Saturday, 27 December 2014

Joe Bonamassa: Year In Review 2014

Follow Joe Bonamassa around the world. Check out Bonamassa's incredible adventure from this 2014 Year in Review.

Joe Bonamassa - Year In Review 2014

Timo Somers: guitar master class & special Aristides Instruments

Wednesday, 11 February 2015
at 18:30–23:00 in UTC+01

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Podium Duycker
Raadhuisplein 5, 2132 TZ Hoofddorp, Netherlands

Timo Somers - guitar master class & special Aristides Instruments Try & Play Event

Open 6:30 PM: Aristides Guitars Expo
Clinic starts at 8:00 PM

More details soon on tickets

Felix Martin: announced for Anaheim C.C. CenterStage NAMM

Performance Info
Set Time:
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 1:00pm to 1:40pm
Anaheim C.C.
CenterStageArtist Info
Felix Martin: 14-string guitar
Kilian Duarte: Bass
Phillip Galatioto : Drums
Artist Bio:

Felix Martin, an ambidextrous, Venezuelan-born guitarist who moved to America after winning a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee School of Music.

Felix is pushing music into new boundaries by mixing Metal with different styles such as Jazz, Progressive, World, Latin, Fusion, etc. Although his style is mostly called Progressive Metal, he is often cataloged as Jazz Metal, as he sometimes writes straight ahead Jazz mixed with Metal.

Felix uses his self-designed 14-string guitars, which are two regular guitars in one, standard guitar. Felix created a completely new way of playing the electric guitar by performing simultaneously with two of them as if was one guitar. This opens up a new and hidden world of the electric guitar. Felix pioneered this style of playing at the age of 13, and as of 2014, he remains the only one in the world who plays this way.

Felix and his band named under his name has shared the stage with acts such as Steve Vai, Mike Portnoy, Tesseract, Scale the Summit, Devin Townsend Project and have toured most of North America, South America and Europe.

Alex Skolnick: Planetary Coalition announced for Anaheim Marriott NAMM

Performance Info
Set Time:
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 7:00pm to 7:40pm
Anaheim Marriott
Lobby StageArtist Info
Alex Skolnick: Guitar
Artist Bio:

Planetary Coalition’s self-titled debut (Release Date: 11/11/14, ArtistShare) honors the world’s music with original pieces and masterful performances. Featuring a stunning array of guest collaborators—including Rodrigo y Gabriela, Kiran Ahluwalia, Adnan Joubran, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, NY Gypsy AllStars,,Yacouba Sissoko, Yihan Chen and many others—each track captures a culture-hopping acoustic guitar in musical conversation with instruments of the Middle East (oud and kanun), India (tabla and santoor), Africa (kora), China (pipa) and more. For the project’s creator/composer Alex Skolnick – well known as the lead guitarist of Testament who went on to study jazz improvisation at the New School - the step from metal and jazz guitar guru to world music instigator has proven remarkably small.

Tom Hess: How To Practice Guitar More Effectively To Regain Your Skills After Not Playing For A Long Time

How To Practice Guitar More Effectively To Regain Your Skills After Not Playing For A Long Time
By Tom Hess
Have you been playing guitar recently after taking a long break away from playing? It doesn’t matter if you were away from guitar for several weeks, a month or more – you were surely in for an unpleasant surprise after noticing a drop in your playing skills (when compared to how you used to play).

I’m on the same page with you... years ago I completed a big tour, and wanted to take a break away from guitar playing for a little while. Although I only planned to take this break for a little while, I ended up not practicing at all until many months later when I needed to record a new album. Needless to say, I was not too pleased with the way my playing sounded once I began practice again.
If you have ever stopped playing guitar for a long duration of time (or you haven’t held a serious practice session in many months), you will get your skills back again by using these 5 approaches:

1. Don’t Overcompensate By Practicing Too Much
A lot of guitar players overcompensate for their lack of practice by practicing tons of hours each day. This generally causes them to practice ineffectively in an unorganized manner. On top of that, it makes it easier for them to become frustrated and/or injury themselves. Here is what these players don’t know, and what you need to understand: More guitar practice does not necessarily make you a great player. Fact is, you can make a lot of progress in your guitar playing by practicing in short, highly-focused bursts during the day. This is an effective method because it helps you practice with maximum focus since there is only a small amount of time being used. So instead of working on playing with clean sweep picking technique (for example) for a few hours at a time, you’d practice in intervals of 15 minutes per session. It’s a lot less difficult to practice for 15 minute periods than for many hours.
Follow this effective guitar practice schedule to get your guitar skills back in exactly two weeks.

2. Practice Using Your BRAIN 1st And Your Fingers 2nd
Don’t fall into the trap of practicing guitar with a mindless approach! Not only should this be a general rule for all guitar practice, but it applies even more strongly for practicing guitar after taking an extensive break. Here’s why: After a break, it’s much more likely that bad habits have crept back into your guitar playing. If you use poor focus during your guitar practice, you’ll probably develop poor playing habits (even in places where you didn’t have them before!). The following are the most effective ways to prevent this from happening by making sure you remain focused:
-Use an effective guitar practice schedule to quickly get your technique back on track.
-Utilize “focus rotation” so that your mind is always switched on during your practice. I explain this in greater detail throughout this guide to easily doubling your guitar playing speed.
-Practice guitar techniques that have the highest guitar playing exercise transferability. This will prevent you from becoming bored and help you get your skills back faster.

3. Rebuild Your Foundation Of Technique First
After not playing guitar for a long while, you lose your playing skills at varying degrees. Your guitar technique is often the first skill to leave you. That said, after an extended break, you need to place guitar technique practice as your first priority for the first couple of weeks.
Notice: I’m not telling you that you should “always” work on technique during your guitar practice. I'm merely saying that the first couple of weeks of practice “after a long break” should be mostly spent on technique. Additionally, even when you don’t have a guitar in hand, you should be practicing away from guitar so that your musical skills are not lost.

4. Start Crawling Before You Walk
In your first week back after a long break, you won’t be able to play everything you played before in a flawless manner. At this point, you do not possess the same level of control over the movements in your fingers. If you quickly rush into playing with high speed or working on complex guitar licks, it will be very unclean and you might even hurt yourself by using unnecessary tension (that comes from inefficient movement). This is like attempting to run a marathon when you having exercised in a year... Everything that is needed to make your body finish the race (muscle stability, cardiovascular endurance, etc.) has been unused for a lengthy amount of time, and thus is highly underdeveloped for the task at hand. Running under these conditions will prove to be impossible, and you will likely injure yourself in the process.

To guarantee that you return your playing to the level it was at before (without harming yourself or becoming frustrated), focus mostly on perfecting the basics of your technique throughout the first week of practice. While you are practicing, make sure to pay extra close attention to the unneeded tension you are feeling in your body and reduce it as much as possible. Don’t let yourself play very fast or technical guitar licks during this time. By working slowly to regain your coordination in hands, you will grow a solid foundation from which you can play with greater speed and accuracy.
The effective guitar practice schedule that I recommend to use for getting your guitar skills where they need to be is fundamentally based upon this concept.

5. Control Your Frustration And Take Advantage Of Your Mistakes
It’s hard not to get frustrated when you know you used to play guitar at a much higher level than where you are at now. However, don’t allow this frustration to control your playing and destroy your motivation for continuing to practice guitar! If you do, it will be very difficult to get your playing back to where it used to be.

No matter who you are, you will make countless mistakes in order to become a better guitarist. With that being said, most of your practice time will be used for identifying and solving your guitar playing mistakes. So if you really enjoy playing guitar, there’s no point in getting frustrated by mistakes. A better approach is to focus on turning mistakes into tools for improvement. Once you take away the negative emotions you associate with mistakes, you enable yourself to directly address any issues in your playing – making much faster progress.

After reading this article, you now know how to quickly regain your guitar skills after not playing for a long while. Now you just need to take action to implement these ideas.
After you can play as good as before, keep your playing on track with an effective guitar practice schedule based on your musical goals.

About The Author:
Tom Hess is a highly successful professional musician, guitar teacher and composer. With his correspondence guitar lessons, he has helped thousands of guitarists improve their guitar skills. To become a better guitar player go to http://tomhess.netand watch free guitar video lessons, learn about effective guitar practice, and read guitar articles.

Larry Mitchell: set to perform at Anaheim Marriott NAMM

Performance Info
Set Time:
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 10:00pm to 10:40pm
Anaheim Marriott
Lobby StageArtist Info
Larry Mitchell: Guitar
Artist Bio:

~~Larry Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. In his original compositions, Larry skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase his virtuosity as a solo artist and ensemble player.

As an artist, he has released 6 solo records and won a San Diego Music Award for best pop jazz artist.

As a producer-engineer, Larry has won 26 New Mexico Music Awards in various categories from pop, adult contemporary, rap, rock, country and Native American. He won a Grammy Award for producing, engineering and performing on "Totemic Flute Chants" by artist Johnny Whitehorse, who is better known as Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo.

Larry is currently touring with his own trio as well as with Native artists Shelley Morningsong, Dawn Avery, Joy Harjo and Robert Mirabal.

He has many long-standing endorsements and relationships with companies such as Ibanez Guitars, D'Adarrio Strings, D'Marzio Pickups and Fractal Audio.

Kiko Loureiro,Joel Hoekstra, Monte Pittman : Randy Rhoads Remembered: A Celebration of a Guitar Legend NAMM

Brian Tichy


DECEMBER 24, 2014


Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA

On Friday January 23rd, 2015 the madness continues with Randy Rhoads Remembered: A Celebration of a Guitar Legend! RRR salutes Rhoads, the brilliant, original Ozzy Osbourne guitarist. Show creator Brian Tichy and partner Joe Sutton conceived this event in 2013 after agreeing years before that Randy Rhoads deserved fresh recognition for his musical impact. They are both huge fans of Rhoads. Tichy himself played with Ozzy Osbourne in 2000. On top of the best guitar players in the world rocking their favorite Rhoads’ songs, Randy’s brother Kelle Rhoads performs and both his sister Kathy and he share their stories making this a very touching and personal experience for all involved!

On top of the already stellar lineup, RRR proudly announces the following newly added artists to the January 23rd show: Dewey Bragg (Kill Devil Hill/ MOTH) Tracii Guns (Devil City Angels) Mitch Perry (MSG / Edgar Winter) Monte Pittman (Madonna) Jeff Watson (Night Ranger) Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill) Roy Z (Halford / Bruce Dickinson / Tribe of Gypsies).
RRR will be hosted by Rock n’ Roll Comedian Deal Delray, Bonzo Bash Producer Joe Sutton and show creator Brian Tichy.

Producers Brian Tichy and Joe Sutton have been creating unique celebration concerts since 2010, and have now combined them all. Dubbed “California Music Fest: 3 Days of Music & Madness,” this festival coincides with NAMM January 22, 23 & 24, 2015. In addition to RRR, it also includes Bonzo Bash 2015 NAMM JAMM on Thursday, Jan 22nd, and Entwistle/ Moon: The Ox & The Loon on Saturday, Jan 24th.

Randy Rhoads Remembered was the second celebration event produced by Tichy & Sutton, with the first one selling out and taking place during NAMM weekend 2014. With 11 Bonzo Bashes, 6 RRR’s, and 1 Entwistle/Moon later, they have taken RRR to both coasts receiving nothing but rave reviews. The upcoming RRR during California Music Fest 2015 is sure to be the mightiest one yet! The show highlights the industry’s top guitarists playing every song from the iconic Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman records and then some! TIchy says, “I can’t wait for RRR, Bonzo Bash and Entwistle/Moon to happen! These shows are so unique and high-spirited! I get to play drums all night at RRR with so many amazing players on records I learned from as a kid! To me, there’s no cooler place to be than at these mighty events! I feel like a wildebeest that’s made it across a croc-infested river onto fresh grassland; heartily content!”

The following artists have been confirmed as participants in Randy Rhoads Remembered:


Tracii Guns (Devil City Angels)
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake / Night Ranger)
Nik Kai (Kemical Kill)
Kiko Louriero (Angra)
Marzi Montazeri (Philip H. Alselmo & The Illegals / Marzi Montazeri’s Heavy As Texas)
Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob)
Mitch Perry (MSG / Edgar Winter)
Monte Pittman (Madonna)
Rowan Robertson (DIO / Bang Tango / DC4)
Janet Robin (Student of Randy Rhoads / Lindsey Buckingham)
Alex Skolnick (Testament / Alex Skolnick Trio)
Brian Tichy (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol)
Jeff Watson (Night Ranger)
Brent Woods (Student of Randy Rhoads / Vince Neil / Sebastian Bach)
Phil X (The Drills / Bon Jovi)
Roy Z (Halford / Bruce Dickinson / Tribe of Gypsies)
Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill)

“THE MADMEN” (RRR House Band):
Michael Devin: vox (Whitesnake)
Stephen LeBlanc: keys (Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Exp.)
Rudy Sarzo: bass (Ozzy Osbourne / Quiet Riot / Whitesnake / Queensryche)
Phil Soussan: bass (Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol / Big Noize)
Brian Tichy: drums (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol)

Dewey Bragg (Kill Devil Hill / MOTH)
Host: Dean Delray (Rock n’ Roll Comedian)
Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio
Dave Ellefson (Megadeth)
Kelle Rhoads
Jeff Scott Soto (Journey / Talisman)
Chas West (Bonham)

*In addition to this lineup, there will be some very specials guests -
some will be announced and some won’t, so stay tuned!

Randy Rhoads Remembered: 1.23.2015

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Randy Rhoads Remembered 1.23.2015 - General Admission Tickets:

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For VIP Packages, Press & Photos contact Noelle Kim: or 310.849.3444

Tichy / Sutton Productions -- -- Twitter: @RhoadsRememberd

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Tom Hess: How Mastering Sweep Picking Can Help You Become A Better Guitar Player And Overcome Your Guitar Playing Problems

How Mastering Sweep Picking Can Help You Become A Better Guitar Player And Overcome Your Guitar Playing Problems
Sweep picking is hard for most guitar players to master…but it doesn't have to be that way for you. I'm about to show you exactly how easy improving your sweep picking can be and (better yet) how doing so can help ALL of your guitar playing improve. Check it out:
Check out this sweep picking pattern:
NOTE: I didn't use a finger rolling arpeggio in the example above. More on this below.

When you first look at this arpeggio, you may think it is hard to play because of how many notes there are. This is incorrect and here's why:
1. Your fretting hand doesn't have to work hard at all. This is because, in the example above, your middle and ring fingers play only 1 note each, your pinky plays 2 notes, and your index finger plays 3 notes. Because of the way the notes occur in the example above, your fingers have a LOT of time to get from one note to the next. This makes it possible for you play much faster.

2. When sweep picking, your picking hand actually moves slower than it does in other techniques (like tremolo picking). This is because when you use sweep picking your pick only has to make TWO motions (I talk more about this in the video below).
When you compare the physicality of this technique to a trill (rapidly alternating between two adjacent notes) for example, you will notice that the trill requires SO much more work than this arpeggio example. Watch this sweep picking arpeggio video below to learn how you can improve your sweep picking technique.
"Hold on, Tom! If sweep picking really is this easy…why do most guitar players suck at sweep picking fast and clean?!"

You bring up a good point! Fact is, there are a lot of different reasons why most guitarists have a hard time with this technique. The main reason is that most guitar players simply do not understand why sweep picking is challenging. They assume that it is a physically demanding technique but I have just proven to you that this is not the case at all. So most guitarists run into trouble when they try to just move their hands faster. Besides not helping them master this technique at all, this distracts them from learning how to actually improve. Why is it that most guitar player have such a difficult time mastering their sweep picking technique? There are 4 main reasons:
The Picking Hand's Momentum Is Limited - Most guitar players fail at sweep picking because they end up stopping the pick's motion by trying to pick each string individually. This will slow you down immensely and make it much harder to sweep pick fast. Instead, move you picking hand in a smooth motion that never stops. This is the main reason why I teach directional picking technique to my students.
Poor Finger Rolling Technique - In my arpeggio example above you may have noticed that I left out any shapes that involved finger rolling. This was intentional, because I wanted you to focus first on the fundamental hand motions that will enable you to play fast sweep picking. Having said this, it is important to realize that poor finger rolling technique is another reason why most guitar players struggle to play sweep picking arpeggios fast and clean. The good news for you is that this motion isn't hard at all once you get the basics down. Learn more about how to do this in this arpeggio sweep picking video.
Failure To Coordinate Each Hand Separately - Even though you now understand that your hands don't have a lot of work to do when sweep picking, most people still don't take the time to properly train their hands to do their jobs. To improve your hand's coordination, play the sweep picking motions with each hand individually (without using the other hand). After you are comfortable with each hand's proficiency in the arpeggio you are learning, play the arpeggio with both hands.
Unsynchronized Hands - Besides training your hands individually, you must take time to practice putting the motions of each hand together so that they are perfectly in sync when sweep picking. Not doing this results in horribly sloppy sweep picking technique that hinders your overall guitar speed. This problem is surprisingly easy to solve - simply isolate the hardest parts of the arpeggio you are practicing and make those parts their own exercise. Learn how you can do this in my article about improving your sweep picking.
How can these ideas also improve the rest of your guitar playing?

Once you understand the ideas presented in this article, you should feel much more empowered. These understandings will enable you to improve ALL of your guitar playing (not only your sweep picking technique)! Here's how:
1. Isolate each hand while practicing difficult guitar licks. Do this by going through the motions of playing the arpeggio with each hand separately (as explained above) and then combining them together.

2. Learn what your REAL guitar practice problems are. Focus in on each exercise and determine what each hand's job is so you avoid wasting any time trying to fix things that aren't the real problem.

3. Don't ever think that simply moving your hands faster is the answer to playing guitar faster. Focus more on how efficient your motions are in both hands. Learn exactly how to do this in your tremolo picking technique.

4. Study with a proven guitar teacher who can help you dramatically improve your guitar technique faster than you ever could alone. This allows you to reach all of your musical goals faster than you ever could on your own.
If you want to learn how you can play guitar faster than you ever have before, check out my how you can double your guitar speed.

About The Author: Tom Hess is a highly successful professional musician and composer. He trains guitarists worldwide via his correspondence guitar lessons. Visit his website to get more free guitar resources.