Thursday, 7 July 2011

Tony MacAlpine: metal rules interview

Is there anything new in the works for Planet X, CAB, or Reign of Fire? Mark Boals maybe?

Well only time will tell. For now my plans are to focus on playing the new CD live in as many places that will have us.

I know the new album just released, but is it too early to start thinking about a new album?

Yes..haha!! more

Jean-Dominique Leonelli: tribute to Hedras Ramos

NOTE:this is the audio file of the video I recorded of this amazing track!I have problem with iMovie to edit the video...hope I 'll fix it and upload the file with the image and the audio really soon!!!!!!!!!!!

Tone: Port City Pearl+Suhr Modern Custom+Suhr Riot+Abunai 2+TCe Hall of fame+ delay of Logic.

Thanks for listening and commenting!

Insanity of the atoms played by Jean-Do Leonelli

Niels Vejlyt: scary tapping lick

Orh ja mand ! Niels Vejlyt´s lick of the week #19

Todd Duane: Cameron modded Marshall HG Jose and CCV head

Les Paul w Rebel Yell, Mesa cab V30/65's and Evidence Audio cables. The Marshall was a little louder but both amps were not at stage volume.

Cameron modded Marshall HG Jose and CCV head

Jason Becker: the movie and the tribute show

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Rob Chappers: ML3 - Vote... your chance to get a seven string!

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Chapman Guitars ML3 - Vote 1 (Plus new album "Bare Bones" is released)

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Chapman Guitars ML3 - Vote 1 (Plus new album "Bare Bones" is released)

Rob Chappers,Lee Anderton: talking Fenders

Question time with Capt Lee Anderton

Derek Trucks: talks guitar and plays incredible slide

Derek Trucks talks guitar and plays incredible slide

Jake Willson: jamming (warts'n'all) over blues backing tracks

cutting loose over some jam tracks from (larry carlton, Robben Ford, Albert King)

jamming (warts'n'all) over blues backing tracks

Jeff Loomis: Miz Anthrope gets the scoop on new Loomis CD!

Thanks to Miz Anthrope:

Guitarist JEFF LOOMIS (ex-NEVERMORE) will be entering the studio on August 23rd to begin recording his second solo release. Dirk Verbeuren of SOILWORK will be playing drums on the follow up to 2008's Zero Order Phase. There will be 3 - 4 tracks on the disc featuring vocals. Christine Rhoades, known for her prior work on Nevermore’s Dreaming Neon Black, will be singing on selected tracks. Special guest guitarists will be announced in a future update. The entire recording process will be videotaped.

Shortly after wrapping up in the studio, Jeff will be doing threeweeks of special Schecter Guitar clinics in China, scheduled for October 2011.

Franck Ribiere, Atma Anur: dedicated to Jason Becker and Marty Friedman

A track from the new mega guitar CD GUITAR ADDICTION, written by Frank Karmatitude. this song is dedicated to Jason Becker and Marty Friedman...featuring guitarits: Marcel Coenen, Theodor Ziras, Manu Livertout, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, Charly Sahona...and Atma Anur on drums..enjoy this one and get the whole CD!! BUY

10. Cacophusion-Guitar Addiction by atma anur

Brett Garsed,Tony MacAlpine: why CD's are better than mp3's

Simple really... this is one of the benefits.. a nice signed CD, Tony also had a T-Shirt package. Even better if you get your name on the CD too :)

From Drop Box

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Tony MacAlpine: Fire Mountain - Secret T-Shirt QR Code Video!

From Drop Box

Congratulations on finding this secret video, which can be found by scanning the QR code on the back of Tony MacAlpine t-shirts sold on his website!

Tony performs "Fire Mountain" live in the studio.

Marco Minnemann - Drums
Tony MacAlpine - Everything Else

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In this video Tony uses: Ibanez Guitars, Hughes & Kettner Tri-Amp and Coreblade Amps, DiMarzio pickups and cables, Ernie Ball Strings, Source Audio Multiwave Distortion Pedals.

Fire Mountain - Tony MacAlpine (Secret T-Shirt QR Code Video!)

Tom Hess: How To Improve Your Lead Guitar Playing

How To Improve Your Lead Guitar Playing

by Tom Hess

Do you have a hard time coming up with guitar solos that sound like real music instead of a "combination of guitar licks"?  Have you spent a lot of time looking for countless guitar exercises, new scales and guitar licks to play on the internet, only to realize later that these things are NOT making you a better lead guitar player?
The guitarists who attempt to make their guitar solos more creative by using the approach above, typically end up frustrated with their slow rate of progress and start to lose hope in their potential to become great guitarists.  Very often they also start to believe in the common misconception that their ability to create great guitar solos is restricted by their amount of natural talent.
Fortunately, it IS possible for anyone to greatly improve their lead guitar soloing skills with the right approach.  If you haven't reached this goal yet, I want to show you the most common reasons why guitar players struggle with creating truly GREAT guitar solos and give you the steps you can take now to massively improve your lead guitar playing.
The truth is that most guitar players focus on entirely the wrong things when trying to improve their lead guitar soloing and improvising skills.  Many guitarists assume that the solution to their guitar soloing challenges is in learning more "new" skills (innovative soloing concepts, new guitar licks/scales/arpeggios etc…).  In reality, simply acquiring new musical skills will not (in and of itself) make your lead guitar playing better, just like having a lot of ingredients in the kitchen will NOT make you a "better" cook.  While having a lot of musical skills will give you more options to choose from, these skills will NOT "increase your ability" to create great guitar solos until and unless you learn how to "integrate" them to make the best musical choices possible in any musical situation.  For the vast majority of musicians, it is this lack of ability to fluently APPLY and INTEGRATE their existing skills that prevents them from mastering the art of lead guitar soloing.
If you are not clear on what the concepts of musical application and integration mean and how they play a critical role in helping you improve your lead guitar soloing skills, watch this free video lesson about practicing guitar before reading the rest of this article.
Now that you understand more about why the traditional ways of improving your guitar solos are ineffective, here are some specific steps you need to take to begin to integrate your existing lead guitar playing skills on a deeper level and greatly improve your guitar solos in the process.
  • Learn The Guitar Fretboard Inside And Out -  True mastery of the guitar neck goes much deeper than simply being able to identify a specific note/fret on the guitar.  In order to really know your way around the guitar, you need to be able to play all the scales and chords used in your style of music everywhere on the neck, and be able to combine these shapes fluently.  Guitar players - from Jimmy Page and Stevie Ray Vaughn to Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen - all have/had this exceptional awareness of scales and chord shapes on the fretboard.  This skill enabled them to improvise great guitar solos effortlessly in any key without “getting lost”.  In contrast, guitarists who struggle with making their lead guitar solos sound like music, often do not have this skill well developed and become stuck with soloing in the same 1-2 positions every time they play lead guitar.  Regardless of how many scales you actually know, if you cannot fluently play them all over the guitar neck, you will have a VERY hard time with using them creatively in your lead guitar soloing.
  • Master Aural Skills (Train Your Ear To The Fullest) – Most guitar players (even the RARE few who actually practice ear training exercises on a regular basis) do not have a clear understanding of what it really means to "have a good ear for music".  It is commonly believed that ear training is all about "being able to identify any interval, chord, or scale" after hearing it.  Although this skill IS "a part of" having a good ear, in reality, ear training plays a much deeper role for your lead guitar playing.  At the highest level, aural skills are "the link" between all of your musical skills (guitar technique, music theory knowledge, phrasing, mastery of scales and chords and more) that enable them to work TOGETHER to create the most expressive guitar solos possible.  Master musicians use their ears to imagine the music they want to hear and direct their hands to produce that sound on the instrument as quickly and naturally as you speak your thoughts when holding a conversation.  Without good aural skills, your musical skills can only work in isolation and your ability to create great guitar solos will forever remain limited (more on this below).  
  • Create Music With Your Mind Instead Of Your Hands - Most guitarists approach the process of lead guitar soloing in a mechanical way by "playing scales over chords".  After learning the key of the chord progression, most musicians simply begin to solo by running through familiar scale shapes and licks.  Essentially their mind goes on autopilot and all of the "creating" is done with the hands. 
Here is a visual demonstration of the most common process that most guitar players use to create guitar solos:
    In contrast, great lead guitar players rely on their ears and their mind to imagine what they want to hear before playing a single note, and use their hands (guitar technique) as well as their music theory knowledge, mastery of the fretboard, and other musical skills to express what the mind wants to hear.  Although they also end up "playing scales over chords", the overall level of creativity and expression achieved is much greater because all of their musical tools/skills are integrated together as one "creative whole". 
    Here is a breakdown of the process used to create great guitar solos:
    Although the steps above happen very fast (and almost always occur on a subconscious level), this kind of thought process is key to creating truly great guitar solos. 
    The most important thing I want you to notice is that most of what actually "creates" a great guitar solo needs to be done with your mind and your ears.  This is totally different from the thinking process of inexperienced guitarists, whose guitar solos are merely an attempt to “fill up space/silence with notes”.
    • Continuously Work On Your Guitar Phrasing - Many lead guitar players continuously search for "notes to play" but neglect looking for better ways of HOW to play (phrase) those notes.  Good guitar phrasing involves much more than applying an occasional bend or vibrato to a note.  When I train my students how to master guitar phrasing, I show them how this skill consists of "macro" and "micro" level components.  "Macro" level phrasing refers to how each phrase fits into the big picture of the lead guitar solo and the song itself (much like phrases flow in a conversation).  "Micro" level phrasing deals with ornamentation applied to individual pitches of the phrase.  It is important to understand the difference between the two components and to have effective strategies for training both of these areas of phrasing.  If you want to find out more about what goes into great guitar phrasing and get some ideas on how to practice this skill on a "micro" level, download this free lesson about practicing guitar phrasing 
    • Get Regular Feedback On Your Lead Guitar Soloing From More Experienced Guitarists Or From A Guitar Teacher - Unlike improving your guitar speed, where you can measure your own progress in a tangible way, improving your lead guitar playing is a very "intangible" skill.  This means two things:
    1.  It is very hard to become aware of specific flaws in your lead guitar soloing when you don't know what things you should be listening for.
    2.  It is also challenging to determine whether or not your guitar solos are actually improving and what areas of your lead guitar playing still need work. 
    You will make the fastest progress when you have your guitar solos analyzed by a guitar teacher who can not only point out specific flaws in your guitar playing but also can create an effective lesson strategy to help you overcome the specific challenges that are holding you back from creating truly great guitar solos. 
    Now that you understand more about what it takes to improve your lead guitar playing, you should become excited as you realize that all of your musical goals are entirely within your control to achieve.  When you begin to implement the steps I have outlined above, your lead guitar soloing skills begin to improve rapidly.
    If you haven't already done so, watch this free lesson about guitar practicing and download this free lesson about learning guitar phrasing to get more specific advice on how to improve your guitar soloing.

    About The Author:
    Tom Hess is a highly successful online guitar teacher, touring musician and a guitar player for the band Rhapsody Of Fire. He teaches guitar players around the world in his online guitar lessons. Visit to get free guitar playing resourcesand to read more guitar playing articles.

    Thomas Lang: Drum boot camp arrives in Finland and Italy

    3-Day Ultra- Intensive Drumming Boot Travels to Lahti, Finland on October 21st – 23rd & Milan October 31st – November 2nd 2011 
    (July 5, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA) World-renowned drumming superstar, award-winning author and instructional DVD creator, Thomas Lang will host his exclusive, Thomas Lang Drumming Boot Camp (TLDBC) in two new European destinations. From October 21st – 23rd, the TLDBC will be hosted in Lahti, Finland and from October 31st – November 2nd in Milan, Italy. 
    The 3-day Thomas Lang Drumming Boot Camp will offer a limited number of students the chance to play with and learn from Thomas Lang in an ultra intensive classroom setting.
    “One of the best parts of hosting this camp is taking the experience around the world,” says Lang.“Spending 8-hours a day drumming with the students in these camps is incredibly inspiring!”
    The Thomas Lang Drumming Boot Camp is a traveling boot camp that has hosted three and seven-day intensive educational camps in various international locations including: London, Vienna, Berlin, New York and Los Angeles, among others.
    Lang has toured the world as a performer and educator -- earning numerous awards for his superb drumming skills, clinics and for his wildly popular educational books and DVD’s, “Creative Control” and “Creative Coordination.” He is also a founding member of the Los Angeles-based progressive/avant garde metal trio, stOrk.
    For more information please visit: or

    Chris Brooks: Are we losing the "experience" of the album format?

    Are we losing the "experience" of the album format?

    When writing a Forward for my upcoming CD packaging, I was reflecting on the anticipation I used to feel when a new album from my favorite artist (or some new discovery) would finally come into stock at Utopia Records in Sydney, and the "process" I used to go through before hearing it. Here's what I wrote for the CD jacket.
    Between you and me, I love the fact that you paid for this album. Yes, it’s getting harder as each year goes by for a musician to find suitable compensation in the recorded medium, but I’m so glad you’ve made your investment in me. We’ve all got our points of view on “the industry”, but I thank God that there are still people willing to look past the price of plastic and paper involved in a reproducing a CD, and make a symbolic contribution to the artist for the experience of an album.
    As a younger man, I relished the ritual of buying an album from the store (sometimes completely blind, buying on a whim, a guess, or a recommendation), then spending the hour-long train ride home reading the CD jacket, taking in the details of who did what on the album, reading and analysing the song titles and lyrics, scouring the thank-yous for names I recognise, and guessing what the songs might sound like. The anticipation often made the eventual first listen even more exciting. And if the album rocked, which it mostly did (I always was a good pick), it would stay in my CD player for two months, where it would be, to use a cliche, the soundtrack to the events happening in other areas of my life.
    We’re truly in ever-changing times, and there has been such a change of mindset towards music and its value in our lives. Albums are gobbled down like breakfast cereal, and like cereal, we’re ready to replace it with another meal a few hours later. It seems like the listening experience in our time-starved, information-loaded, easily-distracted lives has somehow diminished the impact we allow a single album to have in our lives. It is my hope that you buck the trend and really take time to enjoy this album!

    Let's not talk about file"sharing" here, but instead... do you feel that the instant availability (by whatever means) of music, the faster than ever pace of life, and our extremely divided attention in this current age has diluted the experiences I described above?

    I'd be keen to hear what the teens and 20 somethings out there feel about how us old guys in our 30s and beyond grew up listening to vinyl and CDs. read the responses

    Dave Martone: Milan Guitar Day 7 #2

    Thanks to Kris Claerhout the Shred Marshall for sending me this video!

    The details of the show were:

    Time 11 June · 16:00 - 22:30
    Via Magenta 77, Building 7

    Bill Order:
    16.15 / 16.40 Roberto Vanni
    16:45 / 17:10 Marco Sfogli
    17.15 / 17.40 Alex Masi
    17.45 /18.15 Dragon's Cave
    18:20 / 18:50 Chicco Gussoni
    18:55 / 19:25 Salvi / Carelli
    19:30 / 20:05 Luca Colombo
    20.10/ 20.35 Dave Marton
    20.40/ 21.05 Strings 24
    21:10 / 21:30 Bicio
    21.35/ 22.15 Marty Friedman
    AT 21.30 per Emergency Lottery: Big Draw an electric guitar Ibanez ART Series offered by Mogar Music.
    The event is in collaboration with Mogar Music, Eko, Backline and Academy of Sound.

    Dave Martone: Milan Guitar Day 7 #2

    Mattias IA Eklundh: Furtados Music Videos

    Mattias IA Eklundh: Furtados Music Videos

    Fredrik Pihl: Shred this too jam

    Shred this too jam - Fredrik Pihl

    Grace Potter: Rig Rundown Jason Shadrick is On Location at the House of Blues in Chicago, where he catches up with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Jason talks to Grace and bandmates Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco about their equipment on their 2011 Summer Tour. For more Rig Rundown videos or to view Premier Guitar's COMPLETELY FREE digital edition magazine, be sure to visit

    Rig Rundown - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

    Herman Li: Power Shred Visualizing the Modes

    Power Shred: Visualizing the Modes
    Over the last few years I have been traveling the world doing guitar clinics. One of the most asked questions is “How do I break out of the same old box patterns when playing solos?” The more I get asked this, the more I realize a lot of guitarists don’t know the basic concepts behind the modes. I believe that learning the seven modes of the major scale is one of the most essential skills a guitarist can develop. In this column we are going to look at some ways to visualize the notes on the fretboard. more

    News: Guitar Players 2011 Super Stars finalists announed

    Here are the players the GUITAR PLAYER staff selected to battle it out in Nashville on July 23 for the 2011 GUITAR SUPERSTAR crown.

    Fredrik Halland
    Mark Kroos
    Forrest Lee
    Arek Religa
    Jeremy Ore


    Joe Satriani,Steve Vai: "Cliff II" Benefit Concert details

    It was also announced over the holiday weekend that a live webcast is now confirmed for this amazing concert! On July 10th, 2011, GuitarTV will be streaming the full Joe Satriani & Steve Vai (and friends) "Cliff II" Benefit Concert- Live from the House of Blues in Hollywood! The “virtual concert ticket” to see the show is priced at $5.99 and the proceeds will go to Cliff Cultreri’s medical fund. For more information & to signup, please

    In addition to this extraordinary musical event, Satriani and Vai, along with other artists, have graciously donated various items to be auctioned online and on the evening of the concert. Among these items are a Steve Vai signed 20th Anniversary JEM guitar commemorating the entire line of Ibanez guitars. Steve used this guitar for the duration of the 2007 “String Theories Tour” and on the Grammy Nominated song "Now We Run", featured on the Platinum award-winning DVD Where the Wild Things Are. Other auction items include a Joe Satriani JS1000 guitar with personalized art, Joe Satriani JS1200 guitar autographed by all the musicians, and a Paul Gilbert autographed Ibanez guitar used on the Racer X Getting Heavier album. The online auction runs July 5th - 15th and can be viewed