Sunday, 9 May 2010

Simon Goldsmith: esgi... tap dancing

Taking my tired, hungover fingers for a spin. Been doing this for a while so thought I may as well film some of it for your amusement. Improvised obviously.

My pop/ dance single is available to download from the single promo video

Tap Dancing (and tripping all over the shop)

News: shed reviews gets bigger!

Dave over at shred reviews has updated his web site:

Dave says:
Time flies and as most web developers will tell you 7 months is an eternity in design….and that happens to be how long Shred Reviews has been operating for. Time for a change….in fact, time for several changes!!

The first and most obvious will be the new look theme with slides/carousels and a much more streamlined overall image. As with anything even vaguely artistic I’m never going to be happy with it for long but hopefully I can maintain a cohesive approach and tweak the final design elements to remain contemporary and easy to navigate.

Secondly – I’m going to be expanding away slightly from the “reviews” roots and hopefully incorporating up-to-the-minute news from the world of Shred and Virtuoso guitar playing, as well as the latest developments in gear and GAS-inducing items. I don’t intend to try and tread on anyones toes here as there are several other websites doing a fantastic job in brining you the latest gossip and wallet-destroying guitars so as ever my focus will remain unbiased and honest reviews in the latest Instructional Media and Albums.

Third – the biggest step. I am going to try to (on advice from a Hairy Dude) start the ball rolling into the wider arena. Reviewing instructional videos is fine….it’s a niche market and I can live with that….but it can be a little limiting and not to mention expensive.

Ivan Milenkovic: Funky Fusion

Funky Fusion Solo Intermediate Level

Akira Takasaki: Loudness euro tour and new CD details

LOUDNESS will release a new album, "King Of Pain", in Japan on May 19 via Tokuma Japan Communications. The CD will include a 32-page booklet, a LOUDNESS original pick, and application card (valid only in Japan).

"King Of Pain" track listing:

01. Requiem
02. The King Of Pain
03. Power Of Death
04. Death Machine
05. Doodlebug
06. Rule The World
07. Straight Out Of Our Soul
08. Where Am I Going?
09. Emma
10. Naraka
11. Doctor From Hell
12. Hell Fire
13. #666
14. Never Comes

LOUDNESS has scheduled the following European tour dates:

July 16/17 - Bang Your Head!!! - Balingen, Germany
July 18 - Zwarte Cross - Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands
July 19 - Dynamo Club - Eindhoven, Netherlands
July 20 - Knust - Hamburg, Germany
July 22 - On Stage Club - Athens, Greece
July 23 - Matrix - Bochum, Germany
July 24 - Colos-Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany

Sydnei Carvalho,Alex Martinho: Double Vision DVD contest

This is your chance to win an amazing amount of finest Brazilian gear. Guitars, amplifiers, pedals, pedalboards, accessories and much more, also a chance to play in very important stages with top brazilian musicians. Download the backing tracks, tape yourself playing, submit your video to YouTube. Don´t forget to check all the rules to do it right!

Go To to download the BT and submit.

This contest is presented by:
Landscape, GNI Music, EM&T and NZaganin

DOUBLE VISION DVD CULTURAL CONTEST - Sydnei Carvalho & Alex Martinho

Keith Merrow: Awaken the Stone King

Keith Merrow:
Testing out my new Bernie Rico Jr Jeckyll 7 String. I love this guitar, it's so smooth and easy to play. The song is a new one I'm working on called "Awaken the Stone King". It's a bit sloppy at times, but I'm still working it out.

Keith Merrow- Awaken the Stone King

Kris Norris: D Minor jam

Just Improvising to a backing track I did for I have about 50+ up on there now so check it out at also tons of video lessons and darkest hour songs and many other great teachers! I'm going to be doing one improv over this a week for the next year to see if I progress to a real solo this is the first one all will be one take so there may be some wrong notes in there! I'm running direct into my pro tools from my guitar through the 11R using a lead patch i made. No mix on the guitar.

Kris Norris D minor Backing Improv Jam #1 "Feeling out the backing"

Brian Auer: highintel spider bite!

From the Metal For Kids album

Ouch, a Spider!

John McLaughlin: abstractlogix iphone app

The Official John McLaughlin Iphone App Created by Abstract Logix. Get it
now for Free and keep upto date with all things John McLaughlin. Go to
the App Store on your Iphone and search for John McLaughlin. Powered by Mobbase, Created by Abstract Logix

Zack Kim: When you're around

Zack Kim - When you're around (Original) 2nd try

Jason Becker, Mike Varney: 1991 Jason Becker Benefit

teve Hunter, Bruce Kulick, Jeff Watson, Lori Barker, Zakk Wylde, Jason Becker, Thomas McRocklin, Steve Lukather, Jon Stixx, Stu Hamm, Mike Varney, George Lynch, Vivian Campbell, Warren DeMartini

Mike Varneys's photo gallery

Niko Tsonev: black feather in the studio

Niko Tsonev playing Black Feather in the Studio.

Brandon Gan: tribute to Cosmosquad and Jeff Kollman

Guitar - Brandon Gan Mystery Bassist - Akuma ( Andrew Teo ) Drums - Mark Lim
Jamming a song by Cosmosquad.

Jamming ( Cosmosquad - Swink )

Ponco Satrio: super debut guitar album "Get The Vision"!

A great release already getting praise from top players like Ron Thal:
"GREAT CD!! And THANK YOU for the 'Thank You' in the Thank You's, appreciate it...! :) I like how the CD finishes with the reprise of the 1st track, a lot of great fusion phrasing in the solos and melodies, very cool stuff! Congrats on another batch of great music! :D Ron"

This is how you can get your copy:
NEW RELEASES !!!: My debut guitar solo instrumental album "Get The Vision" is available now!

it's 12$ (with shipping), please write your full mail address and send the payment via Paypal to download the free sample


Eric Maldonado: moving youtube

Eric Maldano formerly of
Now at Eric Maldano more proof that you need to think about your guitar name early.

- AMT R1 Distortion Pedal - Lead Demo - Eric Maldonado -

UPDATE: 5/5/10 - Bruce Bouillet saw this video!
UPDATE: 4/30/10 - Andy Timmons saw this video!

Here is what Andy Timmons said:
"Nice playing bro...keep it up!" - Andy Timmons

Here is what Bruce Bouillet said:
"Well done ......great overall control..."

Here is a demo for the awesome pedal that AMT sent me, the AMT R1 Rectifier!!

This pedal is great, is has cabinet simulation and great feel. It really feels like your playing a real amp. Even when you roll down the volume on the guitar it cleans up.

The song is one of my originals that will be on my album.

AMT Electronics Legend Amps R1:

The R1 Legend Amp Series pedal, one of most sought after high gain modern amplifiers now in pedal form, the Mesa Triple Rectifer*. Huge ultra modern distortion tone now able to fit on your crowded pedalboard. Sparkling tight chunky rhythm that will impress even the most demanding ears, and cutting powerful leads to make you stand out through any mix. If you're the player who likes your gain on 10, then this one goes to 11+.

- The AMT Legend Amp Series guitar pedals provide excellent dynamics, nuances, and characteristics similar to that of tube driven amplifiers.
- Tube-like range of volume control provides great sound density, playability, and power when playing at full volume and also in conjunction with your guitars volume knob.
- TRUE BYPASS. The preamps of the Legend Amp Series pedals use passive true bypass circuitry, therefore no loss of guitar signal is noticed in your pedal chain. Similar to if no pedal was there at all when bypassed.
- Features high level of output signal (+10dB in extreme position of Level knob) corresponds to the output levels similar of tube preamps. Thus, you have adjustable signal level allowing to hook up your preamp AND direct input of a power amplifier.
- Controls include LEVEL, GAIN, LOW, MID, and HIGH.
- TWO signal outputs: DIRECT AMPLIFIER OUT for guitar amplifier use and CAB SIMULATION OUT for mixer, or studio use.
- Power saving mode. When the speaker simulation output jack is not in use, the pedal automatically switches to power saving mode. Current consumption (from 9V power unit) is less than 6mА (in power saving mode it drops to 4mА).

AMT Electronics Legend Amp Series, the NEW STANDARD of Heavy Guitar Tone.


This pedal is definetly worth checking out. So is everything else AMT makes!!!

Check out AMT @

You can buy this pedal by emailing:

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- Credit Cards Accepted in USA Only and PayPal Accepted Internationally

- Prompt Shipping of In Stock Items

News: five smart phones... one guitar

Surely it's cheaper to buy a top of the line guitar!

Who said iPhone OS, Android and Windows Mobile don't play well together?
This is a free interpretation of Cracklin Rosie, played on 2 Android devices, 2 Windows Mobile devices and 1 iPod Touch. the Piano and Drum sequencers are written by me, Pocket Stombox is used for the real time effects and the main instruments are the fantastic iShred and Guitar apps by Frontierdesign.
More info on

Cracklin Rosie on a Whole Lotta Mobile Phones

Daniele Gottardo: Giorgio Bottarga aka George Mullet emulates his idol

After a long absence, George Mullet, the fastest guitarist of the century, back on the web sbudorato and more extreme than before ...George Mullet Back to defy Daniele Gottardo!

Giorgio Bottarga ritorna a sfidare Daniele Gottardo!!