Monday, 5 April 2010

Allan Holdsworth, Jimmy Page: listed as guitarists for Donovan!

"Hurdy Gurdy Man" is a song by the Scottish musician Donovan. It was written and recorded in early 1968 and released in May as a single and gave name to the album The Hurdy Gurdy Man, which was released in October of that year. It was late speculated that the song may have also been written about one of Donovan's former colleague, a teenage girl named Dale Hynes. It reached #5 in the U.S. and #4 in the UK pop charts. The song was written for Donovan's old friend and guitar mentor Mac MacLeod. MacLeod was in a Danish band at the time called Hurdy Gurdy. The song features a harder rock sound than Donovan's usual material. It also features an Indian influence with the use of a tambura in it.

In the booklet that came with Donovan's 1992 double CD, Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976, Allan Holdsworth and Jimmy Page are listed as the electric guitar players and John Bonham and Clem Cattini as drummers on the recording. However, according to John Paul Jones, who arranged and played bass on the track (and also booked the session musicians), Clem Cattini played the drums and Alan Parker played the electric guitar. The song was an anthem for free-spirited hippies at the time due to its psychedelic sound.

chart positions were #4 UK Singles Chart; #5 Billboard Pop Singles (US); #3 Cash Box (US)

John Paul Jones, who later became a member of Led Zeppelin, was the musical director for the session. According to drummer Clem Cattini, the musicians who played on the song were:

Donovan - acoustic guitar
John Paul Jones - arrangement, musical director and bass guitar
Alan Parker - electric guitar
Clem Cattini - drums.

The session was produced by Mickie Most and engineered by Eddie Kramer.

In interviews with Keith Altham for the NME and Hit Parader, and Tony Wilson for Melody Maker, Donovan explained he wrote "Hurdy Gurdy Man" as a gift for his friend and early guitar mentor Mac MacLeod. Donovan wanted MacLeod's band Hurdy Gurdy to record it. However, Donovan changed his mind about giving the song as gift and recorded his own version. Donovan claimed in an interview with Little Steven Van Zandt that he had originally hoped Jimi Hendrix would play on the song, but as he was unavailable, Jimmy Page played instead. Page has often been credited as playing electric guitar, which Donovan still maintains: Page, Jones and Cattini assert that it was Parker. Donovan's claim is documented in Hannes Rossacher's 2008 documentary Sunshine Superman: The Journey of Donovan, where he asserts that "Hurdy Gurdy Man" ushered in the Celtic rock sound which would lead to Page, Jones, and Bonham going on to form Led Zeppelin soon afterwards.

Fans of Steve Hillage will no doubt recall this one!

Donovan - "Hurdy Gurdy Man" (1968)

Nick Greenberg: Dave Martone Contest

This is a tough backing track to play over, but Nick Greenberg delivers... still plenty of time to get your solo in.

Dave Martone Contest Entry: Nick Greenberg

Dave Martone: Pigtronix pedal competition. Ends on the 31st May 2010

BASS: Yngwie Malmsteeen "Far beyond the Sun"... on bass!!!

Yngwie Malmsteeen "Far beyond the Sun" covered by the trio "The band of Freedom" '07.
Bass:Ryuki, piano:Taichi, Drums:Kondoh.
Melody by Bass.
Far beyond the Sun (by BASS)

Vitaly Makukin: acoustic tapping at musikmesse

Vitaly Makukin Plays Amazing Acoustic Guitar

Giorgio Rovati: Rock shred solo

Carvin DC747C - Rock shred solo - Giorgio Rovati

Marco Sfogli: Peter Wildoer drums on new CD

Peter Wildoer has recently recorded the drums for the new solo album of James LaBrie... From previous interviews, LaBrie has hinted that his new solo album would be released later this year. Joining him on the follow-up to 2005's Elements Of Persuasion are Matt Guillory (keys) and Marco Sfogli (guitars).
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Malina Moye: jams at fender

Los Angeles-based recording artist Malina Moye hopped a flight to the Arizona desert earlier this morning to play the National Anthem on her Fender Strat at the Chicago Cubs final spring training home game.

“I had a blast,” she says of the game, although admitting that she did not stay to see the final outcome between the Cubs and the Colorado Rockies. full details

Jeff Loomis: interview interviews Jeff Loomis

jeff lumis-interview-final-part1.wmv

jeff lumis-interview-final-part2.wmv

Lenon: Andy James shredding competition

Lenon - Andy James guitar solo contest

News: Los Alamos gets a guitar!

Los Al·a·mos (lôs l-ms, ls)
An unincorporated community of north-central New Mexico northwest of Santa Fe. It was chosen in 1942 as a nuclear research site to produce the first atomic bombs. The Atomic Energy Commission governed the town from 1947 to 1962. Population: 11,900... they had the bomb... now here's the classic boutique guitar!

Dynamico Guitars - Los Alamos
When Luthier Jay Ottenwess of Dynamico Guitars had the Alamos in his head, he was thinking back to the late forties/early fifties, when the electric Spanish guitar was in its infancy.

Many elements that were designed into early electric guitars were adapted from the lap steel, the "Los Alamos" incorporates Jay's interpretation of these American iconic guitars; look closely at the chicken head knobs, Oak-Grigsby switch, Bakelite control panel, etc. The Los Alamos you see here is in the standard "Louisiana Hayride" livery; with the tortoiseshell binding, Birdseye maple top, dark stained back and neck, Bigbsy B7, Grover open back tuners, and the ever present Dynamico trademark slanted Lindy Fralin underwound P90's. full details

Uli Tisch-Rottensteiner: Andy James shredding competition

This is my entry for the Andy James Guitar Solo Contest.
Most of it is improvised.

"Andy James Guitar Solo Contest" Uli Tisch-Rottensteiner

Jimmy Herring: Jam Session

Jimmy Herring: Jam Session

Ricardo Walls: Lee Peterson's Competition

Lee Peterson's Competition (Ricardo Walls)

Marco De Cave: TRex Milan Polak Strings On Fire 2 - smoking!

Marco De Cave delivers yet another mind boggling solo... man this guy can play. Crazy intervals and hammer ons from nowhere... great stuff... l'm lovin' it!

marco de cave string on fire 2.wmv

Get your smoking video in now!

Milan Polak: T Rex Strings On Fire 2 ends 23:59 CET 25th of April 2010

Giorgio Rovati: TRex Milan Polak Strings On Fire 2

Giorgio Rovati delivers a lefty version of the Stings On Fire 2 solo!

"Strings On Fire 2" with Milan Polak - Giorgio Rovati

Milan Polak: T Rex Strings On Fire 2 ends 23:59 CET 25th of April 2010

Rokas Jackūnas: Strings on Fire ll competition entry

Rokas Jackūnas - Strings on Fire ll competition entry

Milan Polak: T Rex Strings On Fire 2 ends 23:59 CET 25th of April 2010

Claus Levin Sepstrup: king picking

The man behind the Wizard Of Shred: has a name and a distinct ability to pick! Check out his Youtube presence:

One String Flying Triplets - Free Guitar Lesson:

Whirlwind Economy Picking Run

Classical Piece in Bb Major - Neo Classical Guitar Shred Lesson

The Wicked Brothers of Doom - Using The Harmonic Minor To Play Blues Licks

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Roger Pedersen: Lost In Space track from upcoming CD.

Roger Pedersen:
My new CD, "Kernels in a popcorn machine" will be released May 3th.2010 by West Audio Productions, with distribution by Universal. Roger Pedersen in Guitar Player magazine - February 2009: "Pedersen's notes seem to bounce off his fingers like kernels in a popcorn machine. His wonderfully off-kilter melodies and slippin' and slidin' bends add to the illusion that you're being pelted by shards of strange yet beguiling music. This is a good lesson on employing formidable technique in a uniquely musical way." (Michael Molenda, editor of Guitar Player magazine).

Roger Pedersen- Lost In Space (AXE FX).wmv

Sydnei Carvalho,Alex Martinho: Double Vision DVD

Book of Life is a vocal track from Double Vision DVD.
Recorded last year in São Paulo city, Brazil, the DVD is the latest release from Sydnei Carvalho and Alex Martinho. They are very well know musicians in Brazil. The band is Ricardo Marins (guitar) Fabio Lessa (bass) and Rodrigo Martinho (drums). The DVD shows tracks from CDs Intensity (2006) and Intuition (2008), both where recognized as the best independent instrumental CDs by a major prize in Brazil.
The DVD is unique. It has two discs. The first disc has a complete concert with extras and making of. The second disc is an instructional video teaching step by step how to play some tunes, shows techniques, composition and tone. Soon available on guitar9 and CD baby.
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Book of Life vocal track from Double Vision DVD - Sydnei Carvalho & Alex Martinho

Synthesis - new track from Double Vision DVD - Sydnei Carvalho e Alex Martinho

Double Vision música completa do DVD homônimo - Sydnei Carvalho e Alex Martinho

Fletcher Barton: thanks TIS for D'Addario and Planet Waves prescient vision!

Mrs Barton:
Thank You Laurie!
You (& your crystal ball) ROCK!!! Fletcher is thrilled and is having a blast pouring over the D'Addario and Planet Waves Website of goodies and I fear X-mas will forever pale in comparison!!! =) Please give our best to Shred Jr. and tell him Fletcher is looking forward to playing (and doing some singing) at the end of May 2010 at a local festival. He will be playing with 3 different bands!...sure to be good fun!

Proof positive that the little dude has a great voice too!

Fletcher - Hell's Bells AC/DC School of Rock Cleveland lead VOX age 9

Tom Quayle: plays giant "fast" steps

Rick Graham and Jack Gardiner are at my flat and we thought we'd have a go at playing Giant Steps - picked the wrong speed and this is the result! Just a laugh!!


Silly Giant Steps

Rob Chappers: Monkeyfest moving to 2011

Rob Chappers says:
Hi guys,

Just a quick announcement to say that "Monkey Fest" has become so incredibly huge, that it has become necessary to move it back a year to 2011. It will now be 13th - 14th Aug 2011, but you will be able to arrive on the 12th and set up tents etc.

This is also partly dude to being given Chapman Guitars, something that I had no idea would happen... I think launching a guitar company, bringing out a DVD, running a band and launching a festival all in the same year would be overload even for me.

The good news is that Lick Library and I are working together, they will be helping to fund Monkey Fest which is a huge weight off my mind since it is very expensive to create win in a field. It also looks as if we will will now have two headliners one for sat night and one for sunday afternoon.

Sorry if this causes any inconvenience and in place of Monkey Fest 2010 we will instead be going on tour around the UK sometime in Nov

More to follow soon

Chappers  Full details

Don't forget you can join Rob working on his new instructional DVD

Tickets here:

Join me at the filming of my next DVD "Shreducation" May 23rd!

The Monkey Lord Lead Guitar Concepts and Techniques Workshop is a 6 hour clinic. You will spend the day learning a range of techniques, including (but not limited to) muting, picking, legato, vibrato and posture.

The clinic will be filmed live for Robs next DVD Shreducation, which will feature bonus footage of Rob recording with Eddie Kramer. Everyone who attends will get a free DVD once it has been published

Join me at the filming of my next DVD "Shreducation" May 23rd

Andy James, Owen Edwards: Northants Guitar Night 5 pairs of tickets up for grabs!

Here are the details

Date: Tuesday April 13th
Time: 7 p.m. - late
Venue: Abacus, Dalkeith Place, Kettering NN16 0BS

Plus here is your chance to win one of 5 pairs of tickets for the show by answering this simple question:

There are a ton of cheap travelodges minutes from the venue! So why not come along!

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Tom Quayle, Rick Graham: 3 day August master class details posted

You'll have to be quick for this one as places are going fast...

Tom Quayle, Rick Graham: guitar masterclass details

Tom Quayle says:
It's great that you're interested in the workshop. It's taking place in Saltaire which is in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The studio is set across 3 large teaching rooms all with PA systems and setup to go with top of the range Yamaha gear throughout. We have full liability insurance and state of the art alarm system for anyone who wants to bring there own gear. It's in the historic Salts Mill, built in the 1800's with beautiful surroundings and bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels within walking distance. There's easy access by car and train as Saltaire is about 20 mins from Leeds. I can help you to locate accommodation if required.

Teaching will take place from August 6th to 8th and will run from approximately 10/11am to 4pm each day with socializing in the evening. We'll be covering improvisation mainly in a fusion/rock context with many playing opportunities. Topics will be based around improvisational concepts and techniques, harmony and harmonic context, technique, time feel and phrasing with all lessons taught and demonstrated by Rick and myself. The last day will most likely be open for each student to open up the lessons into their own areas of interest and questioning. If you want to send me a list of potential areas you'd like to study that'd be great. We want to tailor this as much as possible to you guys rather than simply teaching a generic series of topics.

Payment can be made in advance via Paypal (students responsible for Paypal fees) or by cheque/bank transfer, however, we can't take any cash payments on the day or before hand. Once agreement has been made to attend the workshop and payment has been made no refunds will be available. All sales are final.

We will have a selection of Suhr gear (plus other manufacturers) available to try for all students.

Feel free to email me if you have any further enquiries.
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News: custom guitar boutique has new Zuni guitars in stock.

Zuni Guitars Blue Bayou:
Luthier Michael blank, founder of Zuni Custom Guitars is creating some of the finest hand crafted guitars available on the market today. All of Mr. Blanks creations employ the use of the finest exhibition grade of sustainable woods available.

Having access to a wide array of the beautiful figured maple of North America such as but not limited to: Birdseye, Fiddleback, Curly, Spalted and Quilted Maple; Zuni guitars is able to deliver one off museum quality pieces for each and every guitar built.

Zuni owner and Luthier Michael Blank supervises the harvesting of these North American Maple woods which are used for his necks, tops, fingerboards and covers, which he personally cuts at his own Sawmill.

After a success at the Winter NAMM show these guitars are now available from