Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Jonas Tamas: jamming

Jonas Tamas: Improvisation on the riff of Chance - Melodic instrumental rock guitar

Jonas Tamas: 02 - Testing a Schecter Synyster Gates Signature guitar - Lydian madness

Jake Ynez: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III

I'm think this will be the last one tonight! A really tasteful jam over the backing track. Good tone, good not choice... nice!

Shred this III entry

Andy Wood: A Disconcerting Amalgam reviewed by DoFret

The Times They Are a-Changing. There's a new breed of player in town. The kind that possesses technical skill, taste, tone and the ability to push the boundaries of the music that can be created on the guitar.

For fans of great guitar playing, things have really turned around in the last couple of years. Playing guitar, and doing it well; really well, is hip again. Who do we have to thank for this turnaround? Well, you only need to look at some of the people featured in the interviews and CD reviews sections of Do Fret, and you will see just an example of a bunch of dedicated, hard working, talented and enthusiastic guys, with a great sense of camaraderie , who are putting out material that is just jaw-droppingly good.

Read more about this seriously great CD

Lee Peterson: NEW Spear Guitar giveaway!

Thanks to the guys at SPEAR I have another guitar to give back to my community.

Means a lot to me that you guys all comment and like the vid's so feels amazing to be able to do this again.

1. Subscribe
2. Like the video
3. Add to your Favourites (using save to feature under the video)
4. Leave a comment

No limits on the amount of times you can enter.

Closes end of 30TH SEPTEMBER 2010.



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Francesco Congia: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III semi acoustic style!!

Yet another cracking solo... super fluid playing, nice tone... enjoy!!!

Francesco Congia:
Shred This III: Brett Garsed and DiMarzio competition
Francesco Congia Improvvisation
semi acoustic crafter

Shred This III: Brett Garsed and DiMarzio competition

Vladimir Maisiuk: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III Belarus beauty!

Vladimir Maisiuk from Belarus delivers a real beauty for Shred This III! Don't forget to subscribe to Vlad's channel http://www.youtube.com/user/vladguitar

Vladimir Maisiuk:
Thanks to Laurie Monk,Brett Garsed,all judges and Dimarzio...Awesome competition and awesome backing track... Yep,I was suppose to make this video earlier,but last couple of weeks was pretty intense for me,so now Im in the middle of packing cause tomorrow Im flying back to Belarus after being here in Abu Dhabi(UAE) for 3.5 month and Im glad I had a little time to improvise over this nice backing track before I leave...Good luck to everyone... Cheers

Vladimir Maisiuk "Shred This 3"

Bart Golinski: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III - Polish Polish!

Super tasty playing, great tone... enjoy... and think of us trying to find the winners! Just subscribe and make Bart's day: http://www.youtube.com/user/bartgolinski

Shred this III

Nick Maurer: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III more Aussie Win!

Nick Maurer anther Aussie grooving with the best of them!

Nick improv.wmv

Rob Chappers: ML2 the Monkeylord strikes back!

The Chapman Guitars ML2 - The Win Is Strong With This One *WE SHIP WORLDWIDE*

The ML2 Standard - http://www.andertons.co.uk/electric-g...

The ML2 Custom - http://www.andertons.co.uk/electric-g...
For more information you can email Rob Chapman direct on chappers@chapmanguitars.co.uk

The Chapman Guitars ML2 - The Win Is Strong With This One \m/

Craig Goldy: Giuffria classics to be reissued!

God bless the 1980's two classic releases:
Reissues of Giuffria’s stunning self-titled debut and brilliant follow-up Silk and Steel, we bring you back the legacy of a true 1980’s rock legend. Both albums will be available in new digipak editions, each limited to 2,000 copies. Re-release of Silk And Steel includes a bonus track. The material was remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. The release date is set up for September 6th in Europe and November 9th November in North America (via MVD). Full details

Zsolt Vamos: fires up a turbo charged Marshall 1959HW

Mutasd a cuccod! Vámos Zsolt és a Marshall 1959HW (ízelítő)

News: ZC3 Featuring You and a host of guitar stars!

Get you entry in Now!! This is chance in a life time stuff!! The Prize winner will be able to create their own professional guitar tuition video. Not only that but all finalists will be able to have a song added to the first compilation CD release by Ziua Chitarelor.

The details:

Ziua Chitarelor: A super cool opportunity to get you noticed. A brilliant competition from Ziua Chitarelor to be part of ZC3 feature the top players from around the world.   The competition will enable you to play in front of these amazing players and a full audience.

This is what you have to do:
All entrants should send a video entry to Ziua Chitarelor on facebook where you will be short listed:

Add your entry to Ziua Chitarelor

The best entries will play live at Ziua Chitarelor 3, at Bucarest on September the 18 2010.

At the final  you will play your solo on a stage and be judged by an incredible guitar panel of judges from top line guitar players, industry insiders and commentators from the blogosphere.

These are the judges in A to Z order:

1. Andreas Oberg
2. Corrado Sgandurra
3. Damjan Pejcinoski ( Winner of the Ziua Chitarelor 2)
4. Dave Martone
5. Dragianni ( 2nd place Ziua Chitarelor 2)
6. Fabrizio Dadò ( Axe Magazine)
7. Guglielmo Malusardi ( Axe Magazine)
8. Jennifer Batten
9. Laurie Monk (truthinshredding.com)
10. Michael Lee Firkins
11. Stuart Hamm
12. TJ Helmerich

The winner of the contest will also be a guest at Ziua Chitarelor - ZC4 - plus will get features in Axe magazine and other guitar prizes.

Remember: Ziua Chitarelor 3
Location:Bucuresti - Romania
Time:Saturday, 18 September 2010 10:30Get you entry in Now!! This is chance in a life time stuff!!

More prize details have been announced for the competition. The Prize winner will be able to create their own professional guitar tuition video.

Not only that but all finalists will be able to have a song added to the first compilation CD release by Ziua Chitarelor.

Alex Skolnick: shredder turned game keeper?

Alex Skolnick:
There are several reasons for this. For one thing, I don’t relate to the so called "shred community." Shred community? Ok, maybe it’s just me, but I fail to find anything communal about a bunch of half-mad monkeys with whammy bars enviously eyeballing each other as they compete over who can play the fastest.

Here’s another thing: Shred has become a tiny subgenre in itself, one that has taken on the stigma of a musical ghetto. Just as urban ghettos represent disadvantaged areas of a city, the shred genre is a failing neighborhood of music, populated by sonically impoverished guitarists (and occasionally other instrumentalists as well), unwilling or unable to rise above the oppression of their own egos. And just like the in the real ghetto, their predicament is exploited by greedy corporations, with suburban music store chains and rock clothing outlets in place of liquor marts and check cashing facilities.

Yet there is an even bigger reason I cringe when I see my name or my music aligned with that of the "shred people." That reason is this: For the most part, their work has little or no connection to what I feel music is. To them, speed is their primary purpose, the sole reason their music exists. To me, speed is that pungent, strong spice, an effective and powerful ingredient to be used when appropriate—please take note of those last two words: "when appropriate." I’m going to say them once more: WHEN APPROPRIATE! read full post

I have a lots of time and respect for Alex Skolnick. I have a number of his CD's. So I must admit I don't actually align with Alex Skolnick's comments, but I guess over at guitar player he's preaching to the converted. I would also never be as rude to describe people who strive to be "all the can be" on guitar as "half-mad monkeys". If they are mad Monkeys... what does it make the fans of this genre? I've studied to Masters degree level, a number of the players I know have doctorates or are studying to become doctors. May be Alex is just moving in the wrong circles.

Most of the people I have met, during my gathering of guitar information from around the globe, are sensitive human beings, with all the same hopes and wishes that anyone else has during their journey through life. For the most part, these guys are not all ego, but they do devote a lot to their craft and no doubt defend that effort with rightful pride, in many cases. Indeed many have not had the privileged opportunities that Alex Skolnick has had. They live in tough places, in tough times, often times being the only bread winner for a family, working more than one job.

I think a far more controversial stance would be for Alex to speak up to defend the art of playing, after all Alex has made a living out of his not inconsiderable guitar skills. So is this a case of pot calling the kettle black? Has Alex fallen out of love with the art that made his name?... you decide

As an aside Google has over 6,700 pages returned when you search for the terms "Alex Skolnick" and Shred

Rati Prachayanuporn: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III

Rati Prachayanuporn is all the way from Thailand

"Shred this III" guitar solo competition (Hut's entry)

Vanny Tonon: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III - mountain air solo!

Vanny Tonon:
my performance for this amazing competition!!! i've recorded this video during my holiday in the mountain!thanks for watching!

Shred this 3 by vannylive

Only 5 days left!

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

Don Ross: Afraid to Dance

Don Ross - Afraid to Dance - www.candyrat.com

Anis,Jack Heath,Andy Mercuri,Bjorn Bieze: Brett Garsed DiMarzio shred this III three in one!

Overwhelmed with new entries tonight, nine in all! Thanks to these guys Anis, Jack Heath,Andy Mercuri,Bjorn Bieze,Anis... more to come!

jack solo 2 .mov

Shred This III Entry - Andy Mercuri

Shred This III: MetalBo175 Solo.

Shred This III Brett Garsed & Dimarzio Comp Entry- Anis

Vinnie Moore: German clinic date changes

These dates have been corrected. Read list http://www.truthinshredding.com/2010/08/vinnie-moore-ufo-tour-update-confusion.html

14th date has been changed to 13th and a new date added on the 11th

11th October - Germany - Bremen - Meisenfrei
13th October - Germany - Lorsch - Musiktheater Rex

Jess Lewis: a little country

Hello, I downloaded this backing track, & after playing over it a few times, I came out with was what im playing here, so yeah.. I dont usually play country, but, thought I'd upload something anyway.... when I've worked out something for the whole backing track, I'll upload that...

Jess's attempt at playing a Country style solo

Greg Howe: loses a facebook then gains a facebook! Join him!

Greg Howe Facebook Fan Page!!!!!
A message from Greg Howe Management:

Unfortunately, we had to restart the Greg Howe Facebook Fan Page due to unforeseen circumstances with the webmaster that had originally set up the fan page up.

Please pass along the message to everyone to come hang out with Greg at the new page here: http://www.facebook.com/greghoweguitar

Greg Howe Management

David Tweedie: grace note!

Grace_Note are a quartet of gifted young Melbourne jazz musicians who have united to create a unique sound. They re-arrange modern worship songs into an instrumental jazz fusion style. Check them out on iTunes!
They are:
Luke Batty - Keys
David Tweedie - Guitar
Pat Sully - Bass
Tim Coghill -- Drums

Grace Note - Awesome God (melodic jazz fusion arrangement!)

Grace Note - Everlasting God (Melodic jazz fusion arrangement!)

Mr. Leedsman: blue noize competition!

Blue Noize Solo Entry By MrLeedsman (Slow Blues)

Jon Bloomer: blue noize slide style!

Jon Bloomer:
This is my (invalid) entry for the Blue Noize blues solo contest (1st prize a PRS Guitar! see details below). I fancied having a go myself playing some slide. I'm a very bad slide player so my intonation is all over the place but I figured what the hell, I can't win anyway!

I used my Suhr S4 and Amplitube 3.

If you think you can do better, and lets face it I'm sure you can, you could win a fabulous PRS 25th Anniversary SE Custom 24 so head over to the competition page for details:

Blue Noize solo contest Enter Now!

Blue Noize Blues solo contest Slide attempt

Tony Bellardi: live guitar solo

Gli Angeli (assolo by Tony Bellardi)

Simon McBride: New CD and Joe Satriani support details

NEW CD RELEASE IN SEPTEMBER: "Since Then" Simon's new album, will release on September 27 (28 in the USA).


Joe Satriani has been a worldwide guitar hero since his 1987 breakthrough album, Surfing With The Alien. Over 10-million albums and CD’s later, in addition to 14 Grammy nominations and numerous accolades, Joe continues to push the envelope of modern rock guitar playing.

Although he originally started his career by teaching some of the top rock guitar players of the '80s and '90s like Metallica’s Kirk Hammet and virtuoso Steve Vai, Joe Satriani is universally hailed as one of the most technically accomplished and respected guitar players in the history of rock music.

View UK dates http://www.simonmcbride.net/dates.asp

Lee Peterson: lick library lesson reviews

Lee runs his blog on http://www.leepeterson.co.uk/ and hopes to have some big news for you guys in a few weeks... so watch this space. In the mean time Lee Peterson delivers no nonsense reviews of the Lick Library products, test driving the videos to see if they do what they say on the box.

Lick Library Metal Rhythm in 6 weeks

Lick Library - Jimi Hendrix

Michael Harris: Lion Music Announce the winners of the Michael Harris CD giveaway!

Was it you?!?! I have to say that three of you got the wrong answer!


What is the title of the new George Bellas album out on 16th July 2010?

Planetary Alignment 2%
Step Into The Future 0%
The Dawn Of Time 95%
Venomous Fingers 2%

The winners  of the Michael Harris competition are:

  • Takahiko Shimizu (Japan)
  • Gerhard Rosén (Sweden)
  • Aaron Chatfield (UK)
Thanks to All at Lion Music for organising the Virtuoso guitar month!

Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian: Black Country single free download!

Black Country Communion – the English-American rock supergroup featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, have today posted a free MP3 download of their debut single “One Last Soul” on their official website – www.bccommunion.com.

The song will be featured on BCC’s highly anticipated debut album released in the UK/Europe by Mascot Records on 20th September, followed by 21st September North American release on the J&R Adventures label. Produced and mixed by Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin), the album was mastered by legendary Bob Ludwig, and recorded at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, California.

Recently premiered on the UK’s leading classic rock radio station ‘Planet Rock’, “One Last Soul” has become one of the station’s most requested songs of 2010.

Timo Niemistö: Anthriel - The Pathway

Anthriel - The Pathway
RELEASED: 17-9-2010

With their spectacular debut “The Pathway”, Finnish progressive metal outfit ANTHRIEL have produced an album which has all the potential to be hailed a classic and is guaranteed to fascinate metal fans worldwide.

Formed in 2004 by guitarist Timo Niemistö, keyboardist Antti Hakulinen and drummer Jari Kuokkanen the band went through a couple of line up variations before finding bassist Klaus Wirzenius and ultimately released a 3 track e.p. “Visions of Inner Light and Deeper Thoughts” in 2007 which won considerable praise on the underground metal circuit. Yet it was until the band found powerhouse vocalist Simo Silvan in 2008 that the bands sound became fully realised.

Anthriel - the Archangel of balance and harmony is the perfect name for the bands music. With a sound driven by big guitar riffs, deft keyboard touches, a rock solid articulate rhythm section and a healthy dose of expressive vocals high in melody built into intricate yet digestible arrangements this is metal that is easily appreciated on first listen – yet where further plays reveal numerous hidden depths that will keep the listener coming back for more. The quality of material would not be best represented with anything less than a superb production and this is exactly what the “The Pathway” serves up being an impressive self production by Timo Niemistö and mix by Jussi Kulomaa at MSTR Studios.

On the bands sound Simo Silvan comments, “We don't want to go extremity with any style of music. There is a time for a head banging and time for musical landscaping. We try to keep our music as versatile we can. "The Pathway” is a mixture of various different kind of music styles like heavy, pop, acoustic, orchestral and instrumental and symphonic metal. The music and lyrics were written hand in hand with the album theme”.

Thematically “The Pathway” is a concept based on a sequence of individual songs and themes with inspiration coming from R.A. Salvatore's Forgotten Realms: "The Dark Elf Trilogy".

On the basic premise of “The Pathway” Timo Niemistö comments, “The Pathway is the story of a man who finds himself grown against his former principles and philosophy of life. He decides to leave his past behind and begin a journey to find his own personal promised land and balance. As the path gets rough good and evil starts to battle in his mind where the reality and fantasy gets mixed. He puts the blame to the Gods for playing with his life and turns his adversities to the divine entertainment with consequences that ultimately lead to the discovery of perfect harmony from within his own soul”.

This compelling story is a captivating lyrical theme for the first class musicianship on offer all of which comes together to make “Anthriel – The Pathway” a serious contender for best newcomers in progressive metal in 2010.

01. Devil's Lullaby.
02. Mirror Games.
03. Guardian.
04. Repression.
05. Haven of Grace.
06. Dark Divided Minds.
07. The Deliverance.
08. Controversial Euphoria.
09. Light Divine.
10. Scent of Dawn.
11. Promised Land.
12. Chains of the Past.

Simo Silvan – Vocals.
Timo Niemistö - Guitars/backing vocals.
Antti Hakulinen – Keyboards.
Klaus Wirzenius – Bass.
Jari Kuokkanen – Drums.

Produced and recorded by Timo Niemistö.
Mixed by Jussi Kulomaa at MSTR-Studio.
Mastered at Chartmakers by Henkka Niemistö.
Cover art & layout by Jan Yrlund @ Darkgrove.
Photography by Pasi Ristolainen.


Mathias Holm: Mindsplit - Charmed Human Art Of Significance- great new CD

Mindsplit - Charmed Human Art Of Significance
RELEASED: 17-9-2010

MindSplit are a new band yet one with years of experience behind its individual members. With a style planted somewhere between straight metal, progressive metal and classic rock the band deliver a truly epic tale with their debut album “Charmed Human Art Of Significance” which is set for release on September 17th 2010 on Lion Music.

Featuring veterans of the Scandinavian metal scene in guitarist Matthias Holm and vocalist H.B. Anderson, the pair began writing and recording together again in their spare time c.2003 once again after the duo had worked together in the late 80’s with “The ‘n’ Sin”. When the music was taking shape bassist Conny Payne (Madison) joined along with highly respect sessions musicians - drummer Jon Skäre and keyboardist Jonas Lidström. This new collaboration turned into a whole different ballgame though when H.B. found his great old, old grandfather Xerxes Anderson’s Artificial Universe (a.k.a. Prof. Xandau 1807 ~ 1851) notes from his therapy sessions.

Prof. Xandau was a much respected therapist during the first half of 19th century and had his sessions all over the world based in both Europe and the U.S. These notes are the solid ground to this project and are used to tell a true story about psychological thoughts and human behaviours. H.B. Anderson comments, “The memory notes declare what’s going on in the human mind in different situations making for compelling listening, although as there are no names involved so it’s totally anonymous. Its fantastic literature and breathtaking reading, the human brain is very complex and odd. You can say it sure lives its own life”

This inspired lyrical setting led to the music of what would become “C.H.A.O.S” taking on its own personality. This story line is set to a musically accomplished and captivating release which will draw the listener in from the first listen. Musically the album is big, powerful, dark yet with subtle light and a very impressive aura with a powerful production to suit the mood. This has been further extended by the promotional video for the song “NME – Myself and I”
which has received positive reactions from YouTube viewers worldwide.

With “Charmed Human Art Of Significance” MindSplit has produced a debut album of exceptionally high quality and one that will appeal to a wide range of metal lovers and those with an appetite for enthralling concept stories.

01. Prologue - The Awakening.
02. Silhouettes.
03. The Traveller.
04. Presence Of Time.
05. ...elsewhere?
06. Inside The Heart Of Silence.
07. Battle Of The Mind.
08. Visual Minds - The Eternal Flame.
09. NMe - Myself & I.
10. Through The Eyes Of A Child.
11. A Room With Thousand Doors.
12. A Purpose Of Circumstance.
13. Abandoned Echoes.
14. Epilogue - The Imaginary End.

H.B. Anderson – Vocals
Mathias Holm – Guitars
Conny Payne – Bass
Jon Skäre – Drums
Jonas Lidström - Keyboards

Berger – Saxophone
Melody Payne - Voice
Nordanstigs Manskör - Male Choir Mikael Rosengren - Keyboards

All music by Mathias Holm except 'Through The Eyes of a Child' by H.B. Anderson. 'The Awakening' and 'Imaginary End' by Jonas Lidström.
 All lyrics by H.B. Anderson with kind permission of Prof. Xandau. Recorded at Broad Way 45 Studios, Hudiksvall.
Drums recorded at Studio Tweeta, Stockholm.
Produced by Mathias Holm & H.B Andersson.
Co-produced by Conny Payne.
Mixed at Chrome Studios, Stockholm by Fredrik Folkare. Mastered at Dereborn Music production Studios, Bergsjö by Johan Dereborn.
Cover Art & Illustrations by Fredric Arvidsson.


MindSplit - NMe - Myself & I

Ron Thal: rerelease Adventures Of Bumblefoot!

The very first album from guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, The Adventures Of Bumblefoot, is being re-released after 15 years, as well as a 200-page transcription book of the album by Ron himself. Both will be available at BaldFreak.com later in August, with autographed CD proceeds going to Multiple Sclerosis research. Copies of the album have been selling for as much as £375 on eBay. The instrumental The Adventures Of Bumblefoot, was originally released in 1995 by Shrapnel Records in North America and Roadrunner Records in Europe and Japan.