NEWS: Steve Vai to appear at National Guitar Workshop

Steve Vai will be a guest at the National Guitar Workshop’s Rock Summit in Purchase, NY on July 20. Steve will discuss his technique and take part in a question and answer session as part of the Rock Summit.

As a Grammy award-winning guitar virtuoso, Steve Vai’s sheer breathtaking facility on the guitar is acclaimed in the rock world and beyond. Starting with his groundbreaking “Passion and Warfare” album in 1990, and throughout the years since, Vai has consistently used music as a microscope peering into the human spirit, with equal attention paid to both the darkest obsessions and the most exalted impulses contained there. While Vai clearly had what was needed to make indelible impressions during his stays with Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth and Whitesnake, it’s as a solo artist that he’s made his most precious contributions. Each of his solo releases are unique, varied, compelling and, even when the music is looking darkness square in the face, genuinely uplifting. His most recent studio album, “Real Illusions,” is a major achievement from a musical alchemist of the highest order. In addition to his recording career, Steve is involved with many worthwhile organizations. He is a former Trustee for NARAS (National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences), a board member for Hollywood Arts, and works closely with his own Make a Noise Foundation, raising money for music education. Steve has just finished a live concert DVD entitled “Where the Wild Things Are.” The two hour and forty minute concert film, which was filmed in Minneapolis, will be released in August.

CLICK HERE for more information about the National Guitar Workshop’s Purchase, New York programme.

The National Guitar Workshop is also offering Vai fans a special discount on tuition for NGW. Visit their website or call 800-234-6479 and quote the code: VAI062609

This will entitle a discount of $100 of tuition. Valid from 6/5/09 and ends: 6/26/09. This special offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Only valid for students not currently registered with NGW.

NEWS: News for March 18, 2009

Eventide shipping PitchFactor Harmonizer
The Eventide PitchFactor Harmobizer stomp box is now shipping. The PitchFactor includes ventide’s 10 best Harmonizer pitch and delay effects featuring 1.5 seconds of stereo delay and simultaneous pitch shifting effects resulting in the most flexible stompbox in its class. PitchFactor features 100 stunning presets, USB for upgradeability, instant program change, true bypass, tap tempo, three footswitches for immediate preset access, a built-in Tuner and MIDI. Useable in mono or stereo, with line or instrument level inputs and outputs.
Source: Harmony Central.
Tunnel Vision Music.

Chickenfoot studio photos
Producer/engineer and inventor of the ReAmp John Cuniberti has posted photos of some recording sessions of Chickenfoot, the supergroup featuring Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar and Chad Smith. Check the photos out at Cuniberti’s site.

Parker MIDI Fly available for order
The Parker MIDI Fly, which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, is now shipping. It includes MIDI, Piezo and magnetic pickups, and looks freaking cool.
Source: Parker.
Parker Fly Mojo MIDI Electric Guitar Taxi Cab Yellow from Musician’s Friend for $3,999

Herman Li, Alex Skolnick added to National Guitar Workshop
Herman will appear to give a special clinic at the Rock Summit in Purchase, NY during July 19-24.
Alex will appear at the Rock Summit in McLean, VA during the week of June 27th through July 2nd
Source: Guitar Workshop.

New Placebo album
Placebo will self-release a new album on June 6. According to, the album was recorded with Tool producer David Bottril, and was mixed by Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins). I went through a big Placebo phase back in the day, and they make great use of the awesome Fender Bass VI.

NEWS: Top 10 Guitar Related Twitter Users (Shadrick Guitar Blog)

So this morning I noticed I was getting a whole lot more Twitter follower notifications than usual. I was wondering why, before finally realising that the Shadrick Guitar Blog (the blog of Jason Shadrick from National Guitar Workshop) had posted a great article entitled Top 10 Guitar Related Twitter Users. Among the names were yours truly, as well as my buddies Guitar Noize and Mad Stratter, not to mention Living Colour’s Vernon Reid.

Head over to the article for the rest of the names and all of the Twitter IDs, and CLICK HERE to follow me on Twitter. I have a feed set up to publish my headlines and story links automatically, but I also post random things such as what articles I’m working on at the time, and stuff like that. Recently I called for readers to submit questions for my forthcoming interview with Dimarzio pickup designer Steve Blucher (There’s still time to submit questions, I might add).