Monday, 2 June 2014

Davide Ronfetto, Marco Minnemann, Anna Portalupi: Aside Preview Track - The Mouse Trap

Preview track from Davide Ronfetto's solo album Aside. Featuring Marco Minnemann on drums and Anna Portalupi on bass.
Copyright Davide Ronfetto 2013.
Thanks to Essetipicks.

Davide Ronfetto - Aside Preview Track - The Mouse Trap (Feat. Marco Minnemann, Anna Portalupi)

Thor Sejersen Riis: Betcha Can't Play This - 8 finger tapping

While waiting for even more new material, check this out. Uploaded this lick before, but this video is in a bit better resolution.
Chris Broderick Betcha Can't Play This (8 finger tapping)

Bernhard Beibl, Marko Zirkovich: Guitar Yoga - Develop Your Guitar Technique with new lesson web site

Guitar Yoga - Develop Your Guitar Technique with this Highly Effective Warm-up Routine guitar technique

Guitar Yoga Level 1 is a highly effective warm-up routine for guitarists. No-fluff explanations, lots of practice videos at multiple speeds and a challenging final work-out will develop your guitar technique. Get your fingers in shape.

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Bernhard Beibl

Puberty – the time when you start doing crazy things. No more practicing the violin… now it has to be such foolishness like playing electric guitar. That’s what happened to Bernhard.

Marko Zirkovich

Marko’s earliest musical memories involve “composing” music on a toy trumpet as a 4 year-old child prodigy. Malicious people might call it making noise and disturbing the neighbors instead. But that’s just a matter of perspective

Bernhard Beibl,Martin Weninger: 2012

1. solar storm 03:43
2. civil disorder 03:16
3. war 04:14
4. the escape 05:34
5. a new planet 06:57

all songs composed, recorded and mixed by Bernhard Beibl
Martin Weninger on Drums
Mastering by Harald Pairits
released 07 March 2013

Tony MacAlpine: San Francisco live date announced

Tony MacAlpine

Hello San Francisco! We're playing Biscuits & Blues on Friday August 8! Two shows: 7:30pm and 9:30pm. It's been a long time since I've played San Francisco, and the band and I can't wait to play for you again! Don't miss the opportunity to see us play in this intimate setting!

Joining us on this leg will be the amazing Aquiles Priester on drums, along with Nili Brosh on guitar, and Bjorn Englen on bass.

Details on the setlist coming soon...

Jason Becker: Seymour Duncan interview

When were you first introduced to Seymour Duncan pickups? I think my Hurricane guitar, that I used on my Perpetual Burn album when I was 18, had one in it. At least it was similar to a Duncan. I compared it to other Duncans and I discovered that is the sound I preferred. I love how they have balls along with a sweet lead tone. It fit my style perfectly. I remember Bob Rock bringing in a Les Paul with a Duncan JB in it while I was recording the David Lee Roth song “A Little Ain’t Enough.” I absolutely loved it.

Full interview:


Angus Young,Malcolm Young,George Young: The Marcus Hook Roll Band - Tales of Old Grand-Daddy - release details

The Marcus Hook Roll Band
Featuring Malcolm, Angus & George Young
with Harry Vanda - Release Rare 1973 Studio Recording
Tales of Old Grand-Daddy
CD/digital download * Out Tomorrow - June 3
Los Angeles) - Just before Malcolm and Angus Young took us on a debaucherous decent down that Highway to Hell, they joined with their talented brother, George Young and guitarist Harry Vanda, to form the brief, yet musically significant group, The Marcus Hook Roll Band. Back then, there was no such person as Marcus Hook, nor did the ‘band’ originate from the borough of Marcus Hook in Pennsylvania. George and his fellow musicians only ever existed as a band in studio, releasing three singles and one album in the early ’70s. When any of these tracks turn up on internet auction sites today, collectors bankrupt their PayPal accounts to win them. Now, The Marcus Hook Roll Band is releasing their one and only album, 1973’s Tales of Old Grand-Daddy, TOMORROW - June 3 through Parlophone as CD/digital download.

Song premieres began rolling out late last month with Rolling Stone giving fans a taste with “Louisiana Lady”, followed by MSN, Guitar World, Pure Volume and in Billboard where writer, Gary Graff spoke to original producer Wally Waller for his insight into the recording sessions with the Young Brothers.

Rolling Stone - "Louisiana Lady"

MSN - "One of These Days"

Billboard - "Ride Baby Ride"

Guitar World - "Natural Man"

Pure Volume – “Moonshine Blues”


CD & DD:
1. Can't Stand The Heat
2. Goodbye Jane
3. Quick Reaction
4. Silver Shoes & Strawberry Wine
5. Watch Her Do it Now
6. People and the Power
7. Red Revolution
8. Shot in the Head
9. Ape Man
10. Cry For Me
11. One Of These Days (Previously Unreleased)
12. Natural Man (1972 A-Side of Regal Zonophone RZ 3061)
13. Moonshine Blues (1974 B-Side of ‘Can't Stand The Heat’ BASF ‎– 06 19196-0)
14. Louisiana Lady (1973 A-Side of Regal Zonophone RZ 3072)
15. Ride Baby Ride (Previously Unreleased)

Aurélien Perreira,Igor Omodei,Jérôme Colombelli: Uneven Structure Euroblast 2013 "Februus"

Uneven Structure is a progressive metal band based in Metz, France. They play a style of post-metal which is heavily influenced by the Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah. The band blends polyrhythmic passages and extremely low tunings with a heavily layered production style and ambient soundscapes. They are often categorized in the djent movement due to the Meshuggah-like guitar tone they often employ. The band was formed after the split of Longchat, a band which featured Igor Omodei and Benoit Friedrich.

Aurélien Perreira - guitar (since 2008)
Igor Omodei - guitar (since 2008)
Jérôme Colombelli - guitar (since 2008)
Benoit Friedrich - bass (since 2008)
Matthieu Romarin - vocals (since 2010)
Jean Ferry - drums (since 2011)

This video was shot during the Euroblast vol 9 in october 2013.

Uneven Structure Euroblast 2013 "Februus" Live Set (HD Version)

Robben Ford: Poor Kelly Blues

Robben Ford - Poor Kelly Blues
Robben Ford in-studio discussing the track, "Poor Kelly Blues" from his latest album, "A Day In Nashville." Get the CD on Amazon at or download it on iTunes at

Martin Miller: Facebook Practice Video

Martin Miller - Facebook Practice Videos (Dream Theater "Another Da...
Martin Miller
Just keeping my Youtube subscribers updated with these practice videos I occasionally post on Facebook for fun.

John Browne,Olly Steele: Monuments new video, album and tour dates

MONUMENTS will release their sophomore album, THE AMANUENSIS the follow up to 2012's GNOSIS. The band has just released a lyric video for the song "Origin Of Escape"

The title of the album was inspired by author David Mitchell's novel, "Cloud Atlas". The complex story lines are the perfect analog for MONUMENTS. Musically the group weaves in and out of themes, motifs, and professor-like note calculations with graceful ease while lyrically THE AMANUENSIScomes from a very different place. "The album is about the Samsara cycle," reveals guitarist John Browne. "The cyclical existence of life that we are all bound to."
The story of THE AMANUENSIS is divided into 11 chapters whose titles read as follows:
1. I, The Creator
2. Origin Of Escape
3. Atlas
4. Horcrux
5. Garden Of Sankhara
6. The Alchemist
7. Quasimodo
8. Saga City
9. Jinn
10. I, The Destroyer
11. Samsara

MONUMENTS recently concluded a short run with Dioramic and will now embark on a full European tour with Protest The Hero, starting with DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, right around the release of THE AMANUENSIS. Afterwards the band will come to North America for the very first time together with Glass Cloud and Scale The Summit.

Check for frequent updates!

MONUMENTS upcoming dates:

6-15-14 (UK) Donnington Park - Download Festival
6-22-14 (ES) Bilbao - Kafe Antzokia **
6-24-14 (IT) Pinarella di Cervia - RockPlanet **
6-25-14 (DE) Stuttgart - Universum **
6-26-14 (NL) Utrecht - Helling (Tivoli) **
6-27-14 (DE) Bochum - Matrix **
6-30-14 (DE) Munich - Backstage **
7-1-14 (HU) Budapest - Budapest Park **
7-2-14 (SK) Bratislava - Randal Club **
7-3-14 (PL) Warschau - Progresja **
7-11-14 (BE) Genk - Miner Fest
** w/ Protest The Hero

Chris Barretto - vocals, saxophone
John Browne - guitar
Olly Steele - guitar
Adam Swan - bass
Mike Malyan - drums, samples


Tom Hess: Why General Guitar Speed Building Advice Fails & What You Should Do Instead

Why General Guitar Speed Building Advice Fails & What You Should Do Instead
By Tom Hess
Most guitarists in the world are unable to play flawlessly at extremely high speeds because they approach guitar practice in one of two ways:

1.They practice almost exclusively at slow speeds because they think that being able to play perfectly in this manner leads to an increase in their max speed. Usually guitar players are told this by their teacher (or they get this kind of advice from other amateur players). In nearly all cases, guitar teachers who give this advice never have guitar students who play at very high speeds.

2.They only want to play at fast speeds and feel bored or impatient with slow practice, so they only work on ‘playing faster’ every time they pick up their guitar. They think that working exclusively on increasing speed every day will help them reach their goals.

The truth is, both of these practicing approaches do NOT help you increase your guitar playing speed. Although they may seem like ‘common sense’ approaches to some, each approach has its own problems that are never discussed or solved by most guitar instructors. On top of that, if you practice too much using either one it can actually damage your overall guitar playing (without you even being aware of it). To truly increase your guitar playing speed, you need to understand the advantages of practicing both slow and fast so that you can get the best of both worlds.

Here is an explanation of why you will not build your guitar playing speed when you exclusively practice either ‘fast’ or ‘slow’ and when/how you should use the opposite approach to counteract any problems you might be facing:

Why ‘Always’ Practicing Slowly Doesn’t Help You Build Your Guitar Speed

Reason 1:You Develop Poor Habits That Make It Difficult To Make Any Progress Toward Becoming A Fast Guitarist

While practicing guitar at slow speeds as your only means of practice, you begin creating habits of playing with sloppy movements that you would never use while playing fast. It’s harder to notice when you are wasting movement in your picking/fretting hands while playing at slow speeds (when you have a lot more time between each note to get it right). If you try to apply the same movements while playing at faster speeds, you will quickly notice a lot of mistakes and it will be hard to keep both hands coordinated together.

Here are two very common examples of this that I see while helping my newer students become better players:

  • They try to pick each ‘individual’ string within a sweep picking arpeggio pattern instead of using a single sweeping motion to move across all strings simultaneously
  • They play 3 note per string scale patterns with continuous alternate picking technique. This involves excessive and unnecessary picking motion, leading to slower playing and general sloppiness.

Reason 2:You Don’t Know What Prevents You From Increasing Your Speed

In order for slow guitar practice to make you a faster player, you need to understand the problems (inefficient movements, lack of two hand coordination, etc.) that are currently getting in the way of you becoming faster. Until you pinpoint these things, your time spent practicing slowly will just be a waste of time. You’ll merely be guessing about what you should be working on – making extremely slow progress at best. In order for you to truly KNOW what to fix, you need to spend some time playing at higher speeds and observing when/why any mistakes happen. Only after you’ve done this should you begin practicing ‘slow’.
When you practice at slow speeds without going through the steps from above, it’s like walking across a tight rope with your hands over your eyes while attempting to keep your balance. To take your hands away from your eyes and maintain your balance (so you can make it across) you have to know what is keeping you from becoming a faster guitarist. Always make sure you understand this before you practice slowly.

Reason 3:You Can’t Mentally Process Notes At Faster Speeds By Playing Slow All Of The Time

To play guitar at the highest possible speed, you have to posses the ability to comprehend notes at the same tempo (or faster) that you are playing on. If you never practice at fast speeds, you will never improve your ability to mentally comprehend the notes in a way that is necessary to play cleanly at higher tempos. This will result in sloppy playing at higher speeds and a lack of ability to follow the tempo in faster music.
To avoid this issue, you must invest time into training your mind, picking hand and fretting hand to play at faster speeds. To find out more about this practicing approach, take this free guitar speed development mini course.

Why ‘Always’ Playing At Your Highest Speed (With Less Than Perfect Precision) Will Damage Your Ability To Play Fast

Now you understand why practicing guitar slowly all the time will not help you become a faster player. However, it’s just as ineffective to exclusively play at fast speeds (when you haven’t fully mastered what you are playing yet). Here’s why:

Reason 1:Your Guitar Playing Becomes Sloppy

By exclusively playing fast, you will not be able to mentally process notes just like exclusively playing slow will keep you from being able to process notes at faster speeds. This applies specifically when you are playing at faster speeds for a long time while making numerous errors. This causes you to ‘tune out’ the mistakes you are making and accept them as a normal part of your playing. In other words, you train yourself to become a sloppy player! I frequently see this happen when new guitar students approach me for help. The first step I take to help them build their playing speed is pointing out the errors in their playing that occur at fast speeds. Next I train them to become aware of these errors so they can fix them on their own. This is exactly why most of my students quickly become really good electric guitar students.

Reason 2:You Increase The Chances Of Wrist/Arm Injury

A major drawback to playing fast with mistakes is the injuries that can occur from poor, under-developed playing technique. Poor playing technique comes from not learning how to play efficiently/correctly at slower speeds so that you don’t use excessive force or movement at higher speeds. This is serious: I’ve seen many guitarists hurt themselves from continuous playing at high speeds - resulting in many months of recovery time away from guitar.

To make sure this never happens to you, always remain aware of how much tension you are using in your body as you play at faster speeds (you can only observe this while playing fast). Once you have pinpointed any unnecessary tension in your body, slow down and play using only as much tension as you need. Next, play at a faster speed again while using ‘just enough’ tension to play effortlessly.

Notice:NEVER play guitar if you are feeling pain somewhere in your body (from playing)! If you ever notice pain or discomfort, put down your guitar and take a break.
Now that you know why the most common guitar speed practicing approaches fail, check out the video below to see how to implement the alternative ideas I discussed to quickly develop your speed (while focusing on sweep picking):

About The Author:
Tom Hess is an electric guitar teacher, composer and musician mentor. As the leader in online guitar instruction, he has taught guitar players in many countries with his informative guitar articles, guitar video lessons, and guitar playing tips on his electric guitar lessons website.

Joanne Shaw Taylor: The Dirty Truth - new album and UK tour announced

Photo Credit: © Joe Armitage c/o BoneShaker Pictures
Joanne Shaw Taylor returns to UK shores with a nationwide November 2014 UK Tour , that follows her forthcoming new studio album, “The Dirty Truth”.

Tickets for Joanne’s UK tour goes on sale an exclusive 48-hour ticket pre-sale on Planet Rock from 9am on Wednesday 4th June. Fans will be able to pre-order tickets 48 hours before they go on sale to the general public at 9am on Friday 6th June. All tickets are priced £17.50, except London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (£20). 24 HR Box Office: 0844 478 0898, or book online from The Gig Cartel. Special guest on all dates is former Whitesnake guitarist, Bernie Marsden.

Various versions of The Dirty Truth will be available for pre-order from, including a special bundle package consisting of a concert ticket and a signed album.

The Dirty Truth, released in the UK on 22nd September on Joanne’s own label, Axehouse Records, sees her reunited with Jim Gaines who produced her critically acclaimed 2008 debut album White Sugar. “I wanted to go back into the studio in Memphis with Jim to retain the same vibe that we captured on the first album,” says Joanne. “The new album is a combination of rock and blues, and I think it’s going to be an exciting collaboration, and hopefully, my fans will love the rockier edge.”

November UK Tour Dates


24 HR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898

Regional Show Tickets: £17.50
London Tickets: £20.00 / VIP Tickets: £50.00

Saturday 1st November
Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01603 727 727
Book Online:
112-114 Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1JD

Sunday 2nd November
Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01442 789 789
Book Online:
Sheffield City Hall, Barkers Pool, Sheffield, S1 2JA

Monday 3rd November
Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01133 838 800
Book Online:
Leeds Wardrobe, St Peter's Square, Leeds, LS9 8AH

Tuesday 4th November
Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 0161 907 5555
Book Online:
Manchester RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD

Thursday 6th November
Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01224 337 688
Book Online:
Aberdeen The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT

Friday 7th November
Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01415 651 000
Book Online:
Glasgow The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL

Saturday 8th November
Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01642 525 199
Book Online:
Stockton Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton On Tees, TS18 1LL

Wednesday 12th November
Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01392 665 938
Book Online:
Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW

Thursday 13th November
Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01326 211 222
Book Online:
Princess Pavilion, 41 Melvill Road, Falmouth, TR11 4AR

Friday 14th November
Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01722 434 434
Book Online:
Salisbury City Hall, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, SP2 7TU

Saturday 15th November
Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 0121 345 0600
Book Online:
Birmingham Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ

Tuesday 18th November
Tickets £17.50 / Box Office: 08444 780 898
Book Online:
Cardiff The Globe, 125 Albany Road, Cardiff, CF24 3NS

Wednesday 19th November
Tickets: £20.00 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Book Online:
London Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green, London, W12 8TT

Thursday 20th November
Tickets: £17.50 / Box Office: 01824 758 000
Book Online:
Bury St Edmunds The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD


Marc Playle, Enrique Berdonce: Metal Jam - international jam

My first international jam, jamming with the awesome guitarist Enriddick09.
Metal Jam - Marc Playle and Enriddick09