Jan 22

My favorite place to take a photo at the NAMM show is always in front of the Wall of Tone at the Marshall booth. Today, my goal was to thank all the companies who are so nice to me throughout the year. I stopped by Ibanez, DiMarzio, Ernie Ball, Dunlop (MXR and Cry Baby pedals and Tortex Picks), TC Electronic, Majik Box, Empress Effects, and of course, Marshall amps. I also saw some of my good musician friends, Billy Sheehan, Andy Timmons, and Juan Alderete. 

Most of my time was spent at the Ibanez booth. I've been checking out a lot of their guitars on their website, and I was excited to see how they felt in real life. The Iceman (pictured below) is one of my favorites, probably because it is very similar to my Fireman!

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Jan 20

My friend Mike Portnoy recently invited me to play The Who's "My Generation" with him at a Who Tribute show. I thought, "That song is simple enough, and I already know it." So I said "Yes!" 

Then Mike told me that it's not the 3-minute studio version (that I'm familiar with), but instead it is the 14-minute "Live at Leeds" version (which I had never heard before.) 

But a "Yes" is a "Yes." So I've been listening to it over and over in my car for the past few weeks (with growing terror from the seeming randomness of the arrangement.) Finally, I realized that I would have to resort to actually writing some basic notes down, to help me get the arrangement deeper into my head. I doubt if this will fit on this page (and I doubt if it will fit in my brain!), but at least I tried! (Click "Read More" at the bottom to see the entire list.)


* VERSE (X2)



* D – C (X4)

* SOLO (D-C X4)


* D, D, C – G (X13)

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Jan 15

Hey all,

I'm happy to announce that I will be featured in a new documentary about Swedish guitar players called "Axemen Of Sweden". This documentary is directed by Anders Moren & Björn Carlsson and features several famous players such as John Norum from Europe, Mattias IA Eklundh, Joije Wadenius and a few others. The movie will probably be avaliable sometime this spring/summer but for now here's a trailer:

Check it out, u could also visit or their official fb page!

axemen of sweden

Regards Andreas

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Jan 12

Paul Gilbert and Keith Wyatt were recently featured on the Phil Hulett & Friends radio show where they talk about their online guitar lessons at ArtistWorks and how it all works. Phil Hulett once interviewed a young Paul Gilbert back in his Racer X days, and still remembers what Paul said when asked about the secret to playing guitar so good: "Practice." Sounds about right. Speaking about the differences between rock guitar vs. blues guitar, here's what Keith said: "The two worlds are more alike than they are different, it's just a matter of picking and choosing your path for music."

Jan 11

Here is a photo by the amazing photographer and pickup maker, Larry DiMarzio. I always begin the session with the standard "Stand there with the guitar, lean forward, and look mean" pose. But after 100 of those, I start to search for other things to do in front of the camera. I like this one, but I think what it really needs is a good caption. Some possible captions are:

"Hey, it looks like it might rain! I think I've got an umbrella in my pocket. Let me flip my guitar around, and I'll check..."


"Yes Zeus, I dare to defy you by playing a Bb note! But if you wish this note to cease, you must first strike me down!"


"Argh! I've seen Stevie Ray Vaughan play guitar behind his back, but I can't get anything to work back there!"

Anyway, many thanks to Larry for always making me look good and sound good.

Rock and Roll,


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