Monday, 16 September 2013

Kazumi Watanabe: Unicorn solo

It is a really good guitarist. The word is for him a genius

Kazumi Watanabe: Unicorn solo

Kazumi Watanabe & Yosuke Yamashita cycle dish dance

Allan Holdsworth: E Tune on 3 Sat - wild and truly diminished!

How comes this is never on when I tune to that channel?

Allan Holdsworth E Tune

Allan Holdsworths 15 2011 RED ALERT

Lorenzo Venza: 7 strings fusion solo

Lorenzo Venza -7 strings fusion solo
First attempt at playing some funk/fusion stuff with seven strings...I need to improve my skills, but it looks like another funny beginning, in my mind

Steve Vai,Tony MacAlpine: live performance jam sessions

Steve Vai & Tony MacAlpine Live Part 1

Steve Vai & Tony MacAlpine Live Part 2

Ignazio Di Salvo: iPhone impro - the kitchen session... next stop where?

iPhone impro
Noodling with iPhone camera during exercises session in my kitchen :)

Dudley Ross: The Blues Bandits

In a funky blues mood

Jeff Loomis: Rising Force Schecter GuitarFest, Chile 2013

Teatro Municipal de Valparaíso

Jeff Loomis - Rising Force (Yngwie Malmsteen Cover) (Schecter GuitarFest, Chile 2013)

Jeff Loomis - The Ultimatum (Schecter GuitarFest, Chile 2013)

Jeff Loomis - Enemies Of Reality (Schecter GuitarFest, Chile 2013)

Jimmy Smyth: steaming solo for the track Cocaine

Cocaine induced, high octane guitar solo by Jimmy Smyth, but no drugs involved, just inspiration from a classic song by the same name, when Jimmy and the Bogey Boys played a high energy set to an appreciative audience at the Stillorgan Orchard venue in Dublin Ireland, on Friday, August 30th, 2013. Details of band members to follow.

About Jimmy Smyth (extract from BIMM Dublin website): Jimmy has been playing guitar since he was 7 years old, initially with his father's dance bands and later when his growing interest in rock and blues led him to form his own band at school. The first Jimmy Smyth band was formed when he was in his early teens, and opened for Thin Lizzy, Bees Make Honey, Horslips, and Frankie Millar. Some years later, Philip Lynott asked Jimmy to join Thin Lizzy as a replacement for Brian Robertson. Although flattered, Jimmy declined as the "Bogey Boys" debut album was just about to be released. He was a guitarist/singer with The Bogey Boys from 1979 to 1983 and recorded several singles and two albums. He featured heavily in 'Best Guitarist' polls on Hot Press Magazine around this time, alongside guitarists like the Edge and Rory Gallagher. Later, he produced albums for The Spirit of Eden, Bonnie Tyler, Toni Childs, Rob Strong, Don Baker and Frances Black and composed music for the movies When the Sky Falls (2000) and Silent Grace (2002) and for the Fellowship of The Ring (2003) videogame. He has also recorded/played with Roger Daltrey, Curtis Stigers, Chaka Khan, Lisa Stansfield, Van Morrison and Reba McEntire. Jimmy has been Musical Director for RTE TV shows, and regularly performs with the RTE Concert Orchestra, the RTESO, The Ulster Orchestra and many others. Jimmy is very much in demand for touring/recording and, when not on the road can regularly be seen playing rock and roots or Jazz Rock with his Fusion band 'Spectrum'.



Kiko Loureiro: posts cover of new Angra DVD and announces release details

The DVD, entitled Angels Cry, - 20th Anniversary was recorded in Sao Paulo August 25 of this year.

Kiko Loureiro
I'm proud to present the Angra's DVD cover from Sao Paulo show. It will be released in November .

Steven Wilson, Guthrie Govan: Drive Home promo clip

Steven Wilson
Kscope have released a 1-minute clip taken from the forthcoming video for 'Drive Home' directed by Jess Cope, which you can see below.

Steven Wilson's 'Drive Home' set is now available to pre-order on Burning Shed and it will be released in two different editions, DVD+CD and Blu-ray+CD. It features unreleased tracks, videos, live recordings, high-definition audio and a documentary. More information can be found here -

Steven Wilson - Drive Home promo clip (from Drive Home)
from Kscope PLUS 8 hours ago NOT YET RATED

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New 2 disc set from Steven Wilson featuring unreleased tracks, videos, live recordings and high-resolution audio – available on Blu-ray & CD and CD & DVD

Available from October 21st (22nd in US/CA)

In February 2013 Steven Wilson released 'The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)', his third solo album. The album was a huge critical and commercial success, earning numerous 5 star reviews and charting well across the world, debuting at #3 in the German national chart, #28 in the UK top 40, #57 in the US Billboard top 200, #16 in Holland and #17 in Finland.

Prior to these dates, Drive Home, a new audio-visual package will be released as a Blu-ray & CD set and as a CD & DVD set.

The Blu-ray and DVD feature the new video for lead track 'Drive Home' along with the video for 'The Raven That Refused To Sing', both directed by Jess Cope. They also include four tracks recorded live in Frankfurt during the recent tour.

In addition, the Blu-ray and DVD feature audio recordings of two previously unreleased tracks, 'The Birthday Party' and an orchestral version of 'The Raven That Refused To Sing'. 'The Birthday Party' was recorded in LA at the same sessions as the tracks that made up the album while the version of 'The Raven That Refused To Sing' is a new mix that strips the track back to just the orchestra and vocals.

All the songs on the Blu-Ray and DVD are mixed in both stereo and 5.1 sound, including the two audio only titles. The audio on the Blu-Ray is full lossless 96/24 throughout. These tracks are also included on the CD, along with the audio from the live tracks and an edit of 'Drive Home'.

Track listing:

Disc 1 - Blu-Ray (Region 0, NTSC) / DVD:
1 Drive Home (Video) 08:20
2 The Raven That Refused To Sing (Video) 07:49
3 The Holy Drinker (Live In Frankfurt Video) 10:25
4 Insurgentes (Live In Frankfurt Video) 04:30
5 The Watchmaker (Live In Frankfurt Video) 11:52
6 The Raven That Refused To Sing (Live In Frankfurt Video) 08:12
7 The Birthday Party 03:46
8 The Raven That Refused To Sing (Orchestral Version) 07:29

Disc 2 - CD:
1 Drive Home (Edit) 04:08
2 The Birthday Party 03:46
3 The Raven That Refused To Sing (Orchestral Version) 07:29
4 The Holy Drinker (Live In Frankfurt) 10:25
5 Insurgentes (Live In Frankfurt) 04:30
6 The Watchmaker (Live In Frankfurt) 11:52
7 The Raven That Refused To Sing (Live In Frankfurt) 08:12

Steven Wilson's The Raven that Refused to Sing (and Other Stories) named ‘ALBUM OF THE YEAR’ at Progressive Music Awards

Steven Wilson was awarded the prestigious album of the year award for his recent masterpiece The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) at the second annual Progressive Music Awards. The awards, organised by Prog magazine, were presented at a ceremony in London's Kew Gardens. Other winners on the night included Marillion (much of who's catalogue is available on Madfish, Kscope's sister label) who were named 'Band of the Year' and Family who won the inaugural 'Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award' for the 14 CD career spanning boxset. More details on all the winners can be found here.

Tour Dates for 2013

2nd – Melbourne – Billboard – Australia
3rd – Sydney – Metro Theatre - Australia
5th – Brisbane – Tivoli – Australia

15th - Bristol - Colston Hall - United Kingdom
17th - Wolverhampton - Civic Hall - United Kingdom
18th - Newcastle - City Hall - United Kingdom
20th - London - Royal Albert Hall - United Kingdom
23rd - Nijmegen - Concertgebouw De Vereeniging - Netherlands
24th - Leuven - Het Depot - Belgium
26th - Bremen - Pier 2 - Germany
27th - Bielefeld - Ringlokschuppen - Germany
28th - Hannover - Theatre am Aegi - Germany
30th - Dresden - Alter Schlachthof - Germany

1st - Leipzig - Theatrefabrik - Germany
2nd - Vienna - Gasometer - Austria
3rd - Erlangen - Heinrich Lades Halle - Germany
5th - Lyon - Le Transbordeur - France
6th - Bordeaux - Rock School Barbey - France
8th - Madrid - Auditorium Principe Felipe - Spain
10th - Marseille - Espace Julien - France
12th - Lausanne - Les Docks - Switzerland
13th - Bologna - Duse Theatre - Italy
14th - Padova - Geox Theatre - Italy
22nd - Luebeck - Rolling Stone Weekender - Germany
23rd - Aarhus - Train - Denmark
24th - Gothenburg - Tradgarn - Sweden
26th - Helsinki - The Circus - Finland
29th - Poznan - MTP2 Hall - Poland
30th - Zabrze - House Of Music And Dance – Poland

To buy tickets, visit:

Steven Wilson - Drive Home promo clip (from Drive Home) from Kscope on Vimeo.

Jason Becker: On the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle today

Jason Becker ‏@jasonelibecker32m

On the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle today. Thank you so much, Aidin and Leah!
Musician Jason Becker refuses to let ALS silence him

Jason Becker pictured in his home in front of five of his large guitar collection, two album covers painted by his father Gary, and a famous photograph of him at age 19, September 12, 2013 at Becker's home in Richmond, Calif. Becker had already recorded two full length albums before the age of 21 and had just been selected to play guitar for David Lee Roth when he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS and given only years to live. Becker is now confined to a wheelchair without the ability to move or speak. However, with the help of a communication system invented by his father, Gary, in 1996, wherein he only uses his eyes, Becker is still able to compose music and collaborate with other artists. Photo: Leah Millis, The Chronicle

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Aaron Marshall: Seymour Duncan - Slanted Pegasus/Sentient pickups

Aaron Marshall
Yes! My first of their kind custom slanted Seymour Duncan Pegasus/Sentient pickups are ready for my Astral EXR Systems Boden7 :) I can't wait for this guitar to be ready! Huge thanks to Paul De Maio, Ola Strandberg, Scott Marceau and the rest of the Duncan team for helping get these together for me.

Astral EXR Systems
Some firsts of their kind coming soon from our good friends at Seymour Duncan! Slanted Pegasus and Sentients pickups for our Boden7. These are protos. Will also be available in metal casings. Please note these are full on custom shop orders and as such will be considerably more expensive than standard pickups. We'll be announcing formal pricing on these soon..

Derryl Gabel: An Afternoon with Derryl Gabel DVD and 4 notes per string and visualization

An Afternoon with Derryl Gabel DVD

Have you ever wished you could go to your favorite guitar player's studio and look at what gear they're using, settings for amps and FX, and browse their library of books, videos and albums? Me too! Quite often I get asked these questions and a lot more so I made this video for you. In this hour and a half video I cover these topics along with what software I use for recording, practicing, and transcribing. I've included screen shots of all my amp and FX settings so that you can dial them in using your own equipment. For those that have an Axe FX Ultra or the Axe II I have all my patches saved as sysx files for you to simply upload to your unit with no programming needed! I've also included screen shots of the plugin settings I use as well explaining how to record dry while monitoring a wet sound. As a bonus, you'll see footage of me playing one of my favorite solos from a legendary player and I've even included the transcription as well! So sit back and relax while I share with you some information that has taken me years to figure out. Enjoy!


  • Introduction
  • The Gear
  • The Sounds
  • Software
  • Books
  • Videos
  • Albums
  • Solo (Funnels)

Included on the DVD is the transcription of the solo in Power Tab, PDF and Guitar Pro6 formats. I've also included screen shot jpegs of all the settings for my patches and plugins. There are six patches total which includes the patch I created for the special solo! You'll also get the sysx patch files for the Axe FX Ultra and Axe II.

An older video

Derryl Gabel Lesson - 4 notes per string and visualization

Rebecca Scammon,Ray Suhy: Chaotic Negation's dynamic Duo with EMG 57/66 Pickup Demonstration

EMG hooked us up with some killer 57/66 sets and they absolutely rule. Check out the sick tones!

Chaotic Negation - EMG 57/66 Pickup Demonstration

Rebecca Scammon winning the Jägermeister

Shredmeister Finalist, Bangor, ME - Rebecca S.

Find out more about Chaotic Negation:

Michael Lee Firkins: Yep - the new album details

Michael Lee Firkins returns with his new roots-fusion effort, "Yep", a tough-as-nails affirmation, declaration and confirmation of the guitar hero’s wide-ranging artistic vision and technical prowess.

When guitarist/vocalist Michael Lee Firkins first appeared on the national scene he was heralded as instrumental rock’s new Guitar God and immediately labeled the “next big thing.” Music industry vets extolled the virtues of Firkins’ high-octane pick-less prowess, roots music sensibility, and Jeff Beck-inspired whammy bar-driven slide-guitar voicings.

Michael Lee Firkins Talks About "Yep" - His new Album

After five long years, the guitar hero returns with a new album, new attitude and fresh musical perspective.
“In that time I found out what I was capable of as a musician,” says Firkins.

Firkins' new record, "Yep", is an authentic mixture mixture of ballsy blues, sh*#-kickin’ rock, Cajun boogie, and country twang, featuring Gov’t Mule drummer Matt Abts, bassist Andy Hess (Steve Kimock, Gov’t Mule, The Black Crowes), and blues-rock piano and organ man extraordinaire Chuck Leavell (The Allman Brothers Band, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton).

“Chuck was very instrumental in directing everything to make sure it went down right away,” says Firkins. “And, of course, he’s an incredible musician. Chuck could place his hands anywhere on the piano and it would always sound in time.”

The guitar hero’s musical evolution is evident on tracks such as “Back to Where It All Began”, “Long Day”, “Standing Ovation” and the two-part “No More Angry Man.” The title, itself, is a kind of ode to Firkins’ newfound no-nonsense attitude and ability to get on with things.

“I wasn’t looking to make any grand statement with the title of the album or the cover,” says Firkins. “There is a country twang on the record and I wanted people to know that this is it. What you see is what you get."

Multi-flavored tracks, such as “Long Day”, “Out of Season”, “Cajun Boogie” and “Take Me Back” were all recorded live, showcasing the musical interplay between Firkins, Leavell, Abts and Hess.

“What you hear is exactly how they played it,” says Firkins. “They didn’t punch in and do weird overdubs. It’s just those three guys playing together from beginning to end, together live.”

No BS. "Yep" is just straight up roots fusion served by an undisputed maestro of musical ceremonies, who sacrificed aspects of himself to deliver a hard-won message. It’s that simple, that gut wrenching, that deep. And, yep, the album is that damn good.

Thorsten Koehne: Eden's Curse - Evil & Divine

Classic Rock Magazine, Metal Underground are proud to premiere the new video from Eden’s Curse, who return to action with "Evil & Divine" – view it below.

It’s taken from the multinational melodic outfit’s upcoming fourth album Symphony Of Sin, which is released on October 4th (EU) and October 22nd (US) via AFM Records, with October 23rd for Japan via Spiritual Beast.

Symphony Of Sin marks the bands first with new vocalist Nikola Mijic (Alogia / Dreyelands) and new keyboardist Steve Williams (Power Quest / Dragonforce).

Word is that the record picks up where third release Trinity left off, but offers “arguably our most consistent collection of melodic, thunderous songs to date.”

Along with the single they want you to look out for the title track, which features a 46-piece orchestra in an eight-minute epic; and the pop-metal feel of Unbreakable.

Catch Eden’s Curse at Firefest X at Rock City, Nottingham, England on October 18-20.

The band have also re-launched their new website with the Symphony Of Sin design. Please stop by at and check it out, in particular the new profiles for Nikola and Steve.

EDEN'S CURSE - Evil & Divine (2013) // official clip // AFM Records

Xander Demos: will be the guest on Art Sees Diner radio show.

Next Wednesday, September 25, 2013, metal shred guitarist, Xander Demos will be the guest on Art Sees Diner radio show.

Next Wednesday, September 25th at 7pm ET, metal shred guitarist, Xander Demos will be interviewed on the Art Sees Diner show. Tune in at to hear all about Xander's track on the new Guitar Feast compilation CD, as well as his first column with Pittsburgh Music Magazine. Xander will also be promoting his upcoming performances at Skull Fest, Wolf Fest and Rock Harvest II.

Mary LaLuna and Steve Champagne are the voices of Art Sees Diner, a virtual diner, highlighting writers, musicians and artists from around the world. Past guests include AJ Croce, Josey Milner and Susan Day.

Xander Demos is a 2013 International Music and Entertainment Association award nominee for Rock Entertainer of the Year. His debut album, Guitarcadia was mixed by Cj Snare of Firehouse. Xander is also a guitarist for metal legend, James Rivera (Helstar, Malice.) For more information, visit

Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart: Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour CD, DVD and Blu-ray announced


Rush have unveiled details for their first new recording since being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year. On November 19th, “RUSH: CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOUR” will be released simultaneously via Anthem/Roadrunner Records on CD and the companion BLURAY/DVD on Anthem/Zoe Vision/Rounder.

“RUSH: CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOUR” was filmed and recorded last November at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, during Rush’s highly successful Clockwork Angels Tour. The eleven month-marathon world tour crossed North America twice and ventured overseas to Europe in support of the band’s acclaimed 2012 studio release “CLOCKWORK ANGELS.”

In capturing the tour’s electrifying three hour set, “RUSH: CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOUR” pairs Rush classics (“Tom Sawyer,” “The Spirit Of Radio,” “2112″), with a nod to the 80′s Rush era (The Analog Kid,” “Territories,” “Subdivisions”) alongside newly reworked arrangements specifically for the tour featuring the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble (“Headlong Flight,” “YYZ,” “Red Sector A”). The string section marks the first time the trio has brought additional musicians on the road with them. To showcase their latest studio release, the epic set list also features nine tracks off “CLOCKWORK ANGELS.” Other highlights include tracks rarely performed and never before recorded live (“The Body Electric,” “Middletown Dreams”), in addition to three separate drum solos by the incomparable Neil Peart.

Beyond the incredible live performances, the DVD includes a 25-minute tour documentary titled “Can’t Stop Thinking Big”, featuring interviews with all 3 members, exclusive and behind the scenes footage, and offers a glimpse into the inner workings of the Rush tour machine and insight into the band members themselves. Other special features on the DVD include the trio of hilarious shorts created specifically for the tour as well as interviews and outtakes captured during their filming. Additional filmed sketches and a rare soundcheck performance of perennial favourite “Limelight” round out the exclusive offerings.

“RUSH: CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOUR” comes on the heels of Anthem/Atlantic’s September 30th release of “VAPOR TRAILS REMIXED,” a newly remixed version of the band’s 2002 album VAPOR TRAILS and 7-disc boxed set “THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1989-2007,” which features every studio album Rush recorded for Atlantic Records.

Release date: November 19th
DVD (Anthem/Zoe Vision/Rounder)
CD (Anthem/Roadrunner Records)

Set One:
The Big Money
Force Ten
Grand Designs
The Body Electric
The Analog Kid
Where’s My Thing?/ Here It Is! (drum solo)
Far Cry

Set Two:
Clockwork Angels*
The Anarchist*
The Wreckers*
Headlong Flight*/ Drumbastica (drum solo)
Peke’s Repose (guitar solo)/Halo Effect*
Seven Cities of Gold*
Wish Them Well*
The Garden*
The Percussor (I) Binary Love Theme (II) Steambanger’s Ball (drum solo)
Red Sector A*
The Spirit of Radio

Tom Sawyer

Limelight (soundcheck recording)
Middletown Dreams
The Pass
Manhattan Project*

*With the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble

Can’t Stop Thinking Big (25 min tour documentary)
Behind The Scenes (featuring Jay Baruchel)
Interview With Dwush
Family Goy
Family Sawyer
The Watchmaker (intermission tour film)
Office Of The Watchmaker (closing tour film)

Tom Hess: Five Methods For Getting Into The Music Business That Lead To Failure

Tom Hess
Five Methods For Getting Into The Music Business That Lead To Failure
By Tom Hess
Ready to break into the music industry but unsure about what you need to do? Before you will become a highly successful professional musician, you need to get rid of several false beliefs that will cause you to fail in your music career. With this in mind, you might be surprised to learn the following fact about how the music business really works:

Every year, thousands of highly-skilled musicians sent off their music to music companies worldwide. In many cases, the musicians who send their music in to people in the music business have spent years to become the best player on their instrument. However, this does not guarantee that they will get signed to any kind of recording deal. People who work for companies in the music business do not read (or sometimes even ‘open’) all the materials they are sent. This drives many musicians out of the music business entirely because they don’t understand why their musical talent hasn't landed them a recording contract and become frustrated.

On the other hand, there are plenty of musicians who DO become successful in the music industry. Building a fulfilling and profitable music career is actually not as difficult as it may seem. However, the majority of musicians do not succeed because they believe in false ‘conventional wisdom’ about the music industry that ruins their chances of achieving their musical dreams. To break into the music industry and become successful, you must avoid the following music career building approaches that most people consider ‘common sense’:

1. ‘Playing It Safe’ By Working A Full Time Job And Doing Music On The Side
Most musicians think that the only way to break into the music industry is to work at a safe and secure job while pursuing music on the side. In many cases, they are lead to believe that they can only attempt to get into the music industry once they have saved up enough money (many years down the road). Unfortunately, when people use this approach they end up getting stuck working 40 hours per week and never find the time to work on music. After training many musicians around the world to succeed in the music industry, I have seen this happen countless times. The reality is, you only have a finite amount of energy to spend during your day. When you spend it primarily working at a job that is unrelated to music, you will not have any left to go toward making progress to become a successful professional musician. The worst part is, musicians who take this approach fail to become successful in music and feel a lot of regret and resentment later on in life. There is nothing worse than this.

To build a successful long-term career in the music industry, you make your music career your #1 focus and plan for it accordingly. If you work a lot of hours at your job and have little time to pursue your musical goals, there is a problem. In fact, many musicians have been in this same situation and gone on to become professional musicians. You too, can overcome this. The best way to break into the music industry while working a full time job is to create a backup plan centered around your main music career goals. This plan should gradually help you transition away from your job in a safe and secure manner while giving you more time to work on music AND keeping you financially stable along the way. Find out how to do this for yourself by watching this video about how to become a professional musician.

2. Modeling Your Music Career Based On The Advice Of Those Who Have Never Succeeded In The Music Business
While looking for ways to make it in the music industry, you have probably been given advice by friends, family and other people you know. Although most of these people have good intentions behind the advice they give you, their opinions about becoming successful in the music industry will often do much more harm than good since they have never really been successful professional musicians.

Consider this: Asking people for music career advice (when they have never actually succeeded in the music business) is like training for a marathon with a trainer who hasn't run a mile in his life or asking your dentist for legal advice. Additionally, asking advice from musicians who attempted to succeed in music (and failed) is equally as dangerous for your music career. Although these people are perfectly willing to tell you how you should build your music career, they do not really have the authority to do so – they will only lead you down the same path they took (which ended in failure).

Truly successful musicians do not build their careers from the ‘conventional wisdom’ of people they know or amateur musicians who never made it. They work together with a mentor who has already achieved great success and can use his experience to help them effectively reach their music career goals.

3. Uploading Your Music To Different Websites Online To Earn Money And Get ‘Discovered’
One of the biggest questions musicians ask themselves when it comes to building a successful music career is “How do I get my music out there?” Most musicians believe that the answer to this question is uploading your songs to various websites online and waiting to ‘get discovered’ by new fans and people in the music industry. In reality, musicians who use this approach will only get their music heard by a handful of people at best (and NOT by the ‘right’ people who need to hear it) and will never earn a lot of money in the music industry. Here’s why:

  • They do not know how to effectively promote their music.
  • They don’t already have a massive following of fans who are ready to buy their music as soon as it is released.
  • There is no strategy behind what they are doing. They don’t know how to gain new fans or turn their current fans into people who will spread their music to others through word of mouth.
  • They have no strategy for making a living through music using many different streams of income at once.

Musicians who achieve the greatest success in their music careers do NOT merely upload their music online and wait around to get discovered. They create a strategy for working toward their musical goals while raising their personal value in the eyes of other in the music industry (by expanding their fan base and building other important music business skills). After doing this, they simply approach the companies they want to do business with and negotiate a partnership that will bring the most benefit to both sides of the deal. Learn more about how to get a record deal.

4. Thinking That A Degree In Music Will Help You Become Successful In The Music Business
Many musicians think that going to university to get a degree in music is a great way to break into the music industry. In reality, going to university for music may increase your musical knowledge, but it will NOT guarantee your success as a professional musician. Here’s why:

a)   Most music courses do not cover the specific topic of ‘how to build a music career’. Even if you take classes about music business, they will only present you with a general model of how the music business works. They will NOT show you exactly how to build a successful career for yourself (by keeping your personal goals in mind). In fact, there are tons of musicians who graduate from big music universities only to realize that they are still clueless when it comes to actually earning a living through music. If you go to university with the intention of getting into the music business with a degree, you will ‘at best’ learn a lot about music – but end up back at square one in terms of building a music career. At worst, you will also have enormous amounts of fees and debts to pay back.

b)   The overwhelming majority of musicians and music companies will never ask you if you have a music degree or not... because they don’t care. Instead, they want to see that you can help them build their own music careers and offer them the resources to achieve their goals faster and more efficiently (note: this goes way beyond simply being able to play your instrument). See how valuable you are to successful musicians and companies in the music industry by completing this free assessment about what the music industry is looking for.

The truth is, most musicians who have built successful careers never graduated with a degree in music. They became highly successful because they received music industry mentoring from someone who had already achieved the goals they wanted to achieve (and could effectively guide them toward those goals in as little time as possible).

5. Trying To Get Into The Music Business Alone
One of the most difficult ways to build a career in music is to try to do it alone. While using this approach, you are forced to advance your career through either trial-and-error or by copying what other people do. Without the training of an experienced and successful mentor, you will drastically decrease your chances of taking the right actions to move your career forward in the direction you want. Additionally, copying what others do will not help you because what works for them may not work for you (in your specific situation). When these approaches don’t work you will either:

a)   Stop trying to break into the music industry and continue working at a full time day job for the rest of your life.   OR...
Spend many years trying to succeed in the music business while becoming increasingly frustrated because you can’t seem to make any progress.

If you are committed to breaking into the music business and earning a great living as a pro musician, it is crucial that you find a music industry mentoring program and work with a successful mentor as soon as possible. By doing this, you will reach your musical goals in much less time and finally be able to make a good living as a musician.

Complete this assessment about what the music industry is looking for in you to learn what you need to do to begin working together with successful musicians and music companies.

About The Author:
Tom Hess is an electric guitar teacher and musician success coach. As a professional music career coach, he works with musicians around the globe to help them learn how to build a career in music. Find out more by checking out this free music career assessment and reading these free music career building articles.

News: former lead singer of Marillion, will embark on an extensive 13-date UK tour in May 2014

FISH, the critically acclaimed progressive rock singer/songwriter, and former lead singer of Marillion, will embark on an extensive 13-date UK tour in May 2014.

Billed as "The Moveable Feast Tour" the UK trek is named after his new album "A Feast Of Consequences", which is exclusively available for pre-order from the official Fish website Tickets, priced £22.50, go on sale from Monday 16th September, and can be booked via,, or the 24 Hour hotline: 0844 478 0898.

Fish will perform songs from the new album, as well as his solo album tracks, including early Marillion classics. For the full press announcement and downloadable photos,

Sheffield City Hall (May 2)
  • Liverpool o2 Academy (May 3)
  • Durham Gala Theatre (May 4)
  • Wolverhampton Robin (May 6)
  • Norwich Waterfront (May 8)
  • London Islington Assembly Hall (May 9)
  • Cardiff Globe (May 10)
  • Bristol Fleece (May 11)
  • Brighton Concorde (May 13)
  • Exeter Phoenix (May 15)
  • Northampton Roadmender (May 16)
  • Holmfirth Picturedrome (May 17)
  • Glasgow o2 ABC (May 18)

News: October issue of Premier Guitar is available

News: October issue of Premier Guitar is available

  • Josh Smith
  • Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi
  • Russian Circles
  • Gov't Mule

News: Berlin set to release new album and US tour dates

(Los Angeles, CA) BERLIN, the groundbreaking synth-electro-pop band fronted by the enigmatic TERRI NUNN, will release their seventh studio album, Animal, tomorrow - September 17th via Something-Music/INgrooves Fontana. Animal incorporates modern electronic dance music, yet remains true to the groundbreaking synth-electro-pop sounds and amazing vocals that continue to define BERLIN.

Animal is the result of NUNN’s re-ignited love affair with current electronic music, and the feeling that BERLIN could make a unique statement in the EDM [electronic dance music] milieu. “It’s still my favorite medium. I’ve loved it since I met John [Crawford, original Berlin bassist) in 1979, when he wanted to bring electronic music to America, because it wasn’t here yet,” she recalls.

To celebrate the album’s release, NUNN and her band will be the special guests of The Grammy Museum for an intimate Q&A conversation discussing the new album and Berlin’s career. As part of The Drop: Berlin will be the latest program to broadcast live on AXS TV, the premier television destination for live events, breaking news and as-they-are-happening trends in the worlds of pop culture, music, fashion and entertainment.

BERLIN will forever be recognized as the American progenitor of electro-pop artistry with sensually appealing lyrics. Few bands emerging from the era of BERLIN have achieved as far-reaching and long-lasting an impact and, rarely, such a timeless array of musical grooves. The Los Angeles-based band made its first national impression with the provocative single "Sex (I'm A...)" from the platinum-selling debut EP Pleasure Victim in 1982. “The Metro” and “No More Words” were also chart toppers, but it was the unforgettable, intimate, and strikingly beautiful love song, “Take My Breath Away” that took the band to another level. The ballad’s defining role in the Tom Cruise film, Top Gun, helped solidify BERLIN’s everlasting place in American pop-culture. The song was a #1 international hit and received both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for “Best Original Song” in 1986.

Richard Blade, celebrity DJ and authority on Big ’80’s music, has christened the album by saying “…quite honestly, it's great. I think her best since "Pleasure Victim". The title track "Animal" rocks plus there are two incredible ballads on it and some terrific EDM style cuts. Plus the cover is SMOKIN' HOT!"

Since the band’s formation, TERRI NUNN and BERLIN have received a total of twelve gold and platinum album awards and NUNN’s unyielding influence has earned her the #11 spot on’s “100 Greatest Women in Rock.” Currently, NUNN also hosts the radio show Unbound with Terri Nunn on 88.5 FM KCSN Los Angeles with co-host Wendy Liebman. During the show, the two provide their listening audience with a Saturday night soundscape of great music, interviews and NUNN’s personal take on a wide variety of lively topics.

A major fall tour will be announced shortly. Joining NUNN on the road will be Carlton Bost on guitars (Orgy, Deadsy) keyboardist, Dave Schulz (Goo Goo Dolls, General Public) and long-time drummer, Chris Olivas.

BERLIN on Tour:

  • September 17 Grammy Museum Los Angeles, CA **
  • September 21 Honda Center – JACK FM show Anaheim, CA
  • September 28 South Carolina Pride! Festival Colombia, SC
  • October 10 Belly Up Solana Beach, CA
  • November 15 Trees Dallas, TX
  • November 16 Austin Fan Fest Austin, TX
**Special Engagement – American Express pre-purchase not open to buying public
More dates TBA

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