Saturday, 25 June 2011

Ekachai Ratanavilaiwan: Ernie Ball Music Man Dreamscape Challenge

Ernie Ball Music Man Dreamscape Challenge - Ekachai Ratanavilaiwan

eDHa: Ernie Ball Music Man Dreamscape Challenge

Ernie Ball Music Man Dreamscape Challenge - eDHa

Dave Arcane: Ernie Ball Music Man Dreamscape Challenge

Ernie Ball Music Man Dreamscape Challenge By Dave Arcane

Andrei B Balog: Ernie Ball Music Man Dreamscape Challenge

Ernie Ball Music Man Dreamscape Challenge - Andrei B. Balog

Boris Beceric: Ernie Ball Music Man Dreamscapes Challenge

Ernie Ball Music Man Dreamscapes Challenge - Boris Beceric

Joe Pinnavaia: Waking Up The Pentatonics




In continuing with my series on Pentatonics we will know look at a few basic ways that you can start using this scale immediately. So let's dig in!

First make sure you review the C Major chord scale (Ex. 1) and make sure you are familiar with as many chord forms and the functions of those chords as possible.

The Pentatonic Scale is comprised of 5 notes with this interval structure: Root, Minor 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Minor 7th and then the Octave. This structure exists within the major scale on the Minor chords of the Major Chord Scale (Ex. 2) Therefore we can start a Pentatonic scale on the ii, iii and vi steps of a Major Scale and on the i, iv and v in Natural Minor Scale.

So for C Major we can use D Minor, E Minor and A Minor Pentatonic Scales not only over those minor chords but over ALL chords from the C Major Key. So in essence these Pentatonic scales are merely embedded into the C Major scale. more

Jimmy Herring,John McLaughlin,Wayne Krantz: New Universe Festival coming on DVD


On November 20 and 21, 2010, maverick record label Abstract Logix hosted a series of spectacular performances, featuring an array of artists who handily defy genre categorization in favor of unbridled expression. The first New Universe Festival was a die-hard music lover's dream, defined by artists who seamlessly mingle compositional ingenuity and improvisational grace and fervor.

Among the featured musicians were pioneering guitarist John McLaughlin and his current band the 4th Dimension with special guest, world music legend tabla maestro Zakir Hussain; Widespread Panic guitar hero Jimmy Herring with his electric band; Return to Forever Drummer Lenny White; the all-star quartet Human Element (keyboardist Scott Kinsey, bassist Matt Garrison, percussionist Arto Tunçboyaciyan; fearless guitarist and improviser Wayne Krantz appearing with the amazing Anthony Jackson on bass; visionary Indian composer and drummer Ranjit Barot; and emerging guitar visionary Alex Machacek.

''I feel honored to participate,'' says festival headliner John McLaughlin, while on tour promoting his Grammy-nominated album To the One. ''My life has been dedicated to my instrument and music, and I continue to devote myself to music in order to be worthy of such a privilege. You will hear the kind of complicity that exists between us all this is a very special element, and frankly essential for making good music.''

Jimmy Herring very succinctly put it, ''This is real music played by real people, happening in real time. We're up there listening and reacting to one another, and people genuinely respond to the risks we take. This is human music in a mechanized age.'' more

Joe Bonamassa, Rick Wakeman: win tickets to Sun Flower Jam


On 8 July a truly unique evening of Rock'n'Roll takes place at the Royal Albert Hall. Music legends RICK WAKEMAN, JON LORD, JOE BONAMASSA, DANNY BOWES, NEWTON FAULKNER, DEEP PURPLE & GUESTS and the SFJ HOUSE BAND (Mick Moody, Anna Phoebe, Paul "Wix" Wickens, Nick Fyffe, Jerry Brown, Steve Balsamo and Murray Gould) will perform on stage at SUPERJAM 2011 to raise money for The Sunflower Jam charity.
Nicky has several pairs of tickets to give away to sit at one of the EXCLUSIVE tables at the Sunflower Jam where you get prime position to see some of the stellar acts on show.
All day today and then on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we will be asking a question about an artist that is either playing at this year's Sunflower Jam or who has played at one of the previous events.
All you need to do is listen out for the question and then click on the link below to answer it. Nicky will randomly choose one person from everyone that enters and he will call them during his show after 6pm. If they answer the question correctly then they will get a PAIR of these exclusive hospitality tickets.
If you think you know today's answer then you can enter today's competition at this link: enter

Robbe​n Ford, Michael Landau: Renegade Creation

WANT A RECIPE for a record guaranteed to make an electric guitarist’s mouth water? Start with a healthy helping of Robben Ford, a master of sophisticated jazz/blues and tone idol to legions of gear hounds; add an equal portion of Michael Landau, a session ace with credits that include music’s modern legends (Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, etc.) and a Who’s Who of pop music since the ’80s; stir in a Grade A rhythm section—drummer Gary Novak and bassist Jimmy Haslip—and serve piping hot.

If you expect the resulting dish, Renegade Creation [Blues Bureau International], to be a non-stop head cutting session, you may be disappointed—these are, after all, two of the most tasteful guitarists on the planet. Most guitar fans will, however, find that there is plenty of quiet fire on display by each. It takes until the ninth tune, “Who Do You Think You Are,” for Ford and Landau to go head to head with a satisfying round of trading fours, but not only is it worth the wait, strong songwriting and stellar tones ensure that getting there is considerably more than half the fun. more