Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Lorenzo Venza: pop- Rock ballad solo - total shred guitar


Lorenzo Venza - pop- Rock ballad solo (total shred guitar)

Nicole Papastavrou: Gear Gods Weekly Riff - Katabases - Meridiem

Nicole demonstrates how to play MeridieM's song "Katabases" from their EP "Odysseia", available now on iTunes - https://goo.gl/E95thQ

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The Weekly Riff - Nicole from MERIDIEM - "Katabases" | GEAR GODS

The current members of MeridieM were the instrumental backbone of the now defunct alt-prog rock group Eye Ra Haze. Building a strong musical bond and camaraderie though songwriting, guitarist Nicole Papastavrou, pianist Karine Catenacci, drummer Kevin Corcoran and bassist Chris Marrone formed MeridieM. The quartet were organically able to move forward in the creative process, further exploring the depth and voice of each instrument, while collectively expanding their musical horizons. This freedom gave MeridieM the free-range power to further explore the reach of their personal abilities and produce a musical outcome that is distinctly progressive, while simultaneously melodic and undeniably heavy.

MeridieM's debut EP Odysseia nods to jazz composition, foregoing traditional structures while tying each segment back beautifully to plush piano arrangements coupled with crushing riffs. The EP boasts a mix that highlights each nuance of this instrumental intertwining and aims to bring listeners along for the musical voyage. Live piano is ferociously coupled with standout bass, succinct distorted guitars and a perfectly aligned rhythm section. Percussive experimentation is paramount in this release, with a fierce focus on craftily weaving varied rhythms into deep grooves.MeridieM launch you into an audio journey of gorgeously juxtaposed sounds that are spread through a variety of mediums. The first single off of the EP, "Supernova," takes listeners on a musical trail of growth and exploration. Sonically it is a natural progression for the musical unit both brutally commanding and lush, with an exploratory nod to that idyllic "space in-between."

In writing the Odysseia EP, the band took time to remotely cultivate their contributions though the convenience of technology. Spread across several different areas, they took advantage of their ability to interpret each layer independently via Dropbox and ProTools. This unique collaborative effort spawned a sound that is indigenous to the group and individually flattering to their personal growth. Every song on the EP represents a deep mix of emotions, offering listeners a front-seat view of their journey. In 2015 MeridieM are poised to further expand and evolve musically - sit back, open your mind and enjoy the process." -Zeena Koda

google play https://play.google.com/store/music/album/MeridieM_Odysseia
itunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/odysseia-ep/id1029941851
amazon http://www.amazon.com/Odysseia-Meridiem/dp/B013UCFJZA/

Viacheslav Kavlenas: Within The Ruins medley

This video about two nerds CHOCOSLAYC & MARK MIRONOV, who have big problems in music school ! Can they cope with all the difficulties, will they have score ? U gonna know..

Camera by Aleksey Misyurov http://vk.com/alekseymisyurov
Edited by Aleksey Misyurov http://vk.com/alekseymisyurov Viacheslav Kavlenas https://vk.com/chocoslayc Mark Mironovhttp://vk.com/markmironov
Sound by Roma Kharyukov http://vk.com/romankharyukov

Download video - https://www.dropbox.com/s/4916nnf51f4...

CHOCOSLAYC & MARK MIRONOV - Within The Ruins medley

Gerardo Nez: Another Day Solo - excellent two handed tapping version

Another Day - John Petrucci
Dream Theater - Images and Words - 1992
Producer David Prater

Dream Theater - Another Day Solo - Guitar Tapping Cover - Gerardo Nez

Joe Satriani Midnight Cover Gerardo Nez

The Godfather Love Theme - Double Guitar Tapping Cover - Gerardo Nez

Kirk Fletcher: performing I'm In Love in The Convent Club chapel.

Watch the whole show here : http://www.netgig.co.uk/event/kirk-fl...

Kirk Fletcher performing I'm In Love in The Convent Club chapel.

Kirk Fletcher I'm In Love

Kirk Fletcher Sad Sad Day

Madame Mayhem, Russ Parrish, Billy Sheehan, Ron Thal: RockEyez 'Now You Know - interview 2015

Madame Mayhem October 16, 2015 'Now You Know BFD/RED

A powerhouse team of rock talent including Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Winery Dogs) - who produced and played on the album - Ray Luzier (KoRn, KXM), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (formerly of Guns N’ Roses), Russ Parrish (“Satchel” from Steel Panther), and Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo) all appear on the new video "Monster" for the proof. her forthcoming full-length album, 'Now You Know,' which will be released through BFD/RED on October 16, 2015 fourteen-track recording.

Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Winery Dogs), who produced and played on the album, Ray Luzier (KoRn, KXM), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses), Russ Parrish (“Satchel” from Steel Panther), and Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo). With hard rock roots and melodies that show off her vocal range, Mayhem is excited to bring these new, unreleased songs to the masses this fall.

Madame Mayhem has collaborated with notable rock talents including Grammy winner Mark Hudson, Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Dio), Elliot Easton (The Cars, Blondie), John Moyer (Disturbed),

Madame Mayhem is a true rocker with an eclectic style in every aspect of life. With her in your face attitude, Mayhem is definitely the right word to describe this extreme artist. Her new album, Now You Know features a powerhouse team of rock talent including Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Winery Dogs), who produced and played on the album, Ray Luzier (KoRn, KXM), Ron Bumblefoot Thal (Guns N Roses), Russ Parrish ( Satchel Steel Panther), and Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo). With hard rock roots and melodies that show off her vocal range, Madame Mayhem is excited to bring these new, unreleased songs to the masses this fall.
  1. Monster
  2. Perfect Nightmare
  3. Something Better ( Now You Know)
  4. Left For Dead
  5. Witchcraft
  6. More Than Misery
  7. Better Days
  8. After 2 AM
  9. Nothing to Lose
  10. Under The Microscope
  11. Sacrifice
  12. Pain
  13. Can’t Stand
  14. Anyone Who Had A Heart


Madame Mayhem - Monster [Official Video]

Jane Getter: Premonition ON CD Preorder featuring Bryan Beller, Chad Wackerman, Alex Skolnick and Adam Holzman

Progressive supergroup, Jane Getter Premonition, has teamed up with PopMatters.com to launch a new track, “Surprised,” taken from the band’s Madfish debut, On, out October 2. Stream album
opener, “Surprised,” online at:


“‘Surprised’ is based on the opening picking riff,” Getter told PopMatters. “I came up with it one day when I was practicing and the song took off from there. Being a long-time fan of Living Colour, it was a real treat to have Corey Glover sing on this song (and the album!). His voice is the perfect combination of rock, R&B and gospel, and he brings the intensity and soulfulness to the song that I was hoping for.

“The lyrics came from my frustration and astonishment at how toxic the political arena is right now. I continue to be ‘surprised’ and amazed at how hypocritical and self-serving some politicians are.”

ON is the Jane Getter Premonition's debut for the Madfish label.

Recorded at Avatar Studios in New York, the album features a stellar line-up of Progressive, Jazz and Rock musicians including Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson), Bryan Beller (Joe Satriiani, The Aristocrats), Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth), Corey Glover (Living Colour), Alex Skolnick (Testament, Savatage, Ozzy Osbourne) and Theo Travis (Steven Wilson, Robert Fripp).

Mixing duties were handled by Adam Holzman at Spin Studios in Long island City, NYC.

Guitarist and composer Jane Getter has played with many Jazz and Rock greats, garnering increasing recognition as a bandleader, gifted writer and instrumentalist. Jane also received widespread exposure playing in the Saturday Night Live Band

CD in digipack with a 16 page colour booklet featuring stunning artwork from Lasse Hoile.

'The fieriest fret boarding female ever to strap on a Stratocaster.' - Guitar Player

Pre-order for 2nd October release via the Madfish web-store on CD and LP at:
https://www.burningshed.com/store/madfish/ and on iTunes at:


Jane Getter Premonition - On (album teaser) from Madfish on Vimeo.

Vinyl Version

1. Surprised [8:00]
2. Where Somewhere [6:10]
3. Pressure Point [3:35]
4. Train Man [7:53]
5. Diversion [5:45]
6. Falling [4:56]
7. Logan (would've sounded great on this) [5:20]
8. Transparent [5:36]

Guitarist and composer Jane Getter has played with many jazz and rock greats while garnering increasing recognition as a bandleader, gifted writer and instrumentalist. Early in her career she toured with legendary jazz/blues organist Brother Jack McDuff. Her composing talents received attention when she won the ASCAP Gershwin Award for Music for Dance or Theatre in the mid 90’s. Her debut CD, Jane, in 1998 received worldwide critical acclaim and the 2006 follow up, See Jane Run, was released on  Alternity Records (home of Allan Holdsworth). In 2012 she released the progressive  jazz/rock album, Three. Getter also received widespread exposure playing in the Saturday Night Live Band. Her band has played and toured internationally and live dates for fall 2015 will be

Stay tuned for more information on Jane Getter Premonition and On, out this



9/12 – New York, NY @ Bestbar

Ron Thal: Highway to hell by Michael Monroe and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal

Mike and Ron jamming at the U.S. Embassy Helsinki on Sept 18, 2015.

Highway to hell by Michael Monroe and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal

Jason Sadites: plays a fun A7 run to add some flash to your blues

This week Jason plays a fun A7 run to add some flash to your blues. Enjoy!

Please be sure to check out the websites:

http://www.ampsandaxescast.com to catch the latest episode and Jason Sadites weekly Quick Lick.

Thanks for watching!!!
Amps & Axes Quick Lick #36 with Jason Sadites

Eric Barnett, Matthew Charles Heulitt, Nili Brosh: Points North, Moetar, Bricks and the Nili Brosh band Bricks and Mortar tour date

Bricks and Mortar get tickets:  http://brickandmortarmusic.com/event.cfm?id=218188&cart



Points North is the self-titled second album by this primarily instrumental rock band. Spearheaded by guitarist Eric Barnett (Guitar Player magazine's Guitar Superstar finalist), bassist Uriah Duffy (Whitesnake) and drummer Kevin Aiello, Points North stands on the shoulders of iconic artists Rush, Cream, The Police and Dixie Dregs, expanding upon these influences and clearly cutting its own artistic path.

Their new album has Points North introducing vocals for the first time (on Colorblind) but their primary musical focus remains the same. Points North is a leading light of modern instrumental guitar music, bringing attention to the genre through their technical prowess, superior musicality and compositional skills.



MoeTar’s two main protagonists, lead singer Moorea Dickason and bassist/songwriter/lyricist Tarik Ragab, along with a versatile crew of musicians, including guitarist Matthew Charles Heulitt (Zigaboo Modeliste, Narada Michael Walden), drummer David Flores, keyboardist/bassist Jonathan Herrera (Oz Noy, Garaj Mahal, Miguel Migs), and keyboardist Matt Lebofsky (miRthkon, Secret Chiefs 3) create catchy, yet complex, music that attempts to make sense of our confusing world.

On paper the music shouldn’t work at all. The band flies in the face of logic, yet not a musical note seems out of place. Flaunting their musical fluency, MoeTar doesn’t avoid challenges: they appear to actively court and thrive on them. Indeed. Inherent contradictions are the subject of many of the band’s songs.

“So much of what I write about involves paradoxes,” says Ragab. “It seems the rules are set in contradiction to one another.”

Half the fun of listening to MoeTar is hearing how well all of these seemingly incompatible musical pieces fit together. Amid sonic references to Zappa, The Beatles, XTC, Gentle Giant, Stevie Wonder, Laurie Anderson and many others, MoeTar offers a fresh approach to rock, pop, electronica and experimental music. Simply put, From These Small Seeds is the culmination of a collision of styles that seems to defy the odds – and our ears.



Nili Brosh was born and raised in Rishon LeZion, Israel. She was always inspired by her older brother Ethan‘s passion for music and the guitar. She moved to Boston with her family at the age of 12, where she began studying electric guitar and eventually went on to study at Berklee College of Music.
At Berklee, Nili studied and performed with the school’s premier guitar teachers, such as Don Lappin, Jon Finn, Joe Stump, and Scott Tarulli. Along with classmates Masashi Ushijima (drums), Josh Kwolek (bass), and Sabi Saltiel (guitar), she formed the Nili Brosh Band, which frequently performed original material around the New England area. Nili graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2009 with a B.M in Professional Music, and she also became one of the youngest faculty members in the Berklee summer guitar programs, where she has been teaching since the age of 19.
Now 23 years old, Nili has performed with Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson), Guthrie Govan (Asia), Andy Timmons (Danger Danger, Olivia Newton-John), The Iron Maidens (world’s only all-female tribute to Iron Maiden), The Aristocrats, and has opened for artists such as Terry Ilous (XYZ), Joey Molland (Badfinger), and Pat Travers.

David Gilmour: Fender Exclusive Content from a Legend

The fender guitar models 

David Gilmour is universally regarded as one of the finest guitarists to ever play a Stratocaster. His powerfully emotive voice on the instrument propelled him early on into the upper reaches of rock guitar reverence through his playing with Pink Floyd, in which he crafted some of the most famous guitar solos ever etched into black vinyl—think “Time” from 1973’s epic The Dark Side of the Moon, or his soaring and apocalyptic solos in “Comfortably Numb” from 1979’s The Wall.

Through guest appearances over the years onstage and in the studio with artists such as Paul McCartney, Kate Bush and Pete Townshend, and through his continuing successful solo career, Gilmour remains one of the world’s most respected and influential guitarists, and anyone’s list of the top Stratocaster players of all time invariably contains his name at or very close to the top.

Gilmour’s latest album, Rattle That Lock, marks yet another visionary milestone in his storied career. Produced by Gilmour and Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, the album features three instrumental tracks plus seven other tracks with lyrics penned either by Gilmour or novelist Polly Samson.


David Gilmour - Today (Live Promo Extract)

Reece Scruggs, David Sanchez: Havok announce US tour dates

Denver, Colorado thrash maniacs HAVOK have announced the addition of bassist Nick Schendzielos (Job For A Cowboy, Cephalic Carnage) after parting ways with Mike Leon. Leon, who spent two years with HAVOK and appeared on the band's 2013 release
Unnatural Selection, will be joining metal icons SOULFLY on their upcoming North American tour. HAVOK vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez comments on Mike's departure,"Mike is an amazing musician and rock-solid performer! I would like to thank him for lending his talent to the band for two years. I will always love the music he writes and appreciate his abilities."

The newly indoctrinated Schendzielos will record bass on HAVOK's upcoming fourth studio album and take part in the band's upcoming North American headlining tour. The bassist said this about joining the band, "I'm incredibly excited to be working with Havok. Been friends with the dudes forever, always have a blast with 'em, and now I get to thrash with 'em! I have big shoes to fill...Mike is a really, really solid player, but I think my playing style will mix in really well and fans will dig it. The new music is by far the coolest Havok I've ever heard. Can't wait to release it!"

"Nick's skills are documented, go check it out yourselves. He's a guy that's well respected amongst our peers and loved by his friends and band mates. It was an obvious choice to get him for the record and upcoming tour," said lead guitarist Reece Scruggs of his new bandmate.

With work on the new album, their first on Century Media Records, nearing completion, HAVOK is gearing up for a massive North American headlining tour. The month long trek will see HAVOK performing material off the as-of-yet-untitled album so fans will get an early preview of what promises to be the band's most intense effort to date. HAVOK will be joined by a rotating lineup of support acts, which include BLACK BREATH, WITCHAVEN, PSYCHOSOMATIC, BLACK FAST and EXTINCTION A.D. David Sanchez comments, "This tour is full of neck-wreckers and we're proud to have such heavy bands sharing the road with us. Every band on this tour absolutely kills live. For fans of real metal, this tour is not to be missed."

HAVOK's Century Media debut is scheduled for an early 2016 release. For more HAVOK visit www.facebook.com/HavokOfficial

David Sanchez - Lead vocals / Guitars
Pete Webber - Lead drums
Reece Scruggs - Lead guitar / Vocals
Nick Schendzielos - Lead bass / Vocals

Mattias IA Eklundh: Freak Kitchen in Nepal 2012

Freak Kitchen played the Silence Festival III on October 13, 2012, Jawalakhel Kathmandu Nepal. Here's an interview with the band after the Fest.

Interviewed by: Umes Shrestha/ktmROCKS

Mattias IA Eklundh: Freak Kitchen in Nepal 2012

Paul Bielatowicz: Streaming concerts - amazing two handed demo

I'm writing to tell you about my LIVE online live streaming concerts, every Thursday at 4pm & 9pm EDT (9pm & 2am GMT), on the fantastic Concert Window website.


The shows are an hour long and thanks to a live chat window, I'm able to interact with viewers as they comment, ask questions and request music - it really is a concert experience like no other!

My shows are free, and signing up to Concert Window is free too (which I encourage you to do, as that'll enable you to participate in the interactive chat during the show). I'm also offering some unique "tip rewards", not available anywhere else. These include guitar picks used in the show, unreleased recordings and the opportunity have me write and record an original piece of music just for you.

Check out this excerpt from last week's show to give you an idea of what you can expect:

Thanks for reading and for your continued support. I hope you can join me on Thursday so I can be 'LIVE In Your Living Room' (no need to tidy up)!

Paul :o)

Stories Behind The Music - Concert Window Highlight