Saturday, 11 May 2013

Xander Demos: Spring Stampede - House of Rock 2013

Xander Demos is one of today’s premier shred metal guitarists. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, he currently fronts his own solo band, XDB and national tribute act, James Rivera’s Sabbath Judas Sabbath. Xander performs in excess of 100 times a year, and he is active in recording collaborations with artists all over the world. Xander plays guitars from Suhr, McNaught and Conklin, with whom he has endorsement deals. His endorsement from these guitar companies is a testament to his impressive skills and his deep commitment to playing the best guitars in the world.

Xander Demos "White Knuckle Driving" Spring Stampede, House of Rock, MD 4/27/13

Xander Demos "Chase The Sun" Spring Stampede, House of Rock, MD 4/27/13

Gil Parris: spicing up your life with some seriously Cool Country Fried Blues Licks

Full Course w/ Jams, Tabs & more -
Gil Parris -
More Guitar Lessons -

50 Country Fried Blues Licks - Intro - Gil Parris

Isao Fujita,Shoko Nagasaki,Ai Onuma,Daisuke Kunita: Zonk-Monk set for the Silver Elephant

Another reason, if one was ever wanted, to go to Japan! JFusioneers Zonk-Monk!

Isao Fujita
I am playing with a insane progressive metal band Zonk Monk @ Silver Elephant in Kichijyoji tomorrow May 12. My friend Daisuke Kunita(G) will be also performing with us. hope to see you guys tomorrow night!

Zonk Monk...
Ai Onuma(Key)
Shoko Nagasaki(Key)
Keigo Takada(Dr)
Guest guitarists....
Daisuke Kunita(Guitar)

zonk-monk with ISAO~U.T.~

ZONK-MONK / Disorder-Out of the cosmos-2012.4.29 JACK LION

Randy Jackson: Zebra icon in unplugged mode - now who's really behind the door?

Randy Jackson "Who's Behind The Door" (partial) House of Rock, White Marsh, MD 3/8/13 live

Randy Jackson "Tell Me What You Want" House of Rock, White Marsh, MD 3/8/13 live

Randy Jackson "Bears" House of Rock, White Marsh, MD 3/8/13 live concert

John Wheatcroft,Jim Clarke: Professor Wheato's All Stars

Professor Wheato's All Stars rocked The Rocket in Acton. Here's a clip of Jim Clarke giving it large over the John Scofield tune 'Jeep on 35'

Professor Wheato's All Stars were:
John Wheatcroft: Guitar
Richie Garrison: Sax
Jim Clarke: Guitar
Oscar Stieler: Keys
Dave Marks: Bass
Erik Stams: Drums
Joao Caetano: Percussion'

John Wheatcroft tears it up! Freddie freeloader guitar solo

Jim Clarke killer guitar Solo: Jeep on 35

Lucas Mann,Joel Omans: Rings of Saturn play throughs

Rings of Saturn - Dingir

RINGS OF SATURN is an internationally touring band based out of California where their founding member, Lucas Mann, resides. The band self-released their first full-length album entitled Embryonic Anomaly in late 2009. Four months later Unique Leader Records signed the band and Embryonic Anomaly was re-released internationally under the label on May 28th, 2010. Since then, Rings of Saturn has been hard at work touring nationwide throughout the United States and Canada promoting Embryonic Anomaly as well as their second upcoming album release entitled Dingir (din-jeer) which will be hitting stores Feb. 5th, 2013 on Unique Leader Records.

Notable Tours featuring Rings of Saturn
Slaughter Survivors Tour 2011
Carnival is Forever Tour 2011
Occupation Domination Tour 2012
Death Metal Rises Tour 2012
Summer Slaughter Tour 2012

Lucas Mann (Rings of Saturn) Guest Solo Demo For Infant Annihilator's Flayed and Consumed

Peeling Arteries Raw Full Song Play Through

Seized and Devoured (Old)

Yahya Al-Mogerbe: The French Guitar Contest 2013

Yahya Al-Mogerbe 27 yrs old from Benghazi Libya .. a Lead Guitarist of a Rock band Called Guys UnderGround

Me Playing for the (The French Guitar Contest 2013)
Hope U like it & Plz Share it

Personal Profile
Band Profile

The French Guitar Contest 2013 - Yahya Almogrbe

French Guitar Contest 2013 ends May 11th

Ramon Luis Galang: Cry For You - Andy Timmons - killer playing from a 13 year old

A few squeaks, but a great solo.

Guitar: Ibanez FWD 60TOR with Max Rufo Custom Pick-ups

Artec Twinhead
Artec Soloist Distortion
Artec Analog Delay
Artec Stero Chorus
Amp: ZT Lunchbox

Cry For You by Andy Timmons cover by Luis Galang, 13-years old

Dana Rasch: live performance from Dick Grove School

DANA RASCH has played guitar and piano over twenty years, and is considered to be an outstanding, consummate guitarist. He has played with and for many top artists including Joey Heredia (Scott Henderson & Tribal Tech) and Jimmy Earl (Chick Corea),  both of whom are on his new album, "The Fuse". This new release features his compositions and playing. He also has three releases out on "Guitar On The Edge" (world's hottest Guitarists).

If anyone find out where you can purchase "The Fuse" and "Project 3" please let me know.

Dick Grove School Without Walls

Chanan Hanspal,Derryl Gabel: working on an excellent composition

I've been working with Derryl Gabel on his excellent composition "Breath Of Life" which he is preparing for a Dweezil Zappa EP to go out on Favored Nations. I have laid down some keys and synthesisers, and if my solo makes it to the CD, I will be sharing a solo spot with Derryl, Dweezil, and other great guitar players who will be teaching at theDweezilla Music Masters Camp in NY this year.

Yngwie Malmsteen, Ethan Brosh, Nili Brosh: Metal Assault HOB gig review

Photos by Chad Alexander

[Ethan Brosh, Nili Brosh] Ethan’s performance was that he wasn't trying to show off too much of his guitar skills, and wasn't really trying to compete with or match up to Yngwie. It was very much his own thing, with a clear structure in the songs that highlighted the solos. He had his individual moments obviously, but I was digging the manner in which he combined with his sister Nili Brosh on guitar as well. I thought she kicked ass on the rhythms and dual leads with her beautiful red Ibanez guitar, and maybe they should do more of the dual lead stuff in their music. It sounded great and was fun to look at. 


[Yngwie Malmsteen] He throws out at least five picks during each song, and he seems to have even perfected the art of kicking out picks and throwing them from between his legs. He must carry thousands of picks for a full tour like this. His stage assistant probably is the hardest working roadie I’ve ever seen, having to catch Yngwie’s guitar when he throws it after each song, and constantly placing new sets of picks on the mic stand. 

Guthrie Govan: Steven Wilson - Luminol ala The Shaggs!

As performed live at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh on April 30, 2012, Steven Wilson's band performs part of their song "Luminol" in the style of the 1960s band The Shaggs as part of the encore.

The Shaggs were an American all-female rock group formed in Fremont, New Hampshire in 1968. The band was composed of sisters Dorothy "Dot" Wiggin (vocals/lead guitar), Betty Wiggin (vocals/rhythm guitar), Helen Wiggin (drums) and, later, Rachel Wiggin (bass).

The Shaggs were formed by Dot, Betty and Helen in 1968, on the insistence of their father, Austin Wiggin, who believed that his mother foresaw the band's rise to stardom. The band's only studio album, Philosophy of the World, was released in 1969. The album failed to garner attention, though the band continued to exist as a locally popular live act. The Shaggs disbanded in 1975 after the death of Austin.

The band is primarily notable today for their perceived ineptitude at playing conventional rock music; the band was described in one Rolling Stone article as "...sounding like lobotomized Trapp Family singers."

Steven Wilson - Luminol ala The Shaggs

The real band

The Shaggs "My Pal Foot Foot"

Yngwie Malmsteen: House of Blues Anaheim 2013

Yngwie Malmsteen
Malmsteen Live @ House of Blues Anaheim 5/9/13

Remaining Tour Dates:

11 – Fresno, CA – Tower Theatre 
12 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theater 
13 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom 
14 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues 
16 – Dallas, Texas – Granada Theater 
17 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live-Out Doors 
18 – Houston, TX – Guitar Fest 

2 – San Juan, Puerto Rico – Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferre 
7 – Dubai City, United Arab Emirates – Dubai Rock Festival 

Malmsteen's official biography entitled Relentless: The Memoir will be released on May 21st via Wiley publishers.

Kiko Loureiro: joins Ibanez artist roster!

The poster says it all... Kiko Loureiro joins Ibanez... Congrats to Kiko, you deserve it man!

Kiko Loureiro
Ibanez is proud to introduce Kiko Loureiro to our artist roster. As a lead guitarist of the one of the most successful Brazilian progressive metal bands, Angra, Kiko has been highly praised internationally for his versatile and virtuosic guitar playing, gaining a reputation as a "player's player" in the international guitarist scene. In addition to Angra, Kiko is quickly forging his own solo career, and is turning heads worldwide - specifically in his new home base of the United States. Kiko has released four exceptional solo albums so far (his latest titled Sounds of Innocence), in which he displays his rich ethnic background and skills as a guitarist, ranging from Latin, traditional Brazilian jazz, fusion, as well as metal. Currently, Kiko and Ibanez are working on his signature guitar, which is scheduled to be released later this year

Ignazio Di Salvo: Have you met miss jones?

Ignazio Di Salvo - Have you met miss jones

Stefano Sebo Xotta: Ibanez RG440V & RG460VFM

Ibanez RG guitars have become the instrument of choice for technical and virtuoso guitar players the world over. With the new RG440V & RG460VFM guitars, we take the essential DNA of RG and add a more traditional guitar design.
Feeling is believing. The RG440V & RG460VFM features our SynchroniZR tremolo. A revolutionary non-locking tremolo system with a wider arming range than a conventional sync-tremolo, its fluid movement plays incredibly smooth due to the ball bearing mechanism. The RG's sleek Wizard III neck provides the distinctive feel & playability. Incorporating 24 frets & All Access Neck Joint, there are 2-octaves of effortless playing and freedom. The H-S-S pickup configuration gives you a world of possibilities in tone.
Now there is an RG for every player, every style and every possibility.

Ibanez RG440V & RG460VFM

Petey Graves: Red Seas Fire | Circle of Contempt UK Tour 2013

Red Seas Fire | Circle of Contempt UK Tour 2013.
A month ago we went on tour with Circle of Contempt for 6 short days in the south of the UK. Here's some footage of what we got up to.

Red Seas Fire -
Circle of Contempt -
High Five Touring -

Tony Smotherman,Ron Thal,Vitalij Kuprij,Jon Reshard: Trans Universum

Instrumental written by Tony Smotherman "Trans Universum "
From Tony Smotherman's recent release "Universal Melody
Vitalij Kuprij- Keys
Tony Smotherman- Guitar
Philip Pan-Viper Violin
Jon Reshard- Bass
John Lumpkin- Drums
Mixed by: Bumblefoot

Kenny Serane: Lâg Roxane Racing - RR1500

Kenny Serane is playing on a Roxane Racing RR1500-BLK, the new Lâg Guitars Collection 2013
This is a total improvisation.
Amp used: Mesa Boogie Mini Rectifier Twenty-Five with Marshall 1960 cab
Find More on
Thanx to my friend Florent Elter

And Nelly Tadjer for video editing
Lâg Roxane Racing - RR1500 by Kenny Serane

David Valdes: insane picking session in 2001

David Valdes: Playing guitar in 2001, one day trial.


Joe Bonamassa: On the Road to Vienna

by JoeBonamassaTV

Get FREE song download here:

Hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, Joe Bonamassa has almost single-handedly redefined the blues-rock genre and brought it into the mainstream. He continues this role with his first-ever entirely acoustic concert, recorded at the venerable Vienna Opera House with a global ensemble put together by longtime creative partner Kevin Shirley. The 2CD/2DVD/Blu-ray, An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House, comes out March 26, 2013 on Bonamassa's label J&R Adventures. 

Bonamassa -- a predominantly electric guitar player -- was ready for a complete departure from his usual projects. For years, he had been wowing audiences with his flagship acoustic song "Woke Up Dreaming," which has become an iconic staple of his world tour and a fan favorite. Building on the popularity of this song, Bonamassa and producer Shirley set out to design an entirely new and intimate "unplugged" concert experience that they would then bring to seven lucky cities in Europe during summer 2012. They recorded the performance in Vienna— the "City of Music" — at the Vienna Opera House, a culturally iconic venue steeped in history and heritage, making it the perfect backdrop for this unprecedented show. 

An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House features gorgeously textured music -- 20 songs, filmed in HD and recorded in Dolby 5.1 -- made with a wealth of rare, vintage, organic and "oddball" instruments. The DVD and Blu-ray will feature 90 minutes of extra footage, interviews and a making-of documentary. Highlights among the 20 songs include favorites that span Bonamassa's career—"The Ballad of John Henry," "Woke Up Dreaming," "Ball Peen Hammer," "Sloe Gin," and "Mountain Time"—including many he doesn't normally perform live, such as "Athens to Athens," "Black Lung Heartache," "Jelly Roll," "Around The Bend," "Jockey Full of Bourbon," "Seagull," and "Richmond." Accompanying Bonamassa on the same stage once graced by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Mahler, and Haydn are: traditional Irish fiddler Gerry O'Connor, who also plays mandolin and banjo; Swedish multi-instrumentalist Mats Wester on the nyckelharpa, a keyed fiddle; Los Angeles-based keyboardist Arlan Schierbaum texturing the mix with celeste, accordions, toy pianos, and assorted "organic" instruments; and renowned Puerto Rican percussionist Lenny Castro, whose works spans genres and reads like a who's who of artists, including the Rolling Stones, Sir Elton John, Eric Clapton, Boz Scaggs, Toto, Steely Dan, Christopher Cross, Stevie Wonder, David Sanborn, Avenged Sevenfold, Little Feat, Tom Petty, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more.

Tommaso Zillio: 6 Misconceptions Guitarists Have About Music Theory

6 Misconceptions Guitarists Have About Music Theory
Tommaso Zillio
Do you think you can learn music theory by yourself? Do you think that learning theory will damp your creativity? Do you think that you can find all the information you need on the net? Well, I used to think the same, but I was wrong. If you want to see why, keep reading.
When I was just a beginner at guitar I was sure I could learn everything I needed by myself. After all, there is a wealth of information online, and I owned many books and DVDs, and my friends could help me, and... and each of these sources contradicts the others! In my naivete I thought I could separate the good from the bad. After years of effort, I had to conclude that no, I could not really do it without help of someone who was really knowledgeable in the matter.
I am here to share some of the things I learned in the process.
The first thing to keep in mind is that music theory is not "hard". It is definitely "complex" i.e. made of many little concepts that work all together, but each and every one of these concepts is simple to understand. This means that if you are introduced to them in the right order, then music theory as a whole is easy to understand. If, on the other hand, you try to learn these concepts in the wrong order, then it is going to be really hard to understand. The problem, as we will see below, is that not all the approaches to music theory that are today popularized through the net follow a meaningful order, in fact most of them are simply plain confusing.
Let's have now a look at the major roadblocks that can stop or delay your progress in music theory, and what to do about them. This list is of course not complete, but it is a good starting point:
I Can Learn By Myself
Sure. You can also potentially learn how to drive a car by yourself just by trial and error. I do see some downsides to the idea, though. Especially the fact that it is difficult to learn from an error and survive at the same time. Of course, i am over dramatizing here. After all, you can not harm yourself or others if you try to learn music theory by yourself. Or could you?
There are some musicians out there who can compose songs alright even if they do not know any music theory. I can't help but think that it is a real pity. What could they do if they actually did study music theory? How much more could they do? What songs they could have written but we will never hear? These musicians had to start from scratch and reinvent the wheel by themselves... what could such amount of raw talent do if it was properly cultivated?
The person in history that had the greatest amount of natural talent in music is probably Mozart. And still, he had to dedicate ten years of his life to study composition in order to write what he did. My advice is that, unless you think you are more talented than Mozart, you should not try to learn theory alone.
I Don't Need Theory: I Can Play By Ear
I wish I had a dollar for every person I heard saying that so I could retire on a private island and not work for the rest of my life. And while sipping my Mohito, I would reflect on the fact that this "play by ear" excuse is just that: an excuse. In fact most of the people that use it have never done any ear training worth mentioning: they can't transcribe the songs they like, they can't play the musical ideas that pop in their minds. Ultimately for them "playing by ear" means adopting the "Hail Mary" strategy: playing something random while hoping that something good will come out of it. Most of the time, it doesn't.
We musicians need to know theory as writers need to know grammar. It is not the ONLY thing we need to know (far from it), but it is absolutely necessary. While it is a common occurrence for many famous musicians (or their fans) to boast that they do not know any theory, once you go and actually check the facts you will find that this is never the truth (the first one to post in the comments that "Hendrix never studied theory" will get a pat on their head and a lollipop before being sent back to music pre-school).
So, now that we have established that there ain't such a thing as a free lunch and we need to actually put some effort in if we want to be great or at least good, let's see what not to do.
I Don't Need To Train My Ear
Since someone is bound to misunderstand the previous point: what I wrote before should not be construed to mean that ear training is useless. Obvious, no?
There is no way to learn music theory without training your ear at the same time. This is because all music theory is essentially made by statements such as: "if you do X, it sounds this way". For instance: "If you play the interval of a third is sounds this way", or "If you play a diminished fifth is sounds this way". The problem, as you can see immediately, is that if you do not know what "this way" means sonically, then you are not learning anything!
This in fact explains why there are so many people that complain that music theory is useless: they learned only the "formal" part of music theory, and never connected it properly with the actual sound.
The solution for this problem is rather simple: just PLAY every concept you learn, and be sure to have 3-4 examples for each of them. If you cannot find a good example, then compose it!
Creativity And Theory Do Not Go Well Together
This is another harmful notion that you can find repeated everywhere. Following the proponents of the "theory harms creativity" camp, one is led to believe that no good music has ever came from musicians who know any theory. You know, people like Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Tchaikovskij, Coltrane, Parker, Django Reinhardt, Hendrix, Satriani, Vai, Jason Becker --- all musicians with a VERY solid background in music theory (again, despite what you may have been told about Hendrix).
It is a fact that if you study music theory in the correct way, then your creativity is not harmed but enhanced. What is the wrong way to learn? The wrong way is to think of theory as a fixed set of "rules" that you have to follow. The correct way is to think of music theory as the sum of the experiences of other composers that have handed down to us a set of procedures that worked for them to go from a raw musical idea to a complete piece. These procedures will help you, not limit you, and you can always decide to not follow them if they don't apply to what you are writing at the moment.
Clearly even if you do not know any music theory you may still have some original musical ideas. But it's going to be tough for you to actually compose a complete song based on it.
The Information is All Available On The Net
The net is a great resource, and there is definitely a lot available just one click away. And yet all this information can work against you rather than helping you. How? Well, in order to be useful to you, the information you come across needs to be relevant to what you want to do. You see, you will need to study different things if you want to compose music for film than what you should stud if you want to improvise on a Blues. It's not that one is "better" or "more difficult": they are just different and require a different skillset.
For this reason --- and I realize I'm not the first to say that --- you need to know what your goals are and have a plan in place in order to reach them. Without a plan you are simply going to end wherever chance will take you, and in most cases this is not what you wanted at all!
In order to help you find what your goals are and how to arrive there, I have written for you a "map" of music theory that you can download and will show you where you are and what you need to study next. You can find a link to it at the end of this article.
I Can Get Help From My Friend Joe
Ok, but who was helping your friend Joe? His friend Moe. And who was helping Moe? It was Jack. And who... you got the idea. After that many passages, it is very likely that the information that your friend Joe is giving you is not the original info anymore. There is a good chance it is in fact wrong. Now, if this happened only to your friends this would not be a great problem. What makes it more ...problematic is that many authors of articles, or instructional books, or DVDs, both online and offline are doing the same: copying each other and propagating information they only half understand.
You would be surprised at how many factual errors I found in instructional products I PAID to have. And don't get me started to the free stuff available out there --- that is even worse. How can you protect yourself from being sold the wrong information? Simple. Ask yourself this question: "the author of this article/book/DVD is able to do the things I want to do?" If the answer is "no", then don't buy/read it!
In particular, watch out to people who say that they are "teachers but not performers/composers/writers". If they are not practicing musicians, then they have no first-hand knowledge of the matter. They are just repeating what they have heard.
Note: the wrong way to decide if someone is competent is to ask him if he has a music degree. While nice to have, there are also a lot of great teachers out there who have no "official" degree but are really competent in what they do. Again, check what they do, not what pieces of paper they have on the wall.
What Should I Do?
Stop immediately reading random books and watching DVDs. Instead follow these three steps: 1) think about what are your goals on the instrument. 2) decide on a plan that will take you from where you are now to where you want to be. If you need some help with that, I have prepared for you a music theory map that will help you orient yourself and decide what will be your next step. 3) Use this plan to decide what you need to read and what not, or (even better) take your plan to a competent teacher that can help you implement it faster. Life is too short to waste time!
About the Author
A professional guitarist, teacher, and composer, Tommaso Zillio enjoys particularly writing about music theory and its application to guitar playing

Justin Derrico: Classic Rock Sessions


When we heard that Justin was going to be in town we just had to get him in the studio to seriously let rip. So we asked JTC backing track writer extraordinaire Paul Harvey to create some brand new Classic Rock style jam tracks and the magic started!

Justin most definitely brought his A game with him to the studio and does not disappoint with solo improvisations that are full of pure adrenalin, emotion and drive. From the slow and sultry Waves and Marooned, through to the upbeat Parasite and Hunter this set of 5 jam tracks takes you through an adventure of classic rock soloing and jam tracks to learn and explore.

This Harvey/Derrico combination works so well and there is no question that you will enjoy all the different elements of this superb jam track package.

Complete with solo tracks, solo backings, extended jam tracks, videos and compete TAB and notation it has all the ingredients to get your Classic Rock soloing to the next level!

 5 solo example tracks in high quality 320K MP3
 5 solo backing tracks in high quality 320K MP3
 5 extended jam tracks in high quality 320K MP3
 5 video performances in MP4 format
 Complete TAB and notation in PDF and Powertab format

Derryl Gabel: Dweezilla , the album and illegal downloads

Derryl Gabel

Derryl Gabel: The end of registration for the Dweezilla Music Masters Camp is fast approaching.

Just wanted to send a reminder out. If you missed my last email, here's what's going on.
I'm very pleased to announce that I will be teaching at the Dweezilla Music Masters Camp the week of July 4th in upstate New York. Besides myself, Dweezil Zappa has hand selected some of the best and brightest guitarist in the world to teach there as well. This includes the amazing Tom Quayle, Oz Noy, Dave Walliman, and Chris Buono. I am very honored to be among this caliber of teachers and players. If you are interested in joining us for a fun filled guitar learning experience please go to

Dweezil has asked all the instructors to hand in a tune for an album that will be released on Steve Vai's label, Favored Nations. We are about half way through the project. I'm very excited with the results so far. Each player will guest solo on the other's tune so this will be very interesting. The tunes that have been submitted thus far are top notch. I'm very pleased with the way my tune is turning out and I think you all will be as well. Thus far, James Santiago handed in a tune that reminds me of something that would have been on the great Garsed Helmerich Exempt album. Dave Walliman's tune is grooving hard with futuristic sounds, (check out his youtube channel for his song diary), Dweezil's tune is an adventure that even Indiana Jones would find hard to keep up with. My tune kind of reminds me of Holdsworth's Zarabeth meets Tokyo Dream but maybe not as cool haha! My friend, guitar virtuoso and composer Chanan Hanspal, played keys and synth on the tune which put a Chick Corea flare to it. He might be doing a guest solo on it as well.

Lastly I would like to share something that happened recently. About five months ago I noticed the sales of my DVDs start to drop off in a dramatic way. After a couple weeks I did a search on the internet and found that someone had uploaded my 14 pack on a file sharing site. There was approximately 20,000 downloads at that time. Fortunately I was able to get it removed from the site. I did some investigating and found there was no legal action I could take to make a long story short. I wanted to thank you all for doing the right thing and purchasing my DVDs. I thank you and my family thanks you. I would ask if my DVDs have helped you become a better player I hope you tell your friends about it, post it on forums, facebook, etc... This would really help and my family and I would greatly appreciate it.

I hope to see you all at Dweezilla.

Best regards,
Derryl Gabel