Saturday, 23 April 2011

Rune Berre: Daniele Gottardo Guitar competition

Rune Berre. "The Daniele Gottardo Guitar competition".

Doug Rappoport, JP Stratoblogster: Stratoblogster's Oly White Strat

Stratoblogster's Oly White Strat - Guest: Doug Rappoport

Piotr Wójcicki: Power of Strings" Guitar Solo Contest

Power of Strings" Guitar Solo Contest Piotr Wójcicki

Lulo Reinhardt,Adrian Legg,Brian Gore: ASIA

Lulo Reinhardt's ASIA - w Adrian Legg and Brian Gore

Rob Scallon: Rain

Rain - Rob Scallon

John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess: Dream Theater - The Spirit Carries On

Dream Theater - The Spirit Carries On Trailer

Jason Becker: movie progresses, but help still required.. could it be you?

With the help of so many of you, we've managed to raise enough funding to film the first two legs of production trips. We're still looking for the remaining funding for the third and final trip, along with the necessary budget for post-production costs. This includes editing, sound edit & mix, color correction, titles, effects and offline. Making a film is expensive however we've managed to stretch a dollar to a hundred and have so far produced very high quality footage. We owe everything to you, our funders, and if you'd still like to help, please let all your friends and family know about the good work we're trying to do for Jason and for raising awareness about ALS. People can now make donations direct from the website at

Alberto Rigoni: Rebirth details - guitar player heaven!


Born in Montebelluna (Treviso, Italy) in 1981, bass player ALBERTO RIGONI founded a well-known progressive-metal cover band, in 1998 called "Ascra", with drummer Enrico Buttol, performing mainly songs by Dream Theater. In 2003 he joined the emerging band Twinspirits (progressive rock metal), led by Daniele Liverani (Genius Rock Opera, Khymera, ex-Empty Tremor). The band's debut album "The Music That Will Heal The World" was released worldwide in 2007 by Finnish label Lion Music and received remarkable feedback. Besides Twinspirits" RIGONI composed his first solo album entitled "Something Different", released by Lion Music on February 15th 2008 with worldwide distribution. At the same time Alberto shot a video of his hit song "BASSex" (working with Italian company "Solingo Visual Arts") directed by Elia Cristofoli. The video was broadcast on some television networks such as RockTV.

2009 saw the release of the second Twinspirits album "The Forbidden City" on Lion Music. During this time period RIGONI also played bass as special guest on some tracks of Giani Rojatti's solo guitar album "Dolcetti Metal Beat" and scored some gear endorsements with great companies such as Aguilar Amplification, HipShot amongst others.

The following year RIGONI began work on what was to become "Rebirth". It was also at this time that he became involved with the band Mistheria and played bass on their album "Dragonfire". The all-star line-up of Mistheria included: John West, Mark Boals, Rob Rock, Titta Tani, Lance King on vocals, George Bellas, Roger Staffelbach, Emir Hot, Neil Zaza on guitars, ALBERTO RIGONI on bass and on the drums John Macaluso.

In 2011, Twinspirits released their third album "Legacy". It was at this time that ALBERTOsigned with Nightmare Records. He is scheduled to release his sophomore solo album "Rebirth" on May 23rd, 2011. It was originally scheduled for May 24th, but pop queen Lady Gaga is putting out her new album that Monday May 23rd, so all Sony/Red and affiliated label releases will be coming out that day

"Rebirth" shows an extreme variety of tunes, some with voice and some instrumental. It's a union of experimental research blended with a solid backbone of melody. Music lovers around the world will want to witness his elegant simplicity to bring the bass instrument to the forefront without losing the rhythm and foundation of the music.

ALBERTO successfully combines rock-prog fusion with hard-rock ambience, creating a blend that suggests a poetic mix that is free from any defined genre yet remains memorable an even catchy.

"Rebirth" features contributions from a number of well-known musicians, including drummers Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Krimson) John Macaluso (Ark, TNT, Yngwie Malmsteen), bassists Michael Manring and Yves Carbonne, Swedish singer Jonas Erixon (Alicate), guitarist Tommy Ermolli (Twinspirits) and Simone Mularoni (DGM, Empyrios), keyboard players Federico Solazzo (Alexia), Andrea Pavanello (Centrica), Filippo Lui and Emanuele Casali (DGM, Astra).

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News: Google video team - Thank you!

A sudden splurge of videos on my youtube channel... but this is because the guys at google video enabled the quick copy across of videos to my youtube channel. I'm up to 500 now. I need to drop some duplicates.

Dear Google Video User,

Last week we sent an email letting you know we would be ending playbacks of Google Videos on April 29 and providing instructions on how to download videos currently hosted on the platform. Since then we’ve received feedback from you about making the migration off of Google Video easier. We work every day to make sure you have a great user experience and should have done better. Based on your feedback, here’s what we’re doing to fix things.

Google Video users can rest assured that they won't be losing any of their content and we are eliminating the April 29 deadline. We will be working to automatically migrate your Google Videos to YouTube. In the meantime, your videos hosted on Google Video will remain accessible on the web and existing links to Google Videos will remain accessible. If you want to migrate to YouTube now, here’s how you do it:

We’ve created an “Upload Videos to YouTube” option on the Google Video status page. To do this, you’ll need to have a YouTube account associated with your Google Video account (you can create one here). Before doing this you should read YouTube’s Terms of Use and Copyright Policies. If you choose this option, we’ll do our best to ensure your existing Google Video links continue to function.

If you’d prefer to download your videos from Google Video, that option is still available.

As we said nearly two years ago, the team is now focused on tackling the tough challenge of video search. We want to thank the millions of people around the world who have taken the time to create and share videos on Google Video. We hope today's improvements will help ease your transition to another video hosting service.

Thank you for being a Google Video user.


Mark Dochtermann Google Video Team

Lukasz Kulczak: ToadWorks Spring Shred 2011 Entry

ToadWorks Spring Shred 2011 Entry - Łukasz Kulczak

Max Ridgway, Cheryl Pyle: soul dust - cd 2011

max has a new website and a cd special going so check it out -
New CD, "SOUL DUST" available now at - order today and receive a free copy of "Book of Secrets", free-improvisation duos with Michael Unruh on bass-clarinet and Max. Soul Dust is a collection of freely improvised music with Cheryl Pyle on flute and electric bass, Randall Colbourne on drums, and Max playing guitar and acoustic bass. Magical and jazzy music

Qtink Friesco: another crazy tapper!



Sam Bell: Chops From Hell DVD done

Should be available real soon.

Paul Antonio Ortiz, Sam Bell: ALIASES special show

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24 April · 19:00 - 22:00
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The 'Tech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself' rolls into Brighton, featuring some of the best Tech/Djent bands around!

ALIASES (Basick Records)
CHIMP SPANNER (Basick Records)
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ONCE A WOLF (Origin Agency)
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Bank Holiday Sunday, April 24th. 7pm. £4 OTD.

Be sure to arrive EARLY and grab a beer downstairs as this will be PACKED - and with NO ADV TIX it will be your own fault if you don't get in!

The Hope - 11 Queens Road (between the train station and the clock tower).

PLEASE NOTE - PRESS/PHOTOGRAPHERS ETC. Please email to discuss guest passes - due to the venue capacity these will be STRICTLY LIMITED!

Diego Correia: a little latin shredding

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Jason Becker: free news letter... where are we today?

Jason Becker Movie: Perpetual Burn Check out our latest newsletter! - If you haven't already signed up and would like regular, more in depth updates on the new Jason Becker documentary, sign up and show your support. It's free.

Danny John: New Album pre release comments

Mr Twister Process notes and comments by some of the Worlds Greatest Guitar Players.
Danny John Trio is rolling out the much anticipated, second studio Album "Mr Twister. The music was conceived straight after the release of the first Album "Three days", in mid 2008. After a couple of line up changes, we are finally here.
So, what of Danny John and his Album "Mr Twister"?
Steve Trovato (The Country Jazzmaster): Mr Trovato's students have achieved major success and include Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, and Norman Brown.
said: Danny, Mr. Twister is very cool.
Huge guitar tone!
I like the way you blend fusion jazz and hard rock. Great playing Steve
Brett Garsed (really needs no introduction): To guitar aficionados he is probably best known for his scintillating instrumental collaborations with US guitarist TJ Helmerich. Their two releases for the now-defunct Legato Records label, Quid Pro Quo & Exempt, are among the most sought-after albums of the genre.
said: Hey Danny great to hear that you have the album in the works. I have such great memories of you, Rafael (Moreira), and Ernst (Ernesto Homeyer), coming in to Open Councelling  and ripping everyone's faces off, (including mine)!
A Little about the process and results DJ3 achieved in recording "Mr Twister", an Album, anyone who has heard any music from, either live, or of the board, claims.
"There is simply nothing like this music out there".
Mr Twister was written as a completely collaborative effort between James, Marcos and Danny, which evident in the broad genre bending and crossing "Would". Would starts off poppy, then swing elements are introduced, with the Guitar solo going "Outside", we had nowhere else but Latin to take the song to another level. This was particularly difficult coming from a 6 bar, 6/4 section and segueing into a Clave.
Whole is a trip down Hole Tone memory lane, with a definite American Fusion influence. The Guitar solo there was a one taker.
Predilection and Lighthouse were one take Jams during which Producer/Engineer Luke Webb said, "You guys just went berserk".
Lighthouse features a head that changes key every two beats, (which both Marcos and Dan solo over at around 161 bpm).
There's plenty more to be experienced on this Album, including Massive Driving Rhythms, Insane Drum Solos, as well as beautifully crafted and executed Bass virtuosity, not to mention, too much Gambalesque Sweep Picking.
Mr Twister was recorded from start to finish in 17 hours, laying the Drums and Bass down more or less together Live. All Rhythm Guitars were all doubled and in some cases four Guitar parts were layered. All instrument parts were either one or two take, which is a monumental effort when you consider the title track, "Mr Twister", contains no 4/4, nor does it resolve to 4/4 at any stage.

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Ron Thal: DIY music distribution

Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal on DIY music distribution, Guns N' Roses and more:

As a member of Guns N' Roses, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal has spent the better part of two years crisscrossing the globe on the Chinese Democracy tour and playing to packed enormodomes. But, for time being, the New Jersey resident, who has called the city of New Brunswick his home for the past 12 years, is enjoying a bit of normalcy in the Garden State.

"I love living in New Jersey," Thal says. "My life here is so different from what people imagine. It's simple and real, which is what I like. Last night, for instance, I took out the garbage. Then, this morning, my cat kept trying to wake me up. That's just real life. You can still make music and be in a big band and lead a regular existence. I've always been close by, whether it was Staten Island or Brooklyn. The East Coast keeps me grounded. I think it helps the music. I know who I am here."
And more and more, millions of music fans are discovering who Thal is, too - and not just because of his high-profile association with Guns N' Roses, which he joined in 2006. The guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer has issued almost a dozen albums as both Ron Thal and 'Bumblefoot' since 1995. During that time, he's also scored themes for TV shows, written music for sports teams and collaborated with artists as disparate as Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess and Jessica Simpson. "It's all part of being a musician," Thal says. "You do what feels right and sounds right. Pop, rock, metal - I love it all."
This much is clear on the latest batch of recordings Thal is releasing, a song at a time on his website (with Player and Producer Packs available). So far, there's the bracing original Invisible, along with fascinating and inventive takes on classic tunes such as Strawberry Fields Forever, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and the Four Tops' Bernadette.
In addition, Thal has embarked on a unique way of offering guitar lessons to players around the world via Skype. "I thought I'd get a nice response when I announced what I was doing," says Thal. "But the amount of requests I've received has been overwhelming. I take on all comers. Whether you can play great or you're a total beginner, I'm here to help. more

News: CD Japan - please help the red cross

Hello from CDJapan!
First of all, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making it possible to make our donation to the Japanese Red Cross Society to aid the victims of the earthquake and tsumani.
We made the donation in the total amount of 1,324,789yen, and we made the details available on our info page.

Salvador Criado: Daniele Gottardo´s Guitar Competition

The Daniele Gottardo´s Guitar Competition Salvador Criado

Mathew Maokh: Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition

Mathew Maokh - The Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition

Giancarlo Zaffoni: Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition

Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition - Solo by Giancarlo Zaffoni

Francesco Congia: Daniele Gottardo's competition

Francesco Congia plays: Daniele Gottardo's competition

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Daniele Gottardo: DVD available

The revolutionary new way to play guitar by Daniele Gottardo, international winner of the 2009 Steve Vai Award in London.
The DVD covers the most typical problems which meet every guitarist in his formative years. Suitable both for beginners who want to really get to know their instrument and professionals wishing to broaden their horizons in search of new ideas.
2 hours of content, 100 classes in order of difficulty, more than 100 pages of transcripts, application examples, backing tracks for each theme and genre.
In Italian and English

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