Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Roberto Restuccia: Soul jam for coffee breaks

coffee breaks backing track - http://www.coffeebreakgrooves.com/
Soul jam - Roberto Restuccia

Pete Sklaroff: some cool BeBop noodling

Pete Sklaroff with some cool BeBop noodling

Acid Bop

Scott LePage,Tim Henson, Jakub Żytecki: Polyphia | Debut album details

Polyphia's "The Jungle", from their upcoming album 'Muse'. Available online worldwide September 2nd. Pre-Order the album from Bandcamp now and receive "The Jungle" as an instant download track! http://polyphia.bandcamp.com

Exclusive pre-order packages available now athttp://polyphia.merchnow.com
Pre-order also available at: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id90500...


Polyphia | The Jungle (feat. Jakub Żytecki of Disperse) DEBUT ALBUM "MUSE" OUT 9.02.14

Nick Johnston: reveals cover for the new album - looking extra good on the physical CD.

Nick Johnston Music
Here is the cover and full illustration for my 3rd instrumental record - 'Atomic Mind'.

(This gorgeous album artwork will open, vertically, 4 panels high - if you opt for a physical copy )

Marco Minnemann - Drums
Bryan Beller - Bass
Guthrie Govan (Official) - Guest solos

Pre-Orders : September 1st
Release date : October 7th

Teaser coming August 26th!

(Artwork, once again, by Mark Rehkopf's Adventure Visuals)

Eddie Van Halen,Jason Becker: Eddie Van Halen is opening up bids for his 1982 Frankenstrat - proceeds to Jason Becker. (December 2013)

Eddie Van Halen  (Date December 2013)

Looking for a piece of rock and roll history to hang on your mantle? Eddie Van Halen is opening up bids for his 1982 Frankenstrat. The guitar, used during the 1982-1982 Diver Down tour, is only one of eight. The red-and white guitar comes emblazoned with Van Halen’s signature and is estimated to go for $100k to $150k.

Proceeds will go to help guitarist Jason Becker and the Jason Becker Special Needs Trust for his battle against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Entertainment Minute made a special trip out to California recently and did some interviews with CEO and President of auction house Profiles in History, Joe Maddalena.

Joe previewed some very special Hollywood Treasures ( Joe also hosted the hit SyFy show, Hollywood Treasure), being auctioned at his December18th Rock and Roll Auction, to be held @December 18th,2013 at Profiles Calabasas showroom in CA.

Here Joe describes an original and rare Eddie Van Halen 1982 Kramer "Frankenstrat" Guitar used in live performances and in the studio. This 1982 Kramer "Frankenstrat" guitar was owned and played by the legendary Edward Van Halen during some of the most remarkable years of his career with Van Halen.

Profiles in History Rock and Roll Auction 59: Lot 124 Van Halen "Frankenstrat" Guitar-Lot

Daniele Gottardo: Vigier - plays Fugue LIVE

Daniele Gottardo plays Fugue LIVE
ugo bolzoni
Daniele Gottardo plays Fugue
From new album "Non Temperato"
Live Audio & Video at NFRS New Frontiers Recording Studio
By Ugo Bolzoni

Marcin Duński: A selection of Marcin's favourite aweseome guitar solos

marcin duński- guitar solos
marcin dunski
marcin duński- guitar solos

Marcin Duński: A selection of Marcin's favourite aweseome guitar solos

marcin duński- guitar solos

Fabrizio Licciardello: Solo Extract from the track Hypnotic Trance

fabrizio licciardello

only extracted from the hypnotic trance song

1ST SOLO HYPNOTIC TRANCE rock fusion impro

Petey Graves: Red Seas Fire | Epinephrine | Official Stream

Red Seas Fire | Epinephrine | Official Stream
Red Seas Fire
Download this song and more for free from http://www.redseasfire.com/

Tom Hess: How To Get Good At Playing Anything On Guitar - 3 Step Process For Effective Guitar Practice

How To Get Good At Playing Anything On Guitar - 3 Step Process For Effective Guitar Practice
By Tom Hess
Have you ever been practicing something on guitar (a solo, specific technique, song, etc.) for many months without seeing any results? Despite your hard work, you just can’t seem to get any better... Then you eventually become disappointed and begin wondering if you’ll ever play guitar like you want to.

Before I reveal to you how to figure this problem out and play guitar like you want, you must know and believe that you CAN achieve your musical goals, just like your favorite players. However, if you struggle with problems in your guitar playing, it doesn’t mean you lack talent and will never become a great guitarist. It just means the following:

1. You haven’t learned the proper steps to follow while practicing what will give you the ability to play whatever you want (I’ll tell you these steps in a moment).

2. No one ever correctly taught you HOW to practice the aforementioned steps. This is hard to understand for most guitarists (specifically, self-taught guitarists) because it requires knowledge of how to practice guitar with great effectiveness. It’s simple to understand WHAT to practice (since these things are often rooted in common sense), but implementing them correctly is not so simple.
Think of your guitar playing as a struggle between two forces: one side being the practice you do to make your guitar playing feel easier, and the other side being the problems that consume your playing (making it harder than it should be). Whenever one side wins over the other, your goal splits into two halves:

  • To keep practicing in the most effective manner possible, in order to make speedy progress (I’ve talked about many approaches to this in my previous electric guitar columns).

  • To move beyond certain challenges that keep you from playing the things you want to play as well as you’d like to play them (this is what I’ll show you below).
To help you completely understand the practicing process explained below, watch this video that demonstrates how this approach makes your guitar playing better. Do this now before you read the rest of this article.

Although the demonstration above shows how to effectively practice guitar in a single circumstance, the general approach to correcting problems can be implemented in the same manner to all techniques/styles (from speed picking to bluesy double stops to heavy rhythm licks).
Here is how to use the steps from the video you watched to find out how to play anything you want on guitar:

Step One: Act As A Doctor While Practicing Guitar
The fundamental mistake guitarists make while practicing is attempting to solve symptoms (things they believe to be problems) in their playing, instead of focusing on ROOT causes (the real problems). This applies in particular to the majority of self-taught guitarists, who were never shown how to effectively practice guitar. As you saw in the video demonstration above, it’s very simple to incorrectly diagnose a problem and falsely assume that you know its cause, only to throw away tons of time practicing the wrong things - making almost no progress at all.

The best way to avoid spending time on symptoms of problems and to really get better in your guitar playing, is to get feedback from an experienced electric guitar teacher who can analyze your technique and tell you the exact things that you need to work on. In addition to providing you with the answers to your guitar playing issues and frustrations, studying with a great teacher will help you be your own guitar teacher and solve your guitar playing issues by yourself. This is definitely the largest benefit of guitar lessons, and is the reason why guitarists who work together with a great teacher quickly become better players (while self-taught players make extremely slow progress).

This is not unlike going to a doctor with some symptoms of not feeling well or having certain aches in your body. Rather than prescribing medicine for the top level symptom of any issue you have, a great doctor tracks every symptom down to its root causes and treats it, causing you to feel much better (getting rid of all the symptoms at the same time). Great doctors weren’t born understanding how to correctly diagnose health issues – they gain this knowledge over time. The same thing can describe your guitar playing: even if you have difficulty identifying the main causes of any significant guitar playing problems you have, you definitely WILL be able to solve them and be your own guitar playing doctor (over time).

Step Two: Transform Any Problem Into A Self-Sufficient Guitar Playing Exercise
Once you’ve identified the problem that is preventing you from playing what you want on guitar, your next move is to find out how to correctly isolate and fix it. As you observed in the video above, spotting the specific issue (the hammer on and pull off in that particular example) was NOT enough on its own. The next action to take is to put the problem into the original context to make it into a self-sufficient exercise. “Self-sufficient” means it’s not necessary to search for any great guitar exercises to solve it - the issue transforms into your exercise.

To discover more about how to properly perform this step of the process, study this article about how to practice guitar for better results.

Step Three: Don’t Give Up Drilling Until You Find Gold
As soon as you identify the correct issue that must be fixed to move your guitar playing forward and correctly made it into its own exercise (as explained and demonstrated in the video above), you now have to practice the problem until it’s taken care of.
The mistake that most guitar players make in this part of the process is not performing enough quality repetitions of the exercise in order to form better guitar playing habits to get rid of the old ones. This mistake shows up in one of 2 versions:

Version One: Some guitarists simply give up on practicing the exercise too early - they get disinterested after practicing for only a few minutes... never to practice the exercise again. So they simply never complete sufficient repetitions of the exercise to improve their guitar playing.

Version Two: Other guitarists will discipline themselves to practice the exercise for many hours without stopping. Although they perform many repetitions of the exercise, the quality of each repetition begins to decline as they play the exercise over and over, eventually losing focus. Study this article about directionless guitar practice to learn more about this.
The right way to create a good habit is by continually practicing guitar in bursts of concentrated effort for several minutes at a time. Instead of practicing the same exact exercise for many hours on end, practice it for several minutes at a time, many times throughout the day, gaining tons of volume (repetitions) over the course of a week.

Version one of the mistake above happens often to guitar players who practice randomly (without any kind of schedule). Their practicing is completely unorganized and messy (directly affecting their guitar playing).

In contrast, version two of the mistake above happens frequently to guitar players who don’t know the nuances of correctly training the body and the mind to play guitar. Instead, they try to build their practice routines using a linear guitar practicing approach with an Excel spreadsheet or a calculator (big mistake!).

To steer clear of both mistakes, you must be aware that teaching a human being to play guitar is much different than programming functions into a computer. It’s for this reason that you must use a guitar practice routine that is created specifically for getting major results.

Now that you know what is required to play anything you want on guitar, begin taking action on the tips given in this article (as well as the resources offered throughout) to make your practice sessions highly effective and your guitar playing less difficult.

If you still have a hard time attaining the results you desire from your practice time, you will achieve your guitar playing goals faster by working directly with me. Read about electric guitar lessons online and tell me your guitar playing challenges so I can help you fix them.

About The Author:

Tom Hess is a successful professional guitar player, composer and international guitar teacher. He also helps musicians learn guitar online and reach their guitar playing goals. Visit his rock and metal guitar lessons site to read more articles about guitar playing, plus get free guitar tips and guitar playing resources.

Laurie Monk: The ALS Ice bucket challenge

I was asked to do the the Ice Bucket Challenge... I did think long and hard about it... but I already know what ALS (or MND as it is known in the UK) is. So the important point for me was not to raise awareness, but it is to donate to a worthy cause.

So what is ALS and MND?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—also referred to as motor neurone disease (MND), Charcot disease, and, in the United States, Lou Gehrig's disease—is a neurodegenerative disease with various causes. It is characterised by muscle spasticity, rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle atrophy, difficulty in speaking (dysarthria), swallowing (dysphagia), and breathing (dyspnea). ALS is the most common of the five motor neuron diseases.

Famous people who have or had  ALS
Find out more here: http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/famous-als.shtml

Find out what it's like to live with ALS:
Sit in a chair for just 15 minutes moving nothing but your eyes. Nothing. No speaking, no scratching your nose, no shifting your weight, no changing the channel on the television, no computer work. Only your eyes. As you sit, imagine: this is your life. Your only life.

You can either donate or put a bucket of ice water over your head... hopefully most of ice buckethead people have also donated

You can donate here:
MND https://www.mndcommunity.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=298 (uk tax payers can make a 
Gift Aid donation)

Or if you want to help Jason Becker. Use paypal and donate to pat.becker@intres.com.

Or you can put a bucket of ice water over your head... there are a lot of people who have done a great job, so you don't need me to do it... but please remember to make some donation.

What did I do?  Well I made my $$$ donation to Jason Becker.

Bill Gates ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

RDJ takes the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

Charlie Sheen -- Ice Bucket Challenge with a BIG Twist