Friday, May 27, 2011

Eric Gales....Back In Charge!

For years, I have known of this phenomenal player. This man, originally touted as a child prodigy, has run the gamut of life and survived. In fact, he has come through to the other side a much more complete human being and artist than before.

You may, or may not have ever heard the name Eric Gales, but be assured, you will from this point forward.

The guitar has been my life since I was 13 years old and I have struggled to play decently throughout my long life. I have therefore, assimilated and watched as many great players as possible from Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton to Les Paul and Django Reinhardt. Not forgetting Jimi Hendrix and the gamut of the 70s and 80s players. Yessiree....I've learned a lot from them all. But the other afternoon when I sat down with Eric Gales, I learned a great deal more than I anticipated. I learned that a man can go through all manner of hard times and still come out a winner and, in my book, Eric Gales is a champion. Not only as a truly gifted player but most importantly, a kind-hearted, human being.

As Eric says, "All I know is music. I need all the help I can get in every other aspect of my life." An honest man for sure.

When I asked Eric if I should mention his problems with the law, he said, "No problem. I'm not ashamed that I made a mistake and it cost me time. Now I try to encourage young folks to stay away from drugs and to build on short goals for lifetime success."

This interview gives insight to a man who won and lost a whole lot early in life. A man whose guitar style is beyond strange and because it is completely backwards, develops some of the most beautiful chord structures and melodic harmonies this reporter has ever heard.

Don't get me wrong here. This man can not only deliver pieces of sheer beauty but can shred most players I have ever heard. He is totally unique in his realm and he is now....back in charge of his life. So if you think you're hot, check out Eric Gales. Then listen and learn from a master.

John Rhys/

Listen to....Eric Gales....Back In Charge!

Go to....Eric Gales Website!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

 Bernie Pearl had loved the Blues for a long, long time. But as he sat in The Ash Grove one evening, his life changed course dramatically. He realized Pop and Folk music were not where he would choose to spend his time but would learn the traditional Blues as best he could and from the source.

Bernie began spending as much time as possible with the originals; the real creators of the Blues. He  managed to learn many styles on both standard guitar and National Steel as well.

Listen in as Bernie Pearl tells it like it is....and plays it like it was. He takes us all back in time for a brief moment and plays what he learned directly from the Masters themselves.

Click here to play....Bernie Pearl....A Blues Tradition!

Click here to go directly to Bernie Pearl's website!

Friday, February 25, 2011

KK Martin....Live From BluePower!

It is always a pleasure to have great players come to my abode and I was thrilled that K.K. Martin had agreed to make the long trek from Orange County to our studio in Van Nuys.

We sat in front of the fireplace with our coffee and cigarettes and KK just started playing which is the way I like to begin. The result is a completely "live" recording with no editing involved. Also the way I like to do things.

Once again, BluePower delivers real spontaneity and the superb performance of a very talented Blues musician, Mr. K.K. Martin.

Here's the music:

1)...."Alligator Wine"....K.K. Martin Live
2)...."The Parrish Ragg"....K.K. Martin Live
3)...."Slow Motion Daddy"....K.K. Martin Live

Click here to listen to....K.K. Martin Live at BluePower!

Check out K.K. Martin and The Roadside Revelers!

This You Tube performance was shot on an iPhone by someone in the audience. Every once in a while a brilliant performance is captured in this way.

Monday, February 7, 2011

In Memorium....Gary Moore.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

BluePower CD Review....K.K. Martin....Naked Blues Volume 2!

K.K. Martin is one of America's true, blues traditional players. Born in West Monroe, Louisiana, K.K. began touring with his parents band at age ten. I have often heard K.K. speak of his Grandmother and her playing ability. I guess it just runs in the family.

The man plays as clean as anyone I know but in this latest CD, K.K. runs the gamut of bone-chilling voices. Just listen to "Alligator Wine". His performance on that song ranks with any blues performance I have heard lately. K.K.'s vocal chops have got to make you smile.

BluePower is going to see if K.K. would like to come to our studio and do a live show. I'm sure there are many folks who would like to hear K.K. speak of his roots, his guitars and choices of material.

K.K. will be featured on May 15th at The Real Blues Festival of Orange County and will be held at The Olde Ship British Pub and Restaurant at 1120 West 17th Street in Santa Ana, California.

If you are a lover of the blues you must come to see K.K. Martin at The Real Blues Festival of Orange County.

I hope to see you there....
John Rhys/

Here's the music:

1)...."Parrish Ragg"....K.K. Martin....Naked Blues Volume 2
2)...."Alligator Wine"....K.K. Martin....Naked Blues Volume 2
3)...."Slow Motion Daddy"....K.K. Martin....Naked Blues Volume 2
4)...."Your Lonesome Road"....K.K. Martin....Naked Blues Volume 2
5)...."Gin Soaked Boy"....K.K. Martin....Naked Blues Volume 2

Click here to listen to K.K. Martin....Naked Blues Volume 2!

Click here to go to K.K. Martin's ReverbNation website!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Want To Help Our Schools? Bid On This Priceless, Autographed Guitar!

 I was contacted yesterday by an organization BluePower can certainly get behind as the money goes directly to our foundering school system.

This guitar has been signed by many of today's finest Blues musicians. This is a must have and Boy! if I had the money I'd purchase it myself.

Go the link below and start your bidding. All the info is there to help you along your way to owning one, great, guitar.

Actually....I play an Epiphone myself.
Best Regards....
John Rhys/

Click here to go to the "Schoolkids" auction page!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Tribute To The Gasman!

I met David Shorey in 1992. I was Mr. Mom at the time while my wife was in chiropractic school. I'll admit things were tough. The royalty checks had turned into dribbles and we were struggling to make ends meet.

One day, I see a man at our gate in front so I go out to see what he wants. He said he was from the Gas Company and had come to turn off our gas. I guess we hadn't paid the bill. While we were talking, he noticed one of my gold records through the window. That changed the course of the conversation to music. The gas man told me that when he wasn't turning off peoples' gas, he was a guitar player who loved the blues.

He went inside the house with me so that I could show him some guitars. Hours later the gas was still on and I had a new friend.

Throughout the years Dave and I became closer and I went on to play several gigs with him in the south land. He was a great player and could emulate nearly any Bluesman he had heard.

I remember one afternoon in rush hour traffic, we were driving together down the 405 South heading to a gig. When we were passing Hillside Memorial Park, Dave slowed down to a crawl. I looked over at him to see what he was doing and he had his head down and was murmuring something softly to himself. By now the traffic is honking their horns and screaming epithets out their windows at this car creeping along. After a few minutes, Dave became normal again and said, "I always say "Hi." to Bloomfield when I drive by." It was then I learned he had played with Mike Bloomfield (Bass) for some time.

David Shorey had a heart as large as a Cadillac and it's hard to believe we won't have those all night conversations about his writing, his music and his life in general.

Recently we hadn't been in touch that much. I talked to him about six months ago and he never mentioned a word about his illness. That was Dave all over. He would talk all night about trivial things but when it came down to something important like his health, he never said a mumblin' word.

We are preparing a special show to pay tribute to the man who let my gas stay on so I could feed my kids. A true human being and a good man. Gashouse Dave Shorey. Rest In Peace my Brother.

John Rhys and Family

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Steve Trovato....Teacher And Country Jazzmaster!

Steve Altman and I traveled to Pasadena one morning a couple of weeks ago to meet and visit with one phenomenal musician and guitarist, Mr. Steve Trovato.

We apperared at Steve's residence at ten o'clock in the morning with full intentions of asking this man to play. Now ten o'clock is pretty damned early to ask anyone to play and Steve Altman and I were totally amazed at what we saw and heard.

Steve Trovato is precisely the type of musician we need on Guitar Speak and BluePower. A man who takes no prisoners musically or otherwise. His playing is so precise and his concentration so intense that I felt absolutely privileged being in the presence of someone so gifted. Later I found that though the word "gifted" can be considered, it is by no means the reason Mr. Trovato plays as he does. He's from the old school and learned the hard way. Just as you can and should. There is no substitute for practice.

Click the video link to see and hear Steve Trovato tell our Guitar Speak audience how he attained his chops and how he keeps up-grading his playing ability every day.

This is another must-see contribution to the guitar world provided by

Live and Learn/John Rhys

Click here to watch....Steve Trovato....Teacher And Country Jazzmaster!

The above video is a Quicktime movie.

Click here to go to Steve Trovato's Web site.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A Video Interview With Carl Verheyen....Player!

Due to the anonymous nature of studio work, not a day goes by when you don't hear Carl Verheyen on one piece of music or another in movie theaters, on TV , or over the radio.

Carl has too many accolades to present on this page. However; if you would like to see them all, check out Carl's homepage listed below.

Yesterday I went to Carl's home high atop Topanga Canyon with my partner, Steve Altman to video one of the most knowledgeable and likable musicians I have had the privilege to encounter throughout my many years in the music business.

This interview is chock full of great information for budding guitarists and Carl plays numerous pieces during the video interview. His playing shows years of training and discipline which can only be learned by doing the work.

Carl has made numerous records himself along with many jazz, country and rock artists. He has been the guitarist for Supertramp since the glory days of the mid-eighties. Mr. Verheyen's credibility factor leaves nothing to be desired.

As a player myself, all I could do was sit in awe of a master player and wish I had studied quite a bit more.

Tune in as I interview a true guitar master. You will be amazed.

John Rhys/Guitar Speak
Video Produced and edited by Steve Altman


Click to view....A Video Interview With Carl Verheyen....Player!
Click to visit Carl Verheyen's web site!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Chuck Rainey....Bassman Extraordinaire!

BluePower takes great pride in it's collection of interviews with musicians who have contributed to the "hit-making" process. We have worked hard to bring our listeners the best players and artists available in our genre in the hope that we can influence a new crop of remarkable players.

Today....BluePower presents Parts One & Two of an interview with one of the finest bass players in the world. A man who has played on over 1000 sessions during his brilliant career. This gentleman is Chuck Rainey. A man who traveled the world making the music to which we listen every day. The music of our lives.

Chuck Rainey is completely at home in the recording studio and able to play any music presented to him whether it be written or otherwise. As Chuck says, " Sometimes the best sessions were "head" sessions. There was nothing written and we had to figure the parts out for ourselves."

Tune in as Chuck Rainey speaks of the artists with whom he has recorded and how they worked in the studio. Their attitudes and a lot of great inside information that could possibly help one if he or she were interested in a recording career.

Stay Tuned....
John Rhys/

The music for Part One:

1)...."Harlem Nocture"....Zenzile
2)...."Josie"....Steely Dan
3)...."Border Song"....Aretha Franklin
4)...."Just A Kiss Away"....Allen Toussaint
5)...."Watch What Happens"....Gabor Szabo, Lena Horne, Gary McFarland
6)...."Kid Charlemagne"....Steely Dan

The music for Part Two:

1)...."What A Wonderful World"....Louis Armstrong
2)...."Give Peace A Chance"....Louis Armstrong
3)...."I Was Made To Love Her"....Stevie Wonder
4)...."Dancin' Machine"....The Jackson Five

Click here to listen to....Chuck Rainey....Bassman Extraordinaire! (Part One)

Click here to listen to....Chuck Rainey....Bassman Extraordinaire! (Part Two)

Click here to go to Chuck Rainey's personal web site.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Bobby Barth....Slidemaster Of Blackfoot!

I've known Bobby Barth since he was nineteen years old. We met in 1974. That seems like a mighty long time ago. I've witnessed a lot of talented guitarists since then and Bobby rates as one of the best players I've ever heard.

Bobby is an ornery, cantankerous man. Not prone to offering compliments to many people. I don't like to brag but Bobby gave me a compliment about a year ago.

Bobby stayed with Lori and I for a bit during the early eighties. During that time, we would sit and play guitar well into the night. Now me, I'm just a hack when it comes to picking the guitar. The one thing I do well is the Merle Travis "double thumb" technique. Bobby asked me to teach him the technique. Bear in mind, this was sometime around 1984.

About a year ago (2006) Bobby called me and said, "Listen to this." he then proceeded to play some of the most low-down and beautiful , slide-driven Blues I had ever heard. I was flabbergasted. Bobby said, "I just wanted to thank you for teaching me that technique. It only took me a couple of decades to learn it." And he proceeded to laugh.

In March, Lori and I went to New Orleans. While we were there, Bobby and his wife Nancie had us stay with them for several days. Bobby showed us the city of New Orleans and all it's manifest ups and downs. The night before we left for LA, I managed to get him to sit down for a few minutes for an interview on camera. On this video Bobby plays some astonishing slide guitar.

Lori, utilizing a brand new camera, did excellent work of filming Bobby's hands during his playing so that any of you players out there can see what he does and how he does it.

I just spoke with Bobby in Florida where he will be playing with Blackfoot for a series of sold-out shows through this week end.

We think you will enjoy this interview as it covers a lot of territory. Bobby plays three pieces on this video. Three pieces of shear magic. See for yourself.

PS....The audio level is a bit low and for that we apologize. Please turn your volume up a bit for this show.

Thanks for watching.
John Rhys/Guitar Speak

Click here to play Bobby Barth....Slidemaster of Blackfoot!

Click here to go to Blackfoot's web site!

Bobby Barth plays Dean Guitars Exclusively!

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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Choosing An Inexpensive Guitar With Tom Sullivan!

Choosing an inexpensive but playable guitar can be tricky. There are an awful lot of poorly made instruments lurking about in the musical instrument stores these days.

Don't be fooled by a lot of inlay and shine. Learn all the tricks to finding an excellent instrument for a decent price.

Join today's host, Tom Sullivan as he speaks with master guitar builder, Marc McElwee about what to look for when searching about for an inexpensive guitar.

This show will tell you how to ascertain whether the neck is straight; if the frets are too high and other neat pieces of info that will lead you through the search and purchase process.

Happy Playing....
John Rhys/Guitar Speak

Click here to view....Choosing An Inexpensive Guitar!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Guitar Speak Presents....Southern Guitar Masters!

Southern Guitar Masters

Mississippi Fred McDowell
Charley Patton

Robert Johnson

Skip James
Bukka White

Rose Hemphill
Sunnyland Slim

From southern England:

The blues is about many things. About how your woman done you wrong. The Boss Man being mean to you. Things humorous. Things sad. Death. Dying and all manner of worldly matters concern the blues.

The blues was created long before the turn of the 19th century. The blues was built on slavery and the fact that a man was taken from his family and homeland against his will. Slavery happened for centuries. However; it wasn't until those slaves were brought to the shores of the United States that the blues, as we know the art form today, was born.

The blues reside in almost every country in the world. Even countries that don't call on English as a first language.

Everyone in the world can relate to the blues. And today, with all the problems in the world, more and more people have an absolute right to sing the blues.

Today's show presents the blues from the early part of the 20th century. These are but a handful of the original blues men who traveled the dusty roads of the south; did time in many of the prisons and rode the rods, as the trains were called back then, into the annals of musical history. Just imagine that time.

This is one show I really enjoyed putting together. I hope you enjoy listening to Southern Guitar Masters.

John Rhys/

Here's the music:

1)...."I'm Goin' Home"....Ervin Webb & Prisoners....Alan Lomax Collection
2)...."61 Highway Blues"....Fred McDowell....Alan Lomax Collection
3)...."Fred McDowell's Blues"....Fred McDowell....Alan Lomax Collection
4) ...."Stone Pony Blues....Charley Patton....VMK
5)...."Crossroads"....Robert Johnson....Columbia

6)...."Fixin' To Die Blues"....Bukka White....Columbia Legacy Series

7)...."Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues"....Skip James....VMK

8)...."Rolled And Tumbled"....Rose Hemphill....Alan Lomax Collection

9)...."Roll And Tumble Blues"....Sunnyland Slim, Johnny Shines and Big Joe Williams....Blue Sun

10)..."Rollin' And Tumblin' "....Cream....Reaction

Some dialog taken from the All Music Guide to the Blues.

Click here to listen to....Southern Guitar Masters!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Guitar Speak Presents....Influential Guitarist....T-Bone Walker!

T-Bone Walker

Born: May 28, 1910 in Linden, Texas
Died: March 16, 1975 in Los Angeles, Ca.

Aaron Thibeaux Walker was a product of the early Dallas, Texas blues scene. Marco Washington, T-Bone's step-father, was a bass fiddle player with a group called The Dallas String Band. Almost all of T-bone's family played instruments of one kind or another and the young man followed his step-dad's example by learning every stringed instrument his talented hands could find. Once he learned the guitar, that was it.

T-Bone and his friend Charlie Christian hustled many gigs which included both playing and dancing. Neither one of the young men went to school that much. They were into making money so they could eat.

T-Bone Walker recorded from 1929 until 1973. During that time Walker recorded over 400 records. A recording discography unmatched by any guitar player to date. He also played with some of the most prestigious band leaders and performed in the world's finest venues.

Anyone who has enjoyed the music of BB King, Albert King or Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Albert Collins, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, Stevie Ray Vaughan or any of a host of other blues and blues-influenced players has heard the influences of T-Bone Walker.

T-Bone Walker suffered a stroke 1n 1974 brought on by persistent stomach problems and died in Los Angeles, California in 1975.

John Rhys/

Here's the music:

1)...."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury Records
2)...."Strollin' With Bone"....T-Bone Walker....Imperial Records

3)...."The Hustle Is On"....T-Bone Walker....Imperial Records

4)...."Black Snake Moan"....Blind Lemon Jefferson....Gold Box Records

5)...."Stormy Monday Blues"....T-Bone Walker....Black and White Records
6)...."Tomorrow Night"....Lonnie Johnson....King Records
7)...."Johnny B. Goode"....Chuck Berry....Chess Records
8)...."Hard Way"....T-Bone Walker....Imperial

9)...."Blue Mood"....T-Bone Walker....Imperial Records

10)..."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury Records

Click here to listen to....Influential Guitarists....T-Bone Walker!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Guitar Speak Presents....Influential Guitarists!

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Born in Dallas, Texas on October 3rd, 1954, Stevie Ray Vaughan grew up to become one of America's finest gifts to the blues world.

After playing with several garage bands, Vaughan dropped out of high school to concentrate full time on playing music. When his original band, The Cobras broke up, Stevie formed Triple Threat in 1975. Triple Threat featured bassist Jackie Newhouse, drummer Chris Layton and vocalist Lou Ann Barton.

When Barton left the band in 1978, Stevie decided to continue the band and call it Double Trouble. At this point, Stevie Ray Vaughan became the the band's lead singer.

Vaughan's debut album, Texas Flood, was released in the summer of 1983 to rave reviews although much talk was stemming from Stevie's fine backup work on David Bowie's Let's Dance LP.

In the late summer of 1990, Vaughan and Double Trouble set out to do an American headline tour. On August 26th, 1990, after concluding their East Troy, Wisconsin job, Stevie boarded a helicopter bound for Chicago. Just minutes after takeoff, the helicopter crashed, killing Stevie Ray and several other passengers. Stevie was 35 years old.

And of America's and the blues world's finest performers was gone in an instant. Stevie has left us with so much great recorded music. All we have to do is listen to keep his spirit alive.

John Rhys/

Here's the music:

1)...."Hand Clappin "....Red Prysock....Mercury
2)...."The House Is Rockin' "....Stevie Ray Vaughan....Epic

3)...."Texas Flood"....Stevie Ray Vaughan....Epic
4)...."Texas Flood"....Fredrik Strand Halland....Self

5)...."Little Wing"....Stevie Ray Vaughan....Epic

6)...."Pride And Joy"....Stevie Ray Vaughan....Epic

7)...."Life Without You"....Stevie Ray Vaughan....Epic

8)...."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury

Click here to listen to....Influential Guitarists Featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Guitar Speak Presents....Influential Guitarists!

Freddie King

All this week BluePower will feature highly influential guitarists. Players, a novice can listen to and emulate in order to learn. Today we are featuring Freddie King. Freddie wrote "Hide Away" and "The Stumble". Two of the most copied guitar instrumentals of all time.

Freddie King was born in Gilmer, Texas on September 3rd, 1934. Taught to play guitar by his mother and his uncle, Freddie originally studied Lightnin' Hopkins and his style of country blues.

When Freddie became a teen, he fell in love with the electrified sounds of the Chicago blues and when he was 16, his prayer was answered....he moved to Chicago. In 1950, Chicago was overflowing with emigrants from the South. With them came the rural blues or country blues which was transformed into the basic electrified Chicago blues which in turn, generated some great record labels. Chess and Vee-Jay are labels which were spawned by the huge focus of primary blues artists streaming into Chicago. It was a mighty time!

It's funny that Syd Nathan at King Records in Cincinnati wound up releasing Freddie King's major hits considering Freddie was living right in Chicago. Such is the entertainment world.

Thanks for listening....
John Rhys/

Here's the music:

1)...."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury Records
2)...."Hide Away"....Freddie King....King Records
3)...."I'm Tore Down"....Freddie King....King Records
4)...."Dust My Broom"....Freddie King....Black Top Records
5)...."Ain't Nobody's Bizness"....Freddie King....Black Top Records
6)...."Key To The Highway"....Freddie King....Black Top Records
7)...."San-Ho-Zay"....Freddie King....King Records
8)...."Hand Clappin'"....Red Prysock....Mercury Records

Click here to listen to....Influential Guitarists Featuring Freddie King!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Young Norwegian Guitarist Takes Hollywood!

Fredrik Strand Halland ….A Young Man With A Future

Heart of Gold Entertainment Presents
A Night Of Young, Gifted Musicians
The Knitting Factory, August 9th at 8PM

Hollywood is a tough nut to crack. People in Hollywood see everything which passes as entertainment and either love it or shrug it off. Mostly they shrug it off and forget about it the next day. The artists go on to the next city and venue.

This writer has seen the best of the best in Tinsel Town and Thursday evening was pleased to have been invited to see a collection of very young guitarists at a gathering at The Knitting Factory.

Throughout the evening, the level of playing increased as one after another, these young men took the stage and strapped on their instruments. This writer will admit he was amazed at the level of guitar playing he was witnessing.

Then….at 11:22 PM, the last young man stepped onto the stage. I thought to myself, “This is the kid I’ve heard so much about. Let’s see what he can do.”

Mr. Bill Boyrer (Heart Of Gold Entertainment) announces that this last act is a young man which has come all the way from Norway. His name….Fredrik Strand Halland.

He is dressed in shorts, sandals, a t-shirt and a pork pie hat. He is thirteen years old with longish blonde hair and blue eyes that twinkle with the faint hint of a smile as he gazes at the Hollywood audience and checks his gear, adjusting the pedals and switches which have become all too familiar appliances with today’s modern guitarists. There is a terrible hum and the young guitarist stops it instantly. He shows no fear and I am amazed at his absolute calmness in what must be to him….strange territory.

This writer is upstairs by the sound board in the center of the room as the set begins. The soundman adjusts the keyboard and finally brings it into the mix. Fredrik sings “The Telephone Song”, a cut from his forthcoming CD and an original piece of material. When the solo comes, I watch as this young man starts to play. No leaping or jumping around like so many other performers feel it necessary to do, just flat-out good playing.

Keeping the energy level high, Fredrik performs another original song, “It’s A Beautiful Day”. This song is a real stomper and the audience starts moving toward the stage sensing there is something happening they don’t want to miss.

As Fredrik continues his show with his pedals to the metal, the audience moves in closer and closer until the young player can almost reach out and touch them. Now they want a closer look at this handsome young player from abroad. The photographers are having a field day with Fredrik, who appears blind to everything except the music. He has the audience in the palm of his hand. Then he plays “Purple Haze” and it is amazing that Fredrik plays it almost exactly as Jimi played it and even plays Jimi’s solo from the record, note for note. Then to top what he has just done, this young player rips his own solo and has the audience screaming for more.

It’s obvious that Fredrik has studied Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and the other great players who preceded him. That’s natural. The amazing point is that he plays with such dexterity and clarity. His choice of notes is far beyond the norm and he exhibits pure soul. One can simply look at Fredrik and tell he “feels” what he plays. Amazing for one so young!

One song this writer thought was a terrific showcase for Fredrik’s playing ability was “Kentucky Derby”. Obviously the Norwegian sense of humor working as this song is so fast that one can not count the tempo accurately, yet the young man plays it with such stunning clarity and speed, it is simply amazing. The audience is stunned.

Fredrik’s aplomb and stage courtesy shines as he introduces his band. He introduces the keyboard player who has played exceedingly well all evening, Harold Dahlstroem. Then, with a big smile, Fredrik introduces “The Boss”, Frank Halland on bass. (Frank is also his father and one of his teachers.) Then, last but certainly not least, he introduces his powerful drummer, Zsolt Meszaros. This mighty rhythm section has done well by Fredrik all evening and he shows he is grateful.

Fredrik closes the show with “Texas Flood” and a song called “Look At Little Sister”, showing he can combine real Texas blues with good old rock and roll.

There is absolutely no doubt who owned the stage this evening. Though the other young musicians performed very well, Fredrik took control of the venue and showed the audience with his presence, attitude and talent, that you don’t have to be American to play the blues.

Fredrik Strand Halland is rapidly becoming a star in Norway. Hopefully his star will shine throughout the rest of the world.

Thank you Fredrik….your performance was worth the wait.

John Rhys/

Photo by: Hugh Holland

Click here to go directly to Fredrik's site!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Young Guitar Wizards "Live" At The Knitting Factory!

Can you realize that having played guitar for over fifty years, I do not take it lightly that today, I was shredded by a twelve and thirteen year old pair of young gentlemen? These kids can't even drive or drink, much less get into the joints in which honed my skills. You know....smoke filled bars.

Here's the news.....!

On August 9th. at 8 PM, Heart Of Gold Entertainment is presenting a marvelous Charity event at the Knitting Factory on Hollywood Boulevard, featuring young guitar burners from across the globe.

If you even think you're a player, you owe it to yourself to see these young men in action. It's a cathartic experience believe me.

Today's BluePower show features Mr. Grant Austin Taylor who resides in Norfolk, Virginia and Mr. Fredrik Strand Halland of Bergen, Norway. Grant is twelve and Fredrik is thirteen. Both young men are building strong fan bases and they feature some mighty strong playing on their individual sites on YouTube. Check them out.

Here is the line-up for Thursday evening at The Knitting Factory:

Eliott Janz
Chris Iorio

Grant Austin Taylor

Fredrik Strand Halland

Here's the music today:

1)...."We Walk Alone"....Grant Austin Taylor
2)...."Life Is A Gamble"....Fredrik Strand Halland

3)...."That's The Way Life Goes"....Grant Austin Taylor

4)...."Beautiful Day"....Fredrik Strand Halland

There will also be some "special" guests whose name we are not privy to divulge at this time.

This show is a charity event and the proceeds over and above costs and expenses will be divided among the players themselves to be donated to their favorite charity.

Click here to listen to Young Guitar Wizards "Live" At The Knitting Factory!

Click here to go to the website of Fredrik Strand Halland!

Click here to go to the website of Grant Austin Taylor!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Mike Lipe....Builder Of Fine Guitars!

Several months ago, Tom Sullivan was able to have Mike Lipe come into our studios for an interview on just what it takes to hand-build a very fine guitar.

In this instructive video, Mr. Lipe tells the Guitar Speak audience what it takes in time and temperament to put together an instrument that will work for a professional as well as an amateur guitar player.

Take the time to download this video and learn some very solid points regarding not only Mr. Lipe's instruments but your own as well.

Mike Lipe has built instruments for a few fairly well known guitarists such as: Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Brian May (Queen), Carlos Santana and is endorsed by Coco Montoya and Mark Karan. Oh....he also built a bass for Sting as well.

I think you'll enjoy this show and perhaps pick up a few pointers along the way.

This show is hosted by our very good friend, Mr. Tom Sullivan. A man who knows the ins and outs of the guitar world pretty well himself. Enjoy!

John Rhys/BluePower/Guitar Speak

PS....The sound on this show is a little hot. You might want to turn down the volume a bit. Also....this is a Quicktime movie, so let the download begin for a minute before you stream.

Click here to view....Mike Lipe....Builder Of Fine Guitars!

Click here to visit Mike Lipe's website!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Jay Gordon....Gold Rings, Silver Bullets!

The last time I saw Jay Gordon was ten years ago. I was impressed then with his knowledge of the guitar and in particular, the way he played the Blues.

The Blues is not something one just picks up a guitar and starts to play. The Blues comes from deep down in your soul and unless you have lived the Blues, it's impossible to play with the necessary feeling. Jay Gordon can play the Blues because he has felt the Blues.

It was easy to see that Mr. Gordon has had the Blues a great deal since I last saw him and our conversation on the show yesterday confirmed that fact though we did not go into great detail.

Jay Gordon has greatly developed his burning style of electric Blues and added some new touches with some scary slide work thrown in to boot.

This is not a show for the traditional Blues traveler. This show features music from Jay's latest release, Gold Rings, Silver Bullets and is not for the faint-hearted. So be fore warned! This CD SCREAMS!

Listen in as BluePower takes you through the history of this fine electric Bluesman, from his early musical life in Chicago, his travels on the road and the ups and downs of life itself. Everyone has an incredible story to tell.

Many thanks to Mr. John Schayer, Mr. Gordon's bassman and friend for many years, for coming by BluePower to add sparkle to the conversation.

John Rhys/

Here's the music:

1)....Theme...."Hand Clappin"....Red Prysock
2)...."Fire And Brimstone Boogie"....Jay Gordon and The Penetrators

3)...."Pickin' On A Piece Of Wood"...Jay Gordon and The Penetrators
4)...."Pain"....Jay Gordon and The Penetrators
5)...."Driving Me Wild"....Jay Gordon and The Penetrators

6)...."Freight Train"....Jay Gordon and The Penetrators

Click here to play....Jay Gordon....Gold Rings, Silver Bullets!

Click here to purchase....Gold Rings, Silver Bullets!

Click here for more info on Jay Gordon!

All songs with the exception of our theme are from Gold Rings, Silver Bullets and BluePower has been granted permission to play this music for promotional purposes in perpituity.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Carl Verheyen....Live At The Baked Potato!

Los Angeles, California
April 21, 2007
9:30 PM

Hollywood is crawling with musicians; all colors, sizes and nationalities. Half of them are probably guitar players.

Now there's a difference between a player and a virtuoso. A player is someone who plays the instrument. A virtuoso, (as listed in Merriam Webster's Dictionary) is:

a) experimenter or investigator, especially in the arts.
b) who excels in the technique of an art.
c)....a person who has great skill at some endeavor.

Carl Verheyen demonstrates all these abilities becoming one with his instrument; which on this particular evening was a 1961 Fender Stratocaster, I believe in Seafoam Green.

Now the reason I know the difference between a guitar player and a guitar virtuoso is that this writer is a guitar player....Carl Verheyen is a virtuoso. Itzhak Perlman is a virtuoso. Janos Starker is a virtuoso.

Now perhaps you think I'm laying it on a bit thick here and perhaps I am but it's been some time since I have witnessed such dexterity and choice of notes.

You say, "But he's just a guitarist."

Well....the instrument has strings, six of them and many places in which to play lots of notes, hundreds of them in fact. The combinations are in the thousands. If you think it's easy, try it sometime.

Verheyen is forever tasty with the ability to meld hard-edged, searing solos into beautifully crafted phrases of shear beauty; giving birth to quiet, delicate passages with pure astral tones that ring as though they were produced from finely-spun gold. And the man's fingerings are so fast and accurate that it makes one's head swim. How does a man play this way?

Mr. Verheyen has played with the cream of the world's recording artists; hit makers Cher, Supertramp and the Bee Gees. Then turning his talents to Jazz with artists like David Benoit and Smooth Jazz artist, Richard Elliot. Carl has been credited for playing on more CDs than I could possibly name here.

Carl Verheyen has produced some ten releases of his own with his latest titled, Take One Step, an album including a DVD and CD. A stereo CD, enhanced to include website connections, ring tones and pre-ripped mp3s for your I-pod when played in a computer and:
  • A DVD with 75 minutes of video
  • 5.1 surround HD mix: Audience Perspective
  • 5.1 surround HD mix: Stage perspective
  • 96K 2.0HD stereo mix
  • A 52 minute movie about the making of Take One Step
  • Interviews with Chad Wackerman (drummer) and Bernie Dresel (drummer).
  • Song chart files to learn a few of the tunes.
Pretty damn good from a man who used to be a ski instructor. (He taught tonight's drummer to ski.)

Of course the lead musician can only be as proficient as the players with whom he surrounds himself. Tonight, at The Baked Potato, Carl had two of the finest players I've had the privilege to hear in a long while.

On bass, the most dextrous Mr. Cliff Hugo, whose wonderful fingering and control of the bottom end was enhanced by the furious and fastidious drumming of Mr. Walfredo Reyes, Jr. Walfredo, fresh off the road with Lindsey Buckingham, played his first set ever with Carl Verheyen this evening and that was no mean feat, as Carl's tunes are not your standard three chord blues. Each work is akin to a tiny symphony....and each song is more interesting and complex than the last.

So how does Carl Verheyen play that way? He's had lots of practice. And as any great musician will tell you....practice leads to mastery of your instrument.

Carl Verheyen is a study in proficiency and excellence. A musician's musician. Catch him live....whenever you can. You too, will be amazed.

Many thanks to Mr. Bob Katz of Groove Tubes for the invitation.

Stay tuned!
John Rhys-Eddins/

Go to Carl Verheyen's web site here!

Learn more about Cliff Hugo here!

Learn more about Walfredo Reyes, Jr. here!
(Thanks to Mr. Reyes' beautiful wife, Carina Reyes.)

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Hello fret2fret....Listen To This!

Well over a year ago we tried one of the Google ad links which were attached to our pages for a while. It was an ad preaching that you could play like Jimi Hendrix in 45 minutes if you bought this course.

We tried getting touch with the site offering this amazing learning tool. We wanted to ask for our own version (at that time for BluePower) so that we could review the course and give it a yea or nay. Several of us here play the guitar and thought perhaps we could learn something. We also hoped the product would be an excellent teaching tool.

We tried to find someone to whom we could write a letter. To no avail.

So we wrote the article below. Beyond that you will find over 100 responses from various people around the globe who found the truth. We did not publish those who offered to give the product away for free (I hope).

Hello You There?

By: John Rhys

Since posting the new BluePower, I have had the exemplary pleasure of watching Google ads roll by as I checked the site day by day. The first time I saw what those tiny ads had attributed to our bank account, I decided to check the ads myself just to add the extra penny (we need all the cash we can find) per click through.

I enjoy doing this as it is quite new to me. It's not a lot by any means, just pennies, but it's verification that the net can pay if you work it. And I love to work it.

Tonight, whilst adding 5 cents (clicking five ads) to my bank account, I discovered something that intrigued me. An ad professing to give incredible guitar skills in just 45 minutes. I thought it would be interesting to see if the method really works and looked for a place to email the gentleman owning these remarkable teaching skills. Alas....there was no way of reaching this man, company....whatever. You could however; go directly to PayPal to purchase the product when you clicked what you thought was the email link.

Now you have to understand, I am suspicious by nature as I have been in the music business most of my life. All I wanted to do was ask the gentleman to let me review the technique and rate it.

If anyone knows the gentleman running this site, please have him write to I would love to improve my guitar skills and I'm sure a lot of our viewers would as well.

This is simply an invitation to see if what he claims really works as I have great pride in what ads float around on our site. I wouldn't like them to be misleading for our viewers sake.

Perhaps the site is new and has a few bugs. This is not a challenge but a test to see if those claims are true. It would be wonderful if they were.

Shall we see?


Tobb said...

hey. i came over the site yesterday and i sent him a mail on with several questions. i got a reply less than 24 hours after, but i'm still not sure if i dare waste my money on this... looking for a bit more info too...

his reply:

The concept is based on a very clever memory technique which lends itself
incredibly well to the fretboard. There is a very special sequence of notes
which is found everywhere on the guitar. You are taught this sequence and when
to use it. It is very clever, very quick and due to it's very nature, almost
impossible to forget. The software is presented in a type of interface and is
viewed on your PC. It can also be printed out. You are able to download the
system as soon as you have paid for it and you are sent a CD containing a hard
copy of the system and the 115,000 guitar tabs which are text based. There are
also 28,000 guitar pro tabs on the disk.
Hope this answers your questions.

8/05/2005 05:36:00 AM
Lalo said...

I also sent an email to Mike and never got a reply.

As you and the other blogger, I would also like to see some sample of his methos before I buy, and if he does, he has a sale.

8/09/2005 08:02:00 AM
The Management said...

It's bogus or he would do more than rant and rave for 3 pages without giving a single example of the process. Buyer beware. Until I find an unbiased review, I'm not touching his product with a ten foot pole.

8/09/2005 07:04:00 PM
skaskaska said...

heres the "secret"....the notes on a guitar follow a patern. A, D, G, C, F, A#, D#, G#, C#, F#, B, E, and back to A. This pattern goes vertically down the fret board. Make up a story to memorize it. Just Remember that at the 5th string you need to take the note before what the pattern would suggest. ie. a D, instead of a D#. There you have it.

8/10/2005 09:05:00 AM
Steve said...

Hey all, I thought I would go out on a limb here, since PayPal does protect the buyer, I thought I would go ahead and try this out. However, an hour after I have paid and I have received NOTHING! The only thing I got was an email from PayPal saying I paid. STAY AWAY, STAY AWAY, STAY AWAY! He's after the money and that's it. Obviously the info is SO TOP DOESN'T exist!

8/15/2005 01:43:00 PM
Kenneth Idding said...

See also the uncyclopedia article on fret2fret:
And this discussion:

8/20/2005 02:48:00 PM
Sound Advice said...

Hi Guys: Well, I "fell for" the tempting ad and paid the $27.99 and (as one of the earlier comments states) it really is simple. It's almost TOO simple. But like lots of powerful things (like learning to type) it sounds simple (Just put your fingers on the keyboard and think the letter onto the screen) learning and using are two different processes. Any tool sitting in a draw will not be useful - it's potential lies in the form and function of the tool and the skill of the user. Fret2Fret...worth it? ($35CAD - Canadian dollars for me) - Yes.
But, then again, I can type at over 80 wpm, and when someone told me (After years of hunting and pecking) that is was worth the $48 for a Typing Program. My first thoughts were the same as some of the other commentors - "I'm not gonna risk that kind of money" Now, when it comes to learning intuitive skills (like typing or playing the guitar), I invest - not in the software - but in my own ability to learn.
Thanks to Fret2Fret - and some time and some serious practice, I expect to be buzzing along the fretboard, just as I buzz around the keyboard typing this comment. Cole in Canada.

8/21/2005 01:21:00 AM
Kenneth Idding said...

It is just a mnemonic to learn the sequence ADGCFA#D#G#C#F#BEA plus a tiny little bit of information. If someone would teach you the mnemonic Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears for the strings of the guitar, would you pay for that as well? Would you recommend buying it, if the person who taught you the mnemonic would promise people gold mountains? Or are you Mike Slaiter himself on holiday in Canada?? ;-)

8/21/2005 09:23:00 AM
Fender-Fanboy DK said...

Hi there.. came across this a few days ago, and at first, I was pretty sure that it was fake !.. So I did a little research to see what it was all about..

Apparently if you look on the ebay ads for it,the pictures in the ad are hosted on the same server as the actual program, so all you have to do is get the server name from the picture by looking at the source, then look at the server in your browser.

So why Don't you check it out yourself free of charge !!!

check out this link, and just chose the fret2fret.exe in the bottom of the page and then click 'browser download'..

And Voila !..Nice and Free.. and it's actually working !, but of course it's not worht the $28, but it's a good start...

I hope this helped u All !

8/27/2005 03:29:00 PM
RockN2TheBlues said...

Thanks, I went and got it for free. I read the story, went up and down the fret board a few times and now I know what notes I am playing. It works! The story is so wacky it has to work and I find myself laughing as I realize what note I am on.

However, it certainly does not give you the ability to play. You still have to know your scales and put in lots of practice. But even knowing scales, I have found myself getting lost on the fretboard many times. Especially when trying to move around too much. This tool will help to find the right note to start on wherever I am at on the fretboard.

So, his advertisement is very missleading in that he says you will be able to play any song you want and be able to know that you are playing the right notes. Knowing what notes you are playing does not make them right.

So I think it's a bit of a rip off if you pay the $30 for it. Then on the other hand I guess you have to look at it like you are buying the free guitar tab that he sends to you. Assuming he sends it and it is worth anything. I've seen a lot of bad guitar tab before.

Hope this helps someone.

8/29/2005 11:45:00 AM
darth30 said...

I downloaded the free one that someone graciously posted the url to, and boy am I glad I did. This thing is hardly worth the time it takes to download. Ok, the memorization technique is somewhat intriguing, but anyone can come up with their own little song and dance to do that. However, the ADGCF sequence goes all to pot across the fret board when you hit the B string due to the half-step down for tuning. While he admits this in the app, he gives you a way to correct the issue, but it still doesn't work out up and down the fret board. Don't waste your money on 5 flash driven screens and get the freebie.

9/08/2005 10:32:00 AM
Monte Self said...

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9/11/2005 11:21:00 PM
Monte Self said...

Hummm.. I'll go and check it out myself and see if I can get it free to...
also if anyone want to check out my FREE lessons on My site about learning the fretboard here's the link...
I'm not promising you'll learn in one hour (I know of no man who has leaned to play a song "like a pro" all the way through in "one hour") but I do beleive my system is pretty good. I should be using it more PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE !!!! "we'll not learn anything by looking for shortcuts" Monte Self

9/11/2005 11:23:00 PM
Zippy said...

Hello. I've just done an HND in guitar where I was lucky enough to be taught by some of the worlds top professionals, improvising was a major part of the course. I got the free version from link kindly posted and I'm not sure if you can price this. On it's own it's utterly useless. However the principle and memory technique is useful as it employs various parts of your brain making it a stronger part of your conscience. When soloing a key thing is using scales that posses the same notes as the chords you're playing (obviously you can step outside but it's a good idea to resolve on a strong note that defines the character of the chord you're playing over) having an intimate knowledge of where each note lies and what lies around it will help for A) Letting you know straight away where scale start and end points are, and B) where you're going when you step outside that scale pattern and what scale you could then be playing into. This is quite a sterile way of playing though, truly great improvisers, the likes of Van Halen, Jeff Beck and some of the guys Mike lists improvise by ear and feel not just by theory knowledge alone. Their awesome perception of pitch, melody and most importantly TIMING lets them move effortlessly from one note to the next. They can hear that, when on any given note, what a note a tone away from that will sound like etc etc, this comes from experience and listening to records and learning licks from other guys, jamming, I think it's a process of building and experimenting then a touch of creativity to create something new. Some people, for a bunch of reasons, are better than others at this. So, if you want a lazy way to be "a pro" then no, there's obviously a shitload more to it, but if you're a competent player, know some scales etc and want to feel more confident about the fretboard I reckon it's worth learnin for free.

9/20/2005 03:37:00 PM
chuckleheadmaster said...

oh dear, glad i didnt pay any money for this! the method for memorising the fret board is at best rather obvious and certainly does not deliver what it says in the advert (after 30 mins of reading a few flash screens im yet to turn into jimi hendrix). I found it much easier just to rember where Es and Fs are as well as all the tuning notes on the 5th fret. from here you can find all the B's and C's are (there just under or above the e's and f's) and from there quickly find the rest. fancy charging £30 for a poorley wriiten, silly little story. feel kinda ripped getting it for free!

10/05/2005 11:00:00 AM

Went to that site to see if I could get it and I only see the Mac hqx files. No exe.

10/06/2005 11:11:00 AM
Want 2 learn guitar said...

This is for Fender-Fanboy DK. Can you do that trick for any downloadable guitar lesson on e-bay? I'm amazed at how you did that!


10/07/2005 07:34:00 AM
myrtle said...

jep, tristram, there was only hgx not exe :/

10/08/2005 06:46:00 AM
myrtle said...

oops. I meant hqx :P

10/08/2005 06:48:00 AM
LeGeNdArY said...

I think maybe you guys are forgetting one MAJOR IMPORTANT THING HERE... YOU CAN GET EVERY SINGLE PENNY BACK!!!

I bought it, even though I was skeptical at first "sound like steve vai in less than 60 minutes"... that did sound a little suspicious... but you see the PayPal logo and you know that you're in good hands.

Folks the guy was straight up honest, though slightly misleading, he told you what you were buying: "the ability to memorize the entire fretboard"... and with the use of common sense (sorry I have no files for you to download for common sense... you have to put effort into that on your own) I picked through the propaganda and found what I was being sold.

I figured, worst case scenario: I buy it and get ripped off... I'd just go to PayPal and tell someone I got ripped off and I get my money back... another bad scenario: I buy it and I'm not satisfied... I'm not playing like Steve Vai after one hour... I can get my money back from Mike Slaiter, and still keep the 115,000 tabs CD for free...

Here's the actual scenario that happened... I bought it... dinked around with it... learned how to slowly find my way around the frets using a stupid story about danny devito... and i'm gradually becoming very satisfied with my $30 spent...

So stop slandering, guys... He was trying to help... though I will admit he sort of tricks the reader... he was honest. And for that I'm not going to defame his name.

10/10/2005 12:40:00 AM
eric126 said...

MISSLEADING is a very friendly description.
After all the memory technique is quite ok it is really hard to forget,
none the less you can´t claim that this makes you fell like clapton
(i was just astrummer now i feel like clapton-after one hour you pick your guitar and can´t stop playing-one hour you play along any song like a pro-you will know the secret that pros like angus young etc. know)-i doubt this particuarly
The idea is quite clever as this guy trying to help himself make money.
Somebody here has described the GREAT secret in two sentences an that´s it.
And a tab cd-unless they are very good-ain´t worth much more than a blank cd.I can sell everyone a 200000 tabs cd for ten buck,though im not clever enough to do this

10/10/2005 12:16:00 PM
hunky said...

Well, I bought it for my students. I was a bit surprised at how easy it will be when we apply it but mostly, the cd with the 115,000 tabs came about two days after I purchased the system. I had to unzip it, np. I am amazed at how many tabs there are. IT'S GREAT. I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH SPENDING THE MONEY ON IT. I have instant access to any song I can think of. My students are pretty enthusiastic about it. I like it because I don't have to go online or buy any books to get instant access to music. yup.

10/12/2005 03:36:00 PM
bhushan said...

i downloaded the file...but what is the type...i am not being able to open it...its a zip file...then its just a file named "guitar"...thats it..
how shud i open it..

10/16/2005 02:23:00 AM
Someone said...

Kinda strange how every time there's someone trying to tell us it's crap and misleading and a complete rip off, there's another "person" trying to convince everyone it's not all that bad?
Makes me kinda suspicious, i'd think there's just some guy who made a little flash program about a way to memorize your guitar who is desperately surfing on the web for anything containing "fret2fret" and trying to undo the damage.

But maybe i'm just paranoid,

10/27/2005 10:02:00 AM
Prady said...

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10/29/2005 08:28:00 AM
Prady said...

To everyone, who did manage to download a copy of F2F, as described by FENDER-FANBOY, the exe is not there anymore. so if it's not too big a file cud u plz mail to . thx in advance.

10/29/2005 08:46:00 AM
ipldthefif said...

To everyone, who did manage to download a copy of F2F, as described by FENDER-FANBOY, the exe is not there anymore. so if it's not too big a file cud u plz mail to . thx in advance.

10/30/2005 08:51:00 PM
ipldthefif said...

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10/30/2005 08:52:00 PM
urworstnightmare said...

hey has anyone ordered this and actually recieved the product because i have just ordered it and was wondering how to get to the software.
any help would be appreciated by mailing me at

11/06/2005 02:00:00 AM
can'tsleep said...

Hi there
I’ve just spent 2 hours (while I should be sleeping) trying to find out what this magical program is all about. I hope someone will be so kind to send it to my e-mail address so that I can finally rest in peace.
My e-mail is:
I really hope someone will help me out here

11/08/2005 04:11:00 PM
darshan said...

if anyone can obllige me also...

11/12/2005 05:05:00 AM
joakin said...

i also like to see this so famous software so if anyone can send it to me please do.
my email adress is

11/13/2005 11:08:00 AM
jerrock said...

I bought the damn thing and was never redirected to the site. Never got the download. Is it not Mac compatible?

11/14/2005 04:07:00 AM
Alpha said...

I just purchased the software, but it didn't give me any downloads, didn't redirect me to a site. nothing.Would appreciate any feedback. My e-mail is

11/14/2005 11:04:00 AM
Mrriccio said...

I'm with the last comment...spent the money, and don't know where to go. Wish I would have read the comments first. Have my fingers crossed. Any info will be appreciated.

11/18/2005 07:11:00 PM
WestEndRiot said...

i wouldnt mind seeing what all the fuss is about so if anyone would sent it to me, itd b greatly appereciated.

cheers, my email is

11/19/2005 08:07:00 PM
Tom said...

To anyone who did manage to download a copy of F2F, as described by FENDER-FANBOY, the exe is not there anymore. cud u plz mail to thx in advance

11/21/2005 09:52:00 PM
jerm said...

If anyone has the exe I would reallt apreciate it if he would sen it to me

11/23/2005 11:34:00 AM
Sephiroth525 said...

Yea, I wouldn't mind seeing what this great software is like, I've been to this guys site and it does look like a scam. Then again paypal is secure so maybe not. I wouldn't mind testing it out for myself and if it's good I'll pay for it and get the gp4 tabs as well. Thanks, if you could please e-mail me at

11/24/2005 12:42:00 PM
rock_2_thrash said...

This guy "is" offering his files for free.Tunnel his site you might be lucky!!!

11/24/2005 11:56:00 PM
PassItOnM8 said...


are the links to the downloads (It's the .exe's if you didn't know). This guy really needs some security. Enjoy!

11/25/2005 08:54:00 PM
SniperC4 said...

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11/25/2005 11:10:00 PM
SniperC4 said...

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11/28/2005 05:55:00 PM
Rach said...

HI I'm learning to play, but I just can't get my fingers round the F and Bm chords, anyone have any suggestions? ;-)

11/29/2005 11:56:00 AM
Dalreidal said...

Hi, sorry if this is a pain but i would, after reading all your comments like to download and try the program to see if it actually does do anything. Could you please e-mail it to

12/02/2005 10:32:00 PM
Rex said...

If anyone needs the software - e-mail me- - i can send you the guitar or bass copy. I'm checking it out now... hope I'm playing like steve vai or right now I'm in a band playing bass, so maybe like steve harris!!!

12/04/2005 08:45:00 AM
ThryceDaly said...

Yeah, this is for real. I ordered it. Got the promised cd in the mail within a reasonable amount of time. Looked at it tonight for the first time. It seems sound enough to me (no pun intended).

If you're just learning to play, then, no -- it probably *won't* have you playing blazing solos in an hour, though it certainly wouldn't hurt to start your guitar-playing career by learning the proper fretboard.

If you already have some sense of what you're doing, I expect it could be a useful tool, especially if you have a good ear and/or some prior knowledge of scale patterns. (And assuming, of course, that you put in the practice time.)

I find it troublesome that some folks seem so eager to trash the guy for asking money for what he's offered. Either buy it or don't. Nobody's twisting your arm.

If you don't like what you got, then *do the honorable thing* -- send it back, get your refund, and go blow your 28 bucks on something else. Don't sit there feeling smug and ripping *him* off by giving away his product for free. The man has every right to put a price on what he knows, whether anybody else agrees with it or not.

12/06/2005 11:31:00 PM
SniperC4 said...

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12/16/2005 11:49:00 PM
Destroid said...

I have uploaded the .exe of this flash file. Try putting either:


into your address bar.

Good luck.

1/03/2006 05:04:00 AM
Chaos25 said...

Can somebody send me this Fret2fret file? I'll send whoever helps me my own method. E-mail:

1/04/2006 04:42:00 AM
zak said...

I would also like a copy to review if someone could lplease email it to Im trying to teach my 7 year old and thought this may be a good start..Ive tried the links provided with no luck loading those sites..



1/04/2006 05:29:00 AM
nutsoratso said...

hey, somebody send me a copy of fret2fret, please.


1/05/2006 09:58:00 PM
Eugene said...

Hi there.
I'm from Lithuania trying to get some skills in playing guitar. I was going to buy fret2fret when I found this page...So is there anyone Who could send me this software? I would be very greatful..

1/09/2006 06:04:00 AM
mikaDOOH said...

buzzing through all sorts of guitar stuff on the web tonite i came across this weird fret2fret thingy and consequently (well, if you're the suspicious type ;)) couldn't help to enter into this discussion here!

and what can i say - i was probably quite lucky to find here a possibility to check out on it. at first almost feeling a bit like flying the jolly roger after entering this ominous little flash tool "all for free" i can only agree to what has widely been stated here before: it can be useful, but is definately not the stunningly fast way to fame the author ballyhoos in his ads. though a clever businessman, he's on the other hand not even smart enough to secure his files from easily being raided - but perhaps he doesn't really care?!

lucky us - everyone IS at least intrigued by the idea of it, and wants to find out ;) well, and if his sappy little story helps to remember what's going on on all those frets who cares he wouldn't be awarded with the pulitzer prize?

but in any case it's not worth some 28 $.
i'm actually more interested in the tabs ;)
as for this, are they (at least) worthwhile, or can someone recommend other compilations of that kind?
thanx for info, please mail to

1/09/2006 08:30:00 PM
mikaDOOH said...

@ hi nutsoratso:
i sent you the fret2fret guitar file!

@ eugene: please leave an email-addy, then i send you the file, too! mikaDOOH

1/09/2006 09:41:00 PM
Eugene said...

...and I hoped I could become a master in playing a guitar,so
my dreams are undone =)
a little bit disappointing..
my mail:
anyway, thanks a lot =)

1/10/2006 02:11:00 AM
mikaDOOH said...

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1/10/2006 10:57:00 AM
mikaDOOH said...

@ Hi Zak, Hi Chaos25,
you were sent the file, too!
please let me know when you received it, cheers!

1/10/2006 11:02:00 AM
mikaDOOH said...

after a couple of requests to send this little fret-devil i now post the download link here again - so please go ahead and get it from there if possible to save me traffic ;-))

take the "exe"-files!

for guitar:

for bass:

1/10/2006 04:49:00 PM
TheRockstar said...

Hi all!!!

Yeah, I found myself struggling for two days to get this freakin' thing!! Then I finnally found you guys!! I know people have been bugging you for this file, but could some1 please send this to me?? I can only view it, but not download!
My greatest appreciation!!!

1/17/2006 01:10:00 AM
Jeevan Fenn said...

Well i wil send you this flash file by mail.Just mail me at am doing this because I am not sure who all have already recieved it.

1/18/2006 12:55:00 PM
mattxxc said...

can someone send me a copy of the zip file that has the 10 000 tabs on it? I got the flash thing for the guitar.exe. Was wondering if anyone would part with the tabs??????? thx if you send them

1/22/2006 12:29:00 AM
basstragic said...

I have just downloaded the bass version of this. For nicks as per a previous suggestion so the .exe file is still there. Haven't had time to try it out yet but any aid to my memory has to be a good thing. My problem is the rusty connection between brain, left hand & right hand. Looking for tabs? Just Google for all the freebies you want.

1/22/2006 01:20:00 AM
foufou666 said...

hi, it would be really cool if someone could take a minute to send me the F2F software and maybe some of the tabs (if someone already has a zipped up version ready...)

REALLY appreciate it..
Cheers !


1/26/2006 12:47:00 PM
crunchnburn said...

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2/03/2006 07:37:00 PM
crunchnburn said...

Sorry man, hope that the tabs make it sweet enough to shell out $28. cuz the program is hardly amazing.

For Guitar

For Bass

2/03/2006 07:40:00 PM
gypsy steve said...

for the story i used mostly guitarists, but i used a couple of memorable characters also ...this is what makes it MORE memorable(like Arnold and devito etc)
sequence: ADGCFA#D#G#C#F#BEA
my story:Ace Frehley and Dave gilmore were jamming, Gene simmons giving em a bass line,Christ shed some light on it all to hold it all together, Frankenfuter(rocky horror show) wanting attention grabbed aces ass. Ace retuned him #sharp words, Dave recoiled in shock and his #Sharp string ends scratched aces axe,Gene gave em both a #sharp look of dissaproval, Christs #sharp mind tried to create harmony by giving Frankenfurter #sharp pliers to trim all there string ends, but Billy gibbons was already jamming with Eddie van-halen, inspired by Aces idea.
*Ace & Gene -KISS
*Dave -pink floyd
*Christ -the glue & LIFE behind it all
*Franky -rocky horror
*Billy - zz top
*Eddie - VH
mike slaiter may have overated his site ...but what advertising company doesnt. for the price he asks, u could only get a measly half hour lesson ..ive had a few lessons which dont teach as much as this handy tecnique ...i got the freeby ...but good on him if he can make a buck in this day & age.
any comments to gypsy-steve

2/11/2006 06:50:00 PM
gypsy steve said...

for the story i used mostly guitarists, but i used a couple of memorable characters also ...this is what makes it MORE memorable(like Arnold and devito etc)
sequence: ADGCFA#D#G#C#F#BEA
my story:Ace Frehley and Dave gilmore were jamming, Gene simmons giving em a bass line,Christ shed some light on it all to hold it all together, Frankenfuter(rocky horror show) wanting attention grabbed aces ass. Ace retuned him #sharp words, Dave recoiled in shock and his #Sharp string ends scratched aces axe,Gene gave em both a #sharp look of dissaproval, Christs #sharp mind tried to create harmony by giving Frankenfurter #sharp pliers to trim all there string ends, but Billy gibbons was already jamming with Eddie van-halen, inspired by Aces idea.
*Ace & Gene -KISS
*Dave -pink floyd
*Christ -the glue & LIFE behind it all
*Franky -rocky horror
*Billy - zz top
*Eddie - VH
mike slaiter may have overated his site ...but what advertising company doesnt. for the price he asks, u could only get a measly half hour lesson ..ive had a few lessons which dont teach as much as this handy tecnique ...i got the freeby ...but good on him if he can make a buck in this day & age.
any comments to gypsy-steve

2/11/2006 06:52:00 PM
fast4rward72 said...

I fell for the "great secret" and now I'm trying to have my %100 money back guarantee worked out. This is the biggest piece of crap scam going. Yes I fell for it, and so will others unfortunately. Buyers definately beware. I have tried numerous times to contact not only mike slaiter himself, but I have also had no luck contacting the problems link either. They are all busy I'm sure, laughing all the way to the bank

2/13/2006 12:16:00 PM
gary said...

I've looked at it. I don't think it is worth $28. There is too much hard sale on his website it made me sceptical. His security is lousy.

The story is very long winded but I guess it most be useful as some peole are claiming great results.

Don't think there are any real short cuts to becomming a great guitarist. It is hard if your talented let alone just inspired by the sound you hear on the radio etc.

GuitarNoise has been useful for my confidence helping me to be able to play songs.

2/15/2006 04:53:00 AM
xiqi said...

just go to and download it for free

2/18/2006 05:22:00 PM
xiqi said...

The program is crap
It doesn't tech you how to play like a pro
all it teaches is how to remember the notes better
and any half decent guitaist can do that already
don't even waste your time downloading it free

2/18/2006 05:32:00 PM
bonus tim said...

most handy server that lets you type in what ever you want and it'll search for it for you:

2/24/2006 03:07:00 PM
Bugster85 said...

I noticed that this only helps with the Sharps. I redid this with flats and noticed it's simply the circle of fifths. If anyone has memorized the circle of fifths just apply this to the fret board - remeber to jump up one fret at the 5th string.

2/28/2006 07:01:00 AM
Squamous Cardnips said...

The guitar and bass programs are still listed for download at the URL listed way above. Just choose for more than 50 as number to show and they will appear. Download using brower download.
Intersting Flash work, maybe helpful to new students, more helpful if you read this thread and follow this group's advice though mnemonic may need some work!

3/07/2006 10:58:00 PM
Sean said...

Hey, I can't seem to download the guitar.exe file. None of the links are working. Could someone please email it to me? My address is:

Thanks so much!!!

3/11/2006 08:12:00 PM
jojo oneil said...


Just found an even better similar program

I bought it and its cool. Not a cheapo download. All on a cd with loads of other guitar stuff as well including tabs and best of all. its half the price.

3/27/2006 08:33:00 AM
mikaDOOH said...

V I R U S - W A R N I N G

hi, all you out there!

whoever receives mails from a certain "mike" and/or this mail-addy: "mike@fret2fret"

be careful, because today I received two different mails from this sender named above, and both contained virus. I checked the mails on not less then three mail providers with the same result!!!

I have no idea whether the sender has really any idea of what is happening, or if perhaps the author of fret2fret himself is shooting sharp on those who might have used his tool without buying it "properly"....?!?

note that some of you posted their email-addies in this blog in order to get hold of or information on the tool ...

so be on your guard, and keep on rocking and surfing "on the safe side" - with or without The Amazing Fret2Fret ;-))

3/27/2006 02:49:00 PM
paul said...

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3/27/2006 06:40:00 PM
paul said...

it would be really generouse if someone sent a copy to

3/27/2006 06:44:00 PM
Smirfie said...

hey guys please send me fret2fret i want it badly

i would appretiate it greatly

3/28/2006 11:40:00 PM
maximus1234 said...

Check this out for a much cheaper alternative

3/29/2006 12:54:00 PM
madmarzl said...

Hi everybody, would be absolutely great to get fret2fret for both, guitar and bass preferred for mac, but PC is ok, too. 'cause I'm tired of trying all thant bad links... thanks for mailing it to:

3/31/2006 12:54:00 AM
mikaDOOH said...

@ madmarzl:
those "bad links" stated above DID actually WORK once (I used them!) but now the author seems to have checked on this "free download leak" and linked them back to his homepage ...

@ all:
the reason why I don't sent anything to anybody anymore:
I get spammed by a sender called mike[at]fret2fret (now YOU guess who that might be!?!) since two weeks or so, and most of these mails contained virus (as I wrote in a comment just a couple of days before!).

so I advice you NOT to leave your complete email-addy HERE, or at least to replace the "@" with the syntax "[at]" instead!
if you didn't know: there are programs which scan the web/homepages for email-addies to generate automated email, and of course, spam!!!)

3/31/2006 01:30:00 AM
Troms said...

Download Link

Looking at the things though, looks like the bonuses are going to be more helpfull than the actual flash file.

4/09/2006 04:31:00 AM
rocker said...

Todays the first day I came over this page.I had been searching for fret2fret software and tabs for a long time.someone please mail it to me.THANKS in advance...

4/12/2006 11:58:00 PM
rocker said...

my email is

4/13/2006 12:02:00 AM
Anonymous said...

hey, fret2fret is OK, i've used it, and it's not bad. BUT!!!! Visit they have a memory system which is even easier to use AND you can download a fretboard training program completely FREE. It's a great program called FRETPRO, which i've used with their memory system and fret2fret, but I prefer theirs.

9/06/2006 01:41:00 AM
Anonymous said...

oh, sorry, I could have made that link "clickable"

Visit and enjoy!

9/06/2006 01:42:00 AM
Anonymous said...

Hey everyone,
I'm glad I found this site to hear the discussion...I was nearly sucked in to the ad, but would now rather see the goods before shelling out the $$. I've tried clicking on the link some of you have provided, but i'm getting a "page expired" notice. Would someone please send the programs to me at I would like both the guitar version and the bass version.

Thanks so much!

9/11/2006 08:28:00 PM
Alex Holsgrove said...

I run a totally free guitar tutorial website and I also had the google adverts on my site. I decided to pay up and give it a go. In summary, crap software but an honest bloke. I paid, and got the downloads, I then deleted all the software and he gave me a refund. I lost a little cash because of the paypal $ to £ conversions. Here is my full review of the software.

Fret2Fret Software Review

9/14/2006 02:48:00 PM
unique83 said...

Can somebody please send me the guitar version of fret2fret so i can see if it is worth anything?
My email is

9/16/2006 12:44:00 PM
Anonymous said...

Hey guys i upped the fret2fret guitar software. Its just a flash program but o well. The concept i think is pretty good but the stories and crap are gay. anyway i uploaded it to megaupload so it should be there a while.

9/18/2006 11:03:00 AM
Anonymous said...

No is not there ?

9/20/2006 05:56:00 PM
jstrok9 said...

Can someone please send me fret2fret guitar.
E-mail Is

9/23/2006 10:49:00 AM
Anonymous said...

Dear all,
this link does not work

Who can help me????

Yours Angelina

9/30/2006 10:19:00 AM
wannaberitchie said...

hello mikeDOOH please can you get in touch with me on robbie.stewart[at]

I look forward to hearing from you.

as for everybody else, get a digram of the fretboard and learn it, easy. learn it how you think it is easiest, perhaps in small segments? I have an electric tuner that displays the note that I am playing, It is very usefull to look at this display as I am playing and I can relate the position of my hand to the note being displayed. with this method you can play like clapton in an hour. whether or not your note combinations will work well together will take a few years.

Rock on guys n gals. peace out.

10/04/2006 07:20:00 AM
Anonymous said...

Hello there, i tried all possoble loinks which was given neither works . would some one get the link for me or rom , my id is

10/10/2006 02:39:00 PM
Anonymous said...


10/19/2006 07:25:00 AM
Anonymous said...

can plz send me? my email is


10/24/2006 06:22:00 PM
Anonymous said...

Thanks Octo, worked great!

Make sure you hit it w/Hi-Speed\Broadband connect...those bonus files add up to over 150MB.

Will try to have this on a file server soon. Post back w/link.



12/05/2006 07:06:00 AM
Anonymous said...

You have got to be kidding!! $30.00 for this CRAP... Maybe the "bonus" material is worth the money (well, mainly just the TABs) but, come on. Oh, and I'm sure that some "big marketing company" is just waiting in the wings to buy him out (according to his F2F website anyway). All anyone has to do is come up with their own mneumonic for the notes and memorize it. That's what any guitar teacher starts you off with anyway. To promote this "method" as giving you the ability to play like Clampton, Page, Van Halen, etc. in an hour or less is absolutely FRAUD!
I certainly don't condone pirating software or raiding file servers but, this guy deserves everything he gets (or loses in this case). Nothing here but an absolute rip-off.
Definitely DO NOT waste your time or money on this one.


12/05/2006 08:40:00 AM
Anonymous said...

dude. ive been playing guitar for 7 years now and fret2fret may be the biggest waste of my life ever

12/30/2006 02:12:00 AM
Anonymous said...

Like someone said, I felt ripped off even by downloading it for free!! Thanks to all for info and preventing me for getting ripped off of more than my time.

1/03/2007 06:23:00 PM
kristof said...


all you fantastic guitarplayers out there ;-)

Can someone PLEASE sent me a copy of fret2fret

thanks alot


1/24/2007 04:12:00 AM
ViperBlade said...

Hey, I decided to post the file on my little corner of the Internet, no registration or any other crap required, just download and go.
I would appreciate it if you visited my website as a little thanks (

Keep on rockin'

1/27/2007 12:10:00 PM
David Hillman said...

Don’t even waste your time looking at this for free. I think I’m dummer now that I’ve read this guy’s article or whatever it was. I’d rather throw myself down some stairs than re-live a badly written scene staring Danny Devito and Arnold Schwartzenager in order to remember how to crush my favorite Pentatonic scale in the middle of my masterpiece about chicks or beer or both.

Ain’t nothin easy about learning the guitar. NO ONE learns the guitar in an hour. You need to practice, take lessons, and talk to older more experienced players. They usually respond positively when asked about what kind of gear they use, why they use it, what year / model their guitar is, etc. You should also listen to more kinds of music and experiment with different styles.

If you really want to be good, knowing all the notes on the guitar is just the beginning. Music Theory isn’t easy for most people, but it’s not astrophysics either. Make an effort to learn. Or not. You can sound great without knowing any theory, but it’s a very rare player that can stay sharp and get better without any practice.

Whatever method you use to remember notes and scales and such, just make sure it works for you. There are countless free charts that show where the notes are. Practice your guitar and think about music when you’re not playing. Also keep in mind that a lot of accomplished players eventually arrive at a point where they forget every thing they’ve learned and just play. Lots of practice is the reason they can do this. Good music usually has big doses of emotion and skill, so don’t forget to practice with emotion.

If you still want to buy this guy’s tripe, you should also know about this bridge I have for sale. I can give you a smokin’ deal on it.

2/10/2007 01:57:00 AM
Anonymous said...

can anyone send me the programme at plz ? I would highly appreciate it :D

4/25/2007 05:08:00 AM
Purnendu said...

please send me here.

I wud b ever gr8ful 2 u.

5/02/2007 08:35:00 AM
Anonymous said...

pleez would sumone send me fret2fret thanking y'all kindly

5/20/2007 09:22:00 AM
Anonymous said...

I wouldn't mind receiving fret2fret either many many thanks! (Please make sure it says fret2fret in the subject line. Thanks again!)

5/25/2007 01:25:00 PM
Anonymous said...

Please, everyone, don't waste your money. Don't even bother getting it for free. Spend the money on a real, face to face teacher or buy something useful and teach youself.

You can learn to name the note at any fret on the fretboard but it won't give you the same technique, improvisational skills, creativity, theoretical knowledge etc. as the people this guy mentions.

There is no substitute for just practicing, and nothing wrong with teaching yourself. Its highly rewarding, and easier to remember something you discovered for yourself rather than were told to memorize.

I recommend eveyone use google to find some of the many readily available free lessons and resources on the internet.

I am self-taught, and although I can name every note on the fretboard (which I figured out how to do for free years ago), this is almost useless compared to proper knowleadge of theory or aural skills like playing by ear and relative pitch, which I have learnt with time and effort.

So long as you put in the time and effort, you can learn to play and perform to fullest extent of your potential, all for free.

There is no miracle method, no 'big secret'. Take the time and enjoy the process of learning.

It always amazes me how astute people on the web can be. There's a lot of truth here. Congratulations to all of you who wrote in.

John Rhys