Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Jeff Loomis,Keith Merrow: Conquering Dystopia - Ashes of a Lesser Man

Watch Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow play "Ashes of a Lesser Man". Also make sure to see their interview at


Lorenzo Niccolini: L' Attesa - two-hand tapping

[Two-hand tapping, chordal tapping; Guitar solo; Massimiliano Cona] Dedicated to Roberto. Song composed by the great master Massimiliano Cona and released on a monthly Guitars (No. 321). If you do not know this talented Sicilian andatevelo feel, you'll be amazed.

Lorenzo Niccolini - L' Attesa [two-hand tapping]

Alexi Laiho: Children of Bodom - Metal Master Kingdom Interview

The Sound Academy,
Toronto ON
February 16, 2014

Interviewer and camera: Alex Stojanovic
Edit: Navneet Johal

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Interview with Alexi Laiho - Children of Bodom

Glenn Hughes,Jason Bonham,Andrew Watt: California Breed the new release available now for preorder!

Order here: iTunes: (includes instant grat of Sweet Tea) Amazon: "Sweet Tea" is taken from the album CALIFORNIA BREED on Frontiers Records.

Release dates:
EU : May 16th 2014
NA: May 20th 2014

Tracklisting: The Way; Sweet Tea; Chemical Rain; Midnight Oil; All Falls Down; The Grey; Days They Come; Spit You Out; Strong; Invisible; Scars; Breathe; Solo (Bonus Track).
Bonus DVD content: Sweet Tea (videoclip); The Way (videoclip); Documentary "Making of the videos and EPK".

Former Black Country Communion stars, singer-bassist Glenn Hughes and drummer Jason Bonham, have formed their new band California Breed, featuring the astounding talents of 23-year-old singer-guitarist Andrew Watt, the fact that their first album has been produced by Dave Cobb, whose spectacular work with Rival Sons has received so much acclaim, gives a big clue as to what they sound like.
"It's proper rock," says Hughes, "but at the same time it's very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page."
"I grew up listening to all the grunge bands," says Watt, "but my dad always played me The Who, the Stones and Led Zeppelin so that became my music too.
"This kid is amazing," says Bonham. "The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. And he plays in the studio likes he's onstage!"

The three-man line-up got together as California Breed for the first time last year after Hughes was introduced to the newcomer from New York by their mutual friend Julian Lennon. "Julian was having an exhibition of his photographs at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in LA," Glenn recalls, "and he said, 'You must meet this guy, he's the most fantastic guitarist -- who turned out to be Andrew."

Reconvening at Hughes' Hollywood home a few days later, "The chemistry was just instant," says Hughes. "We immediately wrote two songs together, Chemical Rain and Solo, both of which have ended up on the album. That's when I called Jason and said you've gotta come down right now."

"The energy when I walked in the room was crackling," recalls Bonham. "I was so pleased. Glenn and I had not only really locked in as a rhythm section in BCC but we'd started writing together and we both really wanted to keep that good feeling going."
Indeed, all 12 tracks on the as-yet untitled forthcoming California Breed album -- the band have signed a deal with signed a deal with the Frontiers label - have equal co-writing credits amongst the band. Recorded at Cobb's Nashville studio, "Everything was done more or less live," says Hughes, "including the vocals. Which is the reverse of how I've always done things".

The end result is a sound that combines all the classic rock elements of BCC -- big, meat-cleaver riffs and heart-rending vocals -- but with a 21st century gloss that comes from working with someone as up-to-the-minute and talented as Watt (whose previous music can be heard at his Soundcloud page and on the track below, with video directed by Mick Rock).

Look out for Midnight Oil, a raunchy Stones-esque rocker with breathless female backing vocals, deep groove rhythms and face-smacking guitars. The other breakout track is All Falls Down, the kind of spine-tingling pop-rock-who-knows-what that starts all colour and light and finishes all towering harmonies, back-arching guitars and epidemic-sized catchiness.

There are others but, as Hughes says, "This, I promise, is going to be something special."

Glenn Hughes: vocals, bass guitar
Jason Bonham: drums
Andrew Watt: guitars

Produced by Dave Cobb

Andy James: plays "Diary of Hell's Guitar" for EMGtv

Andy James is back on EMGtv with a vengeance performing his new track, "Diary of Hell's Guitar". Watch Andy's amazing fretboard skills on his 7 string guitar loaded with EMG 57 -7H and 66-7H pickups.

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Andy James plays "Diary of Hell's Guitar" for EMGtv

Andy James plays "In The Fading Light" on EMGtv

Greg Koch: at The Mountain, Roskilde, Denmark Troll2013

Greg Koch, The Gristle Man, the chicken pickin' wizard, at full tilt at The Mountain Troll Cafe, Roskilde, Denmark.

The concert took place on the 5th of October 2013.

Greg Koch attended the Copenhagen Guitar Show the next day to give a clinic. This clinic is available in its entirety on this wideseen channel.

Greg Koch at The Mountain Troll

Ron Thal: Bumblefoot - clinic at Copenhagen Guitar Show 2013

Ron Thal known as Bumblefoot is lead guitarist in Guns N' Roses.
He held a clinic at the Copenhagen Guitar Show on the 6. of October 2013.

A finer combination of craftmanship, showmanship, charming personality, kindness and down to earth presence is hard to find!

Please check out the split mind demonstration, it's a killer.

Leif Barbré Knudsen

Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron Thal aka Bumblefoot: clinic at Copenhagen Guitar Show 2013

Greg Koch: the Gristle Man clinic at the Copenhagen Guitar Show 2013

Greg Koch, the Gristle Man, gave a clinic at the Copenhagen Guitar Show 6. october 2013. He demonstrates his unique techniques playing the chicken picking style.

Greg Koch clinic at Copenhagen Guitar Show 2013

Tymon Kruidenier: practicing an Allan Holdsworth solo

Just some raw practice webcam footage. Regardless of the bad quality, I thought it would be fun to share.

The solo is from the song Elsewhere by the band Soft Works.

Tymon practicing an Allan Holdsworth solo

Scott Hughes: Punching Holes In Scales - Guitar Player Edition!!

Scott Hughes
The sun is shining and the snow is melting!! If that weren't enough, the fine folks atGuitar Player Magazine are running a lesson of mine in the April 2014 issue (hitting newsstands as we speak)! This is the video that demonstrates the lesson examples.
Best Tuesday ever!
Scott Hughes - Punching Holes In Scales - GP Edition!!

Scott Hughes - Punching Holes in Scales #2

Scott Hughes - Punching Holes in Scales #1

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