Thursday, 30 September 2010

News: Guitar World 30th anniversary

Celebrate 30 years of music, magic and six-string mayhem with The Complete History of Guitar World, a new 300-plus page book from Backbeat Books detailing the entire history of Guitar World magazine. Featuring classic interviews, a complete transcription list, behind-the-scenes stories, shocking mistakes, great moments in GW history, and a photographic look at every single cover, including Guitar Legends magazine and the Guitar World Buyer's Guide!

This is an amazing collection for Guitar World readers and music lovers alike. This book will be available in October, but you can pre-order it today for only $29.99 exclusively at

The Complete History of Guitar World: 30th Anniversary Book!

Luigi Rinaldi: The damned land of the rotoballs

The damned land of the rotoballs - demo version

Sam Bell: Tribute to George Michael?!?!

The madness continues

Carless Whisper George Michael Cover by Sam Bell Guitarist

Jess Lewis: incredible tribute to George Benson - Valdez In The Country

George Benson -Valdez In The Country- Solo- Cover By Jess

News: boutique guitar resource

Your source for information about custom, handmade boutique guitars and the luthiers that are building them.

Dave Celentano,Troy Stetina: Digital Guitar Magazine

Dave Celentano's new web site  now features a monthly lesson. These lessons will also be featured in Troy Stetina Series Digital Guitar Magazine. The magazine can be found at:

In addition, Dave's new web site features all his educational products and music CD's.

Dave used Conceptinet to update his entire web site. For more information about Conceptinet, please visit:

Troy Stetina's Free Digital Guitar Lesson Magazine

The magazine is FREE and will remain FREE. Our first issue features lesson columns by:

  1. Mark Tremonti (Creed/Alter Bridge) shows you his favorite legato patterns, and his opening legato lick on "Burn" (on Troy's new Second Soul album).
  2. Michael Angelo Batio ("World's fastest guitarist" by Guitar World Magazine) shows you some of his favorite cyclic patterns for building picking speed.
  3. Dave Celentano (author, Centerstream Publishing) shows you some tasty classical arpeggated progressions from Bach's youngest protege.
  4. Jamie Andreas (author, Guitar Principles) shows why so many of you still suck at guitar, even though you practice, and how to fix this!
  5. Anthony Arroyo (guitarist, teacher of the Troy Stetina Series) shows you how to use anchor chords to navigate the neck more easily.
  6. Dale Turner (solo guitar artist, teacher and veteran guitar magazine columnist) shows you some chicken picking licks for rockers.
  7. Jason Vearing (guitarist, teacher and developer of Riff Axelerator software) shows you a lesson breakdown of an advanced lick from Troy's solo to "Deceiver" from the new Second Soul album, and how to build variations of this to make your own licks.
  8. Chris Buono (crazy guitar dude from GuitarOne magazine) shows you how to take blues a step further than more rockers ever dare to go.
  9. Don Parkhurst (teacher, tells you how to structure your practice routine to get more out of yourself.
  10. Francesco Artusato (metal guitarist for All Shall Perish and solo artist)
  11. shows you some "outside the box" fusion licks, and explores ways to combine these lines.
  12. Jimmy Kane (Director of Hunts Annex Music School) shows you how to pull diminished lines out of the blues scale, to get extra dark and twisted sounds.
  13. German Schauss (Berlkee graduate now teaching at Los Angeles Music Academy) offers guidance to demystify the process of gaining sweep picking control.

Nili Brosh: new CD on the way.

Nili Brosh continues to progress in her guitar career. According to sources Nili is set to release her debut album on November 16th, 2010. The CD will be titled 'Through The Looking Glass.' More details to follow. In addition Nili has also be endorsing xotic preamps too.

BB Preamp, EP BoosterBB preamp- I have always found this pedal to be warm and creamy, but my favorite thing about it is how pick-sensitive it is. It is perfect for rhythm playing with a small amount of crunch, or for easily getting finger tone dynamics to speak on low-gain solos!
EP booster - I have experimented running my EP booster after several distortion pedals, and it always cleans the tone up and adds a lot of definition in the low mids. This pedal boosts the signal in a way that lets me cut through much more. What I love about Xotic is that the pedals sound great through any tube amp! more

Plus Nili has been appearing with the Iron Maidens, the super cover band on recent summer tour dates.

The Iron Maidens - Phantom Of The Opera LIVE - House Of Blues Dallas - OutlawVideo.TV

News: Marshall Ultimate Band Contest

The Marshall Ultimate Band Contest has just launched sponsored by Lick Library and Smokehead Whisky offering the most amazing, money can’t buy prizes to the winning band.

The winners will have the honour of getting a full endorsement from Marshall Amps for both the guitarist/s and bass player to take their place alongside some of the greatest names in the business including Slash and Jimi Hendrix! Not only will they have full Marshall artist support and loan of gear for a year but they will also win a fantastic bands worth of Marshall amps including a bass stack and Guitar stack.

The winners will also win a session at Europe's largest independent recording studio complex, Metropolis, where they can demo up to four tracks via the studios ‘unsigned mastering’ service. The list of famous artists to record at Metropolis it truly staggering, with everyone from Sting to Robbie Williams using their services.

Further prizes include a selection of best selling DVDs from Lick Library, one of the worlds leading suppliers of guitar tuition, plus Smokehead Whisky will help you celebrate your winnings in style with their Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This is not just about winning cool prizes as the prestige and publicity surrounding the contest is more than worth its weight in gold.

To enter the competition, you need to record your own video of original music, fill out the entry form on the Marshall UBC website and then Upload your YouTube URL together with your details. Entry is free and judging in the first round is open to the public with ultimately five top bands being selected to battle it out in front of the judges at the Marshall Theatre.

The Prizes
Marshall Artist Endorsement for 1 Year – Marshall artist support with loan for any gigs* for a year after the date of the final.

- Marshall JVM 210H
- Marshall 1960A
- Marshall MB 410H
- Marshall MBC 810
*Subject to certain terms and conditions, and the band will be responsible for any carriage.

Smokehead whisky

Metropolis studio – master a bands demo (up to 4 tracks) via their ‘unsigned mastering’ service

Classic Rock – Will put a track from the winning band on a classic rock covermount CD

Check out the competition and cast your votes at You can follow the competitions progress and find out about other cool prizes on the website.

Dario Cortese: country picking lesson

Dario Cortese - Secret Lick of the Month: October 2010 (harmony country guitar/Hellecasters style)

Mateus Starling: quarteto live Solar!

More classic improvisation from the Brazilian master guitarist.

Mateus Starling quarteto playing SOLAR

John Stowell: Useless Landscape

I was talking to Kurt James the other day and he was highly recommending John a a great jazz player... so enjoy.

John Stowell - Useless Landscape

News: Guitar Day 6 Milan Super Star Guitar extravaganza, plus I'll be there too!

I'm just so looking forward to this amazing show. I have to thank the guitar impresario and Italian ambassador for guitar Mr Guglielmo Malusardi for letting me know about this incredible show. I hope you'll come along to and we can meet! and while you are at it... Check out the super star guitar list... Michael Angelo Batio, Alex Stornello, Ignazio Di Salvo, Tommy Ermolli, Gianluca Ferro, Daniele Gottardo!!! So the Great MAB and a bunch of my favourite Italian guitar players, what more could one want!

Milan Guitar Day 6 set for 09/10/2010 is full of guitar stars, including Michael Angelo Batio, Alex Stornello, Ignazio Di Salvo,  Tommy Ermolli, Gianluca Ferro, Daniele Gottardo!

Don Alder: Guitar Player Wards announced, now on video

Guitar Player’s Guitar Superstar 2010!
Solo-Acoustic Player Don Alder Wins the Crown!

Guitar Player magazine’s sixth annual Guitar Superstar Competition was won by Vancouver, British Columbia, solo-acoustic player Don Alder on the night of September 18, 2010.

Alder stepped onstage completely alone, after several finalists with electric guitars had performed thrilling instrumental works backed up by the live house band. But Alder’s confident, entertaining, and technically flawless performance of his song, “The Rogue,” wowed the capacity crowd at Livermore, California’s Bankhead Theater, and garnered the only standing ovation of the night.

“He’s backstage, looking like he’s going to throw up because he doesn’t have a band, and he’s just playing an acoustic guitar all by himself, and then he goes out there and wins the whole show,” commented finalist Charlie Crowe, whose boisterous, in-the-pocket performance of “Intergalactic Cowboy” won him third-place honors. All videos

Hellman Jigokuotoko: great bit of rock fusion from the hellboy! guitar idol 2010

Gracing by Hidenori

Andy Mclaughlan: tribute to Larry Carlton

Steely Dan (Larry Carlton) - I Got The News (Solo) by Andy Mclaughlan

Jake Reichbart: Autumn in New York

Autumn in New York, Vernon Duke, solo jazz fingerstyle guitar by Jake Reichbart

David Shankle: live

David Shankle Insanely Amazing New MIX 2 ETUDE 2010.ROCK YOUR WAY TO THE TOP FEST.

Kostas Karamitroudis: gus g in guitar world interview

Gus G: Video Interview & Guitar Lesson (Part 1)

Rob Chappers: Monkeylord minions get your tickets to the special Launch party!

When you purchase your ticket online, you will receive a confirmation email. Please print this email out and bring it with you to the Launch Party, as proof that you have purchased a ticket. If you have purchased a ticket but have not received your email confirmation, contact us.  TICKETS

Tickets are available to people 17+ only. ID will be required on the door, and anybody who looks under 17 years old that is unable to prove their age will not be allowed in.

Accepted forms of ID are a valid passport, driving license, provisional driving license or a college or university student card. The presented ID must have your photograph and date of birth on it.

As Marshall Amplification are unable to sell alcoholic drinks on the premises, you will be entitled to 3 drinks with your ticket purchase - soft drinks included.

Everyone will be given a raffle ticket when you arrive. At the end of Monkey Lord's set, Chappers will randomly select a winning raffle ticket. The winner will receive a Chapman Guitars ML-1, custom-painted by Svee.

Any remaining tickets will be available on the door. These will be available for £30, and will be very limited in number.

Jake Guy: tribute to Sam Bell

Jake Guy:
Hello everyone, a few days ago I heard a song called "Terminia" and this particular section here instantly sparked my imagination for a solo, kinda impulsive... anyway it's a killer track by a brilliant guitarist named Sam Bell, I highly recommend you listen to his band and check out his own music too, it's amazing. Here are some links!

Soloing over "Terminia version 7.0" by Sam Bell

plus an original

Jake Guy - New

Joe Satriani: Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards Song Podcasts

All the current podcasts in this player. I'll add more as Joe Satriani posts them... 8 videos at the moment.

Joe Satriani: Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards Song Podcasts