Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Diego Budicin: main theme plus an improvisation over of a news song

Hey guys!

This is the main theme plus an improvisation over of a song that I wrote recently. This is just a section of the song that I mentioned, that is called "It's Gone" and it will be included in my first solo album. It will be released this year!

Stay tuned ;)

Recorded with:
- Laney VH100 R + Isobox "2XISO" produced by T-Case
- Ibanez AT100
- M-AUDIO Profire610

Diego Budicin | It's Gone

Kostas Karamitroudis: Gus G details of "Iam The Fire" CD released

Guitar virtuoso GUS G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as OZZY OSBOURNE's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, has unveiled the album cover and track listing for 'I AM THE FIRE', his debut solo album to be released March 18, 2014 in North America. The album will be released internationally on Century Media Records, and will come out March 17 in Europe.

  1. My Will Be Done (featuring Mats Levén)
  2. Blame It On Me (featuring Mats Levén)
  3. I Am The Fire (featuring Devour The Day)
  4. Vengeance (featuring David Ellefson)
  5. Long Way Down (featuring Alexia Rodriguez)
  6. Just Can't Let Go (featuring Jacob Bunton)
  7. Terrified (featuring Billy Sheehan)
  8. Eyes Wide Open (featuring Mats Levén)
  9. Redemption (featuring Michael Starr)
  10. Summer Days (featuring Jeff Scott Soto)
  11. Dreamkeeper (featuring Tom S. Englund)
  12. End Of The Line (featuring Mats Levén)

The cover artwork, pictured above, was designed by Gustavo Sazes / [Arch Enemy, Kamelot, Dream Evil]. A first song from the album can now be heard via the video for the album's opening track "My Will Be Done (featuring Mats Levén)", which was produced by Patric Ullaeus / [Within Temptation, In Flames, Lacuna Coil]. Click here to watch the video.

Says GUS G. of the song and album: "I hope you all enjoy the first taste of things to come. 'My Will Be Done' is a cool rock track with a modern edge to it... Looking back, I can't believe all the great musicians that got on board for this album. Everybody brought in their unmistakable style and talent and they really lifted the songs! Check it out and enjoy the music!"

GUS G. will be attending the 2014 NAMM convention, which runs January 23 - 26, 2014, in Anaheim, CA. In addition to signing sessions at ESP Guitars [January 24, 2pm] and Blackstar Amps [January 25, 1pm], Gus will also appear as guest at the RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED tribute concert at The Observatory in Santa Ana, January 25. Other guests include Nuno Bettencourt [Extreme / Rihanna], Phil Demmel [Machine Head], Marty Friedmann, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal [Guns N' Roses] and more.  

Akihiko Onji: Andy James Solo Competition - amazing two handed interpretation
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Andy James Solo Competition - Akihiko Onji

Andy McKee: will perform several live sets followed by signing sessions at the Ernie Ball booth

Attendees of the 2014 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center will be delighted to know that acoustic guitar virtuoso Andy McKee will perform several live sets followed by signing sessions at the Ernie Ball booth onThursday, January 23rd at 12:00pm and 4:00pm, and Friday, January 24th at 12:30pm and 2:30pm. On Friday he will also play selected duo pieces with fellow guitarist Antoine DuFour between 3:00pm and 4:00pm.

During this time Andy and Ernie Ball will also be announcing a major breakthrough in acoustic guitar string design.

Andy’s highly-anticipated new EP Mythmaker will be released on January 28th, and shows him moving in new directions with his electric guitar recording debut on the multi-instrumental piece “Lumine” and the solo piano piece “June”. The EP rounds out with its title track and “The Reason” which both feature Andy’s world-renowned, unique and expressive fingerstyle playing.

Andy will continue his intense worldwide touring schedule all though 2014 and is expected to release new music to fans much more frequently via EPs released though his own imprint that will launch fully later this year. A full-length concert video will also be released later in the year on DVD and Blu-ray.

Jeff Kollman: announces digital double single; footage of Drum-Off appearance with Ray Luzier and Billy Sheehan

JEFF KOLLMAN announces digital double single; footage of Drum-Off appearance with Ray Luzier and Billy Sheehan

January 21, 2014 - Acclaimed L.A.-based guitarist JEFF KOLLMAN (BOMBASTIC MEATBATS, COSMOSQUAD, ASIA feat. JOHN PAYNE, GLENN HUGHES) has announced the release of 2 digital-only singles, "Eve of Reflection" and "Old Kentucky Thunder", which will be available January 27 via iTunes and other outlets.

States Jeff: ""Eve of Reflection" was written and recorded on Christmas Eve. The song is more special to me than many I've written. It feels infinite. A friend said it was one of the few songs they could just keep playing on a repeat loop. 2013 was the first year without my brother. When the holidays come around, we associate it with family and past memories of our togetherness. I'm sure I was in a bit of a melancholy state reflecting on so much to be thankful for. It's always a challenge to emote without a vocal and a lyric, but if we harness that emotion and let it spill out onto the instrument then it can happen. And it did on this track. I used a new minor 9 open tuning on the acoustic guitar that I discovered while writing "Brother to Brother".

""Old Kentucky Thunder" was an improvisation on a repetitive bluesy sort of motif on an old 60's Gretch acoustic guitar. After I got done playing the take, I realized that there were glitches with the converters in Pro-Tools. I re-cut the song with more technique and somehow lost the feel completely. Songs can be quite vunerable that way depending on your mood and capturing THE MOMENT. I then went back and added the rain and thunder which inhanced the mood and covered up the digital blunders. Perfect. First take is always the best!"

In other news, footage of Kollman's Guitar Center Drum-Off appearance at L.A.'s Club Nokia on January 18 with drummer Ray Luzier (KORN), bassist Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG), and DJ Sluggo has been posted at this location: ; the guitarist also played a set with his all-star band, the BOMBASTIC MEATBATS, featuringChad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, CHICKENFOOT), Kevin Chown (TARJA, ARTENSION) and Ed Roth (MONTROSE, GLENN HUGHES), who were joined by special guest Steve Lukatherfor the occasion. The Meatbats will celebrate NAMM week with a gig at the Baked Potato in Studio City, CA this Thursday, January 23.

Kollman recently unveiled his second signature guitar pedal, The Bombastortion, developed in conjunction with noted tone guru Tim Jauernig, designer of the Gristle King and the Luxury Drive, among others. A demonstration video is posted on Kollman's YouTube channel at: ; the pedal can be ordered directly via .

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Jon Reshard,Nili Brosh: "Years Ago"

Jon Reshard (Vigilant, Greg Howe, The Memorials) and Nili Brosh (Vigilant, Tony MacAlpine, The Iron Maidens) performing an excerpt from their co-written tune "Years Ago". Solo trade in the middle!
Jon Reshard & Nili Brosh - "Years Ago"

Tommaso Zillio: Tritone Substitution for Fun and Profit

Tritone Substitution for Fun and Profit
Jazz music is your kind of music but it seems so complicated? Tired of deciphering odd-

looking chord symbols and how they relate to the fretboard? Too many chord patterns to The secret to understand these matter is to become familiar with Jazz substitutions.  The idea here is to start from a simple chord progression and make it more complicate (and interesting) by the application of a few rules that at fist sight look really complicate themselves. These rules “substitute” a chord with another, hence the name. Once you can create chord progressions this way it’s also easier to remember and play existing chord progressions, since you understand them at a deeper level.

The problem is of course to understand these odd-looking substitution rules. Most  resources (articles, book, teachers…) are not really helpful here, especially when they start their explanations with phrases like “clearly, C9/b5 without a root is the same as Gb7/#5”. Clearly? Listen mister, what I wanted was to play some music, not learn math formulas. (BTW, I did not made that up, it’s a true quote from a book that I will not name).

Good news everyone: it does not need to be that way. All these Jazz players who discovered these substitution “rules” did not have to get a PhD in math in order to understand them.  Which makes you think that the problem is not the rules per se, but the way that they are explained. And in fact, substitution rules are quite natural if you sit down a moment and try to understand WHY they work.

In the video below I will show you how to use one of these “scary” substitutions to make a standard Blues progression sound like a complicated Jazz. Best of all? It’s easy, so easy that once you see what I’m doing you can IMPROVISE the chord shapes rather than using chord shapes that you committed by heart.

Watch this video and you’ll see what I mean.

What should be your next step? Well, the first thing to do is definitely to pick up your guitar and play all this! This few shapes will be under your fingers in no time.  The beauty of this approach is that you can apply the substitution straight on the fretboard.  This is how great Jazz guitar players do it: they don’t “calculate” the chords and then find  them on the fretboard: they know how a substitution look on the fretboard so that they can  apply it immediately.

About the Author
A professional guitarist, teacher, and composer, Tommaso Zillio enjoys particularly writing about music theory and its application to guitar playing.