Devin Townsend Australian Clinic Tour!

Prepare yourselves for the subjugation! Devin Townsend is heading to Australia for a series of exclusive guitar masterclasses in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, right ahead of the release of his next opus, Z2, which comprises two discs: Dark Matters (Ziltoid) and Sky Blue (Devin Townsend Project). There will be two levels of ticket pricing: a standard general admission ticket and a limited VIP package which will include exclusives such as a meet-and-greet with Devy and a seat in the first three rows. And during the clinics there will be a Q&A session so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to pick Devin’s seemingly massive brain. Merchandise and music will be available on the day too (cash sales only). Tickets available now here! Here’s the press release, including tour dates: Read More …

My Jam With Joe Satriani

Peter and JoeWe’re in the past. I’m about 15 years old. I’m sitting on my bed trying to nail that incredible solo from Joe Satriani’s Crushing Day. I’m getting pissed off. This is hard. Try it again. Argh! Hit a clanger about a quarter of the way in. Start again. Frig. Only got two bars in that time and hit a bad harmonic. Argh. Aaaarrgh! Argh.

My dad walks in.

“What the hell is going on?”

“I’m trying to learn this Joe Satriani solo but it’s impossible!”


“Yeah.” Read More …

John Merchant on mixing ‘secrets’

Barry Gibb and John Merchant

I just interviewed engineer/producer John Merchant for a few Aussie mags (to promote his forthcoming Australian masterclasses in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – tickets here), and this quote was so awesome that I thought I’d share it here:

“So many times, especially if you go to online resources – and I will not name Gearslutz – there’s this feeling that mixing is a secret, or that there are tricks. I would contend that if you see the word’s ‘tips,’ ‘tricks’ or ‘secrets’ in the title of the book, it’s probably bullshit. If you ask a concert pianist what the secret is to being a great player, they’re going to look at you with deeply tired eyes and tell you they’ve been practicing for eight hours a day or more since they were three.”

John Merchant ‘Mixing In The Box’ Masterclass dates:

Friday, 1 March 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
SAE Melbourne Campus
235 Normanby Rd
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205

Monday, 4 March 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
SAE Brisbane Campus
Riverside Dr
Brisbane, Queensland 4101

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
SAE Sydney Campus
55-57 Wentworth Ave
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

Joe Satriani Australian Masterclass Tour


Dates & Times

Brisbane – Monday 8th of April 2013 – 7.30 pm till late – Book now
Sydney – Wednesday 10th of April 2013 – 7.30 pm till late – Book now
Melbourne – Saturday 13th of April 2013 – 12pm till 3:00pm – Book now
Adelaide – Monday 15th of April 2013 – 7.30 pm till late – Book now
Perth – Wednesday 17th of April 2013 – 7.30 pm till late – Book now

John Scofield Australian masterclass tour


Here’s a rare opportunity to catch the legendary John Scofield and maybe even pick his brain, as he graciously suggests you do in the video below. Thump Music, the same folks who brought you Steve Vai’s recent Aussie masterclass tour, present John Scofield in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

More info and ticket sales here!

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Steve Vai Australian masterclass venues confirmed

Below are the confirmed venues for the Steve Vai Australian masterclass tour. Note that the Perth venue is still TBA. Pick up your tickets from Thump Music. And if you’re going to the Melbourne masterclass, I’ll see you there!

Brisbane – Thursday 13th of October – 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Conservatorium Theatre – Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

Sydney – Saturday 15th of October – 12.00pm – 3.30pm
Wesley Mission Centre – 220 Pitt Street, Sydney

Melbourne – Monday 17th of October – 7.30pm – 10.30pm
The Besen Centre Theatre – 87 – 89 Station Street, Burwood

Adelaide – Wednesday 19th October – 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Norwood Concert Hall – 175 The Parade, Norwood

Perth – Thursday 20th October – 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Still TBA