Monday, 13 June 2011

Derryl Gabel, Dweezil Zappa: Derryl gets a call from Dweezil!

Last month I was contacted by the world renowned guitarist Dweezil Zappa. He had some nice things to say about my youtube videos and even purchaced my 12 pack DVD coarse! A couple of weeks later we got on skype for a few hours and talked shop.
I couldn't believe I was sitting there talking with Dweezil! I remember seeing him on MTV back in the late 80s when I was just starting out on guitar. Here's what Dweezil had to say in his blog
The email he wrote me about my youtube channel is on my Reviews page. Other well known and accomplished guitarists that have ordered my DVDs are Alex Hutchings, Tosin Abasi, and Xander Demos to name a few.

Also in May I scored an endorsement with Daddario guitar strings and Planet Waves cables and straps. I use the standard 9 guage strings for electric and acoustic 10s for acoustic.

I've been helping out at doing lesson articles. My latest lesson deals with the composition side of my Holdsworth inspired tune Visions and Dreams,

I've also been doing lessons for the VIP section of the online magazine These lessons have been covering the basics on improvisation.

This month I was commissioned to play a solo for This website offers loads of very cool backing tracks among other things. Go there and check them out.
I uploaded the performance on my youtube channel
Please subscribe to my channel for new video posts. In the future I will be uploading sample guitar lessons and tips.

Recently a good friend and student of mined loaned me his Fractal Axe FX Ultra guitar effects processor. This thing is simply amazing and could very well replace everything in my rack. I highly recommend you try one out if you get a chance. The website is
BTW, I used the Axe FX when I filmed my solo on Guitar Playback's Aeolian Island. My Axe FX presets are available for purchase on the Store page of my site. I'm offering 4 presets at the moment.
Ambient Lead
Clean Fusion ( Holdsworth type of clean sound )

I'll be releasing a new DVD later this summer. It most likely will be called Outtakes and contain new video footage along with video footage that didn't make it on to earlier DVDs because I ran out of space.

Just a reminder, I offer online guitar lessons via skype. My rate is $30 a half hour and you can take as often as you like or just as needed.
Please email to schedule an appointment today!

That's all for now,
Derryl Gabel

Richard Hinks: new web site

Hi everyone,

I now have a website for my session musician and production work.

If you or anyone you know would like me to record guitar, bass, keyboards or saxophone for your music, if you need a musician for live shows or tours, or you need someone to mix and/or master your music, please take a look at:;


Rich Hinks
Aeon Zen

Stefano Rossi: Gottardo Guitar Competition - Crazy Hat soloing!

Stefano Rossi - Gottardo Guitar Competition

Toshi jmr: Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition

The Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition - Toshi jmr

Toshi jmr: Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition

The Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition - Toshi jmr

Simone Filippini: Daniele Gottardo's guitar competition

Simone Filippini - Daniele Gottardo's guitar competition

Saverio Pietropaolo: Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition - crazy two handed tour de force

Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition- Saverio Pietropaolo

Dario Calamai: Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition - great keyboard solo!

Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition - Dario Calamai

Aledes: Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition

The Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition - By Aledes

Chris Bieniek: Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition

Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition - Chris Bieniek

Marco De Cave: Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition

The Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition by Marco De Cave

Dzmitry Kasyanenka: Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition

Dzmitry Kasyanenka - The Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition

James Buckley: Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition

Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition - James Buckley

Emiliano Santoro: Daniele Gottardo's contest

Daniele Gottardo's contest: Emiliano Santoro

Ian Bemolator: Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition

Bemolator Entry - Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition

Andrew E Nikk: Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition

Andrew E Nikk - Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition.wmv

Jiri Novotny: Daniele Gottardo Competition

Jiri Novotny Daniele Gottardo Competition

James Bell: Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition

Daniele Gottardo's Guitar Competition Entry By James Bell

Ally Salem: Daniele Gottardo Guitar Competition

Yes this is the 494th entry for this competition, this from Ally Salem and nice solo it is too!

Ally Salem - Daniele Gottardo Guitar Competition

Warm solo from winter 2008, was made for a group jam on The Just Jamming group on Facebook, warm and sweet! hope you like it

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Ally Salem "Winter Solo" - Ed Box Reflections(Backing Music)

Goriku Mamoru: MI japan guitar lesson

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Rick Renstrom, Mistheria: Atma Anur Holmes and Slice

Holmes and Slice is the newest, and quite possibly the only 4-piece instrumental group of its kind. Combining traditional classical melodies and arrangements infused with rock, metal and blues, Holmes and Slice create a sound that stimulates the mind and captures the imagination. The debut album, entitled "The Adventure Begins..", has 11 tracks that and span the music spectrum. Whether a full-on shred attack or a traditional AOR styling, this record has something for every fan of music. Several songs also have amazing multi-media licensing potential for soundtracks.
Holmes and Slice is led by guitarist Rick Renstrom who is well known for his solo album, "Until The Bitter End", Leash Law's "Dogface", and as touring\recording guitarist for the legendary vocalist Rob Rock. Rick's video for "The Fire Within" from his solo album, "Until The Bitter End", has reached over 250,000 views worldwide. Rick has been on hiatus for the last 5 years and this new group marks the triumphant return of his sought-after guitar mastery. Holmes and Slice is not a solo project for Rick, but a full-fledged band that stands ready to take instrumental rock and metal to the next level.
Holmes and Slice features bassist Rich Marks. His amazing style and ability to match Rick on the some of the fastest leads is unprecedented. Several tracks feature incredibly melodic bass solos that showcase Rich impressive abilities and leave no doubt that bass can shred as well! It must be heard to be believed. There are few players like Rich, and his debut with Holmes and Slice will not only welcome him to the world, but also cement his name in history as one of the greats.
On Keyboards is the Italian virtuoso, Maestro Mistheria. He is well known from his many solo albums and appearances with Rob Rock and Bruce Dickinson. His style and sound are like no other and his technical abilities are unmatched. Mistheria and Rick are no strangers, as they have worked together on many occasions, creating timeless music and dueling shred battles. The addition of Mistheria's keyboard wizardry furthers the sound and vision of Holmes and Slice, allowing them to explore new musical landscapes.
With a line-up such as this, Holmes and Slice would not be able to settle for just any drummer. The person sitting behind the kit could only be the best of the best. This challenge has been definitively answered by drumming legend Atma Anur. Atma is well known for playing alongside many of the world's greatest guitarists, such as Macalpine, Becker, Friedman, Howe, and Kotzen. His amazing sense of style, flair, and precision make him the perfect fit for Holmes and Slice.