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NYC and Bahamas Rock and Roll Fantasy Camps

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 8, 2010 at 9:29 AM

PRESS RELEASE - This is your chance to give your spouse the ultimate gift this Holiday. Book a spot at the January NYC Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp and give the gift of rock and roll before we're sold out. We've booked a block of rooms at the Hilton downtown at a room rate of only $179/night. Room rates will go up after December 12, so call now to book your spot! We also have a super low, special Rock Camp room rate at the Atlantis Resort for our February Bahamas camp  - rooms start at $249/night! 

The Camp would like to welcome back Spike Edney of Queen who will be joining our counselor lineup in NY. If you caught the piece CBS produced on our London camp, Spike was the featured counselor. Former Grand Funk Railroad front-man, Mark Farner, will also be joining the NY camp as a counselor. Spike and Mark are joining a stellar NY lineup that includes The Who's Roger Daltrey, songwriter Tommy James (Crimson and Clover, I Think We're Alone Now, Mony Mony), and producer extraordinaire Phil Ramone. For more information or to sign up for the 4 or 6 day NY camp, please click here or call 888.762.2263 x1.

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Guitar Instructor Lick of the Week 12-07-2010

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 7, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Ask someone to name the titans of bebop jazz guitar, and you'll consistently get names like Pat Martino, George Benson, and Wes Montgomery. But one of the greatest and, sadly, most overlooked jazz beast was virtuoso Tal Farlow. Nicknamed "the octopus" for his huge hands and resulting extended reach on the fretboard, Farlow used his physical gift to great advantage, and in time it became an integral part of his style.

Jazz Guitar signature licksThis particular lick comes from Farlow's 1981 recording of the Sonny Rollins classic "St. Thomas."  Over a C major harmony, Farlow begins with the consonant 1st-inversion C major triad, which sets up an extended, single-string rendering of a startling C diminished triad. Farlow follows this with a bluesy G-Gb-F (5-b5-4) move before wrapping it up with a familiar bebop line of F-D-D#-E-C.

In terms of execution, the lick is pretty straightforward, with the exception of the stretch necessary for the diminished triad. You'll obviously use your index finger on the 8th-fret C and your pinky finger on the 14th-fret Gb. Whether you use your middle or ring finger on the 11th-fret Eb is up to you. Use whichever feels most comfortable.

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Win a Peter Frampton Autographed MK.4.23 Clean Boost Pedal

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 7, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Peter Frampton guitar tabCreation Audio Labs is giving away a one-of-kind MK.4.23 Clean Boost pedal autographed by the company's latest endorser, legendary guitarist Peter Frampton. To win, all you need to do is sign up for the Creation Audio Labs newsletter by 12/26/2010. The drawing will be held on 12/27/2010.

The MK.4.23, which comes in a slick 16 gauge stainless steel body with white LEDs, provides from zero to +24 dB of transparent boost to your signal. To see a demo, check out the video below, and for complete specs, visit

Good luck!


Top 10 Guitar Albums of 2010

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 3, 2010 at 10:55 AM

It may not have felt like it on the surface, but 2010 was a pretty stellar year for guitar music. As we cruise into the end of the year, we decided to take a moment to reflect on the top guitar albums of the past year. Let us know what you think below!

10. Live From the Archive Matt Schofield
The buttery bluesman serves it up with extra grit and gristle on this live recording - just the way we like our blues!

9. Slash Slash
Note to Carlos Santana: This is how you do a guitar album with a score of guest vocalists.

8. Black Country Communion Black Country Communion
Joe Bonamassa doing what he does best - tearing the roof off this mutha!

7. Nightmare Avenged Sevenfold
Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance balance terrifying technique with top-rate metal songcraft.

6. Black Swans & Wormhole Wizards Joe Satriani
An artistically mature Satch returns to his instrumental roots and creates a simply majestic guitar work in the process.

5. Renegade Creation Michael Landau & Robben Ford
Two of the tastiest players on the scene today give a clinic on smart yet gritty phrasing.

4. Order of the Black Black Label Society
Zakk Wylde's best solo output yet, and his best playing since Ozzy's No More Tears.

3. Avalanche of Worms Levi/Werstler
Has anyone coined the term "prog-shred" yet, because if not, this stunning display from Daath guitarists Emil Werstler and Eyal Levi is it.

2. AB III Alter Bridge
Mark Tremonti amazingly continues to grow and progress on the instrument, and Myles Kennedy finally gets to show off his chops, making AB a true twin-guitar beast!

1. Emotion & Commotion Jeff Beck
Um ... it's Jeff Beck. Need we say more? (Check out the live footage of "Hammerhead" below.)

Honorable mention:
The Art of Malice John 5
Last Train to Hauteville Martin Taylor 
Chaos and the Primordial Francesco Artusato
To the One John McLaughlin
Up Close Eric Johnson
24 Tales Alex Machacek
Evidence of Humanity Mike Keneally
Fuzz Universe Paul Gilbert
The Obsidian Conspiracy Nevermore
Scream Ozzy Osbourne


Deconstructing the Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 2, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Rolling Stones 1969In a word: Wow! The web site Dangerous Minds has posted isolated tracks of the Rolling Stones classic "Gimme Shelter," from their 1969 album Let It Bleed and featuring the mind-blowing Merry Clayton on guest vocals. You can hear the iso tracks of Jagger and Clayton on vocals, Keith Richards's rhythm guitar (hear it below), Keef's second guitar and Nicky Hopkins on piano, Bill Wyman's bass track, and Charlie Watts's drum track.

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What's particularly revealing here is that even in one of the most perfect rock 'n' roll songs of all time, there are tiny imperfections and bum notes that you can hear in the iso tracks, but not in the final mix. It's a good lesson for studio newbies in that sometimes, it's more about the groove and energy of the moment than it is about absolute perfection.

Now, if we can just get the boys to give this classic a 21st-century makeover with the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie (like this but without Bono) on vocals with Mick, I'd be in rock 'n' roll heaven.


UFO Announces Initial Batch of 2011 North American Tour Dates

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 1, 2010 at 3:03 PM

The initial dates for UFO's 2011 North American tour have just been revealed. The band, with the incomparable Vinnie Moore on guitar, will be touring North America in support of their latest studio effort which is slated to be released in June 2011 via SPV/Steamhammer. The East Coast leg of the tour will kick off May 11, 2011 at Bourbon Street in Baltimore, MD.  The following are a list of all confirmed dates as of now:

May 11, 2011 - Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street
May 13, 2011 - New York, NY BB Kings
May 14, 2011 - Foxboro, MA (Boston) The Showcase Live
May 20, 2011 - Chicago, IL The Arcada Theater
May 21, 2011 - Chicago, IL The Aracada Theater

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Expect more dates for the East Coast leg of the tour to be announced in the coming days and an announcement will be coming soon about the West Coast leg of the tour slated to kick off in September. UFO's latest two releases—2009's The Visitor and 2010's Best of a Decade—are available now via SPV/Steamhammer.

For all the latest info, visit the band's official web site.

PBS To Air In Session Special Featuring Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 1, 2010 at 10:08 AM

SRV and Albert KingPBS has announced that the Albert King with Stevie Ray VaughanIn Session program will air as a special on its stations  throughout the month of December (check local listings). Grammy Award winning bluesman Robert Cray will serve as special fundraising host on the public television broadcasts.

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Albert King guitar tab, video lessons, and jam tracks

In 1983, when legendary blues guitarist Albert King, then age 60, was joined by his disciple Stevie Ray Vaughan, then age 29, on a Canadian sound stage for the live music TV series In Session, magic took place. Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan In Session is not simply a television program: it's a summit of two master musicians. The only known recording of King and Vaughan performing together, this is the concert that blues fans in general, and Stevie Ray Vaughan fans in particular, have been waiting for.

The PBS special Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan — In Session contains the following songs: "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Call It Stormy Monday," "Texas Flood," "Pride and Joy," "Match Box Blues," and Don't Lie to Me."

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