Friday, 15 June 2012

Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian: BCC back for album III

Black Country Communion is back in the studio recording their 3rd album. Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian have come back together to make the highly anticipated 3rd album.

After 2 highly successful studio albums, a live CD and a live DVD, BCC is back in the studio to make another Rock masterpiece. Black Country Communion has been called The Greatest Rock Band of the last decade and The Saviors of Rock.

Here is an Official Exclusive video of BCC in the studio while recording their new album.

Black Country Communion - New Exclusive Studio Footage

Marty Friedman: three solo albums to get US release

Marty Friedman — whose groundbreaking work with MEGADETH and CACOPHONY continues to receive international acclaim to this day — will be released in North America by Prosthetic Records on August 14. Two of the titles — 2010's"Bad D.N.A." and 2008's "Future Addict" — have until this year only been available in Japan, where Friedman now lives, while 2006's acclaimed "Loudspeaker", originally released Stateside by Shrapnel Records, will be made available domestically once again. You can head over to the Prosthetic store now to pre-order a bundle consisting of all three titles. more

Yngwie Malmsteen: will be the guest host on Swedish national radio show

Yngwie Malmsteen will be the guest host on Swedish national radio Sveriges Radio, the country's most prestigious radio network with over one million listeners.

The radio show "Sommar" has been running every summer since 1959 and is by now a beloved summer tradition revered by Swedish radio listeners. The show is by far the most popular radio show in Sweden. It is considered to be an honor to be asked to host it. Hundreds of well known politicians, authors, athletes, and musicians have made their own "Sommar" show through the years. Previous hosts include ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus, Robyn, music video director Jonas Åkerlund, film director Ingmar Bergman, actors Peter Stormare and Max von Sydow, and the best female golfer of all time, Annika Sorenstam. more

Fabrizio Licciardello: 8 finger inline tapping Improvisation

Fabrizio Licciardello Impro

Lmron Sukandar: Another great Indonesian guitarist

The Best Indonesian Fender, Gibson, And Ibanez Guitarist 2009

Young And Really Amazing Skill. Still 18 Years Old !!!

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Best Younger Guitar Player - Imrond - Free Style.mp4

Marco De Cave: For the Love of God - Fender HM

Marco De Cave For the Love of God by Steve Vai

Nick Johnston Hybrid Picking Challenge entry by Marco De Cave

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Alejandro Abellan: VI Edition guitar solo competition

Hi all! My name is Alejandro Abellan, I have 18 years old and live in Murcia, Spain. This is my entry for the great contest organized by the ISP Music magazine "Sixth Edition guitar solo contest." I am very grateful to Nuno Bettencourt have selected as an honorary member of the jury, since it is one of my biggest idols. I hope you enjoy and ... Good luck to all! :)

Alejandro Abellan - VI Edition guitar solo contest

Derek Sivers: Berklee College of Music speech

6 things I wish I knew the day I started Berklee. Lessons apply to other aspects of life, too.

My old school - Berklee College of Music - asked me to speak to a packed auditorium of first-day students. I was thrilled. I had so much to say. I had thought about this a lot. I had been waiting 20 years to give this talk.

The 6 things:
#1 : Focus. Disconnect. Do not be distracted.
#2 : Do not accept their speed limit.
#3 : Nobody will teach you anything. You have to teach yourself.
#4 : Learn from your heroes, not only theirs.
#5 : Don't get stuck in the past.
#6 : When done, be valuable.

Read the full transcript at

Derek Sivers speech to Berklee College of Music

Jason Vieaux: Launches Interactive, Online Guitar School with ArtistWork


Online Guitar School Offers Students of All Ages and Ability Levels to Unprecedented Access to Question, Respond, and Learn Guitar with
World Renowned Artist and Educator

(JUNE 14TH, 2012: Los Angeles) ArtistWorks, the first collaborative global learning community comprised of master artists and ambitious amateurs, announces the JUNE 14TH launch of the online, interactive Classical Guitar School with critically acclaimed guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux.

In his role as Head of the Guitar Departments of both the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Vieaux teaches maximum of 6-8 students annually. This revolutionary online school, the first of its kind for classical guitar, removes all barriers and enables students of any age, ability, or location an unprecedented level of access to studies with Vieaux through ArtistWorks' Video ExchangeTM accelerated learning platform.

The Classical Guitar School with Jason Vieaux utilizes ArtistWorks' patent-pending, breakout video technology to create a direct, self-guided, personalized educational experience. The Classical Guitar School includes a definitive curriculum for classical guitar, coveringeverything from fundamentals through advanced techniques. Each video lesson is offered with multiple angles and in slow motion for optimal learning.

Subscribing students view Vieaux's lessons and submit video questions, or their own playing via webcam or smart phone for critique and guidance. Vieaux then responds personally to each student with a personalized video response. This Video Exchange LearningTMPlatform allows subscribing students to view and subsequently learn from Vieaux - and from watching each other - creating a "virtual classroom" with an ever-evolving curriculum.

"So often in Classical Music, it seems there are so many barriers to studying the art form," says Vieaux. "There are incredible institutions at which to study, but there are obviously limits as to student capacity. I want access to Classical music education to be limitless - and through my new online guitar school we have achieved that goal."

Named one of the "youngest stars of the guitar world" by the New York Times, Jason Vieaux is known for his virtuosic and stirring performances, imaginative programming, and uncommon communicative gifts. Recent career highlights include solo performances at Lincoln Center, Spivey Hall and the Chautauqua Festival. In the fall of 2011, Vieaux inaugurated The Curtis Institute of Music Guitar Department with guitarist David Starobin, and he has been Head of the Guitar Department of the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2001, a position he continues to hold. He is also affiliated with Philadelphia's Astral Artists, with which he gives annual outreach concerts.

The Classical Guitar School with Jason Vieaux is open to guitar players of all ages and levels of proficiency. Subscription fees are reasonably priced at $90.00 for 3 months, $150.00 for 6 months and $240.00 for a 12-month subscription.

Founded in 2008 by former AOL executive David Butler, ArtistWorks, Inc is a Napa California-based technology and music education company that has created a proprietary, patent pending, online Video ExchangeTM Accelerated Learning Platform which allows virtuoso musicians to "teach the world" by presenting their full method, technique or curriculum in HD video to subscribing students. Utilizing simple web cams, iPhones, iPads and more, students are able to submit videos through the site to the ArtistWorks' instructors for individualized feedback and guidance - creating a two-way, individualized educational experience. ArtistWorks currently offers schools from such world-class, virtuoso artists as: jazz guitarist Andreas Oberg; harmonica artist, Howard Levy; fingerstyle guitarist Martin Taylor; rock guitarist Paul Gilbert, DJ Qbert; classical pianist Christie Peery; rock drummer Thomas Lang, drummer, Billy Cobham, percussionist Luis Conte as well as the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass with banjo player, Tony Trischka, bluegrassbassist Missy Raines, flat pick guitar player Bryan Sutton; dobro player Andy Hall; mandolin player Mike Marshall and fiddle player Darol Anger.

Classical Guitar School with Jason Vieaux

Paul Gilbert: Tops the Top 100 players on TIS by number of posts

Derryl Gabel: Lesson Reviews

Hi Guitar Friends,

Just wanted to share with you some of the responses I received from students. This one in particular just received a full scholarship to the National Guitar Workshop!

"I started taking lessons from Derryl last July 2011. Since then he has taught me a lot in such a short amount of time. Every other instructor I had only showed me bar chords but with Derryl, he taught me how the chords are made and how to get different voicing like a true jazz fusion guitarist. Not only has he taught me to play better but he even set up my guitar rig for me to get a great jazz fusion sound. Derryl has taught me a lot about one of my favorite guitarist, Allan Holdsworth. When things get tough, he is always there to help me out in my guitar playing. This past week, I learned that I had received a full scholarship to the National Guitar Workshop this summer. If it had not been for Derryl I would have not received this scholarship. We went over soloing ideas and how to sound more like Allan Holdworth. I recorded my music and sent it to NGW. When they contacted me about my playing, one of the judges said he heard a very strong Holdsworth influence. If it had not been for Derryl teaching me about Holdsworth it would have never sounded like it did. I received the Tricia Woods scholarship through the NGW. There were times I wanted to quit playing guitar because I had to learn all over again due to focal dystonia in my left hand. I switched to playing left hand guitar. Derryl helped me with exercises to improve my legato playing and picking. I have a lot to learn but with Derryl teaching me, I will get to where I want to be in the shortest amount of time. If you want to take your playing to another level, Derryl is the guy who can help you do this."

Tony Watkins,
Tucson Arizona

"Ive been very happy with the lessons and offer the following excerpt:

"Derryl has been a fantastic guitar instructor. I would have never developed as far as i have without his expert coaching. His guitar lessons draw upon decades of experience and are relevant, methodical, and highly effective. I would recommend Derryl to guitar students at all levels."

Dennis Greene, New York

"I am a 54 year old guitar player who put the guitar down from age 25 til about 4 years ago. I had learned to play by ear back in the 70s. Back then, I just bought a chord book, learned a few scales from a friend, played for a few years, but then put the guitar away. Got re-interested in guitar about 4 years ago. Found a few of Derryl's CDs on line (Pentatonic Passages and a couple of others). I bought them and they were great but it was pretty advanced. I let them gather dust for a while and then saw that Derryl gave lessons on-line. I called him and he picked up the phone (!) and he was extremely helpful. He walked me through getting a webcam, setting up Skype for lessons etc.

I have been taking lessons from Derryl for a little over a year and my playing has improved substantially. Derryl is very patient, which is a great quality for a teacher. He has helped me use his DVDs, has given me practice routines, etc. I am an attorney so he knows to set me up with manageable practice routines. He is also a great listener. He helps me identify my weak spots and pushes me to work on those, instead of what I am already good at.

Like all good teachers, he challenges me, but still makes it fun. I would recommend Derryl to work with ANY level of guitarist, beginner, intermediate or advanced. He has given me the theory that I never had when I taught myself. He has provided me a lot of "Aha" moments. Derryl is a really nice guy too, which makes Skype lessons enjoyable. I take one hour lessons every other week and he gives me a lot to work on and also tells me where we are headed over the next couple of lessons.

If you are on the fence about taking lessons, give Derryl an hour or two and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Your guitar knowledge and ability will improve. Heck, even Dweezil Zappa bought Derryl's entire library of guitar DVDs. That speaks for itself."

Ad Winters, North Carolina

" I have been studying with Derryl for more than six months now, and I have seen a huge improvement in my technical skills. He is a great guitarist and a delicate teacher, who knows how to present lessons so that they are easy to understand. He has provided great learning tools for me to play any kind of music I want to focus on. I highly recommend his skype classes!"

Anan Kantawee, New York

"After 27 years of playing I felt the time was right to give my playing a shot in the arm to make the step change beyond rock technically proficient rock playing into the demanding area of fusion and the playing styles of the likes of Alan Holdsworth, Scott Henderson and Frank Gambale. I had been grappling with this style for years without much success and was intrigued by the new opportunities provided by the Internet to learn from world class players. I was already an admirer of Derryl having seen many of his Youtube clips and purchased some of his DVDs so knew that he was the best person to help me take my playing forward. After nearly a year of lessons I am pleased to report that my playing has improved massively and no longer feel constrained by the ruts of the past. In fact the opposite is true. My main frustration comes from only having limited personal time to develop my playing after allowing for work, band and family commitments.

Considering we both started playing at the same age with similar inspirations it is incredibly humbling to see how much knowledge and playing ability Derryl has. It is great to know that I now have a mentor at hand that can help guide me through the tricky path to learning to play fusion. It is truly an honor to learn from such a giant of the guitar.

In terms of learning using the Internet compared to not being in the same room as someone, I have found to be a non issue. In fact , the ability to put tab and diagrams on screen is a real bonus. I totally recommend this approach to learning without hesitation. "

Jon Hepworth, UK

 "I have to say that after ordering his DVD guitar lessons I was quite impressed with the content. I've been playing for forty two years and I am already a solid player. Using his material has help me look at the guitar neck in new ways that I didn't before. This material is for anyone, beginner to advanced players that want to take their playing to the next level. Then I started to study with Derryl privately. This will greatly enhance the already great material offered. Thanks Derryl for your great motivation."

Aaron Brown
Phoenix Music & Media artist, New York

I still have a few more openings that I would like to fill. If you are interested I need to know the days and times that are good for you, your skype ID, how often you would like to take, and your location ( city, state, and country if outside of the US ).

I know there's some of you out there that would like just one lesson to answer some questions etc... and that is fine. We can do just one lesson. Others my be hesitant to take a lesson because they don't know how effective taking a lesson online would be because they have never tried it. My advice to you is just book one lesson to see if it is right for you.

Those of you that have my DVDs and are struggling to digest the material I could help with a practice routine and coaching. Maybe you've been able to digest the material but need help with application in improvisation and composition. I can help in that area as well. If you need help setting up a studio, filming, guitar sound settings, or learning your favorite solos I can show you how.

Here's something that might interest some of you out there. Would you like to be able to slow down youtube videos of your favorite players so you can figure out the licks? I can show you how to do that too. Think about it. How many awesome players are there on youtube? By slowing down the video and audio (without changing the pitch) there's practically an unlimited amount of ideas just waiting for you.

Advantages to taking lessons online:

  • Use your own equipment
  • Take a lesson anywhere WIFI or internet is available
  • Be in the comfort of your own home
  • Convenience! Save gas and time
Some tools that I use to make the lessons easier to follow and more enjoyable are on screen neck diagrams, standard notation and tab of the material covered, mp3 backing tracks for you to practice with, and multi camera angles and close ups when needed.

If you are interested, please email me to set up an appointment. You can schedule just one lesson if you like to see if this works for you.

In order to take lessons online you will need to download and install Skype which is free. Just go here to get Skype for Windows Skype for Windows

Go here to get Skype for Mac Skype for Mac

Your dedicated guitar teacher,

Derryl Gabel

Feodor Dosumov,Niko Zaporojan: Wild Russian Jam Session

Niko Zaporojan and Feodor Dosumov jam seyshn

Roman Bulakhov: Ukrainian Shred Fusion

Performed by Roman Bulakhov guitarist from Kharkov, . 10.04.2012.

Roman Bulakhov Fusion Shred

Performed by Jay Stave, Roman Bulakhov and Paul Kholodyansky from Kharkov, Ukraine. 16.12.2011. Endorsed by Soultone Cymbals.

Jay Stave, Paul Kholodyansky, Roman Bulakhov.

Guthrie Govan ,Bryan Beller,Marco Minnemann: Aristocrats 2012

The Aristocrats, the rock/fusion instrumental trio featuring Guthrie Govan on guitar, Bryan Beller on bass, and Marco Minnemann on drums.

The Aristocrats Get It Like That Marco Minnemann Guthrie Govan Bryan Beller live at the Soundfactory 05-24-2012 Charleston WV HD High Quality 2012

Aristocrats: live at the sound factory

Frank Gambale: awesome soloing with class

For all Franks great books:
or The music/TAB:
or CDS:

The song is "A Little Something".

Guitar Solo Virtuoso Frank Gambale from Concert With Class

Shaun Baxter: Ego Improvised Solo - monster soloing!

Improvised solo during a studio session at Richard Niles' London studio in 2012 for a British vocal artist called Triggah

Shaun Baxter - Ego Guitar Solo

Wojciech Hoffmann,Atma Anur: Space

Sci-Fi fan and space enthusiast Atma Anur, looking at some variations on a theme. from yet unreleased Wojciech Hoffmann material... summer 2012

Atma Anur - Space (unreleased material)

Stanley Jordan,Atanas Shishkov: post show meeting

Stanley Jordan talks about...Atanas Shishkov

Stanley Jordan - Live at "STAGE-51" - Part#3

News: Sledge Leather Project

Sledge and Leather back together again! Scott Warren from Dio on Keys!
©Thomas LeBlanc Freedom Studio

Shot by Thomas LeBlanc

Sledge Leather Project

Steve Hackett, Chris Squire: A Life Within A Day CD

* The New Studio Album By Squackett - The Collaborative Project By Yes Founder & Bass Guitarist Chris Squire & Former Genesis Guitarist & Solo Artist Steve Hackett
* The Major Progressive Rock Album Of 2012
* Cover & Main Feature In "Prog" Magazine
* Extensive International Press Coverage
* Reviews In Uncut", "Mojo", "Record Collector" & All Music Press & National Newspapers
* Air Play On Specialist Radio
* Coverage On Relevant Websites & Fanzines
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the latest release on their front-line label, ESOTERIC ANTENNA, dedicated to new releases by both new acts and established artists. SQUACKETT is the hugely anticipated collaborative album project between two legends of Progressive Rock, Chris Squire and Steve Hackett.

With progressive rock (in its many forms) now seemingly more popular than ever, this collaboration from members of two of the godfathers of the genre is hugely exciting. Chris Squire has appeared on every YES album since 1969 and is widely regarded as one of the most influential bass guitarists of all time. Now an established solo artist, Steve Hackett first came to prominence as the guitarist with GENESIS. He was with the band from 1970 to 1977 and played on six studio albums and featured on three live albums before leaving to concentrate on his solo career.

The two met when Chris Squire was working on a solo album and needed some guitar parts. Chris was put in touch with Steve and through these sessions the idea for SQUACKETT was born. Over four years in the making, the "Squackett" album is very much more than the sum of its parts. "It was very much about a bunch of pals swapping notes and anecdotes," says Hackett "I think the material is simple and direct."
"It has a flavour to it that is reminiscent of a few things from different artists," says Squire. "There is some clever Prog Rock stuff on the album, some jazzy bits, but there are parts that have vocal harmonies like Crosby, Stills and Nash" - SQUACKETT is THE major Progressive Rock release of 2012.

A Life Within A Day [CD]

1. A Life Within A Day
2. Tall Ships
3. Divided Self
4. Aliens
5. Sea Of Smiles
6. The Summer Backwards
7. Storm Chaser
8. Can't Stop The Rain
9. Perfect Love Song

Pat Metheny: Guitar Etudes (Book)

One of the most common questions Pat is asked by students is, “What kinds of things do you do to warm up before a concert?” Over the years, in many master classes and workshops around the world, Pat has demonstrated the kind of daily workout he puts himself through. This book includes a collection of 14 guitar etudes he created to help you limber up, improve picking technique and build finger independence.

Frank Gambale: Return to Forever - The Mothership Returns (2 CD/1 DVD)*


Chick Corea (piano & keyboard); Stanley Clarke (electric & acoustic bass); Jean-Luc Ponty (electric & acoustic violin); Frank Gambale (electric & acoustic guitar); Lenny White (drums)

Return To Forever are one of the most innovative and successful jazz/rock fusion bands. Originally formed in the early seventies, they had reunions in 1983 and 2008 before the current line-up got together in 2010 with the arrival of new members Jean-Luc Ponty and Frank Gambale. This set contains a double live CD recorded in 2011 plus a bonus DVD containing the Inside The Music feature which combines live footage with the band discussing the tracks performed on the CD. Also included on the DVD are full live performances of After The Cosmic Rain and The Romantic Warrior and an extended trailer for the upcoming film The Return To Forever Story.

Disc: 1
1. Medieval Overture
2. Señor Mouse
3. The Shadow Of Lo / Sorceress
4. Renaissance

Disc: 2
1. After The Cosmic Rain
2. The Romantic Warrior
3. Spain
4. School Days
5. Beyond The Seventh Galaxy

Disc: 3
1. Inside The Music (film)
2. After The Cosmic Rain (Live Austin, Texas)
3. The Romantic Warrior (Live Montreux, Switzerland)
4. The Return To Forever Story Trailer.

Mike Stern: All Over the Place new CD

Mike Stern: All Over the Place 

Mike Stern (guitar); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Kenny Garrett (sax); Dave Weckl, Keith Carlock and Lionel Cordew (drums); Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Dave Holland, Tom Kennedy, Will Lee and Victor Bailey (bass)

Since his days with Blood Sweat & Tears in the mid-1970s, followed by stints with Billy Cobham and Miles Davis band in the 80s, and a solo career that now spans more than 25 years, guitarist Mike Stern has used his jazz roots as a starting point for exploring a range of alternate territories that include R&B, rock, swing, funk, world music and numerous other regions along the musical topography. The recipient of Guitar Player magazine s Certified Legend Award for 2012, he s an artist who s not afraid to bring numerous styles and ideas however diverse into the same place just to see what happens. All Over the Place is Stern s new recording on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group. Set for release on June 19, 2012, the 11-song set aligns the characteristically diverse and adventurous guitarist with a cadre of brilliant guests, including trumpeter Randy Brecker; saxophonist Kenny Garrett; and drummers Dave Weckl, Keith Carlock and Lionel Cordew. Also on hand is a delegation of high-caliber electric and acoustic bass players: Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Dave Holland, Tom Kennedy, Will Lee and Victor Bailey. I ve been playing a lot of different kinds of great music with a lot of different musicians on some of my more recent records, says Stern, whose Big Neighborhood released on Heads Up in 2009 followed a similarly eclectic vibe. I love bebop, swing, rock, all the stuff that a lot of guitar players especially jazz players tend to include in their music. It s the nature of the instrument, but very much a part of my nature as well. There s a lot of music that really inspires me, and it usually covers quite a few territories. The guitar tends to keep you open-minded, because you hear it in so many places, says Stern, listing many places he himself has ventured along the way not just on All Over the Place, but in earlier work as well. You hear it in rock, in country, in pop, in funk, in classical, you hear it in jazz, you hear it in so many kinds of music that you can immediately identify it on one level or another. Stern is ready at a moment s notice to go to all of these places and more, and he s ready and willing to bring anyone along for the ride. Music, to me, is a language of the heart, he says. I hope people will get some emotional payoff from what I ve done on this recording. That s the vibe that I continue to go for with all of my music.

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Track 1 AJ
Track 2 Cameroon
Track 3 Out of the Blue
Track 4 As Far As We Know
Track 5 Blues For Al
Track 6 OCD
Track 7 You Never Told Me
Track 8 Half Way Home
Track 9 Light
Track 10 Flipside

Dominic Miller: 5th House new CD

Dominic Miller featuring Vinnie Colaiuta, Pino Palladino & Jimmy Johnson: 5th House

Dominic Miller (guitar); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Pino Palladino, Jimmy Johnson, Nicolas Fiszman (bass); Rhani Krija (percussion); Mike Lindup, Yaron Herman (keyboards)

When looking back over the years, a certain habit of Dominic Miller’s comes to the fore, which is his tendency to use progressing ordinal numbers for some of the titles of his solo albums. It all began with his debut album, "First Touch" (1995), followed later by "Second Nature" (1999), "Third World" (2004) and "Fourth Wall" (2006). Accordingly, the album to be released now bears the title "5th House". But why fifth house? "I wanted something with fifth in the title and this was the least obvious,” the guitarist explains. "Of course, I could just as well have chosen ‘the fifth element’ or ‘the fifth amendment to the constitution.’ In astrology, the fifth house means ‘the house of love and passion’.” And indeed, Miller’s latest oeuvre is a work brimming with love and passion. As in his previous releases, the musician with Argentinean-English origins has yet again invested plenty of blood, sweat and dedication in his work. He could not and would not want to do otherwise.

Dominic Miller wrote the new songs on the road, while touring with Sting in 2010/11. "The mood of the songs reflects my own mood at that time,” he explains. "I even recorded the tracks on the road, starting in Los Angeles, after we had returned from New Zealand. That was the only chance for me to make sure that Vinnie Colaiuta and Jimmy Johnson actually had time to spare." These are the two most renowned guest musicians who helped Miller lay the foundation for "5th House" in the legendary Henson Studios in L.A. After this, he spent some time with his tour band in the Maarwegstudio2 in Cologne, where the overdubs were realised. The recordings were then given the final touches in the Studio Les Cypres in Provence, France, where Miller lives.

Miller’s previous album, "November" (2010), had already been recorded in the exceptionally short time span of a mere fourteen days spent in the studio; however, "5th House" even exceeds this timing. All in all, recording the album took no more than seven days. Once he had the raw version, Miller went to London to work with his favourite sound engineer, Hugh Padgham. The two have been virtually inseparable ever since their collaboration for Phil Collins's million seller "But Seriously" in 1989. In the past two decades, they have worked together for a large variety of projects. By now, they have a blind understanding for each other, which is why it took them virtually no time at all to agree on the final mastering for "5th House". "We mastered two songs per day," Miller recalls. "The entire process of recording and mixing was done within twelve days, no more. Now, if I recall the 90s in comparison – in those days, it would have taken me twelve weeks, at least. Of course, the end result might have sounded more polished, but I prefer it this way. This is the way many of my favourite albums of the 60s and 70s were produced: really fast!"

For the recordings of "5th House", Dominic Miller managed to assemble a group of internationally renowned top-notch sidemen. Vinnie Colaiuta, for example, to Miller is "the greatest drummer of our generation" – known for his flawless drum technique and stylistic versatility, in the course of the years he has collaborated with the likes of artists such as Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, Megadeth, Leonard Cohen, Chaka Khan and Sting. Jimmy Johnson is a legendary bassist and has been amongst the top musicians of the USA for decades, working with James Taylor, Stan Getz, Roger Waters, Sergio Mendes and Lee Ritenour, to name but a few. Another renowned bass player is Welshman Pino Palladino, who has worked with the likes of the John Mayer Trio, Paul Young, The Who, David Gilmour and Peter Gabriel. Finally, mention must be made of the pianist Yaron Herman from Israel, who now resides in Paris and whose exceptionally cultivated way of playing proves him to be a rising star at the piano, one about whom we will certainly hear much in the future.

Dominic Miller then combined this eclectic mix of international music luminaries with the members of his tour band, who are equally worthy of praise. Rhani Krija is a highly recommended percussionist from Morocco who meanwhile lives in Cologne and has performed with Omar Sosa, Keziah Jones and Salif Keïta. Bassist Nicolas Fiszman has made a name for himself collaborating with Pili-Pili, Charlie Mariano, Johnny Clegg and Khadja Nin. And finally, there is Mike Lindup, well-known from Level 42, who has for many years been Dominic Miller’s favourite keyboarder. In fact, the two of them have worked together ever since they first met when Miller was eighteen years old. "He is the best all-round musician I know,” Miller raves about him. "The way we work together is virtually based on telepathy."

This is the dream cast which supported Dominic Miller to create one of the most outstanding instrumental albums of his career; a career which virtually features highlights like pearls on a string. Once again, the guitarist manages to impress us with a large variety of different styles and unexpected turns. His programme includes fantastic, dreamlike soundscapes where he creates harp-like sounds on his acoustic guitar ("Angel"); then again he produces galvanizing guitar sounds reminiscent of The Police ("If Only"). "Embrace" is a convincing soft-jazz track, whereas "Waves" is carried by the flair of Bossa Nova sounds, and classicist-sounding guitar arpeggios ("Catalan") alternate with full-volume band rock sounds ("Dead Head").

"5th House" is another momentous highlight in Miller’s already impressive biography. Born in Buenos Aires to an American father and an Irish mother, Miller studied guitar at the renowned Berklee College in Boston and at the London Guildhall School Of Music. He has been a highly coveted session musician since the late 1980s. The list of artists he has worked with is sheer endless; among his collaborations are The Chieftains ("Long Black Veil"), Eddi Reader ("Mirmama"), Manu Dibango ("Wakafrika") and Tina Turner ("Wildest Dreams"). As of "The Soul Cages" (1991), Miller has also been involved in every single album produced by Sting; he has been on stage with the former vocalist of The Police more than a thousand times, and was involved in the creation of hit songs such as "Shape Of My Heart". Sting once even described his faithful companion as "my right and my left hand, which brings to life all that my clumsy fingers cannot play."

Track 1 Angel (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 2 Embrace (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 3 If Only (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 4 Waves (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 5 Tokyo (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 7 Catalan (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 8 Dead Head (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 9 Spirit Level
Track 10 Gate 23

Kazumi Watanabe: Tricoroll new CD

Kazumi Watanabe: Tricoroll

Kazumi Watanabe (guitar); Janek Gwizdala (bass); Obed Calvaire, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez (drums)
2012 Release. New release from phenomenal Japanese guitarist Kazumi Watanabe. After the series of fantastic musical statements with the Mo Bop Trio, Kazumi returns in the same electric format with Janek Gwizdala on bass and Obed Calvaire and Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez on drums.
This record is surely to become one of the best releases of the year.

Track 1 Shang-Hai (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 2 Metabolism (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 3 Rydeen (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 4 Algorithm (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 5 Sea Dream (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 6 Perfect Water (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 7 The Sidewinder (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 8 Azimuth (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 9 Moment's Notice (LISTEN TO AUDIO)

Per Gade: Billy Cobham - Culture Mix

Billy Cobham (drums); Gary Husband (keyboards); Jean Yves Jung (keyboards); Junior Gill (steel pan); Per Gade (guitar); Stefan Rademacher (bass)
Billy Cobham’s first fusion recording for IN+OUT, available for the first time in the US! Culture Mix is a celebration of the universality of jazz. This is a dynamic and refreshingly original combo, whose members each hail from a different country, and the standard of musicianship and imaginative improvisation is at the highest level. Features 10 refreshingly conceived original compositions, played with intense commitment and flair. A must-have for all Billy Cobham fans.

Track 1 Aurora Borealis (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 2 Blue Line (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 3 Clairvoyance (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 4 Demain (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 5 Sa Pobla (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 6 Mr. B.C.
Track 7 Five Day Run
Track 8 Dreamer
Track 9 Rites of Petanchi
Track 10 Culture Mix

Marc Guillermont: Bill Evansin Mumbai 2012

Sharing bits of this magical concert. A fantastic collaboration between heavyweight musicians who are superstars in their respective countries. Grammy Award winning American saxophonist Bill Evans teams up with Indian drummer par excellence Ranjit Barot bringing together bass God Etienne Mbappe from Cameroon and guitarist Marc Guillermont from France. A truly international collection of music stars presenting a truly unique and international sound.

Bill Evans ( saxophone) - in Mumbai 2012

t-cophony: Room17

Official music video for "Room17" (From "Load before departure").
This is different from album "2009-2002" version.
"Load before departure" was released in CD Baby on 20th Jan.
Please check out my Facebook and Official website.
You can listen to all samples.
"Load before departure"

Room17 - T-cophony (2009) "Load before departure"

Ian Crichton: Saga announce 20/20 album

Canadian band Saga are due to release their new album 20/20 on 9th July and here's a taster that's been posted on YouTube. This is just a clip from a 25 minute documentary that will be available with the special edition of the new album. And as usual with Saga the album will be choc full of keyboards.

The album 20/20 features ten brand new songs, never missing the distinctive sound of SAGA's legendary hits. With striking keyboard sounds and Michael Sadler's stunning vocals, the album has all that it takes to become an instant fan favourite as well as a worldwide hit.
Order at Amazon:
SAGA is:
Michael Sadler: Lead Vocals & Keyboards
Jim Gilmour: Main Keyboards & Vocals
Brian Doerner: Drums
Ian Crichton: Guitar
Jim Crichton: Bass & Keyboards
01. Six Feet Under
02. Anywhere You Wanna Go
03. Ellery
04. Spin It Again
05. Another Day Out Of Sight
06. One Of These Days
07. Ball And Chain
08. Lost For Words
09. Show And Tell
10. Till The Well Runs Dry
Find out more on:
earMUSIC Facebook:

Some great solo work from Ian Crichton on this track

SAGA "20/20" Album / Documentary Trailer with "Anywhere You Wanna Go"

Matias Kupiainen, Jens Johansson: Stratovarious DVD and Blu-Ray

Matias Kupiainen, Jens Johansson: Ltd Ed Digibook with 32 Page Booklet, Bonus Track and Bonus DVD. Cinematic Metal

STRATOVARIUS Under Flaming Winter Skies - Live In Tampere 
Available on:
29 June 2012
Price:  16.00 EUR 
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STRATOVARIUS Under Flaming Winter... 
DVD [Blu-Ray]
Available on:
29 June 2012
Price:  17.00 EUR 
More Details...

Stratovarius "Black Diamond" Live from the DVD "Under Flaming Winter Skies - Live In Tampere"

Steve Howe: gets XXX with Asia, includes UK tour dates

ASIA, featuring the original line-up of Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe(guitar), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton (lead vocals and bass) celebrate their 30th anniversary (1982-2012) by releasing their new album XXX on Monday July 2nd. Featuring artwork by Roger Dean, XXX dovetails ASIA’s 30th Anniversary World Tourand the collectors box set edition of their eponymous debut album.

Their current single Face On The Bridge, now in its sixth straight week on the A-list at Planet Rock; the UK’s premiere classic rock radio station, is also proving hugely popular on YouTube. Planet Rock will air an ASIA 30th Anniversary one hour radio special at 7pm GMT on Saturday June 30th. All four members of ASIA were recently interviewed by Darren Redick specifically for this hour-long extravaganza.

In 1982 their debut album topped The Billboard Top 100 Chart for nine weeks, and went on to become the biggest selling album of the year. The album spawned the hits Heat OfThe Moment, Only Time Will Tell, and four other radio hits. The new album, XXX, produced by Mike Paxman, has been hailed ASIA’s best album since their classic early 80s releases. XXX is released by Frontiers Records on Monday July 2nd on CD, special edition CD/DVD (featuring music videos, behind the scenes footage), and limited edition vinyl.

“We wanted to recapture the energy of the first album,” says ASIA’s guitarist, Steve Howe. “ASIA has always been about great songs, fantastic musicianship. Fans of the first album will fall in love with XXX.”

Read the official press release includes details of album and DVD formats  HERE. Visit ASIA’

Asia's official website:

Tickets for the UK leg of ASIA’s 30th anniversary Tour can be ordered from the24 HR Ticket Hotline: 0844 478 0898,

ASIA 30th Anniversary UK Tour Dates:

Tavistock The Wharf Saturday 15th December
Holmfirth Picturedrome Sunday 16th December
Edinburgh Queen’s Hall Monday 17th December
Salisbury City Hall Wednesday 19th December
Birmingham Town Hall Thursday 20th December
Manchester Royal Northern College of Music Friday 21st December
London o2 Shepherds Bush Empire Saturday 22nd December

Asia - Face On The Bridge (Official)

News: Celebrate Guitat Noize 5th Birthday and win a T-Rex Gull Wah

Hard to believe, especially for me, but on June 17 Guitar Noize turns 5 years old. Thank you to everyone who reads, comments and shares posts to their friends. Here's to the next 5!

Win a T-Rex Gull Wah

I have just launched a new competition on Guitar Noize to win a fantastic T-Rex Effects Gull Wah. I recently reviewed this pedal and was really impressed by it's three different voicings allowing you to switch from vintage to modern wah settings. It has a Slope control which lets you adjust the character of your wah/yoy sweep and also has a built in clean boost which has it's own level control.

All you have to do to be in the running to win this pedal is head over to and fill in the simple form. A winner will be announced on June 28 and contacted via email.

New Podcast Episodes

Since the last newsletter I have posted 2 new Podcasts, both of which available via iTunes ( or on here -

Episode 2 features an interview with Nick Perri of Perri Ink Guitars
Episode 3 features an interview with co-founder and Online Marketing Director for Steve Vai, Andy Alt.

Coming up next week Episode 4 featuring an interview with Red Witch Pedals CEO, Ben Fulton and Episode 5 will feature Dylan Humphries of Daemoness Guitars so a lot to look forward to with more interviews lined up!

Rick Graham: got the 12 bar blues

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Hi guys, just having some fun playing over a slow blues BT. Hope you enjoy!

Improv over a 12 bar thang - Rick Graham

t-cophony: demos acoustic pickups on double neck tapping guitar

This is a demonstration video for
Acoustic Guitar Pickup with a condenser microphone for natural acoustic tone.
by TR music (Japanese musical instrument Maker)

It will be released at the end of this month


Sound demo for New Acoustic Guitar Pickup "MAS CERCA" (TR music) - part3

Sound demo for New Acoustic Guitar Pickup "MAS CERCA" (TR music) - part2

Sound demo for New Acoustic Guitar Pickup "MAS CERCA" (TR music) - part1

Sarah Longfield: Sea - original with custom Etherial guitar

Sarah Longfield: Since you guys were complaining about a guitar vid lol, here's a run through of the second song off of my full length Par Avion! Also big thanks to Peter Doucette for filming it for me! :D

You can download it from :D hope you enjoy!

Etherial Guitar's Facebook page -

Sea - Sarah Longfield (original)