Friday, 24 May 2013

Alex Hutchings: To Cry from Joy

A jam from last sunday entitled 'To cry from Joy'. May 2013.
Recorded with the Fender G5 Guitar by Roland, into the Octa-Capture Using ToonTrack's EZmix and EZ drummer for the Guitars/Bass and Drums respectively.

To Cry from Joy (Alex Hutchings)

Dave Davies: Kink's legend announces new album and tour

Kink's Guitar Legend Dave Davies To Release New Album 'I Will Be Me' – June 4, 2013

Los Angeles, CA - The man who forever changed the sound of rock 'n' roll when he invented distortion, Kink's legend Dave Davies, has recorded a brand new solo album of all original material! To be released on Cleopatra Records on June 4th , 'I Will Be Me' features guest appearances by The Jayhawks, Anti-Flag, award winning UK blues guitarist Oli Brown, Chris Spedding, US stoner rock band Dead Meadow, Aussie rockers The Art, Geri X and others! In support of Dave's new album release, a special engagement of Live performances in New York and Los Angeles are scheduled for the end of May to mid-June! (see below for complete list of shows)

Dave Davies founded the Kinks in the early 1960s and forever changed music after he sliced up the speaker cone of a little green amp and created a revolutionary, distorted guitar tone and frenetic solo on the song "You Really Got Me". Musicologist Joe Harrington described the Kinks influence: " 'You Really Got Me', 'All Day And All Of The Night' ... were predecessors of the whole three-chord genre ... The Kinks did a lot to help turn rock n roll into rock." In 1998, writer Bill Crowley wrote, "As lead guitarist and founder of The Kinks, Dave Davies is one of the most unpredictable and original forces in rock, without whom guitar-rock styles including heavy metal and punk would have been inconceivable. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Dave's massive guitar sounds have inspired bands from Van Halen to Green Day."

Dave's new album 'I Will Be Me' is a return to his groundbreaking guitar sound and innovative songwriting. His classically English voice shows off a new depth but still hits his famous high notes in this collection. The hard rocking track "Livin' In The Past", takes a look at obsession with all things retro but, ever the Mod, Dave surprises with the lyric, "No matter what they do or say, the future's here to stay!" He takes a look back with "Little Green Amp", a playful, punk homage to days when his jagged, blues driven sound wave ripped ahead of the British Invasion through stereos the world over. "Cote du Rhone (I Will Be Me)", an uncensored look at ugliness in the world today, is as angry and biting as any song in Dave's repertoire with an innovative yet heavy slide guitar tone. Soothing lyrics and sounds of Jonathan Lea's sitar playing on "Healing Boy" show Dave's sensitive side. In a recent radio interview he said, "Rock music is a positive force for good." This hopeful and optimistic vision manifests and bridges themes personal, social and universal in 'I Will Be Me'.

Since the early days, Dave Davies has worked on a slew of critically acclaimed records, ranging from solo hit single "Death of a Clown", to experimental Kinks records like 'Village Green Preservation Society' and 'Arthur' as well as the classic single "Lola" in the '70s. In the '80s Dave released experimentally prescient solo work like the eponymous album titled 'Dave Davies' or 'AFL1-3603' named after himself and/or the barcode symbol face cover art. His mainstream success continued in the 80s on hit Kinks albums 'Low Budget' and 'State of Confusion'. In the '90s he released more solo work such as 'Bug' and the compilation 'Unfinished Business'. His songs have been featured in films by John Carpenter and on TV shows like 'The Sopranos', which used his tune "Living On A Thin Line". His tell-all autobiographical book 'Kink' was well received in the late '90s as well. In recent years, Dave has collaborated creatively with his sons. In 2010 he worked with son Russell Davies to create the hauntingly, beautiful rock electronica album, the Aschere Project. The film 'Mystical Journey', directed by son Martin Davies, narrates Dave's longtime interest in the paranormal, Eastern philosophies and spirituality (the film inspired Julien Temple s BBC documentary 'Kinkdom Kome'). No matter how diverse the ambition, Dave Davies puts his heart and soul in all of his projects.

Tracks include:
1. Little Green Amp
2. Livin' In The Past
3. The Healing Boy
4. Midnight In L.A.
5. In The Mainframe
6. Energy Fields
7. When I First Saw You
8. The Actress
9. Erotic Neurotic
10. You Can Break My Heart
11. Walker Through The Worlds
12. Remember The Future
13. Cote Du Rhone (I Will Be Me)

Dave Davies tour dates:

May 27, 28 & 29 - City Winery - New York, NY
May 30 - The Bull Run - Shirley, MA
May 31 - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, CT
June 1 - Musikfest Cafe - Bethlehem, PA
June 2 - The Arcada Theatre - St. Charles, IL
June 6 - Sainte Rocke - Hermosa Beach, CA
June 7 - Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
June 9 - The Canyon Club - Agoura Hills, CA
June 11- Del Mar Fairgrounds - Del Mar, CA
More dates to come!

To pre-order Dave Davies – 'I Will Be Me' CD:

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158,

11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025

Joe Bonamassa: On the Road to Vienna" Bonus Features PART 3

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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.

Chris Broderick: Megadeth new album details

Chris Broderick - Super Collider: Megadeth new album details: Megadeth’s 14th studio album, Super Collider, will be released June 4 on Tradecraft/UME


1. Kingmaker
2. Super Collider
3. Burn!
4. Built For War
5. Off The Edge
6. Dance In The Rain
7. Beginning Of Sorrow
8. The Blackest Crow
9. Forget To Remember
10. Don’t Turn Your Back…
11. Cold Sweat
12. Forget To Remember

Megadeth - Kingmaker

Jeff Loomis: Schecter guitars is holding a charity auction of signed Schecter guitars for the people of Oklahoma

 Schecter guitars is holding a charity auction of signed Schecter guitars for the people of Oklahoma.

Schecter Omen-6 signed by JEFF LOOMIS (Oklahoma Charity Auction)

Schecter Omen-6 NAMM 2013 Signed (Oklahoma Charity Auction)

Schecter Omen-7 NAMM 2012 Signed (Oklahoma Charity Auction)
M. Shadows, Syn Gates, Jeff Loomis, Shaun Morgan & more

Schecter Omen-7 NAMM 2012 Signed (Oklahoma Charity Auction)
M. Shadows, Syn Gates, Jeff Loomis, Shaun Morgan & more

Schecter Omen-6 signed by THE DEAD KENNEDYS (Oklahoma Charity Auction)

Schecter Damien Bass signed by DANZIG (Oklahoma Charity Auction)

Full list

Richie Kotzen: Discusses The Winery Dogs, His Upcoming Acoustic Tour

Mr. Kotzen Performs a song, Discusses The Winery Dogs, His Upcoming Acoustic Tour, and Discovers A Douchebag.

A message from Richie Kotzen

The Winery Dogs unleashed in Brazil ....

Venue and ticket info at:

Leonardo Guzman: Wins Guitar Messenger Solo Competition - CONGRATULATIONS!

CONGRATULATIONS to our 5 WINNERS of the Per Nilsson/Guitar Messenger Solo Competition! Head over to to see the results.

We would like to thank our incredible judges and sponsors for donating their valuable time, expertise, and amazing prizes to this contest - Per Nilsson, Jeff Loomis, Ola Englund (Fearedse), Ralph Santolla official, Ibanez Guitars, Official Ibanez Guitars USA, Randall Amplifiers, Recabinet,Seymour Duncan, and Toontrack.

We would also like to thank YOU for your continued support, contest entries, votes, messages, and comments. Thanks for helping us make this contest a success.

Per Nilsson
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: mr Leonardo Guzman!
Apparantly, there's more to the Republic of Colombia than just great coffee. During jury deliberations, Jeff Loomis had this to say about our winner: "this guy just killed it in terms of phrasing, feel and technical approach" - I couldn't agree more.
Dude your solo puts the biggest smile on my face - I am in such awe of your skills. Amazing work, and I can't wait to hear more of your playing! 
Enjoy your new guitar from Ibanez Guitars, pedal/amp from Randall Amplifiers, cabinet simulation software from Recabinet, pickups from Seymour Duncan and tons of software from Toontrack - very well deserved indeed!

Guitar Messenger Solo Competition - Leonardo Guzman

Mattias IA Eklundh: Laney Amps Musikmesse 2013

Mattias IA Eklundh: Laney Amps Musikmesse 2013
The new album:

Disc: 1
1. Amphibians Night Out
2. Musth
3. Mattias - The Beautiful Guy
4. Hells Bells
5. Amphibians Night Out
6. Friedrichs Wahnbriefe
7. Sexually Frustrated Fruit Fly Flamenco
8. Daily Grind Disco March
9. Lease With an Option to Buy
10. The Swede and the Wolf
11. Mambo Italiano
12. Mind Your Step (At Schiphol Airport)
13. Crossing the Rubicon
14. That's Amore
15. Keep It in the Dojo
16. Infrared Jed
17. Peter, I Won't Drive Another Meter
18. Larvatus Prodeo
19. Blaha Blaha
20. Lullaby for Gabriel
Disc: 2
1. In the Goo of the Evening
2. The Dogs of Delhi
3. Special Agent Bauer
4. Mahavishnu John
5. The Harry Lime Theme
6. Dark Matter
7. Trumpet Lesson
8. Mandur and Morgan's Camel Safari
9. Shore Thing
10. Captain Smith's Moment of Truth
11. Mah Na Mah Na
12. The Nigerian Gynecologist
13. 6 Rue Cordot
14. Kali Ghat
15. Safe to Remove Hardware
16. Did You Actually Pay for That?
17. Those in Badiyah
18. The Essence of Emptiness
19. Meralgia Paresthetica
20. Guano Afternoon

Mattias IA Eklundh: Laney Amps Musikmesse 2013

Hedras Ramos: Sir Christopher Lee featured in UK's top paper the Guardian

Hedras Ramos
Once Faulkner left the project in order to join as Judas Priest KK Downing's successor, the position of axeman was taken over by Guitar Idol 2009 runner-up Hedras Ramos.

"It was a lot of fun for me," Ramos said. "I just had to listen a lot to Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and All Those guys - the old-school heavy metal - to absorb the sound and the flavor of this music Composing the music for The Devil's Advocate and The Ultimate Sacrifice was quite. a trip and tons of fun, because i was Given total freedom to add my personal approach to the guitar album. This is a great album for all metal, fantasy and Christopher Lee fans! " -


Martin Miller: Laid Back Grooves 2 from Jam Track Central

Martin Miller
My new Jamtrackcentral package "Laid Back Grooves" features 10 tracks (thanks Paul Harvey!) and solo plus transcriptions and is available NOW! Please go check out the trailer and have a listen:

I kept these solos a challenge, yet still achievable even for intermediate guitarists. Have a listen to each track and get them now right here:


 10 solo example tracks in high quality 320K MP3 format
 10 solo backing tracks in high quality 320k MP3 format
 10 extended jam tracks in high quality 320K MP3 format
 Accurate TAB and notation for all 10 solos in PDF and Powertab format

David Valdes: Alternate picking exercise with tab

Hello and welcome to my section SHRED GUITAR EXERCISES exercise.

In example 2 we used the strings 1 and 2 with the technique of picking. We started hitting the downward spike on fret 5 string 1 developing exercise as you see in the tab, do 12 notes in ascending and descending each position along the freetboard, we have to memorize the exercise and always start slowly increasing the speed gradually. This example can do in the other strings and training days see improvement in our technique.

You can find more exercises like this, in my dvd's teaching:

-Iniciación a la Guitarra Solista.
-Ejercicios 1.
-Jam Tracks Improvisation 1


tabs & info:

Andy James: What Lies Beneath ESP Guitars Musikmesse 2013

Andy James - photo taken mid video session.

Andy James playing at the ESP guitars booth Musikmesse 2013, this is "the slow track" from the Andy James Solo Album - What Lies Beneath ESP Guitars. Play in HD from higher sound quality. No Steak on a pizza for this solo extravaganza.

Andy James: What Lies Beneath ESP Guitars Musikmesse 2013

Richard Hallebeek: Rene Engel, RHPI and RHPII CD's selling like Hotcakes in Japan

More CD's heading out the door to the land of the rising sun!

Richard Hallebeek

Shipping another big pile of Rene Engel, RHPI and RHPII cd's to Japan since they're all sold out again.. I love Japan! — with Martin Verdonk, Frans Vollink,Sebastiaan Cornelissen and Lalle Larsson.

You can buy them online:

Gerald Gradwohl,Kirk Covington: Big Land the new album

Gerald Gradwohl: Big Land
Gerald Gradwohl (Guitar); Kirk Covington (Drums); Harald Weinkum (Bass); Thomas Kugi (Sax)

It's powerful and inspiring "Impro Funk" that is presented by guitarist and bandleader Gerald Gradwohl on his brilliantly recorded new album BIG LAND.

This brand new release presents Gradwohl's typical organic conglomerate of Rock, Jazz and Funk that rises from brief composition patterns that lead quite frequently to long improvisational excursions that finally shape the tune. Their abilities as soloists make it possible that Gradwohl and the saxophonist Thomas Kugi develop great walls of sounds - deriving from their highly concentrated work - either high energetic pulsating cascades of sound, real groove monsters or sound collages in ballads. Kirk Covington personally kind of explodes in his unique and very personal groove concept filled with eruptive commentaries that prod and inspire his fellow colleagues - he seems to be like a tiger ready to attack … Harald Weinkum (bass) is spicing up the clear and dynamic sound of the band by adding a great variety of creative sounds deriving from his wide spectrum of styles.

The band gives the music what it needs - nothing more nor less - and Gerald Gradwohl's music needs a lot - engagement, interaction and pushing the borders to the limits - all based on masterly instrumental abilities.

Consequently working, Gerald Gradwohl and his band perform in the "Premiere League" of the Fusion-scene. It's simply impressive how Gradwohl's discography proves his high standard and uncompromising way he's going. Gradwohl kind of sums up his present and future in this recent release - it's "VERY BIG".


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Track 1 Squier '78 (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 2 As It Is (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 3 The Light Inside (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 4 Down The Coast (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 5 Yes Or No (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 6 ff9612 (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 7 I Remember Berg (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 8 Pig Dog Bear (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 9 R.u.O.K? (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 10 The Big Land (LISTEN TO AUDIO)

Rabea Massaad: demos Strymon Mobius & Timeline Pedals

Dorje & Toseland guitarist Rabea Massaad goes through his latest pedal purchases - the Strymon Mobius & Stymone Timeline pedals. These are super hi def, programmable modulation & delay/reverb pedals. For more info on the pedals (or to place an order for one!) please follow one of these links...
Mobius -
Timeline -

Rabea is using a prototype of his new Chapman ML1-Rabea signature guitar - more info here -

As for amps we're running into a Marshall JVM205C & Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Combo.

Rabea Massaad shows us his Strymon Mobius & Timeline Pedals

Dreamfullofzen: French Guitar Contest Second Round - "Dark City"

Hey folks,

If you watched the video of my update on 2035, you would remember me playing over a rough version of this tune. It never made it on the album, and has been sitting waiting to be used. I added Drums, and came up with a rough melody, and mixed it, and voila.

enjoy and best of luck to everyone!


Kiko Loureiro,Virgil Donati: clinic tour and DVD recording

Virgil Donati
Coming up very soon, I will be on the road with Kiko's band. The performances culminate in a concert which will be recorded for a live DVD on June 14 in Sao Paolo.

Additionally, I will be announcing some clinic dates to coincide with that tour...


Kiko Loureiro - Guitars
Felipe Andreoli - Bass
Virgil Donati - Drums

Teatro do CEMJ
Rua Bocaiuva, 1574
Centro - Florianópolis
Santa Catarina - Brazil

Info & tickets: 55.48.3024-0800 /


Kiko Loureiro - Guitars
Felipe Andreoli - Bass
Virgil Donati - Drums

Aldeia Bar
Rua do Retiro, 279
Parque do Colégio
Jundiaí - São Paulo


Richard Hallebeek,Antti Kotikoski: Generator titans proving that 2+2 = 5

The new fusion album on the way and sounding great... welcome back to the Generator titans.

Richard Hallebeek & Antti Kotikoski - Fives

The track 'Fives' from Richard Hallebeek and Antti Kotikoski from the forthcoming album 'Insides'. With Richard Hallebeek - guitars, Marco Minnemann - drums, Jaan Wessman - bass.

Plus Richard talks about another re release with added Shawn Lane and Brett Garsed track

Richard Hallebeek
The 2004 release Richard Hallebeek Project with guests Shawn Lane and Brett Garsed will be rereleased on my label Richie Rich Music coming summer 2013. The cd was originally released on the UK label Liquid Note Records in 2004 and it has gained quite some fame over the years. Brett Garsed plays some of his best solos here, backed up by a powerful Sebastiaan Cornelissen on drums and Lalle Larssonon keys. Sadly, the legendary Shawn Lane passed away only four months after he recorded his tracks for RHP, making his solos on this cd his last documented notes and as far as I'm concerned, some of his best solos ever. 

I started working on RHP in 2003 and to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of this release, the cd is fixed, will get a pro and proper remaster and the bonus track 'External Mess' (that was printed in a small quantity, handsigned and sent to the pre orderers at that time) will be included on this reissue! Did you preorder RHP around 2004? Get in touch with me and you'll be the first one to get a *free* copy of this remaster when it's released this summer! — with Lalle Larsson and Sebastiaan Cornelissen.

Andy Timmons talks about the latest release from Richard in glowing terms

Andy Timmons
Rich!!! Sorry it took me so long, but I finally gave the RHPII record a spin! Your tone and your playing sound so great!!! I hope this record is getting the attention it deserves.

Michael Hermes: 12 year old improvises in legato style - looks like we have a winner folks!

Not content with the extraordinary version on fives  you can see that Michael Hermes has real potential... check out his his legato composition.

Michael Hermes "Two"

Israel Romero: Fives - Excellent, but more than just a covers merchant

+Israel Romero

Guthrie Govan- Five- cover Israel Romero

More than just a covers merchant... lots of chops and improvisation... enjoy

Improv by Israel Romero

Shred #1 By Israel Romero