environment or a spontaneously developed improvisation, with the pieces on this particular recording leaning toward the compositional side of the spectrum. On top of these layers of acoustic sound, I add my conventional electric guitar playing as an improvised component.

At least for me, this takes the term “solo record” into some new and interesting areas, somewhat recontextualizing the idea of what constitutes a solo performance by a single musician. This project is the result of a lifelong dream in this area that dates back to my early youth.

Pat Metheny - Orchestrion Preview

Seven FAQ's answered.

Pat Metheny - Orchestrion FAQ Questions

Steve Vai, George Lynch: Stephen McSwain, maker of custom guitars

Electric Playground has posted a video interview with Stephen McSwain, maker of custom guitars,

Classic cars, bullet casings, airplane gauges... Stephen McSwain makes guitars you won't find anywhere else.

Including Steve Vai and George Lynch

Check out the video interview

Herman Li: video game noises!

Guitar Lesson: Herman Li from Dragonfor

Charlie Shaughnessy: tone thick enough to walk on

This is it... not thin, not tinny... just right, lots of middle, warm woody sound! I want this CD when it comes out!!!

Charlie Shaughnessy - Guitar Solo with Improvised Harmony (HD) - January 25, 2010

Temur Kvitelashvili: Fusion Style Guitar Solo

I've started using headphones on the laptop and this means I get a much better quality sound... and the sound can be louder without upsetting anyone... good job too... this solo is nice played loud. ;)

Temur Kvitelashvili - Fusion Style Guitar Solo (2004)