Monday, 30 September 2013

Bryan Baker: Bryan Baker 4 Live in Sweden - crazy improvisation skills

Part one of a two part video featuring highlights from a performance during a recent tour of Sweden from Bryan Baker and his band formed while on the Sweden tour.

The Bryan Baker 4 Live in Sweden Part 01

Part two of a two part video featuring highlights from a performance during a recent tour of Sweden by Bryan Baker and his band formed while on the tour.

The Bryan Baker 4 Live in Sweden Part 02

Ian Crichton: Spin It Again - Saga Live In Munich

Ian Crichton: Spin It Again - Saga - Live In Munich

The new official double live CD (also available as DVD and Blu-Ray) by Canadian prog rockers SAGA, to be released by earMUSIC in September 2013. Filmed and recorded in Munich during the final night of the successful "20:20" tour.

'Anywhere You Wanna Go'
'Mouse In A Maze'
'Careful Where You Step'
'The Perfectionist'
'You're Not Alone'
'Spin It Again'
'The Flyer'
'Fish Beat'
'Six Feet Under'
'The Cross'
'Time's Up'
'Scratching The Surface'
'Tired World (Chapter 6)'
'Humble Stance'
'On The Loose'
'Wind Him Up'
'Don't Be Late (Chapter 2)'

Order now: 2CD: | DVD: | Blu-ray:

"Spin it Again -- Live In Munich" will be released as 2CD, DVD and Blu-Ray on September 27th, 2013 via earMUSIC.

Saga's historical singer Michael Sadler surprised everybody rejoining the band just a few days before the recording of their recent studio album "20/20" took place. All of a sudden the magic was back.
With this album, Saga charted in the German top 10, sold out nearly 20 concerts in Germany and brought its music into cities and countries where they had never been before.

2012 and 2013 have been very intense years for Saga.
The joy of the original band being back together again, the warmth of the audience and the critical acclaim were accompanied by hard moments on the road and private tragedies...
"Spin it Again", recorded and filmed in Munich, historically a second home for the Canadian prog rockers, features recent songs as well as all the Saga classics.
Two hours of prog and melodic hard rock at its best.

Michael Sadler declares: "After nearly 5 years apart, this show celebrates SAGA as we are, together again. Filmed at the end of our European 20/20 tour, it captures a truly special night among friends. This film not only serves as a reminder to those of us that were there, it also allows others a glimpse of what we do, LIVE."

Ian Crichton adds: "We've played Munich for many years, it keeps getting better... Munich, ich liebe dich!!"
SAGA "Spin It Again - Live in Munich" on 2CD / DVD / BLU-RAY - OUT SEPTEMBER 2013

Saga "On The Loose" Live from "Spin It Again - Live in Munich" OUT September 27th 2013

Saga "Spin It Again" Live from "Spin It Again Live in Munich"

Rick Graham: Entrevista interview - equipment discussion

My first international interview with British guitarist Rick Graham.

Entrevista com Rick Graham (Interview with Rick Graham)

Oz Noy,Don Peretz: Manufactured Region - Album from hours of organic improvisation in the studio

From hours of organic improvisation in the studio Don Peretz in collaboration with Oz Noy release Manufactured Region (EP) on the Deepdig label (DDR -103). The five - track release is an electronica/fusion soundscape of studio dual -improvisational performances, merged with industrial textures of electronic music.Composer/Drummer Don Peretz, influenced by his progressive jazz roots and modern electronica works from the duo’s intrinsic, improvised studio performances as the heart for which the electronic textures serve. The result is a soundscape producing inspired, cerebral musical performances, within a social statement.

Oz Noy,Don Peretz: Manufactured Region

1 Bundled
2 Groomed
3 Logos
4 Manufactured Region
5 Post Producing

Don Peretz and Oz Noy

Chris Taylor: Nocturnal - crazily good fusion - check out the slide work

Marc Guillermont "Chris Taylor - One of today's most inventive & talented musician....yes, I know what I'm saying..."

Chris Taylor

The title track from my disc "Nocturnal" Thank you to Ric Fierabracci (Bass) and Joel Rosenblatt (Drums) Big up to Carolyn for the great footage and putting up with my amateur directing skills. Special thank you to Robert Schwieger for shooting the great upright bass footage of Ric out in L.A.


You Know What I'm Saying? from my CD Nocturnal (Abstract Logix 2011)
Steve Tavaglione-Soprano sax
Gary Novak-Drums
Scott Kinsey-Synth
Ric Fierabracci-Bass
Chris Taylor- Guitars, Keyboards and programming
Mixed by Chris Taylor & George Whitty
Mastered by George Whitty

Chris Taylor: Nocturnal

Chris Taylor: Nocturnal / Featuring Scott Kinsey|Gary Novak|Steve Tavglione|George Whitty|Ric Fierabracci

Track 1 Voices in My Head
Track 2 Ear to the Rail
Track 3 Nocturnal
Track 4 You Know What I am Saying
Track 5 Green Divided by Blue
Track 6 All of Us
Track 7 Bela
Track 8 Recluse
Track 9 Here to There
Track 10 Odd Hours

You Know what I'm saying?

Ayman Mokdad: look what mama laid - Orange Jam

2 takes over this great backing track from Jamtrackcentral. Some more to come ;)
They start the same, but evolve differently.
I'm using an EVH Wolfgang plugged into the following tone chain:
-Suhr Shiba drive
-Orange Dark Terror (used with a very low gain)
-Torpedo Two Notes
-Motu Ultralite mk3

Ayman - Orange Jam

Mika Tyyskä: Mr Fastfinger - Wishaw Guitar Lessons - Expressive Lead Guitar

Saturday, 7 December 2013 12:00

Wishaw Guitar Lessons are delighted to present Mr Fastfinger(Mika Tyyska) in an exclusive all day guitar workshop.

The class is titled Expressive Lead Guitar and 15 lucky guitar students will spend a day with Mika learning about this all important and often overlooked aspect of guitar playing.

Mika is going to show you how to master the fretboard in the shortest possible time and then he is going to show you how to turn that knowledge into actual music!

The class will cover:

  • Fretboard Mastery - Learn a simple 3 step method of learning the guitar fretboard.
  • Signature Techniques
  • Improvisational Tools
  • Expression & Feel - How to turn notes into actual music and more!

This is going to be a fantastic day for 15 lucky students and it will also be our last workshop of the year. Join us afterwards in Girdwoods Lounge for an evening of live music featuring a solo performance from Mr Fastfinger himself!

More info and tickets at

Mr Fastfinger : Expressive Lead Guitar with Mika Tyyska - Exclusive Scottish Workshop 07/12/13

Mika Tyyskä: Mr Fastfingers Stringweaver

News: Institute of Contemporary Music Performance Invests in Increased Space, Improved Facilities and New Equipment

The Institute Invests in Increased Space, Improved Facilities and New Equipment

During the summer the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance has initiated a significant refurbishment project in preparation for the new academic year beginning in September. The investment will provide students with more teaching space, improved facilities and new music and technical equipment. 
Some of these improvement plans will continue into the autumn term, but are all aimed at equipping the school with the space and technical provision required to continue delivering its top quality courses to new and returning students.
The first floor of Building 1B has been reconfigured making rooms 101b and 102b bigger and improved the sound systems in these rooms. An additional lecture room has been created with a new speaker system and a Tech Suite, which is fully equipped with brand new iMacs. The current keyboard room has been re-oriented and built with a new layout and bespoke desking. In addition to the improvements to the classroom and circulation space the existing lift is being replaced with a new lift this is scheduled to be completed by the end of September 
A program of work is currently under way to improve the 1st and 2nd floors of 1A, the work includes extensive redecoration, improvements to the lighting, new floor finishes to the communal area, refurbishment to the ceiling on the 2nd floor and a program of replacing the furniture in the circulation space. 
IT infrastructure improvements for the new term will include new servers and broadband provisions to make the use of computer and internet systems faster and increase student’s ability to work and study on campus. All students, tutors and staff will have access to superfast Wi-Fi in all areas of the Institute. The development of a new VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) will soon be rolled out. 
Following the initial refurbishment schedule, the Facilities team at the Institute will begin to replace the drum kits in live rooms and will be upgrading the equipment in these rooms to ensure that all are of the same specification in terms of amps, PA systems and lighting. 

George Marios: Guitar Getaways 2013-Video Diary

Guitar Getaways 2013-Video Diary
Hey guys, A couple of months ago i had the pleasure of hosting this year's Guitar Getaways workshop week. It was a great experience and I worked with some great individuals, who achieved wonderful progress within the space of 5 days. Here are some snippets of what went down! Stay tuned at, as well as my website, for top guitar tuition material and the ultimate one on one or skype lesson experience. See you soon, George Marios

Xander Demos: tops the Hit-Tracks Top 100 chart

Metal guitarist, Xander Demos has topped the Hit-Tracks Top 100 chart, an all-genre music chart based in Netherlands, with his epic, "Under A Darkened Sky."

Metal guitar virtuoso, Xander Demos has topped the Hit-Tracks Top 100 chart with “Under A Darkened Sky,” one of two vocal tracks from his debut album, Guitarcadia. The song took 13 weeks to ascend to the top, besting Top 10 releases by Mumford and Sons, Kings Of Leon, Bonamassa and Earth, Wind and Fire. “Under A Darkened Sky” is an epic 8-minute music journey featuring the soaring vocals of co-writer, Kevin Rasl. Recalling influential artists such as Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Judas Priest and other metal gods, “Under A Darkened Sky” is a preview of what fans can expect from Xander’s second, more vocal-heavy upcoming album, Dancing Through Daggers. Here’s a look at the Top 10:

01 12 13w Xander Demos > Under A Darkened Sky ♠
02 05 7w Taberah > My Dear Lord
03 02 8w Bodyguerra > 21 Market Street ♠
04 01 8w Mumford & Sons > Hopeless Wanderer ♠
05 10 6w The New Shining > Run Baby Run
06 11 4w Kings Of Leon > Wait For Me
07 06 3w Gov’t Mule & Dr. John > Stoop So Low
08 38 2w Bonamassa > I Know Where I Belong – live
09 16 04w Skaggs & Hornsby > The Way It Is – live
10 14 05w Earth, Wind & Fire > My Promise

Similarly, the other vocal track on Guitarcadia, a shredding cover of Don Henley’s “Boys Of Summer,” made a remarkable 24 point climb on this week’s Hit-Tracks chart, to land at #61. “Boys” is in its second week on the chart.

Hit-Tracks Top 100 is a social community for music lovers. The Hit-Tracks Top 100 is a Dutch based hitparade with an existence of more than 35 years. All styles of music from all continents are more than welcome. Positions are not depending on sales but on popularity by its followers, new cd’s, concerts, tv and radio programs etc.

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

Xander Demos - Under a Darkened Sky (Photo Montage)

Paul Bielatowicz: studio computer death adds delay to Preludes & Etudes album

photo credit - David Glaves

Paul Bielatowicz

Hey everybody,

Just wanted to give you all another album update.

Unfortunately we've hit a few hiccups since my last update - a major one being Rich's studio computer died, meaning he had to replace his entire system. By the time it was fixed, he had to start work on the new Transatlantic album. The good news is his system is now new, improved and sounding even better since the hardware upgrade; so it may well have been a blessing in disguise (plus, I'm hoping that some of Transatlantic magic might have rubbed off on my album, seeing as they've been sharing the same studio for the past few weeks).

So, to cut a long story short, we're now looking at a release date of November. Sorry it's been such a long time coming, but I'm hoping you'll feel it will have been worth the wait. In order to make it up to you, I'm going to throw in a few bonuses for everyone who pre-ordered the album - I have a demo that didn't make it to the final album, so I'll be adding that as a download, as well as a cool Mr Bee Records guitar pick I'm having made for everyone who ordered a copy of the CD.

Thanks again for your support and patience,

Paul :o)

Devin Townsend: presents "The Retinal Circus"

After releasing Epicloud last year to critical acclaim, the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT are now giving fans a new DVD/CD set, entitled "The Retinal Circus", which is out now!

Filmed in October 2012, the sold out Retinal Circus show takes place at London's historic Roundhouse venue and includes a three hour plus performance that spans Devin Townsend's entire career. With a full choir and theatrical cast, visual and aural enhancements unlike any show Devin has done to date, several special guests, circus performances and more, this CD/DVD set is a must-have for any Hevy Devy fan!

The Retinal Circus is available as a strictly limited, f***ing amazing diehard deluxe fan box (pictured below) with 2-DVD/1-Blu Ray/2-CD, which further includes:

- 40 page-vinyl-sized artbook
- letter from Devin in an envelope
- 'polaroid photo'
- postcard
- mask with Devin's face on it
- custom made DTP guitar pick
- hand-numbered art print, each one signed by Devin himself
- lenticular cover with Devin's rolling eyes and his face in 3D
- die-cut box
- LP-size pop-up of the Retinal Circus stage
- 2-DVD/1-Blu Ray/2-CD
- over 30 min of amazing „Behind The Masks" video footage
- audio commentary of full show

"Grace" (The Retinal Circus) Official Promo Video

Andy James: Extreme Pentatonic Licks Performance

Extreme Pentatonic Licks Performance with Andy James Licklibrary
Check out Metal Edge Extreme Pentatonics: Andy James performance from Extreme Pentatonic licks DVD: Learn killer metal soloing techniques with Andy James. Take your shredding to the next level as you learn the killer technique and increase your musical knowledge with an arsenal of pentatonic licks and techniques including minor pentatonic positions, two string sequences, speed building licks, alternate and economy picking licks, tapping and legato licks and much more. Also includes three jam tracks! Check out more Metal Edge DVDs here:

Joe Bonamassa,John Hiatt: Down Around My Place - Beacon Theatre - Live in New York

Joe Bonamassa & John Hiatt: "Down Around My Place" from Beacon Theatre - Live in New York
Joe Bonamassa welcomed Special Guest John Hiatt to perform with him live at the Beacon Theatre In New York City. This amazing performance was recorded and released on Joe's Beacon DVD. For more information please visit:

Rick Graham: Lots of questions answered

9) Rick's Q&A sessions - Lots of questions answered
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Nili Brosh.Jon Reshard: Vigilant... plus Demetria and Padget Nanton III - The New Band

Nili Brosh
So yes, I've joined an awesome new band called Vigilant, with Jon Reshard on bass (Greg Howe), Chloe Demetria on vocals (Bow Wow Wow), and Padget Nanton III on drums. They already have a record out and available for you to check out - stay tuned for more news about this band in the near future!

Nili Brosh replaces Jordan Ferreira. Teh first album is available

Vigilant: Born to Kill
Vigilant - Born to Kill