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Artist Interview: James "Munky" Shaffer on The Jamcast - Session 1 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 September 2007 04:30
munky8string.jpgIn Session 1 of our Artist Interview with James "Munky" Shaffer of Korn, Munky tells us how guitar playing came to him by accident - literally. He discusses how after the accident he was introduced to the guitar to help him recover from his injury, and as most of you know, the rest is rock history. Next, the conversation turns to Munky's development as a player over the years; from his practice habits, lessons, mentors, and how he became a songwriter. He expands on the song writing experience and how he develops his ideas and turns them into finished songs. Munky also reveals how important the band is in that process.

Enjoy Session One of The Jamcast with Munky!


Artist Interview: Van Wilks on The Jamcast - Session 1 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 September 2007 19:20
vanwilks1.jpgIn this Session of The Jamcast, Ken Volpe sits down with Texas Blues-Rock Guitar Player extrordinare, Van Wilks. A legend down on Austin's Sixth Street - and far beyond the Texas borders, Van Wilks is a guitar player's player. GJD had the pleasure of watching Van burn it up during the 2007 Summer NAMM Session at Nuno's in Austin in an unforgettable performance. Van is a player that throws off big and heavy riffs, tone, and burning blues-rock that is hotter than a Texas Sun in August.

In Session 1, Ken and Van riff on his background as a player, his approach to music, improvisation, and his style of guitar playing. We're sure you'll enjoy this session of GJD's Artist Interview.
Artist Interview: Leslie West on The Jamcast - Session 1 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 September 2007 04:30
leslie west_guitar jam daily.jpgIn Session One of the Jamcast, Ken sits down with Rock Guitar legend and Mountain frontman, Leslie West. To kick things off, Leslie takes us back to the early days of playing the guitar and his musical experiences along the way, all told in Leslie West style. He also reveals the one person who he saw as a kid play the guitar, and how the rest was history. Leslie riffs on the other guitar players and bands that inspired him back in the day. Next, Ken and Leslie talk about his guitars and the signature models that carry his name. Leslie gives us the inside scoop on how he and Dean Zelinsky came up with the concept, design, and components of his signature Dean. Enjoy this session with one of the guitar greats.
Artist Interview: Steve Vai on The Jamcast - Session 2 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 August 2007 08:58
vai_guitarjam2.jpgIn part 2 of our Artist Interview with guitar legend Steve Vai, GJD's Ken Volpe continues to riff with Steve on Jimmy Page's artistry and his creative output these days. Steve talks about the creative "urge" that artists (like Jimmy Page) have and how life situations affect creativity. Steve goes on and offers insights on how he personally deals with creative urges and the dry spells as an artist. Next, you'll hear how the guitar itself plays a major role in the creative process for him. And for the last part of the session, Ken asks Steve if he still listens to his older records and how he feels when listening to them.

Enjoy Session 2 with Steve Vai on The Jamcast!
Artist Interview: Steve Vai on The Jamcast - Session 1 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 August 2007 10:59
vai.jpgIn Session 1 of our Artist Interview with guitar legend Steve Vai, GJD's Ken Volpe sits down with the six-string maestro and talks about his beginnings as a guitar player. You'll hear Steve talk about the magic of owning his first guitar at the age of thirteen and the story behind it. They also discuss the amazing three year teacher-student relationship between Steve and Joe Satriani. Next, they riff on his first Led Zeppelin concert at Madison Square Garden and how he felt when he first played there years later. Lastly, Steve talks about the impact that Jimmy Page had on his early musical life.
Artist Interview: Joe Satriani on The Jamcast - Session 3 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 July 2007 09:38
satch 2.jpgIn Part 3 of our Artist Interview with Joe Satriani, GJD's Ken Volpe asks Joe how he approaches song writing and deals with writers block. Joe talks about his stretches of massive creative output and then the times when he hits a quiet cycle. The conversation turns to his blues periods and the artists he turns to for inspiration and how it effects his mind and guitar playing. Lastly, Satch talks about the "repetitive stress" that he experiences from lengthy tour stretches and what he does to relieve the pressures to improve his guitar playing. This is a session that won't want to miss!

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*photo Patrick Cusse & Christie Goodwin
Artist Interview: Marc Ford on The Jamcast - Session 2 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 July 2007 15:16
ford18.jpgIn Session 2 of the Jamcast with Marc Ford; GJD's Ken Volpe and Marc discuss his new solo release Weary and Wired - his first album since leaving the Black Crowes. They cover the details of the recording, mixing and mastering process for the album. Next, the conversation moves into the guitars and amps Marc used during the recording sessions. Finally, they cover the struggles of addiction and the turn around Marc has made in his life, and how life as an artist is just beginning.

Listen to Session 2 with Marc Ford >>

Artist Interview: Frank Hannon on The Jamcast - Session 1 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 July 2007 19:47
frank hannon guitar jam daily.jpgToday we have a high energy session on The Jamcast with Frank Hannon of Tesla. Frank and GJD's Ken Volpe riff on how Frank discovered the guitar at a young age and how he developed as a player over the years. They move into how important it is to be able to sing as a guitar player and the advantages that it offers for soloing. Frank also goes into the various types of music he's listening to these days and how the many colors these musical tones enhance his guitar playing. You won't want to miss a minute of this interview with Frank Hannon. Enjoy!

Click here to listen to Session 1 with Frank Hannon of Tesla >

Photo Credit: Phyllis Luccketta

Artist Interview: Tommy Emmanuel on The Jamcast - Session 1 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 04:06
tommyemmanuel.jpgOn The Jamcast today we have a very special interview with a true master of the guitar, virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel. A finger style guitarist inspired by the legendary Chet Atkins - who became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans, called him "one of the greatest players on the planet" and gave him the title c.g.p. - certified guitar player. Emmanuel combines folk, country, jazz, and other influences in his highly personal and emotive compositions.

In Session One of this week's Jamcast, Ken and Tommy discuss the switch from electric to acoustic guitar, his playing style, practicing habits, and so much more.

Click here to listen to Session 1 with Tommy Emmanuel >

Artist Interview: Joe Satriani on The Jamcast - Session 2 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 July 2007 10:46
satch 2.jpgIn Part 2 of their interview, Ken Volpe and Joe Satriani discuss his musical influences and how he became an instrumental musician. Joe talks about his early instrumental albums and how they were discovered and become popular. He goes on to explain how he developed his own style and unique approach to music. Then they cover the changes in music and guitar from the era of be-bop to rock over the past 5 decades.

Click Here to Listen to Session 2 with Joe Satriani >
*photo Patrick Cusse & Christie Goodwin

Artist Interview: Eric Gales on The Jamcast - Session 1 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 July 2007 06:36
ericgales_guitarjamdaily.jpgIn today's session of the Jamcast, power bluesman Eric Gales sheds some light on his beginnings as a guitar player; his guitars, mentors, and stylings. Eric goes on to address an undeserved stigma that he's a Hendrix clone. The conversation turns to his previous solo albums and what his new album "Psychedelic Underground" means to him. They finish up with the gear he used to record the album to get his killer tones.

Listen to Session 1 with Eric Gales >

About: Blues guitar phenom Eric Gales was born and raised in Memphis, learning to play at age four from older brothers Eugene and Manuel in imitation of their upside-down, left-handed style (a tradition actually passed down from their grandfather, Dempsey Garrett, Sr., who was known to jam with the likes of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf). Winning his first blues contest at 11, four years later Eric signed to Elektra to issue his 1991 debut LP, recorded with Eugene on bass; Picture of a Thousand Faces followed in 1993. Manuel (who previously performed under the alias Little Jimmy King) reunited with his siblings for 1995's Left Hand Brand, credited to the Gales Brothers. A newly matured Gales returned in the new millenium to start his solo career. With 3 albums under his belt so far and hopefully alot more to follow, we look forward to more of the devastating guitar sound that is Eric Gales.

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Daily Video Lesson

Daily Video Lesson
  • 02:41 - 01.10.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    A five week long, cross-country tour featuring some of the best known and most respected figures in rock and blues has been set to celebrate the legacy and music of Jimi Hendrix. Presented by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., the Hendrix family-owned company founded by James A. “Al” Hendrix, Jimi’s father, entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix together with musical instrument giant Gibson Guitar, this year’s Experience Hendrix Tour represents a dramatic expansion beyond last year’s seven sold out performances.

    Featured artists who will be performing music written by and associated with Jimi Hendrix include blues giant Buddy Guy, contemporary guitar greats Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Eric Johnson, Cesar Rojas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos as well as Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.
  • 01:53 - 26.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) and Italian distributor M.Casale Bauer proudly announce the grand opening of the Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy. It is the third such international exclusive Fender guitar destination, joining the elite Fender Custom Shop Lounge (Düsseldorf, Germany) and Fender Showcase Tokyo (Japan).

    The Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy is in Bologna, Italy, and is housed in a building by California-born Italian designer Gretchen Alexander. The showroom is located near the offices of M. Casale Bauer, Fender’s Italian distributor since 1962, and was created to provide Fender dealers, their special guests and artists with a comfortable place to find, try and buy some of the most beautiful guitars in today’s market. The showcase features an impressive array of high-end guitars crafted by the master builders of the Fender Custom Shop and provides artists and dealers (and their VIP clients) with access to some of the most unique high-end Fender instruments ever made available in one place. The showroom houses an unparalleled selection of Fender Custom Shop instruments, as well as Bauer’s personal collection, one of the largest and most valuable in the world.
  • 03:41 - 23.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Los Angeles, CA – World-renowned Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will  release Center Stage, a live concert DVD on October 14th via Favored Nations Acoustic.  
    The full-length concert DVD follows the recent release of the Center Stage  double CD, both having been recorded live for the PBS television series “Sierra Center Stage.” Filmed in eye-catching high definition, every element of modern technology was used in production, creating a stunning package, both aurally
    and visually. 
  • 00:09 - 19.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Montreal, Canada- September 16th, 2008: Renowned guitarist Daryl Stuermer will be giving Godin Performance Clinics in and around Quebec and Eastern Ontario from September 29th to October 3rd 2008.

    Having performed in studio and toured the world with both Phil Collins and supergroup Genesis for years, Daryl is a player who is on top of his game and has the chops to prove it. Performing as the Daryl Stuermer Duo, he will be accompanied by keyboardist Konstantin Efimov during the clinics and will also be giving attendees his perspective on playing live, recording, technique, and his gear, by fielding a Q&A session after each performance.
  • 09:29 - 03.06.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 2, 2008) -- Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that it has acquired certain assets of Groove Tubes LLC. Among other assets, FMIC purchased the Groove Tubes brand. Groove Tubes company founder Aspen Pittman will continue in a consulting role.