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Linea Rock interviews Paul Gilbert

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Another really cool interview with Guitar genius Paul Gilbert by Italian radio station Linea Rock during his clinic tour of Italy. Don’t worry, it’s all in English, but get a cuppa it’s almost 40min long.

Thanks to Jon @ Guitar Noize for pointing it out

Paul Gilbert interview by MusicOff

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Yes I’m back, I’ve not been away really, just couldn’t find time to update this. Still there’s something worth watching for you, a 20min interview with Paul Gilbert done during his recent clinic tour in Italy by the folks at MusicOff, check it out!

Saturday Sounds Present – Dream Theater – On The Back Of Angels

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

I haven’t done one of those for a while, so straight out of Dream Theater’s new Album A Dramatic Turn of Events, here’s the awesome music video for On The Back Of Angels:

Chickenfoot Big Foot Music Video

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

There’s still about a month to go before the release of Chickenfoot III but the first single Big Foot already has its music video and it’s the typical stuff you can expect from the ‘foot, in this case grown men in gimp suits. Doesn’t get much better than that 😉 Check it out below:

Oh and if you’re wondering why the drummer in the video isn’t Chad Smith, well let’s just have Chad explain who the guy is: (more…)

Guitar Practice Log – Shapes vs Intervals

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Yes it’s been a while hasn’t it? I think the state of reports written in this blog regarding my practice have been fairly consistent with the level of practice I have been doing lately. However I have decided to try and get back into the rhythm again, there are too many nice things to learn and not enough time so I must make the most of it.

Tonight after successfully surprising myself at completing an exercise which was going up to a reasonably decent speed, I gave a go at another jam over a backing track. That’s what I’ve been doing a lot of lately so didn’t let myself become completely rusty but those fingers of mine do need a regular workout if they’re to follow the path my brain is taking. Anyway, I couldn’t find a lydian BT so I put on a Dm one and started playing.

Normally, I tend to play within a few pentatonic shapes I know how to expand into minor / major / lydian / myxolydian tones but tonight I just picked my starting note and followed along the intervals. Half way through I realised I had no idea which shape I was in, so I just kept going along the interval. On the one hand it meant I found myself limited on where to go next while jumping strings, which does denote a need for more focus in that area, but on the other, it allowed a more melodic play than usual, something I’m not entirely displeased about. Ok so ballads aren’t exactly challenging in terms of improvisation but still it’s nice to realise you can find variety in things you’ve played along before that tends to always sound the same when played within a certain framework.