Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Kevin Chown: to release 'Light The Way' EP; scheduled to undergo brain surgery for epilepsy

May 1, 2013 - L.A.-based bassist Kevin Chown (TARJA TURUNENBOMBASTIC MEATBATS) has set a May 8 worldwide digital release for his upcoming solo EP, "Light The Way", which will be part of a fund raising campaign to help cover Chown's mounting medical bills. The title track, "We Light the Way", is streaming on SoundCloud at this location:

Chown, who is currently hospitalized at USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA and scheduled to undergo brain surgery on May 2, only recently revealed he had epilepsy after suffering several seizures over the past months.  "It’s taken me years to finally acknowledge my condition publicly, even to my closest friends. As strange as it seems, embracing who I really am to everyone in my life, even my closest friends, has taken just as much or more courage than it has taken me to consider brain surgery. For decades, I have carried this around with me, worried what people would think. I feel like I am half way home already by simply embracing the reality of my situation."
"Light The Way", which was recorded and mixed by Kevin Chown at The Groove Bubble, Sherman Oaks, CA, with additional production by long-time friends Jono Brown and Jeff Kollman taking place at World of Mouth Recording, Agoura CA, features Chown on bass, cello and lead vocals on the opening cut "Alive", along with contributions from guitarists Jeffery Marshall and Jeff Kollman (BOMBASTIC MEATBATS,COSMOSQUADGLENN HUGHES), drummers Adam Gust and Jono Brown, and Marian Tomas Griffin on backing vocals as well as co-lyrics on"Ties That Bind" from Chown's former TILES band mate, Chris Herin.  The EP's sweeping title track features the talents of female lead vocalistAngel Travis, with additional vocals from Chown. ""We Light The Way", moreso than any other track on the EP, is my nod to all the TARJA fans out there you have been amazing in welcoming me into the fold all around the world and have been so supportive ever since I went public with my battling epilepsy on Facebook.  Thank you one and all!"  

In addition to raising money from the sales of "Light The Way", a page has been launched in order to help Chown collect funds for his considerable out-of-pocket expenses from these medical procedures.  Anyone interested in helping to reach the targeted goal of $50.000.- can make a donation at
A native of Escanaba, Michigan, Kevin Chown first made a name for himself as a member of highly regarded Midwest progressive hard rock quartetEDWIN DARE, who issued three albums in the 1990s, before becoming a much in demand session and touring musician with likes of TED NUGENT,ARTENSION, TONY MacALPINETILES and UNCLE KRACKER.  He teamed up with former Edwin Dare band mate Jeff Kollman and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith in the BOMBASTIC MEATBATS in 2008 and joined Finnish superstar TARJA TURUNEN's band in 2010.  He appears on Tarja's 2012 'Act I' live CD/DVD and tracked bass for her upcoming studio release, produced and mixed by Tim Palmer (PEARL JAM,U2) and scheduled for an August/September release via earMUSIC.
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Antoine Fafard,Scott Henderson: pre-order the new album

Antoine Fafard,Scott Henderson: Occultus Tramitis 
Antoine Fafard's new album entitled Occultus Tramitis  is coming out soon!

The record features Terry Bozzio (Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa), Jerry Goodman(Mahavishnu Orchestra), Gavin Harrison (King Crimson, Porcupine Tree), Scott Henderson (Tribal Tech), Simon Phillips (Jeff Beck, Toto), Chad Wackerman (Allan Holdsworth, Frank Zappa) and Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, Mike Stern).

Occultus Tramitis will be available as a digital download from the 15th of May and CD from the 1st of June.

Go to for audio excerpts from the album.

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Occultus Tramitis: Teaser #1

Nick Johnston: Cosmic Interview with Jenn for Truth In Shredding

By Jenn Feather

Please give us a chronology of how you got to where you are today. Who Is Nick Johnston (Musically Speaking) And How Did He Get Here?

First off, I'm Canadian, so naturally I played a lot of hockey. Once I got sick of playing hockey, I needed something new and exciting.

I started playing guitar when I was 14 years old. My neighbor had a guitar, and I used to go over to his house and watch him play. That had a huge impact on me. I was completely in awe of anyone who could play a guitar. It seemed like an impossible magic trick, haha. I loved playing right from the start, and it felt so good anytime I made even the slightest progress, so I kept at it.

A very close friend of mine had started playing around the same time I did, so we were constantly playing and learning music together. It was great! I played in a couple of bands throughout high school that were more for fun than anything.

I finally decided to take some guitar lessons when I was about 17 years old. That was really important because although I could hack around on the guitar a bit, I didn't know what I was doing in the slightest. Lessons made all the difference in the world for me. After I graduated high school, I started teaching guitar.

Shortly after that I was offered a spot in a Latin/Mediterranean style band. I was in that band for several years and we played several hundred gigs. It was such amazing experience for me and I learned a ridiculous amount about rhythm. I'm so grateful for that!

I had been writing my own music during that time, so I decided it was time to put a band together. I put out my first instrumental record, 'Public Display Of Infection' in 2011.  The cover artist from my first album (Mark Rehkopf) and I decided to continue working together, so we released a comic book. This year, I'll be releasing my second instrumental album and second issue of my comic book with Mark.
It's been amazing!

Do you have the support of your family in your musical endeavors, and who are your past and present influences?

Yes, my family has always been very supportive. I've been really lucky in that sense.
My favorite guitar players have been my favorite guitar players since I first started playing. Those players are Eddie Van Halen, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Yngwie Malmsteen. Each one of those players offered something so incredibly unique that I had never heard before. I can remember very clearly hearing each one of them for the first time and just being blown away. However, I focus a lot more on writing and just playing music these days. I get the most enjoyment out of that and for me it's the most rewarding. I find that I really get inspired by a great melody line, and that can come from any musician in any style of music!

Nick Johnston - Feat. Travis Orbin - Public Display Of Infection

Could you talk about your songwriting process a little bit?

When it comes to writing a song, I think simple is always better. I write primarily with my guitar and as far as the demo stage goes, it's extremely primitive. It's as basic as you can get in terms of production. It's usually just a rhythm guitar track and a melody/lead guitar track. I base everything I do around a melody line, so as long as I have that down in some form, I'm all set!

My second solo record is my main focus right now. That's the record Paul Gilbert and one more currently unannounced guest soloist are playing on. It's a really fun record with a similar approach to the songwriting on my first record, 'Public Display Of Infection'. I had more time to really focus on the guitar playing with this release, and I think it shows in the tones and the performances. The songs are really catchy and there's a ton of energy coming from each instrument. There's a unique blend of styles on this album as well. The first album had a strong blues feel throughout it, which I really like, but I wanted to play with some other genres and styles while still keeping a strong focus on the melodies. I think that anyone who liked my first album, will love my second one, haha!

Somehow, Paul Gilbert got involved, for at least one solo...

Besides being an amazing musician, Paul is an amazing person. He's such a nice guy and was so wonderful to work with. I had a tune that I really thought he would be interested in being a part of and much to my excitement, it turned out that he was! He liked my writing and what I was doing with my music - that was what did it! The other (currently unannounced) guest guitarist playing on this album had worked with Paul on a bunch of different occasions, so everyone involved knew each other. It all turned out really great. It's such a huge honor for me!

Paul Gilbert Guest Guitar Solo Announcement - Nick Johnston - New Album 2013

What's up with the outer space theme? What does it mean for you?

Because I write instrumental music, I like to have a strong visual connection with what I do. Themes of outer space, a futuristic world, or something unknown really help provide that. Those things have no limits, so it's all up to your imagination. I get inspired by comic books and movie posters a lot. Old monster movie posters in particular are great, because I can look at one and almost instantly imagine a theme or a piece of music to go with it. But that's me, I'm weird, haha.

Please tell us about the importance of good song-craft: creating rhythmic backbones to a tune, meter, and working on groove...

I actually don't think too much about those things when I'm working on music. If I have a piece of music, I like to record it the way it originally came out regardless of what the feel, meter, or tempo is.
With that being said, it can be very difficult to naturally write music with different feels. The best solution for that is to start listening to other styles of music. For example, if you're constantly listening to and playing metal, you're going to write metal. You are what you eat, and that applies to music as much as it does to anything else. By listening to many different styles, you're also exposed to different harmonies, rhythms, time signatures and tones. It all shapes the way you write. It's more fun that way too!

Chapman Guitar Handmade ML-1 - Guitar Solo - Nick Johnston

Please tell us a little bit about The Mothership.

The Mothership is a project that Spencer and Matt from Periphery started a little while ago. I had nothing to do with the writing process, as that's Spencer's brainchild. When I was recording my second instrumental album in Maryland, Spencer happened to come to the studio. He was into what I was doing, so we talked about collaborating on his new project. But as far as the creative side of The Mothership goes, I had nothing to do with it. I was very honored to be asked to play some lead guitar on some of the tunes, though!

What are your current favorite amps, pedals, and guitars, and what gear was used to record your second album?

My favorite guitar is the Fender Stratocaster, without a doubt. I basically grew up playing one. The way I play developed around a Stratocaster so everything kind of starts with that, as far as gear goes for me. I really like what Friedman Amplification is doing. I recorded my new album entirely with 2 of their heads. I used the Brown Eye/Hairy Brown Eye for all of the leads and The Dirty Shirley for all of the rhythms. I'm totally in love with those amplifiers! Depending on the situation, I use a couple of pedals from a great pedal company called 'Wampler', namely their 'Euphoria' overdrive pedal as it's incredible! I've used D'Addario strings since I started playing guitar. 10's to be specific, but occasionally I'll use 9's.

Recording my second album was very simple, as far as gear goes. All the leads were done with a Stratocaster straight into a Friedman Amplifier. All the rhythms were done the same way, except with a different Strat and Friedman head. I didn't use any pedals on this album. I love the sound of a guitar plugged straight into an amp. There's something really exciting about that!

Nick Johnston: Public Display Of Infection
Will your new one be shopped to labels, or self-released? Where can we purchase it?

I'm going to be self-releasing the second album. It's been a great experience doing that so far, so I'll keep on that path for now! It'll be available this summer from the usual online distributors - iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon... I'll also be selling physical copies through my website! I'll be announcing the finer details in the coming months, so definitely check back often to get any updates!

What does the future look like for Nick Johnston: do you have any more surprises 'in the works'?

Things are looking pretty good right now! There's lots of cool stuff coming up in the near future! I've got the new record and a string of shows to support that. Unfortunately, there are no plans to tour outside of the country as of right now. Hopefully soon! I've got the second issue of my comic coming out soon as well. There will be a ton of convention and comic shop shows lined up for that! Other than that, I'll be announcing the second guest soloist off my upcoming record in a few weeks! I'm really excited about that! There's one other massive surprise, but that's going to have to wait for another day!

Thank you so much for the interview! I had a blast!


Dean Murphy: some favorite riffs from when I was a wee lad

Dean Murphy - some favorite riffs from when i was a wee lad
i compiled some of my all time favorite riffs from when i was really getting into guitar i hope you enjoy. this should answer allot of the "who where your big influences growing up" questions. dont forget to check out my facebook at also check out all the guys in the video

Paul Gilbert: Loud Guitars Interview with Kris Claerhout

Interview with Paul Gilbert Courtesy our European Contributor Kris Claerhout.

Polina Slavskaya: Shred Head - promo video!

TMS Music Contest | if you wanna date a musician b
My music video for a guitar contest. Disclaimer: this is a music video, not a playthrough.
Arrangement,recording,mixing,shooting, installation - Polina Salvskaya

Jan Bo: Sadness soul

Polskie Solówki #17 Jan Bo - Smutek duszy
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George Marios, Tom Quayle: Lemon T42 anyone, shall I be mother?

Acoustic Jam with Da Quayle.Music Messe 2013
A snippet of an epic acoustic jam with the Master Quayle!
Fun times!
Stay tuned guys,


Storm Thorgerson: talking about his Pink Floyd Artwork

Storm Thorgerson talking about his Pink Floyd Artwork
Storm Elvin Thorgerson (28 February 1944 -- 18 April 2013) was an English graphic designer, best known for his work for rock bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Genesis, Europe, Catherine Wheel, Bruce Dickinson, Dream Theater, The Cranberries, Yourcodenameis:milo, The Mars Volta, Muse and Biffy Clyro

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Kenny Serane: It's Probable Me - fusion version - Lâg Jet 3000

It's Probable Me (Sting Cover) - Guitar solo by Kenny Serane
Friendly gig Feb 2013
Kenny Serane is playing with a Lâg Jet 3000 custom Bedarieux
Fender Hot rod
Concert at the "Rendez-vous", Martigues (South of France)
Vocal / Bass : Bruno Ramousse
Drums : Claude Saragossa

Chris Bieniek: Economy/ Sweep Picking Lick #2

Economy/ Sweep Picking Lick #2 over G9 Free Lesson
The PDF is available at

I recently a bunch of licks I composed with economy picking a while back and thought i would record and share them.

This lick uses mostly G Mixolydian with a few passing tones ( Bb the #9 and Db the flat 5th in relation to the chord).

The guitar featured in this clip has an EverTune bridge installed. It is incredible!!!!!
I can't go back to playing guitars without them.

The guitar featured in this clip has an EverTune bridge installed. It is incredible!!!!!
I can't go back to playing guitars without them
More licks coming soon.
Hello, though I'd give this song ago, not perfect at all but is what it is..

News: Win A Limited Edition Rotosound Vintage Fuzz Pedal Simply ‘Like’ Rotosound On Facebook

Rotosound has three Limited Edition versions of their legendary Vintage Fuzz Pedal to give away. To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is visit the Rotosound Facebook page and ‘like’ it. When the ‘likes’ reach ten thousand three lucky winners will be chosen at random from all the new ones.

The Rotosound Fuzz Pedal was originally designed back in the 1960’s and todays re-issue uses the same essential circuit configuration combined with more reliable and stable modern components. Renowned as an easy to use pedal, it simplicity was always one of its major attractions along with the exceptional tone and sooth sustain.

The prizes are three limited edition pedals, one each in an exclusive finish of black, blue and gold, to be won. These are not available to buy anywhere and are sure to become highly sought after collectors’ items. So to win this ‘money can’t buy’ prize, visit the Rotosound Facebook page in May and simply like it to be entered. When the likes reach ten thousand, three of the new ones will be drawn at random and receive the pedal of their choice.

And while you are there check out all the artist stories, product news, competitions, great videos and the stunning Rotosound photo collection that covers the many decades of their successful involvement with the music industry and its stars.

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To make sure enough ‘likes’ are received to and put you in with a chance of winning this great prize why not share the Rotosound competition on your personal profile wall. Keeping checking back to see how the total is going. The closing date is 31st May 2013 and open to everyone worldwide. Good luck!

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Rodrigo Gozalbez: Playing "Lift Off" from Cosmic Wheel Album

Practice Time!, Playing "Lift Off" from Cosmic Wheel Album ! killer bass by Roger Paul This song is available on Itunes & Amazon!

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My instrumental project:

Regards from Santa Fe, Argentina!

Practice Time!, Playing "Lift Off" from Cosmic Wheel Album - Rodrigo J. Gozalbez

Mai Agan: Estonian female fusion bass star

Mai Agan
Estonian female bass player Mai Agan is said to be a rising star of the bass guitar world. She has attracted the attention with her versatility, musicality and power in different music genres: jazz, pop and rock bands, sharing the stage with Estonian top musicians: KERLI, Tiit Paulus, Ain Agan, Riho Sibul, Jaak Johanson, Tuuli Velling, Kaire Vilgats, Teele Viira etc. She is the leader of a jazz-fusion band MaiGroup with whom she plays her own original music.

Allan Holdsworth - Panic station (bass solo cover)

The Fusion Bag is a Swedish-Estonian fusion trio, playing awesome fusion covers and original compositions.

Frank Gambale - Yang (The Fusion Bag live at Viljandi Guitar Festival 2012)

The Fusion Bag - Time on my feet - Viljandi Guitar Festival 2012

You can buy Mai Agan's album online

Mai Agan: LUV


Janek Gwizdala: streaming our official album launch live from Los Angeles

Listen live to Me, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, and Bob Reynolds!

We're streaming our official album launch live from Los Angeles May 2nd 2013 (that's tomorrow night for a lot of us!), and you can listen for free!

We'll be at the Blue Whale Jazz club in downtown Los Angeles playing two sets of music from9PM Pacific Standard Time. If you don't know when that is, GOOGLE IT!

We'll play all the new music from Theatre By The Sea, and if you haven't downloaded your free copy yet, I highly recommend you DO SO HERE!

As always with the streaming I'll email you a reminder an hour before showtime, we'll go live shortly before the event starts, I'll test out the stream and make sure you guys can hear everything, and if you register for a FREE USTREAM ACCOUNT, you'll be able to join in the chat stream with everyone from around the world. When you go to the event page right now, you can also click on the "remind me" button to get a reminder about the show from ustream!

I'll see you guys Thursday night, and if any of you are in Los Angeles, then come down and check out this band live!



Check out free video #2 in our new series of technique videos!

With a brand new downloadable exercise for you, we take a quick look at left hand technique and give you some things to add to your practice routine.

Eric Clapton: giving away the ultimate Clapton fan prize package.


In honor of Eric Clapton’s 21st studio album, Old Sock, we’re giving away the ultimate Clapton fan prize package.

One fortunate grand-prize winner will take home an Eric Clapton Stratocaster in Pewter, an EC Tremolux amp and his latest album. Ten second-place winners will also receive a copy of Old Sock.

The Promotion begins on April 2, 2013 at 12:00:01 AM PST (8:00:01 AM GMT) and ends on May 14, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM PST (7:59:59 AM GMT) (“Term”).

Marshall Harrison: Ustream Live Broadcast - make a date!

Marshall Harrison Live - make a date


4 May at 19:00

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Anouck André: Jazzy preset - Axe FX II Firmware V10

Here is my first personal preset based on the Bogner Shiva Clean Channel. I really like the clean sound of this one !
Just having fun here over Blue Bossa (Kenny Dorham)

Axe FX II Firmware V10 : Jazzy preset (chords & solo)