Friday, 30 September 2011

Hedras Ramos: guitar 9 interview!

Dan McAvinchey: Hedras, what led to your interest in the guitar, and what did you do you advance your technical abilities?

Hedras Ramos: I initially began playing drums when I was 6, but at 8 my dad gave me my first guitar, then I switched to guitar. Something interesting is that my dad used to listen to guys like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and other great guitar players and that's how I was hooked into guitar, so the guitar was like more fun to me than drums.
When I was 13, I started studying the instrument very seriously, I got interested on harmony, different techniques, chords, scales, etc., studying about 7 to 8 hours daily and 12 or more on vacations, from books, DVDs and lots of CDs and cool records like Satriani's discography and any thing I could put my hands into. We could say that I am pretty much a self-taught musician.

Dan McAvinchey: Your latest CD, "Atoms And Space", was self-released. Was that your intention from the beginning, or did you try different independent labels first?

Hedras Ramos: I definitely would love to get a record deal, but right now I'm in the process of getting exposed to people, my manager (my dad) and I are working very hard on that, but for the moment we are selling my music in a lot of digital stores on the internet with world wide coverage. We are also selling physical CDs from sites like Guitar 9, CD Baby, from our own website and also at our concerts. I believe the Internet is a great way to sell your music and get your album available to the world, I think musicians know how tough is the music industry today. Now I'm in the process of writing a new album and I hope to find the right team and people for this next one, and a label of course. more

Jarle H Olsen: the guitar 9 interview

Dan McAvinchey: Your latest CD, "Quadrasonic", was self-released. Was that your intention from the beginning, or did you try different independent labels first?

Jarle H. Olsen: I never worried too much about it to be honest. It has always been a dream for me to release the exact music I feel and think, so the importance was just to reach that goal no matter what. It doesn't matter if you're on a label if they don't do anything apart from owning the rights to your music and absorbing all of your earnings. And that's what it's all about for record companies in the end - money. Of course, they are trying to make a living out of it. But hey, so are the artists.

Dan McAvinchey: How did you write the songs for "Quadrasonic"? Was it a collaborative approach, or did you work alone?

Jarle H. Olsen: To me, writing music is a very lonely and isolated experience. I'm a very moody person and can't come up with music if the circumstances are not exactly how I feel they should be. I guess I'm not a very social or fun person to be around when I'm into the writing process. But I like taking a lot of time thinking through every possibility, chords, phrasings, melody lines, etc. I'm a perfetionist, and a bit of a control freak (hehe).
Sure I could come together with a band and write a billion standardized tunes based on three chords, a chorus and a bridge and that's it, but that's not music to my ears. Music to me is something progressive, that stands out and has it's unique wibe, feel and atmosphere. So when you listen to it, you don't get an endless deja-vu.
I believe that if you're with a group of people writing music, it's much easier to let things go through due to the schedule.. And most people are afraid to have too strong opinions in a group. It can of course have its advantages too, but I prefer composing alone.
My buddies on the album did of course contribute to the overall sound with each of their unique styles, and I'm happy to be working with some of the best musicians.

Truth In Shredding: which channel is for you?

Truth In Shredding: you decide what you need.

The first and greatest with over 25000 posts. Syndicagted world wide on many guitar feeds, including facebook and twitter. is characterised by a high volume of post, guitar related news, reviews interviews. You can submit new for publication
Want RSS?, you  got it:

We also specialise in promoting upcoming guitar festivals, competitions and new CD's. If you have a new something to promote and we've not covered it already use the standard form

Truth In Shredding is in a constant state of flux as we move in new features and retire older features... designs change on a regular basis... because I can :)

Truth In Shredding is characterised medium volume of posts, targeted and dedicated to guitar promotion. You can also post your own content on this site for sharing and view by Facebook guitar fans.

Truth In Shredding!/lauriemonk  like sipping from a firehose... more tweets than you can shake a stick at... if you want guitar news overload, then this is the stream for you. Everything I do is wired up to Twitter, you also get retweets from other guitar professionals, gear manufacturers and the top guitar bloggers.

Truth In Shredding TV channel. dedicated to bringing you wall to wall guitar videos... bored with TV and love guitar, then this will be the channel for you. Lots of original videos captured by me during my guitar travels.  In addition, lots of multi-video play lists of your favourite players gathered over six years of trawling for videos on YouTube.

Interested in promoting your own original material to drive people to your channel? Then this may also be the channel for you. We post your video and link back to your channel . All material should be original or improvisational or promotional if promoting a new CD for example. Preference is given to live guitar playing.

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Truth In Shredding This feed is really the complete antithesis of the Twitter stream and not as verbose as Facebook. So what do you get? A smaller number of posts, but top quality, all dedicated to highlighting specific guitar players.  Subscribe to this feed if you just want to hear the best or most interesting players.

Of course, if you are a real guitar fan you'll want to subscribe to them all and just browse the information in the way you need... mega tweet load one day or

Kirill Konyaev: wins Septembers Terrifying Young Guns

14 year old extreme guitarist from Russia

The Official Site:

Submit your videos here:

Here are the rules:
  1. Must be 17 or under for the student. Teachers can be any age of course.
  2. Must be of good quality video.
  3. Must be performed live. (No Overdubs!)
  4. Must be an original solo. (Can be a jazz or classical piece that's within the public domain, but it has to be a unique interpretation) I don't want to hear "Stairway To Heaven" or Metallica solos! (I will accept original backing tracks, soloed over of course).
  5. Only one submission for each student from the parents or teachers a month! If I get bulk, you are disqualified.
  6. Each video submission must have some information in it like name, name and background of the student, who the teacher is and please tell me why this video is so impressive, or what's the point? Right?
  7. No duplicate winners once they have won (but teachers can always submit new students.)
  8. Please no reversed videos! If you play right-handed, I don't want to see someone playing left-handed!

Tom Hess: How To Choose The Most Effective Guitar Playing Exercises

How To Choose The Most Effective Guitar Playing Exercises
Would your guitar playing become a lot easier if you knew precisely what you should practice to achieve the results that you want? Do you feel pulled in dozens of different directions by books, videos and other guitar learning resources that all seem to offer a unique way of learning guitar? Are you confused about what to practice to become the musician you want to be?

From my experience of successfully helping hundreds of guitarists to reach their musical goals, I have found that most guitar players can easily find lots of general guitar practice materials on their own. Where many guitarists struggle is in knowing how to make sense out of all those materials and organize them into an effective guitar practice schedule.

If you can relate to the experiences above, then you are not alone. Fortunately, the solution to this problem is very realistic and is easier than you think. In this article I want to show you why so many guitarists don't know what they should practice on guitar, and how you can begin making much more progress in your guitar playing. more

Mike Campese: Creating Modes From Pentatonics

Creating Modes From Pentatonics
Welcome back! In this lesson I would like to show you how to construct the modes from pentatonic scales. A pentatonic scale can be any 5 note formula - for this lesson we will be focusing on the traditional major and minor ones. The modes that are derived from the major scales consists of 7 notes, so all you have to do is add two extra notes to your pentatonic scales to construct a mode. Most guitar players are familiar with pentatonic scales, a lot of them are still confused about the modes. This is a great way to apply the modes to your playing right away. (includes tab

David Gilmour: Why Pink Floyd?

Pink Floyd - Why Pink Floyd? Postcards Campaign

Boguslaw Balcerak: Blood Of The Prophets

Taken from the album 'Boguslaw Balcerak's Crylord - Blood Of The Prophets' released 14 October 2011 on Lion Music.

Exploding out of Poland comes a new powerhouse of metal. Lion Music are delighted to welcome Boguslaw Balcerak's Crylord to the labels roster.

Led by the prestigious talents of guitarist Boguslaw Balcerak, 'Blood Of The Prophets' breathes new life into the neo-classical genre with 12 first class songs chock full of big riffs, dynamic rhythms, jaw dropping guitar solos and infectious vocal melodies from 3 of the most acclaimed vocalist in the field - Carsten 'Lizard' Schulz (Evidence One, ex Domain) and neo-classical legends Mark Boals (ex Malmsteen / Ring Of Fire) and Goran Edman (ex Malmsteen / Karmakanic).

Blood Of The Prophets' powerful music was inspired by the greats of neo-classical guitar and hard rock/heavy/power metal along with the epic qualities of film music. The classical influence of masters like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin can also be heard at times in Boguslaw's delivery; yet the album is proof that it's possible to absorb these influences and not come out as a Malmsteen clone. With an effortless guitar style Boguslaw delivers both passion and power throughout the album providing the perfect backdrop for lyrics inspired by fantasy, mythology, bible, legends, love and feelings all expertly delivered by Schulz, Boals and Edman either individually or collectively.

Video by Karol Patoleta

Boguslaw Balcerak's Crylord (feat. Carsten "Lizard" Schulz) - Warrior's Moon

1. Ante Bellum Overture (Intro).
2. Blood Of The Prophets.
3. Grave Of Love.
4. Bard’s Tale.
5. Warrior’s Moon.
6. Face Of Destiny.
7. The Heretic.
8. Behind The Walls Of Sadness.
9. Angel Of Divine.
10. Valley Of The Dead.
11. When The Time Has Come.
12. The Healing Hands Of Destruction.

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Paul Wardingham: Assimilate Regenerate live in the studio

A great studio recorded version of Assimilate Regenerate from Paul's critically acclaimed Assimilate Regenerate CD, hailed as a master piece by Andy James.

Assimilate Regenerate - Paul Wardingham (In-Studio)

In-studio performance of the title track from my debut album 'Assimilate Regenerate'. Purchase the CD or download from my webstore

CD/t-shirt bundles, posters, guitar tabs and lessons also available

Hussein Haddad: tribute to Guthrie Govan - Fives

♫Guthrie Govan Fives (cover) by Hussein Haddad♫

Allan Holdsworth: Guitar Player cover for one of the worlds greatest guitar players of all time

I am really pleased for Allan Holdsworth who makes it to the cover of Guitar Player, who also in this edition review 7 Baritone guitars, and a Ron Thal tapping seminar. Allan remains a stunning tribute to self-belief, dogged determination and an understanding that regardless if you get popular acclaim, it's the music that counts... We salute you sir! Check out Guitar Players online resources related to Allan Holdsworth:

Cooper Carter: Solo A Week guitar lessons

Currently in its 20th week, SoloAWeek is a YouTube channel devoted to posting a new, lesser-known guitar solo from various genres every single week. Past solos have included Dream Theater's "Erotomania" and "Octavarium," A7X's "Afterlife," Rush's "Limelight," Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name," and many more. Each week includes a lesson on how to play the solo.

Octavarium Guitar Solo & Lesson - SoloAWeek 20 - Axe-Fx II

News: Guitar Idol, the World’s Biggest Guitar Competition announce venue for Live Final

Guitar Idol tickets

Licklibrary, one of the world’s leading suppliers of online guitar lessons and guitar tuition DVDs has stepped in to find Guitar Idol a venue for the Live Final of the 2011 competition.
Guitar Idol is the world’s biggest and best guitar competition and the much anticipated final will feature some of the world’s hottest up and coming guitarists. The new date for event will be on 4th December 2011 at The Garage in central London.

The re-arranged date for The Guitar Idol Final comes as a result of the cancellation of the major music shows in London in 2010 and 2011. The Licklibrary team, working with Guitar Idol, have decided to stage their own high profile event ‘Licklibrary Live’ which will include the Guitar Idol live final.
To ensure that the event has something for everyone, visitors will be able to see a whole host of live performances from first class guest artists, plus limited spaces will be available in guitar master classes presented by a number of Licklibrary’s highly respected guitar tutors.
The Licklibrary management team, who also publish the free digital magazine iGuitar said ‘we are proud to be able to support the Guitar Idol Final. We know this is going to be a great competition and we are really excited about being able to bring guitar fans a complete day out with the Licklibrary LIVE event.
In addition, as Guitar Idol is an international competition, Licklibrary will broadcast the final live online. Anyone who cannot make the trip to London will still be able to fully participate and cast that all important vote for their favourite competitor.
To find our more and get updates on details of the venue, guest artists, live performances, judges and master classes, please visit the website.
Licklibrary and Guitar Idol look forward to seeing you at the Licklibrary Live experience on the 4th December 2011 at The Garage, London

Neal Morse: Live in Los Angeles DVD and CD set



9/29/2011 - Nashville, TN—Neal Morse is renowned for amazing live performances with some of progressive rock’s most accomplished musicians. With Live in Los Angeles, Neal throws down the gauntlet: 2 DVDs and 3 CDs of his incredible Testimony 2 tour, live at the Whittier Theater in Los Angeles, California.

For the first time since the original Testimony, Neal’s music is performed by the original musicians who created it: Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Eric Brenton, Rick Altizer and Mark Leniger. And with two new members (Nathan Girard and Nathan Brenton), it’s Neal’s biggest band, ever. They bring to life every nuance and detail of Morse’s extraordinary compositions, with the virtuosity and energy from some of prog’s most seasoned performers.

The 3+ hour concert begins with Neal’s seven biggest epics, including the new 30-minute juggernaut, “Seeds of Gold.” Then, Morse and company deliver the best of the Sola Scriptura album. In the final act, Neal unleashes the entire new Testimony 2 album—note for note, start to finish.

After the final notes fade from the stage, go behind the scenes with the band in a full-length feature tour documentary. And check out Neal’s triumphant reunion with Spock’s Beard at the High Voltage festival in London!

In this year’s Testimony 2, Morse added a bold new chapter to his musical cannon. On Live in Los Angeles, Neal brings his most extraordinary band, yet, to fulfill his music’s full potential. This is the one Neal Morse live experience that prog fans can’t afford to miss!


Main Concert, Part I
Spock’s Beard Reunion at High Voltage

Main Concert, Part II
Tour Documentary
Neal’s Macrobiotic Cooking Tips
Photo Gallery

CD 1
The Separated Man
Sola Scriptura (edited album performance)

CD 2
Seeds of Gold
Testimony I (Part 5) Reunion

CD 3
Testimony 2 (full album performance)


Neal Morse: Lead Vocals, Keyboards and Guitars
Mike Portnoy: Drums and Vocals
Randy George: Bass
Eric Brenton: Guitar, Violin and Flute
Nathan Brenton: Cello, Guitar and Vocals
Rick Altizer: Keyboards, Guitar and Vocals
Nathan Girard: Keyboards and Vocals
Mark Leniger: Saxophone, Percussion and Vocals

Jerry Guidroz: Front of House Sound
Vince Daukas: Location Recording
Todd Morrell: Tour Manager and Lights
Jose Baraquio: Drum Tech
John Zocco: Guitar and Keyboard Tech
Chris Thompson: Merchandise

Distributed by Metal Blade/SONY (NA) and Inside Out/EMI (EU)

Jason Becker: Support Jason Becker and ALS research

Jason Becker's "Not Dead Yet" Festival Amsterdam (November 2011) Support Jason Becker and ALS research, make this festival poster your profile pic on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and ask your friends the same! Our goal is to reach everyone and get everyone on their feet to attend this epic event Nov. 13!

Jason Becker's NDY Prolfile picf

Angel Demirev: G-TV interview Former Iron Maiden/Lionheart/Praying Mantis guitarist Dennis Stratton interviews Bulgaria's hottest guitarist Angel.

Stara Zagora hosted AeroRockStarz and for the first time in it's history, hosted five legendary UK classic rock bands...the big 5 where X-UFO, Weapon, Praying Mantis, DS Iron Maiden & OD Saxon.

Dennis Stratton interviews Bulgarian guitarist Angel Demirev for G-TV

Steve Lukather: Guitarist TV Show - Full interview - The award winning legendary guitarist that shaped the way we play guitar...Toto guitarist, session guitarist of note and solo performer Steve Lukather chats to Guitarist TV founder/guitarist Michael de Jager & presenter Ingerlise Pope during his UK tour in 2011.

The Guitarist TV Show - Full interview with Steve Lukather

Joe Bonamassa: Guitarist TV - Full Interview Mutli talented guitar maestro Joe Bonamassa chats to Guitarist TV founder/guitarist Michael de Jager & presenter Ingerlise Pope Planet Rock radio in London.

Guitarist TV - Full Interview with Joe Bonamassa

Peter Frampton: Guitarist TV - Full Interview Grammy Award winning guitarist Peter Frampton celebrates 35 years of his epic live album Frampton Comes Alive - Guitarist TV founder/guitarist Michael de Jager & Presenter Ingerlise Pope chat to Peter in London.

Guitarist TV - Full Interview with Grammy Award Winner Peter Frampton

Ronnie Montrose, Michael Lee Firkins: Good Rockin' Tonight

Live at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA Fri, September 9, 2011.
From Montrose's eponymous debut. Released in 1973, the record also introduced a young Sammy Hagar to the world, but the explosive aggression of Ronnie Montrose's biting guitar left no doubt as to why it was his name gracing the cover.
A rock-solid rhythm section featuring drummer Denny Carmassi and bassist Bill Church certainly didn't hurt, either, and unstoppable anthems such as this song ("Good Rockin' Tonight") would lay the ground rules for an entire generation of late-'70s California bands, most notably Van Halen.

Montrose with Michael Lee Firkins - Good Rockin' Tonight

Plus already posted... but cool anyway :)

Montrose with Michael Lee Firkins - Bad Motor Scooter

Vinnie Moore: live 2011 and in the studio 2005

Live at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA Fri, September 29, 2011.

UFO - Let It Roll

UFO - Love To Love 2005 studio version

Joe Bonamassa: UK tour dates

Joe will be hitting the road once again in Feb

The tour will be Joe's biggest UK jaunt to date, with seven arenas in March, kicking off in Brighton on 23 March.

Joe will be previewing material from his forthcoming brand new solo album, which is due in late May, as well as playing material from across his increasingly impressive back catalogue.

Planet Rock has an exclusive 48 hour presale on tickets so that you can get the best seats available ahead of the general public.

The presale starts NEXT Wednesday (5 October) at 9am and runs until the general sale starts at 9am on Friday 7 Oct.

Here's the dates:

23 March - Brighton Centre
24 March - Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
25 March - Newcastle Metro Arena
27 March - Edinburgh Usher Hall
28 March - Liverpool Echo Arena
30 March - Bournemouth International Centre
31 March - Birmingham National Indoor Arena

Joe Bonamassa YouTube Contest

Alex Lifeson: working on a solo in the studio

First solo Alex

Jamie Humphries: caught in M25 crash

Jamie Humphries was just crashed into on the M25 by a huge articualted lorry..ouch!!..that was following a pleasent afternoon looking through the Queen archive at Brian's cars a bit of a mess :-((

Joe Stump: Miles Del Ray's backing track

Joe Stump with Miles on Bass

Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar: Chickenfoot road test tour and goodies

The following limited road test shows will be happening in the first week of November. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for pre-sale information in the next week!
November 1 - San Francisco, CA
November 2 - Los Angeles, CA
November 4 - St. Louis, MO
November 5 - Chicago, IL
November 8 - New York, NY 
Hello people of the Foot! We are excited to announce TWO new fan club packages available NOW at CHICKENFOOT.US! The Foot Soldier Fan Club package gets you exclusive access to the Foot Soldier presale for these upcoming Road Test shows, a cool Foot Soldier t-shirt and some other goodies.
The Foot Soldier Premium Fan Club package gets you everything in the standard package, PLUS a 'Foot Soldier' zip-up hoodie and a Chickenfoot belt buckle that doubles as a bottle opener.
Check out the details here:
Access to exclusive fan club presales (4 ticket limit per membership)
Presale access to VIP Ticket Packages when available
Exclusive 'Foot Soldier' fan club t-shirt
One Chickenfoot decal
10% ongoing discount in the official Chickenfoot online store Access to exclusive fan club presales (4 ticket limit per membership)
Presale access to VIP Ticket Packages when available
Exclusive 'Foot Soldier' fan club t-shirt
Exclusive 'Foot Soldier' zip-up hoodie
Exclusive Chickenfoot belt buckle/bottle opener
One Chickenfoot decal
10% ongoing discount in the official Chickenfoot online store

We are holding a large quantity of tickets for each of the Road Test shows exclusively for members of the Foot Soldier fan club! JOIN HERE

Buzz Feiten: Buzz blues

Buzz Feiten @ Musician's Institute for D'Addario Day