Thursday, 22 July 2010

Osman Cenan Cigil: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III - humble soloing!

Osman Cenan Cigil:
This is my humble entry for Shred This 3 Competition!
It's an honour to have the chance for being watched by guitar gods. :) Thanks for the great competition!
Gear and software used for this video:
Erkan SIZARLAR Custom Electric Guitar
Koch Pedaltone Preamp
Klotz Titanium
Asus F3JC Laptop
HP R407 Digital Camera
T.C. Electronic M30 Reverb
Ulead StudioPro
Guitar Rig 3
TL's Saturated Driver

Shred This 3 by Osman Cenan CIGIL

Dragianni: tribute to Steve Vai - Juice!

Dragianni - Juice (Steve Vai cover)

Alessandro Ragazzo: lessons with Daniele Gottardo!

A Fusion Impro Played by me with My Suhr!

I played since 2007, and from last year i studyed with Daniele Gottardo!
I Hope you'll Enjoy!!

Fusion Guitar - Alessandro Ragazzo

Sam Bell: Musicman Sterling AX40 Axis Trans Gold - Nevada Music UK Most will recognise this guitar as the one designed by Eddie Van Halen. Eddie was wooed away by Peavey but Music man continued to manufacture the guitar as the Axis. This all new Sterling range is an affordable halfway house between the USA models and the budget OLP range.

The "crème" bound body is fashioned from Basswood that has a highly figured Maple veneer applied. Round the back of the body there's a generous "belly cut" for added player comfort. A separate Maple fret board fitted with 22 medium jumbo frets has been glued to the asymmetrically carved Maple neck which is secured to the body with no less than 5 bolts. Truss rod adjustment is via the excellently designed spoke wheel located at the body end. The 4 + 2 headstock is home to six quality chrome locking machine heads, a string clamp and a body matching gold finish.

Two Music Man Sterling A5 Zebra Humbuckers are controlled via a three way toggle switch and a single volume control. The bridge/tremolo is a double locking unit with the usual compliment of fine tuners. A Music Man padded gig bag is included in the price.

Massive thank you to Sam bell from "Mask Of Judas" for some damn fine improvising. Check out his band on Myspace

Musicman Sterling AX40 Axis Trans Gold Guitar Demo - Nevada Music UK

Greg Harrison: Hybrid Shred

Greg Harrison Guitar Lesson: Hybrid Shred

Belial Báez: Tribute to Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler - Tribute by Belial Báez ( Brothers in arms Solo )

Mateus Starling: Exodus

A happy fan says:
I bought your new CD. I think you guys are totally professional. It is very, very good. Good fusion jazz. And a great sounding recording. Did you do it in a studio? Or did you do it yourself?  I wish you guys the best of luck for the future.

Mateus Starling:
thank you very much. I recorded this cd in one day but we recorded live with everybody playing together, no overdubbs. We did as the old fashion players used to do, 2 takes of each tune and we choose the best take. I`m really glad you enjoy it and thanks for all your comments. God bless you.

Mateus Starling quarteto - Exodus - WWW.MATEUSSTARLING.COM.BR

Milan Polak: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III - smoking soloing

Milan's in super hot Italy, and got some time to deliver some blistering licks over Brett Garsed's backing track!

Thanks to Brett Garsed for the great backing track, to DiMarzio for making the best PU's in the world & supporting me and to Laurie & the jury for another awesome competition!
Please support me by purchasing my music:

Milan Polak's albums are available on iTunes, CDBaby, amazon and guitar9.
For further order links please visit

Shred This III - Milan Polak

Ruggero Robin: tests a Stratocaster - caution humour!

Joke Musical Store Test Fender Stratocaster.wmv

Tom Hess: Find The Solution To Fixing Sloppy Lead Guitar Playing

How To Clean Up Your Lead Guitar Technique - Part 2
Find The Solution To Fixing Sloppy Lead Guitar Playing

by Tom Hess

If you have a hard time playing lead guitar cleanly, the most likely reason for this is excessive guitar string noise. For most guitarists, refining this area of their lead guitar technique may have nothing to do with improving the way they play "the notes they want to hear". The root of the problem lies in the notes (strings) they do ‘not’ want to hear.

If you are articulating the notes you want to play accurately, but you still have a hard time getting your lead guitar playing to sound clean, then this article will greatly help you to improve your guitar technique by eliminating unwanted guitar string noise.

In order to effectively mute guitar strings we do not want to be heard it is necessary to use two totally different sets of muting techniques: One to stop unwanted guitar string noise from LOWER (in pitch) strings; and another to mute the higher (in pitch) strings.

Although there is more than 1 way to mute guitar strings, some methods offer advantages that others do not and are therefore (in my opinion at least) better.

Muting The Lower Strings

Many guitar players use the palm of their picking hand to mute lower strings. Although this technique is pretty good at keeping most of the lower strings quiet there are two big disadvantages with this technique.
  1. Muting with your palm will cause a slight delay in the muting of a string which has just been played a moment before. This delay causes brief moments of unwanted guitar string noise. This happens for 2 main reasons:
  1. The flesh of your palm is much softer than the side of your thumb and therefore takes more time for your palm to actually stop the string from sounding.
  2. It is not easy to get your palm in the perfect position to consistently and reliably mute strings that are adjacent to the one you are playing in all playing situations.
  1. When you use your palm to mute unwanted string noise, the natural position of your guitar pick (when not playing) is now away from the strings. This is what I call your “Natural Point Of Rest”.

When your pick is at rest up and away from the strings (in between playing each note), it causes your picking hand to work harder and significantly increases the chance for sloppy playing, string noise and slower picking speed.

A great solution to these problems (and to improve your guitar technique) is to mute with your picking hand thumb for all lower (in pitch) strings like this.
Notice that the “Natural Point Of Rest” when using thumb muting is now ON the strings (as shown in the picture above).  This greatly reduces wasted motion and enables you to pick faster with much less effort. 

Muting The Higher Strings

Many guitar players are totally unaware of the possibilities for muting unwanted guitar string noise from the higher (thinner) strings and this part of their playing is often one of the causes of sloppy guitar playing.

There are actually two main techniques for muting noise from the higher strings that I teach to my students when training them to improve their guitar technique.

The first technique involves using the underside (the fingerprint side) of the fretting hand’s index finger. This part of your finger is used to “lightly touch” the higher strings that you want to mute. The key word in the last sentence is “lightly”. You do not want to press down so hard that these notes begin to sound like regular fretted notes.  Simply rest your finger on them thus preventing them from sounding.
In addition, you can also mute these higher strings by using the unused fingers of your picking hand (fingers that are not being used to hold the pick, such as middle, ring and pinkie). 
This extra layer of muting ensures that there is no possibility for the strings higher than the one you are playing to ring out and add sloppy unwanted guitar string noise into your guitar playing.

When these ideas are combined with the string muting techniques of muting the lower strings, your playing will instantly become much cleaner than before.  Now, every time you play, the only guitar strings that will be making sound are the ones you are playing! 

If you have been working hard to perfect your guitar technique and two-hand synchronization (as mentioned in the first part of How To Improve Your Lead Guitar Technique article series ) then you already know that if your articulation/synchronization is developed well but your muting is not, the result will still be sloppy guitar playing. So, when trying to improve your guitar technique keep in mind the 5 areas discussed in this article series:
  1. Focused Awareness
  2. Articulation - The First Half of Two Hand Synchronization
  3. The Release - The Second Half of Two Hand Synchronization
  4. Muting The Higher Strings
  5. Muting The Lower Strings
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Alex Hunter: Ideal History

Alex Hunter:
This song is slightly different from what I've been writing. The song is based more around the relatively more complex chord changes, yet there is no solo. Tell me what you think of it.

Alex Hunter Plays "Ideal History." (Original Instrumental)

Marco De Cave: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III - Quantic interval style!

marco de cave brett garsed shred this 3 contest.mpeg

Software and book to provide you with interval combinations to expand your playing style tp the next level.

Don't forget Marco De Cave has a book on his music ideas:


A complete method, logical, providing a tool to overcome physical limits medante enforcement techniques of modern design without neglecting the traditional harmonic-melodic and consolidated system, the deepening of interval permutations arising from the primary scales and viewing it on your keyboard, let seek solutions and build sound, inter alia with the help of software that, for those who wish, it would also be able to go further ... Highly recommended for guitarists who are not afraid of modern adventure!
(Nico stew)

If you are among those who love the research, if you want to bring a high level knowledge of your keyboard, if you look for new solutions melody, in short if you are willing to engage seriously on the guitar, this book is for you. Marco de Cave, whose attitude "scientific" I could appreciate several years ago, has done a great job in these pages, disclosing the possibility of dislocation of scales and arpeggios, these forms from two to seven sounds, expanding opportunities noise by the reversal of heights. The result is happy and music, supported by impeccable graphics that allows even non-readers make use of it. Such is the validity of the project deserve to be taken into consideration in its musical side, even by non-guitarists. Congratulations to Mark.
(Umberto Fiorentino)

Cave de Marco called me to let me have this book and am very happy I decided to write a comment on her work. First of all I remember Mark, in the years when she studied with me as a very curious and intelligent a passion for knowledge, after a few years and in front of this impressive work not only confirm my idea, but I make great compliments to Marco for the depth with which he has addressed all the arguments and the passion he has put in conceive of this work. Certainly not work for everyone, but for guitarists who want to do an advanced search on your instrument, both melodic harmonica in this book are an infinite study material.
(Fabio Zeppetella)

In this book of guitar technique advanced, Marco de Cave gives details of his theories.

This book is full of illustrative diagrams and is accompanied by a CD-ROM with all examples (complete audio and bases for exercise) of licks in the text.

Techniques outlined in Guitar Quantum is based on a new way to display the guitar with a point of view "geometric."

After having discussed how to expand "mentally" geometry of the keyboard, Mark guides us through what we might call a "conceptual simplification" in the construction of the guitar patterns, from those represented by the more familiar major scales and their arpeggios.

The ultimate goal of this book is to provide a variety of techniques, thinking and executive, to help the "guitarist of the 23 st Century" (as the subtitle) to develop their own paths melodic going beyond the usual concepts of the box and position.

This book is therefore intended to guitarists 'brave', wishing to explore new territories in which up to expand their creativity.

marco de cave quantic guitar video examples.wmv

Marek: polished Polish!

Dream Theater - The Best Of Times solo (cover)

Vittorio Monti - Csardas

G.F. Handel - Arrival Of The Queen Sheba [Transcribed by M. Lavendell]