Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Slash: write, record and perform on the winning artists' single

Guitar Center has teamed up with one of the greatest guitarists to ever walk the earth to present YOUR NEXT RECORD with SLASH, a groundbreaking unsigned band competition that will give one up and coming band the chance to win the ultimate career-altering opportunity: record a 3-song EP with the legendary producer behind Guns N' Roses - Mike Clink and have Slash write, record and perform on the winning artists' single.

Starting today, February 1st through April 30th bands across the U.S. are invited to submit their music at for a chance to win one of the sweetest prize packages ever offered in rock.

Slash says:

"The formula that used to work for discovering new artists has been decimated and the opportunities for really talented bands to be heard is extremely limited. That's why it's so important to me and Guitar Center to provide a situation where new talent can be discovered. This is an incredibly interesting way to find and help launch a really great band that hasn't been able to get their foot in the door otherwise."

Good luck and may the band that rocks the hardest win.

Angel Dimitrov: Christmas in Rumania

Christmas in Rumania

Jack Gardiner: one I missed

Jack Gardiner "Ambitions Live"

Tommy Emmanuel: raises over $38000 for charity!!!

Are you dying to know how the eBay auction of Tommy's guitars went?  Here are the winning bids:

Paul Reed Smith     $10,322
Maton Jumbo  $21,100

Tommy and the TE Team are absolutely thrilled with these results!  Congratulations to the lucky winners.  Your generosity is amazing!  A big thank you to everyone who participated in the auctions.  Because of your interest, a grand total of over $38,000 will be donated to the United Nations Childrens Fund Haiti Relief effort.  Even more of you have donated to Haiti relief through other means.  We truly can make a difference together.


Jayce Landberg: Kusamura (Live in Stockholm)

JAYCE LANDBERG - Kusamura (Live in Stockholm)

Jamie Humphries: Learn to Play Led Zeppelin Volume

Lick Library release Led Zeppelin & Jimmy Page Guitar Tuition DVDs

Lick Library continue to grow their considerable array of guitar tuition DVDs with the release of Learn to Play Led Zeppelin Volume 1 & 2, Learn to Play Jimmy Page the Solos and Quick Licks Up Tempo Rock and Minor Blues both in the style of Jimmy Page. Acclaimed author and guitar tutor Jamie Humphries presents the Learn to Play and Jam with Led Zeppelin DVD’s and former Joe Satriani pupil Danny Gill presents the others.

Led Zeppelin are unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history, and Jimmy Page is continues to be one of the all time most influential, important and versatile guitarists. He is the man whose riffs and bluesy soloing served as blueprint for the foundations of heavy rock.

Learn to Play Led Zeppelin Volume 1 (RRP £24.99) – This world class guitar workshop gives you the inside take on the great songs, sounds and riffs played by the legendary Jimmy Page. Jamie Humphries breaks down note by note five all time classic tracks including Black Dog, Rock & Roll, Stairway to Heaven, Immigrant Song, and Heartbreaker helping you nail that signature Jimmy Page sound and style well enough to play in any guitar shop!

Learn to Play Led Zeppelin Volume 2 (RRP £24.99) – In Jamie’s second guitar workshop he take you thorough more of the greatest and most well known riffs in rock history. This DVD looks at five more timeless tracks including Whole Lotta Love, Kashmir, Communication Breakdown, Since I’ve Been Loving You and Babe I’m Gonna Leave You. Each of these double DVD sets contain over 3 hours of lessons and further support can be found at

Learn to Play Jimmy Page the Solos (RRP £23.99) -This guitar DVD tutorial is presented by Danny Gill and features five unforgettable solos from Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Good Times Bad Times, Black Dog and Whole Lotta Love. Learn to play these inspired solos a lick at a time and practice along to the jam tracks on the CD. Each track is featured at slow, medium and full tempo so you can learn at your own pace and steadily build up to full speed.

Quick Licks Up Tempo Rock in the Style of Jimmy Page (RRP £19.99) – Seven solos taking in over forty licks in the style of Jimmy Page are featured in this guitar class DVD. In the process Danny looks at pentatonic, diatonic and blues scales, string bending, hybrid picking and shows you how all these can all come together. A further thirty solo blues licks reminiscent of Since I’ve Been Loving You and Tea For One can be explored with the Quick Licks Minor Blues in the Style of Jimmy Page (RRP £19.99) DVD guitar workshop. Both the Quick Licks DVDs include backing tracks for you to practice soloing over.

Lick Library offers you a wide choice of types of guitar tutoring formats – Learn to Play.., Quick Licks… and Jam with… along with over 20,000 other guitar tuition products. For the ultimate range of tuition products, has the comprehensive and definitive professional guides to learning to playing the guitar.

Mika Tyyskä: tonight I'm Mr. Mika Konplerf!

About a year ago I was working on the final recordings of Mr. Fastfinger's album "The Way of the Exploding Guitar". One of the songs, "Creatures of the Midnight" had recently went though a dramatic re-arrangement editing. Now suddenly there was one more guitar solo to record.

I set up an audio sequencer to loop the backing of the solo and started improvising on the guitar. I think I spent at least an hour or more, testing out different ideas, tones and effects. Nothing felt right for the song and part, and I slowly started feeling hopeless with the case. I then rememebered seeing a clip of Mark Knopfler's (from Dire Straits) live concert on TV about a week earlier. I now felt his playing would fit the song perfectly.
Enter Mr. Mika Konplerf!

Dimitar Nalbantov: demo track new video

"Sunflower Seed" - The Solo

Richie Kotzen: new UK tour dates announced

Following the success of last years UK Tour, Richie Kotzen has just announced three UK dates for June 2010 as part of his World Tour of the new ‘Peace Sign’ Album. Last October saw the first live dates that Richie had played in the UK since 2004 resulting in a ‘Sold Out’ London performance.
Richie is a guitar virtuoso who has recorded on Mike Varney’s Shrapnel Label, recorded and toured with Multi Platinum bands Poison and Mr Big, played in Keanu Reeves band Dogstar and played as a solo artist as the opening act for the Rolling Stones ‘Bigger Bang’ tour in Japan in 2006. Richie has amassed a 30 plus album discography.
He is one of a very few artists who has been graced with not one but two Fender signature guitars.
However, unlike most virtuoso guitarists, Richie’s material is not full bore shred rock. Instead he writes and sings soulful songs that bring to mind the very best of both early 1970’s rock, and the current crop of emerging young blues rock guitar players. His voice has been compared to Steve Marriott, Paul Rodgers and Chris Cornell.
The UK tour dates are:
June 17th - 02 Academy Islington, LONDON
June 19th - Club Academy, MANCHESTER
June 20th - The Classic Grand, GLASGOW
Tickets are available now from: | | and other reputable Ticket outlets.
Further Information:
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Marc Rizzo: 7 String

Stealth Pro Marc Rizzo 7 String