Thursday, 20 June 2013

Alex Hutchings: Wimbledon School of Guitar - clinic and live show - tickets still available for this weekend!

Wimbledon School of Guitar Proudly Presents


Alex Hutchings Live with His New Band and Exclusive Guitar Clinic
23.06.2013, The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12 9HD
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Alex Hutchings - Live in the studio,

Lyle Watt: RUSH - t-shirt.... oooh and New Chapman ML-1

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I got my new Chapman ML-1 today. it's an absolutely fantastic guitar. I went for the trans-black model with the flame maple top, which unfortunately doesn't show up that well in this video, because my camera sucks, and the lighting in my flat is even worse. Anyway, I decided to upload a quick video of me noodling about - it's the first take, warts and all. I really need to practice more. :-D

Lyle Watt - New Chapman ML-1

Alek Darson: Waltz Of Titans - Berklee Guitar Night 2013

Here's my first live performance of this original piece. The BPC looked and felt amazing that night, very much thanks for Jon Finn who you can see talking in the introduction. Couldn't ask for a better announcement. The official studio version of this song will be available on my first EP, which will be out in late September, among 5 other compositions.

Big thank you to my guys:
Drums - Joe Miller VI
Bass - Achal Murthy

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Berklee Guitar Night 2013 - Alek Darson - Waltz Of Titans

News: EASTWEST Announces Quantum Leap Stormdrum 3

EASTWEST Announces Quantum Leap Stormdrum 3

Featuring legendary drummer Mickey Hart

Hollywood, CA (June 20, 2013) – Following nearly a decade of success of Stormdrum 1 and 2, EASTWEST offers up a new collection of superb percussion samples in Quantum Leap Stormdrum 3(SD3). This virtual instrument sets a new standard in percussion sound quality and performance, and it is a must for film, TV, and game development.

Stormdrum 3
 is produced by Nick Phoenix, the creator of the Stormdrum 1 and 2 epic percussion collections, and this latest instrument is the culmination of all things percussion, musicality and big scores. Phoenix collaborated with Mickey Hart, the Grateful Dead’s “rhythm devil” and one of the most iconic drummers in rock history, as well as Greg Ellis, Chalo Eduardo, and Remo from Remo Drumheads. Together, the group captured over 90 gigabytes of all new percussion sounds for SD3.

Recorded in famed EASTWEST Studio A, Phoenix had access to two exquisite private collections of instruments when producing Stormdrum 3: He used the best instruments from Mickey Hart’s private collection, and instruments hand-picked by Remo himself from his personal collection. All performances are by Mickey Hart and master percussionists Greg Ellis and Chalo Eduardo. Ellis, who has worked with world class artists such as Beck, is a highly sought-after session musician for film and television, and has left his musical stamp on movies such as The Matrix: Reloaded, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more. Eduardo is a preeminent percussionist who has worked with Carlos Santana, Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Ricky Martin, and many others.

Stormdrum 3
 features 5 user-controllable mic positions for each instrument (excluding performances), and includes Tempo Synced Percussion performances directed and performed by Mickey Hart, with Greg Ellis, Chalo Eduardo and Nick Phoenix.

Storm Drum 3 includes:
  • Big Drums: large, deep and booming sounds, some more complex in nature. There are some real gems in here from Mickey's magical warehouse of one of a kind hand drums. Highlights in the epic genre here are The Beast, Double Headed Tree Drum, Lord Of Toms Ensemble and Dragon Ensemble.
  • Gongs Clocks Waterphones: These instruments provide the iconic sounds of several gongs and waterphones, some played underwater! The "Clockworks" patches are the result of Nicks field recordings in 6 antique clock shops.
  • Metals: This group includes bells, deep bowls, chimes, and cymbals collected by Mickey on his world travels. Some are well known like the Brazilian berimbau (which is played on a metal wire), others are unusual, such as hammered copper pots and handmade doorstop drums.
  • Shakers: The instruments in this group include several made from naturally occurring objects, such as snake rattles, seed pods, and deer hoofs, in addition to the more common ganza, modern shakers and Mickeys mighty rainsticks. Playability here is key.
  • Small Drums: a very large collection of smaller drums such as bongos, frame drums, and tambourines. Many of the Indian drums in this category are particularly special, such as the tuned tablas and madal. Performance techniques are stellar.
  • Taiko Family: taiko drums ranging from huge to small, many of the sampled instruments came from the collections of Mickey Hart and Remo, others came from the top taiko builders in Japan. They are played both individually and in ensembles.
  • Woods: In this group you'll hear unpitched sounds from wooden resonators; tuned chromatic instruments, such as a gourd marimba and a balaphone; the mighty gourd drum, a playable 12 ft. long redwood tree branch and wonderful scraped sounds, such as the Thailand frogs.   
Stormdrum 3 is the first virtual instrument to include EASTWEST's new PLAY 4 software. In PLAY 4, EASTWEST replaced some third party components; added Avid’s new AAX format that will allow Pro Tools 11 users to use EASTWEST’s virtual instruments 64-bit, greatly improving performance; added new time-stretch software optimized for loops (with sync to sequencer); added a new mixer page (with sub-channels for mic positions), and other new features.

To top it all off, EASTWEST now offers SSL FX from Solid State Logic, the industry leader in mixing technology; and an upgraded EASTWEST reverb.  The new FX section is available as an optional upgrade for all legacy EASTWEST PLAY collections, but will be included FREE for SD3 users. Customers who place a pre-order for SD3, scheduled to ship July 15, will be able to use the FX section for other PLAY collections as an additional bonus. The FX section includes a SSL EQ and Dynamics Channel Strip, Transient Shaper, and SSL’s legendary Stereo Bus Compressor; plus an upgraded "true stereo" reverb from EASTWEST, and new features.

Now, with it’s combination of the new PLAY 4 software, the best sound processing tools available, and world class percussion instruments, Stormdrum 3 is the most advanced percussion virtual instrument to date and a must-have.

Pricing & AvailabilityAvailable on July 15, 2013 for $395.00 at and €295 at (for European customers).

Vince Bigos: River of Longing - dedicated to Jason Becker

River of Longing by Jason Becker, arr. Vince Bigos. Performed at Central Washington University on April 29, 2013

Vince Bigos - guitar
Drew Medak - piano
Ryan Donnelly - bass
Jeremy Ueckert - drums

singers: Amanda Kunz, Brittney Ruiz, Sarah Martinson, Sarah Hemenway, Tara Loth, James Niles, Christian Kunz

Rick Graham: Bluesy on Red

Bluesy Improv on a Strat - Rick Graham
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Davide Montorsi: Illusion solo - Fabrizio Leo tribute

Fabrizio Leo - "ILLUSION" Guitar Solo COVER

Davide Montorsi plays a find solo from Fabrizio Leo

Morten Faerestrand: Carl Martin TOD - Classic Overdrive Pedal

Guitar: Eugen "Mr.Eugen" - Luthier built archtop "strat" style guitar with active EMG pick-ups
Pedals: Carl Martin TOD Overdrive Pedal, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal.
Amp: Carvin Legacy 2, 2x12 combo

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Carl Martin TOD Demo - Classic Overdrive Pedal

Roman Skorobagatko,Kirill Kozlovskiy: ripping promo original

Promo song/video for my friend's studio composed and recorded by me and my friend Kirill Kozlovskiy.

Ernie Ball Music Man JP6 Mystic Dream
Maxon OD-9

Roman Skorobagatko & Kirill Kozlovskiy - Golden Age Records - Promo Video

Roman Skorobagatko: Vinnie Moore - Rain

Here is my favourite tune by Vinnie Moore! Hope you like it!

Vinnie Moore - Rain
from the album The Maze '1999

Guitar: Fender American Standard Telecaster (1994)
Strings: D'addario pure nickel 9-41
Maxon OD-9
Guitar Rig 5
Cubase 5

Vinnie Moore - Rain (cover)

Claudio Pietronik: Workin' over a drum loop - top rippage alert

A free improvisation over a drum loop!

Hope you enjoy it!

Sam Coulson: Modern Rock Soloing jam track package

Modern Rock Soloing

Sam Coulson is one talented young guitarist. He is one of these modern players that can bring many different faces to his improvising. We have seen him play some stunning Rock Blues in his first two series, and now he is back with some hard hitting Modern Rock Soloing that displays an abundance of great ideas. From the first track to the last Sam shows off some fabulously controlled bending techniques as well as some magical runs that are all well placed to these type of tracks. There is a lot to learn here with the bulk of the solos being of an intermediate level. However, there are quite a few advanced licks that creep into the mix as well....practise makes perfect!
The backing tracks themselves are 'in your face' QOTSA style tracks and have been created by Luke Roberts with nothing but jamming in mind. Instant "pick your guitar up and go" and loads of fun!
As ever, the package comes with complete accurate TAB and notation, solo and backing tracks, extended jam tracks and video performances for you to analyse.


 5 solo tracks
 5 solo backing tracks
 5 extended jam tracks
 5 videos
 TAB & Notation in PDF / Powertab

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Marco Iacobini: The Great Rush - Live 2013

From the Marco Iacobini live Tour 2013
a little clip of “The great rush” Live

Marco Iacobini: Guitars
Stefano Sastro: Keys
Mimmo Catanzariti: Bass
Glauco di Sabatino: Drums

Marco Iacobini Live 2013 - The Great Rush

Marco Iacobini: The Sky They'll always be

Michał Budzisz: The drums were yellow - Allan Holdsworth

Allan Holdsworth - The drums were yellow solo
from "The sixteen men of tain"
Just a fragment, just practicing :)

Allan Holdsworth - The drums were yellow

Ethan Brosh,Nili Brosh: House of Blues West Hollywood 2013

Ethan Brosh and his band play "The Hit Man" live at the House of Blues West Hollywood on May 10, 2013. So great to see someone still playing guitar like this. Awesome player. That's his sister Nili on the 7-string.

Ethan Brosh,Nili Brosh: House of Blues West Hollywood 2013

News: Cort NDX-TF

NORTHBROOK, ILLINOIS- June 18 2013 – Cort Guitars announces a limited edition series of guitars featuring the custom artwork of noted artist Stephen Jensen. The series includes the KX5 FR-TF and KX5-TF electric guitars and the NDX-TF acoustic guitar. Each model will be available in limited quantities, built with the finest materials and adorned with the exclusive artwork.

The Cort KX5 FR-TF is a solid basswood body double cutaway featuring white body binding and a Canadian hard maple bolt on neck featuring a 15 3/4” radius, 24 fret, rosewood fretboard with rectangular white pearl inlay. The 25 ½” scale guitar features black hardware such as die cast tuners and a the Double Locking III tremolo system with a single volume and single push/pull tone controls with a 3-way toggle selector for the MB-2F and MB-2R Motherbucker pickups. The guitar comes complete with the D’Addario EXL 110 (10-46) strings.

The Cort KX5-TF is outfitted with identical features of the KX5 FR-TF but has a T.O.M. bridge and string-thru body in place of the tremolo system.

The Cort NDX-TF is a mahogany back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top acoustic guitar with ivory body binding. The 25.3” scale length guitar features a mahogany dovetail neck, rosewood fretboard, white block inlay, Cort’s CE304T EQ with ceramic pickups and the D’Addario EXP16 strings.

MSRP for KX5 FR-TF is $530.00 USD
MSRP for KX5-TF is $459.00 USD
MSRP for NDX-TF is $499.00 USD

For more information, please visit Cort Guitars online at