Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas Music

Do you ever imagine a rockstar or a metalhead playing Christmas Music ? I bet you never think of it. Imagine today you are going to watch Megadeth concert, you enjoy the trash metal songs being played, you enjoy every second of it. In the end of the show the band suddenly make an announcement that they are going to perform there again next month, but this time no more metal songs, no more headbanging.

The band announces " Next month we will be performing again on this stage. We will play tons of Christmas songs for you, please don't buy any ticket, Free Christmas Music for all. "

I'm sure you will be shock and dying going to hell.Hehe. Well this is not a fiction story, Megadeth member really did this, Dave Ellefson (former bass player founding member Megadeth) said he was proud to be part of a project. "I am proud to be playing songs that have been well crafted with a true message concerning the Spirit of Christmas.”

Visit Free Christmas Music for full story.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Buckethead Signature Les Paul

Guitar manufacturer Gibson has mentioned about Buckethead Signature Les Paul in their official website recently.

"From his prolific solo work, to his prominent memberships in the supergroup Praxis and rock legends Guns N’ Roses, Buckethead has displayed one of the most fiery creative personas of our times, and has continually affirmed his stance in the upper echelon of contemporary shredders. Equally attention-grabbing as his incendiary chops, Buckethead’s stage show and visual presence remain unique among the rock field, and his Gibson guitars—a white Les Paul in particular—have always been a big part of that. As Gibson continues to roll out the Rocktober action, the Buckethead Signature Les Paul celebrates this unparalleled artist’s achievements. With an oversized, chambered Les Paul body, a marker-less ebony fingerboard, and Buckethead’s choice of Gibson’s contemporary ceramic humbucking pickups—complete with modified electronics and “arcade” style kill switches—this is a Les Paul like none to have come before. It’s primed to get you noticed, and designed for utmost performance for the contemporary rock, metal, and shred performer."

Read the complete news at Gibson.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Chris Broderick's New Guitar

Chris Broderick the guitarist for US trash metal band Megadeth has issued an update about his new guitar. This fantastic guitar which includes a brand new Vic artwork on it has been produced by guitar manufacturer Ibanez.

I'm wondering if it will be available as a custom guitar, how much it will cost?Hmm..........


Friday, November 13, 2009

First of all,if you haven`t read the first lesson, I highly suggest you do so. (enter link)

On this lesson I`ll be showing you various arpeggios, each one with its unique sound.hopefully you`ll find something you like and add it to your guitar playing.

Section 1: Diminished Arpeggios (Cause neo classical farts love it!)

Well if you`re familiar with the works of becker, friedman, moore, etc`, you know they just love to use those diminished runs.


The most common shapes of that kind are the 4 string shapes(shown above), which can be extended if you take the same thing 3 frets higher, and from there another 3 and so on.


Thats also a diminished run,on the lower strings.
Here`s a nice diminished arpeggio I've come up with, that covers all 6 strings:


Thats about it for this section. use those shapes to get an idea about the sound and tonality of diminished.

Section 2: Pentatonic Arpeggios (break out of the box)

Every guitarist knows the pentatonic scale and can play it "in boxes". The problem is that most guys are stuck in those boxes and can't really expand the pentatonic sound to more stuff.

Becker showed in the AIM clinic some pentatonic ideas, which are original and great. His advice is to change the order of notes in the scale. Meaning, if we`re playing in A pentatonic minor, the notes are: A,C,D,E,G. So if we play those 5 notes in any order, how much we want to, we`ll get a pentatonic tonality.

Here is a pentatonic arpeggio,which sounds really awesome.


You can check if you`d like to, you`ll see that all the notes in that arpeggio are from the A penta. Minor scale. Thats one idea that you can utilize to every penta. Minor key you want.

Next is another arpeggio, which is actually famous! This is the arpeggio used in the intro of becker`s "perptual burn".


This guy is A penta. Minor too! Becker just changed the order of the notes and got a great fresh sound, from an overly used scale.

Last idea for this section is actually playing the penta. Minor scale!
Well not exactly, we`ll play it by sweep picking.


Its pretty obvious, you got here the A penta. Minor scale, played in 3 different octaves. The key here is to make the arpeggio not sound like the same pattern repeated 3 times.

In order to do that, you`ll need to learn to sweep it, pick every string just once, meaning left hand is all legato. It might seem like an akward thing to sweep, but its possible and sounds great in my opinion!

Section 3: Weird Stuff.

The first weird arpeggio I`ll show is the Augmented. This one is rarely used, mostly because its so damn dissonant! Although you can hear it on cacophony`s "black cat" in the end of the chorus. Here is one shape that covers all 6 strings, you can derive from it smaller shapes. beware as it sounds very nasty!


I guess you can use it for some shocking breaks, or that kind of stuff.

The next (and last in this section) Arpeggio is the Whole-tone. As you can tell, its based on the whole tone scale. If you`re not familiar with this one, the formula is: 1-2-3-b5-b6-b7. Whole-tone gives you a modern-day classical sound.


Thats pretty dissonant isnt it? Thats what makes this section "weird"!

That concludes this lesson, I hope you learned something new and liked it. On my next lesson I`ll show you exotic arpeggios, some beautiful stuff that becker showed in some clinics he did back in the day.

Courtesy Of becker89


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Slash’s Solo Album "Sahara" Been Released In Japan.

Japan Fans will get the first taste of Slash’s upcoming solo album with the release of "Sahara." The new single is a collaboration with iconic B’z front man, Koshi Inaba. Included with the single is a b-side version of "Paradise City," featuring Fergie and Cypress Hill's B Real and Syn Dog. Look for it at your favorite music store.
For all you other fans outside of Japan – Keep your eyes out for those imports!

More news at here.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Deep Purple The Real Highway Star For 40 Years.

British legendary band Deep Purple already exists for 40 Years and still rocking. What a great achievement. The band's popular songs like "Smoke On The Water" and "Highway Star" had been written and composed long time ago back in the 60's?/70's but still got high popularity and being listened by many of the younger generations.

Recent interview conducted by reveals that Deep Purple didn't shows any sign to quit from the music industries, in fact I believe they never know the word of "retirement" in their life. Ian Gillan the frontman of Deep Purple for 40 years said they’ll be in full writing mode around February.

“I take that a bit badly,” Ian says. “I mean, we’ve always been doing this. Live music is what we do – make new songs that we include in the act every now and again.”

“No-one’s done any writing yet,” says Ian. “I’ve got about 50 songs in my library at the moment, but they’re not for Deep Purple.”

Rapture of the Deep was the band’s last studio album, released in November 2005, and fans have been hoping for something new in 2010.

Complete news at here.


A Cheap Seat

Here is another online concert tickets broker. Tickets for Metallica, AC/DC, Kiss and other great hard rock/metal band are available. Hurry, the last ticket for your favorite band is waiting for you.

The awesome part of this website is that it is not for concert tickets only but also include many other events like sports and theater. You can easily find variety type of tickets in one website, absolutely a one stop center for tickets, what a great idea.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Yngwie Malmsteen Covers Michael Jackson Song

Neoclassical guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen will include a cover song from Michael Jackson in his new album called "High Impact". Michael Jackson super hit song "Beat It" has been chosen by Yngwie as a bonus track.

The set is described as "a mind-boggling, high-paced instrumental compilation record. Yngwie's The song "Beat It" will contains Malmsteen's own magical touch and Tim Ripper Owens on Vocals. The album will be released on December 8 and should be very interesting, it is an absolutely a must buy album.

Track listing:

01. Caprici Di Dablo
02. Brothers
03. Blitzkrieg
04. Trilogy Suite
05. Red House
06. Finale
07. Magic City
08. Arpeggios From Hell
09. Far Beyond The Sun
10. Cantabile
11. Blue
12. Overture 1622
13. Fugue
14. Beat It (MICHAEL JACKSON cover)

Pre-order is available at:



Direct TV

I've found an amazing website while surfing the internet recently. The website is about Direct TV. Their offer is so great and undeniable. That is why I wrote an entry specifically for this website and want to share to all of you about their fantastic offer.

Nowadays, Satellite Directv or better known as Direct TV Satellite become so popular and a must buy product for every house. If you want to be a part of it, you have just found the correct website. This website provides a variety selection of TV provider from local channels to international channels. Be sure to visit the site, you won't regret it.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Win A Free Guitar Lesson From Kiko Loureiro

Want to get a guitar lesson directly from Kiko Loureiro? Guitar string manufacturer Addario has conducted a contest to find a lucky winner which will have an exclusive moment with kiko Loureiro. Who knows this is your lucky time, so don't hesitate to enter the contest.

To participate you will have to record and send one video which carries a performance and a music of Kiko. The song is a free choice and the video must have minimum duration of 1 minute and principle of 2 minutes. The contemplated ones in 1º, 2º and 3º place will be chosen by Kiko Loureiro himself!

The winner of the competition will have the possibility to pass one afternoon with Kiko Loureiro in the Sonic Extreme studio in São Paulo /SP in the first fortnight of December. Kiko will give a lesson based on the music chosen by the winner upon registration.

The lesson will be recorded and will show Kiko giving lesson to the winner.The video will be published in the site of the Express Musical comedy, Of Addario and in their official page of YouTube.

The great winner still takes pra house 10 endorsement Of Addario of line XL (009, 010 or 011)!Idea must creative and which shows the participant knowledge of guitar. Correct execution of chosen music, adequacy to the duration stipulated for the competition and creativity is an election of criteria.

Competition ends in 30th of November! Good luck!

* Each candidate will be able to submit only one video, that will have to be published in the YouTube, or any site that the content has supported, and link generated sent in the act of the registration.

Translation is not accurate, read the original post at here (In Portuguse Language)


Monday, November 2, 2009

Alyson Avenue Live in Stockholm

Alyson Avenue the Swedish rocker will be performing in Stockholm, Saturday 16th of January 2010 at The Cave Rockclub.

"This is the First time Alyson Avenue plays in the capitol of Sweden and We are really looking forward to meet the Melodic Rock Audience of Stockholm."

Stay tuned for more updates



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