Thursday, 7 January 2016

Rick Graham: Shredding The Blues or should that be shredding the greens?

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Shredding The Blues - Rick Graham

Ron Jarzombek: plays all guitar parts to Blotted Science's 'Ingesting Blattaria - 12-tone row and beyond

Ron Jarzombek plays all guitar parts to Blotted Science's 'Ingesting Blattaria'.

For the complete 'Ingesting Blattaria' video set (including 12-tone analysis, lead analysis, all guitar parts at 100%, all guitar parts at 70%, themes, and all notation/tab), go to

'Ingesting Blattaria' - all guitar parts

Mike Orlando: will be performing for GHS Strings & Rocktron at NAMM 2016

Mike Orlando

It's that time again my friends.. NAMM 2016! I'll be performing for GHS Strings & Rocktron Fri. Jan. 22nd @ 2:45 & Sat. Jan. 23rd @ 1:45! Come on down & hang!!

I'll also be performing @ the Randy Rhoads Remembered Concert Sat. Jan. 23rd @ M3 Live 1 block from Namm & The Anaheim Convention Center!!!

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Annie Grunwald: Annie Shred - The Shamanic EP - participate in the release!

Annie Grunwald

Annie Grunwald (known by most of her fans as "Annie Shred") has wowed millions of viewers on Youtube with her guitar playing & compositions, via her original songs, songs with her band Formless, as well as countless product demonstrations for her endorsement companies: Seymour Duncan, Ibanez, Dunlop

Hi all,
A while ago I came out with a track called "Slow Motion". It's an electronic-metal track I made that received some awesome feedback but also requests for better quality production- stoked to let you know an EP of this style has been put together!

Super lucky to have worked with Rémi Gallego of The Algorithm who mixed & mastered my new EP "Shamanic". Remi completely brought these tracks to life and made them sonically bigger and better. It's a short release but I'm excited to get it out there to you guys.

While the EP is finished, I still do need to manufacture the CD's, do the artwork etc. so I can get the music out to you! If you'd like to pre-order the EP, please donate to my indiegogo to receive a copy and also some other great prizes. Thanks to my best friend/manager Dave Reffett for taking the reins on this and putting it all together. Hope you all enjoy the music! xo

Title of EP: The Shamanic

Songs in Order-

Slow Motion
Etheric Body
-Instrumental Album

Electronic music with, metal influence and heavy rhythmic guitars. Custom instruments were made by Annie by sampling various instruments including her voice, guitar, toy dulcimers, mandolin etc to create playable synths in Ableton Live.
Collaboration with Remi from the band "The Algorithm", he mixed & mastered the EP and also had some creative input on arrangement and finesse of the music. Remi sampled melodies Annie wrote to create a portion of the track on the record.
The EP is inspired by Annie's dreams and spiritual experiences and how she made sense of them.

Troy Stetina: Kaleidoscope - instrumental playthrough by Troy Stetina and Chris Moore

Kaleidoscope is the musical conflagration of virtuoso guitarist Troy Stetina and virtuoso drummer Chris Moore. Troy Stetina is the guitar education author of numerous Hal Leonard methods. He has influenced a generation of guitarists all over the world to reach a level of excellence in their own musical quests. Chris Moore is a full time session drummer living in LA, with too numerous recording credits to list. Troy Stetina and Chris Moore teamed up to produce the instructional drum method "Speed Mechanics for Drums" which included their instrumental piece Kaleidoscope, placed at the culmination of that drum method as the final challenge for drummer aspiring to the level of mastery.

Instrumental shred guitar piece, featured in the Speed Mechanics for Drums book/DVD. Here is the song with the guitar performance featured in the video. Download the song at

Kaleidoscope - by Troy Stetina and Chris Moore

Jason Becker: JB24 Signature Model - Antique ash treatment

Jason Becker

Way cool JB24 (Jason Becker Signature Model) in Antique ash treatment with raw tone finish! If you want one, email:

News: City Of Lights Melodic Rock Project Seeks Guitarists

City Of Lights is a melodic hard rock songwriting/recording project seeking lead guitarists to contribute solos. Influenced by the classic 80s/90s sound and current groups like W.E.T., Care Of Night, Place Vendome, The Magnificent, First Signal and Work Of Art, I'm looking for players that can combine shred with great melody, phrasing and taste, in the style of Ron Marcello, Nathan Doyle, Daniel Johannson, Robert Säll, etc.

Anyone interested can find song examples at and can contact me at the Soundcloud page or via email at"

Chris Bieniek: Guitar Solo for Charity 4# The Orangutan (Tab/notation available)

Can you help save a species with a guitar solo? Yes of course!
You can purchase this solo for $9 U.S via PayPal and 100% of the funds collected will be donated to the Orangutan Foundation International '. Just send $9 U.S to and you will receive a PDF with music notation, Tab, picking strokes, backing track, audio etc. In the 'message to seller' section just mark the words 'Oranguatan' so I know which solo to send.
You will receive this within 24 hours (I'll work on an automated download when time permits)
If you don't want this solo but would like to donate, go to: (Which is the Orangutan Official Website)

Both orangutan species are considered to be Endangered, with the Sumatran orangutan being Critically Endangered. Human activities have caused severe declines in the populations and ranges of both species. Threats to wild orangutan populations include poaching, habitat destruction, and the illegal pet trade. Several conservation and rehabilitation organisations are dedicated to the survival of orangutans in the wild. I was lucky enough so see Orangutan's in Borneo a few years back so hopefully they will be around for future generations to appreciate.

The solo: A Blues Rock vibe with an up tempo 'Cold Sweat' feel . Technically theres a focus on Alternate and Economy/Sweep Picking lines.
I have found learning full solos rather then a 'bunch of licks' to be more beneficial in developing my own solo and improvised playing. Playing up and down scales is great practice for playing up and down scales but doesn't improve improvising/ soloing technique. Learning entire solos is a great way to develop your own playing and understanding of how to use scales, rhythm, phrasing etc.
Putting patterns, phrases and lines into context is the key.

This solo was recorded through the amazing Taurus 4.SL Stomp Head. Check out for more info. Awesome amps! Try one!

Guitar Solo for Charity 4# The Orangutan (Tab/notation available)

Andy Othling: Lowercase Noises: Details on the 2016 Living Room Tour and one last call for hosts

Dear friend, I've got some exciting news regarding touring plans in 2016!

Last month I put out a call for potential house show hosts and the response was amazing. Lots of people told me they'd be willing to open up their home for an evening and host a show with me and my friends in Hotel Neon. Using that info I've come up with a potential routing and timeframe for the first leg of this tour.

But before solidifying the route, I just wanted to do one last call for hosts. If you're interested in potentially opening up your home to do a show (all you need is the space, we'll have all the equipment we need!) click here and fill out the form.

Since last month I've gotten a few more details about the tour in place. I got an awesome sound system that will sound amazing in living rooms across the country, and I've begun working on visual aspects of the show. It's gonna be cool.

For this first leg, it looks like we're gonna try going up the west coast of the US, and the general timeframe will be the last two weeks of March. But don't worry, we're already considering other runs where we hit other parts of the country later in the year. So even if you're not on the west coast, I'd love to have yousign up as a host for a later tour.

Anyway, that's it for now! I will be solidifying dates very soon and can't wait to play some music for you.

Until next time,


Also available as an LP

1. Prevailing Winds 04:53
2. Roaring Forties 05:27
3. Passage 05:47
4. Beauty Into Wreck 05:29
5. A Gold Earring 04:05

This album is about transition.
released 28 November 2012

Andy Othling - Guitars, banjo, harmonium, keyboards, percussion, programming, vocals
Shannon Harden - Cello on track 2
Alex Sugg - Percussion on tracks 1, 3, and 5

Cover art by Caleb Davis
Mastered by Matt Slaven

Joe Satriani: Announces Exclusive Fan Contest During 2016 Tour.




Los Angeles, CA – January 6, 2016 As the New Year kicks off, JOE SATRIANI is gearing up to launch his career retrospective “Surfing to Shockwave” Tour on February 25th in Seattle, WA. The 48-date tour will be celebrating “30 Years of Mind-Bending Guitar Daredevilry”; a phrase coined in a June 2014 career-defining retrospective feature in Rolling Stone. SATRIANI will spotlight music from his first solo album, “Not of this Earth” through his latest release and 15th solo album, Shockwave Supernova.

Also announced today, the exclusive “Surfing to Shockwave” Tour Contest! During the upcoming U.S. Tour, fans will have the opportunity to buy a raffle ticket at the show they attend (only those attending the show can purchase a ticket and it is one entry per person). The Grand Prize is a JS Surfing 20th Anniversary Guitar plus two roundtrip airline tickets to San Francisco, where they will meet Joe and get the guitar autographed. Additional prizes include; a signed Chrome Dome Joe Satriani 14-CD set and an autographed Shockwave Supernova vinyl album. The proceeds from this contest benefit Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides new musical instruments and lessons for teachers to help expand music education in underserved public schools across the country.

Guitar World magazine recently held their annual “Readers Poll” for which fans chose SATRIANI as ‘Best Shredder‘ as well as presenting his 15th studio album, Shockwave Supernova with the “Best Shred Album of the Year”. Released this past August, Shockwave Supernovascored SATRIANI his highest chart debut at #19 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart. In addition, the album also debuted at # 3 on the Billboard Rock Chart and ranks as the highest charting all-instrumental rock album on Billboard’s Top 200 in the SoundScan era.

For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza. SATRIANI’s studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them. His side project,Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith achieved certified gold status with their debut album and their second studio album debuted at #9.

SATRIANI’s touring band remains Marco Minnemann on drums, Bryan Beller on bass and Mike Keneally on keys & guitar.

Tickets and exclusive Joe Satriani meet & greet and VIP packages are available now, for details please visit:

“Surfing to Shockwave” Tour Itinerary:

February 25 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA

February 26 Historic Elsinore Theatre Salem, OR

February 27 Grand Sierra Theatre Reno, NV

February 28 Fox Theater Oakland, CA

March 1 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA

March 2 Fox Tucson Theatre Tuscon, AZ *

March 3 Fox Performing Arts Center Riverside, CA

March 4 Pearl Concert Theater @ Palms Casino Las Vegas, NV

March 5 Talking Stick Resort Ballroom Scottsdale, AZ

March 7 Historic Paramount Theatre Denver, CO

March 8 Abraham Chavez Theatre El Paso, TX

March 9 The Majestic Theatre Dallas, TX

March 10 House of Blues Houston, TX

March 11 Laurie Auditorium San Antonio, TX

March 12 Orpheum Theater New Orleans, LA

March 14 Iron City Birmingham, AL

March 15 Saenger Theatre Pensacola, FL

March 16 Parker Playhouse Ft. Lauderdale, FL

March 17 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL

March 18 Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL

March 19 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL

March 21 Carolina Theatre Durham, NC

March 22 Knight Theater Charlotte, NC

March 23 Symphony Hall Atlanta, GA **

March 24 The National Richmond, VA

March 25 Sandler Center Virginia Beach, VA

March 26 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA

March 29 College Street Music Hall New Haven, CT

March 30 Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY

March 31 The Vets Providence, RI

April 1 Tilles Center Brookville, LI

April 2 Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC

April 4 Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ

April 6 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA

April 7 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH *

April 8 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, Ontario

April 9 UAB Center for the Arts Buffalo, NY

April 10 Hard Rock Cleveland

April 12 Carnegie Music Hall Pittsburgh, PA

April 13 Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI

April 14 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI

April 15 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL

April 16 The Fitzgerald Theatre St. Paul, MN

April 17 Fargo Theatre Fargo, ND *

April 19 Conexus Arts Centre Regina, SK *

April 21 Grey Eagle Event Centre Calgary, AB

April 22 River Creek Casino Enoch, AB

April 24 Hard Rock Casino Vancouver Vancouver, BC

* new dates not previously announced

To Follow Joe Satriani
Facebook: joesatriani
Twitter: @chickenfootjoe
Instagram: joesatriani
YouTube: websatch

Daniele Gottardo: La Terza Età from Non Temperato performed live in the Studio

La Terza Età is the eighth track on the second album of Daniele Gottardo, Non Temperato. You can order your signed copy at or download your digital copy at:

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Download Daniele's debut album Frenzy of Ecstasy at:

About La Terza Età

This inspiration for this piece is the relationship between two phases of life: youth and old age. The situations are related by a motif of three notes, sometimes given to the strings, sometimes to the woodwinds and guitar. Initially, the motif is represented by a sharp key (E major) and a carefree and steady rhythm. Old age is represented by a contrasting flat key (F major), where the theme becomes shaky by a change of rhythm. The two keys, representing the different stages of life, are connected by a modulation where a common chord joins them, as if joining the hands of the children and the elderly

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"Non Temperato" is a joining of the electric guitar and a classical orchestral ensemble. It is a hybrid of European-derived harmonies and the distorted sound of American rock music. It is a blend of elements explored in a unique and systematic way. Sound, composition, and imagination create a world of colors for getting lost in the listening.
Daniele Gottardo

Daniele Gottardo - La Terza Età (Live in the Studio)

Gord Olson: Seymour Duncan Dirty Deed

So normally, I'm all about the metal, but this Dirty Deed distortion pedal has actually lured me into the rock pool for just a little while. Very cool pedal though. It really sounds and feels like an amp with the power section being heavily pushed. You can really hear and feel a distinct "sag" in the tone. I haven't encountered that in a pedal before. Great for all kinds of rock tones, but could also be used very nicely for stoner/doom metal as well. The guitar is a Schecter KM-6, with Duncan Black Winter pickups. Awesome guitar!The amp I'm using is a Peavey 6505 on the Green channel, into the "Normal Gain" input, so it's a fairly clean signal, as you can hear. The cabinet is a Marshall 1960 4x12, loaded with Eminence CV-75 speakers. Those are my favorite speakers without a doubt. They are similar to V30's, but much better all around, IMHO.

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Scott Gailor: Bodhisattva Highway Bound Official Video

Malleable Recording Artist Scott Gailor - Bodhisattva (Highway Bound) official video from the cd Technicolor/Monochrome
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Scott Gailor - Bodhisattva (Highway Bound) Official Video

Sakura: bow and arrow Glen - multi guitar performance

I tried playing it to arrange the "bow and arrow Glen" in "Shingekinokyojin" OP to guitar instrumental .
I will not play all guitar parts in overdubbing.

[Shingekinokyojin] I tried to play bow and arrow Glen [Oka Sakura 13 years old]

Sean Ashe: 'Floating Thread' - Flux

New Song from 'Flux' - 'Floating Thread'

Another week, another new song, and another time I must say THANK YOU to everyone who has pre-ordered the album. I'm truly blown away with how many nice things have been said about my music. I hope you enjoy 'Floating Thread'.

Pre-orders will be available until January 11th (this coming Monday), and I'll have a nice surprise on Sunday for anyone who did preorder ;)

Preorder Links (physical and digital):

Also, my friends at both Tom Anderson Guitarworks, and Rockbox Electronics, have teamed up with me and we're giving away one of two prizes for the preorders :) A set of Tom Anderson HF1 & HF2 pickups, and a Rockbox Electronics Boiling Point Overdrive.

Thank you so much, I hope you have a great week..and again, thank you! :)

- Sean Ashe

Paul Wardingham: Private 1 hour Skype lessons with me now available!

Private 1 hour Skype lessons with me now available!

Last year, I had so many requests for Skype lessons, that I decided to open up a few limited spaces starting next week.

We can study something specific, or you can just pick my brain and have a chat about music and discuss guitar technique, theory, production & recording, composition or the music business in general.

Lessons are available to purchase now from the Official Cyberstore.

1 hour Skype lesson with Paul

Once payment is made, email me at and tell me what you would like to look at in the lesson. Also give details of your timezone, so we can arrange a suitable time.

Please note spaces will book up fast, but cancellations always occur, so ask to join the waiting list and I will contact you as soon as a space becomes available.

Talk soon

NAMM: Hail StompLight! The world's first Lighting Effect Pedal

The StompLight - professional lighting effects pedal - is one of the first time exhibitors at Winter NAMM this month, and I would like to give you the opportunity to preview this pioneering new product. StompLight is bringing exciting lighting effects to all the places musicians, artists, and DJs perform where there is no stage lighting. The StompLight is more than a trendy new product, it’s a pioneering product line opening the door to a new market. Our company founder, Emmy-nominated musician Michael Ahern, will share more about the StompLight story of entrepreneurship at the Winter NAMM show. The StompLight team will be in Hall E #1183

View our recent Successful Kickstarter Project View

StompLight Promotional Video from StompLight International LLC on Vimeo.

Jeff Hughell, Allan Marcus: Six Feet Under bassist Jeff Hughell Announces New Solo Album

Bassist Jeff Hughell Announces New Solo Album

Six Feet Under bassist Jeff Hughell unveils his third full-length solo album Trinidad Scorpion Hallucinations. Just like the scorching pepper the album is named after, these songs are not for the faint of heart. The record takes the listener on a roller coaster of extreme highs and lows which parallel the emotions one would experience after having the misfortune of inhaling one of the world’s hottest chilies. Trinidad Scorpion Hallucinations is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and on January 8, 2016.

The first track “Burn the Soul” scorches ear holes with blistering bass and drums as capsaicin burns the throat. An ice-cold glass of water in the form of track number two, titled “Relief” quenches a sweltering pallet, but only momentarily. The smolder continues as delusions ensue on the title track “Trinidad Scorpion Hallucinations”. “Brief Lapse of Clarity” provides a false sense of comfort in the form of a mellow harmony. Realization that nothing can halt the heat happens in the next song “The Crown Won’t Cool It Down”. As science demonstrates, what goes in must come out: “The Other Side” provides a climatic close to a wild ride.

“Burn The Soul” features contributions from Dominic Lapointe performing a fretless bass solo, Marc Gilson performing keys, and Hannes Grossmann on drums who also performs on “Trinidad Scorpion Hallucinations” and “The Crown Won’t Cool it Down”. “Relief” includes performances from Matt Kourie on vocals and guitar, Kevin “Brandino” Brandon on arc bass, and Mike Blanchard who also appears in “The Other Side” on drums and percussion. Guitar solos are performed by Allan Marcus on “Trinidad Scorpion Hallucinations” and Per Nilsson on “The Other Side”. “The Other Side” also features a bass solo from Mark Michell and a fretless bass solo from Jaron Evil. The epic artwork for Trinidad Scorpion Hallucinations is designed by Tony Koehl.

Hughell is a renowned 7 string bass player who is well established in the technical metal scene. Bands he has played with include; Six Feet Under, Reciprocal, Feared, Brain Drill, Vile, Osmium, Severed Savior, Asylum, Rings of Saturn, and Cryptoreum. He is endorsed by Warwick, Gallien Krueger, Seymour Duncan, and Dean Markley USA.

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Tom Hess: Four Errors Guitarists Make While Getting Ready For Live Performance & How To Avoid Them Before Getting On Stage

Four Errors Guitarists Make While Getting Ready For Live Performance & How To Avoid Them Before Getting On Stage
By Tom Hess

Do live performances make you feel nervous? Almost everyone feels this way! But it doesn't have to be this way. When you start learning how to practice and prepare for live performances the way the pros do, you can have much more fun anytime you play guitar for others.

There are two fundamental aspects of preparing yourself for playing live:

1. Understanding how to practice guitar to make your playing totally reliable, precise and consistent regardless of the situation. (To get a solid understanding of how to practice guitar with maximum effectiveness, check out this free course on how to double your guitar speed while practicing less.)

2. Eliminating the common errors guitarists commit when getting ready to play guitar live that hurt your performance.
The following are four of the most common errors guitarists commit while preparing to perform live and how you can avoid each one:

Mistake #1: Focusing Your Attention On The Wrong Things
A lot of musicians let self-destructive thoughts take over their mind. This eventually leads them to commit more mistakes. That said, I’m going to share something with you that the majority of musicians don’t know: your brain cannot tell the difference between the things you want and the things you don’t want. Your brain really only does whatever you tell it to do most often. So if you frequently focus on the fear of not messing up on stage, your brain will increase the chances that you will feel that fear. Then you will become more and more likely to experience it.

Solution: To play better in live situations, fill your mind with thoughts of putting on a great performance before you get up on stage. Think about playing without making mistakes and see yourself having a good time. Whenever you do this on a consistent basis, you will achieve what you truly want, instead of letting your fears take control.
Notice: This positive mindset will not be a total substitute for actually learning how to play with more speed and accuracy on guitar, develop better overall technique, improve musical creativity, etc. That said, it certainly will give you a great advantage whenever you play in front of others.

Mistake #2: Not Effectively Managing Tension
Having a lot of tension in your body makes it difficult to play guitar well and nearly impossible to perform live without messing up. It normally develops in two ways:
1. By continually thinking about all the things you don't want to occur as you are playing live (creating tension).
2. By creating poor playing habits in your playing through ineffective practice.
Until you learn to get rid of this unnecessary tension, performing guitar live will continue to be highly stressful and difficult for you.

Solution: Eliminating extra tension from your playing/performing must be done in two ways:
1. Developing clear and effective strategies for playing guitar without excess tension. This free online resource about becoming a much faster guitarist in less time will help you with this.
2. Putting together a mental routine to go through before every playing performance that will eliminate anxiety and stress from your body. One effective approach to use for doing this is to think about all the reasons why you are performing in front of others. You are not trying to “be perfect”, impress anyone or to be judged by others. You do it because you have a strong passion for music and are enthusiastic to share your passion with everyone in the crowd. This mindset change will soothe your anxiety during your performance.

Mistake #3: Not Practicing Damage Control
Regardless of how well you get ready for a live guitar performance, know that some mistakes will always find their way into your show. No one has the power to play guitar completely perfect all the time (particularly live). Instead you should prepare for how you will react whenever you make mistakes on stage. If you don’t prepare yourself for this ahead of time, ANY mistake can throw you off, causing you to make more mistakes and lose control.

Solution: Go over the music you will be playing and complete these steps:
1. Find the most difficult parts in the music.
2. Pick out the specific mistakes that might happen during those difficult parts.
3a. Practice diligently to ensure that these mistakes do not come up while playing live.
3b. Make a specific plan for what you will do to avoid distractions if you make a mistake. By anticipating what you will do during the mistake before it actually happens, you will guarantee that it will not throw your entire performance off and make it to where most people will not even notice if you mess up.

Mistake #4: Not Effectively Rehearsing For Your Performances
If you play guitar in a band, you’ll need to work on your individual playing. In addition, you and your band must also work on both the music itself and how the music will be performed as a unit. If you don’t practice this, your shows will be full of mistakes and your band will end up looking like amateurs.

Solution: Utilize practice time with your band to get ready for the “performance” areas of your live show. Here is a short list of the most important areas to focus on:
-How/when amplifier settings will be changed.
-How/when you will select different pedal settings or synths.
-How/when you will tune your instruments.
-Going over the specific locations where every band member stands on stage.
-Having a clear understanding of where each person needs to be during the show.
-Your group stage presence during the performance.
-What each band member has to do between each song.
-How the band needs to engage with the audience.
-Communication between all band members during the show.
Be as precise as possible. Put together your own list of things to prepare for as it pertains to your band’s unique needs, then rehearse the show to develop better guitar performing skills.
Once you combine great guitar practice with a “fail-safe” preemptive strategy for eliminating mistakes, you will remove any fears of performing guitar live and will free yourself to enjoying the show.
Now that you are more familiar with the most common errors guitar players commit while getting ready to perform in front of other people, integrate the tips for solving each one to improve your ability to put on great live performances. Become more prepared for playing a perfect live show by downloading this course on doubling your guitar speed.

Tom Hess is a professional musician, composer, and highly successful guitar instructor who trains and mentors guitarists with online guitar tuition. Visit to get free guitar playing tips, guitar playing resources, mini courses and more guitar playing articles.

Michael Schenker: announces new single to coincide with UK January tour 2016


Award-winning, legendary rock guitarist Michael Schenker will release a new double A-side single “Rock City” b/w “Good Times” on Monday 11th January, to celebrate his nationwide UK tour that starts at Bilston Robin 2 on Wednesday January 20, 2016.

The single is taken from Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock album Spirit On A Mission. The tour will see Schenker perform tracks from the album including the singles Communion, Vigilante Man and Live and Let Live, plus UFO, MSG, and Scorpions classics.

Tickets for the UK concerts are available from the 24 hour box office 0844 478 0898 or can be booked from Schenker’s band features ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards), and ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White.



News: Blues City Music Announces New Matchless Independence 35 Amplifier

MEMPHIS, TN. JANUARY 5, 2016 - Blues City Music today, with Matchless Amplifiers, announces they now offer the Matchless Independence 35 amplifier. The Independence 35 is a 35 watt, 3 channel guitar amplifier, and is still the only one of its kind from Matchless. The backlit nameplate changes between the colors of red, white, or blue depending on the channel. Blue City Music will offer the options of head and combo units with or without reverb.

This 35-watt amplifier measures at 8.5” tall, 21.5” wide, 10.5” deep, weighs 50 pounds, and comes standard in vintage green but optional colors are available. The user can change between three channels by the use of a footswitch that also changes the backlit nameplate color from red, white, or blue depending on the channel being used. Channel 2 (white) is powered by one 12AX7 and will provide ample chunk and high-gain lead. Channel 3 (red) is all about fire. The master volume control is by-passable and features a cut control to thicken up and shave the highs.

Four 12AX7 preamp tubes set up the Independence 35’s power section equipped with a 5AR4 rectifier tube and a pair of cathode self-biasing EL34’s. Switches on the amplifier include reverse speaker phase, hi-lo power, 3 position rotary impedance, and 6 position rotary tone. This model also includes dual speaker jacks.

Blues City Music was established in 2005 in a rural suburb just east of Memphis, Tennessee. Founder James Burke, a full time Boeing 777 Captain/Check Airman for FedEx, prides himself on providing unmatched customer service and top shelf products. As the largest stocking dealer for Soldano Custom Amplification and Diamond Amplification; plus, carrying Diezel and Friedman amplifiers, players have the ability to buy from a large selection of products, or create their own amp from model, color, and modifications. In additional to amplifiers and speaker cabinets, BCM offers Diamond Guitars, Zemaitis Guitars, Traveler Guitars, Lava Cables, Solid Cables, American DJ stage lighting, and various accessories. Blues City Music offers first class payment and shipping options to help guitarists find their dream amplifiers and guitars.

Pricing starts at $ 3,455.00 USD for the 35-Watt Head

For more information please visit