Friday, 7 June 2013

Dhalif Ali: Second Round - French Guitar Contest 2- one word - Epic!

So i made it through the first round of French Guitar Contest 2, and 50 people have gone through to the next round,
We were told to write our own ORIGINAL backing or purchase a royalty free backtrack to play over,
i chose to write my own song/backtrack for this so here we go!
This is my second round entry for French Guitar Contest 2 (2013)!

Comments, Likes, Favourites and SUBS would be much appreciated!!!!!

Second Round - French Guitar Contest 2 - Dhalif Ali

Samuel George: 2nd round - French Guitar Contest 2 - Ruud Panda!

RUUD PANDA " , here is an extract of my original composition .
the making of :

Guitars : Samuel George
Drum : Benjamin L'Hotellier
Bass : Damien Danzigou
thanks to Damien Tuffal for his contribution

Big up to those who support me: Greg, Benj, Benji, Morgane, and all my friends & students ! I hope you'll like it Kenavo


my Gear :
Ibanez - RG3120
Bogner - Brixton head
Two Notes - Torpédo Live  picks - Jazz III maxi grip ;)
2nd round - French Guitar Contest 2 - Samuel GEORGE - HD

Tony Martinez: Suhr Classic and Axe Fx II - bluesy tone - awesome sounds!

Hey people, quick question with my new Suhr Classic into the axe fx II ... hope u enjoy !!

Suhr Classic and Axe Fx II - bluesy tone

Dhalif Ali:waving some shred to the gig in the sky! killer!!


Pink Floyd Backing Track G Minor - Dhalif Ali

Dallton Santos: Beatriz - Slow, Beautiful, Relaxing, Smooth, Mind

Leonardo Guzman: Second Round - French Guitar Contest 2 - classy entry!

"Purple" - Watch in HD!! Make all the mixing hard work worth!!

This is my first original on YouTube ever :), i wrote it last year then arranged & record it for the first time for this contest with the helping hand of some close and beloved friends who made a terrific job!!, i really hope you like it!!

Written, Programming & Video Edition by Leonardo Guzman
Bass & Mix by Juan Camilo Aleman
Vocals by Luis Fernando Chavez
Reamping by Kris Claerhout
Mastering by Daniel Marin Jaramillo
Thumbnail by Ivan Caceres

"Purple dyed my life
And as my solace slipped away
Beneath my fingers on the floor
Breaking the habit of my soul"

Second Round - French Guitar Contest 2 - Leonardo Guzman

Lee Hodgson: Country Breakdown!

In our third Country instalment this year, Lee Hodgson is back to give you a thorough breakdown. This video package covers key areas of Country Guitar playing, including some classic Chicken Picking, Country Ballad, Country Rock and Country Shuffle. Once again, Lee demonstrates his expertise in this field with some superb solo examples that are perfect for the intermediate guitarist to get stuck into dissecting every single lick.

The backings were created by our good friend Phil Hilborne of WM Studio (who also wrote the backings for Lee's other available Country packages and The Oracle packages). Phil also helped us out by taking care of the filming at his sought after studio too. On top of that, Lee even transcribed these tracks for you personally!

If you want to get deep down and dirty Country style then this is the package for you. In association with Phil Hilborne/WM Studios

Come and check out the previews!

John Norum, Tone Norum: Mediterranean Sundance and Starman (David Bowie) - Norum tour 2013

Mediterranean Sundance (Al Di Meola) - John & Tone Norum tour 2013

Starman (David Bowie) - John & Tone Norum tour 2013
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Siblings John Norum and Tone Norum have successfully toured Sweden and Norway during the spring: Jönköping April 26, Upplands-Väsby April 27, Örebro May 4, Varberg May 11,Arvika May 18, Oslo May 23, Larvik May 24 and Trondheim May 25.
Check what has been said about "John & Tone Norum unplugged" tour on the Facebook note:
The tour DATES page on John's official website has been updated with the YOUTUBE PLAYLIST:
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Starman (David Bowie) - John & Tone Norum tour 2013

Simone Mularoni,Giovanni Matichecchia: Silver Lake - Every Shape And Size the new album

Every Shape And Size out today on music store

Strongly influenced by Dream Theater, Angra and Pain of Salvation the Silver Lake began in 2007 to compose original music. The first self-titled album was released in 2011 by SG Records and sound sas a typical progressive / power metal, with rocky but not aggressive guitars. "Silver Lake" was recorded at Fear Studio in Ravenna and Milu's Rock Lab II in Fabbrico, under the supervision of Simone Mularoni (DGM, Empyrios), Michele Luppi (Secret Sphere) and Gabriele Ravaglia. Just these three artists appear as special guests on the album.

Davide Bertozzi: vocals
Giovanni Matichecchia: guitar
Riccardo Fabbri: keyboards
Luigi Rignanese: bass
Andrea Urbinati: drums

The second Silver Lake album, "Every Shape and Size" was released in 2013 by SG Records again and it’s the dark successor of the band’s first studio chapter. It was recorded between September and October 2012 at Domination Studio, always with the friend / producer Simone Mularoni.

1 Invisible To The Eye
2 Hold Me Close
3 Shaping The Scarlet Flame
4 Guardian Demon
5 The Illusion
6 Basic
7 58
8 Escaping From This Town
9 Nowhere At All
10 Dorian

Silver Lake - Shaping The Scarlet Flame

Rick Graham: ESP LTD AJ-1 Andy James Signature Guitar Review

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Having established itself as a major force in guitars since it first appeared in Japan in 1976, ESP has continued to go from strength to strength, not only just in the superb quality of its products, but also in the popularity stakes due, in part, to a hugely successful series of signature guitars. A mere glance at ESP's artist roster and you'll be greeted by some of the highest profile names - particularly in the heavy metal scene. Guitar Interactive's very own Andy James has now become the latest ESP artist with a signature model and it is this very guitar - the ESP LTD AJ-1 that we have on review here.

For those puzzling over the difference between ESP and ESP LTD, the LTD brand was established in 1996 and guitars brandishing the LTD logo are manufactured in Korea and Indonesia as opposed the more expensive ESP branded instruments, which are manufactured in Japan. So having got that established, let's take a closer look.........

Read the rest of this review here

ESP LTD AJ-1 Andy James Signature Guitar Review With Rick Graham - Guitar Interactive Magazine

Rick Graham: Wampler Dual Fusion Tom Quayle Signature Pedal Review - Guitar Interactive Magazine

Get the full specs and read the complete review in issue 17 of Guitar Interactive Magazine here

What do you do when one of your own team has a signature product up for review? Why, you hand it to one of the others and tell him to show no mercy!Rick Grahamaccepted the challenge.

Having already released a host of successful pedals voiced toward the rock/blues market, Wampler has taken a slightly new direction with their latest release, the Dual Fusion pedal. Built in collaboration with UK fusion player and my fellow GI columnist Tom Quayle, the Dual Fusion offers two pedals in one and is specifically voiced toward the modern fusion player. Unveiled at the recent 2013 NAMM show, the pedal features a whole host of stacking/signal path options giving the user more scope to dial in their sound to their needs.

When you are dealing with a pedal which has two independent circuits, you would expect to be faced with a lot of controls and the Dual Fusion obliges. At first glance it might appear confusing but in reality the pedal is thoughtfully and very logically laid out. Essentially, it's a two channel device, based on the same circuitry as two pedals in Wampler's existing range: the Euphoria and the Paisley Overdrive, but with modifications according to Tom Quayle's specifications. The modified circuitry allows for more transparency, with a tighter and controlled response on the bass frequencies than their counterparts and when stacked, offer further possibilities for tone shaping.

As the pedal is dual channel, you'll find two inputs and two outputs, which, when used in conjunction with the switching control on the pedal itself, enable you to stack the channels as you desire. So, for instance, you can choose to have channel 1 going into channel 2, or channel 2 going into channel 1 or to use each channel separately.

Moving onto the controls, channel 1, which is based on the Euphoria pedal, has volume, gain and tone controls and also has a smooth/fat voicing switch. Channel 2, which is based on the Paisley Drive, has volume, gain and tone controls and has a throaty/natural voicing switch.

For the purposes of simplicity we ran the dual fusion with channel 1 going into channel 2 and set the stacking switch accordingly. Channel 1 sounded very responsive and warm, and with moderate gain settings produced a very transparent sound, which followed my playing dynamics very well indeed. Pushing the gain control a little more, allowed for more bite but the transparency was still evident. Using the guitar volume control also cleaned up the tone beautifully. I was able to get some really nice bluesy lead tones and some lovely cleaner tones just by varying my picking dynamics.

Channel 2 produced slightly more attitude and more gain but still retained that smooth tonal quality. Some great lead tones are to be had here with great sustain and a simple flick of the voicing switch gives access to a slightly more mid-focused sound.

Stacking both channels together gives access to even more gain but never sacrificing the tone along the way. The clarity was always there regardless of which string I was using and even with high gain settings it retained a great level of responsiveness.

I should add that the Dual Fusion comes with a very comprehensive instruction manual/guide, which explains the many options very well. The pedal also benefits from Wampler's '7 day no questions asked' returns policy and a very generous five year warranty.

The Dual Fusion proved itself to be a remarkably versatile pedal and despite its name, is more than capable of producing tones suitable for a variety of musical styles and sounds. The stacking options available coupled with the impressive quality of tones that it is capable of producing make it an exceptionally good pedal. If you are serious pedal user, the Dual Fusion from Wampler is a pedal that should be high on your list of prospective purchases. Quality stuff. Obviously, reviewing products with a fellow GI team member's name on the faceplate is never going to be easy and there will always be some who will assume we were bound to give this newcomer a rave review. All I can say is check out the video! I've reviewed a fair few Wampler pedals for Guitar Interactive and always been equally impressed with all of them. This one is absolutely no exception!

Get the full specs and read the complete review in issue 17 of Guitar Interactive Magazine here

Wampler Dual Fusion Tom Quayle Signature Pedal Review - Guitar Interactive Magazine

Michael Landau,Larry Goldings, Jimmy Johnson, Walt Fowler,Steve Gadd: join Steve Gadd for a new pledge music album

New Album: 'Gadditude' Pledge to pre-order 'Gadditude' in advance + exclusive autographed merch!

Welcome Pledgers!

I’ve been lucky to be a part of some amazing recordings and performances with extraordinary artists like Paul Simon, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Steely Dan, Chick Corea, Stevie Wonder, and many more during the course of my career.

While I love that time on the road with those guys, playing live and in the studio, I also love producing and making my own music. I’ve recorded a few of my own albums over the years, but for this new record I wanted to create something entirely new and different. It was important to me that these songs had good feel and a solid groove. This is my first studio recording as a leader in over 25 years and I’m really excited about it. So, I gathered together some of the best guys I know – Larry Goldings, Jimmy Johnson, Walt Fowler, and Michael Landau to create…Steve Gadd Band.

I’d like to invite you to be a part of the process of putting out our first record as Steve Gadd Band, Gadditude.

Here at PledgeMusic, you’ll be able to watch it all happen, step-by-step, in real time. We’ll have behind-the-scenes clips from the recording sessions, exclusive videos that feature early versions of the tunes, and a rare chance to see what it’s like to be in the studio with us, day by day, as our new album takes shape.

Pledging will open the door to get exclusive signed CDs and merchandise + a digital MP3 album download of Gadditude one week before it’s available everywhere.

And not only will you be helping us put this new record out, but a significant portion of your pledge will go to an incredible organization that I care about deeply, called MusiCares, who provides assistance for music industry people in great times of need.

Thank you for your years of support and being a very special part of Gadditude!

Steve Gadd

Daddo Oreskovich: Daddo JamUp FX Pack

My own FX pack for "JamUp" - one of the best guitar simulation iOS apps out there. The patches presented:

- Crunch/Classic Distortion
- Heavy Metal Rhythm
- Heavy Metal Lead
- Clean
- Acoustic Simulator
- Acoustic Guitar

All patches can be downloaded from JamUp app "shared preset" section.

Copyright note: All music and performance in this video is owned and performed my me. JamUp logo is used with the permission of the "Positive Grid" company.

Daddo JamUp FX Pack

Plus a new lesson

This is a simplified version of my tune "Silver Gate". It is a real challenge to all intermediate guitarists, and great review for every advanced player.

This is classic heavy metal tune with melodic approach, kind of like Marty Friedman-ish style. The key of this tune is accuracy in left hand slides and right hand sweep picking.

In this upper tempo tune, you can improve your string bending, alternate picking, and arpeggio playing skills. One of the most challenging techniques here is arpeggio-sliding, which requires very accurate left hand forth finger sliding.

Have fun and become even better shredder ;-)