Thursday, 7 June 2012

Stéphan Forté, Daniele Gottardo, Kris Claerhout, Mike Blackburn: the train ride to Jason Beckers house

Having way too much fun on the BART on the road to Richmond... Stéphan Forté a little under the weather whilst Daniele Gottardo, Kris Claerhout, Mike Blackburn talk about last nights Pizza.


Kiko Loureiro: Mike Blackburn talks to Kiko about Jason Becker

Interview with Kiko Loureiro, guitarist extraordnaire @ NAMM 2012 about the Jason Becker benefit Amsterdam November 2011


Kosta Vreto: Wardrum - Parental

Artist: Wardrum
Song: Parental
Album: Desolation
Label: Steel Gallery Records
Directed and Edited by Synodinos Moschidis
D.P and Color Correction by Thanasis Pantzalis


Kosta Vreto's solo starts at 3:15 for the impatient.

Eugene Berger: Quad Core

I'm trying to work out how I missed this one, Mr Berger in full flow.

Eugene Berger - guitars, bass; Nir Nakav - drums; video by Galconda

Eugene Berger - Quad Core

Michael Angelo Batio, Michael Manring,Florent Atem: Nucler Blues 2009

Bass virtuoso Michael Manring, Grammy-nominated guitarist Florent Atem and keybordist Carole Atem performing the "Nuclear Blues" with Michael Angelo Batio during his second Tahiti concert on Friday, April 24th, 2009. Organized by "Musiques du Fenua et d'Ailleurs", a Tahiti-based association (formerly known as the A.P.E.A.TA.E.) which aims at promoting musical exchanges between artists from Tahiti and from abroad, the Tahiti 2009 concert was the follow-up to Michael Angelo Batio's first Tahiti performance the year before and the first time he and Michael Manring ever performed together. Additional information available at © 2009 Musiques du Fenua et d'Ailleurs. All rights reserved.

Michael Angelo Batio, Michael Manring, Florent Atem, Carole Atem - "Nuclear Blues" (Tahiti 2009)

Damjan Pejcinoski: added to Guitar On Sky judging panel!

This is an official announcement of Guitaronsky Shredding Contest. By this, I proudly announce you the presence of the one of great guitar players to the Judges Committee of Guitaronsky Shredding Contest. So please welcome, Damjan Pejcinoski on the Jury Board. Hope this will bring the new spirit for the contestants and achieve the fair result at the end of the contest. Just in case you haven't confirmed your participation, just feel free to send your video response here before 25 June, 2012. So thank you and let's keep shredding alive! :)

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Damjan's Interview

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Eugene Berger: Vigier BendNote competition

Vigier BendNote competition

Eugene Berger - As Much As Anything - Next BendNote Talent

Anas Ibn Malek: Vigier BendNote competition

Vigier BendNote competition

Anas Ibn Malek-For Nothing NextBendnoteTalent

News: Rob Silver's free guitar resources web site


There's loads of free guitar resources on here, scales chords and more, so check them out!

There's page after page of scales for guitar and lots more getting posted every week. Any scale you could want to play on guitar will be here for you before long and all free of charge.

If you found anything here useful, then share the joy and post some links!

News: Vigier, BendNote competition play at live final in Paris!

Vigier BendNote competition
Open to guitar and bass players, Next BendNote Talent will lead you to the professional world of music:
sign in by uploading a video of one of your songs, get as many votes as possible, play your song at the finals in Paris in front of a prestigious jury:

Full details of how to enter:
Win a sponsorship contract and a VIGIER guitar

Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes: talk about Ibanez 8 string guitars

Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes highlight their use of 8 string Ibanez guitars to give a full range of tones and sounds, including the bass.

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Steve Vai: discusses his Ibanez JEM70VSFG and JEM-EVO

Check out the exclusive video of Steve Vai talking about the features of his newest JEM, the JEM70V in Sea Foam Green! Steve is one of the revered few on that short list of players who have changed the way we all think about what a guitar can really do. His signature guitars are no different: iconic, sublime, awe-inspiring and outrageous. Check out the latest JEM at an authorized Ibanez dealer near you!

Steve Vai discusses his Ibanez JEM70VSFG signature mod

Steve Vai introduces the Ibanez JEM-EVO

Jakub Żytecki: Features on Aleksandra Radosavljevic track - Trapeze

Aleksandra Radosavljevic (formerly of Destiny Potato) features guitar work from the well respected Jakub Żytecki on her upcoming release.

Lee Peterson: DVD giveaway

To say thanks for all the support and sticking by me here is a giveaway.

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Open until 27th June 2012.

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News: Fender Volkswagen - the peoples guitar?

Fender and Volkswagen Join Forces

Fender is joining forces with Volkswagen to bring the raw emotion of a live music performance to the driving experience. The partnership includes equipping 2012 Volkswagen models with the all-new Fender Premium Audio System.

"The best seat in the house is now behind the wheel of a Volkswagen," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. "Our two iconic companies — one with a passion for driving, one with a passion for music — are joining forces to bring the raw emotion of live music to the driving experience."

The new Jetta GLI will be the first Volkswagen model in dealerships this spring featuring the all-new Fender Premium Audio System, developed exclusively for the Volkswagen brand. It will be available in all other Jettas later, and will be available in the new 2012 midsize sedan and 2012 Beetle in the fall. Now drivers can have Volkswagen's superior German engineering matched with the highest quality sound.

"By partnering with Volkswagen on the Fender Premium Audio System, we are creating a unique partnership with a truly innovative company allowing us to deliver a product that is as unique, expressive and dynamic as the customers who use it," said Mark Van Vleet, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs for Fender.

The Fender Premium Audio System in Volkswagen was born of collaboration between two brands known for precision in engineering and passion for innovation. To develop the best possible audio system for Volkswagen, Fender formed a partnership with Panasonic that combined Fender's 64 years of expertise in sound and sound amplification with Panasonic's 68 years of experience with mobile audio systems.

The Fender Premium Audio System in 2012 Volkswagen models is embedded in the vehicle design. Three years of research, development and tuning in a new, state-of-the-art sound lab, resulted in a nine-speaker system that delivers uncompromised clarity, regardless of volume, with a unique sound that Americans will love.

The system features proprietary Panasonic speaker technology. The system covers the cabin with directional sound from front door speakers that generate imaging beyond the capabilities of traditional speaker designs. It cuts through the noise and other distractions with front dual voice coil speakers, with extended range for all musical genres.

The design features lower inter-modulation distortion and smooth mid-range response to eliminate harshness. It is harmonically complex, with extended range tweeters and properly voiced 16cm speakers revealing original instrumentation timbre and harmonic richness.

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News: Roland release Groundbreaking Stage Amps With Original Tone

Groundbreaking Stage Amps With Original Tone

Los Angeles, CA, June 4, 2012 — Roland is pleased to announce that the GA-212 and GA-112 Guitar Amplifiers, two powerful new amplification systems that meet the rigorous demands of performing guitarists, are now available. Unlike modeling amps that set out to recreate the sound of multiple vintage classics, the GA series leverages Roland’s renowned COSM® technology to create newly voiced amplifiers with versatile, expressive tones and simple, intuitive operation. These new amps provide an organic playing experience characteristic of top-level tube designs, with all the advantages that modern digital processing brings, including memory functions, low noise, and more. From the arena to the club, the two models in the GA series offer powerful, ultra-responsive tone and high-volume performance for stage players. Equipped with two custom-designed 12-inch speakers, the GA-212 dishes a big 200 watts of power, more than enough juice for touring pros. The GA-112 sports a single 12-inch speaker and a slightly more modest 100 watts of power, making it the perfect choice for nightclubs and medium-size venues.

Each GA series amp features a versatile, multi-voice tone engine with a wide range of sounds, from sparkling clean to raunchy crunch to over-the-top mega-gain. Operation is easy and intuitive, with familiar Drive and Volume knobs, standard tone controls (Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence), and switches for voicing, gain boost, and mid boost.

Users can store four custom sound settings and recall them with front-panel switches or the optional GA-FC Foot Controller. The amps’ knobs feature LED indicators that show the current settings when a preset is recalled and aid visibility on dark stages. A convenient Sound Indicator gives a visual indication of the tonal character of the current tone.

Pro features include two effects loops with selectable series/parallel operation and +4 dBu/-10 dBu level, plus two auxiliary outputs, a line-level direct output, and a DI/tuner output. The GA-FC Foot Controller can control multiple GA-series amps at once, and features two expression pedal inputs for foot-controlled drive and volume adjustment.

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Thorsten Koehne,John Petrucci: Dream Theater members speak about Eden's Curse

Dream Theater members speak about Eden's Curse, PPM TV Interview & New Album Update!

Following on from the bands two shows in support of the mighty Dream Theater in the UK last year, three members of the Prog Legends, namely James LaBrie, John Petrucci and Mike Mangini have spoken in audio interviews about Eden's Curse and in glowing terms.

Piotr Grudzinski: Polish Progressive band Riverside working on new album

Poland's Progressive Rock shooting starts RIVERSIDE have commenced working on a new, yet untitled, studio album, expected for a release around early 2013 via InsideOutMusic.

The band has now also signed a new deal with InsideOutMusic, extending the fruitful international co-operation between the parties.

RIVERSIDE checked in to comment about the newly signed deal as follows: "We're very pleased that we'll keep collaborating with InsideOut/Century Media. We've overcome many difficulties together and we hope that the new contract, signed at the moment when we start another decade as a band, will help us to grow more, and will make us able to reach a larger number of listeners with our music. The new album is on the way. I believe it will be a new beginning for RIVERSIDE."

Thomas Waber, founder and label manager of InsideOutMusic, added: "RIVERSIDE is one of the most important bands on InsideOutMusic and in the current Progressive Rock scene. Therefore I am extremely pleased to be able to renew and continue the relationship with our friends from Poland!"

You can follow the band's recording process of the new album by visiting their online blog here. A video interview with the band directly from the studio can be seen here.

The upcoming album is the much anticipated full-length follow-up to the band's latest, 4th studio album "Anno Domini High Definition", which had entered the sales charts in Poland at # 1 (Gold album status by now!), Germany at # 94 and The Netherlands on # 58 upon release in 2009. In 2011, RIVERSIDE released a special EP entitled "Memories In My Head" in order to celebrate the band's 10th anniversary of existence.

RIVERSIDE Discography:
Out Of Myself - CD 2003
Voices In My Head - EP 2004
Second Life Syndrome - CD 2005
Rapid Eye Movement - CD 2007
Reality Dream - 2DVD/2CD 2008/2009
Anno Domini High Definition - CD 2009
Memories In My Head - EP 2011

Mariusz Duda - vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar
Piotr Grudzi?? - guitars
Piotr Kozieradzki - drums
Micha apaj - keyboards

Most recently, InsideOutMusic released the RIVERSIDE albums "Second Life Syndrome" (black or white vinyl, each 180 gr.), "Rapid Eye Movement" (black, yellow or clear vinyl, each 180 gr.) and "Anno Domini High Definition" (black, violet or transparent vinyl, each 180 gr.) on 2LP format for the first time ever. You can order them here: InsideOut Shop

Stay tuned for further news on RIVERSIDE and their upcoming studio album in the coming weeks...

(Attention: New official Facebook profile!)

Riverside - Awesome Guitar Solo's by Piotr Grudzinski (Video 1)

Riverside - Awesome Guitar Solo's by Piotr Grudzinski (Video 2)

Devin Townsend: By A Thread - Live In London 2011

Renowned multi-instrumentalist Devin Townsend will be releasing his DVD box-set, By A Thread - Live in London 2011, on June 18th in Europe and June 19th in North America through HevyDevy Records / InsideOut Music. To give fans a preview of this upcoming release, the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT has now premiered a video clip of "Gato" (taken from the Ki performance) on Metal - click here
A screening of the DVD will take place on June 5th in London at the Prince Charles Cinema. Tickets are available for this event at the following link: and a trailer for the screening can be viewed here.
By A Thread - Live in London 2011 contains a 4-DVD set with footage from the unique, sold-out UK shows from last fall where Devin performed all four DTP albums (Ki, Addicted, Ghost, Deconstruction), along with a 5-CD set with the four DTP albums and one disc of encores.
To pre-order By A Thread - Live in London 2011, head over to InsideOut Shop and make sure you grab a copy.

More information about By A Thread - Live in London 2011 to follow shortly!

DTP - By A Thread - Live in London 2011 - Video Teaser

Allan Holdsworth: Water On the Brain

Great live footage from WDR TV channel

Allan Holdsworth Water On the Brain

Robert Cray: new studio album

Robert Cray: new studio album hits August 28th 2012!
5x Grammy winner & legendary guitar icon gives fans Nothin But Love

Five-time Grammy award winning legend and Blues Hall of Fame Inductee ROBERT CRAY is pleased to announce that his brand new studio album “Nothin But Love” will be released by Provogue Records on Monday August 27th.
Produced by Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Aerosmith, The Black Crowes), the ten-song album includes material written by all four Robert Cray Band members; Robert Cray (vocals/guitar), Jim Pugh (keyboards), Cray Band co-founder Richard Cousins (bass) and Tony Braunagel (drums). The new album blends blues, rock, soul and jazz, with a lyric-sheet that examines the triumphs, fallouts and follies of love.

“Nothin But Love” is Cray’s sixteenth studio album and marks the latest milestone in a career that has produced 15 Grammy award nominations (5 wins), over 12 million record sales worldwide, thousands of sold out concerts across the globe, and even his own signature line of Fender guitars. Since the release of his 1986 break-out album “Strong Persuader”, Cray has been Blues rock royalty. He has performed and recorded alongside the best in the business - from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughn, from Bonnie Raitt to John Lee Hooker. Cray was recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at the age of 57; making him the youngest living legend to receive the prestigious honour. full details and pre-order

US release date: 28 August, 2012
EU release date: 27 August, 2012

Robert Cray Band - Nothin But Love EPK

News: food poisoning takes down Truth In Shredding

Apologies for  the lack of posts over recent days, but I'm slowly recovering from a bought of food poisoning and this is the first day I've felt like sitting in front of a computer.