Friday, 9 January 2015

Lari Basílio: great news... Lari is recording

I hope to catch up with Lari at NAMM! Wish me luck!


Rohan Stevenson: i built the sky - Metalus (ALL MUSIC FREE HERE)


i built the sky - Metalus

Jason Sadites: Amps & Axes Quick Lick #2 - unusual intervals

Hello AaA Fans, this week Jason shows you a slippery and slidey lick in Ab Minor taken from the song 'Down' from his album 'Broken'. Down features the incredible drumming of Marco Minnemann and bass p

Amps & Axes Quick Lick #2 with Jason Sadites

Allan Holdsworth: Soft Machine - Switzerland 1974 DVD

SOFT MACHINE DVD-CR001 Switzerland 1974
Soft Machine were one of the greatest UK avant/jazz-rock bands of all time and their work, whether their earliest performances as a psychedelic band, who were contemporaries of, and shared stages with Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, all the way to being one of Europe's best known 'fusion' bands, their work continues to be name-checked by today's hip experimentalists.

By mid 1973, Soft Machine had gone through a tremendous amount of personnel turnover and a shifting in their sound over the previous year. The band now consisted of founding member Mike Ratledge (electric piano, synthesizer), Karls Jenkins (electric piano, piano, sax, oboe), Roy Babbington (electric bass) and John Marshall (drums and percussion). Having already collaborated with a guitarist, Gary Boyle (as documented on NDR Jazz Workshop), upon meeting guitarist Allan Holdsworth, then in the early stages of his professional career, in November, the group invited him to join the band, which he did, becoming the first guitarist to join the band in over 5 years!

With the addition of a musician of Holdsworth's prowess, Soft Machine decided to take a fresh start and develop material that would feature their virtuosic new addition in a fitting manner. Jenkins and Ratledge composed a whole new repertoire which was road-tested on extensive tours of North America and continental Europe in the first half of 1974 and which would ultimately make up the Bundles album, widely acknowledged as a jazz-fusion classic alongside the best exponents of the genre worldwide.

On July 4, 1974, Soft Machine were invited to perform at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, sharing the spotlight with such headliners as Billy Cobham's Spectrum, Larry Coryell's Eleventh House and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. This alone was evidence of the band being a dominant presence on the now widely popular jazz-rock scene, which had evolved out of the unique and edgy sound that the band had pioneered a few years before. Switzerland 1974 is this performance, captured just a couple of weeks before the studio sessions for Bundles. The hour-long set is the only available visual document of the Ratledge-Marshall-Jenkins-Babbington-Holdsworth line-up, and it includes live versions of the entire album, most notably the classic "Hazard Profile" suite, augmented with individual showcases for each member as well as a collective improvisation and brief snippets from Six and Seven. As well as retracing Soft Machine's transformation into one of the leading exponents of jazz-fusion, it provides a rare chance to witness the genesis of Allan Holdsworth's unique, innovative and unbelievably fluid and dexterous playing, before he went on to universal acclaim with Tony Williams' New Lifetime, the prog-rock 'supergroup' U.K., Jean-Luc Ponty, Bill Bruford and ultimately his own electric fusion groups.

Caveat: Due to the age of these tapes and how they had been previously mixed, edited, used, and stored, there were multiple visual and audio sources of this show in varying lengths, each with their own flaws. While significant flaws could not be completely eliminated, very special thanks are due to our engineers Doug Moon and Udi Koomran, who worked from these multiple copies in order to make the final result as good as it can possibly be. This was deemed the best available option in light of this document's archival/historical importance.

Rick Graham: A Legato Workout & My New eBook

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Dallton Santos: new tutor at Guitar Master Class

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Marta Witiw: cool jam track to play over

Some bars were really hard to write in the correct way but I did my best. In case of problems with reading-use your ears and listen to what I've recorded rather than written in GP. Download the tabs, download the backing track, play it, make a video and share some awesome covers here, I'll be waiting for them:) Enjoy!

Starałam się zapisać te tabulatury najpoprawniej, jak to możliwe. Kilka taktów było naprawdę ciężkich i nie są dokładnie, jak na video, więc w razie problemów z rozszyfrowaniem-posłuchajcie tego, co zagrałam, a nie zapisałam. Ściągnijcie tabby, podkład, zagrajcie, zróbcie video i pokażcie mi wyśmienite covery, będę czekać:) Miłego!

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Matt Schofield: British Blues Hall of Famer returns for UK shows

Multi award-winning guitarist, singer/songwriter and British Blues Hall of Famer, Matt Schofield, returns to the UK with his “Return of the Trio Tour”. 

Dates include The Jazz Cafe, London (March 3), followed by dates at The Guildhall, Lichfield (March 6) and the Bristol Jazz Festival (March 8).

The three UK concerts follow Schofield’s November 2014 UK tour which met with rave reviews, and will showcase tracks from his critically acclaimed fifth studio album, "Far As I Can See". The trio line-up features Matt Schofield (guitar vocals), Jonny Henderson (Hammond Organ and keyboards), and Evan Jenkins (drums).

Over the last decade Schofield has earned a formidable international reputation as one of the most innovative and revered contemporary blues inspired guitarists on the world stage today. “Schofield transcends comparisons, undeniably his own man with his own sound and style,” says Guitar Magazine. “There isn’t a better British blues guitarist playing currently.”

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  • The Jazz Cafe, London Tuesday March 3rd
  • The Guildhall, Lichfield Friday March 6th
  • Bristol Jazz Festival Sunday March 8th


Virgil Donati, Andre Nieri, Anthony Crawford: Shenanigans - can it really go that far and at that angle?

Virgil Donati Band European Tour 2014. Follow the band along the road on their European tour, and share some of the lighthearted and amusing shenanigans.

Virgil Donati: Shenanigans On The Road

Marco Sfogli: Ibanez RG870QMZ-BI - Still Hurts

Marco Sfogli & Ibanez RG870QMZ-BI - Still Hurts
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Album: Marco Sfogli - There's Hope (Lion Music, 2008)
Guitar: Ibanez RG870QMZ-BI

Vinai Trinateepakdee: 20 Melodic Rock Ballad Licks

Vinai Trinateepakdee: 20 Melodic Rock Ballad Licks

We are proud to bring you what is possibly Vinai's best work to date! These 20 creative and melodic Rock Ballad licks are accessible enough for intermediate players, with plenty of interesting ideas for the more advanced players to master!

Inside this pack you'll find a combination of beautiful singing melodies, creative use of pedal notes, double-stops and bends, faster melodic lines, interesting use of rhythm and a few moments of all out shred. This makes this the perfect pack for both intermediate and advanced players; there really is something for everyone here!

The licks in this pack mostly use the E major scale and E major pentatonic (a fairly basic palette) but notice in the promo video below how Vinai follows the harmony to create the perfect melodic lines that sound anything but basic. That's one of Vinai's top qualities; taking something good and making it sound INCREDIBLE. You can achieve the same results if you learn these licks thoroughly and analyse his lines with the slow versions of the licks and the accompanying full and accurate tabs. We've provided everything you need here to get jamming in this Rock Ballad style, which includes a full jam track comprising of 2 sections (covering both major and minor focuses plus some interesting outside tensions), and 2 separate shorter jam tracks which have one section each so you can practise each in isolation before you go for the all out jam.

As ever, we have accurately transcribed every note and included the TAB/notation in the download, full backing tracks, audio solos and track notes.

Niko Tsonev: Lifesigns Limited edition - T-shirts!

Just to let you know that the Lifesigns limited edition T-shirt for the DVD shows is now available from We will be taking orders for one batch only but you can order whether you are attending the show or not.

If we have some left they will be on sale at the concerts .The design is once again from Brett Wilde

Charlie Robbins, Victor Corral: Art By Numbers - New album song sampler

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