Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Tomasz Madzia: #HufschmidGlowbuckers competition - super tasty tones

Let's call it - a quick improvisation using several tones I can create with my guitar - it's amazing that it can sound like a strat sometimes!

Joe Satriani: Crystal Planet Package

Joe Satriani

Check out the "Crystal Planet Classic Merch Package" in honor of the 18th anniversary of the album! This specially priced package is the first in our series of upcoming classic merch deals.


Each package contains:
- One (of two designs) 1998 Europe Tour T-Shirt
- One Autographed Crystal Planet Song Book
- One Advance Copy Crystal Planet CD
- A "grab-bag" featuring a guitar pick, tour laminate, and sticker!

Jack Thammarat, Dhalif Ali: Sessions - buddies jamming together

It was such an inspiring and amazing experience jamming with one of the best, Mr Jack Thammarat. It was quite quick, unplanned jam session, so sorry for the clipping! I hop you guys enjoy this as much as i did!

Jack Thammarat & Dhalif Ali Sessions

Rob Marcello: Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train

Welcome to "Solo Of The Week #11"

Randy Rhoads amazing solo on Ozzy Osbourne's
"Crazy Train" from the "Blizzard Of Ozz" album.
Ozzy has always had absolutely incredible guitarists (and musicians), I highly recommend ALL guitar players (and music fans) to go check out the entire Ozzy catalog NOW!

Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train - (Cover by Rob Marcello)

Tom Petersson: Orange Amps Ambassador Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

Orange Amplification would like to congratulate Ambassador Tom Petersson on being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the other members of the rock band Cheap Trick. The ceremony will take place on Friday 8th April 2016 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York.

Tom Petersson is the founding bassist of the rock group Cheap Trick and the co-creator of the twelve string bass. He had the idea for the twelve string bass in 1973 and when friends started their own guitar company, he managed to persuade them to make him one. Cheap Trick release their first new album in 7 years, ‘Bang Zoom Crazy’, on the 1st April 2016, with Tom’s riffs and tones underpinning their signature sound.

In an interview on the Orange Amps blog, Petersson says he first became aware of Orange after a trip to London with guitarist Rick Nielsen in 1968. At the original Orange retail shop they met founder Cliff Cooper who had just started making his own amplifiers. Tom currently uses an Orange AD50 Custom Shop guitar head running into a PPC4x12 cabinet and an AD200 MK3 head running into an OBC8x10 bass cabinet. Talking about the amps he said ‘I love Orange gear … I play it loud!’

For the full interview with Tom Petersson visit the Orange Amps blog at

Jaco Pastorius: A compelling story of prodigious talent - Blu Ray

A compelling story of prodigious talent, personal adventures and raw human vulnerability, 'JACO' presents the world of the bass guitar phenomenon Jaco Pastorius through the eyes of his family and various musical collaborators.

Produced by the Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, and directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak, this blistering biopic contains incredible unseen footage and photography from the Pastorius family archive, and takes viewers into the heart and soul of this hugely influential cross-genre artist. Featuring interviews with an array of artists (Flea, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee) and friends, 'JACO' unveils the story of his music, his life, his demise, and ultimately the fragility of great artistic genius.

Disc 1 features the full length film with Dolby 5.1 surround sound design by Weather Report's "Chief Meteorologist", Brian Risner.

Disc 2 features DVD Extras - Outtakes, Anecdotes, and Stories - with more than 25 never-before-seen interviews with Flea, Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Mike Stern and many more, who discuss Jaco's incredible contributions to music, the art of the bass and the boundaries of music, as well as Jaco the person. Hear stories about Jaco's earliest bands and classic recordings. Includes special footage used during the historic Hollywood Bowl (Jaco’s World) Tribute Show 2015, plus many surprises.

John Petrucci: Ernie Ball - Signature Guitar Model Buying Guide

John Petrucci Signature Guitar Model Buying Guide

Ever wonder which Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci signature guitar is perfect for your playing style? 

Ernie Ball Music Man signature electric guitars allow guitar players from all over the world to play the same instruments as their heroes. Legendary and innovative artists like Albert Lee, Steve Lukather, and most recently, St. Vincent, were all active participants in their signature guitar design process, and they can all be seen regularly playing them onstage.

Our John Petrucci signature guitar series has been one of our most popular. The first Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci signature guitar, the JP6, was released in 2001. Since then, we’ve released 8 amazing electric guitars, culminating with the stunning and sleek JP16, arriving this summer. Each model has unique features and characteristics, so we suggest reading through this buying guide before deciding which one to purchase.

Buddy Guy: Ernie Ball - The Pursuit of Tone

Ernie Ball: The Pursuit of Tone featuring Buddy Guy
The premiere episode of Ernie Ball: The Pursuit of Tone, a new AT&T original documentary series, highlights blues legend and long time Ernie Ball artist, Buddy Guy, and his historic career. See the opening sequence of the film and get a first look at the story behind one of the blues' most influential guitarists. Don't miss the series debut on Friday, March 25 at 8pm ET/PT only on Audience Music (DirecTV ch.239 or on U-Verse ch.1114).

Paul Gilbert: ‘I Can Destroy’ solo-masterpiece, his 18th solo album set for a new release

From platinum album sales and number one chart success as a founding member of MR. BIG, to frightening the guitar community with new levels of ferocious picking technique with shred-pioneers RACER X, to exploring punk, pop, classical, blues, jazz, and progressive instrumental styles in his solo career, PAUL GILBERT has recorded a massive amount of stunning guitar music, all while circling the globe to play sold-out arenas from Japan to Jakarta.

His newest record ‘I Can Destroy’ is released on May 27th on earMUSIC 2016 as CD Jewel and digital.

PAUL GILBERT’s style stands out for its rare combination of accuracy, creativity, and power – all which are balanced with PAUL’s sense of humor and pure love of music.

Although PAUL is best known for his work with MR. BIG and RACER X, he has also toured with Joe Satriani’s G3, played in a host of tribute concerts with legendary drummer Mike Portnoy, and been integral in the design of his signature Ibanez PGM and Fireman guitars.

PAUL’s legacy as a guitar instructor began when he was eighteen, when he was hired to teach at Hollywood’s Guitar Institute of Technology. His groundbreaking “Intense Rock” videos and DVDs have inspired legions of guitarists to improve their accuracy, speed, and phrasing. Years as a columnist for Guitar Player magazine, and most recently, Premier Guitar magazine, along with giving countless clinics, private lessons, and serving for five years as the dean of MI Japan, have given PAUL GILBERT deep experience in the art of communicating music to all levels of guitarists.
Over twenty-five years in the music business have only increased PAUL’s passion to explore the possibilities of music and the art of playing the guitar. Whether he’s playing to 10,000 fans or jamming one-on-one with a student, PAUL GILBERT is living his childhood dream of taking the sounds in his head and bringing them into reality – on the electric guitar.

‘I Can Destroy’ is PAUL’s next solo-masterpiece and will be his 18th solo album. The album features 13 very diverse rock-tunes. With Kevin Shirley producing, and an amazing band of Freddie Nelson and Tony Spinner on guitars and vocals, Kevin Chown on bass, and Thomas Lang on drums, PAUL rocks with more power and emotion than ever before.

‘I Can Destroy’ will be available on May 27th 2016 as CD Jewel and digital.

1. Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal
2. I Can Destroy
3. Knocking On a Locked Door
4. One Woman Too Many
5. Woman Stop
6. Gonna Make You Love Me
7. I Am Not the One (Who Wants To Be With You)
8. Blues Just Saving My Life
9. Make It (If We Try)
10. Love We Had
11. I Will Be Remembered
12. Adventure and Trouble
13. Great White Buffalo (Bonus Track)

James Norbert Ivanyi: A Fatal Eminence - The Usurper the new album on pre order top notch guitar from Sydney, Australia

1. A Fatal Eminence 04:29
2. The Corruption Venom
3. Avarice Curse

"The Usurper" is the third independent instrumental EP by Australian guitarist James Norbert Ivanyi. Recorded in Sydney, Australia during late 2015, it features very special contributions by Lachlan McDonald (Saxophone) and Scott Page (Flute).

Mixed by James Norbert Ivanyi & David Horgan.
Mastered by Brendan Zacharias at Breakneck Mastering.
releases April 13, 2016

All music written, arranged and recorded by James Norbert Ivanyi in Sydney, Australia. Drums written, arranged and recorded by David Horgan in Sydney, Australia.

Mixed by James Norbert Ivanyi & David Horgan.
Mastered by Brendan Zacharias at Breakneck Mastering.

Additional Musicians: Lachlan McDonald (Saxophone) Scott Page (Flute)

Artwork by: Jeff Christensen
Additional Artwork by: Mike Morphett of M:29 Creative.

Thank you: Suhr Technologies, Friedman Amplification, Fractal Audio, Diamond Pedals & D'addario

Strings & Planet Waves.
The Usurper
by James Norbert Ivanyi

Paul Gilbert, Bruce Bouillet: Live Google Hangout announced by

Live Google Hangout with Paul Gilbert and Bruce Bouillet March 19

Paul Gilbert will join longtime friend and fellow Racer X guitarist Bruce Bouillet for a live Google Hangout onSaturday, March 19 at 2:00 PM Pacific Time. This special live event is a rare opportunity for people to tune in and interact with these two rock guitar legends in real time. Also joining us on the Hangout panel will be John Graves of ArtistWorks and two of Paul's students here: ryanitos and Kdog.

We will post the video player here about an hour before it starts, so tune in live and ask questions in the chat window! If you can't watch it live, don't worry - the video will be always available on the ArtistWorks YouTube channel after it ends. In the meantime if you're already a member of Paul's school, check out his great 9-Part Series with Bruce in the +Music area!