Archive for October, 2012

joe satriani

Joe Satriani, one of rock music’s most respected and celebrated electric guitar players, will undertake a 10-date 2013 UK tour starting Saturday 8th June at the Manchester Apollo. This will be Satriani’s first UK tour since 2010’s Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards tour . Very special guest is blues guitarist Matt Schofield.

Tickets go on sale Friday 2nd November and you can book them online from www.ticketline.co.uk (tel: 0844 888 9991) or direct from the venue. The tour coincides with Satriani’s new solo album released by Sony worldwide in May 2013, followed by a career retrospective box set in the spring.

Earlier this year, Satriani performed a sold out concert with Chickenfoot at the London Brixton Academy in support of the band’s second album III.

He also embarked on multiple G3 tours in Australia, Europe and South America, had his music sampled in Nicki Minaj‘ hit single Right Thru Me, and appeared as himself in Brad Pitt’s Oscar-nominated baseball film Moneyball.


June 8, 2012   O2 Apollo  Manchester
June 9, 2012   Royal Concert Hall  Glasgow
June 10, 2012   City Hall  Newcastle
June 11, 2012   Philharmonic Hall  Liverpool
June 12, 2012   Colston Hall  Bristol
June 13, 2012   Civic Hall  Wolverhampton
June 15, 2012   City Hall  Sheffield
June 16, 2012   Guildhall  Portsmouth
June 17, 2012   O2 Shepherds Bush Empire  London
June 18, 2012   indogO2  London

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A radical solution to the guitarist’s problem of strings breaking – courtesy of Tom and Jerry.

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Following on from a earlier post, here’s Joe Satriani with Part Two of his lesson on using modes in your improvisation.

He talks here about different situations and styles of music, and when mixing up the modes works and when not.

The emphasis is on expression and emotional impact rather than scales; expressing something with artistic value, not just ‘sounding technical’.

It’s great stuff from a great artist!

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Why not buy someone special a truly special gift? Ashdown Guitar Lessons offers Gift Vouchers in a range of values:

  • Single lesson – £30
  • Two lessons – £60
  • Three lessons – £90
  • Four lessons – £120
  • Five lessons – £150
  • Ten lessons – £300

Or you can mix and match to any value of your choice. You can receive your Gift Voucher by email ready for you to print out or as a pre-printed hard copy.

They come as an A4 sheet: fold twice and you have your voucher.

Whatever the value, every Gift Voucher has a space for you to fill in any special details and your personalised message. Once your recipient has the voucher they simply call or email to schedule their first lesson (later lessons can be booked at the same time or at the first lesson).

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Stanley Jordan is one of those guitarists who just goes his own way and develops a unique style and sound. He’s taken the two-handed tapping technique and developed it in a highly original way. And we’re not talking metal here, but jazz.

The two-handed technique allows him to combines chord work, melody, bass and counterpoint in his playing, sometimes on two guitars simultaneously. He normally tunes them in fourths, E – A – D – G – C – F,

Jazz might be his mainstay, but here’s a cool clip of him interpreting a rock masterpiece – Stairway To Heaven.

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Here’s a great video on making your own professional grade cables for guitar (and other equipment). Apart from the rather cheesy beginning and ending this is a really clear and well put together tutorial, presented by Robert Hull of TubeDepot.com

If you’re confident with a soldering iron you can:

  • save yourself a fortune
  • make sure you never have dodgy cables in your signal path

Bad cables are a total pain, causing noise and signal drop out. And tracking down the source of the problem can frustrate you and eat up your time if you have anything more than the most basic set up.

Key message: roll your own, and relax!


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Interesting news from Digitech in an article from GuitarPlayer.com

DigiTech announces the introduction of its HardWire V-10 Power Block 10-Pedal Isolated Power Supply, a top-quality pedalboard power supply with 10 fully isolated outputs that deliver dependable, noise-free power for effects pedals.

“A guitarist’s pedalboard is only as good as its power supply,” said Scott Klimt, marketing manager for DigiTech.. “We designed the V-10 Power Block to be the best power supply on the market and give musicians the best sound and performance from all of their effects pedals, night after night.”

The HardWire V-10 Power Block features 10 totally isolated high-current outputs and a shielded low-stray-field toroidal transformer to eliminate hum and noise that can be caused by ground loops and interference. Four 9-volt outputs are provided, along with two pairs of 9V/12V merge-able outputs for power-hungry digital pedals, and two outputs with variable voltage from 5 to 12 volts.The HardWire V-10 Power Block is built road-tough with a heavy-grade aircraft aluminum chassis that allows for maximum heat dissipation.

Measuring 7.5″ x 3.5″ x 2.2″, the V-10 mounts perfectly under Pedaltrain pedalboards. It utilizes standard 2.1 x 5.5mm barrel jack connectors and delivers 1200mA total DC current. The V-10’s front-panel LEDs provide ready indication of output jack status. The V-10 comes with 17 DC power cables from 18″ to 30″, including 2.1mm and 2.5mm barrel plugs with positive (+) and negative (-) centers, 3.5mm phone plugs and 9V battery clip.

The DigiTech HardWire V-10 Power Block carries a six-year warranty and will be available in October 2012 with a suggested retail price in the USA of $299.

(Ashdown Guitar Lessons adds: no news yet on a UK or European price, but this looks like one to keep a eye on.)

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Joe Satriani is one of the greatest inspirations on the planet for guitarists.

A wonderful player and writer, he’s also  a truly remarkable teacher with a gift for explaining things so that you just get them (and can go and use them).

That’s not just idle talk. He is the guy who taught, among others:

Here’s a great lesson from Joe on using modes in your music making. This is Part One (Part Two to follow.)

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