Thursday, 1 September 2011

Goncalo Pereira: working on fourth solo album

I caught up the elusive Goncalo Pereira on facebook It has been a long time since his last release... so some good news in response from the multifaceted Portuguese player... Goncalo Pereira thank you Laurie:)i´m very proud to say that i´m currently mixing my fourth solo album,with no release date yet,still cooking...:)

mean time you can bag some earlier CD's from Guitar 9

Gretchen Menn: the end of thin sound makes me Happppppy!

I've been noticing that my lap top does not give me enough HiFi Quality of late... lots of tin from the inbuilt speakers... The mothership is not past her it is not exactly a simple laptop, rather a quad-core games machine. I don't want to keep everyone awake by having speakers driving out guitar tones at all times of the day... so I went for the next best thing... some headphones... what joy... bass is back... an end to thin tone... an end to complaints about noisy videos. I have to thank Gretchen Menn for showing me the error of my ways! These are what I purchased... a very good price... not super hifi, but good enough for the average guy... I also have a microphone for skype, google voice, google talk etc.


Power, precision and comfort.
Creative's Fatal1ty Gamer Headset provides power, precision and comfort for the serious gamer. The ergonomic, lightweight design, with padded velvet earpieces and headband, ensures a comfortable fit during extended gaming sessions. Weapons, positional cues and environmental audio effects sound fantastic through the high-quality drivers, with excellent bass response for powerful explosions. The noise-cancelling microphone transmits voice commands clearly to other team members, and it can be detached for easy storage or to use the headset like regular headphones. In the heat of battle this is the headset that won't leave people stranded - and that's why Johnathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel, the world's best known pro gamer, uses it.
Ergonomically designed and acoustically tuned for gaming.
Padded headband and earpieces for ambient noise exclusion and comfort during long gaming sessions.
Swivel joint earpiece design adapts to every user.
Detachable and adjustable noise-cancelling microphone.
In-line external volume control with microphone on/off.
Excellent response for voice communications and dynamic in-game audio, with extended bass response for high-impact explosions.

Francisco Meza: The Restless Mind new CD

Rob Chappers: Heart of Fire Competition - GLOBAL!

The Chapman Guitars "Heart of Fire" Competition
Chapman Guitars celebrates its two year anniversary - launches competition to win endorsement deal & two guitars.
2nd September 2011 for immediate release
Chapman Guitars is a growing guitar company founded by YouTube guitarist & educator Rob Chapman. It is based on the principle of having Rob's fans collaboratively design guitar models with him through a series of polls conducted on the Chapman Guitars website.
To celebrate two years of running, culminating in over 30,000 subscribers on YouTube, Rob is launching a competition that is open to anybody, of any age, anywhere in the world. The winner of the competition will receive a full endorsement with Chapman Guitars; a one-off SveeArt custom Chapman Guitars ML-1 "Heart of Fire"; a Chapman Guitars ML-2 Standard and a bag of Chapman Guitars accessories (including picks, strings and a hand-made leather strap).
In order to help Rob find the best of the best, he has turned to two of his friends and top producers in the industry: Eddie Kramer and Misha Mansoor. Rather than judge solely on guitar prowess, Rob, Eddie and Misha will be judging the competition together, looking for guitarists with passion and personality in their performance.
The competition launches on September the 2nd, and will run for two months.
The backing track for this competition is available from here:
Many thanks to Svee at for his amazing work on the Chapman Guitars ML-1 "Heart of Fire"
Good luck!
Rob Chapman, Eddie Kramer, Misha Mansoor and the Chapman Guitars team

The Chapman Guitars "Heart of Fire" Competition

Chapman Guitars "Heart of Fire" Competition

Guthrie Govan: order your super sweaty package !

All available packages from these sweaty boys

Daniele Gottardo: Superfingering and Melodic Construction

Daniele Gottardo: Superfingering and Melodic Construction
16 September at 15:00 - 30 December at 18:30
MMI Milano c / o Moon House via Gian Francesco Pizzi, 29, mob. 348/5668374
Created by:
Daniele Gottardo , Ignazio Di Salvo , Daniele Gottardo IIMore info
Complementary course with Daniele Gottardo Educational program: - Systems of simplification in the display and storage of the musical material. - methods for the simplification of the fingerings and their connections. - main techniques applied to the construction of counterpoint melodic improvisation and composition. - Techniques contemporary tapping monophonic and polyphonic ("finger tapping") - Analysis of the contemporary techniques of the electric guitar and development of the technique as a function of the sound. - Harmonic Techniques: Neutralization and modulation, harmonic shades, shades, etc. .. harmonics - Construction formal phrasing : forms of reason, musical periods, balance, contrast, organization of musical space, playing at double time and half. - Commixtures modal extension of tonality and modality. Chromaticism. The course will begin in October 2011 and will end in July 2012 on a monthly basis. The schedule of classes will be arranged with the teacher. The lectures will be organized in small classes from 3 / 4 students each sibling. Each lesson will last for two hours in which are discussed all the topics of the course. At the end of the day the teacher will be available to follow each student with additional lessons. At the end of the course will receive a certificate signed by the teacher, the director headquarters and the president of the Modern Music Institute. The course fee is € 35 per lesson. For information write to For details contact the teacher to

Jessica Gardlund: sounding great on soundcloud jams

Jessica Gardlund:
I’m a guitarist/songwriter/singer with my homebase in Stockholm, Sweden. I have played guitar for nearly a decade and have been writing songs for as long as I can remember. Although I’m primarily a guitarist, I started out playing classical piano for a few years before my interest in the guitar really began. I took inspiration from guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Gary Moore and John Norum.

When I had played and practised a few years I decided to take part in a guitar competition, just for fun, on the Swedish radio station ”Rockklassiker” to see how far I could go competing with all the skilled guys out there. The theme was to play an improvisation around Led Zeppelin’s ”Heartbreaker”. To my surprise, I took second place and won a guitar (an Epiphone, which I later traded in for my Gibson Les Paul). Participating in this event also led me to perform at the Led Zeppelin Polar Prize week.

I have played in many bands over the years, mostly together with female musicians. Until recentry I was playing with a female metal band called Hysterica. We did an European tour and had an appearence in Swedish television in connection to a gig.

Recently I’ve recorded a four track EP at Studios 301 (Soundtrade) in Stockholm, together with Ian Haugland and John Levén from the Swedish band Europe. You can listen to the samples on my new MySpace page

The EP will be available on CD and for digital download in the coming months. Right now i'm writing more songs for an album. For up to date information, see my NEW blog!

Latest tracks by jessicagmusic

Rune Berre: Suhr Mega Jam

Rune Berre has some of the most original sounding chops... enjoy, like I just did :)

Rune Berre-Suhr Mega Jam/Brunetti Mercury Box.

Rick Graham: Columbo backing track...1,2,3 Jam!!!

Columbo by Rick Graham

Johnny Hiland: Dava Picks demonstration

Johnny Hiland doing a review on Dava Picks Buy your today.

Dava Picks Review

Niels Vejlyt: Die Today - Stethnic - pre order

pre order

Best known as the guitarist and driving force behind metal outfit Infinity Overture, Danish guitar virtuoso Niels Vejlyt is about to make his mark on the guitar instrumental scene with his powerful solo debut 'Sthenic' on 16th September 2011 fully loaded with a bonus DVD!

Already no stranger to guitar fanatics worldwide thanks to numerous instructional DVD's, books and his own online guitar school, 'Sthenic' is a long awaited release for Neils Vejlyt's legion of fans worldwide and is also sure to attract many newcomers.

With a sound reminiscent at times of instrumental offerings from Jeff Loomis, John Petrucci and Steve Vai etc, 'Sthenic' sees Vejlyt serve up 8 tracks that blend intricate heavy riffs with exciting grooves and chord progressions over which Niels' formidable lead technique takes the album over the edge!

With a strong core backing band of Jakob Vand (Infinity Overture) and bassist Kris Gildenlow (ex Pain Of Salvation), Niels has taken the live approach of a classic 3 piece and worked from that basic premise adding further textures and rhythm guitars to build a strong wall of sound. This live feel to the music manages to bring a direct sound often lacking in 'overdub city' guitar offerings and also make the album more palatable for even the most hardened cynic.

Mixed and mastered by the legendary Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Jørn Lande, Circus Maximus) 'Sthenic' boasts a strong and powerful production which further enhances the listening experience and makes this a true scorcher of a release for guitar fans worldwide.

Full info and online ordering at

Niels Vejlyt - Die Today taken from 'Stethnic' out 16 Sept 2011

Bela Fleck: Flecktones US tour dates Rocket Science (Deluxe Edition) Béla Fleck & The Flecktones

Binghamton University
Binghamton, NY

Belleayre Music Festival
High Mount, NY

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival
Orkney Springs, VA

Paramount Theater
Austin, TX

ATT Performing Arts Center
Dallas, TX

Ozark, AR

Lyric Theater
Stuart, FL

Culture Room
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Jannus Live
St. Petersburg, FL

House of Blues
Orlando, FL

Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Charlotte, NC

University of Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

Onondaga Community College
Syracuse, NY

State University of New York
Potsdam, NY

Center for the Performing Arts
Albany, NY

The Music Center
Strathmore, MD

McCarter Theater
Princeton, NJ

Calvin Theater
Northampton, MA

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
New Bedford, MA

Town Hall
New York, NY

Keswick Theater
Glenside, PA

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Paramount Theater
Rutland, VT

Capitol Center for the Arts
Concord, NH

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones "Rocket Science" (Behind The Scenes)

Tosin Abasi: new Weightless CD due in the fall

Animals As Leaders have officially set a November 08th release date through Prosthetic for their new album “Weightless“. The effort will land in mainland European stores four days prior on November 04th and in UK stores a day prior on November 07th.

Fletcher Barton,Dave Fiuczynski: Berklee Blues jam

11 yr. old Fletcher Barton, despite his age, was granted special permission to attend the Berklee College of Music's Summer Guitar Sessions in Boston, MA. - Over 400 guitarists were there from all over the world! This is a clip from Fletcher's ensembles group performance led by the amazing David "Fuze" Fiuczynski. At the closing ceremony, Larry Baione, Guitar Chair at Berklee, awarded Fletcher a 12 week course which he gets to take this fall!!!
Special thanks to everyone at Berklee!!!!!!

11 yr. old at Berklee College of Music

Florian Hofer, Atma Anur: Shadowed Light - Bottom Of The Sea

Shadowed Light - Bottom Of The Sea (Mothership) by atma anur

Darius Wave: Hufschmid Guitar Competition - scorcher!

My entry to Hufschmid Guitar Competition - Year of the Dragon. All guitars recorded using Helldunkel pickups (created in colaboration with Patrick Hufschmid). Every one of 3 song parts recorded in different switch position so You can hear how they sound in each configuration.This is original composition made specially for this contest. Hope You enjoy it :)

Please visit and (happy winner of earlier Hufshmid Albinodroid contest)

Why do I want to win this guitar?..hmmm
- because it is handmade...not a factory "one of many"
- because I love that warm, poweful tone of mahogany
- becasue she's gonna be treated very well in my hands :)

Hufschmid Guitar Competition - Dariusz Wawrzyniak "Heavy funkin Dragon medley"

John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess: Dream Theater - A Great Documentary

Progressive giants Dream Theater give you an inside look on why they chose to announce new drummer Mike Mangini through "The Spirit Carries On" Documentary.

Dream Theater's new album "A Dramatic Turn of Events" will be released September 13th!

Dream Theater - A Great Documentary

Harry Kapeliaris: the fusion selections

Harry Kapeliaris - selections by Harry_Kapeliaris

Andy Wood: Down From Up - Menace to Society

Down From Up sounding awesome on this latest track.

Menace to Society - Down From Up

Andy Wood: has some live dates too.
Thurs, September 1stCharlotte, NC@ The Double Door Inn: Andy Wood w/ Special Guest(s) Freak Kitchen
Mon, September 5thRaleigh, NC@ Lincoln Theatre: Andy Wood w/ Special Guest(s) Morglbl and Freak Kitchen
Tues, September 6thNorfolk, VA@ Jewish Mother: Andy Wood w/ Special Guest(s) Morglbl and Freak Kitchen

Alex Martinho: pre order the stunning new fusion CD

Pre-Order the new CD "Universe in Me" (Alex Martinho) - Single "Internal Revolution" For much more info:

Tom Richardson: original fusion track

Original Track - Tom Richardson