Friday, 17 January 2014

Joe Bonamassa: Ball Peen Hammer live at the Vienna Opera House

Joe Bonamassa - Ball Peen Hammer live at the Vienna Opera House
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Joe Bonamassa plays "Ball Peen Hammer" live at the Vienna Opera House in Vienna, Austria. You can find this song on Joe's "An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House" DVD.

Hikaru Tanimoto: promotion movie for KOREA tour in 2014

Hikaru Tanimoto/promotion movie for KOREA tour in 2014.
-FEB 2nd : Carparelli Guitar&Cafe , PM 7
-FEB 4th : Jack B Nimble, PM 7


Lee Ritenour: Six String Theory Music Competition Registration Opens!

Lee Ritenour: Six String Theory Music Competition

Apply in Guitar, Piano/Keyboards, Bass or Drums

Grammy-winning guitarist/producer Lee Ritenour hosts the Six String Theory Competition for the 4th year with applications accepted in Guitar, Bass, Piano/Keyboards or Drums. Registration is open from January 15, 2014 through May 15, 2014 by submitting 2 YouTube videos at the website. For Guitar, applicants may register in the genres of rock, blues, jazz/fusion, acoustic, classical/flamenco and country. For Rhythm Players, any contemporary music style will be accepted such as jazz, fusion, R & B, rock, blues, etc.

Partnering with Yamaha, Berklee College of Music, Montreux Jazz Festival, Blue Note Tokyo, Crown of the Continents Guitar Workshop & Festival, Monster, Premier Guitar, Jazziz, Music Connection, Concord Records and D’Addario, the 2014 competition offers a total prize package value of over $600,000.
Lee Ritenour video on the 2014 Six String Theory Competition

The goal of the competition is to provide aspiring musicians with professional performing and recording opportunities, educational scholarships, mentoring and prizes. Highlights include: the 4 grand prize winners (one in each instrument) will perform at a venue at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival as well as the SST guitar grand prize winner to perform with Lee Ritenour and other guitar legends at the “Legends of Guitar” concert at Montreux, to be filmed in HD. Other prizes included are 4 Berklee College of Music scholarships, Guitar finalist to record on Ritenour’s forthcoming 2014 Concord album, Yamaha Instruments & Endorsements, Professional Mentoring with Lee Ritenour, Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop Scholarships & Performing Opportunities plus more.

The Six String Theory Competition is the inspiration of Ritenour, who debuted the International Competition in 2010 with the release of his all-star guitar CD, “6 String Theory.” The contest was a great success and the guitar winner recorded a track on Ritenour’s “6 String Theory” and won a 4 year scholarship to Berklee College of Music, Yamaha endorsement & guitar plus many other prizes and performance opportunities. In the second year, the guitar contest continued to grow in popularity and scope, so by 2012, the contest opened to 3 new instruments: Piano, Bass and Drums. This expanded the pool bringing a wonderfully diverse range of players to the competition and giving them incredible professional exposure. For example, the three 2012 rhythm player winners recorded a track on Lee Ritenour’s 2012 Concord Records release “Rhythm Sessions” starring musicians Chick Corea, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Patrice Rushen and more. The guitar winner is currently attending Berklee College of Music on a full, four year scholarship.

Advisory Board Judges will work with Lee Ritenour to evaluate and determine the 4 winners. Those judges include Academy® award-winning Dave Grusin, John Patitucci, Dave Weckl, Harvey Mason, Patrice Rushen, John Beasley, Sonny Emory, Will Kennedy, Daniel Jobim, Alan Pasqua, Melvin Lee Davis, Tom Kennedy, Nathan East, Simon Phillips, Chris Coleman and Gary Novak.
Lee Ritenour's 2014 Six String Theory Global Music Competition!

Brian Carroll: Buckethead - while many struggle to release one album, the overload continues with The Coats of Claude

Brian Carroll: Buckethead - The Coats of Claude

1. The Coats of Claude 13:26
2. Ghost in the Rocking Chair 02:59
3. Animatronic Party Goers 02:31
4. Dancing Backwards 02:25
5. Forked Beak 01:48
6. Dimly Backlit Eyeballs 02:29
7. Headless Reflection 04:21
released 17 January 2014

Buckethead Overloaded!!!
Young Buckethead?
Do you know what buckethead looks like?

Atma Anur,Emir Hot: Cover of Kalajdzisko / Vlatko Stefanovski

Atma Anur - Cover of Kalajdzisko / Vlatko Stefanovski (unfinished work in progress)
Emir Hot and I are working on our cover of this killer piece in 11/8 by Macedonian guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski. I changed the chords a little and am playing it in a sort of Fusion-ish way. Full song with Emir's guitars and real bass coming soon...

Chris Gordon: Andy James Solo contest

Here is my entry into the Andy James solo contest...having a bit of fun here! Here is my entry into the Andy James solo contest...having a bit of fun here!
Andy James Solo contest

Andy James Competition

Josh Smith: The Blues Master, Vol.1 on Jam Track Central

The Blues Master, Vol.1

Introducing American Blues modern day hero Josh Smith to the JTC artist family with his debut series 'The Blues Master. Vol.1'....and wow, has he come out fighting with this incredible set of old-school Blues jam tracks. This is Blues, performed by a master...for sure!

Josh recorded the backing tracks with his band in West Hills first and foremost you are jamming with a live band here. Then, Josh filmed himself jamming an immense 16 minutes of incredible and authentic Bluesy solos over them for you to analyse and learn (or steal as the case may be!). These solos are just sublime from start to finish and showcase what you can achieve when you jam out longer solos. There are some really interesting ideas over each of these tracks...ones you don't normally hear on these types of tracks! Plus, there are some classic blues licks in there too. All in all, a perfect blend to get stuck into!

The package has 5 different types of blues tracks for you to analyse, learn and jam along with....from BB Shuffle through to Minor Blues. It comes with all 5 solo tracks, backings, extended jam tracks, TAB/Notation, video performances and some bonus notes from Josh!

This package is for anyone who is serious about learning the blues! As ever, the artist gets 50% of all get downloading and support this incredibly talented player!

Joe Chawki: Joe gets the rub of the green

Joe Chawki uses the power of sheeps wool to coax the most intricate of tunes from the most complicated of backing tracks(at least to these Friday night ears).

the green sweater -

GREEN sweater

Rodrigo Sanchez,Gabriela Quintero: Rodrigo y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive

9 Dead Alive will be released worldwide on 28th April 2014. The album was recorded and produced by Rod & Gab at their studio in Ixtapa, Mexico. Mixing was handled by Andrew Scheps (Black Sabbath, Adele, Metallica, Lana Del Rey) in Los Angeles. ’9 Dead Alive’ sees Rodrigo y Gabriela playing face to face, guitar versus guitar, bursting with melodic energy and rhythmic invention.

Each of the songs on the album is a personal celebration of individuals who have passed on, but through their deeds and words still resonate in the 21st century. Going as far back as Eleanor of Acquitaine (1122 – 1204) to Viktor Frankl (1905 – 1997), and including a tribute to one of Rod & Gab’s enduring touchstones – animals and nature. This diverse and fascinating list will strike a chord with anyone familiar with the duo’s passion for human rights, literature, history and philosophy.

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1. The Soundmaker (inspired by Antonio de Torres Jurado: 1817 - 1892)
2. Torito (inspired by animals and nature)
3. Sunday Neurosis (inspired by Viktor Frankl: 1905 - 1997)
4. Misty Moses (inspired by Harriet Tubman: 1820 - 1913)
5. Somnium (inspired by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: 1651 - 1695)
6. Fram (inspired by Fridtjof Nansen: 1861 - 1930)
7. Megalopolis (inspired by Gabriela Mistral: 1889 - 1957)
8. The Russian Messenger (inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: 1821 - 1881)
9. La Salle Des Pas Perdus (inspired by Eleanor of Acquitane: 1122 - 1204)

Rodrigo y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive

NAMM: Peavey Electronics® Announces Artist Lineup for the 2014 NAMM Show

Peavey Electronics® Announces Artist Lineup for the 2014 NAMM Show

Peavey® to feature a diverse lineup of
acclaimed artist performances and signings.

January 17th, 2014, Meridian, MS –– Music and audio innovator Peavey Electronics® (booth 201, level 2) has announced a star-studded artist lineup for the 2014 NAMM Show.

The Peavey main stage will feature a diverse collection of some of today’s most acclaimed artists. The slate of performers includes six-string shredders like Alex Skolnick and Pascal Vigne, pedal steel prodigy Robert Randolph, rockers Stone Glory, acoustic sensation Monte Montgomery, electric violinist Ginny Luke, and the legendary Blue Oyster Cult. Latin rockers Vallejo, metal goddesses The Iron Maidens and mariachi-metal hybrid Metalachi will round out the roster.

In addition to main stage performances, guitar phenomenon Rob Math will be shredding on the VYPRY Stage all show long, while acclaimed acoustic guitarist Paul Stevens is set to make a number of appearances on Peavey’s acoustic stage. Peavey artists Black Veil Brides, Rudy Sarzo, Michael Anthony and Alex Skolnick are scheduled for exclusive signings as well.

Peavey Main Stage Lineup
Pascal Vigne – Thurs., Jan. 23rd @ 12pm / Sat., Jan. 25th @ 4pm / Sun., Jan. 26th @ 12pm
Blue Oyster Cult – Thursday, Jan. 23rd @ 2pm
Metalachi – Thursday, Jan. 23rd @ 4pm
Stone Glory – Thursday, Jan. 23rd @ 5pm
Alex Skolnick Trio – Friday, Jan 24th @ 3pm
Robert Randolph – Friday, Jan. 24th @ 4pm
Monte Montgomery – Friday, Jan. 24th @ 5pm
The Iron Maidens – Saturday, Jan. 25th @ 12pm
Vallejo – Saturday, Jan. 25th @ 1:30pm
Ginny Luke Band – Sunday, Jan. 26th @ 2pm

Peavey Artist Signings
Black Veil Brides – Friday, Jan. 24th @ 12pm
Alex Skolnick – Friday, Jan. 24th @ 1pm
Rudy Sarzo – Friday, Jan. 24th @ 2pm / Sunday, Jan. 26th @ 1pm
Michael Anthony – Saturday, Jan. 25th @ 2:30pm

Members of the industry, media and fans alike are invited to enjoy these electrifying performances, meet artists and discover groundbreaking new gear being debuted by Peavey Electronics at the 2014 NAMM Show.

All performances and signings will take place at the Peavey Electronics booth (201, level 2) at the 2014 NAMM Show, Anaheim Convention Center. A NAMM badge is required to enter convention.

Learn more about Peavey Electronics at

News: Institute partners with musical legends to launch eight scholarships - could it be you?

Institute partners with musical legends to launch eight scholarships

At the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London the focus is on accessibility to all, no matter what their circumstances. The modern music school, which is well known for its successful alumni including Daughter, Denai Moore and Arni Arnasson of The Vaccines, has once again launched the scholarship awards for its renowned Higher Diploma. The award offers the successful entrants fully funded places (worth £5950 for UK based students and £7200 for international students) on the one-year intensive course for musicians, which is specially designed to fast-track students' development and encourage them to discover their creative potential.

And this year the Institute is delighted to announce that legendary cymbal company Zildjian is joining its roster of outstanding sponsors who support the Institute’s Higher Diploma scholarships. For the first time there will be two scholarships in each discipline; one for UK applications and another for international candidates. The scholarship categories are as follows:

DRUMS: Supported by Zildjian and Drummer Magazine
GUITAR: Supported by Total Guitar Magazine and manufacturer (to be announced)
BASS: Supported by Ernie Ball Musicman Bass and Bass Guitar Magazine
VOCALS: Supported by Shure

In order to apply for this great opportunity, entrants must complete an application form and submit a video of them performing. The finalists will be chosen by judges at the Institute who will then attend an interview and the live final before the winners are announced.

Closing date for entries is 10th March 2014. The scholarships are open to anyone from the UK or internationally. All entry criteria and the application form are available from

For more information about the Institute and its courses, contact the Institute  directly:

0207 328 0222

Jeff Loomis,Keith Merrow: announce MI clinic date

Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow Musicians Instituteappearance on 1/22 @ 11am:

Sean Ashe: Tom Anderson Guitarworks 'Angel' Model

Sean Ashe - Tom Anderson Guitarworks 'Angel' Model - Demo

Here's my demo of my Tom Anderson Guitarworks 'Angel' guitar :)

Here are the specs:

One piece Koa Top on Basswood (Honey Shaded Edge)
Chocolate Maple Neck - Even Taper profile, 1 11/16 Nut w/ 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets.
12"-14" radius
Buzz Feiten Tuning System
Gold Vintage Tremolo
Gold Locking Tuners
Pickups: Tom Anderson HF1 (neck) SC2 (middle) and HF2 (bridge)
Strung with 10-46 gauge strings in E standard

Serial is: 06-30-13S (6/30 is my birthday, S for my name hehe)

Pickup config:

1 - Bridge Humbucker
2 - Bridge + middle (split)
3 - Bridge + neck (split)
4 - Neck + Middle (Split)
5 - Neck Humbucker

Used my Fractal Audio Axe FX II for all guitar and bass tones, the lead guitar tone is 'Seans Plexi' patch which can be found on Axe Change.

Using Toontrack's Avatar kit, with Music City USA Kick, and Rock Warehouse snare. All mixed and mastered by myself, using Logic Pro X. Bass guitar played by Vinny Svoboda.

I proudly endorse:

Fractal Audio
Tom Anderson Guitarworks
Matrix Amplification
Chris Campbell Strings

Sean Ashe - Tom Anderson Guitarworks 'Angel' Model - Demo

Sean Ashe - 'Luminescence'

Fernando Miyata: demos the new BOSS ME 80

Speaks Galeraaaaa
want to introduce you guys to this new wonder of the new BOSS ME-80. Successor of consecrated ME-70, the pedal gives, among other functions, a new USB connection, making it possible to use the ME-80 as an audio interface, plus you can download sounds of famous guitarists. Along with L-5 guitar and amp GA-212, I wanted to thank my friends:. Paulo Black (bass), Bill Figueiredo (Drums) and the BOSS team for helping me make this sound. And of course as the miraculous BOSS ME-80

Fernando Miyata testing the new BOSS ME 80 ,pt

Glenn Proudfoot,Billy Sheehan, Virgil Donati: Anna Drops new single

Glenn Proudfoot
New Single is on its way through Warner music!! Michael Kocab, Billy Sheehan, Virgil Donati, and myself. ROCK!

Bruce Bouillet: streaming Bouillet’s new instrumental album

Today, presents the exclusive premiere of guitarist Bruce Bouillet’s new instrumental album, The Order of Control. The album will be released January 21 via Mascot Label Group’s Music Theories imprint.

Bouillet has enjoyed a successful career for the past couple of decades as a sought-after guitarist and a fixture of the Los Angeles studio scene.

The Order Of Control is a new band featuring Bouillet, Dave Foreman (bass) and Glen Sobel (drums). Bouillet made the move toward instrumental music when conspiring with Foreman about eight years ago.

Vladimir Pocorschi: Improvisation # 7

Vladimir Pocorschi: Improvisation # 7

Vladimir Pocorschi - Improvisation # 7 (over "Georgy Porgy" by TOTO)

Vladimir Pocorschi - Improvisation # 6