Thursday, 5 July 2012

Ulrich Ellison: demos Roland Hauke's Alien guitars

With its extravagant design and unique materials, Roland Hauke's instruments belong to the sexiest kind on this planet - they actually look like from another world!

This video was recorded on a visit in his shop in Austria. The recording device was a cheap Vado HD and has inferior audio capabilities that only caught a glimpse of what this guitar is capable of. For more pictures and info about Roland Hauke please go to:

Ulrich Ellison plays and endorses Hauke guitars. Go to to find more music and videos

Alien guitars

Dan Wieten: interviewed by Instrumentalcase

The Omega Experiment is an exciting new progressive act from Michigan, comprised of Dan Wieten (guitars / vocals / bass / drum programming / production) and Ryan Aldridge (keyboards / samples). Their self-titled debut album was released independently as a digital download on February 14th and has already received tremendous acclaim from the prog metal community. Dan was kind enough to sit down with us and chat about this lush and layered D.I.Y. musical experiment…

Q: I know you started playing guitar at quite a young age, but what was it that inspired you to eventually take your playing to such great heights?

I appreciate the kind words. I think my heights could be greater. I’ve concentrated so hard on singing and playing/singing these songs within the last year that I feel my playing has backtracked a bit. I didn’t take guitar seriously until I was about 11. My parents bought me one at age 8, but I just stood in front of the mirror and air-banded KISS tunes. During the middle school years I started lessons with a really genuine local guy named Alfonso, who has since passed. He really inspired me to want to do well. I ended up hanging with the wrong crowd and lost sight of my goals until I was about 16. I began lessons with a guy named Rich, who was the best guitarist in town. He opened me up to the world of modes, which changed the way I looked at guitar and music in general. I was getting into Dream Theater and Paul Gilbert and watching all these instructional videos, really trying to improve in every way possible. The only problem was that I just wanted to shred, and didn’t know a lick about songwriting. I ended up in a band with some guys about 8-10 years my senior, who really showed me a lot about effective songwriting. From that point on, it’s just been about learning new licks here and there and trying new techniques. Overall, I would much rather write an effective song that jars people’s emotions than shred a scale.

Dan Wieten of The Omega Experiment - Stimulus (Solo)

Sam Bell: Prometheus 8 String track de-constructed

Progressive 8-string guitarist Sam Bell (Mask of Judas) breaks down the main riff to his new song, "Prometheus":
Sam Bell - "Prometheus" Deconstructed (8 String Guitar)

I wrote this instrumental shortly after being inspired watching the new movie "Prometheus", I based the structure of the tune very loosely on the movie story line, using images in my head to create the sections:

New World: 00:00 - 01:09
The Ritual: 01:10 - 01:47
Falling: 01:48 - 01:57
Contamination and Evolution: 01:58 - 02:53
The Discovery: 02:54 - 03:27
Journey (guitar solo) : 03:28 - 03:56
Arrival "New World/Ritual": 03:57 - 04:24
Revelation and Realisation: 04:25 - 05:06

Rick Graham: Rick Graham and Riffstation's 'Give Us A Riff Competition

Rick Graham Give Us A Riff' Competition
Welcome to Rick Graham & Riffstation's 'Give Us A Riff' Competition!

The top 5 list of our favourite riffs will each win the fantastic 'Riffstation' software as well as a Riffstation T-Shirt.

Rick Graham's Website:
Riffstation Website:

Follow Riffstation:

How to enter:

1. Subscribe to : My Channel:

and to the Riffstation Channel:

2. Write an original Riff.

3. Record a video of it.

4. Upload to Youtube.

5. Title your video 'Rick Graham & Riffstation's 'Give Us A Riff Competition' - Followed by your name/username

6 Include 'Rick Graham', 'Riffstation' and 'Competition' in your Video Tags

7. Post your video as a response to this video.

Closing Date is Sept 1st


Rick Graham & Riffstation's 'Give Us A Riff' Competition

Mika Tyyskä: Mr Fastfinger gives you some Jam Track Chi


Proud and happy to annouch my debut package for Jam Track Central. is world known as the mecca of jam tracks. Jam tracks and video solos are created by many of todays best and most respected musicians. This is a great honour!

Our package: "The Mr. Fastfinger sessions" is something special for all fans of Mr. Fastfinger's guitar playing. Hear, watch, jam and enjoy 5 songs in a brand new exciting way. You will recognise sections of the backings which have been remixed, tweaked, added too and dissected, yet the solos and leads are very different. Mixing original bits and parts from the solos with totally new ideas and improvised parts. This is a great way to better understand and get deep with the way of the exploding guitar!

Video shows you a clip of jam song "Zing" based on song Zing Zing from the album "The Way of the Exploding Guitar". It was a pleasure to reinvent this older song. Totally different leads. Some stuff here was written, but a lot of the lines was improvised.

Mika Tyyskä - The Mr Fastfinger Sessions at Jam Track Central

The jam songs: Thunder (based on Thunderpants), Lost (Lost World), Wind (Little Wind), Zing (Zing Zing) and Motion (Motion Beat)

Filled with tons of ideas for you to work on!

5 full length solo tracks in MP3
5 full length backing tracks in MP3
5 extended jam tracks in MP3
5 full length video performances by Mika in MP4

Complete TAB and notation in PDF and Powertab format

Mr. Fastfinger sessions on Jam Track Central - Zing - Mika Tyyskä

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We have been huge fans of Mika Tyyskä and his Mr.Fastfinger antics for many years now and it is superb to welcome him to the JTC family. This deluxe album edition comes with both of his incredible Mr Fastfinger albums as well as his debut jam track package entitled 'The Mr.Fastfinger Sessions'. You will recognise sections of the backings which have been remixed, tweaked, added too and dissected from the albums, yet Mika has also mixed parts of the original solos with completely improvised sections too. Mika has thrown a wealth of techniques into the fold as well alongside his usual vibrant playing and presence.
Mika has most definitely brought something different to the table for your jamming sessions and we think you will love the diversity of what he offers.


Mr Fastfinger 'Way of the Exploding Guitar' Album
Mr Fastfinger - In Motion Album

5 full length solo tracks in MP3
5 full length backing tracks in MP3
5 extended jam tracks in MP3
5 full length video performances in MP4
Complete TAB and notation in PDF and powertab format
Mr Fastfinger In Motion full album in MP3
Mr Fasfinger Way of the Exploding Guitar full album in MP3

Guitar solo for Guitar Addiction 1st anniversary

GuitarEuroShop - CD - DVD - MP3 - Merchandising The "Guitar Addiction - A Tribute To Modern Guitar" Album will be out on 21 June 2011 ! Our goal was to make sure you have your copy for this summer, and have good time listening to it under a palmtree on the beach.. ;)) in a first time it will be available exclusively on (Digital and CD formats) other websites will follow, in USA and Asia. The result is absolutly awesome, we can't wait to make you hear it !!

And don't forget that two timing / double teaming interview

Mika Tyyskä: Mr Fastfinger yin and yang Guitar

Ray Riendeau,Derek Taylor,Francesco Artusato : Star Monarchy crowned!

STAR MONARCHY is a new project by bassist RAY RIENDEAU, it is music produced and written by Ray and will be of various styles such as metal, modern rock, progressive, etc. and features some of the best musicians on the planet earth....and mars....

Ray Riendeau (bass/ Producer) - JAMES LABRIE, ROB HALFORD
Bjorn Strid (vocals) - SOILWORK
Dan Tompkins (vocals) - TESSERACT
Rody Walker (vocals) - PROTEST THE HERO
Sean Dailey (vocals) - THE BETTER DEATH
Mike Semesky (vocals) - ORDINANCE
Ben Dixon (vocals) - SESSION ARTIST

Francesco Artusato (guitar) - ALL SHALL PERISH
Alex Rudinger (drums) - THREAT SIGNAL
Danny Handler (drums) - THE BETTER DEATH
Peter Wildoer (drums) - DARKANE, JAMES LABRIE
Derek Taylor (guitar) - STARA ZAGORA --
Matthew Ward (guitar) - KORO
Thomas Pulda (screams) - ANOMALY

Star Monarchy: Volume 1

1. Biosfear (feat. Rody Walker) 4:55
2. Monarchy (feat. Dan Tompkins) 4:14
3. 11 Years (feat. Bjorn "Speed" Strid) 3:19
4. Romanov Throne (feat. Mike Semesky) 4:08
5. Artilect (feat. Ben Dixon) 3:58
6. Ashes (feat. Dan Tompkins) 3:28
7. Transhuman (feat. Sean Dailey) 4:26
8. Suicide By Star (feat. Ben Dixon) 3:27
9. The Royal Isolate (feat. Mike Semesky) 4:48
10. Lord of the Flys (feat. Rody Walker) 4:31


Mateus Starling: learn Brazzilian Funk n' Jazz

Mateus Starling, a Brazilian guitarist, producer, composer, columnist of many Music magazines, graduated in 2008 from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in performance, and received the highest honor bestowed by the College (Summa Cum Laude). Check out and enjoy this talented musician in this exclusive lesson about Brazilian Funk and jazz


Robben Ford,Michael Landau: Renegade Creation - Breda, The Netherlands 2012

High energy finale by supergroup 'Renegade Creation', when they played a highly satisfying set to a delighted audience, at the MEZZ music venue, Breda, The Netherlands, on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012.

Check out the band's amazing new CD, 'Bullet'(link below), available now.

Robben Ford - guitar, vocals
Michael Landau - guitar
Jimmy Haslip -- bass
Gary Novak -- drums

From the band website:
Renegade Creation is the new record by veteran musical giants, Michael Landau, Robben Ford, Jimmy Haslip and Gary Novak. Blending together to create a blues-driven sound that not only will satisfy their individual fans but is fresh enough to attract a legion of new fans as well. Delivering bothrootsy, blues/rock vocal tunes and fiery instrumentals, the band draws on the unique guitar interplay between guitar giants Robben Ford and Michael Landau who inspire each other to new personal bests.


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Marcel Coenen: announces online radioshow at Metal Messiah Radio

Marcel Coenen
Hello everybody !

At 22:00 (4 EST time) I start my online radioshow at Metal Messiah Radio. You can hear old school metal classics as well as new school metal stuff, also some prog, guitar orientated material and ofcourse I am open for requests as well.
You can listen by clicking on one of the links below:

By using the website you can also chat with other listeners as well as with me in the chatroom of the radio station, to do that surf to , click on "CHAT", type a username and leave the rest blank (no password), just click on "Login" and you are in the chatroom.
I hope to see you there !!

News: Next BendNote competition the live final details

Vigier BendNote competition
Play your song live December 7, 2012 at the Divan du monde in Paris in front of our jury, accompanied by the following prestigious musicians: Ivan Rougny (bass guitar: Morglbl Trio) Aurel Ouzoulias (drums: Zull FX, Morglbl trio) Manu Martin (keyboard: Patrick Rondat) Jean Fontanille (guitar)

A professional musician usually collaborates with different sorts of people : manufacturers, the musical press, other musicians, producers, etc.which is why the BendNote jury will be made of 4 members representing each one of these branches, offering the winner professional recognition.

musical press, other musicians, producers, etc.
which is why the BendNote jury will be made of 4 members representing each one of these branches, offering the winner professional recognition.
Co-founder of BendNote

Next BendNote Talent co-organizer and co-founder of BendNote, co-producer of video and pedagogical material on
Vigier Guitars Creator

Visionary Creator in 1980 of Vigier guitars and basss, well known worldwide as for their quality and exceptional comfort of playing as for innovations specialy the neck 10/90 system or vibrato pivoting on needle bearings
Guitar – Mörglbl

Christophe Godin (Mörglbl, Gnö...) is one of the greatest french guitarists and Vigier's guitars endorsed.

Editor in chief – GuitarXtreme

Ludovic Egraz is a guitarist, journalist and teacher well known in the music press specialized guitar. He worked as a music transcriber for Guitar & Keyboard monthly from 1990 to 2001, and has conducted over 800 interviews with world-class guitarists.

Dhalif Ali: Between Two World BendNote Talent

Dhalif Ali - Between Two Worlds - Next BendNote Talent

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Philippe Thibaut: Hopefulness BendNote Talent - tasty

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Chris Brasil: Try Again - BendNote talent

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Hussein Haddad: Timbres - Bendnote Talent

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Walsuan Miterran: Ceu ou Inferno - BendNote Talent

Walsuan Miterran - Ceu ou Inferno - Next BendNote Talent

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Duilio Humberto: Xirxu's song Bendnote Talents

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Łukasz Kurpiewski: Escape - BendNote Talent

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Vigier BendNote competition

Patrick Rondat: How to anticipate the modulations
Patrick Rondat BendNote joined with the first JamLesson in which he explains his technical approach and harmonic improvisation on a progressive:

- How to anticipate the modulations? - How to build a melody? - How to work stress, and the dynamics of play? - What are his tips for working this improvisation?

Bend Note - Patrick Rondat

Arnaud: BendNote ballad's and emotional playing

NeoGeoFanatic offers in this first guitar lesson improvisation full of emotion and explains its technical approach and harmonic:
- How to chain the positions harmoniously?
- How to anticipate and join the modulations?
- How to get out of his favorite plans to leave Place your own feeling?
- His advice to work this music lessons to learn guitar

BendNote - Ballad NeoGeoFanatic JamLesson

Guthrie Govan,Johnny Hiland,Dave Martone,Jon Finn:

Guitar Workshop Plus:

So you’re learning your scales, chords, and theory, and your friends say your chops are getting really good. But sometimes it still doesn’t exactly come out the way you want. Come to this seminar prepared to work hard and practice a lot, and your playing will be taken to new heights. You’ll leave with enough material to practice for several years. Students should have a reasonably solid working knowledge of scales, arpeggios and chords. Reading music is helpful but not essential. Although this course is designed primarily with rock players in mind, these concepts are built on solid theoretical principles and can apply to any style of music. Topics covered include a new look at pentatonics, rhythmic and thematic development, analysis of chord progressions, modal improvisation, creative expression and much more. One of our most popular instructors, Jon Finn, is uniquely qualified to teach this. He’s spent most of his professional life divided equally between performing and teaching. His approach is heavily influenced by his experiences working closely with masters such as Guthrie Govan, Steve Morse, John Petrucci, Dave Larue, Carl Verheyen, John Williams, Tom Morello and many others. Guitar phenom, Guthrie Govan will spend two days with students in this course.

This course will focus on the classic fingerstyle method of playing guitar made famous by the likes of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Scotty Anderson and Tommy Emmanuel. This seminar will cover the essential elements of this great style, including Travis-Picking, walking bass lines, harp harmonics, and cascades. In addition, through learning and playing many of the standard songs from the Travis-Picking repertoire, topics like chord-melody, solo arranging, voicings and substitutions, and improvising will be addressed. This seminar class will enjoy a visit from one of the greatest guitarists in the world, Tommy Emmanuel.

This seminar is designed to focus on rock that wears it’s blues influences on it’s sleeve. We’ll be looking at some guitar players and bands that took what they learned from the original blues artists, and forged a new style of rock. Using different tones and rhythms, but always with a nod to the past, some of the most memorable songs of the Delta were transformes into a powerful “new” sound that can still be heard influencing bands and players today. An indepth look at how to use major and minor pentatonic scales, the “blues” and “mixolydian” cales, string bending, hammer-on and pull off techniques, double stops, fresh chords, slide licks, wah-wah tricks and much more will be covered. So don’t miss out if you want to learn how to make your guitar sing like the best of ‘em! This class will enjoy a visit from the great Texas guitar slinger David Grissom.

Not just for country players, this seminar teaches improvisational concepts that apply to any style. Whether you are a jazz, rock or blues player, this class will also give you the tools to take on any country gig with confidence.Topics include hybrid pick-and-finger techniques, chick’n pickin’, pedal-steel and open string licks, building single note lines from chord forms, creating double stops, and mapping the fretboard to effectively play through chord changes. 

Gain practical knowledge on how to generate a great country tone, including effects & settings, signal chain, amps, pickups, and guitars, as well as in-depth discussion of the styles of today’s masters such as Albert Lee, Johnny Hiland, Ray Flacke, Danny Gatton, Pete Anderson and more. Plenty of in-class playing is utilized to reinforce the many new ideas and techniques this style demands. Rather than ending up with just a collection of licks, several country ‘standards’ are used as templates, allowing students to implement their ideas right away into songs. Michael is an experienced player and clinician with over 25 years of experience. He has played and worked with Brent Mason, Johnny Hiland, Pat Martino, Will Ray, Toby Keith, Gary Allan, and many others. The knowledge and passion for teaching Michael brings will make this a seminar you won’t soon forget. This course will also enjoy a visit from the amazing Johnny Hiland!

This course is designed to help guitar players at a moderate to advanced level perfect their skills as a guitarist and songwriter. Covering a variety of topics including rock rhythm guitar, ear training, chord voicings, knowledge of the neck, rock improvisation and techniques, riff/hook development, song arrangement and in depth analysis of the writing techniques used in today’s hit rock and pop radio. If you’ve ever wanted to improve your abilities as a lead or rhythm guitar player, take your songs and sound to the next plateau, learn about the techniques used by your favourite rock guitarist, or learn how to perform at a professional level, then this is the course for you. Long time GWP faculty Aaron Little performs with Canadian rock band See Spot Run whose songs have seen Top 40 radio charts. Aaron has shared the stage with such acts as Our Lady Peace, Default, Bon Jovi, Stone Temple Pilots and, the special guest for this seminar, Ian Thornley.

Join one of Canada’s finest guitarists, Dave Martone on this journey into the insane! Topics covered will include insane legato, tapping and hybrid picking, sweeping, string sweeping, speed picking, bubble tapping, harp harmonics, modes/harmonic/melodic, chord inversions, and more! In-class jamming is crucial so there will be in-class performances daily as well. Dave has toured and performed with Joe Satriani, Michael Angelo Batio, Marty Friedman, Stu Hamm, Mike Portnoy, 3 Doors Down, Chad Krueger, and others.

Nita Strauss: Consume The Fire free track download

Nita Strauss via Consume The Fire

Nita Strauss via Consume The Fire
‎(In case some of you missed it yesterday) my band Consume The Fire released this song yesterday!! 5 more songs are coming on the EP but you get this one nooowwwww so let us know what you think and don't forget to like the band page if you haven't already!!

ALSO, please don't stop telling REVOLVER Magazine who you want to see in the Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock/ Metal issue!! You guys know what to do!!

Eric Johnson: UK tour completely sold out!!

Eric Johnson will kick off his first ever solo UK tour at the Holmfirth Picturedrome tomorrow night (Friday 6th July). Originally a 5-date tour, Johnson added a second London date at the Leicester Square Theatre, due to phenomenal public demand. This tour will showcase material from his current album“Up Close”, and from his rich back catalogue, full dates include:

Holmfirth Picturedrome (Friday 6 July) – SOLD OUT
Glasgow O2 ABC (Saturday 7 July)
The Sage Gateshead (Sunday 8 July) – SOLD OUT
Bath Komedia (Monday 9 July) – SOLD OUT
London Leicester Square Theatre (Tuesday 10 July) – SOLD OUT
London Leicester Square Theatre (Wednesday 11 July) – SOLD OUT

Tickets are available via and 0844 478 0898.

Guitar Player magazine called Johnson "one of the most respected guitarists on the planet". His critically acclaimed, platinum-selling 1990 recording Ah Via Musicom produced the single Cliffs of Dover, for which he won the 1991 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Cliffs of Dover also appeared in Guitar Hero 3 – Legends of Rock. In 1996 he joined forces with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai for the original and legendary G3 tour that garnered a worldwide audience with the platinum selling CD and DVD release.

Michael Angelo Batio: US and Euro tour dates

The official Michael Angelo Batio “HWS” ® tour 2012! 
USA - California

Thursday July 12th, 2012
Michael Angelo Batio’s “HWS - A Tribute to Rock Guitar” Show in concert at:
The Musicians Institute (MI)
6752 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, California 90028
800-255-7529 (US and Canada) 

Dean Guitars CEO Elliott Dean will be performing on Bass Guitar for this show!
Saturday July 14th, 2012
Michael Angelo Batio clinic for Dean Guitars at:
36625 Kevin Rd
Suite 152
Wildomar, California


Sunday July 22nd through Thursday August 9th
Part 2 - Michael Angelo Batio’s “HWS - A Tribute to Rock Guitar” Show in concert in:


Detailed information TBA
The entire “HWS” Show tour in Europe is being booked by the International Rock Agency

USA - Montana

Saturday August 18th, 2012
Michael Angelo Batio clinic for Dean Guitars at:
Hell Creek Music
101 N Merrill Ave
Glendive, Montana 59330


Sunday August 26th, 2012
Michael Angelo Batio solo concert in Mexico at:
South Rock and Road
Luz Saviñon No. 1315
Col. Narvarte Poniente
Mexico City, Mexico

USA - Hawaii, Rhode island, Illinois and Michigan
Saturday September 1st, 2012
Michael Angelo Batio’s “HWS - A Tribute to Rock Guitar” Show in concert at:
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Detailed information TBA

Sunday September 2nd, 2012
Michael Angelo Batio clinic for Dean Guitars at:
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Detailed information TBA

Wednesday September 26th, 2012
Michael Angelo Batio clinic for Dean Guitars at:
The Music Complex RI
66 Montgomery St.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Friday September 28th, 2012
Michael Angelo Batio’s “Hands Without Shadows - A Tribute to Rock Guitar” Show in concert at:
Chicago, Illinois
Detailed information TBA

Saturday September 29th, 2012
Michael Angelo Batio’s “Hands Without Shadows - A Tribute to Rock Guitar” Show in concert at:
The Token Lounge
28949 Joy Road
Westland, Michigan


Friday October 19th through Monday October 29th, 2012
Michael Angelo Batio clinics for Dean Guitars in:
Detailed information TBA