Saturday, 6 March 2010

Dan Mumm: 8 finger tapping #2... mum's the word

8 Finger Baroque Jam - Dan Mumm

Pedro Molina: Lee Peterson win a guitar


Hara Lemes: Andy James shredding competition

[Improvisation] Andy James contest - Hara Lemes

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

Tom Quayle: lick library lessons on the way!

Tom Quayle says:
Lick Library Lessons
Hi guys,

I'm just letting you know that I'm now working as a regular Lick Library contributor doing on-line lessons on their site. I was down at their studios a couple of weeks ago shooting the first set of lessons, due to go live soon.

If you're a member of the site or are thinking about signing up let me know if there's anything in particular you'd like me to produce lessons on. I'm really excited about this!

Hope you're all good!

Dave Martone: Pigtronix pedal competition

Here's what to do to participate to this great Dave Martone contest:

1-Download Dave Martone's "The Goodie Squiggee Song" backing track

2-Record your video playing your own version of The Goodie Squiggee Song or create your own tune over the playback

Hereafter a link to the tabs and a video of Dave Martone giving some tips and tricks to play this great song!

Dave Martone "The Goodie Squeegee Song"

Dave Martone Guitar Lesson 10: Hair-Tie harmonics

Remember guitar is tuned in: D G D G B D (G open tuning)

Tab of the song is hereafter:

3-Subscribe to The Musical Contest youtube channel

4-Post your video as a response to this video

Best of luck and remember: Dave Martone's waiting.

Dave Martone contest on TMC -ENDS END OF MAY- (Win a Pigtronix Envelope Phaser pedal )

Joe Pinnavaia: debut release from Test Tube Rhino!

Some great sounding music from Joe Pinnavaia... highly recommended... enjoy!

Joe Pinnavaia is a Guitarist, Composer and Instructor from the Western New York area whose musical styles range from progressive rock with elements of orchestration and electronica to melodic instrumental rock

Joe completed his musical education at Villa Maria College of Buffalo and at the University at Buffalo where he studied with Joanne Castellani from the world renowned Castellani/Andriaccio Duo and also studied with guitar virtuoso Tony Scozzaro

Joe Pinnavaia’s solo project Test Tube Rhino has now released the debut record “InVitro” through Digital Nations a all digital division of Steve Vai’s label Favored Nations.
The record is available in all digital stores and you can visit Test Tube Rhino’s artist page at Digital Nations by clicking here:

CD Reviews of Joe Pinnavaia's release "InVitro" as Test Tube Rhino:

"His playing breathes the lyrical melodic phrasing of Joe Satriani with elements of Buckethead’s acoustic mastery and articulation of the brilliant Paul Gilbert. For guitar instrumental lovers, InVitro is everything you could ask for."
- Alex Jasperse , (Oct 15, 2008)

"The instrumental tracks veer from Steve Vai/ Joe Satriani speed shredding to Lenny Kravitz funky blues and rock to Jeff Beck Blow era jazz rock. "
- Bob Silvestri, Best of (May 01, 2008)

"TTR is his project for launching “selfish” guitar madness. Lucky us. His liquid tone, melodic lines, and tendency to break out savage note flurries are delightful."
- Mike Molenda, Guitar Player (Aug 01, 2006)

"Mr. Pinnavaia has a real melodic talent, and it hears well. This instrumental opus is a joy to listen to. It has a nostalgic, but also upbeat, quality that captured my imagination."
- Michael F., (Mar 05, 2008)

"Rock guitar instrumentals that allow for plenty of solo space, multi-layered esoterica, melodic richness, over-the-top shred, liquid legato lines, torrid tapping - in short, an outlet for the "experimental and selfish side of my playing," as Pinnavaia describes it."
- The Undiscovered, Guitar 9 Records (Jul 01, 2006)

"All instrumental, the sound is a pure sonic guitar feast in the timeless musical spirit of Robert Fripp and even Norwegian guitar god Terje Rypdal."
- Robert Silverstein, Music Web Express 3000 (Mar 23, 2009)


Nimicus Namicus

I'm Not doing anything to feel sorry

Tristan Klein: guitar9 interview

Dan McAvinchey: Tristan, when did you first get interested in guitar, and how did you learn and progress as a player?

Tristan Klein: My father is a guitar player. He was a session man for some famous singers in the '60s, then he moved and started a guitar school. But he never gave me any lessons. He just let me make my own way. The house was always full of instruments so I started with the drums and the piano when I was 7. Later on, after my parents got divorced, we moved to a house where playing drums was not possible and the old piano just died so I started to play guitar. I was about 12 when i got my first guitar, an acoustic, then my dad bought me an electric guitar and that was the begining of my obsession!

I used to play every day after school. I was so passionate! Two things hepled me a lot: CDs from my dad's collection, everything from Holdsworth to SRV, and changing gear as much as possible. New sounds always inspired me so much. For the rest, I was just sitting with my guitar and playing an enormous solo for hours. I never used tabs or tried to reproduce licks from CDs... to me, freedom is the key.

Dan McAvinchey: Let's get into your latest CD "Universal Mojo", released by Grooveyard Records. How did you come up with the concept and songs for the CD?

Tristan Klein: The concept of the CD was simple. Joe Romagnola from Grooveyard Records told me to "improvise within deep blues-based grooves to give your musical expression and guitar language a lot of freedom" based around the strength of strong, powerful and inventive riffage. All,or most, of the solos were improvised. Many of them are even one shot and first takes on the majority of my demo tracks.

From there we had to develop songs from the demo ideas. I record a lot of short samples every year, sometimes for my sponsors (PRS, T-rex and more), sometimes to test some new equipment and configurations, and sometimes for my own personal enjoyment. Joe had the idea to check out all those short sample demo clips and find the potential songs inside. They were just grooves with solos in them so, from there, I had to find themes and build structures to transform them into compositions. Some were easy, some were not, but the idea is great because once again, I had a lot of inspirational freedom and we took the time to experiment. That method is totally new to me but it really worked to fully develop the songs for the "Universal Mojo" disc.

full interview

Ayman Mokdad: back for another shot at the Andy James shredding competition


Rob Chappers: PRS and Matchless get a dressing down!

Power:15 Watts
Channels:One Channel
Controls Ch.1:Volume, Interactive Bass, Treble, Master Volume
Power Tubes:2 x EL84
Preamp Tubes:3 x 12AX7
Rectifier Tube:1 x 5AR4
Features:Dual inputs
Speaker Output:One 4 and one 8 Ohm out

Matchless Lightning Combo

PRS Custom 24: Basically - I was speechless.... which is a first. A huge thanks to Jeff and World Guitars for such a wonderful gift ;-) YEs.... Rob Chappers brings home the goodies for a change... what a lucky guy... well done excellent work!

PRS Custom 24 Special Limited Charcoal Burst - World Guitars

Rob Chappers: Marshall Megadeth signature Megastack gets the ML1 test!

Chappers and Stick check out the Marshall Megastack - MG15FXMSDM 15 Watts of doom! .... ML1 gives it a quick burn down... that is one sweet tack of beefy goodness... the ML1 sounding great too!

Marshall Megadeth signature Megastack - MG15FXMSDM


Andy James: tonight I'm going to be Yngwie Malmsteen!

Extract from the DVD Quick Licks - Yngwie Malmsteen, available to buy from, which teaches you killer licks in the style of Yngwie Malmsteen, the master of neo-classical shredding! Also includes a guitar jam track.

Quick Licks - Yngwie Malmsteen Style Solo Performance -

Andy James: tonight I'm going to be Nuno Bettencourt!

Extract from the DVD Quick Licks - Nuno Bettencourt, which teaches you fast rock guitar licks in the style of Nuno Bettencourt, Extreme's eclectic rock and metal guitarist! Also includes a guitar jam track.

Quick Licks - Nuno Bettencourt Style Solo Performance -

Andy James: tonight I'm going to be Steve Vai!

Extract from the DVD Quick Licks - Steve Vai, available to buy from, which teaches you killer licks in the style of Steve Vai, the grand master of fretboard pyrotechnics! Also includes a guitar jam track.

Quick Licks - Steve Vai Style Solo Performance -

News: iphone takes the guitar to the next level?

Played solo using guitar-alike gadget Fingerist. The iPhone app is PocketGuitar.
Fingerist using pre-release, I tried to play the guitar solo. YouTube co-D motion and is also foreign songs Ne it is for me. So is the pseudo-original songs. PocketGuitar iPhone Apps uses.

Fingerist Guitar Solo - 哀しみの琴欧州 - European

Andy James: tonight I'm going to be Paul Gilbert!

More super picking from the Andy James demoing Paul Gilbert Style licks... I think Paul Gilbert might be wondering if he needs to go back to the woodshed after seeing these...

Extract from the DVD Quick Licks - Paul Gilbert, available to buy from, which teaches you killer guitar licks in the style of Paul Gilbert, technical shredding virtuoso! Also includes a guitar jam track.

Quick Licks - Paul Gilbert Style Solo Performance -

Paul Antonio Ortiz: basick records deal

After following his emphatic progress over the last couple of years, we're totally stoked to announce that we have just signed the almighty CHIMP SPANNER!

When it comes to all the thing's that we love here at BASICK; namely tech, riffs and djent - Paul Antonio Ortiz's skill and style is quite simply unbelievable.

Check out the new album sampler up on the player for a taste of what's to come when we drop the debut album, 'At The Dream's Edge' on April 12th 2010!

Maybe some bonus material:
Ya know, I spoke to the guy...and didn't even ask. I was in such a frenzy haha. Bonus material - I don't want to make any promises! Remember all those times I said the album would be finished? You all know what I'm like ;) But, whatever happens I've got some things in mind as to how to repay the people who have supported me, exclusive EP download perhaps. Something like that. Still working on the details, but it's something I badly want to do!

In case you missed it here is his latest brutal nu technical metal fusion... we've come along way...

Bad Code

Joe Satriani: store appearance schedule

Joe Satriani has scheduled the following in-store appearances:

March 6 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sam Ash
12747 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89109

March 14
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Musican's Superstore
9260 Sheridan Blvd.
Westminister, CO 80031

March 19 - 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sam Ash
7780 S. Cicero Ave.
Burbank, IL 60459

March 21 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cascio Interstate Music
13819 W. National Ave.
New Berlin, WI 53151

March 22 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
5501 US Highway 30W.
Fort Wayne, IN 46818

March 26 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sam Ash
156 W. 48TH. St.
New York, NY 10036

March 27 - 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Ken Stanton
119 Cobbb Parkway North, Suite A
Maretta, GA 30062

Akira Takasaki: new Loudness CD

King Of Pain (Title subject to change)

Catalog No. TKCA-73524
JAN 4988008034042
Number of discs 1
Item weight 120g
Label/Distributor wint

Album release from heavy metal band LOUDNESS.

32-page booklet, LOUDNESS original pick, and application card (valid only in Japan)
(All product details, including availability, images, language(s), special features, and bonus extras, are subject to change without prior notice. Actual item weight may be different from the one indicated above.)

News: Orianthi cover on ukulele

Orianthi - According To You (ukulele | multitrack | boy version)

Frank Solari: music show appearance

Frank Solari Feira Da Música Etapa Ribeirão Preto SP

Frank Solari Feira Da Música Etapa Ribeirão Preto SP 2

Oziel Zinho: flight of the Condor

Super melodic Oziel Zinho back with a demo for the Condor guitar!

Ozielzinho Condor GX 50

Artur Cabanas: Spaghetti western.

YGH3 - Artur Cabanas - Spaghetti western.wmv

Federico De Betti: Electric Gypsy 13

Federico De Bettin, 13 years old, is a great talented guitarist growing at MMI Treviso. Check it out!!!

Electric Gypsy 13 years old !!!

Alex Berserker: infectés champignons #2

Infected Mushroom - Stretched (Alex Berserker Cover)

Steackmike: one man band strikes again!

Steackmike the one band is back again... this time with the classic Jump.

Jump Van Halen (Steackmike One Man Band Version)

Silvio Gazquez: Lee Peterson's ''Win A Guitar'' Competition

A more sedate and straight forward solo from Argentinian guitar master!

Lee Peterson's ''Win A Guitar'' Competition - Silvio Gazquez

Eric Maldonado: Shred This Too... still going strong!

A little bit of shred over the Marco Sfogli Truth in Shredding track. I am using Guitar Rig 4 for the tone. I am using the stock preset: Vai ish 1

Find me/become a fan/visit me on:



Official Website

- Shred Guitar - Eric Maldonado -

Silvio Gazquez: Andy James shredding competition

Silvio Gazquez delivers a great deal of two handed tapping and wild arpeggios most suitable and agreeable for this backing track.

Andy James Guitar Solo Contest - Silvio Gazquez

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

Yuya Komoguchi, Allen Hinds: fusion on Xotic Guitars

Interview with Yuya Komoguchi Xotic Guitars XS-2 Silver Flip

Samuel Montano: win a guitar competition

Win A Guitar Contest Entry By Jadon

Ayman Mokdad: Andy James shredding competition.

AYMAN-Andy James Guitar Solo Contest

Dario Orlando: a strange kind

Some great playing from long time Truth In Shredding guitarist Dario Orlando...
This is an instrumental (guitar shredding) song wrote and recorded by me. I performed the lead guitar with Fender Telecaster and Peavey 5150.

DARIO ORLANDO "A Strange Kind"

Oziel Zinho: Orange amp demo

Apresentacao Orange

Paul Gilbert: Epiphone Worn 1966 Wilshire Electric Guitar Review

NB this is not Paul Gilbert's new custom guitar, but is the model of guitar that made PAul Gilber famous all those years ago with Racer X.

Radios Appear
The first thing that popped into my head after flipping open the case of the Worn 1966 Wilshire was the image of the Australian band Radio Birdman’s debut LP Radios Appear (Trafalgar, 1977). Front and center was the guitar player, coolly holding an Epiphone Wilshire. Almost immediately, songs came pouring forth from my memory: “Man with Golden Helmet,” “Descent into the Maelstrom,” and the underground punk classic, “Aloha Steve and Danno,” with the obligatory searing rendition of the Hawaii 5-0 theme appearing as the middle eighth. It was certainly a mainstay in my high-school-era Oldsmobile Omega (albeit in its portable 8 track form.) Upon further research, I learned that Radio Birdman’s lead guitarist Deniz Tek was actually playing an Epiphone Crestwood Deluxe with three pickups, but pickup complement aside it’s virtually the same guitar, and certainly has the same vibe.

Racer X 1987 Scarified

Guthrie Govan: premier guitar interview

Guthrie Govan covers progress so far:

Carlo Losavio: tribute to Sting