Wednesday, 7 July 2010

News: Guitar Idol 2010 in the planning stages

Hey Mark McGuigan to the final scoop of the evening... he really should be working on his Shred This III entry, but we'll forgive him as it's news that many people have been waiting for.

Guitar Idol 2010 details coming soon!

Thu, 01 Jul 2010

The details of Guitar Idol 2010 are in the final stages of planning and we wanted to let you know to watch this space in the next couple of weeks!

There's been alot of enquiries about the competition, but we wanted to confirm that entry is not yet open, so don't panic.

Guitar Idol 2009 was a huge success with the final being held at last year's London Music Show. Thousands of entries were recieved and 12 talented finalists were chosen..

The 2009 live event was also broadcast across the web with tens of thousands of viewers worldwiding tuning in to watch the finals and vote for their winning performance.

All our amazing finalists gave the packed audience a performance to remember but there could be just 1 winner. Jack Thammarat from Thailand stepped away as the Guitar Idol 2009 winner with the grand prize of a PRS Custom 24 presented to him by Ace from the band Skunk Anansie, a Marshal JVM stack and a special prize of a £3000 custom guitar made by Rob Williams Guitars.

The legendary Steve Vai even chose his own personal favourite from the finalist and awarded Daniele Gottardo a special prize of an Ibanez Jem signed by Steve himself.

Details for Guitar Idol 2010 will be released very soon, but check out the 2009 finalists in the meantime!

Stay tuned for more details very soon.

News: TRex giveaway £3000 of pedals

Another Mark McGuigan scoop:

Win T-Rex gear worth over £3,000!

The pedalboard of dreams could be yours – for free!

First prize is a T-Rex ToneTrunk 68 pedalboard loaded with the following T-Rex stompboxes…

Mudhoney II £215
CompNova £155
Dr. Swamp £215
Møller £215
Twister £250
RoomMate £340
Reptile £250
Tremster £155
Tremonti Phaser £215
TwinBoost £155
FuelTank JuicyLucy £105
ToneTrunk 68 Gigbag £152
8 Patch cables 6″ £60
1 patch cable 32″ £16
2 Instrument cable £30
2 T-Rex t-shirts
T-Rex sticker (yes, you even get a sticker)

Richie Kotzen: new UK dates... now just need Bristol added!

Kudos goes to Mark McGuigan:


Information on VIP PACKAGES will follow. Please check back at soon for postings on VIP PACKAGES. Please note, if you are planning on ordering VIP Packages, the tickets to the show will still need to be purchased in advance from the respective venue’s box offices.


Michael Angelo Batio: Time Traveler - Speed Kills 2010

Speed Kills 2010 is the first complete overhaul of the original Speed Kills program. The course was created in 1991 by Michael Angelo Batio and soon gained the reputation as "the shredder's bible." It explains advanced picking techniques as taught by the fastest guitarist on the planet.

The key to speed and accuracy is to pay attention to a few precise details of both the picking and fretting hands. Without proper instructions you'll never understand these details. And who could be better at explaining this stuff than "The World's Fastest Shredder"? (according to Guitar World Magazine)

Speed Kills 2010 has many new techniques and exercises. About 70% of this material is brand new. Michael breaks it all down into five fundamental techniques: alternate picking, economy picking, legato technique, hybrid picking, and fretboard tapping.
This is not just for shred guitar. It's not just for neoclassical style. It's not even designed to teach you to play as fast as Michael Angelo Batio. This program simply gives you the tools to improve your playing technique regardless of what style of music you choose to play. What you do with these tools is up to you. With an incredible amount of practice you can shred like Angelo.

What's included? On-screen animated tab, printable booklet, Guitar Pro computer files, chapter guide, and a 65 minute program. If you choose to order any of our Speed Kills / Speed Lives packages Speed Kills 2010 will be included instead of the original 1991 version.

Time Traveler - Speed Kills 2010

Richard James: Breaking Point CD details

Breaking Point

Instrumental Rock Guitar in the style of 80s Guitar Heroes such as George Lynch, Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, Vinnie Moore, Warren DeMartini, John Sykes, and John Norum. Great song writing combined with just the right amount of pure Shred Guitar!

1. Brief Encounter 4:11
2. Desert Sun 4:12
3. Sponge Cake 4:22
4. Tempted By Fire 4:10
5. Journey Through Space 2:17
6. Into The Unknown 5:48
7. By Your Command 4:58
8. Breaking Point 4:20
9. October Night 3:49
10. Tear It Up 3:34

This is the first video from his new cd, Breaking Point

Brief Encounter - Richard James (new CD now available)

Fernando Soto: Chile's Eternal Race

Clip made by Fancymusic in which Fernando Soto, Chilean guitarist, plays his song "Eternal Race" track which won the contest Ibanez Project 2009.

Fernando Soto - "Carrera Eterna"

Paul Gilbert: Live at NGW

Paul Gilbert at NGW- Get Your Wings

Paul Gilbert Live at NGW- Highway Chile solo

Dave Martone,Greg Howe: Vancouver Guitar Workshop Plus Aug 8-13

Dave Martone & Greg Howe promo vid for Guitar Workshop Plus

Pure Bred Shred (Vancouver Session)
with Dave Martone and special guest Greg Howe
Get in the ‘Martone Zone’ and push your playing to new heights you never thought possible! This exciting seminar for intermediate to advanced students will cover many topics to transform you into the monster player you always wanted to be. Topics include hybrid rolling techniques, hammer on out of nowhere, insane tapping, rhythmic displaced arpeggios, super sweeping, blues modes and dominant pentatonics, hexatonic scales, severe hyrbrid picking techniques, non-diatonic soloing applications and more! This course will also include discussions on achieving the killer tone! Lots of in class jamming and performing is required.

Guitar Workshop Plus-Martone & Howe promo.m4v

Nick Meares: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III - Aussie style!

Fellow Aussie digs deep and delivers a fusion package for Brett Garsed

brett garsed 1.mp4

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

Andy James: metal rhythm guitar in 6 weeks DVD series

- Week one includes:
Standard tuning, palm and left hand muting, and more with four metal jam tracks.

- Week two includes:
Drop D tuning, chord progressions and phrasing, and more plus three metal jam tracks

- Week three includes:
Drop C# tuning, odd rhythms over a 4/4 beat, and more plus two metal jam tracks.

- Week four includes:
E flat tuning, complete song breakdown, triplets, and more plus a metal jam track.

- Week five includes:
Arpeggiated riffs, pedal tone riffs, and more plus a metal jam track.

- Week six includes:
Drop C tuning, odd rhythms, phrygian dominant scales, and more plus metal jam track.

I make that 48 DVD's in all that Andy James has been featured on!!!

Leandro Sousa: a little Brazilian jamming

Solo guitarra Leandro Scofield

News: tips to get you web site noticed legitimately

How can a website compete using only white hat techniques?

Vincenzo Grieco: Footprints live


Rob Chappers: The Chapman Guitars ML2 Single Cut

The Chapman Guitars ML2 Single Cut

News: Guitar Player’s Guitar Superstar 2010 competition date extended

If you’re beating yourself to a pulp because you just missed entering the fabulous Guitar Player’s Guitar Superstar 2010 competition, stop swinging those fists! The GP staff has extended the submission deadline until midnight on Saturday, July 31, 2010.

So log on to right now, check out your fellow competitors, review the rules, and start filming that brilliant home video of yourself burning like the sun on your favorite guitar.

Hopefully, we’ll see you at the live concert finals on September 18, 2010 in Livermore, California. Tentative judges (subject to scheduling) for the big event include Elliot Easton (Cars), Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie), Brendon Small (Dethklok), and Scott Henderson, with more surprises to come. Top prizes include a recording contract with Guitar Player Records and rippin’ cool gear packages from Mesa/Boogie, PRS Guitars, and other manufacturers

Jon Bloomer: guitar noize plugs the goodies with a demo of Cubisteffects

This pedal is part of the prize pool for the Guitar Noize birthday giveaway -

The cubisteffects Four Headed RAT mod uses the best hi-fi components to provide the ultimate in RAT tone for any RAT2 or vintage "big box" reissue. With these changes, the RAT becomes an articulate, harmonically-rich distortion pedal, but also a great overdrive/boost pedal as the new components provide a cleaner, more defined tone than stock.

You can read more about the pedal here -

Gear Used:
Suhr S4, Genz Benz Black Pearl 30, Audix i5 Mic

Cubisteffects Four Headed RAT (Pro Co RAT Mod)

Warah Mhaidee: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III - Song bird singing!

SoNg1508 has been ssen in a number of competitions, so it's great to have SoNg1508 soloing for the Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III competition!

Shred This III: Brett Garsed and DiMarzio competition By SoNg1508

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

Attila Gyenes: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III jam from Budapest

Attila Gyenes is from Budapest in Hungary... welcome!

Shred This III Brett Garsed's loop by landmine

Pete Sklaroff: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III - two bites at the cherry

Another bash at a fusion style solo this one a little 'rockier'..

Fusion Solo II

A shortish solo over four m7 chords - there are lots of people on 'YouTube' doing this kind of track much better (and shredding like mad!) but as I don't really play this sort of fusion style tune I thought that it would be good to give it a try and also test out my new Marshall TSL60 on the track. Hope you like it anyway

Fusion Solo

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

Jess Lewis: tribute Alex Hutchings #3... feel the vibe!

Alex H Rules!!!! my cover here could be better, I've just finnished learning it though, so that explains why its so messy... :D sorry for that weird sound my guitar makes at the beggining :) I'll probably upload a better cover at some point, again, I tried... thanx for watching.
Peace. Jess

Alex Hutchings- Feel The Vibe- Cover by Jess

Andy James: My Chemical Romance lesson

My Chemical Romance Welcome To The Black Parade guitar lesson is a clip taken from one of our web guitar lessons by Andy James.
Andy James takes you through this guitar lesson breaking down each part, step by step.

For more on this lesson :-

Want to download the Jam Track for this lesson? head here :-

My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade - Guitar Lesson With Andy James

Sam Bell: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III - cool improvised solo

Brett Garsed brings the best out in people and it's great to see people take on the track and bringing out their own voice. Sam Bell delivers some cool legato in his entry for the competition... enjoy

Sam Bell:
My improvised entry for the shred this three contest, a big thank you to Brett Garsed for being cool at guitar, and Laurie Monk for being cool to. I dont feel its my best, however it is what it is, enjoy.

Shred This Three Brett Garsed - Sam Bell

Your chance to express yourself in this competition, just follow the details and get jamming!

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

Kostas Karamitroudis, Gus G: Ozzy guitarist's Guitar solo!

Yes Fusion friends, as guitarists go Gus G is right up there with Fusions very own Sir Keef Wolfson!
Unfortunately Sir Keef couldnt attend the gig to make up Ozzys very first dual lead guitar duo, but heres Gus throwing a few Keef like shapes in the gladiator arena of metal .....only known as....... Leas Cliff Hall !!!!

Ozzy guitarist Gus G shows Folkestone a thing or two about shredding on 29/06/10 !

Marshall Harrison: tweets keep flowing

Marshall Harrison
Yes despite an embarrassingly impotent SOCCER team, I'm a confirmed anglophile. Stunning how many solid people came from ye olde anglia.

Scott Van Zen: guitar tracks spotted

Just spotted that former Mike Varney spotlight and Ken Tamplin producer from the 1980's has posted some demo tracks.

Dimitar Nalbantov: order new CD

I'm happy to report that The New Album 'There is something else' CD Will Be Available From July 10th!

I want to thank all the friends I met on the forums and all the amazing guitar amp vst plugins creators. The biggest spiritual support came from all the letters that I received.There is nothing more inspiring than to know that somewhere at the other end of the earth is a man who feels what you do.
The process of creating the album was incredible experience and each day I wanted to rip each small partof my soul. In recent years I went through life's obstacles which only solidified my desire to create more music that makes our souls to grow at a high level. Ultimately, we are part of the whole universe and our task is to create love and goodness. I think everyone is in touch with the universe and that is a part of our destiny.

Music tune our bodies and makes us to do more good!
I hope these 11 songs will touch your soul! You can download 3 full tracks here:

You can download 3 full tracks here:
Dome Of Heaven
The Glory of Light

over to pre-order. You will get a signed jewel case CD. price: $12 + shipping