Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Javier Reyes: EMG interview and performance video

Javier Reyes (Animals as Leaders/T.R.A.M./Mestis) stops by EMG studios and performs "Te Mato" from his debut Mestis record 'Basal Ganglia'.

Gear used: Ibanez RGA8QM
Fractal Axe FX II

EMG - Javier Reyes "Te Mato"

Javier Reyes (Animals as Leaders/T.R.A.M./Mestis) stops by EMG studios and performs "Luz y Cielo" from his debut Mestis record 'Basal Ganglia'.

EMG - Javier Reyes "Luz y Cielo"

Javier Reyes (Animals as Leaders/T.R.A.M./Mestis) stops by EMG studios and talks to us about his debut Mestis record 'Basal Ganglia' and his favorite pieces of gear.

EMG - Javier Reyes "Interview"

John Lennon: Fargen Amps signature amp at NAMM

Witness John Lennon History at NAMM’s Media Preview Day

Never before, in the history of Rock and Roll has the John Lennon name graced a guitar amplifier.

John Lennon is popular music. His art and music captures the very essence of peace, kindness, respect and love and it is from his inspiration that Ben Fargen and Fargen Amplification unveil the John Lennon Signature Series of amplifiers at NAMM.

The new line will be on display for a limited time only during the NAMM Media Preview Day in Anaheim, California.

We cordially invite you to visit us during this sneak peek event to see and hear for yourself, these truly remarkable works of art.


Anaheim Convention Center
January 23, 2013
10:00 PM to 2:00 PM
(this event is for media only)

Monte Pittman, Rebecca Dirks: Rebecca gets a Rig Rundown PG's Rebecca Dirks catches up with guitarist Monte Pittman and talks to him about the rig he uses on Madonna's tour.
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Rig Rundown - Madonna's Monte Pittman

Rebecca Dirks: visits Trussart Custom Guitar Shop PG's Rebecca Dirks is on location in Los Angeles, CA where she visits the Trussart Custom Guitar Shop and gets led on a tour by James Trussart.

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Trussart Custom Guitar Shop Tour

Samantha Fish: Premier Guitar - Rig Rundown PG's Tessa Jeffers catches up with Samantha Fish at the Redstone Room in Davenport, IA and talks to her about some of the gear she uses on the road.

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Rig Rundown - Samantha Fish

Steve Lukather: Premier Guitar interview

Luke takes us inside the making of Transition, explains his pared-down setup, gives the scoop on his new signature Ernie Ball/Music Man Luke III model —which features his new DiMarzio Transition pickups—and shares his take on the new face of the music industry.

I understand that you took a different approach to writing Transition.
I did it in a weird sort of way. I usually write songs and go in to cut basic tracks. On this one, I thought I was going to make little demos but the demos turned out to be really good. I realized that we didn't need to do it again. I said, “Let’s keep all this and just add people to it,” so we started adding real musicians to it as the songs were finished. I’d never done it that way before but it allowed me to cast the record like a director would cast a film. I could get what I thought were the right players for the songs and they really knew what they were playing to. Oddly enough, the way the album is sequenced is the order in which the songs were written.

Full interview

Marco Sfogli: Heartburn - great play through

Download the full official album backings with TAB at:

The incredible Marco Sfogli is back with his second album reMarcoble, released through our very own JTC Records label and this is where you can get your hands on the official album backing tracks and full album in one deluxe bundle. This download comes with the backing tracks to all 11 superb tracks from the album and also comes with an incredible 65 pages of TAB for five of the tracks. On top of that you get two bonus video performances by Marco of two of the tracks, including Heartburn and The Forest and the full album in MP3 format. Marco fans, this is the ultimate download for you......

*NEW* Marco Sfogli - 'Heartburn' at

Kelly Simonz,Yuki,Seiji,Bruce Bouillet,Robert Marcello: FGN announce their NAMM lineup

FGN Guitars will attend the NAMM show, January.24-27th, 2013.
Booth Number: Hall-D #3190
Demonstrator: Seiji & Yuki (D_Drive)

Kelly Simonz,

Bruce Bouillet (ex-Racer X),
Robert Marcello (Danger Danger)
and more..

Howie Simon, Bobby Rock: Alcatrazz featuring Graham Bonnet Japan tour dates

Alcatrazz featuring Graham Bonnet

Japan Tour – “Voices Of Rainbow 2013″ (also includes Joe Lynn Turner and Doogie White)

March 12th, 2013 – Tokyo: Nakano Sun Plaza
March 13th, 2013 – Nagoya: Bottom Line
March 14th, 2013 – Osaka: Club Quattro

Stu Hamm,Jude Gold,Bobby Rock: announce show

Ramona Mainstage
Stu Hamm: February 2, 2013 · Doors open at 7:00 pm
Stu Hamm
Former bassist with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai
Jude Gold – guitar
Bobby Rock – drums
Dialog Project

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more dates

January 10, 2013 – Bend, OR
January 11, 2013 – Portland, OR
January 12, 2013 – Seattle, WA
February 2, 2013 – The Main Stage, Romana, CA

Andy James,Prashant Aswani: ESP clinic schedule for NAMM

ESP clinic schedule for Namm


Thursday Jan 24:
11am Andy James Clinic
12pm Prashant Aswani Clinic
2pm Pancho Tomaselli Clinic
3pm Andy James Clinic

Friday Jan 25:
11am Prashant Aswani Clinic
12pm Pancho Tomaselli Clinic
1:30pm Signing: Frank Bello (Anthrax), Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power), Tommy Stinson (Guns N' Roses), Pancho Tomaselli (War/PHILM)
3pm Andy James Clinic
4pm Signing: Mark Heylmun & Dan Kenny (Suicide Silence), Michael Spreitzer & Jeff Kendrick (Devil Driver)

Saturday Jan 26:
11am Pancho Tomaselli Clinic
12pm Prashant Aswani Clinic
1pm Signing: Will Adler (Lamb of God), Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne/Firewind), Andy James (Sacred Mother Tongue)
2:30pm Andy James Clinic
4pm Signing: Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), George Lynch (Lynch Mob), Michael Wilton (Queensryche)

Sunday Jan 27:
12pm Pancho Tomaselli Clinic
1pm Andy James Clinic

David Hawkins,Grahame Leslie: Steve Harris's British Lion tour dates

Steve Harris will be taking his new solo/side project British Lion out on the road next month visiting fourteen countries and twenty four cities across Europe, starting in Portugal on Feb 21. For the first time ever, and as a major surprise to many, Iron Maiden’s bass player, founder member and leader will be taking temporary leave from his Maiden activities and heading out on a full European Club tour. (full schedule and details below). British Lion is Steve’s debut CD outside Iron Maiden and was released by EMI in September 2012. Featured alongside Steve are Richard Taylor on vocals, David Hawkins on guitar and keys, Grahame Leslie on guitar, and Simon Dawson on drums. The 10 track album was mixed by Kevin Shirley [Maiden’s longstanding producer] and has been pronounced both “brilliant” and “a big hearted ferocious triumph” by the music press who also commented that although it’s stamped with Steve’s inimitable style, it’s also very different to Maiden, so fans will be in for a whole new experience seeing and hearing these new songs played live.

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Rebecca Scammon: #MayonesDuncan - excellent tapping solo entry

Here is my submission to the Keith Merrow competition! Thanks so much for watching. Good luck to everyone

Rebecca Scammon Keith Merrow Competition #MayonesDuncan

David Valdes: recording complete - anyone want to help with the album cover design?

David Valdes

Well people! I have to announce that after all this time I've finally finished recording my new CD has been pretty good... Now lack the best! EQ, mixing and mastering. I hope to have it ready in a few months. There are some surprises, collaborations and metal riffs, picking, legato, bending and tapping that I don't know where they came up but fills me with emotion! After listen several times... I think it is the best I've ever done!

If anyone is encouraged to lend a hand with the cover, I listen offers!

Chris Letchford, Oli Herbert, Wes Hauch, Chris Broderick: Jackson artist signing schedule NAMM

Just some of the names announced by Jackson for signing schedules at NAMM Chris Letchford, Oli Herbert, Wes Hauch, Chris Broderick

Doug Wimbish, Billy Sheehan: Rotosound for Winter NAMM 2012

Once again Rotosound have a first class choice of hand picked endorsees joining them on their stand at the Winter NAMM 2012 on Saturday 26th January 2013.

Doug Wimbish will be gracing the Rotosound booth at 1.00pm. He is known for his pioneering bass playing with Living Colour and recognized for his work with Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, Madonna and Joe Satrianni to name but a few. 2013 will be a busy year for Doug with the 25th Anniversary Tour of Vivid about to kick off.

Then 3.30pm sees the arrival of the bass wizard, Billy Sheehan fresh from his recent tour with the supergroup also featuring Mike Portnoy, Tony McAlpine and Derek Sherinian. Earlier in 2012 he was reunited with his Talas band mates for a one off concert in New York.

If your would like to meet them, ask a question, or get them to sign something for you visit the Rotosound Booth ♯4278, Hall C and check out all the new products while you are there.

Rodrigo J Gozalbez: POD HD 300 Acoustic Nylon Sound

Line 6 POD HD 300 Acoustic Nylon Sounds!
Gear: La Alpujarra 85kec (nylon guitar) Line 6 POD HD 300 (preamp) Behringer C-1 condenser mic.
Sub my channel!
My instrumental project:
Regards from Santa Fe, Argentina!

POD HD 300 Acoustic Nylon Sound - Rodrigo J. Gozalbez

News: Institute launches new Masters Course For Guitar and Bass

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance has announced the launch of a new Masters Degree (MMus) for students of guitar, bass, drums or vocals. The course is designed to enable contemporary musicians who have excelled at undergraduate level (or who are demonstrably of this standard) to fully explore and develop their own unique, expressive and creative voices.

The Institute Masters has been designed and built using the same wealth of experience that over twenty-five years has ensured the Institute has been consistently recognised as one of the world’s leading providers of contemporary music education. Students will have the opportunity for both individual lessons and project-based study with a wide range of internationally acclaimed musicians, academics, educators and practitioners. And the course will be delivered at the Institute’s specialist facilities in London, UK.

Successful completion of the Institute Masters degree will position graduates for high level employment and/or progression to national/international PhD or DMA programmes. However, there are a limited number of places available annually and demand for entrance to this course is expected to be high.

Dr Gareth Dylan Smith, Programme Leader on the Institute Masters course, had this to say:

‘We are delighted to be launching this new Masters course for the contemporary musician, which we believe will quickly become recognised as one of the leading courses in its field.

With a teaching faculty composed of such luminaries as Professor Richard Smith from the world-renowned Thornton School of Music, Audrey Riley, with twenty-five years of experience in the rock industry and Laurence Cottle, a world-renowned bassist, students on this course will have access to a unique range of knowledge, experience and talent.

And since it is delivered in London, at the heart of the global music industry, I believe that there is no better place to continue building a music career at the highest levels’

For further information on the Institute Masters degree course, including details on how to apply, contact:
020 7328 0222

Tom Foley: #MayonesDuncan competition

My entry for the Mayones/Seymour Duncan Solo Contest, I had a lot of fun with this thanks to Keith Merrow doing the painful part of writing and recording the rhythm guitars! hope you like it!! #MayonesDuncan

Mayones/Seymour Duncan Solo Contest - Tom Foley #MayonesDuncan

Gregory Bolomey: #MayonesDuncan Contest

Thanks for Mayones Guitars and Seymour Duncan for putting together to amazing contest. Special thanks to Keith Merrow for writing such an inspiring backing track. It was a pleasure jamming with you good sir!

Best of luck to all the entrants!

Gregory Bolomey - Mayones / Seymour Duncan Solo Contest #MayonesDuncan