My New Song ‘Blue Shadow Glow’

a1561738367_2Hey folks. Well, Christmas is over (along with its general pressures and stresses), my massive magazine deadlinepocalypse is now behind me and I can get back to working on the fun stuff. Like music. This week I recorded a track using solely my Ibanez Iron Label 8-string with Seymour Duncan Pegasus and Sentient pickups. In this case I wanted to just use the Sentient so I could show off just how versatile it is, so that’s all you here here, on every guitar part. Even the ‘bass’ is actually the 8-string with the lowest string tuned down to E. I used IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube 3 for amp sims and T-Racks Custom Shop for EQ and dynamic processing, in Presonus Studio One for recording and mixing. The drums are Drumkit From Hell Superior by Toontrack. And here’s the song, with a little more info about it afterwards…


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PRESS RELEASE: Line 6 To Be Acquired By Yamaha

line6_logoCALABASAS, Calif. – December 20 2013Yamaha Corporation and Line 6, Inc. today announced a definitive agreement for Yamaha to acquire Line 6, a leading manufacturer of innovative solutions for musicians. The acquisition expands Yamaha’s portfolio of modeling guitar processing products as well as pro-audio equipment, and offers new and exciting opportunities for accelerated growth for both companies. Line 6 products have been at the cutting edge of digital audio development for musicians and audio professionals since the company pioneered the digital modeling guitar amplifier in 1996. Line 6 continues to deliver innovation and excellence across its industry-leading portfolio, including POD® multi-effect processors, digital effects, guitar amplifiers, modeling guitars, a range of professional instrument and microphone digital wireless systems, digital live sound mixers, speakers, as well as iOS interfaces. Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: BeatBuddy

BeatBuddyWow, here’s one for the I Can’t Believe Nobody’s Done This Before files: BeatBuddy is the first guitar pedal drum machine, giving you hands-free control of your beat while you’re rocking out. There’s an IndieGoGo campaign underway to fund it and it reached $30,000 within the first 30 minutes, and as I type this it’s up at over $102,000. It will come pre-loaded with 10 unique drum sets, over 200 songs (verse/chorus beat progressions) in a variety of styles, tempo adjustment via a knob or tap tempo, MIDI sync so you can integrate with MIDI-based loopers and effects, headphone jack and full stereo sound. Imagine what you can do with this as a soloist, busker, teacher or clinician. And Singular Sound, the team behind BeatBuddy, have aligned with GoranGrooves Studio, a world-class drum recording service in Miami, to create content for the BeatBuddy. The sound samples are recorded and processed with meticulous care using top of the line equipment, drums and percussion. Read More …

COOL APP ALERT: Coach Guitar

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If there’s one thing I learned when I was teaching guitar, it was that everybody learns differently. I had some students who needed to see things written down before they could internalise it. I had some who couldn’t get a grasp on tablature, and others who couldn’t quite tell the difference between a quarter note and an eighth note on the page. But interestingly, I found that some of the students who really took off with their playing were the ones who were able to turn off the ‘numbers and notes’ side of playing and to instead focus on the patterns, shapes, lines and contours created by the notes on the fretboard. That seems to be the same approach taken by the iPhone and iPad app Coach Guitar, which strips guitar down to its most basic element of ‘put your finger here and play the notes in time.’ You can check the app out here for free, and get four free guitar lessons (“Stairway To Heaven,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Beat It” and “Stand By Me.” Read More …

Attack Of The Klons: EHX Soul Food

soulfoodWow, this is interesting. Electro-Harmonix – a company which has long been a leader in innovative, original and sometimes downright wacky pedals that define their own genres – has just announced the Soul Food, which appears to effectively be a clone of the Klon Centaur. Here’s what EHX has to say about it: “Tone aficionados kept telling EHX’s Mike Matthews about a pedal that had achieved a lot of buzz because it was only obtainable at an exorbitant price. That pedal was the KLON CENTAUR. A believer in bringing great tools to starving musicians, Mike tasked his trusty team to create an affordable alternative, and that is how the SOUL FOOD was cooked up. The SOUL FOOD delivers transparent overdrive with great touch and response. Its circuitry features boosted power rails to provide abundant headroom and increased definition. Best of all, you don’t have to be a rock star to own one!” Here’s a video: Read More …

REVIEW: Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop PRO

1000230_662222213811390_528666020_nEpiphone offers many different takes on the Les Paul, from simple single-pickup Juniors to Floyd Rose-loaded shred machines and metal-blasting beasts stocked with active EMGs and an attitude. But the Les Paul Standard is, obviously, the standard upon which all others are judged, and in the PlusTop PRO Epiphone have sought to make a truly classic Les Paul. First of all, the name of this model refers to the beautiful AAA flame Maple veneer top (presumably sitting atop a more plain-looking maple cap. There are plenty of different colours available, but the Trans Black of the review model is probably the most eye-catching, bringing together a bit of a ‘silver burst’ vibe combined with the beautiful flamed maple. Read More …

Win Tix To Page Hamilton’s Guitar Clinic!

pageHelmet legend Page Hamilton is currently in Australia – Helmet are touring with The Melvins – and while he’s here Page is doing a guitar clinic at Whole Lotta Love here in Melbourne, presented by ESP Guitars, tomorrow night (Tuesday December 17). It’s going to be totally killer, and you can book tickets here. But I Heart Guitar has four free tickets to give away!

To enter, just email iheartguitarblog@gmail.com and the first four entries win! Whole Lotta Love is at 524 Lygon Steet, East Brunswick. Read More …

Rogue Tales (plus win $100 BWS voucher – simplified)

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Okay, so I’ve heard from a few of you that the steps to enter were a bit too complicated, so I checked with the folks running the giveaway and they’ve agreed to change the rules: now in order to enter to win a $100 BWS voucher (drawn on December 18, Australian residents over 18 only), simply leave a comment or send me an email telling me, in 25 words or less, which of the Rogue Tales videos on the James Squire YouTube channel.is your favourite and why. Here’s the post again if you missed it, with my favourite (and naturally guitar-based) video up front. Read More …