Monday, 24 September 2012

Paul Gilbert: I Heart Guitar Exclusive

In this exclusive lesson (thanks to Artistworks), Paul Gilbert shows you how to construct harmonies within the Pentatonic scale. Check out Paul's guitar school here:

I Heart Guitar Exclusive: Paul Gilbert Lesson

Paul Gilbert: Plymouth Guitar Clinic 2012

On Sunday 23rd December, Paul Gilbert came to Plymouth to do a Guitar Clinic! It was quite amazing, and a pleasure to hang out with the guy ^_^


Paul Gilbert: Plymouth Guitar Clinic 2012

Paul Gilbert: Valencia

Almost nothing ... Moment in which he explained his technique to find the tempo at those speeds (The first, I think, is to reach that speed the tempo and we'll talk ... haha)
Great concert in Rambleta, Valencia.

Paul Gilbert Clinic Guitar Show Valencia

Richie Kotzen: the MH Baked Potato series

Richie Kotzen with Mike Bennett (drums/backing vocals) and Dylan Wilson (bass/backing vocals).

Recorded live at The Baked Potato, Studio City, California. September 11, 2012 (first set).

Richie Kotzen - A Love Divine @the BP

Richie Kotzen - Love is Blind @ the BP

Richie Kotzen - Remember at the Baked Potato

Alan Holdsworth: The Baked Potato smoking solo

Alan Holdsworth solo at the The Baked Potato in Los Angeles. Virgil Donati on drums Dennis Hamm on keys and Jimmy Haslip bass

Alan Holdsworth Solo

Robert Marcello: Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer

Robert Marcello demonstrates his collection of custom GR-55 patches. Download them for free at

Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer — Robert Marcello Artist Patches

Marco Sfogli: live @ Mantovanelli artlab Caserta 2012

Marco Sfogli live @ Mantovanelli artlab Caserta

Marco Sfogli Clinic part 1/3

Marco Sfogli Clinic part 2/3

Marco Sfogli Clinic part 3/3

Fernando Miyata: Pró Rock in Concert 2012

Presentation of Fernando Miyata and his students at [School Pro Guitarists Rock formation]

Fernando Miyata - Pró Rock in Concert 2012

Pró Rock

Rick Graham: announces Riffstation Competition - Final Results

Hi Guys,
Just wanted to say a massive thanks to each and every entry in this competition. Both myself and the guys from Riffstation really enjoyed and appreciated every entry so thank you!
Here are the top 5 winners: thismika18 SamBellGuitar andyvicius beefyriffs daystahz
Riffstation Competition - Final Results

Ricky Furlani: new song that will be on his third instrumental CD - Expomusic 2012

Ricky Furlani Stand in the Santo Angelo EXPOMUSIC in 2012, playing a new song that will be on his third instrumental CD.


Lyle Watt: 'A To B'

This tune really needs a new title, at the minute, it's just named after the chord progression, because I'm just that inventive.

This was inspired by tunes like ''Watermelon In Easter Hay'' by Frank Zappa, and ''Mirror Image'' by Paul Rose, with a simple progression of 2 or 3 chords that you can do whatever you like with. It's a proper guitary tune this one...

Lyle Watt - 'A To B'

John Browne,Olly Steele: Monuments 97% Static

MONUMENTS - 97% Static (OFFICIAL VIDEO). Taken from the album 'Gnosis'. Century Media Records 2012.

Producer: Stuart Birchall, Numinous Pictures

MONUMENTS - 97% Static

Don't fall behind I don't wanna lose you
we can repair our eyes in heaven.

It's a white night and without sight

I force my way through the crowds of sacrifice
and I started feeling at peace with you
all this destruction and decay makes me feel sick
face the facts we can't wake up. We indulge ourselves like pigs
So I'll eat away the state and force every man to break
and take a good look at itself and everything
in the name of humanity in the name of liberty in the name of no god

The pressure is mountain high
excuses are always the same
we're living beyond our time
still it won't make us change

I wanna drown myself in drink so I'm senselessly drunk. Pollution crowds around me and I wanna get fucked up.
But before they spend another billion on making it all worse I'm gonna set sail on a mission that we can save ourselves
Can we save our selves? Can we save ourselves
I'll trigger a reaction
In Flames
It's beautifully insane

The pressure is Mountain high
excuses are always the same
we're living beyond our time
still it won't make us change
everything's breaking down
excuses are always the same
we're living beyond our time
still it won't make us change

We've broken everything

Buy 'Gnosis' now:


Tosin Abasi: Interplanetary

MetalSir:Sandpaper Surprise - Wipe... OUCH!

"Sandpaper Surprise are proud to announce the IMMINENT RELEASE of their debut album titled “Wipe!!”.

Meanwhile you can listen a FULL SONG from WIPE!! here:

More songs on the Official Page:

Jeff Kollman: Headed for Tahiti!

Jeff Kollman

Jeff Kollman  Today San Antonio... Tmrw. TAHITI for a glorious week of J.k. Work!!!!

Tony Waka: Wampler Ecstasy Noodling with suhr GG and Cornford Carrera

Hey guys, just me playing around my new home set up ... suhrr GG, wampler ecstasy and cornford carrera ... nice tone right ? sorry for the camera sound and my playing, not in my best days I guess !"1 enjoy it anyway !!!

Wampler Ecstasy Noodling with suhr GG and Cornford Carrera

Chris Brasil: Expomusic 2012 - Black Magic

Presentation stand in the Santo Angelo Brazil with Chris playing the song Black Magic from Reb Beach.

Santo Angelo - Chris Brasil - Expomusic 2012

Kermheat: no ponies were hurt in the making of this video

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Kermheat Plays on ibanez Guitars and Elixir Strings at N.A.S.A:

Kermheat "impro of the week" September 24, 2012 !!!!!!! pony's run !!

Ron Thal: headed for Dubai before Vegas residency with GNR

Before GUNS N' ROSES begins its upcoming residency at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal will fly out to Dubai, United Arab Emirates for a special performance with local band POINT OF VIEW for the release of their debut album, "Revolutionize The Revolutionary".

full details:

Christophe Godin: demos Ernie Ball Cobalt

Presentation and test revolutionary Cobalt strings created by Ernie Ball. ropes to Cobalt are fast becoming the new standard and raise the quality of the strings for guitar and bass at a higher level in terms of clarity, output level and duration time. Oyez Oyez dear surfers! Christophe Godin is back for new adventures. Rediscover the zaniest in a video than ever and try to win a set of Ernie Ball strings Cobalt in the questionnaire below: 1 / What is the slogan that we use for pubs Cobalt - Slinky Coblat simply the best strings in the world - More sound, more dynamic, more expressive! - When you understand, you understand 2 / What spider is linked Cobalt? 3 / What is the name of the little son Ernie that is often found in the kitchen? 4 / What is the nickname of the guitar that Christopher uses in the video? BONUS QUESTION: What is the relationship between Ernie Ball and Robin Hood? (If the first 4 answers are correct, the bonus question will earn one extra set of strings Cobalt!) The first ten correct answers will win a set of strings of Cobalt pulling their choice! Send your answers to Jacques @ htd . fr

Note if your French isn't up to much... wind forward to 2 minutes in to get the sound demos.

Christophe Godin dingo of Ernie Ball Cobalt

Gary Moore: Blues for Jimi DVD

This unique concert was filmed at the London Hippodrome on 25 October 2007. It formed a part of the launch for the Jimi Hendrix "Live At Monterey" programme and featured Gary Moore and his band performing classic Hendrix tracks. At the end of the night Gary was joined by Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox of the Jimi Hendrix Experience for 3 tracks. Gary Moore was one of the finest British guitarists of all time and is one of the few players who could pay homage to Jimi Hendrix's groundbreaking and truly distinctive guitar style. This is a stunning tribute from one master guitarist to another.

Gary Moore - Foxey Lady (Blues for Jimi) ~ 1080p HD

Simon Kinny-Lewis: Robben Ford Tag competition

This is my submission to the Robben Ford Tag Jam.... Blues shuffle in E

Robben Ford Tag Jam Featuring Simon Kinny-Lewis

Mike Philippov: What To Do When Your Guitar Playing Hits A Wall

Mike Philippov

What To Do When Your Guitar Playing Hits A Wall - How To Overcome Guitar Practice Challenges

One of the most common situations you will find yourself in during the process of improving your musical skills is the scenario of facing a certain obstacle in your guitar playing and feeling clueless on how to overcome it. Your ability to find a solution to the problems you face in your guitar practicing will make all the difference between you becoming the guitar player you want to be and you joining the unfortunate majority of guitarists who either give up playing their instrument completely or settle for being less than they can be as musicians.
The good news is that if you have both of your hands operating properly it means that you CAN learn to solve any guitar playing problems you encounter. Although it isn’t realistic to suggest a single cookie-cutter method for overcoming all conceivable problems on guitar, there ‘are’ some proven steps you can take that will get you closer to finding the solution that you need for the problem at hand. The next time you feel your guitar playing becoming stuck, apply the 5 steps listed below to jump start your progress:

1. Get Specific
In order to effectively approach any guitar problem or challenge you must first get crystal clear on exactly WHAT it is you need to fix. As common-sense as this advice sounds, I get daily emails from guitar players who describe their guitar challenges with vague phrases such as: “I am bad at improvising” or “I can’t improve my speed” or “I need help with rhythm guitar”. Until you learn to get A LOT more specific in pinpointing exactly where and how your problem appears in your guitar playing there is virtually no chance for you to correctly fix it. In addition to the obvious reason for needing to know “what” the problem is in order to work on it, breaking down a much bigger issue (such as general difficulty with improvising) into a series of specific and smaller tasks will make it a lot less overwhelming to practice towards mastering them. When doing this step in the process of solving your guitar problems, fill in the blanks of the following sentence: I have difficulties with (put guitar/music skill here) whenever I (describe a precise musical situation here).

2. Magnify the difficulty
A seemingly counterintuitive problem solving technique for guitar (which is nonetheless HIGHLY effective) involves taking a challenge that you find difficult to overcome and think of a way to make the difficulty even greater. What this will do is force you to pay greater attention to coming up with the most effective way of solving this issue and most importantly it will make the original problem feel MUCH easier than ever before (by comparison).

Doing this involves being creative to think of how to place extra restrictions or difficulties upon the passage you are trying to play that isolate the main problem you are facing. To check out several specific ways of applying this practicing technique into your guitar playing, watch this free video about practicing guitar correctly.
3. Put Your Thinking Cap On
Even though we typically think about music as a creative art, the process of improving your ‘guitar playing’ (especially in the area of guitar technique) is largely dependent on the foundational laws of physics, body mechanics and common sense. Quite often you might face what appears to be a total inability to play something on guitar that can easily be solved by paying attention to notice a single ‘minor’ adjustment needed in your technique. Even the more creative aspects of your musical development can be broken down into sets of concrete skills that can be analyzed and improved by thinking through the problems you have in each one.

As an example, if you are practicing a lead guitar phrase that you are not able to play cleanly, consider how each of your hand moves (and how it ‘should’ move), find the breakdown in the efficiency of your technique and analyze the picking and fretting hand motions. Use your common sense to determine how your hands need to move in order to avoid a specific mistake or to make your guitar playing sound clean. If you want to see how this technique can be applied to an actual guitar playing/musical example, check out this free video about playing chord changes on guitar.

All of that being said, it would be a mistake to fall into the extreme of “overthinking” the issue at hand. Some guitar players fall into the self-imposed trap of analyzing a certain detail of their technique to the point where they become so paralyzed that their practicing becomes counterproductive. Keep in mind that your actual objective is to be able to play what you want to play (first and foremost) rather than making your guitar playing ‘perfect’. As long as you are able to make your guitar playing sound the way you want, then your practicing efforts are successful.

4. Put your guitar playing challenges into appropriate categories 
It is important to realize that not all of your guitar playing problems need to (or can) be solved immediately. As a result, it is best to place them into 3 general categories so that you can use your limited guitar practice time most effectively. These categories can be labeled similar to the following: “Immediate Action” (referring to problems that you can completely solve ‘right now’), “Intermediate Term” (indicating that you can take action on the problem but you won’t be able to solve it in its entirety right now) and “Problems To Deal With Later” (meaning that a particular guitar playing problem is a long term one and it isn’t possible to try to fix it right now, since your current musical skill level will not allow you to solve it).

Set aside the majority of your practice time into focusing on the guitar challenges placed into the “Immediate Action” and the “Intermediate Term” categories. At the same time, continuously work on learning more about practicing and playing guitar in order to advance your general skill level as a guitarist so that you can transition to working on the items in the “Problems To Deal With Later” category and completely remove them from your guitar playing for good.

5. Believe in your potential and refuse to give up 
Always remember that the greatest musicians managed to successfully solve their guitar challenges NOT due to being born with better “guitar playing genetics” but rather because of their habits of consistently applying the techniques listed throughout this article. When your guitar playing seems to be improving slowly, always remember that your next powerful burst of progress may only be 1 or 2 guitar practice sessions away from where you are now. All it takes is for you to not give up and have the courage to take one more step while applying the most effective guitar practicing approaches (such as the ones I shared with you here). If you study with a guitar teacher or use another very effective and proven resource for learning guitar, your rate of progress will become even faster and more predictable.
When you consistently follow all of the tools that I shared with you in this article (and in the included video demonstrations at the links above) you will find yourself feeling a lot more confident about your potential to become the guitarist you want to be and you will enjoy the process of reaching your goals a lot more along the way.

About the author:
Mike Philippov is a guitar instructional author, professional guitar player and composer. He writes articles about the best ways to practice guitar that are studied by many musicians worldwide. To get more help with becoming a better guitar player, visit his website:

Paulo Grua: Zoe Brazilian power trio - Parapassárgada

Ao vivo no La Esquina em 12/09/2012.

Download full album-
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Zoe @ La Esquina - Parapassárgada

Rodrigo J Gozalbez: Nylon Guitar Latin Loop - tasty

Nylon guitar sounds with Line 6 POD HD 300. I use short music loops from the loop mode. 1 GUITAR BASE 2 PERCUSION (from my guitar) 3 LEAD NYLON GUITAR.
MP3 audio:
Preamp: LINE 6 POD HD 300
Guitar: LaAlpujarra 85kec from Argentina.
please! sub and comment!

Regards from Santa Fe, Argentina.

Nylon Guitar Latin Loop (POD HD 300) - Rodrigo J. Gozalbez

Mike Philippov: How To Learn Challenging Guitar Chord Changes

Mike Philippov

How To Learn Challenging Guitar Chord Changes

One of the most fundamental skills to develop if you want to play guitar well is the ability to change chords accurately and reliably. Sadly, many musicians have a very hard time doing this in their guitar playing. Since you began reading this article, chances are high that you struggle with this common problem and you can relate to the frustration of not being able to reliably change chords of your favorite songs as you try to play them for yourself or perform them for others.

Although this problem cripples many musicians for years, it is very realistic to overcome. In this article I want to show you one of the ways to do this that will help you to greatly improve your guitar skills and have an easier time playing the music that you love. This process involves 4 distinct steps that, when practiced consistently, will allow you to confidently and smoothly learn to play any chord change that you currently struggle with.

Here are the 4 points you need to follow when practicing any difficult chord change on guitar:

Step 1: Get Specific
To successfully overcome any difficult aspect of the music you are learning, you need to get very specific about which pair of chords is causing your playing to fall apart. Doing this will make you very focused and will help you to spend your time more wisely by practicing only the sections of the song that you really NEED to improve. Even if you are trying to play a piece of music where it seems that every set of chords is difficult to play, narrow it down to working on a single chord change at a time. This will help you to minimize frustration and will build confidence from breaking down the problem into bite-sized components.

Step 2: Play And Release
Once you have narrowed down the problem area of the music to a sequence of chord changes, spend a few minutes mastering the fingering of each of the chords in isolation. Forget about the actual transitioning motion for now and only focus on placing your fingers down into the correct playing position for 'each' individual chord. Your challenge is to make the motion with fingers coordinated and moving “together” and to keep the rest of your arm relaxed as you do this. After your fingers land on the correct notes, release (relax) them off of the strings and immediately repeat the process, continuing for 1-2 minutes. Then do the same exact exercise with the second chord of the pair that is giving you trouble. Again, don't pay any attention to the transition motion between the two chords yet (that will come next) and focus on refining the way your fingers come on and off of each chord.

If you want to see a video explanation of exactly the right way to practice this motion, study this free guitar video lesson about chord changes on guitar.

Step 3: Focus Specifically On The Shifting Motion From One Chord To The Next
The next step, after developing the coordination needed to play the chords individually, is to focus ONLY on the moment of transitioning your hand from one chord to the other. In order to practice this, first play chord number 1, then relax the hand gradually away from the strings and proceed to slowly transform it into the shape of the chord you are moving to. If the chord change you are practicing involves chords played in different parts of the guitar neck, move your entire arm while forming the shape of the target chord as your hand moves to the correct fret. As you make this transition, keep your mind focused on the points listed below:
  1. Do NOT allow your fingers to fly up too far from the guitar neck. The lower the fingers are to the strings, the faster you will arrive to the target chord.
  2. Look for common notes between the two chords. This means that if there is one or more notes to be fretted with the same finger(s) between the 2 chords, don't let those fingers come up at all from the guitar in order to eliminate the extra motions that your fingers do not have to perform.
  3. Keep your eyes focused on the fretting hand the entire time you are playing. This will allow you to control the motion from start to finish, ensuring that the fingers land exactly where they need to be for the new chord.
  4. Take your time to work through the motion and avoid rushing to arrive to the next chord without paying attention to how your hands move in the process. Too many guitar players simply make a rushed attempt to land their fingers onto the next chord without taking the time to really train the nuances described above. This leads to inconsistent playing and frustration when it comes time to perform the music you have been practicing. After you have completed the chord change 1 time, repeat the entire process to return to the first chord in the progression and continue this practice session for an interval of 2-3 minutes.
You should strive to reach the level of making the transition with all of your fingers arriving at their target chord “simultaneously” and without making any micro adjustments after fretting the notes. Any adjustments made after the fingers land on the strings mean that you haven't yet mastered the transition between the chords.
If you are still confused on how to practice this part of the motion, this free video about learning chord changes on guitar will help to make it clear.
Step 4: Complete The Puzzle

After completing the previous step of the practicing process, it is time to insert the chord change into an actual musical context you want to play it in (such as a song you are learning). To do this, simply lengthen the original 2 chord section you have been practicing in the earlier steps by about 2 seconds. Begin by playing the part of the music that occurs 2 seconds prior to the isolated chord change and then continue playing through about 2 seconds of the music that comes after the chord change. This will help to prepare you for actually playing the song all the way through and test how well you have practiced the previous steps of the process described in this article.

As you follow the practice steps outlined here you will see your problems with chord changes starting to disappear, enabling you to get much more enjoyment out of playing music on guitar.

About the author: 
Mike Philippov is a guitar instructional author, professional guitar player and composer. He writes articles about the best ways to practice guitar that are studied by many musicians worldwide. To get more help with becoming a better guitar player, visit his website:

Joe Pinnavaia: Rolling Arpeggio lesson

This is an example of a Rolling Arpeggio line that is in the key of Eb Major.
This type of technique fits the hand well and provides mobility up and down the fretboard.

The TAB is posted on my teaching site under the video.

If you have any questions you can email me at

Also check out my teaching room at at this link -

Joe Pinnavaia is on Google+

Good Luck and I hope you enjoy!Joe Pinnavaia - Guitar Lessons Buffalo NY - September Lick of the Month 2012

Eric Johnson: announces new UK tour dates

Eric Johnson, the celebrated American electric guitarist, hailed by Joe Bonamassa as “one of the greatest guitar players of all time,” returns to the UK in 2013 for a tour that kicks off at the London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Wednesday 3rd April.

Planet Rock will start at ticket pre-sale on Wednesday 26th September, followed by general on-sale date of Friday 28th September from and 0844 478 0898.
The 6-date tour will showcase material from his current album Up Close, as well as from his rich back catalogue, including the classic Cliffs of Dover.

London o2 Shepherds Bush Empire (April 3)
Harrogate Theatre (April 4)
Edinburgh Queen's Hall (April 5)
Manchester Royal Northern College of Music (April 6)
Birmingham Town Hall (April 7)
Salisbury City Hall (April 8)

Guitar Player magazine described Johnson as "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 (the track also appeared on 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/DVD. Johnson’s best known for playing stock Fender Stratocasters and Gibson ES-335 electric guitars through a triple amp setup, consisting of vintage Fender and Marshall amplifiers

George Lynch: two thirds of Dokken = Slave to the Empire

T&N reunites George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and “Wild” Mick Brown – aka “The Big Three” from Dokken - for this brand new 12 song disk that will surely be referred to as a classic in years to come! Returning to their roots, “Slave to the Empire” offers eight new original songs and four re-recorded classic Dokken songs that feature sensational vocal performances by Tim “Ripper” Owens, Doug Pinnick (Kings X), Sebastian Bach, and Robert Owens (Warrant). Add to the mix the hard hitting, multi-talented drumming of Brian Tichy and you’ve got yourself a major dose of awesome! This 12 song release is progressive, it's heavy, it’s dark, it’s bluesy, and each player’s performance is absolutely stellar. “Slave to the Empire” captures the spirit and magic from the classic metal genre, and is truly a work of art that will not disappoint! Official worldwide release date is set for October 31, 2012.

Slave to the Empire
Sweet Unknown
Tooth and Nail (featuring Doug Pinnick of Kings X)
It’s Not Love (featuring Robert Mason of Warrant)
Rhythm of the Soul
When Eagles Die
Into The Fire (Jeff Pilson)
Alone Again (featuring Sebastian Bach)
Mind Control
Kiss of Death (featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens)
Jesus Train
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T&N "Slave to the Empire" Audio Sampler (OFFICIAL)

Greg Howe: heading to Mexico for a brace of clinics

Greg Howe-fusion has confirmed that pass through Mexico next December to offer, for the moment, two clinics. This is the information available so far. You can click on the links of the two schools to find more information:
December 7, 2012: Puebla, Mexico - MMI School
December 8, 2012: Mexico City, Mexico - Strum Guitar Center