Thursday, 17 July 2014

Brian Larkin: 5 questions from Vigier

4. Do you have any advice for anyone picking up a Surfreter? It can be pretty damn daunting.

First and foremost, you'll have to learn to rely more heavily on your ear, and your sense of touch, and the relationship between the two. It’s obviously important to develop accurate intonation, but learning exactly where to put your fingers – where the frets would be, not in between – is only part of the process. Spend a lot of time with vibrato, because after all, if your intonation is off, you can always apply a nice, wide vibrato, haha… Most importantly, have fun with it! There’s so much freedom to experiment with things you wouldn't be able to do on a fretted guitar… Concentrate on what makes the fretless unique, and you’ll spend countless hours exploring the possibilities.

Rick Graham: Making gains in his new home studio

Hey guys, finally set my studio up in the new place, almost haha! This more of a test vid (to get my fingers working again lol) lots to come. :-)


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First vid from my new home studio -  improv

Chris Geden: Neo-Classical Shred Lick - A classic neoclassical shred lick in E Harmonic minor

Neo-Classical Shred Lick

Less is More Sometimes

Hari Setyo Budi: Speeding on a deserted road

My song is called Ngebut di Jalan Sepi (Speeding on a deserted road) Available on my cd is called Just Not Dilemma.... check it out....enjoy

NGEBUT DI JALAN SEPI (Speeding on a deserted road)

Gianluca Ferro 'Metal Fusion Series 2' at - Awakening (Cover by Hari)

Keith Merrow: Conquering Dystopia Tour Guitar Raffle - Picking a Winner

My band had a guitar giveaway raffle going on during our last tour. Thanks to those who came out to the show and participated. Hope to see you again next time!

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Conquering Dystopia Tour Guitar Raffle- Keith Merrow Picks a Winner

Prashant Aswani: plays "Crispy" for EMGtv

Prashant Aswani performs "Crispy" from his record Visions, with his EMG H3A passive humbucker pickup and EMG S1 single coil guitar pickup. Listen to Prashant sculpt a variety of tones using his guitar, wah pedal, and whammy bar.
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Prashant Aswani plays "Crispy" for EMGtv

Gianluca Ferro: Symmetrical Tuning - AXE Magazine - adding a twist to your playing

Recently I've been experimenting with this symmetrical tuning, similar to the "Cittern 2" so I ended up calling it it "Cittern 3" tuning. From low to high is :
F# C# F# C# F# C# F# . It's very logical and I found out that's also great to visualize scales and arpeggios ...
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Barnaby Finch, Lee Ritenour, George Benson: Digital Madness/with Vinnie Colaiuta Japan Import
Barnaby Finch (Keys);George Benson (Guitar);Lee Ritenour (Guitar);Pat Kelly (Guitar);Neil Stubenhaus (Bass);Vinnie Colaiuta (Drums);Dave Boruff (Ts & Synth Prog);Mike Fisher (Percussion)

2011 Reissue on SHM-CD. Long time Member of the Lee Ritenour Band. This great album has been specially issued on SHM-CD. Vinnie Colaiuta absolutely kills on the record.

Track 1 Marxist In Bed (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 2 Where's The Hook (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 3 Don't Touch My (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 4 What came before (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 5 Sunset (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 6 Hit and Run (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 7 Pulsar (LISTEN TO AUDIO)

Marco Minnemann: Eeps (Autographed)

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Marco Minnemann is looked upon by his peers and fans as one of the most innovative drummers on the international music scene today. As a solo artist, Marco proves he's not just about drums: on this album he composed all the songs, lyrics and plays every instrument on the album (along with engineering and recording the record and mixing a number of the tracks). Marco has performed and/or recorded with The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani, Buddy Rich Big Band, Necrophagist, Nina Hagen, Kreator, Terry Bozzio, Mike Keneally and last year's critically acclaimed album, Levin Minnemann Rudess - including Tony Levin on Bass and Stick, and Jordan Rudess on Keyboards.

1. Cheap as F**k and Awesome As Hell (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
4. Live Ghost (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
5. Soul Dance (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
6. Obvious (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
7. Right on Time and Out of Tune (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
8. Sushi Cat Doll (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
9. Sunshine
10. The Split
11. Painter
12. Dead Ghost
13. Douche
14. Synthetic Swans
15. When I Was Gone
Bonus Cuts (Exclusive to CD):
16. 360 Degrees
17. Talking About LMR
18. Villain Vultures

Steve Howe: Yes: Heaven & Earth the new album

Yes: Heaven & Earth (2014)
Steve Howe (Electric Guitar, Acoustic & Steel Guitars, Backing Vocals; Chris Squire (Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals); Alan White (Drums, Percussion); Geoff Downes (Keyboards, Computer Programming); Jon Davison (Lead & Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar on tracks 1, 4 & 6)

Heaven & Earth is the twenty-first studio album from the English progressive rock band Yes, first released on 16 July 2014 on Frontiers Records. It is their first album with singer Jon Davison in the band's line-up. It was produced by Roy Thomas Baker, who first worked with the band on recording sessions in 1979, and mixed by former member Billy Sherwood

Joe Bonamassa: New Studio Album - All New Original Songs - Pre-Order Now

Joe Bonamassa: New Studio Album - All New Original Songs - Pre-Order Now

Jeff Labar: announces Debut CD on Rat Pak Records


Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar's "One For The Road" was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with long-time friend and noted engineer Ronnie Honeycutt, and mixed & mastered by Chris "The Wizard" Collier (KXM/Lynch Mob/Lita Ford). Jeff's first solo release entitled "One For The Road" highlights both his songwriting and guitar playing abilities. It is also the first of two, seven song offerings of classic, hard rock style material that will be released via Rat Pak Records. About the album Jeff states, "This record is written about parts of my life since the hay-days of Cinderella....and there is a lot more where that came from!" The song "No Strings" features Tesla's Troy Luccketta on drums and was mixed by Cinderella drummer Fred Coury. The song "Ode To Page" is Jeff's acoustic tribute to Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Featured tracks include: "No Strings", "Asking For A Beating", "Muse", "Hello Or Goodbye", "Ode To Page", "Nightmare on My Street" and "One For The Road". Tracks on the CD range from classic, early Cinderella-style hard rock, to groove-laden blues rock and really captures the magic and spirit of the genre that Jeff helped create! Official release date is set for August 26,2014.

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Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, Tyler Bryant: Jeff Beck and ZZ Top tour together for the first time ever!

Guitarist Prodigy Tyler Bryant to Open All Dates

(Los Angeles, CA) As announced, this August will see long time music legends, and mutual admirers, Jeff Beck and ZZ Top tour together for the first time ever.  The tour launches in Missoula, MT on August 8 and will run for five weeks with stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Detroit, Dallas, Boston and NYC (full itinerary below).  

Accompanying Jeff on the road will be Jimmy Hall on Vocals, Rhonda Smith on bass, Jonathan Joseph on drums andNicolas Meier on guitar.  Hall, lead singer for the Southern rock group, Wet Willie, previously joined Beck in 1985 singing lead vocals on Beck’s album, Flash and was nominated for a Grammy award for the performance.

Also, just announced, is the special opening act on this fantastic double bill, 21-year-old Texas guitar prodigy, Tyler Bryant, who has previously opened for Jeff Beck, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Bonamassa, BB King, Heart and Vince Gill among many others.  Bryant will appear on all dates except as noted below.

Formatted with musical synergy in mind, stops along the touring route will offer fans full Jeff Beck and ZZ Top sets, with a finale that joins the English fret master with the Texas rockers each night of the tour.  ZZ Top is touring in support of two new releases this summer including The Very Baddest of ZZ Top, a new compilation from Warner Bros. and Live At Montreux 2013 on DVD and Blu-ray from Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Although groundbreaking with the headliners, this tour is not the first live collaboration between the two camps. Gibbonsjoined Jeff Beck and his band on stage at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where they performed The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Foxey Lady” and ZZ Top’s hit “Rough Boy” together. The following year Jeff Beck joined ZZ Top in Lucca, Italy for an extended rendition of the band’s signature piece “La Grange.” Remarkably, however, this marks the first time Jeff Beck and ZZ Top are doing any sort of extensive touring together.

ZZ Top with Jeff Beck Tour Itinerary:

August 8              Ogren Park                                                         Missoula, MT
August 9              Chateau Ste. Michelle                                    Woodinville, WA
August 10            Cuthbert Amphitheatre                                 Eugene, OR
August 12            The Mountain Winery                                    Saratoga, CA
August 13            Greek Amphitheatre                                     Los Angeles, CA
August 15            Ironstone Amphitheatre                              Murphys, CA
August 16            The Joint                                                              Las Vegas, NV
August 17            AVA Amphitheatre                                         Tucson, AZ
August 19            Sandia Casino                                                    Albuquerque, NM
August 20            Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre                    Englewood, CO
August 22            Zoo Amphitheatre                                           Oklahoma City, OK
August 23            Starlight Theater                                              Kansas City, MO
August 24            Verizon Wireless Amphitheater               Maryland Heights, MO
August 27            DTE Energy Music Theatre                           Clarkston, MI
August 28            Ravinia  Festival                                                 Highland Park, IL
August 29            Seneca Allegany Casino                                 Salamanca, NY
August 30            Concert Venue @Harrah’s                           Atlantic City, NJ
August 31            MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods          Mashantucket, CT
September 2      Blue Hills Bank Pavilion                                  Boston, MA
September 3      Merriweather Post Pavilion                         Columbia, MD *
September 4      Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater                    Wantagh, NY
September 6      Verizon Wireless Amphitheater               Alpharetta, GA
September 7      St. Augustine Amphitheater                       St. Augustine, FL
September 9      Cruzan Amphitheater                                    West Palm Beach, FL
September 10   Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater   Tampa, FL
September 12   Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion               The Woodlands, TX
September 13   Winstar Casino                                                  Thackerville, OK **

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 *Tyler Bryant and Gary Clark Jr. open
**ZZ Top and Jeff Beck only

Peter Frampton,Vinnie Moore: While My Guitar Gently Weeps 2014 - pretty cool

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Peter Frampton & Vinnie Moore(of UFO & Alice Cooper), Sands Casino Event Center, Bethlehem, PA; July 15th, 2014; Grammy Winners Tour; Final song of the night

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" Peter Frampton & Vinnie Moore@Sands Bethlehem PA Center 7/15/14

Johnny Winter: dead RIP

Johnny Winter has died at the age of 70. The news was first reported by American Blues Scene and Jenda Derringer, wife of Winter's former bandmate Rick Derringer. Jenda wrote on Facebook: "[Johnny] passed early this morning in Zurich, Switzerland." She added: "He was not in good health and was very frail and weak."