Friday, 11 March 2011

Andy James: Free Guitar Lesson Pentatonic Shredding

Andy James - Free Guitar Lesson Pentatonic Shredding iGuitar Mag feature

Devin Townsend: Signing & Mackie Giveaway at MusikMesse

FRANKFURT – March 11, 2011– Mackie today announces Mackie artist Devin Townsend to sign autographs in the Mackie stand on Thursday, April 7th at 16:00.

Mackie endorser, Devin Townsend, releases his new albums “Ghost” and “Deconstruction” with The Devin Townsend Project this summer. He will provide Mackie with exclusive content from the album “Ghost” on Mackie’s Facebook page and Mackie fans will have a chance to win new Mackie studio gear – a pair of all-new MR8mk2 Powered Studio Monitors and an Onyx Blackbird 16x16 FireWire Recording Interface. To enter the contest go to Mackie’s Facebook page on April 6th, contest ends April 30th.

The MR8mk2 is €265 inc. tax & £220 inc. VAT and the Onyx Blackbird is €499 inc. tax & £415 inc. VAT. Visit Mackie during Musikmesse from April 6-9, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany in Halle 4.1, Stand E31. For more detailed product information, please visit and for more details on the Mackie Facebook Contest visit

Eric Clapton: a big hand for old slow hand!

Eric Clapton raises £1.3million for rehab centre with guitar auction. He auctioned more than 130 lots – which included amps and stage suits – with a 1948 Gibson going for £51,000 and a mahogany Zemaitis for £47,000. more

Rob Balducci: Lick Of The Week

Balducci Lick Of The Week Child 6-22

Bela Fleck, Brian Carroll: Buckethead joins Bootsy Collins' on "Tha Funk Capital of the World"

Bootsy Collins' new studio album "Tha Funk Capital of the World" is released by Mascot Records in the UK on Monday 25th April 2011 (followed by a North American release on Tuesday 26th April).
While supplies last, CD copies of the album will be available with eye-popping holographic 3D album artwork designed by Roy Koch, Mascot Records' in-house artist. "The album cover artwork breathes like it is a living being ... it's alive,” says Bootsy.
Bootsy’s “Tha Funk Capital of the World” album will also be available on double vinyl. Last month, Rolling Stone premiered “Don't Take My Funk”, the first single taken from the new album, calling it "effortlessly groovy"; you can listen to the single here -
“Tha Funk Capital of the World” features fellow P-Funkers George Clinton and Bernie Worrell, along with an all-star line-up of musicians and cultural luminaries including rappers Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, and Ice Cube; actor Samuel L. Jackson; banjo phenomenon Bela Fleck; the Rev. Al Sharpton; scholar Dr. Cornel West; guitarist Buckethead, and more. Tour dates supporting “Tha Funk Capital of the World” will be announced soon.

Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian: Black Country Communion UK dates

Black Country Communion have added another date to their upcoming July 2011 UK Summer Tour, with their first-ever Welsh concert at the Llandudno Cymru Arena on Saturday 23rd July. Tickets go on sale in the UK on Monday March 14th at 9am via the 24 Hour Box Office: 0871 230 1101, and
The Llandudno date marks Black Country Communion’s first-ever concert in Wales, and will see the band perform songs from their highly anticipated second album, released in June 2011. The critically acclaimed classic rock group features Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Jason Bonham (drums), Derek Sherinian (keyboards) and Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals).
BCC’s July UK tour dates in full:
Llandudno Cymru Arena (Sat 23rd July)
Leeds O2 Academy (Tues 26th July)
Newcastle O2 Academy (Wed 27th July)
Glasgow O2 Academy (Fri 29th July)
Manchester Academy (Sat 30th July)

Michael Dolce: Australian guitar magazine post

The Australian Guitar magazine has published this mini interview.Its Michael Dolce's first hardcopy interview, and surely not the last.

News: Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer

Breakthrough Product Fuses PCM Synthesis and COSM Modeling
Los Angeles, CA, March 10, 2011 — Roland is extremely proud to announce the release of the GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer, a revolutionary new product from the world’s undisputed leader in guitar synthesis technology. Combining PCM synthesis with digital instrument modeling from the respected VG-99 V-Guitar System, the GR-55 represents Roland’s latest advances in guitar synthesis, offering playability, features, and sound quality that far surpasses the capabilities of previous generations of guitar synthesizers.
The GR-55 is the pinnacle of Roland’s exhaustive efforts in the field of guitar synthesis over the last 35 years. In 1977, the company created the GR-500, the world’s first guitar synthesizer. This milestone product ushered in a new era of guitar expression, allowing guitarists to play an entire palette of sounds that were previously available only to keyboard players. Since then, Roland has remained steadfastly dedicated to guitar synthesis, constantly developing and improving the technology to make it accessible and easy to use for all guitarists.
Driven by Roland’s newest proprietary digital processing technology, the GR-55 delivers lightning-fast tracking performance and previously impossible sound-making capabilities. It features two independent synthesizer sound engines, each loaded with over 900 of Roland’s latest sounds, including pianos, organs, strings, vintage and modern synths, percussion, and many more. A third sound engine is driven by Composite Object Sound Modeling (COSM®), the guitar modeling technology behind Roland’s famous VG-99 V-Guitar System. With COSM, the GR-55 can emulate electric and acoustic guitars, basses, and other instruments, as well as guitar and bass amplifiers.
The GR-55 allows players to combine all three sound engines plus their guitar’s normal input to create any sound from the familiar to the original. Two independent multi-effects processors are available for a huge array of tone-shaping options, plus global reverb, chorus, delay effects and EQ to add final sweetening to any sound.
The GR-55 puts guitarists instantly in touch with a huge library of sounds, with no editing required. The onboard lineup of ready-to-use presets, from pop to rock and beyond, takes the pain out of the process with quick-access category buttons. Creating and editing sounds is a breeze with the large LCD display, simple front panel, and intuitive EZ Edit features. Also, onboard is a phrase looper that lets players capture on-the-fly recordings with unlimited sound-on-sound overdubs.

The GR-55 features a USB song player that lets users trigger WAV files on a USB flash drive using the onboard pedals. The GR-55 also functions as an audio and MIDI interface for computers, with a rear-panel USB 2.0 port for a quick and easy connection. Users can easily integrate with their favorite digital audio workstation software, recording GR-55 sounds as audio in the DAW and using the GR-55’s super-fast pitch-to-MIDI capabilities to trigger MIDI sounds such as virtual synths and samplers with their guitar.
The GR-55 is equipped with Roland’s industry-standard 13-pin GK interface, and includes a Roland GK-3 divide pickup (GR-55GK model; also available without the pickup as GR-55S). The GK-3 can be easily installed on most steel string guitars with no modification to the instrument. In addition, many different GK-ready instruments are commercially available from various top guitar manufacturers.
The GR-55 is now shipping with an MSRP of $979.00, or $1,199.00 with a GK-3 Divided Pickup included.

News: Japan Earthquake shock condolences

I would like to express my shock and concern at the tsunami and the terrifying earthquake that took place in Japan today. My condolences, thoughts and best wishes to all those caught up in the aftermath.

Comparing Japan's Quake to Other Recent Events

Prashant Aswani: Bullet in the Brain

Prashant Aswani:
My new unreleased songs up @ D3 Audio designs - Bullet in the Brain"
Bullet in the Brain by Musette Japan

Rush Hour by Musette Japan

Chris Geden: super legato lesson on live4guitar.

For this weeks' "Lick of the Week" I chose a mixture of techniques that can be used over an A7 backing track.
The techniques used are:

Left-hand Tapping (Hammer-on from nowhere)
Right-hand Tapping
The lick starts off with an A mixolydian run, adding a minor 3rd passing note in-between and continues up an A dominant 9th arpeggio. It then slips back into A mixolydian and finishes off with some right-hand tapping and finally a left-hand tapping (hammer-on from nowhere) run in A minor pentatonic.

Daniel Realpe: Compulsive new CD

A new web site and new CD


"Never been to Barranquilla"
"Never ending wave of change"
(It's my little inceptive for you to practice that guitar!...apart from the whole album)
- In order to get that backing tracks, when you buy the album, let CDBaby know what email we are upposed to send them to."Compulsive" is the result of experimenting and blending concepts from different cultures and backgrounds that have influenced Daniel Realpe as a guitarist. There's no pretension but purely enjoyment of musical expression and freedom. Daniel Realpe is a recognized metal/rock guitarist from Colombia, winner of the “Best Guitarist” Subterránica award in 2008. With over 12 years of experience playing the guitar and playing with many bands including the Colombian band Ethereal with whom he toured South America through countries such as Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina in 2008 and Hiddenpath the band in which he creates and produces the music entirely. Hiddenpath was the band chosen by Mike Portnoy, drummer for Dream Theater to open for them in Bogotá in 2008. Hiddenpath has been the opening act for Symphony x in 2007. Daniel Realpe was chosen to play with guitarist Kiko Loureiro on the Guitar Fest in Bogotá in 2008. Hiddenpath were the winners for “Best progressive metal band” on the Subterránica awards in 2008. Daniel was chosen as one of the 12 finalists worldwide for the contest Guitar Idol in the UK. The final was held june 13th 2009 in London.

Todd Grubbs: Return Of The Worm new CD

Return Of The Worm is the 2011 release by Florida guitarist Todd Grubbs, and this release offers another side of Grubbs' compositional talent - something different. Todd states, "I am really proud of this one, it is a very different kind of guitar CD with a lot of unusual twists and turns. I also have some great guest artist including Mike Keneally, Blues Saraceno, Jerry Outlaw and John Wesley." Some tracks would have fit nicely on the "Beautiful Device" album and some would have been perfect for "Time, Space and the Electric", but they all reveal aspects of his guitar playing never quite 'unearthed' before. Enjoy! more

Lucas Yaksic: Elemento 115

Chilean guitarist Lucas Yaksic is back in 2010 with another awesome onslaught, Elemento 115, which is a follow up to his 2006 solo instrumental heavy metal CD, Vol. 10. Yaksic offers more of his trademark devastating riffs and solos, showing great technical skill, creativity, and intelligence. Guitarists such as Paul Gilbert, Andy Timmons and Michael Angelo Batio team up with Yaksic for clinics and shows when in Chile, giving the metal guitarist even more exposure to the rabid guitar community. Acts such as Metallica, Iron Maiden and Motley Crue have influenced his style, which adds a shred component to ferocious metal rhythms tempered with psychedelic rock ideas, and even more eclectic tone passages. Fans of guitarists such as Alejandro Silva or Pascal Allaigre should warm up quickly to the music of Lucas Yaksic and his band Buy

Larry Mitchell: Tone Master paints

Larry Mitchell Zoom Q3HD Whoops at the End Zoom Q3 HD

Larry Mitchell Mission Pedal and MFC 101 Zoom Q3 HD

Larry Mitchell Sound Check Axe FX Pads Feb 2011Montgomery College Tacoma Park Zoom Q3 HD

Larry Mitchell Sound check at Montgomery College Rockville With Dawn Avery Feb 2011

Paul Bielatowicz: Carl Palmer and Neal Morse tour dates

Carl Palmer Band – European Tour – February/

March 2011
22nd March, 2011 Steinmark Judenburg Austria
23rd March, 2011 Feldkirchen Stadstaal Austria
26th March, 2011 Gyor Percussion Festival Hungary
Tour: Neal Morse European Tour 2011

2nd June, 2011 Zwolle Hedon Netherlands
3rd June, 2011 Beek (LB) Asta Netherlands
4th June, 2011 Zoetermeer De Boerderij Netherlands
5th June, 2011 TBA TBA Germany
7th June, 2011 Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal Germany
8th June, 2011 Memmingen Kaminwer Germany
9th June, 2011 Praque Futurum Czech Republic
10th June, 2011 Bratislava Majestic Music Club Slovakia
11th June, 2011 Budapest Diesel Club Hungary
14th June, 2011 Pratteln Z7 Switzerland
16th June, 2011 London Koko United Kingdom
17th June, 2011 Manchester Academy 2 United Kingdom
18th June, 2011 Glasgow The Arches United Kingdom
23rd July, 2011 London High Voltage Festival United Kingdom
30th July, 2011 A Coruña Finisterrae Festival Spain