Saturday, 30 January 2016

Rob Marcello: Tracking solos for the debut "The Defiants" album Pt.3 - GJ2 "Glendora" with Grover Jackson "Habanero" pickups

Having a blast recording the new album! Look for a release early spring 2016.

Gear used:
GJ2 "Glendora" with Grover Jackson "Habanero" pickups,
Hughes And Kettner "Grandmeister 36" and lots of coffee...
Recorded by Mats Lariand at Lariand Studios Sweden.

Thanks for watching!


Rob Marcello - Tracking solos for the debut "The Defiants" album Pt.3

Rob Marcello - Lick Of The Day #3! Picking And Legato.

John Petrucci: MESA/Boogie JP-2C Signature Mark IIC+ Official Demo
Introducing the JP-2C! As icons of guitar and amplification, John Petrucci and the Mesa Mark IIC+ both hold positions of excellence for tone. Mesa founder Randall Smith, “Tone Boy” Doug West and John Petrucci are truly THE world’s foremost experts on the legendary history and tones of the Mark IIC+. In a fitting tribute to the extraordinary loyalty John has shown by using Mesa amplification exclusively for almost 30 years, the JP-2C represents a faithful reissue of the circuit and tones John has used on nearly all recordings and live performances with Dream Theater and his solo albums in his career. With John’s live performance requirements in mind, the fabled Mark IIC+ circuit was adapted to a modern day feature set without the compromises of controls that are found in the original IIC+ control set. With great pride, appreciation and gratitude, we present the MESA/Boogie John Petrucci Signature IIC+ Head.

Beyond the iconic C+ circuit and tones, core features like two assignable five-band graphic EQs, full MIDI implementation, assignable and switchable SHRED modes as well as pull functions for Gain Boost and Presence functions and a full featured CabClone for direct output round out just some of the key feature elements of the modernized IIC+ feature set in the JP-2C.

In this video, John demonstrates his use of the channels, modes and features of the JP-2C, as well as some of the design concepts implemented throughout the R & D process. John’s core settings used throughout the recording of the new Dream Theater album, The Astonishing, as well as his intended live-use settings, are showcased throughout the video.

From all of us at Mesa and fans, tone-chasers and performers around the world, our sincere and heartfelt thanks goes to John Petrucci for his exceptional loyalty and unwavering dedication to his craft, tone, and to Mesa/Boogie for all of these years. A new era of IIC+ high gain and exceptionally crisp, detailed and punchy cleans with modern accessibility and control is finally here. The JP-2C Signature IIC+ Head.

Recorded with John Petrucci Ernie Ball Majesty 6 & 7 string guitars with DiMarzio John Petrucci Illuminator pickups into a Mesa 4x12 Traditional Straight Cabinet with Celestion Vintage 30s. Mic’d with a Mojave FET 301, Royer 121 and Shure SM57, into Neve 1081 preamps and bussed to a channel into an SSL Duality 48 console. Delays and reverbs are a TC Electronic 2290 and a Bricasti M7 Reverb. Engineering by Rich Chycki. Recorded at Germano Studios, NYC, November 11, 2015.

For more information on the John Petrucci JP-2C IIC+ Signature Head:

Also, check out the JP-2C Limited Edition Head:

And for Dream Theater fans, check out the new double album The Astonishing, featuring ALL JP-2C tones throughout, in stores now:

MESA/Boogie JP-2C – John Petrucci Signature Mark IIC+ Official Demo

Greg Koch: Fishman Fluence Telecaster Pickups NAMM 2016 - everyone loves a bit of Koch

Greg Koch: Fishman Fluence Telecaster Pickups NAMM 2016 - everyone loves a bit of Koch

NAMM 2016 - Fishman Greg Koch Fluence Telecaster Pickups

Greg Koch: Friedman Amps - An Interview and Playthrough with Dave Friedman NAMM 2016

Greg Koch: Friedman Amps - An Interview and Playthrough with Dave Friedman NAMM 2016

Friedman Amps - An Interview and Playthrough with Dave Friedman • NAMM 2016

Ron Thal: Bumblefoot announces 4 dates in Thailand

Bumblefoot announces that Bumblefoot is in Thailand...!

Feb 5 - Papa Rock (Chiang Mai)
Feb 11 - Siam Country Club (Pattaya)
Feb 12 - Whiteline (Bangkok)
Feb 13 - Burapa Pattaya Bike Week (Pattaya)

Bike Week is for Jesters Care for Kids non-profit children's charity - last year we headlined the fest and raised $163,000 to feed, clothes, educate, and medically assist children in need. We're doing it again and hope to do even better smile emoticon Planning to have Mrs. Bumblefoot help with an animal rescue organization there as well) smile emoticon

Victor Wooten: EnterTalk Radio and Pitbull Audio interview about Fodera at NAMM 2016

Victor Wooten: EnterTalk Radio and Pitbull Audio interview about Fodera at NAMM 2016

EnterTalk Radio and Pitbull Audio Present: Victor Wooten on Fodera at NAMM 2016

Jake Reichbart: fingerstyle guitar arrangement of Allan Holdsworth, Dodgy Boat, Steve Hunt.

Jake Reichbart

Welcome to my weekly solo guitar arrangement video! You'd never know it by my usual postings of jazz and pop arrangements but my greatest musical inspiration is Allan Holdsworth. None of his actual playing style rubbed on to what I do but that doesn't mean I can't pay tribute using my own particular style so here is "Dodgy Boat" off "Wardenclyffe Tower" (a Steve Hunt composition, it should be mentioned). I do have one more such tribute for "Atavachron", even including a lesson, check it out. As always, please "like", share, comment, and above all, enjoy!

I'm taking this opportunity to offer a "Tune Challenge", something a few of my esteemed colleagues have started a while ago. The challenge is to cover a Holdsworth tune, whether chord melody, or with a track, any way you want to do it. I will, however, draw a restriction: No Fred, Red Alert, Proto Cosmos, and similar. These are wonderful tunes, and even he still plays them, but what I'm looking for is really digging into his solo albums starting with IOU and drawing out tunes no one covers, probably because "it's too much work", Similarly, nothing off "None Too Soon", playing "How Deep is the Ocean" is cool, but it's not really a tribute to Holdsworth... Just use the tag‪#‎allanholdsworthchallenge‬. This is open to anyone who is interested, I can think of Sylvain Courtney, Taylor Roberts, Camilo Velandia, Simon Peter King,Sam Dunn, Dave Manley, and feel free to add cats who may be interested...

Kee Poh Hock,Myles Yang: Native Construct live at Winter NAMM 2016

Native Construct is the product of collaboration between several students that began in 2011 at the storied Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Fueled by a desire to breathe new life into the modern metal genre, Native Construct artfully blends a wide spectrum of compositional influences, ranging from classical all the way to prog metal and musical theatre. The result is a wonderfully unique sonic texture, made up of extended-range guitars, theatrical vocals, and a full complement of symphonic instrumentation. Guitarist and composer Myles Yang's passion for innovation, coupled with his extensive academic study of arranging and compositional techniques, makes Native Construct a truly distinctive up-and-coming metal act.

In 2014, the band's music caught the ear of Brian Slagel at Metal Blade Records, and led to a recording contract and a worldwide release of the band's debut album, Quiet World. The album promises to be a rich, vibrant, and aurally engaging musical experience. While following a musically programmatic approach to its storytelling, the album demonstrates a fascinating unification of numerous musical styles and provides an emotional journey through the vast and imaginative world Native Construct have envisioned.

Quiet World was largely self-produced and written between 2011 and 2013 in between the individual band members' studies at the Berklee College of Music. What began as jam sessions simply for fun eventually turned into a full-fledged musical endeavor. All tracking and programming was done at the band's home studios in Boston, MA, with the exception of vocals, which were recorded with Jamie King at The Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, NC. The album was mixed by Rich Mouser at The Mouse House Studio in Los Angeles, CA, and mastered by Jamie King.

A brief listen to Quiet World is enough to make it apparent that there is a concept, here. Though it's best to let the band explain the album in their own words: "Quiet World is about a guy who loves a girl. The guy is a bit of an odd and eccentric person - an outcast. He's also a mute, and a little unstable, as it turns out. The girl doesn't return his feelings, but he can't bring himself to let go. As his unrequited passion for her devolves into obsession and eventual resentment, his mind begins to slip further and further away. He convinces himself that he can't be loved because of his condition and abnormalities. So he decides to create for himself a new, fantastic world of which he has complete control - a world where there are no oddballs or outcasts. A world where everyone is surrounded by people who are just like themselves: a much quieter world.

"It's at this point that the first track of the album, "Mute," begins. And it turns out that many of the subjects of his new world are not as content living this way as he is. In the second track we see a new character, the Archon, rise up and unite his people in the clouds with the once distant people in the sea. He leads an opposition to "Sinister Silence," as the people come to call him. The rest of the album unfolds with events within the "Quiet World" and manifestations of the enduring struggle between the Archon and Sinister Silence. The lone exception is track number four, "Your Familiar Face," which steps out of this world for a moment to give a closer look at the events prior to the first track and the tragedy of Sinister Silence."

What is impressive about Native Construct is not necessarily an involved concept on a debut record, it's that they wrote, produced, and recorded the album while balancing school work and on a college student budget. It's the epitome of "self produced." And what Native Construct wants fans to know is that "the composition process for this album was intensely meticulous from top to bottom. Each note, each lyric, each twist and each turn were arrived at with the utmost care. As such, we were able to weave rich, often subtle layers of meaning into the music and text. We're very excited for you all to experience the result of our efforts!"

Poh Hock Live at Strandberg booth NAMM 2016

Native Construct Live at NAMM 2016 Strandberg booth

Simon King: cooking up some Michelin starred Stadium Jazz

Simon - Guitar/Bass/Drums/Keys

Stadium Jazz - Donny McCaslin

Gus G, George Marios: Jamming with Gus G from Firewind/Ozzy from 2007 Guitar Clinic

A video from a jam I had with the amazing Gus G, when I was 17 during his Greek Clinic Tour.
The guys is a class act and a generous guy that gives hope to all rock musos back home.
Enjoy and don't judge my jamming etiquette, I was 17 and only playing for 8 months.

Jamming with Gus G from Firewind/Ozzy (2007 Guitar Clinic)

Federico Malaman, Virgil Donati: Brain Variations of Water On The Brain Pt. 2

On his way from NAMM, Federico Malaman (bass) had only and hour to kill before having to catch a plane back to his homeland, Italy. We set up the cameras, and rolled tape. We jammed on a couple of Holdsworth tunes, including this variation of Water On The Brain Pt. 2

Brain Variations

Alex Hutchings: Boss Blues Cube Artist NAMM 2016

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Chris Broderick: Beau Monde Guitars talk to Chris about Jackson Guitars NAMM 2016

We hang out with Peter Wichers from Jackson Guitars as he shows us what Jackson has in store for 2016. Then, Chris Broderick himself stops by to tell us about his signature guitar!

Featuring: The Guitar Gear Guru, Peter Wichers from Jackson Guitars, and Chris Broderick

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Jackson Guitars featuring Chris Broderick - NAMM 2016