Thursday, 22 September 2011

Istvan Alapi: live Hungary 2011

Istvan Alapi, Cegléd, Hungary, 09.18.2011.

Jimmy Hedlund: inspired to play by a little piece of cream coloured wood...

Jimmy Hedlund:
Testing my new (well actually old, it´s from -92) Stratocaster to a Yngwie-backing track found at The song is called Damnation Game. Yngwie is the King!!!

Shred on a Malmsteen Stratocaster

Joe Bonamassa: Beth Hart: Well, Well... Beth and Joe sounding hot!

Well, Well - Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart.flv

Jimi Hendrix: Tina Hendrix organising ‎"If 6 Was 9" Jimi Hendrix 69th Birthday Party

‎"If 6 Was 9" Jimi Hendrix 69th Birthday Party @ the Hard Rock Cafe' Seattle, Benefitting the Hendrix Music Academy: Sunday November 27, 2011. 1st Show, All Ages @ 6pm, 2nd Show @ 9pm. See you there!

Joe Satriani: Crystal Planet There were all of these little musical things... I don't think anybody noticed

Joe Satriani Talks "Chickenfoot III", Challenging Himself, "Inception", and What "Crystal Planet" Means to Him Now
What do you think about when you look back on Crystal Planet?

It's interesting you should ask that because we have been playing the title track on tour since we started the Wormhole WizardsTour back in October. That wound up back in the set because it's a great song to have on keyboards. Crystal Planet was an important record for me because of the intensity of composing. There were all of these little musical things I put in there. I'll tell you a funny thing about that. It was the only record where I wrote specifically in certain keys and eventually sequenced the whole album so each song would start ascending. When you go all the way from the first track to the end and start again, you're always moving up in keys. There are lots of little parameters like that on the record that I don't think anybody noticed, but they were part of the album's musical design. full interview

Chris Brooks: Live4Guitar digging deep on the Aussie rocker

The new album is sounding awesome, Chris Brooks on top form and now an interview with my buddies over at Live 4 Guitar.

Thanks for joining us on Live4Guitar Chris - its really great to have you here - lets start by talking a little bit about your fantastic new album "The Axis of All Things"

Thanks Levi. I really appreciate you guys getting behind the new album.

Why dont we open with you telling the readers a little bit about the album and where they can get it from?

“The Axis of All Things” is my second solo instrumental album. A few years back I decided I was in the right place to make another album, and I really just wanted to write a bunch of cool guitar songs, regardless of the style that came out. I realised that some of my best ideas came up while jamming or practicing rather than consciously writing, so it started there, and of course then I went into “structure mode” to put them together. My first album was very big on guitar/keyboard interplay like a Liquid Tension Experiment sort of thing, but this is very guitar oriented and goes into different styles, like funk-fusion, acoustic, even the odd country lick, and lots of rock of course. is the best portal for people to buy direct from or see where else it’s available.

You're certainly right that the tune "The Axis of All Things" has that "first song" vibe - and you mention the hat tip to Garsed in your thoughts on that track - Garsed is a clear influence on the album, could you tell us a little more about what impact Brett has had on your playing?

Brett, like all my biggest influences, has been one of those aural influences where I’ve subconsciously absorbed a certain sound or preference for delivery of a phrase, especially as I get older, without actually learning what’s going on with his lines – which coincidently how I think it is for him and Allan Holdsworth. But there was this lick on his last DVD that was like a two octave power chord played as single notes, with a 9th thrown in on the way down. I wondered what it would sound like to move that around a chord progression, and that’s how the title track “Axis…” started.

Brett is one of the most important guitarists to come out of Australia, and my first-ever hero on the guitar. He influenced a multitude of guys over here, and when he first started making waves overseas, he brought a new technique set to fruition, as well as an innovative approach to bringing “playing over changes” to rock music, both of which have become the standard for rock/fusion players today, and I wish more people realised that. I am by no means an evolved fusion player. I am (hopefully!) a rock player bringing a few cool sounds and approaches to the way I play rock, and the roots of that lie with Brett’s achievements on the guitar. full interview

Chris Brooks - Velvet Claws [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

Timo Somers: Delain recording

Delain album recording in Stockholm part 1

Pat Cash: Tennis superstar lives 4 guitar!


Guthrie Govan, Hedras Ramos:Jam Tracks full of new things and supporting Jason Becker

Exclusive New Guthrie Package
The wait is officially over! Introducing the brand new 'Vintage Modern' package from Guthrie. Is there no end to this mans talent? You've heard how he can improvise effortlessly over our jam tracks, and of course his album Erotic Cakes is legendary. But here's something very different. Our new Vintage Modern series puts Guthrie in some unexpected musical situations... Gypsy jazz, swing and snortin' uptempo country. As usual, you can hear lots of Guthrie's incredible soloing ability, but you can also witness his skill with composition and arrangement. Take a lesson from Guthrie and explore some new musical territory!

Free Blues Solo Tips

It’s a scary thing, but we all have to face it at some time. You’re jamming with friends, just taking it easy, when someone goes… “Hey, go on, take a solo!” Oh noooooooooooooooo!
Don’t panic though, we’re here to help! And it doesn’t have to be too scary. We’d all love to be Guthrie Govan, but that takes time, and even Guthrie had to start with the basics.

Check out our free tips on how to tackle the blues solo by clicking here. Jason Becker Fest
What a fantastic cause for such a phenomenal and highly respected artist! November 13th will witness the Jason Becker 'Not Dead Yet' Festival featuring Jam Track Central artists Guthrie Govan and Daniele Gottardo amongst many other amazing players. This one off special show, in Amsterdam, donates all proceeds to Jason Becker and the ALS TDI research project. Expect performances and combinations like no others, with some of the finest musicians in the world trading solos blow for blow. For more info on the festival and ticket info check here
Hoorah, we have stock!
Great news for you merchandise-a-holics! Pre-orders are over and our sister site JTC Merch now has stock of merchandise for Guthrie Govan, Alex Hutchings, Daniele Gottardo, Hedras Ramos and Jack Thammarat! Our designs have been overwhelmingly well received and the feedback from you has been great, which we really appreciate. All pre-orders have now been despatched and should be arriving on your doorsteps real soon.

If you are in the market for a new wardrobe collection then why not stack it with your favourite JTC's artists clobber!

Coming real soon. Well to start with we have a brand new Hedras Ramos package. Sprinkle on top even more new lessons and tips in our articles section. Sandwich that between two amazing new artists and their respective jam track packages and then toast it all with loads of stuff that we can't even talk about yet! It's safe to say that things are very exciting here at JTC HQ!

Krisztian Lovrek: tributes to Marco Sfogli

My fav Marco Sfogli solos (Oblivious, Alone, Drained) by Lovrek Krisztián

David Gilmour: Mihalis

I've not seen this video before. I spent most of last Saturday watching Pink Floyd stuff on BCC four and blogging with the other hand.

Taken from a five song promotional film that was made to promote Gilmour's first album. The band comprised Gilmour himself on guitars and vocals plus the two musicians on the album (bass player Rick Wills and drummer Willie Wilson) plus David Gilmour's brother Mark on rhythm guitar and Ian McLagen on keyboards and performed "Mihalis", "There's No Way Out of Here", "So Far Away", "No Way" and "I Can't Breathe Anymore". There were additional female backing singers on "There's No Way Out of Here" and "So Far Away". The performances of the tracks in the promotional film differed to the album versions.

David Gilmour - Mihalis

Johan Randén: Bronk... more cool fusion

More videos added to the player. I can recommend the CD too.

Johan Randén: Bronk + Shut Up and Play

Darius Wave: Hufschmid H6E.. ripping demo!

Soundcheck of awesome guitar, handmade by Patrick Hufschmid ( H6E is made of highest class (premium) 40 years old Sapele mahogany. Kent Armstrong pickups onboard. All guitars recorded using H6E in all 3 switch positions.

HUFSCHMID H6E electric guitar - Demo, Soundcheck

Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian: Black Country Communion Voted "Best New Band of the Last 10 Years"

Black Country Communion Voted "Best New Band of the Last 10 Years" by VH1 Classic's That Metal Show 
BCC beats out favorites Chickenfoot and Buckcherry for the number one spot more
Pre-order now available for BCC's double concert DVD "Live Over Europe" - out October 24, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Black Country Communion, the English-American rock supergroup featuring the talents of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Sabbath), blues rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), was voted "Best New Band of the Last 10 Years" by VH1 Classic's That Metal Show. Hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson cast their votes and made their final decision during the Sept. 17 episode with BCC beating out hard rock/metal favorites Chickenfoot, Buckcherry, Danko Jones and Five Finger Death Punch for the number one spot. Get a free BCC download of"Song of Yesterday" here:
BCC has stormed onto the hard rock scene in the last twelve months, releasing two critically acclaimed albums – the 2010 self-titled debut and 2011's sophomore release 2. The Sunday Mercury praised 2: "This is classic rock goes large, an album that lives up to its heritage. It may not be bettered this year." The band just completed their debut tour, visiting a select number of cities in North America and Europe. On June 10, the band played in Anaheim, CA where The Orange County Registerexclaimed, "The four members of BCC truly recast the heavy rock of the '60s and '70s and yank it into the 21st century as well as anyone in recent memory."
BCC's first concert DVD Live Over Europe will be officially released on October 24, 2011 (Blu Ray to follow November 15, 2011). The 2-DVD live set was filmed with 14 HD cameras and 5.1 surround sound over three nights, playing to packed venues in the German cities of Hamburg, Munich and Berlin. It features 18-songs (17 originals and 1 cover) spanning both albums. Fans can pre-order Live Over Europe at the band's website; watch the official trailer on YouTube; download the free audio track "Song of Yesterday" and join theFacebook BCC Event Page to receive updates:
Download BCC's song "The Outsider" here -
Watch BCC's official music video for "Man In The Middle" here:
Download Joe Bonamassa's song "Dust Bowl" here:
Download Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's song "Well, Well" here: Essential Links:

David Gilmour, Rick Wright: Echoes

David and Rick back in 2007, god I miss these guys playing. Dark Side Of The Moon, certainly the greatest contemporary album of all time, in my humble opinion.

David Gilmour and Rick Wright - Talking about Echoes piano intro

David Gilmour and Rick Wright - The Barn Interview

David Gilmour and Rick Wright - Barn Jam 121

Joe Bonamassa: Hot Licks #3

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Check out Hot Licks #1 and #2 with Rock Candy Funk Party on my channel.

Joe Bonamassa,Hot Licks #3 from the Baked Potato

Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian: Live in UK Cinemas for one day special showing

For one night only, on Tuesday November 1st at 7:30pm, participating Vue Cinemas will screen Black Country Communion’s debut concert film “Live Over Europe” in high definition and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. Black Country Communion is the Anglo-American rock group featuring the talents of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), blues rock guitarist/vocalist JoeBonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater).
 “Live Over Europe” was filmed using 14 HD cameras during BCC’s first ever world tour in the summer of 2011. Recorded across three nights in Hamburg, Munich and Berlin, the band’s set includes 18 songs taken from both of BCC’s albums; 2010’s eponymous debut, and 2011’s follow-up album release “2”.
 This one-night-only rock and roll cinema experience includes an exclusive filmed introduction from all four members of Black Country Communion, read the full press release here. By pre–booking tickets via, fans who attend each of the 16 participating cinemas, will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a guitar signed by the band.    The participating Vue Cinemas are as follows – - London West End- Cambridge- Oxford- Portsmouth- Exeter- Bristol- Doncaster- Leicester- Hull- Leeds- York- Birmingham- Edinburgh- Dublin- Bury- Swansea

Dave Martone,Glen Drover: Live web cast this weekend - full details

Magna Carta Recording Artists Dave Martone and Glen Drover will be webcast worldwide in concert “Live At Metalworks”.

On Sunday September 25, 2011 at 3 PM EDT* Magna Carta Recording artists Dave Martone and Glen Drover will be webcast worldwide in concert “Live At Metalworks”. The free webcast can be seen at:
Magna Carta has long been known for being a leading independent label producing and distributing some of the best talent on the contemporary music scene . Both Dave Martone and Glen Drover will be backed by their own group of outstanding musicians.
Now Magna Carta will break ground by presenting both artists in a manner in which very few independent label artists have been seen: live webcasting with superior audio and video capabilities at no cost to the audience who will be able to receive the webcast worldwide.
Additional sponsors for the event will be the great international music magazine and website, Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Equipment giveaway promotions will be courtesy of Dean Guitars and D’Addario/Planet Waves. The Dean Guitar Giveaway will be limited to USA and Canada but the D'Addario/Planet Waves Accessory Packages can be sent anywhere in the world.
Email registration for the contests is available at:
Registration for the contest will continue until winners are announced on October 3, 2011.
*12 Noon - Los Angeles, USA
*3 PM - Toronto, Canada/ New York, USA
*8 PM - London, UK
*9 PM - Paris, France
*4 AM - Monday -Tokyo, Japan

Have a Great Day and a very Musical Week !!!

Kiko Loureiro: Pau de Arara

Kiko Loureiro - Pau de Arara

See the simply stunning Kiko Loureiro in Amsterdam

Not Dead Yet site
Face Book Page
Book Tickets

Chris Broderick,Alex Skolnick: winter guitar retreat

[Photo by: Stephanie Cabral]
The Hosts | Instructors, Chris Broderick and Alex Skolnick

Alex Skolnick: I’m really looking forward to partnering with my friend Chris Broderick for our Winter Guitar Retreat. Each of has has a unique, individual approach to guitar and it’s always fun to share one’s experience with deserving students. Therefore, we’ve decided to join forces and create the ultimate post Xmas, pre-New Years getaway for amateur and pro-guitarists alike. – Alex Skolnick

Chris Broderick: Come join Alex and myself this winter for a comprehensive look at how we view the guitar. It will not only be insightful but relaxed and fun as well! We will cover things such as: Stage performance, live jam sessions, and all kinds of helpful guitar playing tips that you can utilize. I look forward to seeing you at this incredible event. – Chris Broderick
Any Registrations paid in full by Oct. 31, 2011 will receive a 10% discount.


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Full Moon Resort
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Big Indian, NY 12410

Amy Carpenter, Jessie Cosme
Music Masters Camp Series

News: Just completed picking my top 10 guitar idol

Man this was a tough selection, so many great selections to pick from, guitar players who are musicians who can craft a great songs, can add in great technical ability without losing the song... lots of evidence that the players can cut it on stage and 100% potential to make it big! I hope I did all of you justice in my selection.

Terry Syrek: Shred Is Not Dead book

Shred Is Not Dead: Concepts and Techniques for the Aspiring Rock Lead Guitar ... By Terry Syrek book available

Matt Williams,Laurie Monk: I think the world needs chroniclers as well as creators

They say great minds think alike... I just noticed that Matt Williams who headed up his own guitar record label Liquid Note Records delivering some of the finest rock fusion on the planet has the same characteristic as myself... huge guitar fan... but does not play guitar and would rather let you know about great players you might have missed, rather than stick to one guitar player!

Matt Williams: "I think the world needs chroniclers as well as creators"
Laurie: "I just observe it and hope that, by the observer effect, the very act of observation will make an impact on the phenomenon being observed."

Matt Williams:
- And the second is: do you play guitar yourself?

Believe it or not, no! For some reason when I was younger I was always attracted to guitar-oriented music. I purchased all the RAINBOW, SCORPIONS, RUSH and Gary Moore albums - just bought up everything that featured lots of heavy leads and interesting rhythms. When I first heard RISING FORCE album, "Marching Out", I was totally thrown. I thought I'd heard it all with Gary Moore and the likes. How wrong could I be! The very next day I went into town and hunted out Yngwie Malmsteen's album, got it home, played it to death. Was inspired, moved but most of all, bewildered. Who the hell was this guy? How could he play like that? What techniques was he using? Why didn't it sound anything like the guitar I knew? These were questions I simply had to have answered. So I started buying Shrapnel CDs, got hooked on them and eventually picked up both acoustic and electric guitars and started to learn to play. I was, however, very impatient and found that for years on end I was drawn like a moth to a flame to pick up the guitar and start noodling. I couldn't put the damn thing down - ever! Yes, I learned some basic chords and patterns, but soon got frustrated. For one thing, I couldn't use a pick - I used the thumb of my right hand to play as fast as possible. Madness!

I came to dislike the spell the guitar had cast on me. I was much more interested in listening to great guitar music than learning how to play it and eventually decided to sell my instruments so that I could dedicate my time to promoting instead of playing this music. I wrote "The Modern Guitarist" in 1995, and have had columns, reviews, articles and CD booklet introductions published in recent years.

I guess you could say it was a cop-out - not being brave enough to dedicate years of my life to learning and mastering this beautiful instrument, as so many of my musician buddies did. Indeed, there's a parallel with my writing career. As a published writer, I made the decision fairly early on not to write fiction. There were far too many great fiction writers and the world didn't need another one, especially as I preferred to read instead of write. I decided to do much the same thing with my writing - help promote great artists and writers through non-fiction appreciation, such as interviews, reviews and columns.

I think the world needs chroniclers as well as creators. Someone has to stand up for and defend the underdog. You could argue I wasn't brave enough to aspire to my musical and literary heroes. On the other hand, someone has to write about and release records for these guys. I've got the passion, knowledge and contacts, so why not me? Even though I don't play, I've heard - and watched - enough of this stuff over the years to enable me to instantly pinpoint what a particular player is doing, technique-wise. I can "see" in my head how he or she accomplishes individual techniques; visualise the patterns and recognise the various musical methods and how they're implemented. Only I can't play them! full interview

Laurie Monk:
Do you play guitar? If so, how good are you? If not, why not?

I’d love to say I’m a 10th Dan black belt guitarist with legato chops from hell... but the simple answer is no, I’ve twiddled around over time, but I think I quit before I started, it saved me a lot of time and money... I can quite happily say I saw Yngwie Malmsteen back in 1985 and decided I would never be as good as that, so I never tried! I think I’m much happier being a fan, it's much easier... I leave the guitar playing to you. I just observe it and hope that, by the observer effect, the very act of observation will make an impact on the phenomenon being observed.