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Dave Martone: "Nacimiento" Commercial

Dave Martone "Nacimiento" Commercial
Artist: Dave Martone
Title: Nacimiento
Label: Magnatude Records
Street Date: 05/19/2015
Configuration: CD in Digipak
Catalog #: MT- 2320-2
UPC: 614286232026

Dave Martone - Guitar, Cajon, Percussion
David Spidel - Bass
Mike Michalkow - Percussion on “Threesome”

"Nacimiento" means birth or beginning. For Dave Martone, that means returning to his musical roots and revisiting his love of the nylon string guitar. The acoustic nylon string guitar has a warm, organic sound which fits the passion of the flamenco style on Dave’s new album. Dave brings his sense of style and musical energy to familiar movie and television tunes such as “Spider-Man”, “Rocky” and “The Godfather”; as well as hard rock favorites with Aerosmith’s “Dream On” and Europe’s “The Final Countdown”. Dave also performs guitar standards such as “Classical Gas”, “Maria Elena” and “Malagueña”. And, even Boney M’s lush disco classic “Rasputin” gets the flamenco treatment.

Ron Thal: RMA Summer Guitar Workshop with Bumblefoot 2015

2015 RMA Summer Guitar Workshop with Bumblefoot
The 2015 RMA Summer Guitar Workshop from June 10-13 at the Raleigh Music Academy brings you 4 days of guitar! Our special guest this year is the amazing Ron Bumblefoot Thal as he will join us for the last two days of the event to teach and perform. Enroll while there is still space at http://www.raleighmusicacad­

Guthrie Govan: Alternate Picking Guitar Lesson | Licklibrary Guitar 101

Guthrie Govan Alternate Picking Guitar Lesson | Licklibrary Guitar ...
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Jeff Beck: Advance Music - Jeff Beck Live+

New Live Album Spanning The Legendary Guitarist’s Vast and Varied Career, Along With Two New Studio Tracks,

Available May 19

Jeff Beck earned raves last year for his spellbinding performances during the hugely successful double-bill tour with ZZ TOP. Fans can relive Beck’s thrilling guitar gymnastics from those shows with a new live album that touches on key eras from the legendary artist’s influential career. The album captures a snapshot of Jeff’s work in 2014, with two newly recorded studio tracks also included, his first new music since 2010’s Grammy®-winning Emotion & Commotion.

Packed with more than an hour of music, JEFF BECK LIVE+ will be available from Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment, on May 19 for a list price of $18.98 (CD) and will also be available digitally. The album will arrive as Beck is in the midst of an East Coast solo tour, which includes newly added dates in May. This trek also features make-up dates from the same ZZ TOP tour this album was recorded during, before it was cut short due to an injury to ZZ TOP bassist Dusty Hill.

The 14 live performances on JEFF BECK LIVE+ were recorded at multiple venues in 2014 and feature Beck backed by his band: vocalist Jimmy Hall, bassist Rhonda Smith, drummer Jonathan Joseph and guitarist Nicolas Meier. The quintet explored Beck’s vast catalog—which stretches across five decades—with performances of “Morning Dew” (from Truth, 1968), “Superstition” (from Beck, Bogert, Appice, 1973), “Big Block” (from Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop, 1989), as well as two Grammy-winning tracks: his cover of the Beatles’ “A Day In The Life” and “Hammerhead.”

LIVE+ concludes with two new studio tracks: “Tribal” and “My Tiled White Floor,” with guest vocals from Ruth Lorenzo and Veronica Bellino, respectively. These aggressive new songs mark Beck’s first studio recordings since 2010 and show a stark departure from the sound on his previous album as the guitarist continues to push the envelope of musical innovation, just as he has his entire career. These tracks are sure to whet the appetite of Beck fans as the guitarist prepares his 17th studio album, which is expected later this year.

Throughout his career, Beck has also proven to be a brilliant interpreter of other’s songs. This live album doesn’t disappoint with covers of “Danny Boy,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing,” Mahavishnu Orchestra’s “You Know You Know,” and Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

Beck’s career took off in the mid-1960s, after replacing Eric Clapton as lead guitarist for The Yardbirds on the recommendation of his friend Jimmy Page. He played on several of the rock group’s hits, such as “Heart Full of Soul,” “Shapes of Things” and “Over Under Sideways Down.” Beck has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once with The Yardbirds in 1992 and again as a solo artist in 2009. He has won numerous Grammy Awards, including two in 2011.

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Phil Collen: Announces Release of DELTA DEEP - His new Blues Project Featuring Robert DeLeo (STP) among others

DELTA DEEP Is A New Soulful Blues Rock Project Featuring

Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Michael Buble, Luther Vandross)

and Forrest Robinson (India.Arie, Joe Sample & The Crusaders)

Special Guests include Joe Elliott, David Coverdale, Paul Cook & Simon Laffy

(Los Angeles - April 22, 2015) Phil Collen, lead guitarist of Def Leppard, announces the formation and release of his new blues based music project, DELTA DEEP, coming this summer. Collen recorded the mix of original and hand-picked cover tracks with fellow DELTA DEEP bandmates Debbi Blackwell-Cook (back-up vocalist for such artists as Michael Buble & Luther Vandross), Forrest Robinson (drummer for India.Arie, Joe Sample & The Crusaders, TLC), andRobert DeLeo (bassist for Stone Temple Pilots). Their self-titled debut album will be released on June 23, 2015 on Mailboat Records and also features special guest appearances by Def Leppard vocalists Joe Elliott, Whitesnake’s David Coverdale, Sex Pistols/MANRAZE drummer Paul Cook, and GIRL/MANRAZE bassist, Simon Laffy.

Collen initially started DELTA DEEP in 2012 after jamming at home over the course of a year with friend and relative, Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Blackwell-Cook is the Godmother of Collen’s wife, Helen). What started as a casual pairing singing Motown and classic blues staples while Debbi frequently visited Collen’s home quickly turned into much more. Collen, Helen, and Debbi began writing original music which Collen and Debbi recorded in Collen’s home studio. Later that year, a chance meeting re-acquainted Collen with Memphis native and enigmatic heavy metal, jazz, & r-n-b drummer Forrest Robinson. A friend suggested giving STP bassist Robert DeLeo a call. Sharing a loving affinity for soul, funk and the blues, DeLeo was the perfect fit. According to Collen, “We really wanted Robert in this band. He had the added firepower of being the premiere pioneer and most ‘badassed bass player’ to come out of the alternative rock explosion.”

The best description of DELTA DEEP, a multi-racial band, has been “Aretha and Tina in their prime singing over early Zeppelin”. Original song and lead off single “Bang The Lid introduces the musical synchronicity of Collen, Blackwell-Cook, DeLeo, & Robinson. Blackwell-Cook also duets with Collen on the album tracks as well as with featured vocalists Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott-Mistreated and Whitesnake’s David Coverdale-Private Number. Legendary Sex Pistol’s punk drummer Paul Cook and Collen’s former bandmate from GIRL bass player Simon Laffy” guest on the classic cover Black Coffee. Guesting on the Delta Deep original song, “Burnt Sally” is keyboardist, CJ Vanston (Tina Turner, Toto, Joe Cocker, Carol King) adding to the soulful tune on the Hammond 3 Organ.

Collen is widely known to millions of rock ‘n roll fans for his iconic albums with Def Leppard. When asked what made him decide to do a blues project Collen responded, "Blues was created out of something completely different from what we hear today. I grew up listening to rock music but then I found out it was all based on blues. Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimi Hendrix, all of those guys….they got it from the blues. When I hear Debbi sing, I can hear the pain. She’s an incredibly beautiful 62 year old black woman who has been through things and she can sing through her pain. Not everyone can do that and not everyone sounds like Debbi.”

While many artists aim to make their mark by creating new genres or introducing their own new versions of music, Collen and DELTA DEEP melded their blues inspirations with who they are as artists and are unleashing that expression onto the world.

Check DELTA DEEP’s website and for breaking news, new content, and tour information.

Bill Vencil: Chords of Orion - Ambient Guitar Meditation - forget arpeggios create soundscapes!

Listen to the mysteriously murky swelling tones of this ambient guitar meditation. Watch the interplay of E-Bow (EBow) and volume pedal.

The Strymon Timeline, TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay and the Yamaha UD-Stomp are featured in a stacked configuration to create expansive ambient tone of the piece.

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Equipment used:
Carvin HF2 Holdsworth Fatboy guitar
Wampler Ego Compressor
EBow (E-Bow)
TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay
Strymon Timeline
Yamaha UD-Stomp
Avid Eleven Rack
Little Alligator volume pedal

Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 firewire audio interface
Apple Logic Pro X

Chords of Orion - ambient guitar music for the mind and heart

Bill Vencil - guitars, vocals, other instruments and sounds.


Ambient Guitar Meditation - April (Strymon Timeline, TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay, UD-Stomp)

Tony MacAlpine: TMac and the interview

MacAlpine: Oh, I definitely believe in keeping things simple. There's less things to go wrong. But I've been using the HK stuff since the '90s. I've used all their stuff, from the Access preamps to the all-tube heads that glow -- the TriAmps. I'm just really happy with the Coreblades, with all the effects and compression built inside the head. I don't really have to carry a lot of gear.

A lot of the gear is provided and I just show up with the memory stick and drop it in the head, and it knows the whole show in a second. That's a great thing. All I bring is the pedal board. So I'm really happy with that. It makes traveling and dealing with the airlines a lot easier.

Neil Citron: Grammy Winner Releases Remastered Version of Debut CD “In Search Of Higher Ground"

Neil Citron: Grammy Winner  Releases Remastered Version of Debut CD “In Search Of Higher Ground" 

Los Angeles - Declassified Records and SBI Music Inc. proudly announce the re-mastered release of “In Search Of Higher Ground”, the debut solo CD from Grammy winning guitarist, engineer and producer Neil Citron. Originally recorded in 1994, the digital versions of the record have been re-mastered from the original master tapes to further highlight the sonic beauty of this musical masterpiece. The 13 track album also features Keyboardist Erik Norlander, Drummer Walter Garces, Tony Franklin on Fretless Bass, and one track with symphonic rock singer Lana Lane on vocals.

Neil Citron delivers an instrumental magnum opus of guitar virtuosity and acrobatics mixed with his familiar melodic sensibilities, all of which keeps his music with the listener long after the songs have stopped. His fluid yet commanding guitar style weaves through heavy rock arrangements with memorable phrasing and intrepid tonalities.

Joining Neil on “In Search Of Higher Ground” is veteran keyboardist Erik Norlander (Lana Lane, Rocket Scientists), whose growling Hammond organ and lush synthesizer, paint a vast and spacious sonic landscape behind the bold lead work of Citron's guitars.

Citron’s aggressive melodic lines coalesce with the undulating heavy rhythms from drummer Walter Garces (The Electric Prunes, BangTower), drawing in the listener with endless energy. Walter also appears with Neil (and Percy Jones) on the recent releases from the fusion trio BangTower and is known as “the L.A. Drum-Guru” having taught students at all levels for decades.

Accomplished rock bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder, Kenny Wayne Shepherd), rounds out the ensemble. Franklin’s bass expertise is legendary in the rock world, and this album is no exception with fretless harmonies and grooves unique to the “Fretless Monster”.

Guest appearances by Joachim Cooder and Don Allen on percussion bring additional dimension to this timeless album.

Known for his amazing guitar work with such fantastic artists as BangTower, Quiet Riot, Lana Lane and others, Neil has also engineered and produced records for some of the greatest modern musicians including John 5, Slash, Joe Satriani, and John Waite. His work with Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather earned him his first Grammy in 2002 for the record "No Substitutions: Live in Osaka" (Best Contemporary Instrumental Album). Citron's expertise and talent is also in constant demand in the motion picture and television industry. He has contributed to several major films including "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", "Mama Mia", "That Thing You Do" with Oscar winner Tom Hanks and several films from Oscar winning producer Dino De Laurentiis. Neil has also engineered/produced numerous records and DVD's from guitarist Steve Vai.

Citron plays guitars by Tom Anderson and Ibanez. He also uses Red Plate Amps, Morley Pedals, DiMarzio Pickups and Dean Markley Strings to get his unique, signature tone that is both aggressive and liquid at the same time. His signature tones and amp setups are featured in several high end recording products from Line 6 and Waves.

Declassified Records is releasing a limited number of physical copies of the original CD pressing, along with the Digital versions recently re-mastered by Neil. This amazing instrumental record will be available at most major retailers on April 14, 2015 including iTunes, Amazon, CD-Baby and others. A Hi-Resolution (96/24) version with 3 “bonus” tracks (demo versions of included songs) will be available on BandCamp on May 12, 2015.

With its rich, textural audio colors and impressive lineup of stellar musicians, Neil Citron presents an instrumental rock experience to remember “In Search Of Higher Ground”.

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Pop the Sun: Are You Ready to Rock

The Best Guitar Player of Thailand 's POP THE SUN

Pop the Sun - Are You Ready to Rock

News: Presenting Guitar Note Finder, an Aid to Learning the Notes on the Fretboard

Presenting Guitar Note Finder, an Aid to Learning the Notes on the Fretboard

Instantly recognising the note names on the guitar fretboard and associating them to a pitch on the music staff is part of every guitarist?s training. Seeing each note in isolation, without intermediary steps, is a key ingredient in identifying any note anywhere on the fretboard, in a fraction of a second. With Guitar Note Finder, Pêle-Mêle Works releases a handy book to do just that, in a quiz format, with all the reference diagrams you will need.

Guitar Note Finder is available now. For additional information on the book, go to:

About Pêle-Mêle Works

Pêle-Mêle Works develops and publishes music instructional products for students, teachers, and practising musicians.

News: Aristides Instruments Unveils Eight String Guitar

Aristides Instruments Unveils Eight String Guitar

HARLEM, NETHERLANDS – After many requests, Aristides Instruments releases the eight string 080 guitar. The new 080 continues Aristides’ tradition of using a one piece body and neck construction, integrally layered with Arium. This model is also the first Aristides Instrument to be constructed of 100% man-made materials and features no wood – not even the freatboard. The new model made its first appearance at Musikmesse in Frankfurt Germany this month. Customers can place orders now through authorized dealers or direct from the factory.

The 080 is a one piece constructed 27” scale electric guitar, equipped with either Seymour Duncan, EMG, or Bare Knuckle pickups. Either a five-way blade switch or a three-way toggle switch combined with a single volume control and single tone provide for a wide variety of pickup configurations. All components are MEC Electronics. The C shaped neck is 2.17” wide at the nut to 2.75” at the 12th fret and topped with a compound (14”-19”) radius fretboard available in Richlite black and fitted with 24 Jescar medium jumbo, stainless steel frets. The fretboard is inlaid on the 12th fret with the 080 logo and has the option of regular white side dots or Luminlay side dots. Hardware is available in chrome, black, or gold finishes and includes either a Hipshot Hardtail bridge or an Official Floyd Rose bridge. The Hipshot Hardtail option comes with Hipshot Griplock open gear locking tuners and Graphtec Black Tusq Custom nut. The Floyd Rose option comes with Hipshot Classic open gear tuners and Floyd Rose Locking nut. Finishes for the guitar include matte black, gloss white, gloss black, Dutch orange matte metallic, deep sky blue matte metallic, light blue pearl matte metallic, laser lemon matte metallic, aqua green matte metallic, ivory pearl matte metallic, red metallic, blue metallic, deep ruby red marble, dark grey sapphire marble, purple marble, and green emerald.

The history of Aristides Instruments begins in 1995 when a group of Dutch scientists teamed with the Technical University Delft to develop a material with perfect acoustic properties. By evaluating the woods traditionally used in making musical instruments, analysis led to a technical study of cell structures and differences between them. If they could answer the question “What happens to a sound wave in a material at a call level?” it would then be possible to design the ideal cell structure. 15 years of research ultimately led to the development of the tone material called Arium.

By 2007, Aristides Instruments started developing guitars with the new material. Focused on achieving incredible playability, innovative design and utilizing the acoustic properties of Arium, they teamed with the world renowned Bouwmeester van Rens design agency. Since their development, the guitars have received international recognition in both the musical and design worlds for their revolutionary achievements.

Aristides Instruments is not the first to build instruments out of materials other than wood. But Aristides Instruments is different. Arium has been specifically developed to not only equal, but also improve the quality and performance of a material used to build a musical instrument. Arium has no fiber structure. This allows it to vibrate three dimensionally, increasing sustain and volume. Arium also does not contain water so it is more stable and requires less maintenance. By creating an exoskeleton design using a semi-monocoque construction, sound waves can resonate throughout the entire instrument without disruption, providing the player and listener with an improved aural experience.

Factory Direct Price is $2616 USD

To learn more about Aristides Instruments, please visit

Rusty Cooley: HMT The Sickroom Podcast # 3 - amazing interview... if you like guitar history this is for you!

if you like guitar history this is for you!... I know it's for me... 50 minutes of great interview

Legendary guitar shredder Rusty Cooley exclusively revealed Caleb ‘Sick’ Smith of Heavy Metal Thrash, The Sick Room podcast that he got the call from Megadeth in January while they were in search of a new guitarist. We also discuss guitar heroes Jason Becker Steve Vai Randy Rhoads as well as rumors of Rusty's involvements with former Megadeth members Nick Menza, Chris Poland and James LoMenzo's as-yet-unnamed new project! Oh yeah, Rusty gets his shred on too \m/Caleb 'Sick' Smith

HMT The Sickroom Podcast # 3 Rusty Cooley