Friday, 9 April 2010

John Petrucci: solo dream theater dates posted

Dream Theater will play a few select headlining shows on the band's North American tour with Iron Maiden

The dates are as follows:

June 21 - Roseland Theater, Portland, OR 
July 02 - Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH 
July 10 - Palladium, Worcester, MA 

George Lynch: Australian guitar clinic dates!

George Lynch has scheduled the following clinics in Australia:

May 25 - Allans Music - Melbourne
May 26 - Allans Music - Sydney
May 27 - Allans Music - Brisbane
May 28 - Allans Music - Adelaide

Jeff Loomis: live in Hannover clinic

Jeff Loomis guitar clinic at ppc music store hannover on April 8 2010

Jeff Loomis Shouting fire at a funeral

Jeff Loomis sweep picking lesson

Derryl Gabel: super sweeping arpeggio lesson

Shred Knowledge go one step further and bring your the tab behind Derryl Gable'sSuper Sonic Sweeping. You can buy his instructional DVD's from Derryl's web site

Arpeggio lesson via derryl gabel

Slimer: Andy James shredding competition... watch out behind you!

Slimer dons a gilly suite to snipe down those shredders who stand in front of him... this 9 year old shredder goes from strength to strength.

Thank you Andy James for the great contest and backing track! My name is Slimer, I am 9 years old and have been playing guitar for 9 months now. Thought i would put the sniper suit to use in a vid =) Please excuse some mistakes this was only my third take over the track, and i have been very busy with soccer and track lately, so I have hardly played any guitar the last couple weeks. Thanks for watching!

Andy James contest- Slimer the 9 year old sniper

Silvio Gazquez,Hara Lemes, Dhalif: TRex Milan Polak top 3 views to date

70 Responses already... these are the top viewed videos to date, but still plenty of time to get your video in... remember we watch all the videos, and music promoters and musical equipment vendors do to... so if you want to build your audience or just want to shred... Milan Polak: T Rex Strings On Fire 2 ends 23:59 CET 25th of April 2010

Here's the top 3 videos by viewing.

1 - 1506 views
`String on fire 2´ with Milan Polak - Silvio Gazquez.

2 - 1061 views
Strings on fire 2 - Hara Lemes

3 - 840 views
Strings On Fire II Milan Polak Contest - dhalif.wmv

Don't forget view count does not mean you are going to win... "You have to be in it to win it!" ...but it should inspire you to get out that guitar and burn like all the rest... check out all the videos

Aaron Gray: Andy James... shredding... er...I mean melodic soloing competition

A melodic "written entry" that plays into the odd-time signatures---as opposed to mowing over them with a quadrillion notes. lol

I'm left-handed, but I flipped the bottom left screen into a Righty just for it to look cool, and some people have issues seeing a left-handed guitarist...So there you have it!
If you're confused the LET IT BE shirt is the un-flipped me! :)

That's also my new custom pickguard over an Ibanez RG370DX body.

Aaron Gray's entry for the "Andy James Guitar Solo Contest"

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

Darren Donohoe: cool Intervalic Lick lesson

Lick of the week (Intervalic Lick) 09-04-2010

Silvio Gazquez: Valvette Custom Drive Competition Winner announced

Who won the Valvette Custom Drive? Was it you?

Yoger Mucci: guitar attack


Christophe Godin: Laney musikmesse 2010

A brace of videos from the Laney Demonstration at the musikmesse in Frankfurt 2010. Christophe is a funny guy and adds a lot of humour to his music... but he also has some amazing chops! Mattias IA Eklundh makes a guest appearence on the first one.

Christophe Godin: Laney Demonstration musikmesse 2010 part 01

Christophe Godin: Laney Demonstration musikmesse 2010 part 02

John Cassio: fusion Footprints

Footprints - Live Workshop - John Cassio

Andy James: tonight I'm going to be Kirk Hammett and see me in Northants!

Kirk Hammett Style - Quick Licks - Guitar Solo Performance

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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Pablo Garcia: instructional lesson

Hi everyone this is the first of the licks of the week, from now on every Monday I will try to upload a lick that I hope will help you to expand your vocabulary guitar because they are phrases that have helped me or are helping me to improve.

You can download the pdf file of the tablature and expicación of lick at the following address

More information

Pablo Garcia (WarCry) Lick of the Week 1

Michael Abdow: Native Alien new CD

Shredguy Records will be releasing the debut CD from Michael Abdow titled "Native Alien". Dubbed the "melodic shred master" by Shredguy Records president Mike McDowell, Abdow has been sharpening his skills with the heavy metal band Frozen, and is now ready to be introduced to the guitar community as one of it's most melodic players. This release also features the excellent drumming of MI-grad Mike Lamagna and Colin Conway of Frozen. All live drums on this release. The CD will be out on April 27th. Get ready for Michael Abdow!

Mike Abdow Arpeggio Guitar Lesson Trailer - Tom Kopyto Music

Alex Lifeson: Rush to play entire moving pictures album


Rush will play the entire Moving Pictures album as part of their Time Machine tour, and they almost can't remember the last time they played something in its entirety.

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Ron Jarzombek: watchtower new CD, mathematics, exponential potential.

April 9, 2010 - Austin, TX technical metal godfathers WATCHTOWER have released a preliminary mix of a song from their upcoming album 'Mathematics', now streaming exclusively on their MySpace page at  The song features the line-up from the legendary 'Control and Resistance' album, with Alan Tecchio (vocals) joining Ron Jarzombek (guitar), Doug Keyser (bass),  and Rick Colaluca (drums) on this special release of 'The Size of Matter', track number eight on 'Mathematics.'
Engineered and mixed by Ron Jarzombek, with vocals mixed by Jon 'Jonny Rod' Ciorciari and mastering done by Jacob Hansen (BLOTTED SCIENCE,VOLBEATDESTRUCTION), 'The Size of Matter' marks the band's first new piece of original music since 1989's 'Control and Resistance.'  According to exponential potenKeyser, "'Mathematics' is a natural evolution of the style on our previous records, with all of the craziness 'Tower fans would expect.  We really wanted to make this special version of the song available in advance of our festival appearance and we look forward to premiering it live for some of the most die-hard fans anywhere."

Ron Jarzombek Watchtower recording

WATCHTOWER will be performing on April 23rd at the Keep It True Festival in Lauda-Koenigshofen, Germany, the band's first European show since headlining the Headway Festival in Holland in 2004.

Andy Timmons,Brett Garsed, Greg Howe, Richard Hallebeek, Michael Angelo Batio, Dragianni,Claudio Mariola,Marius Pop,Lukasz Kulczak: my god it's fusion heaven!

In this photo: Andy Timmons, Guglielmo Malusardi, Greg Howe, MAB, Cristina Postolache, Rares Totu, Richard Hallebeek, Ziua Chitarelor, Corrado Sgandurra, Brett Garsed 
Just got off an instant message with Damjan Pejcinoski, he's flown into Romania for the Guitar Day 2... an amazing show.

As well as the live clinics there is the guitar competition which features:

1. Angel Demirev – Bulgaria
2. Antonello Giliberto – Italia
3. Claudio Mariola – U.K.
4. Claudiu Ursache – Romania
5. Damjan Pejcinoski – Macedonia
6. Dragianni – Croatia
7. Lukasz Kulczak - Polonia
8. Marius Pop – Romania
9. Paolo Castillo – Filippine (the track will be played live as Paolo was unable to attend)
10. Sokol Keci – Albania

Day 2 guitars Reloaded will be held on April 17, 2010 in Club Jukebox.
Club Jukebox is on Str.Turturelelor no. 11, sect. 3, Bucharest.
As usual, entry is free! Making a reservation will be passed (a) on the guest list and your identity will be checked at the entrance.

Bryan Aspey: let your training take over

Let Your Training Take Over

Sometimes you'll hear guitar players talk of playing on "autopilot" - the act of allowing patterns and phrases which have been ingrained in muscle memory to cut loose and almost play themselves. There are many who look down on this approach, claiming that it is not musical and that it leads to robotic or soulless playing.

Luigi Rinaldi: demos a new track from upcoming CD

The awakening of the glacial warriors, music ©2010 Luigi Rinaldi.
This is only an home-recorded version valid as demo, waiting for the recordings of the next album....

The awakening of the glacial warriors - homerec. versio

Kermheat: Shred Senior meets the Pony at Musikmesse

I was really lucky to catch up with Kermheat at the musikmesse... I really wanted a photo with Kerry King... but the queue for photos was most of the way around the hall... so I left it to Kermheat to get the money shot! Check out the glove puppet Pony that Kermheat uses to play the guitar!

Kermheat... I wonder Steve Vai will notice this one missing?

Kermheat with Gary Ho Ho Hoey!

Kermheat at the white shirt wearing convention with the king of sweep Frank "Uncle Fester" Gambale

Kermheat with Slayer's Kerry King... is that a little pony I see before me ;)

Kermheat... Buckethead won't miss this one...

Warren DeMartini: win a gibson les paul

To celebrate the release of Ratt's fantastic brand new studio album, INFESTATION (out 19 April) we have teamed up with Roadrunner Records to bring you a competition that will put even the most hair-sprayed hair on end.

All you have to do is answer ten Hair Metal trivia questions as quickly as you can - the fastest person wins an oh-so-pretty GIBSON LES PAUL STUDIO RAW POWER Guitar and a copy of 'Tell The World - The Best Of Ratt' (Five runners up will also get a copy of 'Tell The World').

Simply head to the link below and enter your details to take part in the quiz - please note that you can only enter ONCE (multiple entries will be discounted - first effort only counts).

You can also watch the brand new video from RATT and hear an interview with Warren DeMartini about his favourite 80s rock bands.

Good Luck!