Thursday, 26 April 2012

Juninho Silva: Marco Sfogli BT Improv

Marco Sfogli BT Improv - Juninho Silva

News: A chance to win Jam Track Central vouchers on Facebook

Post yourself jamming to one of our tracks on our Facebook page and if you get the most likes then win yourself £50 worth of Jam Track Central vouchers! Don't forget to get your mates to vote!

Stephanie Pickard: On Band Happy
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Stephanie Pickard from As Fate Paves Ruin, solo for "The Grand Apocalypse"

Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes: Animals As Leaders UK and Belgium tour dates with Tesseract

Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes: Animals As Leaders live at their Frankfurt Musikmesse appearance, photos by Shred Medium... aka Dan Monk

From musikmesse 2012

Animals As Leaders

UK & Belgium, we're coming back in the fall! This time we'll be headlining and our friends in TesseracT will be joining us.

Andy James: Custom Metal Series 2

Prepare For Round 2

A great Jam track package consists of instantly 'jammable' tracks with inspiring solos and Andy James gets the recipe right every time. His first series is this years biggest seller so far and his brand new follow up series is sure to do it again. The new 5 track package is witness to Andy coming at a more melodic angle, yet he manages to maintain the usual hard hitting metal stance that we know and love as well as throwing tonnes of pure emotion into his playing. 'Eyes of the World' is a little more on the rocky side, 'Sixth Sense' laid back, 'A New Dawn' groovy, 'Horizons' progressive and 'Time and Time Again' is a ballad which the most successful of metal bands would be proud to have on their biggest selling albums. Andy also manages to throw a few tasty new tricks and phrases in there that will keep you practicing for weeks on end too.
All in all, Custom Metal Series 2 is an absolutely fantastic second series and we highly recommend you come check it out.
For those of you that are just interested in listening to the music then you can also get the EP by clicking here. Andy's Custom Metal Series 1 is only on offer for a couple more days too. Check the links below for more info.

Andy James - Custom Metal Series TWO

If you simply wanna buy the 5 tracks from Andy's Custom Metal Series 2 package, then now you can!
The EP contains 5 tracks which combine a mixture of a more rockier approach, with the occasional bit of funk thrown in yet always contains some meaty metal and pure emotion.

Ron Thal: In front of 100,000 people, that can actually be the most alone feeling

While playing sold out arenas all year sounds glamorous, Ron said there is a down side to the screaming throngs of people waiting to see him play.
“In front of 100,000 people, that can actually be the most alone feeling. If you’re doing that every night of the year and not getting enough of a personal connection with the audience, you start feeling like you’re just a 2-D image on a movie screen,” Bumblefoot said. “I think it’s important to break that disconnect.”
To that end, he said the band played theatre gigs earlier this year. “Walking out each night, and the audience would reach up and play your guitar, you could put a guitar pick on the security guy’s head…it was so normal and real, like it’s supposed to be.” Other times, he noted, the band goes to a club to jam after their show was over.
“We played two nights at Wembley and in between, we went to the Cuckoo Club in London and played an acoustic set at 4 AM,” Ron said. “Just random shit, we do that.”

Nita Strauss: comments on Warners decision to close Road Runner in Europe

Nita Strauss
It's a sad day for metal
Warner Music Group — who acquired a majority stake in Roadrunner Records in 2007 and have 100% owned the label since late 2010 — is shutting down the legendary metal imprint’s European offices “in a cost cutting move.”

Glenn Proudfoot: Sick Licks No: 2

Sick Licks No: 2. This "Sick Lick" is using the Diminished Scale in the key of E. Please visit for your Transcription.

Glenn Proudfoot - Sick Licks No: 2

Christophe Godin, Thomas Bressel, Ivan Rougny, Jean Fontanille: Vigier Day!!

I give you a date not to be missed: Saturday, April 28 next! 14H
Date on which I lead a Masterclass at Buxerolles (near Poitier) to Gam Guitars

MASTERCLASS and CONCERT will be broadcast LIVE on the site !

(You can also ask questions to the artists and myself even if you can not be present)

I will be surrounded by Jean FONTANILLE, Gowy, Christophe Godin, Yvan Rougny and Aurélien Ouzoulias)

Patrice Vigier and ....! who will be happy to type the ox during the concert of Morglbl Trio!

see you soon!

Thomas Bressel


Tohpati Bertiga: Riot - Indonesian releases a shredding fusion CD

TOHPATI (guitars, guitar synth); INDRO HARDJODIKORO (bass); BOWO (drums)

World-class Indonesian guitarist Tohpati reveals further sides of his diverse musical palette with the debut from his power trio, Tohpati Bertiga. Riot frequently puts the rockier side of Tohpati's style on display (and in full force!) on this scorching fusion shredfest.SpacerVenturing far into uncharted territory, Bertiga covers ground where few trios would dare tread -- much less in a live performance. All new compositions from Tohpati test the mettle of this trio, and they are most certainly up to the task. Augmented by imaginative melodies, twisting changes, superb soloing and driving, relentless rhythms, this album is a tour-de-force of modern fusion shredding at its most creative.SpacerWith his gifted playing taking center stage, Tohpati places yet more dimensions of his accomplished guitar stylings on display. Showing that he is just as "at home" with rock and even funk settings as he is with jazz and fusion, this album further cements his rightful place among the highest echelon of today's guitar giants.SpacerRecorded live in sparkling studio-quality fidelity, Riot is a fine addition to Tohpati's already impressive resume.

Track 1 Upload (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 2 I Feel Great (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 3 Riot (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 4 Middle East (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 5 Pay Attention (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 6 Rock Camp
Track 7 Absurd
Track 8 Disco Robot
Track 9 Lost In Space
Track 10 Bertiga

Milan Polak: working hard on new project and now on Sound Cloud.

Milan Polak is working on a new and as yet undisclosed project which is sure to appeal to guitar players... more to follow.

Milan is also on Sound Cloud.

Steve Lukather,Steve Morse, Walter Trout,Dweezil Zappa:

No Quarter: An All-Star Tribute to Led Zeppelin

Joe Lynn Turner, Jack Russell, Rick Derringer, Michael White, Pat Travers, Jimmy Hall, Eric Bloom, Thane Shearon (vocals); Brian Robertson, Rick Derringer, Pat Travers, Dweezil Zappa, Jeff Baxter, Manny Charlton, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Walter Trout, Kurt Menk,Billy Sherwood, Bruce Kulick, Bob Kulick (guitars); Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood, Jim Kitby (keyboards); Tony Franklin, Billy Sherwood, Abe White (bass); Alan White, Doane Perry, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums)
Led Zeppelin carved out a unique and indelible place in the history of rock music. Featuring the cream of the crop of musicians and vocalists from topnotch bands such as Deep Purple, Foreigner, Great White, KISS, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Motorhead, Nazareth, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Toto, Wet Willie, and Yes, No Quarter is a fitting tribute! With a mixture of thunderous volume, a sledgehammer beat, intricate arrangements, and delicate finesse, Led Zeppelin became the most influential and successful pioneers of the heavy metal genre, redefining rock music in the seventies, and for all time, in the process. Originally drawing heavily on the blues, guitarist extraordinaire Jimmy Page blessed the group with an exceptional understanding of the recording studio as an instrument, and of rock music as a sculptured sound, creating the perfect setting for rock god Robert Plant’s intense vocals. Today, with near mystical power and often-evoking primal passions, Led Zeppelin still looms as large as ever over the rock landscape.
1. Good Times, Bad Times (LISTEN TO AUDIO) 
2. Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You (LISTEN TO AUDIO) 
3. Dazed And Confused (LISTEN TO AUDIO) 
4. Heartbreaker (LISTEN TO AUDIO) 
5. You Shook Me (LISTEN TO AUDIO) 
6. Immigrant Song (LISTEN TO AUDIO) 
8. Stairway To Heaven
9. When The Levee Breaks
10. All My Love
11. The Ocean
12. Whole Lotta Love
13. Dancing Days
14. Ramble On
15. Houses Of The Holy

Craig Erickson: Craig Erickson: Galactic Roadhouse*****Releasing 4/27/2012

Craig Erickson: Galactic Roadhouse*****Releasing 4/27/2012

Craig Erickson (guitar, vocals); Kent Burnham (drums); Fingers benson (bass)

2012 Release. Another cosmic blues CD from guitar great Craig Erickson, issued on the Blues Bureau International label.

1. Back At the Roadhouse (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
2. Torrential Download Blues (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
3. River of Tears (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
4. Rivertown (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
5. Earthquakes and Hurricanes (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
6. You Can't Keep a Good Man Down (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
7. Peace And Love
8. Engine #7
9. It's Rough All Over
10. Prodigal
11. Motormouth
12. deep

News: Truth In Shredding Daily

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Michael Lee Firkins, Travis Larson, Eric Barnett: Guitar Masters Night date

Points North, Michael Lee Firkins, & Travis Larson Band

Saturday April 28, 21:00 until 00:00

Tickets are $10 in advance ($15 at the door) through 9 Lives; to purchase advance tickets use the following link:

We're beyond thrilled to be announcing our first trip to Gilroy, and as part of one of our favorite lineups...See more

9 Lives Music Comedy & More...
Gilroy, CA 95020
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Joe Satriani: Mick Jagger saved my career

In a recent interview posted on Ultimate guitar:
Joe Satriani was ready to abandon the music industry when Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger hired him.

The guitar virtuoso was losing $8,000 a week on a failing tour in 1988 as he struggled to promote his album "Surfing With The Alien" – then Jagger added him to his touring band. The six-stringer has never looked back from there.

News: A guitar that your girlfriend won't like you playing...

"Sweet A$$" woman shaped 6 string acoustic guitar by

Eric Sempe: new Masterclass details

Eric Sempe
Hello all
Do not miss these shows if you are in these regions (southern France and French Guiana)

ShowCase, MasterClass
Dominique DI PIAZZA (Bass), Felix Sabal-Lecco (Drums), Eric SEMPE (Guitar)

Thursday, May 3, 21:00,
the B-Spot
in Nice.


SEMPE duo Eric (guitar), Dominique Di Piazza (bass)

Friday, May 4, 20:00,
Cave Wilson
in Nice.



Eric Sempe (Guitar), Felix Sabal-Lecco (Drums), Dominic Dipiazza (Bass), NeilGerstenberg (Sax, Flute, EWI), Claude Tedesco (Keyboard), Gerard Kurkdjian(Percussion)

Saturday, May 5, 21:00,
the Metronome
in Nice



Eric Sempe (Guitar), Felix Sabal-Lecco (Drums), Dominic Dipiazza (Bass), NeilGerstenberg (Sax, Flute, EWI), Claude Tedesco (Keyboard), Gerard Kurkdjian(Percussion)

Saturday, May 12, 21:00,
Auditorium Ink
Cayenne (French Guiana)


Master Class

Dominique DI PIAZZA (Bass), Felix Sabal-Lecco (Drums), Eric SEMPE (Guitar)

Sunday, May 13, 10:00
School of Music of Guyana
Cayenne (French Guiana)

JP Cervoni: Steve Vai's Digital Nations Is Proud To Present - LA Sessions

Guitarist JP Cervoni has the ability to grab your attention and hold it with the palm of his hand. His captivating phrasing and endless blues-rock-fusion riffs shows just how free he is in expressing his heartfelt music.
Jp has worked with some of the top players and producers that L.A. has to offer, such as Simon Phillips (The Who/Toto), Buddy Miles (Hendrix), Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Santana), Frank Gambale, Vinnie Colauta, Tony Levin, Ike Willis (Frank Zappa), Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne), Jeff Babko, Marco Mendoza, Jimi Earl, Carl Verheyen, and Steve Lukather just to name a few, in a career spanning decades.

In Los Angeles, you need to be what JP calls a "Chameleon" player, to be able to handle the various gigs and sessions that come your way, rock, funk, blues, R&B, country, latin... It's all here and you need to be able to mold your style & sound to the required work on hand.

This album is a sample of various sessions recorded in the last few years with various budgets and studio environments and for a variety of artists, featuring Mike Hansen, (Steve Vai, George Lynch), Ira Black (Metal Church), Tim Bogart (Vanilla Fudge), Carmen Grillo (Tower of Power), Albert Wing & Ike Willis (Frank Zappa), Phill Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne), Joey Heredia, Brandino (Joss Stone), Arnold McCuller (Phil Collins), Vinnie Colaiuta, Tony Brock (Rod Stewart), Scott Henderson, Jude Gold (GIT Director), Kirk Convington (Tribal Tech), Simon Phillips, Michael Thompson, Vittorio Iue', Michael Kang, Duane Waider, Kenny Wilkerson (Nova Rex), and others.

JP explains how each session came about, what featured musicians where part of each sessions and what equipment he used on the iTunes PDF.

JP is currently finishing a production for a new young asian/american rock band ( working with Simon Phillips) He is putting together a band with Ike Willis ( Frank Zappa ) and Mike Hansen ( George Lynch-Steve Vai ) that will perform Zappa music. JP's Classic Rock documentary "Nova Rex: Ain't Easy Being Cheesy" has been included in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Look out for JP Cervoni "Blues & Beyond Band" on Tour!

JP Cervoni tests out our new set-net neck Topanga guitar

Alex Giallombardo: The Hard And Bitter Truth - studio performance

Alex Giallombardo - The Hard And Bitter Truth (studio live at Musx)

Frank Caruso,Gianni Sebo, Gianni Rojatti: 24 String = 2 * 8 Strings

A live session in the studio of Strings24, Italian guitar trio made ​​up of Frank Caruso, Gianni Sebo and Jana Xotta Rojatti.
The title of this song is Here Comes the Light and is the opening song of their latest album Speak. As always toting Strings24 their fide Ibanez 8-strings!

Strings24 - Here Comes the Light

Jeff Berlin, Neil Peart: YYZ Jazz style, New York 2008


Prashant Aswani: live appearance and Digitech demo

Prashant Aswani live in Los Angeles, CA. Prashant Aswani - Guitars, Jeff Marshall - guitars, Daniel Pearson - Bass, Jake Hayden - Drums. Performing "Shades of Gray" from new album - Sonically Speaking. Sonically Speaking

Prashant Aswani Live - "Shades of Gray"

Digitech Clinic using GSP 1101. Custom Shop ESP Guitar. NAMM 2009.

Prashant Aswani - Change - Digitech - NAMM 2009

Michel Top: Fuhrmann Punch Box demo

Michel Top - Fuhrmann Punch Box (2)

Alex Vasilenko: free blues lesson in A

Full free lesson at
Backing track at

GUTHRIE GOVAN style - blues in A lesson SLOW tempo

George Marios: Tom Quayle's Shur given some love

George Marios:
Hey guys,

Here is a short snippet from one of the tracks from the EP.

Many thanks to Tom Quayle for filming and recording the guitars

Enjoy and stay tuned for more news!


That looks like Tom Quayle's Suhr guitar to me :)

Guitar takes from the upcoming EP

Marcelo Paganini, Gary Husband: Technodream

Paris, France – One of the most intriguing guitarists to emerge from South America, Marcelo Paganini, a French/Brazilian guitarist/composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist/actor/journalist, who is best known for his hit song “Blues de Ninguem” with Brazilian rock band Kamikaze, has resided in Paris since 1984, and through the years has garnered a number of impressive accomplishments to his credit. Marcelo, whose YouTube channel has had over 33,000 views, most recently created a new video for his 2007 single "Technodream", which is now available for viewing on YouTube.

"Marcelo Paganini always reminds me of Glauber Rocha: 'A guitar in hand and an idea in your head'." Arrigo Barnabe (Brazilian avant garde composer of "Clara Crocodilo")

"Marcelo Paganini is a truly unique musician. His style and vision are one of a kind and it is written into the DNA of his music. In a world of pastiche and imitation, Marcelo actually has something original to say which we should all sit up and take notice of." - Guy Michelmore (Award-Winning film composer, Marvel Films)

Marcelo Paganini first started performing back in 1975, and has worked with the likes of renowned guitarist Tiberio Nascimento, as well as legendary Belo Horizonte ensemble Tribo de Solos. In 1985 Marcelo made a guest appearance on the album 'Four French Forms' released on Luc Mariani's Delphes Records, which has become a cult classic amongst progressive rock fans. His one-man Midi band show 'Marcelo Paganini is the Band' was one of the first Brazilian live electronic acts back in 1986 and had influenced countless musicians and bands. He has his own studio on the countryside close to Le Mans, in Normandy, and leads the only Brazilian funk/rock band in France. Over the past 30 years Marcelo has written over 300 songs, and in 2004 he composed his first symphony titled 'Belo Horizonte'. From 2003 to the present Marcelo has been active in film making and has won the Oddball TV 69 Hours Film Challenge at the Portobello Film Festival in London in September 2011. In recent years Marcelo has formed the Marcelo Paganini Hendrix Tribute and has performed in France and the US; most recently at Billy Bob's Disneyland Paris in November 2011. “There is 'before' and 'after' Jimi Hendrix,” says Marcelo. “He changed music forever. I felt that I had to pay tribute to him in a special way 40 years after his tragic death. To understand him better I bought a white left-handed Strat and turned it upside down, bought almost the same gear he had. The first gig ever of The Jimi Hendrix Experience was in Evreux in 1966, close to where I live in France. We played our first gig 50 miles from there one day after his birthday in November 2010, celebrating his life instead of his death. I also went to London and NYC, played at Cafe WHA and visited Electric LadyStudios. We are looking forward to playing more gigs to celebrate Jimi's 70th anniversary this year.”

Marcelo Paganini is busy in his studio now recording an album for his friend Michael Molenda to be released later this year on the new label Guitar Player Magazine Records. Eumir Deodato, Gary Husband and Billy Sherwood kindly accepted Marcelo Paganini's invitation to join the project. Expect some more surprise guests among the best musicians in the industry. Marcelo's single from 2007 “Technodream”, described as an intense, frantic, intricate piece of music with virtuosic guitar playing throughout, is about hit 30,000 plays on MySpace, creating a major buzz among the worldwide guitar community. “Every time I buy a new piece of gear I write a new song to celebrate,” explains Marcelo. “ 'Technodream' was made the day I bought my iMac and tried out Logic on it for the very first time. Then I uploaded it to MySpace and it became an instant hit there. To celebrate 5 years since it all begun, I uploaded an experimental video I made for 'Technodream' on YouTube, it will be screened at Portobello Film Festival next September."

Here's what is being said about Marcelo Paganini's "Technodream":

Technodream - Marcelo Paganini

2012 NAMM Marcelo Paganini plays Burn on Nord C20

"Marcelo Paganini represents what's coming in music. And by that I mean the future!! His guitar concepts are out of this world! Check out his 'Technodream' concept." - Eumir Deodato (legendary Jazz artist)

"Really good, so crazy and interesting." - Dinho Leme (drummer from legendary Brazilian psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes)

"Marcelo Paganini, a guy with conceptions that smokes!" - Jan Dumee (former guitarist with Focus)

"Check out this cool track from my good friend Marcelo!" - Jack Hotop, Korg

"Marcelo's passion for music is front and center in "Technodream." Great guitar tone, too!" - Dominic Milano (former Editor in chief Keyboard, Guitar Player Magazine)

Lastly Marcelo has this to impart to his fans and listeners, “Great music and musicians helped me get through the hard times in my life and inspired me to become who I am today. I hope someday young people who listen to my music will be inspired to express themselves in an original way too.”

For more information:

To purchase Marcelo Paganini “Technodream”:

Kamikaze “Blues de ninguem” video:

Press Inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158,