Saturday, 12 May 2012

Juan Carlos Portillo,Dávid Mókos:Storm Bird

Hungary-Mexico collaboration.
More from Dávid Mókos: from jcp:
Mokos David Film music, and Alphacannel co production, alias Mókos Dávid in Hungarian and Juan Carlos Portillo in Mexico presents Storm Bird.
Video Edition, Mix and Direction by Dávid Mókos.

Storm Bird-Dávid Mókos/Juan Carlos Portillo

Sergio Paganini: Rock Fusion - Out of Reach

Out of Reach composto por Sergio Paganini inspirado no album Project de Greg Howe e Richie Kotzen

Musica original :
Rock Fusion - Out of Reach - Sergio Paganini

Jim Machairas: revisits Shred this

This is an updated-rerecorded version of my former entry for that great competition,organised by I really enjoyed it at that time,I decided to remake it with a far better sound and playing,hope so.... For more visit: or Once again Have a great bandwidth abuse.....

''Shred this'' contest entry revisited-Jim Machairas

Michael Lee Firkins: Ronnie Montrose Memorial Concert 2012

Michael Lee Firkins was the last guitar slinger to play live with Ronnie Montrose and so it's only fitting that he delivers such a great show as to make the master weep. God bless Ronnie Montrose and Michael Lee Firkins too!

Michael Lee Firkins: Ronnie Montrose Memorial Concert 2012

See Michael Lee Firkins on tour with Atma Anur and Barend Courbois this fall in Europe

15.09.2012 Holland - SatyrBlues Fest. (Michael Lee Firkins/Atma Anur/Barend Courbois)
17.09.2012 Holland - Zoetermeer - Boerderij (Michael Lee Firkins/Atma Anur/Barend Courbois)
18.09.2012 Holland - Roermond - Clinic @ Music Store (Michael Lee Firkins/Atma Anur/Barend Courbois)
19.09.2012 Holland - Roermond - Kultuur Fabriek (Michael Lee Firkins/Atma Anur/Barend Courbois)
20.09.2012 Holland - Tilburg - Paradox (Michael Lee Firkins/Atma Anur/Barend Courbois)
21.09.2012 Holland - Leeuwarden - Theater Romein (Michael Lee Firkins/Atma Anur/Barend Courbois)
22.09.2012 Holland - De Pul - Uden (Michael Lee Firkins/Atma Anur/Barend Courbois)

Tom Quayle: Empress Effects Phaser - nth degree demo

Playing starts (Tap Mode) - 2:46Waveforms - 9:15Knob Mode - 13:17Stages & Resonance Switches - 17:55Auto Mode (Sub-modes 1-6) - 22:20Sub-mode 7 (Rhythmic Phasing) - 37:44Control Port - 45:30
This is an extensive demo of the incredible 'Empress Phaser' pedal from Empress Effects - Canada. This is an amazing pedal that requires a lengthy demo to outline all of the features so apologies for the length but it's worth it to see how great the sounds are from this thing. I go through all of the available features of the pedal and give sound clips of each mode. Here's the details from the Empress Effects website: -
'Redefining the phaser effect from the ground up, Empress Effects has created a phaser pedal unlike anything else on the market. Employing a unique VCA based design, the Empress Phaser Pedal offers unparalleled signal-to-noise ratio. Choose between 2 stage, 4 stage or an Empress exclusive 3 stage mode; all controllable via tap tempo sweeping through an impressive set of 8 waveforms.
The Empress Phaser Pedal is the next generation in the evolution of digitally-controlled analog technology. It features an all-analog signal path but is controlled by a microprocessor, allowing it to maintain all its character and analog flavor while adding a ton of possibilities for control and adaptability. Sure, it does the classic jet sounds, super funky auto-wah and ring modulators, as well as having vibrato and Univibe sounds on tap. But what really sets the Empress Phaser Pedal apart are the auto modes: envelope following, audio-triggered sweeps, rhythms and direct control are just a few of the settings found on the Empress Phaser Pedal.

It also offers unsurpassed connectivity by featuring expression pedal control as well as accepting control voltage, external tap, external audio control and MIDI. All of this comes in a rock solid die cast aluminum enclosure with true bypass keeping things clean.'
Check out the rest of their range at

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Empress Effects Phaser - Extensive Demo - Tom Quayle

Andy James: Sacred Mother Tongue - AJ and the boys off to China!!!

Sacred Mother Tongue - China tour promo

Andy James: the high performance series V12

Andy James: the high performance series. 12 performance videos from one of the most exciting players of this modern guitar age.

Andy James: the high performance series

Vinnie Moore, Jonathan Grell, Laurie Monk: Time Machine - Stanton T92

OK, I've singularly failed to nail the chronoscopes for my initial design for my time machine... so, as a stop gap, I decided that it was time to implement plan B, aka get the quartz Locked direct drive record deck, aka the Stanton T92 USB turntable, attach by S/PDIF coaxial interconnect to Onyko 7.1 surround sound amp, whack up the volume (technical term that means set the volume control for 11) and sit back.

So over to the record collection, look through over 500 plus LP's to try and pick out an appropriate first LP to play. They sit there a wall of cardboard clad, vinyl masterpieces. Getting an excited glance after having lived in a boxed exile for over 15 years. God so many to choose from... must pick something obscure...that's it, I got it! So first up... "Winter Cat" featuring guitarist Jonathan Grell, this guy has precision picking in Winterkat's version of the Jimi Hendrix classic "Little Wing"... I am slightly worried, may be a little scared... what if they were warped, scratched, just unplayable? I reach in to the decorated sleeve and take out black round 12" slab of cold pressed vinyl. Gingerly I place it down, I lift the anti skate enabled, Ortofon headed steel arm over the fragle cargo... blue lights tell me the power is on, I engage direct drive... bingo!

I need not have worried, perfect! A little rounder than the pin sharp crystal clarity of CD sound, may be like vat of amontillado, rich, warm and full. Next up Vinnie Moore and Minds Eye! A full album, I'm now recalling why albums were so great... I sit down, pour over the cover... hey I didn't remember that it was Larry Di Marzio who took the photo on the back cover! I listen to the first track... "In Control"... yeah! It doesn't stop... we roll through side one, no fast forward, no skipping a track, just me and the record.

I might have solved part of the problem. Note to self... delay the final tweaks to the Atavachron time machine... and get a bottle of Grecian 2000.

Unboxing the Stanton T92
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Stanton T92 in place
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Winkerkat, an obscure album
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Jonathan Grell is on the reverse
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Inside Vinnie Moore's Minds Eye
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The back cover, photo by Larry DiMarzio
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Derek Oliver says "I can guarantee you if you are into screaming guitar histrionics then this will be your album of the decade"
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Laurie Monk: listening queue of physical CD's growing

Lots of great new stuff to listen to... Plus all the download only albums... busy, busy, busy...

From 9 May 2012

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Andy James: Sacred Mother Tongue sign to EMI

New record deal in the bag... time to celebrate with massive rock star style tattoo overload. Congratulations to the king of Ikarus!

SANTA ROSA CA, 05/11/12
UK metallers Sacred Mother Tongue (featuring virtuoso lead guitarist Andy James) have signed with EMI for their new studio album!
The band have also confirmed that they’ll be announcing a special London showcase gig very soon, and will be jetting off including an immense headline tour in China featuring a slot at the prestigious Hang Zhou West Lake Music Festival! Nicely done, lads!
In the mean time, check out the band’s sweet new lyric video for new single, ‘Seven’! Go on.

Sacred Mother Tongue "Seven"- Official Lyric Video - Album Teaser

Sacred Mother Tongue - Album 2 Pre Production - Live Rehearsal

Panos Arvanitis: F# diatonic pentatonics at high velocity

Fast pentatonic licks-diatonic licks in F#

Emiliano Zapata: first sight of new solo CD

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Emiliano Zapata - News of my first album

Rex Pearson: Steve Vai Tender Surrender Alien

You can hire me as your guitarist on your next album. just head to and head to the studio or live section to book me. Big and small projects considered

A New Guitar Cover Of Tender Surrender By Rex Pearson

Welcome to this Cover of Steve Vai's Tender Surrender "Alien Love Secrets". This is one of my all time favourite songs of his that blends subtle tones and controlled nuance in a similar style to Wes Montgomery a guitarist known for his octave approach to melody writing which you will see at the start of this video which then progresses to absolute ballsy rock character all subtly woven together in 1 track. Tender surrender is tune I listened to when I was first starting out with guitar and one I had always wanted to play. With many songs I will usually try out my own versions of them trying to incorporate a bit of creativity within it but in this Tender Surrender Cover I felt the song itself was such perfection I didn't want to ruin it! I was going for a full note for note transcription and performance with the exception of the end. I really hope you enjoy watching this and that it can in some way inspire you to pick up your guitar today.

One of the best ways of keeping motivated playing the guitar is to watch other guitarists perform. I often post these music videos in the hope that it might inspire some people to pick up the guitar and play for that little bit extra than they normally would. By sharing this video you can help others to keep motivated. any comments are always greatly appreciated too!

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Steve Vai Tender Surrender Alien Love Secrets Cover By Rex Pearson

Eric Maldonado: Eric Johnson Pentatonics

Here is our 2nd installment of our LOTW series. Today we are looking at a cool concept for pentatonics used by guitar heroes like Eric Johnson and Lincoln Brewster.
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Eric Johnson Pentatonic Shred Lick - ShredTricks - Guitar Lesson - Rolling Pentatonics -

Aleksandar Sukovic: transcribing piano for guitar

Aleksandar Sukovic:
Use piano or keyboard (or some other instrument) to compose guitar solos, and combine guitar techniques to perform it! The results can be surprising!

GUITAR SOLO composed on piano

Fred Brum: Eclipse - Lace Pickups Deathbar demo


Fred Brum the likable enigmatic

My album Atonement is available (along with a free downloadable track at - please give it a listen. :)
Official Website - http://www.fredbrum.comFacebook -
The kind folks at Lace Pickups ( ) kindly sent me a set of Deathbars so I could review them and get rid of the pickups I had on my T7, which were not to my liking at all, and I most curious to see how the old gal would work with them, as I already use the Aluma90's on my Strandberg.
The track you hear here is called Eclipse and will be featured on my new album (which will be called Transcendence, if you care to know). It was quite easy to record with these, as they have a lot of articulation and hot (but not insanely so) output, so getting things nice and clear without any sort of heavy post-processing wasn't a problem at all.

Signal chain was, as usual, guitar straight into the Kemper Profiling Amp and from there to a Presonus 22SVL. I hope you enjoy the video! :)

Fred Brum - Eclipse - Lace Pickups Deathbar demo

Mirko Quaglio: great Legato Fusion - Schecter Blackjack C-7

Mirko Quaglio: improvisation over a Bmin vamp backing track, with some applied concepts.
rock fusion improvisation Schecter Blackjack C-7 + Roland Cube 80x

David Jacobson: time to jam - live improvisation

Here is a nice improvised jam.

David Jacobson - guitar
Mark Solters - Keys
Eli M. Collins - Bass
Paco - guitar
Billy - bass

Careful with that Axe Dave

Joe Bonamassa: Driving Towards The Daylight #6

Get your FREE Download of Joe Bonamassa's single of his new album "Driving Towards The Daylight"
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Twitter: @jbonamassa #jbonamassa #DTTD

Guitar Superstar Joe Bonamassa works with Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford on New Solo Album "Driving Towards The Daylight" - releasing May 22

Bonamassa stars in a reality Web TV series "Countdown to Daylight" which premiered 10 episodes beginning April 3rd featuring never-before-seen interviews and behind the scenes footage of Joe in the studio

"Driving Towards The Daylight" starring Joe Bonamassa Episode 6 #DTTD

Milan Polak: Back On Track competition... one way to do it!

"Back On The Track" - Milan Polak (one of Guitar World's 50 fastest guitarists)

T-Rex Back On Track

Jason Becker: The JB200C officially announced

Carvin Guitars & Pro Audio
New from Carvin – The JB200C Jason BeckerTribute Guitar!

Carvin's relationship with Jason Becker dates back to the late 1980s, and we're excited to welcome this influential and inspirational guitarist back to the Carvin family.

For more details about the JB200C, and to watch the video of the guitar being created, visit

Allan Holdsworth: Fabrik - Hamburg, Germany 2012

Allan Holdsworth Band Highlights - Live @ Fabrik - Hamburg, Germany, May 6 2012
by Virgil donati PLUS 5 hours 37 minutes ago
Allan Holdsworth Guitar
Virgil Donati Drums
Jimmy Haslip Bass

Alex Martinho,Juninho Afram,Sydnei Carvalho,Gustavo di Padua: Double Vision

Music: "Double Vision" (Alex Martin and Sydnei Carvalho). "Jam" held at the end of the event sponsored by the Modern Music School, Music and Nig Tagima on 24/10/2011, MFA in Theater, Niterói - RJ. Guitarists, the left to right: Alex Martin, Juninho Afram, Sydnei Carvalho and Gustavo di Padua.George Mathias on bass, and drums Rodrigo Martin. More info for new events:

Jam com Alex Martinho, Juninho Afram, Sydnei Carvalho e Gustavo di Padua - "Double Vision"

Jason Becker: gets his own YouTube Artist channel

About YouTube - Jason Becker

Jason Becker is an American hard rock guitarist who formed the band Cacophony in the late '80s with fellow guitarist Marty Friedman and recorded two albums with it, Speed Metal Symphony (1987) and Go Off! (1988). He made the instrumental solo album Perpetual Burn in 1988. In 1989, he left Cacophony and was hired by David Lee Roth to replace Steve Vai in his backup band, appearing on the album A Little Ain't Enough (1991). Shortly after he joined Roth's band, however, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a rare degenerative illness that causes paralysis. Nevertheless, he succeeded in completing a second solo album, Perspective, released on his own label in 1996. Raspberry Jams, an album of demos, followed in 1999, and in 2001, through the intercession of Eddie Van Halen, Perspective was given major-label release on Warner Bros. Records. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rov

Trevor Rabin: Facebook fan page

Check out the brand new Trevor Rabin Facebook Fan Page! Like it now! And check out Trevor's new album Jacaranda, released tomorrow! #TrevorRabin

Trevor Rabin shared 

Jacaranda now available on HD Tracks. Click the link below to get your HD copy now and follow my the all new Trevor Rabin twitter @Rabin_News #TrevorRabin #Jacaranda

Marcos De Ros: A Vingança do Seu Madruga

"A Vingança do Seu Madruga" - Peças de Bravura - Marcos De Ros

Andy Timmons: Masterclass Black Cat 2012

Andy Timmons Masterclass at Black Cat (CE)_08/10/2012

Andy Timmons Masterclass

Jason Sadites: East Amplification Club 18 and Studio 2 Demo

Jason showing his current rig which consists of an East Amplification Club 18 head and Studio 2 1x10 combo controlled by a Carl Martin Octaswitch II. For more info check out

East Amplification Club 18 and Studio 2 Demo w/Jas

Jason talking about his Michael Tuttle Custom guitar, Dr. Z Amps and performing his song Oddly Enough from a guitar clinic in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. 'Oddly Enough' from Jason's 2009 CD 'WEVE' which features performances by Tony Levin, Marco Minnemann, Kenny Aronoff, Brett Garsed, Chad Wackerman, Gregg and Matt Bissonette etc.

Oddly Enough credits:

Guitars - Jason Sadites
Bass - Tony Levin
Drums - Marco Minnemann

Jason Sadites - Clinic and 'Oddly Enough'

John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess: Dream Theater video competition

Create your own video for "Lost Not Forgotten" and it will be featured in our live show seen around the world!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. "Dream Theater Video Contest" ("Contest") and these official rules are governed, construed and interpreted under the laws of the United States. Valid only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are eighteen (18) years of age and older. Employees and their immediate families of Roadrunner Records, Inc., The All Blacks U.S.A., Inc. and any of their affiliated companies (collectively and individually referred to herein as "Roadrunner") or their respective Internet, product and service providers, trustees, subsidiaries, franchisees, licensees, directors, officers, employees, agents, independent contractors and advertising and promotion agencies (collectively and individually, the "Contest Entities") are not eligible to enter.
All federal, state, local laws and regulations apply. Void outside of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, and where prohibited, taxed, licensed or restricted by law.
PROMOTION PERIOD. This Contest begins at 12:00 AM EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST) on May 11, 2012 and ends at 11:59 PM (EST) on May 31, 2012 ("Contest Period"). This Contest is sponsored and administered by Dream Theater ("Artist"). Participants agree to be bound by these official rules and the final decision of the band members of Artist.
TO ENTER. Participants will produce a video clip for the Dream Theater song "Lost Not Forgotten" using a recording of the song which participants will provide. The video clip will be sent to Artist as a video response to the video posted by Artist on its youtube channel regarding the contest.
Only one (1) entry per person. By entering, Participants acknowledge compliance with these official rules including all eligibility requirements.
CONTEST SPONSOR. The Contest sponsor is: Dream Theater c/o Rob Shore and Associates, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

Dream Theater - "Lost Not Forgotten Video Contest"

Daniel Fries: Affector - Harmagedon

AFFECTOR, the highly skilled new international progressive rock/metal band consisting of German guitar-player Daniel Fries, Dutch drummer Collin Leijenaar (Neal Morse/Dilemma) as well as the US based bass player Mike LePond (Symphony X) and vocalist Ted Leonard (Spock's Beard/Enchant/Thought Chamber), are drawing nearer to the release date for their debut album, "Harmagedon", on May 21st, 2012 in Europe and May 22nd, 2012 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

In anticipation of the release date, AFFECTOR have now made a special "radio edit" version of the album song "New Jerusalem" available on their Facebook profile starting today. Check it out here: ("listen to our music")

To further introduce the band's elaborated and atmospheric songs, a 5-minute online teaser compilation with excerpts from various songs off the "Harmagedon" album has also been launched via the InsideOutMusic YouTube channel.

AFFECTOR -- "Harmagedon" (Album Teaser Compilation)

AFFECTOR checked in to comment on the song launch as follows:

Collin Leijenaar: "As we move closer to the release 'Harmagedon', I'm excited to be able to stream a full song on our Facebook page. We chose 'New Jerusalem' in the radio-edit version. This song is a bit more straight-forward than some of our other songs, but still contains the 'AFFECTOR-sound'. I'm curious if this will ever hit a radio station, but we thought it would be fun to at least have the option :)"

Daniel Fries: "I'm thrilled about the upcoming release of 'Harmagedon', this is like a dream come true for me and an honor to have worked with those prog stars! Every time I listen to 'New Jerusalem' I'm blown away by the vocals of Ted Leonard. I hope the listener will feel the same way."

AFFECTOR's debut album, "Harmagedon", was mixed and mastered at The Mouse House in Los Angeles by Rich Mouser (Spock's Beard/Transatlantic/Neal Morse) and its cover artwork can be seen above. The album also showcases four very special guests on keyboards: Alex Argento, Neal Morse (Transatlantic/Flying Colors), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) and Derek Sherinian (Planet X/Black Country communion). Also featured on the album is the Polish orchestra Sinfonietta Consonus.

The album's tracklisting reads as follows:

AFFECTOR - "Harmagedon"
1. Overture pt.1: Introduction
2. Overture pt.2: Prologue
3. Salvation
4. The Rapture
5. Cry Song
6. Falling Away & The Rise Of The Beast
7. Harmagedon
8. New Jerusalem

The initial version of "Harmagedon" will come as limited edition CD in slipcase packaging and additionally featuring 2 special acoustic versions of the songs "Harmagedon" and "New Jerusalem" as bonus tracks. The album will be also available as strictly limited 2LP version in 180gr. vinyl, as standard Digital Download and also as HD-Audio Digital Download version via I-Tunes.

AFFECTOR's "Harmagedon" album can be now pre-ordered from the InsideOutMusic shop in all its physical release formats at the following locations:
Ltd. Edition CD - click here
Black 2LP click here
Purple Coloured 2LP - click here

Some of the album's guests and other established Prog musicians checked in to comment on "Harmagedon":

"AFFECTOR's 'Harmagedon' is a solid blast of PROG metal complete with burning solos, odd time signatures, orchestral highlights, and Rock riffs that will tear your head off! Excited that I could be a part of this album!" - Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)

"I think AFFECTOR is amazing! Great playing, composition and production...and you can't beat the lyrics! Congratulations to Daniel and the gang. Excellent work!" - Neal Morse

"If you are a fan of Dream Theater and progressive hard rock, this is an essential addition to your will love it!" - Mike Portnoy (ex Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob)

Citing broad musical influences and diverse inspirations between prog and classic as well as modern rock acts, AFFECTOR is like an open marriage between progressive rock/metal and orchestral minimalism, destined to appeal to everyone into bands ranging from Dream Theater, A.C.T., Symphony X, Darkwater to Queen or Rush.

Daniel Fries - guitars
Collin Leijenaar - drums
Mike LePond - bass guitars
Ted Leonard - vocals

More details about AFFECTOR and "Harmagedon" will be announced in the coming weeks...

AFFECTOR online: