Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Sameh Ibrahim: The Book Of Seasons - Original Song

Extended original composition featuring piano as well as guitar with some nice thematic ideas...

Sameh Ibrahim - The Book Of Seasons - Original Song

Tom Richardson: available for Skype lessons

I was working on some wide interval ideas along one string with some big stretches so decided to make a little tune out of it. There's a metal riff and solo section using the diminshed scale. Hope you like it! I will upload the tab on my website if anyone wants it.

I offer online lessons via skype. If this is something you're interested in and would like more information, email me at tomrguitar@gmail and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Metal Riff and Solo with Big Stretch!

I'm currently in the process of recording my first instrumental EP. Here are a few clips from the recording of the first 3 songs. I will post more info as in the next couple of weeks. There's quite a bit more to get down including keys. The audio is from the camera mic so excuse the quality in places.
It should hopefully be ready for release in the next month or so. More clips to follow...

Instrumental Fusion EP - Recording Clips

EP Recording Clips - Part 2

Davide Montorsi: rock fusion solo

rock impro

Cory Sterling: Vignette - Lee Ritenour's SST Finals

In this episode of Guitar Greats, watch Cory Sterling perform his original piece, "Vignette."

Sterling performed this piece in the final round of Lee Ritenour's international guitar competition "Six String Theory." It landed him into the last tier of the finals, and an eventual 2nd place finish. Sit back and enjoy a beautiful, original composition by this young man from New York.

*GUITAR GREATS is a weekly web-series featuring live, uncut performances from the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival (COCGF). The COCGF brings together some of the worlds most talented guitarists for a week of workshops, concerts, and musical creativity in Big Fork, Montana. New episodes of Guitar Greats will be released every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to, and during, this years festival running from August 26th-September 2, 2012.

Find out more at: http://cocguitarfoundation.org/

Videography by Alan Kozlowski
Editing by Nic Davis

Logo by Richard Kurth

Cory Sterling - "Vignette" - GUITAR GREATS: Episode 10 - Lee Ritenour's SST Finals

Tobias Hurwitz: Shred Planet - The Crown 2012

Live from the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival, Tobias Hurwitz jams out his original tune "Shred Planet."

This performance was part of this years faculty performance night. Tobias Hurwitz is teaching the Advanced Rock week-long workshop this year.

*LIVE FROM THE CROWN is a weeklong web-series that brings you short bits of the workshops, classes, and performances live from the 2012 Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival (COCGF).

The COCGF brings together some of the worlds most talented guitarists for a week of workshops, concerts, and musical creativity in Big Fork, Montana.

Find out more at: http://cocguitarfoundation.org/

Videography and Editing by Nic Davis
Logo by Richard Kurth
Tobias Hurwitz - "Shred Planet" - LIVE FROM THE CROWN: 2012

Feodor Dosumov,Niko Zaporojan: The Funky Fusion Jam sessions


jam session graph keyboardist. alexander bass. Eugene, Eugene Dalsky drums

Niko Zaporojan and Feodor Dosumov jam seyshn

German Schauss: Hands 2 Hearts

This is one of my new songs "Hands 2 Hearts". It will be released very soon on my new double EP through the Digital Nations Label. Please visit my Soundcloud page to listen to the recorded version: http://soundcloud.com/thelightspeeder/hands-2-hearts

This video was taped live on August 23, 2012 after a long day of teaching at Berklee College of Music. No overdubs or editing. I used the Zoom Q3HD to shoot the clip.

The Performers are:

German Schauss - Guitar
Alfredo Grado - Bass
Charlie Dye - Drums

Thank you for watching and I hope you are enjoying the performance.

Please visit http://www.germanschauss.com for more.

German Schauss, Hands 2 Hearts Rehearsal Video

David Lowry: Fans... How You Can Best Use Social Media

I know, I know… There are a million bands, authors, actors, small businesses asking for you to spread the word about them, “like” them, vote for them and so on and on. Sometimes we feel like we have to because we don’t want to create trouble because we are friends with so many local talents and if like one but not the other then the drama starts and some times we don’t support at all because we don’t want the drama or we don’t have the time or something similar. With this blog I am not asking you to do anything but support your favorites and only your favorites. It is not your responsibility or obligation to support anyone except those you chose and no one should get mad at you if you don’t support things you chose not to for any reason at all.

In order for your favorite artist (insert entertainment medium here) to spread the word and create the “buzz,” they need people spreading the word about them as much as possible. Social media is the easiest and cheapest way to do that. So this blog is about that and how you as a fan, friend or family member can do this to maximize their efforts and actually yours as well.

It is very important to the success of any type of entertainer be it musicians, authors, bloggers, actors etc… that their content reach the masses. Since many of you already click like on so much of their stuff would it really take that much extra time to share it? Comment on it on the actual page and not just on Facebook although that does help. All these sites rates posts popularity by how much attention it gets and for it to reach the masses, it needs your attention. So please read this and if you are able to help these people out, please do the extra little bit for your favorite artists etc…

For the full details of how to use social media: http://lowryagency.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/for-the-fans-how-you-can-best-help-on-social-media/

Lucciano Pizzichini: Stella By Starlight, just 9 years old - burn the guitar time!

I guess by now that those who have followed this blog will no doubt seen Andreas Varady.. and burned your guitar... well here's another litle guy who will make you want to do the same...

Lucciano Pizzichini - Stella By Starlight

LUCCIANO PIZZICHINI - ejercicio de sustitucion tritonal aplicada a un Blues

News: 2012 Backing track Contest


An invitation! And interesting proposition! And opportunity for promotion and exposure! AND LOTS OF FUN!

FEMALE GUITAR PLAYERS is running another fun competition beginning in October 2012. But we thought we could spice things up a bit by including all of our Male Players and Supporters. Part #01 of the competition will be focused
on the guys! We're asking for real live backing tracks created and recorded by
you, the guys, for our Ladies to play and solo over for Part #02 of our Contest! This is great support for Female Players and excellent promotion and exposure for you guys!

The backing track can be a new one you create for the contest, or something you've already done for a previously recorded song. You'll get lots of attention and all entries will be shared on all of our websites across the Internet! Perhaps you are interested to see what the Ladies can do with your backing tracks! All video entries for live backing tracks will be uploaded to both Facebook and YouTube so that the Ladies can have easy and fast access. You will also be asked to link your video backing track to our contest video which will be uploaded to our YouTube website. So you're permission must be automatic and no messy entanglements with copyright as you will be given full credit for your work.

I'll be making a competition video that you can link your video to. The more Ladies who choose your backing track and link they're performance video to your video brings you closer to winning the first part of this Contest! This is a really great and fun way for Female Guitar Players and the guys who love and support us to interact, share, and work together! What do you say guys! Anyone interested?

Ladies, you are also welcome to submit a backing track video into the Contest! We just want to make sure that the guys know what they're getting into! LOL

Lots of musical love and hugs...BlackieSteele...xoxox
This is Part #01 of the Contest.
For Contest updates, questions and answers, information etc:


All suggestions are welcome. If you have any great ideas to contribute to making the contest better, then by all means, please comment!

Jon Levin: Dokken new album, Broken Bones

Frontiers Records is proud to announce the return of melodic hard rockers, Dokken. The band's 11th studio album (and their first in North America for the Frontiers Records label), Broken Bones, has been confirmed for a September 25th North American street date. The album will be released in two configurations: standard CD and limited edition CD in digipak with a bonus DVD, which features a comprehensive "Making Of The Album" documentary.  

Full details


Richard Hallebeek: Guthrie Govan track details and guitar set up

Richard Hallebeek:  RHP II

Richard Hallebeek
Guthrie Govan joins RHPII on the jazz rocker 'Bring It On'!
This is a guitar collaboration in the true sense of the word, with duo-riffs (Rich-L/ Guthrie-R), both doing fills, taking one solo round each and finally trading solos in the outtro.

I wrote the majority of the song with Guthrie in mind during a gig we did together at the Ziua Chitarelor festival in 2009 in Bucharest, where I got inspired by all the players; 70's riffs, jazz, fusion... and mixing it all up.

The UK virtuoso Guthrie is known for his work with the bands The Aristocrats, Asia, GPS and from his 2006 solo release 'Erotic Cakes', that has become quite the bible for guitarists worldwide. This song features Sebastiaan Cornelissen, Frans Vollink and Lalle Larsson. And thanks Corrado Sgandurra for a great festival.

Richard Hallebeek Interested in the details of Guthrie's setup for this song? Was it an Axe FX? What guitar/strings? Where were the drums recorded? More info on this recording? Go to my artist page and hit LIKE to read on!https://www.facebook.com/richhallebeek?ref=hl

Richard Hallebeek The Pre Order: http://www.richardhallebeek.com/rhpii/preorder.php

Feodor Dosumov: awesome fusion tribute to Rekall?

Douglas Quaid: Ever heard of Rekall? They sell those fake memories. 
Harry: Oh, "Rekall, Rekall, Rekall." You thinking of going there? 
Douglas Quaid: I don't know, maybe. 
Harry: Well, don't. A friend of mine tried one their "special offers," nearly got himself lobotomized. 
Douglas Quaid: No shit? 
Harry: Don't fuck with your brain, pal. It ain't worth it. 
Douglas Quaid: I guess not. 
[Continues jackhammering, Harry watches in disbelief

[Kuato is dying
Kuato: Quaid... Quaid... 
Benny: Forget it, man, his fortune-telling days are over. 
Kuato: Start the reactor. Free Mars... 


Ongoing collection of photos of Farko and Feodor Dosumov
Thanks to heather solarseed http://plus.google.com/u/0/100896727534124243949/posts


News: Roland Guitar Friend Jam Version 1.0

Guitarists Worldwide Meet, Learn, and Compete

Los Angeles, CA, August 28, 2012 — Guitar Friend Jam Version 1.0, Roland's newest social media application, gives guitarists an exclusive chance to improve their skills, to network, and to showcase their talents with like-minded players from all over the world. Musicians using this unique social network can download free practice songs from Roland, share workout records on Twitter, and actually compete with fellow musicians.

Available for both Windows and Mac OS X, Guitar Friend Jam automatically downloads a suite of practice songs after a user installs the application on their computer. The play-along songs cover popular musical styles including rock, pop, jazz, metal, and more, and feature full-band arrangements minus guitars. In addition to these special practice tracks, users can also add MP3 files stored on their computer and jam with their favorite tunes.

Just download the free software from the download page of the Guitar Friend Jam website, follow the instructions that appear on the screen, and connect a compatible GK-pickup equipped guitar to a Roland GR-55, VG-99, or VB-99. Connect via the USB port to a computer, and you're ready to jam. Internet connectivity and a Twitter account are also required for real time ranking and record sharing via Twitter.

"Guitar Friend Jam is an amazing way to have fun and improve your guitar playing at the same time. The Roland GR-55 guitar synth is a great companion for Guitar Friend Jam," said Gary Lenaire, Product & Marketing Manager, Roland Guitar Division and BOSS U.S.

System Requirements:

OS: Windows - XP SP3 or later, Vista SP2 or later, 7; Macintosh Mac - OS X 10.6 or later
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo or faster
RAM: 1GB or more
Compatible products: Roland GK-equipped guitar (such as GC-1 Stratocaster®, or GK-3 Divided Pickup installed on your guitar) and guitar synthesizer unit (such as Roland GR-55 or VG-99). Roland GR-55 or VG-99, and GC-1 or GK-Pickup-equipped guitar. Visit the V-Guitar Website for the details (http://www.roland.com/V-Guitar/).

Feodor Dosumov,Thiago Wesley,Danilo Pereira: International Fusion Jam - Omygod

Third, special jam, this time we had the pleasure of receiving Dosumov Feodor, who is surely one of the greatest guitar playing I've ever seen!

Glory to God!

Thiago Wesley Channel

Danilo Pereira Channel

Feodor Dosumov Channel

Jam Rock- Thiago Wesley, Danilo Pereira, Feodor Dosumov "HD"

Michael Romeo, Devin Townsend, Arjen Lucassen: special vinyl LP's available

So glad I bought my Record deck, got thre new LP's so far... looks like I'll be getting some more with these special bundles


Be quick and order the strictly limited vinyls of the following classic albums!

Release September 17th
SYMPHONY X - "The Damnation Game"
SYMPHONY X - "The Divine Wings Of Tragedy"
SYMPHONY X - "The Odyssey"

DEVIN TOWNSEND - "Ocean Machine"

Release September 24th
AYREON - "Universal Migrator 1"
AYREON - "Universal Migrator 2"
AYREON - "The Human Equation"

All of them will be available in different colors. In each case one color is exclusively available at the InsideOut Webshop:www.insideoutshop.de/

Steve Hackett: Introducing Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited II

Legendary Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has announced the details of his forthcoming studio album Genesis Revisited II in a special YOUTube video message for Genesis fans worldwide.
Steve Hackett has brought together a host of stunning guest performers including Steven Wilson and Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) to craft an album that revisits many of the best loved songs from his Genesis years.

What better person to introduce you to this epic undertaking than the man himself.

STEVE HACKETT - Introducing Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited II

Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited II will be released on 22nd October 2012 in Europe (G/S/A: October 19th 2012) and comes in a limited edition 2CD Media-book, as well as a beautiful 4LP & 2CD version that showcases the brilliant artwork above.

Last year saw the release of Steve Hackett's critically acclaimed and best selling solo album Beyond The Shrouded Horizon, which he toured extensively.

A lengthy world tour in support of the new album to be announced soon.
Stay tuned for more details.

For more information on Steve Hackett please visit:

Piotr Wójcicki: Next Year alternative solo - smooth fusion solo

Next Year alternative solo

Mike Keneally: I'm Raining Here, Inside - Wing Beat Fantastic

Mike Keneally

I have spent last week in the studio of Rick Musallam, we have worked treacherous hours fine-tuning some very delicate arrangements on a truly kaleidoscopic selection of tunes for our upcoming tour, and I very much need to sleep right now but I also want to say


Very excited about getting on the road just over a week from now to play a bunch of songs, including a fresh batch of tunes from Wing Beat Fantastic. Heartwarming reviews for the new album continue to come in, and there are too many interviews happening for me to keep track of (although there’s a really good audio interview you can download here - click on “Interviews” on the left column of the main homepage and you’ll find it – so in general it seems that WBF is finding a warm spot in the world – thank you yet again, world!

If you haven’t indulged in the new album yet, please know that it’s available as a CD, and also as adownload – and if you get the download from us and not one of those other places, you WILL get the complete booklet in pdf format, with lyrics and credits included, so that you won’t have to trust websites like this which purport to present the lyrics to the song "Wing Beat Fantastic" but which truly, truly do not. (Although I very much enjoy the line “Oh evading caliser immigrate to regions where come and dance with me” – I could imagine that on Trout Mask Replica somewhere.)

Wing Beat Fantastic is also available as a SHIRT.

The Keneally Band will be in the UK and Europe in March 2013! See most of the dates below! More to come!

Dethklok will emerge from the ashes in early November for a North American tour, right after I get back from several weeks in South America with Joe Satriani and G3 in October – so I’ll hopefully be seeing loads of you kindfolk in the next few months!

OK, bedtime!

Happy birthday Sarah!

Love at y’all!

Mike Keneally - "I'm Raining Here, Inside" from "Wing Beat Fantastic"

Richard Lainegard,Tom Quayle: Richard of to China then Japan with Tom Quayle

Richard Lainegard

Is off once again to beautiful Asia in October! First arriving in Chinas largest city, Shanghai, to perform at China Music Messe. Then, off to beautiful Beijing for some clinics for MOEN FX (with my new signature OD amongst other things). And finally, off to Japan, and always breathtaking Tokyo for clinics with my true friend, standup gentlemen, and other-worldly guitarist Tom Quayle Time to get my chops in order!! =)

Hedras Ramos: Guitar World gives Hedras Guitar Prodigy status

Hedras Ramos 

We thought we'd share this one with you -- it's a video featuring Hedras Ramos Jr. He's a young guitar prodigy from Guatemala whose style and technique has caught the eye of several great players, including Michael Lee Firkins and Jennifer Batten.

Hedras recently took second place in the Ziua Chitarelor 3 guitar competition in Bucharest. He plays 7-string Halo guitars outfitted with the SH-2 Jazz in the neck and the SH-4 JB in the bridge.

His third album, Atoms and Space, is available on iTunes and Amazon.


Jakub Żytecki: one of the best young guitar players I've heard is available for lessons

Polish guitar impresario and guitar ambassador Michał Kubicki says "Check out the youngest Ibanez endorsee in Poland! Jakub Żytecki has just joined the club and already tested the first axe he got from Ibanez Guitars. Congrats, Jakub!"

Jakub Zytecki
Sup guys! Wanna hear my new porno-funk style improv video? :) I recorded that video for GuitarManic school in which I'm going to work, so if some of you guys are interested in on line lessons hit me up!


Hope you'll enjoy the video!


Jakub Zytecki

Feodor Dosumov: Power Surge - new Jam Track

Feodor Strikes Again

This time last week, we launched the first of two Feodor Dosumov jam track packages and it has been received with open arms. After all, Feodor is one of the most exciting guitar players on the scene right now. His new jam track package, entitled 'Power Surge' (Alternate Version) has a cool story behind it too. A few months back, we sent one of our jam tracks to a load of artists from the JTC roster to jam over and send back. The track was called Power Surge. The guys (and you will have to wait and see who!) have all returned their versions now and we are piecing it together to make an amazing collaboration track. However, when we were sent back Feodor's first version, he had completely reconstructed the track, adding new sections and making it much longer in the process. So here it is in all its glory. In the meantime, Feodor also created a version over the original track too, which you will see in the near future.
Power Surge (Alternate Version) showcases exactly what Feodor is all about. Incredible guitar playing mixed with a creative backdrop to jam over. With this jam track package you will learn some incredible new techniques and licks that will test your playing to the absolute max. Available for just £4.99 this download comes with the full length video, solo track, backing track and complete TAB and notation.

Full track in MP3
Backing track in MP3
Full length video performance in MP4
Complete TAB and Notation in PDF and Powertab formats

*NEW* Feodor Dosumov 'Power Surge' (Alternate Version) available at Jamtrackcentral.com

Richard Hallebeek,Guthrie Govan: Guthrie added to RHP II!!

We await this album with baited breath, knowing that words like superlatives like jaw dropping are waiting in the wings!

OK so the list looks like: http://www.richardhallebeek.com/rhpii/

  • Richard Hallebeek
  • Greg Howe
  • Alex Machacek
  • Eric Gales
  • Guthrie Govan
  • Lalle Larsson
  • Frans Vollink
  • Sebastiaan Cornelissen


- be the first one get the full new album from Richard Hallebeek - RHPII - minimal a week before it's actual release
- receive two charts from two songs on the album, original actual charts used by the band and the special guests to perform and record the music
- receive a 4 page guitar lesson 'Intervallic Designs' (not published anywhere else to this date) from Rich
- receive a 4 page keyboard theory lesson from Lalle
- your cd will be signed personally (no copies) by all four bandmembers: Lalle, Seb, Frans and Rich
- 10 randomly selected pre-orderers will receive a1/2 hour FREE skype or mail (your choice!) lesson from Rich
- Support the music and buy straight from the artist!


Rob Balducci: Audio Fire Sound V3 Over drive pedal

Welcome to the new Lick Of The Week, This week I want to share with you a demo of the N - Audio Fire Sound V3 Over drive pedal. This pedal is hand made and hand-wired. It is really smooth on both clean and dirty. I am just touching some of the tones you can get with this pedal. As you will see by the demo I am not changing my settings. I am showing you how I use it when playing. The tones available with this pedal is amazing and I can only tell you to explore. Here is where to purchase the pedal. The price is actually very good for the quality pedal you are getting.

Enjoy and Thanks to N - Audio

Check out the new www.robbalducci.com

8-28-12 Lick Of The Week N - Audio Firesound V3 OD Rob Balducci's Demo

Tom Quayle: no TV this time, just eyes closed

http://www.tomquayle.co.uk/lessons.html for HD video lessons with me.

For some reason I've always found Rhythm Changes really hard to play on and was inspired by a friend of mine to try it again. Here's a couple of choruses from an improv I recorded. Lots of work to do!!

Rhythm Changes Improv - Tom Quayle

Richard Lainegard: Koch Jupiter Demo

Was about time I did a demo of the excellent 45W tube/hybrid combo from Koch amps, called the Jupiter.
This is a nifty combo with a lot of bells and whistles, but foremost for me, it's a great pedal amp at any volume!

AND, I also want to add that in the end of this video you will get the very first video/audio sneak peak of my upcoming signature Parallax overdrive! Don't miss that =)

Here's a demo of it, with both hum and single guitars, and with pedals as well. Check it out!

Koch Jupiter Demo

Leqtique "MAT" Maestoso Overdrive - Demo part 1