Sep 19

Hey Everybody,

Here I sit in what will be a significant part and representation of my "home" this fall, a hotel room. This is a nice hotel room, though. It's also connected to a fun show. Hot Rize will play A Prairie Home Companion this weekend. This is a live radio show I listened to just about as long as I've listened to the Grand Ole Opry!  We're headed to rehearse in abut 45 minutes.  

prairie home companion

Hot Rize will tour a good bit this fall. I'll do more and more VEs from hotel rooms like the one I'm in as the tour progresses. I'm really glad I can do these with my iPad. I'll try to update everybody from time to time with various blog posts or videos. I hope to see some of you out on the trail as well. We most always make our way out front after shows to meet and greet.

I feel very fortunate to be part of this band so I'm basically looking forward to the tour. I don't tour like this all that often, but it seems like every few years, some neat opportunity comes up and this is one of them. I'm one of the lucky professional musicians who don't have to spend all their time on the road.  HINT - It's really not glamorous... it's a lot of 4 am wake up calls after hitting the pillow at 2 am.  You can check out our tour dates at or  A funny thing that really happens is I forget my room number sometimes.  After you stay in hotel rooms a certain number of times in a row, they all look the same, and I really can't remember if it's 145, or 311, or maybe 222... wait, that was last night!  

Posted in bryan sutton, guitar
Sep 14

paul gilbert and son

My boy, Marlon, is three weeks old now, and that means it's time to start introducing him to The Beatles. He seemed to like "Here Comes the Sun," "All I've Got to Do," "If I Fell," and "I Want to Hold Your Hand." He complained a bit about "Day Tripper" and "I Should Have Known Better," but I think that is probably because I didn't sing them well enough. 

I've got a lot of music to play for this boy. I can't wait to get to "2112" by Rush. But that may take a few years.

Rock and Roll,


Sep 14

Hey all,

Just got back to Sweden after a fun writing camp in Palma, Mallorca with great producers and friends.

The very talented transcriber Josh Bennier from Australia, just sent me a new transcription of one of my solos. Some of you might already have checked out his work, since I posted his "My Romance" - transcription. This one is another solo from the same album that I'm featured on with the Marian Petrescu Quartet, "Thrivin’ Live At The Jazz Standard". It's my solo over the Oscar Peterson tune "Cakewalk". There are some quite fast lines in there, Josh did a great job gettin' it all down on paper. Also very nice of him to be willing to share it with the rest of us. Enjoy! 

Best Regards Andreas
Posted in Andreas Oberg, guitar
Sep 12

I learned an important lesson about ceiling fans this morning. 

Do not change your shirt (with your arms in the air) when you are standing near a low-hanging ceiling fan.

My third finger got whapped pretty hard. Fortunately, it's still attached and functioning. 

Maybe all that rhythmic bending made it strong enough to withstand the impact of a large, fast-moving wooden blade.




Posted in guitar, paul gilbert
Sep 9

bryan sutton new guitar lessons for artistworks

Bryan Sutton is in the ArtistWorks studio this week recording new lessons for students of the Online Bluegrass Guitar School. We announced this in the Forum a while back and Bryan's students immediately jumped at the opportunity to suggest topics for the new lessons. Bryan has been taking everything into consideration and had a very productive first day recording on Monday recording many new guitar lessons which all look and sound fantastic. Click here for a little clip of him playing "Whiskey Before Breakfast" in the studio. 

There's so much to come, and we are as excited as you are to get it to you. Stay tuned!