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Guitar Pro – Helpful Tips – Marco Tafelli

Here is an AWESOME and quick video showing some great tips for using Guitar Pro. Our staff guitar wizard who transcribes my lessons made it.

Vimeo Playback Speed

Vimeo now supports playback speed options for embedded videos,      here’s a quick demonstration. THANKS!

Episode 101 excerpt – 5 Quick Tricks

Here is an excerpt from episode 101 of the Masterclass . . .  

Grammy Premiere Gig

I made a film with some rehearsal and performance footage from the Grammy Premiere Ceremony gig. It was super fun but hard work, over 70 songs (even though we only got to ever play the first quarter if not the first four bars during the actual awards ceremony) Got to play with my some of my heroes, Dean Parks, Leland Sklar and Vinnie Colaiuta to name a few.

Looking Back / My Part on Black or White / My Day with Michael Jackson

A number of years ago I got to play a guitar part on the song “Black or White” and spend a fine afternoon with Michael Jackson. I had just finished an amazing record with Pat Leonard’s “Toy Matinee” -produced by Bill Bottrell. A few months later Bill was in the studio recording, producing and co- writing the song “Black or White” with Michael Jackson. Among his other talents, Bill is a great guitar player – he played the signature part in the intro. Bill brought me in to play a heavy metal guitar part in the bridge, at the request of Michael, who was a fan of some of the big metal bands of that era.. Michael was a pleasure to work with, very easy to talk to, and looked me straight in the eye… I was fully credited, and indeed when I checked Wikipedia, my credit still stands as “heavy metal guitar”. Here’s a free video where I teach Bill’s signature guitar part and my bridge guitar part… I added  a solo that I certainly would’ve played if they had given me the opportunity 🙂 For the full story of that day, the rhythm lesson, the solo lesson, the jam track, and the tabs, click the link and take the 14 day free trial for the master class. Happy new year!!!

Led Zeppelin – Capitol Studios – Fender Princeton

Last night I was driving in rush hour and I got a call from Rob Cavallo. “Please come down to Capitol studio C and overdub!” So I hustled back to my house, grabbed a couple of Les Pauls, my pedal board, and got back on the freeway. Rob had a Fender Princeton borrowed from Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance. I was reminded again that a small amp with an overdrive pedal can sound like a huge Marshall stack. I recorded with my totally beaten and devalued 1968 black beauty Les Paul. The project is called Rock Mania. It’s a hybrid of Led Zeppelin songs and symphony orchestra. I’ll let everyone know when the record comes out. It’s turning out great! Here are Rob, and Doug McKean listening back. Rob and Doug recorded Green Day’s “American Idiot” and Gary Clark Jr.s “Bright Lights”, along with countless other great rock records. Here are the YouTube videos from the tracking sessions  earlier this year. Here’s the link to the 14 day free trial for the masterclass. Happy holidays,Tim

New Blog Post! My Amazing Teacher

Hi everyone, I’m starting a new blog and i’m super excited to share it with you! My only training as a guitarist was from age 12 to 14, with an amazing teacher named Steve Maase. Here’s a photo of Steve. He passed away on October 1st. Steve taught me in this small building just a few blocks from my home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was not only a teacher but a mentor, and always cared for his students. The teaching was brilliant but he also took the time to make sure that his students were doing ok in all aspects of their lives. Though Steve passed away last October, he had just finished a theory book. In January It will be released by his daughter Lily. She is quite an accomplished guitar player herself and currently resides in New York. Steve’s simple approach to theory has gotten me very far in my musical life. I basically know just enough theory to understand playing pop, rock ,country, and R&B…   I’ve spent my life working with musicians who are far more educated than I am. If you are wondering how much theory you need to know, please let my path be in inspiration to you. You only need to know what is practical and useful, to play the music you love!!! For me that was two years of lessons at age 12, and then the ongoing experience of playing with as many musicians as I could, in as many different situations I could find. I’ll let everybody know when Steve’s book comes out in January. The title says it all: “Music Theory You Can Use”

Eddie Kramer Tim Pierce Edstortion PhazeVibe Guitar Pedals

Eddie Kramer Edstortion PhazeVibe Guitar Pedals

Eddie Kramer came over for a visit and brought his Edstortion and PhazeVibe Guitar Pedals. Eddie Kramer brought his new Signature Stompbox Guitar Pedals over to my studio recently. He and his partner, Francesco Sondelli, who is the founder of F-pedals, are creating some great new products. The two pedals I tried were the Phazevibe and the Edstortion. I used my Nash Stratocaster, through my Divided by 13 RSA 23 head, recording through an SM 57 microphone. The mic went straight into a BAE mic pre and then through Apogee converters and into ProTools Eddie Kramer is a very talented, and meticulous producer and engineer. He hires me to play on projects somewhat regularly. I’ve known him for quite some time. You have to go to the Eddie Kramer Website and look at his discography. Every Hendrix record! Five Led Zeppelin records, including Led Zeppelin II, and Houses of the Holy. You’ll see Beatles records, Rolling Stones records, Frampton comes alive… Eddie recorded Woodstock!! Discussing Jimi Hendrix with Eddie is one of the greatest pleasures I’ve ever had. I’m talking to the man whose pictures and name I saw on the records that literally changed my life when I was a kid. If you had told me when I was 12 years old that someday Eddie Kramer would be hiring me to play guitar and that we would be friends, I would have passed out right in front of you… Please check out Eddie’s Facebook Page, and his website, and the F-pedals website. I can tell you firsthand, Eddie is better than ever at recording music and capturing performances. Subscribe to Tim’s newsletter and get access to a private collection of videos and more. There are lots of lessons on soloing, a beginner strumming video, at a studio tour where…

Session Guitarist Tim Pierce Home Studio

Session Guitarist Tim Pierce Home Studio

Session Guitarist Tim Pierce and his Home Studio Setup. I look back on this Home Studio Video and I’m amazed how much time has passed, but I am also grateful for what I’ve been able to do on YouTube in the last year and a half. This was the first day I ever met Marty Schwartz. I had known Brett Papa and Brett convinced Marty to make the drive up here and do a Home Studio Video for YouTube. Marty and Brett were heroes of mine on YouTube and the fact that I made friends with them was sort of a dream come true. They have both helped me a lot. My Home Studio is a ready to go at a moments notice. It’s as simple as starting a car. When someone shows up to record we can easily be working within 5 to 10 minutes. I’m fortunate to have people like Ross Hogarth, Chris Lord-Algae, Glen Ballard, Jack Joseph Puig, Humberto Gatica and many other studio professionals come and record at my Home Studio. A lot of the gear is interchangeable these days. It seems like pedal and amp and guitar makers are all at such a high level at this point, that you can use a new Strat or a custom boutique Strat, a Boss or Strymon effect pedal or an old Bassman or a new Paul Reed Smith amp. All these things sound great whether they be vintage or modern. The Home Studio changes all the time and best thing to do is look at my newest videos to see what is currently on deck. I’m really looking forward to learning the Kemper profiler this year, and as always, my signature overdrive and boost pedal by J. Rockett Audio, is always patched in. I was using the…

Danny Collins Al Pacino Imagined Movie Band Cast

Danny Collins Movie Al Pacino Trailer

Danny Collins New Movie with Al Pacino. About a year ago I got called for a session done at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood. The session was for Producer Don Was and some sort of a film related project. When I got there I learned that Al Pacino would be joining us and that we were doing songs for a movie, where he was starring as a very famous singer. Al turned out to be a very engaging person, very nice, an absolutely fearless actor, and in this particular situation, portraying a singer in a new movie called Danny Collins. The band was myself on guitar, CJ Vanston on keyboards, Don Was on bass and Kenny Aronoff on drums. After we recorded the songs, CJ suggested strongly to the movie producers that we be the band that appears in the film on stage with Al. CJ has never been shy:) So it was a rare situation when you do the behind-the-scenes work and make the music, and then actually get out of the cameras and play it. On one of the shoots they rented the Greek Theater for an entire night so we could shoot some footage on stage. Then a couple of weeks later, they cleverly they got the band Chicago to share their audience at the Greek theater. Al walked out on stage playing the character in the movie in front of Chicago’s concert audience. Ryan Adams was also involved in the Danny Collins sessions, it was the first time I had worked with him. The movie is called Danny Collins and it will be in theaters in March. Subscribe to Tim’s newsletter and get access to a private collection of videos and more. There are lots of lessons on soloing, a beginner strumming video, at a studio tour…