Friday, 30 July 2010

Richie Kotzen, Jason Becker: a birthday present for Jason

Richie Kotzen's Birthday Gift 4 Jason Becker

Jonathan Burgos: guitar idol 2010

Jonathan Burgos - Guitar Idol 2010 - Dreamcatcher

Guitar Idol 2010 Enter!!!)

Rob Chappers,David Evans: smoking the Ghost Fret EPIC WIN \m/

Monkey Lord Band Blog Episode 4 - Featuring the Awesome David Evans Shredding on a Ghost Fret \m/

Monkey Lord Band Blog 3 - Featuring Zakk Wyldes Backline & Purple Haze

Monkey Lord Band Blog Episode 2 - Featuring Milk Gape, Stick Defecates and live music

Monkey Lord Band Blog Episode 1 (Featuring Lightsabers, Zeppelin and our new bassist)

Claudio Light: Season 2010

Another instrumental ballad track

Estação 2010

Oscar Morales: Live in Ecuador

Oscar Morales Live in Ecuador

Juan Carlos Portillo: Infinite Horizon

Really great original instrumental video.

Juan Carlos Portillo:
Puts some cases the bounds of reason our region.
Experimental music with animation.
I composed music for several years now has the opportunity to produce.
Animation work with the Maya.
I hope that satisfies every one of you

Infinite Horizon

Elliot Noble: Guitar Idol 2010

Guitar Idol 2010 Entry: W.H.E.N by Elliot Noble

Get those entries in. You'll need to be creative and catchy like Elliot Noble... good luck

Guitar Idol 2010 Enter!!!)

Steve Thai: Burning Fire competition

Tasty track and catchy song from Steve Thai.

"Burning Fire Thailand Guitar Solo Contest 1st" by steve thai

Ignacio Torres: Guitar Idol 2010

Another great song based track.

Guitar Idol 2010 - Ignacio Torres - Horus

Get your song ready

Guitar Idol 2010 Enter!!!)

George Lynch: Fancy Metal Fretwork

George Lynch's Fancy Metal Fretwork, top notch solo and breakdown of new track Skeleton Key.

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Related lessons:
George Lynch Chord Soloing
George Lynch Metal Riffs

Steve Howe: premier guitar interview

Interview: Steve Howe on Asia's "Omega," Touring with Yes, and the Steve Howe Trio
Between this year's Yes and Asia tours and albums, Steve Howe has somehow managed to find time to play jazz with his trio and craft a "homebrew" album. We talk to the guitarist about juggling his schedules, gear for each gig, changing lineups, and jazz arrangements of Yes songs
You have back-to-back Yes and Asia tours. It must be hectic.
The Yes tour finishes tomorrow and the Asia tour starts in about two weeks. We’ve already played Europe and Japan this year. Asia has been quite busy working, and then the Yes tour begins. I get a two-week break between tours. I’m used to being busy. It’s not all of my life that I’ve been in two groups—I find it quite interesting that I have two positions to hold up.
Is it a challenge to organize practice time to maintain your chops for both groups?
I enjoy being organized. Organization just takes organization, and I’m a very organizational person. I’m always ready when the next thing is due to start happening, so I enjoy being prepared.
full interview

Alvise Lachin: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III - smartphone entry

Realising quite sensibly that you have to be in it to win it... broken camera... yes you guessed, reach for the smart phone. Great job considering the circumstances.

Shred This III: Brett Garsed and DiMarzio competition Alvise Lachin

Marco Risolino: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III

The 16 year old Marco Risolino makes a good fist of the Brett Garsed backing track.

Brett Garsed/Shred This III - Marco Risolino entry

Adam Moore: Andy James shredding revisited

No matter which you cut it this is just a great solo. I'm posting it again... in case some of you missed it.

Adam Moore Solo on an Andy James Track

Eugene Berger: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III top notch fusion solo # 2

Eugene Berger made some changes and replyed his solo... enjoy

Shred This lll - Eugene Berger

Fernando Soto: guitar idol 2010

Nice to see people posting progressive tracks into the guitar idol competition.

Guitar Idol 2010 - Fernando Soto - Eternal Race - (Chile)

Guitar Idol 2010 Enter!!!)

Pete Pachio: "No Friend Of Mine" top notch shredding!!!

Pete Pachio posted an original composition on YouTube. Some super sick sweep taps... enjoy!!!

Pete Pachio "No Friend Of Mine"

Julian Puttins: guitar idol 2010

Finally - after almost three years - I´m here with a new original composition for you! YAY

I´m sorry that it took me so long but Mr. Simmons is currently busy with his band called ... mmhh... ah, KISS, and wasn´t able to meet me any sooner. So it´s his fault people!

Download "Demon´s Kiss" Backing Track:

Recorded with the BOSS BR-864 and my Ibanez JEM 7DBK

Thanks to Milan Polak for helping me out with the video editing and stuff!

Demon´s Kiss - Original Composition

Get you entry in now

Guitar Idol 2010 Enter!!!)

Jimmy Herring: Aquarium Rescue Unit live

The Aquarium Rescue Unit at the Jacksonville Jazzfest. Oteil Burbridge-Bass, Kofi Burbridge-Keys, Paul Henson-Vocal, Jimmy Herring-guitar, Sean O'Rourke-Drums

The Aquarium Rescue Unit- "Search Yourself"

The Aquarium Rescue Unit- "Page in time"

Hedras Ramos: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III - Stunning fusion right here folks!

Hedras Ramos is one talented guy. I know this because like the best, he does not stop improving adding more from different areas driven by a desire to improve. Do yourselves a favour and subscribe to his channel.... this boy is sure to go far:

Hedras Ramos - Shred this III

Dennis Mes: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III - the flying dutchman!

Dennis is from Zwaanshoek in the Netherlands. This is his band Seven Steps Of Denial

Dennismes86 shred this 3 contest.avi

News: Guitar Idol 2010 - Think song first!

Guitar Idol 2010 is well under way. I've been trying to keep up with the videos being added... but it's a tough job. I'll be publishing the better new videos when they are posted. Well there are 83 videos added as I type.

Now if you are entering, try and think of this is an opportunity to showcase your song writing abilities and layer that with your guitar skills. It really is important to create a memorable tune, rather than just shredding over a drone. This is reiterated in the competition rules. So think long and hard about delivering a tune first!

Guitar Idol 2010 – The Rules
Compose an original guitar composition that showcases your guitar playing and musical ability to the max! You can use any jam tracks and backing tracks of generic rock, blues, metal etc grooves, but the guitar part that you are playing must be an original composition

What are we looking for:
Originality, technical dexterity, strong compositional and stylistic ability, taste, feel and phrasing.

These are the full rules for the competition:

These are the current submitted videos:

I'll wish everyone who enters all the best! Good Luck!

Remember how this all started:

Tristan Klein: C

It's EZ 2 CY EZ Z0 Gr8!


George Marios: available for Skype Lessons

George Marios:
I am a recent Leeds College of Music graduate, currently offering one on one guitar Lessons in Leeds area.

George Marios - First Look at the Sky

The area of material that can be covered in the lessons is vast such as:

1)In depth analysis of guitar Tools (Sweeping, Alternate Picking, Hammer ons and Pull offs, Tapping, Hybrid Picking,Intervallic Lines, Bends, Pinched Harmonic,combinational Techniques)
2) In depth analysis of different sounds (Major Modes, Melodic Minor Modes, Indian Scales, Greek Scales)
3) Introduction to tools for Harmonic exploration (Outside playing,Different Scales over 1 Chord Vamps)
4) Introduction to Rhythmic tools (Applying Different time Signatures over a Groove, Different Subdivisions of a Groove)
5) In depth analysis of Rhythm Guitar Styles (Funk,Country,Rock,Metal,Blues)
6) Preparation towards how you become a good session musician

If you would like to take a listen to some of my music feel free to go to

George Marios: Essential Guitar Contemporary LinesBuy the DVD

Thank you George Marios

Romey Helven: PGM 301 tryout


Kosta Vreto: live with DiAnno

DiAnno 1 YouTube sharing

Niels Vejlyt: guitar wizard techniques expained


Cinematar: guitar idol 2010

Cinematar - Around the world

Hara Lemes: guitar idol 2010

Vote please : GUITAR IDOL 2010 - Lights of Tokyo

News: The Crusader, the sickest [sic] guitar yet!

Electric Guitar Project "Crusader"

Firing up the Crusader

technical difficulties guitar cover

Johnny Nixon, John Pelosi: top Canadian jazz fusion

Some great live fusion

Johnny Nixon Playing with play John Pelosi at GWP

Juan Timms: rock fusion on a Hamer

improvised guitar solo

Mimi Fox: Jazz Guitar Lessons

Jazz Guitar Lessons - Graduated Solos - Mimi Fox - Introduction

Lawrence Reed: free compositions and score for you.

Lawrence Reed's distinctive contemporary music derives from a classical training distilled with other musical influences from his past including: punk, folk, progressive rock, new wave and jazz. He strives to create strong melodic and rhythmic frameworks in tension with complex harmonic explorations and experimental approaches. A strong narrative often defines the works. The aim is distinctive, accessible music with some challenges and a contemporary twist. For more information, news and to hear more of Lawrence’s work visit

Lawrence Reed:

I've just recently put a selection guitar recordings and scores as free downloads on my site and thought you might be interested... there is absolutely no cost but I would appreciate any feedback Over the last two years I've been writing more for other instruments, ensembles and new combinations. If anyone needs pieces for guitar with other instrument combinations or guitar ensembles please do get in touch

Jad Diab: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III - chill out mode!

Jad Diab posted his video at 07:00 in the morning... a little chill out solo!

Shred this three - Jad Diab

David Jacobson: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III - part 4

David Jacobson posted his fourth entry and still two weeks to go!!!

David Jacobson - Shred This III...Again?

Can you beat four entries?!?!

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

Matte Johansson: speed picking warm up

Super Speed :) Guitar Solo warm up

Dimitar Nalbantov: rocking out on AMT Electronics B1

The B1 Legend Amp Series pedal, superior high gain quality distortion, as found in the Bogner Sharp Channel Amplifier*. The sound of the AMT B1 is monstrous in tone, aggression, and provides massive amounts of gain. Thunderous lows, screaming highs, and scoopable mids leave you with unbeatable heavy distortion sounds. This one could be the "kick" your guitar rig has been needing.


Ozan Demir: 8 finger tapping (Memmingen)

8 finger tapping (Memmingen)

James Hogan: burning it up at National Guitar Workshop

James Hogan (guitar) , Dave Overthrow (bass) and Pete Sweeney (drums) playing In "In The Pocket" composed by Dave Overthrow performed at the National Guitar Workshop

James Hogan, Dave Overthrow, Pete Sweeney

James Hogan, Dave Overthrow, Pete Sweeney

Robben Ford: Bill Evans Live at The Sound Theatre

Crazy country picking

Bill Evans & Robbben Ford - Live at The Sound Theatre Wels 2010 07 20 - Part05

Rusty Cooley: fret 12 interview and Axe FX demo

23 videos in this interview

Rusty Cooley Fret12 interview

Rusty Cooley AXE FX Demo Part One

Rusty Cooley AXE FX Demo Part 2

News: guitar played like a cello!!

Roundelay II

Andrei Krylov: double neck flute guitar

flute guitar with fretless guitar fusion

Torben Enevoldsen: Lion Music virtuoso interview

Danish guitarist Torben Enevoldsen might be best known as the guitarist in Section A, but there is another side to him with 3 instrumental albums under his belt, each one a fine example of a very disciplined guitar player who only shreds when shredding is required. He has some great rhythm work and writes his music as some of the more accessible instrumental music you will hear.

Don't forget you chance to win free CD's

Win Lion Music CD set(Enter!!!)

Special offers in the Lion Music store (Special Offers)

Lars Eric Mattsson: Lion music virtuoso interview

A musician of true vision and originality. Lars Eric Mattsson is one of the most prolific musicians on the label yet always with something new to say on every release.  Home to complex chordal arrangements and many progressive elements Lars is one for the prog contingent to delve into.

Milan Polak: Lion Music virtuoso interview

One of Europe's finest players, Milan Polak has delivered a couple of wholy instrumental and 2 vocal albums to date, all of chock a block with excellent guitar work along with great penmanship.  Milan could just be the veritable players player.

Sean Baker: Lion music virtuoso interview

Michigan based shredder Sean Baker together with the Sean Baker Orchestra deliver shred 2010 style with massive balls and an intensity few can match, yet all the while manage to retain a sense of direction and melody.  Their debut Lion release 'Baker's Dozen' has picked up rave reviews, have you got on board yet?

Joe Stump: Lion music virtuoso interview

American neo-classical metal merchant Joe Stump has been wowing audiences worldwide for the last 2 decades with countless solo albums, live performances and clinics.  As head of metal at the esteemed Berklee College of Music Joe delivers his metal blitz with over the top aplomb and finesse.

Don't forget your chance to win some free CD's

Win Lion Music CD set(Enter!!!)

Special offers in the Lion Music store (Special Offers)

News: Truth In Shredding new design and posting

I've rolled out the latest design for Truth In shredding: This is the 3rd design this year. I have moved to blogger's new template designer which has less flexibility than my other tool, but it does mean I can rely on only needing blogger to change the web site designs. If you are interested you can use blogger in draft to check out the features With the addition of standalone pages, blogger would be my quick web site designer of choice. Certainly if I was a guitar player looking for a quick and cheap job that can easily be updated by yourself, then I would go this root.

This has fixed the IE 8 problems. I also tested in chrome and firefox. I have also changed the post model to only have the last five posts on the home page. This was to reduce load times and make it easier for people with lower power machines. This means you'll have to click on older posts link at the foot er of the page or use the archive links to get to the posts in the day if there are more than 5 (that's most days)

Please feedback about these changes.

John 5: kyte tv interview

Steve Lukather: cd release date

All's Well That Ends Well is the sixth solo album and new guitarist Steve Lukather . It is anticipated that the album goes on sale on 11th October.

STEVE LUKATHER - Rubber Sheets


Joe Stump: Sam Ash Clinic June 2010

Joe Stump - Sam Ash Clinic June 2010 w/ insane guitar footage!!

David Jacobson: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III - part 3

David Jacobson:
Hello! Sorry to keep uploading different takes, but I've been practicing a lot, and I wanted to have a video diary of my playing. So here is my third take for Shred This III. As always, comments and criticisms are welcome! If you have the time, check out some of my other videos on my channel, or check out my earlier versions for the competition, and compare them to this one to see if I've improved at all...or not. HAHA!! If you enjoy the way I play, please subscribe!

David Jacobson - Shred This III 7/29/2010

Vinnie Moore: Gear Failures at High Voltage 2010 interview

Baconmusic's James Allman speaks exclusively to UFO lead guitarist Vinnie Moore, shortly after the band's performance at High Voltage 2010.

UFO Interview - Vinnie Moore - 25/07/2010

UFO @ High Voltage 25.07.10 Only U Can Rock Me.

Rockbottom - UFO High Voltage 25th July 2010

Kiko Loureiro: Angra Aqua release details

ANGRA will release their seventh studio album, "Aqua" (a Latin word which means "water" in English), in Europe on September 29 and in the U.S. on October 12 via SPV/Steamhammer. A conceptual effort, the follow-up to 2006's "Aurora Consurgens" was recorded at Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil.

"Aqua" will be available in four formats: a limited-edition digipack that includes a bonus CD featuring a career-spanning overview of ANGRA's Edu Falaschi (vocals) era; a standard jewel-case edition; a double-LP edition that includes three bonus tracks; and as a digital download.

"Aqua" limited-edition digipack:

CD 1:

01. Viderunt Te Aquæ
02. Arising Thunder
03. Awake From Darkness
04. Lease Of Life
05. The Rage Of The Waters
06. Spirit Of The Air
07. Hollow
08. Monster In Her Eyes
09. Weakness Of A Man
10. Ashes

CD 2: *

01. Nova Era
02. Rebirth
03. Hunters And Prey
04. Spread Your Fir
05. Waiting Silence
06. The Course Of Nature
07. Salvation:Suicide

* Bonus CD with a career-spanning overview of the Edu Falaschi era

Jewel Case:

01. Viderunt Te Aquæ
02. Arising Thunder
03. Awake From Darkness
04. Lease Of Life
05. The Rage Of The Waters
06. Spirit Of The Air
07. Hollow
08. Monster In Her Eyes
09. Weakness Of A Man
10. Ashes


Side 1:

01. Viderunt Te Aquæ
02. Arising Thunder
03. Awake From Darkness
04. Lease Of Life

Side 2:

05. The Rage Of The Waters
06. Spirit Of The Air
07. Hollow

Side 3:

08. Monster In Her Eyes
09. Weakness Of A Man
10. Ashes

Side 4:

01. Nova Era (bonus track)
02. Spread Your Fire (bonus track)
03. The Course Of Nature (bonus track)

ANGRA 2010 is:

Eduardo Falaschi - Vocals
Kiko Loureiro - Guitar
Felipe Andreoli - Bass
Rafael Bittencourt - Guitar
Ricardo Confessori - Drums

Marco Sfogli: James Labrie demos "One More Time"

Caution some shouty vocals!

Listen to 'One More Time'

A selection of fine albums featuring James Labrie

Russ Parrish: Maximum Threshold interview

Maximum Threshold interview Russ Parrish, aka Satchel from Steel Panther in this podcast

Timo Tolkki: Revolution Renaissance Dead

Timo Tolkki has released the following statement:
"Due to my private problems, the lack of interest in Revolution Renaissance shows by the promoters, and the current situation in the music industry that affects to everything including the production budgets, it has become impossible to continue the band.

"We have tried to book shows in these last three years, but we haven't been able to do so.

George Lynch: James Lomenzo joins Lynch Mob

James Lomenzo joins Lynch Mob. The current lineup is rounded out by George Lynch, Oni Logan and Brian Tichy

LYNCH MOB tour dates:

Jul. 29 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
Jul. 30 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Jul. 31 - The Filmore - New York, NY
Aug. 01 - Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
Aug. 02 - Eleanor Rigby's - Jermyn, PA
Aug. 03 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
Aug. 04 - Scatz NightClub - Middleton, WI
Aug. 06 - Club Vegas - Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 07 - The New Oasis - Sparks, NV
Aug. 08 - Tower Theater - Fresno, CA
Aug. 11 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
Aug. 12 - Dante's - Portland, OR
Aug. 13 - Last Day Saloon - Santa Rosa, CA
Aug. 14 - Sky City Amphitheater - Pueblo of Acoma, NM

News: YouTube allows 15 minute uploads!

YouTube decided to increase the video length limit from 10 minutes to 15 minutes.  YouTube is doing this with the possible option of dropping this limitation.

"Without question, the number one requested feature by our creators is to upload videos longer than 10 minutes. We've heard you, and today we're pleased to announce that we've increased the upload limit to 15 minutes," informs YouTube's blog.

News: photo tribute to Richie Kotzen

Just had nothing to do the whole day...and i spent it recording Shine.
Guitar is my tele with the zoom g2nu straight into pc.
Bass is played with keyboard.
Drum track was created with EZDrummer.

hope the final result is not too bad...
The photos are added just to have fun if you got the patience to listen the whole song...Shots were made during all these years i deal with Richie.


Alan McKenna: tribute to Arnie!

Terminator Theme

Tristan Klein: new Jackson SL1 and EVH 5150

Tristan Klein's CD is the fifth place prize in the shred this III competition.

tristan klein and his new Jackson SL1 and EVH 5150

plus a little blues