Friday, 9 March 2012

John Mayer: to take an indefinite break from live performing

John Mayer:
I have no idea how to introduce this post, so I’m skipping the first paragraph.

During rehearsal on Tuesday, it came to mind that I should see my throat doctor because something didn’t feel/sound right. I went in for a visit on Wednesday and a scope of my vocal cords revealed that the granuloma has grown back where it had mostly healed. This is bad news. Because of this, I have no choice but to take an indefinite break from live performing. Though there will be a day when all of this will be behind me, it will sideline me for a longer period of time than I care to have you count down.

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Meytal Cohen: YYZ :)

I've been getting sooo many requests for this song! Neil Peart is amazing but I have to admit that I think that this track is a bit cheesy :-D
Still, I really had to concentrate to remember all the parts in this one!!
Luv U,

Kiko Loureiro: Virgil Donati added to recording crew

Kiko loureiro: Virgil Donati playing drums on the next Kiko Loureiro album

The new Kiko Loureiro album. Guitar recordings
February 2012 at 5by5 Studios Helsinki Finland

Out July 2012

Guitar recordings Chapter I

Rik Emmett,Sil Simone: Pizza duet

Rik and Sil Simone in 1991 playing the instrumental "Pizza" on Rik's first solo tour. This song has different parts of Rik's fingerstyle pieces and other ideas thrown together to make up this arrangement. They only played this song live on this tour and there are few recordings of it. This is a compilation of audio and video from two different shows combined as the video quality was not good enough on it's own. I saw them perform this live a number of times and I think this still holds up as one of the best guitar duets I've seen or heard, although I may be biased being a life long Emmett fan...
Rik Emmett and Sil Simone 1991, playing "Pizza". Great, rare guitar duet!

Joe Bonamassa: interview

Bob Gersztyn for BluesWax: How did you decide on the mix of songs that you used for Dust Bowl?

Joe Bonamassa: On a lot of these things you start out with a concept, and then sometimes you kind of bail on them as the record kind of shapes up and the thing is more so than anything we had a chance to record withVince Gill and John Hiatt and I think some of the songs took shape because of that opportunity. There is no master plan with a chalkboard room where you decide these concepts. It’s a weird thing when all of a sudden in the context of a “blues album,” and it’s a pretty liberal use of the term “blues,” it’s not a straight-ahead blues record by any means. There’s Beth Hart, John Hiatt, Vince Gill, and Glen Hughes on the same record, but it all seems to kind of work, as we kept going, finding songs, or I would write something, and it just kind of went from there.

Jose De Castro: Moments - new CD

Jose De Castro
1. On the Road (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
2. Three Monkeys (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
3. Lazy Blues (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
4. I Can’t Stop (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
7. Kick the Snare
8. Time After Time
9. Dirty
10. Follow the Moment
11. Soul
12. The Only One (To Gary Moore)

Moments is the fifth instrumental album of this amazing spanish guitarist. As in his previous works, the mix of styles and his personality playing are the main feature of this work.
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Al di Meola: Live at North Sea Jazz new CD

Al di Meola
Live at North Sea Jazz

With a musical career spanning more than three decades, Al Di Meola continues to be one of the most influential and pioneering guitarists in the jazz-world-fusion category, mirroring the rich influences of flamenco, tango, Brazilian, African, and Middle Eastern music in his work.
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Chris Poland: Polcat new CD

Chris Poland (Guitar); Frank Catalano (Sax); Sean O'Bryan Smith (Bass); Jim Gifford (Drums)

Coming together for the first time, four artists took a leap of faith to make a jazz record the old fashioned way—with little writing in advance. The result was pure magic. On track after track, you can hear the excitement growing while the chemistry between the musicians evolves. It's an intense musical conversation, fueled by improvisation and playful energy as the musicians connect, explore and capture the once-in-a-lifetime spirit of the moment.

Track 1 Forget About It (LISTEN TO AUDIO)

Joe Gajan: Supermatic - mini review

Joe Gajan: Supermatic - mini review

This is Joe's first release on the Digital Nations label operated by Steve Vai. Joe started guitar at the age of 10 with lessons and the Mel Bay, but obviously many hours of practice and live performances with his band have resulted in Joe get a reputation for some mean six string guitar playing.

Amongst his influences he lists: Jimmy Page, Hendrix, Eddie van Halen, Randy Rhodes, Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter, Frank Marino, Al DiMeola, Allan Holdsworth, Larry Carlton, George Benson, Robin Trower, Steve Vai, Danny Gatton, Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino.   The list indicates that Joe has a broad based approach to his playing and this shows through in his playing, blending straight ahead rock with fusion and state art of the art licks.

There are nine tracks on this album weighing in at 45 minutes in length. Production is crisp, with the bass and drums having plenty of room to breathe. This gives the album more of a band feel, with real drums and bass elevating it from the lone guitar slinger approach. Joe is ably supported by Jimmy Erhardt - Drums, Dave Moran - Bass, Jack kammien - Bass.

Opener Paradigm Puzzle is chock full of crazy licks and time changes, slowing down enough to allow Joe to stretch out a bit more, giving the notes some room to breathe, highlighting his fluid playing.  Style wise there isn't a pidgeon whole to slot Joe into, he's got his own style. He also covers different music styles, for example the interestingly titled Kikin'chit has a more hyper country feel to it for example.  Odds and ends has crazy guitar that sounds like kettle drums. Cerebius is more fusion orientated, changes of pace, beefy drums and bass. 

1. Paradigm Puzzle 6:23
2. Rally Fingers 4:56
3. Sector Z 6:04
4. Kikin' Chit 4:37
5. Cerebius 7:43
7. Enter Stratos 8:04
8. Zigswag 4:44
9. Cliff Racer 6.39

This is obviously a man who is enjoying his playing and it really shows in the nature of the tunes, high energy and adventurous for the most part.  Go grab yourself a a copy from

Joe Gajan:

Nili Brosh,Tony MacAlpine: tour photos

Amazing photos of Nili Brosh and Tony MacAlpine
Photo Credit  Vlad Toma

Gil Manoel,Camila Simont: a super tribute to Camilla Simont and Jackylene

Manuel Gil - Reunion - Video tribute to Camilla Simont / Jackylene. A small tribute to two women who left us too soon: Camila and Jackylene Simont.

Gil Manoel - Reencontro - Vídeo em homenagem à Camila Simont / Jackylene

Andy Timmons, Camila Simont: Andy ""I'm devastated and saddened to hear of the senseless loss of Camilla"

Message from Andy Timmons who watched the video "Gone" written by Camila earlier:
"I'm devastated and saddened to hear of the senseless loss of Camilla
and her mother. My heart and prayers are with her family and all her loved ones.
It's clear from the video that she had great passion for music and loved her guitar.
I'm honored that she recorded my song Gone. It certainly is influenced by my love of Brazilian music
and people.
I'm so, so sorry.
With love and healing,
Andy Timmons"

Camila plays Andy Timmons, Gone

Full details and other tributes to Camila Simont.

Andre Nieri: Jimi Hendrix Santo Angelo jam and lessons

In this lesson, Andre Nieri, uses a SANTO ANGELO Vintage Cable to tell a little about Jumi Hendrix life in the 60s and his incredible influence on many guitarists around the world. Enjoy.


Rick Graham: Insideout live at Toneworld - awesome!

Hi Guys, this is a performance of the title track from my album 'Insideout' at a clinic I did with Reb Beach. Check out the INSANEgear behind me!!! Visit the Toneworld website:

Rick Graham - 'Insideout' live at Toneworld

Davide Montorsi: Splawn Nitro Jam

Splawn Nitro Jam

Amy Schugar: interview

Ross Muir: If we could start with the album and collaborative project you are most known for, Amy. In 2003 you recorded Under Construction with Michael Schenker.
How did that association and recording come about?

Amy Schugar: Michael and I met at an Eric Johnson Concert. And funny enough, I got to see Eric and visit with him again in the last couple of weeks. Michael came up to me when I was playing Eric's old Stratocaster. Michael liked what he heard in regards to my singing and playing. He then decided to see what I could do writing lyrics and melodies to some clips and ideas he had. He and I worked very well together and the album came about.

RM:Under Construction was only an eight track album, however. Did scheduling and time restraints restrict recording time or was is it intentional to keep it short and sharp?

AS: Yes, there were a few different issues and we had a tour coming up.
There was another song that I had been working on, but it never came out the way I had hoped for. There is a Bonus Track for the Japan release. Full interview:

Andy James: Learn to play Slipknot

Learn to play Slipknot
The wait is over! Lick Library launch Learn to Play Slipknot with nearly three hours of guitars lessons explained to you by the super shredder himself, Andy James. This double DVD features the best riffs and solos from the American band famed for its energetic live performances.

Using his incredible technical knowhow and sense of melody, Andy clearly demonstrates how you can explore the very different playing techniques of Nick Thompson and Jim Root. The split screen guitar lesson illustrates what both of Andy’s hands are doing as he takes you through each riff and solo note for note at slow, medium and up to tempo pace.

Learn To Play Slipknot (RRP £24.99) takes five Grammy nominated / winning tracks for Best Metal Performance, covering the seven year period to 2008. From the second album, Iowa, comes the melodic Left Behind, then from the third album, The Subliminal Verse, Andy explores the alternate metal style of Duality and the guitar riffs of Before I Forget, which were based on elements of an earlier song Carve. Andy then moves on to breakdown the pounding groove of Psychosocial and the melody and accessibility of Dead Memories, from the fourth album All Hope Is Gone, to show the full diversity of Slipknot.

This and the Slipknot Jam Trax (£9.99) are available from Or buy the Perfect Partner Set (RRP £29.98) saving £5.00.

News: Exclusive Laurence Cottle masterclass at the Institute

Globally renowned bassist Laurence Cottle will be returning to the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, in Kilburn, for an exclusive bass masterclass on Thursday 15th April.
Known as “one of the UK’s most outstanding performers and writers” (Jazz UK), Laurence has performed with some of the world’s greatest artists including Sting, Seal, Cher, Brian Eno, Eric Clapton, Black Sabbath and The James Taylor Quartet. He is also renowned for composing music for television shows, including Matlock, the Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America, and has recorded music for films such as Lethal Weapon and Mr. Holland’s Opus.
Laurence will spend the day teaching on the Institute’s BMus Degree course and provide private lessons for students. During the evening masterclass, he will demonstrate his stunning technique and share his knowledge and experience from working in the music industry as a session player, band member and artist in his own right.
For more information on this event or courses at the Institute, contact us directly:
- 0207 328 0222

Shuhei Matsumoto: Vision classy music, classy video

An original shred instrumental, titled, Vision.

What we can see, we cannot trust.
What we cannot see, we can only believe.
Close your eyes, and watch the world within.
We, must follow, the vision.
This is a song that I started working on for fun, back in February of 2011. Originally, this started out as a simple tune where I could practice my shred licks in A minor, but as I started writing the music down, I came up with some decent melodies and decided to make it into an actual song. Some of you may recognize the second melody in this song, which is from one of my previous compositions titled, The Forbidden One.

Written, recorded, and mixed by Shuhei Matsumoto.
Mastered by my good friend, Steven Ostroske.
(Check out his channel at
Vision by Shuhei Matsumoto is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
ShuheiMatsumotoMusic Facebook Page:

Vision - Shuhei Matsumoto - Original Shred Instrumental

PJ d'Atri: "Pace non trovo" and "Osaki's Transformation"

PJ d'Atri - Guitar Solo "Pace non trovo"

PJ d'Atri plays "Osaki's Transformation" from Urotsukidoji OST

Kirill Konyaev: Djent mixtest (Bulb - Mr.Person cover)

Kirill Konyaev - Djent mixtest (Bulb - Mr.Person cover)

Jan Laurenz: Monster alegrias "Flamenco"

Monster alegrias "Flamenco" by Jan Laurenz

Tralian: holographic fretboard introduction

Venture into a new realm of music theory in this educational scholastic achievement of astounding historical import. The Expansion Principle explains the holographic fretboard for the first time in music that has been hidden to string players since the dawn of the string instrument itself. Here in this brief documentary is a new revelation with startling evidence of a new dimension of music and a universal medium of expression for the future of two handed guitar playing.

The Expansion Principle by Tralian

Richie Kotzen: Vlog from Euro tour

Vlog 23 (vampire ware wolf)

Vlog 21 (playground)

Vlog 20 (richie shows his live rig)

Vlog 19 (bored in dressing room)

Nico Schliemann: Suhr Rasmus guitar - MI Audio Blues Pro v3

NEWEST AND LATEST v3 BUILD. The Blues Pro is a little bit more compressed, which give the pedal a bit of extra punch. It also sounds throatier than the Blue Boy in high gain settings. The tone control is very intuitive to use (it's much closer to the Blue Boy's brightness control). It makes a great compliment to the Blue Boy, but its true soul-mate is the Crunch Box. The two pedals are a natural extension of each other. or click to buy immediately:
Edited, produced and played by Nico Schliemann
Amp Hook EL34 Top

Suhr rasmus guitar

MI Audio Blues Pro v3 | demo

Guthrie Govan: making waves in Seoul!

Guthrie Govan- Waves

plus a little Charlie Parker

Guthrie Govan playing "Donna Lee" bebop song by Charlie Parker

Joop Wolters: jams over Andy James backing track

shot a jam this morning over a A James BT, ..loving the fury and fire of andy j's music..


Tom Quayle,Rick Graham: Spain Jam MUST SEE!

Rick and I jamming over Chick Corea's 'Spain' whilst both suffering from substantial hangovers!

I'm using Rick's POD and Rick is playing through his incredible Splawn Nitro head.


Tom Quayle & Rick Graham - Spain Jam

Tony MacAlpine, Nili Brosh: Hungary 2012

Tony MacAlpine

Tony MacAlpine 2

Ulisses Miyazawa: tribute to Greg Howe - Direct Injection

GREG HOWE - Direct Injection (by Ulisses Miyazawa)

David Wallimann: Becoming A Better Musician

Becoming A Better Musician Quality guitar backing tracks and videos at

Jeff Kollman, Ric Fierabracci: Cosmosquad Live

Cosmosquad Live -Jeff Kollman, Ric Fierabracci, Shane Gaalaas

Michael Angelo Batio, Florent Atem, Carole Atem: Nuclear Blues

Michael Angelo Batio, Florent Atem, Carole Atem - "Nuclear Blues" (Tahiti 2008)

Chris Letchford: Colossal Strandberg 7 String

Chris Letchford playing "Colossal", from our 2011 release "The Collective", out now on cd, Itunes and vinyl!
Chris Letchford: Custom 7 String Strandberg.
Fractal Axe Fx Ultra's.
Mackie HD1221 Wedges.
Ernie Ball Strings
Intune "Chris Letchford" signature white Jazz III 1.14mm picks.

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Chris Letchford "Colossal" Play Through Video • Strandberg 7 String • HD

Esteban D Mello: two hands two necks electric classical

Michel Teló - Ai se eu te Pego (Two-handed Guitar Tapping)

Chopin - Nocturne Op. 9 no 2 in Two-handed Guitar Tapping

Lucas Araujo: 7th Live4Guitar Competition

7th Live4Guitar Competition Entry - Lucas Araujo [a.k.a Rymaru Master]

Glenn Proudfoot: Building Patterns in the Pentatonic Scale, Part 2

The following content is related to the April 2012 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store:

In his second Guitar World column, Glenn Proudfoot continues his look a building patterns in the pentatonic scale, this month focusing on using pentatonic sequences to create what he calls "power burst" runs.

Glenn Proudfoot - Loud & Proud: Building Patterns in the Pentatonic Scale, Part 2

Richie Kotzen: I need an Angel and one arrives

Richie Kotzen:
A dude came out of the audience tonight and sang 'my angel' for me... He saved the day... Thanks Richie (same name as me)

Richie and Richie; Kotzen needs help (Angel)

Joe Bonamassa: Talks About the Seymour Duncan Convertible Amp

Joe Bonamassa talks with Seymour Duncan's Chief of Engineering Kevin Beller about the Seymour Duncan Convertible Amplifier.

Joe Bonamassa Talks About the Seymour Duncan Convertible Amp

Miro: neo neo

Miro Fugue(Baroque Metal)

BenYamin HangShing: The French Guitar Contest

BenYamin HangShing - Entry The FRENCH Guitar CONTEST 2012

Tommy Vitaly: Hanging Rock new CD teaser - shredding rock

Tommy Vitaly "Hanging Rock" teaser video

Matte Johansson: neo improvisation


Damir Simic: Fender Award Winner

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation Europe - Best Electric Guitar Player Award 2006.......featuring Jeff Bowders on Drums, Ricky Riccardo on Bass and Berislav Blazevic on Keyboards

Damir Simic Shime Fender Award Winner

Sakarin Suwannarat: The French guitar competition


Andrei Solovyov: cool sweep picking lesson


Dana deChaby: DNA new album released

A guitarist for over 20 years, Dana deChaby has now completed what was surely his destiny, an all instrumental METAL album that features all of his diverse influences and study of music. From Mastodon to Mahler, it's all there in his debut solo album, DNA. Composed and recorded in his home studio, DNA features blistering seven string riffs and solos, advanced harmonies, crushing drums and acoustic and electronic interludes, while taking the listener on a journey. The destination?

Greg Koch: Wildwood "10" '59 Strat Relic

Site: Koch:
Serial Number: JC1797
Brand: Fender Custom Shop
Model: Dealer Select Wildwood "10" '59 Stratocaster
Type: Stratocaster
Year: 1959
Finish Color: Faded Shell Pink
Aging: Relic
Finish Type: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Weight: 7.32 lbs.
Master Builder: John Cruz
Body Wood: Alder
Neck Wood: Quarter Sawn Maple
Neck Shape: '59 Large "C"
Fingerboard: Brazilian Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: Exclusive Wildwood Custom "10" Radius
Inlays: Clay Dot
Scale Length: 25.5"
Width at Nut: 1.650"
Nut Material: Bone
Frets: Dunlop 6105
Pickups: 3 John Cruz Limited Single-Coils
Controls: 1 Volume, 2 Tone, 5-Way Switch
Hardware : Nickel Hardware
Bridge: Vintage Tremolo
Tuners: Vintage Style with Nickel Buttons
Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint
Case: Limited Edition Hardshell Case with Embroidered Custom Shop Logo
Case Candy: Vintage-Style Strap, Polish Cloth, Ash Tray Cover, 3-Way Switch

COA: Yes

SOLD • Fender Dealer Select Masterbuilt Wildwood "10" '59 Strat Relic • SN: JC1797