Monday, 5 November 2012

Misha Mansoor, Adam Nolly Getgood: Periphery - The Halloween Show Paris 2012

Exclusive live video performance of Periphery during their European Tour with The Safety Fire and Between The Buried And Me.
The drummer is Boris Le Gal who replace Matt after his Shoulder dislocation.
This video was recorded in Paris at La Maroquinerie (110/31/2012)

Periphery - The Halloween Show (Paris 10/31/2012).mp4

Greg Lake: UK and Italy tour dates

UK Dates
November 12 & 13: Pocklington Arts Centre, Pocklington, England
November 15: The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
November 17: Lomond Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland
November 18: Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, England
November 19: Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, England
November 20: Philharmonic, Liverpool, England
November 22: Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England
November 23: G Live, Guildford, England
November 24: Guildhall, Southampton, England
November 25: O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, England

Italy Dates
November 28: Piacenza, Italy Teatro Municipale
December 1: Rome, Italy Teatro Ambra alla Garbatella
December 2: Bologna, Italy Auditorium Manzoni
December 3: Verona, Italy Teatro Camploy
December 4: Trezzo (Milan), Italy Live Club
December 5: Firenze, Italy Viper Club — with Robert Lindblad and 20 others.

Guthrie Govan: The Aristocrats Caption Contest

The Aristocrats

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The Aristocrats - War Pigs cover (live @ Land Of Live, Legnano, 24/10/2012)

Yngwie Malmsteen: Autobiography set for 2013

I was hoping this would be Christmas... Maybe it will be by February... my 50th Birthday! It would be good to have an associated DVD / Blu ray too :) Hint hint :)

Yngwie Malmsteen Autobiography The only REAL & TRUE story written by Yngwie Malmsteen himself "Relentless" will be released early 2013. You will find information only on

Yngwie Malmsteen Autobiography out in 2013!

Jon Bloomer, Rebecca Dirks: Batman and Bat Girl go Bat Crazy!!

Kudos to Guitar Noize, aka Jon Bloomer and Rebecca Dirks

Batman, The Dark Knight himself, ( or Christian Bale or just some "Joker" in pajamas) visits Chicago Music Exchange. While he was here he found time between terrorizing our staff to visit the vault and play the Bolin Joker Guitar. Lucky for us our security cameras were fully operational and we caught it all on film. Watch Batman going crazy at Chicago Music Exchange:

Check out the Bolin Joker Guitar Prototype here! (

Batman Goes Crazy in Guitar Store

Andy James: Sacred Mother Tongue - pledge music update

Sacred Mother Tongue posted a new update for Pledge for a brand new exclusive live EP:

Firstly we would like to thank everyone who has pledged towards this campaign. It means the world to us for your support and to help us reach our goal. We will be posting pictures of some of the pledges available in the next few days, so make sure you keep an eye out for more updates.

There is still time to get involved with this Pledge Campaign and if you can take the time to spread the word about our pledge to anyone we would be beyond grateful.

Sacred Mother Tongue
Darrin // Josh // Lee // Andy

View the full update.

This has got to be worth a crack!

spend a day in the studio with Andy James, write and record your very own song to take home and show all your friends. This will take place at a private recording studio in Bedford.

Paul Kleff: Guitar Picking Lesson For Beginners

Guitar Picking Lesson For Beginners – Upstroke Picking Control

Getting your pick hand to work smoothly and accurately is difficult for beginning guitar players.  You may find it easier to pick all single notes using only downstrokes, at least initially.  However, this all-downstroke picking method is very limiting and is actually more difficult to play once you learn how to use upstroke picking.  Learning to pick the guitar using both upstrokes and downstrokes will help you develop more pick hand control, improve your sense of timing and allow you to play faster with minimal extra pick motion.

This beginner guitar lesson will show you how to get control of your picking hand by reviewing the correct setup and giving you a short upstroke picking study to play to help you refine your technique.  The side of your pick hand should lightly rest on the front of your guitar—either on or very near the bridge of the guitar.  The feeling you are trying to achieve in your pick hand is very similar to the feeling you have in your hand when you write with a pen or pencil.  

Good results on the guitar start with the correct foundation and setup of your hands and body.  Since we are focusing on picking, let’s look at making sure that your pick hand is positioned in the right way so that you can get the confident feel in your pick hand needed for accurate picking.  Learn to upstroke pick the right way by watching this free picking video.

When you write, the side of your hand is normally in contact with the desktop.  If it is not, it is more difficult to control the pen.  Try it and see.  Write for a moment with only the tip of the pen in contact with the paper—do not let any other part of your hand contact the paper or the desktop.  Notice how it is more difficult to maintain control of the small movements your hand needs to make in order to write?  

This same idea holds true for the guitar pick.  The movements for single note picking are very similar to the movements of the pen when you write.  Keeping this idea in mind, it will be easier to consistently get your pick hand in the correct position for single note picking on the guitar.

Next, let’s look at the upstroke picking motion that we are going to practice today.  The etude (study) that we are going to play to develop and practice the upstroke pick motion uses just the first, second and third strings on the guitar.  Play the following picking sequence using upstrokes—make sure that your pick hand is in the correct position first:

Repeat this sequence several times.  Focus on the following points when you play it:

Keep the speed of the notes even.
Start slowly—this is about building the correct, accurate motion.
Correct hand position—side of pick hand resting near the bridge and not floating above the guitar.
Keep control of the pick motion—once you have picked each string do not use a large “follow through” with the pick.  
Make sure the notes are all sounding at an equal volume.
Ensure that the notes are sounding clearly.
Pick grip:  Not too tight—holding the pick with too much grip pressure creates tension in the hand that makes it difficult to move the pick smoothly.

Once you can play the three string sequence, try playing it with your eyes closed.  Don’t watch your pick hand at all.  If this is difficult for you to do, remember to get your pick hand into the correct position.  If your hand is floating above the guitar, you will not be able to feel where the correct string is located.  This is why the correct hand position is so important.

Get control of your pick hand by watching this beginner picking technique video that will get your upstroke picking working the right way.  When you are able to play the upstroke sequence smoothly, you can add the fret hand part of the Guitar Upstroke Picking Etude.

Part of the reason you practiced the picking sequence by itself without watching your pick hand is so that you will be able to focus your attention on watching your fret hand.  In the etude, your fret hand will play notes on the first string while you pick the first three strings in sequence.  Remember to keep the flow of notes even and clear with your picking.

Here are the major benefits that you will get by practicing and developing your upstroke guitar picking technique:

Your playing will become more consistent.
Better pick hand control.
You will be able to play at faster speeds and tempos more easily.
Your guitar tone will improve.
Your sense of timing and ability to keep a steady rhythm will improve.

Focus on developing consistency and accuracy in your picking.  It is the key to your timing and tone on the guitar.  Your picking hand is the engine that drives your guitar playing.  Most people tend to focus most of their attention on developing their fret hand.  While the fret hand is very important, nothing happens until the note gets picked.  This entire guitar lesson is available on video.  Click to see the upstroke picking lesson and get your picking technique on the right track.

About the Author:  Paul Kleff has toured in the USA presenting guitar clinics on technique and musicianship.  You can get more guitar lessons, videos and helpful guitar resources through his online beginner guitar lesson website.

Bill Ruppert: the master of Electro-Harmonix gives you Shine On You Crazy Diamond!!!

Bill Ruppert: Hi this is Bill Ruppert.
I am writing to tell you of a new Effectology video I think your viewers would have fun watching.
Effectology is a video series I do for Electro-Harmonix on how to produce "impossible" sounds" using just a regular guitar and effect pedals.

In this episode I show how to make a regular guitar sound like the synthesizers used in the Pink Floyd song "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". Its all done using simple effect pedals!

Below is the link to the video and the "how-to" page where people can ask questions.

Electro-Harmonix Effectology Vol.#26 Make your guitar sound like a Pink Floyd Synthesizer

"How-To" page:
Thank you for your help.
Bill Ruppert

Sally Gates: Piano Tapping - Bach piece

Sally Gates

Sally Gates of Orbweaver piano tapping the Bach piece 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring' on her PRS Custom 22.

Artist pages:

Piano Tapping - Bach piece

Steve Howe,Billy Sheehan,Derek Sherinian, Rick Wakeman: Nektar “A Spoonful Of Time” - filled with a galaxy of stars

London, UK - Progressive rock fans worldwide are buzzing with excitement about the forthcoming release of a new covers CD by music legends Nektar called “A Spoonful Of Time”, featuring an all-star guest line-up! Celebrating their 43rd Anniversary, Nektar's contribution over the past four decades has quite rightly earned them their place in any 'Progressive Rock Hall of Fame'. But the band is much more than a “prog legend;” the Nektar brand of innovative composition, performance and visuals is simply unique. And now on November 27th Cleopatra Records will be releasing the first ever covers album by the iconic UK ensemble, joined by an incredible gathering of musical heroes from a wide variety of genres!

Says founding Nektar member Roye Albrighton, “The idea originated from Cleopatra themselves...they thought it might be a good idea to do an album of classic songs with a multitude of different players but under the Nektar banner. Klaus, Ron and myself were to be the staple musicians taking part and the files would be given out to various musicians to do their parts. I was asked to do most of the vocals except for the one track which was (“Africa”) and quite a few guitars too. Ron did a lot of the drums and Klaus was prominent on several of the tracks on Hammond and mellotron.”

Track listing:
1. Sirius featuring Michael Pinnella (Symphony X)
2. Spirit Of The Radio featuring Mark Kelly (Marillion)
3. Fly Like An Eagle featuring Geoff Downes (Asia / Yes) • Joel Vandroogenbroeck (Brainticket)
4. Wish You Were Here featuring Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream)
5. For The Love Of Money featuring Ian Paice (Deep Purple) • Nik Turner (Hawkwind)
6. Can't Find My Way Home featuring Steve Howe (Yes) • Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater/Black Country Communion) • Mel Collins (King Crimson)
7. 2000 Light Years From Home featuring Simon House (Hawkwind)
8. Riders On The Storm featuring Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) • Rod Argent (The Zombies / Argent)
9. Blinded By The Light featuring Joakim Svalberg (Opeth) • Ginger Baker (Cream)
10. Out Of The Blue featuring Simon House (Hawkwind)
11. Old Man featuring David Cross (King Crimson)
12. Dream Weaver featuring Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
13. I'm Not In Love featuring Rick Wakeman (Yes)
14. Africa featuring Bobby Kimball (Toto) • Patrick Moraz (The Moody Blues)

Nektar's “A Spoonful Of Time” was produced by the band and mixed by prog icon Billy Sherwood, who also played bass on some of the tracks.
Says Billy, “I really enjoyed working with Nektar on their new record, it was an honor playing bass on the entire project too!! Roye is very creative and inspiring to be around, Ron and Klaus are great to work with too... I felt like it was working with friends, making music, as it should be. I look forward to playing some gigs with them in the future.” Roye adds, “The songs featured on the album were chosen by Cleopatra, of which a few of them I quite like. It was good working with Billy, on this covers album and our new studio album 'Time Machine', and like me, he wants the absolute best for the music.”

The Nektar story is a remarkable one. A British rock band that found stardom and major success in Germany and the USA, yet failed to make a significant breakthrough in their own country. With three gold albums under their belt ("Remember The Future", "Down To Earth" and "Recycled"), Nektar produced some of the most original work of the seventies and eighties. In virtuoso guitarist Roye Albrighton Nektar had a charismatic front man who had shared a stage with Jimi Hendrix, in Allan "Taff" Freeman a unique keyboard player, in Derek "Mo" Moore a bass playing powerhouse and in Ron Howden a fluidity rarely found in a drummer. Fifth member Mick Brockett was not a musician, but was responsible for one of the most stunning light and visual shows ever to grace a rock stage. Nektar's history appeared to have been written when they finally split in the eighties. Despite attempts to re-kindle the flame, the Nektar light, it seemed was out...until the year 2000. The new millenium saw the long awaited reunion tour of the classic line-up, to rave reviews and fantastic receptions. The light we thought was out, had in fact been kept aglow - by loyal fans across the globe! "It's pretty timeless music," says Albrighton, "and what I'm hearing from most of the new, younger fans that are now coming to our shows, is that it's like going back in time. They are starting to really discover music again, which, of course, is a great thrill to us and some of the older bands from our time."

An American tour in September 2004 saw Taff Freeman depart the band for personal reasons and his successor, Hammond virtuoso Tom Hughes, instantly earning a place in the hearts of the Nektar faithful. With continued concert dates, along with the remastering of the remainder of the Nektar back catalogue on CD, this legendary band has become once more a proud force to be reckoned with in the world of progressive music. In 2007 Nektar truly took over their own management, procured their official website as their own, became an entity entirely under their own control and went on a 22-date tour of Germany. The band released the critically acclaimed CDs 'Book of Days' in 2008 and the live DBL CD 'Fortyfied' in 2009. Signing with US label Cleopatra in 2011, the band competed it's first U.S. Tour in seven years by virtue of a successful month-long jaunt of the States, to the delight of their U.S. Fans both old and new. Nektar is set to make its mark once again with the release of their critically acclaimed studio album “Time Machine.” Now with the release of “A Spoonful Of Time,” Nektar is back with a psychedelic head trip through classic rock radio with artful twists on classics by The Doors, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Blind Faith, Steve Miller, 10cc and others!

As far as future plans for Nektar: "To make more music, and to experiment more in different ways,” says Albrighton. Nektar will be a part of the Cruise to the Edge crusie in March with the Yes, Tangerine Dream, Saga, Steve Hackett, Carl Palmer Band, UK and others. In closing Roye has this to impart to the band's long-standing fans, “A huge thanks to all those fans who have stuck by the band through thick and thin over the years... We are only doing it for you.”

Nektar “A Spoonful Of Time” is available for pre-order now at iTunes:

- and at Amazon:

For more information visit Nektar's official website:

Cleopatra Records:

Press inquiries:Glass Onyon PR, Billy James, Ph: 828-350-8158,

Guthrie Govan: the new rig run down... Charvel anyone?

Awesome photos by Kris Clarehout

I waited until the official announcement.Guthrie Govan updated his Aristocrats gear page, giving the first official coverage of the Charvel guitar that is currently on test. With all the gigs tat Guthrie has it's no suprise that he's looking for the ultimate in versatile touring guitars.

Guthrie Govan

GUITARS: Charvel USA Custom Shop prototype, Vigier Surfreter fretless guitar

AMP: Suhr Badger 30 All-Tube 38w Head

CABINET: Suhr 2×12


Suhr Koko Boost
TC Electronic Polytune
Guyatone WR-3 Autowah
Xotic Robotalk Envelope Filter
Analog Man Clone Analog Chorus
Dunlop Jerry Cantrell Signature Wah
Ernie Ball VP Jr Volume Pedal
TC Electronic Flashback Digital Delay (FX Loop)
TC Electronic Hall of Fame Digital Reverb (FX Loop)

PICK: Red Bear Big Jazzer Heavy

STRINGS: Rotosound Roto Yellows .010-.046

Christian Muenzner: tapped Soulmates Outro Solo

Christian Muenzner: Me playing the final solo of my song Soulmates from my Solo CD Timewarp.

Soulmates Outro Solo

Victory Solo 1

Plus in case you missed.

Me rehearsing the song "Wastelands" from my solo album "Timewarp". For the video purpose I cut it down to around 3 and a half minutes. Again, some pretty stupid faces during some sections.
On a side note, since 3 years I suffer from a degenerative neurologic playing disorder called "Focal Dystonia" which affects my fretting hand and makes 1 2 finger combination in single note lines impossible, so please excuse some weird fingerings.

Christian Muenzner Wastelands practice

Ron Jarzombek: Apple - Beyond Life And Cosmic Kinetics' Tutorial

'Beyond Life And Cosmic Kinetics' is the first song released by Ron Jarzombek as a multitracking app.

Music composed and performed by Ron Jarzombek.
Guitars, bass, and midi programming by Ron Jarzombek
Produced, mixed and engineered by Ron Jarzombek.
iOS programming by Oleg Kolokolov

'Ron Jarzombek - Beyond Life And Cosmic Kinetics' Tutorial

Ron Jaworski,Brian Sunga: Il Nomine Patris - Baionetta

Il Nomine Patris
Formed July 2010.
Some say our genre can be called:
Progressive Metal
Symphonic Metalcore
Melodic Death Metal
Bass Playthrough video of "Baionetta". This song will be included in the upcoming Il Nomine Patris album. Gear used: ALBION ABH300H, ALBION BLS115, Ibanez BTB676

Thank you to Albion Amps and 20th Ave. Music Lane for the support!
Special thanks to Fidel of Dark Crayola and Adam of Astral Palette for filming and editing this video. \m/

Bass Playthrough - "Baionetta" by Il Nomine Patris - ALBION ABH300H & BLS115

Carlos Lichman: Guitar Lessons via Skype

Hi Folks, contact me for guitar lessons via Skype at Harmony,Theory,Improvisation / Techniques = Alternate Picking,Sweep,Arpeggios,Two Hands Tapping,Legato Technique and Hybrid Picking.
Styles : Rock,Hard Rock,Heavy Metal,Noe-classic,Progressive Rock,Nu-Metal,Blues.
These guitar skype lessons are 1 on 1 private instructions (face to face -- 50 minutes) by way of webcam contact me to know more about Fee per session with all material included (Backingtracks,PDF,midi Files)

1. Book your class at

2. A scheduled test date before the lesson to make sure everything is working.

3. Skype

4. Broadbandwith Cable/DSL

5. Capability to interface and interact (audio and video)

6. Webcam, computer, and your guitar.

Visit :

Carlos Lichman - Guitar Lessons via Skype

Nita Strauss: Consume the Fire 2012

Some new live videos and a couple from a few months back

9 videos
45:59 duration

Nita Strauss: Consume the Fire 2012

Bill Berends: talks the storm

Project Update #4: The last day!

Posted by Bill Berends

Hi there!! Only one day left to go till this Kickstarter campaign comes to a close. I couldn't just leave you hanging with the last video, so here's a post storm wrap up. It's been a long, stressful month, but I am super pleased with the outcome! Thank you!!

I will be getting a survey email out to all participants next week to gather your vital information. Once again, many MANY THANKS (!) and a garland of martian fire flowers to everyone who kicked in to bring this album to life!! You guys ROCK!!!

BB-MM Mailing list:

Dean Ween & friends:

Bill Berends Kickstarter video #3 (last day)

Chris Broderick: Rainbow guitar shop guitar clinic

Chris Broderick doing a guitar clinic @ Rainbow guitar shop in Tucson AZ 10-25-12

Chris Broderick Guitar Clinic - Intro/Tornado Of Souls

Sam Bell: Mask of Judas - EP Teaser

Heavier than a heavy thing! A condensed teaser of the new EP recorded at Envy Studios 2012.

Luc Oggel: Ibanez clinic - bij Jos Rentmeester 2012

Thanks to Conrad Hultermans for posting these videos

Luc Oggel - Ibanez clinic bij Jos Rentmeester

Joop Wolters: Ibanez clinic - bij Jos Rentmeester 2012

Joop Wolters - Ibanez clinic bij Jos Rentmeester (3-11-2012)

Mark McGuigan: then and now!

Mark McGuigan: Then - 5 years ago!

Mark McGuigan plays a short tapping piece entitled 'Xenomorph'.


Mark McGuigan - 'Xenomorph'

Mark McGuigan: Now - 5 days ago!

Testing out my new Nikon D3200 Camera with a quick Jam over the 'Seal The Feel' backing track from

Just getting to grips with some nice 'arty' large aperture/shallow depth of field fun and general setting up of shot.

Geeky Stuff:

Recorded using Custom Suhr Modern straight into Cornford Roadhouse mic'd with SM58 blended with a DI with Redwirez Impulses.

Filmed with a Nikon D3200 camera with a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 1.8G 50mm Lens at 1080p 30fps f/1.8 ISO400.

Testing out the new Camera: Nikon D3200

Keith Merrow: Wampler Triple Wreck Distortion

Testing out the Wampler Triple Wreck Distortion. Check it out!

Signal chain- BRJ Hesparian 7 Arch Top with Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion pickups, Wampler Triple Wreck Distortion, Rhodes Colossus amp (clean channel), Two Notes Torpedo Live Speaker Simulator, Presonus Firestudio. Post eq in daw is just low and hi pass filters (for full mix). No EQ applied to the DI clip during the 2nd half of the video.

Link to the pedal-

Link to the Speaker Simulator/load box-

Amp used-


Interface and DAW-

Full song available at- (features Jeff Loomis)

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Keith Merrow- Wampler Triple Wreck Distortion Pedal Demo

Keith Merrow- Palmer Solid Metal Distortion Pedal Demo