Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Stéphan Forté, Daniele Gottardo, Jason Becker: one place in time

Stéphan Forté, Daniele Gottardo finished at NAMM and jetted on over to see their buddy Jason Becker at his home just outside San Francisco.

Exclusive Live CD
New live album of the benefit festival for Jason Becker. Pledge for the live disc! Proceeds will go to Jason Becker!
On November 13, 2011, a 6-hour guitar festival was held to honor Jason Becker, the incredible guitarist known for his extraordinary work with Cacophony, David Lee Roth and Marty Friedman, among others. Out of deep respect for Jason and love of his work, each guitarist featured at this tribute show waived their usual performance fees, playing that day simply to honor one of their contemporaries and source of great influence: Jason Becker, a modern day guitar great. All notes played that night were dedicated to the great Jason Becker in support of his struggle against the disease ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
Contributing artists who played for Jason include: Guthrie Govan, Stuart Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Frank Gambale) , Michael Lee Firkins, Mattias Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie Band), Kiko Loureiro (Angra), Daniele Gottardo, Stéphan Forté (Adagio), Andy James, Atma Anur and more…
The live show was recorded on 24 tracks and now the tunes still need to be edited, mixed and mastered in the studio + design of the album needs to be made.
We need your help to finish the production on this live album. With your pledge, you will be helping to ensure that this amazing recording of a legendary concert gets released as well as defraying the cost of Jason’s growing medical expenses (
Thank you!

Dave Reffett, Michael Angelo Batio: Dave bags a slot on the upcoming MAB release

Dave Reffett will perform a guest guitar solo on the new MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO album.

Says Reffett: "I am thrilled to announce that I will be playing a solo on the new Michael Angelo Batio CD. Michael is one of my all time favorite musicians. It is a real honor to be involved in his new record. I will give it everything I've got to be worthy. more

Richie Kotzen,Billy Sheehan,Mike Portnoy: Power Trio Rising from the Ashes

Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan have tapped Richie Kotzen to be the guitarist/vocalist of their new project following the recent departure of John Sykes.

Although Portnoy and Sykes demoed a dozen or so songs at a Los Angeles studio last year, their vastly different work ethics and conflicting schedules were solely to blame for the dissolution of their collaboration. Portnoy explained on Twitter, "Sad but true... I tried my best to make it work... Me and [Billy Sheehan] couldn't wait around any longer... [Billy] and I are moving on and have already begun work with another guitarist/vocalist, keeping the original 'power trio' concept." more

Francesco Artusato: All Shall Perish US tour announced


Mar. 29 - Oakland Metro Operahouse - Oakland, CA
Mar. 30 - 118 West - Simi Valley, CA
Mar. 31 - Desert Breeze Skate Bar - Las Vegas, NV (All Shall Perish only)
Apr. 01 - The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
Apr. 02 - The Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
Apr. 03 - Dos Amigos - Odessa, TX
Apr. 04 - Trees - Dallas, TX


Apr. 05 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
Apr. 06 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
Apr. 07 - Eclipse - Tulsa, OK
Apr. 08 - Fubar - St. Louis, MO
Apr. 09 - Mojoe's - Joliet, IL
Apr. 10 - Emerson Theatre - Indianapolis, IN
Apr. 11 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
Apr. 12 - Expo Five - Louisville, KY
Apr. 13 - The Muse - Nashville, TN
Apr. 14 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Apr. 15 - Greene Street - Greensboro, NC
Apr. 17 - Empire - West Springfield, VA
Apr. 18 - Stanhope House - Stanhope, NJ
Apr. 19 - Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
Apr. 20 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA (New England Metal Fest)
Apr. 21 - Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY
Apr. 22 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Apr. 24 - The Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS
Apr. 25 - The Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
Apr. 26 - In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
Apr. 27 - The Alley - Sparks, NV
Apr. 28 - Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA

Allan Holdsworth: Quartet - White Line 1978

Allan Holdsworth Quartet - White Line (live version)

Brian May: full interview Bristol Community Radio 2012

Brian May was intreviewed by Steve Satan on Friday 20 January 2012 for Bristol Community Arts Radio, ahead of opening a 3-D photographic exhibition of the book "A Village Lost and Found" at the RWA on 26 January. The interview was broadcast on Saturday 21 January, but curtailed for the News. Here is the full piece, courtesy of Steve Satan at the radio station.

Brian May - full interview Bristol Community Radio 20012012

plus this one from Points West in my home town.

Brian May Interview in Bristol 2009

Robert Sarzo: Dio Disciples Living Legends NAMM 2012

The Living Legends Jam on Location Namm 2012. This segment we showcase the DIO Disciples.
The Sarzo Brothers Robert and Rudy ,Scott Warren, Simon Wright and On Lead Vocals Robin McAuley.
This video is optimized for 360 viewing.I will post the HD Version when I get more time.
Keep A Look Out!!

Dio Disciples Living Legends Namm Jam 2012 Bay Area Backstage

Shane Gibson: stOrk and SchwarZenator gives a big Interview At JamPlay

Shane Gibson Interview At JamPlay

Craig Erickson:electric guitar loops

funky electric guitar loop- Craig Erickson

"Heartbreak Behind" -loop jam -Craig Erickson

"midnight goodbye"-Craig Erickson

Chris Brooks: Licks on Demand #4: Economical speed picking ala Yngwie

You ask about it - I play it! It's the series where the material is chosen by you. In this episode, I explain the picking economy of motion that I've been asked about many times, but as recently as this week due to the video mentioned in the annotations. I'll be offering a complete picking package very soon.
Gear: YJM Strat, Suhr Koko Boost, Suhr Badger 30 head, Port City cabinet
Yes, that's my cat Lily meowing to be let into the music room. She's a big fan of electric guitar! I tried to drown her out with the background music but she's got a set of pipes that one!
Want a Chris Brooks T-shirt? Check them out at where you can also grab my albums.
Chris Brooks - Licks on Demand #4: Economical speed picking ala Yngwie

Anusorn Jeekeeree: tribute to Guthrie Govan

Guthrie Govan - WAVE (COVER)

Arnaud: Charvel Guitar given a run out

SHREDDING MADNESS IMPROVISATION with Charvel guitars - Neogeofanatic (Full HD)

Chris Brooks: Guitar Licks on Demand #5: Kotzen / Gilbert legato arpeggio

This week's G.L.O.D. content was requested by Greg, who wanted a break-down of the legato arpeggio + Garsed style arpeggio in "Velvet Claws". It's a lick in the style of Richie Kotzen and Paul Gilbert who've both used this shape in the past so I encourage you to steal it and do your own thing with it too! I followed it with a lick I also broke down in GLOD#1.
Got a request for a future Guitar Licks on Demand video? Shoot me a message, and email via, or comment on this video.
You can get the full tab and a backing track for Velvet Claws in the Chris Brooks web store: (where you can also grab my new album!)

Gear: Suhr CB standard, Xotic BB pedal, Suhr Badger 30 head and Port City OS212 cabinet.

Chris Brooks - Guitar Licks on Demand #5: Kotzen / Gilbert legato arpeggio

Fabrice Lacourt: Jazz Fusion Licks with Tab

Jazz Fusion Licks with Tab - LACOURT Fabrice

Kiko Loureiro,Rodrigo Rodrigues: hidden video see light of day

Kiko Loureiro and Rodrigo Rodrigues (19 years old) - Rare video!!!

Nor­zamri Lagenda: the quest for speed never ceases to amaze me...

NORZAMRI LAGENDA - fastest clean sound guitar solo

Dimitar Nalbantov: Overloud TH2 Randall MTS Grail

Overloud TH2 Randall MTS Grail

Steve Morse,Sterling Ball,Albert Lee: Winter NAMM 2012

Steve Morse,Sterling Ball,Albert Lee: Winter NAMM 2012

Rob Balducci: awesome Studio Devil Amp Sim NAMM 2012

Studio Devil Amp Sim Demo

Fabrice Lacourt: Shred Fusion Tapping tabs and demo

A very flashy tapping licks. Tab at the end of this vidéo.
Progression chord on backing track : Dm9 - Em9
Gear : JRGuillaumie Guitar ( french instrument maker)
Peavey Classic 30
Tube Zone Pedal ( MI Audio )
Recorded with Sennheiser E 906 (microphone)

Thanks for watching !
Shred Fusion Tapping licks with Tab - Lacourt Fabrice

Juan Carlos Portillo: song for Fender Telecaster 60 Anniversary

I want to dedicate this production to my dear friend Steve Schwerin from Canada, rest in peace, brother, wherever you are.
-BITTERSWEET CANDY APPLE- This is my first try with my new Fender Telecaster 60th Anniversary Edition MIM. This is my first attempt, also, with Adobe After Effects software. The music took 3 days to make it, the video edition 2 months... Thanks, Ramón Ayanagui for all your support with the software.

Hope you like it!

Fender Telecaster 60 Anniversary-BITTERSWEET CANDY APPLE-jcp

Ricardo Marins: funky win from the new album "The big Bang"

From the upcoming album:
"The BIG BANG!!!"

(So good if Stevie W.could ... )
(Ricardo Marins)

Guitars,Hammond Organ,Loops,Synths:
Ricardo Marins
Claudio Infante
Bass Guitar:
Fabio Lessa
Wurlitzer, Clavinet:
Rannieri Oliveira
Recorded at Griph Estudio,Estudio Omega and many hotel rooms while on Tour...
Mixed by:
Junior Castanheira
Ricardo Marins
Abbey Road Studios and Estudio Omega
Produced by:
Ricardo Marins
Co-Produced by:
Junior Castanheira
Ricardo uses:
GNI Pedals and Strings
Snake Amps and Cabinets
Roland/Boss products
Fire Pedalboards
Nova Disconildo

Luigi Cimafonte Guitars

RICARDO MARINS - "STEVIE..." From the upcoming album: "The BIG BANG!!!!!!!!!!"

Rob Scallon: Romanza in the key of death metal

Rob Scallon:
My rendition of this famous classical piece played on an electric in a tuning a death metal band would use.

Romanza (in C standard) - Rob Scallon

Gretchen Menn: three of my favorite guitarists of all time.

Gretchen Menn
At the Steve Morse show in San Francisco with Jason Becker, and ran into Eric Johnson. These are three of my favorite guitarists of all time. What a night!

Sylvain Cloux: and Piwee Jurassic Park theme

Jurassic Park theme By Cloux and Piwee

Ivan Drackaliev: Bouzouki

Bouzouki (Ivan Drackaliev)

Anthony Mazzella: Ax2Grind

Anthony Mazzella Ax2Grind

Sarah Longfield: Random Sweep Solo

Random solo time? I came up with this about 20 minutes ago, and I think it's pretty neat. I know I need to upload more videos! but i'm writing a full length at the moment :D so i've been pretty busy!

Anyways, it's late, and I like to sweep. Not sure if I'll put this in a song, but it's super fun to play :)
My demo -

Random solo

Joe Bonamassa: and Seymour Duncan jam NAMM 2012

Joe Bonamassa and Seymour Duncan jammed on two blues tunes Saturday afternoon at the 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California. The jam took place at the Seymour Duncan booth moments after Duncan and Bonamassa introduced Joe's new limited-edition Seymour Duncan humbuckers.

NAMM 2012: Joe Bonamassa and Seymour Duncan Jam at NAMM 2012 (Song 1 of 2)

NAMM 2012: Joe Bonamassa Jams with Seymour Duncan at the Seymour Duncan booth (Song 2 of 2)

Orianthi: Dean Markley Strings NAMM 2012

NAMM 2012: Orianthi interviewed at the Dean Markley Strings stand

Andy James: ESP NAMM 2012 - winning friends!

I just got back from the Namm show in California and thought I would share this video. I got all of his songs except his last one he played "war march". I got to talk and jam with him for a while which was awesome. Probably one of the most down to earth guitarists I have met. Hope you enjoy!

Sorry I have not put anything up for a long time now, I have been extremely busy with school and other things. I plan on getting a lot of covers and originals up this year. I will try to get something up this week.

Andy james at esp booth Namm 2012 part 1

Andy James at esp booth Namm 2012 part 2

Joe Bonamassa: demos New Gibson Paul Kossoff Signature Les Paul

NAMM 2012 • Joe Bonamassa Demos New Gibson Paul Kossoff Signature Les Paul • Wildwood Guitars

Steve Vai: Tribute and Les Paul Award NAMM 2012

A biography video on Steve Vai, winner of the Les Paul Award at the
27th Annual TEC Awards at the 2012 NAMM show.

Steve Vai Tribute

Steve Vai's acceptance speech for receiving the Les Paul Award at the 27th Annual TEC Awards at NAMM 2012. Russ Paul and Billy Sheehan talk about the award and introduce Steve.

Steve Vai - Les Paul Award Acceptance

News: Ibanez Glow-in-the-Dark Electric Guitar NAMM 2012

Ibanez Glow-in-the-Dark Electric Guitar Lineup: NAMM 2012

Eddie Van Halen: Wolfgang 5153 announced at NAMM

NAMM 2012 - EVH/Fender

Tommaso Semrov: Sunny disposition, Howe about that then?!

Improvisation over "Sunny" (Greg Howe version) - Tommaso Semrov

Chris Brooks: Licks on Demand #3: Feeding The Myth

Chris Brooks - Guitar Licks on Demand #3: Feeding The Myth