Friday, 26 February 2010

Will Hansen: you can't keep a good backing track down!

Another in the series... "you can't keep a good backing track down!" Will Hansen says:
Hello, my name is Will Hansen. I am a fifteen year old guitarist hailing from Northern Canada. I realize that this contest is over, but I figured that I would post a quick take of myself jamming over Tom Quayle's stellar backing track. The rig is my Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci straight into my Zoom G2.1u effects unit on a custom lead preset. The audio was recorded with Audacity, and the video with a FlipVideo camcorder. Enjoy!
Truth In Shredding Jam

Mitch Perry: Asia joins Steve Vai's Favored Nations

ASIA Featuring John Payne has inked a recording deal with Steve Vai's Favored Nations record label. A June/July release is scheduled for the yet-to-be-named CD. Asia Featuring John Payne is currently planning worldwide tourdates to support the new album.

"I am very excited about working with Steve Vai and Dean Schachtel [Favored Nations A&R]," John Payne states. "Apart from being consummate professionals that I admire and respect, their added knowledge of the business is superlative. In a time of change within this industry and conglomerates run by bean counters, Favored Nations is the ideal company for our music and our future. I could not be more happy with this union."

"The artists signed to Favored Nations are a unique, dedicated breed that have attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments. If you're a music lover who is passionate about real musicianship, we know you will want to hear our albums. " - Steve Vai, from

John Payne became the frontman of the supergroup Asia in 1992 at the invitation of keyboardist Geoff Downes, replacing vocalist/bassist John Wetton. Asia extensively toured the world for the next 14 years performing new classics and old favorites. With John Payne fronting the band, Asia released 8 stunning studio albums and several live recordings. In 2006, Geoff Downes left the band to reform the 1982 line up for their 25th anniversary. On the 9th of May 2006, John Payne, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe contractually agreed that John Payne would continue his 14 year legacy with ASIA as Asia Featuring John Payne.

Yngwie Malmsteen: CD Alcatrazz Nakano 1984

Live album release from Alcatrazz featuring audio recording from their concert performance on January 28, 1984 at Nakano Nakano Sun Plaza. January 28, 1984, Nakano Alcatraz Edition was recorded live at Sun Plaza performance! Rock & Roll album, No Parole 』Fromm addition to songs from Rainbow's Graham Bonnet era masterpieces" All Night Long "" Gone Yuvu Bean smiled "" Lost in Hollywood ", The Age, Michael Schenker Group" Desert Song ", from the solo" Night of the lonely Gemusu "songs such as representatives has been released as a live panel Furthermore, with the same sentence yet 5 Journal Live Journal, by comparison of the songs! valuable instrument to play the guitar talk of transcendence is young Malmsteen!

Angus Lamb: classical lamb chops

Kreutzer Violin Étude No. 14

Asher Kurtz: Revelation

Asher Kurtz: Revelation

Doug Steele, Gary McKay: omnicore

Flatstick was a studio project between 2 guitar teachers, Doug Steele (USA) and Gary McKay (Australia). They've released one album (Omnicore) and were about 80% done with album number 2 when Gary was diagnosed with cancer. Gary died in March, 2006. He is deeply missed.

Gary McKay: lead and rhythm guitars, drums and keys programming, producer, reality gauge, studio owner

Doug Steele: all vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, bass, drum and keys programming

CD was recorded at Gary's house in Heidelberg, Melbourne, Australia.

Extra special thanks to Chris Adler from Lamb of God, who liked the CD so much he tried to get us signed. LOG also played the CD before they performed onstage in the early days. We're eternally grateful. Also a big thanks to Ed Head from Haji's Kitchen, who tried to help us as well.
I think this was our most metal song, ha ha..I liked Engine Number 9 from Deftones, and wanted us to have one..The rhythm was a real fucking asshole to nail, and it took us hours...major cutting/pasting going on. I was very impatient. The lyrics are pretty self explanatory; if you're an asshole, you should die.

Solos: Gary in fusion bit, then myself in metal bit.

Flatstick "Not Fit to Breathe"

Charles Shaughnessy: chopstix jam session VI

(LIVE) Charlie Shaughnessy & co. - Funky Improv at CHOPSTIX 2/24/2010

Adam Nolly Getgood: red seas fire

I offer guitar lessons, both in person (Bath, UK) and also via Skype. Send me a message at for more details.
Hey there guys, I'm Adam, but everyone calls me Nolly. Please excuse the arrogant sounding profile name - it was the first thing that came to my head.
I'm a guitarist in the band Red Seas Fire. Check us out at

Planet X - Alien Hip-Hop solo

Red Seas Fire groove recording footage

Red Seas Fire - The Recovery (lead tracking vid)

Angus Lamb: a classical lamb dish...

J.S. Bach - Tempo di Bourée - Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin (OLD VIDEO)

News: i-tab... sneaky way to learn guitar!

i-tab, the worlds first dedicated portable guitar tab player now launched

The revolutionary and patented i-tab, for the first time ever, offers guitarists a pocket sized unit that scrolls chords and lyrics in perfect time. The i-tab allows users to download backing tracks and video cover lessons from a massive library of fully legal tabs, tracks and lessons on Once downloaded, the i-tab sits conveniently at the end of your guitar and acts as the ultimate prompt giving you a seamless clear display of chords and lyrics at the tempo of your choice. Now you can take your tab library with you wherever you go and this really will be your best friend on your guitar.

Ideal for players of every level, the i-tab will help you learn songs, remember lyrics whilst storing 100’s of tabs, backing tracks and reels of video. A 4GB memory gives you plenty of room to organise your songs into handy playlists and build your own song library. If you are learning to play you can also download i-tabs free tuition video modules to help you along. Funky video cover lessons will help build your portfolio of cool songs for gigs and parties.

The i-tab unit has a 5” touch screen, in-built speaker and comes with headphones, stylus, USB connector, power charger, soft carry pouch and weighs in at only 0.14kg. The i-tab comes with 30 free song tabs including U2 (Beautiful Day), Oasis (Wonderwall) and The Rolling Stones (Jumping Jack Flash). It also includes TV out leads so you can play synchronized chords, lyrics and backing tracks through the player or through your TV and everyone can sing along!

The i-tab is available to purchase now through for £129 (EU€149, US$199). The first units are shipping mid-March and will hit the streets worldwide from early April 2010. The backing tracks and songs (including the chords and lyrics) can be purchased from the website at a price of 25 pence for the tabs and 50 pence for backing tracks.
i-tab, songs at your finger tips
For further information visit

Marco Sfogli: master of metal guitar clinic

Masterclass presented by noted guitarist Caserta personally chosen by James LaBrie (Dream Theater vocalist) on his latest solo work "element of persuasion" and its world tour.
Type: Education - Workshop
Date: Sunday, 21 March 2010
Time: 18:00 to 20:00
Location: Rehearsal room dBMusic, via Provolo Antonio 26 (San Basilio), Rome.
On 21 March 2010, at 18:00 for the first time in Rome, at the test room dBMusic, is holding a workshop on the guitar metal Sfogli by Marco, the famous guitarist Caserta personally chosen by James LaBrie (singer of Dream Theater) for his latest solo work "element of persuasion" and its world tour.
It 'is a unique opportunity to learn the secrets of the guitar metal through technique and talent of Mark, who will present in this, the occasion also browse Some of the most important passages of his latest artistic effort in the album "There's Hope."
The seminar is a closed number and by appointment, so if you are interested, Please confirm your participation as soon as possible to avoid losing this opportunity. You will then receive an email with the terms and conditions par la pre-event.
The cost is 25 € per person.

The Program:
• Introduction
• Artwork
• Examples taken from the album "There's Hope"
• The importance of 'aspect melodic improvisation Rock
Guitarist • studio
• Home Recording

Julien Bitoun: "Beurks"

Preview DVD Guitar Part of summer 2009, a piece in the style shred played a Godin Redline 1.

Julien "Beurks" Bitoun - shred sur Godin Redline 1

Chris Letchford, Travis Levrier: MI scale the summit

Scale The Summit - Instrumental Progressive Metal Band

Jan Akkerman: Utrecht, February 2010

JAN AKKERMAN, Utrecht, February 2010

Andy James: Guitar Solo Contest...

World-renowned Guitar phenomenon Andy James invites you to enter his Guitar Solo Contest. Showcase your guitar playing skills to the world by entering the online You Tube contest, with some great prizes up for grabs.

go to for more info, rules and to download exclusive backing track.

To Download Backing Track go to, right click on " Download the backing track here " and "Save Target as"

To enter competition, please fill in the entry form here: and post your video as a response to this video.
All videos will be checked first prior to making live, so please be patient if your entry does not appear straight away. Most of all, have fun with the backing track, and show the world what you can do!!

A select panel of judges including Andy James will decide upon the best entries after the closing date.

·The Andy James Guitar Solo Contest is open to anyone, from anywhere, and of any age, gender or musical tastes!!
·The video submitted should be of the contestant playing live over the backing track provided
·Our select panel of judges will choose an outright online winner, and their decision will be final, and no moaning or disagreement will be accepted!

Showreel courtesy of Adam Mason

Andy James Guitar Solo Contest

Rules and official bits!
  • The Andy James Guitar Solo Contest is open to anyone, from anywhere, and of any age, gender or musical tastes!!
  • The video submitted should be of the contestant playing live over the backing track provided
  • Our select panel of judges will choose an outright online winner, and their decision will be final, and no moaning or disagreement will be accepted!
  • An additional 4 guitarists will be invited to play live at The Northants Guitar Night 2010. 
  • Those selected to play live must be aged 18 or over to comply with UK licensing laws and must be able to attend the event. 
The Prizes 

There are numerous prizes up for grabs from Blackstar, ESP, Licklibrary, Andy James, Intersales Music and Owen Edwards.  A full list of prizes will be published here once we have official confirmation.
Above all, this is a fun way to showcase your talent, and for the lucky ones who can attend the Northants Guitar Night 2010, to enjoy the very best live music night in the region for many a year!!
Northants Guitar Night 2010
Organised by Guitar Idol directors Owen and James Edwards, Intersales Music of Kettering, Northants, and in association with Blackstar Amps,  ESP Guitars,
Lick Library, and The Evening Telegraph, The Northants Guitar Night 2010 promises to be an event not to be missed for guitarists and music fans alike.  Featuring performances from Prodigy legend Gizz Butt, Worldwide published author, instructor and session guitaristOwen Edwards, and of course Andy James headlining, the event will also feature live performances from the chosen lucky ones who enter the Andy James Guitar Solo Contest! 
In addition to the live music, top UK guitar maker Rob Williams will be showcasing his truly stunning handmade guitars at the show.  See at first hand some of the finest guitars in the world!

Milan Polak: new competition coming soon?

Word on the street is there will be a new mega competition coming from Milan Polak... more details coming soon...

Mean time subscribe to Milan's Channel and check out another hyper lick lesson.

Milan Polak Lick #14 - Descending 6-tuplet run covering the whole fretboard

Lee Peterson: lick library giveaway!

Just wanted to say a BIG THANKS to all my subscribers, it's great to be able to do this.

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