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MUSICIANS INSTITUTE Announces Full Ride Scholarship Competition
Students and potential students are invited to submit recordings via the contest's web site. After preliminary screening is complete, finalists will be flown by MI to Hollywood where they will perform live in the school's main Concert Hall before a panel of top industry professionals. The grand prize winner will receive a full tuition scholarship to MI beginning in Spring 2010, as well as up to $10,000 in living expenses. The first and second runners-up will receive full and partial tuition scholarships, respectively.
Describing the motivation behind this new scholarship opportunity, MI's Director of Admissions Jonathan Wilder said, "When the economy is in turmoil, it's tough to afford an education, but it's also the time when you need it the most. We want to extend a hand to help at least a few talented and highly motivated artists turn their passion for music into a profession, as well as to let aspiring performers across the country know about MI's unique educational opportunities. The Full Ride competition is a chance for us to contact and engage with musicians who are ready to take the next big step forward in their education and their career."
If studying at MI is simply not possible in your situation, you can still get lessons with some of MI's top instructors right here at Guitarinstructor.com. Current and former MI instructors featured here include: Tom Kolb, Dean Brown, Danny Gill, Beth Marlis, Dan Gilbert, Sid Jacobs, and Bruce Buckingham.
PRS Unveils SE Singlecut Korina
(STEVENSVILLE, MD) November 20, 2009 –The new SE Singlecut Korina is a versatile, light weight guitar with a musical tone, and is the first solid Korina SE model offered by PRS Guitars.
PRS SE Business Unit Manger Doug Shive said, "Musicians looking for all Korina guitars now have a new option within the PRS family that is unmatched in the market in terms of price, aesthetics and quality."
The SE Singlecut Korina features include a solid Korina body, 3-piece Korina neck with 22-fret rosewood fretboard, 25" scale length, and moon inlays. Other appointments include two humbuckers, master volume and tone controls, and a 3-way toggle. Vintage Amber is currently the SE Singlecut Korina's exclusive color offering.
For more on PRS Guitars, visit www.prsguitars.com.
SLASH Debuts New Single at Layn Rocks Concert
Blabbermouth reports that guitarist Slash performed a song called "By the Sword" (see video below) off his upcoming self-titled solo album at a benefit concert this past Saturday (Nov. 22), at the Avalon in Hollywood, California. The show, billed as "Slash & Friends," raised money for the Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN), a non-profit organization that provides help to homeless and runaway youth.
Backing Slash on the tune were drummer Travis Barker (Blink-182), bassist Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction), guitarist Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction), and vocalist Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother). Other artists appearing at the event included Ozzy Osbourne, Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), and Billy Idol. For a full review of the show, visit ArtistDirect.com.
SOLID CABLES Unveils New ELEPH Speaker Cable
Pasadena, CA November 23, 2009 – Solid Cables, a manufacturer of painstakingly detailed and handmade audio cables, has unveiled its entry into the speaker cable market. The new Eleph speaker cable utilizes ultra-pure copper conductor of different diameters to better carry the full frequency spectrum of sound any amplifier could create. In doing this, the Eleph cable provides a truly transparent link between the amplifier and the speaker.
Solid Cables believes they are the first to make the innovation of using not only an ultra-pure copper 10-gauge conductor but also one made up of different diameter strands to better carry the full spectrum of sound. The conductors are in a helical wind pattern to resist electrical and mechanical noise and housed in a 6000 PSI tear resistant armor. All conductors are permanently isolated in an avionics-grade adhesive to eliminate internal breakage, shorting, or solder joint failure.
Spec features include:
- Suspended polymer insulator
- All metal shell
- Armor and ends permanently fused with avionics grade heat shrink
- Hand soldered using premium audio grade silver alloy
- Helical wound ultra pure copper conductor, multiple diameter
- Quadruple strain relief
- 6000 PSI tear resistant protective outer armor
- Available with Speakon connectors
- Available in Carbon Black only
MSRP: $135 for 3’ Eleph speaker cable
CHICKENFOOT World Premiere Theatrical Event December 1
Come experience the very first filmed live show of the new rock collaboration Chickenfoot. Yes, Chickenfoot! In Theatres on December 1st.
Chickenfoot Live the concert film features Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony formerly of Van Halen (guitar tab), world-class guitarist and band founder Joe Satriani (guitar tab), and the "funk/alternative" drummer Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers (guitar tab).
Don't miss one of the greatest rock music collaborations of all-time live in Full HD and 5.1 Surround Sound coming to select theatres on December 1st, 2009! Click here for more info and a list of participating theaters.
Check out the trailer below.
Prog-metallers SYMPHONY X Sign with Nuclear Blast and Prep New Album
New Jersey prog-metal outfit Symphony X has signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records and are currently in the studio working on their debut for the new label. Guitarist Michael Romeo had this to say about the new deal and the pending arrival of the follow-up album to 2007's Paradise Lost:
"We are really excited to be a part of the Nuclear Blast Family, a great label with a cool roster of bands, which we are proud to be a part of. As of now, we are working hard on the new CD and are looking to finish it up late Winter 2009 / Spring 2010. We can't wait to hit the road and play some of the new cool stuff for everyone and especially all our loyal fans. We look forward to a long relationship with all the great people who work at the label all over the world."
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KIRBY KELLY Crowned Guitar Center's King of the Blues
On Thursday, November 12, in front of a capacity crowd at House of Blues in Hollywood, CA, Kirby Kelly of Sherman, Texas, beat out more than 4,000 guitarists to be crowned Guitar Center's 2009 King of the Blues. In the final round, Kelly competed against four other undiscovered blues guitarists to a panel of celebrity judges that included Jimmy Vivino of the Tonight Show Band, Elliot Easton of The Cars, blues legend Hubert Sumlin of Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, renowned blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Steve Lukather of Toto, and Dweezil Zappa, among others. You can see video of his winning performances below.
Hosted by Grammy-Nominated blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the event was a celebration of guitar and the music—the blues—that has defined and influenced generations of musicians and all of today's popular music. Grammy Award winning producer and guitarist Pete Anderson kicked-off the show with a set of red-hot blues, which was followed by the King of the Blues final competition where each of five contestants fronted a vintage black tuxedo-clad live band lead by Pete Anderson. Performing to a live rendition of 1 of the 25 official King of the Blues backing-tracks, the five contestants also were required to perform a two-minute solo-performance on a Gibson acoustic guitar to display their ability to master two major aspects of the guitar. Following the contestants' performances Guitar Center's King of the Blues Finals culminated with an electrifying performance by blues great Joe Bonamassa, who invited a series of surprise special guest musicians to join him on-stage for an exclusive jam that included Sumlin, Lukather, Vivino, Easton, and Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath.
A life-long blues player, Kelly has been playing the blues for his family and friends for years, and this victory was his crowning moment on the long road to being named Guitar Center's King of the Blues. Kelly was awarded an impressive package of prizes, including $25,000 cash, along with a Gibson '59 Les Paul reissue guitar, a $2,500 Levi's shopping spree, a Marshall Vintage Modern 50 watt half stack, a Boss GT-10 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal, a feature in Guitar World magazine, worldwide distribution of their music in iTunes and more, plus endorsement deals from Ernie Ball, Marshall Amplification, VOX Amplification and Gibson. Additional regional, district and local prize packages were also awarded, thanks to the generous support of Gibson Guitar, Levi's, Ernie Ball, Marshall, Boss, VOX, Guitar World, and TuneCore, all of whom are proud partners of Guitar Center's King of the Blues.