Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Ron Thal: Bumblefoot "Invisible" single

Bumblefoot "Invisible" single being released March 22, 2011

News: Petrucci Forum gets a new lick of paint

See the new decor here:

Irene Ketikidi, Greg Howe: ICMP clinic

Irene Ketikidi spotted with Greg Howe at the recent ICMP clinic

Welcome to this ALL IN ONE lesson on the sweep picking technique, combining left and right hand tapping! This lesson will give you advanced sweeping vocabulary, and provide you with all the common arpeggio sequences and patterns you hear in the neoclassical and modern metal style. You will also learn about superimposing the same shapes in order to create extended arpeggios. find out more

Advanced sweeping and tapping (live4guitar lesson)

Hey guys, check out, really cool website and a massive online community for guitarists! This video is part of my tuition series for the site's marketplace section - the complete lesson can be purchased here: find out more

Emanuele Perilli: another new CD track posted

1. The Vision
2. Trails Around The Sun
3. The Noise Of Bliss
4. Tears That Taste Of You
5. Midnight Thrill
6. Across The Universe
7. An Ivory Moon
8. Vortexes In My Mind
9. The Truth
10. A Perfect Place
11. Infinity

Release date: 2010
Total time: 51:00  BUY

Emanuele Perilli "The Vision"

Eduardo Serra Zanetti: Fender Telecaster Richie Kotzen Signature

Eduardo Serra Zanetti - Fender Telecaster Richie Kotzen Signature - Die to Live - 22.11.2010

Marty Friedman: Earthquake best wishes and selling guitars

Translated and amended from google translate, apologies for any inaccuracy, but the sentiment remains:

Marty Friedman:
We have sincere sympathy for the victims and everyone in the massive earthquake. Words can't express how sad the news is to see such a massive earthquakes. I think I have a very deep affinity for Japan. My dreams came true after arriving in Japan. The beauty of the Japanese forces, and the Japanese have impressed me with their compassion at all times. Your greatness starts now for the future of Japan, you want strength and compassion in mind. I think the Japanese have solidarity with the world. You also need the power of solidarity of all one person, especially now. Bright future for everyone and work hard together for a healthy future.

Marty Friedman:
Pictures, descriptions and how to bid will all be up on my US website as well as my Japanese website within 2-3 days. I have NEVER sold ANY of my guitars before, this is the only way these guitars will leave my possession. I urge you to please spread the word and most of all BID HIGH. You will be putting a huge deposit in the `karma bank` as and have some pretty cool guitars to show for it. DO IT!

Alex Skolnick: Guitar Player video lesson

Alex Skolnick web link

Al Di Meola: Premier Guitar article

Al Di Meola:
Fusion maestro Al Di Meola talks about discovering the sonic delights of Dumble amps, shedding his shred mentality, and the joys of recording his new album Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody.

Your April Issue of Premier Guitar is Here!

Orianthi: acousti-blues

hey from Orianthi

Greg Howe: ICMP clinic review

Guitar great, Greg Howe delivers exclusive Institute clinic: The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance was proud to present guitar legend Greg Howe for a masterclass on Thursday, 10th March at their London facility.

During his career he has played on Michael Jackson's ‘History’ tour throughout Europe and Asia, joined pop star Enrique Iglesias on a tour of Europe and was the lead guitarist on two separate tours of the states for NSYNC, one of which was stadium shows exclusively. In 2003 Greg also performed on a promotional tour with Justin Timberlake, although ultimately ended up having to leave in order to complete work on his 2003 release "Extraction", the critically acclaimed all-star funk fusion extravaganza featuring electric bass virtuoso Victor Wooten (of the flecktones) and the legendary drummer Dennis Chambers.

In 2008 Greg released his latest album entitled “Sound Proof”, which has been reviewed as one of Howe’s best albums ever. In February 2009 Greg teamed up once more with Justin Timberlake to perform at the 51st Grammy’s Award Show and his self-entitled album “Greg Howe” was recently named #10 in the top ten shred albums of all times by Guitar World Magazine.

Greg shared his techniques, his experience and his thoughts on being a guitar player and an artist in the modern music world at this; his only London date on his European clinic tour.

Institute student Vladimir Ivan commented; “I liked that he gave a realistic and honest answer to the famous question; ‘How can I become a better guitar player?’ His answer (paraphrasing): ‘You have to love what you play and feel positive about it, that's what you’re going to get good at".

For more information events and masterclasses at the Institute, contact us directly:

- 0207 328 0222

Daniele Gottardo: rock fusion 100,000 views!

Still not tired of hearing this track... just recently passed 100,000 views. the video gets between 20 and 40 views per day... I wonder if I could persuade Daniele to reprise this one with a good quality video camera?

Daniele Gottardo: rock fusion

Arkadiusz Gałka: Full Paździerz Shred

Gałek - Full Paździerz Shred

Derryl Gabel: selling Steinberger GM-4S

Derryl Gabel:

I am selling my Steinberger GM-4S. This guitar is in excellent condition. It recently had a re-fret from Moses Graphite Necks back in December of '09.
The guitar comes with the original case. This is the guitar I used in the Pentatonic Passages DVD.
I'm asking $2,000 plus $50 shipping with insurance. These guitars are rare and are not made any more. Sure to be a collector's item.

Steinberger GM-4S
This beauty comes with a cherry sunburst burst flame maple top and an alder back. The neck is a Moses graphite with jumbo frets that has been plecked so it's perfectly true for super low action.

Price: $2000
S & H: $50

This guitar comes with the "S" tremelo which means that all the strings stay in tune when lowering or raising the trem arm. The pickups are an EMG 85 in the bridge and SA's in the middle and neck positions.

I drilled a hole in the back of the guitar for the strap as you can see.

This guitar comes with the original case which is in good condition.
Please email me if you are serious about buying this guitar and would like more pictures. Let me know if you have any questions.

Derryl Gabel

News: Shred knowledge competition - The Video!

shredknowledge competition in conjunction with timber-tones plectrums contest will run on the 15th march to 15th april

So simple to enter all you have to do is :- up a pic of your favourate guitarist and description why ,

2... Also link to and post it either in the forum or facebook page

Running for 1 month
Feast your eyes on these Awesome PRIZES !!!!

1=Display case of timber-tone picks

2=Guitar pro6 software
3=Rotosound strings
4=Wyres handmade strings
5=Rock house on demand dvd of choice
6=Neck diagram software

Big Thanks Warren Roberts and the Pogey Band for the Excellent music you heard in this video

This Video was made and Edited By Colin Smith (col33145) For contest

Please PM me if your interested in me making /editing your videos contest with Timber-Tones Plectrums

Shred knowledge competition

Richie Kotzen: Acoustic Blackmore Rock Bar 2011

Shots of Richie on an acoustic... one show... but 37 videos!!

Richie Kotzen: Acoustic Blackmore Rock Bar 2011

Zakk Wylde: Black Label Society unplugged

Black Label Society will release "The Song Remains Not The Same", on May 3 2011 on Entertainment One Music label. The CD features unplugged versions of material from Black Label Society's latest album.

"The Song Remains Not The Same" track listing:

01. Overlord (Unplugged version)
02. Parade Of The Dead (Unplugged version)
03. Riders Of The Damned (Unplugged version)
04. Darkest Days (Unplugged version)
05. Juniors Eyes
06. Helpless
07. Bridge Over Troubled Water
08. Can't Find My Way Home
09. Darkest Days (featuring John Rich)
10. The First Noel

Kostas Karamitroudis: Firewind "Embrace The Sun" and "World on Fire" new videos

FIREWIND - Embrace The Sun (OFFICIAL VIDEO). Taken from the album "Days Of Defiance". Century Media 2010.

Get the single on iTunes now!

FIREWIND - Making of "Embrace The Sun" and "World on Fire"

John Petrucci: Dream Theater add more dates to Europe tour

July 2011
4 - Rome, Italy - Ippodromo Capanelle
5 - Verona, Italy- Villafranca Castle
6 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Eishalle Deutweg
8 - Metz, France - Sonishpere
9 - Loreley, Germany - Night Of The Prog Festival
10 - Weert, Netherlands - Bospop Festival
19 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Exhibition Grounds
22 - Doncaster, UK - Doncaster Dome
23 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wolverhampton Civic
24 - Victoria Park, London, UK - High Voltage Festival
27 - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
29 - Mala Skala, Czech Republic - Enatska Noc Festival
31 - Lokeren, Belgium - Lokerse Festival

Dream Theater

Bruce Kulick: John Carobi unplugged European dates

Bruce Kulick,John Carobi acoustic shows - dubbed Unplugged & United 2011 - in Italy, and one in Poland, in April

5 - Busto Arsizio, Italy - Code Club
6 - Padova, Italy - Arci Grindhouse
7 - Brunico, Italy - UFO
8 - Pisa, Italy - Borderline
9 - Parma, Italy - Bandit
10 - Palermo, Italy - I Candelai
12 - Wroclaw, Poland - Studio 54

Cosmin Lupu Baritone: Marco Sfogli style

An example of my vision upon Marco's style of lead phrasing, presented in this new lesson at GMC It shall be available soon, so standby to be able to check it out only at!

Marco Sfogli style modern metal solo

Allan Marcus: blue 7 string guitar off to Tokyo

Strictly 7's first export to Tokyo! Toshiyuki Homma's custom strictly 7 cobra. This guitar plays like an absolute dream! I'm enjoying the playability so much that I cant stop smiling as I get temporarily get lost as I play it!

strictly 7 custom to tokyo

John McLaughlin: appears on upcoming Human Element CD

Scott Kinsey (Keyboards, Vocals) Arto Tuncboyacian (Percussion, Vocals, Effects), Gary Novak (Drums, Cymbals), Matthew Garrison (Basses, Vocals, Effects). Special Guest : John McLaughlin (Guitar)
Abstract Logix Label Release. Shipping Worldwide FREE on April 15
Four Formidable Fusioneers Join Forces in All-Star Outing
Keyboardist Scott Kinsey, bassist Matthew Garrison, Armenian percussionist-vocalist Arto Tuncboyacian and drummer Gary Novak form Human Element for self-titled debut on Abstract Logix
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In the tradition of Weather Report and the Joe Zawinul Syndicate, two powerhouse pan-global bands that have greatly influenced generations of musicians around the world, Human Element is staking out a new corner of the musical map on its self-titled debut. Comprised of keyboardist Scott Kinsey (Tribal Tech), electric bassist Matthew Garrison (Zawinul Syndicate, John McLaughlin’s Heart of Things, Herbie Hancock), percussionist-vocalist Arto Tuncboyacian (Al Di Meola’s World Sinfonia, Joe Zawinul, Marc Johnson’s Right Brain Patrol) and drummer Gary Novak (Chick Corea’s Elektric Band), Human Element incorporates elements of fusion, funk and Armenian folk tunes into a potent 21st century brew that defies easy categorization.

Recorded at Gary Novak’s Kronos Studio in Burbank and mixed and mastered by Kinsey in his home studio, Human Element travels from intense offerings like the 5/8 title track and “Bottom of the Mirror” to the Gnawan music influenced groover “Essouaria” and funky jams like “Crazy Girl” and “Shake It.” Tuncboyacian’s “Hi Lao” (featuring a cameo by guitar hero John McLaughlin) injects a Middle Eastern flavor into the proceedings while Garrison’s two tracks, “Izzy” and Cut,” showcase his remarkable facility on the bass. For a change of pace from the whirlwind intensity, Tuncboyacian offers transcendent vocals on the beautiful ballad “See With Your Ear” and the zen-like calm of “Onno,” a touching ode to his late brother. Arto’s son Seto also contributes some thoughtful spoken word passages on the solemn lament “Think About It,” which tackles the grim topic of the Armenian genocide.

Rather than being a one-off studio project with an endless cast of characters, Human Element is the sound of a band in the process of establishing its identity. “We decided that it should definitely be a band and that a record should be just the four of us,” says Kinsey. “There’s something special about that. We all loved Weather Report and the Mahavishnu Orchestra and we wanted that real band approach. So the four of us camped out for a couple of days and recorded all the basic tracks for this record. Everybody contributed tunes and we all had some input on how the songs were going to end up sounding. It was never really one guy’s vision, even if it was his tune we were recording. That’s why I really think in the end it does sound like a band record.”

And while the Zawinul influence may be apparent at times, the four kindred spirits boldly stride into distinctly new territory on Human Element. “Language-wise, we all got so much from Joe,” says Kinsey, “and yet we wanted it to be different and about us. And as we got into it, I think it started to really take on an identity of its own. It spans a big area of music and yet it still sounds like one thing.” Adds Garrison, “As far as Joe's influence on this band, that's undeniable. He left such a large footprint that it's pretty hard to escape his essence. And I personally consider Kinsey just about the only musician to really take on Joe's mantle and bring that sound and vision into the future while still keeping that essence.”

While Kinsey and Garrison – former schoolmates at the Berklee College of Music and frequent collaborators over the years – provide a strong vision for this Human Element project, the secret weapon of the band may well be Tuncboyacian, whose stirring vocals and churning percussion inform each track.

“Arto is one of those rare artists that has an ability to foresee the outcome of a piece of music in its totality from one listen,” says Garrison. “It's a pretty amazing experience to watch him listen to a new piece and then methodically build scenarios, structures, stories and end up with a creation beyond anything you could have expected. His input so invaluable it's almost hard to put into words.” Adds Kinsey, “He’s just a wellspring. The guy can just open his mouth and sing something and it’s a tune. Or he can play rhythm and it’s something great. It just pours out of him.”

Novak, a longstanding member of Kinsey’s band, fuels this session with uncanny precision and authority. “I played with Gary before on a few tours with Kinsey’s band,” says Garrison, “and the hook up was immediate. What I really dig about Gary is his passion and intensity when he finds his zone during a performance. He's an absolute beast of a musician and I'm so proud to say we have a band together.” Adds Kinsey, “Novak sounds particularly incredible on this record. He was really able to do his thing and it all came out really clear. He didn’t have to hold back or change the way he plays for any reason, he could just be himself. And you can hear him really go nuts on several tracks here.”

Kinsey and company hope to establish Human Element as a major force on the international festival scene, bringing their unique and powerful message to fusion and world music fans everywhere. “The plan is to really go for it with this band,” says Kinsey. “We all believe in it because there’s really nothing else like this band out there. Since Joe passed, there’s just no one making music that’s really on that type of wavelength. So there must be a lot of people out there who would like to find music that speaks to them the way that Joe’s music did.”

Human Element definitely fills that void. With the release of their self-titled debut on Abstract Logix, this powerful quartet takes its first step in its musical mission. - Bill Milkowski

Track Listings
1. Introduction
2. Izzy
3. The Human Element
4. Speak With Your Eye
5. Onno
6. Hi Lao
7. Cut
8. Listen With Your Mouth
9. Essaouira
10. Crazy Girl
11. See With Your Ear
12. Shake It!
13. Bottom Of The Mirror
14. Think About It