Monday, 24 May 2010

George Lynch: head hunter guitar

George Lynch has unveiled his new "Headhunter" guitar

George Lynchジョージリンチ氏、ご本人製作のギターの試演奏と解説 ( translate: George Lynch, George Lynch, and explain our own production guitar audition)

News: blogger posts stealing your copyrighted material?

Lots of so called blogs are actually a front to download links for whole guitar albums with out any permission from the copyright owner. Now this is plain wrong and undermines the hopes and aspirations of so many smaller guitar players just trying to make a living... simple truth it is theft...  Players who have their material posted can follow these rules:

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Ronnie James Dio: Tournado box set... a number will remain unsigned.

The Official Ronnie James Dio Fan Page REGARDING THE "TOURNADO BOX" Ronnie chose to personally sign each Box Set in small
amounts as orders were placed.

Due to Ronnie’s untimely passing, he was unable to sign the
rest of the sets.

We only made 1,500 of the “Tournado” Box Sets and we know
that every Dio fan will cherish it forever.

The rest of the Box Sets that are being shipped now are only
numbered and do not have an autograph.

If for any reason you are unsatisfied, we will gladly refund
your purchase.- Niji Entertainment Group

Dave Weiner: new CD available... now win the super cool guitar!

Get your order in for On Revolute today!

Order "On Revolute" and Win Dave's Gear!!

order now and get a chance to win that guitar:

Aaron Berg: original tribute to Van Halen

Van Halen style : " Land of the Lost " ( original )

News: my top 20 Strings On Fire 2 entries

This process of short listing is tough. Some great solos and players didn't make my top 20... but they were still great... The overall process means I watch all videos at least 3 times... the closer to the top you get the more reviews of your video you get. This time you can see we breakdown the details of the entry to three scoring areas:
1 Composition
2 Technique
3 Sound
Each of these is scored out of 5 then added together to give a total... The views on scores over each area are representative of my view of the solo in the context of the video, as I see/hear it. All of this is done in private and so we don't know the winner until the scores are added together. Interestingly, there was a good deal of consensus in the top list, with just 25 players being picked by all of the judges.

So here is my top 20

This is Milan Polak's views of the winning solo and his own take on the solo.

"Strings On Fire 2" with Milan Polak - TOP 3 picks

News: sun is hot... time for Blues Jam Survival Guide

You know with all these anti shredders around and the sun being hot an all.... well we need to dig deep... add colour, add feeling... time for some blues:
We here at TrueFire would like to invite you to check out our newest blues guitar course, Blues Jam Survival Guide -

The course is packed with 115 tips, 75 essential blues licks, 43 practice rhythm tracks, and tons of other valuable insight designed for the practicing blues guitarist.

Mike Stern: Magma new CD appearence

Jan Gunnar Hoff (piano, keyboards); Maria Joao (vocals); Mike Stern (guitar); Mathias Eick (trumpet); Audun Kleive (drums)

Pianist and composer Jan Gunner Hoff, based in Bodø in the far north of Norway, has been described as an excellent melodic craftsman. He has been a very active player on the Norwegian scene since the seventies.

The music on this album has been cherry-picked from two larger works by Hoff, commissioned by two Norwegian festivals. The piece “MAGMA” commissioned by Nordland Musikkfestuke in 2006, and “Free Flow Songs” that was commissioned by Vossajazz in 2005. The album “MAGMA” offers a mix of different geographies and musical traditions. A Nordic sound melts together with European and North-American dialects.

Hoff has put together an all-star team for this project. From his regular band comes double bass player Bjørn Kjellemyr (Terje Rypdal, Rolf Lislevand) and drummer Audun Kleive (Terje Rypdal, Marilyn Mazur Future Song, Bugge Wesseltoft). The legendary guitar player Mike Stern (USA) that got his breakthrough as a member of Miles Davis´band contributes both with marvellous ballad-playing and a more rock based sound. The collaboration between Hoff and Stern goes back to 2006, when they did the world premier on the piece MAGMA in Hoff’s hometown Bodø. Maria Joáo (Portugal) is one of the true originals of Portuguese and European jazz. She has released numerous albums on labels such as Universal and Verve.

On the tracks with Maria guitarist Eivind Aarset (Nils Petter Molvær, Arild Andersen) and percussionist Helge Nordbakken (Jon Balke, Mari Boine) also play. The extremely talented trumpet player Mathias Eick, who recently released his debut album for ECM, brings colour to most of the tracks, and holds a powerful appearance the whole album through.

John Scofield: Metropole Orchestra new CD

John Scofield (guitar), Vince Mendoza (conductor/arranger), Metropole Orchestra

The music of 54 defies, in its own way, some of the laws of nature in music. It is born out of pieces initially created and designed for smaller ensembles. Yet when placed with the large scaled collective talents of 54 individuals, the result, though expansive, loses none of the pureness of the original material. Drama is heightened. Beauty is clarified, passions aroused without losing the fresh and personal expression that Jazz is known for - so rare that an orchestra can offer that stylistic expression in the jazz genre. Scofield's compositional foundation, visualized and crafted by Vince Mendoza, executed by the Orchestra and reinterpreted by Scofield takes these charts to a grand destination.

The collaboration heard on 54 had its origins back in the 90's when Vince Mendoza asked John Scofield to play on his first album. John has since been featured on two of Vince's records and his guitar sound and improvisational skills work well within Vince's concept. When Mendoza assumed directorship of The Metropole Orchestra, he and Scofield decided to collaborate again with a primary focus on Mendoza's arrangements of Scofield compositions as performed with The Metropole Orchestra. "Vince is one of the most creative arrangers today and his sensibilities are perfect for my compositions, " says Scofield. "in addition to Vince's arrangements, 54 features another pair of Scofield tunes transformed by likeminded arrangers Jim McNeely and Florian Ross. Two classic Mendoza compositions are included to complete the repertoire. "I love playing in this lush setting. This orchestra is unique to any other I know of in its ability to play with a natural jazz feeling," says Scofield. "It's a thrill to hear my tunes expanded by the orchestral arrangements and Vince's tunes are modern masterpieces that I truly enjoy interpreting. The other soloists in the Orchestra are excellent as well."

The Metropole Orchestra is the world's largest professional pop and jazz orchestra. Renowned for its wide-ranging abilities, the Metropole Orchestra performs everything from chansons to World music, film scores, rock and pop tunes as well as high-octane jazz. The orchestra is a regular feature at the North Sea Jazz festival and the yearly Holland Festival along with countless TV and radio programs broadcast to millions. The ever-growing Dutch film and television industry relies heavily on the Metropole Orchestra for its film scores. Since 2005 the Metropole is under the baton of Chief Conductor Vince Mendoza.

The Metropole Orchestra with Mendoza has shared the stage with a broad sampling of the performers who underscore the ensemble's flexibility to cover a wide range of genres. Guests have included Oleta Adams, Vicente Amigo, Andrea Bocelli, Joe Cocker, Elvis Costello, Eddie Daniels, Brian Eno, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Hank Jones, Chaka Khan, Pat Metheny, Ivan Lins, Mike Patton, Paquito D'Rivera, John Scofield, The Swingle Singers, Jean 'Toots' Thielemans, Gino Vannelli, Steve Vai, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Dino Saluzzi, Turkish singer Sezen Aksu and Fado-queen Mariza.

A principal innovator of modern jazz guitar, John Scofield has expressed himself in the vernacular of bebop, blues, jazz-funk, organ jazz, acoustic chamber jazz, electronically tinged groove music and orchestral ensembles with ease and enthusiasm. Regardless of the stylistic setting, his distinct guitar sound and compositions are unmistakably Scofieldesque, always coupled with an improvisational excellence and dedicated to the finest in jazz tradition. It is a rare artist that can explore more than one kind of music with true fluency, virtuosity and sincerity but Scofield can, and he's proven it once again within 54.

After touring and recording with Miles Davis from 1982 to 1985, Scofield placed himself firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer. He prominently leads his own groups in the international Jazz scene and has recorded 36 albums as a leader, many already classics. His history of collaborations with jazz legends such as Chet Baker, Charles Mingus, Joe Henderson, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, and Herbie Hancock are uniquely balanced by contemporary projects with Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Government Mule, and Phil Lesh. Scofield's compositions - in association with composer Mark-Anthony Turnage - have been the foundation of the orchestral piece Scorched. Those and others in increasing numbers and have been performed by some of the world's leading orchestras.

Vince Mendoza, the Music Director and Chief conductor of the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra, has been at the forefront of the Jazz and contemporary music scene as a composer and, conductor for the last 20 years. He has written scores of compositions and arrangements for big band, extended compositions for chamber and symphonic settings while his jazz composing credits read like a "who's who" of the best modern instrumentalists and singers in the world today. Mendoza has also written commissioned compositions and arrangements for the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Debussy Trio, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the Metropole Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, West Deutsche Rundfunk and the BBC.

Mendoza's arranging has appeared on many critically acclaimed projects that include dozens of albums with song writing legends such as Bjˆrk, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, Sting and Joni Mitchell. He has 5 Grammy awards and 22 nominations. He was the orchestral voice behind the score to Lars van Trier's "Dancer in the Dark" featuring Bjˆrk, as well as the orchestrations on her CD titled "Vespertine", and the orchestral CDs of Joni Mitchell, "Both Sides Now" and "Travelogue".

Milan Polak: TRex Strings On Fire 2 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Milan Polak:
in collaboration with T-Rex Effects. Purchase "No God" on iTunes:

The TOP 3:
1st Jor Kokiat:
2nd dhalif:
3rd Thiago Trinsi:

Milan Polak:
Julian Puttins:
Laurie Monk:
Ricardo Walls:
T-Rex Effects:

Thx again to everyone who participated and made this a great competition - you all rock!!! Special thanks to T-Rex and Julian Puttins for their support & help!
Next competition coming soon... 

"Strings On Fire 2" with Milan Polak - TOP 3 picks

I would like to thank Milan Polak for the idea for this competition and TRex pedals, via Torsten Cubel for going that extra mile and working with us to deliver such a great competition with awesome prizes for TRex pedals. Also Petruccifever, aka Julian "Ridley Scott" Puttins for video work and the super judge and funny guy Riccardo Walls for digging deep when it came to decision time! I really want to thank all of you, the guitar players who make this thing happen and like Milan... I'd love to have 20 prizes or so.

Zakk Wylde: Gear contest ends June 1st 2010

We’ve compiled the best of Zakk Wylde's signature gear and are offering you the chance to win it in our Ultimate Zakk Wylde Gear Pack give away. Simply enter for your chance to win the grand prize of:

• A year’s supply of Dunlop Signature Zakk Wylde Guitar Strings
• Crybaby Zakk Wylde Signature Wah
• MXR Zakk Wylde Overdrive
• MXR Black Label Chorus
• Coffin Case (Graveyard Disciple Model)
• Epiphone Graveyard Disciple Guitar
• EMG Zakk Wylde Signature Set

Enter the competition

Nahuel Schiumarini: Anti shred

More prove that this nasty shredding boys and shred in an anti fashion too ;).

Anti shred competition-Nahuel Schiumarini

Go on... have a go... extra bonus marks from me if you slip in a couple of sweep tap arpeggios too ;)

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

Chris Broderick, Reb Beach: feature in July 2010 guitar world

Here's a sneak peak at what's going to be on the upcoming disc that comes with Guitar World magazine's July 2010 issue.

Check out exclusive videos with blues legend Johnny Winter, Chris Broderick, Reb Beach, plus an exclusive guitar lesson on how to play like the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan, along with gear reviews with Paul Riario and much more!

Guitar World Disc Preview: July 2010

Atanas Shishkov: metalcore jam

Top notch shredding from Atanas Shishkov on his super cool new Tom Anderson:
A jam test of this awesome yellow Tom Anderson guitar of my mate Blue 2 You / Todor Peev /!

I hope you enjoy!

Atanas Shishkov - Tom Anderson Metalcore Jam