Tuesday, 18 August 2015

News: PRS Guitars adds Two 22-Fret SE Models: The SE Custom 22 and the SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow

PRS Guitars adds Two 22-Fret SE Models: The SE Custom 22 and the SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow

(STEVENSVILLE, MD) August 18, 2015 – PRS Guitars is adding two new models to its popular, more affordable SE guitar line: The SE Custom 22 and the SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow. These two new models continue the PRS SE legacy of providing the highest quality, dependability and value while adding new configurations to appeal to an even wider range of players.

The PRS SE Custom 22 adds a more vintage tone and feel to the traditional SE Custom platform. This guitar has a pronounced mid-range and clarity that provides a sweet, full tonal bass and shimmering treble, allowing it to easily sit in a live band mix or recording. Like its 24-fret brother, the SE Custom 22 sports a maple top with mahogany back and 25” scale length. Additional appointments include dual humbuckers with a volume, tone, and 3-way toggle switch and a PRS-designed stoptail bridge. The SE Custom 22 is available in Vintage Sunburst and Whale Blue finishes.

The PRS SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow has musical midrange and outstanding resonance. The semi-hollow body provides an airy, sweet tone but with a twist of the tone knob, the dual humbuckers can get plenty of bright spank. Additional appointments include a maple top with a single F-Hole and flame maple veneer, chambered mahogany back, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, and dual humbuckers with a volume, tone, and 3-way toggle electronics configuration. The SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow is both versatile and comfortable, making it a reliable tool for professionals, a solid choice for beginners, and a welcome addition to any arsenal.

Well suited to handle a variety of genres, the new SE Custom 22 and SE Custom 22 Semi Hollow offer the perfect combination of playability, sound and craftsmanship at an extraordinary value. Additional information, complete specifications, and videos of the two new models can be viewed on the company’s website at: www.prsguitars.com

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Tom Hess: How To Make Your Legato Guitar Technique Clean and Articulate

How To Make Your Legato Guitar Technique Clean & Articulate
By Tom Hess
Is your legato technique in need of some serious improvement, but you’re not sure how to go about it? Fortunately, you don’t need to search for any special exercises to do this - you must simply use the best practicing methods for developing the technique, just like all the great players do. By doing this, the quality of your legato playing will quickly skyrocket.
The following are the biggest reasons why you still haven’t improved your legato technique, plus how you can start making progress in this area:

Reason One: You Aren’t Identifying The Causes Of Your Legato Technique Issues
Most guitar players don’t use a problem solving mindset when trying to fix the issues in their legato playing. Instead, they do one of these two things:

1. Incorrectly assume they understand the causes of their legato playing struggles, leading them down the wrong road and making things more difficult when it comes to solving issues with their technique.

2. Believe that they can just learn a bunch of random licks to solve their legato playing issues.
Rather than working to develop your legato technique with additional exercises, try isolating your problems and observing every movement your fingers are making, in order to identify the main cause of the issues. This will show you precisely what needs to be worked on in your technique for making your legato technique (and all the licks that follow from it) sound much better. If you have a hard time figuring out this process on your own, find a guitar teacher who can show you how this is done.
For an example of this, check out this video where I show one of my guitar students how to improve his legato technique:

Reason Two: You Are Playing Notes Too Slowly Whenever You Use Legato Technique
To make your legato technique become much more clean and smooth, you need to understand how to articulate notes using faster movements. Notice: This is not the same as “playing the notes at a higher bpm”. You can play longer duration notes while making quick movements for each individual hammer-on/pull-off you play. This will help you to clearly sound each note with great power, without excessive tension (making fast legato playing become totally easy).
To get a better understanding of this concept, think about snapping your fingers to produce a loud sound. If you want to improve the clarity and loudness of the snap, you have to snap your fingers quickly (not only with more force). If you try to snap with only greater force, your fingers will move slowly and the snap will not sound like you want it to. This same idea applies to your legato guitar playing. Check out the video I discussed earlier to see this ideas explained on guitar.

Reason Three: Your Hands Are Full Of Tension While Playing Legato
Tons of guitar players use much more power than necessary while playing their legato licks. This effectively makes it impossible to play legato fast, with any kind of accuracy. Fix this problem by going through this easy process for finding the appropriate amount of tension needed to play guitar:
1. Start by playing a legato lick with the normal amount of tension you would use.
2. Use less and less tension until you are using so little tension that the notes of the lick become hard to sustain.
3. Add a very small level of tension back into your playing (just enough to barely sound the note – no more).
Now that you understand the best ways to improve your legato technique, see if you are on track towards reaching your guitar playing goals. See what you need to work on now by taking this lead guitar playing test.

About The Author:
Tom Hess is a highly successful guitar teacher, recording artist and professional guitarist. He helps guitar players internationally to become better players with his customized guitar lessons. Check out free guitar playing videos and use a guitar practice guide on his website with effective guitar lessons to learn effective methods for improving your guitar playing.

Tony MacAlpine: Concrete Gardens - Asia, Australia, Europe tour dates and more!

My world tour in support of Concrete Gardens continues with dates in Asia, Australia, Europe and more!

Two years in the making, Concrete Gardens comprises of 12 mind-blowing tracks and features Brazilian powerhouse drummer Aquiles Priester, bassist Pete Griffin, along with bass appearances from Sean Delson, Lucky Islam and Tony himself. The track "Square Circles" features a guitar duel with the mighty Jeff Loomis!

Available now in lossless audio download, standard CD, and limited Special Edition CD/DVD through Tony's online store. All CD orders come with an instant high quality digital download to enjoy while your CD ships. The Special Edition CD/DVD (limited to only 2000 copies), featuring Tony and band performing the album live at EMGtv, with Aquiles Priester (drums), Pete Griffin (bass), Nili Brosh (guitar) and special guest guitar solo from Jeff Loomis!

The album is also available via iTunes, and Amazon.com

You can preview a selection of EMGtv videos here: "Square Circles", "Tears of Sahara", “Concrete Gardens", "Sierra Morena", "The King's Rhapsody" and"Poison Cookies".

p.s. Don't forget to check out Tony's Facebook page and Twitter profile and keep up to date with the latest.


I’m very excited to be playing countries across Asia for the first time as a solo artist! For these legs of the tour, we will be performing both Edge Of Insanity AND Maximum Security in their entirety! My band for the Asian tour will be Thomas Lang on drums, and Bjorn Englen on bass.

09/17/15 Seoul, Korea - Rolling Hall [Tickets]
09/18/15 Busan, Korea - OZ Hall [Tickets]
09/20/15 Taipei, Taiwan - Riverside Live House [Tickets]
09/23/15 Shenzhen, China - On Stage [Tickets]
09/29/15 Osaka, Japan - Music Club JANUS [Tickets]
09/30/15 Kawasaki, Japan - CLUB CITTA’ [Tickets]
Presented by Jellybeard Music & Management


I’m also super excited to be playing Australia for the first time as a solo artist! For the Aussie tour, we will be performing both Edge Of Insanity ANDMaximum Security in their entirety! My band will be Aquiles Priester on drums, and Bjorn Englen on bass. The show in Perth has been moved from October 3rd to October 2nd so as not to conflict with the KISS concert on the 3rd.

10/02/15 Perth, Australia - John Inverarity Theater [Tickets] ** NOTE NEW DATE!
10/05/15 Adelaide, Australia - The Gov [Tickets]
10/07/15 Melbourne, Australia - Bendigo Hotel [Tickets]
10/09/15 Sydney, Australia - Wesley Theater [Tickets]
10/10/15 Brisbane, Australia - Crowbar [Tickets]
Presented by THUMP Music

We are returning to Europe in October and November to feature a collection of classic songs from my back catalog, plus new material from my latest album Concrete Gardens. My band will be Aquiles Priester on drums, and Bjorn Englen on bass. Support from The Godsticks.

10/15/15 Manchester, UK - Band On The Wall [Tickets]
10/16/15 London, UK - The Underworld [Tickets]
10/18/15 Vaureal, France - Le Forum [Tickets]
10/20/15 Weert, Netherlands - De Bosuil [Tickets]
10/21/15 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Q Factory [Tickets]
10/22/15 Wilhelmshaven, Germany – Kulturzentrum Pumpwerk [Tickets]
10/23/15 Reichenbach im Vogtland, Germany - Bergkeller [More info]
10/25/15 Opole, Poland - Drum Fest – Filharmonia Opolska [Tickets]
10/26/15 Tychy, Poland - Drum Fest – Teatr Mały [Tickets]
10/27/15 Olomouc, Czech Republic - Bounty Rock Cafe [Tickets]
10/28/15 Brno, Czech Republic - Metro [Tickets]
10/29/15 Nove Mesto nad Váhom, Slovakia - Blue Note [Tickets]
10/30/15 Budapest, Hungary - A38 [Tickets]
11/01/15 Bucharest, Romania - Silver Church [Tickets]
11/02/15 Vienna, Austria - Reigen [Tickets]
11/03/15 Munich, Germany - Rockclub Garage [Tickets]
11/04/15 Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex 457 [Tickets]
11/06/15 Rome, Italy - Planet Live Club [On Sale Soon]
11/07/15 Bologna, Italy - Zona Roveri [On Sale Soon]
11/08/15 Pisa, Italy - Blitz Live Music Pub [On Sale Soon]
11/09/15 Bosco Marengo/Alessandria, Italy – Live 23 [On Sale Soon]
11/11/15 Nice, France - Le Palace [Tickets]
11/12/15 Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz3 [Tickets]
11/13/15 Zaragoza, Spain - Sala Lopez [Tickets]
11/14/15 Madrid, Spain - Sala Cats [Tickets]
11/15/15 Lisbon, Portugal - RCA Club [Tickets]

I'm taking part in the first annual "Titans Of Metal" Event, which will take place in Tel Aviv's Hangar 11 on December 17th this year. The event will feature myself and an amazing lineup of metal artists performing some of the classics they played and sang in the past, along with several surprising renditions of other heavy metal classics.

12/17/15 Tel Aviv, Israel - Hangar 11 [Tickets]

Don't miss the Axes Cruise - coming February 20-24, 2016! I'm playing two sets as well as conducting a masterclass. Really looking forward to playing for you, and meeting and hanging with you all, as well as catching up with some of my amazing guitarist colleagues, including the mighty Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Alex Skolnick, Michael Schenker and more! It's going to be sick! For reservations and more info visit http://axesandanchors.com

02/20/16 - 02/24/16 Departing Miami, FL - Axes & Anchors Cruise [Book Now]

Vinnie Vincent: Ep. 139 Hirsh Gardner Talks About Recording with Vinnie Vincent

Join the KISS NATION for the best conversation on the internet at facebook.com/threesidesofthecoin All fans are welcome!

Episode 139, August 18, 2015. We stay in the New England camp this week, Hirsh Gardner, the drummer from New England joins us to share his amazing stories... being the Aucoin offices the day Peter Criss was fired from KISS. His experience recording with Vinnie Vincent on songs that would become the Vinnie Vincent Invasion. Phone calls from Gene Simmons to Vinnie Vincent after Vinnie left KISS. His thoughts on the Warrior songs vs the VVI songs. So many stories!

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Since launching a year ago Three Sides of the Coin has been viewed or listened to over 1,000,000 times. In the last year, Three Sides of the Coin has been joined by special guests including former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, the Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack, Frank Munoz associate producer for Ace Frehley's Anomaly album, award winning songwriter Adam Mitchell, Ed Kanon (Peter Criss' drum tech), and Kevin Valentine (drummer on KISS' Psycho Circus album). Three Sides of the Coin was recently picked (October 2013) as a 'What's Hot' podcast by Apple's iTunes.

In the early '90s, Michael Brandvold launched the fifth ever website on the Internet devoted to KISS, KISS Otaku. He built, launched and maintained Kissonline.com (KISS' official web presence). He now owns Michael Brandvold Marketing, providing providing marketing services and digital strategy to musicians. Tommy Sommers spent 15 years on the record show circuit collecting, trading and selling memorabilia / Kiss merchandise. He is now a successful residential Real Estate agent in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area. Tommy has also produced a KISS song For The Oddfathers and is the owner of Rock Steady Digital Photography. Mark Cicchini, is a world renown KISS collector. KISS have used parts of Mark’s vast KISS collection for audio, video & print materials including their book NOTHIN TO LOSE, CD re release of the LOVE GUN album & the VH1 Ultimate Album KISS ALIVE! special as well as many other KISS projects. His wife also makes a mean meatloaf!!!

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Ep. 139 Hirsh Gardner Talks About Recording with Vinnie Vincent

Steve Vai: Leg 4 (Australia/NZ/Indonesia/China/S. Korea/Japan/Taiwan/Thailand)

Presenting Leg 4 of "The Space Between The Notes" DVD --and a dedicated playlist of the previous 3 legs! - These are FULL chapters from the DVD & will be shared in their highest resolution every TUESDAY for the next several weeks until all 9 Legs have been posted. You won't want to miss this exciting journey of Steve & band on their epic worldwide tour! - Please enjoy Leg 4!

Steve Vai - Leg 4 (Australia/NZ/Indonesia/China/S. Korea/Japan/Taiwan/Thailand)

Gianluca Mosole: Tricerotopo (Magazine 1991)

Dal CD Magazine (1991) "Tricerotopo"

Gianluca Mosole, git and keyboards - Tom Brechtlein, drums

Video ideato da Stefano Volpato
Gianluca Mosole - Tricerotopo (Magazine 1991)

Khoirus Sobri: Grey Area Jam

a result of midnight jamming before sleep. VERY ROUGH demo. not even finished so I'm sorry for quality. that said though, enjoy the tones!

Grey Area Jam

Nicole Papastavrou: MeridieM Making Of "Cosmogony"

The making of song "Cosmogony", second track off MeridieM 2015 EP 'Odysseia'.

All music written by MeridieM

MeridieM uses Liuteria Rox Handmade Guitars from Italy, and Jim Dunlop Super Bright guitar strings

MeridieM Making Of "Cosmogony"

Alex Hutchings, Valeriy Stepanov, Arkadiy Kornev: Catching The Sunset

Catching the Sunset. Written by Valeriy Stepnov (feat Alex Hutchings Guitar)
VALERIY STEPANOV_Rhodes, keyboards, vocals, mixing, mastering & video editing