Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Vinnie Moore: Dean Guitars new model at NAMM 2016

I had the honour of seeing Vinnie Moores guitar at NAMM presented by an employee of Dean guitars. They were kind enough to take a photo of the occasion for me.  Thanks to Vinnie Moore blogger Tristan Greatrex for making the arrangements... Tristan's guitar is the flamed natural wood finish model.

You can see more on the Vinnie Moore blog

More photos:

Before the amazing Dean guitars there was a lesser known model called the Heartfield Talon, this video posted recently for historical reference.

Vinnie Moore's Fender Heartfield Guitar Ad

Spencer Bassett: Flicker Rate - post-rock math metal from Hastings UK

Flicker Rate is a instrumental atmospheric post/math rock based solo project formed by 16 year old multi-instrumentalist, Spencer Bassett

All music is mixed and mastered produced and composed by Spencer Bassett

Flicker Rate (EP) by Flicker Rate

1. Valhalla 03:03
2. Evident
3. Small Sun
4. Elusive Rain

releases February 14, 2016

Rick Graham: More Classic Strat Action

Some Improvising on the Strat. Classic Player 60's that is. Hope you enjoy the video! Don't forget to like, share and subscribe. ➢➢➢ Download my HD guitar lessons here:
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More Strat Action | Rick Graham Guitar

Jeff Loomis: Schecter Guitar Research - Signature JLX -1 Cygnus

Jeff Loomis: Schecter Guitar Research - Signature JLX -1 Cygnus

Part of the new signature series Jeff Loomis, the JLX-1 is a metal injected, shred infused lightning rod of a guitar.


Gerardo Nez: Paganini - Caprice 23 - 8 string two handed tapping guitar

Gerardo Nez: Paganini - Caprice 23 - 8 string two handed tapping guitar

Paganini Caprice 23
Violin - Salvatore Accardo
Guitar - Gerardo Nez

Paganini - Caprice 23 - Gerardo Nez

Jack Thammarat: Lonesome Night - From '20 Licks: Building The Ballad'

Lonesome Night - Jack Thammarat (From '20 Licks: Building The Ballad')

Learn this full track lick by lick with full TAB/backings here:

*NEW* Lonesome Night - Jack Thammarat (From '20 Licks: Building The Ballad')

Dave Mustaine: Dean Guitars interview NAMM 2016

Dave Mustaine: Dean Guitars interview NAMM 2016


Alex Hutchings: Roland Blues Cube Amps demo NAMM 2016

This is a video we shot in the Roland Booth from our trip to the 2016 Winter NAMM Show, Enjoy!

Roland Blues Cube Amps (artist and hot models) Demo from Namm

Akira Takasaki: Seymour Duncan Demo NAMM 2016

Loudness' Guitarist Akira Takasaki performing in the Seymour Duncan booth at the 2016 NAMM show. RockNRoll Crazy Nights indeed!!

Akira Takasaki - 2016 NAMM show - Seymour Duncan Demo!

Rob Marcello: GJ2 "Glendora" - Alternate Picking, Sweeping Lesson

I'll try and post various licks and lessons on a somewhat weekly basis.

Guitar used: GJ2 "Glendora" with stock pickups.
Amp used: Hughes And Kettner "Grandmeister 36".

"Amazing" video editing by yours truly...

Enjoy and thanks for watching!

Rob Marcello - Lick Of The Day #6! (Alternate Picking, Sweeping Lesson)

Tosin Abasi: Seymour Duncan Series NAMM 2016

Duncan artist, Tosin Abasi, jamming in our NAMM booth.
  1. Tosin Abasi - "Cafo" - Seymour Duncan 6:39
  2. Tosin Abasi - "Mind Spun" - 4:40
  3. Tosin Abasi - "The Woven Web" - 3:52
  4. Tosin Abasi - "Tempting Time" - 5:25

Tosin Abasi: Seymour Duncan NAMM 2016

Joel Hoekstra: Guitar World - Octave Finger Tapping Licks!

Joel Hoekstra: Guitar World - Octave Finger Tapping Licks!

Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake and Transiberian Orchestra teaches you some incredible octave tapping licks! If you've ever wanted to learn how to finger tap like a genius, pay attention!!!!

Octave Finger Tapping Licks! With Joel Hoekstra!

Tom Quayle: Rickenbacker put through it's' over driven Rock Fusion paces

who said that one can't play technical solos on Rickenbacker? I've been reading this bull shit the other days that Rickenbacker is only for rhythm performance. here's the guy who proves the contrary and breaks the stereotype; if you can really play then you can do it on any guitar!

Solo on Rickenbacker By Tom Quayle

Tim Miller: Creative Arpeggio Design - Jazz Guitar Lessons

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Creative Arpeggio Design - Jazz Guitar Lessons

Yngwie Malmsteen: Mega performance from the observatory Anaheim NAMM 2016

Yngwie Malmsteen Blackstar HD live at the observatory Anaheim

checkout Yngwie Malmsteen Live at Observatory. Truly guitar God. first day at Namm2016. Unforgettable moment

Yngwie Malmsteen Live at observatory Anaheim rising force HD

Tom Quayle: The Guitar Hour - talks about a new revised show and more with special guests

-- Watch live at Guitar Hour - 30/1/16

Tom Hess: The Five Most Important Things You Should Ask If You Want To Build A Music Career

The Five Most Important Things You Should Ask If You Want To Build A Music Career
by Tom Hess

Musicians often seek out answers to misguided questions – questions that are inherently based on ignorance, assumptions, fears and negative thoughts centered around the music industry. Unfortunately, this mistake often ruins their chances for success in the music business because looking for the answers to these types of questions is one of the best ways to sabotage a music career.
If you want to become a successful professional musician, you’re going to have to learn how the music business really works. This means asking the right questions based on the truth about the business (not just assumptions that non-professionals make). When you ask 100% success-minded questions based on this (and get them answered by someone who already has succeeded in the business), you will quickly achieve your music career goals.
Here are five questions about the music industry that musicians should be asking:

Question #1: Why Do Record Companies/Bands Work With Some Musicians And Not With Others?
Many musicians think that music companies and bands only work with those who are A. musically talented and B. in the right place at the right time.
Record companies actually look for a very particular kind of person to work with. They look for someone who has the right mindset, skills, and personality. Once you understand what all this refers to and take action to develop it, your chances of success in music will skyrocket.
Watch this video to learn more details about what music companies and bands look for in you:

(Now that you’ve seen the entire video, you are ready to complete this free music business assessment. Do this before you read the rest of this page.)

Question #2: How Can I Become Totally Financially Secure In The Music Industry?
It is common for most musicians to be so scared of not making enough money through music, that they never even attempt to start their careers. Actually, the music business is highly stable and you can make tons of money in it. There are really only 3 reasons why musicians struggle to earn a great living:
1. They believe that all musicians are starving artists. This kills all motivation for you to become financially well-off.
2. They actively try to find a job in the music industry rather than thinking of themselves as entrepreneurs.
3. They haven’t developed multiple streams of musical income, which are:
-Independent: if something causes you to lose one of your income streams, other sources will still support you on their own.
-Congruent: all the income you make goes towards supporting your ultimate musical goals.
-Residual: you get paid by your income streams perpetually
-Passive: at least some of your income streams need to generate money continuously AFTER the work is done so that you don’t need to work on them every day.
By running your music career like a business and creating these streams of income, it becomes infinitely easier to make 6-figures or more annually as a musician. Most of all, being a pro musician is way more secure than working a regular day job.

Question #3: What Should I Do To Get The Opportunities I Want From Music Industry Professionals?
Tons of people get into the music business thinking that they are owed success, and expecting to be given opportunities from labels, bands or other music industry professionals. A tiny percentage of musicians ever think to ask what they need to do themselves to earn such opportunities.
If you want to get opportunities in the music industry, you MUST learn how to make yourself the most valuable and least risky option available to any music company, band, etc.
A good illustration of this is the situation of looking for new music gigs around town. Most musicians only approach this problem thinking about “what is in it for me?”, but never take a moment to try to figure out how they can be of benefit to the booking agents or club owners they want to work with. As a result, these musicians rarely get many gigs.
To find out a lot more about this topic, read this article on how to easily get a lot more gigs.

How To Get More Gigs

Question #4: How Can I Seamlessly Transition From My Day Job To A Career In Music?
It’s common for musicians to get advice from family and friends about how they should have a backup plan in case music doesn’t work out.
When a musician listens to this kind of advice, he becomes trapped at a non-music related day jobs. As a result, he is never really able to focus on his music career – where he remains for months or years at a time while his musical dreams go down the drain.
Fortunately, I know it is definitely possible for anyone to switch from a regular job to a successful music career (because I’ve helped many people make this transition). To begin achieving this goal you must ask the right question that centers your thoughts only on what you truly want.
Next you must understand how to grow your income as a musician and create an exit strategy for quitting your day job. Working with a music career trainer is the best way to do this and reach your musical goals much faster.

Question #5: How Do I Change Casual Fans Into Truly Fanatical Fans?
The majority of musicians out there are trying to find out how they can get more fans, and don't understand that simply having a lot of fans is not very important if they are all casual fans. These kinds of fans may like listening to your music, but they do not have any loyalty to you or your band. On the other hand, fanatical fans are those who will purchase all your albums, wear your merch, show up at every show and (sometimes) even get tattoos of your band’s logo.
Once you have built a massive following of fanatical fans, they will do a lot of the promotional work for you by telling people about your music/shows and buying everything you make.
Learn how to better promote your music and gain fanatic fans by taking this music promotion efficiency test.
Now you are aware of some of the most critical questions you should ask yourself when it comes to becoming a successful pro musician, but this is just the beginning! To find out more about the other elements you must focus on as you enter the music industry and build a career, fill out this assessment about becoming a very successful professional musician.

About The Author:
Tom Hess is a successful professional guitar player, composer and international guitar teacher. He also helps musicians learn guitar online and reach their guitar playing goals. Visit his rock and metal guitar lessons site to read more articles about guitar playing, plus get free guitar tips and guitar playing resources.

Ben Poole: New Album “Time Has Come” Dovetails co-headline tour with Stevie Nimmo

 Ben Poole – New Album – “Time Has Come” Dovetails co-headline tour with Stevie Nimmo

Celebrated blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, Ben Poole, will release his new album, “Time Has Come” via Manhaton Records on Friday 1st April. Produced by King King’s drummer, Wayne Proctor, the album dovetails Poole’s co-headline tour with Stevie Nimmo which starts February 4th.

Already, Ben has been dubbed “amazing” by Jeff Beck, “really great” by Gary Moore, “ferocious” by Guitarist Magazine and “one to watch” by The Blues Magazine. “This album has a really nice overview of my style,” nods Ben, “covering everything from rock and blues to soul and pop, and even elements of funk and gospel. Artists we referenced frequently in the process were Robert Cray, Jonny Lang and John Mayer. I hope it’ll please the blues-rock guitar fans, but also have the depth and maturity to appeal to an audience beyond that.”

Ben has moved fast since he burst out of the Brighton Institute of Modern Music onto the post-millennial scene. The new album captures the gritty velocity of his shows in a studio context. “There’s a rawness and edginess, but also a subtlety and intimacy,” says Poole. “Wayne and I developed an amazing working relationship. Neither of us were afraid to throw countless ideas out there, and nothing was dismissed, no matter how crazy it might have sounded.” Visit the official album and UK tour press page -

Ben Poole and Stevie Nimmo UK Tour

Feb 04: Kendal Bootleggers Bar
Feb 05: York Fibbers
Feb 07: Leicester The Musician
Feb 11: London The Half Moon
Feb 12: Darlington The Forum Music Centre
Feb 13: Bingley Arts Centre
Feb 14: Worthing Southern Pier Pavilion
Mar 17: Shoreham-by-Sea Ropetackle Arts
Mar 18: Baron Upon Humber Ropery Hall
Mar 19: Durham Mickleton R’N’B
Mar 20: Kinross The Green Hotel
Mar 21: Oxford The Haven
Apr 29: Sutton Boom Boom Club
Apr 30: Selby Arts Centre
May 04: Newcastle The Cluny
May 05: Stirling The Tollbooth
May 06: Glasgow Oran Mor
May 07: Aberdeen Cafe Drummond
May 11: Cheltenham Vonnies
May 12: Chislehurst Beaverwood Club
May 13: Southampton Talking Heads
May 14: Hartlepool Supporters Club
May 19: Farnham The Maltings
May 20: Newbury Arlington Sports Centre
May 21: Derby The Flowerpot
May 22: Sheffield Greystones