Monkey Lord in the studio 2 Survive recording blog
Chappers, Stick and Jaden met at Maplewood studio to knock together their next single ;-)
Monkey Lord in the studio - 2 Survive recording blog
"Sonata Arctica regret to inform their Italian fans that the announced show in Milan at the Alcatraz on September 30th, 2010 needs to be postponed.
Reason: while doing his daily exercise routine Elias Viljanen (guitar) broke his right hand. Due to this accident he will not be able to play guitar for the next five or six weeks. The new date for the show will be now Sunday, February 27th, 2011 also at the Alcatraz. Of course all tickets for the show September 30th remain valid for the new date." full details
In the past few months Tom has been collaborating with the exceptional UK based guitarist Rick Graham to produce a 3 day workshop and tuition material. This ran for the first time this summer in the beautiful northern town of Saltaire with huge success to a student base of 11 guitarists from various parts of the world. Rick and Tom will be taking this workshop on tour in the States next summer 2011 and will be running annual sessions from now on. Tom also teaches for Lick Library producing videos on fusion improvisation concepts. Tom has now become an in-demand teacher with a student base stretching all over the world. more about Tom
Are there any secret weapons, any gear you can't live without?
Yes, and I've had to live without it actually [laughs], and no one can fix it. I love my Lexicon 224 reverb—it has some really cool modified settings, ways of making it sound like it's not a reverb—but it died and no one can fix it. I've shipped this gigantic thing all over and they say it's too far gone. So, what I've done is get into digital effects more. Now I'm using Cubase and you learn to get some really good sounds out of the digital gear that's out. I'm also using iZotope [Ozone] like a little mastering module. It fits in Cubase like a VST plug-in, so when you go to mix, you just go to your master fader and modify that, and all of a sudden this little mastering module comes up. Anyway, I thought that really helped, especially at the end—it made everything sound better.
Those Lexicon reverbs are pretty cool—they always make me think of a David Gilmour-type tone.
Yeah, it's a shame. Everything I usually like, I know they're gonna stop making it if I really like it. So I try not to like things too much. [Laughs]
Some of today's hottest players like Zakk Wylde and John Petrucci are pretty vocal about their love of your style and music. What modern guitarists do you listen to?
Well, you started by naming two of the best guys. Personally, I like to listen to guys live more than anything, because the whole experience just gets me. It's like you can watch a movie from a distance while people are talking and everything, and you're far away and the TV is small, and it's totally different from being inside a theater where you're right up front and it's taking up your whole field of vision. So, I like to listen to stuff with headphones—zero distractions—or live. All of the guitarists I've seen live really impress me—it's been that way my whole life. Surely any musician has something that's gonna amaze me, because human beings all make different choices and take different paths and meet different crossroads along their life. It's still amazing to me how everybody playing the same 12 notes, repeated over and over, is gonna sound different. If I'm on the road, or if there's somebody playing with us, I try to listen to good guitar players. You have your obvious ones like you just mentioned, but all of the guitar greats I've heard have really impressed me. full interview
Guitar Edge comes and interview with three of worlds most infamous guitarists, Les Paul, Joe Satriani, and Zakk Wylde.
“Change” has been a major theme in the American vernacular this past few years. In this Blast from the past, Guitar Edge sits down with three icons of the electric guitar to discuss the changes and innovation in guitar playing and technology we’ve experienced over the past 50 years, and what the next 50 may yet bring.
Getting Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde, and the legendary Les Paul—three of the most respected an innovative guitarists of the last 50 years—together in a small room with a microphone was no small achievement. But compared to what these three guitarists have accomplished in their own respective careers, it was as easy as an E5 power chord. For that matter, compared to what Les Paul by himself has achieved, it was as easy as breathing.
Still, as Les can certainly attest, even the best-laid plans often find speed bumps and roadblocks. Although we thought we had confirmations and palpable eagerness from all parties, building management at the Iridium informed us at the last minute—after Zakk and Satch had already arrived and begun their acquaintance 14 stories up in Midtown Manhattan—that they didn’t share our enthusiasm for a photo shoot on the roof. This required some nimble improvisation from our photographer that would have impressed even 1950's era Les Paul. In the spirit of perseverance that our guest of honor has so wholly embodied throughout his career, we found a way to make it all happen. more
I'm looking for interview material... I [am looking to] interview jazz bebop players, get in touch with me, Mark Thompson, if you're in touch with good fusion players or are a playerwww.shredknowledge.com Contact Mark direct on facebook if you are interested in participating
I will be hosting a free Guitar Workshop at iSTARS Artist development and musical performing arts center. more
Black Country Communion's debut album, released on Monday 20th September, recently peaked at No. 2 in the Amazon UK pre-order chart, and has remained in the Top 10 of both the Amazon UK and Play.com pre-order album charts for the past 5 weeks.
BCC is comprised of Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals), Jason Bonham (drums) and Derek Sherinian (keyboards). The album is produced and mixed by Kevin Shirley (Rush, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Black Crowes).
At 7pm on Saturday 4th September, the UK’s leading classic rock radio station PLANET ROCK will air an exclusive hour-long documentary interview with Black Country Communion. The documentary will feature Planet Rock speaking to the BCC members about the band’s formation and future. The one hour radio special will also be repeated on Thursday 9th September at 11pm.
Presented by DJ Nicky Horne, the behind-the-scenes documentary includes exclusive interviews with Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa and Jason Bonham, plus a selection of music from their highly anticipated debut album. Also featured in the one hour special will be the song “One Last Soul”, which has fast become one of the station’s most requested tracks.
Tune into Planet Rock this Saturday to listen to the documentary online - http://www.planetrock.co.uk/Article.asp?id=1936427&spid=
Official BCC album press release - http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/mascot/BlackCountryCommunion.htm
TY: Money is the last thing we are thinking about with the fans. For me its 100% dedication to the art and performance of the songs. The songs, the songs. Our fans are foremost in the mind with all the preparations for touring and planning things like meet and greets etc. I meet so many fans on tour, they inspire me more than anything else to do my best on stage and make them proud to wear a Kamelot tee shirt. Its like a massive family that is around the globe. more
Richie Kotzen will contribute a guest guitar solo to the track "Too Many Times" on the forthcoming album from Italian thrashers ENEMYNSIDE, tentatively titled "The Black Issue". Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Withering Addiction", "The Cure", "Pitch Black", "Reveries" and "Faith No More".
Commented ENEMYNSIDE vocalist/guitarist Francesco "Frallo" Cremisini: "I'm very proud to have such a great musician playing a solo on the band's new album. He's one of the most talented guitar playersaround and a really nice person." more
"Superfingering" is Daniele Gottardo's new revolutionary method to play contemporary guitar, based on the way to develop a simple act of great control on the instrument.
Two hours of contents, 100 lessons in order of difficulty, more than 100 pages of transcriptions, application examples for each topic and musical backing tracks, interviews (amplification, studio footage, re-amplification techniques, teaching, etc. ..)
This DVD discusses the main traditional problems found by all guitarists and that create confusion in the infinite training course of a guitarist:
- Visualization, organization of musical material
- Harmonic - Melodic control
- Connection of all aspects
- Musical application
- Visualization, organization of musical material
- Visualization and development of musical material in a simpler way.
- "Superfingering" don't proceed as in the traditional guitar methodology , but is following a logical numerical order of notes that starts from consonance to dissonance.
- Dual visualization of forms.
- Simplification of the number of fingerings and musical choice of fingering.
- Fingerings "changed" and logical.
- Fingerings "anti-academic"
- Sweep Picking
- Hammer on - Pull off; Legato
- Hybrid picking
- Alternate picking
- Position Shifting
- Improvisation techniques
- Connection techniques
Harmonic - Melodic control
The delicate aspect of the harmonic - melodic material follows the "number of harmonics", the musical material is developed following a numerical order of notes "from consonance to dissonance".
- Knowledge of the fundamental note across the neck
- Pentatonic Scale
- Esatonic Scale
- Diatonic Scale
- Chromatism and Altered scales
Connection of all aspects
All main topics during the course of the lessons are fused together starting with one note, as in music practice, and arent separated as in the didactic, which is an end in itself.
For each main topic, we suggest application examples in various musical genres (blues, fusion, metal, jazz) with backing tracks.
This method is therefore appropiate both for beginners, who seriously wants to know its instrument - and professional guitarists, who are looking for new ideas to deepen the complicated world of the guitar!!
Hagar told The Pulse of Radio. "To me, Chad is CHICKENFOOT. But Chad's, you know, the CHILI PEPPERS are, they've been writing for a year and they haven't even started recording, and I just don't see a window now. 'Cause once they start recording, Chad's never gonna be able to get a break, and then when they're done with that, they're gonna go out on the road for a year and a half. So we really don't know what to do right now, but I think we're gonna probably play with a few different guys and see what happens."
Full track listings, cover art, credits, and most importantly, some mp3s of the Serenade of Strings and The Lost Art albums are now available exclusively here at www.randyellefson.com! Serenade of Strings features a rare performance of "Dee" by Randy Rhoads but is otherwise all original music, half written before tendonitis and half after. It also includes the only classical guitar piece I ever wrote, "Fantasia Etude", which I recently finished writing the tablature for and will be posting online here.
The Lost Art is all "cover" songs from the classical guitar repertoire and was recorded just weeks after I finished my classical guitar degree in 1995. Most of the songs were from the recital, but not all. The most unusual piece here is the four movement sonata for guitar and flute that starts the album, as I learned the flute part on guitar this year and recorded it. You're unlikely to hear such a recording anywhere else! more
That said, the bonus album was never meant as a way to line the band’s pockets. Chance are good it’s drumming up some business after all…
“I think the label originally asked us if we wanted to record some live stuff for release, and when the tour was coming up we thought about recording a couple shows,’ says Kotipelto. “Then we decided to just bring the recording equipment with us to record the shows whenever we felt like it. At that point we promised the label we’d record some stuff and then mix it, and if it sounded good they could use it for a future release. It was also a good idea because there are a lot of fans that didn’t get the chance to come out and see Matias (Kupiainen) on guitar with us. This gives them the chance to hear how this band sounds with him in the line-up.”
The focus of the Polaris tour wasn’t on the album but rather on Kupiainen, who ultimately enabled Stratovarius to make a comeback. Tolkki personified the Stratovarius brand, making him irreplaceable in the eyes of many fans, but Kotipelto says the band didn’t encounter the fallout they’d expected when they brought Kupiainen to the people. more
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Sleaze Roxx: There will be a new album coming early next year. Do you have stuff written to present the guys when you see them next?.
Vinnie Moore: I'm always writing. I always have song ideas laying around, I've gotten quite frustrated over the years because I know I will only live for so long and I'll never get to all of them, that kind of stresses me out sometimes. I have a whole batch of new song ideas and riffs ready to go. I'm about to go into my studio to demo them so I can send them to Phil Mogg. So we are just in the beginning stages of the writing process http://www.sleazeroxx.com/interviews/vinniemoore2.shtml