As one of the most unique and respected guitarists in the world, Allan Holdsworth has influenced countless others, including legendary artists like Frank Zappa, Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, Alex Lifeson and Steve Vai. In this one-of-a-kind DVD, Allan performs seven electrifying tunes with his band, which features keyboardist Steve Hunt, bassist Skuli Sverrisson, and drummer Chad Wackerman. Allan breaks down his creative use of scales and chord voicings in this video, and offers insightful suggestions as to how to go about creating your own unique sounds and chord voicings based on his simple, yet revolutionary, concept for harmonizing scales in intervals other than traditional 3rds. See incredible close-up shots of Allan s amazing technique here, and enjoy the unique opportunity to learn from one of the all-time greats!
George Lynch stormed onto the 1980s shred guitar scene with his band, Dokken. Along with contemporaries like Edward Van Halen and Randy Rhoads, George set the standard for virtuoso guitar playing. After Dokken, George went on to front his own band, Lynch Mob, and also recorded as a solo artist.
These two pieces make such excellent bedfellows that I’m surprised the coupling is not more common, though as I write this, Naxos have just announced their own recording of the same pairing. The Shostakovich seems to me an unfairly neglected work, considering its instant popularity after the 1940 premiere (the composer with the Beethoven Quartet). It was written in the wake of the Sixth Symphony, and is his last major pre-war piece. It encompasses many of the traits for which the composer is famous; there are the intense, neo-Bachian first and second movements, a playful, heavily ironic scherzo, a pensive, soulful intermezzo, and a finale where probing questions lurk beneath a surface veneer of jovial high spirits.
Alfred Schnittke seems to have encountered a renaissance with the solo piano late in life. Until the mid-1980s, he had written only one piano sonata, sometime in the '50s, and he eventually discarded it. But in 1987 Schnittke composed a First Piano Sonata of sizable scope for friend and pianist Vladimir Feltsman; shortly afterwards materialized Schnittke's Second and Third Piano Sonatas. This CD presents all three together.
This DVD explores the guitar style of Johnny A. in an entertaining and informative format. Watch Johnny and his band perform eight of his most popular songs from his two Favored Nations releases, Sometimes Tuesday Morning and Get Inside. Each song is followed by a sit-down with Johnny as he talks about some of the specific concepts and techniques involved in playing the song. Also including are discussions about Johnny's gear, influences, and approaches to writing and recording.