What a Weekend! Friday night I had the pleasure of meeting Laurie Monkwhen he attended a Mask of Judas show, Laurie has been supporting up and coming Guitarists for decades! I first met him on Myspace over 10 years ago when I started releasing my own music. It was an absolute pleasure to meet him for the first time and hopefully not the last! What a dude!
I spent Saturday and Sunday teaching at Guitar Breaks alongside the super tasty Chris Buck. Lots of information was shared, the guests we’re brilliant! I love being part of Guitar Breaks, such a great vibe and everyone leaves having improved as musicians! A huge thank you to Ernie Ball and BOSS for supporting this weekend!
Sunday afternoon was spent celebrating WaterBear – The College of Music 1st Birthday with a big BBQ. It was great to catch up with the amazing team and everyone involved locally! The support this Music College gives is incredible. Feels exciting to be part of something so fresh and unique.
I’ve also spent some time organising my YouTube channel into Playlists so Lessons, Original Tunes etc are much easier to view! I’ll be doing more Lesson content soon!
Things have been busy! I’m teaching at Guitar Breaks on the 22nd and 23rd of June ( https://www.guitar-breaks.com/ ) I’ve also been busy with Guitar Interactive Magazine filming a whole host of Product Demos/Reviews. I released a playthrough of my Track ‘Resistance’ which you can find a link to below. My buddy Plini sent me his new Amp Software Plugin which sounds awesome, I threw together a quick demo which is also below!
I have lots coming up, lets see… Mask of Judas are playing all over the place over the next few months, you can find out more information about tickets/venues at:
15th June – Southend 21st June – Bristol 7th July – UK Tech Fest (I won’t be there, but Reece will be!) 12th July – Reading 13th July – Leeds 14th July – London 2nd August – Radar Festival (+ Masterclass from me TBA) 20th September – Derby 21st September – Leeds
Also, I just wanted to give a big shout out to Laney. These guys make an incredible amp known as the LionHeart. I use this amp all the time, I have the studio version and the Combo 2×12. Its amazing with pedals. I had the pleasure of reviewing the 1×12 version for Guitar Interactive. And I feel its important that people get to hear this amazing amp.
Somehow in between all of this madness I am writing new Mask of Judas and solo material, learning rhythm parts for my buddy Thom Pankhurst who is a fantastic Instrumental Guitarist and I am trying to condense down Guitar parts 1 and 2 of the Broadway Musical ‘Bring it On’ for an upcoming theatre run in Brighton! I love playing Guitar! I’m also practising as much as I can, but that’s an on going thing.
I will be (when I find time!) coming up with some more lesson courses for LickLibrary. However, until then, you can still get my latest release ‘Contemporary Tapping Arpeggios’ as a DVD or stream it from the LickLibrary website. Here’s a preview!
One last thing! I really enjoy transcribing my favourite musical moments from all kinds of recordings. I love Michael Brecker’s Sax Playing. This Sax break from Cameos tune ‘Candy’ has always made my hair stand up. Have a go yourself! My transcription is below the video!
Time moves so quickly when you’re having fun. Again its been a while since the last update because I’ve been so busy. I understand new visitors to this site might think I am not doing much in between updates, but its quite the opposite (fortunately!) I am always posting updates to my INSTAGRAM So if it looks quiet here, or there hasn’t appears to be an update, its because I am either in a Studio, On Stage, Lecturing or in a Van/Service Station!
Board or Bin:
Perhaps one of the MAIN updates I have for you is that i’m part of a new YOUTUBE series in association with Waterbear.
This series features myself and Waterbear (BIMM, ACM) founder Bruce John Dickinson deciding which pedals of similar times should stay on the Pedalboard of DOOM. Its really fun, there are more episodes to come. Here’s what we have so far:
I can’t say much, but I went to this amazing place and did some videos for BOSS Pedals, watch this space! I am happy to be using the BOSS GT 1000 for a lot of the session work I’m doing.
Guitar Breaks June 2019 with Paul Sayer and Chris Buck
Looking forward to teaching for Guitar Breaks in Brighton again this June 20th -23rd alongside the amazing Chris Buck (Total Guitar Magazine Best Guitarist 2017!) and Paul Sayer (The Temperance Movement!)
That about rounds it up (from memory! I feel like I’ve missed stuff out…I hope not though, and if I have i’m very sorry!) My calendar is filling up this year, I love my job of Music and Guitar. If its Lecturing at Waterbear teaching my Guitar Course, playing production shows/weddings, making videos with Lick Library, Andertons, Guitar Interactive Magazine, creating music for projects and lessons. As long as I have a Guitar in my hands and I am surrounded by inspiring people, I am happy!
Please be sure to check out my Instagram Page for more current updates.
I’ve been meaning to do update this for a while, but I’ve been so busy (which is good!) so to all of those reading, this is a massively belated Happy New Year (2019!) update. I brought the New Year in with some shows and plenty of loud guitar. I’ve been teaching tons of Skype Students, doing more gigs and rehearsals (with Mask of Judas and Freddie In Concert) Here are some highlights from December into late January, plus some things which are coming up!
Before I get stuck in! I’ll be at the Birmingham Guitar Show on Sunday (24th February) playing at the D’addario booth, I hope to see some of you there!
I’ve visited Andertons Music a couple of times over the last two months to film Guitar Demos with the amazing Danish Pete. Its such an honour to go in, film some video, jam and talk Guitars. The Andertons team are truly a bunch of wonderful people. I’ve learnt a lot from jamming with Pete. Check out this video:
I’ve been teaching my Guitar Techniques Module Online and on site recently for Waterbear. Its such an awesome environment, the students are creative and motivated.
New Premier Guitar Column:
I’ve got a new lesson column with Premier Guitar Magazine available online now. In this lesson I take a look at how to be creative with basic diatonic Triads from the Major Scale and how to build interesting, syncopated lines from them. Check it out here: CLICK THIS TEXT!
Mask of Judas at Radar Festival!
I’m really excited to announce that my band Mask of Judas are playing RADAR Festival in Guildford, UK alongside some incredible bands including Animals as Leaders, Monuments and Toska. We’ve been on the road recently, completing a weekender in January and tomorrow (As I write this, 8th Feb) we’re in Reading at the Facebar.
Hello! I have finally got around to posting some updates about some of the shenanigans I’ve been up to in November for those who may find it interesting, its been a busy and productive month! Before I get started I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has been supporting whatever it is that I do, its a huge honour for me! Its often hard to keep this page updated when I am out on the road or finishing up projects, I do however keep my INSTAGRAM updated fairly regularly and my Facebook of course. YouTube is a bit of a different story, but we’ll see how that goes! First up some improvisation!
And whilst we’re at it, here’s some L.E.G.A.T.O.
(You can learn lines like these in my latest tutorial: CLICK)
Andertons TV Gear Demos with Danish Pete!
I had the absolute honour of heading up the road to Andertons Music to shoot some video for their YouTube Channel with the legendary Danish Pete. Pete is an incredibly tasty player and supreme Gentleman. I spent the day filming various gear demos, there are 3 videos of Pete and I on their YouTube channel (hopefully by the time I post this!) Its quite surreal to be on their set after having followed Andertons TV for so long! I wouldn’t say its my best playing, but I enjoyed letting go and having fun! I would love to go back! Thank you to Pete, Lee and the Andertons Team for having me!
I had the chance to catch up with Guitar Legend Greg Howe for a really inspiring interview for Guitar Interactive Magazine on his recent tour visit to London. Thanks for your time Greg! This is going to be a killer interview, very inspiring discussion!
In related Fusion news, Guitar Interactive Magazine have also released my recent Scott Henderson Tech Session which you can find in the link below. It features performance video, breakdown video, TAB, Backing Track and write up. Its all free!
The Guitar Course at Waterbear is really coming together now, spent time in November recording more content for the online section of the course. It feels unreal to be part of such a prestigious Guitar Team. I also had the pleasure of holding a masterclass for the BA students, some great questions were asked, I played a lot of notes and some really quiet dynamic ones as well just to check people were still listening, and thankfully they were.
I am really enjoying the journey Guitar is taking me along for at the moment. Thank you Guitar and thank YOU!
September has thankfully been a very busy month, plus I turned 30! I have met so many new faces over the last few weeks, I feel very lucky to get to call this a ‘job’.
UK GUITAR SHOW:
Today I have just got back from the UK Guitar Show after playing on the D’addario UK booth. I had a lot of fun playing and improvising around my tunes from both my E.Ps. I bumped into some familiar faces and had a great time talking all things life and guitar. Big thank you to D’addario for their hospitality!
Here is a clip of some improvisation from the show: (thank you to Jimmy Owen for the clip!)
A few weeks earlier I was a guest tutor at Guitar Breaks in Brighton. I had the honour of teaching alongside Peter Honoré (also known as Danish Pete on the Anderton’s YT Channel) Pete is a top session player, an outstanding tasty guitarist and lovely dude. We taught throughout the day and headed over to Waterbear to hear a Guitar tone talk from the awesome Bruce Dickinson (head of Waterbear) lots of great words of wisdom. We were treated to some more tone tips from Jimmy Owen. Jimmy is a sublime player with some really beautiful and unique chops, a pleasure to listen to! I had the pleasure of jamming with these guys and the amazing Blues player Chris Buck, tasty stuff.
Guitar breaks is a fantastic way to meet some top players and learn something new. I recommend it to all budding guitarists!
A day or so later I went back into Waterbear to film some video with Rob Chapman who is not only known for his guitar company Chapman guitars, his hit YouTube Channel and his band Dorje, he is also the head of innovation at Waterbear. I spent the day with him, session wizard David Colquhoun (Rick Wakeman, Procol Harum, hands of Brian May in the new Queen Movie!) and Bruce Dickinson, filming a clip for Robs YouTube channel which features us all playing a bit of guitar and talking about our experience with music and the new music institute Waterbear. We also check out one of Davids upside down Guitars, which are mad! Love it. It was an honour to spend the day with these guys and be part of the team putting the Technique & Theory Module together for the BA Honours Course.
If you are interested in learning at Waterbear, you can be a student or you can learn remotely, check out their website here:
I am pleased to announce that I am working with Laney Amplification as an Artist again. Its a great honour to be back as part of the amazing team! This time I am using the Lionheart series of amps which are super versatile for most gigging and studio situations, plus they work great with my Pedals, especially my Line 6 Helix LT. I am also using the Ironheart series of amps for the Metal side of things. I’m really looking forward to trying out their LFR powered cabinets too! Watch this space!
IBANEZ AZ2204F TAB PRESTIGE DEMO
I recently put together a demo of my new Ibanez AZ2204F TAB over one of my own backing tracks doing a bit of improvisation. I had some great feedback on the clip. Even Rick Graham seemed to dig it which is a huge compliment!
And that’s it for September, I wonder what October holds. I have plenty more gigs coming up with Viva Productions and Lloyd Wade later on in the month. Plus I am heading back to Waterbear to film some more video with the guitar team this week. I have a few slots for Skype lessons going over the next two weeks plus early November, so get in now before they all go!
I am pleased to announce that I am now an official Ibanez UK artist using their AZ Prestige range of Guitars. I’ve had a history of using Ibanez since the beginning of my playing career, especially working with their 8 string RG’s in Mask of Judas.
I have been offered an exciting path that I wish to take at this point in my career as a professional guitarist with a company that I have significant history with. It’s nice to be welcomed back by the team! However, my move back to Ibanez certainly hasn’t been an easy choice…
I am massively thankful for the amazing support that I’ve had from Eternal Guitars over the last two years, Dave makes incredible guitars and has been one of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I’d encourage people to check out what Eternal are doing as they are always pushing the bar higher with their bespoke custom guitars and finishes.
I’ve had this AZ2204F for well over a week now and have completed several decent size gigs and recording sessions on it and I am happy to say that this Guitar is everything you would expect from the Prestige range, especially in terms of playability but with the versatile sound and feel that I haven’t experienced before from Ibanez. I feel that Ibanez have significantly stepped up their game with the Prestige AZ range of Guitars and I am proud to be using them. I am excited to see what the future holds with Ibanez, watch this space…
Its been a while since I have had TIME to update this website, I have been very busy. Which is a fantastic thing seeing as my job is playing the electric Guitar! As I type this I am in the middle of a Tour with Viva Productions and preparing to guest at a Summer Metal Guitar School in Brighton in association with BIMM.
The last two months have been a mixture of knowing exactly where I am going whilst also having no clue whats next, some big changes are happening and I am excited. Some stuff I can’t talk about just yet, however here I am with some stuff I CAN talk about, and the first thing on that list is…
WATERBEAR – Writing a BA Honours Guitar Technique/Theory Course!
I’m thrilled to announce that I am writing and teaching the BA Hons Guitar Technical Development Course for WaterBear. Its an honour to be part of this new, fresh and exciting musical venture alongside some of the industry’s finest professional musicians. You can study towards your BA or MA on site or online from anywhere in the world.
I was in Total Guitar Magazine last month (Issue 308)
In the latest issue of Total Guitar Magazine I was interviewed about the new Mask of Judas album, my song writing, gear, solo material and thoughts about being a musician. It’s a huge honour to be featured in this publication, especially the same magazine that introduced me to players like Yngwie and Paul Gilbert!
The Guitar Hour Podcast!
I recently I had the pleasure of being invited onto latest episode of the Guitar Hour Podcast hosted by the awesome David Beebee and Dan Smith. (Thanks guys! 🍻) As a fan of the show, it was a total honour to be interviewed by them and chat about my career so far as a session guitarist, solo artist, educator and work in the tech metal band Mask of Judas. We also discuss impostor syndrome & some of the varied challenges I have come across with my musical identity! Then we go on to talk about the upcoming new Commercial Music Institution WaterBear. You can listen to this episode (No.36) and all past/future episodes on Spotify.
New LickLibrary DVD ‘Contemporary Tapping Arpeggios’
In this course I break down my approach to Tapping 7th Arpeggios and Pentatonic Scales on the Guitar using String Skipping. I focus on the various patterns and sequences I use in my Improvisation and Composition. Along with this there are two practice etudes (TAB/Backing Provided) that you can try out for yourself to see how I apply these kind of ideas. See the preview below:
Guitar Breaks (September – Brighton)
I have been invited by Guitar Breaks to teach alongside the awesome Peter Honoré in Brighton on the 21st September. More info on this soon, but click the links above to find out more about the awesome Guitar Breaks and some of the incredible guests they have!
Whats on next?
Well apart from the above there are a couple of things in the pipeline that I can’t talk about yet…which may or may not happen. And I am feeling inspired to write a new E.P…lets see where that goes!
This month I have been working on some really cool features for Premier Guitar Magazine, filming a new LickLibrary DVD and I released a new download course ‘20 Fresh Legato Licks‘. All in between my regular gigs, Skype lessons and preparing for the MoJ Album release!
20 FRESH LEGATO LICKS
20 Fresh Legato Licks does exactly what it says it does on the can, it features 20 legato licks played over my own backing tracks which are included in the package. You get a 45 minute video lesson breaking down the concepts for each lick, plus Guitar Pro and PDF tab files with extra detailed information on each phrase. I am really happy with how this course has come out, I am getting a lot of great feedback from it. If you want to have a taster from the lesson, here is a lick taken from the course:
MASK OF JUDAS – GEAR GODS AND MORE
The Mask of Judas album release is getting even closer (May 11th!) and I am very excited for the release. We have been getting some awesome reviews and features in various magazines. Keep an eye out on Metal Hammer in the next month or so. The Metal Musicians website Gear Gods featured my live playthrough performance of the song ‘Alive’ from the upcoming album on their website, you can read the article HERE
You can pre-order the Mask of Judas debut album ‘The Mesmerist’ by clicking ‘HERE’ below!
Whilst finalising 20 Fresh Legato Licks I was also at LickLibrary Head quarters filming my first DVD in over a year! The subject on this DVD will be my approach to tapping arpeggios. I break down my fretboard visualisation, tapping muting technique, various licks and a few musical examples that demonstrate how I use tapping in my improvisation and composition. The DVD will come with TAB and Backing tracks.
PREMIER GUITAR MAGAZINE
I have just finished putting together a feature on Steve Lukather’s playing and guitar arrangement on the Toto album ‘IV’ for Premier Guitar. I am not sure when it comes out, but I had so much fun putting the lesson together. It is a similar feature to the one I did on Guthrie Govan’s playing on his album Erotic Cakes where I created my own musical examples using approaches I have studied from the album hopefully to convey to the reader how they could approach making similar compositions or stylistic features of the musicians guitar playing.