Hello Internet People! Here is an update of what I have been up to recently. Before I go in with the main stuff I would like to mention that the NEW Mask of Judas single will be out tantalisingly soon!
First of all. A couple of weekends ago I was at the London Acoustic Guitar show on the Electric floor demoing guitars for Ibanez and amps for Laney. I met and saw a lot of amazing musicians, it was a fantastic day! Here is me playing on one of the Premium Steve Vai models of guitar. I love it!
Mask of Judas have their last gig OF THIS YEAR on Friday in Hastings at The Carlisle. This is our last outing for a little while as we are hibernating to get the rest of the new material written and ready to record for the album!
I have also recently over the last two weeks completed TWO videos going through my home recording set up and guitars. This is something I have quite a few questions about, so I hope it answers some of those!
On top of that I have been very busy putting together some new columns for Guitar Interactive Magazine, my Jam With Sam DVD is nearing completion and I have an exciting new collaboration with Jake Guy on the horizon. Oh! And the new Mask of Judas single will be out VERY SOON!
Hello all! I have just got back from tour with my band Mask of Judas! We had some great shows and we met some great people including the amazing Taken by the Tide folks who we toured with!
Along the way we met loads of really cool people, one person turned out to be one of my favourite guitarists who I have been talking to and trading ideas with since the MySpace days, we have even collaborated on one tune but we have never met until he came to our Swansea show. None other than the amazing Jake Guy!
We are working on a new tune together which should be ready in the not to distant future. But until then if you haven’t seen our last one, then see it now!
In other news Mask of Judas are very close to releasing our new single!
Here is a guest solo that I did for my friend Matthew Fearnley‘s project! The Traveller The Debut Album will be out very soon, be sure to check it out! I really enjoyed putting this solo together and I hope you enjoy it too!
Dom Meakins kindly asked me to drop some guitar on his new tune ‘The Rocker’ it features some tasty beats and probably one of the longest ‘improv’ legato solo’s I have done in a while! Good fun stuff!
I have been very busy over the last few weeks. I have been spending time playing some shows with Mask of Judas in preparation for the August tour, spending time at the Ibanez and Laney HQ and working on some new material with LickLibrary!
Here is Reece and I trying to get our minds around the new Ibanez RG9 string! I did some demo videos for them whilst I was at the UK Ibanez HQ. Here is a demo of one of the 8 string Iron Labels:
I did get a chance to demo the RG9, however I only had a few moments with it before shooting the video demo. I have to say that I was not very prepared but it was an honour to try one out, there is huge potential on the 9 string and I am looking forward to hearing what people do with it! Ibanez UK will be uploading some more video demo’s of other awesome 6 string instruments over the coming week. Keep your eyes peeled on their Facebook and YouTube Channel!
I headed into LickLibrary HQ last Friday to film a new DVD. I can’t say much about it just yet, but I think fans of seven string guitar or people new to 7 string will really enjoy it. I can’t wait for it to come out! Here I am warming up at LickLibrary HQ
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On top of this I was given a copy of my FIRST DVD “Jam with Sam Bell”. I have watched through and I am really proud of what LickLibrary and myself came up with. I can’t wait for everyone to check it out. It will be out soon! Updates to come!
Just a reminder that my band MASK OF JUDAS are on TOUR this month. Some of the venues in the city’s have changed so be sure to check out our Facebook page for updates and further info!
Sorry for the lack of updates over the last couple of weeks! I have been busy with the Tommy Musical which went amazingly and Mask of Judas headed up to Scotland for the amazing Les-Fest which was really fun, as you can see I had a blast.
TECH FEST MASTERCLASS:
Whilst Mask of Judas are working on a new album and a fresh set of new material which I am really excited about we wont be playing the amazing Tech Fest this year. HOWEVER! I shall be holding a Guitar Master Class on the Friday at 1pm on the Double Slit Stage, I will be playing a whole host of new tunes, talking about my approach to technique and writing and taking lots of questions. So if you are planning on going to Tech Fest, come along to the class!
I also have the honour of doing some guest guitar work in Derek Blakley’s (Eumeria/Hajis Kitchen) bass workshop, which is awesome as I love the music of both bands, Derek is a beast of a bass player, his workshop takes place on the same stage on the Saturday at 1pm
I will also be partaking in the SUPER JAM which happens on the Saturday at 1:30am, which will be awesome, I will be jamming with a whole host of the words most amazing up and coming musicians, it will be a blast!
MASK OF JUDAS TOUR AUGUST:
Mask of Judas will be hitting the road in August with Taken by the Tide. Are we coming anywhere near you!?
The college that I walked into 8 years ago with only 3 chords to my name asked me to do a guitar master class at one of their music festivals recently, it was a huge honour. This is the first ever master class I have ever done. I think at least 80% of the audience I was playing to were not musicians, so I had to cater for people who possibly didn’t know the ins and outs of music, so it was a great challenge to keep it interesting, I had to keep things very open ended!
In this master class I play through some of my songs, I talk about some of my approaches to writing the music I play. I apologize for any mistakes, bloopers, moments where I seem lost! This is un-edited, live, in the moment stuff.
I wanted to share this video with my subscribers. I hope whoever watches this gets something out of it, it was great fun and I hope to do more things like this in the near future. I would like to say a huge thank you Chichester College and all the amazing tutors who help aspiring students reach their dreams.
Click Link Below to see the 40 minute un-edited clip from the master class!
I shall be holding an 7 and 8 string guitar master class at GAK in Brighton next Thursday (5th June) be sure to reserve a ticket by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Along with playing Mammothfest on the 30th August my band Mask of Judas are headlining two warm up shows, the first being at BAR42 Worthing on August 9th and the second being at Buskers Bar in Eastbourne on 29th July.
On Friday the 13th of June Mask of Judas shall be playing with the awesome Beneath Dead Waves, Sumer and Darkeye at SURYA in London
On the 5th of July Mask of Judas are supporting some huge names in the progressive metal community. Felix Martin 14 string guitarist and Disperse (featuring Jakub Zytecki) Alongise Aeolist and Brighton Prog rockers Stone Circle at The Unicorn in London.
I am also proud to announce that I shall be guesting on the new Arsafe album ‘Ratocracy’ which releases 1st of June 2014!
Along with these two festivals we still have one festival to announce, a few extra shows and a tour coming up. Be sure to head over to www.facebook.com/maskofjudas and give us a ‘like’ to keep up to date with the latest gig and tour news!
Jeff Loomis Tech Session and Jeff and Keith Merrow interview!
I recently interviewed Jeff and Keith for Guitar Interactive Magazine on one of their Conquering Dystopia clinic tours of the UK . I also recorded a tech session in the style of Jeff Loomis that takes a deeper look into Jeff’s awesome and terrifying lead guitar style. I can’t wait to share it with you as it was an awesome experience! Keith and Jeff are monster guitarists and super nice dudes.
Sam Interviewing Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow for Guitar Interactive Magazine
I shall also be holding several guitar workshop/clinics in June! If you are in the Chichester area I will be holding a guitar workshop for Chi Fest at Chichester College on the 7th June between 4 – 5pm where I will be playing some of my tunes and taking questions!
At a Theatre near you!?
On the 19th to the 21st of June I will be on stage at the Kings Theatre Portsmouth every night playing in the on stage band for the CCADS production of The Who’s ‘Tommy’ featuring music written by The Who. Come down for a thrilling show, awesome music and see me give the whole Pete Townsend thing a go!
I do have some more clinics and shows to announce but nothing I can talk about just yet! I am currently working very hard on a special DVD for LickLibrary, but in the mean time my ‘Jam with Sam Bell’ DVD is currently being put together and I shall be sharing more info on the release of this soon! I am currently moving into a new place, but once I am in I shall be working feverishly on a whole host of HD video lessons, backing tracks and free content. Until then please keep checking back here, be sure to find me on Facebook and Youtube via the links at the bottom of this site for more information. Take care!
Welcome to my shiny new website. I shall be using this page as a hub for all of my upcoming videos, tours, lessons, HD video lesson downloads and plenty more!
Let’s get this website started with some fresh news!
The latest issue of Guitar Interactive Magazine is out now! Be sure to check it out to get a ton of awesome free lessons, reviews and interviews from players such as Andy James, Rick Graham and Tom Quayle! In this issue I am continuing my look at Extended Range guitar with a break down of a fun seven string riff from my song ‘Gravity’