Monday, 17 May 2010

Steve Vai: time machine back to 1984

Kudos to the guys over at for finding thes Steve Vai videos. Now I really like this pre mega star video... some amazing chops, tones and note shaping, plus the instrumental version of God Blessed Video!

"God Bless The Video" Steve Vai

Steve Vai-The Riddle

Steve Vai - Call It Sleep - 4.15.84

"Viv Woman" 1984 Steve Vai

"God Bless The Video" Steve Vai

Joe Stump: Voodoo Amps clinic dates

Joe Stump guitar clinic for Voodoo Amps

17 - The Church - Boston, MA
21 - Sherlocks - Erie, PA
22 - guitar clinic at The Loose Moose - Pittsburg, PA

5 - The Embassy Suite Hotel - Piscataway, NJ (guitar clinic for Voodoo Amps - 11:30am)
24 - Sam Ash - Cincinnati, OH (6:00pm)

Joe Stump with HolyHell shows are as follows:

11 - Magic Circle Festival IV at Metal camp - Tolmin, Slovenia
16 - Masters Of Rock 2010 - Vizovice, Czech Republic

10 - Feria De Muestras, - Durango, Spain
11 - La Riviera - Madrid, Spain
12 - St. Jordi Club - Barcelona, Spain

Yvi Wylde: Anti Shred Solo competition

A great solo from Yvi Wylde.

Antishred Solo

Guitar Noize: Anti Shred competition. Ends on the 3 June 2010

Chris Poland, Sean Baker: signed for Heavy Metal Records Muzik Festival

Chris Poland is scheduled to perform at the 1st Annual Heavy Metal Records Muzik Festival, scheduled for Saturday, june 5th at The Montage Music Hall in Rochester, NY.

Also on the bill are: Z02, THE SEAN BAKER ORCHESTRA and INTOX.

Riccardo Solimena: jams with student Mario Quaranta

Riccardo Solimena:
Lesson with my friend and student Mario Quaranta. He likes to play Metal's style and so... I did a backing track and play with him. Enjoy it :)

After Fourth's Coffee - Dopo il caffè Quarta :)

John Huldt: Elwood stand Musikmesse 2010

John Huldt You can buy his CD Rules Do no apply:

John Huldt: Elwood stand Musikmesse 2010

Alex Lifeson: Rush DVD and Blu-ray release of Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage

Banger Films, has announced the feature length DVD and Blu-ray release of the critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" on June 29 in North America and July 5 in the U.K. The film made its world premiere in April at the ninth annual Tribeca Film Festival in New Yor kCity and the filmmakers, Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn won the highly coveted Heineken Audience Award.

The DVD features a bonus disc that includes the following exclusive material:

01. Being Bullied and The Search for The First Gig
02. Reflections on the album Hemispheres
03. "Presto" and "Roll The Bones" Rap
04. The Rush Fashion
05. Hobbies on the Road
06. Rush Trekkies
07. Pre-Gig Warm-Up
08. Best I Can (never-before-seen footage w/ original drummer, John Rutsey from 1974)
09. Working Man (never-before-seen footage w/ original drummer, John Rutsey from 1974)
10. La Villa Strangiato - Live at Pinkpop Festival in Holland from 1979 (first time this epic song was captured on video)
11. Between The Sun and Moon - Hartford, CT (from the band’s first show back after hiatus in 2002)
12. Dinner with RUSH at a Hunting Lodge
13. Far Cry (live) - from the "Snakes & Arrows" DVD
14. Entre Nous (live) – from the ‘Snakes & Arrows’ DVD
15. Bravado (rare live version) - previously only available on the "R30" Blu-ray version
16. YYZ (rare live version) - previously only available on the "R30" Blu-ray version

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Movie Trailer

Andres Ludmer: variax put to the sword

custom variax transplant

Miguel Marques: anti shred competition

Miguel Marques

Antishred Competition

Guitar Noize: Anti Shred competition. Ends on the 3 June 2010

Ronnie James Dio: the Holy Diver passes away RIP...

Ronnie James Dio, the master of modern metal has passed away... we here at Truth In Shredding towers salute a towering giant of the genre. He will be sadly missed... but we rejoice in the awesome legacy of music that he leaves behind. For news articles

Here's a random list of greatest hits

1. Stand up and Shout
2. Holy Diver
3. Rainbow in the Dark
4. Straight Through the Heart
5. We Rock
6. Last in Line
7. Mystery
8. King of Rock & Roll
9. Sacred Heart
10. Hungry for Heaven
11. Rock & Roll Children
12. Man on the Silver Mountain [Live]
13. Dream Evil
14. I Could Have Been a Dreamer
15. Lock up the Wolves
16. Strange Highways

Wendy Dio:
Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever. Wendy

Dio - The Last In Line

Heaven and Hell - Die Young
Live Radio City Music Hall 2007
Ronnie James Dio
Tony Iommi
Geezer Butler
Vinny Appice

Heaven and Hell - Die Young Live HQ (R.I.P Ronnie James Dio 16 de Mayo)

Dio - Holy Diver

dio- heaven and hell

Dio - Don't Talk to Strangers [2005 Live]

I always wanted Ronnie James Dio to hook up with Yngwie Malmsteen... what a monster gig that would have been... well it was never to be... we'll just have to make do with this.

Ronnie James Dio & Yngwie Malmsteen - Dream On

Hear n' Aid - We're Stars

Mika Tyyskä,Thomas Blug: Mr Fastfinger faces the Crossroads Demon

The Sensai of karate guitar Mika Tyyskä, aka Mr Fastfinger delivers some fleet fingered exercise and lets me know about an upcoming event including the German blues fusion master Thomas Blug.

Mika Tyyskä:
Me I've been busy getting ready for upcoming gig this friday in Raisio, Finland. It's a guitar concert night with Ben Granfelt band and Thomas Blug Band included on the list. Felt that it would be boring to rely on old stuff, so I composed new music. Over half of our setlist is new material. Indeed very exciting. And so is this: ""Mr.Fastfinger and the Crossroads Demon"". This series will be released on YouTube this week, 1 episode per day. First one out now. The animation was created to celebrate the finnish guitar competition: Kitarasankari. The guitar concert and the finals of the competition will be held in Raisio 21. - 22.5. 2010. This weekend!"

Mr. Fastfinger and the Crossroads Demon : Part 1/4 - First Temptation

Jad Nasr: Telecaster custom shop 1997 N7 series

Jad Nasr:
I had to travel back home, so I put some new strings on this guitar ;

I use to love and play this guitar a lot before I leave, it's signed by both Mike Stern and Larry Coryell,

Anyhow, just jamming on some jazzy backing to test the sound.
This tele has Seymour & Duncan pickups.

Cheers & Peace,

Telecaster custom shop 1997 N7 series

Daniele Liverani, Jason Becker: Meteor my tribute to Jason Becker

Daniele Liverani - Meteor (my tribute to JASON BECKER)

Rick Graham: lousy taste in shirts but awesome guitar tones... a match made in heaven!

Rick Graham
Hi guys, this is a first recording test mic'ing up my new Cornford 4x12 cab. I made the backing in Logic with awesome Spectrasonics plugins.

Cornford Cab test - Improv

Jean Fontanille: Master classes

Master Class + Démo Laboga à "Euterpe" Musique à Vichy
Date: Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: "Euterpe" Musique à Vichy

Master Class + Démo Laboga à : "Aux Guitares" à Mulhouse
Date: Thursday, 20 May 2010
Time: 18:20 - 21:20
Location: "Aux Guitares" à Mulhouse

Tom Hess: How To Make The Right Contacts In The Music Industry

Many musicians are aware that making the right music industry contacts is highly important for achieving a successful music career. The problem is that, most musicians really don't know 'who' the right music industry contacts are, where to find them, how to actually transform a 'first contact' into a meaningful relationship, and what 'having the right music industry connections' really means.

If I gave you my complete list of music industry contacts (key industry people I have established relationships with over the last 20 years), do you think it would help you develop a successful music career? … NO! Why? Because a mere 'contact' is not worth anything. Music industry contacts need to become meaningful music industry connections. Meaningful connections are developed by building good relationships… More on this later…
However, even if you have good relationships with the right people, this won’t help you until and unless you work on having the right things in place which enables your industry contacts to feel confident enough to work with you. To learn more about turning music industry contacts into meaningful relationships, watch this free video about how to build a career in the music business.

So, who are the music industry people you should be contacting? … And when you get through to someone, what do you say to him/her? How can you make these important people pay attention to you if you don’t yet have a ‘name’ in the music business?
Let’s explore the first question “Who are the music industry people you should be contacting?” To answer this, you need to ask a series of other questions such as:

• Who are some music industry contacts who have great influence and ability to help your career develop further?
• Who are the music industry contacts who have the greatest number of key relationships with other music industry professionals and companies?
• Among the most important music industry contacts, who are the easiest to find close to where you live?
• What music industry contacts are the most approachable?
• Who are the music industry people who you can help to solve THEIR problems and/or help them to reach their goals (thus starting to build a relationship with them)?

Is there a single “type” of music industry contact person or (company) who fits ALL the above criteria? The answer is ‘Yes’. And if you do not have music industry connections, this ‘type of contact’ may be your best place to begin… So, who is this type of person or company? Record label executives? A&R people? Producers? Publishers? Managers? Entertainment Lawyers? Famous bands? No… The answer may surprise you... it is “Concert Promoters”.
Serious concert promoters have massive power and influence in the music industry. They are the real risk takers of the music business. They deal with thousands of very important music industry people every year such as: well known bands, record labels, artist management, tour managers, entertainment lawyers, production companies, merchandising departments, the venues, booking agents, radio stations, the press, and more.

If you live near an urban area, you won’t have any trouble locating concert promoters who live and work locally (use Google). Unlike most other important music industry contacts, promoters are generally accessible and will be willing to talk to anyone who has ‘something real’ to offer them (that’s where you come in).

Generally speaking, concert promoters take on more risk than any other person or entity in the entire music industry. All promoters lose large sums of money every year (because some concerts lose money for various reasons). The successful promoters make (and keep) more money than they lose throughout the year (because they are able to promote other concerts with bigger bands which make a lot of money).

What every promoter wants is a reliable network of people to help make certain that the concerts/tours they promote make more money! Obviously, it’s expensive to employ a large team of experienced people. However, you can join their team (at least on a part time basis) if you are willing to, intern, earn a small salary or even work for free just to get your foot in the door and get the experience of working with a promoter. You may not yet know anything about promoting tours, but some promotion companies would be eager to train you if it isn’t expensive for them to do so.

Think about it from their perspective. If you were a big time promoter taking on huge risks, wouldn’t you want another person to work for you, for free or for a very low salary? Of course the answer is ‘yes’, even if that person could only work part time. If you can do that, they will remember you and relationships will start to develop.

Many musicians who want a music career are told to intern for a record label. The conventional wisdom is that when you do this, you will learn a lot about the music business. The reality is, most of these interns never get into a position where they can truly learn much at all as an intern. However working for a promoter, your ability to learn how the music industry REALLY works (at least on the touring and promotional side) goes way up because your level of access to what is going on 'behind the scenes' goes way up! In addition, the number of music industry contacts you can make are 200 times more than what you would likely make working at a record label. And compared to record labels, there is a lot less competition for internships or jobs with a promoter.
As excited as you may now feel, knowing that you CAN actually do this…. there is a catch… a big one. In order to have any real chance of pursuing this opportunity and using these music industry contacts to help launch your music career, you must work on having the right things in place which enable your music industry connections to feel confident enough to work with you. The truth is, nothing in this article will help you until and unless you do take this critical step.

To learn more about turning music industry contacts into meaningful relationships, watch this free video about how to build a career in the music business.
Tom Hess is a professional touring guitarist, recording artist and music career mentor. He coaches and mentors musicians around the world to build a successful music career. Visit to get free music career resources

Rusty Cooley, Andretti Medina: new band Day of Reckoning

Rusty Cooley:
I have a new band called Day of Reckoning. We are currently finishing up a 9 song demo. Here's the MySpace it's new and will be continuing to get updated everyday. We will also be adding full songs... It's been a while and it was a dark couple of years recovering from the break up of Outworld I never thought I would be putting another band together. But certain doors close so others can open and man not only has it opened the door was blown right off of the hinges!

The band is currently finishing a 9 song demo. We have already started to send it out and are getting great responces! We will be adding full songs soon and will keep the myspace updated on a regular basis so please keep checking back.

In other news I have two new instructional dvds scheduled for release on June 4, Arpeggio Madness 1 and 2 on Rockhouse Method!

The band features Andretti Medina currently from Öjebyn, Norrbottens län in Sweden, Matt Smith and Eric Lauer

Diary of the Wind music video (HD)

Victim of Your Own Creation Solo(HD)