Thursday, 22 April 2010

Ruggero Robin: Techra Guitars Musikmesse 2010

Ruggero Robin played on the Techra Guitars stand at the Musikmesse 2010. We caught him at 10:00 in the morning, an indecent time for musical folks who for the most part are used to playing evenings. It was great to meet Ruggero again, one year on from our last meeting. We caught up with Ruggero on Saturday as well, this time in the keyboard hall supporting Joey DeFrancesco. That part of the show was rammed! I did get some video but with my arm held vertically aloft for more than 5 minutes at a time!

Techra Guitars:
Ruggero Robin:

A little history: Ruggero Robin was born in Padova (Italy) on 29th april 1962. Guitarist of an excellent communicative technique, he has very soon acquired a wide music culture, the guitar of Ruggero Robin is present in over 60 million cd sold all over the world having participated in very important productions performing on an international basis, with artists such as: Zucchero Fornaciari, Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Paul Young, B.B. King, Dolores ORiordan, Giorgia, Nomadi, Riccardo Fogli and many others great artist as: Bruce Gaitsch, Janey Clewer, Joe Diorio, Trilok Gurtu, Enzo Todesco, Alex Acuña, Oskar Cartaya, Marc Jordan, John Patitucci, Steve Gadd, Marc Quinones, Richie Gajate García, Giulio Capiozzo, Flavio Boltro, Robert Bonisolo, Frank Tontoh, George Acogny, Thoss Panos and other great artists.

Now that beautiful guitar:

Body Wood
Body Top
Body Binding
Head Top
Neck Wood
Neck Back Shapes
Fingerboard Wood
Fingerboard Radius
Fingerboard Binding
Top Nuts
Fret / Scale
Nut Width
Hardware Color
Input Jack
Knobs Speed
Neck Pickup
Middle Pickup
Bridge Pickup
Finish color
Paint Option
String Gauge
Quilt Maple
Cream 1P
Quilt Maple
Hard Maple
Cream 1P
Set in Neck
6mm Dot White
24F / 628mm(24.75")
Color Chrome
Locking JN-07
1V 1T 1-Toggle S/W
Side Jack

Ruggero Robin: Techra Guitars Musikmesse 2010 part 01

Ruggero Robin: Techra Guitars Musikmesse 2010 part 02

Chris Poland: Metal Assault's interview

Chris Poland at Downtown LA Rehearsal on April 21st 2010 - Part 1 of Metal Assault's interview by Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal

Chris Poland interviewed by Metal Assault - Part 1 - April 21st 2010

Chris Poland interviewed by Metal Assault - Part 2 - April 21st 2010

Frank Gambale: live date in Mumbai!!!

Music/arts - Concert
Tuesday, 04 May 2010
20:00 - 23:30
St. Andrews Auditorium, Bandra west, Mumbai!!!



On the 4th of May '10 at St. Andrew Auditorium, Bandra

The ticket prices are Rs 1500 and Rs 1000

The tickets for the Frank Gambale show will be available at the St Andrews Auditorium from the 26th of April.

For any info, please mail us at

Or call Sunny@ 09819630938

Richie Kotzen: acoustic on associated Press TV

Richie Kotzen plays "I Would" and "Larger Than Life"
Associated Press TV | 21/4/2010
Former guitarist of Poison and Mr. Big plays acoustic versions of the TV studio in exclusive Associated Press. Richie Kotzen is presented Friday and Saturday (23 and 24 / 4) in Blackmore Bar in Moema, Sao Paulo

Orianthi, Steve Vai: stairway to heaven with Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige, Orianthi, Randy "Stairway To Heaven" Idol Gives Back

Zakk Wylde: bare bones music interview

Zakk Wylde Black Carpet

Alex Skolnick: metal assault interview

Alex Skolnick interviewed by Metal Assault - Part 1 - April 22nd 2010

Alex Skolnick interviewed by Metal Assault - Part 2 - April 22nd 2010

Orianthi: harmony central interview


Raphael Fraser: The doc is actually "Billy Gibbons" Fraser

Yet another ZZ Top cover: I Need You Tonight, from the awesome album Eliminator. This has always been one of my favourite ZZ Top songs, and it's fantastic fun to play over. I hope you enjoy it.

I used my Ash Customworks custom guitar ( )through my ProCo RAT2, into my iMac, running Garageband. LAConvolver applied impulse responses of a JCM2000, and I stuck a oodles and poodles of delay on the lead track.

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I Need You Tonight (ZZ Top)

Maranhão: improvisation over fives

Improvisation Fusion Jam in solo music of fives Guthrie Govan - Maranhão

Darren Donohoe: cool tone from a Ernieball Axis

Ernieball Axis Demo (Improv in G minor)

Anton Tsygankov: eurovision 2010 here we go!

This is getting a small world... what with Damjan Pejcinoski going to Eurovision, looks like long time TIS guitarist Anton Tsygankov is heading to the final too!

Eurovision 2010 video of DA have not been chosen for Eurovision Song Contest 2010 (not Peter availability, not a band Peter availability)
Song - Drops.
Group DA - Anton Tsygankov, David Todua

The clip of Eurovision 2010 DA had not been at Eurovision 2010

Claudio Mariola: TRex Milan Polak Strings On Fire 2 - ALERT sizzling solo!

Fresh from his recent competition appearance in Romania, Claudio Mariola delivers a sizzling solo for the Strings On Fire 2 competition.

Claudio Mariola:
Here is my entry for Milan Polak's competition 'Strings on Fire 2'. Hope you'll enjoy it and thanks for watching! Special thanks to Milan Polak, Julian Puttins, Ricardo Walls and Laurie Monk. Stay tuned for more and shred away!!

Claudio Mariola - Strings On Fire 2 - with Milan Polak - Guitar Solo Contest

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

Tiago de Moura: Dave Martone competition

Dave Martone Contest by Tiago de Moura

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

Mario Parga: Siggery signature guitar

'Mario Parga Signature' guitar!:
The new Siggery Guitars ‘Mario Parga Signature’ guitar is now available through Siggery Guitars’ website.

This guitar is totally handmade and will retail at $2,095.00 (price includes a Gator flightcase). For all enquiries please contact Siggery Guitars on +1 1892 610073 or email

The guitar’s spec is as follows:

*Solid mahogany body with thin Koa veneered top and set mahogany neck

*Rosewood fingerboard (25″ scale) with 24 jumbo frets

*Grover 18:1 locking tuners

*Tunomatic bridge, strung through body

*Rio Grande handmade in Texas pickups: ‘Barbeque Bucker’ in the bridge and ‘Buffalobucker’ in the neck

*One volume and one tone pot (with pull/push coil split), 3-way selector switch

*Transparent black nitro laquer finish (transparent crimson also available)

Please note that a waiting list will be in place for all orders.

Don Lappin: get skype lessons and pick up a free DVD!

Don Lappin says:
I am offering a great deal with my skype lessons and DVD!

Sign up for one month (weekly hourly lessons at $65 per hour) and I will send you a copy of "Don Lappin's Two-Hand Technique) for free! I have been using my DVD as an additional teaching aid and I am finding that it works amazing with the skype lessons!!!

Just so you know, the $65 an hour is my current "college student" rate; not my regular rate!

I currently have room for 4 or 5 more students so let me know! You can reach me through myspace or through my Berklee email; .. Thanks!

Don Lappin
Assistant Professor
Berklee College of Music

P.S. Did you know that it is now possible to record your skype lessons? Something to think about

Slash: and Fergie live (no not the Man united manager)

Slash & Fergie - Sweet Child of Mine [LIVE]

Andres Guerrero: TRex Milan Polak Strings On Fire 2


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

David Wallimann: TRex Milan Polak Strings Onf Fire 2

Unusual tone, and interesting ideas from David Wallimann.
Here is my entry for the Strings on Fire II contest.
I used my Parker Fly Deluxe throuhgh a Boss GT8 using an octaver for the lead.
I tried to come up with an interesting opening theme using some outside notes...
Sorry for the bad camera angle, I thought it would look better than that.
I hope you enjoy!
Please rate accordingly if you do! :-)

Don't forget to check out my channel, new video every Wednesday and Saturday!

David Wallimann Strings on Fire II contest entry

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

Guilherme Medeiros: TRex Milan Polak Strings On Fire 2

"Strings On Fire 2" with Milan Polak - Guitar Solo Contest (Guilherme Medeiros)

Still time... but you'll need to get jamming...!

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

Nahuel Schiumarini: funk jam

Nahuel Schiumarini just back from a Guthrie Govan clinic... buzzing with new ideas... this was him BEFORE he wnet to the show... expect big things from Nahuel.

Funk jam

Sean Currington: TRex Milan Polak Strings On Fire 2

...Let me know if your interested in buying one i can hook you up....
Heres my entry for the strings on fire 2...maybe ill get first this time heh

Sean Currington was the big winner last time around, and no surprises that he digs deep again to deliver some shredding soloing for this competition!

Sean Currington Strings On Fire 2 Entry

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

Robbert Hanenberg: more melodic soloing

Robbert Hanenberg_Journey_Melodic stuff_Take 3

Greg Howe: Ziua Chitarelor Tv Interview

Greg is a little low in the mix on this one... use headphones.

Ziua Chitarelor Greg Howe Tv Interview

Ethan Meixsell: Pathos and Logos instrumental case interview

IC: Your debut solo album, "Pathos and Logos," has just been released. You're by no means a one-genre musician, so stylistically what can new listeners expect to hear on the album?

Ethan: My goal with this record was to cover a lot of territory, stylistically. I'm constantly working on a lot of music in seemingly disparate styles with the various projects I'm engaged in as a sideman, guitar soloist, singer, producer or teacher. So, I think this record reflects that, although this is an entirely instrumental release with a focus on guitar. There's a but of Fusion, Heavy Rock guitar, Blues, Ambient, Prog Rock, Acoustic Fingerstyle, and Jazz.

I tend to be attracted to music that takes risks and is hard to define... the very things that would frustrate a traditional record label. I think that comes through in this release. Traditional music business wisdom tells us that records like this are hard to market, but when we consider so many of the perennial best-selling records of the last 40 years, many of them were risky and multi-faceted. I think of Stevie Wonder's "Songs in the Key of Life", "Blue" by Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson's "Thriller", Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", and especially Led Zeppelin's "Physical Graffiti". Physical Graffiti was an influence conceptually for this record. There's so much wonderful, seemingly conflicting musical content on there, but the thread was the strong personalities of Page, Bonham, Jones and Plant. I think the thread is in my phrasing and in some of the harmonic vocabulary. There are a couple of musical themes that pop up in different arrangements throughout the record.

Also, at this point so much of music sales is based on the digital distribution of MP3's. If you have a record with many different styles on it, you have a greater potential to appeal to a wider audience. Many of the time-tested methods of marketing and presenting new music are folding in the wake of a consumer base that is much more in control of what content they buy. Really, the shake-up of the music industry power structure is a wonderful opportunity for the independent musician if they can properly take advantage of it.
full interview

Improv over a groove by Ken Flagg

buy the CD Pathos and Logos

Kosta Vreto: appears on the Paul Dianno tour

Update for the Greek Paul Dianno tour

18 May ---- Mylos club Thessaloniki
19 May --- Vox club Volos
20 May ---- Stones bar Patra
21 May ---- Rodeo Athens
22 May ---- Notos club Chania