Sunday, 15 June 2014

Rick Graham: plays 'Manhattan' by Eric Johnson

Rick Graham plays 'Manhattan' by Eric Johnson
Rick Graham

Marcel Coenen: improvising OSV solo and jamming with Godscum

Here is an improvised guitar solo track over a song by OSV, Enjoy !

OSV Track with guitar improvisation by Marcel Coenen

Godscum "Verbal Nutricion" Rehearsal Recording

News: The latest competitions

The latest competitions, with more to come.

You can book mark he competition page

Bicio DV Mark "Alien Abduction" Guitar Competition 2014

Guitar Addiction VOL.2 – Guitar Solo Contest 2014

Andy James: 'Dream Rig' Competition

Dave Kilminster,Irene Ketikidi - Shut and Play Competition

Samuli Federley: Stargazer - Gurus iChannel demo

Samuli Federley - Stargazer (Gurus iChannel demo)
Samuli Federley

I made this video to demonstrate the iChannel feature in Gurus amp. Use your iPad and download the Positive Grid app. Choose Gurus amp from the menu and start rocking! Please check out also and www.samulifederley.c­om

Davide Pagano: album coming soon? I surely hope so!

No official word of a release, but Davide Pagano posted a picture of what looks like an upcoming album entitle "The Broken Bottle". I've long been a fan of Davide Pagano's progressive guitar style, here are a brace of videos from a few years back.

Posted back in 2012

ew camera test

Posted back in 2010

B.L.O.W. full version

Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann: The Aristocrats - Culture Clash World Tour with poster gallery!

Hey everyone - we're writing to remind our friends in Asia and Europe that we're coming back for one last leg of the Culture Clash tour this summer! The Asia tour is now completely confirmed and the short Europe leg is firming up as we speak. You can see our confirmed Asia tour dates below:

The Aristocrats
Culture Clash World Tour
Asia Leg
(for full details and ticket links, click here)

Aug 4 - Seoul - Gunguk University Auditory - KOREA
Aug 6 - Beijing - Mao Live House - CHINA
Aug 8 - Shanghai - Q.House (QSW) - CHINA
Aug 10 - Tai Peh - Riverside Live Music House - TAIWAN (clinic + concert)
Aug 11 - Hong Kong - KITEC MusicZone - HONG KONG (clinic + concert)
Aug 13 - Ho Chi Minh City - HCMC Music Center - VIETNAM
Aug 15 - Manila - Amber Ultra Lounge - PHILIPPINES (clinic + concert)
Aug 17 - Bangkok - Overdrive Magazine Anniversary (Aksra Theater) - THAILAND
Aug 19 - Tokyo - Club Citta - JAPAN
Aug 20 - Osaka - Big Cat - JAPAN

We've gotten some amazing promotional posters from the promoters of each show, and we thought we'd share some of them with you at the bottom of this e-mail. We especially like the Vietnam show's seating chart, which we'll show you right here.

Marco thinks they should add a moshpit section and call it "Gaping Head Wound". :-)

And here's what we know about our short Europe run, with a couple of dates still to book:

Europe Leg
(for full details and ticket links, click here)

Aug 28 - Rock On Festival (free entrance) - Martirano Lombardo (Catanzaro), IT
Sep 3 - Harpa/Norðurljós - Reykjavik, ICELAND
Sep 5 - P60 - Amstelveen, NL
Sep 6 - The Woolley Festival - Merkins Farm, Bradford Leigh, Bradford on Avon, UK

It's nice that we'll end our touring year in Guthrie's homeland, don't you think? And yes, we're going to Iceland. :-)

We also wanted to take a quick moment and speak to our fans in South America and Canada. Unfortunately, though we tried mightily, it doesn't look like we're going to get there this year. In South America, our available schedule was in conflict with the World Cup, which made things very difficult for booking. Canada is a different story - to make a long story short, there's a new law that levies a very significant tax on non-Canadian bands playing clubs. Not theaters, not stadiums, just clubs and bars! It made it impossible for us to put a tour together. If you're Canadian and you think this is bogus, perhaps you should write your local elected official about it. Until then, we'll keep trying to find ways to get there without having to hand over our wallets in the process.

Also, we're still finishing up the bass and drums backing tracks/transcriptions for the Culture Clash album. We believe we're looking at a July release for those.

And finally (as Guthrie might say), we are just beginning our discussions about the third studio album, which if all goes well, we plan to release in 2015.

Now, please enjoy some Asian tour poster graphics, and thanks so much for being on this very Aristocratic mailing list.

Cheers to all,
The Aristocrats

Andreas Erd: #Bicio #DVMark Competition - very tasty soloing!

Andreas Erd, very tasty soloing for his Bicio entry!

#Bicio #DVMark Competition Andreas Erd

Entry details here:

Bicio DV Mark "Alien Abduction" Guitar Competition 2014

Floor Jansen: Revamp @ The House of Blues (Los Angeles) 05-02-14 Jack Lue Series

After Forever member Sander Gommans suffered a burnout in the beginning of 2008. Jansen posted on her website that while the band was put on hold, she was going to use the opportunity to start writing music with Jørn Viggo Lofstad for a new musical project.

[1] On February 2009, After Forever ultimately decided to call it quits, and on June 16, 2009, Floor announced through her MySpace site that she had started a new metal band, which put her musical project with Jørn Viggo on hold. On October 17, of 2009, Jansen announced that the name of the band was going to be ReVamp.[2]

ReVamp is a Dutch progressive metal band formed by singer-songwriter Floor Jansen after her previous band After Forever disbanded in 2009.

Floor Jansen
Matthias Landes
Jord Otto
Arjan Rijnen
Ruben Wijga
Henk Vonk

Jack Lue is a pro photographer and can be found on Facebook 

All rights to images remain with Jack Lue and any posting requires appropriate attribution

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Jenna McDougall, Whakaio Taahi,Jake Hard: Tonight Alive @ Extreme Fest (Las Vegas)2014 Jack Lue Series

Tonight Alive is an Australian five-piece pop punk band from Sydney, formed in 2008. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Jenna McDougall, lead guitarist Whakaio Taahi, rhythm guitarist Jake Hardy, bassist Cam Adler and drummer Matt Best.

After self-releasing the EPs, All Shapes and Disguises and Consider This in 2010, Tonight Alive signed to Fearless Records in November 2011[1] and released their debut album What Are You So Scared Of? on 14 October 2011.[2] The record was officially released in the UK and US on October 2012, a year after its initial release in Australia. Their second and most recent studio album, The Other Side, was recorded in Australia and released 6 September 2013. Tonight Alive have been listed as one of the top 10 Australian bands in 2010 on American rock radio station KROQ.[3]

Jenna McDougall
Whakaio Taahi
Jake Hardy
Cam Adler
Matt Best

Tonight Alive have been announced on the line up for Reading Festival and Leeds Festival over the Bank Holiday August!  They will take to the Main Stage at Leeds Festival on Friday the 22nd and Reading Festival on Sunday the 24th of August.

Jack Lue is a pro photographer and can be found on Facebook All rights to images remain with Jack Lue and any posting requires appropriate attribution

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Sam Bell: Chichester College Guitar Masterclass

READ BELOW FOR IMPORTANT INFO/DISCLAIMER:The college that I walked into 8 years ago with only 3 chords to my name asked me to do a guitar master class at one of their music festivals recently, it was a huge honor. This is the first ever master class I have ever done. I think at least 80% of the audience I was playing to were not musicians, so I had to cater for people who possibly didn't know the ins and outs of music, so it was a great challenge to keep it interesting, I had to keep things very open ended!In this master class I play through some of my songs, I talk about some of my approaches to writing the music I play. I apologize for any mistakes, bloopers, moments where I seem lost! This is un-edited, live, in the moment stuff. I wanted to share this video with my subscribers. I hope whoever watches this gets something out of it, it was great fun and I hope to do more things like this in the near future. I would like to say a huge thank you Chichester College and all the amazing tutors who help aspiring students reach their dreams.

Chichester College Guitar Masterclass with Sam Bell

Claudio Pietronik: GNG Brea PK6 - full on shred mode

GNG Brea PK6 - Claudio Pietronik Signature - Shred
Claudio Pietronik
Hey Guys! Finally here you can see the Brea PK6. My signature guitar from Giulio Negrini's GNG guitars.

Check out the site at .

This guitar is simply amazing! Videos with better

Tom Quayle: Positive Grid Acoustic Simulator (JamUp Pro) Demo

Positive Grid Acoustic Simulator (JamUp Pro) Demo
Tom Quayle
All guitars on this track were recorded using Jamup Pro's new Acoustic Simulator. The guitars were recorded using a Focusrite iTrack Solo into an iPad3, outputting into Logic Pro X via a UAudio
Apollo Interface. No actual acoustic guitars were used in this demo. The plugin transforms your electric into a number of classic acoustic guitars. It is available now via the store in Positive Grid's JamUp Pro App. JamUp Pro is available via the App Store on iOS devices now

Atanas Shishkov: "Fusion Blues" - blues in red

Atanas Shishkov - "Fusion Blues"
Atanas Shishkov

Frank Gambale: Gambale Tuning Explained

Frank Gambale - Gambale Tuning Explained
The first 8 songs on Raison D'etre feature the first ever recordings of the Gambale Tuning.
Recording Here:
TABS Here:
Jam Track ( Music Minus One ) Here:

News: Guitar Solo Contest 2014 - great backing track!

Guitar Addiction VOL.2 – Guitar Solo Contest 2014
Guitar Addiction VOL.2 – Guitar Solo Contest 2014

This contest is open worldwide, whatever your style and tone, just show us what you can do !!

3 WINNERS will be chosen by the judges giving you the chance to record your solo on the 2nd edition of “Guitar Addiction” CD !!  The album version will feature Mike LePond (Symphony X) on bass, Atma Anur (Cacophony, Jason Becker, Greg Howe … ) on drums and Charly Sahona (solo, Venturia) on guitars.

Each winner will also receive software licences from Riffstation and Guitar Pro.

The jury will choose what they believe to be the best solos. All entries will be valued based on creativity, sound and technique.

The contest actual closing day will be 15th August 2014.
Go to
The team includes music industry pros.

Loic LEMPEREUR from EF2M french music school & Willow Vprod music band
Lars Eric Mattsson from Lion Music Label
Nathalie Bissot Campos from “Les Guitares Du Coeur” Association
Ludovic Egraz redactor in chief of GuitarExtreme paper magazine
Franck Karmattitude from GuitarEuroMedia
- The Contest is open to anyone, from anywhere, and of any age, gender.
- The video submitted must show you playing live over the backing track provided.
- Your solo must be a single take recording.
(alphabetical order)

EF2M :
SR GUITARS : Guitar Solo Contest 2014

Tommy Goofyke: Late night fusion session

Tommy Goofyke: [Backing Track? ]it's from the Suhr Megajam with Martin Miller .

Fusion guitar improvisation

Late Night Fusion Guitar

Tristan Klein: Signature Marceau Guitar - killer rock blues!

New model Les Paul Style ! check the guitar here :

Marceau Guitars Tristan Klein Signature

German Schauss: The Devil's Jump! Tritone Substitution

Hello!This is the Video Example 7 to my upcoming August 2014 Instant Shredding Column in Germany's biggest Guitar Magazine "Gitarre & Bass".This Lick utilized the F# Lydian b7 and C Mixolydian Scale over a static C7 Riff. This idea is based on the tritone substitution principle.

The Devil's Jump! Tritone Substitution for Rock/ Metal and Shred Guitar