Monday, 1 March 2010

Daniele Gregolin: shark attack

Daniele Gregolin plays Euro Groove Department - !Shark attack!

Marco Iacobini: at musikmesse

Marco Iacobini will be at musikmesse 2010

24 MAR
Frankfurt,Germany, GE, GE
MUSIKMESSE 2010... at 8:00 PM

25 MAR
Frankfurt,Germany, GE, GE
MUSIKMESSE 2010... at 8:00 PM

26 MAR
Frankfurt,Germany, GE, GE
MUSIKMESSE 2010... at 8:00 PM

27 MAR
Frankfurt,Germany, GE, GE
MUSIKMESSE 2010... at 8:00 PM

Mike Keneally: Baked Potato on January 6, 2010 plus

Eleven videos in this player, includes 2010 gig and a gig from one year earlier and some earlier videos from megastep

Mike Keneally: Baked Potato on January 6, 2010 plus

Brandon Gan: improvise over Tom Quayle track

Brandon Gan:
Improvising through the changes of the solo section of a Tom Quayle song. Chasing a Beat.

The chords changes are as follows. : | F#m9 | Am7 Eadd9/G# | F#m9 | Am7 Eadd9/G# | | F#m9 | Am7 Eadd9/G# | | F#m9 | Am7 B7alt | | Em9 | Gm7 Am11 | Em9 | Gm7 Am11 | | Em9 | Gm7 Am11 | Em9 | Gm7 C#7/#9 | ( Repeats twice )

fusion jam.wmv

Damjan Pejcinoski: Ne-Yo Closer

SHINE - Ne-Yo Closer ( acoustic cover)

News: Truth In Shredding - Facebook Fan page

Truth In Shredding has a facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Truth-In-Shredding/337841331077

With more than 300 million active users, Facebook is nearly the size of the United States in terms of population. In fact, odds are that you’re a Facebook user, perhaps using it to keep in touch with family and friends, with a dash of business thrown in for good measure. Maybe you look at some of the 2 billion photos uploaded each month, or contribute a few of the 40 million daily status updates. In short: Facebook is where it’s at, and you’re already there.

A good article that covers the the reasons you might set up a fan page and what ypu get when you set one up. Anyone serious about build a fan base, with some stuff under your belt: http://mashable.com/2009/09/22/facebook-pages-guide/

Guthrie Govan, Christophe Godin, Dudley Ross: live date tickets available!!!

Guthrie Govan, Christophe Godin & Dudley Ross:
We're pleased to announce tickets are finally on sale.

There are only limited spaces for the masterclass, so get in quick!

You can only book via telephone at the moment, javascript:void(0)website does not have it listed until the end of the week.

Box Office Telephone No: 01227 769075

Many thanks,
CHROME NOTE

***Matt Schofield 21st April now with masterclass @ the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury*****

News: US citizens... Heavy as hell... $10,000 give away

These prizes will be given away weekly! 1st place: $1,000 2nd place: $500 3rd place: $250
Ask any question about the contest at HERE
Now I know we have not done a good contest for the HAH Nation in a very long time, but that was because we wanted to make sure this was 100 times better than anything we have done before.
So here are the details. First place wins $1,000! Second place wins $500 Third place wins $250 The winner will be determined by the automated chart HERE. Winners will be chosen and announced at the end of the contest week immediately before the next contest week is launched. Prizes will be sent in the form of a cashiers check by certified mail. No P.O. Boxes will be acceptable. We need it on record that said winner has received the prize they won.
First Contest Week: March 1st through March 7th of 2010
2nd Contest Week: March 8th through March 14th of 2010
3rd Contest Week: March 15th through March 21st of 2010
4th Contest Week: March 22nd through March 28th of 2010
Final Contest Week: March 29th through March 31st of 2010


How you earn "points" to win:
As always, you earn "sins" (points) for submitting links to stories about hard rock, classic rock, metal, punk, industrial, glam, goth, grunge, grindcore, hardcore, metalcore, etc. It's not just metal! For example, we think THIS VIDEO is Heavy As Hell. Voting for stories others submit also gets you "sins". The third method of getting "sins" is to comment on submissions others have made. Pretty much just be active on the site. The point of the site is to be social, so make sure and "friend" users with the same musical tastes as you have. Feel free to invite friends, too.

Three Hints on how to win:
  • If someone was to just vote for every story in the upcoming section that is music related (don't vote up spam), they could have a good chance with that alone. It's just that easy, people!
  • Voting for other people's stories can only help your chances of winning.
  • If you don't vote for other people's stories it can really hurt your chances in this contest.
  • Want a live list of the most current hints on what you can submit? CLICK HERE!

How can you tell if you are winning?
Go to the Top Ten Users Chart HERE

Winners will be announced Every Sunday Night
Very late Sunday night we will screen shot the contest chart, announce the winners of that week, and start the next weeks contest. We are very sorry, but only winners from the United States are eligible due to legal reasons. Users worldwide are welcome to be a part of the site, but this contest has to be for U.S. residents only. Of course any user suspected of cheating, gaming the system, or being involved in activity that could harm the site or it's users may be banned. Being banned from this site will disqualify you from this and any contest.

Only guitar based music stories win!
We want to celebrate people who actually play instruments. This is what we are passionate about. This site was started to talk about hard rock, classic rock, metal, punk, industrial, glam, goth, grunge, grindcore, hardcore, metalcore, etc. No rap, rapcore, dance music, techno, hip hop, pop, or country. So we strongly discourage those styles.

The contest starts March 1st
When the clock strikes midnight PST the contest has begun. So CLICK HERE and get started already!

Rules:
1. Winners must be over 18 years of age.
2. Winners must be legal citizens of the United States Of America
3. Winners must live in the United States Of America
4. If you are caught cheating, gaming the site, or doing any behavior that gets your account banned you are no longer eligible to win the contest (as well as any future contests on this site).
5. Off topic submissions can get you banned. (we will issue warnings if we think necessary)
6. We will not tolerate any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening material, or anything that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and, if necessary, your service provider being informed). IP addresses are recorded to aid us in enforcing these conditions. This includes (but is not limited to) submissions, comments, & usernames.
7. Any activity that goes against the websites TERMS OF USE will immediately disqualify you from the contest as well as cause the termination of your account.
8. Anyone who wins a prize greater than $600 will be required to fill out and return a W-9 form form before receiving said prize.
9. Winners will be announced on the morning of March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, and April 1st. Winners will have 90 days to respond and collect their prize.
10. If any of your activity is thought by the administration of HeavyAsHell.com to endanger the safety or privacy of the HeavyAsHell website or it's users your account will be blocked and you will be disqualified from the contest (as well as any future contests on this site).
11. Each user will only be able to win once during the duration of the contest.
Click here and get started already!
Ask any question about the contest at HEREThese prizes will be given away weekly! 1st place: $1,000 2nd place: $500 3rd place: $250
Ask any question about the contest at HERE
Now I know we have not done a good contest for the HAH Nation in a very long time, but that was because we wanted to make sure this was 100 times better than anything we have done before.
So here are the details. First place wins $1,000! Second place wins $500 Third place wins $250 The winner will be determined by the automated chart HERE. Winners will be chosen and announced at the end of the contest week immediately before the next contest week is launched. Prizes will be sent in the form of a cashiers check by certified mail. No P.O. Boxes will be acceptable. We need it on record that said winner has received the prize they won.
First Contest Week: March 1st through March 7th of 2010
2nd Contest Week: March 8th through March 14th of 2010
3rd Contest Week: March 15th through March 21st of 2010
4th Contest Week: March 22nd through March 28th of 2010
Final Contest Week: March 29th through March 31st of 2010


How you earn "points" to win:
As always, you earn "sins" (points) for submitting links to stories about hard rock, classic rock, metal, punk, industrial, glam, goth, grunge, grindcore, hardcore, metalcore, etc. It's not just metal! For example, we think THIS VIDEO is Heavy As Hell. Voting for stories others submit also gets you "sins". The third method of getting "sins" is to comment on submissions others have made. Pretty much just be active on the site. The point of the site is to be social, so make sure and "friend" users with the same musical tastes as you have. Feel free to invite friends, too.

Three Hints on how to win:
  • If someone was to just vote for every story in the upcoming section that is music related (don't vote up spam), they could have a good chance with that alone. It's just that easy, people!
  • Voting for other people's stories can only help your chances of winning.
  • If you don't vote for other people's stories it can really hurt your chances in this contest.
  • Want a live list of the most current hints on what you can submit? CLICK HERE!

How can you tell if you are winning?
Go to the Top Ten Users Chart HERE

Winners will be announced Every Sunday Night
Very late Sunday night we will screen shot the contest chart, announce the winners of that week, and start the next weeks contest. We are very sorry, but only winners from the United States are eligible due to legal reasons. Users worldwide are welcome to be a part of the site, but this contest has to be for U.S. residents only. Of course any user suspected of cheating, gaming the system, or being involved in activity that could harm the site or it's users may be banned. Being banned from this site will disqualify you from this and any contest.

Only guitar based music stories win!
We want to celebrate people who actually play instruments. This is what we are passionate about. This site was started to talk about hard rock, classic rock, metal, punk, industrial, glam, goth, grunge, grindcore, hardcore, metalcore, etc. No rap, rapcore, dance music, techno, hip hop, pop, or country. So we strongly discourage those styles.

The contest starts March 1st
When the clock strikes midnight PST the contest has begun. So CLICK HERE and get started already!

Rules:
1. Winners must be over 18 years of age.
2. Winners must be legal citizens of the United States Of America
3. Winners must live in the United States Of America
4. If you are caught cheating, gaming the site, or doing any behavior that gets your account banned you are no longer eligible to win the contest (as well as any future contests on this site).
5. Off topic submissions can get you banned. (we will issue warnings if we think necessary)
6. We will not tolerate any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening material, or anything that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and, if necessary, your service provider being informed). IP addresses are recorded to aid us in enforcing these conditions. This includes (but is not limited to) submissions, comments, & usernames.
7. Any activity that goes against the websites TERMS OF USE will immediately disqualify you from the contest as well as cause the termination of your account.
8. Anyone who wins a prize greater than $600 will be required to fill out and return a W-9 form form before receiving said prize.
9. Winners will be announced on the morning of March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, and April 1st. Winners will have 90 days to respond and collect their prize.
10. If any of your activity is thought by the administration of HeavyAsHell.com to endanger the safety or privacy of the HeavyAsHell website or it's users your account will be blocked and you will be disqualified from the contest (as well as any future contests on this site).
11. Each user will only be able to win once during the duration of the contest.
Click here and get started already!
Ask any question about the contest at HERE

Steve Howe: new Asia “OMEGA”!

Frontiers Records to release the new ASIA album

“OMEGA” RELEASES APRIL 23rd IN EUROPE & MAY 4TH IN USA

Napoli, Italy – ASIA, rock’s first important super-group of the 80s - featuring members from Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, King Crimson and The Buggles – will release Omega, its highly anticipated new album of original material. The record is due in the spring of 2010 on Frontiers Records.

Geoffrey Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton, the four original Asia members, reunited in 2006, twenty-three years after all four had last played together. The much publicised reunion resulted in highly successful world tours, a double live LP and DVD (entitled Fantasia: Live In Tokyo) and an acclaimed studio album Phoenix in 2008 which debuted at number 73 in the Billboard charts in the USA and entered the top 100 in several European countries.

Formed at the dawn of the MTV era, Asia’s first release was the best selling album in the world in 1982 and sat at the number 1 spot in the USA for 9 weeks, powered by the classic rock anthem, “Heat Of The Moment,” and four other radio hits. Asia’s 1983 sophomore album, Alpha, also went multi-platinum and enjoyed several hit singles, including the #1 smash, “Don’t Cry”. During the recording of its third disc, the band splintered, and by the 1990s, only Geoff Downes remained from the original line-up.

The reunion came to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band, but morphed itself into an ongoing endeavour. In 2008, they returned with the first new studio album, Phoenix, which had been strongly influenced by the fusion of talents and heritages that the band excited the music world with back in 1982. Omega shows a new renaissance for this amazing group of musicians, which seem to live up to a joie-de-vivre that stands the test of time.

Begun during the summer 2009, the writing and recording sessions of Omega, immediately showed inspiration and good feelings. “We were looking to create something different with Omega,” says keyboardist Geoff Downes. “Of course, the sound of the 4 band members of Asia will always have a certain hallmark when we play together. That's a given. But we approached the song writing with a mind to getting a degree of variety into these compositions. Hence, you will hear areas of textures where arguably we have never gone before.”

Add lead vocalist/bassist/guitarist John Wetton: “Asia is an English prog-rock band with a pop edge, always has been, and hopefully always will be. Accessible, melodic, anthemic songs with great playing, luxuriating in a bed of lush orchestration, with lyrics that strike a sympathetic chord in even the most cynical heart. There you have it; Omega is a themed album in Asia's fine tradition, without the millstone of a concept.”

Steve Howe adds that “the whole recording process has been inspiring and rewarding, and I’m very excited about the result”. “I would say these are all strong individual songs” says drummer Carl Palmer. “It was a very smooth experience, and arguably one of our best records.”

For the first time since the debut album, ASIA worked with an outside producer, Mike Paxman (Uriah Heep, Status Quo) who managed to create a truly special sounding album with the highs, lows and lots of dynamics. He helped the band to put together a tapestry of sound, which demonstrates the rich strata of Asia's music. Paxman was able to achieve this through the songs which spun real stories of actual events and experiences in locations around the globe. “The songs always have a message, hopefully positive,” says Wetton. “My songs are almost always autobiographical, so there is hope and experience in there, too. The lyric will never leave you on a negative thought. “

As with the most popular of ASIA releases, the cover art specifically designed for the project by acclaimed artist Roger Dean. The concept of the title (Omega) and the 'Year of the Tiger' referencing of the cover art underline the fact that this is real Asia. John Wetton explains: “The title 'Omega', as any fan of the band will tell you is 'very Asia' (as is the album, by the way). It no more means 'final' than 'Alpha' means 'the first' (which it wasn't). It's a great sounding/looking word, and a bookend to 'Alpha'. In many ways, musically and conceptually, the two albums share commonality.”

“We are embarking on our European tour around the middle of April, then straight in to Japan for the middle of May” says Downes. “It's going to be fun working out the new set list because obviously we have another album under our belt now with Omega.”

After touring Europe and Japan, ASIA will embark on a US tour late in the summer of 2010.

Omega will be released in the first pressing in digipak with one exclusive bonus track:

Finger on the Trigger; Through My Veins; Holy War; Ever Yours: Listen Children; End of the World; Light The Way; Emily (*); Still The Same; There Was a Time; I Believe; Don't Wanna Lose You Now.

I believe sample
Finger On the Trigger Sample
Through My Veins Solo
Holy War sample

(*) Bonus track first pressing in digipak.

ASIA EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:

Apr. 21 - Helsinki, Finland - House of Culture
Apr. 22 - Moscow, Russia - B1 Club
Apr. 24 - Rome, Italy - Auditorium
Apr. 26 - Prague, Czech Republic - Lidovy dum Kbely
Apr. 27 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Salzhaus
Apr. 28 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
Apr. 30 - Paris, France - Casino De Paris

May 1 - Uden, Netherlands - de Pul
May 2 - Asschaffenburg, Germany
May 3 - Nuremburg, Germany - Hirsch
May 4 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
May 6 - Reichenbach, Germany - Die Halle
May 7 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche Prinz-Regent-Strasse 50-60
May 8 - Osnabruck, Germany - Rosenhof Rosenplatz 23
May 9 - Bonn, Germany - Bruckenforum

For All Things ASIA, please visit:

www.originalasia.com,

For additional information please visit:

www.myspace.com/originalasiawww.frontiers.it or www.myspace.com/frontiersrecords 

Stelios Arnaoutoglou, Chris Pallas: μπύρα για δύο B42 rules!

I was wrong... not T42 Greek branch... B42 μπύρα για δύο... Beer For Two... B42 rules!

Steve A And Chris Pallas Uber Jam

Uli Tisch-Rottensteiner: "Georgia on my Mind"

"Georgia on my Mind" played by Uli Tisch-Rottensteiner

Tony Waka: fusion... beer powered

Funky Fusion Solo

Richie Kotzen: prayers for Chile

Richie Kotzen posts:
Prayers for my friends in Chile
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1165173093&ref=nf

Michael Angelo Batio: reanimated!

Michael Angelo Batio will be filming a new version of the classic Speed Kills DVD starting Monday March 22nd in Los Angeles, California with Metal Method Productions.

Doug Marks will again be directing and producing the program. This updated version will include some of the original exercises and concepts along with new, updated exercises and information. Speed Kills is one of the top, best selling Guitar Instructional programs of all time.

Michael will also be performing his classic song 'Time Traveler' for the opening segment. Look for a late spring, early summer 2010 release

Marcos Ambrosi: ballad night

Marcos Ambrosi back with some emotive playing...


'New Beginning' Original Song



Marcos Ambrosi - The Count of Tuscany Cover (intro)

Do Joong Mo, Sam Coulson: earth shattering shred... enjoy!

Backing track from www.bluesjamtracks.com

Jamming with my Korean friend Do Joong Mo. Check out his videos

I love this duets of shredding mayhem... these guys have the licks... watch them burn!

Cyber Jamming with Dokdorian

Dimitar Nalbantov: Amplitube 3

Dimitar Nalbantov:
Hi guys!
Just received IK Multimedia Stealth Pedal and recorded this video .
IK Stealth Pedal is amazing piece of hardware and it works great with Amplitube 3.
Also you can control any other software if you want.

Best Regards,
Dimi

Amplitube 3 with Stealth Pedal

Mattias IA Eklundh: Bordeaux Valentine

Freak Kitchen - The Bordeaux Valentine's Day Sore Throat Announcement

Kurt James: the real Kurt James shows you what you've been missing!

Kurt James was born to shred... any one with the Dr Mastermind CD will no doubt recall the awesomeness... so it is with great pleasure that post this video... truth in shredding!

On the Rox with Kurt james practice


Domination

David Paul Jones | MySpace Music Videos

Angus Lamb: Shred This Too.. the lamb perspective

Another example of the a great backing track that just needs to be jammed over ;)

Angus Lamb:
A quick jam over the Shred This Too backing track. Audio quality isn't great, but this isn't an entry or anything - the competition's closed!

I'm using a Godin LGX-SA into Guitar Rig 4.

Shred This Too Jam

Rob Chappers: D'addario Competition.. just got even easier!

Yes... lots of fancy dress now as well as filming out side... you can film inside too! So what crazy things can we expect... may be the odd Monkey suit or two... Currently 33 entries for 3 prizes one worth £1000!!!



Rob Chappers: D'Addario £1000 competition. Ends on the 14th March 2010

That is so00o good.. I might even have to team up with Shred Junior to try and win a prize...

D'addario Competition - Enter it if you like winning stuff

Cinematar: got the blue blues...

Cinematar - Blus blues

Sam Bell: Crazy Guitar Lick Shed of Doom... part 2!... this man is mad!

Sams Guitar Lick Shed Part 2

Sloth Chubsteen, Fran Alonso: Rock Ballad Jam

Sloth Chubsteen:
Just a little improv over a great backing track! Thanks Creamermusic for posting such an awesome backing track! I have been playing for three years so please excuse some mistakes. Thanks for watching :)

Gear used: ernie ball musicman axis super sport guitar, boss me 70 direct into a sony handycam

rock ballad in D minor


Sloth Chubsteen:
I was inspired by Fran Alonso's masterpiece on this song:

Fran Alonso - Rock Ballad Jam

Angel Ruiz: Andy James shred competition

Andy James Guitar solo contest- Ángel Ruiz entry


Don't forget



Andy James: Shred competition. Ends on the 30th April 2010

Fredrik Pihl: take the hybrid arpeggio pihl...

Here's a free arpeggio lesson based on a E-minor pentatonic scale.
It involves hybrid picking, string skipping and some stretches.
Tab: http://www.4shared.com/file/232245343...

Have fun with it, and enjoy!
/Fredrik
Hybrid arpeggio lesson - TAB in description

George Balulis: a work in picking progress

George Balulis posted a snippet of an idea for the first shred this competition

Solo Contest (dev)


George Balulis has a pretty awesome picking technique

Economy-picked sextuplets


Greg Howe's Pepper Shake

Tom Hess: How To Improve Your Guitar Technique - Part 1

Tom Hess:

Do you want to improve your guitar technique, play guitar cleaner, eliminate sloppy playing and unwanted string noise Sloppy guitar technique is a very common problem. Many guitarists have been asking for solutions. This article will help you to improve your guitar technique.

There are 5 main challenges that electric guitar players must overcome in order to learn and master guitar technique. These 5 guitar technique challenges are divided into 3 groups:

1. Awareness

2. Sounds you 'want' to hear (the notes you are attempting to play cleanly)

3. Sounds you do ‘not’ want to hear (the sloppy sounds you sometimes hear such as unwanted string noise)

Today we will take a look at the first two groups. In Part 2 of this article series we'll focus on the last group of guitar technique challenges.

Focused Awareness - Many guitar players are not fully aware of every imperfection in their guitar technique. Some of these players do sense that 'something' may be wrong, but are not sure about exactly what their specific guitar technique problems are. Obviously, you cannot effectively correct a technical problem until and unless you know exactly what it is.

There are 2 main ways you can approach this:

1. Record yourself playing a something you want to improve on. Listen back (carefully) at 25%-33% speed so that you more easily identify any unclear notes, excess string noise, scratchy noises between the notes, inconsistency in your pick attack, etc.). You may or may not be able to hear everything on your own (many people simply can’t yet) and you may or may not be able to ‘correctly’ identify the cause of each imperfection present in your guitar playing. If you can that’s great, but if you’re not sure then

2. Work with a guitar teacher to evaluate your playing and use that feedback to begin the process of making any necessary changes to your technique. Not only will a good teacher help you to play clean by telling you 'what to do', but also because he will hear problems that you may not really be hearing.

IF you have an excellent ear, you should be able to identify the fine details of your problem, if not, work with your guitar teacher.

Articulation - The First Half of Two Hand Synchronization

The second step is to focus on your articulation. Articulation is the first half of two hand synchronization. To play cleaner you need your hands to fret and pick each note at precisely the same time (simultaneously).

There are 3 critical things you need to do to improve your articulation:

Use a clean guitar tone when practicing (no distortion and NO effects!). Distortion and effects will mask any imperfections in your articulation, so do not practice with them when focusing on "Articulation" (the rules will change when we talk about "The Release" in the next section).

Play loud enough so that you can truly hear what is happening as you are playing.

When you are practicing something slowly MAKE SURE that you do NOT change ANYTHING about how you approach and articulate each note. Fact is, most guitar players actually play very differently when playing slow compared to when playing fast. If you change anything in the way you are articulating the notes (such as playing with a lighter touch, using a weaker or stronger pick attack, changing your hand position, pick angle etc.) you will NOT fully improve your technique because the sound you make when playing will be different and therefore harder to detect and identify any problems with your articulation.  

The Release - The Second Half of Two Hand Synchronization

The third step toward cleaner playing is ‘the release’. For most guitar players 'the release' is the hardest problem to detect and correct. That’s generally because once players articulate a note cleanly, they ignore what immediately comes after (small sloppy noise in between the notes or 2 notes slightly ‘bleeding’ together.

And practicing your guitar with a ‘clean’ tone (no distortion) - as described above when focusing on articulation – almost always masks problems in the release phase of playing a note. This is why many people think their guitar playing sounds pretty clean when practicing without distortion but sense something is wrong when later playing with distortion but they are not sure what the problem is or worse, they actually do not hear the problem at all (but other people do). This is why focused awareness is so critical.

I use multiple steps to help my guitar students fully solve this problem (not all of which can be fully demonstrated or expressed in an article), but here are the absolutely necessary steps toward correcting problems with ‘the release’.

1.Practice your guitar WITH distortion (but NO EFFECTS!) now. (Notice, this is the exact opposite advice I gave you to identify and correct ‘articulation’ problems above). 

2. Again you need to play your guitar loud enough to hear precisely what is coming out of your amplifier (other noises in the room can mask the subtle things you need to be listening for).

3. Practice slow (but as stated above, do NOT change ANYTHING in the way you articulate OR RELEASE a note compared to when you are playing fast!).

4. Listen for any subtle noise in between notes (you will probably notice a ‘scratchy sound’ just before you play the next note). If you have a hard time hearing anything then record yourself and listen back to the recording at 1/4 or 1/3 speed (I guarantee you will hear this short scratchy sound now!) 

5.   Now that you know what to listen for, you will probably notice it all the time whenever you listen very carefully and THEN you are ready to being to correct the problem

Fact is there can be several reasons why your guitar playing may not be clean during the release of a note, but the most common cause is this: When you release a note your brain is probably telling your finger to ‘lift off’ (make an upward motion away from the string you just played). This can cause all sorts of nasty technique problems (fatigue, slower guitar playing speeds, and sloppy guitar playing among other things). 

The solution is to stop your brain from sending your fingers instructions to ‘lift off; of each note and instead to simply ‘relax’. When your finger relaxes it will naturally, immediately and effortlessly ‘release’ the note you just played. There are 2 main benefits to this:

1. Because the motion is effortless, you can play faster and for a much longer time (and most importantly) with greater ease.

2. Because your brain does not give the finger the instruction to make a ‘lift off’ motion this actually prevents your finger from moving (or preparing to move) prematurely (which is a major cause of the sloppy ‘scratchy sound’ that may be present in your guitar playing.

It is now very important to realize two things. First you CAN solve these problems and improve your guitar technique. Second, it won’t happen over night, this will take time and some consistent practice (possibly over several weeks or longer). But the benefits of being able to play guitar clean are well worth the patience required.

Get 15 more guitar playing tips to immediately improve your guitar playing.

In Part 2 of this article series we'll focus on the last group of guitar technique challenges.

Tom Hess is a professional touring guitarist and recording artist. He teaches online guitar lessons to guitar players around the world. Visit tomhess.net to get free guitar eBooks , assessments, surveys, mini courses and to read more guitar playing articles

©2009 Tom Hess Music Corporation. All Rights reserved.

Damjan Pejcinoski,Tum Siamrath,Bryan Aspey,Jack Gardiner,Joop Wolters: the shred prizes

Damjan Pejcinoski,Tum Siamrath, Bryan Aspey, Jack Gardiner, Joop Wolters are the lucky recipients for the Shred This Too competition. These are the prizes being posted at the local post office... The post lady wonders how you spell Macedonia...  Hopefully the prizes will be with the winners soon.  Time to get more prizes together for shred this three... if anyone has any suggestions of the things they'd like to see, just post a response...