Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Marty Friedman: demos the Maxon AF-9

HEAR THEIR GEAR - Marty Friedman - Maxon AF-9

The man, the myth, the legend. In New York this winter promoting his new album Inferno Marty was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to sit with us and go over how he uses his Maxon AF-9, his Engle amp and his brand new signature model guitar from PRS.

Optical Envelope Filter ala' vintage Mu-Tron III
Funky, liquid, vowel-like Wah effects
Low Pass, Band Pass and High Pass filters
Low and High operation ranges
Threshold and Peak sliders
Up/Down Drive switch
True Bypass Switching

Robbert Hanenberg: DV Mark Multiamp Demo vs Kemper - Profiling a Marshall JVM410h

DV Mark Multiamp Demo vs Kemper - Profiling a Marshall JVM410h
Robbert Hanenberg
By Hanenberg Profiling and Impulses.

Coco Montoya: Guitar solo for Walter Trout and John Mayall

Emotion charged, passion filled, guitar solo from Coco Montoya, when he dedicated a long time favourite song, to his friends Walter Trout and John Mayall. Coco and his band played a superb set of blues music for a delighted audience at 'de Gouden Leeuw' (Golden Lion) venue in Dongen, The Netherlands, on Sunday, May 4th, 2014. The gig was hosted by the long established 'Blues Promotion Dongen', now entering it's 27th season, bringing together a community of friendly, blues loving people. The gig opened to an energetic set by Dutch blues band Farstreet, fronted by Jasper Verstraaten. Coco's band member details to follow.


Robert Marcello: Danger Danger - Don't Blame It on Love - Frontiers Rock Festival,Milan

Danger Danger - Don't Blame It on Love (Frontiers Rock Festival,Milan, 03.05.2014)
Geor Geor
Danger Danger - Don't Blame It on Love

(Frontiers Rock Festival,Milan, Live club, 03.05.2014)

Lukasz Kulczak: CASHflow Country Solo - FGN Guitars


LuKi - CASHflow Country Solo ( FGN Guitars )

Francesco Artusato: Ivan Chopick catches up with Devil You Know lead guitarist for Guitar Messenger

Known for his explosive, harmonically-laden guitar fireworks, solo artist and All Shall Perish axe-slinger Francesco Artusato has fired off a new chapter with his supergroup, Devil You Know. The new band found its beginnings amidst writing sessions between Francesco and Australian drummer John Sankey, who is best known for his work with Devolved, as well as Divine Heresy and Fear Factory. Shifting focus from their extreme metal forte, the duo entered into a prolific songwriting period, carefully choosing between moments of elegant progressions, and fiery, calculated aggression.

Powerhouse vocalist Howard Jones joined Artusato and Sankey in late 2012. Renowned for his decade with metalcore pioneers Killswitch Engage, Jones rounded out the unified sound that became Devil You Know with his signature scorching screams and soulful melodic vocals. Completed by bassist Ryan Wombacher and guitarist Roy-Lev Ari, the band unveiled the US release of their debut album, The Beauty of Destruction, on April 29th. The following day, Francesco spoke with us during a tour stop in Orlando, FL:

Jacob Quistgaard: 1 Hour Chill Out Emotional Groove Backing Track

This epic backing track contains 1 hour of chilled out, groove-filled music for you to lose yourself in :) It goes through various progressions in A Minor - including a Minor Blues sequence! Basic chords are underneath & on the video - ENJOY and please share :)

Backing track starts at 0:34

Chord Progressions:

(Intro = Dm / Am)

Am / F

G / Am / G / E

Am / F

G / Am / G / E

Am / F / G / Dm

F / E

Am / F / G / Dm

F / E

Dm / Am

Am / F / G / Am

Am / F / G / E

Dm / Am

Minor Blues:

Am / Am / Am / Am /
Dm / Dm / Am / Am /
Em / Dm / Am / Em /

Dm / Am

Minor Blues:

Am / Am / Am / Am /
Dm / Dm / Am / Am /
Em / Dm / Am / Em /

F / E

Minor Blues:

Am / Am / Am / Am /
Dm / Dm / Am / Am /
Em / Dm / Am / Em /


The A Minor Scale works over the whole track, except on the E chords, for which the A Harmonic Minor Scale would be a great choice.

A Minor Scale: A B C D E F G (A) - all the white keys on a piano!

A Harmonic Minor Scale: A B C D E F G# (A)


A Minor Pentatonic Scale: A C D E G (A)

A Minor Blues Scale: A C D D# E G (A)

Also, try switching to the D Minor Scale (A Phrygian Mode) on the Dm / Am sections.....

D Minor Scale: D E F G A Bb C (D)

Happy jamming!


1 Hour Chill Out Emotional Groove Backing Track (Am)

Claudio Pietronik,Hedras Ramos: Jet Black Jam

Check out Claudio's youtube channelhttps://www.youtube.com/user/claudiop...

For more info please visit:
http://hedrasramos.com/ (OFFICIAL SITE)

You can follow and find out more about Hedras in the following links:

Reference Laboratory: http://tinyurl.com/8yrlggp
Fireboard Pedal boards
4 Season pickups

Claudio Pietronik Hedras Ramos - Jet Black Jam

Allan Holdsworth,Jimmy Haslip,Virgil Donati: Holdsworth is back with special guests The John Huldt Trio

John Huldt
In today's good news I'd like to share that I'll be opening up with my John Huldt Trio for the mighty Allan Holdsworth at Ramona Mainstage on August 16th. Yay!
Here's the poster for the show I'm doing with Allan Holdsworth. Good stuff!

Rick Graham: The Art of Improvisation DVD available

The Art of Improvisation by Rick Graham

On this superb DVD, Rick Graham a complete guide to developing effective improvisation, including his original concepts to developing improvisational skills. Scales sequences and patterns. Thinking outside the box with rhythmic and melodic motifs

Rick Graham is a well respected guitarist and teacher. He is a regular contributor to iGuitar digital magazine, view issues at iguitarmag.com. His blistering technique has been applauded by guitar legends such as Eric Johnson, and John Petrucci.

- See more at: http://www.licklibrary.com/store/rick-graham/54979/the-art-of-improvisation-by-rick-graham

Rick Graham Improvising

Oz Noy,Jimmy Herring,Wayne Krantz,Michael Landau: Trio and Ringers tour dates announced

Alberto Rigoni: announces the release date of his fourth album

Alberto Rigoni announces the release date of his fourth album

After the success of "Three Wise Monkeys" which featured amazing contributions from legendary musicians such as Kevin Moore (ex-Dream Theater) and Göran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Italian bassist and prog rock composer Alberto Rigoni (Solo, TwinSpirits, Vivaldi Metal Project, Kim Bingham, ) is proud to announce the release of his fourth album.

More heavy and progressive than its predecessors, Alberto’s new album will be released by Any and All Records on October 1st 2014 and it will be distributed worldwide by PowerProg (Europe), Nightmare Records (USA & Canada), Disk Union (Japan), Mylodon Records (Chile), BTF (Italy), La Mazakuata Records (Mexico).

“The album production is going great and it’s gonna sound huge! I’m really excited about this new release! In the following weeks Federico Solazzo, who also played amazing keyboards on the album, will do the mixing and the mastering. More news about the album concept, special guest list etc. will be unveiled in the next months.” - Alberto Rigoni


Joe Satriani: Announces Special East Coast Shows Celebrating Release of Career-Spanning Box Set

photo credit Jon Luini

Joe Satriani Announces Special East Coast Shows Celebrating Release of Career-Spanning Box Set & Musical Memoir Shows Include Return to Hometown of Long Island, Special PBS Taping at The Iridium in NY and in Connecticut

May 6, 2014 - New York, NY – Joe Satriani will return to the east coast for three special appearances this June to celebrate the release of both, his career-spanning box set, Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings and his first-ever autobiographical memoir, "Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir” (benbellabooks.com).

The first of these three shows finds Satriani returning to his hometown, playing The Space at Westbury in Long Island on June 7th. This will be Satriani’s first appearance on Long Island in a number of years and the anticipation level is high. The following Monday, in honor of Les Paul’s 99th birthday, Joe and his band will perform a 2-hour concert at the Iridium in NYC, the home of Les Paul’s legendary, weekly performances for many years. This event will be recorded for a fall 2014 PBS TV Special called “Front & Center”. Lastly, Joe and the band will wrap their brief east coast run with a stop in Ridgefield, CT for a show at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Following these special engagements, Joe and his band (Marco Minnemann - drums, Bryan Beller – bass and Mike Keneally - keys & guitar) will head to Europe for a number of Festival appearances and other shows ending in late July.

Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings, a career-spanning 15-CD library box, including the most comprehensive anthology to date, is also available as a collectible limited edition USB drive, exclusively on satriani.com. The entire collection on the USB will be in 24-bit/96kHz "High-Resolution Audio". HRA offers Joe's audiophile fans higher resolution in bandwidth, wider dynamic range, greater detail, and more depth than a conventional CD. The HRA recordings are as close as a fan can get to both the early 1/2" analog masters and the later high sample rate digital masters. All albums have been re-mastered specifically for HRA delivery by John Cuniberti.

The press response to the career-spanning box set and book have been tremendous with The Hollywood Reporter noting, “Joe Satriani is recognized as one of the greatest guitarists in the world,” whileUSA Today calls him, “(Satriani)…the raging maestro whose 1987 instrumental Surfing With the Alien won him ax-god status, who channeled every guitarist the Rolling Stones ever had while touring with Mick Jagger in 1988 and who most recently helped classic rock supergroup Chickenfoot race up the charts…”

One of the most influential and respected instrumental rock guitarists to emerge in the past three decades, Joe Satriani is that rare "musician's musician" who's crossed over into the mainstream with music that is both sublime and complex, appealing to a wide variety of tastes.

Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings presents brand-new digital masters, overseen by Joe Satriani, with each CD packaged in a replica cardboard jacket. The library collection is housed in a specially designed clamshell box with a booklet filled with photos and memorabilia from across the decades.

Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings is the ideal audio accompaniment to "Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir," Satriani's autobiography (benbellabooks.com), coming out May 6th.

Special Engagements with Joe Satriani:
  • June 7 The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY
  • June 9 The Iridium New York, NY *
  • June 10 The Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
*Tickets on-sale Friday, May 9th at 1:05pm

Christian Muenzner: Music Theory For Guitar interview

TZ: That's great. Do you think that beginner guitar students are underestimating the importance of music theory, and what learning theory can do for them?

CM: Yes, I totally think so. I'm a guitar teacher so I see it very often. From my experience, this is almost always the case. I think that comes from the fact that one can get faster success in the beginning, when reading and memorizing numbers with tablature, which is an easy system that everyone can work with and which is simple to understand. Of course, in the beginning you want fast success.

Usually when starting to learn an instrument, people just want to jam along to their favorite songs. On guitar, you do not need theory in order to do that which is probably, I think, one of the only melodic instruments where that is the case. If you play piano or saxophone or anything you have to learn the notes first, before you can play any tune, before you can understand how to play any actual music. On the guitar, that's different.

That's why I think guitar players in general underestimate that. Then later on, when the time comes to write their own music or to expand their improvisational ability beyond simple minor, pentatonic box shapes, for example, then they figure it's getting very difficult to understand when all the basics are missing.