Wednesday, 21 August 2013

George Lynch,Pancho Tomaselli: Studio Jam - with free download

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Legendary ESP guitar player George Lynch got together with ESP bass player Pancho Tomaselli (War/PHILM) and drummer Sal Rodriguez (War) at Nightbird Studios for a jam, and we got to be there to record the magic. The result was the formation of a cool musical project called "The Infidels", and here's their jam entitled "Little Eagle"!

ESP Guitars: George Lynch/Pancho Tomaselli Studio Jam

Roberto Restuccia: B minor Soul - time for a coffee break

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B minor Soul/ coffee break by Roberto Restuccia

Richard Hallebeek,Lalle Larsson: Tracking guitars for 'Insomnia' from the cd 'Nightscapes' - ultimate fusion here folks!

Richard Hallebeek,Lalle Larsson: Tracking guitars for 'Insomnia' 
Recording guitars for the track 'Insomnia', that was released last year on Lalle Larsson's CD 'Nightscapes'. I recorded an alternate take on this video for the solo section that goes into a bit of a different direction than the cd version.
This is my first time hearing your playing. It's some of the most interesting and innovative playing I have heard anywhere. Great work!
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Lalle Larsson,Richard Hallebeek- Nightscapes
Lalle Larsson - Nightscapes

:: Tracks ::
1) Insomnia listen mp3
2) A Dream Of A Thousand Weaves listen mp3
3) Rainbow's Gold listen mp3
4) Zero Hour listen mp3
5) Nocturne listen mp3
6) Nightscapes Suite listen mp3
7) Dawn Sheds A Final Tear listen mp3

:: Musicians ::
Lalle Larsson Piano, Keys
Richard Hallebeek Guitar
Stefan Rosqvist Guitar riffs
Jonas Reingold Bass
Michael Wahlgren Drums

Tracking guitars for 'Insomnia' from the cd 'Nightscapes' (Lalle Larsson)

Sam Bell: demos Ibanez Tosin Abasi Model for Nevada Music

Ibanez TAM 8 string demo by Sam Bell for Nevada Music UK. Apologies for the image instability in certain places, can't be helped, if you would like a better look at the guitar, then head down to you're local guitar store and demand a TAM! (Have a TAMtrum...bad joke...)

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Ibanez Tosin Abasi Model Demo - Sam Bell

Widdling on the Ibanez TAM (Tosin Abasi Model)

Fred Brum: I tend to favour cats - puts the hardest questions

Can I still play the Strictly 7 Ola Englund signature comfortably if I'm not a 6 foot 6 blonde viking giant?
You can. It's a large guitar in spite of being comfy, so careful if you're a small dude like me! Haha!

Is fan and subscriber interaction very important for a musician?
I can't say generally as I don't speak on behalf of all musicians. To me, it is crucial - feedback, having a nice community, and being able to chat with the fans are a big part of all this for me. I am not keen on turning the artistic process into some hermit-like state!

what percentage of your fans are male
The majority for sure, although I do have a surprising number of female fans. Guitar stuff tends to be far more of a hose fest! Haha!

Are you going to live in Portugal for the rest of your life?
No idea. It boils down to opportunity, and said opportunities being in places both the mrs. and I can relate to.

hii hi i luv your music !!! ^___^
Thank you very much! :)

Needs more 1's, even though I appreciate your aggressive chugging of open strings!

How do you promote yourself on social media without nude pics?
I simply present my work and have many kind enough to spread the word. There are no big secrets - simply be a nice guy, show your stuff around, interact with the community without the express purpose of selling stuff, and do NOT spam random groups.

Have you ever had long hair?
Yes, for about 7 years. Got fed up with it and cut it short ages ago.

How many hours do you spend on the computer a day? How many of those is work?
Most of the time is work. Need the computers to record, communicate and obviously to code with. All in all. It's something like 12 hours a day or more, 90% of which is work related if not more.

What is your beard to cat ratio?
The Beard to two cats.

geez your questions are pretty civil for an account ...or maybe youre ignoring all the bad ones
Not really having to ignore stuff thus far, but time will tell, I suppose.#

Do you think the benefits that the internet gives to musicians far surpasses the problem of piracy and illegal downloading?
For independent musicians, unquestionably yes, and not because of piracy, but because of the almost impossibility of promoting your stuff abroad without a LOT of money to invest. Piracy itself is wrong, but it was pretty inconsequent in the past - you'd have tapes flying around and when peeps really dug the music and wanted the full quality thing they'd buy the album. Nowadays, you go to random torrent site and get the full resolution FLACs ripped from the CD and the artist sees nothing.

I don't care about the woes of the big record corporations, but whenever an independent artist has his work distributed that way, budget for the next album goes down, money for touring goes down, and it is not infrequent for an artist's work to be shut down due to lack of funds for that reason. Shame, but it's reality.

Would you buy an acoustic 7 or 8 string?
Of course I would! Fell in love with an Emerald guitars acoustic 7 the other day, but alas it isn't for sale. :(

Do you think instrumental metal is very limited compared to metal with vocals? Do you sometimes struggle to create new instrumental tracks?
No, not really - the challenge for me is to keep a track interesting regardless of vocals or not (I really wish vocals would magically make all songs interesting, but alas...). The one potential limitation would be a hummable melody, which you can produce with any instrument, and it's up to you to find a melody you feel is just right. I don't tend to struggle to have ideas in that aspect, to be honest!

What is the greatest all around guitar you've played? The one you would keep if you couldn't afford any others?
No idea, to be honest. I'd need to keep an 8 for sure, which narrows things down as it is, but having to choose among them would be supreme torture.

What was the biggest show you ever played?
Session stuff, 15k people or around that I believe, festivals excluded, as I have no clue of how many were there to see the artist I was with or not.

Do you have an axe fx?
Yeap. I own an Axe FX Standard.

would you go gay for pay
No. I am a heterosexual - how would I magically change my sexual orientation to something it isn't? Not even mentioning selling my body like that, which is against all I stand for.

How do you feel about Bandcamp so far?Very good. The service works very well, fees aren't outrageous, and whatever payment I must do is transparently explained by the company. Also, and quite heartwarmingly so, I noticed the following facts:
- 10% of people downloading the album have contributed and chose to pay for it;
- factoring out fees charged per paid download, the average donation is around the sale price on my site, slightly higher in fact;
Also, more than 35% of on-site listens are integral. I feel really, really happy for this. :)

You are beautifull man , how do i marry ??
You don't as I'm married for all purposes! Thanks for the compliment, though - you're too kind! :)

Have any tattoos?
Yes, I do - more coming later this year if all goes according to plan!

Have you ever been on tour?
Quite a few times! It's par for the course when you work as a musician, especially with the "hired gun" live sessions factored in. :)

Will you do your own mixing and mastering for the next album?
No - I find that I prefer the distance and objectivity a proper producer / engineer will have regarding the songs, not to mention the obvious competence a skilled professional will have which far exceeds mine!

Maybe a personal question but how much money did you earn from your solo album? Is it enough to break even?
The album, contrary to my every expectation, broke even before it was out on preorders for the CD alone. It was cheap to make as it was all done in my place but mixing and mastering, so that kept costs down substantially at the same time the CD printing was covered in said preorder phase as well. I don't know how much its current profit is as I have stuff processed from a number of sources, from online sales to royalties, but it wouldn't keep me from living under the bridge for more than a few months, I'm sure. Haha!
Cats or dogs?
I love animals in general and have cats myself, but I don't see a species as superior, really - I tend to favour cats because of their unique personalities and the way they bond to us with all the nuances. As for dogs, I love their unfaltering loyalty, but I find they can be a bit too dependent, and considering how many times I need to be away from home, that would be needless emotional stress inflicted on the poor thing.

News: coming soon - Victory Amplifiers

Victory Amplifiers -- coming Autumn 2013

The Commander-In-Chief: instrumental tapping song

The first instrumental song by 7 string guitarist/singer/songwriter "The Commander-In-Chief". Filmed in her music room on August 19th 2013.
The song had the working title "the tapping song" since it started out as a tapping exercise she created.
Metal Hammer UK featured her as "1 of 10 modern guitar Gods" in September 2012.
An official Ibanez artist, she plays the prototype Falchion 7, the only of its kind in the world. She is also endorsing EMG pickups, Laney amps, Audix microphones and PreSonus.
Logo created by Bengt Andre Thomassen.

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The Commander In Chief Instrumental nr. 1

Gretchen Menn: Oscar's Guitar Shop Interview

On the 32nd episode of Oscar's Guitar Shop (8-16-13), Oscar meets for the first time Zepparella guitarist Gretchen Menn. We discuss her classical music training, the wisdom of Jimmy Page, rocking out with a violin bow, and being an airline pilot.

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News: Berklee College of Music Partners with iZotope for audio production facilities

Berklee College of Music Partners with iZotope

Berklee chooses iZotope software for audio production facilities

Boston, MA (August 21, 2013) Berklee College of Music, a leading educator in contemporary music and audio technology, has chosen iZotope, a research-driven audio technology company, to outfit its lab and studio facilities with industry leading software products. In addition, iZotope will partner with Berklee for educational events and training opportunities. 

iZotope’s award-winning products Ozone® 5, RX® 2, Alloy® 2, Iris®, Nectar®,Trash® 2, and Stutter Edit® are now available in audio technology facilities accessible to both Electronic Production & Design and Music Production & Engineering major programs. Designed with numerous audio production workflows in mind, these iZotope tools will aid students in their sound design, composition, mixing and mastering activities at the Boston, Massachusetts campus.

“Berklee is a leading educator in both music and audio technology and iZotope has a long standing history of supporting its software tools with additional educational materials such as the Mastering with Ozone and RX Audio Repair guides,” says Scott Simon, Business Development Manager at iZotope, Inc. “It’s exciting to work with an organization whose attention and connection to technology aligns well with our own. To be able to offer our tools to such a diverse group of students is a wonderful opportunity that speaks to our own educational initiatives in audio.”

“Since its founding, Berklee College of Music’s mission has been to help students excel in music as a sustainable career,” says Anthony Marvuglio, Assistant VP for Academic Technology at Berklee College of Music. “We’re happy that iZotope is helping students and teachers at Berklee further their education in music technology fields through award winning software and educational initiatives.”

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About iZotope
iZotope is a research-driven audio technology company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Its award-winning products and audio technologies are in use by millions of people in over fifty countries, from consumers to musicians to major film, TV, and radio studios. Some of the diverse clients include musical giants like BT, Depeche Mode, and RZA of WuTang Clan; radio stations like Boston’s iconic WGBH; and TV programming like CBS’s Survivor, the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, the World Cup broadcast, and the GRAMMY awards. Through an extensive licensing program, iZotope technology is also directly integrated into products made by industry leaders such as Adobe, Avid, and Sony; video games from companies like Harmonix and Ubisoft; as well as a growing number of mobile phone applications. For more information on iZotope products, visit

About Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than 65 years, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world’s first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online. The college’s national after school music program for underserved teens, the Berklee City Music Network, is in 30 cities and counting. A new campus in Spain, Berklee in Valencia, began hosting the college’s first graduate programs in the fall of 2012. With a diverse and talented student body representing nearly 100 countries, and alumni and faculty that have collectively won more than 270 GRAMMYs and Latin GRAMMYs, Berkleeis the world's premier learning lab for the music of today - and tomorrow.

News: Dean Markley announces the release of the new Signature Series strings.


GLENDALE, AZ AUGUST 21, 2013 – Dean Markley announces the release of the new Signature Series strings.  The Signature Series utilizes a nickel plated steel, slowly wound over a hex core with a unique core-to-wrap ratio.  The new series is available in an assortment of gauge sets including Extra Light 8’s, detuned 13’s and seven string.  The new line is available through authorized retailers and distributors.

Quality craftsmanship is a benchmark of Dean Markley and the Signature Series strings strive to exemplify this tradition.  By crafting the wrap wire over a hex core, the wrap wire is able to provide 100% contact with the core insuring maximum transfer of tone and sustain.  The additional benefit of a unique core-to-wrap ratio helps guitarists bend strings more easily while maintaining proper tension and staying in tune during performance.

Long preferred by the majority of rock guitarists and new country players, nickel plated steel provides highly magnetic tones by using a steel core and wrap.  The wrap wire is electroplated with pure nickel.  The steel allows for better output and durability while the nickel provides a softer surface to the players touch, resists oxidation better, is easier on fret wear and helps balance out the overall tone.

MAP for six string sets is $4.99 USD
MAP for seven string sets is $5.39 USD
MSRP is $10.99 USD

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Sam Bell: Widdling on the Ibanez TAM

Sam Bell

Warming up for a big days filming tomorrow, this guitar is immense! (before people ask, its not mine!)
Official Ibanez Guitars USA and Ibanez UK

I am borrowing this Tosin Abasi signature model for a review, here is me messing around with the bridge pick up in coil tap mode. Please excuse the dodgy improv!

Widdling on the Ibanez TAM (Tosin Abasi Model)

Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Barry Goldberg: The Rides available for pre order

Can’t Get Enough, the debut album by blues-rock supergroup The Rides.

The band consists of Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg,

1. Roadhouse
2. That's A Pretty Good Love
3. Don't Want Lies
4. Search And Destroy
5. Can't Get Enough
6. Honey Bee
7. Rockin' In The Free World
8. Talk To Me Baby
9. Only Teardrops Fall
10. Word Game

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Roy Marchbank: nearly 6 years to complete... dreams been realised as Lucky Ferris marches inevitably to completion

Roy Marchbank
Working a final mix of my track Lucky Ferris with Atma Anur Drums/ Percussion Tommy Lockett Bass and Tommy Keane Low Flute/ Uilleann Pipes, its taken 6 years to complete but the dreams been realised and its sounding awesome...mix up soon... completion.

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