Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Marcelo Souza: Circle Of Fire - rocking new CD

LUNATICS - " Circle of Fire album " _ ( Marcelo Souza , Maurício Leite e Felipe Castro )

NO LIMITS - MARCELO SOUZA "Circle of Fire albums"

Rob Balducci: Lick Of The Week

Welcome to the new Lick Of The Week, This week I wanted to do something a little different and show you some song writing tips. I think it is a cool thing to use Drum loops to help inspire song writing. I use Drum Core and Easy Drummer software and they sound great. I want you to use this idea and write a tune by finding a certain kind of groove and then jamming to it and write melodies and chords. Another cool thing to do is to even use the beat to just solo over it. Thanks and stay tuned to more Lick Of The Weeks.
Please join me next week at NAMM 2012 Jan 19,20 and 21 at the Studio Devil Booth I will be hangin and demoing and playing to tracks.. Don't forget to bring me some Devils Juice ;-)
I am excited to announce the release of my instructional DVD Innovative Guitar. Rock Beyond The Boundaries. You can now purchase the physical DVD at this link: and paste this link into your browser, scroll down and on the left hand side you will see the link to purchase. I am excited about this DVD, there is a lot of content on it and it is for all levels of Musicians. Here is another link to a cool review of The DVD from Guitar muse. They reviewed the On Demand version but on the DVD there is more performance footage as well.
Thanks so much for the support.
Enjoy, Rock! Thank you all
Check out the new

1-11-12 Lick Of The Week Using Drum Loops to help write songs

Jamie Humphries: And Mclaughlan interview

Jamie was kind enough to do a short interview at a clinic he gave in Merchant City Music, Glasgow. Hope you enjoy!

Jamie Humphries Interview

Jamie Humphries Music Man Clinic at Merchant City

Carina Alfie,Alejandra Mesliuk: as my guitar gently weeps

Alejandra Mesliuk y Carina Alfie Jam

Jan Akkerman: plays 35,000 year old guitar

Ancient Kauri swamp raw logs emerge after more than 35,000 years. Ancient Kauri logs that have been buried in peat swamps in the north of New Zealand for more than 35,000 years. Ancient Kauri Kingdom - The Company carefully extracts the buried raw logs. This recovered wood is milled and then turned into beautiful wood products that can be purchased from our retail outlets. more

The Making of Langcaster Guitars and Pickups in the guitar workshop. Custom made guitars from 35000 year old swamp Kauri and the worlds first lo-impedance pickups + Overdrive or FX build in.
Jan Akkerman ex Focus owns a Langcaster see Jan Akkerman on YouTube !

The Making of Langcaster Guitars and Pickups

Michael Dolce: audio interview

Michael Dolce Interview (2012)

Todd Duane: Kustom Coupe 38 combo gets a spanking

Todd Duane:
I don't do many clips of combo amps. This little guy rocks

Kustom Coupe 38 combo

Morten Faerestrand: Learn All the Notes on the Neck CORE theory

This is the first addition to the CORE lessons at course will be containing close to 100 videos, one for every drill, but each video is fairly short, and by using 5-10 minutes a day you will gain complete control over all the notes on the guitar neck in a couple of weeks or months, depending on your starting level.
You can buy the course as a video download for $99,99, or sign up for a standard subscription at , which is $19,99 per month, and includes full access to all the content on the site, as well as the LIVE broadcasts.

Learn All the Notes on the Neck Supercourse - Intro talk and drill #1

Yuki: D_Drive live jam session

29/10/2011 快 進 の Ichigeki / D_Drive / Nuchi

Beto Kobayashi: Agora Vai! great studio session

BETO KOBAYASHI - A alma da sua história - Studio sessions - "AGORA VAI!"

BETO KOBAYASHI - A alma da sua história - Studio sessions - "DO FUNDO DA ALMA"

BETO KOBAYASHI - A alma da sua história - Studio sessions - "SAMBA DO RECOMEÇO"

Oz Noy: Stevie Ray Vaughan Opener Wes Mongomery 6 on 4

Oz Noy, Reese Wynans Les Paul Trio- Stevie Ray Vaughan Opener Wes Mongomery 6 on 4

Alejandra Mesliuk: Momentos from a recent live performance

Show en Mr jones, 2 /11/2011

Ariel Eshcar: Road To The Truth tapping track from upcoming CD

A track from Ariel Eshcar's Upcoming Album.

Composed By Ariel Eshcar

Yoram Sade- Bass
Refael Hevrony- Drums
Ariel Eshcar- Guitar

Ariel Eshcar- Road To The Truth

Hussein Haddad: Hussein and Chris - Abaixo De Zero

Hussein and Chris - Abaixo De Zero

Alessandro Ragazzo: Echoes - Jackpot

"Jackpot" original song by Echoes. Played and composed by Echoes.


Francesco Inverno - Drum
Alessandro Ragazzo - Guitar
Samuele Duse - Keyboard
Martino Beria - Bass

Recorded at "Noal Records"

Echoes - Jackpot (Original Song)

John Taylor: 28-year-old music teacher in Westminster, Colorado is worlds fastest guitarist

Wired article John Taylor, a 28-year-old music teacher in Westminster, Colorado, who last spring claimed the official Guinness-certified title by blazing through Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Flight of the Bumblebee” at a fret-melting 600 beats per minute

Davide Montorsi: Sleepy Fusion jam

Sleepy Jam

Jakub Żytecki: Józef Rusinowski Project

The future of fusion is safe and well in Poland.

Hey! That's not actually my video. It's a project of my friend Józef Rusinowski, amazing 19 years old drummer. He asked me if I can record a guest solo on it and upload the video on my channel, because he's too busy to do that hehe
Paweł Wszołek on bass and contrabass

Józef Rusinowski Project

News: A Bird Came Flying Contest - still running - CASH prizes

A Bird Came Flying Contest: | rules

SUBMIT your video/audio via the submission form: 16 dec. 2011 - 28 feb. 2012
note to the contestant: try to collect as many votes/comments/views
as possible during 16 dec. 2011 - 28 feb. 2012 !

1. low entry costs: musicbook /.wav = application fee
2. transparent rules + unique voting system
3. both celebrated harpists + other musicians will be installed
as jury members
4. A BIRD contest focuses mainly on personality & expression &
creativity & experiment instead of sheer virtuosity
5. a good review looks good on your cv
6. the winner gets a nice financial award
7. & last but not least: a lot of fun!

the CONTEST will have 2 categories:

A) = the performer: plays A BIRD CAME FLYING for
harp solo or any other solo instrument
FORMAT = YouTube

A BIRD AWARD 2012 will be given to the most ♫ expressive
♫ authentic harpist or any other instrumentalist solo who shows
his/her own personality in the interpretation + who is
of course in command with the instrument

first prize = $500
second prize = $200
third prize = $100

B) = the creative/experimental artist: 1 of the 5
pieces from the musicBOOK can be used by arrangers/improvisers/
remixers (for those who work in midi or make a remix there
will be a mp3 available)
FORMAT: YouTube or SoundCloud

A BIRD AWARD 2012 will be given to the most ♫ creative
♫ innovative ♫ experimental arranger / improviser / remixer

first prize = $800
second prize = $300
third prize = $150

Paulo Grua: Zoe Brazilian Fusion bands new album

Zoe have just released their first album, recorded live at the studio. The Brazilian trio's sound is a mix of the members diverse influences and backgrounds - Abraao Souza's laid-back and elegant bass lines, Diego Marins and his creative drumming and Grua's odd fusion of indie/alternative and modern fusion concepts in guitar.
The end result is an album that borders on both post-rock and jazz-rock, a sonic experience enriched by brazilian rhythms and harmonies from Bossa to Baiao.

Mike Portnoy,Steve Morse: Flying Colors, the spectacular new virtuoso prog/pop/rock band

Flying Colors, the spectacular new virtuoso prog/pop/rock band, featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) and guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple), will release their eponymous debut album in the UK on Monday March 26th, followed by a US release on Tuesday March 27th.

Released by Music Theories Recordings, the debut album includes the talents of Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Dave LaRue (bass), Neal Morse(keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar), and Steve Morse (lead guitar). "The album has bits and pieces of what you'd expect from each of us,” says Portnoy. “The sum of all its parts led to brand new, unchartered territory for everyone involved." Click here to read the full web press release and download hi res photos -

The formation of Flying Colors began with a simple idea: virtuoso musicians and a pop singer joining together to make new-fashioned music the old fashioned way. Refreshing, classic, old and new, the recordings are saturated with the many styles, tones and hues of the players who, in becoming a band, have delivered a unique fusion of vintage craftsmanship and contemporary music.

Mike Portnoy was the co-founding member and drummer for one of the world’s biggest prog metal bands “Dream Theater”. Neal Morse is the co-founding member of the prog rock band Spock’s Beard and is currently the prog rock supergroup “Transatlantic”. David LaRue plays bass for the Dixie Dregs and has also worked with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Steve Morse has been playing lead guitar for Deep Purple for the last 16 years. Founder and leader of “Alpha Rev”, Casey McPherson, has enjoyed major success in the US with multiple hits including the song “New Morning”.

"It was quite an experience,” recalls Dave LaRue. “The band moved at a fast pace, ideas flying around the room at all times. Sections of tunes were arranged, and then re-arranged. Ideas were tried every which way until we made them work, or, in some cases, discarded them altogether. Just keeping track of everything was a challenge!" The album is filled with trial and triumph. It's been an inspiring challenge melding folk, prog, pop, and metal all into one big recording."

Richie Kotzen: VIP tickets for European tour available 
Richie Kotzen is hitting the road in Europe on a 4 week live tour
with his band to support his new album, ’24 Hours’! The tour
starts February 29th 2012 in Luxemburg and ends March 24th in Turkey!
Please check out for a listing of all shows and
We’ve got a VIP Experience for you that we’re sure you’ll love!
Each VIP Experience includes:
* Attend sound check with Richie! (sound check time will be e mailed
to you separately)
* A meet and greet with Richie! Come meet Richie, have your photo
taken with him and get ONE personal item signed.
*An autographed, limited edition RICHIE KOTZEN ’24 HOURS’
(In addition to your personal item, Richie will also personalize the
poster for you at the meet and greet if you’d like)
*A copy of Richie’s new CD ’24 HOURS’

• This purchase is ONLY for the VIP experience and merchandise and
does not include the actual concert ticket. You will need to purchase
a concert ticket directly from the venue for the show.
• Soundcheck times will be several hours prior to the show.
Soundcheck time will be sent to you via email.
• Meet and Greet will take place immediately after soundcheck.
• Merchandise will be given out during soundcheck.
• Merchandise contents subject to change based on availability.
• You will need to show a valid photo ID at the venue with your
name matching the name on your VIP email in
order to enter the venue.

News: Nickelback tour dates

Nickelback 2012 North American Tour Dates
April 10, 2012Moline, ILi wireless CenterJanuary 21
April 12, 2012Grand Rapids, MIVan Andel ArenaJanuary 21
April 14, 2012
Detroit, MI
Joe Louis ArenaJanuary 21
April 15, 2012Columbus, OHSchottenstein CenterJanuary 28
April 19, 2012New York , NYMadison Square GardenJanuary 21
April 21, 2012Montreal, PQBell CentreJanuary 21
April 22, 2012Toronto, ONAir Canada CentreJanuary 21
April 24, 2012Philadelphia, PAWells Fargo CenterJanuary 21
April 25, 2012Pittsburgh, PAConsol Energy CenterJanuary 21
April 27, 2012Hartford, CTXL CenterJanuary 20
April 28, 2012Worcester, MADCU CenterJanuary 21
April 30, 2012Washington, DCVerizon CenterJanuary 20
May 2, 2012Atlanta, GAPhilips ArenaJanuary 21
May 4, 2012Orlando, FLAmway CenterJanuary 28
May 5, 2012Ft. Lauderdale, FLBank Atlantic CenterJanuary 21
May 15, 2012Edmonton, ABRexall PlaceJanuary 21
May 16, 2012Calgary, ABScotiabank SaddledomeJanuary 21
May 18, 2012Saskatoon, SKCredit Union CentreJanuary 21
May 20, 2012Fargo, NDFargodomeJanuary 28
May 22, 2012Omaha, NECenturyLink Center OmahaJanuary 21
May 23, 2012Minneapolis, MNTarget CenterJanuary 21
May 25, 2012Milwaukee, WIBradley CenterJanuary 21
May 26, 2012Louisville, KYKFC Yum! CenterJanuary 21
May 29, 2012St. Louis, MOScottrade CenterJanuary 21
May 30, 2012Chicago, ILAllstate ArenaJanuary 21
June 1, 2012Dallas, TXAmerican Airlines CenterJanuary 21
June 2, 2012Houston, TXToyota CenterJanuary 21
June 5, 2012Kansas City, MOSprint CenterJanuary 21
June 7, 2012Tulsa, OKBOK CenterJanuary 21
June 8, 2012Wichita, KSIntrust Bank ArenaJanuary 21
June 10, 2012Denver, COPepsi CenterJanuary 21
June 12, 2012Salt Lake City, UTEnergy Solutions ArenaJanuary 21
June 15, 2012Los Angeles, CAStaples CenterJanuary 21
June 18, 2012San Jose, CAHP PavilionJanuary 20
June 20, 2012Nampa, IAIdaho CenterJanuary 21
June 21, 2012Portland, ORRose GardenJanuary 21
June 23, 2012Tacoma, WATacoma DomeJanuary 21
June 24, 2012Spokane, WASpokane ArenaJanuary 21
June 26, 2012Vancouver, BCRogers Arena
January 21

News: Harpejji 24 Strings tapping instrument is featured at NAMM

Have you heard about the groundbreaking new musical instrument called the harpejji? If not, here's the scoop: The harpejji is captivating people all over the world, making its way onto Oscar-nominated films, the Academy Awards stage, Grammy-nominated albums, prime-time television, arena concerts and more. Read on!
What is a Harpejji?
Pronounced "har-PEH-jee", the harpejji is a member of a small family of stringed instruments known as tapping instruments. Tapping instruments are descendants of the electric guitar that have been optimized for a method of playing that includes tapping on a string to produce a note. Unlike other tapping instruments, the harpejji utilizes patented design features to make it amazingly comfortable to play, easy to navigate and capable of more expressive techniques, such as strumming. The end result is a powerfully expressive tool for making music, not to mention a whole new way to think about music. Two models are available, the 16-string G16 ($1999) and the 24-string K24 ($3999).

Harpejji at Winter NAMM '12
The harpejji will be making its NAMM debut this January 19-22, courtesy of the Museum of Making Music, booth E0 in Hall E. Try out the harpejji K24 yourself.

"Pumpkin Spice" featuring Harpejji K24

Chris Letchford, Travis Levrier: Scale The Summit 2009

Scale The Summit Live Cd Release Release Show
from Warehouse Live Houston,Tx. Live at a full house..."Warehouse Live!"
Houston,Tx. 02.27.09
A new star is on the rise!!

Scale The Summit "Bloom" - "Sargasso Sea" Live

Scale The Summit performs "The Great Plains."

Ian Crichton: Classic Saga in 2011

Legendary Canadian hard rockers SAGA, have reunited with vocalist Michael Sadler who parted ways with the band in 2007 and was subsequently replaced by Rob Moratti who appeared on their 2009 release, The Human Condition.

The band has issued the following statement:

"To put all the rumours to rest, we are happy to officially announce that Michael Sadler is once again the singer and frontman in Saga!! The new studio CD and tour news with Michael will be up very soon! We wish Rob all the best in the future with his new solo CD!"

Forming in 1977, Saga was launched into rock stardom in 1983 when MTV started spinning the singles to their fourth album, World's Apart. 'On The Loose' proved to be their breakthrough in America and peaked at #26 on the Billboard Charts in March of 1983. 'Wind Him Up' became the second single and peaking at #64 on Billboard the following month.

Saga 2011 features:
Michael Sadler - vocals
Jim Crichton - bass, keyboards
Ian Crichton - lead guitar
Jim Gilmour - keyboards, clarinet, vocals
Brian Doerner - drums

SAGA - "TIME`S UP" - Rapids Theater (Live 2011)

SAGA - "WIND HIM UP" Rapids Theater (LIVE 2011)

Jordan Rudess: SampleWiz on the ipad practice for CES

Getting ready for CES. Wrote this tune for my demo using SampleWiz on the ipad for the lead sound and a Korg MicroKey to control it! The interface between the keyboard and the ipad is the Iconnect Midi interface! See u in Las Vegas!

CES practice 2012

Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan: Buffalo gets the big boys

Mr Big - Town Ball Room - Buffalo, NY - Aug 19,2011

Review by Mike Suicide Photos by Jenipher Nyari
Friday the 19th, Mr. Big rolled into downtown Buffalo, at the famed Town Ballroom. I was looking forward to seeing this band, since I really liked them back in the 80's. They were dubbed a 'super group' back then, since they had some notable names in rock. Billy Sheehan (of Buffalo's own Talas) has worked with David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, UFO and many, many more. He has established himself as true bassist, one with a distinctive style, and a memorable stage performance. Paul Gilbert (of Racer X) started out as a 15 year old guitar prodigy, who attended the Guitar Institute of Technology in L.A. Pat Torpey (former drummer of The Knack) and singer Eric Martin, have also been involved with many projects, featuring prominent musicians. Mr. Big reached multi-platinum success with their second album, "Lean Into It." I gravitated to them in the late 80's and early 90's, due to their blues driven rock and power ballads, all of which had a very catchy style. They arrived at the end of the glam scene and got lumped in to that genre, but transcended glam in so many ways.

Mr. Big hit the stage and opened with "Daddy,Brother, Lover, Little Boy" to a nicely filled venue. They powered through many of their hits and also played several new songs off of their latest album. One of the highlights of the night was Billy's bass solo, which showcased his finger picking style and fret tapping. He plays the bass like a lead guitar, and it's really amazing to watch. The other highlight was when each band member swapped positions - Paul jumping behind the drums, Pat playing the bass, Eric grabbing the guitar, and Billy in front of the mic. As the night wore on, the crowd (many of which had watched Talas play in the 70's and 80's) eagerly waited to see if a Talas song would be played, since all three final members of the band (drummer Paul Varga was standing next to me throughout the night, and guitarist Dave Constantino's band opened the show) were in attendance. Talas didn't have a reunion performance, but Mr. Big gave them a taste of Talas, playing "Shy Boy" during the encore. All in all, it was a great nostalgic night and a nice homecoming gig for Buffalonian, Billy Sheehan. Mr. Big proved once again, that they are a solid blues rock band, with more than capable musicians, that know how to get the job done.
Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy
Alive and Kickin'
Green-Tinted Sixties Mind
American Beauty
Take Cover
Just Take My Heart
Once Upon a Time
A Little Too Loose
Road To Ruin
Guitar Solo
Still Ain't Enough for Me
Price You Gotta Pay
Take A Walk
Around the World
As Far As I Can See
Bass Solo
Addicted To That Rush

To Be With You
Colorado Bulldog
Smoke on the Water
Shy Boy

Mr Big has an amazing new CD out called "What if..." Please support music and buy the CD. For more on Mr. Big go to


Bryan Baker: improvisations in the Orange and the Potato

Recent footage from "Live in Amsterdam" featuring Bryan Baker on guitar with;

Bob van Luijt - Bassguitar
Sebastiaan Cornelissen - Drums

Video: Ruben van Herpen
Audio: Frans Vollink
Mix: Reinder van Zalk

Bryan Baker, Bob van Luijt & Sebastiaan Cornelissen - Improvisation n°1

Live performance film featuring the song "Broken Bow" from "Lupo", the debut live album from Baker I Lefebvre I Sanesi, the newest musical project of underground guitar virtuoso Bryan Baker, featuring acclaimed bass icon Tim Lefebvre and Los Angeles druming powerhouse Andy Sansei.

"Lupo," will feature live recordings from this performance, as well as segments from upcoming live performances at the world famous Baked Potato in Los Angeles, CA. This debut album will be released Spring of 2012, an will be available at all online retailers worldwide and the BBM website.
Video driected and produced by the film masters at Pentatonic Productions LLC.

For all album and performance booking inquiries, contact;
LAM - Libra Artist Management at
Bryan Baker Music
Tim Lefebvre Website
Enilkrad Music, All Rights Reserved.

Bryan Baker | Tim Lefebvre | Andy Sanesi "Broken Bow" LIVE

Luc Oggel: Paul Gilbert licks, it's all in the wrist!

Some fast Paul Gilbert- style alternate picking runs.

Luc-O: Paul Gilbert style shredlicks

Sam Coulson: terrific tea tricks times two

Sam Coulson:
Here is the title track of my new CD

It isn't finished yet as you can probably tell. Most of all I need a real human being playing the drums!

However I wanted to share this with you all, I am looking forward to reading some feedback so please post a comment!

All guitar tones came from a BOSS GT10

Thanks you so much for watching


Sleight of Hand - Sam Coulson

Tommy Emmanuel : guitar world interview discusses Influences

GUITAR WORLD: It seems you've gone from a being relative unknown to one of the most respected guitarists in the world. To what do you attribute your success 
I think there are many people ahead of the line in front of me as far as respect, notoriety and success goes. However, I'm very grateful and very happy with where I am in my life and career. The thing I love about traveling and playing concerts is the life experiences I have every day. People are inspiring to me and they really energize me and remind me that my mission in life is to play for the people and not get sidetracked by worries or pressures. I don't have a formula for success, but the formula for failure is trying to please everybody.
What advice do you offer people who approach you after your clinics and concerts looking for help with their playing and music careers? 
The most commonly asked question is, "How does my son or daughter get started doing what you're doing?" I think it's so important to have good music to play. You don't want to waste time and energy on songs that don't mean anything. You need to find songs that are strong in every way. Good melody, good structure, good feeling and memorable.

Ewan Dobson: Acoustimetallus Plectrus new CD

Ewan Dobson III comes out Jan 16th on
Visit Ewan Dobson at and
Buy the album:
Ewan Dobson - Acoustimetallus Plectrus

Allan Holdsworth: New year, new guitar, new band, new label but always ol'good Allan

Allan HoldsworthNew year, new guitar, new band, new label but always ol'good Allan

‎==> Chad Wackerman (featuring ALLAN HOLDSWORTH)
CD Launch of
"Dreams, Nightmares and Improvisations"
Chad Wackerman Band
Chad Wackerman, drums
Allan Holdsworth, guitar
Jim Cox, keyboards
Jimmy Johnson, bass
Feb.16th- Studio City, CA
venue: The Baked Potato
Feb. 17th- Studio City. CA
venue: The Baked Potato


Allan Holdsworth‎==> MoonJune Records to release this upcoming March 2012 NONE TOO SOON (digipack), for the first time re-mastered, check Nardini's MJ website soon....R.I.P. the great Gordon Beck

Allan HoldsworthCheck some merch on Allan's site:

Eddie Van Halen: Van Halen Tattoo

Tickets already exchanging hands for $3500...

Van Halen - Tattoo from Van Halen on Vimeo.