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Ronny North's Chatting with The Pros: Marcus Henderson: The Virtual Life Guitar Hero PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 05:49
l_fdea32c7fdbf3806b7c031ae6df44be7.jpgBy Ronny North - GJD Contributor
The Guitar Hero video game is everywhere these days and even Slash has jumped on the band wagon. To be truthful, when I was first offered to interview Marcus I was a bit hesitant since I'm not sure what I think about the game itself and I have actually never played the game. After thinking about it a bit, I contacted Marcus and found that he was really cool and can also really play guitar. In the end, you have to give him props for going in and recreating some classic songs in both playing and tone. Only someone who is a real player could pull it off. Here's his unusual adventure of how he became a virtual life Guitar Hero...

Ronny North: What brought you to the guitar???

Marcus Henderson: When I was about 6 years old, my family and I went to the drive-in movies to watch Superman, but for some reason I kept looking over at the movie playing to our left which looked pretty freakin' hilarious, so I watch a bit more instead of the dancing hotdog on our screen. There I am watching this other movie, then all of a sudden, some psycho biker dude with a beard started playing the electric guitar with an f'in monkey wrench and I was floored. You know how people say cool shit like, "When I heard Miles or Hendrix play it became me blah blah..." Not me man. Tommy Chong's guitar solo from Cheech and Chong's next movie is still the coolest shit ever. So you could say my first guitar hero was actually Chong from Cheech and Chong. Other than that I kinda feel the guitar-thing chose me early in a weird way. I'm simply it's puppet with strings gauged 9-46...(lol!)
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Artist Interview: Warren Haynes - Session 4 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 December 2007 06:11
Warren3551.jpgIn Session 4 of the our Artist Interview with Warren Haynes, Ken and Warren discuss his approach to soloing in the studio versus soloing live. Warren provides some excellent insight on how to find fresh ideas and create solos that you'll be proud of. They continue on about what role your mind plays with your guitar skills and how you can use it to become a better player. Ken goes on to ask Warren about his career and if he's had any regrets along the way. You'll be surprised by what Warren has to say about his past and present. Lastly, Ken asks about what Warren has planned for the future.

Enjoy Session 4 with Warren Haynes on the Jamcast >
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Artist Interview: Mike Scott on The Jamcast - Session 2 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 November 2007 05:50
mike_scott-prince_www_tba_com-_01-bjs.jpgIn Session Two of our Artist Interview with master guitar man Mike Scott (Prince, Justin Timberlake), you'll hear about Mike 's role in Prince's band and their working relationship, subsequent tours, and recording sessions. Ken and Mike go deep into the musical partnership with Prince. Next, they riff on Mike's studio work and where he feels the guitar fits into the recordings. The conversation turns to Mike's live rig and all the pieces in it. Mike continues on to talk about how he approaches companies who want him to endorse their guitars, amps and gear. It's a very refreshing take on how a pro views his instruments.

Enjoy this session of the Jamcast with guitar maestro Mike Scott >

 
Artist Interview: Daniel Johns on The Jamcast - Session 1 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 November 2007 04:52
silverchair-jpg.jpgSilverchair is one of the most acclaimed and successful bands in Australia. Frontman singer/guitarist Daniel Johns has led the rock act since the mid-nineties and has propelled the act into superstardom at home in Australia and in the U.S. In this session of the Jamcast, Daniel took some time out his busy tour schedule to catch up with us and tell us about what's going on with his music and his guitar playing. He talks about the early influences who helped shape his guitar sound, as well as the players today who inspire him. Daniel also tells us about how the guitar plays into his songwriting, and continues on how his sound and writing has evolved over the years. Lastly, Ken and Daniel discuss the guitars and amps that he uses on stage and in the studio.

Enjoy Session One of our Artist Interview with Daniel Johns >
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Artist Interview: Johnny Hiland on The Jamcast - Session 4 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 November 2007 06:54
hiland-1.jpgIn Session Four of our Artist Interview with country guitar sensation Johnny Hiland, GJD's Ken Volpe and Johnny talk about his spirituality and connection to a higher power. He reveals the sense of purpose he feels each day through his connection to God. Johnny goes on to talk about his sense of gratitude towards the people and companies that support his music and career. Next, the conversation turns the work Johnny does with kids who are in distress and how he helps them. Lastly, you'll hear about how Johnny deals with his own difficult times. Enjoy this very special session of The Jamcast.

Listen to Session Four with Johnny Hiland >
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Artist Interview: Mark Tremonti on The Jamcast - Session 2 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 November 2007 19:34
mark-tremonti-11.jpgIn Session Two of our Artist Interview with Mark Tremonti, Ken and Mark talk about finding great guitar tone and how Mark likes to make every note count in his solos these days. Mark goes on to talk about how his playing and writing have changed since leaving Creed and forming Alter Bridge. He also talks about the major influence his bandmate Myles Kennedy has in the mix. Later in the interview Mark talks about their new record Blackbird and the significance the title track has to both Myles and Mark. It's a very special story.

Enjoy this Session with Mark Tremonti on The Jamcast >


 
Ronny North's Chatting with The Pro's: Keri Kelli PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 November 2007 20:07
kk-iii!!.jpgIn this session of Chatting with the Pro's, I'm happy to be interviewing my good friend Keri Kelli. He is one of the coolest guys you'll meet and definitely an inspiration to all up and coming players out there trying to make it happen.

Ronny North: Keri, you've made a name for yourself playing with all these big rock acts. You're like the "go to" guy when someone big needs a guitar player at a moments notice. It's definitely a great position to be in for sure. Can you tell us about your first big break and how you got in the loop and all the bands that you've played for past and current?

Keri Kelli: I've played around L.A. for literarily ten years in various local bands. I got to meet a lot of people during that time, one of them being Barry Squire. He helps labels and managers put players in place. So in 1998 I started playing with Tal Bachman who is Randy Bachman's son. He had a CD coming out on Sony and we did some label party and radio parties to set the record up, and that led to gigs with Ratt, Slash in Snakepit, Vince Neil, Skid Row, and now Alice Cooper, among others.
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Artist Interview: Leslie West on The Jamcast - Session 2 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 November 2007 16:41
lesliewest.jpgIn Session Two of our Jamcast interview with Leslie West, Ken and Leslie discuss his live rig from his last tour. They move into the new breed of guitar players who are coming up on the scene and are turning heads. They also discuss his creative surge these days, and that's he's put out five albums in the last five years. Leslie gives the story behind his latest album Masters of War and how it came to life while he was on tour in Belgium. They also talk about the collaboration with Warren Haynes on the new album.

Enjoy Session Two with Rock Icon Leslie West >

 
Artist Interview: Steve Vai on The Jamcast - Session 3 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 November 2007 17:42
vai_guitarjam2.jpgIn Session Three of our Jamcast interview with Guitar Deity Steve Vai, you'll hear about some of the most dynamic and challenging songs that Steve plays in a live setting. Ken and Steve discuss and breakdown the complex song Blue Powder as one of the songs that is a monster to play live. Steve talks about how he came up with the title to the song and how the song and the composition flowed and just made sense to him. They continue to riff on how Steve comes up with song ideas and creates music. Shifting gears, Ken asks Steve how he keeps his chops up and what his practice routine is like each day. You'll get the inside scoop on what this maestro does when the studio door is closed!

Enjoy this Session with Steve Vai!


 
Artist Interview: Johnny Hiland on The Jamcast - Session 3 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 October 2007 04:49
hiland2.jpgIn Session Three of our Artist Interview with country guitar sensation Johnny Hiland, GJD's Ken Volpe and Johnny talk about the keys to playing over changes and how important that skill is to playing the guitar well. Johnny gives some terrific advice on how to approach soloing and what players should think about when they play live. Next they riff on what it was like for Johnny to play with Steve Vai at a recent benefit show and what happened when the two guitar gurus took the stage. This is a session you won't want to miss.


 
Artist Interview: Marc Bonilla on The Jamcast - Session 2 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 October 2007 10:41
bonilla strat1.jpgToday on the Jamcast, GJD's Ken Volpe sits down with guitar sensation Marc Bonilla. In Session 2, Ken and Marc talk about what it's like working in the entertainment industry, scoring for film and TV. They talk about how the work in the TV industry is not as easy as it may seem -- and how it can be a very solitary endeavor. Next, they cover the story behind Mark's new band California Transit Authority that includes members of Chicago and Tower of Power. Lastly, they riff on the different styles of guitar playing and how the skills from one genre do not always transfer into another.
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