Thursday, 21 April 2016

Vanny Tonon: discusses Guinness Fastest Guitar Player and the upcoming Album news

A little video to reply to all the questions about Guinness and future videos.

In 2011 I did the record for fastest guitar player during an italian TV show called "lo show dei record"; i played 2 attempt of the flight of the bumblebee at 340 bpm, the 2 judges ( Luca Colombo, one of the most important italian guitar player and Marco Frigatti, Guinness Judge) took 30 minutes to verify in slow motion (audio/video) the 2 attempts and after that they gave me the record. In 2012 i was the last to enter into the Guinness World Book with 340 Bpm (not 400 bpm or 500, i think that no one can play faster than 350 bpm).

I think i will post only some clips to prove my picking technique and i will stop uploading videos like that, cause i'm working on my solo album and i think music is not a competition or a sport (the competition is only with myself) ! thanks so much for your support !

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Tom Hess: How To Play Emotional Lead Guitar Solos On Demand

How To Play Emotional Lead Guitar Solos On Demand
By Tom Hess
Only a small portion of the guitar playing community knows how to effortlessly play guitar with tons of emotion whenever they feel like it... here are the 2 main reasons why most guitarists can’t do this:
Reason One - They allow their hands do all the creating, rather than relying on the creative skill they have developed in their mind.

Reason Two - Their guitar playing skills have not been integrated together. Taking the time to gain tons of knowledge and skills will do you no good if you don’t know how to use them in a creative manner to make music.

Once you have moved past these problematic issues, playing amazing guitar solos will be totally easy.

The following is the most effective way to play/improvise awesome guitar solos (in six steps):

Step One: Determine The Emotion You Want To Convey In Your Guitar Solo
Creative guitar solos that have tons of feeling and passion begin by first understanding the emotion you want others to feel. This is the foundation to everything else below.

Step Two: Transform That Emotion Into Sound
No matter what emotion you want to create, there is a sound to express it. Once you haveidentified the emotion you want to convey through your guitar playing, your ears need to find the sound that best matches it.
Check out this video to find out how to turn emotions into specific sounds:

Step Three: Determine The Notes You Must Play To Create The Sound You Hear
After you have identified the correct sound with your ears, your understanding of music theory will help you know which note is needed to make it. Unlike what most people think, music theory is much more than just a bunch of rules for how music works or how it should be created.
Study the information in this video to see what music theory really is and learn how it helps you to become more expressive with your guitar solos:

Step Four: Locate The Correct Notes On Your Guitar
As soon as you have determined which notes you want to play, you’ll need to find those notes on the fretboard very quickly. To do this, you must improve fretboard visualization. Fretboard visualization does NOT mean memorizing the letter names of the notes on guitar. It actually refers to the following skill: knowing how to quickly find chords, arpeggios and scales in any key signature + any location of the guitar. Almost no one actually works on this, but those who do make insanely fast progress towards becoming killer lead guitarists. Check out the video below to learn how to practice fretboard visualization with scales:

Step Five: Play The Notes On Your Guitar Using Total Accuracy And Fluency
Tons of people start at this step (by playing notes), although they completely skipped all the prior steps without knowing it. By doing this, your fingers can only function on autopilot, taking away your ability to think creatively. This makes it nearly impossible to play expressive and creative guitar solos.
With this in mind, your guitar technique is an integral part of being able to easily play the notes in your mind. By having better guitar technique, you will be able to more accurately and consistently express the emotions you are feeling in the moment.
Watch the video below to see how to integrate advanced guitar techniques into melodies to make your solos sound more expressive:

Step Six: Express Each Note With As Much Emotion As Possible
As soon as you know which notes you need to play... don’t just play them, use them to express as much emotion as you can! To do this, observe very closely the way you play each note, so that you can milk it for everything it’s worth!

To get tons of examples to help you learn how this is done, check out this eBook on the topic of playing very emotional guitar licks.

The Biggest Difference Between Awesome Guitar Players And Everybody Else:
Excellent guitar players finish all 6 of the steps in this article in an instant. For these players, there exists absolutely NO delay between determining an emotion to express and actually expressing it. Everything is 100% seamless. They then use this exact process over and over until the solo or improvisation is through.

A lot of people leave out several steps from above or have a difficult time completing them fast enough to express themselves with total accuracy. These issues occur because they haven’t learned how to integrate their skills together (or they simply haven’t mastered certain skills on their own yet).
To be able to play killer guitar solos anytime you pick up your guitar, you’ll have to go through each step of the process and master it (until every step is totally mastered). Unless you have done this, you will always struggle to yourself at the level you want to. To achieve this goal fast, work together with an expert guitar teacher who has already taught hundreds of other guitarists how to do this for themselves. This will save you countless hours of frustration, and help you to master guitar in less time than you ever thought possible.

To get a lot more ideas for how to make your guitar playing more emotional, download this free eBook on the subject of playing very emotional guitar licks.

About The Author:

Tom Hess is a professional recording artist, composer, and expert guitar instructor. He teaches and trains guitarists how to become great musicians in his online rock guitar lessons. Visit to receive additional free guitar playing resources and to read more guitar articles.

Derryl Gabel: Giant Steps Transcription Download

Here’s a transcription of the Giant Steps solo that is featured in the Creative Tapping Techniques DVD. You get the transcription in Guitar Pro and PDF formats. You also get my scale choices for the tune.

Derek Sherinian: Performing Spanish Fly by Edward Van Halen

"Spanish Fly" was originally composed and recorded by Edward Van Halen in 1979.

Derek Sherinian Performing Spanish Fly by Edward Van Halen

New: GHS Strings Introduce Coated Bajo Quinto Strings

New: GHS Strings Introduce Coated Bajo Quinto Strings

Battle Creek, MI, 19th April 2016 – GHS Strings are pleased to introduce their new Bajo Quinto, ‘Cuerdas Negras’, black coated stainless strings.

The Mexican Bajo Quinto looks like an oversized acoustic guitar: it’s five pairs of double steel strings are played with a pick, with the emphasis on the bass strings. Often paired with the accordion in Tex-Mex, Conjunto and Norteño music styles, the instrument is currently enjoying a revival and GHS is one of the few companies offering strings for the bajo. The black coated Bajo Quinto, ‘Cuerdas Negras’ are being introduced as a direct result of the high demand from players for colored strings. Bajo players like the way the coated strings feel and how they catch the eye when played.

The GHS Bajo Quinto ""Cuerdas Negras"" black coated stainless steel strings are manufactured in a strict quality control environment to provide exceptionally long life and tone. They are made with Loop Ends with Lock Twist to give the best possible tuning and tension. Like the Stainless Steel Bajo Quinto string they have a heavy core wire which provides strength and volume. This combined with the professional gauging gives excellent bright tonal qualities. The set comes with the following gauges 024/024 036/036 046/046 062/30 078/036. Plus, a sixth pair is available to purchase for Bajo Sexto players in 46/92 gauges.

For tone, clarity, playability, longevity and looks there is nothing better than the GHS Bajo Quinto, ‘Cuerdas Negras’. To find out more about these and other bajo strings (GHS Stainless Steel Bajo Quinto, Phosphor Bronze Bajo Quinto) please go to

Tom Hess: The One Thing That Is Needed To Ensure Success In Any Music Career

The One Thing That Is Needed To Ensure Success In Any Music Career
by Tom Hess
What is the primary cause of success in any music career?
Here is the answer: Your mindset. Every successful musician became that way due to the actions they took and decisions they made. Both of these things are determined through your mindset.
Pro musicians who achieve great success in music are not born with excellent musical skills... nor do they possess more potential than other people. Instead, they have developed a positive mindset that enables them to take actions that bring amazing results.

When you have an empowering mindset focused on success, you will take actions and make choices (for the most part) that lead to massive success in your music career. Even if you don’t know what things you need to do to succeed in music, this kind of mindset will help you find out.
With just an average mindset, you might see a bit of success, but it will be limited, and you will struggle for any long term gains.

When you have a pessimistic or cynical mindset, you will never make it in the music industry, and will struggle to make any progress in your music career at all.

I want you to visualize three different musicians who are all equal in every way (they all have the same goals, skills, etc.), except for the kind of mindset they have. Musician one has a pessimistic mindset. Musician two has an average mindset. Musician three has a positive, empowering mindset.
Study these real-world examples to get a better understanding of the difference your mindset can make for your music career success:

Music Industry Challenge Three: Getting Valuable Opportunities In The Music Business:

Musician #1 thinks: “If you want a shot at valuable music industry opportunities, you just have to get lucky, be in the right place/right time or know someone in the business.”
These kinds of musicians take control out of their own hands, and put it into the hands of people they never knew and will probably never meet. They are full of excuses, and avoid taking responsibility for making their musical lives better.

Musician #2 thinks: “If I just put in a lot of hard work, I’ll eventually reach the goals I want.”
This mindset is positive, and showcases a solid work ethic and drive towards success. If you think like this, you have a ton of potential to go far in music.
However, hard work alone is not sufficient for achieving success in the music industry for the long term. Many musicians fail to reach success in their music careers, because they just don’t know what to do or how to do it.

Musician #3 thinks: “I’m not certain exactly how to get opportunities in music, but whatever I have to do, I’ll do it. I will get trained by someone who knows the answers. I won’t just make assumptions about how the music business functions based on what friends and family tell me.”

Music Industry Challenge One: Building A Financially Stable Music Career

Musician #1 thinks: “First I need to have a backup plan in case my music career doesn't pan out.”
This mindset is fundamentally rooted in a fear of failure, rather than a desire to succeed. In most cases, musicians who think like this choose to get a job that is entirely unrelated to music. Then, they eventually become trapped in their day job. In the end, the fear they have takes them further away from achieving their musical goals.
Musician #2 thinks: “I don’t want to distract myself from my music career by having a backup plan. I will only focus on music until I’ve achieved my goals. I won’t do anything else that could get in the way of my musical goals.”
This approach drastically increases your chances of making it in music. When all that is left is either success or failure, choosing success is the best choice for achieving what you want.
However, this approach is also very black and white... which leads to unnecessary risk. Although it increases your chances of achieving your goals, it does almost nothing to eliminate your chances of failure. If you ignore any short-term financial responsibilities or deadlines, you will struggle to build a successful career in music. Tons of musicians have this mindset and give up... never realizing their musical dreams.

Musician #3 thinks: “I need to build my music career without struggling financially. I must earn money using an approach that: 1. Allows a lot of freedom to work on my music, 2. Works hand-in-hand with my long-term musical goals, 3. Doesn’t force me to work 40+ hours every week. By doing this I can pursue my musical goals without any financial struggle or hardship.”
Understanding how to grow your music career in this manner is simple (you can find out how by getting music career mentoring). The difficult part is staying away from the two previously mentioned mindsets.
Test yourself right now to see how close you are to achieving financial freedom in your music career. Complete this music career test and get my feedback on how to improve your music career situation.

Music Industry Challenge Two: Getting More, Better And Higher Paying Gigs

Musician #1 thinks: “I don’t get paid enough to perform, and I’m not making enough income from gigs because the booker/venue owner is selling me short.”
It is very unlikely that musicians with this mindset will ever get a lot of gigs. Bottom line, you’ve got to help the venue earn more money first if you want to do so yourself. You must do much more than simply show up and play your music.

Musician #2 thinks: “I need to figure out how to get more people to come see me play. This will help the venue make more money, and they’ll probably notice and pay me more too.”
This is the right thinking when it comes to getting more/better paying gigs. Grow the value that bookers/venue owners see in you, then it will increase the amount of money they will pay you to perform at their venue.
That said, this mindset can still be improved.

Musician #3 thinks: “I have to get more fans to come see me play AND get them to buy my music and merch at the show.”
This kind of thinking will get massively different results than the other two styles of thinking.
This mindset will help you:

1. Get more people to come out and see you, helping the venue earn more money in the process.

2. Make way more income overall (from the money you make from the gig + music and merchandise sales).

3. Not worry too much about how much money you make from the show itself.

4. Make it easier for you to get the gig, since you can do it for much less money than anyone else.

5. Build solid relationships with the people who book your shows, venue owners and your fans. This increases your chances of getting better gigs in the future.

To find out more about this topic, study this article about getting tons of gigs.
Regardless of much you currently know about the music business, having a positive, empowering mindset will help you learn what you need to know, and put you on the path to success.
Learn how to put your music career on the right path for success. Complete this no-cost music career test and get my feedback on you can become a massively successful professional musician.

About The Author:
Tom Hess is a recording artist, music career mentor and virtuoso guitar player. He trains and mentors musicians of all different experience levels on how to develop a successful career in music. Visit his musician website to get free music career building tools and read professional music business columns.

Millisa Henderson: Andy Timmons' "Electric Gypsy"

04-16-16 - Catch a Rising Star Show, Roxy Theater, Muskogee, OK (1st attempt and public performance of this one)

Millisa Henderson--Andy Timmons' "Electric Gypsy"

Jimi Tunnell: Canton guitars - JT model test run

Jimi testing the JT model.

Jimi Tunnell - JT model test run

Rowan J Parker: Theory And Harmony - Tritone Substitution

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Theory And Harmony - Tritone Substitution

Samuli Federley: JTC Jam Of The Month April 2016

Hi guys!

This is again my entry for this cool monthly contest my Jam Track Central. I hope you like it. Check out and

Samuli Federley - JTC Jam Of The Month April '16 |

Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai: Generation Axe - smoking Black Star 2016

Thass whot I'm still talking 'bout live. The only way.
Put Yngwie's late 70's/ 80's with Vai's early 80's/90's, and it's still relevant on this one today.

MARSHALL Law, for sure............ massive volume up-front, blew out my camera's mic and my good ear, I'm not kidding, serious damage, it's not good, I can't hear normally..............

Great performance by Yngwie, never been onna my Top 10 faves, but he's seriously rejuvenated to me now, and killed almost everything in his set, major retro-performance over when I last saw him..........

Yngwie & Vai, GENERATION AXE, Dallas 2106

Cameron Allen: An Unplanned Moment

This isn't an actual tune, it's just me sitting down with my guitar and creating. Although I play guitar for a living, I haven't been able to spend much "free" time with my instrument lately, so it was really nice to finally have a moment free from distraction and just play!

Cameron Allen: An Unplanned Moment

I Wayan Balawan: Balawan Musical Journey 2016

This is Balawan Musical Journey 2016 doing Original and covers of famous song like : Negriku by Chrisye, Bengawan solo by Gesang, MarryYou by Bruno Mars, Sugar by Marron5, Cant take my eyes off you by Frankie Valli, What a wonderful world by Lois Amstrong, Jump by Van Halen , You shook me all night long by AC/DC A video by Agung Bayu Pramana


Hedras Ramos, Leonardo Guzman: Laney NAMM jam 2016

Hey guys I finally got the HD video of this amazing musical moment I shared with my friend Leonardo Guzman at last NAMM 2016 at the Laney booth, amazing Amps btw, hope you enjoy and share!
Thanks for Kim Waller for the Video!

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Hedras Ramos & Leonardo Guzman - NAMM 2016 Jam (Official)

Alexandr Misko: Forsaken - candyrat debut album by the Russian guitarist

"The Songs of Adolescence" is the brand-new debut album by the Russian guitarist Alexandr Misko. It's the collection of the 12 selected original songs, including the famous Guitar + Pen Tapping Song (Гитаручка), written with all the passion and heart.



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Alexandr Misko - Forsaken