Thursday, 10 June 2010

News: dirtbox cleans up

After a lot of setbacks I am pleased to announce that is now officially re-opened! So what’s been happening? In late April I closed Dirtbox for a site reshuffle that I hoped would only take a few days. I bought my own webspace and shifted the site across to that but...

How often have you heard a couple of cool overdrive pedals on youtube or somehwere and then had to go searching around several websites in order to find more information about it? Lots of times, exactly. Welcome to Dirt Box. Dirt Box is designed to gather all of that information for you...

Jeff Beck: Les Paul interview

Jeff Beck & Imelda May played at Les Paul's old stomping grounds, NYC's Iridium, for a 95th Birthday celebration for the late guitar pioneer, and it was attended by Bryan Setzer, David Bowie, Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, and Metallica's Kirk Hammett among others.


News: $75,000 Vanload of Gear Giveaway!

Don't Miss Sweetwater's GearFest 2010

June 25-26, 2010
at Sweetwater
5501 U.S. Hwy 30 W
Fort Wayne, IN 46818

Pre-register, and we'll have your badge waiting for you!

Don't Miss Sweetwater's HUGE Gear Expo

The BIGGEST GearFest ever is coming to Sweetwater! If you've never been to a GearFest before, it's a smash-hit, NAMM-style show featuring guitars, keyboards, software, hardware, and more. And it's all FREE!

$75,000 Vanload of Gear Giveaway!

We've stuffed a van full of $75,000 in gear that will be awarded to three lucky GearFest attendees. You could win one of three packages - for recording studio, guitar studio, or live sound. You must attend GearFest to win, so mark your calendar for June 25 and 26 and make Sweetwater your destination!

See the mind-boggling prize list here:

We can't possibly tell you about all the GearFest features and attractions in this e-mail. These are just a few of the things you'll see:

- Over 40 information-packed workshops
- Dozens of celebrity appearances
- More than 170 manufacturer exhibits

See the Entire GearFest 2010 Lineup

Dozens of Workshops Presented by Industry Experts

Fab Dupont
Producer/remix artist

Fred Gretsch
Gretsch Guitars

David Grissom
Noted session guitarist

Ross Hogarth
Veteran engineer/producer

Greg Koch
Guitar wizard

Russ Berger
Renowned acoustic engineer

Craig Anderton

Wally Kurth & Christian Taylor
Emmy award-winning songwriters

Don't Miss These GearFest 2010 Attractions

The Latest Gear from 170+ Manufacturers
Meet the people who actually make the gear.

Thousands of Dollars in Hourly Gear Giveaways
Every registered guest has a chance to win.

Screaming GearFest-only Deals
It's your opportunity to buy great gear at unheard-of discounts.

Product Demos by Top-flight Musicians
See and hear the gear as it's put through its paces.

Check Out the FREE Musicians' Flea Market
Find that rare treasure you've been looking for.

Bring your family, bring your bandmates, and bring your engineers - get everyone out to GearFest 2010!


John Petrucci: Dream Theater 25th anniversary goodies

DREAM THEATER is offering a 25th Anniversary poster (pictured) and T-shirt for purchase. Details are available via the links below.

25th Anniversary poster

25th Anniversary T-shirt

Tour Dates:

11 - Houston, TX - The Woodlands
12 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
14 - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheater
16 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
17 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Pavilion
19 - San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater
20 - Concord, CA - Sleep Train Pavilion
21 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
22 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheater
24 - Vancouver, BC - GM Place
26 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
29 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre


2 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH (with BEATALLICA)
3 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheater
5 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom (with Z02)
6 - Ottawa, ON - Blues Fest

7 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
9 - Quebec City, QC - International Summer Festival
10 - Palladium - Worcester, MA (with CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED)
11 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
12 - New York City - Madison Square Garden
14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette Pavilion
15 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
17 - Detroit, MI - DTE Music Theatre
18 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
20 - Washington DC - Nissan Pavilion

Orianthi: shockhound interview

Orianthi discusses working with Steve Vai, Carrie Undrewood, Michael Jackson, and her evolution as a guitarist

Anton Oparin: 14 and precision picking

Russian Shredder - Anton Oparin.MOV

plus: Betcha Can't Play This - Anton Oparin NAMM 2010 GKG, Tone

Paco Hernandez: cheap guitar shredding

Paco Hernandez:
I recorded a short video, fast and unedited audio environment with my new-old guitar. I love the sound of pileup: keep in mind that 11 years ago cost me 20,000 pesetas second hand, and now must go and by the fourth or fifth hand xD ... Pa you to see what can be done with an old guitar cheap...

In the video section you can see the very few musical things I´ve managed to write in the last year or more.

Yeah, it needs it, it´s my first guitar, which I sold over 10 years ago and miraculously I found again! :-D If you check the video here, it sounds pretty, pretty good for a 15 year- 90 euros and 3th or 4th hand guitar.

Paco Hernandez: cheap guitar shredding

Victor Santiago Gomez: Bird's eye view

Bird's eye view Impro

Nikolay Sokolov: the walk

Another instrumental track from Nikolay Sokolov

Nikolay Sokolov The Walk

Mike Casswell: live web cast

Mike Casswell, renowned guitarist, writer, producer and one Lick Library’s most active and versatile teachers is to present the next inspiring live webcast. The webcast with live video and chat will start on the 21st June 2010 at 19.30 (BST), 11.30 USA-PST, or 14.30 USA-EST. Put simply; this is TV live over the internet to your computer enabling you to interact with Mike and other members of Lick Library via the chat room during the session.

Check out the Lick Library You Tube channel for clips of Mike to get your finger tingling. If you have any burning questions for Mike about style of playing, sound or how to achieve a certain technique then follow the links to register with Lick Library.

A Live Webcast for those of you who are not familiar with this type of broadcast is basically live TV delivered over the internet to your computer, in this case live from the studios. There’s no downloads needed and you can watch live on your PC just like a TV.

Mike’s extreme ability in mastering the guitar is such that there is nothing he can’t play from metal to country, funk to swing jazz and much more. He has toured with artists such as Brian May, Ronan Keating and Cozy Powell. Mike is a highly respected teacher and his varied Lick Library DVDs have covered styles such as Jeff Beck, Cream, Free, Eric Clapton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Brian May, Queen, Bad Company, Kaiser Chiefs, Kings of Leon, The Rolling Stones, Rage Against The Machine, Sound Garden, Lenny Kravitz, The Beatles, and Aerosmith!

Dust down your guitar, flex your plucking fingers and register for your FREE Access All Areas pass online at: and get playing now!

Bryan Aspey: Composition and Improvisation

Bryan Aspey:
Composition and Improvisation

Today I received a question from a friend on YouTube who prompted me to share my thoughts on composition and improvisation. Here's the question:

hi bryan,
i have one question concerning the solo in the shred this competition:
did you improvise it or was it a composed solo?
id be happy to know!!!

Great question! All of my recorded solos begin as improvisation, then gradually become crafted into composition. I love to improvise, and try to keep the spirit of improvisation in mind whenever I play, but my personal approach is based on my belief that:

Composition is improvisation captured and perfected
full post

Paul Gilbert: Fuzz Universe gets a face

Thanks to Jenn over at Metalichika for this news:
Here's some good news for my European friends! Paul Gilbert's 'Fuzz
Universe' will see a European release on August 6, 2010, through
Mascot Records. The CD is currently available for pre-order through

Marcel Coenen: Bo-El model guitar up for sale

Marcel Coenen:
One of my Bo-El guitars is for sale since today.

I noticed I am not using it anymore since I got my new Bo-El models, so this guitar is better off to a new guitarist.

The guitar is my Signature Bo-El MC6 model, Tobacco SunBurst, Floyd Rose bridge, Shark inlay (double)


The guitar has a lot of options, like a carved solid body, 5 way pickup selector, a on/off switch, a phase switch, two humbuckers (Bo~El HB-SD /6, also single coil splittable), licensed under floyd rose type of tremolo .
The guitar is made of a two piece hard ash body with a thin hardrock maple set neck. The neck is from rosewood with a shark inlay, 24 Jumbo frets. Ofcourse the guitar also has the wellknown “all access” neck/body connection which makes playing on the highest posiutions really easy.
Scalelength: 647.7 mm

This guitar is out of print and won't be reproduced again, so it is already a collectors item !

The guitar is set up by myself and has been taken care of constantly.

It has a little bit of using marks, but in general it is in really good condition.

Here is a video of me playing a solo on the guitar during a concert (this is also to be seen at my live DVD)

Price: 800 euro's

Contact me using email:

Marcel Coenen

Marcel Coenen - Guitar Solo (the hidden track)

Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian: Glen Hughes Black Country Communion CD details

Black Country Communion the Anglo/American rock supergroup featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple Black Sabbath, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, today confirmed the track listing and release date of their debut album “Black Country”.

Released by Mascot Records in the UK and the rest of Europe on Monday September 20th, followed by a North American release through J&R Adventures on Tuesday September 21st, the album was produced and mixed by Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin), and mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig.

All songs are sung by Glenn Hughes, with the exception of Song Of Yesterday and The Revolution In Me which are both sung by Joe Bonamassa. Hughes and Bonamassa share lead vocals on Sista Jane and Too Late For The Sun. Also included is a new version of Medusa, the rock classic Hughes originally recorded with his first band Trapeze.

Album Track Listing:

1. Black Country
2. One Last Soul
3. The Great Divide
4. Down Again
5. Beggarman
6. Song Of Yesterday
7. No Time
8. Medusa
9. The Revolution In Me
10. Stand (At The Burning Tree)
11. Sista Jane
12. Too Late For The Sun

Joe Pinnavaia: breakerbox

Joe Pinnavaia:
Hello everyone! It's been a while so I thought I would give you all a quick update. Things have been busy since the birth of my son Rio but I have managed to finish two more tracks for the 2nd "Rhino" record that will be titled "Fragile X." Two of the 4 tracks so far have been released for preview - "Night at the Carnival" and "Enki, Enlil and the Garden of E.Din." The next two tracks "Jacob's Ladder" and "Ascension in the Desert" have been completed and mixed. I'm always excited to share new music so I'll either do an album teaser or make them a full preview for a limited time for all of the fans!

"Ascension in the Desert" will be available on a compilation CD due out this year featuring artists from all over the world - China, Greece, UK,and of course the States - in printed CD's 10,000 strong! I'll keep you all in the loop on how to get this record when it's available.

I'm still looking at the possibility of a "one man show" with a live Test Tube Rhino set but we'll see what comes of that. Also a live guitar duo is going well with fellow Buffalo based guitarist Vincent Mastrantonio (Vincent James Explosion) and should be ready before July for shows!

Also BREAKERBOX has released their first video of the single "Nobody Gets Me."

Breakerbox- Nobody Gets Me- Official Music Video

“Test Tube Rhino is a killer project made up of killer tracks, killer writing and playing. Creative, diverse, interesting and gripping are all words I would use to describe this music”. "  Tom Hess, Tom Hess Music Corporation

"...very reminiscent of a certain Mr Fripp and his adventurous freedom of note choice and relaxed approach do call to mind Joe Satriani – all simmeringly quite cosily together in the sort of controlled sonic gumbo that needs a little spice…..which of course he adds in the form of some blazing modern techno-fetish lines."  Dave Thompson,

"As a one-man project, Test Tube Rhino could suffer from a lack of diversity – but it doesn’t. Understated numbers like “I’m Not Doing Anything to Feel Sorry” shows Joey P. has a deft touch with supple lead guitar figures. "  Christopher J. Kelter, Rough