Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Rafael Moreira: Christina's string bender talks with Laurie Monk

Rafael Moreira is not an unknown in the field of guitar having worked with Paul Stanley (KISS) and the pop diva Pink and Christina Aguilera! Rafael has also appeared as lead guitarist / supporting vocalist live on world tours and television, as well as on CD & DVD releases, with world renowned artists such as Don Felder (The Eagles), Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction), Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Stevie Wonder,  Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony and Utada to name a few!!!

[Truth In shredding] Now you've secured top gigs with musicians like Pink and played at the very highest level, I am keen to understand how you started out, did you have the drive and ambition from day one to make it big or did it happen by chance?

[Rafael Moreira] I always had the drive and ambition, and knew what I wanted from very early on. I started playing guitar when I was six and was singing before that. My mother is a piano player and music teacher, and my two brothers and I had a rock trio since we were little; we got to play big shows in state fairs, local rock festivals and won some school songwriting contests! I think that helped me enormously as a musician, songwriter and performer to start at such a young age.

[Truth In Shredding] You were born in Brazil, do you think this adds something extra special to your music?

[Rafael Moreira] Absolutely! Brazilians in general are fun, relaxed and love to have a good time and because of that I think I'm a much looser player, not as stiff as some guitarists. I don't mean that in a bad way, it's just the way it is!

[Truth In shredding] I understand that you attended GIT in California and won the GIT (Guitar Institute of Technology) Masters Guitar Competition while at Musicians Institute. Was that a good time for you, who were the players you met and most learned from?

[Rafael Moreira] It was a great time. I made some really good friends that I keep in touch with to this day all around the world! The person that I learned the most from was Scott Henderson, not so much his licks and vocabulary, but the mentality on improvisation.

[Truth In shredding] In 2005 you released a guitar orientated album entitled Acid Guitar The album is described as an eclectic Instrumental blend of Rock, Jazz and Brazilian with melodies and soulful, shredding guitar solos. For sure there is a heavy Brazilian influence on the tracks, do you see this a definitive statement about your playing or do you see yourself progressing and expanding your musical boundaries?

[Rafael Moreira] It’s just a part of me … some of those tracks were written over ten years before I recorded the CD, which was released in 2005. It's my first CD and I produced it by myself without any budget or label support!

[Truth In shredding] What made you decide that you'd have a go at the audition for Pink when the audition actually called for a female guitar player?

[Rafael Moreira] First of all, I never wanted to do sideman gigs, unless it was with Ozzy, KISS (Paul Stanley – which was one of my favorite gigs to date!) , etc. … it just happened that I got the Christina
Aguilera gig a few years back and all these other gigs kept falling into my lap (fortunately). Well … the Pink audition was interesting; she usually likes to have a few women in her band and at the time I think she just had let go of her guitar player, so I think she wanted another woman on the guitar. Pink's Musical Director at the time Alex Alessandroni (who I had previously worked
with in Christina's band) told Pink that she should check me out … and that was that! I guess she liked me more than the forty women (no offense here, I love you women and sometimes hate you cause you make no sense … lol) that were there and ended up letting go of one of the keyboard players and hiring a girl for the second key position!

Rafael Moreira Burning on Bogner Alchemist Head with Closed Back 4x12 Cab

[Truth In shredding] Did the Christina Aguilera gig come off the back of the Pink gigs and what's it like working with some of the worlds top pop divas?

[Rafael Moreira] Christina's gig was my first big gig. As I said, I didn’t necessarily want to be a sideman … I’m a band kind of guy that writes songs and likes to rock and improvise jam band style. But a few
years after I left school I got a call from a friend telling me that they were auditioning musicians for a new artist, so I decided to give it a try … since Ozzy and all the other rock Gods were sleeping on a chance of getting me as their guitar player … lol! (Ouch, I'm on fire right now!) They liked me and my first couple gigs with Christina were Saturday Night Live (more cowbell, remember?) and Madison Square Garden! I also played with Mya, Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, etc. … it's been an interesting journey (not like the band Journey, they're cool too … lol) where I get to incorporate my rock style with some beautiful women that you may want to call divas (in a good sense).

[Truth In shredding] What tips can you give guitar players who are making that big leap to become the guitarist for a huge touring band?

[Rafael Moreira] I wasn't planning on it, so just get yourself out there and go jam and show what you've got!!

[Truth In shredding] You got a lot of TV work under your belt, from series like American Idol, BBC Top of the Pops, BBC Live Sessions, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The David Letterman Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live! That's an amazing amount of high profile work, now I guess this is easier for you to get now, but if someone new is looking to progress in this field what would they need to do?

[Rafael Moreira] That's just a result of everything I've done … one thing leads to another.

[Truth In shredding] You have your own band as well called "Magnetico" with a great new CD called "Songs About The World" This work is a lot heavier than the solo release. What are your plans for this band?

[Rafael Moreira] We're trying to go on tour with a bigger band, and hopefully that will be happening soon. It’s not the easiest of times out there in the music industry though right now, but we have a page on Facebook with over a 100,000 fans - - you can check
out a bunch of cool videos and pics, both personally and professionally shot. I got a publishing deal with Bug Music (Kings Of Leon, Wilco, Steve Ray Vaughan, Johnny Cash, etc.) and they're doing the distribution for the album worldwide on iTunes. We're meeting with some people to make some new videos and I'm in the process of recording some new tunes.

Rafael Moreira Guitar Tips on FPE-TV

[Truth In shredding] With Magneto it is clear you are a rounded musician, a great guitar player and singer. It's only in special case this works out, for example Richie Kotzen has successfully married the two. Do you see yourself following the model of singer songwriter who plays guitar or are you really a guitar player who can sing?

[Rafael Moreira]I really don't know what I am anymore lol! I've been writing songs since I was a little kid as well as singing, so it all comes naturally to me.

[Truth In shredding] Apart from regular practice , is there anything you can recommend struggling guitar players who get stuck in a rut?

[Rafael Moreira] I don't practice a lot. I usually just like jamming with friends and writing songs! I think the best advice I can give someone that I’ve never seen play is to try to enjoy themselves at all times,
that's what music is about!

FPE TV Guitar Shredding Sweep Picking Rafael Moreira

[Truth In shredding] I would like to thank you so much for spending time answering these questions and we wish you all the best for the future, you deserve it!

[Rafael Moreira] Thanks a lot! I appreciate all the support!

Mark McGuigan: melodic solo competition

Mark McGuigan - Melodic Solo Contest Jam ( NOT AN ENTRY - SEE INFO )

David Wallimann: melodic solo competition 30th June 2010

Rob Chappers: Chappers TV #2

Chappers TV Episode 2 - Featuring a 75 million year old amp! Andy's Channel is here:

Ben's Channel is here:

Subscribe to Chappers if you like Pizza, Shred and Diablo \m/ Also I have a forum you can join, we are a nice bunch of guys and girls

Chappers TV Episode 2 - Featuring a 75 million year old amp!

Pilho: melodic solo competition

Solos still coming in, you have until the 30th June to become melodic and lose all those sharp metallic edges...

Pilho - Melodic Guitar Solo Contest

David Wallimann: melodic solo competition 30th June 2010

Rob Chappers: shredding Music Man John Petrucci JPX6 and Hufschmid Black Droid

Music Man John Petrucci JPX6 demo at World Guitars

Hufschmid Black Droid - Albino Droid (NFGD just me shredding some random metal on my new guitar)

Mattias IA Eklundh: Swedish Dance Music

Laney TT-100: "THE" Amplifier For Swedish Dance Music

Tom Edwards: Fields of the Nephilim endorse Chapman Guitars

Chapman Guitars announces it's first endorsee - Tom Edwards from Fields of the Nephilim

Rael Pestana: double neck 8 finger tapping

Rael Pestana tapping guitarra doble mástil

Steve Vai: Speed (VaiTunes #3)

“Speed” (VaiTunes #3)
Release Date: June 11, 2010
Written, Produced, Engineered by Steve Vai buy

Song Juice:
I had just finished the Sex and Religion tour and was considering my next record. I always get ideas when I go running so I headed for the Hollywood Hills and sure enough I was flooded with inspiration.

At that time I had already started the planning stages for what was to become Fire Garden but I knew it was going to be a huge undertaking and I was pining for a simple project that had some stripped down, kick-ass guitar tracks.

During that run in the hills I decided I would record an instrumental trio EP and while I was running I came up with the idea for one of the first songs, which later turned out to be “Kill The Guy With the Ball”. I started working on the track the moment I returned to the studio from the run in the hills. The song was broken down into three parts. The first part ended up being a piece called “Speed”, the second part “Kill the Guy With the Ball” and the third part “The God Eaters”.

I decided not to release “Speed” and eventually sent this track to the late Munetaka Higuchi, who was the drummer for the Japanese metal band Loudness. Although Deen Castronovo was the original drummer on this track, Munetaka re-did the drums with Dream Castle – for the album Free World [1997].

When I was looking for tracks to fill Archives Vol. 3, I took the original version of “Speed” with Deen on drums, spiffed up the guitar track and released it under the name “Speeding.”

In the winter of 2010 I received a license request from Guitar Hero for this track. As much of a documentarian and audio pack rat that I am, we could not find the completed multi track masters for this track. I believe I may have inadvertently sent them to Sony with the other Alien Love Secrets masters. I had to actually re-record the guitars because all we could find was the drums and some rhythm tracks. I changed the form a bit and here it is, relatively similar to the version that came out on Archives Vol. 3, but different enough.

This song is about traveling so fast that it feels as though your lips are being peeled back around the top of your head. Just like in this picture here.

George Lynch: feature on new Willie Basse Single

WILLIE BASSE Uploads New Song - "Po' Boy" on

I want to THANK EVERYONE for all the plays and awesome response to my new single, "Break Away" featuring GEORGE LYNCH (Dokken, Lynch Mob, Souls of We),
King James Kottak (Scorpions, Kottak), Mike Finnigan (Joe Cocker, CSN, Jimi Hendrix) and Mitch Perry (MSG, Talas). Engineered by Myself & ANDY JOHNS (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Godsmack)

I just uploaded a new song on myspace, "Po' Boy" from my album 'The Money Grind.'
It's a reggae flavored groove, much like 'The Police meets Black Sabbath.' Check it out, it features lead bass guitar! I sing about being drafted & forced into armed service, having to go away & fight a war in trying economic times... asks the age old question... What would YOU do, would you go fight?

I love being able to change gears and mix it up, exploring all kinds of grooves & music!
I will never be pegged into a box of one genre and I'm sure all the metal "Skank-Heads" out there will love this song!

Stop by, let me know...

Tomo Fujita: unky groove Live in Tokyo

トモ藤田 Tomo Fujita Just Funky groove Live in Tokyo

Dmitriy Balalayev: time to burn

Sweep picking and different style school ( Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Van Halen, Dmitriy Balalayev) performed by Dmitriy Balalayev, together with keyboard performance from Nikita Makarchenko)))))))) ^_^

AMAZING Sweep picking from Dmitriy Balalayev!

Kostas Karatroudis: Gus G's guitar interviewed by Joe Bosso

As for Gus G, he made his official debut with Osbourne at BlizzCon last August. A trial-by-fire experience, to be sure, but the affable guitarist describes the show as a "total success. There were doubters there, of course, but I think they saw and heard that I had the right skills for the job."

Gus fully admits that still he has millions of Zakk Wylde devotees across the globe to convert, but if his playing on Osbourne's new album Scream is any indication, he's got the battle halfway won. The disc, co-written and produced by Kevin Churko, is Osboune's strongest effort in years, full of raging, heavier-than-hell tunes and rife with powerful riffery and solos that should have air guitarists air-guitaring like there's no tomorrow. Even Osbourne himself sounds revitalized: his singing is by turns impassioned, energetic, sneering and playful. "I think Ozzy was having a lot of fun making this record," says Gus. "I'm not saying that had anything to do with me. I just think he was really feeling the songs."

While Gus remains fully committed to Firewind, which he's led since 1998, he relishes the opportunity to step into the guitar hero spotlight. In an exclusive interview with MusicRadar, Gus discussed how he came to join Osbourne's band, the challenges he faces, the recording of Scream and his admiration for Zakk Wylde, whom he describes as "a really cool guy and a gentleman."
full interview

Chris Broderick: live gear check out

Chris Broderick (Megadeth) Gear Tour

Armen Mkrtchyan: great fusion improv in melodic minor and chromatics

The solo from the Guthrie Govan's "melodic minor soloing" lesson

Solo from Guthrie Govan's chromatic soloing lesson

Elliot Noble: excellent tribute to Steve Vai Eugene's Trickbag - 15 year olds

Eugene's Trickbag: Steve Vai by Elliot Noble (Boss ME 25)

Carlo Losavio: While my guitar gently weeps

While my guitar gently weeps ( George Harrison ) By Carlo Losavio

Hedras Ramos: Rimmerama interview

Hedras Ramos talks to the Rimmerama crew and discusses how he started playing guitar and how he has progressed in such a short timescale.

Rimmerama Hedras Ramos 27May2010.mp3

You can also buy a shirt from his online store:

Niels Vejlyt: new DVD and lesson books

new DVD and lesson books:

Hedras Ramos: building up some top licks for the latest release

New tracks posted... some stunning fusion coming your way on the next release... hopefully 15 tracks of top notch guitar:

Alberto Rigoni: Lady and the bass

Quirky Girl - SingleLady and the BASSView other items by this artist:

Finally after Bassex, this super duo returns to give us emotions with great sounds, text and a manifesto for the modern girl.

Dean Wells: Egnater shredding

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Marco Sfogi: Two new interviews

First up a new guitar web site cover reviews and interviews for Trevor Beckett:
Hello! Welcome to the online home of Do Fret! We are a website for all things Electric Guitar. Here you will find reviews, news and features of the best that the Electric Guitar has to offer, from players, live dates, clinics, instrument and equipment reviews. I hope you enjoy the site and share in my passion of all things Guitar!

Q: Marco, thanks for taking the time to do an interview for Do Fret! Let's start by catching up with your current projects and music. What have you been working on recently and what can fans look out for soon?

R: The latest project I’ve done is the new James LaBrie record which should be out very soon. Of course I did a few collaborations in the past months, like recording guitars for Ray Riendeau’s solo album and all the solos for a NY based band named “Creation’s End”. Trying to keep it busy you know!
read the full Marco, your musical career evolved greatly after your appearance at James LaBrie’s solo album “Elements of Persuasion”. You have been working with several bands and musicians as a guest on guitar, and presented your own work on “There's hope” 2008. What were the highlights of these years so far?

Marco: All of the projects I've been involved in were “highlights” for me, of course Elements of Persuasion was a personal favourite because it exposed me to the guitar world, but if I have to choose one aside EOP I would say “Ego” from Alex Argento. Definitely a new experience for me both musically and personally. Recently you went to Sweden to record the guitar tracks for James Labrie’s new solo work. Can you tell us more about the process? Did you record each instrument separately or did you meet somewhere and go through the tracks?

Marco: This time I was in studio since day one of the recordings (as opposed to EOP where I entered the studio with the rhythm section done already) so it's been a creative experience for me, more interaction of course between the band which is a good and necessary thing to make the best record possible. We recorded the guitars, bass, drums and keyboards all of us in the same studio. What is your approach towards song writing and solo playing? Do you compose a lot in advance or do you improvise in the studio? Did you work on the soli for the LaBrie album together with Matt Guillory, for example, or do you figure the music out for yourself?

Marco: It's a balance between the two things, the arrangements are mostly written down and most of the leads are improvised either at home or in the studio. I don't mind about making everything in one take or twenty, as long as the part works for the tune and everyone is happy with it. Of course if there's a part like an unison between guitar and keyboard so yeah at that point working together is the best, but it happened also that I wrote stuff and asked Matt to double it with keyboards and vice versa. Your solo work has a broad variety of influences - can you name a few inspirations you use for your music?

Marco: For "There's Hope" the influences were mainly coming from 80s bands I listened in the past. Bands like Def Leppard, Rush and Europe to name a few. Guitar wise I've been inspired by so many guys, especially melodic players. Joe Satriani, Kee Marcello, Steve Lukather and Andy Timmons among others.

NY based band named “Creation’s End”. Trying to keep it busy you know!
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