Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Georgi Stanchev: SM Fuzz Competition 2013

SM Fuzz Competition 2013 - Georgi Stanchev
Solo Guitar Georgi Stanchev

Eric Calderone: Contra Meets Metal

Contra Meets Metal
Hey guys,

So recently I've been seeing requests for this one. I'm working on a TV tune at the moment but couldnt resist doing this one. Definitely some of my favorite NES music. Long ago I heard the Vomitron version of the levels and it was just so full of win I had to give it a try too. Thank you guys so much for everything, it means the world. Big ups for all the suggestions, comments, subs, messages, donations, fan art and support. You guys ALWAYS rock my casbah!

Best to ya


Panos Arvanitis: Ocean Of Time - top notch AOR ballad

Ocean Of Time
Here is a song, testing my new handmade NxK Custom Guitars.Enjoy

Ocean Of Time

Timo Somers,Barend Courbois,Atma Anur: Gazette - Aristides Guitars

Atma Anur - TRI-HEAD / Gazette (for Aristides Guitars)
From the new Timo Somers CD, TRI-HEAD. Done for Aristides Guitars and Japan's YOUNG GUITAR MAGAZINE. Featuring Barend Courbois on bass and Atma Anur on drums...

Atma Anur - TRI-HEAD / Gazette (for Aristides Guitars)

Andre Tonelli: Fill The Sky - introducing the upcoming new CD

Andre´s new instrumental record Fill The Sky is about to be released next week worldwide through all the major online distributors.

As a lilttle special something for all our friends on youtube and over at the website, Andre has recorded a short video for each song where he gives some insight into the compositions, the recording process, and more.

We will be posting a video every day and at the end of each one you will be able to hear a quite long preview of each song. The last update should coincide with the release of the album on all the major online stores.

As always, thanks for watching and for all the support! Like and subscribe if you enjoy the videos.

Fill The Sky Podcast 1.Originator

Luke Jaeger: 8 string shredding on the looper

random improvising on some newer parts I've been writing using loop controller


Jack Ruetsch,Sam Clauss,Rudolph Schenker: New Album released

French metal rockers Karelia are set to release new album "Golden Decadence" in the UK on 15thApril through RocksectorRecords. The album features a guest performance from the legendary Scorpions guitarist Rudolph Schenker on the tracks Keep Watch On Me and The Way Across The Hills. The first single from the new album is entitled Vanity Label.

Karelia are very special guests on Michael Schenker’s upcoming Temple of Rock / Lovedrive reunion UK tour in April.  Dates include Salisbury City Hall (April 18), Oxford o2 Academy (April 19), Nottingham Rock City (April 20) and Norwich Waterfront (April 21). 

Following the release of their self-produced demo and shows with acts such as Kamelot, Karelia signed in 2003 with Drakkar/Sony-BMG and released two albums, Usual Tragedy (2004) and Raise (2005). Early success was evident, especially in Japan where Burn magazine ranked Usual Tragedy #4 in their metal chart. Germany, Russia and Brazil also embraced the band. For their third album Restless (2008), Karelia toured extensively in France with the Scorpions.

Inspired especially by their experiences at the Scorpions shows, Karelia set about writing the new “Golden Decadence” album by combining groove-laden industrial and electronic riffs,  melodic, catchy anthems and extremely loud crunching guitars. 

Full details

Carl Roa,Tony Rombola: Guitar Techniques DVD's


Tony Rombola, guitar player of GODSMACK, explains and demonstrates how to play seven full songs by Godsmack and Another Animal.

Includes close-ups of eight full song performances by Tony, as well as info on tunings, gear and more.

A MUST HAVE for Godsmack fans as well as any hard rock / metal guitarist looking to expand their palette.



Carl Roa, acclaimed progressive / hard rock guitarist of the band MAGIC ELF, leads you through a comprehensive technical guitar workout, sure to challenge players of all levels.

This program will arm the progressive / hard rock / fusion guitarist with the killer skills necessary to stay on top. Also includes great warm-ups, exciting song performances and an informative gear section.


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Jamie Humphries,Richie Kotzen: J The new album

Infectious, Anthemic Rock! J

Jamie Humphries is not only good friends (and regularly plays!) with the likes of Brian May, Steve Morse, Doug Aldrich, Richie Kotzen, Michael Schenker, Vinnie Moore, John Petrucci, Steve Lukather (shall we go on?) but can also write an incredibly infectious rock ballad, which sums up his debut jam track package 'Ceremony'!

This track is a wonderfully constructed anthemic rock ballad of mass proportion and we are delighted to be able to offer it as a jam track package, complete with official backing track, complete TAB and notation (written by Jamie himself!) and two performance videos. You need to go and check out the previews, or alternatively come along and watch the full length performance video on our YouTube channel here.

Jamie has also sent us his incredible debut album J, which is where Ceremony is taken from, and you can buy the album through the site as well. Also available is a 'Special Edition' of the album which includes the full album and the Ceremony jam track bundled together.

Jamie Humphries: J

J is the culmination of 10 years of music making by Jamie Humphries and Jason Campbell and the desire to produce the album finally caught up with them in the summer of 2008.  The album is a tasty blend of good old melodic rock music and contains a whole load of memorable tracks, with complex and original arrangements throughout.

This version of the album also comes with the jam track package of Ceremony, whih includes the backing track, complete TAB and notation and two videos performances of the track by Jamie.

J was recorded and mixed between Jamie and drummer Pete Riley (drummer for Guthrie Govan's Erotic Cakes) home studios and mastered by James Reynolds (of Braund Reynolds).

There is also a superb guest appearance from Richie Kotzen, one of Jamie's good buddies!

*BRAND NEW* Jamie Humphries 'Ceremony' at

Andrew Jay: The Translation of Thought

Andrew Jay has already played for Jason Becker.

Andrew Jay: Sadly, I don't have the money right now for good gear but right now my set up is the same it has been for about a decade: A crappy crate combo amp I got when I was like 13 probably worth 50 bucks now, a jackson kelly, and a semi-decent practice pedal the Boss GT-6. As far as inspirations there are too many to name but to name a few: Jason Becker, Jazz is Dead, Guthrie Govan, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, SRV, Derek Trucks, Pink Floyd, Opeth, Blues, Jazz, IDK too many man. Also life experience

This is the studio version of my song "The Translation of Thought"

"The Translation Of Thought" by Andrew Jay

The Translation of Thought

Fabrizio Leo: Bicio - Multiamp e Agostin guitars

MULTIAMP preamp/effects processor/power amp "DV MARK" & Agostin Custom Guitars

Fabrizio "BICIO" Leo - Multiamp e Agostin

Misha Mansoor: Periphery - Scarlet + tour dates

Directed by Wes Richardson (

PERIPHERY "Periphery II" - available NOW!

Periphery II on iTunes -

Official Periphery Merch Hosted by Merch Connection -

Official Periphery Merch Hosted by Merch Now -

SoundCheck Hollywood Exclusive Vinyl -

Upcoming tour dates w/ DEFTONES

3/08 - Atlantic City, NJ @ House Of Blues
3/09 - New York City, NY @ Terminal 5
3/10 - Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont
3/12 - Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theatre
3/13 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
3/14 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene St (Periphery only)
3/15 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music
3/16 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
3/17 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
3/18 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Standard - (Periphery only)
3/19 - Miami Beach, FL @ Fillmore
3/21 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
3/22 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
3/23 - Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
3/24 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco - (Periphery only)
3/25 - Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theatre
3/26 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete St Amphitheater
3/27 - Pharr, TX @ Pharr Entertainment Center
3/29 - Austin, TX @ Moody Theater
3/30 - Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
3/31 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco - (Periphery only)
4/01 - Knoxville, TN @ NV - (Periphery only)

Periphery - Scarlet (Official Music Video)

Ewan Dobson: Wizard in the Wind - Acoustic Metal

Ewan Dobson: Acoustic Metal
Ewan Dobson : Acoustic Metal : Double CD
© Candy Rat Records / Ewan Dobson 2013
“Acoustic Metal” is Ewan Dobson’s 4th release on U.S. based Candyrat Records. It is a first of a kind and sure to become a genre unto itself. One guitarist Ewan Dobson (Canada) and one drummer, Zach Bevelacqua, make Metal history with their new release “Acoustic Metal”.
Track Listing CD 1 (with drums)

1. Sleep Paralysis 2. Moving On 3. Perfect Eternal 4. Friendly Science 5. Autumn Red 6. The End of Face 7. Carnival of Forsaken Children 8. Apparition 9. Flight of The Escapist 10. Evolution of Frustration - I - Paradox 11. Evolution of Frustration - II - Relief And Return 12. Wizard In The Wind 13. Halloween 2012 14. In Flames - Dialogue With The Stars 15. In Flames - Jester's Dance
Track Listing CD 2 (guitar only)

The track list for CD 2 is as follows. 1. Sleep Paralysis 2. Moving On 3. Perfect Eternal 4. Friendly Science 5. Autumn Red 6. The End Of Face 7. Carnival Of Forsaken Children 8. Apparition 9. Flight Of The Escapist 10. Evolution Of Frustration - I - Paradox 11. Evolution Of Frustration - II - Relief And Return 12. Wizard In The Wind 13. Halloween 2012 14. Nightmare On Elm Street 2012 15. Haddaway - What Is Love 16. Star Wars Medallion 17. Jason Becker - Higher 18. In Flames - Dialogue With The Stars 19. In Flames - Jester's Dance 20. Megaman 2 - Dr Wily 21. Razorium 22. Where Are You

CD, Guitar & Drum Tabs available at
Visit Ewan Dobson at
Visit Zach B. at

The YouTube audio quality is very low compared to the CD audio.

Ewan Dobson feat. Zach B - "Wizard in the Wind" - Acoustic Metal

Ewan Dobson feat. Zach B - "Moving On" - Acoustic Metal

Ewan Dobson feat. Zach B. - "Apparition" - Acoustic Metal

Frank Gambale,Jimmy Earl,Tom Coster: Europa 1992

Frank Gambale,Alain Rieder,Jimmie Earl,Tom Coster,Mike Fahn - Europa 1992
Frank Gambale - guitar
Tom Coster - keyboards
Jimmy Earl - bass
Mike Fahn - trombone
Alain Rieder - drums

Frank Gambale,Alain Rieder,Jimmie Earl,Tom Coster,Mike Fahn ~ Europa

Michel Cusson, Alain Caron: UZEB - Après Les Confidences

Recorded at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier of Place des Arts-July 6,1991
During the 12th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal
UZEB ~ Après Les Confidences
UZEB was a Canadian jazz fusion band from Montreal, Quebec, who were active from 1976 to 1992.UZEB was formed in 1976 in Drummondville, Quebec, by guitarist Michel Cusson. After the band's debut in St-Eusèbe, Qc, the name Eusèbe-Jazz was used; this name was later shortened to UZEB. The band soon moved to Montreal. The members were Alain Caron (bass guitar), Michel Cusson (guitar), and Paul Brochu (drums). UZEB had a blend of skilled playing and modern synthesized timbres, along with an emphasis on original compositions. The band won a number of Canadian awards during the 1980s.

UZEB - Après Les Confidences

Todd Keehn:TK - GP-8 Eight String

TK Instruments Eight String Guitar, Built by Todd Keehn...
The instrument features:
Buckeye Burl Top & Back, Inlaid with crushed Azurite...The Pale Moon "Center Strips" (On the top & back) are trimmed in Black Ebony, and the Body Core is Black Limba...
The compound scale (fan-fret) fingerboard is also Pale Moon with Black Ebony binding & 25 Stainless steel frets, the inlay is done in human ashes (the ashes of my clients father) and the 4 circles represents the clients 4 family members locked together infinitely...The Neck is 22 year seasoned Flame Myrtle with a Pale Moon Center Strip trimmed in Black Ebony, with Buckeye Burl top & back headstock laminates... The instrument is equipped with TK Piezo Single Bridges, a CTRL-X, a pair of Bareknuckle; Rebel Yell & VH II pickups, 2 vols & 1 master tone, 3 way LP & 2 mini 3 way coil taps...
And HipShot Grip-Lock Tuners...It took just over 1 year to build this MONSTER!

Details on the background music:
I'm playing this guitar as background music to the video.
The 3 fade in/out's were all done as improvised (1st take) two handed tapping (clean/piezo/magnetic mix sounds)
These jams were recorded in "real-time" onto a JamMan Stereo Looper, through an AxeFx II...Then the loops were soloed over (using a distorted/humbucker tone) also using an Axe-Fx II... Nothing was rehearsed or prepared ahead of time, so there's some mistakes and timing issues, but it's has enough of an atonal/fusion vibe for me to say " hey, I meant to do that!!" LOL! ;-

TK Instruments GP-8 Eight String Guitar

Demoing a TK Instruments Hollow Body 8 string guitar

TK Instruments X-8

Kiko Loureiro: Camino a Casa NAMM 2013

Brazilian Jazz fusion from guitar virtuoso Kiko Loureiro

Recorded at Namm 2013 in California, U.S.A.

Namm 2013 Kiko Loureiro - Camino a Casa.

Paul Antonio Ortiz: Chimp Spanner - Dark Age of Technology

Chimp Spanner live at the Camden Underworld, London. Track is Dark Age of Technology. To listen to the EP 'All Roads Lead Here' for FREE, which the track is taken from - visit our bandcamp

Paul Ortiz of Chimp Spanner is currently taking part in picking his favourite tracks over at 'Instrumental Week' on The Monolith website - visit here for more info t

Catch Chimp Spanner live at the following dates this Spring:

Jan 24th - supporting Sylosis, Devil Sold His Soul - O2 Academy, Islington, London
Jan 25th - Headline show - The Lounge Bar in Alton with support from No Consequence and Tempus Fusion
March 16th - Hammerfest, North Wales -

Chimp Spanner live band are:
Paul Ortiz - Guitar
Jim Hughes - Guitar
Adam Swan - Bass
Boris Le Gal - Drums

Film footage by Richard Oakes - Dark Fable Media
Chimp Spanner - Dark Age of Technology (Camden Underworld, London) - Basick Records

Daniel Cortés: Tapping "Bad Asteroid

Working with a student teacher tapping the elaborate Govan. Playing on a loop with chords. Suhr Modern Guitar. Bugera amp. Sound environment. Working with a pupil the tricky tapping of Mr. Govan. Playing chords over a loop. Suhr Modern Guitar. Bugera Amp. Camera Phone.

Guthrie Govan: Tapping "Bad Asteroid" - por Daniel Cortés

Jeff Loomis: Schecter Party at The Grove NAMM 2013

Jeff Loomis Live NAMM 2013 Schecter Party at The Grove

Annie Grunwald: becomes Seymour Duncan artist!

Annie Shred

I am so excited to announce this :D
I am now officially a Seymour Duncan artist! Thank you so much Seymour Duncan, I am more than proud to be endorsing your guitar pickups. I cannot wait to put my new Blackouts in my Ibanez Prestige, I'll have a demo video out sometime soon :D

Carina Alfie: Shakti - promo video


Tom Hess: The Secret To Achieving Great Success As A Guitar Teacher

The Secret To Achieving Great Success As A Guitar Teacher
by Tom Hess 
Tom Hess, virtuoso guitarist and musician, member of Rhapsody Of Fire and guitar teacher trainer helps guitar teachers understand the psychology behind achieving success in their guitar teaching businesses.
Have you ever noticed how some guitar teachers seem to “have it easy” when it comes to getting great results for their students? If you are like most guitar teachers, you have sometimes struggled to attract guitar students and take them to a new level in their guitar playing skills. This only becomes more frustrating after watching other guitar teachers succeed where you are unable to. However, the truth is that you can also achieve great things as a guitar teacher as well once you understand exactly what makes these teachers so successful.

After teaching over one thousand students as a professional guitar teacher and helping many other teachers learn how to become more productive in getting results for their students, I have spent a great deal of time figuring out the whole story behind what makes some teachers successful and others mediocre in order to best help my clients attain great results in their guitar teaching businesses. After much research, I have observed that most guitar teachers posses some kind of balance between two sides in their mindset. These sides consist of one side that focuses on strengths and another that focuses on weaknesses. The guitar teachers who have highly successful guitar teaching businesses have mastered the ability to channel the side of them that focuses on using their strengths to their advantage while guitar teachers who do not experience much success tend to think mostly from the side of them that focuses on weakness (more on this shortly).
Previously, I have created many guitar teaching articles that deal with specific ideas on what you should ‘do’ as a guitar teacher to make your guitar teaching business more successful (if you have not read them, check out this free earning a great living as a guitar teacher eBook to see how you can become financially stable while teaching guitar). For the purposes of this article, I am going to explain to you a concept that will be instrumental in your growth and success as a guitar teacher. When I personally train guitar teachers to become more effective in their teaching strategies, they become very familiar with this idea.

The Psychology Of A Guitar Teacher
As guitar teachers (and people in general), we all have different parts of our psychological makeup that direct our behavior in every action we take. Similarly, the way you develop expertise as a musician or guitar teacher depends on the skills that you focus on most. That said, for each ‘strong’ quality you possess in your musical or teaching abilities, there exists an opposing (and connected) ‘weak’ quality that often keeps you from reaching your full potential. If these weak qualities remain undetected, they will quickly overwhelm your strong qualities until you take the time to identify and correct them. This commonly occurs to all guitar teachers (experienced and inexperienced (usually without them even knowing about it).
If you have not yet become a successful guitar teacher, it will be very important for you to learn how to gain the most benefit from your strengths while avoiding the negative side effects of the weaknesses that come bundled together with them. If you are unable to do this, all of your efforts to learn how to become a great guitar teacher will be destined to FAIL!

Every guitar teacher will a successful guitar teaching business knows about this, and fortunately; you can learn this for yourself regardless of whether or not it is something that comes naturally to you.
To demonstrate my point, I am going to show you some of the most common traits I observe in the guitar teachers I train each day. In the chart below, I will show you how each personality strength also contains a weakness. The truth is, there are many more weaknesses per strength than what I have included, but I have narrowed it down to just one in order to keep this article from becoming too long.
It is essential to identify that each one of the strengths in the left column of this chart are certainly good characteristics to have and will be helpful in making you a better guitar teacher. However, you must also recognize the different ways that these strengths can also turn into weaknesses until you take the initiative to learn how to stop them from doing so.

Your StrengthOpposing Weakness
You have a passion to teach guitar and help your students achieve results.Being passionate about teaching guitar is certainly a MUST if you want to become a successful guitar teacher. However, many guitar teachers who are highly passionate tend to ignore the business aspect of teaching guitar for a living. As a result, they end up teaching (and helping) less students overall since they do not earn enough money to expand their guitar teaching business. The truth is, the more money you make, the more you can invest it into building the value of your guitar lessons in order to give more to your students.
You already have a good amount of experience teaching guitar/music lessons.After teaching guitar for a while, it becomes hard for these types of guitar teachers to break away from the methods they are used to. This approach becomes very limiting over time as continually using the same methods does not bring great results for new students. In order to achieve great results for your guitar students (and take a step forward in your teaching skills), you will need to innovate and break away from some of the methods you are accustomed to.
Your guitar playing skills are highly developed.A lot of great guitar players have difficulty identifying with the challenges of low level guitarists (who are by the way - the majority of guitar students). As a result, these types of guitar teachers are lacking in an area that affects most of their potential students. You must be able to relate to the challenges of your students who are just starting (or are not at a high level in their playing yet). Many guitar teachers with great guitar playing skills fall short in this area.
You play several instruments in addition to guitar.When guitar students look for someone to teach them guitar, they are much more prone to seek the help of an ‘expert’ who specializes in guitar rather than someone who teaches many different instruments. By marketing yourself as a teacher of many instruments, you may actually end up doing more harm than good to your reputation as a guitar teacher.
You have a very disciplined approach to learning guitar and take music very seriously.Guitar teachers who possess this strength generally cannot relate to students who are learning guitar “just for fun”. The truth is that almost all of your guitar students will be interested in guitar as a hobby, and until you can relate to their basic guitar playing goals on their level, you will have a hard time getting them to come back for lessons.
You have a lot of ambition and many ideas for expanding your guitar teaching business.The guitar teachers in this category are prone to beginning many new projects out of strong enthusiasm; but end up leaving most of them unfinished. To them, it feels like they are working very hard, but in reality they are making very little progress.
You have achieved many things in your professional music career.As you invest a lot of time into your music career, it usually leaves very little time to improve your teaching skills so you can teach guitar at a high level. In fact, this is a major reason why many pro musicians who are already successful in their music careers are unable to help their students achieve BIG results.
You are very self-dependent.Self-dependence is a great quality to have; however many guitar teachers who are strong in this area feel a resistance to asking for help when they need it. In order to develop your guitar teaching business, you can steer clear of many common obstacles by learning from someone who has already been down the same road as you.
You spend a lot of time rationalizing different possibilities in any given situation.While it is a great quality to be able to map out different possibilities for the scenarios that may pop up in your guitar teaching business; this can often lead to “over-analyzation”. While it is important to think things through, it is also important that you take the necessary action to do what needs to get done in order to realize your guitar teaching goals.
You enjoy offering all you can for your guitar students and making every lesson as enjoyable as possible.Guitar teachers who seek to give their guitar students as much value as they can have a tendency to overcompensate and give “too much”. Additionally, these types of teachers have a hard time with confrontation and struggle to enforce their teaching policies.
You have a great work ethic and persistence when working on important tasks.It is very easy for someone who sticks to a task with great persistence to become “stubborn”. This can be highly counter-intuitive if the task you are working on is not very effective at accomplishing your guitar teaching goals.
You spend a lot of time coming up with creative new ideas.These guitar teachers have a habit of overlooking common (yet successful) teaching or business methods in order to try new approaches. To be a great guitar teacher you must innovate; however, not at the expense of giving up conventional approaches that already work.
What do you need to do now?
Now that you understand the concept behind how your strong qualities also can contain weak qualities embedded within them; here are several steps that you can take now in order to get the most benefit from these ideas to develop your guitar teaching business:

1. Get more insight on how you can improve your strengths and minimize their negative side effects by taking this guitar teacher improvement test.

2. Invest the time to come up with a solid plan for how you will maximize the benefits you receive from your strengths while avoiding the negative aspects that may come along with them. Take note of the daily actions you take as a guitar teacher and compare them the chart above in order to help you identify and eliminate any limiting thoughts that will keep you from becoming a great guitar teacher.

3. Understand that knowing how to maintain a great balance between your strengths and weaknesses will require much insight, practice and continued training. Most guitar teachers have developed entrepreneurial mindsets and have a tendency to act on their “gut” instincts. They generally see planning as something that must be done, but nevertheless have a resistance to sitting down and mapping things out. If this resonates strongly with you, or if you are struggling to identify your own strengths and weaknesses, then you will benefit greatly by seeking the advice of someone who can show you how to effectively apply these things into your guitar teaching business.

4. Make a commitment to refine your current approach in your guitar teaching business by keeping the above ideas in mind.

That said, you should certainly continue learning more about the things that you need to “do” as a successful guitar teacher. However, remember that learning new teaching skills is not the only piece of the puzzle. In order to quickly become a great guitar teacher, you must first assess your strong and weak qualities as described in this article. Only then will you be able to take full advantage of all the things you learn. Once you have the ability to utilize the full potential of all your strongest qualities, your success as a guitar teacher will quickly take off.

To learn more on how to build your success teaching guitar, fill out this free guitar teacher improvement test and get the (no cost) eBook on earning a great living as a guitar teacher.
About The Author:
Tom Hess is a successful professional guitar teacher, composer and the guitarist of the band Rhapsody Of Fire. He also trains guitar teachers how to improve their guitar teaching methods. Visit his website, to read more articles aboutguitar teaching, get free guitar teacher skill assessments and guitar teaching tips.