Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Steve Vai: The Vai360° App brings fans a revolutionary virtual experience in Steve Vai’s world


The Vai360° App brings fans a revolutionary virtual experience in Steve Vai’s world by offering two groundbreaking 360° interactive capabilities and many unique features. Exclusive to this app are a 360° interactive Tour to Vai’s personal studio Harmony Hut and a 360° interactive multi-camera experience of his live concert at Hammersmith Apollo in London.

Within the app, fans can view three songs as captured with six 360-degree spherical cameras in Hammersmith Apollo show and they will be able to rotate camera angles, use the device’s built-in gyroscope or simply switch to “auto pilot” choosing to enjoy the show without interaction.

Fans can also virtually tour Vai’s studio, Harmony Hut, using the same 360° technology, guided and narrated by Vai himself.

Enjoy in 360° the following songs performed in Hammersmith Apollo:
1. Racing The World
2. Weeping China Doll
3. Frank
And a tour of Harmony Hut, the personal studio of Steve Vai and his impressive guitar collection.

And all about Steve Vai:
- Discography
- Photos
- Biography
- Pick Collection
- Guitar Collection
- Videos
- Press
- News

Enjoy it all in 360°!

Walter Trout: announces 25th Anniversary vinyl series

2014 is a very special year for Walter Trout. The acclaimed blues rock guitarist celebrates his 25th Anniversary as a solo artist. Following many years playing in Canned Heat and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, 1989 was the year he struck out on his own and never looked back.

For a man whose previous lifestyle and former addictions made him a candidate for early self-destruction, he has since matured into one of the world’s premier exponents of blues rock.

In joyful celebration Provogue Records will be releasing ten of Walter’s back catalogue albums as Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl Series. Being released throughout 2014, the high quality 180g vinyl editions will be limited to 2,000 copies per album (worldwide). The albums will have a maximum of 20 minutes of music per side for enhanced sound quality.

"To have some of the best parts of my earlier recordings re-released and celebrated in high-quality audio, is a thrill of the highest order," says Trout. "I hope my friends and fans will enjoy this commemorative series as much as I will. There is something about re-hearing the music on vinyl. The warmth and the expansiveness of the sound takes me right back to the day it was recorded."
Release schedule for Walter Trout’s 25th Anniversary Edition vinyl series: more

3 March 14 - release date for No More Fish Jokes
7 April 14 - release date for Deep Trout
5 May 14 - release date for The Outsider
7 July 14 - release date for Positively Beale Street
18 Aug 14 - release date for Breakin’ The Rules
8 Sept 14 -release date for Life in The Jungle
6 Oct 14 - release date for Unspoiled By Progress
3 Nov 14 - release date release date for Transition
1 Dec 14 - release date for Prisoner of a Dream
15 Dec 14 - release date Face The Music

Andy James: working on sweeping
Trying to get better at this technique, combining sweeping with economy picking and my usual brand of alternate picking. Excuse the end, I couldn't keep it in lol
Andy James working on sweeping

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

Steve Hillage: SYSTEM 7 will team-up with Japan’s leading progressive rock band ROVO next month for their first-ever concerts on UK soil

Iconic guitarist Steve Hillage and his band SYSTEM 7 will team-up with Japan’s leading progressive rock band ROVO next month for their first-ever concerts on UK soil.

Following a rapturously received Japanese tour, the UK dates begin at Manchester’s Ritz on Friday March 7th, followed by London’s O2 Academy Islington (March 8), Brighton’s Concorde 2 (March 9) and Leamington’s Assembly (March 10). Tickets for all 4 concerts are available now from

With eight musicians on-stage, including two live drummers, the PHOENIX RISING concert will highlight a sophisticated blend of electronic beats and live instrumentation. Hillage fans can be assured that, in the format of PHOENIX RISING, his masterful electric guitar style will be fully unleashed, with extensive soloing and duets with the electric violin of Rovo's Yuji Katsui.



Rovo and System 7 - Hinotori (Official Video)

News: Orange at SXSW 2014 to Support Music Education in U.S. Public Schools

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Orange at SXSW 2014 to Support Music Education in U.S. Public Schools

#OrangeGives Campaign to Benefit National Nonprofit Little Kids Rock
(Atlanta – February 19, 2014) Orange Amplification will get loud at SXSW 2014 to support music education in schools amidst budget cuts nationwide that are eliminating programs in low-income communities. The renowned amplifier manufacturer – known for its unique tones and distinctive design – is encouraging music fans at SXSW and around the world to join them in bringing free music education and instruments to children in under-served public schools across the U.S.

In addition to giving SXSW-goers the opportunity to demo Orange gear at the Orange-sponsored Under the Radar day parties March 12-14 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Flamingo Cantina, 515 E. 6th Street, Austin, Orange will donate $1 to Little Kids Rock every time someone posts to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #OrangeGives (limited to one entry per person/social media identity). You don't need to be at SXSW to participate, but bonus points if you post a photo or video of a band getting loud with Orange gear along with the hashtag #OrangeGives.

The #OrangeGives campaign benefitting Little Kids Rock will kick off Wednesday, March 12 at 11am CST and ends Sunday, March 16 at 11:59pm CST. 

What's more, everyone who includes the #OrangeGives hashtag along with a photo or video showing Orange gear – whether on stage at SXSW, in their home studio or with bands rocking out at a local club – will be entered into a drawing to win a premium Orange OR15 Amp Head.

"The future of music is Little Kids Rock," says Alex Auxier, Artist Relations Manager for Orange Amplifiers. "Across the country music programs are losing financial support. Every lost dollar could mean another child never learns to play an instrument – a skill that can be vital to their well being. Orange Amps supports Little Kids Rock because we believe it is our obligation. Tag #OrangeGives and let’s create another generation of talented musicians together!”

"Little Kids Rock is thrilled to be partnering with Orange Amplifiers," says Little Kids Rock Founder and Executive Director, David Wish. "Their support will help us turn up the volume in public schools across the country by bringing our free, rockin' music education program into their kids' lives!"

The Orange-sponsored Under the Radar day parties at Flamingo Cantina March 12-14 are free and open to the public—no RSVPs or badges required. Orange will donate $1 to Little Kids Rock for each #OrangeGives hashtag during the duration of the campaign, up to $2,000.

Little Kids Rock is a renowned nonprofit that transforms children's lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools. Supporters include James Hetfield, Steven Van Zandt, Elvis Costello, Josh Groban, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt and other renowned musicians.

The #OrangeGives campaign was created by M4G (Music for Good) Media, which connects top-notch brands, artists and non-profits to create mutually beneficial campaigns and events. 

Joe Bonamassa,Beth Hart : Live From Amsterdam - EPK

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Live From Amsterdam - EPK
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On March 24, hot on the heels of their GRAMMY nomination, force-of-nature blues-rock vocalist Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa will deliver Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa -- Live In Amsterdam (2DVD/Blu-ray/2CD) -- the very first live experience from one of music's most powerful female voices and one of the world's greatest guitar players.

Against the backdrop of the beautiful, historic Koninklijk Theater Carré in Amsterdam, the performance wows with scorching soul covers from the duo's 2011 debut album Don't Explain and 2013 follow-up Seesaw, originally made famous by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Donnie Hathaway, Lucinda Williams, Bill Withers, Delaney & Bonnie, Buddy Miles, Tina Turner, Slackwax, Melody Gardot, Nina Simone, and more.

Glenn Proudfoot: E Pentatonic Major 3rd Monster Licks No: 16

Glenn Proudfoot - Monster Licks No: 16

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Andy James: plays "In The Fading Light" on EMGtv and free jam track

It's been almost a year since Andy James has been to our studio. Now he's back playing his 7 Sting guitar with EMG 57 -7H and 66-7H pickups. Andy performs his new track, "In The Fading Light" for EMGtv.
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Andy James plays "In The Fading Light" on EMGtv

Round House

Round house is our latest free track, available now for immediate download or streaming! Taken from 2013's Modern Rock Series 1, it was co-written by Luke Roberts (backing track) and Andy James (solo example).

This track is just great for jamming. For the first two main themes you can use the trusty minor pentatonic scale, and then in the second theme try using the A major pentatonic and A Aeolian scales!

In true Andy James style, the solo is great to learn too and will certainly give you inspiration for creating your own jams!

if you like this track, then you can get the other 9 tracks form this series here!

Joe Chawki: is raising funds for recording and equipment to release his upcoming album.

Joe Chawki's 2014 Album

Joe Chawki is raising funds for recording and equipment to release his upcoming album.

Campaign Summary

I have been playing guitar for 19 years. In my teens I played in some local groups, played festivals and concerts receiving notable recognition. There are several random tracks I have released through the years, but none that have been produced or presented properly...for the most part I have been on my own as an artist-- seriously lacking adequate funding. I have written quite a bit of material which through this project, will finally be professionally recorded, produced and released to the public. Various circumstances have prevented me from putting this music out sooner, however I really feel now is the time in my life to do so. Please help me make this happen!! Many advanced thanks for your support!
    What Is Needed 
    My goal is to raise $4500 through this campaign. As everyone knows, creative projects are expensive and most musicians are not exactly wealthy. The funds will be used as follows:
    • Professional equipment for home-studio recording
    • Studio time for production and mastering
    • Studio time for hired musicians (Bassist, Drummer & Keyboardist)
    • Printing, Packaging and Artwork for final release (Digital & CD)
    • 100% of the donated funds will go toward making the absolute best album possible

     What You Get

    In exchange for your generous donation, I will offer the following perks:
    • Benefactor: 100% of contributors will receive a "Thank You" note as well as mention in the liner notes
    • Digital Download
    • Digital Download Plus
    • Signed CD Plus
    • 1-Hour Skype Lesson
    • 1-Hour Face-to-Face Lesson
    • Guest Appearance
    • Live Performance

      Other Ways You Can Help

      If you can't contribute-- That's OK-- there are other ways to help!

      • Share this campaign, tell your friends, help to grow my fan-base.
      • Donate creative services or equipment.
      • Refer students near and far ( I offer lessons locally as well as online via Skype)
      • Send positive vibes :)

      Robben Ford: Midnight Comes Too Soon

      Robben Ford - Midnight Comes Too Soon
      Track taken of the upcoming Robben Ford record "A Day In Nashville".

      Rob Chappers: The Tone King talks about the Chapman guitars line up

      CHAPMAN GUITARS -- the 'NEW' Hot Rod Guitar? Charvel Killer? You decide!
      Charvel was coined 'The Original Hot Rod Guitar', but are they still? You decide!
      Chapman Guitars comes in 3 Series: STANDARD, SIGNATURE & SPECIAL RUNS
      Available Worldwide: Visit :

      STANDARD MODELS include:
      Double Cut : Bolt On : Mahogany Body, 25.5 Scale, Maple Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, 13 & ¾ Radius, 22 Extra Jumbo Frets, Grover Tuners, TUSQ Nut, Wilkinson Tremolo, comes with Gigbag. 3 way toggle, master volume & coil split & Master Tone.
      Finishes: see the website!
      Single Cut : Set Neck : Mahogany Body, 25" Scale Length (PRS Scale), Maple Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, 13 ¾ Radius, 24 Extra Jumbo Frets, Grovers, 43mm TUSQ Nut, comes with Gigbag.
      Finishes: see the website!

      SIGNATURE MODELS include:
      ML1 CAP 10
      Mahogany Body, 25.5 Scale, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 13 ¾ fingerboard, Grovers, TUSQ nut, Wilkinson Trem, SD Jazz Neck, SD SSL1 Middle, SD JB Humbucker inc. Gigbag.
      ML1 BEA : Alter Body, 25.5 Scale, Maple Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, Custom Set-Thru, 13 ¾ radius, 22 extra jumbo frets, Grovers, Floyd Rose, SD 59 neck, SD Custom bridge inc. Gig bag.
      ML3 RC (Rob Chapman) -- Tele Style (Chambered, 25.5" scale, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, Set-Thru Neck, 13 ¾ Radius, 24 extra jumbo frets, Grovers & SD Hotrails & Little 59 inc. Gigbag.

      SPECIAL MODELS include:
      CAP 10 Blackout
      ML1 Swamp Ash
      Swamp Ash Body, 25.5" Scale, Maple Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, 22 Extra Jumbo, Grover, 42mm TUSQ Nut, Wilkinson Tremolo, Chapman Pickups. Inc. Gigbag.
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      Yasi Hofer: the band playing Troubled (Live)

      YASI HOFER & Band - Troubled (Live)
      Yasi Hofer
      08.02.2014 Ulm Roxy

      Yasi Hofer: Yasi

      Danyel Campos: Hiwatt T-40 Head & Fuhrmann Dual High Gain Improvisation

      Playing with HIWATT T-40 Head and Fuhrmann DUAL HIGH GAIN Pedal
      For more info about my job and free lessons: ...

      Danyel Campos - Hiwatt T-40 Head & Fuhrmann Dual High Gain Improvisation

      John McLaughlin,Gary Husband,Etienne Mbappe, Ranjit Barot: The 4th Dimension - The Boston Record set for release plus Asia tour


      Lineup: John McLaughlin, Gary Husband, Etienne Mbappe & Ranjit Barot

      (Los Angeles, CA) During the summer of 2013, guitar legend John McLaughlin and his trailblazing band The 4th Dimension – Gary Husband on keyboards and drums, Etienne Mbappe on bass, and Ranjit Barot on drums and vocals – a rare tour across America. On June 22nd they performed at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. This extraordinary concert was recorded and is now being released as McLaughlin’s latest work, The Boston Record.

      When asked to describe The Boston Record, McLaughlin said, “From time to time, a live record is made that has everything: great collective playing, a terrific audience, fantastic recorded sound, and a wonderful atmosphere. In the new recording of our concert you’ll find all of the above. I’m really happy about this recording.”

      The Boston Record captures McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension playing a fiery performance at Berklee, highlighted by a new take on the classic Mahavishnu Orchestra song “You Know, You Know”.

      The Boston Record will be released March 18, 2014 on Media Starz and Abstract Logix Records.

      Track List
      01. Raju
      02. Little Miss Valley
      03. Abbaji
      04. Echos from Then
      05. Senor C.S.
      06. Call & Answer
      07. Maharina
      08. Hijacked
      09. You Know You Know

      John McLaughlin 2014 Asia Tour

      March 11 Mosaic Festival, Singapore
      March 14 HK Arts Festival, Hong Kong
      March 16 Sofitel Sunset Pavilion, Manila, Philippines
      March 18 M-Theatre Hall, Bangkok, Thailand
      March 20 Mapo Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
      March 22 Blue Note, Nagoya, Japan
      March 23 Blue Note, Tokyo, Japan
      March 24 Blue Note, Tokyo, Japan
      March 25 Blue Note, Tokyo, Japan
      March 26 Blue Note, Tokyo, Japan
      March 29 The One Club, Beijing, China
      April 1 Shanghai Culture Square, Shanghai, China
      April 4 Music Academy, Chennai, India
      April 5 St.Andrews Aud, Mumbai, India
      April 9 Ramallah Cultural Palace, Palestine

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      Tom Quayle: Genuine, all original 50's strat into Brunetti Mercury Head

      I recently did a favour for a friend of mine who distributes Brunetti amps in the UK by shooting some video demos for them, using their range of amps. I was lucky enough to play this all original 50's strat through the amazing Mercury head as part of the demo. Tone heaven! Excuse the tentative playing - it took a while to get used to the very round radius of the strat neck. I'm used to super flat neck profiles. What a guitar!! Enjoy

      Tom Quayle - Genuine, all original 50's strat into Brunetti Mercury Head

      Kostas Karamitroudis: Gus G - the solo album - I Am The Fire (EPK)

      GUS G. - I Am The Fire (EPK). Taken from the album "I Am The Fire". Century Media 2014. Pre-order now:

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      GUS G. - I Am The Fire (EPK)

      Mark Zavon, Vinny Appice: Kill Devil Hill - Leave It All Behind - classy melodic rock.

      KILL DEVIL HILL - Leave It All Behind (OFFICIAL VIDEO). Taken from the album, 'Revolution Rise', Century Media Records, 2013. Buy now:
      KILL DEVIL HILL - Leave It All Behind (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

      Michael Harris: "Regroovination" live in 2009

      MICHAEL HARRIS "Regroovination" live 2009!

      MICHAEL HARRIS performs "Regroovination" live in 2009 with Brian Harris on drums

      Per Nilsson: .strandberg* signature guitar NAMM 2014

      Per Nilsson jams on his .strandberg* signature guitar @ NAMM 2014

      Per Nilsson (Kaipa, Scar Symmetry) jams on his newly launched signature model .strandberg* guitar - the Singularity!

      Guthrie Govan: Stupefying Strumming - injecting 32nd-note flurries into funk grooves

      Guthrie Govan Guitar Lesson — "Stupefying Strumming" — injecting 32nd-note flurries into funk grooves. (This is the companion video to the 2014 GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE article called "Stupefying Strumming.") Interview and article by JUDE GOLD.

      Guthrie Govan Guitar Lesson — "Stupefying Strumming"