Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Chowy Fernandez: Ripple of a tear - Exivious

Ripple of a tear - Exivious cover by Chowy Fernandez

Michael Angelo Batio: Tips on improving guitar

Michael Angelo Batio-Tips on improving guitar

Marco De Cave: crazy interval licks for stone picks!

Quick Licks For Stone Picks contest by Marco De Cave

Alex Ehrsam:Guglielmo Malusardi: the shred baron interviews french fusion phenomenon

Guglielmo Malusardi: In our previous interviewm when you had released "Djaz Dtox", I asked you about your music goals for the future. Your answer was, "I guess I want to play better and smarter, find a label, play with great musicians, this kind of thing."

Well, let's start with the second goal...You did find a label! Tell us about Shredguy Records. In a time of there being virtually no business in selling records, they gave you a great chance to release your second album.

Alex Ehrsam: I got lucky I guess. I first did my second album, the mixing, the mastering, and so forth, then I sent it out to quite a bunch of serious labels. I got picked up by Mike (McDowell) at Shred Guy; apparently Mike was interested in adding a "fusion" flavor to his rather "metal" guitar-oriented label, and my sound seduced him. It's a serious label; my music is represented on a lot of websites and e-stores, so it's really cool for me. The label keeps releasing new albums, it's getting more and more exposure, so that's really sweet.


Guglielmo Malusardi: You gave the CD the same title as an classic Pink Floyd released. But there are dots after each letter, so I don't think you just wanted pay tribute to a legendary band.

Alex Ehrsam: No, not really, I love Pink Floyd, but no connection here. I just thought it would summarize the whole album, real groove is what really comes out of It. I just thought the writing dot-by-dot thing looked nice. I'm more into it as a spelling effect than any real meaning. For example, on my first album, the songetitles I chose are more about rhythm and sound than just simple meaning. Though I love David Gilmour, no problem, who wouldn't!


Guglielmo Malusardi: Talking about the process of composing, when did you start to write and how long did it take before you completed the entire track list?

Alex Ehrsam: I started writing around February or March of 2009. I goofed and redid a lot of stuff up through the beginning of 2010, in order to have all those tunes solid and harmonious to the ear, to avoid the "one year gap between songs" effect you might otherwise hear. I listened to it a bit in my car, going quickly from track to track, and it sounds quite coherent I think, in sound and music. more

Petar Taneski: Five... on a clarinet!

FIVES-Guthrie Govan(guitar)-on clarinet Petar Taneski

Tony MacAlpine: Pre-sale of new CD begins today

Tony MacAlpine
Pre-sale begins later today! I'm very excited about you guys hearing this album in a couple of weeks!

plus By Popular Demand! I’m giving webcam lessons for a limited time. I’ll have a signup form on my site soon, but for now please emailwebcamlessons@tonymacalpine.com for more information, prices and scheduling. Please include your country/timezone. Lessons via Skype are available as soon as this week! I'm also still offering one-to-one lessons at my studio in North Hollywood, Los Angeles. For info on in-person lessons, emaillessons@tonymacalpine.com

Frank Gambale: Return 2 Forever IV tour news

Frank Gambale Check out the new site! You can listen to the first-ever recording of RTFIV!!! A little taste of what's to come ; ) Stay tuned..FG

Return 2 Forever IV - World Tour 2011return2forever.com
Official site of Return to Forever IV: Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Frank Gamble. Get Free Downloads, Tickets and News

Tour Dates
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