Monday, 22 December 2014

Sean Conklin: Oblivion - Metal Guitar Etude

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Oblivion - Metal Guitar Etude - Sean Conklin

Nita Strauss, Courtney Cox, Nikki Stringfield: The Iron Maidens - Transylvania, Trooper and Die With Your Boots On

Nita Strauss, Courtney Cox, Nikki Stringfield - three guitar attack. Nita Strauss returning from the Alice Cooper tour for the show at Paladinos, Dec 20, 2014

The Iron Maidens - Transylvania, Paladinos, Dec 20, 2014

The Iron Maidens - Trooper & Die With Your Boots On, Paladinos, Dec 20, 2014

Gary Willis, Victor Wooten: NAMM Bass Bash

NAMM Bass Bash with Gary Willis and Victor Wooten January 22-23 in Anaheim
TonĂ© Wellington, the manager of bassist/educator Anthony Wellington, has taken over the annual NAMM Bass Bash at JT Schmid’s in Anaheim, California, for two nights of blistering bottom end, on January 22 and 23. The free admission event features Wojtek Pilichowski and Gary Willis, among others, on Thursday, the 22nd, and Victor Wooten on Friday, the 23rd.

For more info visit the links below.


7:00PM - 7:40PM - Michel Labaki
8:00PM - 8:45PM - Bill Dickens
9:00PM - 9:45PM - Wojtek Pilichowski10:00PM - 11:00PM - The Gary Willis Trio

Special guest appearance throughout the evening by Quintin Berry
7:00PM - 7:45PM - Nik West
8:00PM - 8:45PM - Scott Ambush
9:00PM - 9:45PM - Darryl Anders AgapeSoul
 10:00PM - 11:00PM - Victor Wooten

Paul Wardingham: joined the Dunlop Artist roster!

Paul Wardingham
I am proud to announce that I have officially joined the Dunlop Artist roster! Check out my artist page:

It's hard to imagine playing guitar without a Dunlop pick in my hand.

Which Dunlop picks do you guys use?

Paul Wardingham - Beyond Human (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Nili Brosh: available for Skype lessons

Nili Brosh

Hey everyone! I am taking on new Skype students for 2015 at affordable rates! If interested, please personal-message me, or leave a comment and I will message you. Thanks!

Don't forget the interview 

Shredder Santa: Happy Holidays From Suhr - 2014

A rare and special glimpse into Santa’s practice regimen at the North Pole before embarking on his long night of delivering gifts to the World.

From all of us at Suhr, Happy Holidays!

Signal Path:
Player: Shredder Santa™
Rhythm: Suhr Custom T - Riot Distortion pedal - Badger 30 Amplifier - Suhr 2x12 cabinet w/ Celestion G12/65 speakers

Solo: Suhr Standard Pro - PT-100 Signature Edition Amplifier and 2x12 cabinet w/Celestion Creamback 75 speakers

For more information on the products used and seen in this video:

Classic Pro

Classic T

Standard Pro

Badger 30 Amplifier

Corso Recording Amplifier

PT-100 Signature Edition Amplifier

SL-67 Hand Wired Amplifier

2014 Happy Holidays From Suhr - Featuring Shredder Santa™

Uli Jon Roth, Vinnie Moore: XG Extreme Guitar 2015 NAMM

Jason Becker: Happy Birthday to oh mine papa - Gary Becker

Jason Becker

Happy Birthday to oh mine papa, Gary Becker!

Wish Gary a happy birthday too with (proceeds to Jason)

Gary Becker Limited Edition 2015 GARY BECKER ART CALENDAR (Jason's Father)

Tesla Manaf: Tesla Manaf new CD available

Tesla Manaf  - MJR069

International debut of Tesla Manaf’s, the young and gifted Indonesian guitarist from the city of Bandung, who delivers his main goal as a musician – “to convert spoken words into notes”. Two albums on one cd: "A Man's Relationship with His Fragile Area​" (2014) and "It's All Yours" (2011)

Direct link for more info and purchase options:
CD $13+shipping | BandCamp Download $9

Tesla Manaf’s guitar work pairs the string texture and physicality of Andres Segovia and Django Reinhardt, with the phrasing and pacing of Ralph Towner and Pat Metheny, through to the present compositional ebbs and flows of Mary Halvorson and Gilad Hekselman. Mind you, these are merely scrap-book points of reference — the end result is extremely original, fresh and inspiring. There is at work here a youthful and enthusiastic sense of risk-taking which is most revealing and rewarding listen after listen. His unique approach to modern composition assures that you won’t necessarily find the traditional song elements of verse, chorus, solo, bridge or refrain and, if you do, they very likely will not occupy the accepted position or possess the interrelationship you have come to expect. This “turning on its head” approach to composition, along with each player’s technique and choice of instrument tone color, gives great impact to the experience of listening deeply to each track. "A Man's Relationship with His Fragile Area" (his last album recorded in 2014 - first 8 compositions on the CD)​ is all about movement – you find yourself taking the journey with Tesla Manaf (guitar), Hadis ‘Hulhul’ Hendarisman (clarinet, tarompet pencak, Indonesian flute), Rudy Zulkarnaen (upright bass) and Desal Sembada (drums). Your route is paved with gorgeous arpeggiated guitar lines intertwined with sinuous dancing clarinet and fueled by subtle yet insistent basslines with the most delicate use of drumkit. Midstream reflection of this musical experience is granted through the equally composed use of silence and pause. The effortless performance of these idiosyncratic songs belies their complexity. The second half of this cd includes Tesla’s earlier album “It’s All Yours” (recorded in 2011) featuring the Balinese ensemble Mahagotra Ganesha. Tesla’s guitar work on this recording possesses the playful melodicism of King Sunny Ade and is perfectly complemented by the resonant metallic voices of the Mahagotra Ganesha ensemble’s Gamelan, Gangsa, Ceng Ceng, Kantil, Gong and Kemplug.

Riza Arshad, Beledo: CD of the simakDialog's first USA tour in 2013 at Orion Studios in Baltimore

simakDIALOG - Live at Orion (2cd)  - MJR068

Recorded during the simakDialog's first USA tour in 2013 at Orion Studios in Baltimore. On this double album of almost 2hrs of music, the Indonesian band offers up their own brand of inspired and spirited music of extreme integrity which listens as much as it speaks.

Direct link for more info and purchase options:
2cd album $19+shipping | BandCamp Download $11

Leader, composer and (Fender) Rhodes scholar, Riza Arshad, possesses one of the most capable sets of hands ever to grace a Fender Rhodes. His manipulation of this classic keyboard, whose warm and slightly rounded metallic voice has helped define modern jazz, brings out the very best it has to offer as he charts out new territories of sound. Arshad’s wonderfully sophisticated compositions form the perfect armature for the musicians to flesh out the sound in a very organic way that compels the listener to deeply take it all in. Tohpati’s guitar work is the perfect dancing partner to Arshad’s keys as he can lead or follow depending on the needs of each composition. His subtle atmospherics bring to mind David Torn, Terje Rypdal and Nels Cline, while his leadwork can possess both the fluidity of Holdsworth and the aggressiveness of Jeff Beck. Though there is no shortage of acrobatic axe-wielding on “Live at Orion”, Tohpati’s democratic interplay with Riza’s gorgeous Rhodes is the real star here – creating a powerful synergy that gives voice to the whole of the music over its parts. The rhythm section of Endang Ramdan and Erlan Suwardana, each on Sudanese kendang percussion, along with Cucu Kurnia on assorted metal percussion and the understated and convincing “Bitches Brew” funk groove of bassistRudy Zulkarnaen, creates a formidable foundation of one of the most original and innovative progressive electric jazz artists today. ​NYC based Uruguayan guitarist Beledo is guesting on the closing tune of the album.​