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Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp with Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 28, 2013 at 10:21 AM

The folks at the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp have put together some impressive camps in the past several years, but as a guitarist, this one's got to take the cake. From April 18-21, 2013, rock fantasy campers will have the opportunity and privilege to jam with Jeff Beck (only the greatest living guitarist on the planet) AND Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson -- arguably the finest living songwriter on the planet. The phrase "once in a lifetime opportunity" has rarely been more apropos!

Jeff Beck guitar tab, video lessons, and jam tracks
Beach Boys guitar tab, video lessons, and jam tracks

For booking info as well as details on other upcoming camps, which include next week's (March 5-9) camp with Sammy Hagar, Steve Vai, and Lita Ford as well as the April 4-7 camp with Def Leppard, please visit


Tom Petty Announces 2013 Tour Dates

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM

February 28, 2013 (LOS ANGELES)- Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will play shows throughout North America this summer, including headline appearances at major festivals, arenas and amphitheaters, plus multi-show residencies at the intimate Beacon Theatre in New York City and The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Festival stops include headline appearances at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, The Hangout Music Festival and Firefly Music Festival.

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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' 2013 Summer Tour comes as the band takes a break from the studio where they are recording their highly anticipated follow up to 2010's Mojo. The as-yet-untitled new record will be released on Reprise Records in 2014.

For ticket info, including VIP packages and Highway Companions Club opportunities, please visit
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 2013 Tour Dates
May 16     Evansville, IN
May 17-19  Gulf Shores, AL 
May 20     New York, NY  
May 21     New York, NY
May 23     New York, NY  
May 25     New York, NY 
May 26     New York, NY 
June 3     Los Angeles, CA 
June 4     Los Angeles, CA
June 6     Los Angeles, CA
June 8     Los Angeles, CA
June 9     Los Angeles, CA 
June 11    Los Angeles, CA
June 15    Noblesville, IN 
June 13-16 Manchester, TN (Bonnaroo Festival)
June 18    London, ONT
June 20    Pittsburgh, PA
June 21-23 Dover, DE (Firefly Music Festival)
June 23    Saratoga Springs, NY
June 28    Milwaukee, WI
June 29    Minneapolis, MN

Tom Petty

Yes to Perform 3 Classic Albums on 2013 Tour

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

PRESS RELEASE: In a career first, iconic and Grammy Award-winning rock band Yes—bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and singer Jon Davison—will perform three of their classic albums in their entirety, all in one concert, on a special tour in 2013: 1971's The Yes Album, 1972's Close to the Edge, and 1977's Going For the One. On Tuesday, March 5, Yes's San Francisco show will be broadcast live on national television on AXS TV beginning at 11pm EST/8pm PST. This show is a must-see for all Yes fans! Visit for more information; local listings can be found at

Yes guitar tab and jam tracks
Yes guitar and bass video lessons

Yes 2013The band will be further engaging fans and viewers via social media, launching a contest to give away audiophile CD copies of Close to the Edge. Fans of the band simply visit:, follow @AXSTV on Twitter and post a tweet using #AXSYES to be entered to win. @AXSTV will also communicate with viewers during the broadcast using onscreen messages to encourage social interaction and entries to the contest.

The multi-platinum progressive rock band will kick off their North American tour March 1 and conclude April 12 in Detroit (tour itinerary below). Music audiences will experience the albums, each representing an important milestone in Yes's career, performed from beginning to end. Chris Squire explained to (2/4) the band's selection process on picking these three albums: "Over the years, Yes actually made 20 albums of original studio material. But we definitely wanted to focus on some of the landmark albums in Yes's career.  These three albums each have their own flavor, but they complement each other so well."

2013 tour dates
3/1  West Wendover, NV*
3/3  Seattle, WA
3/5  San Francisco, CA
3/6  Los Angeles, CA
3/8  Temecula, CA
3/9  Reno, NV*
3/10 Monterey, CA
3/12 Aspen, CO
3/14 Omaha, NE
3/16 Hammond, IN
3/17 Louisville, KY
3/18 Kansas City, MO
3/20 Austin, TX
3/21 Grand Prairie, TX
3/22 Biloxi, MS*
3/24 Hollywood, FL*
3/30 Melbourne, FL
4/2  Clearwater, FL
4/3  Jacksonville, FL
4/5  Mashantucket, CT*
4/6  Hampton, NH
4/7  Bethlehem, PA
4/9  New York, NY
4/11 Toronto, ON
4/12 Detroit, MI

*YES will only be performing two albums—The Yes Album and Close to the Edge—for shows at casinos due to the time constraints of events held there.

Jake Reichbart Interview at Jazz Guitar Life

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 25, 2013 at 10:26 AM

The web site recently interviewed jazz guitarist Jake Reichbart, who has 30 solo jazz guitar lessons and 10 solo jazz guitar tabs available right here at In the interview, Lyle Robinson talks to Reichbart about his technique, gear, influences, approach to arranging, and much more. Click here to read the interview.

To learn more about Jake, please visit, and be sure to check out his new book/DVD, Jake Reichbart Plays Jazz Classics.

Jake Reichbart Plays Jazz Classics


Metallica Announces Orion 2013 Festival Lineup

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Los Angeles, CA - February 25, 2013 - Metallica, in conjunction with their friends C3 Presents, are pleased to announce the lineup for the 2013 Orion Music + More Festival, to be held at Belle Isle in Detroit, MI on June 8 and 9. Headliners will include Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones and Bassnectar, while the festival will also feature amazing acts including Gogol Bordello, Foals, Tomahawk, The Joy Formidable, Death Grips and local Detroit bands The Dirtbombs, DEATH and BATTLECROSS.

Metallica guitar tab, video lessons, jam tracks

Red Hot Chili Peppers guitar tab, video lessons, jam tracks
Rise Against guitar tab

"Last year's Orion Music + More Festival was hands down the highlight of the Metallica calendar. A great time was had by all, especially the band members," said Lars Ulrich. "The fact that it also resonated with enough of our fans and friends that it warrants another go-around in '13 is beyond exciting. I can think of no better place than the Motor City, with its rich and diverse history of music, for the second ride on our Orion festival train. Bring it the fuck on!"
Orion Music + More will feature more than 30 bands across 5 live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica's band members many personal interests. Detroit will see the return of James Hetfield's Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, Kirk Hammett's Crypt, Lars Ulrich's Hit the Lights Film Tent, and Robert Trujillo's Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and many other fan favorite attractions.
The Metallica Met Club fan club presale starts February 26th at 10am (Eastern) and runs through February 28th at 10pm (Eastern). Met Club members get first dibs on buying festival tickets with a couple of options to choose from:
A Super Special Price at $125 including all fees for a 2-Day Pass OR
The MET CLUB ULTRA 2-DAY PASS, which includes Front of Stage Viewing for Metallica's set, Exclusive Ultra Lounge Access & More for $225 including all fees!
Orion Music + More E-list members will get a chance to purchase $150 2-Day Passes before they go on-sale to the public. This presale starts February 27 at 10am (Eastern) and runs through February 28th at 10pm (Eastern).
Tickets will go on-sale to the public on March 1 at 10am (Eastern) for $150 for a 2-Day Pass including all fees. Visit to buy tickets.

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rise Against
Dropkick Murphys
Gogol Bordello
Silversun Pickups
Destroid (Excision + KJ Sawka + Downlink)
The Joy Formidable
Dillon Francis
Adventure Club
12th Planet
Death Grips
The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Dirtbombs
Fu Manchu
The Bronx
All Shall Perish
The Orwells


Bluesman Magic Slim Has Died at Age 75

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Magic Slim, a revered and towering figure in the field of traditional Chicago blues, died yesterday in a Philadelphia hospital at the age of 75. Born Morris Holt in Torrance, Mississippi, in 1937, the guitarist performer, bandleader, and recording artist went on to enjoy a career that launched him to national and international recognition and acclaim.

Slim was one of the foremost practitioners of the raw, gut-bucket, back alley blues associated with the postwar Chicago blues sound. He and his band, the Teardrops, were known as "the last real Chicago blues band" for their authentic, no-frills, straight-no-chaser performance of the music.

Slim's slash and burn guitar technique and booming vocals made for a commanding stage presence. His intense style was the blueprint that spawned much of the music played by modern blues artists and rockers. After catching one of Slim's electrifying live shows at a local nightclub Eddie Vedder invited Slim to open Pearl Jam's concert in Chicago. Magic Slim also had an encyclopedic repertoire of hundreds of blues songs in his head, giving his live shows a charming impromptu quality.

Magic SlimGrowing up in Grenada, Mississippi, Slim took an early interest in music, singing in the church choir, and fashioning a guitar for himself with baling wire from a broom, which he nailed to the wall. "Mama whooped me for that," recalled Slim. His first love was the piano, but having lost the little finger on his right hand in a cotton gin accident, he found it difficult to play properly. Undaunted, he simply switched to guitar, working in the cotton fields during the week and playing the blues at house parties on weekends. In 2011 the state of Mississippi erected a Blues Trail Marker in Slim's honor in front of a building in Grenada where his mother operated a restaurant.

In 1955, like many musicians from the Deep South, Slim migrated to Chicago, where he was mentored by his friend Magic Sam, who gave the lanky Morris his lifelong stage moniker. Initially discouraged by the highly competitive local music scene, Slim went back to Mississippi and spent the next five years woodshedding and perfecting his craft. He confidently returned to Chicago and became a formidable player on the scene, eventually putting together the Teardrops, who would become one of the busiest and best-loved blues bands around, and one of the most sought-after headliners for festivals in Europe, Japan, and South America. Slim and his group won the coveted Blues Music Award in 2003 as "Blues Band of the Year," one of six times Slim won a BMA, considered the highest honor in the blues.  Living Blues magazine called Slim and the Teardrops "a national treasure."

Slim's recording career began with a series of singles in 1966, and he recorded his first album for a French label in 1977. With the release of Gravel Road in 1990, he began a 22-year association with Blind Pig Records, who issued ten albums and a live DVD over that span. Blind Pig Records owner Jerry Del Giudice said, "Magic Slim embodied the heart and soul of this label. It was Magic Slim, and the guys like him, and their music, that inspired us to start the label in the first place."

Blues Revue once remarked, "Whoever the house band in blues heaven may be, even money says they're wearing out Magic Slim albums trying to get that Teardrops sound down cold."  Now Slim can assume his rightful place as the leader of that band.

Stellar New Book Guides You to Fretboard Freedom

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 22, 2013 at 10:21 AM

A complete and confident grasp of the guitar's fretboard—the interconnectedness of scales, chords, and arpeggios—is an elusive goal. But Troy Nelson, a former editor-in-chief of Guitar One magazine, looks to have captured lightning in a bottle with new book, Fretboard Freedom. This 240-page volume (with CD) presents a surprisingly simple and intuitive approach for visualizing and navigating the fretboard via the same 52-week, one-lick-per-day method that propelled his last book, Guitar Aerobics, to the #1 selling guitar book at

Fretboard FreedomIn the course of helping students to master the fretboard, guitar educators have written countless books and instructional lessons on learning chord inversions, major and minor scales in all 12 keys, the major modes, and more. But while writing Guitar Aerobics, Nelson—a guitarist of over 20 years—began to envision the fretboard "as simple chord shapes that are interconnected via two-string arpeggios and extended major and minor pentatonic scales." Combining that epiphany with his take on the well-established (and effective) CAGED system, Nelson applied his new discovery within the "workout" framework of Guitar Aerobics, to create year-long course in fretboard mastery.

Each "Week" is a four-page chapter highlighting a particular key or chord progression (e.g., C major, minor, dominant, whole-tone, half-diminished, etc.). First, Nelson presents the five CAGED (or as he orders it, EDCAG) chord voicings for the particular key along with an accompanying fretboard diagram containing all the chord and scale tones for that key center. Next is a fretboard diagram and notation/TAB staff depicting the two-notes-per-string arpeggio shapes for that key center, and then a fretboard diagram and notation/TAB staff showing the extended pentatonic scale associated with the key center. Following these foundational items, Nelson presents one lick for each day of the week, citing the resources (chord voicing, scale, or arpeggio shape) used in the lick and offering a performance note for it. For Monday through Friday, you get a single lick in a given style such as blues, country, or jazz, presented in each of the five voicings. (The concept of learning a lick in several locations on the neck is a well-established and effective practice tool for learning the fretboard.) For Saturday's and Sunday's licks, Nelson offers two fresh licks in different styles, using that week's two-notes-per-string arpeggio pattern and its extended pentatonic scale, respectively.

Though I wouldn't recommend this book for absolute beginners, anyone from advanced beginner/early intermediate and above should pick it up immediately. As a guitarist of nearly 30 years, I discovered a few new ideas and approaches to try just while skipping through pages and playing examples at random, to write this review. Surely a dedicated study will yield even greater insights—and results—on the road to your own fretboard freedom.

To purchase Fretboard Freedom, click here or on the cover image above.


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