January 11th News
Hey guys, I hope you all had a great Christmas, and Happy New Year to you all; here's to a rockin' 2018!! This is just a quick news up date, as i'm flat out busy all ready, and haven't had any time to up date the website. 2018 has got off to an incredible start. I have just joined the Symphonic Rhapsody of Queen tour in Spain. I had a call just last week, and after just one day to prep 38 songs and get a fly rig together I was on a plane heading to Spain for one day of rehearsals before the first show. Its a fantastic show with some great singers and a full orchestra. I am using a very scaled down rig for this tour. Guitar wise I'm using my RS Model 84, my modified BMG plus my custom Music Man Axis, which handles all the songs that need electric and acoustic. I'm using my Mesa Mini Rectifier head into a Two Notes Captor, running into a Two Notes CAB pedal; I'm using an AC30 2x12 impulse response. I have my KAT strap treble boosters, a chorus pedal plus an Ernie Ball ambient delay pedal. I am also using a Mesa Rosette acoustic preamp for my piezo signal. I am just waiting for my new Line 6 G50 wireless to arrive. The tour runs right up to the beginning of March. Right now I'm flying back and fourth between my studio in Stockholm to finish Guitar Interactive work, and London to complete my latest Lick Library DVD. I shall get the dates adde to my website ASAP. Anyway, I have to get back to prepping a Tech Session to film tomorrow, before leaving for Spain for more shows. hope to see some of you at a show.. Jamie
October 24th News
Hi Everyone, just a little news up date; I have been very busy on the Champions of Rock tour that is working its way across Sweden right now to packed out arenas. I am performing along side singers Peter Johansson, Jenna Lee James and Ola Salo. Whitesnake bass legend Neil Murray is also performing on this tour.We kicked off at Subtopia in Stockholm for three days of band rehearsals followed by three days tech rehearsals before hitting the road for our first shows. I have changed a few bits in my rig for this tour; I have added a new TAE 1964 pedal into my rack, which I'm using with a pair of KAT strap treble boosters and a Fryer Treble booster. My Mesa cab is in an isolation box under the stage and is completely dry. We are sending a signal from the Cab Clone on my Boogie head to the input of my post effects, Line 6 Echo Pro and Modulation Pro. WE output from the back of the rack in stereo and send this signal straight to front of house and blend it with the dry cab sound resulting in a wet/dry/wet setup, which sounds incredible. Guitar wise I am using two Red Special's and two Music Man; My main guitar is my RS Custom Model 84, blues my BMG which is in Eb tuning. I am using a Music Man Game Changer for drop D, and my new custom Axis as my regular tuned back up. The tour continues until mid November, so if you're in Sweden please check out the dates on the show page of my site.
Other news; My latest instructional video course has been released by Lick Library entitled Classic albums; Metallica The Black Album. In this video course i teach the main guitar parts for each track, enabling one guitarist to be able to perform this ground breaking album in its entirety. Check out the preview video below to see more.
Finally, something for the diary; I shall be hosting a Facebook live event on Wednesday November 1st on my Facebook Jamie Humphries Guitar Studio page demonstrating some of the new MXR Jimi Hendrix pedals. This will be a Hendrix themed event, with me jamming over some Lick Library Hendrix backing tracks, and demonstrating some tones. Check out the link below for details. Thats all the news for now, please check back here at my site for regular updates; cheers Jamie
News September 11th
Hi everyone, a quick news update. I've just returned back from a trip to the UK performing two Tone Clinics for Mesa Engineering. The clinics we're in association with Westside distribution, and hosted by Guitar Guitar Glasgow and Guitar Guitar Epsom. The clinics were fantastic, and it feels great to be out again doing the guitar thing. Ive not played a clinic in years, and I really embraced this new opportunity with Mesa by producing a new set of stylistic backing tracks to show the versatility of these fantastic guitar amps. Due to the success of the clinics i shall be featured on a Youtube live session hosted by Guitar Guitar this coming Thursday, September the 14th at 15:00 BST/16:00 CET. Please log in and join in with the chat by following the link below!
Other news.. I HAVE A NEW GUITAR!!!!!!! And this is my dream guitar! Next year is my 20th anniversary of signing a contract with Ernie Ball Music Man guitars, and to celebrate this amazing partnership the guys at EBMM granted me a wish in constructing me a totally one of a kind Axis Supersport, to my spec.. I guess you could say its the only Jamie Humphries signature Music Man haha.. Its a very unique guitar and features an African Mahogany body with a quilted Maple top in black burst. The next is constructed from heavily flamed roasted maple and features 22 stainless steel jumbo frets. The pickups are all DiMarzio, a Satch Track in the bridge, and Injectors neck and middle. The guitar includes a piezo bridge plus some custom switching, a push/push pot engages the neck single coil with the bridge hotrail. This is a dream guitar and is a combination of my influences, plus a huge nod to my old Telecaster i played in the early 90's. I'd like to thank Sterling Ball, Brian Ball, Scott Ball, Drew Montell, Dudley Gimple and Derek Brooks at the Ernie Ball Music Man company for the last 20 years and for this amazing instrument. I'd also like to thanks Rod Bradley, Marc Snelling, Andy Cocklin, Alex Byford, Nick Club and Mark Harrison and everyone at Strings and Things UK for all their support for the past 20 years.. YOU ALL ROCK!!
Finally, I have some custom Dunlop Jazz III picks on the way. I have the first batch arriving, and I hope to have these available on sale in player packs on my website soon. Thats all for now, tour rehearsal news coming soon. Jamie
August 29th News
Hi everyone, Just a little reminder for some events I shall be playing next week for Mesa Boogie hosted by Guitar Guitar. The first event is at Guitar Guitar Glasgow in Scotland on Tuesday 5th of September, and on Wednesday the 6th of September at Guitar Guitar Epson. This is a Tone Clinic, so I have put together a variety of different backing tracks in various styles based on named artists to demonstrate the tonal capabilities of the range of Mesa Boogie amps. Please check out the link below for ticket details. Hope to see you there!! Jamie
July 24th News
Hey everyone just a quick website news update. I have now added a studio page to the site with a list of equipment I have in my studio as well as some picture to satisfy your inner geek! If anyone is interested in my guitar session service, maybe you'd like me to play on some of your own tracks, or having tracks mixed by myself, please drop me a line here at the website. I have also added a music player and have started uploading tracks I have recorded and and played on over the years. These include some artists based tracks that i reproduced for Guitar Techniques magazine, plus some of my "in the style of" tracks. I shall add more as I find ones worth uploading from my old studio hard drives. Happy listening!! Jamie
July 16th News
Hey everyone, sorry for the wait for a news update, I have been crazy busy; travelling, playing, filming, transcribing and recording! First off the We Will Rock You Denmark tour finished at the end of May. I had a fantastic time, and hope to perform on this show again somewhere and at some point; I've played it so much its in my DNA! Whilst i was finishing up on the tour my latest Mesa video was released, with me demoing the Recto-verb 25 combo, with a track called "Ed' Boogie" based on there playing style of Edward Van Halen. I am about to start filming my third Tone Sessions video for Mesa, demoing the TC50 head. In other Mesa news, I shall be playing two "Mesa Boogie Tone Clinics" in the UK; one at Guitar Guitar Glasgow, followed by another at Guitar Guitar Epsom. Please check out the the dates and details at the "shows" section of my website. I have been very busy at Lick Library, having just completed another DVD/video course in their Classic Albums series. This time have looked at the classic "Black" album by Metallica, teaching all 12 songs note for note. I have also been filming content for Guitar Interactive Magazine from my home studio, and more columns and lessons planned. I have also begun finally working on some original music with my good friends bassist/vocalist Jason Campbell, and drummer Pete Riley. The three of us have not collaborated on a project for more than 10 years, since the release of the "J" album. Final piece of news, I have been interviewed by Total Guitar Brazil, and I am scheduled to be featured in the next issue.
Finally, I had the honour of performing at the Micheal Casswell tribute show at the 100 Club in London in June. Micheal was a very dear friend of mine, who I had known and worked with as part of the Lick Library team for many years. Micheal and I were planning to write and record and album together. Micheal tragically lost his life last year in a freak accident; the show was a very emotional event, and I feel very honoured and privileged to have been a part of this event, to remember and honour tour very talented friend. RIP Micheal.
Hi everyone, here's a news update. Been having lots of fun down in Denmark performing on We Will Rock You at the Royal Arena Copenhagen. I am filling the guitar 1 chair, which i have played on in various countries for a number of years. After a few weeks of rehearsals in a TV studio in Copenhagen we moved into the arena for production rehearsals, and previews that led up to the Gala Premier. I was actually featured in a photograph in the centre pages of a national news paper following the premier. Equipment wise i am using three Red Special guitars. My main guitars are; a Green BMG Special which i have have use for many years. This guitar has been heavily modified, and apart from the neck profile and the tremolo, its pretty much a BMG Super. The guitar features hand wound Adeson Burn Trisonic pickups, which vintage Burns magnates from around 1963/64. It also has Bournes pots, with the volume pot measured at around 230k; I also have the hand turned aluminium control knobs fitted. The guitar has been rewired, and has new switch craft switches. The neck finish has been removed and the machine heads replaced with locking tuners. I am also using my RS Custom Guitars Model 84, which is an accurate replica of Brian's original 1984 Guild. This commission, to have this guitar built resulted in RS Custom Guitars adding it to their line of RS replica's. This guitar features a solid mahogany body with a maple top, loaded with original 80's DiMarzio BHM pickups, which have been potted in wax. The guitar also features a Kahler tremolo system and the large size neck profile, the same as Brian's original "Old Lady". Both of these guitars are equipped with KAT strap mounted treble boosters. I also have a standard BMG guitar, (owned by the production company) which is used as a drop D guitar. I am running two AC30's, which the amps removed from the cabinets, the cabinets are in isolation boxes behind the stage. On the board I have a 3 way input switcher to select either strap booster, on board booster or wireless signal path. I have a Fryer Touring Booster on the board for the drop D guitar. I use a Fryer tone station, which helps create a slightly "glassy" tone, like a modified AC30; I also have a Boss Super chorus. Feedback would normally be impossible to achieve with my speakers so far away, so for this reason i use a Vox Brian May practice amp, which is on the floor in front of me. I have a Fryer amp splinter that sends my signal two two Ernie Ball volume pedals, one goes to the AC30's, the other operates the mini Vox for feedback. I also have a Radial Engineering amp selector, to switch between the AC30's if one goes down.
The show continues for one more week before moving to another city for the conclusion of the show run. Be sure to check out the list of up and coming shows here on my website. Just to conclude this news update, it was six years ago today that i performed two sell out shows at The Royal Albert Hall in London with Brian May and Kerry Ellis; a huge turning point in my guitar career! Thats all the news for now, but please be sure to check back for more updates!! Jamie
Hi everyone; A bit of a while since I did an up date, as things as been pretty crazy. The Peter & Bruno tour wound up at the beginning of March, and was a huge success' pretty much sold out everywhere we played! It was a really cool start to the year, and I want to thank everyone who came out and made the tour a huge success!
I am now in rehearsals for We Will Rock You Denmark, with the Gala Premier happening on April 19th. I've played Rock You for a number of years, in London and across Europe. This version of the show is slightly different, and include some different songs, which is keeping thing nice and fresh sounding.This show will play in two cities, kicking off at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.
The past few months have been pretty busy for me with Guitar Interactive Magazine, with my work being featured in the past two issues, including a Gilmour special issue, featuring a Gilmour style Tech Session, plus the current issue featuring a Santana style Tech Session. The next issue will include another Tech Session composed by myself, in the style of the late great Randy Rhoads.
I appeared live on the EVH Gear Discussion webcast a few weeks back, and had a lot of fun. As well as discussing all thing guitar, I got to perform two of my own In the Style of EVH tracks! I have also just finished off my latest Mesa Boogie video, which is in the edit as we speak.
Anyway thats pretty much it from me; early flight in the morning back to tech rehearsals at We Will Rock You. See you soon, and don't forget to check out the show calendar here on my site for details of up and coming show and tours. Jamie
Hey everyone, and welcome to my first news updates of 2017.. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!. I had a fantastic year last year, and this year is shaping up to being equally as exciting. Things have got off to a flying start this year with a very busy January.
To kick things off i rejoined Kee Marcello (ex Europe) and a few of my other friends from the Rock of 80's tour to help promote the new Rock of 80's show. I'm not performing in the show, but I was asked if I would help out with the promotion, performing "The Final Countdown" and "Here I Go Again" on Swedish national breakfast TV. Check out the links below for the performances.
Hey everyone; Just to let you all know I shall be hosting a Facebook Live broadcast from my Jamie Humphries Guitar Studio Facebook page on Sunday 4th of December at 19:30 Uk time, 20:30 CET. I hall be demoing some new Dunlop pedals, as well as getting some tones with a selection of Musicman guitars through my Boogie JP2-C. I shall also be playing some tunes and answering questions, so please stop by and say hi!! There's a link below for my page, plus some teasers of what Dunlop are sending me. Hope to see you there. Jamie
Jamie Humphries Guitar Studio Facebook Page
Hey everyone, its been a crazy busy month of touring and DVD filming. I've had lots of fun this past month performing along side Kee Marcello of Europe, Joacim Cans of Hammerfall, Thomas Vikström of Therion, plus Peter Johansson and all the other guys and girls on the Rock of 80's tour. The show has been a huge success, with us selling out nine arenas across Sweden. This weekend we play our final shows, including one of my favourite venues the Malmö Arena.Im looking forward to this how going out again at some point. Next year is already looking great on the touring front, as I've been booked to perform on the Peter and Bruno tour here in Sweden, dates running from January into March. I then join We Will Rock You, performing in a new arena for three months in Copenhagen, Denmark
Anyway thats about all for now, I need to get some sleep as its up early in the morning to catch a plane to the final Rock of 80's shows. See ya. Jamie
Hey everyone, just a quick news up date... seriously manic busy time!! I've just got back from London where I have completed the new Lick Library DVD Classic Albums "Dark Side of the Moon", teaching the entire album!! I shall be heading back to the UK in a few weeks to film "Van Halen I", which is going to be a challenge! Whilst I was in the UK i stopped by at Knight Audio in Surrey to test my upgraded rig with master electronics guru Nigel Knight. Since Gutterdammerung Nigel has made several alterations to the rack, plus we have integrated the Mesa Boogie JP2-C head. This amp is incredible; so very versatile with the midi switching working perfectly with my rack. The rack has been shipped back to Sweden for rehearsals for the "Rock of 80's " tour which kicks off next week.!! I am very excited to be touring with my Champions of rock buddy Peter Johansson again, plus Kee Marcello from Europe and Joacim Cans of Hammerfall. I shall be using the new Boogie rig as well as a selection of Musicman guitars, plus my RS custom Model 84!! Anyway I'm back to practising tunes, I shall post more updates as the rehearsals and tour unfolds.. see ya Jamie
Hey guys, heres a quick update. I've just been sent some picture by rig builder/designer Nigel Knight of Knight Audio Technologies of my new rig with my new head! I met Nigel when I was in Brian May's band, Nigel designs and builds treble boosters, switchers and other clever stuff for Brian, including the Deacy amp replica. Nigel first put my rig together over the summer for the Gutterdammerung festival run; I had also just joined with Mesa Engineering and took a Boogie Mark V head on the road. After the tour there were a few changes I wished to make to the rack, some routing things, plus adding my old TC Electronics G Sharp for reverb. But the main change was adding my newly built Mesa Boogie JP2-C head, no more lashed switching, as the JP is all midi!. The rig is based around a Voodoo lab GCX loop system, with a series of pedals in trays, plus some rack effects. All of the switching, including patches, and individual pedals plus switching the Boogie are done with the Voodoo Lab ground control Pro board. Once i get into rehearsals I shall do a full run down of whats in the rack, but for now here's a little photo teaser. Jamie
Knight Audio Technologies
Hey guys, sorry for the lack of news but I've been away in the UK, part Holiday part work. I have just completed filming Learn To Play David Gilmour for Lick Library. This was a very challenging project, and I am excited for its release. I have also filmed over half of a new "Classic Albums" DVD teaching all of Dark Side of the Moon. I put the finishing touches on this in a couple of weeks. I have also been working of an exciting David Gilmour issue for Guitar Interactive magazine, including lessons, reviews and features all based around Gilmour. Also my latest "Cram Session" is now available in Premier Guitar, as well as my Steve Vai feature in the current issue of Guitar Interactive Magazine.
Tour preparations are well underway for the rapidly approaching Rock of 80's tour! Please check out the tour dates here on my website. Anyway thats it for now; I'll have news on some Boogie related things, plus something else rather special!! See ya, Jamie
Premier Guitar Cram Session
Guitar Interactive Magazine
Hi everyone, here's a video that I filmed a couple of years ago covering Van Halen's "She's the Woman". It was filmed for Guitar Interactive Magazine at the Lick Library studio in London. I performed it using my original early 90's Music man EVH signature model. Hope you like it! Jamie
Guitar Interactive Magazine
Hey everyone. Just to let you all know that my new Steve Vai tribute track and lesson is available for free in the current issue of Guitar Interactive Magazine. I wanted to present something that was Vai-esque in both sound and composition, as well as including a few famous licks! I recorded the backing track in my studio using Cubase Pro 8.5. The drums were courtesy of Groove Agent 4 with the Simon Philips expansion pack, and keyboards and sample came from Halion 5. I record live bass using a Musician Stingray 5 string. I used two Musician guitars when recording, and Axis SuperSport, and a Cutlass. For the film session I used a Sterling by Musiciman John Petrucci, with a Mesa Boogie amp. Follow the links below for the free lesson; There is also a PDF transcribed and engraved by myself which is free to download in the magazine.. have fun!! Jamie
Guitar Interactive Magazine
Lesson Preview Video
Hey everyone; Just a short news update. First I've just returned from the UK filming some lessons for up and coming Guitar Interactive features, including Tech Session's on Steve Vai and David Gilmour. I'll keep you posted as to when these are released.
I am also about to start work on some demo videos for Mesa Boogie, and have taken delivery of a Recto-Verb 25 watt combo, and a Mark V 35 watt combo. I am seriously loving these Boogie amps, and can't wait to get filming! Thats it for the moment, stay tuned for more news! Jamie
Hey everyone here's a news update. I performed more festivals with Gutterdämmerung and Henry Rollins, including Azkena in Spain and Hellfest in France. The shows were fantastic, and it was great to be performing on the same bill with such Rock and Metal heavy weight's as The Who, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Korn, Joe Satriani, Danzig and Twisted Sister, plus many more. I also got to hang out with Joe Satriani and his band, and got to watch Satch' set side from the of the stage, which was awesome! My new Boogie rig performed great, the Mark V is so versatile, and Nigel Knights work on my rack is flawless; its my dream rig. Sadly this run of Gutterdämmerung shows has now ended, but there are more to come! As regards my new rig, Nigel Knight at Knight Audio Technologies is currently altering the setup to accommodate my new JP-2C John Petrucci head, as well as changing a couple of features to do with signal routing. It been great road testing the rig on these festivals, and now having the chance to give it a final tweak before I head out on the Rock of 80s tour in October.
Studio news; Ive just taken delivery of a second Zoom Q8 HD camera, and a Zoom Q4 HD camera, so I now have a three camera setup and am planing to launch a series of my own products here on the site. I have several different idea for both audio and video projects and plan to crack on with some over the summer period.
Anyway, thats all the news for now, check out the tour photos I have added.. Keep checking back for more updates; Jamie
Hey guys, a bit late with this news; my latest Premier Guitar "Cram Sessions" column is now up online and free for you to read and play. This instalment looks at String Skipping, and explores various applications of the technique, as well as looking at licks in the style of Paul Gilbert, Nuno Bettencourt and Guthrie Govan. You can also check out some of my earlier "Cram Session" columns as well as my "Electric Etudes" columns. Jamie
Premier Guitar String Skipping
Hey everyone, here's a little update of whats been going on over the past week. The Gutterdammerung army rolled out to begin the festival tour this past weekend, and kicked off with three days of production rehearsals in a film studio in Antwerp Belgium. Then it was on to the tour bus for thirteen hours down to Munich, Germany, to perform at The Rockavaria Festival on the Saturday night at the Olympic Stadium. We were joined by Henry Rollins, who performed his "preacher" role live to the audience. It was fantastic to share the stage with such a legend. The gig was great fun, and concluded with Henry given a very moving speech about Lemmy, who is in the Gutterdammerung movie. We closed the show with a performance of "Ace of Spades". We also had Rammstein's pyro guy with us, which saw explosions and flames shooting up out of the front of the stage. Iggy Pop followed us, so it was great to hang with the guys from his band, who also perform with Gutterdammerung. The guys play the Isle of White and Download Festivals in two weeks, and then I join them again for festivals in Spain and France! Stay tuned for more news to come, Jamie
Hey everyone, just a little news update regarding my online lessons. I am currently testing out a new web based piece of software called Maikat. This eventually, (I'm hoping), will replace Skype. It has many benefits to offer for teaching as opposed to Skype, and brings the online teaching experience a little closer to 1-2-1 lessons. Here are a few of the features, and planned additions that i feel make Mailkat a superior teaching platform;
- Stereo sound
- On screen music sheet for notation example writing in real time that the student also sees
- Share your own PDF library of music on screen, as well as highlight troublesome bars and section
- Ability to send student a link so they can watch previous lessons
- Screen sharing for teaching software programs
- Built in media player
Hey everyone; I'm getting really excited about the up and coming Gutterdammerung Festival dates. Here's a little "teaser" photo of what you might expect. Here you can see me with the band performing in Berlin, with the guitar that Iggy Pop had just thrown down to earth from heaven!! Stay tuned for more!!
Gutterdammerung Official Website
KickTags Official Website
Hey everyone and welcome to my new website! I'm really excited about this new site as its much more hands on for me, and I'm planning on adding content over the summer months. Right now I'm gearing up for some tour dates on the new Rock Show Gutterdammerung, a new kind of rock show that features a movie staring Slash, Iggy Pop, Lemmy, Joshua Homme, Grace Jones, Jessie Hughes, Nina Hagen, Volbeat, Tom Araya and Mark Lanegan. I am playing guitar in the live band the performs the soundtrack for the movie on stage, as well as interacting with the movie. Rock legend Henry Rollins shall be joining us on stage for many of the festival dates performed in June. I head off to Antwerp in a weeks time for final rehearsals, before joining Iggy Pop at the Rockavaria festival on Saturday May 28th, at the Olympia Park Munich Germany. I shall post blogs as the tour rolls out.
Other news; A very exciting start to 2016 with me becoming a Mesa Boogie artist. For the june shows I'm running a Boogie Mark V head, into my new rack, custom built by Nigel Knight at Knight Audio Technologies. I shall be swapping over to a new JP2-C head, which has just arrived in the UK, so once these dates are over Nigel shall be incorporating the the head into the rack.
I also have a couple of new guitars courtesy of Ernie Ball/Musicman, a brand new Cutlass, which I am taking out on the tour, and have also been using on a new Lick Library DVD, and an Armada which I'm taking out on the road.
Thats it for my first blog, more to come from the tour, so stay tuned.. Jamie
Gutterdammerung Official Website