Monday, 10 December 2012

News: Announcing Circus Freak Stomp Boxes!

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, DECEMBER 7th, 2012 – Circus Freak Music,  the producers of fine guitar processing effects, announce the launch of their first four guitar pedals (aka Stomp Boxes): The Bearded Lady Fuzztone, The Lion Tamer Compressor, The Pickled Punk Distortion and the Tattooed Lady Overdrive. These first four effects are now available for purchase on their website –

"We are excited to unleash “the Freaks” to the musician community,” said Circus Freak Music CEO Shannon Near. “By combining expert engineering, one of a kind branding and artwork, and most importantly - exceptional tone - we know they’ll be part of the discerning musician’s pedal board for a long time to come.”

This is the first product release from Circus Freak Music, and they plan to produce other high quality guitar and keyboard effects in the next 6-12 months.

“We cannot wait to get our products to the market,“ said AJ Dunning, President of Circus Freak. “We are proud of the effort our team puts in for each pedal, and know that we’ll accommodate all musicians looking for quality products and unique tone.”

Along with their first four pedals, Circus Freak will also be selling their unique branding via wearables, including T-shirts and hats, on their website:

Circus Freak Music manufactures high quality instrument effects processing
equipment for musicians worldwide. By utilizing period accurate electronics
with modern reliability, Circus Freak is able to bring classic and modern tones to
musicians in a reliable fashion.

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News: Facebook down - come to Truth In Shredding :)

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David Furrevig: Being - Shred Medium Recommends

Shred Medium, aka Dan Monk, is a big fan of music too... often sharing discoveries with Shred Senior... so I thought I would start to pass on what the music avicando is listening too right now... as it will appeal to Djent/Progressive fans


BEING - Arrival - Arcane Academic

Thorsten Koehne: Eden's Curse confirmed for Firefest

We proudly confirm that the band will return to the live stages of the UK with their debut appearance at Europe's premier Melodic Rock & AOR festival Firefest to perform at their celebratory 10th Anniversary show on Friday 18th October at Rock City, Nottingham, England.

Joining Eden's Curse on the Friday bill will also be The Magnificent, Work Of Art, Dare and Harem Scarem.

Bassist Paul Logue joined Steve Price on The Firefest Launch Show on ARFM for a brief chat and an update on the vocalist search and upcoming new album.

For more information on the complete bill and information on how/where to purchase your tickets please visit here :

Special thanks go to Kieran Dargan and in particular Tony Marshall for making this happen!

Log into the Official Eden's Curse website for a full news update.

Eden's Curse - Firefest 2013 Launch Show - ARFM interview with Paul Logue

News: Caravan UK tour dates!

CARAVAN, the quintessential precursors to the British progressive rock music movement, start their 10-date UK tour on January 8, 2013 at London’s Queen Elizabeth HallVery special guest on all dates is Garron Frith Tickets for the tour are available from the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 
The tour sees Caravan celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the most important prog albums of all time; For Girls Who Grow Plump InThe Night.  Led by founding member and chief songwriter Pye Hastings, Caravan will also perform songs from the album In The Land Of Grey And Pink, plus other classics from their colourful career
Originally formed in 1968, Caravan were at the heart of the 1970s burgeoning Canterbury progressive rock movement. The current line-up features Pye Hastings (1968 founding member: guitar, lead vocals), Geoffrey Richardson (joined 1972: viola, guitar, flute, vocals), JanSchelhaas (keyboards), Jim Leverton (bass, vocals) and Mark Walker (drums, percussion). 
·         London Queen Elizabeth Hall (Jan 8)
·         Cambridge Junction (Jan 9)
·         Wolverhampton Robin (Jan 10)
·         Sage Gateshead (Jan 12)
·         Edinburgh Queen’s Hall (Jan 13) 
·         Salford Lowry (Jan 14)
·         Bridport Electric Palace (Jan 16)
·         Bath Komedia (Jan 17)
·         Tavistock The Wharf (Jan 18)
·         Falmouth Princess Pavilion (Jan 19)

Ronnie James Dio: Dio Cancer Fund Presents $100K

Dio Cancer Fund Presents $100K to T.J. Martell Foundation from Guitar Auction and Awards Gala Proceeds


Monies Raised from Recent Awards Gala and Celebrity Guitar Auction Will Help Fund T.J. Martell Foundation's Gastric Cancer Research Efforts
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is certainly doing its part to raise money, spread awareness, and, hopefully, one day find a cure for the same illness that took the life of one of rock's all-time great vocalists, Ronnie James Dio.

The Dio Cancer Fund, upon its formation two years ago, pledged a total of $300,000 to the TJ Martell Foundation (an organization founded by music industry senior executive Tony Martell - who lost a son to leukemia - which raises funds for cancer research) and had already donated $200,000 to the Foundation. The remaining $100,000, which will be presented shortly, is earmarked for the gastric cancer research efforts at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, TN. These monies were raised from the Dio Cancer Fund's recent annual Awards Gala and Celebrity Guitar Auction.

Tony Martell recently stated, "The T.J. Martell Foundation is honored to work with Wendy Dio and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. We are all working together to fund important stomach cancer research at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center that will lead to new discoveries and hope for patients and their families. Ronnie James Dio was a friend of mine. I know he would be proud of the progress being made in his name."

On Saturday, December 1st, at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, a celebrity guitar auction was held benefiting the Dio Cancer Fund, which featured over 80 instruments donated by some of rock's biggest names, including Slayer, Def Leppard, Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, Aerosmith, Slash, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Tony Iommi, the Foo Fighters, and many others.

"Ronnie James Dio was such a force in music and his memory continues to conjure thoughts of rock royalty," said Darren Julien, Founder & CEO of Julien's Auctions. "It was an honor for Julien's Auctions to host the recent guitar auction that benefited The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. Dean Schachtel and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund Board Members put their heart and soul into the event, and the passion of all the celebrities and musical artists who donated their guitars was phenomenal. Because of this we were able to raise much needed funds for an exceptional charity and cause."

As Dio's widow and founder/president of the Fund, Wendy Dio, explains: "Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the musicians and managers who donated guitars for our auction. Many thanks to Darren and everyone at Julien's Auctions for printing such a beautiful catalogue and working so hard on our behalf. Thanks to Dean Schachtel and my very hardworking Board of Directors-together we raised an amazing sum for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. We will be presenting the T.J. Martell Foundation with a check for $100,000 which, in turn, will go to the Vanderbilt Research Center for studies in gastric cancers. Ronnie would be so very proud of all of you. Early detection saves lives, and one day, with your help, we will find a cure."

The Dio Cancer Fund, a privately funded 501C3 charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, also hosted its annual Awards Gala on Halloween night at the Avalon in Hollywood, which raised additional funds for its work.

As the singer of some of the most iconic bands of the hard rock/heavy metal genre - Rainbow, Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell, and Dio - Ronnie James Dio's vocals can be heard on such all-time classics as "Man on the Silver Mountain," "Long Live Rock n' Roll," "Neon Knights," "Heaven and Hell," "Rainbow in the Dark," "Holy Diver," and "The Last in Line," among countless others. Dio passed away on May 16, 2010 after a battle with stomach cancer, at the age of 67.

Tom Quayle,Jon Bloomer: Guitar Noize interview

Jon Bloomer:
I recently interviewed the amazingly talented Tom Quayle via Skype to chat about his gorgeous new Fibenare Guitar.

Interview with Tom Quayle

Brian Carroll: Buckethead the boy named Boo!

As a kid, Brian's mom nicknamed him "Boo" because of his obsession with 
monsters and robots, and he took karate lessons from the age of ten. By the 
time he was 13, he'd picked up guitar under the spell of Angus Young and 
Randy Rhoads, whose classic "Crazy Train" riff and 32nd note pull off runs are 
echoed on Bucketheadland's "Park Theme" (The Japan-only release is available 
through Avant/Disc Union, 2-13-1 Iidabashi Chiyoda-Ky, Tokyo 102, Japan, or 
direct from Buckethead). "I was really into sports, but I liked guitar because it 
was something you could do all by yourself," he recalls. Yngwie Malmsteen's 
early recordings, some of them only available as Japanese imports - like many 
of Bucket's albums - were a major revelation. 
"When Yngwie came out he was totally in your face; you can tell he just 
wanted to destroy," Caroll raves. "It's so dramatic, and that aspect of it was as 
cool as the speed. Plenty of people play fast but they don't set it up like he 
does. Like the way "Far Beyond the Sun" builds and builds until there's a 
break, and then the guitar rips into it - the payoff is so great. Yngwie had that 
fire and even now I'm trying to use that to motivate me. The fact that he hasn't 
changed is pretty rad too. He doesn't care what people think and I admire that." 

More Chicken Coop

Check out the shrine to finding the unmasked Buckethead too

Brian Carroll: buckethead unmasked, is this for real?

Dimitar Nalbantov: Infinity Game - demo from upcoming new album

Infinity Game - New track from my new album
coming this month :)

Michael Dolce: announces upcoming Legato Technique and concepts video package

Michael Dolce

New Legato Technique and concepts video package will be Available from this Thursday 13th December

GuitarNoize Interview with Michael Dolce about his Legato technique

Paul Gilbert: with Photoshop, anything is possible

This photo was taken backstage at the Marshall 50 Years of Loud concert. I was actually holding a small battery-powered Marshall practice amp. But with Photoshop, anything is possible.

Sam Bell: Ibanez RG2550 jammed to death

Some improvisation over some Jamtrack Central tracks, just shot of the fly with the webcam (can you tell by the quality?!)

Yeah, there are loads of ringing out notes, badly timed phrases, intonation and note choice issues. But I just needed to vent a little frustration, and I thought I would share :)

I am jamming over some of the early Andy James and Jack Thammarat backings, both takes are totally improvised, I am using a PODX3, and my wonderful Ibanez RG2550.

Sam Bell: Angry Improv (Ibanez RG2550)

Daniele Liverani: Regeneration


Daniele Liverani: All guitars
Marco Zago: Keyboards
Tony Dickinson: Bass
Paco Barilla': Drums & Percussions

The song "Regeneration" is taken from Daniele Liverani new guitar instrumental album "Eleven Mysteries" released on July 20th 2012 by LION MUSIC
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DANIELE LIVERANI - Regeneration (Drums&Guitar)

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Daniele Liverani Eleven Mysteries

Per Nilsson: Scar Guitar - pre order of guitar instructional DVD

Sam Bell This guy is probably one of my fave players right now, definitly getting hold of this DVD

Pete Pachio If you are serious about Guitar....This is a must buy..My buddy and a HUGE influence Per Nilsson and his first instructional DVD... Pre-orders now!!

Scar Guitar is a detailed journey into the modern playing styles of Per Nilsson, one of the world’s finest guitarists. Best known for his work with Swedish melodic death metal group Scar Symmetry, Per offers a close-up personal look at his unique approaches to music and the guitar.



Scar Guitar: Per Nilsson's Guitar Instructional Video -

Chris Di-Mareli: Artical - Illusion X

Brand new album called Illusion X feat the great singer MARK BOALS WE ARE LOOKING FOR A LABEL..TO RELEASE THE NEW ALBUM SOON


if any label interested contact with me


Andy McLaughlan: Guitar On Sky - Man Of The Year!

Considering his passionate attempts in developing guitar community by conducting some of guitar masterclassess like what Andy has been doing over the year of 2012 with Tom Quayle, Rick Graham, and the latest George Marios in Wishaw Guitar Lesson, by this I'd like to give him my salutation and respect.

So without no doubt, I'm proud to announce officially that Guitaronsky Man of The Year 2012, goes to: Andy McLaughlan!


Visit his works and stuffs here:

Presented by:

For the full details read

Guitaronsky Man of The Year 2012: Andy McLaughlan

Laurie Monk:
For me, Andy McLaughlan has created some great learning opportunities for guitar players looking to get to the next level with his clinic presentations. In addition, Andy has captured some of the more memorable interviews with guitar players, not only a guitar players interview, but a guitar fans interview too!

A Conversation with Alex Hutchings

In Conversation with Tom Quayle

Tosin Abasi: Cylindrical Sea

The following content is related to the January 13 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store:

A signature element in the songwriting techniques I use with my band Animals as Leaders is the incorporation of unusual time signatures, also known as odd meters. In the quest for fresh-sounding new music, we will often superimpose different meters and/or syncopations on top of one another, a technique explored to great extent by many of today's progressive rock and metal bands, such as Periphery, Dillinger Escape Plan and, of course, Meshuggah.

A good example is the song, "Cylindrical Sea," from our new album, Weightless. As many of you know, I'm a huge Allan Holdsworth fan, and the sound and approach I use on this song are influenced by him.

Prog-gnosis with Tosin Abasi - January 2013 - Odd Meters and "Cylindrical Sea"

Mark Varney,Allan Holdsworth,Brian Carroll,Mike Keneally: Prognosis Delerium - the album, now did it happen?

Mark Varney Project: Prognosis Delerium

Mark Varney Project: Prognosis Delerium

Mark Varney and Tone Center are pleased to announce the upcoming release of the third in a series of reimaginings of classic songs. Featuring the prodigious guitar talents of Allan Holdsworth and Buckethead, powerhouse drumming of Narada Michael Walden, and the supple support of Mike Keneally  and Bryan Beller, this disc is a must-have for fusion gnosticians or rabid fanatics of song-smiths Stevie Wonder, Josef Zawinul of Weather Report and Jack Bruce of Cream.

1. Cucumber Slumber (Zawinul/Johnson) 10:34
2. Never Tell Your Mother She's Out of Tune (Bruce/Brown) (6:28)
3. Sir Duke (Wonder) (7:51)
4. Mercy Mercy Mercy (Zawinul) (6:39)
4. My Cherie Amour (Wonder) (8:12)
6. Rope Ladder to the Moon (Bruce/Brown) (12:18)

Allan Holdsworth (guitar, SynthAxe)
Buckethead (guitar, Guitarron)
Mike Keneally (Fender Rhodes, Minimoog Model C, Hammond B3)
Bryan Beller (bass, fuzz bass, piccolo bass)
Narada Michael Walden (drums)

If you know what happened to this release please comment :)

Allan Holdsworth: Harnessing momentum

What yardstick do you use to determine when a piece is ready to go?
When it feels complete. I have a lot of ideas where something is there, but I know it’s nowhere near completed. So, I keep working on it until it makes a complete circle. It’s like putting two ends together. I keep working on a tune harmonically until I feel there’s a resolution. I also like to modulate things, so even though it sounds like I’m playing the same thing twice, it’s being played in a different key. You hear that on the tune “Tullio” on Hard Hat Area. I think it’s the longest chord sequence I’ve done. The whole solo section for keyboards and guitar is the same. It sounds like it’s almost repeating, but if you listen, you realize the keyboard solo happens just one time. It’s an example of how I let something complete itself in that I keep playing until I feel the piece makes a whole circle.

When it comes to feedback on your music, whose opinions do you value most?
The guys that I work with, because they’re the closest people to the situation. I always ask them “Does this sound a little bit silly?” They’ll usually give me an honest opinion.
I caught you live several times in 2007 and the audience loved what you were doing, but at some point during every show, you stopped and apologized to the crowd for your playing.

What do you make of the gulf between their perceptions and your own assessment of your performances?
I’m really flattered that people enjoy the music. Most of the time the audiences are great people and really encouraging, but that has no effect on me as to what I perceive happening myself. That’s the only thing I can go by. The difference between a good and bad night is that I probably wouldn’t apologize. That happens maybe once a year. It’s very rare. [laughs]

Full 2008 interview

Allan Holdsworth: Creating imaginary backdrops

Allan Holdsworth:  Creating imaginary backdrops 

What were you going for when you first conceptualized the album?

I never really have a concept for an album as a whole. Whenever I'm working on a piece of music, I'll just be working on that. I'm never thinking about a concept for an album. I just think about writing tunes and trying to find a balance between the tunes to make up an album. Usually, when I come up with an album title—and this has been true with every album I've ever done—I don't think of it is as a whole. Sonically, and making sure the balance between types of tracks, and the running order—that's important. The titles of the albums have always been related to one piece or one song. I take one piece of music and say "That's a good title, so I'll use that." And then the album ends up being called that. Secrets was the same—just that one track, I liked the title, so I used that. So, it wasn't a concept for the whole record. I balance the pieces of music in a record to make it a whole. I never have an album title based on a concept.

Musically-speaking, did you achieve what you envisioned?

Yeah, pretty much. I think each piece of music turned out the way I wanted them to, except with the way they were mixed, which is very important to me. They weren't so bad that they weren't recognizable. I carried a tape of mixes around that I had, even though I started out saying "Geez, I shouldn't have done that, I should have done this." After I spent time listening to the tape, I got used to it and made the decision not to go back to do it again. I got so used to hearing it as it actually was that I didn't know if it was gonna be worth doing it again. I like to work constantly on something until it's the way I want it and release it and never worry about it again. I'm not very good at working to a deadline, in fact I'm horrible at it—that's what's going on right now, I've got this stuff I'm supposed to do by a certain date. To me, that whole concept doesn't work. They're gonna take as long as they're gonna take. I can't guarantee it. You might just get one thing that sounds really good right away and it's done and you get to another track and you just can't get what you want out it.

Composition-wise, Wardenclyffe Tower strikes me as an extension of Secrets.

I think every album has been an extension of the previous one, or has grown out of the previous one. But I think it's quite different. I think it's a little less aggressive in a way. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not—it's just the way it turned out you know. [laughs] I'm already working on stuff for the next album. Obviously, the problem with Wardenclyffe Tower is the amount of time between recording it and releasing it. I like to get it so they're fairly quick. Usually, when we start recording it, I work on it until it's mixed and it's out, so there's not a huge difference between when it's recorded and when it comes out. Now that I think about it, that happened onSecrets as well. I got involved in a tour and other projects at the same time, and I wasn't able to finish it when I wanted to. I don't know, it's hard for me to say, it's hard to compare them. They sound different—the music is different. Hopefully, they have something that's the same about them, the thread of evidence of one mind or something, but I don't know.

Mike Varney: there’s no place for blowing!

Coming over to jazz from rock, with its higher commercial profile (even in the relative cult world of guitar hero worship), Varney arrives equipped with well-oiled machinery by indie label standards. One of the label’s secret weapons, in fact, is “I have great distribution. We’ve been with the same company since our inception, various versions of it. Currently, they’re called RED and they’re owned by Sony. These Tone Center records are all over the place.

“That’s one thing: these jazz guys are saying ‘man, compared to jazz labels, your distribution is so good.’ We’re pretty proud and happy about that. So we’re trying to attract other artists who have some sort of a profile. Although I’ve been a staunch supporter of fusion for years, I don’t have the connections in that field yet, so I’m building them right now.”

To hear him tell it, Varney is a crusader for blowing imperative. “In most of contemporary music, there’s no place for blowing,” he says. “In what other field, what other occupation, can you work towards being the best on your instrument and not be rewarded for that? We don’t want him.’ There’s no other career I can think of, unless it’s in the CIA, where you can become really good and ascend to the highest point and find that no one wants to hire you.

full interview

Floyd Fernandes: A Major Exercise

A Major Exercise
Playing simple blocks of 3 major scales to create a dynamic set of ideas.

Rick Graham: WCM Masterclass jam

Rick Graham WCM Masterclass - Live Blues Jam
Hi guys, here a clip of a live jam with a student at the end of a masterclass I did in Plymouth in November. Had a blast there, thanks guys!!! Apologies for the dodgy video and audio quality.

Dallton Santos,Davi Filho: No-Metric Brazilian super fusion - ALERT!

SOS - No-Metric
Brazilian fusion group No-Metric playing the song SOS

No-Metric is:
Dallton Santos - guitar
Davi Filho - guitar
Fernando Molinari - bass
Rodolfo Ferreira - drums

Rob Tognoni: Nispen blues 2012

Another fine performance on guitar, when Rob Tognoni treated a delighted audience to rapid fire guitar, during the Nispen Blues Festival, The Netherlands, on Saturday, September 15th, 2012.

Rob Tognoni -- guitar, vocals
Bass and drums details to follow.

Extract from Rob's website: From Tasmania, Australia & introduced to Europe by blues master Dave Hole in 1994, Rob Tognoni delivers a 100% powerfully charged experience with every performance. There is simply no compromise, which is strongly evident in his music. After 40 years his explosive guitar playing and unique songs are now being compared with the greats of his genre and have firmly established him in the European venues & festivals as well as gaining many fans of hard blues rock worldwide.


Jan Akkerman: Solo Mezz Breda 2012

Superb, high energy guitar solo by Dutch guitar master, Jan Akkerman, when he & band performed with Eric Vloeimans, at the MEZZ venue, in Breda, The Netherlands, on Friday, November 16th, 2012.

Jan Akkerman - guitar
Eric Vloiemans -- trumpet
Coen Molenaar - keyboards
Wilbrand Meischke - bass
Marijn van den Berg - drums

Related websites:

Antonio Vittozzi: Soul Secret - Checkmate

L to R:
Luca Di Gennaro - Keyboards and Programming
Claudio Casaburi - Bass
Fabio Manda - Vocals
Antonio Mocerino - Drums and Percussions
Antonio Vittozzi - Guitars

Soul Secret - Checkmate

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Andrew Gerard: Atmospheric Etude

Andrew Gerard Plays a Short etude in G maj in honor of his new Ibanez xh300 Halberd guitar ! Enjoy.

Andrew Gerard Plays: Ibanez XH 300