Monday, 23 July 2012

Dweezil Zappa: talks about Eddie Van Halen and Frank Zappa

RALEIGH, NC — Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa on tour live at the Lincoln Theater, July 11, 2012. Dweezil tees up one of his favorite childhood hero memories before tackling the most memorable and incredible guitar solos of all time, Eddie Van Halen's Eruption—and nailing it. Also includes a follow-up cover of Van Halen's "Somebody Get Me A Doctor" complete with a spandex-wearing David Lee "Sloth" parody. As proven here, Dweezil Zappa is certainly the most underrated and unsung guitar player in the industry, and is the sole DNA torch who continually introduces the brilliance of Frank Zappa's music to future generations.

Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa | Eddie Van Halen speech | Eruption | Raleigh 2012

Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart: Clockwork Angels: The Novel

ECW Press has unveiled two exciting special editions of "Clockwork Angels: The Novel" (ECW Press, September 2012), the landmark literary collaboration between RUSH drummer and lyricist Neil Peart and bestselling sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson. These two numbered special editions of "Clockwork Angels: The Novel" will be available for pre-order on Friday, July 27.

The Silver Edition, slipcased and autographed by both Kevin J. Andersonand Neil Peart, will be a beautiful addition to any collection. This limited edition of 300 copies is available from both for $74.95.

The Gold Edition is a must have for die-hard fans. Slipcased and signed by both authors, The Gold Edition is accompanied by a lithograph image from the book, signed by artist Hugh Syme, and a unique autographed page of the original "Clockwork Angels" manuscript. Both pieces are presented in an attractive frame with an engraved and numbered plate. With only 302 copies available, the Gold Edition will retail for $299.95, and is available exclusively from

The Gold and Silver editions of "Clockwork Angels" will be available for preorder on Friday, July 27, at 10 a.m. ET, while quantities last. Special editions will ship on August 31.

Robert Marcello, Leonard Pospichal: What You Mean - Single

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Leonard Pospichal (12) & o - What You Mean

Joe Stump: Pistoleros

Get a full track taster of the new album from Joe Stump, one of the most intense and over the top guitarists on the planet!! Taken from Joe's new album "Revenge Of The Shredlord" released 17 August 2012 on Lion Music.
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Steve Vai: I’m always pursuing knowledge, I’m a seeker of spiritual equilibrium!

Steve Vai : holding the story of light
 Steve Vai to release new solo album THE STORY OF LIGHT August 14 on Favored Nations Records, with guest vocalists including Aimee Mann and Beverly McClellan
12 original recordings continue a conceptual narrative arc started on Vai's acclaimed Real Illusions: Reflections album

Listen to Gravity Storm

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 23rd, 2012: Virtuoso guitarist and visionary composer will releaseThe Story of Light, a new solo album of original material, on August 14. The title comes out on Favored Nations Entertainment, the label Vai founded in 1999. Its sprawling and expressive 12-song set continues a conceptual and cosmic narrative arc begun on the artist’s acclaimed 2005 album Real Illusions: Reflections (also Vai’s most recent solo studio release).

Although The Story of Light is largely instrumental, the album does feature guest vocalists including singer-songwriter Aimee Mann—dueting with Vai on “No More Amsterdam,” which she also co-wrote—andBeverly McClellan, a season one finalist on The Voice. McClellan appears on “John the Revelator,” a track inspired by a vintage recording of blues singer Blind Willie Johnson, whose acid-soaked vocals are in the mix as well. Other highlights include the title track (which opens the album),“Gravity Storm,” “The Moon and I,” and “Velorum.”

Throughout, three-time GRAMMY-winner Vai’s lead guitar is as lyrically resonant as it is technically masterful, his licks and solos bending sounds and in listeners’ minds in equal measure. The Story of Lightfollows the journey of a man driven mad by grief, intertwining tragedy, revelation, enlightenment, and redemption.

“I’m always pursuing knowledge, I’m a seeker of spiritual equilibrium—and music is a big part of that,” saysVai. “I’ve been obsessed with these kinds of ideas for years.” Looking ahead, Vai envisions a third set of songs that will unravel the mysteries and reveal truths that swirl through both The Story of Light and Real Illusions: Reflections. The completed trilogy, intended to be cinematic—even operatic—in scope, will include lyrics and narration.

The Story of Light is available as of today for online pre-sale orders. This special pre-sale selection of bundled packages is offered exclusively through Vai’s website,, where complete details on the products and ordering information are available. Each package includes an instant download of a track from the new album personally selected by Vai, “Gravity Storm.”

Following up the 2009 live album Where The Wild Things Are, The Story of Light, is Vai’s 16th solo effort. In support of its release, Vai will begin a tour of North America on August 15th in Fort Lauderdale Florida, accompanied by his band—who are also featured on the new album: Dave Weiner (guitar), Jeremy Colson (drums), Philip Bynoe (bass), and Deborah Hensen (harp, vocals, keyboards).

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Simona Malandrino: Last Minute

"Last Minute" composed and performed by Simona Malandrino, from Italy.

I used to record:
- Fender Telecaster American Standard
- Fender hot rod deluxe III
- Tone Candy Red Hot distortion pedal

As featured on

Last Minute - Simona Malandrino

Guthrie Govan: Eddie Lang International Jazz Festival 2012

Eddie Lang International Jazz Festival 2012 - Monteroduni, Isernia, Italy.
with Guthrie Govan, Stochelo Rosenbeg, Ludovic Beier, Fabien Mary, Shawnn Monteiro, Bjorn Solli, Mauro Ottolini, Walter Ricci, Alessio Menconi, Salvatore Russo, Daniele Gregolin, Luigi Di Nunzio, Daniele Gottardo, Luigi Grasso, Pasquale Grasso, Nicola Cordisco, Nicola Angelucci, Paride Furzi, Stefano Doglioni, Andrea Antonilli, Giovanni Petta, Carlo Fantini, Ellade Bandini, Giordano Carnevale, Simone Pace, Francesco Ciniglio, Nicola Muresu, Massimiliano Coclite.

Eddie Lang International Jazz Festival 2012 - TV Promo Video Clip

Vernon Reid, Jack Bruce,John Medeski,Cindy Blackman: Spectrum Road - North Sea Jazz 2012

Spectrum Road is a groundbreaking collaboration between four giants of modern music: Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid, John Medeski and Cindy Blackman Santana. Born from a shared passion for the music of legendary drummer Tony Williams, the band will release their self-titled debut album on June 4th through Palmetto Records.

Spectrum Road @ North Sea Jazz 2012

Tom Quayle: Euphoria from Wampler Ecstasy for HD video lessons with me.

Sorry for the horrible camera angle - I was sat further back during the masterclass. Suhr Standard running into Wampler Ecstasy and Port City Pearl Head with 2x12 and 1x12 Port city cabs.

This was during a masterclass I was performing on 21st of July at Toneworld in Manchester.

Demoing Wampler Ecstasy (Euphoria) at a Masterclass - Tom Quayle

News: Guitar Player Festival 2012 - Brazil

Festival Details

The Modern Music School, and the magazine Guitar Player IG & T proudly presents: Guitar Player Festival 2012 - RJ .

Some of the best guitarists in the country will be present in two nights to mark the history of the city of Niterói. Must, be sure your ticket NOW!


DAY 21/08

MOZART MELLO - One of the largest, if not the greatest guitar taught in Brazil. Considered by many the "Master Teacher", as students have had artists like Kiko Loureiro , among many others.Launched a number of methods, handouts, books and video lessons, and has worked (recorded and / or monitored and / or participated) in events with Dry and Wet, Andrew Christovan, Heraldo do Monte, Vitor Biglione, Pixinga, Nico Assumption Tomatti, Nelson Farias, Gregg Bissonette (workshop) , among others. More info:

FAÍSKA - is one of the most respected guitarists in Brazil, with three solo instrumental albums, seven video lessons and a songbook (released by Guitar Player). In addition to a solid solo career, he built his career accompanying artists in Brazilian music, like Eduardo Araújo, Fagner, Ney, Wanessa Camargo, Fabio Jr, Rita Lee , opened the show by guitarist Frank Gambale , drummer with the workshop did Carminie Appice and shared the stage with the British band Deep Purple .Has been elected by the magazine Bizz and Guitar Player as one of the ten best guitarists in the country More info:

ALEX MARTINHO - He graduated with "honors" by the GIT (USA) in 1992, and has a solo career as a guitar instrumental rock which has five CDs and a DVD (some in partnership with Oak Sydnei ) as well as participation in various collections guitar. Holds workshops and concerts with his band throughout Brazil and has worked with magazines like Guitar Player, Guitar Cover (where he had a monthly column about guitar-rock for ten years) and Music and Technology . More info:

GUSTAVO DI PADUA - Considered one of the great revelations of the guitar today, in 2008 participated in the contest "Guitar Idol" made ​​in England, where they competed with more than thousand of guitarists around the world and ranked among the top 10. Today, Gustavo has an extensive musical background, is part of important bands and accompanies various artists. It is the band's guitarist Almah , known internationally. More info:

DAY 22/08

FRANK SOLARI - Considered one of the largest Brazilian guitar virtuosos. Instrumentalist, composer, performer, producer and arranger, has released three solo instrumental albums, two video lessons (which demonstrates the techniques applied to the phrasing of the guitar) and participated in numerous recordings and projects as a special guest, with emphasis on partnership with Eduardo Ardanuy and Sergio Buss at Tritone (98). In recent years presented several concerts and workshops at national and international scene. More info:

Rafael Bittencourt - is guitarist, composer and founder of the famous Brazilian band Angra , with the marking of more than one million copies sold worldwide. For several years he was voted among the best rock guitarists and songwriters in the specialized media of Brazil and Japan was a columnist in several magazines and teaches guitar workshops in Brazil where he expounds on his style of composing and playing the guitar, how to manage a group of successful experience in studios and live shows, harmony, structure, perception and much more. More info:

RICARDO MARINS - Renowned guitarist, composer, teacher and music producer. Accompanied and shared the stage with names like Pepeu Gomes, Gilberto Gil, Ritchie, Ricky Vallen, Taryn Szpilman, Claudio Infante, David Moraes, Ney MatoGrosso, Gaduh Maria Luiza Possi, Cheek, Vitor Ramil, Rio Jazz Orchestra, Aerosmith Macedo, Celso Blues Boy, Leo Maia, Vergueiro Dora andFred Martins . Is releasing his first instrumental album, "The Big Bang", mastered at the legendary Studio Abbey Road in England. More info:

PAULINHO GUITAR - It instrumentalist musician, composer and music producer. He helped write the history of Brazilian music and has recorded his name alongside numerous artists, performers and composers of the MPB, including: Ed Motta, Bebel Gilberto, Tim Maia, Sidney Magal, Cassian, Hyldon, Marina Lima, Claudio Zoli, Cazuza, Gerson King Combo, Cassiano, Sandra de Sá, Paula Lima, Carlos DAFE, Banda Black Rio, Leo Gandelman , among others. He has several solo CDs released and critically acclaimed. More info:

In addition to playing live music several of his CDs, the artists will speak about issues related to their successful careers and about guitar in general.

Lots of music at the highest level will roll, do not miss! Rare chance to see all these guitar heros closely.

Advance tickets 50% discount: only $ 20 (one day) or £ 30 (two days)

(Available only in Modern Music School) .

(On the day of event tickets - to remain - will be sold by the normal prices of $ 40 (one day) and $ 60 (two days))

Ensure your ticket in advance now! They are only 300 places available at the event.

(If you can not attend in person at the school, you can purchase tickets via bank deposit - contact us and ask better)

Guitar Player Festival 2012 - RJ

Days: 21 and 22/08/2012

Time: 19:30 pm
Location: Theatre of the AMF (Icaraí - Niterói - RJ)

Festival Details:
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Guitar Player Festival (Niterói / RJ) - 21 to 22/08/2012 - Not to be missed!

Nico Schliemann: Alternate and Legato licks

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Paul Gilbert Style Alternate Picking Lick

Silly Legato Lick - Nico Schliemann

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PJ d'Atri: Moonlight Preacher

PJ d'Atri posts a track from his upcoming album Zeitgeist Renegade.

From my new 2012 Album "ZEITGEIST RENEGADE"

Plus two classical interpretations on his own custom made guitar.

PJ d'Atri plays Bach Partita BWV 1006

PJ d'Atri plays J.S. Bach "Air"

Jason Becker: the Birthday bash

Matt Blackett (Guitar Player)
The screening of Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet was a blast last night. The stars of the movie, Dave Lopez,Gary Becker, and of course Matt Blackett, were all there. Oh yeah, Jason was there too and did an engaging and hilarious Q&A after the film. As if it couldn't get any cooler, it was Jason's birthday too. What a great night. If you haven't seen this movie, you need to ASAP!

Jason Becker's Birthday bash 2012 singing Happy Birthday

Jeremy Barnes: Full Shred Ahead

Jeremy Barnes  One of the fastest, clean players in Australia is certain to turn the world upside down with his incendiary guitar playing... well he's just be picked up by Godin guitars with a "Full Shred Ahead" custom, Godin guitar.

Steve Lukather: CJ Vanston talks about the new album


Steve Lukather: CJ Vanston talks about the new album