Saturday, 31 August 2013

Fred Brum: the Atonement is in the beard

Fred Brum 
Fred Brum Atonement was completed as an album around this time 2 years ago - damn, time flies! As such, and given how people have supported me and continue to do so, here it is in a "name your price" format. Yes, you can get it for FREE if you want!

Thanks for all the support and wish me luck in these final stages of making Transcendence a reality!

From Musikmesse 2013

Jason Becker: special Labor day discount for The Not Dead Yet movie and music fundraiser

Jason Becker
So we're having a Labor Day weekend special for The Not Dead Yet movie and music fundraiser to End ALS...Here's your chance. If you want to get a discounted $30 ticket for the show, go to the site and in the "Coupon Code" type in "CACOPHONY".....all caps. And you'll have a limited time to get a $30 ticket. Tell your friends. Offer ends Monday evening, or when a limited number of tickets are sold.

Kiko Loureiro: Dilemma,Conflicted - clinic Mexico 2013

Dilemma,Conflicted - clinic Mexico 2013 posted by guitar fans on FaceBook

KIKO LOUREIRO - Dilemma (Clinica /Mexico 2013)

KIKO LOUREIRO - Conflicted (Clinica / México 2013)

Bub Zulu: second 60 second solo

Nice take from Bub Zulu

second 60 second solo

60 Second Solo Contest

Carl Martin FX Guitar Competition - Bub Zulu

David Wallimann: points out YouTube change that will affect ALL future youtube guitar competitions

The newest service to face discontinuation by Google is the video response system from YouTube. Google has decided that the feature will be axed on September 12 this year.  A very low percentage of uptake of less than 0.0004 percent has forced Google to axe the feature from YouTube.
 The team is focused on enabling you to share video links in comments. Doing this in comments will let creators and viewers add more context to a video, and more context should drive more engagement. In the meantime, you can continue to encourage fans to upload videos with specific titles, hashtags or descriptions (e.g., Video Response To Taylor Swift's Video "22"), so you can find these by searching for them. If you want to highlight them, you can use playlists and channel sections instead of displaying these videos below yours. Any video responses you or your fans have made will still be available and discoverable.

Youtube is removing video uploads on September 12th. If you are not able to add a video as a video response for the 60 seconds guitar solo contest, use the form at
Good luck!

Full contest details at

60 Second Solo Contest - Important Update!

Brent Mason: Country Shuffle Solo

Learn some licks out of just one of the many guitar solos Brent Mason covers in his Nashville Style Country Guitar series for JamPlay members. Grab your thumb pick, make sure the rest of your fingernails are in ship shape and get ready for some boot scootin'! Brent Mason's full series features over 20 lessons on a variety of topics including the breakdown of his unique finger picking technique, how he uses the Nashville Number System and his thoughts on "playing for the song". He also covers numerous typical country rhythms that he made famous while recording with artists like Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn and many more. Become a member and view the entire series at

Check out Brent Mason's Series Introduction here on YouTube:

Take a lesson from JamPlay's DJ Phillips:

JamPlay also has lessons from Country session player Guthrie Trapp:
Brent Mason's JamPlay Country Shuffle Solo

Nashville Style Country Guitar with Brent Mason

Fayeed Tan: floating some cool fusion licks over Martin Miller's "You Too"

Just a simple solo over Martin's backing track which I purchased over at JTC.

Enjoy :-)

FT solo over Martin Miller's "You Too"

GyuHo Lee: Bulb style backing track - Improvisation

some tasty soloing over a Bulb (Misha Mansoor) style backing track

Bulb style backing track - Improvisation

Toomas Vanem: great Tapping and Sweep picking lesson

Hi Mates,
I am writing/producing a series of guitar video lessons, based on my own compositions and guitar solos. So for someone who in curious, how I play some of my stuff, this material may be inspirational/educational ... whatever, to discover and master those techniques that 21-st century guitar players use a lot.

The first one is tapping and sweep picking exercise, in a key of C major, and it starts with a tapping melody, that is taken from my composition "Birthday Illusions"- from my forthcoming solo release.
I split this particular lesson into four sections, so you can learn those sections slowly and practice every phrase to the perfection.

As a matter of fact, we have some odd timing signatures ( 5/8 ) here at our lesson, check them out as well!
The chord changes for this lesson are:

// Am9 / Am9 / G2 / G2 / FM7 / FM7 /
/ BbM7 / BbM7 / FM7 / FM7 //
// Am9/E / Am9/E / Eb2 / Eb2 /
/ F#2 / F#2 / Eb2 / Eb2 / C2 / C2 /
/ Am11 / Am11 / FM7 / FM7 /
/ F/G / F/G / CM7 //

Special thanx goes to Mr. Martin Miller for that major seven FM7 chord tapping arpeggio idea ( bars 9-10 ). I don't know, is this monster his original? ...but I got it from him, so thanx Martin. You can expand this tapping arpeggio idea to another kind of chords ... which we are going to talk later.
The main point is, you should/must do your own tricks/mystery/stuff on your guitar, but to be able to do that, you have to master certain amount of technique and knowledge ... the rest is up to you.
And don't listen to anyone who says "Man you sound different/...I don't understand what/why you are playing " -- It is cool to sound different!

So like one of my favorite guitar player said, "Grow Your Own Moustache"!

P.S. backing tracks & tablatures available at

Guitar Extravaganza Lesson1 - "Tapping & Sweep picking"

Toomas Vanem - "Lonely Proton"

Toni Martinez: Summer Special Licks 3 with Tony

Hey guys, welcome to the third video about rock licks !!! I m gonna play some tapping licks in the key of A ... Hope you enjoy this one !!!

Summer Special Licks 3 with Tony

Mario Camarena: Yee - complete with pornstache

Mario Camarena,Erick Hansel: Newborn Sun
Mario Camarena: Yee - complete with pornstache and fart hat :)


Dave Sharman: Andromeda - the tapping tour de force from Exit Within

'Andromeda' from Dave Sharman's second studio album 'Exit Within'
Buy 'Exit Within' on iTunes:
Dave's new album Evolution Machine out now on iTunes!
Official website:


Dave Sharman - Andromeda - Incredible guitar tapping

Doug Steele: Dean Wells inspired Stacked 5 note arpeggios

Stacked 5 note arpeggios
Inspired by jamming with Dean Wells just once! That guy is on a high end pro level, believe you me. Check his channel:

Rick Graham,Luca Mantovanelli: internet blues jam

A distant jam with Rick from his ''practice room'' series.. hope you'll like! :)

Rick Graham:

Luca Mantovanelli:

Google+ :

Rick Graham & Luca Mantovanelli - blues jam

Sally Gates: Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon on bandcamp

Sally Gates: Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon on bandcamp
1.Xoxotic 05:24
2.Those Of Non-Being 05:05
3.Crystal Prisms 05:23
4.Tragic Orbit: A Doomed, Cosmic Starship 06:40
5.The Church Warden Procedure 08:25

Sally Gates: Strange Transmission
released 02 August 2013
Randy Piro - Guitar/Narration
Sally Gates - Guitars
Jason Ledgard - Bass
Mike Pena - Drums

Robert Fripp,Bill Bruford,John Wetton: Red - audiophile King Crimson vinyl reissue

Red is the fourth in a series of audiophile King Crimson vinyl reissues.

Newly cut from masters approved by Robert Fripp, this super-heavyweight 200gm vinyl re-issue is housed in a reprint of the original sleeve and contains bonus MP3 codes giving access to a download of a transfer of an original 1974 pressing (Robert Fripp's personal file copy).

One of the most powerful and influential albums in the band's remarkable career.

Side One:

1. Red (6:20)
2. Fallen Angel (6:00)
3. One More Red Nightmare (7:04)

Side Two:

1. Providence (8:08)
2. Starless (12:18)

- Bill Bruford / drums
- Robert Fripp / guitars
- John Wetton / bass, vocals


- Mark Charig / cornet
- Mel Collins / soprano saxophone
- David Cross / violin
- Ian McDonald / alto saxophone
- Robin Miller / oboe

Steve Hackett,Steve Rothery: Genesis Revisited - Live at Hammersmith

Genesis Revisited - Live at Hammersmith captures a one-off Steve Hackett Band performance of a variety of 1970s Genesis classics, and includes special guests, Nik Kershaw, John Wetton, Jakko Jakszyk and Marillion's Steve Rothery.

A 3CD and 2DVD (with 5.1 sound) box set, pre-order now for 21st October release.

DVD 2 comprises a 'behind the scenes' featurette.

Pre-order now for 21st October release date.

CD 1:

1. Watcher of the Skies (9.12)
2. The Chamber of 32 Doors (5.39)
3. Dancing with the Moonlit Knight (7.37)
4. Fly on a Windshield (3.34)
5. Broadway Melody of 1974 (3.19)
6. The Lamia (9.04)
7. The Musical Box (11.30)
8. Shadow of the Hierophant (10.14)
9. Blood on the Rooftops (5.45)


1. Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers (2.10)
2. In That Quiet Earth (5.03)
3. Afterglow (4.28)
4. I Know What I Like (6.15)
5. Dance on a Volcano (6.14)
6. Entangled (6.44)
7. Eleventh Earl of Mar (7.49)
8. Supper's Ready (27.34)


1. Firth of Fifth (10.33)
2. Los Endos (6.22)


1. Watcher of the Skies (9.12)
2. The Chamber of 32 Doors (5.39)
3. Dancing with the Moonlit Knight (7.37)
4. Fly on a Windshield (3.34)
5. Broadway Melody of 1974 (3.19)
6. The Lamia (9.04)
7. The Musical Box (11.30)
8. Shadow of the Hierophant (10.14)
9. Blood on the Rooftops (5.45)
10. Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers (2.10)
11. In That Quiet Earth (5.03)
12. Afterglow (4.28)
13. I Know What I Like (6.15)
14. Dance on a Volcano (6.14)
15. Entangled (6.44)
16. Eleventh Earl of Mar (7.49)
17. Supper's Ready (27.34)
18. Firth of Fifth (10.33)
19. Los Endos (6.22)

Region 0, NTSC, 16:9, Dolby digital 5.1.


1. Behind The Scenes (37:24)

Region 0, NTSC, 16:9, Dolby digital 5.1.

Steve Hackett - Guitars
Roger King - Keyboards
Nad Sylvan - Vocals
Lee Pomeroy - Bass & Twelve String
Rob Townsend - Saxophone, Woodwind

Special Guests:

Nik Kershaw - Vocals
John Wetton - Vocals
Amanda Lehman - Vocals, Guitar
Steve Rothery - Guitar
Jakko Jaksyzk - Vocals

Joe Bonamassa: Miss You, Hate You Official video

Joe Bonamassa - Miss You, Hate You OFFICIAL Music Video

Jikki,Billy Sheehan: interview by Jikki during the recent recording session

Jikki 2nd Album 「いろはうた / Transient」メイキング映像 第4弾です。
Recording footage of Jikki's 2nd album "いろはうた / Transient".
3月、The Cave にて、ビリー・シーンとパトリック・カッチアへのインタビュー。
Jikki interviewing Billy Sheehan and Patrick Caccia in March, at The Cave in Los Angeles.

Jikki Interview Billy Sheehan, Patrick Caccia 1/4

Gretchen Menn,Kirsten Menn,Jason Becker: recording session with Jason Becker

Gretchen Menn

In the studio with Kirsten Menn and Jason Becker. Kirsten is doing gorgeous vocal tracks for a new (and totally gorgeous) composition by Jason! — with Kirsten Menn and Jason Becker.

Kirsten Menn
I spent an amazing day in the studio with my gorgeous and outrageously talented sister, Gretchen Menn, working on a track from her amazing upcoming album. This one is going to be a knock out!
We are going back today to work on tracks with the ridiculously brilliant and inspiring Jason Becker (who will be coaching me through a couple of his latest masterpieces) and then the unbelievably gifted Daniele Gottardo II via Skype. Sounds like it's going to be a memorable day!

Martin Miller: Guitar Solo on "Fresh Ducks" - yes it's Miller time again!

Download the album, official backings and TAB now from:

Buy the CD here:

Since his introduction to the JTC roster in January 2012, Martin Miller has been one of JTC's most regular contributors. With his consistently inspirational solo examples as well as superbly produced and thought through backing tracks, it was without a blink of an eye that we wanted to put his long awaited debut album 'The Other End' through our JTC Records label and platform.

This superb album shows just how versatile a player Martin is as you are captivated through a near on hour long masterclass of musical styles and hi-end production.

Martin Miller: The Other End

Martin says:

"I'm so excited, that after all these years, this album finally sees the light of the day. Looking back, I can't believe how many hours of work and dedication the contributing members and I have put into this product. It's like half my life so far has been captured on a CD. I genuinely hope you guys like the album and you can feel the passion and emotion that went into it."

The package comes in three options. The album on its own, the official backings with TAB on their own and the deluxe edition that contains the full album and the complete official album backing tracks plus TAB for 5 of the tracks, including Nervous Opus, An End In Itself (Live In The Studio Version), Plush Door, Fresh Ducks and Forever Eternal. Also included is a bonus video performance of An End In Itself, which is the version that we transcribed.

This album stretches the boundaries of what instrumental guitar music is about and there is a whole load of learning to do here. Master the incredible solos and become Martin while you jam over the official album backings.