Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Rick Graham: Fender Relic Strat - ripped and ripping

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New Fender Relic Strat Tone Test - Rick Graham

News: Free Music Lessons From Rockschool

Free Music Lessons From Rockschool
Rockschool, the rock and pop exam board, is now offering free music lessons via the news section of its website. Each tutorial comes with TAB, video, backing tracks and a list of recommended listening based on the lesson’s subject. A new tutorial will appear every month, focusing on a different aspect of technique or theory for guitar, bass and drums.

The latest lesson is for guitar and shows how students can improve their string bends by target notes. The full tutorial is available to watch and download from the Rockschool site.

Rockschool’s free lessons have been produced by the company's Development Manager James Uings and Editorial Manager Stephen Lawson who worked together on Total Guitar magazine during its most successful period.

This background in publishing combined with James’s many years teaching privately as well as in schools and colleges gives the pair a unique perspective on lesson content and delivery that begins with the student in mind. Instead of concentrating on what the student ought to know, the lessons are planned taking into account aspects of technique and theory that students are proven to struggle with. Focusing on this makes each lesson more valuable both for students and teachers as students can work on weaknesses from the outset and see an improvement in their abilities.

For example, it is well known that students bend strings flat or sharp relative to their target, so the latest lesson trains students step by step how to recognise the target note and improve their string bends by bending in tune.

Another lesson – for bass – shows how easy it is to create a groove simply by using rests.

To find out more please go to where the latest tutorial is available to download. Share with friends by using the links at the top of the page.

Jack Gardiner: Fabrizio Leo Illusion Solo 2010

Meanwhile back in 2010

Jack Gardiner: Hi guys. I've been ridiculously busy over the past few weeks, but I was inspired to work out this solo earlier on today after showing a pupil Fabrizio's work!

Fabrizio Leo Illusion Solo Cover (Jack Gardiner)

Shawn Lane: benefit concert, contact for potential performers at the show

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Shawn Lane 10 Year Memorial Concert at Newby's in Memphis
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Shawn Lane (March 21, 1963 – September 26, 2003)
Guitar World magazine wrote in 2008, "Few, if any, guitarists can play faster than Lane could, and his arpeggio sweeps and precision-picked lines blasted more rapid-fire notes than the average human mind could comprehend."

Mitzi Lane
If anyone is interested in performing for the 10 year memorial Shawn Lane benefit in Memphis in September 2013 please contact Crafton at

Daniele Gottardo: fund raiser, just 55 hours left and €280 to go!

Thanks for all your efforts to date!

€4,733 raised of €5,000€ Goal and just 55 hours left to get it to that €5,000 goal! You can help us make that goal by one of the options from the perk pack,

Here's a reminder from 2012 of Daniele Gottardo's talents.


Terry Syrek: Genesis "In the Cage" keyboard solo! - yep, on guitar!

In The Cage
Guitar version of the classic Genesis "In the Cage" keyboard solo!

Daniele Gottardo: just 3 days left and were $500 short! Come on people!!!

Daniele Gottardo: Vigier stand at NAMM 2013

Laurie Monk Having heard the demos from the upcoming release on my journey to see Jason Becker, I can only say I'm super excited about this landmark release... and you should be too! So let's make this CD happen:

Daniele Gottardo, Franck Hermanny: Guitar Sbrego NAMM 2013