Saturday, 19 January 2013

Emiliano Zapata: Ultimo Camino - great playthrough from new album

This is the track #3 from my first solo album "Presagios".
Video filmed around march 2012.
Thanks for watching!
"Presagios" album soon available on online stores!

Emiliano Zapata - "Ultimo Camino"

Jennifer Batten: Kickstarter - Forever Dangerous - Honoring the Legacy of Michael Jackson

Forever Dangerous - Honoring the Legacy of Michael Jacksonby Jennifer Batten
A World-Class Live Concert Homage To The King Of Pop Starring Michael Jackson's Legendary Lead Guitarist Jennifer Batten.

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Jennifer Batten

The buzz on Jennifer Batten rose from the guitar underground, and the guitar magazines promptly began chronicling her savvy musicianship and highly original approach to the electric guitar in print.

At one point Batten was in 6 different bands, playing everything from straight ahead rock, to metal,fusion, and funk. A major turning point came when she was selected from over one hundred guitarists to play in Michael Jackson's highly skilled band which toured the world for one and a half years playing for over four and a half million people. Jennifer wasted no time after the” Bad” Tour's grand finale, diving into work on her own album with renown producer (and Stevie Wonder guitarist) Michael Sembello. The stunning results can be heard on “Above, Below, and Beyond”, the title appropriately describing the interesting diversity within. With this debut release, the world at large learned what all the excitement was about.

Shortly after the record's release in the spring of '92, she was asked again to join Michael Jackson for his upcoming "Dangerous Tour". In January '93, she joined Jackson to partake in Superbowl XXVII's half time entertainment which aired to one and half billion people in 80 nations. It was the largest audience in television history.

She completed her second solo record "Jennifer Batten's Tribal Rage~Momentum," just before she was again asked to join Michael Jackson for his 2 year world tour supporting his double album "HIStory" in 1997.

Jennifer's Tribal Rage project took a much different direction than her first record and is heavily influenced by world music. It is a hybrid of rock and very exotic sounds, including African percussion, Australian didgeridoo, Caribbean steel drums and Scottish bag pipes.

In the spring of 98 Jeff Beck asked Jennifer to join his band. They joined forces for 3 years on the CD’s "Who Else", and “You Had It Coming” which were both supported by world tours.

Other guest appearances include CD's with Carmine Appice, Michael Sembello, Carl Anderson, Carina Alfie and several rock tributes.

Jennifer has authored two music books and has just released her third solo CD/DVD entitled “Whatever”. With this 3rd effort, she’s ventured into electronica, vocal samples, and film. She’s supporting this release with a multimedia one woman show, playing guitar in synch with films projected onto a giant screen. The companion DVD includes over 90 min of art films, previously unreleased music videos, interviews, commentary, and an innovative guitar lesson.Websites

Derryl Gabel: Funnels transcription and Skype lessons available

Hi Guitar Friends, a few months ago I transcribed Allan Holdsworth's tune "Funnels" from the REH '92 instructional video. If you don't know who Allan Holdsworth is he's undoubtedly one of the best guitarist to ever live. This was one of two tunes which were not transcribed in the book "Just for the Curious" that accompanied the video. I painstakingly went through and transcribed all the guitar parts ( the comping and the solo ) in meticulous detail, slowing down the video to get all the fingerings as accurate as possible. Not only that, I got with Chad Wackerman ( the drummer in the video ) and Steve Hunt (the keyboard player ) to make sure I had the time signatures and harmony correct! I transcribed the score in Power Tab but also have it in Guitar Pro 6 as well as PDF versions. Here is a video of the tune

I worked so hard on transcribing this that I injured my index finger on my right hand with all the mouse clicking. It actually still has not fully recovered.

Here is what a student of mine had to say about the transcription.
From Jon Hepworth ( brilliant guitarist from the UK )
"an outstanding achievement! must be the best quality tab of his playing anywhere by anyone, you should feel very proud!"

I would like to share this transcription with you for a donation of any amount.

To make a donation for the transcription just click on this link Donation

Once the donation is sent go to the "Lessons" page of my website to download the transcription files. It will be near the bottom of the page.

If you need help understanding the harmony of the tune, learning how to play it, applying what you learn, achieving the technique to execute the chords and the solo, please consider booking a webcam lesson with me on skype. There's not many players out there that understand what Allan is doing and he doesn't offer lessons so this is an alternative. I don't have any interest in making a DVD on Allan or his tunes. I would rather teach this stuff one on one in person (skype).

I currently have some openings for students if you are interested. Shoot me an email to let me know. My rate is $30 a half hour. I'll need to know the best days and times for you, your time zone, and skype ID.

Thanks for your support!

Derryl Gabel

Tom Dumont: Grover Jackson of GJ2 Guitars dates for NAMM

Tom Dumont and legendary guitar maker Grover Jackson of GJ2 Guitars, especially if you're attending the NAMM Preview Day.  Briefly, here are the highlights with Tom Dumont:

Wednesday, January 23 – NAMM MEDIA PREVIEW DAY: Zora Launch
GJ2 Guitars co-founder Grover Jackson and No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont have collaborated on a new line of  "Zora" guitars, which they will present at 11:40 a.m. (PST) The event will also be streaming live at
Friday, January 25 - Meet & Greet Tom Dumont
11am - 12 noon — No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont will be at the GJ2 Guitars booth (#4296 Hall C) for a meet & greet. 
A matching pair of freshly painted GJ² guitars awaits clear-coating. Custom artwork by Josh Cardinali for AudioFly Headphones of Australia.

News: MySpace resurrected - more social grief for Facebook

Myspace resurrected

Mini review: web 2.0 . Lots of new ways to do things and share, productive ways of adding contacts and easy to see the strength of the relationship, eg 0-0, 1-0, 0-1, or 1-1

Final thoughts... it's a good mix of ideas and it looks very musician orientated... so watch this space.

How the site works

News: MI Audio unveiling Flex SmartAmp NAMM

MI Audio would like to invite you to the Winter NAMM 2013 unveiling of Flex SmartAmp.
This is the technology that has the ability to shape the future of guitar amplification.
We'd like for you to witness it first hand as it makes its debut on the world stage.
Michael Ibrahim, founder of MI Audio and creator of Flex SmartAmp will be on hand to answer all of your questions as well as to demonstrate the powerful technology.

We'll also be showcasing four new 1 x 12 combos that are part of the “Vintage Reimagined” series. These amplifiers are Michael Ibrahim’s innovative take on classic designs – pushing the boundaries of vintage circuits whilst respecting the legacy of the originals.

Please join us on Saturday 26th of January at 1:30 at booth 3496, Hall D.

Théo Hoarau: rock and fusion player from Reunion Island

Théo Hoarau I'm a 16 yrs old guitar player from Reunion Island (french Island) I play mainly Rock / Fusion / jazz stuff
Shock - Pom'Kanel (Original Song)

Shock - 1994 Tom Anderson Drop Top (Guitar Noodling)

Marcello Zappatore: Mama Zappless fretless guitar demo

MARCELLO ZAPPATORE plays BISTRO FADA (by Stephane Wrembler)from the motion picture


Doug Steele: One Foot Out the Door solo

Van Halen's One Foot Out the Door solo Last night I bit the shit outta my nails. I'm in pain, it's hot in Australia, and yeah, I have a hangover from drinking KISS Destroyer beer last night, ha ha!!

Andreas Sala: #MayonesDuncan competition - tasty solo

this is what simo there grinds you use no hook hua use no hook# MayonesDuncan

#MayonesDuncan competition entry [Andreas Šala]

Miroslav Mirosavljev: now this is the kind of fusion I play!!

Daily Solo - Air Song (No. 11, guitar, keyboard, bass, drums)
One day - one solo!

Written and played by MICKYLEE.

Animation by Emanuela Bulatovic

My album "deComposing Cats" is available for purchase!
Buy it on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon or any other major online music store!
You can also contact me ( if you want to purchase the cd!

I´m also available for guitar and music theory lessons in Vienna or via Skype from anywhere in the world!

Played on Suhr Modern.

Steve Lukather: Transition Track By Track

Steve Lukather - Transition Track By Track
Order the album here:

In this video Steve Lukather explains his thoughts, the writing and recording of each track featured on Transition.

Tour dates
Steve Lukather

13 March 2013 Byscenen , Haugasund (Norway)
World Tour 2013
14 March 2013 Folken , Stavanger (Norway)
World Tour 2013
16 March 2013 Rockerfellers , Oslo (Norway)
World Tour 2013
17 March 2013 Pustervik , Gothenburg (Sweden)
World Tour 2013
18 March 2013 UKK , Uppsala (Sweden)
World Tour 2013
19 March 2013 Nalen , Stockholm (Sweden)
World Tour 2013
20 March 2013 Kulturbolaget , Malmö (Sweden)
World Tour 2013
22 March 2013 Gjethuset , Frederiksvaerk (Denmark)
World Tour 2013
23 March 2013 Fermaten , Herning (Denmark)
World Tour 2013
24 March 2013 Markthalle , Hamburg (Germany)
World Tour 2013
26 March 2013 Paradiso , Amsterdam (Holland)
World Tour 2013
27 March 2013 Mezz Theatre , Breda (Holland)
World Tour 2013
28 March 2013 Bataclan , Paris (France)
World Tour 2013
29 March 2013 Academy Islington , London (UK)
World Tour 2013
30 March 2013 The Robin , Wolverhampton (UK)
World Tour 2013
01 April 2013 Z7 , Pratteln (Switzerland)
World Tour 2013
03 April 2013 Blue Note , Milan (Italy)
World Tour 2013
04 April 2013 Blue Note , Milan (Italy)
World Tour 2013
05 April 2013 Forum , Brixen/BressAnone (Italy)
World Tour 2013
06 April 2013 Orpheum , Graz (Austria)
World Tour 2013
07 April 2013 PeCsa Music Hall , Budapest (Hungary)
World Tour 2013
09 April 2013 Stodola , Warsaw (Poland)
World Tour 2013
10 April 2013 Lido , Berlin (Germany)
World Tour 2013
12 April 2013 International Performing Arts Center , Moscow (Russia)
World Tour 2013
13 April 2013 International Performing Arts Center , Moscow (Russia)
World Tour 2013
15 April 2013 Colossaal , Aschaffenburg (Germany)
World Tour 2013
16 April 2013 Musikcentrum , Hannover (Germany)
World Tour 2013
17 April 2013 Zeche , Bochum (Germany)
World Tour 2013
19 April 2013 LKA Longhorn , Stuttgart (Germany)
World Tour 2013
20 April 2013 Backstage Werk , München (Germany)
World Tour 2013


30 May 2013 Forest National , Brussels (Belgium)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
31 May 2013 Rockhal , Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
01 June 2013 Loreley Amphitheater , St. Goarshausen (Germany)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
02 June 2013 Rock the Nation Festival , Ruhpolding (Germany)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
04 June 2013 Stadtpark , Hamburg (Germany)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
05 June 2013 Zitadelle , Berlin (Germany)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
07 June 2013 Confluences Festival , Montereau (France)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
08 June 2013 Ziggo Dome , Amsterdam (Holland)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
09 June 2013 Zenith , Lille (France)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
11 June 2013 Zenith , Caen (France)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
12 June 2013 Grand Hall at Parc Expos , Tours (France)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
13 June 2013 Zenith , Paris (France)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
15 June 2013 Zenith , Toulouse (France)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
16 June 2013 Le Dome de Marseille , Marseille (France)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
17 June 2013 Zenith , Clermont-Ferrand (France)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
18 June 2013 Summum , Grenoble (France)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
20 June 2013 City Sound Hippodrome , Milan (Italy)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
21 June 2013 Rock in Roma , Roma (Italy)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
22 June 2013 GranteatroGeox , Padua (Italy)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour
23 June 2013 Hallenstadion , Zürich (Switzerland)
TOTO's 35th Anniversary Tour


07 February 2013 CBS Canterbury Arena , Christchurch (New Zealand)
Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band 2013
09 February 2013 Vector Arena , Auckland (New Zealand)
Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band 2013
11 February 2013 Convention Center , Brisbane (Australia)
Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band 2013
13 February 2013 Horden Pavilion , Sydney (Australia)
Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band 2013
14 February 2013 Horden Pavilion , Sydney (Australia)
Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band 2013
16 February 2013 Festival Hall , Melbourne (Australia)
Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band 2013
17 February 2013 Festival Hall , Melbourne (Australia)
Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band 2013
19 February 2013 Entertainment Centre , Adelaide (Australia)
Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band 2013
21 February 2013 Challenge Stadium , Perth (Australia)
Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band 2013
25 February 2013 Zepp Arena , Tokyo (Japan)
Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band 2013
26 February 2013 Zepp Arena , Tokyo (Japan)
Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band 2013
27 February 2013 Zepp Hall , Nagoya (Japan)
Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band 2013
01 March 2013 Zepp Hall , Osaka (Japan)
Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band 2013

Martin Miller: The Other End - new album release date announced

Martin Miller - The Other End (outtakes from the album filming sessions) OUT ON 22nd FEB
"The Other End" ALBUM OUT ON 22nd FEBRUARY on

Let me share a few quick and rather funny impressions that we captured, while filming the promotional material for my album "The Other End". It contains some preview snippets, some warming up footage as well as a lot of goofying around. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE RELEASE!

Thanks to Marius Leicht for filming!

Cailyn Lloyd: Nocturne - performance video from new album

noc·turne \ˈnäk-ˌtərn\ : a work of art dealing with evening or night. A performance video of the song Nocturne from the album Four Pieces.

A wonderful review of Four Pieces here:
Cailyn Lloyd: Four Pieces

Joe Bonamassa: In Loving Memory of Claude Nobs

In Loving Memory of Claude Nobs
In Loving Memory of Claude Nobs
Feb 4, 1936 - Jan 10, 2013

Claude Nobs is revered as one of the most influential people of the music industry in the last one hundred years. Joe Bonamassa had the honor of meeting Claude personally a few years back and performing at the montreux jazz festival. "Thank you Claude for taking a chance on me and giving me the honor of your friendship and wisdom. Rest in Peace..." -Joe B.

Jace Parales: #MayonesDuncan ripping solo

Cheers to Keith Merrow for the sweet backing! Thank you to anyone who takes the time to watch this. I wanted to combine my love for guitar, music, space, and Star Trek! Dedicated to my best friend Jeremy Feinstein for inspiring me to finish this :)))

Stéphan Forté: Megadeth Lucretia solo

Hello guys, here's a video I did quite some time ago for my column in Guitarist magazine. This is one of my favorite Marty Friedman solo ever, from the song Lucretia, hope you'll like it :)

Panagiotis Chrysostomou: #MayonesDuncan competition

#MayonesDuncan P.Chrysostomou entry

Isaac Lewis: #MayonesDuncan competition

Here's me puttin' some Mayones on it! I didn't realise so many people were getting all compositional with this backing track, so that's why this is so RAW!

Please like, rate, comment, and, of course, subscribe. Cheers

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Isaac Lewis - Seymour Duncan/Mayones Competition Entry #MayonesDuncan

Annie Grunwald: #MayonesDuncan - kick ass solo

My entry for this contest! I actually had an awesome time jamming to this backing track and writing the solo, hope you all enjoy it. :D

If you like what you hear, check out my band Formless, our album is coming out soon-

Find me on the facebookz!

Recorded in Pro tools 8, tone from the Axe FX II (thanks to my boyfriend Danny Dodge, audio + video recorded separate for best quality

Annie Grunwald Mayones/Seymour Duncan Solo #MayonesDuncan

Miroslav Mirosavljev: After the Rain - another excellent solo

Daily Solo - After the Rain (No. 12, guitar)
One day - one solo!

Written and played by MICKYLEE.

Animation by Emanuela Bulatovic

My album "deComposing Cats" is available for purchase!
Buy it on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon or any other major online music store!
You can also contact me ( if you want to purchase the cd!

I´m also available for guitar and music theory lessons in Vienna or via Skype from anywhere in the world!

Played on Suhr Modern.

Takakazu Nakamura: announces new release

Takakazu Nakamura this is announcement of my music release.
I released my new song 'The White' on 19 January 2013.
This song will include in my Album called 'White' which is released in 2014.
Of course all music created by me, Composing, Lyrics, Playing, Songing, Mixing, Masterring.

I'm pretty glad you to share this release.

Danilo Ciamprone: tribute to Fabrizio Bicio Leo

E penso a te - Fabrizio Bicio Leo Solo Cover
Fabrizio Bicio Leo "E Penso a Te" Solo Cover
performed by Danilo Ciamprone
Enjoy! ;) \m/

Espen Austestad: #MayonesDuncan competition

This is Espen Austestad's entry to the Mayones / Seymour Duncan Regius Competition.

Guitarist: Espen Austestad
Recording/Mixing: Leif Herland
Film/Editing: Jørgen Herland

Please share with your family and friends.

#MayonesDuncan - Espen Austestad

Jeff Loomis,Keith Merrow: on iPad Guitar.

Positive Grid
Jeff Loomis (Nevermore) and Keith Merrow on iPad Guitar.

"Jeff and I got together to play some guitar the other day, and ended up jamming on JamUp Pro app for iPad. We put this little tune/playthrough together using this app." --- Keith

Lorenzo Venza: Room 335

I love this one and I love Larry...backing came from
Guitar from
Hope you like it...

Lorenzo Venza - Room 335

Lorenzo Venza - Hopes in the sun (tom Quayle )

Riccardo Gioggi: A Theory of Dynamics

A Theory of Dynamics - Riccardo Gioggi

The Spy Song is available on iTunes
And digital stores.

Official videoclip for the Riccardo Gioggi's "The Spy Song". The song is included in his new album A Theory Of Dynamics, which has been released in digital stores on December 4th 2012.

The Spy Song - Music by Riccardo Gioggi

Riccardo Gioggi: Guitar
Marco "Cinghio" Mastrobuono: Bass
Simone Del Pivo: Drums

The album A Theory Of Dynamics comes out on Digital Nations, digital-only label subsidiary of Favored Nations Entertainment, the label founded in 1999 by the rock guitar master and three-times GRAMMY-winner Steve Vai.
The digital stores list where A Theory of Dynamics will be available from December 4th 2012, is composed of more than 100 units, including many international stores and the five major iTunes stores: U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia/New Zealand.

This album was thought with the intent to offer intense, emotional and energetic music.

A Theory Of Dynamics also contains a special guest appearance by the astounding Michael Manring on fretless bass on "Air".

Riccardo Gioggi - The Spy Song

Julien Vonarb: Aurel - Time for a change - excellent rock fusion!

This is TIME FOR CHANGE song from AUREL's first solo album PLAYGROUND. Performed with the band THE M.A.Y.S


Bjorn Englen,Uli Jon Roth: live and NAMM shows

Bjorn Englen

Around the time of the NAMM Show I will be performing with Scorpions guitar legend Uli Jon Roth All Star Band featuring members of Ratt, MSG & Dio Disciples on Friday Jan. 25 at Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA.

At the actual NAMM show in Anaheim, CA I will appear at signings/meet'n'greets for:

Carvin bass guitars (Booth 4290) Fri Jan 25 at 3pm
EBS amps & pedals (Booth 5391) Sat Jan 26 at 2pm
Happy New Year & I hope to see you all in 2013!

Bjorn Englen is also part of the new band Soul Sign with Mark Boals

SOUL SIGN - Fr. left: Mike Cancino (drums), Mark Boals (vocals), Bjorn Englen (bass), Jan Mengeling (guitar). (Photo: Alex Solca) — with Jan Eric Mengeling and 3 others at Los Angeles, CA.

Mauricio Ruiz: #MayonesDuncan competition

My entry to this competition!!! I hope you enjoy my entry! :D

#MayonesDuncan - Mauricio Ruiz solo

Ignazio Di Salvo: Enrollments now open MMI MILAN 2013

Enrollments now open MMI MILAN 2013!!
For information and registration: +39 348 5668374 registrations are open also to lessons via Skype!

Jarle H Olsen: Track from one of the best albums 2011

From the album "Quadrasonic" released 2011. For full album, visit:

© 2011 Jarle H. Olsen. All rights reserved.

Jarle H. Olsen - Pro-10


Jarle Holsen Quadrasonic

Billy Connally:#MayonesDuncan Solo Contest

Here is my entry for the Seymour Duncan and Mayones Guitars solo competition. I have to give a big thanks to my friend Aaron for helping me sync the audio with video since I'm still learning how to do that. He also added a short snippet from my song The Silent Canvas for the intro.

Billy Connally #MayonesDuncan Solo Contest.

Simon Kinny-Lewis: Slow Blues

Outro solo from Tasty Slow Blues Licks part 1 ( Advanced ) This is the outro solo from Tasty Slow Blues Licks part 1
( Advanced ) from my Tasty Slow Blues Lick series. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for FREE LESSONS!! You can download the backing track free at The complete Tasty Slow Blues Lick series ( Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced ) that includes 6 LESSONS IN HD, (30 LICKS IN TOTAL), BACKING TRACK AND TAB will be available soon for purchase via my website early 2013. Tasty Blues Shuffle Guitar Licks will also be available so don't forget to subscribe to watch the first 5 licks FREE!!. Some of my main influences for these lessons are Blues/Rock masters Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Richie Kotzen, Ray Beadle. Check out my NEW Blues album " Behind the Blue Mask" that will be available on itunes and via my website early 2013. 

Fred Brum: Toolshed - KxK Scale 7 - Jaden Rose - last before NAMM

Fred Brum - Toolshed (KxK Scale 7 - Jaden Rose JHM)
My album Atonement is available (along with a free downloadable track at - please give it a listen. :)

Official Website -
Facebook -
Hello, everyone! This video is my last one before NAMM next week, but I wanted to do it as I finally got my fantastic new KxK fanned fret 7 from Rob. Almost everything on this axe, from bridge to pickups, is also made by Rob, and he really went the extra mile to make sure my "none more red" thing worked beautifully. Since this is a great guitar from the guy that makes my favourite neck-thru types, I decided to pair it with my #1 7-string, my ash Jaden Rose JHM, and they work great together! :)

Specs-wise, the KxK has a maple neck-through body construction with mahogany wings, and the hardware is Rob's own for the most part (safe for the Sperzel tuners, pot covers and the like, of course). The JHM has a swamp ash body with bolt-on maple neck with bubinga stripes and a rosewood board, OFR bridge and DiMarzio Tone Zone 7 / Air Norton 7 pickups with a 1 meg pot.

The tech stuff people will probably ask in comments anyway:
- Guitars: KxK Scale 7 / Jaden Rose JHM
- Kemper Profiling Amp / Laney Ironheart into Zilla cab mic'd with a SM57
- Hufschmid and Sik Pik picks (D35)
- Reaper
- More Soplica vodka from Poland. Almost out now. FML.

News: Al Murray Supports National Learn to Play Day

Free Musical Instrument
Lessons for All

• An Arts Council England survey shows three-quarters of parents think a free lesson would encourage children to play

Music stores all over the UK will be offering everyone free taster music lessons, across a huge range of instruments from guitars, pianos and drums to ukuleles, saxophones and bassoons, on National Learn to Play Day, Saturday 16th March 2013.

Comedian and drummer Al Murray, and a host of other rock stars, musicians and celebrities, have lent their support to the campaign, which aims to give anyone who’d like to try their hand at making music, the opportunity to do so.

The event is timely as a recent survey by Arts Council England’s ‘Take it away’ scheme, in conjunction with parenting website Netmums, found that nearly three-quarters of parents (73%) thought access to a free taster lesson would be a good way to encourage their child to take up an instrument.

There is hope for the older would-be musician as well. 73% of parents say they learned to play an instrument as a child, but no longer play. However, over 80% of them wished they still did! So a free taster session would also be a great way to get adults back into the swing too.

Announcing his support of the campaign, Al Murray said; “I am really pleased to be able to be involved with this initiative. Learn to Play Day has to be one of the best ideas I have heard of in a long time. Playing a musical instrument is life enhancing as well as huge fun! Giving a child – or anyone – the opportunity to play is giving them a gift for life, and the chance to have a free taster session on virtually any instrument has to be a great start!”

The National Learn to Play Day is organised by the charity Music for All in partnership with the Musicians’ Union, Arts Council England’s Take it away scheme, and

“The event is designed to welcome people into music shops and inspire them to get playing” said Paul McManus, CEO of Music for All, “People are often surprised to discover that they ARE musical and simply need a musical “experience” to get them started.”

“We ran the first Learn to Play Day last year in just 60 stores and reckon that over 10,000 people enjoyed a free taster lesson with a huge number, up to 40% in some areas, continuing their interest afterwards. This year will be a much bigger, truly national event, with people having an opportunity to try an instrument in many more music stores all over the country.”

As well as Al Murray, a number of musical celebrities have lent their support to the Learn to Play Day, including Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason. Commenting on the National Learn to Play Day Nick said; “Learning to play an instrument is something rather more than a passport to a TV talent show. And it doesn't have to be a Fender Strat or a Steinway Grand to join... For the price of a ukulele or tin whistle you can both make and impress friends - and enjoy yourself more than you can possibly imagine. I know this - I've been doing it for 45 years now, and it still doesn't feel like a job!"

Al Murray, supported the first Learn to Play Day in 2012 by giving drumming lessons at Chappell’s of Bond Street in London on the day. He will be doing the same again this year, and said of the event; “It was brilliant! All these people who dreamed of being the next Phil Collins or Nick Mason had a go and many of them enjoyed it so much they went away confident that they would carry on drumming.”

Full details of the event including participating shops can be found at: