Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Joe Bonamassa: Beth Hart - new 2013 tour dates announced

Ever since the release of the album “Don’t Explain” (September 2011), a collaboration between vocalist Beth Hart and guitarist Joe Bonamassa, fans have been talking about how great it would be if the two artists would go on tour together. Aside from a handful of joint appearances, they have never actually performed a full show together, but that is about to change…

In January 2013, the two talents, Beth Hart and guitarist Joe Bonamassa, are going back into the studio with producer Kevin Shirley to work on their second album. A release date has not been set, but rumor has it, that it will be some time in May 2013. We will inform you about this as soon as we know more.

Later that year, Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa will be performing 4 concerts together:

June 22, 2013: Bergenhus Fortress & Castle in Bergen, Norway
June 26, 2013: Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium
June 29, 2013: Royal Carre Theater in Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 30, 2013: Royal Carre Theater in Amsterdam, Netherlands

The special fan pre sale starts on December 17, 2012 at 10 AM CET. Regular ticket sale starts on December 19, 2012.  For more information. http://bethhart.com/tour/

They will also be recording a live DVD together at the two shows at the Royal Carre Theater in Amsterdam.

VoVa: Excellent Cardiology cover

VoVa is from St Peterburgh in Russia

Cardiology cover

Finger burning exercise from hell! I had to go to hospital for respite care just watching them!

VoVa666 - 5 fingers

Get Out & Jam by Jazz@ (ver1.1 beta)

Best Autumn Jam Glow

Bob Zabek: It's been a while... cheers and merry x-mas!!!

Bob Zabek: Christmas tapping

Bob Zabek: another instrumental i wrote, hope you like it, cheers bob

Bob Zabek - Synaptic Squirt

Bob Zabek: been a while i guess, cheers and merry x-mas, bob

bob zabek - please stop pushing me (improvisation)

Tom Hess: How To Make It In Music By Eliminating Your “Risk”

How To Make It In Music By Eliminating Your “Risk” By Tom Hess
Tom Hess, international music career mentor and guitar player in the 1.5+ million album selling operatic metal band Rhapsody Of Fire discusses what it takes to achieve success as a pro musician.
How is it that many people cannot seem to achieve success as professional musicians, while some people quickly build and develop highly successful music careers? One of the ideas that I continually stress in my articles is how your success as a professional musician is directly related to your ability to build value while minimizing risk (if you are not familiar with this concept, take this music career success building test now before reading this article). Once you have become familiar with this idea, your potential for success in the music industry will increase tenfold. However, to get everything out of your potential, you must do more than simply ‘know’ about this concept.

As a trainer to musicians, the main thing I train people to do is to learn how to become effective at offering maximum value with minimum downsides/risk with every action taken. In my experience I noticed that most musicians easily grasp the idea of lowering their risk in conventional/obvious ways, however many people do not realize that even their ‘positive’ traits and skills can hold elements of severe music industry risk. This lack of awareness makes it much more difficult (if not impossible) to reach lasting success in one’s career as a professional musician.

To end up as one of the few highly successful musicians, you MUST find out how to reduce the inherent weak points that lie on the opposite extreme of your music career strengths. As you read the rest of this article, I will demonstrate how to do this and explain how this analysis will bring you closer to the music career success that you want.

The Introspective Character Of A Professional Musician
In the process of working towards a music career, you have no doubt spent a lot of time to acquire skill sets with intention of using them in your musical projects. At the same time, if you are like most musicians, all your skills were acquired in a random fashion, lacking an underlying plan of how these ‘assets’ will fit together to enable you to build a music career. As a result of this random planning, it is more than likely that your positive pieces of value will also contain contradictory weaknesses that can be interpreted as damaging elements of risk if they remain unchanged. I observe this unfortunate scenario very often in musicians in all areas of the music business, and the most frustrating part is that this frequently happens without them being aware of it.

To accelerate the advancement of your career as a pro musician, learn to get the most from your positive attributes while minimizing the negative/opposing weaknesses that they create in your music career strategy. All musicians with a thriving career do/have done this at one point or another, while those who fail to become successful continue to wonder why some musicians can ‘make it’ in the business and they can’t. The good news is that it is possible for anyone to get on the right track with their approach and I will explain how to get started as you keep reading.

To begin, see the table below that lists (in the left column) several music career assets/strengths that musicians typically have. In the adjacent column, is an illustration of how a seemingly positive attribute can frequently contain elements of risk/weakness that lies beneath the surface. While giving music career training, I come across the issues listed below on a continual basis (among many others) and these are the reasons why a person typically struggles to make it in the music business even though they possess many great skills and accomplishments.

Note: Of course as a general rule, the items you will read about in the left column of the table are good/positive (at least when taken in isolation). However as you will see, when taken in context of your specific goals they also often contain unexpected weaknesses that can hurt you unless you take proper actions to prevent this from happening.

Your List Of Music Career Values And AssetsYour Assets’ Matching Element Of Risk
You are very friendly and considerate of others.Musicians who go out of their way to be too accommodating often get taken advantage of when negotiating contracts and business deals (that happen all the time in the music industry).
You have played, performed and toured with many different bands.This seemingly positive thing can often be misinterpreted (by other people) to mean that you lack loyalty or dedication to a single project (particularly as you seek to enter a new, more successful band). Ironically, your true amount of commitment and loyalty may be in fact very high, but the credential of having played in many bands can often be perceived in the opposite way from what you intend.
You easily come up with new plans and ideas.Musicians to whom this description applies often have a tendency to begin a number of new and exciting projects, only to let them wither away, unfinished. Over time, this leads to not only extreme frustration and overwhelm but also to a vicious circle of taking actions in your career based largely on emotional impulses rather than rational thought.
You are a musician who plays multiple different styles of music.Unless you want to make a living mainly as a songwriter for hire, it will be better for you to establish your musical reputation as a specialist in a single genre of music. Most bands and record companies prefer to work with someone who is an expert in the specific music they do. Think hard about where you want to see yourself in the music industry and take actions appropriately.
You are a jack of all trades player on many instruments.While having skills on many instruments is often (but not always) important for being a session musician, if you want to do anything other than work in the studio, in most cases you will be better served by becoming an expert on your chosen (one) instrument. Here you need to determine by yourself what it is you want to be known and perceived as in your music career and act congruently with that vision.
Note: I don’t mean to imply that having general knowledge of more than one instrument is ‘bad’, but there CAN be a problem (depending on your goals) with trying to communicate to others that you are trying to make a name for yourself as someone who plays many instruments.
You are good at thinking things through.People who are too analytical in everything they do have a tendency to get stuck for too long in ‘planning’ and spend too little time actually ‘doing’ the things that will move them forward in their music careers. Although it is good to analyze issues from all angles, it is important to keep this quality balanced with the ability to take consistent action on a regular basis.
You very self-reliant and dependable.As valuable as it is to be resourceful and independent, musicians who spend too much time working by themselves often have a hard time working on team-oriented projects. This can be very damaging for your music career, because being a professional musician will require you to collaborate with MANY different people on a variety of projects. Moreover, no matter how skilled you are, you simply cannot do everything you must do in your career ‘by yourself’. To succeed in the music business you must learn to love teamwork.
You have a high level of work ethic and persistence.All too often, people with the best work ethic can become too stubborn to change the course of action in their music career, even when the actions they are taking are not bringing them the desired results.
You have great musical skills.Many musicians are completely out of balance with the amount of time they spend developing their musical skills and the time invested into building their music career. While having high level skills on your instrument is definitely a requirement, advanced musical skills by themselves will not give you the successful music career that you want.
You went to college for music.Unless all you want to do is teach music as a professor in a college, a music degree is hardly worth the MASSIVE investment of time and tuition money if you want to be a professional musician. The reason is because in music school you are not going to learn anything about building a successful career at the end of your education. In the vast majority of cases, your resources will be better invested into actually expanding your music career directly and receiving ‘specific’ music career training from someone who is already a pro in the industry.

After having seen how and why your music career assets can also become your weaknesses, there are a few things you need to do right now to maximize your chances for success for doing music as a career.
1. Understand that not all elements of music career value are ‘positive’ when taking into account YOUR long term music business goals. Certain elements that may at first seem overwhelmingly positive can very often do more harm than good (as you have seen in the above analysis).

2. Make it a high priority to get the clearest understanding of your current risks and values in your music career. To get help with this, fill out this quick music career success building test.

3. Organize a music business plan detailing the goals you want to reach. In the process, list the assets (elements of musical value for the industry) that you will need to acquire and also make a plan for how you will minimize their opposing negative side effects. To get help with doing this, you should work with a proven music career coach who can guide you effectively through this process. Additionally, through music career training you will often discover new and powerful ways to make yourself more valuable in the music business that you have not considered before.

4. Keep in mind that compiling a comprehensive plan for reaching your music career goals demands having a clear image of what you want to achieve and supplementing that vision through ongoing training. Fact is that the majority of musicians are not hard-wired for thinking in this way. They, as most creative business minds, tend to act on impulse and intuition. Although it can be helpful to rely on your gut feeling occasionally, doing ‘only’ this will make your music career results unpredictable and random.

Last but not least, remember that in your quest to build new pieces of value for advancing your music career, your actions will be of limited use until you complete the self-analysis of your strong and weak areas in the way I explained here. After learning how to get the most from your current potential, your progress towards a successful music career will become greatly enhanced.

To help you learn more about your current potential to build a successful music career, fill out this free music career success building test.
About The Author: 

Tom Hess is a recording artist, composer and a touring musician. He plays guitar in the band Rhapsody Of Fire. Tom also mentors and coaches musicians worldwide to make it in the music industry. Go to his musician development site to get free music industry advice and learn more about the music industry.

Steve Vai,Magnus Olsson: Magnus captures the maestro in full flow

Steve Vai: (photo Magnus Olsson)
A batch of photos taken by Magnus Olsson, noted guitar player and photographer. http://www.magnusolsson.com/

Steve Vai: (photo Magnus Olsson)

Steve Vai: (photo Magnus Olsson)

Steve Vai: (photo Magnus Olsson)

Bill Berends: birthday and CD release party tonight!

Wrapping up this Kickstarter with the official CD release today, December 18th!

For those who haven't done so, you can now visit billberends.com to make a CD or download purchase, and various distribution options will be added as time goes on, but ordering direct is the best method. Again, many thanks to everyone who pledged on Kickstarter to help make this album a reality!! I love you guys!!

Also a reminder to folks in the local NJ-PA area about the combination birthday and CD release party tonight, Tuesday, December 18th at John & Peter's in New Hope PA!! Starting around 8pm with The Berends Bros Band and other jam participants. We hope to see some of you there!!

Dec. 18th, 2012, 8pm - Bill Berends' birthday and CD release party - John &amp ; Peter's, New Hope PA

Info and map: billberends.com/schedule.html

All pre-orders were shipped out a week ago, so everyone in the USA should have received theirs by now and hopefully, overseas participants will be getting their's shortly. If anyone has any problems, or for some reason doesn't get their disc, please get in touch and I will take care of you. As mentioned previously, it will still be a little while before the posters get mailed out, but soon! Sometime this week.

So far the initial feedback has been very positive! Very nice, indeed. Thank you all!

Best holiday wishes to everyone!!!

Bill Berends

Sam Coulson: Clapton Smokey - New Free Download from Jam Track!

Sam Coulson: Clapton Smokey
An early present from JTC!How about a nice new free download to get you into the festive spirit? Oh, go on then!! Taken from the extremely talented Sam Coulson and his Custom Rock Blues Series 1 jam track package, this is our Christmas present to you!
This track oozes Clapton...imagine that from the title! A sexy, slow bluesy Clapton style jam track with Sam busting out a whole host of string bends and releases and a wealth of sultry vibrato for you to practice and learn.
Sam is a rising star on the guitar scene and this solo will give you a glimpse of what you can expect to learn when you download his tracks. If you haven't checked out the rest of Sam's jam track packages then you will be back for more after this free download.


Solo example track in MP3
Solo backing track in MP3
Extended jam track in MP3
Live video performance in MP4
Complete TAB and notation in PDF and Powertab formats


Sam Coulson - Clapton Smoky

Chris Poland: OHM - Tsunami Jams new CD

Chris Poland: OHM - Tsunami Jams
Ohm/Chris Poland-Robertino Pagliari-David Eagle: Tsunami Jams

Chris Poland (guitar); Robertino Pagliari (bass); David Eagle (drums)

Though not meant to be an Ohm record “proper”, while recording the disc we’re working on, we had fun recording some improvs that came out pretty good. It’s called “Tsunami Jams”, and David Eagle, Pag, and CP pull off some pretty cool stuff. We hope to eventually make it available by mail order as well.   http://www.abstractlogix.com/xcart/product.php?productid=25703

Track 1 The Box
Track 2 The Grandstand Play
Track 3 Fools Die Twice
Track 4 Twenty-Four Karat Kill
Track 5 Ten Thousand Diamonds and a Heart
Track 6 No Bottles… No Cans… No People
Track 7 A Thousand Pardons- You’re Dead!

Rez Abbasi: Continuous Beat new CD

Rez Abbasi: Continuous Beat
Rez Abbasi belongs to an emerging group of second-generation Indian musicians, together with Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa. Won second place in the 2011 Down Beat Critics Poll, category “Rising Star.” This prepossessing guitarist has made a string of worthy albums in recent years, and on Continuous Beat he connects with an especially responsive rhythm team: bassist John Hébert and drummer Satoshi Takeishi. Their rapport, and the choice of repertoire, nods to the memory of Paul Motian, a master drummer and composer/bandleader with whom Abbasi had plans to collaborate before Motian’s death last year.

Track 1 Introduction
Track 2 Divided Attention
Track 3 Major Major
Track 4 Rivalry
Track 5 iTexture
Track 6 The Cure
Track 7 Off Minor
Track 8 Back Skin
Track 9 Star Spangled Banner

Rez Abbasi Trio in Studio

Beledo: the Avengers: On a Mission new CD

The Avengers: On a Mission 

Beledo (guitar); Adam Holzman (keys); Lincoln Goines (bass); Kim Plainfield (drums)

The Avengers are Adam Holzman, Lincoln Goines, Kim Plainfield, and Beledo. Music scholars and composers each in their own right, the band members carry a rich musical legacy, having also collaborated with and/or having played alongside an array of fusion pioneers. Drawn from deep jazz and rock roots, The Avengers proudly present On A Mission.

After a promising and exhilarating emergence around the early 70’s, the years following have seen critical attention shift away from fusion in favor of traditional jazz, creating an unfortunate (and unnecessary) split into two camps, dissuading many artists from broadening this most eclectic musical form. Gladly, this is not so for the Avengers. Keepers of the flame, they are alchemists, combining elements of the richest historical sound-time, rock and jazz, which by their very mention invoke originality and progression.

Receiving high acclaim from their South American tour performances in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, with this CD, The Avengers invite you to join their mission… honoring past innovators and giving expression to new ideas – an original voice transporting the genre onward, inspired by these awesome times!

On A Mission was recorded at Kaleidoscope Sound, Union City, NJ by Randy Crafton.

Track 1 On a Mission (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 2 After All (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 3 Exactly (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 4 Portia (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 5 Siddhartha's Return (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 6 Rauleando (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 7 No Big Deal (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 8 Jimmy O'Donnell's Air (LISTEN TO AUDIO)

Tony MacAlpine: just got married! Congratulations from Truth In Shredding!

Tony MacAlpine

Thanks for all the kind words. Here are some pics from the wedding. The Sanctuary where we were married is called "San Miguel de Aralar" and is located in the Mountains of the Basque country. All the cold and snow is very very real...All the best to all of you.Tony.

Our warmest congratulations to Tony and Begonia, best wishes for a happy future, from Truth In Shredding!

Neal Morse: and Flower Kings Euro Tour dates 2013

Here´s some good news for 2013!!! I¨ll hope that as many as possible will attend the Malmoe gig since it´s in my own territory and I would love to show Neal and the rest of the guys that it´s possible to arrange concerts like this in this region.

Best / Jonas

Neal Morse Band & The Flower Kings
As an "INSIDE OUT MUSIC 20 YEARS ANNIVERSARY" Progressive Rock superstars NEAL MORSE and ROINE STOLT take both their bands on a world tour together in selected cities in spring 2013 for a superior  evening of sunny symphonic prog. The Flower Kings with epic new album "Banks Of Eden" and rave album and live reviews, and Neal with his latest top shelf prog-rocking offering "Momentum" this double bill will offer an evening of some of the best, energetic and most vital progressive rock on the planet since the heyday of Pink Floyd, Yes and Genesis. With two members of Transatlantic (maybe three) it is not far away to a Transatlantic mini reunion as encore, plus more guesting and jamming and surprises to make this tour very special.


FRID 22 SWEDEN - STOCKHOLM - Bryggarsalen 


MON  25 GERMANY -  Hamburg - Markthalle 

TUES 26 GERMANY - Köln - Live  Music Hall 

WED 27  SWIZZ - Prattlen - Z7 

THUR 28 ITALY - Milan - Live Club 
TICKETS: www.ticketone.it


FRID 1 SPAIN - Barcelona  - Razzmatazz 2  

SAT 2 SPAIN - Madrid - Sala But  

TUE 5  GERMANY Russelheim  - Das Rind 

WED 6  HOLLAND - Zoetermeer - Boerderij 

THU 7 UK - London -  The Electric Ballroom 

Sam Bell,Pete Cottrell: Djentalmans Excuse me!

Ibanez J Custom 7 String demo, Big thanks to Sam Bell for the awesome solo!!!
SAMS CHANNEL: http://www.youtube.com/user/SamBellGuitar
SAMS BAND (Mask Of Judas):http://tinyurl.com/c27b9wq

Pete Cottrell Links:
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/#!/bonesshock
SUBSCRIBE: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=peteplaysmusic
CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/user/peteplaysmusic
BAND: http://www.facebook.com/shellshockuk
For all enquiries regarding Pete Cottrell please email: petelessons@hotmail.com

Ibanez J Custom w/EMG 707 Pickups (Feat. Sam Bell from Mask Of Judas)

Tom Quayle: takes the Wurlitzer for a spin

More Synth Stuff from the YouRockGuitar - this time controlling Omnisphere!

Autumn Leaves with a Synth!

Sergio Paganini: Left Behind - Abstract

Left Behind - Sergio Paganini [EXTREME GUITAR FUSION]
Track 04 Abstract Album
Composed By Sergio Paganini

Original Song : https://soundcloud.com/sergiopaganini/left-behind-sergio-paganini

Sergio Paganini Web Site : http://sergiopaganini.webnode.com

Sergio Paganini:Abstract
Abstract CD is coming if you wish to purchase leave your e-mail, phone or any contact form and we will contact you with all the information necessary for you to purchase the CD

Sergio Paganini: http://sergiopaganini.webnode.com/products/cd-abstract-/

Andy James: new EP album cover revealed!

Andy James

Just received the artwork for the new E.P coming soon on Jamtrackcentral.com. Promo video coming soon but for now feast your eyes on this, I'm pretty stoked \m/