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Free Jam Tracks

a website dedicated to giving you free jam tracks

nuff said – it time to jam!

Free jam tracks are available in MP3 and WMA format and in multiple styles, including blues, reggae, rock, metal, country, and jazz. The tracks are well-done and sound fairly professional. You can also get jam tracks for bass players and drummers. If you’re interested, you can also read about the equipment used to create the tracks.

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Fake Plastic Rock

I recently discovered a site called Fake Plastic Rock, which is a celebration of all things that are fake, plastic, and that rock. It’s a fun site devoted to music-related video games, particularly Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Enjoy!

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Hug Your Guitar Week">Hug Your Guitar Week

IG has declared this “Hug Your Guitar Week,” and he has requested that you send your pictures of you and your guitar to him. #

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It’s been a long week. I’m glad that Friday’s finally rolled around. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Artist News

Guitar Wiz Sonny Landreth Teams with Fellow Greats for 9th Album – New album with feature Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, Vince Gill, Dr. John and Jimmy Buffet. Album will be released on May 20 (via Rich Murray)

Live Resolution DVDAndy Timmons has released a DVD featuring a live performance of the complete Resolution CD (via Mark McGuigan)

They’re coming, and they are so COOL! – Joe Satriani has teamed up with Workshop Live’s Dave Martone to record some instructional videos to be released on the Workshop Live Web site starting this month

Rob Zombie Guitarist John 5 to Release ‘Requiem’ in June – The next album from country-metal shredster John 5 to be released on June 3

Guitar-Related News

Solidbodies is a Cool Guitar Film – It looks like the Solidbodies film I mentioned a few months ago is out now. JP gives it two thumbs up

Guitar Instruction

Master That Melody! 02: Steve Vai – For The Love of God – Mark McGuigan releases a new instructional video in his Master that Melody! series.

Guitar Community

Guitarists reminisce on early days – Interesting article by the Branson Daily News about guitarists in Branson. Also, read part 2 of the article (via IG)

EGR’s Great ‘Tele Relic’ Experiment: Our Guinea Pig Arrives – Cary receives the Tele he bought so that he could create his own relic. It should be interesting to see how this experiment progresses

Bass Guitar as a melody instrument – Dr. J points us to a video of the incomparable Victor Wooten

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It’s been a beautiful weekend here in Nashville, if a little cold. Happy Easter!

Artist News

Joe Satriani Podcast – Joe Satriani is doing a daily podcast featuring a song off his album for each day until the release of the album on April 1

Vox Satchurator – Speaking of Joe Satriani…details of his first pedal collaboration with Vox have been released. You can view a video of Joe discussing the pedal here

Allan Holdsworth – Interesting interview with Allan Holdsworth (via Rich Murray)

Liquid Tension Experiment reunion tour – It looks like prog-rock supergroup Liquid Tension Experiment will be doing a brief tour this summer. I hope this results in a new album

Free Downloadable Paul Gilbert song – Mascot Records, the European label releasing Paul Gilbert’s new album, has provided the song Bultaco Saturno as a free download on their site

Andy Timmons Band Clinic and Tour Dates – Andy Timmons will be touring Europe this Spring and will also be performing at a Mesa Boogie clinic in April

Dweezil erupting on Guitar Rig – Video of Dweezil Zappa showcasing some of the features of the software product Guitar Rig. This summer, Dweezil will be touring again as Zappa Plays Zappa

Community News

Guitar Idol – A competition to find the hottest new guitarist

General News

Celemony – Recording software that enables you to modify individual notes from chords. Watch the video to find out why this is so interesting (via David Neal)

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It looks like the tour season is ramping up. We have quite a few good shows coming up here in Nashville.

Artist News

Steve Lukather Interview: Ever Changing Times… – Interview with guitarist Steve Lukather (via Rich Murray)

Guitar Lessons

iPerform3D - A video lesson site with a twist: 3D graphics are used for much of the videos. Not sure I like the animation, but it’s an interesting concept (via Guitar Noize)

iVideoSongs - Continuing with the video lessons that start with an “i” theme, iVideoSongs recently launched featuring video guitar lessons

Music Business

Music 2.0 Book – Forward-thinking collection of essays by one of the authors of “The Future of Music” (via Dave Kusek)

Bands’ sales are feeling the ‘Guitar Hero’ effect – Evidence that being featured in Guitar Hero will help record sales

Guitar Community

The 50 greatest guitar tones of all timeGuitarist magazine has identified what they believe are the 50 greatest guitar tones in history, which is featured on the MusicRadar site

Musicians’ guide to rental rehearsal rooms – IG gives good advice about choosing a rehearsal space for your band

Just For Fun

Guitar Rising – A guitar game where you actually use a real guitar

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This is a collection of links I’ve found interesting over the past week or so.

Artist News

Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock – New album from Joe Satriani due out on April 1, 2008, with one of the weirdest album names I’ve ever heard

Vox and Joe Satriani Join Forces on Effects Line – Speaking of Satriani, he has joined forces with guitar and amp maker Vox to create new effects pedals (via

Guitar Tips

99 Ways to Play Better – 99 tips from guitar players on how to play better. Some great advice (via Mad Stratter)

Master That Riff! 31: Metallica – Master of Puppets – Learn to play one of the riffs that made me want to play guitar

Music Business

Music lessons – Internet marketer Seth Godin details things that you can learn from the music business. Some pretty interesting analysis

Free the Music – has announced that you can now play full-length tracks and entire albums from the major labels for free on their Web site (via Daring Fireball)

Music Producer Steve Albini explains his studio and the record business – 37 Signals discusses information about Albini’s studio, as well as essays about the music business

How is the music business like a shopping cart? – IG wonders what music might be like if the music business started paying attention to music instead of the medium it’s delivered in

Don’t miss lessons Radiohead, Trent Reznor offer – CNET states that the attempts by Radiohead and Trent Reznor to innovate and pull the music industry forward indicate that the music business is probably better left to businessman. I disagree…it’s those “businessmen” that have caused many of the problems that the industry is currently facing (via TDS)

General Music

Tom Petty’s Los Angeles – Map and information about how L.A. is represented in Tom Petty’s songs and history (via Taylor)

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Quick Links

This is a collection of links I’ve found interesting over the past week or so.

Tommy Emmanuel cancels Australian Tour – Tommy has fallen ill and has canceled his upcoming tour in Australia in order to return to Nashville for treatment (via Guitar Toy Box)

Trent Reznor on Year Zero, Planting Clues, and What’s Ludicrous About Being a Musician Today – Interesting interview with Trent Reznor (via TDS) – New site for musicians, covering many aspects of making music. Currently in beta (via Mark McGuigan)

Jimmy Herring 1985 GIT video – Squakin’ in the Henhouse – Early video of Jimmy Herring playing guitar. Watch out for the Widespread Panic album in February featuring Herring on guitar

Solidbodies – The 50 Year Guitar War – New movie covering the competing sounds of the Les Paul and the Stratocaster, with commentary by Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks, Henry Gaza, George Gruhn, Wes Jeans, and others

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Quick Links

This is a collection of links I’ve found interesting over the past week or so.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Interview – Interview with KWS about the blues, guitars and cars

Artist Interview: Brad Paisley on the Jamcast – Audio interview with Brad Paisley

Guitar World Tabs – Guitar World magazine has created a Web site for tabs created by the magazine as well as user contributions. Currently in beta

Robben Ford – The Art of Blues Rhythm – New instructional DVD featuring Robben Ford (via Rich Murray)

Snarling Dogs Spin Slides – Interesting looking slides that you can spin around for regular fretting (via Guitar Noize)

Super Crazy Guitar Maniac 2 – Flash-based online Guitar Hero-like game (via Listening Post)

Master That Riff! 29 – Sweet Child o’ Mine – Learn to play one of the most recognizable riffs of all time. Mark also has many other riffs to learn on his site

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Quick Links

This is a collection of links I’ve found interesting over the past week or so.

The New Virtuosos – Acoustic Guitar Magazine highlights three up-and-coming classical guitar virtuosos, including my favorite classical guitarist Ana Vidovic

Fender Reissues Deluxe Roadhouse & Lonestar Stratocasters – A couple of excellent Stratocasters in the $550 price range

Steve Morse’s Guitar Rig – Some interesting photos of Steve Morse’s Deep Purple guitar rig (via Rich Murray)

Petty, Heartbreakers To Rock Super Bowl Halftime – Tom Petty will be playing the halftime show at the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, 2008

The 28 Most Recognizable Guitars – Blender magazine highlights 28 of the most iconic guitars

Mike Keneally Interview – Interesting interview with former Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally

Paul Reed Smith Interview – New to me interview with guitar maker Paul Reed Smith from 2005

New Steve Lukather album to be released 2/22/08 – The album will be titled Ever Changing Times

Shred Academy embraces blogging – Looks like an interesting site if you’re into shred guitar (via Truth in Shredding)

Journey Finds Replacement Singer on YouTubeJourney guitarist Neil Schon found their new singer, Arnel Pineda, on YouTube

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