Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Andy James: DoFret interview

Andy James is an incredible UK based guitarist, whose playing incorporates frighteningly fast alternate picked lines, sweeps and taps, aggressive vibrato and super-precise riffs, all with a great sense of melody!

Andy has released two solo CD's and an EP; 2005's Machine, 2007's In the Wake of Chaos and 2009's Kaos 7. He is also lead guitarist for UK metal band Sacred Mother Tongue, whose album The Ruin of Man was recently released to widespread acclaim.

As well as that, Andy has filmed several tutorial videos for Lick Library, including a recent 6-DVD set on Shred Guitar.

Do Fret caught up with Andy for this exclusive interview.

Michael Dolce: new CD - Everything Til Now

Michael Dolce playing snippets from the song "I Gotta Go" off his debut album
"Everything Til Now" www.michaeldolcemusic.com

You can buy: http://www.michaeldolcemusic.com/paypal.html

Michael Dolce "I Gotta Go"

Chris Broderick: Chaos Theory #2

Chris Broderick - Chaos Theory #2

Fabiano Rodriguo: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III

The progress on the main video for the competition is great, we've had over 5,452 views... so thanks to all those people looking at the video. Plus we are up to 11 posted responses. The competition is open for all, you can also discount yourself from judging if you so wish. But I have to say this is a chance in a lifetime to solo on a backing track provided by Brett Garsed specifically for this competition! We appreciate ever video submitted, because we know the effort you people put in... good luck!

Shred This III - Fabiano Rodriguo

Shred This III: Brett Garsed and DiMarzio competition ends 23:00 (GMT) Sunday, August 15th

Walter Trout: new blues CD "Common Ground"

Walter Trout has today released his 19th solo album, Common Ground.

Common Ground CD Details

In another project with legendary producer John Porter, Walter delivers one of his best works yet.

Featuring drummer Kenny Aronoff, bassist Hutch Hutchinson and pianist John Cleary, the new CD contains an outstanding mix of traditionally rooted blues mixed with smoking guitar work in a style that only Walter can do justice to.

Order your copy now!

Track List-

1. Maybe A Fool 4:46
2. Open Book 4:43
3. Her Other Man 6.33
4. Common Ground 6:20
5. Danger Zone 4:11
6. Hudson Had Help 3:17
7. Loaded Gun 5:46
8. Song For My Guitar 5:13
9. Eyes Of A Child 5:11
10. No Regrets 6:21
11. Wrapped Up In The Blues 4:47
12. Excess Baggage 5:54

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Larry Carlton,Takahiro Matsumoto: free guitar player track to download!

Take Your Pick - New Release from Larry Carlton and Takahiro "Tak" Matsumoto!

Three-time Grammy winner, Larry Carlton and Takahiro "Tak" Matsumoto, the most renowned guitarist in all of Asia, teamed up to compose, record, and release Take Your Pick, an extraordinary collection of 12 original instrumentals already being hailed as "one of the most significant collaborations of contemporary guitar of all time."

Larry and Tak invite you to download their new single for free and help spread the word about Take Your Pick. If you like what you hear, please spread the word and call or email your local radio station and ask them to download the new album from AirPlay Direct and play it on the station. 

Get a Free Download of their new single "Tokyo Nights"

Marko Vesovic: Melodic solo competition

Better late than never from me... enjoy.

Melodic guitar solo competition- Marko Vesovic

Jérôme Gache: tribute to Paul Gilbert - Fuzz Universe!

A great cover from the new album, from Paul Gilbert

Fuzz Universe - Paul Gilbert

Elliot Noble: tribute to John Petrucci #2

In the Presence of Enemies Part 1 2/2: Dream Theater by Elliot Noble (Boss ME 25)

Marko Vesovic: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III

Man these solos are great, keep them coming! Lets make it impossible for us to decide!

Marko Vesovic:
Hello guys and girls ,this is my improvisation on this amazing backing track i hope you will enjoy ... sorry for some mistakes :-)

Shred this III - Marko Vesovic

If you want to blow us away or just add you slice of solo to the mix... just follow the instructions and enjoy!

Shred This III: Brett Garsed and DiMarzio competition ends 23:00 (GMT) Sunday, August 15th

Tom Quayle: tq105 delivers skype lessons!

Tom Quayle
is now available for Skype lessons online. Send me a message if you're interested!

News: Stratoblogster guitar blogger with over 1,000,000 hits!

Congratulations to Joe over at http://www.stratoblogster.com/ for breaching this important target!

A cool milestone for any blogger or webmaster is going past 1,000,000 hits!!!

Stratoblogster will also celebrate birthday #4 at the end of July!

Yeah, I know the Perez Hilton blog gets a million hits every hour...

Extra special thanks to everyone who stopped by and said, "Oops! How the f#*! did I end up here?!" Those visits always mean the most! ;))

Eddie Van Halen: excellent Jas Obrecht post

Thanks to the Straoblogster for point out this post.

Eddie Van Halen: The David Lee Roth Era:
In the Beginning . . .

Eddie Van Halen and his older brother Alex were born and raised in Holland. Their father, Jan Van Halen, was an accomplished clarinetist in big band and classical styles. At age six, Eddie began taking classical piano lessons from a strict Russian master who’d slap his knuckles with a ruler whenever he made a mistake.

In 1967, the family moved to Pasadena, California, where the brothers discovered rock and roll. “I wasn’t into it at all back in Holland,” Eddie told me. “Wasn’t much of a scene going on. When we came here, I saw Hendrix and Cream around ’68, and I said, ‘Fuck the piano! I don’t want to sit down. I want to stand up and be crazy!’ The main influence for me, believe it or not, was Eric Clapton. I mean, I know I don’t sound like him, but I know every fuckin’ solo he ever played, note-for-note, still to this day. I used to sit down and learn that stuff note-for-note off the record. The live stuff – like ‘Spoonful,’ ‘I’m So Glad’ live – all that stuff. But when we first came to the U.S., I started playing drums, and my brother was taking guitar lessons – flamenco, nylon strings, stuff like that. While I was out doing my paper route so I could keep paying the payments for my drum set, he’d be playing my drums. And eventually he got better. I mean, he could play ‘Wipe Out,’ and I couldn’t. So I said, ‘Keep the drums. I’ll play a guitar.’ From there on, we’ve always played together.”
full Van Halen post

Bill Ruppert: Transforming Guitar to Bass

By Bill Ruppert: Welcome to Electro-Harmonix's "Effectology" series, in which we create a remarkable collection of impossible sounds using just a regular guitar and EHX effect pedals!
No keyboards, samplers or midi pickups were used.

In this episode explore producing unique bass sound using just a guitar and effect pedals.
I also show all the individual pedal settings at the EHX forum http://www.ehx.com/forums/viewthread/3459/

EHX Electro-Harmonix Effectology, Vol.17 Transforming Guitar to Bass

Steve Vai: live at guitar nation November 2010

Guitar Nation Live 2010 is the ultimate guitar show, a weekend of great guitar playing, loads of guitar gear, a music exhibition and festival of concerts, masterclasses, demonstrations, seminars and cutting-edge debates for guitarists and musicians serious about music.

13 - 14 November, Olympia London

Popa Chubby: Stuart Bull interviews Blues star!

Popa Chubby - Interview With Stuart Bull Lick Library

Mateus Starling: live jazz improv from Parada Angélica show

A moment in the show Parada Angélica (07/05/2010) with Matthew Starling Quartet

Mateus Starling - guitar
Pascoal Meirelles - Drums
Julio Merlino - tenor sax
Berval Moraes - bass

Mateus Starling, Pascoal Meirelles e Berval Moraes - WWW.MATEUSSTARLING.COM.BR

Jamie Pregnell: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III - cool fusion

Taswegian Jamie Pregnell adds his super fluid fusion into the competition

Shred This III Brett Garsed & Dimarzio Comp Entry-Jamie Pregnell

Get your chops in gear and add your entry!

Shred This III: Brett Garsed and DiMarzio competition ends 23:00 (GMT) Sunday, August 15th

Marcos De Ros: Chorinho de Máira"

"Dona Rú - Chorinho de Máira" - Peças de Bravura - Marcos De Ros.

Richie Kotzen: Bad Things by Electric Blues Explosion

Richie Kotzen - Bad Things by Electric Blues Explosion

Északi Szabolcs: stratocaster duet

Jamming on a fender American standard 1989

stratocaster duett

Jeff Loomis: skull n' bones interview

We are obviously here to talk about the new Nevermore album, "The Obsidian Conspiracy." Now it's only been out in the United States for a week, but the rest of the world has had the album a little longer, and the fans are really loving this record. How happy are you with the response so far?

It's been pretty cool man. Obviously, this is a different Nevermore album from our point of view. The music is a little less complex, the songs are more structured, the chorus's come in quicker, I mean it's a more straight forward album than we've ever done. But yea, the response has been amazing. It's still a little early to see, but we can't complain so far with what we are hearing. We have been playing festivals in Europe recently, and we've already seen fans singing every word to the new stuff, so that's pretty nuts.

In a lot of people's minds, "This Godless Endeavor" was the defining Nevermore album. After the success with that album, and the five year absence, did you feel any added pressure in writing this album?

A little bit honestly. That was an awesome record, and we could have easily done a "Godless Endeavor II," but as an artist you always want to do something different. Especially with Nevermore, each record we've done has been something different. But yea it was a little bit crazy. I didn't really know which approach I wanted to take and I was having a bit of writers block in 2009. Honestly, I just said "Fuck it," and I sat down at my studio and just wrote whatever came out of me. I played from my heart and soul, and whatever came out is what I recorded. That is all I could really do, and now it's the new album, so that's pretty crazy
. full interview

John Norum: new solo CD details and interview

It has been 5 years since the release of Optimus and in a few weeks John Norum will be releasing his new solo album Play Yard Blues.
"this new album is full of steaming bluesy hard rock with great guitar work and vocals. John is touring extensively with Europe but it is expected that he will also do a solo tour later in the year or early next at the latest."

Song titles:

'Let It Shine'
'Red Light Green High'
'It's Only Money'
'Got My Eyes On You'
'When Darkness Falls'
'Over And Done'
'Ditch Queen'
'Travel In The Dark'
'Born Again'
'Play Yard Blues'

How long did it take to produce from your initial idea to now?

I started about a year and a half ago; in fact I started doing some writing before that. I guess you could say it all started when I did a Frank Marino tribute album and I had so much fun doing that and I thought “Wow, I want to do a bit more of this kind of style on my next solo album.” I’d just been stupid busy with Europe and we’d done a new album, Last Look At Eden and I’d done a bit of work here and there. I’d be in the studio for a week then had a couple of weeks off then I’d be back in the studio again for a week. I’ve been doing bits here and there so it’s taken quite a long time. As well as my time with Europe I’ve been so busy just being a Daddy. That’s a full time job. My son is 5 years old now and I’m a single parent so there’s a lot of things to do all the time like washing dishes, washing clothes, taking him to school. You know the deal.
follow the interview on metal express radio