Friday, 30 December 2011

Roger Pedersen: 2012 Predictions

Roger Pedersen:
Maybe this is my first Youtube-ballad :-). I made it at the end of 2011, and what other title than "2012- Predictions" could the song get? Perhaps there is room on my next album, which may be released sometimes during 2012.

2012 Predictions- Roger Pedersen

Antoine Fafard,Tom Quayle: live tapping and new album available

Antoine Fafard live at the Troubadour (London) on the 30th of September 2011. This is an arrangement of the song Dye a Log from the Solus Operandi album.
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Solus Operandi is the first solo release by Antoine Fafard. The record features 17 tracks totalling 75 minutes of original instrumental music featuring Fafard on fretless bass and classical guitar. The record also features many collaborators including Magella Cormier, Jerry De Villier Jr, Tom Quayle, Martin Maheux as well as drum legend Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, Mike Stern).

Antoine Fafard: classical guitar & fretless bass
John Anderson: trumpet (tracks 4 & 6)
Eric Boudreault: drums (track 13)
Eric Brosseau: acoustic guitar (track 2)
Magella Cormier: drums (tracks 2, 3, 10 & 11)
Jerry De Villiers Jr: electric guitar (tracks 7 & 10)
Jean-Pierre Dodel: electric guitar (track 11)
Marc Laflamme: drums (track 16)
Martin Maheux: drums (tracks 4, 8, 9, 12, 14 & 16)
Stefane Pelletier: classical guitar (track 13)
Vincent Pellerin: soprano saxophone (track 9)
Tom Quayle: electric guitar (track 16)
Mark Tremblay: electric guitar (track 12)
Dave Weckl: drums (tracks 1, 6 & 7)
Acoustap (Live 2011)

Dye a Log (Live 2011)

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Enver Izmailov: the tapping sessions

Enver Izmailov: the tapping sessions

Ignazio Di Salvo: Guitar Idol 2011 live performance

Ignazio Di Salvo flew in from Milan in Italy to deliver his heart felt solo for the grand final. Even with all the tapping and emotion, it was not quite enough to win the final live prize, but Ignazio was just happy to be there and to play his heart out for the appreciative audience.

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From Drop Box

From Drop Box

From Drop Box

Ignazio Di Salvo: Guitar Idol 2011 live performance

Pete Thorn: great demo of Suhr SL68 Handwired amplifier

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Guitar Nerd is Pete Thorn’s first all instrumental guitar album set to release on May 30, 2011. Pete’s virtuosity shines through an eclectic mix of high energy rock and intricate melodic compositions. “The goal was to make a great sounding instrumental rock guitar record, with no compromises artistically or stylistically” says Pete. “I didn’t worry about what is “cool” or “not cool”, I just played a bit of everything that I like to play! In short, “Guitar Nerd” is a true reflection of me - I am (and always will be) a guitar nerd!” Guitar Nerd will be available at CD Baby and iTunes on May 31, 2011.
Guitar Nerd was written and produced by Pete and features three mixes from Grammy® Award winning engineer and producer Bob Clearmountain (The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams). Other artists appearing on Guitar Nerd include Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Jon Button (Roger Daltry, Robben Ford, Sheryl Crow) and Jorgen Carlsson (Gov’t Mule) on bass and Blair Sinta (Alanis Morissette, Melissa Etheridge), Toss Panos (Michael Landau, Steve Lukather, John Scofield, Larry Carlton), and Dorian Crozier (Pink, Celine Dion) on drums.
Pete represents a new generation of talented LA session and touring musicians having performed with Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave), James Blunt, Jewel, Daniel Powter, Alicia Keys, and Courtney Love (Hole). Pete can currently be seen touring with Grammy® Award winning artist Melissa Etheridge. Pete has performed to millions of fans worldwide and is actively involved with millions of online users with his popular YouTube channel demonstrations for fine audio and instrument manufacturers including TC Electronic, Carl Martin, and Suhr Guitars. Pete is sponsored by EVH® Gear (Eddie Van Halen) and plays through the Suhr PT100 amp developed by John Suhr with input from Pete.

If you'd like more information about Guitar Nerd, or to schedule an interview with Pete Thorn, please call Duncan Plexico at 424-248-5150 or e-mail Duncan at

Suhr SL68 Handwired amplifier, demo by Pete Thorn

Daita: Cinematic symphonic rock - originals

Daita - Zenith - Euphony 4/7

Daita - Breath Of The Sea - Euphony 1/7

Daita - Eon - Euphony 5/7

Dave Reffett: performing with Jeff Martin at NAMM


Kenny Serane: Gipsy Flamenco with Kompas

Kenny Serane & Kompas Gipsy Band

Maddie Rice: tribute to Robben Ford

Imperial Strut- Yellowjackets (cover)

Mateus Starling: Giant Steps

Giant Steps - Mateus Starling

Dzmitry Kasyanenka: Girl With Sad Eyes - original

Dzmitry Kasyanenka - Girl With Sad Eyes.wmv

Arnaldo Alves: tribute to Guthrie Govan

Arnaldo Alves Cover of Guthrie Govan playing to Larry Carlton style track

Rob Chappers, Guthrie Govan: Help get the stolen gear back

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Guthrie Govan's Gear Stolen In Rome - Please Help

Steve Vai: jamming on new Gibson acoustic guitar

"HeYaaaandy" #3 Steve Vai acoustic idea

Anthony Xander: Modified album available


Anthemic rock with slabs of rocking guitar

'Die To Resist'
'Cruel Temptation'
'A Part Of Me'
'Running From Myself'
'Selfless Lies'
'Running Up That Hill' (KATE BUSH cover)
'When I Wake'
'Unfinished Game'
'Hollow '

Ron Thal: Pink Panther special solo release

I never liked taking guitar solos. Ya wouldn't think so considering, but it's true. I always cared more about a song in its entirety, the musical aspect, I've never been comfortable with the 'attention' of standing on stage alone and noodling away. Maybe it's insecurity or lack of belief in myself, maybe it's obstinacy and an overly idealistic stance to my own detriment about the importance of a song, maybe it's just how I'm wired and I shouldn't psycho-analyze. Regardless, that's me. The 'song' is everything to me, I'm the anti-rockstar, I'd rather be heard than seen, I'm not about mystique or larger-than-life idol worship, although a good chunk of that philosophy goes out the window once I hit the stage and the switch is flicked. But ultimately I love music, making it, giving it, feeding souls, bringing smiles, it's that basic.

It was November 2009, Guns N' Roses was rehearsing at the LA Forum for the start of the next year(s) of touring, and we were to come up with our own solo spots for the show. Richard [Fortus] had his James Bond inspired spot, DJ [Ashba] had a song he made specifically called “Ballad Of Death” and I had nothing prepared, I had avoided it throughout the year, and was unwilling to bend on my anti-solo attitude. I'd spout off, “People didn't come here to see me screw around, they came to hear GNR songs...”, “I'll walk before doing something I don't believe in...” Methinks I doth protest too much. Perhaps I read too many YouTube comments.

Three days left of full-production rehearsals before we go home and our gear floats to Taipei for the start of the tour, and I give in. “Has anyone done a version of the Charlie Brown theme?” I ask. “Pretty much every kid in GIT [guitar school]” Fortus responds. “OK, how's about the Pink Panther?” Nope, hasn't been done. “OK, Frank, gimme a 'tsss, ts, t-tsss, ts, t-tsss' on the cymbals, Tommy, go 'dammmm, dommmm, dummmm' on the octave 5th & root, Rich, gimme the...” (Rich was already playing the part before I finished the sentence), “Deej, hit the heavy 'duh-dah, duh dah!' and we quickly threw the song together. And that was my solo for the next two years of touring. And I enjoyed it! It was a *song*, and it was fun.

I'd finish 'November Rain', the lights would go down, I'd carefully climb around the piano and swerve through the oncoming flurry of crew rushing to move the piano off-stage, McBob [my tech] would be meeting me half-way with my Vigier fretted/fretless double-neck and thimble in hand [thimble goes over my picking hand 4th finger for tapping high notes on the string past the fretboard], I'd be removing the single-cutaway guitar and he'd be strapping the 30-pound behemoth over my neck, and I'd get to the front the stage as Axl would be announcing me in an ever-changing amusing fashion, “The one, the only...”, or some twist on my name, “Ron 'Thalshank Redemption'...”

And half the time I'd be taking a solo Axl would be telling jokes into the band's in-ear monitors that only we hear. He'd do that to us all from time to time. So, if you ever see us bursting into a random laugh, shaking our head as we play, or looking behind us toward the side of the stage in mid-solo, that's why.

“The Pink Panther Theme”, written by Henry Mancini – featuring my GNR bandmates Frank 'Thunderchucker' Ferrer on drums (recorded August 2011, while laying drum tracks for the debut album 'Rise Above' of an artist I produced 'Poc'), Tommy Stinson on bass, Richard Fortus & DJ Ashba on rhythm guitars and myself on lead (recorded September 2011 between rehearsals and the start of the 2011 tour of the Americas.) Right now I'm on a plane to Phoenix, squashed in a middle seat with a glass of red wine in one hand, typing this with the other... got a show tonight, heading to Vegas tomorrow, this is the final release of 2011 Bumblefoot songs, days away from New Years' Eve. Been quite a year, I hope you enjoy this song and have a wonderful 2012!! All the best!

~ Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal

Get a slice of Pink Panther

Ruggero Robin: EBS Pedals at MusikMesse 2011

Guitarist Ruggero Robin check out EBS Pedals at MusikMesse 2011

Miky Bianco: the project 2010



Mark Kroos: Two hands, double neck, Mark's an extreme acoustic mother folker! introduces a new instructor, Mark Kroos! In his Phase 2 series with us, Mark is going to teach you all about the style that he refers to as "Extreme Folk Guitar." Others commonly refer to this style as lap tapping. Popularized by artists such as Michael Hedges, Phil Keaggy, Kakie King and Trace Bundy, Mark brings insight and conceptual ideas to his teachings. Plus he's got a really insane double neck Ovation! To view the rest of the lessons in this series, visit us at

Mark Kroos Introduction to Extreme Folk Guitar

Listen Angel: Two Handed Pivot Tapping Lesson

BEST Guitar Tapping EVER 4!!! HD Guitar Lesson by L.A

Shaun Baxter: Use of E whole-tone scale

Wholesome Use of E whole-tone scale against Am chord vamp

Sam Bell: 212 Concept for building arpeggios

212 Concept: Building Arpeggios (ala Tosin Abasi, Frank Gambale)

Sam Bell:
Here is a quick look at building arpeggio ideas from our scales using a method which splits up the scale patterns into arpeggios from the scale using a fingering called "212".

212 has been used by many guitarists over the years as the instrument has developed, its a great way of visualising the fretboard. These patterns can be played with different techniques and can be used in any style of music. Check out guitarists such as Frank Gambale, Django, Tosin Abasi, Guthrie Govan, Rusty Cooley, and many many more to hear 212's at work.

Its important to stress that when creating music we use our ears and our brains to create the melodies, and rhythms we want to hear. I am sure many of the guitarists I have described using it wouldn't have thought "lets use a 212 layout arpeggio here" this video lesson is purely designed to hopefully enlighten anyone who may have not seen/heard this kind of thing, or anyone who is looking at breaking out of single box patterns in their playing.

There is no tab for this lesson, the lesson is about creating new things out of what you already know, if you would like further information on scale patterns, and theory, there is a whole wealth of free information here on youtube, alternatively check out

I hope you enjoy this lesson, please subscribe, share this video around and check out my band Mask of Judas on Facebook/Youtube

If you want to learn more licks like these, and others I have an instructional DVD on called "Sam Bell String Theory"

Oscar Dronjak: Hammerfall interview

Hammerfall- interview with Oscar Dronjak

Devin Townsend: "I trust myself now" - Maximum Metal interview

Maximum Metal: So, then, when you say that you're on autopilot now more than ever before, it's autopilot in a good way where you're allowing yourself to be following intuition—

Devin: Shit, yeah. Totally. And instinct, and all these things. There were a lot of people who were never fortunate enough to get away from all of that; I've had a good support network and good friends. The end result of any experimentation that I do... I trust myself now. I know I'm not going to do a bunch of stupid shit. Well, I'm always going to do stupid shit, but the things I may have been tempted to do in the past — even though there's still temptation — I have no doubt that I'll make the right decision when the time comes. Making these four records was almost an exercise for me of learning to forgive and consequently trust my instincts. In the past, in trusting my instincts when I was drunk or high or whatever, I made a series of really stupid mistakes. At the time, I was like, "Oh, no, that was some mechanism in you. It's got nothing to do with your activities, you're just a bad person." And once you get rid of those things, you're like, "Nah, you're not a bad person; you're just high and being an idiot," right? The consequences of your past are always there. But now I think it's kind of funny when people are like, "Oh, you're the crazy guy," and I'm like [waves hand], "Yeah, got it, man." I think that you take the past and just run with it. But now when I write, I can say, "Oh, I guess we're going...there. Cool." I know what to do when we go there. And lyrics are doing...this. OK. If that's the part of the song going to these depths, or whatever, then I've got tons of things to draw on from that. more

Matias Kupiainen, Jens Johansson: Stratovarius, name their new DVD!

STRATOVARIUS is inviting its fans to come up with a title for the forthcoming DVD by posting their suggestions on the band's official Facebook page. The winner will receive two copies of the DVD and a credit in the liner notes.

Tom MacLean: To-Mera recording new CD

TO-MERA fronted by vocalist Julie Kiss — will enter Hardbeat Studios in Wembley in late January with producer John Papas to begin laying down the drums for the group's upcoming third album. The majority of the new CD recording sessions will take place at guitarist Tom MacLean's recently built home studio.

Eddie Van Halen: tour so close you can almost touch it

VAN HALEN will announce the first details of its upcoming tour on January 3, with tickets set to go on sale a week later. The band's much-anticipated new album — which will be the band's first with original singer David Lee Roth in 28 years — will arrive on February 7, with the first single and video set to premiere on January 10.

Van Halen - Long Version Trailer

John 5: new technique DVD on the way

Book of John
Wicked Guitar Licks & Techniques for the Modern Shredder
This product is not yet published, but is available for pre-order.

Series: Guitar Educational
Format: Softcover with CD - TAB
Artist : John 5
Release Date: 01/15/2012

Are you a rock or metal guitarist who wants to expand your technique vocabulary? Better yet, do you want to learn from a songwriter and composer who has played with the likes of Lita Ford, Rob Halford, David Lee Roth, Meat Loaf, Marilyn Manson, and Rob Zombie? If so, this collection of lessons by shredder extraordinaire John 5 is for you! Lesson topics include: arpeggio licks, flamenco fingerpicking, string skipping, speed picking, country sounds, tapping, infusing techniques, hybrid picking, exotic and outside sounds, and more!

Kostas Karamitroudis: Gus G's Firewind Christmas!

X-Mas Greetings from FIREWIND!

Francesco Artusato: All Shall Perish tour cancelled

“We regret to inform our fans that All Shall Perish has been forced to cancel our European run with CALIBAN in February.

We have recently run into some problems outside the band's control which forces us to cancel this tour with our good friends in Caliban. We know they understand but even so, we apologize to them. We also would like to apologize to our fans who have been waiting so patiently to see ASP again. We have already confirmed many dates for the summer festivals in Europe so our European fans will be seeing us very soon!” more

Neil Peart: Limelight

Neil Peart discusses and performs the song "Limelight" from the classic Rush album, "Moving Pictures". More information at or

NEIL PEART: TAKING CENTER STAGE - A Lifetime of Life Performance. The most in-depth insight into Neil's body of work ever documented.

A new DVD from Hudson Music & Neil Peart, featuring breakdowns, demonstrations & performances of classic drum parts from songs spanning the entire Rush catalog.

Featuring: • Over 6 hours of footage • Neil's personal drum rehearsals • Set-up and soundcheck footage • Backstage interview as Neil warms up for a Rush concert • Detailed discussion of classic Rush drum parts, with slow-motion, drums-only demonstrations and e-Book with transcriptions
• Live, drum-camera performances of every song on the Time Machine tour • One-hour interview, explanation, and demonstration of new Rush song, "Caravan"


Neil Peart - Taking Center Stage: Limelight Drum Lesson

David Gilmour: Wish You Were Here SACD format

Wish You Were Here tracklisting:

'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' (Part One)
'Welcome To The Machine'
'Have A Cigar'
'Wish You Were Here'
'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' (Part Two)

Tony MacAlpine,Aquiles Priester: PsychOctopus drummer for MacAlpine tour

Aquiles Priester: PsychOctopus Solo