Monday, 10 February 2014

Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin: guitarmania interview HBC - new Fusion Jazz Supergroup-Trio

On 8 October 2013, the new Fusion Jazz Supergroup-Trio HBC performed one of their highly acclaimed concerts at the Vienna Porgy & Bess Jazzclub. We talked with Scott and Jeff about the HBC record and their interpretation of modern Jazz and Fusion classics, ranging from WEATHER REPORT, to BILLY COBHAM to HERBIE HANCOCK. We also discussed their equipment, and views about the contemporary music scene, and music education in general. Thanks go to Alejandro Orellana (the Art Media Agency) and the team of the Porgy & Bess club.


Andy James: New Frontier Guitar - Metal Pentatonics

Andy James New Frontier Guitar - Metal Pentatonics

- 8 Modules (20,000 words)
- Full HD videos
- PDF downloads
- Fretboard charts and diagrams
- Guitar Pro files for every single example, exercise and solo!!!!
- Backing Tracks
- and more....
Andy James - New Frontier Guitar - Mental Pentatonics with Owen Edwards

All this and so much more inside the
© 2014

Andy James New Frontier Guitar

Jakub Żytecki: set for Polish clinic dates

Jakub Żytecki
I have a pleasure to play with those absolutely top notch Polish musicians and do some workshops with them on 13th - 14th Feb in Kielce.

So to my all Polish guitar friends - please come, it's gonna be fun!

James Norbert Ivanyi: john suhr namm show party 2014

This video on DSC_8389 features James Norbert Ivanyi at the Suhr factory tour and after party show.

james ivanyi play in 2014 john suhr namm show party

Andy Wood: Suhr Factory Tour and party performance NAMM 2014

Great set of videos from the Suhr party that I ducked out on... sleeping instead!

andy wood play in 2014 namm show john suhr party

andy wood play in 2014 namm show john suhr party

andy wood play in 2014 namm show john suhr party

Suhr Factory Tour

Tony MacAlpine,Nili Brosh: "Live In Mexicali Tour 2014"

Tony MacAlpine "Live In Mexicali Tour 2014"
Saturday, 8 March 2014

20:00 until 01:00 in UTC-08

The name TONY MACALPINE is synonymous with modern musical virtuosity. Whether performing as a solo artist, band member, session player, touring hired-gun, or as a producer, Tony MacAlpine continues to prove that he truly is one of rock’s most amazing and versatile guitarists. He has produced, written and arranged eleven solo instrumental studio albums, and also released four albums with his jazz-fusion band CAB, three albums with mind-bending progressive rock band Planet X. MacAlpine has also contributed both guitar and keyboards to a long list of records by other artists. In addition, he has performed in front of hundreds of thousands around the world as guitarist and keyboardist in Steve Vai’s incomparable touring band “The Breed” (with Billy Sheehan on bass), and with French singer Michel Polnareff’s sold-out comeback tour of 2007/2008. He is also currently performing with progressive super group PSMS featuring Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian.

With a music career that now spans over 27 years, Tony MacAlpine will be performing a cross section of his catalog on Saturday March 8 at LOB Bar in Mexicali, including a full live performance of his debut album, Edge Of Insanity opening the set. Guitar World magazine recently cited Edge Of Insanity as #4 in the Top 10 Shred Guitar Albums of all time. Tony will also be previewing a handful of tracks from his forthcoming studio release Concrete Gardens.

Tony's touring band includes Swedish-born bass player, BJORN ENGLEN, also known for playing with Dio Disciples, Soul Sign along with guitar luminaries for Yngwie Malmsteen and Uli Jon Roth.

NILI BROSH is the band’s other guitarist. Originally from Israel and now living in the USA, 25-year old Nili is turning heads with her incredible guitar playing. Nili played guitar for some time with The Iron Maidens (the world's only all-female tribute to Iron Maiden) and has also performed with Stu Hamm, Guthrie Govan, The Aristocrats and Andy Timmons.

One of the most dynamic and skilled drummers on the pro scene today, Australian native SAM ALIANO is a triple threat - making a name for himself in the recording, touring and teaching worlds. Sam’s live and recording credits include Jazz-Improv rockers Gongzilla, MR. BIG’s Billy Sheehan, Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt and legendary ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash.

Follow Tony MacAlpine at:
Twitter: @tonymacalpine

Joe Chawki: indiegogo - get ready to help this cat record a killer album!

Joe Chawki
I will be posting an indiegogo page in the next 48 hours or so. If you can't help, I'd like you to pass it on to those who perhaps can. I've gone for years taking one step forward and two steps back, and the largest factor which has prevented me from achieving certain goals has been finances. It took me years to get to this point, and that was far too long. I would like to move forward with recording a proper disc, I have things I've been kicking around for years that only these four walls have seen!

For this, I need to pay a producer, pay some musicians for studio time(bass, drums, keys), buy myself an interface, some monitor speakers, and then some.

I won't be asking for an enormous amount either, literally enough to see this through and that's about it.

Keep you fellows posted.

Tom Hess: The Secret To Becoming A Successful Professional Musician

The Secret To Becoming A Successful Professional Musician
by Tom Hess
Have you always wanted to become a professional musician and wondered what it takes to reach the top of the music industry? Are you frustrated working at your current job because it has nothing to do with music? I can relate because I was once in the exact same spot you are in!
First thing is first: you need to stop feeling sorry for yourself, get up and start taking action to become the professional musician you should be!
Get your music career going on the right track by following the same approach used by Olympic competitors who succeed on the highest platform in the world for their respective sports. If you have been keeping up with the events of the Olympics, you've seen how evenly matched the athletes seem to be from event to event. However, there are always winners and losers... no matter how good an athlete is, they will either get a medal or miss the podium altogether. The margin for error in these events is extremely thin – one athlete may miss out on a medal when they only performed ‘slightly’ underneath the level of another athlete (such as losing a race by fractions of a second, or failing to lift a weight for a single rep less).
For the athletes who come away with a medal, they gain massive popularity amongst their fans/countrymen and end up getting tons of opportunities to sign deals for endorsements or make big money in other ways. For the athletes who do NOT get a medal (for example, someone who misses getting 3rd place by 1/100 of a second in the 100 meter dash), they remain unknown to the general population and lose out on all the opportunities of those who place above them. This can cause them to feel a lot of frustration due to the amount of hard work and effort they put into their training only to come up with nothing.
Like these athletes, you have spent many years to work on your music career. You have very specific musical goals you would like to achieve through your efforts. You do not want to have spent all that time working to reach your music career goals only to end up with a career in some industry completely unrelated to music while others accomplish all the things you wanted to do for yourself. To avoid this worst case scenario, you have to take action to make yourself the absolute best musician for success in the industry. This is NOT something that someone will do for you... no one will suddenly knock on your door because they heard you playing music and immediately sign you to a record deal.
What is the action you must take to make yourself head and shoulders above the rest of the musicians out there who are also trying to do the same things you want to do in the music industry? You must figure exactly what ‘risks’ and ‘values’ you offer to anyone in the music business who is thinking about working with you.
You need to understand that all musicians (including yourself) bring various levels of risk to the table whenever they work together with other people in the music industry (music companies, band members, managers, etc.). The worst way to ‘shoot yourself in the foot’ is to be unaware of this. By being unaware of the risks you bring to the table, you will –in turn- be unaware of how to make yourself more valuable to those you want to work with. This all goes WAY beyond just the music you play or songs you write.
Of course, if you don’t yet know these things about yourself, this is completely understandable. Why? There simply do not exist any resources where you could learn more information about this topic. This is a very specific subject that has to do with your own unique personality, career situation and musical goals. The things that are valuable or risky when it comes to working together with you are completely different in relation to working with someone else. You must become familiar with exactly what you offer in terms of risk or reward in any specific situation. It’s for this reason that I am not simply publishing a long, extensive list of ‘risks and values’ for you to look through.
To understand this better, think about the Olympian athletes I mentioned above. These athletes face extreme levels of competition where the difference between one athlete’s skills and the skills of another is very small. When one athlete is off by even the tiniest degree in his/her training or mental preparation, this person will end up going home without a medal. That’s why the most successful Olympians do not train by themselves. Instead, they work together with a coach who will consistently keep them performing at the highest level possible so that they do not ‘slip up’ when it is time to compete. By working with a coach, the athlete not only is able to compete at a higher level, but is able to quickly correct any fundamental flaws that would keep them from reaching their goals (something that they simply couldn't do on their own).
The musicians who become the most successful in the music industry all use coaches in this same manner. Just like Olympic athletes, you will struggle to correct all the errors in your thinking and preparation if you try to do everything by yourself. Fact is, there are so many musicians who are just a step away from achieving great success, but are unable to see a key mental error that is keeping them from fulfilling their full potential. Only the musicians who work with coaches or mentors are able to spot any fundamental mistakes they are making in order to rise above the rest. These are the musicians who reach the greatest success in this industry.
Learn how you can get your own music career coach by reading the info in this article about building a successful music career.
Moral of the story: if you are serious about becoming a professional musician and succeeding in the music industry, don’t take the same approach as most musicians by trying to do it alone. Locate a music industry mentor who has tons of experience helping musicians succeed in their careers. Don’t be content with merely ‘participating’ in your music career, find a coach and get the gold medal!
Complete this assessment on the topic of working with a music business coach to learn how an experienced music career mentor will help you become a successful pro musician.

About The Author:
Tom Hess is an electric guitar teacher online and a music career mentor. Tom also trains musicians on how to succeed in the music business. On his professional musician website you can read many more articles about making a living with a music career.

Larry Mitchell,Andy Timmons, Ryan McGarvey, Richie Kotzen

Andy Timmons, Ryan McGarvey, Richie Kotzen Craziness Jamming Smiling having fun with friends

Larry Mitchell 2014 NAMM Jam Tech 21 Stage Andy Timmons, Ryan McGarvey, Richie Kotzen Craziness

Chris Gordon: Melodic Arps Lesson

Melodic Arps Lesson
Chris Gordon
Here is a breakdown of one of Melodic Arpeggio Sequences

Monte Pittman: live guitar rig rundown

Monte Pittman live guitar rig rundown
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Metal Blade Records
Monte Pittman explains his live gear set up. Read the full article at -

Jack Gardiner: Martin Miller Inspired Lick

Martin Miller Inspired Lick - Jack Gardiner
Jack Gardiner
Hey guys,

Here's one lick I came up with whilst putting together my first HD Video package, which i'll be releasing in the coming weeks.

I hope you guys enjoy this shred style rock/fusion lick. Be sure to check out Martin Miller's playing, which is were I got the inspiration for this lick. He's an absolutely monstrous player, and a top guy too!

For the free transcription please visit my website:

Mike Campese: GJ2 guitars - Pasta and Bananas NAMM 2014

Mike Campese playing his tune "Pasta and Bananas" off of his "Chameleon" at the GJ2 Booth at NAMM 2014. Visit

Mike Campese @NAMM 2014

Bruce Bouillet: Oscar's Guitar Shop Interview

On the 56th episode of Oscar's Guitar Shop (2-7-14), Oscar chats with former Racer X guitarist Bruce Bouillet. They discuss his instrumental concept album The Order Of Control, not being a gear whore, and the new generation of teenaged Racer X fans. Oscar's Guitar Shop needs your financial support. Help me keep the program running.  Got to: and click "Donate To The Show."  Tune in every Friday at 2pm PST at  Listen Live at:  The show can be downloaded the next day for free on iTunes here: Under the podcast section look for "Oscar's Guitar Shop" and Subscribe to get the new show every week, plus download archived shows.  The show can also be downloaded from, and is available for Apple, iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle devices.  Find out about other guests on Oscar's Guitar Shop by clicking "LIKE" on Facebook:  If you'd like to be a sponsor visit:

Oscar's Guitar Shop Bruce Bouillet Interview

Martin Goulding:Very pleased to have been invited to work for Guitar Interactive Magazine

Martin Goulding
Very pleased to have been invited to work for Guitar Interactive Magazine. My new column "Modern Rock Techniques" will be in from the next issue, starting with a solo study called Hard Rocker, using my Ibanez Blue J loaded with VHII Bare Knuckle Pickups, Rock!

Andy James Dowdney Awesome mate
Stuart Bull Glad to have you on board Martin.

Olivier Contat, Marc Guillermont, Frans Vollink: Olivier Contat Project featuring Marc Guillermont, Frans Vollink - classy super fusion

Olivier Contat, Marc Guillermont, Frans Vollink: Olivier Contat Project 

Album cover "Olivier Contat project" Feat: Marc Guillermont / Frans Vollink © Xavier Rey P h o t o g r a p h i e s |
— with Olivier Contat, Marc Guillermont, Frans Vollinkand Xavier Rey.

Amazing debut solo album from French composer Olivier Contat featuring Marc Guillermont and yours truly. Check Olivier out folks, his music deserves some attention and support.

Olivier Contat is a French composer, pianist & recording producer, born the 29th of December, 1968. He started studying classical music at age 9 on piano, with France Rose (pianist for Swiss Romande radio), studied jazz piano with Bob Revel and arrangement with Pierre Drevet. At 13 he began to play synth in his first band (all styles from rock, French traditional songs to pop, jazz...). Later on, he recorded for a well-known French rapper MC Solaar, engineered by his friend Phil Zdar (Cassius). He's been featured on several projects over the last 10 years. At age 30, he moved to the French Alps, and started working as a composer for TV. He's currently collaborating with several musicians such as Marc Guillermont, Frans Vollink, Dominique Di Piazza and more. He released his 1st CD as a leader in 2013.

Track 1 Meet Itself Along the Way
Track 2 Reflection
Track 3 16 Barbes
Track 4 Tapatah
Track 5 Footprints
Track 6 Last Day
Track 7 Happy Birthday
Track 8 Ouch Boud