Friday, 31 July 2015

Derryl Gabel: available for Skype lessons

Hi Guitar Friends,
I have some openings for online students if anyone is interested. My rate is $30 a half hour.
You will need a skype account which is free and a webcam with a built in mic. If you need help getting setup just let me know. I would be happy to meet with you on skype to discuss how I teach, what tools I use, etc... and then you can get a feel for what a lesson would be like. Doing lessons over skype is definitely the way to go as opposed to driving somewhere. You are going to save time and gas and stay in the comfort of your own home.

If you are interested I need the days and times that are good for you as well as your skype ID and timezone.

Your friend in music,

I am committed to providing you outstanding personal service. If you have any questions about my products or lessons, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Craig Erickson: Sky Train Galaxy - new album


Excellent new studio disc by this awesome, gifted blues/rock axeslinger from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Featuring 11 tracks of top-shelf, dynamic, soul-powered, blues-based, retro-70s guitar rock mojo
of world class proportions. An outstanding guitar rocker that is full of depth, soul and blues power.

Craig Erickson is a true, authentic "old-school" guitar hero who's incredible six string playing skills far surpass and outshine the norm. An accomplished, seasoned, diverse six string veteran of the highest order who speaks volumes with his signature moves on the instrument. Brother Erickson's superb guitar playing talents defy gravity and hit new levels of excellence on the incredible "Sky Train Galaxy" disc. And, as an added bonus, Craig Erickson digs in deep and pays musical tribute/homage to Tommy Bolin on an awesome version of "Gettin' Tighter" from the classic Deep Purple "Come Taste The Band" album.

The Craig Erickson "Sky Train Galaxy" disc (his 6th CD for Grooveyard Records) is an Essential blues/rock heavy guitar musical document that is Highly Recommended to fans of Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, S.R.V. Frank Marino, Tommy Bolin, Leslie West, Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons & ZZ Top, Warren Haynes & Gov't Mule, Joe Bonamassa, Doyle Bramhall II, Indigenous with Mato Nanji, Gary Moore, Walter Trout, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Gales, Chris Duarte, Jeff Healey, Alan Mirikitani & The Buddaheads, Tony Spinner, Bryce Janey, Dirty Dave Osti, Brett Ellis, Mike Onesko & Blindside Blues Band, Martin J. Andersen & Blindstone, Gugun Power Trio, Guitar Pete, Clas Yngstrom & Sky High, Plankton and all other outstanding guitar rockers worldwide. And fans of Craig Erickson's previous vast & prolific musical output will heavily dig this amazing, killer new disc. Climb aboard and prepare to rock the blues with six string train conductor, Craig Erickson, as we take an incredible, deep musical journey to the Outskirts of Infinity and beyond on the remarkable "Sky Train Galaxy" disc.

::T R A C K S::


Gianluca Ferro: 20 Licks: Modern Hybrid Metal

*NEW* Gianluca Ferro’s 20 Licks: Modern Hybrid Metal

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JTC is pleased to release this hard-hitting, gritty licks package that will enhance your solos and take your metal playing to brand new heights.

Why do you need to learn these licks? Two reasons: Technique, and musical content.

Technique is massively important as it frees your creativity. The goal of achieving a complete and efficient technical ability is to free you from your physical limitations; you want to have enough chops to be able to play anything your mind can conceive of, and learning these licks is going to get you well on your way. Gianluca will challenge and push the outer boundaries of your technical ability using modern approaches to classic metal techniques such as alternate picking, sweep picking, 3 notes per string scales, tapping, hybrid picking and much more.

Musical content is the second reason that you need these licks. Shredding at 750bpm for hours on end is great as a hobby, but unless you can apply it to a musical context, and give the phrases the melodic weight they need to resonate with people, then it's all in vain. Learning these licks and studying them with the slow videos, included TAB and bonus notes, will help you develop your phrasing and melodic approach in a way that will help your solos blend in with the overall musical picture. It’s great being in the spotlight, but the goal is to play WITH the track, not over it. Gianluca makes great use of harmonic and melodic devices such as arpeggios, minor pentatonics, dominant pentatonics, phyrgian dominant scales, wide interval lines, complex rhythmic figures and rhythmic displacement to blend in with his musical surroundings and enhance the overall musical experience. All while giving you fresh new soloing ideas that you can learn master and apply directly to your jams so that when it comes to your time to solo, you've got all the musical and technical chops you need to make an IMPACT.

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

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Stephen Duros: set to Release Highly Anticipated Concept Album ‘AEAEA’

Guitar Virtuoso and Composer Stephen Duros To Release Highly Anticipated Concept Album ‘AEAEA’

"Oakland, CA - Much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, guitar virtuoso and composer Stephen Duros will be releasing a concept album titled ‘AEAEA’ on July 31, 2015! The rippling, rhythmic sounds Stephen Duros coaxes out of his nylon string acoustic guitar has roots in the traditional sounds of flamenco, but he's developed his own style. Bluesy bent notes with a hint of Asia and the Middle East in their tone, octave melodies and rhythms that include suggestions of jazz, reggae, pop and Arab music join the familiar pulse of flamenco's gypsy rumba in his emotionally satisfying compositions.

Stephen Duros performed with Ottmar Liebert from 2006-2009. His playing is featured on Ottmar Liebert’s Grammy nominated album ‘The Scent of Light’ and on his own three solo albums ‘Miranda’, ‘Urban Flamenco’ and ‘Thira’, which won Duros a place on the Grammy Ballot for a nomination in the Best New Age Album of the year category. He has worked with Billboard top 10 World Music artist, Lawson Rollins as the associate producer on the “Urban Trilogy” section of Rollins’ newly released album ‘Traveler’. He also plays in a band called “Path of Light” with Haitian percussionist, Jeff Pierre.

Duros explains that the concept behind the album is, ""to recount a musical journey or odyssey. The album tells a story, much like a book does. Instead of songs, the album has 12 chapters that are filled with twists and turns in the place of traditional songs. If listened to continuously, all the music connects into one long piece. The album title 'AEAEA' (ee-EE-a) is actually a mythological island found in the Greek poem 'The Odyssey'. The album isn't about that island per-se, to me it was more of a great starting point for the journey.”

On ‘AEAEA’, Duros played the flamenco, electric and bass guitars, oud, keyboards, percussion, palmas and drum programming. Andrew Reissiger played the charango and also co-produced the record along with Duros. Louis Romanos played the drums and percussion, Gary Moser played the riq and darbuka, Jeff Pierre played a conga solo and the album also features a special guest electric guitar solo by Nouveau Flamenco pioneer, Ottmar Liebert.

Says Duros, “I came up with the first 10 minutes of 'AEAEA' in late 2011, shared it with Ottmar and he was really intrigued by not only the music, but also the concept. He suggested that I continue the journey and see where it goes without worrying about staying in the traditional boundaries of song length and I loved that idea. It was total musical freedom, no boundaries and the writing process was addicting. I do most everything in my home studio from writing, playing, engineering, you name it. Some great musicians also played on some of the sections including an amazing trippy electric guitar solo by Ottmar. I was thrilled he played on the record, he’s such a great musician and friend, I’ve learned so much from him over the years.”

Duros has also been the head lighting designer for the Grammy award winning band Toto from 1999-2014. His lighting work is showcased on Toto's 35th Anniversary – Live in Poland DVD. Also an artist, his cartoon work is featured on on Steve Lukather's signature pedal ‘The Luke’ made by the award winning pedal company, ToneConcepts.

“Stephen Duros is not only one of the most gifted guitarist musicians I know, he is also a renaissance man in that everything he touches in art, music and beauty becomes his own. You hear it in his playing... and my God he is also the best rock ’n roll lighting designer I have ever worked with at the arena level. He did the lighting for our TOTO Live in Poland DVD which went # 1 worldwide in 2014 and is a total pro with humor, love and passion screaming for his work in any and all of these areas. When I heard his music I was floored because not one person could have all this diverse talent and soul.” - Steve Lukather, 2015

“You can dig this, people. Romanticism and the call of history, lost civilizations, dream chambers and the effigies of Kings.” - Culture Court

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AndersonPonty Band: Featuring Music Icons Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty To Release New CD/DVD “Better Late Than Never”

Los Angeles - One of the most eagerly awaited releases of 2015 by the AndersonPonty Band, featuring music icons Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty, is scheduled to hit the streets early Fall 2015! “Better Late Than Never” is the new album taken from a live performance, and enhanced with innovative production. The package includes a bonus DVD featuring outstanding performances by the band captured in September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado.

The AndersonPonty Band has created some breathtaking new musical compositions. “Better Late Than Never” also showcases rearrangements of classic YES hits like “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”, “Roundabout” and “Wonderous Stories”, as well as some of Jean Luc Ponty's beloved compositions, with Jon's lyrical vocals and melodies enhancing the music and creating a very special and unique sound such as “Infinite Mirage” a new song incorporating Jean Luc's classic tune “Mirage”.

YES's original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International violin superstar Jean Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of his instrument in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music legends have formed a musical synergy that is unparalleled!

“A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean Luc's music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is.” - Jon Anderson

“Collaborating with Jon who is such a creative singer/songwriter is unlike any project I have done before. I knew that we had plenty of musical affinities to make it work, but the result is way beyond my expectations. It is also a lot of fun to reunite with these excellent musicians who played with me in the past, they really put their heart in this project and with Jon's creative input we are not just rehashing the past but giving a new life to the music we started developing decades ago.” - Jean Luc Ponty

The AndersonPonty Band also includes Jamie Glaser on guitars - well known guitarist who has worked with Jean Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Bryan Adams and Lenny White; Wally Minko on keyboards - virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean Luc Ponty, Tom Jones, Gregg Rolie and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy.

Jean Luc Ponty was originally approached by Jon Anderson with the idea of working together as far back as the 1980's. Now 30 years later the dream has finally come to fruition! In support of the new release, a world tour is currently in the works. Also, a videography documenting the making of the “Better Late Than Never” album will be released along with videos and performances.

AndersonPonty Band tour dates:

10/27 - Philadelphia - Keswick Theater
10/29 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie
10/30 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse

11/1 - Pittsurgh - Carnegie Theater
11/3 - Chicago - Arcada Theater
11/4 - Milwaukee - Milwaukee PAC
11/6 - Detroit - Detroit Music Hall
11/7 - Toronto - Danforth Music Hall
11/10 - Washington, DC - Howard Theater
11/11 - Long Island - Paramount Theater
11/13 - NYC - Ethical Culture
11/14 - Boston - Berklee Performance Center
11/17 - San Francisco - Regency
11/18 - Sacramento - Crest Theater
11/20 - Los Angeles - Saban Theater
11/21 - Scottsdale - Talking Stick

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News: 2015 Manson’s Guitar Show - Exeter date announced - Saturday 3rd October

2015 Manson’s Guitar Show - Exeter, Saturday 3rd October

"The Manson’s Guitar Show (MGS), is back….. with a TWANG, at the Corn Exchange Exeter on Saturday 3rd October 2015.

The event, sponsored by Rocks Organic brings to the South West the industry’s leading brands, including Marshall, Fender, Ibanez, Orange, Vox, Laney, Mark Bass, Yamaha, Cort, Aguilar, Taylor, Faith and a selection of the UK’s prominent independent companies to showcase a magnificent array of all things guitar. All exhibition stands sold out in record time, and tickets to the event are expected to follow suit. So book now to enjoy a day that promises to be a guitarists dream.

Expect new and exciting product launches, show deals, professional product demonstrations and live music from top players. Previous show guests have included members of Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Darkness, The Stranglers, The Levellers, The Stone Roses and many more. Check the Manson’s Guitar Shop website and Facebook page for the latest news on artist announcements for this year’s show. Better still sign up for the newsletter and be one of the first to hear all the exciting show news.

Saturday October 3rd 2015 promises to be packed with amazing guests, great offers, not to be missed demonstrations and countless opportunities to meet and talk to key industry figures. Whether you play electric, bass or acoustic guitar, whatever your style of music, the Manson’s Guitar Show will have something for you. Make sure it is in your diary.

To find out more about the show, its exhibitors and artists announcements or to buy tickets please go to Advance tickets are also now on sale at Mansons Guitar Shop at an early-bird price of £9 if purchased before 12th September. Student price (10-16) is £5 and under 10’s are free.

We are all fired up and ready to go, you should be too!

Dan Patlansky: Launches Fetch Your Spade Music Video

Dan Patlansky: Launches Fetch Your Spade Music Video

South African singer-songwriter and guitarist Dan Patlansky has today launched the official music video for “Fetch Your Spade”, the second single taken from his critically acclaimed album Dear Silence Thieves. Watch and/or embed the official music video here:

Patlansky was recently featured as one of “The Bluesmen” to look out for in Classic Rock’s “The Class of 2015” with the magazine calling Dear Silence Thieves “a real firecracker.”

Dan will return to the UK in November 2015 as special guest on Joe Satriani’s UK “Shockwave” tour. Following the Satriani tour,Patlansky will perform concerts at Planet Rockstock Festival in Treco Bay, Wales on Friday 4th December, and will finish the year off with a headline show at London’s The Borderline on Saturday 5th December with special guest Aaron Keylock.


Ticket hotline: 0844 888 9991, Book online:

Manchester o2 Apollo Sunday November 1
Birmingham Symphony Hall Monday November 2
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Tuesday November 3
Sheffield City Hall Wednesday November 4
Cardiff St. David’s Hall Thursday November 5
Southend Cliffs Pavilion Saturday November 7
Bristol Colston Hall Sunday November 8
Portsmouth Guildhall Monday November 9
London Eventim Hammersmith Apollo Tuesday November 10


Planet Rockstock Festival Friday December 4
London’s The Borderline (w/ Aaron Keylock) Saturday December 5