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Guitar Power Episode 1 featuring Tosin Abasi


Presented by D’Addario and Rolling Stone Young Guns, Guitar Power is a new series hosted by Matt Sweeney. In each episode, Matt will sit and chat with an up-and-coming guitarist to discuss their influences, technique, gear, and approach. In Episode 1 Matt chats with Animals As Leaders front man Tosin Abasi.


Presented by D’Addario and Rolling Stone Young Guns, Guitar Power is a new series hosted by Matt Sweeney. In each episode, Matt will sit and chat with an up-and-coming guitarist to discuss their influences, technique, gear, and approach. In Episode …

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Roeller’s Custom Guitars – The Crusader

Roeller Crusader
Roeller’s Custom Guitars recently completed this guitar called the “Crusader” (for obvious reasons). The guitar started out life as a Schecter 7 String which Brett Roeller carved, hand painted and refinished.

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For more info on Roeller’s Custom Guitars check out their website at http://roellerscustomguitars.com/.

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Roeller Crusader
Roeller’s Custom Guitars recently completed this guitar called the “Crusader” (for obvious reasons). The guitar started out life as a Schecter 7 String which Brett Roeller carved, hand painted and refinished.

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Andreas Varady, Teenage Jazz Virtuoso – Mind Blown


A few minutes ago Joe Bonamassa posted the following tweet:

Now you’ve probably watched the video above and thought, wow, this kid is really good. Well that particular video was recorded and uploaded in 2010 so Andreas is now 16, one can only imagine how incredible he must be as a guitar player and musician now. Oh wait a minute you don’t have to wonder too much because here is a video of Andreas performing “Quincology” with his trio, the Andreas Varady Trio, at the 47th Montreux Jazz Festival in 2013 (he was still 14 at the time). Quincy Jones introduces Andreas saying “I heard a rumour that he could play like George Benson when he was 10 years old”, he’s not kidding!

Andreas Varady was born on the 24th July 1997, he was born of Hungarian Gypsy descent and raised in a small town in Slovakia. Andreas first began to play the guitar at four years old, tutored by his father, Bandi and is influenced by and idolises George Benson. Varady, now 16, is actually managed by the legengary Quincy Jones and has played at Jazz festivals all over Europe and has performed with the likes of Frank Vignola, Andreas Oberg and Lee Ritenour. Andreas Varady released his first album ‘Questions’ in 2010, yep at the age of 12. His new self-titled album is currently available for pre-order via iTunes.

“…Andreas caught the interest of Bob Zievers, George Benson’s agent, who has signed on to work with the young guitarist. Along with Bob, Andreas simultaneously caught the eye of the famous record producer and music executive David Foster. In the fall of 2013, Foster signed Andreas to his record label, Verve records, which will be releasing his first mass distributed album on August 5, 2014. The new album recorded in January 2014 was executive produced by both Quincy Jones and David Foster, and produced by accomplished musicians and producers David Paich and Jay Oliver. In anticipation of Varady’s debut, four-songs from the album will be released as a digital-only EP called Come Together on June 17, 2014.”

For more info on Andreas Varady check out his website – http://www.andreasvarady.com/.


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Hal Leonard Blues Guitar Soloing Review

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Hal Leonard recently sent me a new instructional book by Keith Wyatt called Blues Guitar Soloing and it is packed to the gills with great instruction to take you from the very basics of blues solos (the minor pentatonic scale), all the way to blues fusions solos, with tons of technique explanation, riffs and licks to practice on, and always a progressive style from least difficult to more difficult before branching off into fusion styles, gear, and what makes for good reference material music-wise.

The book is not written specifically for beginners, though beginners will benefit from it since it starts with basic scales. Instead, it’s written for any players that want to get into blues and it is recommended in the text that even if you are experienced with guitar and think you have a good grip on what the lessons are covering, to at least do some of the first ones to make sure you’re on the right path. This makes perfect sense to me since you’re not going to be a detriment to yourself if you go over what you already know.

Meanwhile, you are on the path desired by the author so the potential miscommunications will be mitigated.

Techniques covered in the book include:

  • Essential skills
  • Blue notes
  • Shuffle phrasing – rhythm and blues
  • Legato, picking, and dynamics
  • Sliding, bending, and vibrato
  • Blues melody – core and color
  • Getting around the neck
  • 12-bar blues
  • Soloing strategies
  • Flavor and textures
  • Harmony and form
  • Tempo – from ballad to boogie
  • Blues fusion
  • Blues sound
  • Style and influences

 There is substantial written instruction in the book so players – particularly new ones – can get a good grasp on technique before being unleashed on the practice licks. Those licks are written out in standard notation and TAB, and the book also includes access to audio examples that can be downloaded with the code provided in the book (no audio discs are included).

 Where Hal Leonard has other books that focus on quick lessons of techniques and feature sparse instructional bits and a couple practice licks to complete lessons of random difficulty, there is definite merit to making a progressional book for students to work through from front to back and come out the other side with a solid grasp on blues that will only be expanded on with further playing and experimentation.

If anyone is looking to become better versed in blues, but also gain a better understanding of the fretboard, this may just be the book for you, and it retails for $24.99 so it’s still affordable too and, for the amount of education you get, that’s a really good price.

You can find this at your local music retailer or online HERE.

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Hal Leonard recently sent me a new instructional book by Keith Wyatt called Blues Guitar Soloing and it is packed to the gills with great instruction to take you from the very basics of blues solos (the minor …

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Riffstation Announce New Web App for YouTube Videos

riffstation web app
Riffstation have just announced a beta release of a new web based app that you can use with any YouTube video and analyse the chord progressions in realtime. Now don’t expect this app to magically tab out your favourite riffs, that would need some kind of programming black magic, but it does do a good job of getting the basic chords so you can at least get an idea of the key, progression etc. in order to help you transcribe the song further. Or maybe you just want the chord progression to jam along on your acoustic. By the way you can also switch between Guitar, Ukulele and Piano! Anyway it’s pretty clever and Riffstation have even created a fun parody band video that explains all of the features of the web app so just head over to http://play.riffstation.com/ and press play!

riffstation web app
Riffstation have just announced a beta release of a new web based app that you can use with any YouTube video and analyse the chord progressions in realtime. Now don’t expect this app to magically tab out your favourite riffs, …

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Steve Vai BOSS Webinar – Perfect Pedal Order

BOSS USA and Musician’s Friend organised this special Webinar event with the legendary Steve Vai to talk about pedal boards and the perfect pedal order. This event was recorded live but is available to watch below in two parts, the first part is just over 1 hour in length and the last part is just over 10 minutes.

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BOSS USA and Musician’s Friend organised this special Webinar event with the legendary Steve Vai to talk about pedal boards and the perfect pedal order. This event was recorded live but is available to watch below in two parts, the …

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Summer NAMM 2014: Michael Kelly Guitars Team Up With Luthier Rick Turner

Michael Kelly Guitars has been selected by industry veteran Rick Turner (co-founder of Alembic and his own company Rick Turner Guitar Company) to debut a licensed line of his Renaissance guitars and basses.

“The new line will debut at the Summer NAMM 2014 trade show and begin shipping worldwide in September. The collaboration is exemplary of the “Boutique Within Reach” motto of Michael Kelly Guitars and Turner’s in demand designs. With a back log of orders and a desire to bring his designs within reach of the masses, he has aligned himself with Michael Kelly Guitars for their attention to quality and reputable network of dealers and distributors worldwide.”

First up is the MKS6SB
MKS6SB
MKS6SB – MK Rick Turner Licensed Steel String Guitar
Neck Material – Mahogany
Neck Finish – Natural Satin
Nut Material – Bone
Fretboard Material – Rosewood
Scale Length – 25.5″
Body Shape – Turner Renaissance
Top Material – Okoumé
Body Material – Okoumé w/ Abalone Purfling
Center Block Material – Mahogany
Bridge – Rick Turner Design w/ 7 degree saddle tilt – Strings through body
Electronics – USA made Seymour Duncan/Rick Turner D-TAR System
Finish – High Gloss Sunburst
MSRP $1015 USD

Next we have the MKN6CN:
MKN6CN
MKN6CN – MK Rick Turner Licensed Nylon String Guitar
Neck Material – Mahogany
Neck Finish – Natural Satin
Nut Material – Bone
Fretboard Material – Rosewood
Scale Length – 25.5″
Body Shape – Turner Renaissance
Top Material – Cedar
Body Material – Okoumé w/ Black ABS Binding
Center Block Material – Mahogany
Bridge – Rick Turner Design Classical 12-Hole Tie Block w/ 7 degree saddle tilt – Strings through body
Electronics – USA made Seymour Duncan/Rick Turner D-TAR System
Finish – High Gloss Natural
MSRP $1015 USD

For more info head over to http://www.michaelkellyguitars.com/.

Michael Kelly Guitars has been selected by industry veteran Rick Turner (co-founder of Alembic and his own company Rick Turner Guitar Company) to debut a licensed line of his Renaissance guitars and basses.

“The new line will debut at …

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Joe Bonamassa “Different Shades of Blue” Official Video


As I reported last month here on Guitar Noize, Joe Bonamassa is about to release a new album featuring all original songs, a first for Bonamassa who favours a mixture of originals and covers on his studio albums.

Above is the official video for the title track of the upcoming album, “Different Shades of Blue”.

Also check out this behind the scenes video of Joe in the studio.


As I reported last month here on Guitar Noize, Joe Bonamassa is about to release a new album featuring all original songs, a first for Bonamassa who favours a mixture of originals and covers on his studio albums.

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Guthrie Govan Victory Amplifiers Clinic & Interview


This is a cool video with Guthrie Govan showcasing Victory Amplifiers at a recent clinic. Guthrie is going to be in Sydney on the 24th for his first Australian clinic tour so I’m particularly excited having watched this video of the master in action.

Guthrie Govan presented a superb clinic for Victory Amplification in June 2014. This video contains highlights from his performance, plus interview footage with Guthrie and Martin Kidd, chief designer for Victory Amps. Daniel Steinhardt of TheGigRig also explains how the four amps are connected up for the performance.

During the clinic, Guthrie played four Victory amps: V10 The Baron, V30 The Countess, V50 The Earl and V100.

http://www.victoryamps.co.uk


This is a cool video with Guthrie Govan showcasing Victory Amplifiers at a recent clinic. Guthrie is going to be in Sydney on the 24th for his first Australian clinic tour so I’m particularly excited having watched this video of …

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Hutchinson Guitar Concepts Cafe Racer & Viking Explorer

Hutchinson Guitar Concepts Cafe Racer

hutchinson cafe racer
This guitar from Hutchinson Guitar Concepts began life as a humble Gibson Melody Maker which HGC proceeded to hot rod into the rather splendid motorcycle inspired Café Racer. Being a fan of Cafe Racer motorcycles myself this guitar did strike a chord with me (*groan*).

“The concept features a bare aluminium scratchplate with push/push volume switching the Seymour Duncan P-Rails from humbucker to P-90, chequered flag 12th fret inlay and Cafe Racer style exhaust silencer jack socket. The HGC logo is incorporated into a bike style badge on the upper bout.”

Hutchinson Guitar Concepts Viking Explorer

hutchinson viking explorer
Moving on to this tremendous work of art, the Viking Explorer began life as a ESP Edwards explorer.

Elaborately carved into the shiplap panelling is the central scene showing the epic battle between the hero Sigurd and the mighty dragon Fafnir. With an intricate knotwork carved border and inspirational runes carved on the neck reading ‘Strength and power within’. Like Sigurd’s mighty sword Gram, this guitar is truly the ultimate Viking weapon.

Seymour Duncan custom Black Winter pickups with aged bronze covers, match the aged metallic finish of the Schaller Bridge and locking tuners. As with all HGC designs, the weight and tone of the original guitar is left unaffected.

More designs are available through the Hutchinson Guitar Concepts website, which feature a portfolio of finished instruments inspired by wide ranging themes and executed through hundreds of hours of intricate wood carving, masterful finishing and state of the art electronics.

Hutchinson Guitar Concepts Cafe Racer

hutchinson cafe racer
This guitar from Hutchinson Guitar Concepts began life as a humble Gibson Melody Maker which HGC proceeded to hot rod into the rather splendid motorcycle inspired Café Racer. Being a fan of Cafe Racer …

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