Saturday, 13 December 2014

Guitar Teacher Has Run In With Russell Brand - South Shields Gazette


A South Shields guitar teacher had his 15 minutes of fame after a verbal joust with controversial comedian Russell Brand.
The comic answered a question put to him by James Rundle on his YouTube channel.
In his online news show, The Trews, Brand discussed how he had been branded a hypocrite by The Sun Newspaper because of his housing arrangements.
Mr Rundle who owns Rock Licks Guitar Tuition http://www.rock-licks.com and https://www.youtube.com/user/jamesrundle72 YouTube channel posted his question 'Russell, is your bedroom wall real brick or brick wallpaper? Brick wallpaper is hypocrisy in its purest form'
Brand read the question out before standing up from the edge of his bed and patting the wall to show it's real brick.

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Bijou - Queen - Guitar Lesson Tutorial (with guitar tab download)



How to play Bijou intro by Queen from the 1991 Innuendo album.

Guitar Tab link : http://1drv.ms/12vP3eK

In this video we look at the intro played by Brian May on the famous Red Special guitar.

"Bijou" was an idea Mercury and May had of making a song "inside-out" (having guitar doing the verses and the vocal doing the break). Mercury put the chords, title and lyrics, and the two of them worked on the guitar parts. Mercury sang the first line and then May transferred the melody to his Red Special. The song was finished without any input from Taylor or Deacon. The idea was not new and already used by Yes on their song "Soon". May later credited Jeff Beck's 1989 song "Where Were You" as the inspiration for 'Bijou'. In 2008, Queen + Paul Rodgers performed this song in their shows of the Rock the Cosmos Tour by May playing the verse live and then having Mercury's studio vocals play while a screen showed footage from the band's famous Wembley concert in 1986, with the visuals put in sync with the tape. Afterwards the Mercury part would fade out and May would lead into "Last Horizon".

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Queen - Love Kills (The Ballad) - Guitar Solo - guitar tab



How to play the guitar solo from Love Kills (The Ballad) by Queen from the new album Queen Forever

As with most Brian May solo's there are more than one guitar and certain lines overlap.

The Video contains guitar tab to make learning easier

"Love Kills" is a song by Freddie Mercury. It was his first song recorded as a solo artist, though the extent to which it is a solo song is questionable, as the three other members of Queen provided uncredited performances. It was originally used in Giorgio Moroder's 1984 restoration and edit of the 1927 silent film Metropolis, as part of the film's new soundtrack. In 1985, the film was nominated at the 5th Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Musical Score, and the song itself was nominated for Worst Original Song.[1] Nevertheless, the single reached number ten on the UK Singles Chart.

"Love Kills" was also used for the closing credits of the 1993 film Loaded Weapon 1. In 2009, a cover version by English synthpop singer Little Boots was included on her extended plays Little Boots and Illuminations. Brian May and Roger Taylor announced that a long lost ballad version of the song will be reworked for their new compilation album Queen Forever an album which includes Queen's love songs.

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How to play Love Kills (The Ballad) - Queen - Acoustic Guitar parts and chords



How to play Love Kills (The Ballad) - Queen - Acoustic Guitar parts and chords

In this video we look at one of the new Queen songs from the Queen Forever album. Contains guitar tab to make the finger picking parts easier to learn

Capo on the 1st fret the song is in Gm.

"Love Kills" is a song by Freddie Mercury. It was his first song recorded as a solo artist, though the extent to which it is a solo song is questionable, as the three other members of Queen provided uncredited performances. It was originally used in Giorgio Moroder's 1984 restoration and edit of the 1927 silent film Metropolis, as part of the film's new soundtrack. In 1985, the film was nominated at the 5th Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Musical Score, and the song itself was nominated for Worst Original Song.[1] Nevertheless, the single reached number ten on the UK Singles Chart.

"Love Kills" was also used for the closing credits of the 1993 film Loaded Weapon 1. In 2009, a cover version by English synthpop singer Little Boots was included on her extended plays Little Boots and Illuminations. Brian May and Roger Taylor announced that a long lost ballad version of the song will be reworked for their new compilation album Queen Forever an album which includes Queen's love songs.

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Monday, 17 November 2014

How To Play Queen - Don't Try So Hard - Guitar Solo Tutorial






How to play Queen - Don't Try So Hard - Guitar Solo

From the 1991 Queen album Innuendo this video has on screen guitar tab to make learning easier to follow.

I've tried playing it slowly and deliberately as opposed to with feeling hopefully to make it easier to follow. 

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Rock Licks Guitar Tuition - Gift Certificate - South Shields



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Guitar lesson gift certificate is the ideal present for the budding guitarist.

Block Book 10 Lessons £150 (£100 for Under 16's and Students)
Block Book 20 Lessons £250

One Year Gift Certificate £600

(Individual Lessons £20)

Certificate can be emailed or Posted as well as personalized


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Brian May's Red Special Book - Review - featured on brianmay.com




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Brian May's Red Special Book - Review

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The first time a comprehensive look at how the famous Queen guitarist built his home made guitar the Red Special

A fully illustrated book viewing the history and background of the famous guitar.
First section contains pictures taken in the early 60's as the guitar was being built.

Greg Fryer in the 90's restored the red special which is fully documented.

Photographs from Queen up until On The Roof where Brian May played on the roof of Buckingham Palace during the Queens jubilee

At the end of the book pictures of all the different Red Specials that have been produced

QUEEN ONLINE INFO
BRIAN MAY’S RED SPECIAL

THE STORY OF THE HOME-MADE GUITAR THAT ROCKED QUEEN AND THE WORLD

BRIAN MAY WITH SIMON BRADLEY

Published in hardback, Carlton, 1st October 2014

A celebration of the iconic guitar that Brian May built with his father and has treasured and played all over the world for the last 50 years. www.theredspecial.com

Order now on amazon.co.uk

“This book about my home-made guitar has been waiting in the wings for a very long time….Why the name ‘Red Special’? It goes back a long way. In the early days, she was always just ‘The Guitar’, and I think it was Jock, one of my first guitar techs, who, in a moment of what one might call over- familiarity, likened his burden of taking care of it to taking care of a spouse, referring to my treasure as the ‘Old Lady’. The appellation had an appeal, and kind of took root for a while. But, to me, this very personal instrument, with her humble beginnings in the minds and hands of my Dad and me, was worthy of a bit more respect than that. I remembered that at the time we finished the top coat of varnish, my Dad had wanted to christen her as the Brian May Special, and I had poo-pooed the idea; now I realised that it wasn’t so uncool to give her a proper name. So one day in a radio interview, when someone asked me what I called the guitar, the words Red Special just tumbled out before I’d had time to think. And from then on, that was her name. There are now a few thousand Red Special replicas in the world, but my first love still keeps some of her mystery. She is, after all, a one-off!” Brian May

Brian May and his father Harold started to hand-build an electric guitar in 1963 – a project that would take over a year to complete. Brian dreamed of a guitar that would outperform any of the existing commercially-made electric guitars; his father had the technical knowledge and skills to help make the dream come true. The book describes in detail the creative lengths father and son went to in order to construct the guitar. They were incredibly resourceful, using any materials they could get their hands on; the neck of the guitar was constructed from wood from an 18th-century fireplace mantel that a friend of the family was about to throw away and each of the position inlays was hand shaped from a mother-of-pearl button. Previously unseen original sketches, diagrams and notes accompany the text.

For the last 50 years The Red Special has been the guitar that Brian played on every Queen album, in all of Queen's live shows around the world and on the most special of occasions, including his legendary appearance on the roof of Buckingham, Live Aid and the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. In the book Brian talks about these incredible moments he shared with The Red Special and the world.

The book contains fascinating, previously unseen photographs of The Red Special in every stage of its creation as well as shots of Brian in action on stage and behind the scenes with his treasured guitar. It is fitting that the world’s greatest guitarist has a signature guitar as unique as The Red Special, with its own story that fills a book!

About the authors

Although best known to the world as the lead guitarist of supergroup Queen, Brian May has a PhD in astrophysics and is an expert in 3D photography. He co-wrote Bang! The Complete History of the Universe with Chris Lintott and Patrick Moore, A Village Lost and Found with Elena Vidal and Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell with Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming.

Simon Bradley has been a guitar journalist since 1996 and he has written hundreds of articles and interviews on all aspects of the instrument, for many magazines and websites including Guitarist, Total Guitar, What Guitar? Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Future Music, MusicRadar.com, Brianmay.com, and many more.

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Saturday, 4 October 2014

There Must Be More To Life Than This - Queen - Guitar Tutorial chords



How to play on acoustic guitar There Must be More To Life Than This from the new up and coming Queen album Queen Forever. 

Originally from the 1985 Freddie Mercury album Mr Bad Guy.

In this lesson we look at the chords taken directly from The Mr Bad Guy songbook.

Begun in 1981 as part of the Hot Space sessions, this track is an anti-war and anti-racism song and was also to be recorded with Michael Jackson. A demo version of Jackson singing and Mercury playing the piano exists

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Love Kills - Freddie Mercury - guitar tutorial (chords)



How to play Freddie Mercury - Love Kills on acoustic guitar.

In this video we look at the chords needed to strum and play the track Love KIlls which is soon to be released as a remix on the forth coming Queen album Queen Forever

"Love Kills" is a song by Freddie Mercury, and his first song recorded as a solo artist. It was originally used in Giorgio Moroder's 1984 restoration and edit of the 1927 silent film Metropolis, as part of the film's new soundtrack. In 1985, the film was nominated at the 5th Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Musical Score, and the song itself was nominated for Worst Original Song.[1] Nevertheless, the single reached number ten on the UK Singles Chart.

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How To Play Queen - Let Me In (Your Heart Again) - guitar tutorial chords



How to play on acoustic guitar the soon to be released Queen track Let Me In (Your Heart Again)

CHORD SHEET PRINTOUT http://1drv.ms/1rG40Dc

In this video we look at the guitar chords to strum this new Queen song.
Chord progression is on screen to make following easier.

Originally recorded as part of the 1983 The Works sessions "Let Me in Your Heart Again", recorded in Los Angeles in 1983, would also be included on the new album. The song was previously recorded and released by May's wife Anita Dobson on her album Talking of Love in 1988, featuring May on guitar.

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Queen Extravaganza Tour - Live At Newcastle City Hall 2014


A must see show for any Queen fan. The only Queen approved Queen tribute band.
More info http://www.queenextravaganza.com/

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Rock Licks Guitar Tuition South Shields



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Michael Kelly Patriot Les Paul EMG 81 85 Pickups



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Real Pearl fingerboard inlays and full abaolone binding make this guitar a lot
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o Mahogany Body
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o 24 Medium Jumbo Frets
o 24-3/4” Scale Length
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o Grover Machine Heads
o EMG 85 and EMG 81 pickups
o 1 Tone and 2 volume Controls
o 3-Way Toggle Switch

Michael Kelly Guitars is an American guitar, bass and mandolin manufacturer, based in Clearwater, Florida. They are a division of Hanser Music Group in Hebron, Kentucky, which also owns Davitt and Hanser Distribution, B.C. Rich Guitars, Rockfield Pickups, Kustom amplifiers, Diezel Amplification, Traebon Bass Company, and Spector Bass. Michael Kelly Guitars was founded in 1999 as a maker of f-hole mandolins and acoustic bass guitars. The company has recently gained popularity, particularly due to the Dragonfly II acoustic bass, which has been used by Duff McKagan (formerly of Guns N' Roses), Shavo Odadjian of System of a Down, Tony Bigley of Souls Harbor

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The CAGED System - Part One - Ultimate Chord Knowledge



THE CAGED SYSTEM - PART ONE - ULTIMATE CHORD KNOWLEDGE

Many beginner guitarists memorize a bunch of chords with no real understanding. 
Knowing all your chords seems an impossible dream.
The CAGED system gives the student the ability to work out all chords.

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

How To Play Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven - intro guitar tutorial



In this video we look at how to play the guitar intro to the classic Led Zeppelin  song Stairway To Heaven.

On screen guitar tab to make learning easier.

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Sunday, 22 June 2014



How to play the Brian May guitar solo from the Queen song It’s Late from News of the World album
This is one of the first recordings to feature two handed tapping prior to Eddie Van
Halen
Th video contains guitar tab on screen to make learning easier
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How To Play Queen - It's Late - guitar tutorial



Queen It’s Late written by Brian May is found on the 1977 News of the World Queen album
video features on screen guitar tab to make learning easy
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GUITAR RIG 5 – QUEEN – TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN – PRESET DOWNLOAD



GUITAR RIG 5 – QUEEN – TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN – PRESET DOWNLOAD
How to get the guitar sound of Brian May for the classic Queen song Tie Your Mother Down from A Day The Races album.
Using split channel with over driven and clean channels Guitar Rig 5 allows you to use Vox AC30 and Treble Booster
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GUITAR RIG 5 QUEEN – DON’T STOP ME NOW – FREE PRESET DOWNLOAD



GUITAR RIG 5 QUEEN – DON’T STOP ME NOW – FREE PRESET DOWNLOAD
This video looks at how to get the Brian May guitar sound from the classic track Don’t Stop Me Now from the 1978 Queen album Jazz as well as the 1981 Greatest Hits
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How To Play Queen _ Don't Stop Me Now - Guitar Solo Lesson



With guitar tablature on the screen to make learning this classic guitar solo from Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
The secret to playing this Brian May solo is getting the string bends correct and the melody will stand out.
Don’t Stop Me Now was a top ten hit written by Freddie Mercury from the 1978 Jazz album and appeared on the 1981 Greatest Hits album
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HOW TO PLAY QUEEN – BICYCLE RACE – GUITAR SOLO TUTORIAL
This video has on screen guitar tablature for Bicycle Race guitar solo from Queen top ten hit.
Bicycle Race was a double A-Side with Fat Bottomed Girls from the 1978 album Jazz as well as the 1981 Greatest Hits album.
As with a lot of Brian May guitar solo’s there are multiple guitars with overlapping guitar lines.
In this video we look at arranging solo for one guitar.
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Saturday, 31 May 2014

How To Play Tie Your Mother Down by Queen - guitar lesson with chords and tab



How to play Queen Tie You Mother Down from the 1976 Queen album A Day At The Races

The main riff is based on an A chord moving to G D Cadd9 G/B
Video contains onscreen guitar tab

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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

ACDC - Thunderstruck - guitar solo tutorial



How to play the guitar solo from Thunderstruck

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Monday, 24 February 2014

South Shields Guitar Repair Service - Rock Licks Guitar Tuition

Rock Licks Guitar Tuition is now offering 
                                             guitar a repair service.

All repairs are carried out by Michael Rundle full price list : www.rock-licks.com/pricelist

No job too small

From string changes to full setups. From pickup changes to full body resprays.


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Thursday, 13 February 2014

How To Play Queen - I Want It All - guitar solo lesson



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In this lesson we look at the guitar solo from the single version of I Want It All

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

1993 Tokai Les Paul for sale in south shields



£350 or buy through eBay http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380829737330

For sale in South Shields 1993 Made in Korea Tokai Les Paul
Selling this for a guitar luthier who has done extensive work on this guitar significantly upgraded.
The action is super low which makes playing effortless as well as having late 70's Dimarzio neck pickup which has had a Seymour Duncan alnico magnet added to give it a better tone and rid it of muddiness which.

The bridge pickup is Tokai and had bags of sustain and crunch


There are no marks or dings has set neck and made of mahogany. (Slight mark on scratch plate)
Is better than the Epiphone counterparts which are a similar price as the Tokai's body and necks were made with the same spec as a Gibson.





Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Uli Jon Roth Live at NEWCASTLE FOREST HALL LEGION

I was lucky enough to have tickets to see Uli Jon Roth live at Newcastle Forest Hall Legion Club.

For those who don't know of this great guitarist
Ulrich Roth, more commonly known as Uli Jon Roth, is a German guitarist and one of the earliest contributors to the neo-classical metal genre. He is also the founder of Sky Academy and inventor of the Sky Guitar.
Recorded 4 studio album with the Scorpions between 1974 and 1977 as well as The Tokyo Tapes 1978 released live album.

The Monday night gig kicked off with some early Scorpions material that had the place rocking. You really felt you were in the presence of someone a little bit special.
The young 17 year old guitarist was a surprise added bonus to the band as was the power house vocalist who was reminiscent Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow)  
Probably the best local gig I've ever been to finished with Hendrix covers of All Along The Watchtower and Little Wing.

Special mention to the support band Russ Tippins http://www.russtippins.com/gigs.html who were amazing too.

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the below video features Uli Jon Roth live last year 



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